Biden Meets With GOP Senators On Coronavirus Relief Package, Badger Statue Staying In Madison, The Loss Of Insects

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A woman exits a business in a face mask Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Stoughton, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

An economist breaks down the back and forth between President Joe Biden and a group of Senate Republicans, and their starkly different proposals for further spending to combat the coronavirus and help suffering Americans. Then we talk with a retired longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker about why another longtime resident of Madison’s capitol building won’t be going home to the Navy. And an entomologist tells us about concerns over declining insect populations.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Menzie Chinn Guest
  • Fred Risser Guest
  • David Wagner Guest

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