UpNorthNews Radio with Pat Kreitlow

Host: Pat Kreitlow

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“UpNorthNews Radio with Pat Kreitlow” is Wisconsin’s new home for daily conversations about the state’s latest headlines and stories. It’s a radio extension of what UpNorthNews founding editor Pat Kreitlow premiered in January 2020 as a website, social media posts, and a daily newsletter—a place for fact-based news coverage that is informative, conversational, and not afraid to stand for something. While dedicated to Wisconsin hometown radio, the daily UpNorthNews Radio program can also be heard live on multiple online platforms. Pat is a longtime Wisconsin journalist and former state legislator who lives in and produces the show from along Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls.

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Dan Kelly Is Conflicted (Hour 1)

There’s a new key difference between the two candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court. One just made a pledge to avoid potential conflicts of interest. The other already has a history of bulldozing right over concerns about conflicts of interest and a lack of impartiality.

Showing Support to Control Your Own Body (Hour 2)

Sarah Godlewski’s group Women Win Wisconsin is part of a large coalition with other organizations planning a series of at least half-a-dozen rallies across the state in the month of March—designed to give women and their allies a place to show their support for reclaiming the freedom to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care. She tells us the where and when of these rallies.

High Time to Legalize Marijuana in Wisconsin? (Hour 1)

Wisconsin remains an outlier in the upper Midwest when it comes to legalizing marijuana, regulating its sale, and benefiting from the taxes it would generate. Michigan made the move four years ago, and we’ll talk to the leading journalist in that state about how things have gone and what lessons Wisconsin can take from it.

Rural Wisconsin Needs the Tony Evers Budget (Hour 2)

There’s a lot to love in Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal for Wisconsin’s rural economy—not just the investments in roads, bridges, broadband, and schools, but also targeted help for increasing exports, modernizing dairy processing plants, and helping food pantries stay stocked with fresh, Wisconsin-grown products. 

Jim Obergefell’s Fight for Your Rights (Hour 1)

It was the US Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that led to national recognition for the legality of same-sex marriage. Jim Obergefell didn’t set out to be a civil rights pioneer; his partner was dying and he wanted their union to have the same respect and rights they deserved. We share excerpts from a recent interview.

Motherhood Monday: School Board Races (Hour 2)

It's Motherhood Monday—Kate and Nicole of Motherhood for Good will have information on what busy moms should know about April's school board races, especially the buzzwords you're likely to hear and what they really mean.

Bigots Gonna Bigot (Hour 1)

Middle-aged white guy host has some choice words for some other middle-aged white guys who seem to think it’s “racist” when they don’t get to be the boss of everything. 

Best of UpNorthNews Radio with Pat Kreitlow (Week of 02/20/23)

This week on UpNorthNews Radio, Aaron brings us the results of Madison's snowplow name election. Afterwards, Pat provides an update on the far Right's new fearmongering alphabet soup a la CRT: ESG, or Environmental, Social, and Governance, a set of criteria used to help guide investments. Next is Hometown Health with Dr. Kristin Lyerly. Kim Shefchik and Dr. Sherri Hoyman speak about their efforts to improve adolescent care in Brown County and beyond. Finally, Dan Schumacher gives the rundown on sports and the latest nonsense from Aaron Rodgers after his darkness retreat.

Attacking the Watchdogs (Hour 2)

Now that Roe v. Wade has been repealed, right wing politicians are going after other landmark cases that protect Americans. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking steps to throw out long-held legal protection for reporters who uncover corruption and threats against democracy. Mark Jacob, a former editor for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times the danger of powerful politicians being able to intimidate or even silence a free press.

The Nation Is Watching Our Supreme Court Race (Hour 1)

With apologies to Kristin Brey: As goes Wisconsin, so goes America’s 2024 presidential election. In 2020, three current conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court were willing to consider throwing out 221,000 legally-cast ballots, as requested by Donald Trump. If former justice Dan Kelly gets back on the court, as someone who was paid to advise Republicans on the fake electors scheme, could valid ballots be thrown out next time?