Efforts to reduce overdoses, Recouping birth costs, Salting roads with cheese brine, Snowmobiling trails

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Snowmobile on trail
A snowmobile travels a groomed trail in East Montpelier, Vt. Toby Talbot/AP File Photo

We discuss how Wisconsin should use funding from legal settlements to reduce opioid-related overdoses. Then, we explore a program that collects money from unwed fathers to cover childbirth costs. Then, a Green County official explains how cheese brine is used on wintry roads. Then, we talk about snowmobiling safety and trails.

Featured in this Episode

  • Priorities for opioid settlement funds

    We discuss how opioid settlement funds could be used in Wisconsin. Our guests are the head of a state association of pharmacists and Oconomowoc advocate Lauri Badura, who lost her son to an overdose nearly a decade ago.

  • Wisconsin leads nation in birth cost recovery

    Milwaukee County recently ended a practice known as birth cost recovery. That policy allows counties to collect payment for Medicaid-covered birth costs from unwed fathers. We hear from a nonprofit law firm that advocates for ending the practice entirely.

  • Green County uses cheese brine on roads

    When there’s snow or ice, Green County has cheese brine ready to hit the roads. The county highway commissioner explains how its partnership with a local cheese factory is environmentally friendly and cost effective.

  • Recent snowfall a boon for snowmobiling

    We get snowmobiling safety tips from the state Department of Natural Resources.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Lauri Badura Guest
  • Sarah Sorum Guest
  • Brynne McBride Guest
  • Chris Narveson Guest
  • Jake Holsclaw Guest
  • Keegan Kyle Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Courtney Everett Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director

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