What’s happens when you mix veteran snarky writer and Milwaukee Record founder, Matt Wild, with extreme facial expressionist and founder of As Goes Wisconsin, Kristin Brey? You get a biweekly, shoot-the-shit current events show called: ‘Matt And Kristin Talk About Milwaukee And Wisconsin Stuff!‘
New Episodes are reposted here but all original episodes are posted on Milwaukee Record.
Episode #8: Deer District development, The Hop, Aaron Rodgers
This week: Remember all those empty lots near Fiserv Forum and the Deer District, where 8 zillion people watched your Milwaukee Bucks become NBA Champions? Well, they won’t be empty for long, and the whole “8 zillion people” thing looks like it’ll never happen again. Matt and Kristin discuss the many hotels, apartment buildings, and god knows what else coming to the area in the near future. Next, Matt dips his toes into some low-level streetcar drama, Kristin welcomes the Aaron Rodgers closure, and both of them revel in another installment of Mandatory Johnson.
Episode #7: Bucks, summer politics, Chill On The Hill
This week: Has your Bucks Lust been preventing you from keeping up on Wisconsin politics? You’re not alone. Luckily, Kristin is here to recap a summer of Wisconsin budget drama, veto drama, cheese drama, and muskrat drama. Next, Matt runs down the online drama surrounding Chill On The Hill’s new “season pass,” and caps it all off with another installment of Mandatory Johnson. GO BUCKS.
Episode #6: ESPN, Milwaukee inferiority, Club Water Street
This week: As Milwaukee enters Day 3 of “ESPN called us a terrible city” discourse, Matt and Kristin explore a classic topic: Milwaukee’s inferiority complex. Does it exist? Should it exist? Should we really be that surprised when random celebrities like Sheryl Crow profess their love for our sports teams? (GO BUCKS!) Kristin also digs into the summer’s unfortunate “Club Water Street” phenomenon, and slays the show’s recurring “Mandatory Johnson” segment with…AN ACTUAL ENCOUNTER WITH RON JOHNSON.
Episode #5: Medicaid, county funding, mask burning
May 28th, 2021
This week: After two months and four episodes, Matt and Kristin finally meet. Like, in person. Like, in the same room. Weird! Kristin patiently explains Wisconsin’s big Medicaid/BadgerCare debacle, Matt discusses Milwaukee County’s lack of funding and its canceled July 3 fireworks, and both hosts marvel at the top-flight guests speaking at next week’s “Burn The Masks Party.” Plus, another thrilling installment of “Mandatory Johnson”!
Episode #4: normalcy, Summerfest, gerrymandering
May 14, 2021
With local COVID restrictions on the way out and the CDC telling vaccinated folks to ditch the masks, are we returning to…normal? Speaking of normal, the 2021 Summerfest lineup is out, and it’s EXTREMELY normal. (Not normal: the three-weekend format, which may be difficult for folks working in the service industry.) Finally, Kristin educates Matt on gerrymandering and fair maps. Oh, and don’t forget about Mandatory Johnson!
Episode #3: State Fair, masks, vaccines, more
April 30, 2021
This week’s topics: the Wisconsin State Fair! The Fair recently announced it will be going ahead with its 2021 shindig August 5-15. What kind of safety protocols will be in place? Who knows! Next up: masks, vaccines, and more! Vaccinated folks can walk around mask-less now (outdoors, at least), but will some choose to wear masks anyway? And what’s the deal with all those post-vax headaches? Plus, our recurring segment on whatever the hell Sen. Ron Johnson has been up to this week: Mandatory Johnson! Enjoy!
Episode #2: Vaccinations, MKE Health Dept.
April 2, 2021
This week’s topics: Vaccinations. Wisconsin has been knocking it out of the park with getting shots into people’s arms—so why all the mixed messages? Next up: the Milwaukee Health Department. The organization has been knocking it out of the park with getting shots into people’s arms—so why all the internal drama and mixed messages? Plus, our recurring segment on whatever the hell Sen. Ron Johnson has been up to this week: Mandatory Johnson. Enjoy!
Episode #1 Sales Tax & Bradford Beach
March 19, 2021
This week Matt And Kristin Talk about Raising Milwaukee’s Sales Tax, Why is it important? Why are we screwed if we don’t do it? Why aren’t we even allowed to put the question to a referendum vote? Next: Privatizing Bradford Beach. Is it really happening? What’s the deal with that shipping container bar? Do a few removable tables and chairs on an underused pavilion platform spell certain doom for Milwaukee’s lakefront? Plus, our recurring segment on whatever the hell Sen. Ron Johnson has been up to this week: Mandatory Johnson. Enjoy!