Biden administration response to Omicron variant, Bail reform debate reignited by Waukesha tragedy

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President Joe Biden walks to Marine One on the Ellipse near the White House, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Washington. Biden is traveling to Tulsa, Okla., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

A Washington D.C.-based journalist joins us with the latest from President Joe BIden on the new coronavirus variant and other top stories. Then, a Wisconsin law school professor helps us understand how cash bail works in the state, following the Waukesha parade tragedy and the suspect’s criminal history.

Featured in this Show

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on redistricting process; also, Week in Washington: December 1, 2021

    The state Supreme Court says it’ll take a “least changes” approach to drawing Wisconsin’s legislative maps. We talk about what that means. Then, in the Week in Washington, the White House reacts to news of a new, potentially more transmissible version of the coronavirus. We hear how President Biden is responding, along with other top stories from the nation’s capitol.

  • The bail reform movement aims to reduce socioeconomic inequality. After the Waukesha parade incident, some are questioning its wisdom.

    When he made his alleged attack on Christmas parade-goers in Waukesha, Darrell Brooks was out on bail for another alleged vehicular assault. Some argue that the Waukesha incident would not have happened if Brooks’ bail had been higher. A legal expert explains the nuances of the bail reform debate.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Shawn Johnson Guest
  • Adam Wollner Guest
  • Cecelia Klingele Guest