A world without snow, Hiring in Wisconsin schools, How race shapes city planning

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Someone pushes a snowblower down a snowy sidewalk.
Sidewalks are cleared during a snow storm Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in Janesville, Wis. (Angela Major/WPR)

First, a researcher tells us about the impact of reduced snowpack in Wisconsin and beyond. Then, the head of an association of school personnel administrators gives an update on staffing and retention in Wisconsin schools. Then, two guests give insight into how highway development affects communities of color.

Featured in this Episode

  • A world without snow

    Wisconsin and many other parts of the country are experiencing a snow drought this winter, as the effects of climate change become harder to ignore. A Dartmouth researcher has created a model to predict when snow becomes rare in a region. He explains it and the consequences of winters without snow.

  • Staffing and retaining employees in Wisconsin schools

    Nearly one-fifth of Wisconsin’s school bus driver workforce has disappeared over the last two decades, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum report. We talk with the head of the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators for a review of hiring needs in schools.

  • How race and income shape urban planning

    An expansion of high I-94 in Milwaukee triggered a civil rights review by The Federal Highway Administration. Opponents argue the surrounding Black and Brown communities are negatively affected. Can development of highways alter the success of a neighborhood? We speak with a UW-Milwaukee associate professor of urban planning who specializes in racial and economic equity.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Alexander Gottlieb Guest
  • Michelle Golden Guest
  • Cassie Steiner-Bouxa Guest
  • Kirk Harris Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Royce Podeszwa Producer
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer