Wisconsin Watch

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • 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.

  • Child abuse cases sparked by Dr. Barbara Knox rejected by Wisconsin judge, jury and prosecutor

    December 15th, 2021  |  13 mins 49 secs
    dr. barbara knox, false accusations, news, wisconsin

    In this episode of our "Flawed Forensics" series, Wisconsin Watch explores how the criminal justice system has repeatedly rebuffed the medical opinions of the former University of Wisconsin child abuse pediatrician Dr. Barbara Knox, and tells the stories of families who were affected by her misdiagnosis of child abuse.

  • Parents recount terror of wrongful child abuse diagnoses from former University of Wisconsin doctor

    December 10th, 2021  |  22 mins 29 secs
    dr. barbara knox, false accusations, news, wisconsin

    In the latest installment of our "Flawed Forensics" series, Wisconsin Watch tells the story of seven Wisconsin families that faced child abuse investigations triggered by University of Wisconsin child abuse pediatrician Dr. Barbara Knox — suspicions later rejected by other doctors, police and child welfare officials.

  • Mass exodus at Alaska child abuse clinic as former Wisconsin doctor accused of bullying, misdiagnoses

    November 30th, 2021  |  17 mins 31 secs
    alaska cares, barbara knox, false accusations, news, wisconsin

    In this addition to our series "Flawed Forensics," Wisconsin Watch tells more of the story of Dr. Barbara Knox. Two years after leaving the University of Wisconsin amid allegations of workplace bullying, the former top child abuse pediatrician is drawing similar scrutiny at her new job in Alaska.

  • Jury rejects child abuse charge triggered by former University of Wisconsin doctor

    November 23rd, 2021  |  11 mins 25 secs
    dr. barbara knox, false accusation, news, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch brings you a story exploring how a declaration of ‘obvious child abuse’ leveled at a child care provider by a former University of Wisconsin pediatrician fell apart after a five-day trial that centered on the controversial diagnosis of abusive head trauma. The story focuses on Dr. Barbara Knox, who left Wisconsin in 2019 under a cloud of controversy. It is part of our series "Flawed Forensics."

  • As Lake Michigan shoreline vanishes, Wisconsinites try to fight waves with walls

    November 16th, 2021  |  25 mins 1 sec
    climate change, lake michigan, news, revetments, water levels, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch brings you a story exploring how Great Lakes shorelines have seen a surge in barriers built to slow lakefront erosion. But such structures are temporary and may harm downstream beaches.

  • ‘The water always wins’: Calls to protect shorelines as volatile Lake Michigan inflicts heavy toll

    November 11th, 2021  |  22 mins 20 secs
    climate change, door county, great lakes, lake michigan, news, water, water levels, wisconsin

    Wisconsin’s Great Lakes communities expect to spend $245 million in five years to protect shorelines as a climate ‘tug of war’ drives extreme shifts in water levels.

  • Wisconsin imprisons 1 in 36 Black adults. No state has a higher rate

    November 11th, 2021  |  12 mins 54 secs
    incarceration, justice, news, prisoners, racial disparities, wisconsin

    Wisconsin has the shameful distinction of locking up 1 in every 36 Black adults in the state, the highest rate in the country. A Sentencing Project report confirms the state’s deep racial disparities in incarceration, which one advocate calls ‘a slap in the face.’

  • ‘Something has to be done’: Living along Madison’s Starkweather Creek, one of Wisconsin’s most polluted waterways.

    October 14th, 2021  |  11 mins 4 secs
    contamination, madison, news, pfas, pfos, starkweather creek, water, wisconsin

    Wisconsin Watch brings you a story that examines the latest contaminants of concern in a local waterway in Madison, Wisconsin: PFAS -- hazardous chemicals which are being flagged across Wisconsin for their properties as "forever chemicals."

  • ‘It’s criminal’: Milwaukeeans call for speedier lead pipeline removal to cut childhood poisoning

    October 12th, 2021  |  24 mins 45 secs
    lead, lead pipes, lead poisoning, milwaukee, news, wisconsin

    Replacing all Milwaukee lead service lines would take 70 years at current pace. Meanwhile, Wisconsin home lead investigations rarely test water amid focus on paint.

  • A national debt: Should government compensate for slavery and racism?

    October 12th, 2021  |  16 mins 34 secs
    black, color of money, evanston, milwaukee, reparations, slavery, wisconsin

    Evanston, Illinois is compensating victims of housing discrimination. Big questions remain about whether and how reparations should be handled.

  • Wisconsin schools called police on students at twice the national rate — for Native students, it was the highest

    October 7th, 2021  |  25 mins 21 secs
    black, disabled, investigative, latino, native, news, police, police referrals, schools, students, wisconsin

    School officials refer thousands of children to the police each year. In Wisconsin, children with disabilities or who are Black, Latino or Native bear the brunt of it.

  • Spurred by Flint crisis, Eau Claire aims to eliminate lead pipelines

    September 29th, 2021  |  7 mins 46 secs
    eau claire, lead, lead pipes, lead service lines, news, wisconsin

    The city of Eau Claire, Wis., finds success in canvassing neighborhoods, encouraging residents to schedule service line inspections. Residents typically pay nothing under the grant-funded program.