The Badgercast is the official podcast of the Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As Governor of Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson’s goal was to bring people together to accomplish positive change. We share that goal.
Thompson Center Director, Ryan Owens, discusses the latest news relating to the Impeachment inquiry with UW-Madison Professor, Kenneth Mayer.
Ryan Owens interviews the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, Scott Coenen. https://www.wiscef.org
Thompson Center director, Ryan Owens, interviews Michael Murphy about his experience and what he thinks future elections hold in store.
Speaker Paul Ryan joined the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership to discuss current policy priorities, including evidence-based public policies with the American Idea Foundation and opportunity zones designed to provide incentives to invest in Census tracts where poverty is persistent. Speaker Ryan provided insight on the rise of polarization, opportunities to revitalize civil society, and lessons for younger Americans. The conversation concluded with discussion on the first 100 Days of the Biden Administration and hopes for progress in divided government. Paul Ryan is a native of Janesville who served as Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District for two decades, the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the 2012 Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States.
Sean Stevens joined the Thompson Center on Public Leadership to discuss findings from a 2020 survey on free speech on college campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), College Pulse, and RealClearEducation released College Free Speech Rankings, a comprehensive comparison of student experiences of free speech on their college or university campuses. Dr. Stevens is a Senior Research Fellow in Polling and Analytics at FIRE.
Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) joined the Thompson Center on Public Leadership to discuss upcoming congressional priorities and opportunities for bipartisan consensus. A small business owner, union member, and lifelong advocate for progressive causes, Rep. Pocan was sworn in as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s second congressional district in 2013 following 14 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly.