From the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
About the show
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that reports on government accountability and quality of life issues, like education, the economy and the environment. It’s more important to us to get the story right than it is to be first and we believe in collaborating, not competing, with other news outlets. Not only can you find our stories on WisconsinWatch.org, but we give all of our reports away for free to hundreds of other news organizations.
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Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests, research shows. A former Madison police chief touts a better way.
January 13th, 2021 | 30 mins 1 sec
community, news, policing, protest, wisconsin
David Couper, Madison’s police chief from 1972 to 1993, says law enforcement should ditch the riot gear and tear gas to keep the peace.
Wisconsin GOP lawmakers call for tighter voting rules; Dems call election hearing a ‘sham’
January 5th, 2021 | 17 mins 5 secs
election fraud, news, voter fraud, voting, wisconsin, wisconsin election
Republicans called for changes to election law and made broad allegations of fraud and misconduct but offered little proof.
Speakeasy: Behind Wisconsin's election numbers: What just happened?
November 25th, 2020 | 1 hr 29 mins
2020 election, election, news, wisconsin, wisconsin election
Wisconsin Watch reporters and guest panelist Jennifer Epps-Addison hosted a spirited discussion breaking down what happened in Wisconsin during the 2020 presidential election, including how voter turnout compared to the 2016 presidential election and the effect of rampant misinformation about voter fraud on social media.
Stick up for truth: How to fact-check friends and family on social media
November 24th, 2020 | 12 mins 46 secs
disinformation, misinformation, news, wisconsin
Experts say it’s important to set the record straight to halt the spread of misinformation, but suggest some finesse is needed when dealing with loved ones.
Evictions damage public health. The CDC aims to curb them — for now.
October 26th, 2020 | 19 mins 3 secs
health & welfare, news, wisconsin
Housing and health are intertwined, experts have long preached. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pausing evictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Militia member says Kenosha police sought to push protesters toward them on night of deadly shootings
October 12th, 2020 | 15 mins 5 secs
kenosha, news, protest, wisconsin
Two people were killed and one seriously wounded by a 17-year-old who had answered the call for armed civilians to protect the city
Wisconsin’s rural students face a digital divide as some return to screens instead of school
October 12th, 2020 | 16 mins 5 secs
news, school, wisconsin
Schools in Wisconsin have spent millions of dollars on hotspots to help students with poor internet service learn online as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on
‘Nowhere to go’: Wisconsin renters face evictions as emergency aid falls short
October 12th, 2020 | 19 mins 22 secs
eviction, news, news414, wisconsin
Milwaukee’s Black neighborhoods hit hardest as evictions eclipse pre-pandemic levels. A state aid program can’t keep up.
Skepticism urged as disinformation, voter suppression wash over Wisconsin
October 7th, 2020 | 16 mins 17 secs
disinformation, news, swing state, wisconsin
In a top swing state, actors seek to misinform voters to gain advantage and sow chaos; the pandemic has fueled even more ‘information disorder’
A Wisconsin man with visual impairment tried to vote. The coronavirus got in his way.
October 7th, 2020 | 7 mins 1 sec
government, voting, wisconsin
Don Natzke says he was stymied by a series of insurmountable barriers as Wisconsin held its April 7 election in the midst of the pandemic.
Wisconsin allows drillers to flout state law — sometimes with deadly results
October 7th, 2020 | 23 mins 41 secs
justice and safety, news, wisconsin
Two years after Sun Prairie's fatal explosion, an implicated driller appears to be back in Wisconsin. Regulators cite ‘grave concern,’ but have little recourse.