Funding for electric vehicle stations, Intelligent plants, New Black cultural center

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Heard On Wisconsin Today
Workers with Delta Metal Work work to enclose the electrical components of a charging station for electric vehicles
$23 million of federal funding is going toward building more electric vehicle fast charging stations throughout Wisconsin. John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal

We talk about electrical vehicle charging stations being built in Wisconsin with federal funding. Then, we hear a story about a continuing rights of way legal dispute in northern Wisconsin. Then, a scientist shares new research showing plants may be more intelligent than we thought. Then, the founder of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture explains his goals ahead of groundbreaking.

Featured in this Episode

  • New federal funding for EV charging

    Last month, the state Department of Transportation distributed more than $23 million of federal funding to build electric vehicle charging stations throughout Wisconsin. An advocate from RENEW Wisconsin explains where stations will go and what is needed to make the state more friendly to electric vehicles.

  • Northern Wisconsin dispute over rights of way continues

    In January 2023, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa barricaded four roads on its reservation over a rights of way dispute. As Danielle Kaeding reports, a year and a half later, that dispute appears to be no closer to an end.

  • Are plants more intelligent than people realize?

    Scientists are uncovering new evidence that plants respond to and react to their environments, causing some people to use phrases like “plant intelligence” and “plant consciousness.” We talk with a scientist at UW-Madison about what the evidence shows.

  • Groundbreaking for The Center for Black Excellence and Culture

    We talk with the center’s founder about establishing a gathering place for Black people around Wisconsin to help instill a sense of belonging.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Ben Behlke Guest
  • Simon Gilroy Guest
  • Alex Gee Guest
  • Dean Knetter Executive Producer
  • Keegan Kyle Managing Producer
  • Trevor Hook Producer
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director