9:00PM, December 11, 2013
In the U.S., more people kill themselves each year than die in car accidents, and rates are increasing among middle-aged Americans and young people worldwide. Joy Cardin talks to the author of a new book that discusses the history of suicide, and strong arguments for staying alive.
6:00AM, December 12, 2013
An Assembly committee says no to scrapping the Common Core academic standards. However, among other steps, it recommends creating a process to ensure that standards are working and changing current law to protect student privacy. Joy Cardin’s guest education expert discusses these ideas, the controversy over Common Core, and what it means for schooling in Wisconsin.
7:00AM, December 12, 2013
Another government shutdown would be avoided under a spending deal reached by a Congressional budget committee on Tuesday. However, the prospects for a new farm bill this year appear bleak. Joy Cardin talks with Congressman Ron Kind about the latest developments. Then, her guest political scientist explains why he says the budget agreement is about as good as could realistically be, and the sticking points in the farm bill negotiations. (Note: We reached out to several of Wisconsin’s GOP Congressional delegates, but they said they were unavailable to join us at this time.)
8:00AM, December 12, 2013
When men have close confidents, research has found, three quarters of the time it’s a woman…and very often that woman is a wife or girlfriend. According to Joy Cardin’s guest sociologist, American men lack emotional intimacy and closeness in their friendships with men, things she says they both need and want.