Transgender athletes, Wisconsin prison issues

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An activist in a rainbow striped outfit speaks into a megaphone outside the state capitol.
Sunshine Raybebow speaks into a microphone at the protest against bills to limit transgender athletes Wednesday, June 16, 2021, outside of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. “I want this world to be a better place for young trans kids,” she said. Angela Major/WPR

We talk to the author of a new book that examines the role that sports plays in shaping the gender debate. Then, we learn more about ongoing issues in Wisconsin prisons with lockdowns and staffing.

Featured in this Show

  • How transgender issues are influenced by sports

    Wisconsin lawmakers are seeking legislation to ban transgender girls and women from participating on women’s sports teams. We talk to the author of a new book exploring the role that sports plays in transgender issues.

  • Inside the months-long 'lockdowns' in Wisconsin prisons

    Several Wisconsin prisons and jails have been in ‘lockdown’ for as long as seven months, and incarcerated people and their families have reported inhumane, unsanitary and unsafe conditions including extended isolation and withheld medical care. We talk to a reporter about the causes of the lockdowns in the Waupun and Green Bay Correctional Institutions. Then, we talk to a criminal justice reform advocate about how lockdown conditions are affecting incarcerated people.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Katie Barnes Guest
  • Mario Koran Guest
  • Melissa Ludin Guest