Wisconsin Watch

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

66 episodes of Wisconsin Watch since the first episode, which aired on October 7th, 2020.

  • ‘Toxic work environment’ in Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office pushes employees to the brink

    June 7th, 2022  |  22 mins 24 secs
    bullying, dane county, employees, medical examiner, mental health, news, wisconsin, wisconsin watch

    Staffers say county refused action as yelling, insults and unrelenting demands damaged their mental health; alleged behavior causes other counties to cut ties

  • ‘They can bring so much’: Despite barriers, Afghan evacuees enrich Wisconsin’s workforce

    May 24th, 2022  |  16 mins 52 secs
    afghan, afghanistan, diversity, education, evacuee, green bay, immigration, jobs, news, resettle, wisconsin, wisconsin watch

    Wisconsin is in a labor crunch. Evacuees and other immigrants can help — if they can navigate transportation and other obstacles.

  • ‘They can bring so much’: Despite barriers, Afghan evacuees enrich Wisconsin’s workforce

    May 24th, 2022  |  16 mins 52 secs
    afghan, afghanistan, diversity, education, evacuee, green bay, immigration, jobs, news, resettle, wisconsin, wisconsin watch

    Wisconsin is in a labor crunch. Evacuees and other immigrants can help — if they can navigate transportation and other obstacles.

  • A controversial doctor. A disputed abuse diagnosis. Two convicted Wisconsin men say they are innocent.

    May 10th, 2022  |  28 mins 24 secs
    abusive head trauma, child abuse pediatrician, dr. barbara knox, news, wisconsin

    Dakota Black and Joshua Gehde are in prison for homicide after former UW Dr. Barbara Knox accused them of inflicting abusive head trauma on children. They both insist they are innocent. In the latest installment of our series "Flawed Forensics," Wisconsin Watch reporter Brenda Wintrode investigates Knox's findings of "abusive head trauma" — a controversial diagnosis which one New Jersey judge recently described as “junk science.”

  • ‘Blurring of lines’: Private lawyer plays starring role in taxpayer-funded Wisconsin election probe

    April 26th, 2022  |  20 mins 24 secs
    election, election integrity, erick kaardal, michael gableman, news, thomas more society, wisconsin, wisconsin watch

    In this investigation by reporter Matt Mencarini, Wisconsin Watch examines the unofficial — but central — role played by the nonprofit Thomas More Society law firm and its attorney, Erick Kaardal, in the state investigation into Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential election.

  • ‘We’ve got to get gaming out of our blood’: Pandemic shock pushes Wisconsin tribes to diversify economy

    April 20th, 2022  |  28 mins 57 secs
    casino, gaming, ho-chunk nation, indian country today, news, tribal economy, wisconsin

    In this story by reporter Mario Koran, Wisconsin Watch takes a look at how Wisconsin tribes are contemplating a future beyond gaming after the pandemic showed a risk of overreliance on casinos. This story is part of a collaborative series, “At the Crossroads," from the Institute for Nonprofit News, Indian Country Today, Wisconsin Watch and eight other news partners, examining the state of the economy in Indian Country.

  • The history of Lyme disease has a Wisconsin chapter. It’s still being written.

    April 5th, 2022  |  6 mins 53 secs
    chronic lyme, lyme, lyme disease, ticks, wisconsin

    In this latest installment of our series "Living with Lyme" Wisconsin Watch reporter Zhen Wang explores Wisconsin’s key role in the discovery and ongoing research into Lyme disease.

  • Doctors debate, patients suffer: The fight over chronic Lyme disease in Wisconsin

    March 28th, 2022  |  24 mins 32 secs
    chronic lyme disease, lyme, lyme disease, news, tick, wisconsin

    In this story, Wisconsin Watch reporter Zhen Wang profiles Maria Freitas, a woman who for years has suffered from joint pain, brain fog, fever and other maladies. Freitas attributes the symptoms to Lyme disease. But mainstream physicians insist she has rheumatoid arthritis — a diagnosis that she said does not explain many of her symptoms. It's part of Wisconsin Watch's series: "Living with Lyme."

  • ‘I don’t know what will happen’: After months at Ft. McCoy Afghan family resettled in separate states

    March 16th, 2022  |  22 mins 23 secs
    afghan, afghanistan, evacuee, ft. mccoy, news, resettle, rockville, wisconsin

    In this story, Wisconsin Watch reporter Zhen Wang profiles an Afghan evacuee family who was resettled in separate states after a months-long stay at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy — illustrating major challenges within resettlement agencies to help evacuees start their new lives. The story follows the Nabizada family as they seek housing, jobs and food — while applying for permanent residency.

  • Embattled former UW child abuse pediatrician resigns Alaska position

    February 1st, 2022  |  7 mins 26 secs
    alaska, anchorage daily news, child abuse pediatrician, dr. barbara knox, false accusation, news, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch brings you the latest news about former University of Wisconsin pediatrician, Dr. Barbara Knox. On Jan. 27th, Knox resigned from her position leading Alaska’s forensic child abuse clinic — days after Wisconsin Watch and the Anchorage Daily News reported on a couple who lost custody of their two young children after Knox wrongly diagnosed their 3-week-old baby as being abused.

  • ‘We were robbed’: Alaska couple loses custody of kids after erroneous abuse diagnosis from former UW doctor

    February 1st, 2022  |  19 mins 57 secs
    anchorage daily news, child abuse pediatrics, dr. barbara knox, false accusations, flawed forensics, news, wisconsin

    In our latest installment from our series "Flawed Forensics," we feature a Fairbanks, Alaska, couple accused of abusing their 3-week-old daughter, prompting authorities to remove baby Izabel and her 18-month-old brother Ezekiel from their parents. Experts hired by Emilly and Justin Acker found former University of Wisconsin child abuse pediatrician Dr. Barbara Knox’s diagnosis of abusive head trauma was wrong and ignored Izabel’s serious birth injuries. A forensic psychologist found Emily Acker no danger to her children — and a judge agreed.

  • Wisconsin debates cash bail changes in wake of Waukesha parade tragedy — as some states ditch system entirely

    January 26th, 2022  |  18 mins 9 secs
    bail, bond, cash bail, criminal justice, darrell e. brooks, news, pretrial detention, waukesha, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch brings you a story about a revived debate surrounding cash bail after Darrell E. Brooks was released from jail while facing charges related to domestic violence — just days before he allegedly drove through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring dozens.

  • MATC broadens access for Milwaukee students amid historical inequities, dropping enrollment

    January 11th, 2022  |  24 mins 15 secs
    broken ladder, community college, education, milwaukee, milwaukee area technical college, news, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch reporter Mario Koran explores how Milwaukee Area Technical College offers free tuition, debt forgiveness and early credit to make college more affordable and more available to a diverse student population.

  • ‘This is a charade’: GOP senator, voting experts urge Wisconsin Republicans to halt election attacks

    January 7th, 2022  |  10 mins 42 secs
    democracy, democrats, election, gop, news, republicans, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch reports on how Senator Kathleen Bernier, the majority caucus vice chair, urged members of her own party to halt their attempts to discredit the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission they created, while also calling on former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to finish his partisan review of the election soon.

  • Wisconsin state parks battered as Lake Michigan shrinks beaches, smashes boardwalks

    January 3rd, 2022  |  14 mins 55 secs
    climate change, door county, door county pulse, environment, imperiled shores, lake levels, lake michigan, new news lab, news, wisconsin

    In the third installment from Wisconsin Watch's series "Imperiled Shores," reporter Mario Koran explores a fundamental question facing the state Department of Natural Resources: Preserve parkland affected by rising lake levels or let nature take its course?

  • Wisconsin caregiver spent eight years, $250,000 in legal bills to exonerate herself from abuse charges

    January 3rd, 2022  |  14 mins 23 secs
    criminal justice, dr. barbara knox, false accusations, flawed forensics, health, justice, news, stacy hartje, welfare, wisconsin

    In this report, Wisconsin Watch presents a story about a Mauston, Wisconsin child care provider who was subjected to a lengthy and expensive ordeal to clear her name after she was wrongfully accused of child abuse by Dr. Barbara Knox. The story is the latest installment of our investigation into the former University of Wisconsin pediatrician whose controversial diagnoses of child abuse continue to reverberate for innocent caregivers and parents in southern Wisconsin.