A Public Affair
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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01/4/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Friday January fourth, host Esty Dinur spoke with author Cynthia Kaufman about her book, “Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope.” Kaufman is the director of the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement at De Anza College as well as a teacher of Philosophy. She has written the book, “Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change” (South End Press 2003). She is a lifelong activist, having been involved with Central America Solidarity work, union organizing, work against police abuse, housing rights, and most recently work to prevent destruction of the climate. “Getting Past Capitalism begins with a critique of the impacts of capitalism on human society and the environment. It looks in new ways at what capitalism is and at how it is reproduced. That investigation opens the door to fresh ways of looking at how to challenge it. Getting Past Capitalism looks at some fundamental questions about how capitalism comes to look like a system that is unbeatable, and how people come to have desires that work to reinforce capitalism. The book uses this analysis to develop ideas about how to challenge capitalism. It argues that rather than looking for the fulcrum point in a system that will make it able to be overthrown, we should try to understand what kinds of practices open more spaces for stopping the reproduction of capitalist processes, and what kinds of structures need to be developed to make capitalism a less important part of our world. The book includes a critique of capitalism and presentation of alternatives to capitalism, many of which already exist. It explores strategies for developing and strengthening those alternatives.” – Lexington Books, 2012 Read more about the book: http://faculty.deanza.edu/kaufmancynthia/stories/storyReader$112 Read more about Cynthia Kaufman: http://faculty.deanza.edu/kaufmancynthia/ Listen to the entire interview:
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01/3/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Thursday January 3rd, host Allen Ruff took on the controversial issue plaguing Wisconsin of silica (frac) sand mining here in Wisconsin. He spoke with a panel of four guests: Steve Faulkner, author of the book “Water Walk: a Passage of Ghosts,” Linda Three Crows Meadowlark, a Native American rights activist and environmentalist, Edie Ehlert, Vice Chair of the Crawford Stewardship Project in Crawford County WI, and Jim Tittle, director of the film “The Price of Sand.” On the website for his film, Jim Tittle describes his project: “We’re making a documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate. The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : “fracking”), has other uses– glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance — and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices. In addition to a bonanza for a few lucky landowners, the new mines promise jobs and economic stimulus for the small towns and rural areas nearby. A year ago, an oil company bought a tract of land in near my mother’s house, in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota. The prospect of an open pit mine led to the formation of an opposition group, a series of public meetings, and a temporary county moratorium on frac sand mining… Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious. “The Price of Sand” will be a candid documentary about what the frac sand industry is doing in this region. We’ll talk to local people and we’ll also dig for information, interviewing experts and officials.” Learn more about “The Price of Sand:” http://thepriceofsand.com/ Learn more about the Crawford Stewardship Project: http://crawfordstewardshipproject.org/ Listen to the entire program:
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01/2/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Wednesday January 2nd, host Karma Chavez spoke with author, journalist, and photographer David Bacon about his work regrading NAFTA and immigration. For the last twenty years David Bacon, through his work as a writer and photojournalist, has researched the relationship between the global economy, labor, and migration. In his book “Illegal People” published in 2009, he exposes the failures of our national policy produces which lead to increasing displacement, migration, immigration raids, and an increasingly divided and polarized society. pushing for an overhaul in how we think, debate, and legislate about and around immigration, Bacon promotes focus on human rights in this age of globalization. He is also author of the book “The Children of NAFTA” which discusses labor wars on the U.S./Mexico Border. Read more about David Bacon: http://dbacon.igc.org/ Read more about the book “Illegal People:” http://www.amazon.com/Illegal-People-Globalization-Criminalizes-Immigrants/dp/0807042307 Read more about the book “The Children of NAFTA:” http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520244726 Listen to the entire interview:
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01/1/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On this special New Year’s Day edition of A Public Affair, we heard from Madison youth who shared their thoughts and hopes for the upcoming year. Cynthia Lin spoke with members of the youth led Madison based organization Freedom Inc. She was joined in the studio with Jaunita and Tasha from Freedom Inc.’s youth council and Quita Adams, one of Freedom inc.’s organizing coordinators. According to their website, “Freedom, Inc is a grassroots organization with a vision of creating and building a world we want to live in. Starting as the Asian Freedom Project in 2000, it created youth-led collective learning groups to organize and mobilize on issues that affected their daily lives. In 2003, Freedom, Inc became an official non-profit organization. Since then, our work has grown to include people from other communities. Our mission is to engage low- to no-income communities of color to end violence against women folks, gender non-conforming folks, and young folks, which bring about deep social, political, cultural, and economic change. We organize around the root causes of violence, creating new definitions and solutions, and empowering all community members as agents of change to inspire and restore power of those most affected. We do this through leadership development and community organizing, in ways that are language-gender-generation and culture-specific to women, gender non-conforming, and youth, in African American and Southeast Asian families.” Read more about Freedom Inc.: http://aboutfreedominc.com/ Listen to the entire show:
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12/31/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Monday December 31st, Norm Stockwell, subbing for John Quinlan, spoke with author and freelance journalist Seth Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld is “author of the best-selling book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal University of California president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI’s covert operations — led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover — helped ignite an era of student protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties — and shows how the university community became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.” Read more about Rosenfeld: http://www.sethrosenfeld.com/index.html Listen to the entire interview:
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12/27/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Thursday December 17th, host Allen Ruff spoke with Matt Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, about the major events of 2012. Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine, which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the host of “Progressive Radio,” a syndicated half-hour weekly interview program. And he does a two-minute daily radio commentary, entitled “Progressive Point of View,” which is also syndicated around the country. Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (New Press, 2007). He also is the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). Read more about The Progressive Magazine: http://www.progressive.org/ Listen to the entire interview:
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12/25/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On this Christmas edition of A Public Affair, Stacy Harbaugh (subbing for Cynthia Lin) played some Christmas vinyl with her mother and father and discussed holiday traditions.
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12/21/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Friday December 21st, Esty Dinur spoke with JoJoPah Maria Nsoroma, a human services professional and healer, about solstice and spirituality. Nsoroma has said about herself, “I am an accomplished human and organizational development specialist. I am also a shamanic healer and teacher of spirituality and higher consciousness learning. As a consultant, I focus my gifts and talents on the evolution of human consciousness, in particularly among human service professionals. I’m also dedicated to the evolution of interpersonal landscapes within families, communities, and organizations. For about 20 years I was fortunate to work extensively with economically and socially challenged children, youth, families, communities, and organizations, through a wide variety of job situations. I have worked on the frontlines of grass roots efforts as well as administered national program interventions. During the past 15 years, I have been blessed to be able to fully embrace my spiritual calling and to learn how to integrate my spiritual beliefs and practices into all facets of my life and my work. My purpose in life is to continuously learn how to keep myself full of faith and wholeness, and to share that wisdom with others.” Follow Nsoroma’s blog: http://nsoromahome.blogspot.com/ Listen to the entire interview:
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12/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Thursday December 20th, host Allen Ruff spoke with Journalist/blogster Mark Ames, author of “From ‘Operation Wetback’ To Newtown: Tracing The Hick Fascism Of The NRA.” Ames wrote in his piece, ” …Until now, I have largely avoided getting dragged down into the gun control debate, in part because gun proliferation doesn’t explain why “going postal” first exploded into the culture in the late 1980s, and has worked its way into the American DNA ever since. Gun control or lack thereof doesn’t explain why these kinds of rampage shootings only appeared in the late Reagan era and spread ever since then. And there must have been my own personal prejudices too — I grew up with guns, and despite a couple of bad episodes involving guns and a drunken violent stepfather, I have a reflexive contempt for people who haven’t gone shooting and tell you that gun control laws are the answer. Well, guess what? Their knee-jerk solution is more right than mine….” Read “From ‘Operation Wetback’ To Newtown: Tracing The Hick Fascism Of The NRA:” https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/newtown Listen to the entire interview:
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12/19/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
Host Karma Chavez interviewed commentator Yasmin Nair about her piece, “Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference.” Yasmin Nair is an academic, activist and commentator who lives in Chicago. She has contributed to various anthologies, including “Arab Studies Quarterly”, “Captive Genders: trans-embodiment and the prison-industrial complex”, and “Windy City Queer: LGBTQ dispatches from the third coast”. She argues that “In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalism, emphasizing individualized narratives about freedom over systemic critique.” She wrote in the piece, “Given the toxic recent history of the term “illegal alien” and its association with an extreme right-wing perspective on immigration, it is only natural that liberal and progressive activists should want a change in terminology. Yet, this desired change is meaningless. To use “undocumented” instead of “illegal” is to evoke a distinction without a difference. The use of “undocumented” presumes that the only problem facing those who bear the name is a collective lack of documents, that the granting of papers by the State is all that is required to bestow safety and legality upon millions who are here without said papers, and that the biggest problem with the immigration crisis is the terminology we use to describe those who are neither citizens nor temporary residents. In all of this, there is no critique of the larger systemic problems with immigration.” Read Nair’s entire piece: http://www.yasminnair.net/content/undocumented-vs-illegal-distinction-without-difference Listen to the entire interview:
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