College voter turnout, Neanderthal genome, Online retail decline

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The sun shines on an outdoor sign that says "Vote Here" in English and in Spanish.
A pedestrian walks by a sign in front of a polling location on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

We learn more about a group of Wisconsin colleges canceling classes on election day to promote voter turnout. Then, we try to better understand how Neanderthal genomes teach us about modern health. Later, a business professor helps us better understand changing trends in online retail.

Featured in this Show

  • Coalition of Wisconsin universities canceling class for students on Election Day

    A coalition of private universities in Wisconsin is canceling classes for students on election day as part of an effort to boost voter turnout. We talk about the “Why Bother, Wisconsin?” campaign, and hear why they want other universities to join them.

  • The slowdown of the pandemic online shopping boom

    After the pandemic shifted retail sales online, the e-commerce boom seems to be slowing down. We learn more about the recent trend and where it could go from here.

  • Neanderthal genome can teach us about modern-day health

    New research on the Neanderthal genome may be helpful for research on modern-day health. A paleoanthropologist joins us to talk about how Neanderthal DNA can aid modern science.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Rongal Watson Guest
  • Hart Posen Guest
  • John Hawks Guest

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