Newsmakers "Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show hosted by Hope Kirwan and produced by John Davis and Mary Meehan-Strub. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other issues relevant to the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.
Newsmakers

Newsmakers

From Wisconsin Public Radio

"Newsmakers" is a weekly news and current affairs talk show hosted by Hope Kirwan and produced by John Davis and Mary Meehan-Strub. Interviews on the program explore politics, education, the environment and other issues relevant to the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.

Most Recent Episodes

Newsmakers, December 3, 2021 (Encore)

Newsmakers, December 3, 2021 (Encore)

WPR La Crosse's "Newsmakers" host Ezra Wall speaks with guests about life-enriching activities and programs for seniors. Our guests include a representative from Monroe County's ADRC speaking about their Music and Memory program, and a life-enrichment coordinator with Eagle Crest Communities' long term care facilities in La Crosse. We then speak with a resident of Westby, who recently received a Governor's service award for her many years volunteering as a foster grandparent at Westby Elementary. We also talk with the coordinator of the foster grandparent program, administered by Wisconsin's Southwest Community Action Program and AmeriCorps Seniors.

Nov. 26, The People And Their Packers (Encore)

Nov. 26, The People And Their Packers (Encore)

Wisconsin Public Radio takes a look behind the scenes at the NFL's only community-owned team, hearing from players, journalists, super fans and other Packer enthusiasts.

Nov. 26, The People And Their Packers (Encore)

Newsmakers, November 19, 2021

Newsmakers, November 19, 2021

We hear an update on the Afghan evacuees at Fort McCoy on today's "Newsmakers" program. Host Ezra Wall speaks with Karen Becker of Catholic Charities La Crosse and Kerri True-Funk, Director of the Des Moines, Iowa office of the Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. They discuss current needs, donations and status of resettlement efforts. We then hear from Viterbo University music professor Mary Ellen Haupert, who is also founding artistic director of Viterbo's Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series. Haupert and Wall talk about the upcoming second concert of the series featuring composer Anton Reicha.

Newsmakers, November 12, 2021

Newsmakers, November 12, 2021

We hear from contributing authors of a new book titled Hope Is the Thing: Wisconsinites on Perseverance in a Pandemic on today's "Newsmakers" program. Host Ezra Wall speaks with the editor, an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, and how his call for contributing writers resulted in one hundred essays and poems gathered. We also hear from several La Crosse area and beyond writers who read excerpts of their contributions. They each share experiences of their own reflection as they explored hope in the era of COVID-19.

Newsmakers, November 5, 2021

Newsmakers, November 5, 2021

This week on "Newsmakers" we discuss racism as a public health crisis. Host Ezra Wall speaks with folks from the La Crosse Waking Up White Collaborative ahead of the upcoming White Privilege Symposium taking place December 3 and 4 in La Crosse. We hear from Diana DiazGranados of Better Together and Alyssa Gostonczik from the Waking Up White steering committee.

Newsmakers, October 29, 2021

Newsmakers, October 29, 2021

With winter fast approaching, "Newsmakers" is talking about the needs of unsheltered people in the La Crosse area. More than a hundred people are living in tents in a La Crosse city park. But what will happen to them as temperatures drop below freezing. Joining host Ezra Wall are La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds, the Salvation Army's Hope Hickman, Catholic Charities' Kevin Burch and the YWCA's Lauren Journot.

Newsmakers, October 22, 2021

We discuss the topic of hunting today on "Newsmakers." Host Ezra Wall speaks with a La Crosse-based DNR wildlife biologist and also the head of Vernon County's Kickapoo Valley Reserve. They share information and perspectives on bowhunting, gun safety, various seasons, what to keep in mind and more. We then take a look at the issues surrounding Wisconsin's controversial fall wolf hunt from a variety of viewpoints.

Newsmakers, October 15, 2021

Newsmakers, October 15, 2021

In our program this week, "Newsmakers" host Ezra Wall speaks with veteran service officers from La Crosse County and the Tomah VA Medical Center on resources available to veterans in our area. The conversation includes discussion of the annual Veterans Bonanza event, taking place Saturday, Oct. 16 at the La Crosse Center, which introduces veterans and their families to organizations providing services, assistance and helpful resources. Wall then speaks with folks from the UW-La Crosse Theatre Arts about their new production "Severe Clear: September 11 from Memory to History." The original documentary drama written by UWL students and faculty will be the first performance with an in-person audience at UWL Theatre since Feb. 2020.