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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News from the State Capitol

02/14/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Rebecca-150x150 On Valentine’s day Thursday February 14th, host Allen Ruff discussed topics of local concern with journalist Rebecca Kemble. They discussed the anniversary of the Wisconsin Uprising.

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Captive Audience

02/13/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

captive-audience-the-telecom-industry-and-monopoly-power-in-the-new-gilded-age On Wednesday February 13th, host Karma Chavez interviewed author Susan Crawford about her recent book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.”

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Violence Against Women and Gender Equality in South Asia

02/12/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

India On Tuesday February 12th, host Anjuli Brekke discussed violence against women and gender equality in South Asia. In India, Five men have been formally charged in India with the kidnapping, gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old student on a moving bus. The woman died of severe organ failure due to the rape in December. The case has shone a light on other instances of sexual violence in India, where one woman is raped every 20 minutes, according to the national crime registry. Anjuli’s guest for the hour to discuss violence against women as well as efforts to create gender equlity in South Asia is Elora Chowdhury, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Elory is also author of the book “Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh.”

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Wisconsin Uprising Anniversary

02/11/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

interfaith-peace-builders On Monday February 11th. guest host Jonathan Rosenblum reminded listeners not to forget the anniversary of the war on collective bargaining. He spoke with members of The Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin (ICWJ) about the Uprising and the current situation of public sector workers.

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National Insecurity The Cost of American Militarism

02/8/13 12:15 PM | A Public Affair

MelGoodman On Friday February 8th, host Esty Dinur interviewed author Melvin Goodman about his recent book “National Insecurity The Cost of American Militarism.” Goodman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986. He was a senior analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department from 1974 to 1976.

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Disaster Capitalism Hits New York

02/7/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

DisasterCap On Thursday February 7th, host Allen Ruff interviewed journalist Arun Gupta about his article “Disaster Capitalism Hits New York.” Arun Gupta is co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street Journal and a founding editor of the award-winning grassroots NYC newspaper The Indypendent.

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Wisconsin’s Prison Population

02/6/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

prison_bars On Wednesday February 6th, Tim Hansel hosted a show about WISDOM, an umbrella group which includes nine fully-formed congregation-based community organizations. WISDOM has created the 11X15 Campaign to decrease the number of incarcerated people in Wisconsin and promote alternatives to incarceration. Tim spoke with David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM, Jerome Dillard, a member of the Dane County chapter of the organization, and Reverend Jerry Hancock from the Prison Ministry Project.

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Finding Solutions to the Conflict in the DRC

02/5/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

I-AM-CONGO On Tuesday February 5th, Anjuli Brekke brought WORT listeners stories of people trying to find solutions to the difficult problems the Democratic Republic of Congo faces. On Tuesday January 22nd she spent the hour discussing the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. During the program they discussed the complicated history of the DRC and how this troubled past has impacted the current conflict. On this edition of A Public Affair, Anjuli followed up on that program with an exploration into possible solutions to the conflict. she spoke with JD Stier from the Enough Project.

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Homelessness and Alcoholism in Madison

02/4/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

homelessness On Monday February 4th, Brenda Konkel subbing for John Quinlan spoke with a panel of guests about issues surrounding homelessness and alcoholism in Madison. Brenda interviewed Craig Spaulding, Meg Rothstein, Bruce Wallbaum, Nate Abrahams, Ed Kuharski and two members of Madison’s homeless community, “Zombie” and Ronnie.

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The Rich Don’t Always Win

02/1/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Pizzigati_RichDontAlwaysWin On Friday February 1st, host Esty Dinur spoke with author Sam Pizzigati about his book, “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900–1970.”

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A Public Affair
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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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