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What Gives? Wisconsin Welfare Numbers Increase While Economy Rebounds

Participation in government safety net programs remains elevated even as the economy recovers and employers clamor for workers. Badger Institute Visiting Fellow Angela Rachidi joins us to discuss what’s contributing to the labor shortage and steps the state can take to help get people back to work.
November 17, 2021

Taxpayer-Funded Venture Capital?

Should taxpayers be on the hook for a $100 million venture capital program? We talk with Daniel Sem, venture capitalist and dean of the Batterman School of Business at Concordia University Wisconsin, to discuss the economic importance of private-sector venture capital and whether government should engage in this high-risk activity with taxpayer dollars.
November 3, 2021

Black & Conservative (Part II)

(Part II of our two-part series) Eloise Anderson, Shannon Whitworth and Cindy Werner talk with Badger Institute President Mike Nichols about conservatism, independence, Critical Race Theory, self-sabotage, hustlers, infantilization and what it means to be American.
October 13, 2021

Black & Conservative (Part I)

Eloise Anderson, Shannon Whitworth and Cindy Werner talk with Badger Institute President Mike Nichols about conservatism, independence, Critical Race Theory, self-sabotage, hustlers, infantilization and what it means to be American.
October 13, 2021

America at a Crossroads: The Rise of the Entitlement State (Ft. Robert Doar)

Robert Doar, president of the American Enterprise Institute, talks with Badger Institute President Mike Nichols about poverty in America and the detrimental push for entitlements disconnected from work.
October 6, 2021

Breaking the Cycle (Ft. Jon Ponder)

Hope for Prisoners founder Jon Ponder explains how proper support, guidance and direction can help those returning from prison stay out of prison and become contributing members of their communities.
September 22, 2021

The Future of School Choice in Wisconsin

Will Flanders of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Jim Bender of School Choice Wisconsin join us in discussing the future of education in the Badger State.
September 7, 2021

Correcting the Crime Narrative (Ft. Heather Mac Donald)

New York Times Best Selling Author and Manhattan Institute Fellow Heather Mac Donald says a false narrative and political agenda are contributing to the dramatic increase in violent crime.
August 25, 2021

Ranked-Choice Voting: For and Against

America is more polarized than ever. Is ranked-choice voting the remedy? Two conservatives – Austin Ramirez, president and CEO of HUSCO International here in Wisconsin, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation – discuss what they see as the pros and cons.
August 11, 2021

New Orleans Did Away With its Troubled Public Schools, Can Milwaukee do the Same?

We talk to a Milwaukee native who helped lead school reform in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now back home, Colleston Morgan Jr. tells us whether Milwaukee can follow the same path in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 28, 2021

What the Media Downplayed About COVID-19

"When it comes to the risk of dying from COVID-19, two words tell the story: old age," says veteran investigative journalist Richard Moore in his recent report found in our Spring 2021 issue of Diggings. Remso W. Martinez and Richard discuss who the vast majority of victims were, how the media downplayed a critical aspect of the pandemic, and much more in this episode.
July 14, 2021

1776: A Unifying Vision for America (Ft. Bob Woodson)

Bob Woodson, the godfather of the neighborhood empowerment movement, offers a unifying alternative to the divisive messages of the 1619 Project and critical race theory.
June 30, 2021

From Iran to Mosinee

Badger Institute President Mike Nichols sits down with Kevin Hermening in our premiere episode. Kevin has lived an extraordinary life; from surviving the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis to guiding the Mosinee School District through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as the board president, Kevin explains why leadership matters, what guides him in his decision making, and why local leaders need to step up during times of crisis.
June 15, 2021

Check Out Free Exchange

Check out the Badger Institute's new podcast "Free Exchange" and learn why those in and outside of the Badger state should consider subscribing today!
June 15, 2021

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