Opioid Addiction, Calls For Balanced Budget Amedment, Economic Power Of Arts And Humanities

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President Trump’s proposed federal budget includes defunding the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Our guest says even in the information age, the arts help the United States compete in the global marketplace, and eliminating their support could have economic consequences. We also discuss why Republican lawmakers are calling for a constitutional convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Plus, we get the latest from the state capitol where the Joint Finance Committee is taking up several bills, including legislation to fight opioid addiction.

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  • State Joint Finance Committee Takes Up Opioid Addiction Legislation

    The state’s Joint Finance Committee is meeting today to look at several bills and funding requests from different state agencies. We’ll take a look at legislation that is getting special attention — a series of bills tackling opioid addiction.

  • The Case Against A Constitutional Convention

    Lawmakers in the state would like to see Wisconsin call for a Constitutional Convention in order to add a federal balanced budget amendment into law. We’ll speak with Andrew Kaminski of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin joins us to talk about why her organization opposes the move.

  • Sensemaking: The Power Of The Humanities In The Age Of The Algorithm

    President Donald Trump’s newly-released federal budget proposal includes the elimination of 19 government agencies. One of those agencies is the National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA. The agency is dedicated to supporting “excellence in the arts,” as well as supporting arts education and efforts to bring the arts to all Americans. Our guest explains why he says cuts like this to federal funding for the arts and humanities would be a huge blow to not just the arts community, but to the U.S. economy and our ability to compete in the global marketplace.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Haleema Shah Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Shawn Johnson Guest
  • Andrea Kaminski Guest
  • Christian Madsbjerg Guest

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