Friday, December 31, 2021, 5:00am
With another year almost in the books, it's a natural time to reflect on the last 12 months — the ups and downs and ins and outs of our lives, our communities, the country and the world.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 10:15am
We want to hear from you: what memories do you have of Wisconsin Dells? Maybe it's a tradition to visit a water park there each year. Maybe you worked there or you work there now. Share your memories and experiences with us — and share your questions about Wisconsin Dells, too!
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 5:00am
Why does Wisconsin have so many French place names to begin with, and why isn’t there a stronger French culture? Also, why don't we pronounce the place names correctly?
Monday, December 13, 2021, 6:25am
Most Wisconsin school districts have COVID-19 testing set up through the state, but even with in-school testing available, some parents find that getting their kids swabbed comes with challenges.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 4:00am
An audience member reached out to WPR’s WHYsconsin to ask about the restaurant chain’s origin. Franchise owner Craig Culver gives us the history.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 3:30pm
WHYsconsin wants to know how parents and caretakers are handling COVID-19 testing with your kids. How often do they get tested? Is it hard to access testing where you live?
Monday, December 6, 2021, 6:25am
Some Wisconsin parents are reluctant to have their children vaccinated against COVID-19, even though they got the shot for themselves.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 6:45am
Happy GivingTuesday! Here's a short list of organizations throughout the state to donate your time, money and love to.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:00am
What do you think about how your children are learning to read? What do you want to know about the process? Is there anything you’d share with other parents about your child’s reading education?
Friday, November 12, 2021, 6:00am
From milk to cheese to butter, the dairy industry is a cash cow for Wisconsin, generating $45.6 billion a year for the state’s economy. For Wisconsin’s state legislators, it’s an industry worth protecting. And its importance can be tracked through a history of sometimes oddball laws intended to protect it.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:30am
Did you get the COVID-19 vaccine but are waiting to vaccinate your eligible child? If so, why? What information do you need before you sign your child up?
Friday, October 29, 2021, 5:00am
There is a lot of hype surrounding the cream puff. And then there is a lot of love for the kringle. Marisa Wojcik wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about when she tried a cream puff for the first time. So, she reached out to WHYsconsin and asked, "Why do cream puffs get all the attention, when the kringle is the official state pastry of Wisconsin?"
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 4:00pm
We discuss the history, culture and culinary characteristics that make cream puffs and kringle each special Wisconsin treats in their own right. And we get to the bottom of which one people truly prefer.
Friday, October 1, 2021, 9:30am
Wisconsin's eviction filings have increased 55 percent since the national eviction moratorium ended a month ago, but they have still not reached pre-pandemic levels. Advocates say this is because more landlords and tenants are taking advantage of the state's emergency rental assistance program, but delays in the process could push landlords over the edge.
Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00am
Moving can be a hard process, and one newcomer to the Madison area asked WPR's WHYsconsin how to make the transition to a new place easier. We get advice from the author of "This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are."
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 4:00am
The Chicken Q is a unique name for a chicken dinner fundraiser held in a 45- to 60-mile radius of La Crosse. While references to the name date to the 1950s, who came up with the name is hard to say for sure.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 3:05pm
The decision by federal regulators to approve COVID-19 booster shots reassured those wondering whether they were as protected from the disease as they could be. But the news has prompted even more questions and sometimes confusion about who can get a shot, what it does or doesn’t prevent, and whether it will interfere with other vaccines.
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 12:35pm
Wisconsin's vaccine reward program ends Sept. 19, but there's still time for those eligible to receive the vaccine to roll up their sleeves, get the shot and claim their $100.
Monday, August 30, 2021, 5:35am
What makes the delta variant of COVID-19 more contagious? Do existing vaccines work against it? And will I have to get a booster shot? WPR answers your questions about the pandemic and protections against COVID-19.
Friday, August 13, 2021, 6:10am
The politicization of COVID-19 and its vaccine have some worried that more people will opt out of school and day care vaccine requirements, even as vaccines for COVID-19 and other diseases have been shown to dramatically lower the risk of contracting and developing severe illnesses.
Monday, August 9, 2021, 5:50am
Many pandemic unemployment programs are set to end in September. But for many people, life still hasn't returned to normal.
Friday, August 6, 2021, 11:15am
The contagious delta variant has propelled COVID-19 case numbers higher, and changed guidance for how to keep the virus from spreading. Epidemiologist Ajay Sethi talks about where Wisconsin stands in the pandemic and what it will take to lower the number of infections.
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6:15am
After a year of vitriolic fights at school board meetings around Wisconsin over mask mandates, some districts have decided to go mask-optional for the 2021-2022 school year rather than battle those who are vehemently opposed to COVID-19 restrictions.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 12:50pm
Just days after a national eviction moratorium expired, the Biden administration issued a new freeze that will remain in effect through Oct. 3. It covers much of Wisconsin, which is seeing "substantial" and "high" spread of the coronavirus.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, 4:35pm
A federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire Saturday. A Wisconsin housing policy expert explains what that may mean for you.
Friday, July 16, 2021, 6:15am
Mark Janowiak from New Glarus wrote WPR's WHYsconsin to ask about the origins of Rib Mountain in central Wisconsin. Geologists confirmed that although the mountain isn't and hasn't ever been volcanic, volcanoes still played a role in its existence.
Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00am
Wisconsin’s jobless are mismatched on openings and skills or struggle with child care or transportation. Others are still waiting on unemployment aid.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 5:35am
Reaching herd immunity isn't like flipping a switch, medical experts say. It's more likely COVID-19 case rates will gradually decline as more people are vaccinated.
Friday, April 23, 2021, 5:00am
La Crosse physical education teacher Joe Hackbarth wrote into WHYsconsin asking how Pepin County got its shape.