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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01/1/13 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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12/18/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Tuesday December 18th, host Cynthia Lin interviewed a panel of guests regarding the YWCA’s Restorative Justice Program. She spoke with Restorative Justice Program Manager Ananda Mirilli, Eugenia Highland and Danielle Bailey. According to Madison’s YWCA website, “Restorative justice is a theory or set of beliefs that informs how communities can resolve problems that have caused harm or damaged relationships. Restorative justice prioritizes accountability and community healing over punishment, shifting the focus from what rules were broken and what punishment is deserved to what harm was done and what needs to be done to repair the harm.” The YWCA employs restorative justice “as a strategy to address the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The School-to-Prison Pipeline is a process by which students are removed from the school for disciplinary infractions. These students are often put on a path to the criminal justice system. The racial disparities in school discipline directly correlate with the racial disparities in the criminal justice system. We use restorative justice to provide alternative discipline models in schools to keep students in school and out of the justice system.” Read more about the YWCA’s Restorative Justice Program: http://www.ywcamadison.org/site/c.cuIWLiO0JqI8E/b.7968327/k.F427/Restorative_Justice.htm Listen to the whole interview:
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12/14/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Friday December 14th, host Esty Dinur interviewed Domo Geshe Rinpoche about Buddhist Philosophy. She is a Tibetan Buddhism teacher and founder and spiritual guider at White Conch Dharma Center. According to the White Conch Dharma Center website, “Domo Geshe Rinpoche is a reincarnate Lama of the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Domo Geshe Rinpoche lineage includes Je Pabongka Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and the great Geshe Jampa Chombe. As a reincarnate, Rinpoche has accomplished extensive training and retreats in the traditional manner. Rinpoche’s current incarnation has been teaching in the United States for a number of years, held numerous retreats and given other spiritual training from the Geluk and tantric lineage.” Read more about Domo Geshe Rinpoche: http://www.white-conch.org/Domo-Geshe-Rinpoche.html Listen to the entire interview:
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12/13/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Thursday December 13th, host Allen Ruff took a look at the University of Wisconsin Human Resources restructuring. He spoke with Lenora Hanson and Eleni Schirmer, members of the Teaching Assistant’s Association at UW-Madison and David Ahrens, a retired UW researcher and member of the Wisconsin University Union. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics.” Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many also have serious reservations as to how the changes will impact the University community. Ahrens, Hanson and Schirmer discussed these important issues regarding the future of UW-Madison. Read more about the plan: http://host.madison.com/news/local/education/university/university-of-wisconsin-madison-unveils-plan-for-sweeping-overhaul-of/article_c988ade0-044b-11e2-87cf-0019bb2963f4.html Listen to the entire show:
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