Voter enthusiasm, Popularity of online videos, Social connections

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YouTube menu showing “Home” and “Trending” icons. Photo by Christian Wiediger, 2018.

We check in with a longtime political writer about voter enthusiasm in Wisconsin. Then, we look at why platforms like YouTube and TikTok are winning the streaming wars. Plus, we talk to a sociologist about how the pandemic shaped social connections for better and worse.

Featured in this Episode

  • Wisconsin voter vibe check

    Are people in Wisconsin excited about the election this year? Are they paying attention yet? Craig Gilbert from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joins us for a look at what we know about voter enthusiasm in the state.

  • YouTube and TikTok emerge as TV's biggest competitor

    Nielsen data shows that the top streaming service on home televisions is not Netflix or Hulu but YouTube. Two UW–Madison media studies professors weigh in on how the video social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok are becoming the top competition for the television and movie industries.

  • How the pandemic has changed our social lives

    We talk to sociologist Eric Klinenberg about 2020 (and why it still feels like we’re in that year), hanging out, and the loneliness epidemic.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Craig Gilbert Guest
  • Jonathan Gray Guest
  • Derek Johnson Guest
  • Eric Klinenberg Guest
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director