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Last week we had Amelia Royko Maurer and Stephanie Rearick in the studio to talk about the tragic death of Madison musician Paul Heenan. Heenan was shot to death by a police officer in early November of last year. The circumstances of his death have left many friends and neighbors asking questions about the police’s policies.read article »
Cast members, Marcy Weiland and Edric Johnson joined Greg Harris, director of Circle Mirror transformation, a Mercury Players Theater production. The play opens today and runs until mid February.read article »
Matthew Rothschild, is the editor of Progressive magazine. He is also known for writing You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression. This Saturday, February 2nd, The Progressive will be presenting, The Untold History of the United States. It will be an evening with famous director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick. Matthew came by to talk a little bit more about the exciting event.read article »
Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, spoke with Tony today. Outside of being the editor for a notable magazine he is also known for writing You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression. This Saturday, February 2nd, The Progressive will be presenting, The Untold History of the United States. It will be an evening with famous director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick. It’s a benefit for The Progressive magazine. Mathew talks about the event. Listen below.read article »
Cheri Maples, co-founder of Mindfulness and Justice, worked for the criminal justice system, as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for the last twenty years. She came by the studio to talk with Tony about the recent tragic police shooting of Paul Heenan. Many of Paul Heenan’s friends and neighbors were distraught by his death, which they considered unnecessary and thoughtless. They have raised questions about the police department’s conduct. There is a mistrust of the police department right now, said Maples, rightly so, she added. She is hopeful that the police department can regain the publics trust. Cheri is giving a talk next Monday, February 4th, from 7PM to 9PM, at the Bethany Evangelical Free Church. Listen to the interview below.read article »
Melly Mell’s owner, Carmell Jackson, joined the buzz today. She talked about her early days and how she came to be a restaurant owner and caterer in Madison. “Indeed, if you’re the type of person who likes to track down hard-to-find, thrilling-to-discover authentic food spots, Melly Mel’s is a gustatory holy grail. This is Madison’s very own soul food speakeasy.” -Isthmusread article »
Lawrence Blum, writer of, “High Schools, Race, and America’s Future” and professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. The book he wrote after teaching a course on race and racism at the local high school. After listening to the students, Blum says that, younger people are more comfortable with racial difference, “They are less anxious than many people of my generation, but I don’t think they necessarily know the history and how is permeates American life and American history. In some ways their comfort with race makes them not recognize the importance of learning about that history. In a way, I think they are congratulating themselves a little prematurely.” The point of his course was to provide a basic historical literacy about race.read article »
Reverend Edward Pinkney, Founder of Black Autonomy Network Community Outreach (BANCO) spoke with Aaron Perry today a little bit about the NAACP, his term as president, and also talks about the ban against soda. BANCO is a political and social justice coalition founded in 2003 in protest of the death of a 28 year old African American male who was killed by the police. Since then the organization rallies against injustices of our time.read article »
Thomas Evans of the Wisconsin Geologic and Natural History Survey gives us a scientific perspective as to what an open pit mine means for Wisconsin.read article »
Erika Koivunen, a self proclaimed junk junky, loves well…. junk. She has her own scrap yard in her back yard. Her neighbors love her, she claims, though we didn’t have a neighbor present to verify. She came by the studio today to talk about her most recent project. She is working with the Marquette Neighborhood Association to create a “gateway sculpture tree.” The “Gate Way Sculpture tree,” is going to be a large metal public art piece, to be located between Machinery Row and Gateway Mall. Erika is currently looking for experienced welders to volunteer some of their time helping to finalize the public piece. Listen to the full interview below.read article »