Biden’s Pick For Secretary Of Defense, Great Lakes Ecology Through Art, Citizenship Test Changes

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

A military historian gives us some context around President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be the next Secretary of Defense, and why that person might be controversial. Then we talk to a Madison artist and art teacher about their project to communicate about the health of the Great Lakes using trash collected from them. And a law professor explains changes that have just taken effect on the U.S. citizenship test.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Richard Kohn Guest
  • Geo Rutherford Guest
  • Steven Lubet Guest

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