We bring you a special program on the severe drought conditions in the state. Join WPR's Joy Cardin and Wisconsin Public Television's Frederica Freyberg and their guests for expert analysis, historical insight, and resources for dealing with the heat.
Wisconsin's Corn Crop in Big Trouble
Jul 17, 2012 6:00 AM
Experts say much of southern Wisconsin's corn crop could be wiped out if significant rain does not fall soon. Joy Cardin's guest discusses the dire situation facing many farmers, and the effect it may have on consumers now and down the road.
Guest: Joe Lauer (LAO-wur), Professor of Agronomy, UW-Madison; expert on corn production.
Lawn Care in a Drought
Jul 17, 2012 6:30 AM
With half of Wisconsin experiencing drought conditions, how are homeowners supposed to keep their lawns thriving? Joy Cardin's guest lawncare expert discusses the best ways to care for your yard in a drought and answers your lawncare questions!
Karen Johannsen, co-owner of Johannsen's Greenhouses, a family-
owned business in Madison.
Policy Approaches to Climate Change
Jul 17, 2012 9:00 AM
As our planet warms, we will experience more extreme weather disasters such as this summer's droughts, floods, and wildfires. This hour, we talk about policy options that may mitigate climate change or help us adapt to it.
Christopher Field - founding director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University and co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II
Maggie L. Fox - President & CEO of the Climate Reality Project
Water Policy across the state, country, and world
Jul 16, 2012 10:00 AM
The availability and quality of our water will continue to be a major issue for Wisconsin and the country. Lake Michigan water levels are twenty inches below the long-term average for the month of July, and drought conditions in Wisconsin's southern counties are moving northward due to lack of rain. This hour, we talk to WPR reporter Chuck Quirmbach about Waukesha County's efforts to access Lake Michigan water, and then have a conversation with the new director of UWM's Center for Water Policy.
10:06 - 10:15: Chuck Quirmbach - WPR environmental reporter
10:15 - 11: Jenny Kehl - Director, Center for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Energy Effiecient Home Repair and Improvement
Jul 12, 2012 11:00 AM
Larry Meiller and his guests talk about home repair and improvement, with an eye toward green and eco-friendly solutions.
- Chad Speight ("SPATE"), Chad's Carpentry, Madison
- John Viner, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
Wisconsin wildlife update with Scott Craven
Jul 11, 2012 11:00 AM
Whether it's unusually high temperatures and dryness, or torrential rains, much of Wisconsin has seen extreme weather in the past month. Larry Meiller finds out what it means for our wildlife.
Guest: Scott Craven, emeritus UW Extension Wildlife Ecologist
Jul 10, 2012 9:00 AM
A government meteorologist predicted that the hot and dry weather in the Midwest this year may rival the drought in 1988 that cost agriculture $78 billion. This hour, Kathleen Dunn and her guests discuss the current drought in Wisconsin, and the implications for farmers and consumers.
- Paul D. Mitchell, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
- Chris Kucharik, Associate Professor of Agronomy & Environmental Studies,
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Dave Hansen, Program Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Farm Center.
Jul 09, 2012 6:00 AM
Extreme heat across much of the country, flooding in some regions, wildfires in Colorado, strong storms-are these signs of global warming? Joy Cardin and her guest discuss the extreme weather across the country and why he says this is only the beginning.
Then, it's our Monday Morning Wake-up Call. With all the hot weather the beaches in Wisconsin have been packed. Joy Cardin's guest shares what to look for to avoid bacteria and algae at the beach, and where to get updates on your local beach conditions.
Jeff Masters, Director of Meteorology at Weather Underground
Wake-Up Call Guest:
Donalea Dinsmore, Great Lakes Quality Assurance and Funding Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Part of her job is to coordinate the beach monitoring program.
Birdwatching with Noel Cutright and Bill Volkert
Jul 04, 2012 11:00 AM
Judith Siers-Poisson in for Larry Meiller:
Judith Siers-Poisson learns about summer birdwatching. Many birds are fledging their young in July. Her guests share tips on what to watch for, and where to look.
- Noel Cutright, past president, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
- Bill Volkert, naturalist, retired wildlife educator & naturalist, Horicon Marsh International Education Center
How to be a Better Morning Person
Jul 02, 2012 6:00 AM
Are you generally a morning person or a night owl? New research shows that early risers are happier, healthier and more satisfied than other people. Joy Cardin's guest shares some practical tips on making your mornings more pleasing, and your life more productive.
Then, it's the Monday Morning Wake-Up Call. Joy's guest says the hot, dry weather has created extremely dangerous - and highly flammable - conditions over parts of the state, so take precautions this Fourth of July week.
- Laura Vanderkam (VAN-der-cam), writer and blogger from Philadelphia. Author, "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings - and Life." http://lauravanderkam.com/
- 6:50 - Catherine Koele (COO-lee), Wildfire Prevention Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. http://wpr.org/r/?744
Garden Talk: Lisa Johnson
Jun 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Late June is prime growing time for a variety of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. On this edition of Garden Talk, Larry Meiller's guest answers your questions, and offers great advice for a successful growing season.
Guest: Lisa Johnson, UW Extension Horticulture Educator for Dane County
Jun 28, 2012 9:00 AM
John Munson in for Kathleen Dunn:
Hurricane season in the Southeast, raging wildfires in Colorado, the flooding in Superior and Duluth, and other instances of extreme weather have put pressure on disaster response systems around the country. This hour, guest host John Munson and Stephen Flynn of Northeastern University talk about how prepared our nation is to respond to large-scale natural disasters.
Stephen Flynn - Co-Director, Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University and author of THE EDGE OF DISASTER: REBUILDING A RESILIENT NATION
Kids and Technology
Jun 27, 2012 6:00 AM
Rob Ferrett in for Joy Cardin:
Facebook recently announced plans to study allowing children under thirteen to have profiles on its website, and parents now have more options than ever to monitor their kids' online time. Rob Ferrett's guest discusses how parents should monitor their kids online and the best practices to properly supervise them.
Then, after six-fifty, Rob's guest has some tips on staying cool and safe during the upcoming heat wave in Wisconsin, and whether parts of the state can expect some much-needed rain any time soon.
- 6:50 - Jeff Last, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Green Bay.
Jun 27, 2012 10:00 AM
Kathleen Dunn and her guest discuss the latest environmental news; from wildfires in the West, flooding in the north and south, and a new report showing sea levels rising out east.
Guest: George Stone, Instructor of Natural Science at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is the co-founder and chair of the Green Energy Summit in Milwaukee.
Weather Update with The UW Weather Guys
Jun 25, 2012 11:45 AM
Far northern Wisconsin is recovering from intense rainfalls. Larry Meiller finds out what causes that volume of rain in a short time.
- Steve Ackerman, director, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, UW-Madison and professor of atmospheric sciences
- Jon Martin, professor and chair of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison
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