Comparing iconic Wisconsin desserts, Insights gained from looking at every American mass shooting

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A longtime member of Team Cream Puff from the state fair and a master of Midwest cooking answer a listener question regarding the relative prominence of kringle and cream puffs in the mouths and hearts of Wisconsinites. Then researchers who’ve compiled data on all mass shootings in the United States talk about the goals of the project, what they’ve found, and ideas they have for combating the conditions that lead to these events.

Featured in this Show

  • WHYsconsin: The great cream puff and kringle debate

    We discuss the history, culture and culinary characteristics that make cream puffs and kringle each special Wisconsin treats in their own right. And we get to the bottom of which one people truly prefer.

    This segment was inspired by an audience question as part of the WHYsconsin project. Submit your question at and we might answer it in a future story.

  • How to stop the mass shooting epidemic, according to researchers who have chronicled every mass shooting in the US

    Mass shootings have been on the rise for the past 60-plus years. We talk to the creators of the first-ever comprehensive database of mass shootings in the United States about what their research has revealed about this pattern, and their recommendations for curbing violence.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Paula Hare Guest
  • Shauna Sever Guest
  • James Densley Guest
  • Jillian Peterson Guest

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