Mine Proposed In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Could Affect Wisconsin, South African Hominins, Learning About Politics

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Research shows that even though the general public can be passionate about current affairs, a lot of people have trouble answering basic questions about government and policies. Our guest explains why many of us are uninformed, and has some suggestions for better learning. We also learn about how hominin fossils from South Africa are shaking up our idea of where we come from, and we talk to a reporter about how a proposed mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could have implications for Wisconsin.

Featured in this Show

  • Mine Proposed In Michigan's Upper Peninsula, A Few Hundred Feet From Wisconsin's Border

    A mine proposed for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is reigniting the debate over potential economic benefits and environmental costs that came up in the discussion over an iron ore mine proposed for northern Wisconsin. An environmental reporter discusses how this mine could have implications for Wisconsin.

  • South African Hominins

    Fossils found in South Africa have radically changed our idea of where we come from, especially now that they’re being dated correctly. Discover Magazine editor Gemma Tarlach discusses a major story about hominin fossils in South Africa and how they’re shaking up the science world.

  • Why We Know So Little About Politics

    American voters are woefully uninformed about the laws and policies that shape their lives. That’s according to a political scientist, who offers solutions to get people informed, involved, and engaged in important political decisions.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Rob Ferrett Producer
  • Lee Bergquist Guest
  • Gemma Tarlach Guest
  • Arthur Lupia Guest

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