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Join Cap Times political reporter Jessie Opoien as she catches up with power players in Wisconsin politics about everything from their favorite beers to their policy ideals.

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Join Cap Times political reporter Jessie Opoien as she catches up with power players in Wisconsin politics about everything from their favorite beers to their policy ideals.

    Act 10 Anniversary: West High School Dean of Students Michael Jones

    Act 10 Anniversary: West High School Dean of Students Michael Jones

    To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of and historic protests over the legislation that would later become Act 10, the Cap Times is producing a series of stories and podcasts over the next month.

    Led by Cap Times’ K-12 education reporter Scott Girard and state politics reporter Briana Reilly, the series will run to mid-March and be available at captimes.com. The podcast discussions will be made available through Jessie Opoien’s Wedge Issues feed on most major podcasting platforms, and at captimes.com.

    In the final episode of the series, West High School Dean of Students and Madison Teachers Inc. President-elect Michael Jones speaks with Girard and Reilly about what it was like to be a new teacher when Act 10 was passed, and how he thinks it has changed his profession. 

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    • 46 min
    Act 10 Anniversary: Republican former state Sen. Leah Vukmir

    Act 10 Anniversary: Republican former state Sen. Leah Vukmir

    To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of and historic protests over the legislation that would later become Act 10, the Cap Times is producing a series of stories and podcasts over the next month.

    Led by Cap Times’ K-12 education reporter Scott Girard and state politics reporter Briana Reilly, the series will run to mid-March and be available at captimes.com. The podcast discussions will be made available through Jessie Opoien’s Wedge Issues feed on most major podcasting platforms, and at captimes.com.

    In this episode, Republican former state Sen. Leah Vukmir — now president of state affairs at the National Taxpayers Union — speaks with Girard and Reilly about her experiences with the bill, and why she thinks it's important for lawmakers to find ways to work across the aisle.

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    • 21 min
    Act 10 Anniversary: Firefighter union head Mahlon Mitchell

    Act 10 Anniversary: Firefighter union head Mahlon Mitchell

    To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of and historic protests over the legislation that would later become Act 10, the Cap Times is producing a series of stories and podcasts over the next month.

    Led by Cap Times’ K-12 education reporter Scott Girard and state politics reporter Briana Reilly, the series will run to mid-March and be available at captimes.com. The podcast discussions will be made available through Jessie Opoien’s Wedge Issues feed on most major podcasting platforms, and at captimes.com.

    In this episode, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin president and former gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell speaks with Girard and Reilly about how the protests launched him into the spotlight and how Act 10 has changed Wisconsin politics.

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    • 25 min
    Act 10 Anniversary: Journalist and policy analyst Jason Stein

    Act 10 Anniversary: Journalist and policy analyst Jason Stein

    To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of and historic protests over the legislation that would later become Act 10, the Cap Times is producing a series of stories and podcasts over the next month.

    Led by Cap Times’ K-12 education reporter Scott Girard and state politics reporter Briana Reilly, the series will run to mid-March and be available at captimes.com. The podcast discussions will be made available through Jessie Opoien’s Wedge Issues feed on most major podcasting platforms, and at captimes.com.

    In this episode, policy analyst and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Jason Stein speaks with Girard and Reilly about what it was like to cover the legislation and the tensions it sparked: "Setting aside whether you believe it's positive or negative, this has certainly been one of the most significant eras in the past 10 years in terms of changing the direction of the state."

     

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    • 27 min
    Act 10 Anniversary: UW-Madison professor Michael Wagner

    Act 10 Anniversary: UW-Madison professor Michael Wagner

    To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of and historic protests over the legislation that would later become Act 10, the Cap Times is producing a series of stories and podcasts over the next month.

    Led by Cap Times’ K-12 education reporter Scott Girard and state politics reporter Briana Reilly, the series will run to mid-March and be available at captimes.com. The podcast discussions will be made available through Jessie Opoien’s Wedge Issues feed on most major podcasting platforms, as well as at captimes.com.

    In this episode, UW-Madison journalism professor Michael Wagner, speaks with Girard and Reilly about how political attitudes and behaviors are affected by the ways in which information flows across the state.

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    • 47 min
    Comedy during COVID-19 with Charlie Berens

    Comedy during COVID-19 with Charlie Berens

    Charlie Berens — comedian, Wisconsin native, "Manitowoc Minute" host and Emmy Award-winning former television reporter — joined Cap Times opinion editor Jessie Opoien (a northeastern Wisconsin native herself) on a Zoom chat to talk about journalism, his latest work (he has a new album out) and life up nort'.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Todd at UW ,

Essential listening for Wisconsin politics

Wedge Issues is one of the most informative sources for Wisconsin politics you can find. It was particularly invaluable to me during last year’s gubernatorial race, when Jessie interviewed all of the candidates and got them on record about important issues.

BadgerDQ ,

Informative and enjoyable

Jessie's genuine interest in the state politics comes through in this podcast, as it does her writing and reporting.

rander427 ,

Great way to catch up on state politics

Only been through 2 episodes but this has been a great way to catch up on state politics. Keep it coming!

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