A Public Affair


John Quinlan

John Quinlan


Carousel Bayrd

Carousel Bayrd


Karma Chavez and Tim Hansel

Karma Chavez & Tim Hansel


Allen Ruff

Allen Ruff


Esty Dinur

Esty Dinur

A Public Affair is WORT‘s daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.

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The Equity and Empowerment Lens

09/23/13 1:43 PM | A Public Affair

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee On the Monday September 23rd, our host John Quinlan was joined by Sonali Sangeeta Balajee. Balajee is the MS, Senior Policy Advisor in Multnomah County’s (Portland, OR) Office of Equity and Diversity, and creator of an innovative program called the Equity and Empowerment Lens.

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Brad Lichtenstein’s Latest Projects

09/20/13 1:46 PM | A Public Affair

Bradley Lichtenstein On Friday September 20th, our guest host Yuri Rashkin was joined by Brad Lichtenstein, who is am award-winning filmmaker and the president of 371 Productions, about his latest work “As Goes Janesville”, his work at Al Jazeera America, and some of his other projects.

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Happenings at the Capitol

09/19/13 1:45 PM | A Public Affair

Rebecca Kemble What’s the latest on the happenings at the Capitol? On Thursday September 19th, our host Allen Ruff was joined by Rebecca Kemble to discussed what is happening in terms of the controversial mining bill, the new University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor, and our education system.

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WI Institute For Discovery And Science Around WI

09/18/13 1:58 PM | A Public Affair

Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, which just celebrated it’s third birthday, is a fairly new building on the UW-Madison campus. On Wednesday September 18th, host Tim Hansel spoke with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Laura Heisler to tell us more about the programs at WID and the upcoming Wisconsin Science Festival.

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Noble Wray on Police Work in Madison

09/17/13 2:06 PM | A Public Affair

Noble Wray Madison Police Cheif On Tuesday September 17th, Noble Wray, retiring Madison Police Chief, joined our host Carousel Bayrd to look at not only his work as chief, but also how police work in Madison is affecting the community.

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March on Washington Remembered

09/16/13 1:59 PM | A Public Affair

March on Washington Today on Monday September 16th on APA we remembered the historical March on Washington in 1963 with some very special guests. Our host John Quinlan was joined by three distinguished community leaders–all lifelong advocates for civil rights and social justice, and all present at the 1963 March on Washington–reflect back on that historic day and its resonance with today. These guests were UMOJA publisher Milele Chikasa Anana, Wisconsin civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips, and social activist/physician Gene Farley.

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What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

09/13/13 2:23 PM | A Public Affair

nations flags The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is something that most people haven’t heard about, but on Friday September 13th our host Esty Dinur and her guests David Rosnick and David Newby gave us a break down of how the TPP agreement could affect the United States.

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Stephen Zunes On U.S. Involvement In Syria

09/12/13 1:51 PM | A Public Affair

Stephen Zunes International Studies and Politics professor Stephen Zunes joined host Allen Ruff on WORT’s A Public Affair to discuss the complex interests surrounding involvement in Syria and potential consequences of all options.

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The Undocumented and Mexican Independence Day

09/11/13 1:53 PM | A Public Affair

Mexican Flag On Wednesday September 11th, our host Karma Chavez covered a wide variety of topics about Mexican history and culture with Marco Williams, award winning filmmaker who made the film “The Undocumented” for the first part of the show. And Alex Gillis about politics and history behind Mexican Independence Day for the second part of the show

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Youth Mental Health and Wellness

09/10/13 2:09 PM | A Public Affair

Dane County Department of Human Services A major issue that our schools face today is youth mental health and wellness. On Tuesday September 10th, our host Carousel Bayrd was joined by Marykay Wills, mental health and alternate care service manager with Dane County Human Services and Jeannette Deloya, a program support social worker with Madison Metropolitan School District to discuss the issues that Madison school have been addressing in order to better mental health and wellness in youth.

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John Quinlan, Carousel Bayrd, Tim Hansel, Karma Chavez, Allen Ruff, & Esty Dinur
A Public Affair is WORT's daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.

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