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Gerda Lerner, a UW-Madison professor in the History department passed away earlier this month. In honor of her great life Jan Miyasaki plays a small excerpt from an interview with Gerda in 2009. Gerda Lerner set the foundation for women’s history at a time when people in her field were told that Women’s studies, along with African American Studies, were just fads. The academic response to women’s history was a defensive one, claiming that the field already had one history- the history of the human race. She also met an argument against women’s studies as a career path. Many believed that women’s history would never find a place in academia. Yet Gerda Lerner persisted. Gerda described her work as a necessary piece of her activism. If you would like to learn more about Gerda Lerner, her political autobiography, Fireweed, covers her early life in Vienna, Austria, through her time in Madison. Gerda Lerner died on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. She was 92 years old. Listen to the entire interview here:read article »
John Gramling, The editor and chief of the Capital City Hues came by the studio today to talk with Jan Miyasaki about the presidential Inauguration. John was in attendance and talks about the experience of being at the event and also reflects on the event as a historic moment. The Capital City Hues is a bi-weekly, multicultural news source. Listen to the interview below.read article »
Milele Chikasa Anana came by the studio today to talk with Aaron Perry about the presidential inauguration yesterday. She had the opportunity of being at the inauguration and has some interesting insight of the ceremony. “There is something powerful about being present at an historic occasion” Milele said about the events of yesterday. Listen to her interview below. Milele Chikasa Anana is the publisher and owner of UMOJA magazine. UMOJA magazine is a monthly publication featuring positive news stories about African Americans.read article »
Celi Dean, Reggie Anderson and Victor Peacock, contributors to the film, Boys Cry, a film about the challenges of bullying, spoke with Aaron Perry over the phone today about the film. See a preview for the film here. Listen to the interview here:read article »
On January 21st, 2013, Dane Varese, The Outreach Director with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign braved the freezing temperatures (it’s 1 degrees outside) to talk to WORT about Citizens United and what it means for campaigns to come. Citizens United is a 2010 Supreme Court decision that says it would be an infringement on the first amendment to restrict campaign contributions from corporations and unions. What does that mean? It means that money in the possession of corporations and unions can now be donated to a campaign in any amount. Former US senator from Wisconsin, Russ Feingold, commented on Citizens United in a September interview with the Harvard Business Review last year, “The idea of corporate money, money that corporations get when you buy toothpaste or detergent, being used directly in campaigns didn’t exist. And frankly, nobody even seemed to say it was a possibility until this bizarre decision in 2010 in Citizens United. And that is the change.” Now when you buy something at a convenience store you might indirectly be helping to fund a campaign you do not wish to fund. Listen to the interview here:read article »
Tom Klien talks with WORT about the Redamte Coffee House in downtown Madison. Tom is the Director of sustainability at this farm to table café. He spoke with us about the sustainable restaurant and also why he has chosen to show the film, Economics of Happiness, at the cafe this Thursday, 7:30 PM, January 24th. Economics of Happiness trailer “Redamte Coffee House is a farm to table restaurant and cafe that is also deeply engaged in the music and arts community in Madison, WI. Redamte is also founded in social justice and sustainability issues and strives to be a champion within the community of these issues. Redamte hosts musicians, artists, public speakers, and documentarians for special events. I oversee booking of these events, marketing and promotion, as well as everything sustainability.” – Tom Klien Listen to the interview now:read article »
On January 16, host Jan Miyasaki spoke with Journalist Cora Currier of ProPublica about her latest work recapping what we know about the United States’ use of drones around the world. Read her piece here. Listen to the interview:read article »
On the morning after the Governor’s State of the State address, host Jan Miyasaki speaks with Dane Varese of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Dane is the group’s Outreach Director. One of the main themes of Governor Walker’s speech was the mining bill that he hopes the legislature will pass. It would clear the way for a huge iron ore mine in the Penokee hills of northern Wisconsin. Walker brought up union carpenters, millwrights, and operating engineers in hardhats to underscore his support for mining in the state. He noted the miner with a pickaxe on the Wisconsin State flag. Dane Varese highlights the campaign contributions that billionaire mining executive Chris Cline and associates have made to Governor Walker and other state officials. Watch the State of the State address on Wisconsin Eye. Listen to the interview:read article »
Raynard Jackson, Owner of Raynard Jackson and Associates and political consultant for the Republican party spoke with Aaron Perry by phone on January 15th. They talked about the current state of the Republican party and Aaron Perry was bold enough to asks Mr. Jackson what he believes will come from the White House during President Obama’s second term. Raynard Jackson has been involved in every Republican presidential campaign since George H. W. Bush in the late 1980’s. He has also had a hand in many Republican senate, congress, and Governor campaigns across the country. He is currently based in Washington, DC. Listen to the interview here:read article »
Mariah Janice was told by her physicians that she was morbidly obese and per-diabetic. She, a recent mother of two, decided she was going to do something to change that. Today she is a personal trainer. In this interview with Aaron Perry she tells how she got to where she is today. Listen to her story now:read article »