A Public Affair

Monday

John Quinlan

John Quinlan

Tuesday

Carousel Bayrd

Carousel Bayrd

Wednesday

Karma Chavez and Tim Hansel

Karma Chavez & Tim Hansel

Thursday

Allen Ruff

Allen Ruff

Friday

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 Obama Administration and Environmental Policy

03/12/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

MKDorsey On Tuesday March 12th, host Anjuli Brekke talked with Dr. Michael Dorsey about the Obama administration and environmental policy. Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced in December that she will be stepping down. She has been a crucial voice regarding environmental policy during Obama’s first term. Now, as Obama starts his second term as President, Anjuli and Dr. Dorsey spent the hour reviewing the impacts of the past four years on the environment and looking ahead to the future.

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“Riding Fury Home: A Memoir”

03/11/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

chana-gloria-wilson On Monday March 11th, host John Quinlan interviewed author and psychotherapist Chana Wilson. In “Riding Fury Home: A Memoir,” Wilson chronicles the destructive influence of so-called “reparative therapy” on her family in the 1950s and 60s, what was, in effect, an attempt to use the mental health system to “fix” her lesbian mom and normalize her. She raises these issues at a time when the California legislature has just passed a law that prohibits this kind of coercive therapy for minors, a law now being challenged in court by social conservatives.

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Split Show: “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step” and the Passing of Hugo Chavez

03/8/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

hugochavez On Friday March 8th, Esty Dinur hosted a split show featuring two authors. During the first half of the program she spoke with Cecile Pineda about her book, “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step.” During the second half of the program Esty spoke with George Ciccariello-Maher about his book, “We Created Ch├ívez” about the life and legacy of Hugo Chavez.

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The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power

03/7/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

henry giroux On Thursday March 7th, host Allen Ruff interviewed author Henry Giroux about his article, “The Politics of Disimagination and the Pathologies of Power.”

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Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror

03/6/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

worse than the devil On Wednesday March 6th, host Tim Hansel spoke in studio with author and University of Wisconsin Law Professor Dean Strang about his book,”Worse than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror.”

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Harvest of Empire

03/5/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Harvest-of-Empire On Tuesday March 5th, Norm Stockwell brought listeners a show about a new documentary, Harvest of Empire, based on the book by and narrated by Juan Gonzalez. One of the producers, Wendy Thompson-Marquez spoke with Norm about the film.

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“Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge”

03/4/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Priests of out Democracy On Monday’s A Public Affair, host John Quinlan spoke with Marjorie Heins, author of “Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.” Anjuli Brekke accompanied John in the studio to help discuss the Pledge Drive.

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Noam Chomsky and Bill Fletcher on Progressive Politics

03/1/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Chomsky On Friday March 1st, host Esty Dinur brought listeners two impressive guests to discuss labor rights and progressive politics. For the first half of the show she spoke with author, scholar and activist Noam Chomsky. For the second half of the hour she spoke with labor rights activist Bill Fletcher.

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Trouble at the State Capitol

02/28/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

scott Walker On Thursday February 28th, host Allen Ruff interviewed journalist Ruth Conniff about happenings at the State Capitol. Conniff is the Political Editor of the Progressive Magazine

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History of Radio in the United States

02/27/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

radio-voices-american-broadcasting-1922-1952-michele-hilmes-paperback-cover-art On Wednesday February 27th, host Karma Chavez interviewed University of Wisconsin professor Michele Hilmes about the history of radio in the US and the UK. She is a historian of broadcasting and Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than 20 years she has taught classes in the history of broadcasting and in various aspects of broadcast texts, industry, and representation.Hilmes is author of the book, “Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952.”

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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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