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The Scramble Checks in on Two Stories Out of Wisconsin

Tracy Symonds-Keogh
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Brendan Dassey during his trial in 2007

The ten-part Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" covers the 2007 conviction in Manitowoc County, Wisc., of Steven Avery for the murder of Teresa Halbach. A secondary story in the film is the interrogation, confession, and later conviction of Avery's nephew, Brendan Dassey, as an accessory to the crime.

In a turn of events that forces to mind Adnan Syed and "Serial," a federal judge on Friday overturned Dassey's conviction on the grounds that his confession was coerced and unconstitutionally obtained. (Read the decision here.)

And: Late Saturday night, riots broke out in a Milwaukee neighborhood where a police officer shot and killed a 23-year-old man earlier in the day.

This hour, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Kertscher joins The Scramble to bring us up to speed on both stories.

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In between, we look at the election from one angle or another. (Hey. The show's called "The Scramble" for a reason.) Here are a few possibilities:

And here are some other stories that caught our eye over the weekend but didn't make it into our show:


  • Tom Kertscher - PolitiFact Wisconsin reporter at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Kenneth P. Vogel - Chief investigative reporter for Politico

Colin McEnroe and Betsy Kaplan contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident.

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