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Wisconsin's role in the Trump White House

From White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, President Donald Trump will lean on Wisconsin leadership during his tenure. What can those leaders expect? Our politics team has some answers. Also in today's show, Green Bay Packers beat writers Bob McGinn and Michael Cohen offer their predictions for Sunday's game. And business reporter Tom Daykin details the tricky challenges in renovating the historical Warner Grand Theatre.

Duration: 00:18:46

As pipelines stall out west, oil flows through Wisconsin

As pipeline protests have raged out West for the last decade, ever-growing volumes of North American oil have been discreetly flowing through the far more populous Great Lakes region, under its forests, rivers, ponds, wetlands, cities and towns and even, in one extreme case, across the bottom of the Great Lakes themselves. Great Lakes reporter Dan Egan joins Behind the Headlines with his investigation into the oil the flows through Wisconsin. We'll also hear from Washington bureau chief...

Duration: 00:21:03

Nohl Fellows explore their transracial adoption stories

Two winners of the prestigious Mary L. Nohl Fellowship are using their award to create art exploring their transracial adoptions. Arts reporter Sarah Hauer joins our show with more on that story. We'll also hear from business reporter Tom Daykin with the latest on an eastside development offering affordable housing. And political reporter Patrick Marley talks with opinion editor Dave Haynes about the incoming Republican legislature.

Duration: 00:22:15

Looking back at the biggest stories of 2016

From a contentious election to the unrest in Sherman Park, 2016 was a defining year for many. Of course it wasn't all bad, with more breweries opening and expanding in Milwaukee as well. During today's Behind the Headlines, our reporters and editors look back at the biggest headlines from a provocative and unusual year.

Duration: 00:29:34

Stitch in Time: A story of Christmas

Each year editor Greg Borowski writes a fictional Christmas story for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This year our staff came together to bring the episode to life. Enjoy the radio version of our story and happy holidays.

Duration: 00:16:50

The latest on the crisis at Lincoln Hills

The Lincoln Hills School in Irma made headlines last December after a sweeping FBI probe at the institution. There were reports that the youths were not receiving adequate education. Since then, the reports have only gotten worse, including allegations of sexual assault, physical child abuse and more. Reporter Patrick Marley joins Behind the Headlines with a look at the story as it’s developed over the course of the year. Patrick also examines alternatives for handling juvenile offenders,...

Duration: 00:26:25

Special Edition: A Day Of Infamy

75 years ago today, Japan attacked United States forces at Pearl Harbor, launching the reluctant country into World War II. Meg Jones, veterans reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, joins Behind the Headlines to reflect on the attack and its significance for Wisconsin families.

Duration: 00:18:55

How one local painter mastered his craft

71-year-old Charles Munch attributes his ability to use color to his training as an art conservator. Learn more about him from art reporter Sarah Hauer before heading to his show at Tory Folliard Gallery. Also in today's show, education reporter Annysa Johnson joins us with a report on chronic absenteeism and what Milwaukee Public Schools are doing to push back against the problem. We'll also hear from business reporter Rick Barrett on the economic impact deer hunting season has across the...

Duration: 00:21:18

Your guide to the election

The election is quickly approaching. To prepare you for Tuesday, our political team looks at everything from the latest PolitiFact claims to the impact of early voting. Never fear, we know it's been on contentious campaign season, so we'll keep the show light by hearing from Sarah Hauer. Sarah looked into the infamous "I Voted" stickers to track their origin, but that proved to be trickier than she expected.

Duration: 00:14:03

Savoring fall before it dashes away

As Wisconsin Trails editor Chelsey Lewis said in her column this week, "When it comes to fall colors in Wisconsin, few spots beat the Northwoods." And for those chasing fall hues, Chelsey joins our show with suggests for the best spots to see. We'll also hear from reporter Cara Lombardo. Cara looked into Wisconsin's status as the only state in the nation where children as young as 10 can be tried as adults for first-degree intentional homicide. And Rick Barrett has the latest on a tiff...

Duration: 00:23:57

Celebrating First Stage's 30th Anniversary

First Stage Children's Theater turns 30 this year. To celebrate, editor Jim Higgins talked to adults who went through the program about its significance. Jim joins us with those stories, as well as stories from his own time in high school theater. We'll also hear from Packers beat writer Michael Cohen ahead of the team's game against the Dallas Cowboys. And business reporter Kathleen Gallagher joins us with the latest on Comply365's technology.

Duration: 00:25:45

What's changed five years after Act 10?

Five years into the Act 10 era of public education, aftereffects of Wisconsin's bruising battle over union power are fundamentally altering education in the state. We'll hear from reporters Dave Umhoefer and Sarah Hauer on their investigation. We'll also hear from business reporter Joe Taschler on the success one local company has found in creating mini-markets in workplaces.

Duration: 00:18:15

Oregon program provides community for ex-inmates

Investigative reporter Gina Barton takes Journal Sentinel readers to Oregon this weekend as she examines a faith-based effort to help ex-offenders who are leaving prison. We'll also hear from Kathy Flanigan on a new trend at bars. And our JS on Politics team brings you the latest with Republican candidate Donald Trump's stop in Waukesha.

Duration: 00:20:24

Jump into fall festivals

The fall has officially arrived. So what's the best way to celebrate? Wisconsin Trails editor Chelsey Lewis joins Behind the Headlines with the answer.

Duration: 00:18:49

Examining the unrest in Sherman Park

The shooting death of 23-year-old Seville Smith by Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown lead to two nights of violent unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Crime reporters Ashley Luthern and Gina Barton wrote a story addressing two prominent questions that emerged following the unrest: why did this happen and why didn’t it happen sooner?

Duration: 00:35:27

Behind the Headlines: Intern edition

Our interns don't fetch coffee. They're not limited to answering phones or returning emails. Instead, our interns rise to the occasion, producing important and quality work throughout their tenure at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In today's "intern edition," we catch up with three people who spent the summer with us to find out what they covered and what they're taking away from the experience.

Duration: 00:22:08

Getting rid of our 'Rust Belt' reputation

The Midwest and Milwaukee need some rebranding. The term “Rust Belt” is still part of the national lexicon, much to the detriment of the city. What role does this term have in the election? And how are businesses reacting to that? Business reporter Rick Barrett has the answer. Also in today’s show, if you haven’t visited food trucks this summer, the clock is ticking. Dining critic Carol Deptolla brings us tips for summer food you should munch on before the summer fades away.

Duration: 00:15:23

The road to Rio scoops up Gary D'Amato

Journal Sentinel sports reporter Gary D’Amato has covered a number of Olympiads. Now he’s on his way to Rio. Gary joins today’s Behind the Headlines to talk about what he expects from his time there and which Wisconsin athletes we should keep an eye on. Also in today’s show, we’ve got your full Wisconsin State Fair preview.

Duration: 00:18:16

Behind the scenes during the Journey to Jordan

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson and photographer Mark Hoffman traveled with a medical team from Wisconsin to Zataari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The team, lead my Dr. Tarif Bakdash, provided medical care in a camp of 80,000 refugees. In today’s special edition of Behind the Headlines, we’ll travel to Jordan through audio Mark Johnson gathered during the course of his reporting.

Duration: 00:28:18

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