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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 Watch and WPR

Phoebe Petrovic joined the Center in 2019 as a Report for America corps member. She is leading creation of an investigative podcast examining prosecutorial power. She formerly worked at WPR through the Lee Ester News Fellowship and was an editorial intern at “Reveal” from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She also worked as a producer for NPR’s “Here & Now” and a reporter for WCPN ideastream. Petrovic earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University, where she founded and led various audio projects.

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.