"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show produced by WPR's La Crosse News Bureau. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other regional issues relevant to southwest Wisconsin and adjacent portions of Minnesota and Iowa. The program airs Fridays at 10 a.m. on La Crosse's Ideas 90.3 WHLA, with repeat broadcasts Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 a.m on La Crosse's 88.9 WLSU.
Newsmakers, April 9, 2021
This week on “Newsmakers,” we discuss end-of-life planning, including advanced health directives, estate and financial legalities, funeral pre-planning, and green burials. Our guest panel includes experts speaking on all aspects of life and legacy planning and what resources are available to assist.
Newsmakers, April 2, 2021
La Crosse mayoral candidates Vicki Markussen and Mitch Reynolds join us this week on "Newsmakers." The pair emerged from a field of ten contenders in the nonpartisan primary. They face each other in the general election to take place on Tuesday, April 6th. (repeat)
Newsmakers, March 26, 2021
As Spring gets underway, we discuss birds and birding with area experts on today’s “Newsmakers” program. Our guests talk about Eagles, Owls and a variety of other birds specific to southwestern Wisconsin. The conversation includes tips on seeing and hearing birds, and things to avoid for their comfort and safety.
Newsmakers, March 19, 2021
Today on “Newsmakers,” we hear from area health care experts for a COVID-19 update, including information on vaccines and the latest recommended guidelines. The conversation also looks back over the last 12 months, as we pass one-year since the start of the pandemic.
Newsmakers, March 5, 2021
Today on “Newsmakers,” we discuss writing and the creative process with several area authors and instructors. Our guest panel includes two southwest Wisconsin winners of the 2020 Wisconsin People and Ideas Fiction contest, and a creative writing faculty member from UW-La Crosse's English Department.
Newsmakers, February 26, 2021
This week on “Newsmakers,” we discuss community policing in our area with local law enforcement representatives, including approaches to community involvement, mental health, diversity training and more. We also speak with writer and director of UW La Crosse Theatre's upcoming production "Influence," a witty and modern retelling of the classic comedy "The Misanthrope."