The Morning Show From politics to pop culture, we bring together people and ideas to help make sense of the news in our own backyard and far from Wisconsin.
The Morning Show

The Morning Show

From Wisconsin Public Radio

From politics to pop culture, we bring together people and ideas to help make sense of the news in our own backyard and far from Wisconsin.

Most Recent Episodes

How Americans feel about tipping, Making tasty drinks without alcohol, What your cat is tr...

We explore tipping culture in the United States. Then, we learn about the renaissance in non-alcoholic cocktails. Then, we explore a scientist's journey uncovering how wildcats became domesticated and part of our Wisconsin families.

How Americans feel about tipping, Making tasty drinks without alcohol, What your cat is tr...

Finding unmarked graves, Better ways to teach science

We talk with a UW-Eau Claire professor who uses deep ground penetrating radar to detect mass graves containing the remains of people who disappeared in clashes a half century ago. Then, we talk to UW-Madison professor about his book that encourages different ways of teaching science.

Revisiting the fight to remove PCBs from some Wisconsin waters, Nature-inspired interior design

We talk with the co-authors of a new book that details the decades of toxic pollution to the Fox River and Green Bay. Then, we explore nature-inspired design with biophilic design consultant Catie Ryan Balagtas.

Revisiting the fight to remove PCBs from some Wisconsin waters, Nature-inspired interior design

Ownership succession at Wisconsin family businesses, Poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates more than one-quarter of American firms are family-owned. We examine the unique nature of these enterprises and hear from Wisconsin family business owners. Then, author and poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman discusses her new poetry book, "Exploding Head."

Ownership succession at Wisconsin family businesses, Poet Cynthia Marie Hoffman

New weight-loss drugs, DIY advice from the Trans Handy Ma'am

We learn about a new class of drugs, including Ozempic and Wegovy, that aim to help a variety of health issues. Then, we talk with Mercury Stardust, known as the Trans Handy Ma'am on TikTok, about her new home maintenance book.

New book on rural America, Rising car and home insurance rates

A new book from Ohio historian Steven Conn argues the image of wide, open spaces in rural America is romanticized and inaccurate. We discuss the book, "The Lies of the Land," with Conn. Then, we examine the projected continued increases of car and home insurance rates.

Support group for grandparents, Efforts to reduce smoking, Sugar production

We learn about the role of grandparents in addressing child care shortages. Then, we explore efforts to reduce smoking in Wisconsin. Then, the host of a podcast called "Big Sugar" discusses sugar production in the United States.

History of division within political parties, Investigation of Wisconsin gun deaths

We examine the early years of Hubert Humphrey with roots in South Dakota, becoming Minneapolis' mayor, and efforts to fight racism at the state and national level. Then, we discuss a special report on gun deaths in Wisconsin.

History of division within political parties, Investigation of Wisconsin gun deaths

Literacy Network anniversary, Ways to soothe vocal cords, Exploring Michigan's Upper Peninsula

We talk with a leader and sponsor of Literacy Network about the organization's legacy and its 50th anniversary this year. Then, a Wisconsin speech pathologist explains ways to treat vocal cord dysfunction. Then, a Michigan author discusses his latest book on travel highlights in the Upper Peninsula.

Literacy Network anniversary, Ways to soothe vocal cords, Exploring Michigan's Upper Peninsula

'Wisconsin Foodie' Luke Zahm, Cicada emergence, Rural response to climate change, Soil fumigation

We explore restaurant news with "Wisconsin Foodie" host Luke Zahm. Then, we get updates on this summer's rare double-emergence of cicada broods. Then, we hear about two new rural partnerships responding to climate change. Then, a plant pathologist discusses the effects of pesticides.

'Wisconsin Foodie' Luke Zahm, Cicada emergence, Rural response to climate change, Soil fumigation