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water
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WisContext — a reporting collaboration between Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Extension —has done some exceptional reporting on water rights and the economics of water diversion in our home state of Wisconsin. We're sharing some of it here.

Teens march in Madison on March 14, one month since a deadly shooting in Parkland, FL.
Airdates: 
March 17, 2018

A chorus of hope is coming from an unexpected group — teenagers. They have superpowers — innocence, idealism, and Instagram — and they aren't waiting for permission to use them to shape the world.More

Tyler Ruzich
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Generation Z is arguably shaping up to be one of the most activist generations in recent memory. In Kansas, six teenagers running for governor. Tyler Ruzich is one of them — running as a Republican "for a new generation."

Length: 
7:49
a son of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, is buried in a local cemetery.
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Steve Paulson was surprised to discover that a son of Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, is buried in a local cemetery. With the help of Erin Hoag of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, he searches for the grave of Eston Hemings Jefferson.

Length: 
5:25
jefferson
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For years it was rumored that Thomas Jefferson had a sexual relationship with Sally Hemings. Then legal historian Annette Gordon-Reed proved it. She tells the complicated story of the Jefferson-Hemings relationship.

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17:03
The family tree
Airdates: 
March 10, 2018
October 20, 2018

DNA tests are uncovering mixed bloodlines. For African Americans, this can be emotionally-charged. What do you do when you find out one of your direct ancestors was a slave owner? Does it open the door to new conversations about racial justice?More

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