WPR Reports

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"WPR Reports" features in-depth investigations from Wisconsin Public Radio's award-winning news team. The current season, "Mapped Out," is a six-part series debuting in September 2021 that will give the lowdown on how redistricting has shaped the balance of political power in Wisconsin and let listeners know what the next set of maps could mean.

Episode Date
Mapped Out Ep. 3:The Mousetrap
Some districts split towns apart. Others packed all the votes in a city together, or stretched to join urban with suburban. But taken together, Republicans’ 2011 legislative maps did one thing: changed the game in Wisconsin politics.
Oct 13, 2021
Mapped Out Ep. 2:Chaos and Quiet
2011 was a frenzied, historic year in Wisconsin politics, with massive protests over GOP legislation gutting the state's public employee unions. But at the same time, quietly, behind closed doors, Republicans were drawing maps that would cement their power for a decade.
Oct 06, 2021
Mapped Out Ep. 1: An Unseen Force
Wisconsin is the quintessential purple state, and yet the Legislature is very red. Why? It’s partly because of redistricting, the process of drawing district lines every decade. It’s not something most people learn about in civics class, but the way those maps are drawn and who draws them can have an enormous impact on who wields political power.
Sep 28, 2021
Introducing: Mapped Out, A New Podcast From WPR
In 2011, Wisconsin's legislative redistricting process included secret meetings, deleted documents and a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. "Mapped Out" is an investigative series debuting in September that will give the low-down on the state's redistricting past and get ready for redistricting present.
Sep 15, 2021