Back in 1936, a small church group put together a film designed to warn parents of the dangers of marijuana. The film, originally titled “Tell Your Children,” became better known when it was re-released as “Reefer Madness” on the exploitation film circuit. “Reefer Madness” depicted marijuana smokers as crazed, homicidal, suicidal and reckless, prone to […]
“You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you.” So goes the now-familiar Miranda rights read to people accused of a crime. But if you are an undocumented immigrant in the United States facing deportation, you might never hear those words. Even if you do […]
For years, Wisconsin farmers and residents in rural subdivisions in places like Kewaunee County have pointed the finger of blame at each other when it comes to contaminated groundwater. Were coliform bacteria and nitrates in local wells coming from cows or septic systems? No one seemed to know for sure, and as a result, no […]
Founded as a non-profit, non-partisan news gathering organization in 2009, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has been a mainstay for democracy and freedom of information for over 10 years now. Since its start, the Center has published more than 300 major news reports that have appeared in over 600 news publications around the state […]
As part of her annual year-in-review series, Patty is once again joined in the studio by Dee Hall, co-founder and managing editor at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. For today’s episode, they discuss some highlights from WisWatch’s work in 2018.
During his tenure in the Governor’s office, outgoing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker frequently touted the work his Administration did to combat waste and fraud in state government. Walker bragged that in 2017, state inspectors found $150 million in Medicaid fraud and overpayments. That sounds impressive, until you realize that $150 million is less than 2% […]