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Watch and listen to a preview of “Open and Shut,” the new podcast from Wisconsin Watch and Wisconsin Public Radio. The culmination of more than three years of investigative reporting, “Open and Shut” shines a light on how prosecutors do their jobs — and the danger of allowing that power to go unchecked.

Host and investigative reporter Phoebe Petrovic and WPR’s Bridgit Bowden share behind the scenes stories, previews audio from the series and answer your questions.

This event was broadcast April 13, 2022. Learn more about Open and Shut at

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To hear the podcast, go to Open and Shut ( or wherever you get your podcasts. The nonprofit Wisconsin Watch collaborates with WPR and other news media and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by Wisconsin Watch do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates. This story is a collaboration between Wisconsin Watch and WPR as part of the NEW News Lab, a consortium of six news outlets covering northeastern Wisconsin. 

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Phoebe Petrovic / Wisconsin WatchCriminal justice reporting project manager

Phoebe Petrovic is an investigative reporter at Wisconsin Watch and a 2022-2023 Law & Justice Journalism Project fellow. As a Report for America corps member from 2019-2022, Petrovic reported, produced, and hosted "Open and Shut," a podcast series co-published with Wisconsin Public Radio examining the power of prosecutors. Petrovic previously worked at WPR as a Lee Ester News Fellow, “Reveal” from the Center for Investigative Reporting as an editorial intern and NPR's "Here & Now" as a temporary producer. Her work has aired nationally on all of NPR's flagship news magazines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University.

Bridgit Bowden / Wisconsin Public Radio

Bridgit Bowden is the special projects reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously, she was the Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellow at WisconsinWatch.