Open Record

Open Record

FOX6 Investigative reporters Bryan Polcyn, Jenna Sachs and Amanda St. Hilaire break down the big stories and what it took to get them. "Open Record" takes you behind the scenes of the investigative reporting unit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's the details the reporters couldn't tell you on T.V.

Episodes

January 26, 2023 37 min

Democrats and Republicans seem to agree that Wisconsin's system of pretrial release is flawed. But what is the solution? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn talks about bail reform and how the issue will be on the April ballot in Wisconsin. Bryan explains how the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate voted to approve a change in the Wisconsin constitution that would alter what factors judges are allowed...

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The Waukesha School District now has new guidelines for parental rights. They state any student questions about gender identity and sexuality are personal, private, and shouldn't be addressed by staff. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bret Lemoine on to talk about this hot-button issue. Bret explains what critics and supporters are saying about the guidelines and how experts s...

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January 12, 2023 24 min

15 years ago, Mark Jensen was convicted of poisoning his wife with antifreeze and suffocating her. Now, Jensen is getting another chance to prove he's innocent. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bill Miston on to talk about the retrial. Bill walks us through the case and why Mark Jensen is on trial for his wife's death a quarter-century ago. Plus, you'll learn about the...

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January 5, 2023 37 min

One business in particular prompted more complaints to Contact 6 in 2022 than any other single company. Plus, how much did Contact 6 save FOX6 viewers last year? In this episode of Open Record, Contact 6's Jenna Sachs updates listeners on complaints filed in 2022 about the company Window Select. You'll hear why customers were unhappy, how the company got into that position, and what it's doing to make things right with ...

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December 15, 2022 40 min

For the last 11 years, he's been behind the scenes, an undercover operative, and stakeout specialist. FOX6 Investigators could never reveal his real identity until now. In this episode of Open Record, we unmask Producer Pete. The I-Team and Contact 6 members share laughs and memories with FOX6 Investigative Producer, Stephen Davis, as he gets ready to embark on a new career with Milwaukee Public Schools. Plus, a festive Off the...

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December 8, 2022 34 min

For years, he's been accused of stealing from the women he meets on dating websites. But now, Timothy Olson faces serious charges including kidnapping and being linked to the deaths of two women. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporter Bill Miston on to break down the case against Timothy Olson. Bill explains how Olson recently ended up on the radar of police here in southeast Wiscon...

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December 1, 2022 32 min

While you have probably heard of a payday loan, what do you know about installment loans? The quick-cash method that could have you taking a big risk. Plus, hearing aids are now available over-the-counter. How do they stack up against prescription hearing aids? In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invite Contact 6's Jenna Sachs on the episode to talk about two of the latest consumer issues to hit the F...

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November 17, 2022 31 min

Could one of Wisconsin's most wanted go free again thanks to the generosity of a convicted drug trafficker? We're learning more about the 51-year-old business owner who put up more than $100,000 in cash to spring a 25-year-old homicide defendant from jail. In this episode of Open Record FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn shares his latest investigation into the money Richard Stulo posted to help Kenneth Twyman out of jail. Brya...

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November 10, 2022 32 min

The 2022 fall election marked a big day for incumbents in Wisconsin. Their challengers, meanwhile, dealt with some disappointment. With a split decision in the state's biggest political races, the stage is set for two more years of gridlock in Madison and Washington. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 political reporter Jason Calvi on to break down this week's election results. Jason...

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November 3, 2022 33 min

With the right tools, thousands of miles can be erased from a car’s odometer. Tampering with an odometer is against the law. It’s also the reason the state of Wisconsin says it revoked a Milwaukee businesses’ motor vehicle dealer license. Plus, student loan debt relief is underway, but as borrowers begin filing applications online, some are getting official-looking letters in the mail. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investiga...

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October 27, 2022 35 min

After deliberating for just a few hours, the jury in the Darrell Brooks trial came back with guilty verdicts on all 76 charges against him related to the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporters Bret Lemoine and Sam Kraemer on to talk about covering the trial. Bret and Sam have spent hours at the Waukesha County Courthouse listening to testimony, making...

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October 20, 2022 31 min

A 97-year-old woman sent to the hospital finds she can't go back to her senior apartment. The state says the provider broke the law, but then changed its mind. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn explains a closed-door agreement the woman's family falls a 'betrayal' and why it could be part of a nationwide problem known as 'hospital dumping.'

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October 13, 2022 30 min

The man charged with killing six people and injuring more than 60 others in the Waukesha Christmas Parade is on trial. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn invites FOX6 reporters Bret Lemoine and Sam Kraemer on to talk about the trial. Lemoine and Kraemer have been at the Waukesha County Courthouse since the start of the trial and gives listeners a different perspective of what's been happening in fron...

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October 6, 2022 27 min

A Milwaukee man accused of threatening mass violence in Waukesha says he never actually planned to hurt anyone. He suffers from bipolar disorder, but refuses to take any medication and that's why his family came to FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn. In this episode of Open Record, Bryan explains why experts say it's harder to force someone into treatment than send them to jail.

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September 29, 2022 38 min

Throughout the month of September, we are revisiting some of our favorite podcast episodes from the past three years. In this episode of Open Record, Bryan Polcyn provides insight into an investigation that led to him talking with a prostitute. Jenna Sachs explains why not all consumer problems can be solved. Plus, Amanda St. Hilaire reveals her favorite story and how it helped her realize her path as an investigative reporter.

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September 22, 2022 46 min

Throughout September, we are revisiting some of our favorite podcast episodes from the past three years. This week: government secrecy and closed door conversations. You'll hear why the people you elected to represent you may be having secret conversations you can't hear and cutting deals you can't see. A recent FOX6 investigation uncovered the Wauwatosa School Board discussed public records in private. Why is that a bi...

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September 15, 2022 35 min

Throughout September, we are revisiting some of our favorite podcast episodes from the past three years. This week, we take you inside the surveillance van with Producer Pete. As we continue to work on new material for the future, please enjoy this encore presentation The Art of Surveillance. In this episode of Open Record, Jenna Sachs and Bryan Polcyn are joined by guest host Producer Pete. Pete gives the team an inside perspectiv...

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September 8, 2022 51 min

Since March 2019, the Open Record team has produced more than 230 new episodes. As we work to produce all new material starting in October, we’re spending the month of September revisiting some of our favorites. This week, an encore presentation of an episode we recorded in a classroom at MSOE in 2019. It’s a tough, but important topic – Death and Dying. We're doing something different for this episode of "Open Record."...

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September 1, 2022 44 min

Since March 2019, the Open Record team has produced more than 230 new episodes. As we work to produce all new material starting in October, we’re going to spend the next few weeks revisiting some of our favorites. This week, an encore presentation of the episode that literally lives up to our name. It’s a crash course in the importance of public records – Open Records 101.

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August 25, 2022 30 min

For decades, he's covered Wisconsin sports for FOX6. Through the highs and lows, Sports Director Tim Van Vooren has been there, and as the Packers season gets underway, Van Vooren's at it again. In this episode of Open Record, FOX6 Investigator invites Van Vooren on the podcast to talk all things involved with covering the Green Bay Packers. We catch up with Van Vooren in Kansas City getting ready for the Packers final pre...

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