Banning Straws Affects Accesibility, How Native History Made Its Way To Wisconsin Classrooms, Where Baseball Is Failing

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Empty seats fill the stadium at Oriole Park at Camden Yards during the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals baseball game, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Baltimore. Gail Burton/AP Photo

A professor from UW-Green Bay has published a book that recounts the history of Act 31, the law requiring Wisconsin schools to teach history and cultural of Wisconsin’s native tribes. We talk with the author about the book and it’s historical importance. We also take a look at why the MLB is lacking the luster and entertainment qualities it once had and learn why banning single-use plastic straws isn’t good for everyone.

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  • Banning Drinking Straws Would Impact Some People With Disabilities

    Coming up, many congratulated Starbucks on their decision to eliminate drinking straws by 2020 because it will reduce plastic waste that impacts the environment, and oceans in particular. But many in the disability rights community say that it will seriously hinder accessibility. We’ll find out why people with disabilities say that they are often left out of policy decisions that impact them.

  • How Teaching Native History And Culture In Wisconsin's Schools Became Law

    In the early 1980s, conflict erupted when Wisconsin Native Americans asserted certain treaty rights.A few years later, a law called Act 31 made teaching Native American history and culture mandatory in Wisconsin schools. We’ll look at what led to its adoption, and how successful it’s been.

  • What's Wrong With Baseball – And How Can It Be Fixed?

    As Major League Baseball resumes regular season play, our guest hopes the second half is better than the first. He discusses the many problems he sees with MLB, including excessive strikeouts, lengthy games and too much disparity between the good teams and the bad, and why he says they need to be fixed promptly.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Judith Siers-Poisson Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Karin Hitselberger Guest
  • J P Leary Guest
  • Bob Nightengale Guest

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