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Host: Pat Kreitlow

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A longtime Wisconsin journalist and former state legislator who lives in and produces his show from along Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, Up North News is northern Wisconsin's home for informative stories and fact-based conversations. Broadcasts live 6 - 8am on several Civic Media stations.

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Hurting Hometown Schools… by the Numbers (Hour 2)

November 29, 2023 at 08:00:00 AM UTC

When some legislators decided earlier this year to substantially increase the amount of tax dollars going to private school vouchers, did they really know how much they were draining away from the public schools within their own districts? Someone has run the numbers, and we’re going to share highlights of the damage that was done. […]

Choose Your News (Hour 1)

November 29, 2023 at 07:00:00 AM UTC

We live in an era where it’s easy to choose your news… based on your views. Just witness how many media sites paid little attention when it was learned Assembly Speaker Robin Vos had snuck away to Brazil instead of adhering to a special session of the Legislature—but they sure took notice over a governor […]

Finding Partners To Protect Our Climate (Hour 2)

November 28, 2023 at 08:00:00 AM UTC

It’s going to take people from all walks of life and funding from all types of sources to tackle the world’s pollution problem and its impact on our climate—but it can be done. Recently, a philanthropic partnership announced the latest in a series of grants to local nonprofit and community groups to take on projects […]

Lights And Wire In A Box (Hour 1)

November 28, 2023 at 07:00:00 AM UTC

The way that right wing media handled a recent incident at a US-Canadian border checkpoint illustrates how far television can stray from its potential as a trusted information source. We’ll review how Fox and its sycophants managed to be even “wronger” than usual.

How Cyber Is Your Monday? (Hour 2)

November 27, 2023 at 08:00:00 AM UTC

Is Cyber Monday still a thing? Or is online shopping so ubiquitous now that there’s nothing novel about internet purchases right after Thanksgiving? We’ll talk about ways to do your online browsing at places that also benefit Wisconsin merchants. Plus Terry Bell has 3 Things You Need to Know to start the week.   Guests: Salina […]

Politicians And Pardons (Hour 1)

November 27, 2023 at 07:00:00 AM UTC

We review the many events of a busy Thanksgiving weekend. We also look at the latest round of pardons from Gov. Tony Evers. He’s not the only governor with a big increase in pardon activity—a move that shows a clear contrast with someone like former Gov. Scott Walker whose claimed piety was overshadowed by putting […]

Thankful for a Clearer Look at the Past (Hour 2)

November 22, 2023 at 08:00:00 AM UTC

Time cannot wash away any sins of the past—it’s not supposed to. But time can allow us to look at past deeds with a wider perspective and apply lessons to how we act today. We’ll talk to a widely-acclaimed Eau Claire teacher about the importance of telling Wisconsin students about the Indigenous roots of our […]

A New Future Is In Sight (Hour 1)

November 22, 2023 at 07:00:00 AM UTC

Justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court engaged in oral arguments Tuesday over a case that could restore more balanced elections to the voters in the near future. Democrats in the Legislature are preparing for a future that embraces the ideas that will create jobs while reducing pollution. And we’ll begin the seasonal debate for those […]

BadgerCare Unleashed (Hour 2)

November 21, 2023 at 08:00:00 AM UTC

Wisconsin remains one of the very few states yet to make affordable health insurance coverage more available through a beefed-up Medicaid system. We’ll talk to Robert Kraig of Citizen Action about how things could be better in our state if BadgerCare could live up to its full potential—especially by adding a public option to give […]

The 5,000-Day Gerrymander (Hour 1)

November 21, 2023 at 07:00:00 AM UTC

Nothing is certain, but oral arguments at the Wisconsin Supreme Court today could put an end to rigged legislative maps that have allowed one party—in a 50-50 state—to have up to two-thirds of the Senate and Assembly for around 5,000 days. The bill they just passed in the fall session shows why the voters might […]