2022 Sessions

Released Sessions

50 years later: How Title IX has shaped women’s sports

Sept. 12, 11:00 a.m.
Andrew Maraniss, Doug Moe, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Judy Sweet
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark federal legislation that (among many other things) paved the way for tremendous growth in women’s athletics at all levels across the country. Hear a top-flight panel of writers, researchers, athletes and sports administrators talk about how that’s come about and what comes next.
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How immigration is transforming rural Wisconsin

Sept. 12, 3:00 p.m.
Ruth Conniff, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, John Rosenow, Roberto Tecpile
Many don’t realize it, but in the last 20 years the workforce that does the day-to-day work on Wisconsin dairy farms has come to be dominated by Latino immigrants. Wisconsin Examiner Editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff has published a new book about this cross-cultural relationship and she will speak in this session with a longtime farmer, one of his employees and a leading advocate for Latino workers.
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Cooking with the Cap Times: Chef Joe Papach of Harvey House

Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m.
Lindsay Christians, Joe Papach
Join Cap Times food editor Lindsay Christians as she talks to Harvey House chef and co-owner Joe Papach while he makes Superior walleye with pumpernickel, savoy cabbage, spaetzle and horseradish sabayon.
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One-on-one with Ro Khanna

Sept. 13, 1:00 p.m.
John Nichols, Ro Khanna
Cap Times associate editor John Nichols talks with Ro Khanna, the congressman from California’s Silicon Valley and rising star in progressive circles, about a new “economic patriotism” that would leverage government investment to renew urban and rural areas that have been left behind.
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How do we deal with pandemic fatigue?

Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Natalie Yahr, Dominique Brossard, Ajay Sethi
COVID-19 case counts continue to remain troublingly high at the same time that public tolerance for continued restrictions has plummeted. Two UW-Madison experts in epidemiology and health communication will talk about finding the balance between public safety and political reality, and how best to communicate that information to the public.
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Wisconsin’s Jewish experience

Sept. 13, 6:00 p.m.
Allison Garfield, Jonathan Biatch, Alan Klugman, Jonathan Pollack, Hannah Rosenthal
Hear an all-star panel of scholars and community leaders discuss the experience of Jews in Wisconsin and in Madison, both past and present.
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Rural Broadband — Power of Collaboration

Sept. 14, 12:00 p.m.
Aimee Davis, Joe Kirgues, Barb LaMue, Michelle Schuler, Matt Valiquette
When it comes to digital learning, collaboration is key. Hear our panelists discuss the power of collaboration and the partnerships they’ve developed to advance digital literacy, upskill a regional workforce and create learning hubs. Discover why utilities, including Alliant Energy, are getting involved in the broadband space.
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Will legal marijuana make its way to Wisconsin?

Sept. 14, 3:00 p.m.
Jessie Opoien, Melissa Agard, Mary Felzkowski
Wisconsin is one of a shrinking number of states (unlike most of its neighbors) that prohibits both medicinal and recreational marijuana. Two state senators from opposite sides of the aisle talk about what’s likely to happen in the next few years.
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Health care that meets people where they are

Sept. 14, 5:00 p.m.
Myranda Tanck, Allison Henke, Roanne Osborne, Elizabeth Priller, Cassie Vanderwall
Experts from Quartz and UW Health will share insights on how health care has adapted in response to the pandemic to increasingly bring health care to the patient — into communities, through digital developments, and through advancements in the care model. Learn more about everything they are doing to help you ignite well-living and make our communities brighter.
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Rising tide on the south side

Sept. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Valentina (Tina) Ahedo, Karen Menendez-Coller, Ruben Anthony, Alex Gee, Jessica Cavazos, Vanessa McDowell
South Madison has long been held special in the hearts and minds of those who have had the good fortune to be raised in the area. As of late this good fortune is working its way outward, fueling the health and vibrancy of our metro area. Join some of South Madison’s leaders who are galvanizing the redevelopment and investment in Madison’s south gateway to talk about their vision for current projects and how these stand to transform our community. Ticket required.
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Is Wisconsin a climate change haven?

Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Tempus, Daryl Fairweather, Mrill Ingram, Larry Larson
Migration driven by climate change is already happening in the United States and is only likely to accelerate. The upper Midwest and Wisconsin in particular are sometimes identified as climate change havens, removed from rising coastal waters and ravaging wildfires. Is that an accurate assessment, and if so what does that mean for us here? Listen to a fascinating panel discuss how things might play out in the coming decades.
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What will happen in Wisconsin’s November elections?

Sept. 15, 1:00 p.m.
Jack Kelly, Jessie Opoien, Charles Franklin
Hear Charles Franklin, who leads Wisconsin’s best known political poll — the Marquette Law School Poll — discuss his latest findings with the Cap Times Capitol reporting team about what motivates the state’s voters and the decisions they are likely to make in November’s high-stakes elections for governor and U.S. Senate.
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Why Race Matters with Angela Fitzgerald — Being Black in Wisconsin

Sept. 15, 3:00 p.m.
Angela Fitzgerald, Jacquelyn Hunt, David J. Pate, Jr.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be Black in a predominantly white state like Wisconsin? And if you identify as Black and live in Wisconsin, what are some of the issues and challenges you’ve faced unique to this state? The producers and advisers behind the PBS Wisconsin series Why Race Matters will explore issues in understanding systemic racism, the challenges of public perception and the politicizing of culture.
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Chasing history, then and now

Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m.
David Maraniss, Carl Bernstein
In the Memorial Union’s Great Hall, hear Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss talk with Watergate reporting legend Carl Bernstein about his start in journalism, as well as reflections on parallels between the Watergate era and our own. This session is a special fundraiser for the Cap Times. Ticket required, but admission includes appetizers, drinks and a copy of Bernstein’s latest book, “Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom.”
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Wisconsin health catalyzed: Biotech and digital health in our state

Sept. 16, 10:00 a.m.
Jonathan Fritz, Sarah Condella, Jason Fields, Rock Mackie
Workforces, economies and personal preferences continue to change with COVID-19, but Wisconsin’s biotech and digital health companies are adapting and thriving. In this session, you’ll hear why America’s Dairyland is growing as a major biotech and digital health hub, how our state’s quality of life is attracting entrepreneurs and what needs to be done to support continued innovation.
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Point Wisconsin: Wisconsin’s volleyball champions

Sept. 16, 2:00 p.m.
Jon Arias, Sydney Hilley, Dennis Punzel, Kelly Sheffield
The radio voice of the UW Badgers women’s volleyball team talks to a star player, the coach and the author of a new book on the team about their amazing championship run last year and what’s in store for this year.
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One-on-one with Jamie Raskin

Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m.
John Nichols, Jamie Raskin
Hear Cap Times associate editor John Nichols talk with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin about defending the Constitution, leading the fight to impeach a president, his experiences on the Jan. 6 committee and his faith that democracy and the rule of law will win the day. Ticket required.
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Sisters of democracy

Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.
David Maraniss, Jocelyn Benson, Barbara McQuade
Michigan secretary of state Jocelyn Benson and University of Michigan law professor Barb McQuade, a former federal prosecutor and voice of insight and wisdom on MSNBC, discuss the myriad legal and political threats to democracy facing America in a wide ranging conversation with David Maraniss. Ticket required.
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The meaning of George Floyd

Sept. 17, 9:45 a.m.
David Maraniss, Toluse Olurunnipp, Robert Samuels
Before he was infamously murdered by Minneapolis police, George Floyd’s life was shaped by systemic racism in housing, schools and health care. David Maraniss talks with two Washington Post colleagues who have published a new book about Floyd’s life and what has come from his death. Ticket required.
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The center of the political universe?

Sept. 17, 11:00 a.m.
Dan Balz, Annie Linskey, Patrick Marley, Jessie Opoien
Often seen as a tipping-point state in presidential elections and the site of high-stakes races this year, what happens in Wisconsin is of intense interest around the country. A top-flight panel of journalists will discuss where the state’s politics fit into — and might even shape — the national picture. Ticket required.
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Past Sessions

Epic MyChart: Is the digital future of health care already in your hands?

Sept. 12, 1:00 p.m.
Sean Bina
Most people know you can use MyChart to ask your provider a question or schedule an appointment, but that’s just the start. MyChart can get you in sooner for an office visit, monitor your blood pressure and glucose, launch an on-demand virtual visit, share your record with anyone, and so much more. Epic expert Sean Bina walks you through the latest ways MyChart can connect you to better, more convenient health care — as well as providing a peek at what’s coming next. Includes post-talk Q&A with moderator.
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Situation Inflation: It’s more than just pricier pizza

Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m.
Kayla Huynh, J. Michael Collins, Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Justin Sydnor
In a free session (Ian’s Pizza provided!) designed specifically for college students, four University of Wisconsin-Madison professors talk about how rapidly rising costs affect us personally and the world around us.
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Cap Times Live with Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets

Sept. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Chelsey Dequaine-Jerabek & Band Members: Jennifer Farley, Beth Kille, Shawndell Marks
This special edition of Cap Times Live features Madison-based Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets, which combines the musical styles of three solo-artists-turned-bandmates into a rich blend of tight three-part harmonies and clever pop-rock songwriting, ranging from edgy to fun. Ticket required, but admission includes a barbecue meal. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
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Social media trends, tips and TikTok

Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.
Chelsey Dequaine-Jerabek, Liz Boyd, Kristin Brey, Megan Gorecki, Allison Kelley, Tiffany Klinger, Clare McManamon
Hear a group of Wisconsin experts discuss how social media is changing and how they’ve optimized strategy around the ever-evolving focus on video. This is a free in-person event, also covered live on the Cap Times’ Instagram account. Thought Bubbles, the official beer of Idea Fest created by Young Blood Beer Company, will be available for purchase.
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Smarter Than You Trivia

Sept. 16, 5:00 p.m.
Paul Guse
Madison’s best trivia experience is back in person at Idea Fest for the first time since 2019! Bring a full team in or just show up to be placed on one. Yes, the musical challenge is back, too. Top finishers will receive a boatload of Cap Times swag, but the real fight will be for the bad snack second prize. Cash bar available.
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