November 17, 2018

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Featured Speaker

Michael Wagner

"Deciding What's True in a Polarized Society"

Michael W. Wagner is associate professor and Louis A. Maier Faculty Development Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research, teaching and service are animated by the question "how well does democracy work?" His attempts to answer this question appear in journals such as Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Annual Review of Political Science, and Political Communication. Wagner edits the Forum in Political Communication and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. An award-winning teacher, he teaches courses in journalism, fact-checking, political communication, physiology and political communication, mass behavior and media bias. Before going back to school, Wagner covered politics for radio and television news outlets in Peoria, IL and Omaha, NE. He served as a press secretary on a 2000 campaign for Congress. Wagner earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University in 2006 and his Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. His most recent book, co-authored with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Nancy Zingale and William Flanigan, Political Behavior of the American Electorate, was released in January by Congressional Quarterly Press/Sage.

Youth Grant

Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Joy Cardin

"A Radio Talk Show Host's Reflections on Civility in Politics"

Joy Cardin is a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She worked as a reporter and anchor for commercial television stations in Wausau and Green Bay before accepting a reporting/hosting position at Wisconsin Public Radio's (WPR's) Green Bay bureau in 1986. She served as WPR's news director, talk director and Ideas Network director. She also co-hosted and helped develop the early-morning call-in program when the Ideas Network was created in 1990. She started hosting the morning show full-time in 2003.

Joy has received several awards for her reporting and editing and hosting. “The Joy Cardin Show” received the "Best Morning Talk Show" award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 2012.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic. 

Andersen, Kurt.  Fantasyland:  How America Went Haywire:  A 500-Year History.  New York:  Random House, 2017.

Levitan, Dave.  Not a Scientist:  How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.  New York:  W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

Levitin, Daniel.  Weaponized Lies:  How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era.  New York:  Dutton, 2017.

McDonald, Hector.  Truth:  How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality.  New York:  Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

Nichols, Tom.  The Death of Expertise:  The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2017.

Shermer, Michael.  The Believing Brain:  From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.  New York:  Times Books, 2011.

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