Gun Violence In Milwaukee, CWD Spreads On Deer And Elk Farms, How Congress Stopped Working

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Steve Krueger of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, tags a dead deer Thursday, March 21, 2002, in Black Earth, Wis., so the brain can be tested for chronic wasting disease, a disorder that is in the same family as mad cow disease.  (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Questions remain about last week’s shooting death of a 13-year-old Milwaukee girl while in her home. We discuss what’s going on and what it may take to curb gun violence in the city. Then, a new investigative look into chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin reveals that deer farmers have continued to operate even after their herds became infected. We talk to the reporter for the full story. We also discuss how the nation’s legislative branch looks much more different today than the one envisioned by our country’s founders.

Featured in this Show

  • What To Do About Milwaukee's Gun Violence Problem?

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said last week’s shooting death of a 13-year-old girl who was inside her home is “insane.” He also blamed the city’s gun violence problem on federal and state leaders for failing to pass stricter gun control measures. We look at what’s driving the shootings and what it may take to stop them.

  • How Wisconsin Has Responded To Rising CWD Numbers

    A new report from Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism details how big Wisconsin’s chronic wasting disease problem is, and it’s raising questions about how the state has responded. We’ll get the details from WPR News reporter, Rich Kremer.

  • How Did Gridlock And Partisanship Become The Norm In Congress?

    If you think Congress has grown weaker, less active, and more partisan, you’d be correct. We find out about changes to Congressional rules passed by both parties that helped give rise to the gridlock that frustrates so many today.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Reggie Moore Guest
  • Rich Kremer Guest
  • Derek Willis Guest