Ice Age Trail hike, Empathetic listening, UW tuition increase, New galaxies

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View from the Lake Eleven portion of the Ice Age Trail
View from the Jerry Lake segment of the Ice Age Trail. Photo courtesy of Andrew Harter

We talk to a backpacker hiking the complete Ice Age Trail. Then, an education researcher makes the case for teaching empathetic listening in schools. Later, a reporter helps us look at the impact of a potential increase to UW System tuition costs. We wrap up with a scientist sharing the new images the James Webb Space Telescope is capturing of galaxies we didn’t think exist.

Featured in this Show

  • Emily Ford reflects on winter adventures in the Boundary Waters and on the Ice Age Trail

    We catch up with a history-making winter backpacker and thru-hiker from Duluth who was on UW-Madison’s campus talking about her adventures.

  • A call for empathetic listening to be taught in schools

    A former social studies teacher and current education researcher says that active, empathetic listening needs to be taught in civics classes in order to tackle the problems with contemporary democracy — disinformation, polarization and more.

  • Tuition increase proposed for the UW System

    University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman will ask the Board of Regents to approve a 5 percent in-state tuition increase for the 2023-23 academic year. The chair of the State Assembly’s Colleges and Universities Committee is circulating a bill that would tie tuition increases to inflation. We talk to a WPR reporter about the likelihood that UW students will see the first tuition increases in more than a decade.

  • Scientists photograph galaxies that shouldn't exist

    The James Webb Space Telescope photographed galaxies that are much too large for their age under current cosmological theory. One of the scientists behind the research explains.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Producer
  • Emily Ford Guest
  • Hilary Conklin Guest
  • Rich Kremer Guest
  • Erica Nelson Guest

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