Childhood Trauma Around Violence, Latest Special Legislative Session

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Attorneys for Jacob Blake say children of his witnessed police shooting their father up-close. We talk with a UW-Madison professor in human ecology about what effects an experience like that can have on a child, and how they can be cared for going forward. Then we check in with a political science professor about the latest on the special session Governor Evers called in response to Blake’s shooting.

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  • How Witnessing Violence Impacts A Child's Life

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Episode Credits

  • Kealey Bultena Host
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Susan Johnson Guest
  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan Guest

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