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This Week: Justice Rebecca Bradley and Justice Rebecca Dallet  – Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court

  

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Episode 22 - Rebecca Bradley and Rebecca Dallet

 

The Thompson Center was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview both Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley (Left) and Justice Rebecca Dallet (Right). The Justices described the work they do and how it may be different from the publics perception. They also weighed in on some of the key issues facing the court in the contemporary context. Additionally, the Justices made some tips and recommendations to attorneys when they bring a case to the Court.

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Episode 21 - Gordon Wood

Gordon Wood

Dr. Gordon Wood, professor emeritus at Brown University, joined the Tommy G. Thompson Center to discuss the 1619 Project.  Wood discussed the importance of the 1619 Project, where it is accurate from a historical perspective, and where it misses the mark.  Wood shared his knowledge on a number of historical figures including Frederick Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, several Founding Fathers.

Favorite Public Leader – George Washington

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Episode 20 - Joan Ballweg

State representative Joan Ballweg

The Thompson Center was honored to be joined by Representative Joan Ballweg of the Wisconsin State Assembly.  She is Chair of the committee for review of administrative rules, a member of the Speaker’s Taskforce on Suicide Prevention, a member of the Committee on Children and Families, the Committee on Colleges and universities, and other positions. She is also a former teacher and a co-owner of a farming business.

Representative Ballweg discussed the ongoing efforts of the Taskforce on Suicide Prevention.  After briefly discussing the most vulnerable populations and the causes of suicide in those populations, Rep. Ballweg discussed numerous proposals that had recently moved from the Assembly for consideration by the State Senate. Among these include educational initiatives, an expansion of the suicide prevention hotline awareness, the addition of trained peer programs for students, and additional funding for the WISH program and its affiliated ‘Hope’ squads.

Favorite Public Leader – Abraham Lincoln, and John Adams, and the dynamic between Adams and Jefferson
Favorite Book – JFK’s Profiles in Courage

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Episode 19 - Christine Rosen

The Thompson Center was pleased to be joined by Christine Rosen, senior writer at Commentary Magazine. Previously, she was the managing editor of The Weekly Standard.  She is one of the founding editor of the New Atlantis, where she writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics.  Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the American Historical Review, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Rosen discussed the consequences of the loss of public faith in government institutions and the importance of trust to the functioning of governance, and the alarming drop in pride in their county among young people in the United States.  Rosen also discussed the drawbacks and pressures brought on by modern social media.

Favorite leader in history: Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Episode 18 - Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes

The Thompson Center had an excellent discussion with Wisconsin’s own Charlie Sykes.  Sykes is an American political commentator who is currently editor-in-chief of the website The Bulwark.  From 1993 to 2016, Sykes hosted a conservative talk show on WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was also the editor of “Right Wisconsin”  and the host of the podcast “The Daily Standard”.

Discussion were the influence of fake news and the societal consequences for fact based media, with a review of how we got here.  Sykes also examined whether a politician promoting bipartisanship and compromise could get elected in the current political environment.  Other topics included the ongoing impeachment inquiry, the federal courts, the future of the Republican Party, and the choices faced by voters in 2020.

Favorite Public Leader – Independent thinkers like Charles Krauthammer, Edmund Burke, George Washington, John Adams, James Madison

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Episode 17 - Dean Raymond

Dean Margaret Raymond

The Thompson Center had the great pleasure of interviewing Dean Margaret Raymond, who has served as the Fred W. and Vi Miller Dean of the University of Wisconsin Law School since July 2011.

Dean Raymond served as a law clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and the late Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Following her clerkships, she practiced as a commercial litigator and a criminal defense lawyer.

Dean Raymond’s scholarship focuses on constitutional criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, and the professional responsibility of lawyers. She is the co-author of a Professional Responsibility casebook, The Law and Ethics of Law Practice (with Hughes, 2d ed. 2015). From 2013-2019, she served as a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics of the Wisconsin State Bar and she participates regularly in providing ethics CLE programming to Wisconsin lawyers.

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Episode 16 - Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin spoke with the Thompson Center about the breakdown of social institutions and cohesion in America, and the rise of populism that is both the cause and effect of this cohesion it.  Discussion also focused on the status and modern development of the Democratic and Republican parties.  Levin also spoke on what the role of the federal government is to be part of the solution in addressing the problems of modern society.  He also addressed federal spending and the agreement of both parties that nothing should be done to address deficits.

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Episode 15 - Kenneth Mayer

Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens discusses the latest news relating to the House impeachment inquiry with UW-Madison Professor Kenneth Mayer.  Discussion walked through a play by play of what had happened in this complicated story up to this point. (September 27, 2019)  Discussion continued to go over the ramifications and context of what was going on, and what the potential consequences could be both as pertaining to the President and the 2020 election cycle.

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Episode 14 - Christopher Scalia

The Thompson Center is pleased to speak with Christopher Scalia, PhD.  Dr. Scalia is the Director of Academic Programs at the American Enterprise Institute.  He is the co-author of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived and On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer, in addition to regular political commentary in a variety of national media outlets.  Dr. Scalia shared a variety of stories about his father Justice Antonin Scalia, including a few that occurred in Madison.

A Founder who Justice Antonin Scalia admired: George Washington

Christopher Scalia, PhD – Director of Academic Programs, American Enterprise Institute

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Episode 13 - Evan Goyke

Evan Goyke

The Thompson Center was pleased to speak with Representative Evan Goyke.  Representative Goyke spoke on his district and the city of Milwaukee and its importance to Wisconsin.  He also talked about some of his work in pursuit of statewide criminal justice reform, particularly housing reform as a way to reduce crime, but also reforms more broadly.  Representative Goyke also spoke on being a representative and the pressures faced by all lawmakers that make bipartisan solutions difficult to accomplish.  One of his key take aways was that in passing bipartisan legislation the first step is the hardest and the fallout predicted by opponents to the legislation rarely materializes to the extent which was feared.

Favorite Leaders in History: Nelson Mondella, Desmond Tutu, Gary Goyke, William Proxmire

Evan Goyke – Representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly
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Episode 12 - Gordon Hintz

Gordon Hintz

 

The Thompson Center had a very insightful conversation with Representative and Wisconsin State Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz.  Representative Hintz spoke on his time and experience working in the state legislature, and what it is like to be in a position of leadership among equals.  Hintz also discussed the barriers to bipartisanship in Wisconsin’s divided government, and the erosion of trust between the parties.  Other topics included areas of bipartisanship that could still be possible, the national Democratic Party, social media, and the problem of selection bias in where members of the public get their news.

Favorite Leaders in History: Barack Obama, Robert Kennedy, but more importantly public leaders on both sides of the aisle who are dedicated to problem solving with serious attitude towards that end, included former governor Thompson.

Gordon Hintz – Minority Leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly
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Episode 11 - Robin Vos

Robin Vos - Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly

The Thompson Center was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with Robin Vos, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly.  Discussion included an update on what Speaker Vos was up to in the Assembly, his take the state of politics today, what we can do better, and how things are moving forward with divided government in Wisconsin.

Favorite Leaders in History: Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln

Robin Vos – Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly
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Episode 10 - Joan Biskupic

Joan Biskupic

The Thompson Center was very pleased to hear from journalist, Supreme Court analyst, and author Joan Biskupic. Discussion centered on her new book “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts”.  Other topics included the nature of leadership on the court and areas of law the Supreme Court may or may not take up in the near future, notably affirmative action policies.

Joan Biskupic – CNN Supreme Court analyst, journalist, and author.
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Episode 9 - Scott Coenen

Scott Coenen - Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum

The Thompson Center was pleased to have a very interesting discussion with Scott Coenen, Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum.  Topics included the mission of the Forum, renewable energy technology and its falling costs, the feasibility of using renewable energy to augment the national grid, and how policy makers can approach the issue in a bi-partisan manner.

Favorite Leader in History : Ronald Reagan

Scott Coenen – Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum
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Episode 8 - Richard Brookhiser

Richard Brookhiser

The Thompson Center was joined by accomplished writer and Senior Editor of National Review Richard Brookhiser.  Discussion centered around his new book and research relating to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall.  Brookhiser discusses Marshall’s personality, his beliefs, and his leadership in shaping the Judicial branch of government we have today.

Favorite Leader in History : George Washington, Abraham Lincoln

Richard Brookhiser – Senior editor of the National Review and Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute
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Episode 7 - Christian Gossett

Christian Gossett - District Attorney for Winnebago County

The Thompson Center was joined by Christian Gossett, district attorney of Wisconsin’s Winnebago county. Discussion focused on criminal justice reform and the political, legal, and funding structures in place in Wisconsin that disincentives dramatic changes.

Favorite Leader in History : Those who are willing to put their names out and question the norms.

Christian Gossett – District Attorney of Winnebago County, WI
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Episode 6 - Mona Charen

Mona Charen

In episode 6 the Thompson Center was joined by Mona Charen, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, to discuss contemporary feminism and the modern American family. Mona also shared her thoughts on the upcoming Democratic Party primary, and the state of demographics as they pertain to the Republic electoral fortunes.

Favorite Leaders in History: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Margarett Thatcher, and Jeane Kirkpatrick

Mona Charen, Ethics and Public Policy Center
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Episode 5 - Mike Gallagher

Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher

In episode five, the Thompson Center spoke with Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher.  Representative Gallagher wrote a very interesting article “How to Salvage Congress” in November, 2018 calling for structural reforms to how the legislative branch conducts its work.  Have a listen, and we recommend taking a look at the article itself as featured in The Atlantic.

Favorite Leader in History: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Mike Gallagher, Wisconsin Representative
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Episode 4 - Ron Johnson

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson

In episode four, the Thompson Center heard from Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson.  Senator Johnson joined us to discuss why he got into politics, his views on a number of policies, his involvement with the Joseph Project, and more.

Favorite Leader in History: George Washington

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Senator
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Episode 3 - Rebecca Kleefisch

Rebecca Kleefisch

For its third episode the Thompson Center spoke with Rebecca Kleefisch: Former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and currently Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee. This interview was timed for release to coincide with the celebration of the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage in Wisconsin.  Ms. Kleefisch spoke briefly on the history of women’s suffrage in the United States, before discussing her views on a wide range of Wisconsin policies and topics including employment, taxes, healthcare, and others.

Favorite Leaders in History: Jesus Christ, Margaret Thatcher

Rebecca Kleifisch,  Former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin and currently Executive Director of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Committee
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Episode 2 - Michael Murphy

Speaker Michael Murphy Face shot

Michael Murphy,  Political Commentator and a frequent Campaign Consultant for the Republican Party
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In the Thompson Center’s second podcast we spoke with Political commentator and strategist Michael (Mike) Murphy.   Mr. Murphy discussed his experiences working on election and re-election campaigns, the upcoming democratic primaries, the future of the parties, public polling, and some of his political philosophy gained through experience.

Favorite Leaders in History – Winston Churchill, Georges Clemenceau, David Lloyd George, Lee Kuan Yew, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Charlie Munger

 

Episode 1 - Tommy G. Thompson

Tommy G. Thompson, Former Governor of Wisconsin and Fmr. Secretary of Health and Human Services

For the Thompson Center’s inaugural podcast we interviewed the Center’s namesake Tommy G. Thompson. Thompson discussed lessons he learned in his time in public service, his experiences practicing bipartisanship to improve Wisconsin, his current work on advocating for prison reform, his advice to Governor Evers, and much more!

Favorite Leaders in History – Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Allan Thompson

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