Northern lights in Wisconsin, Plant breeding, Student loan freeze

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An astronomy magazine editor shares how to see the northern lights in Wisconsin. Then, we learn more about UW-Madison’s plant breeding program and research with a horticulture professor. Later, a financial analyst explores the ramifications of the ongoing student loan freeze and whether more debt could be forgiven.

Featured in this Show

  • Seeing the aurora borealis in the Midwest

    The northern lights aren’t just for the North Pole — sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can catch them in the Midwest, too. We learn how to see the northern lights in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

  • Inside UW's Plant Breeding and Genetics Program

    UW is on its way to building a new Plant Germplasm Research Facility. We learn about what the school’s plant breeding program does, and how this new building will further their goals.

  • COVID freeze on student loan payments likely to continue

    Student loan payments have been suspended for two years over two presidential administrations. The pause is likely to be extended again. A financial expert explains why the student loan freeze continues, and whether the Biden administration will take any steps to forgive the $1.6 trillion dollars Americans have in student loan debt.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • David Eicher Guest
  • Irwin Goldman Guest
  • Travis Hornsby Guest

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