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Newsmakers

“Newsmakers” is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR’s La Crosse bureau. The program’s host/producer is Ezra Wall. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa.

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WHLA 90.3 FM La Crosse, Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., WLSU 88.9 FM La Crosse, Fridays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Latest Episodes

  • New focus on workforce skills for Boys and Girls Club

    A planned addition to the Terry Errickson branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse will provide area youth access to important workforce readiness skills. The project is slated to break ground in the summer of 2024. Brian Fukuda is the Director of Workforce Readiness for the Boys and Girls Clubs of…

    New focus on workforce skills for Boys and Girls Club
  • Enduring Families Project brings Black history to life

    The Enduring Families Project uses dramatic monologues, short films and other means to bring to life the stories of Black people who lived in the La Crosse area in the second half of the 19th century. Denise Christy is the organization’s producer and co-founder. She and her team will be depicting several characters at a…

    Enduring Families Project brings Black history to life
  • Jazz artist brings Langston Hughes to the Driftless

    Langston Hughes was an American poet and activist known as a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. Among his later works was an epic poem called “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” An effort to compose musical accompaniment to the poem, following Hughes’s own written instructions, has been led…

    Jazz artist brings Langston Hughes to the Driftless
  • Public comments open on Coon Creek dams proposal

    Members of the Coon Creek Community Watershed Council join “Newsmakers” host Ezra Wall to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed. The Council says farmers, recreators and government entities all have a role to play in protecting it. They also talk about a new proposal that would decommission some of the dams…

    Public comments open on Coon Creek dams proposal
  • Local libraries promote good 2024 reads

    Today we’re talking to two Driftless Area librarians about how to find your next great read of 2024. Maggie Strittmater from Viroqua’s Mcintosh Memorial Library and Barry McKnight from the La Crosse Public Library let us know about some new releases they’re looking forward to. They also talk about how to help library guests find…

    Local libraries promote good 2024 reads

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