Republican debate recap, Education and economic well-being

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A sign says "Republican Debate August 23rd" on the side of the Fiserv Forum.
A sign is displayed on the side of the Fiserv forum for the Republican presidential primary debate Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

A political scientist helps us go through the biggest takeaways from the first Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee. Then, an author shares his book looking at how the education system aligned itself with setting up the economic pathways.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Susan Johnson Guest
  • Jon Shelton Guest

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