Tensions With Iran, Where Farm Subsidies Really Went, The Value Of Hobbies

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We talk with a former hostage of Iran about that country’s current hostilities with the U.S. We also talk about the value of maintaining hobbies. And we trace 2019 federal farm subsidy dollars to see how Wisconsin faired.

Featured in this Show

  • Former Hostage And Wausau Native Weighs In On Hostilities With Iran

    Wausau resident and political activist Kevin Hermening was one of the 52 Americans taken hostage in Iran in November 1979. We talk with him about the strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassam Soleimani and Iran’s retaliatory attack against a U.S. military target in Iraq.

  • Farm Subsidies Grew In 2019, But Favored Southern States

    Federal farm subsidies shot up to a 14-year high in 2019, but Wisconsin wasn’t among the top recipients. We talk with an agricultural reporter about how the money got distributed, and what farmers are saying about the trade disputes that marked the past year.

  • The Link Between Hobbies and Happiness

    As Americans, our identities are often defined by our careers. But as Susie Neilson writes for The Cut, shifting our identity to our hobbies can actually make us happier. She joins us to share why.

Episode Credits

  • Judith Siers-Poisson Host
  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Gretchen Brown Producer
  • Kevin Hermening Guest
  • April Simpson Guest
  • Susie Neilson Guest

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