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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 »
Melissa Sargent, newly elected from Dane County to the Wisconsin Assembly, spoke to Brian Standing by phone on Monday, January 14th. She talks about being a Democrat as a member of the minority party, new assembly rules passed (including dress code), and what she hopes to accomplish in the next two years. Listen to the interview here:read article »
Since former Marine, David Erwin, took over as chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police, the capital police have issued over 118 citations to protesters inside the state capital. Wisconsin Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen (R), believes that these citations are not in violation of the first amendment. In this interview, on January 14th 2012, Donald Downs, Professor of political science, law, and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks with Brian Standing about the attorney generals stance on these cases and what the constitutional implications could be.read article »
Trent Miller and Toby Kaufmann-Buhler came by the studio on January 14th to speak about their exciting new side-by-side solo exhibitions on display at the Overture Center for the Arts. The two pieces, Spindrift and Tether (Miller) and Hidden States (Kaufmann-Buhler), share a gallery space at the Center. Both pieces, unique from one another in medium, share a repetitive process and complex perspective. The artists speak about the experience of sharing a space, the similarities of their pieces and their differences. The interview can be heard here:read article »
From Broom Street Theater we had Director Tyler Falco Schott and Actress Kayla Stelzel come into the studio on Friday, January 11th, to talk about their upcoming play, Class. Class is based on a true event that took place in the late 1960’s. Inspired and saddened by the recent tragic event of Martin Luther King Jr’s death, A third grade teacher in Iowa decided to teach an unusual kind of lesson about prejudices. She came up with an experiment. The experiment was to treat the children different based on the color of their eyes. The play is the fictionalized retelling of that event. The show will be on January 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, February 1st and 2nd at 8:00pm. Broom Street Theater is located 1119 Williamson Steet, Madison, Wisconsin. Listen to the interview here:read article »
“Having lived through the transition from being an accepted and rather privileged member of society and from one day to the next being a total outcast and victim, I learned something about how society can manipulate people,” Lerner said in 2002. “I applied that to understanding how it was possible to manipulate half the people of the world to accept that they are inferior.” For much of history, the pronoun used to describe moments in time was always male. It’s strange to think, but until very recently there was not a women’s history. At least not written down. Gerda Lerner, “led the charge, politically and intellectually.” Said Florencia Mallon, UW-Madison History Department Chair and long time friend of Gerda Lerner, in an interview with Jonathan Zarov, Friday, January 11th. 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 interview with Florencia Mallon and Jonathan Zarov here:read article »
Madtown Preppers is a Madison-based community organization dedicated to preparing people for survival/emergency situations. Andre Leger, the organization founder, sat down with Tony to discuss the best ways a person can be ready for anything. Aside from scaring our host half to death, Andre gave some important information on what to do in case of an emergency. Some of these tips might seem like common sense, but often times even the most basic decision can seem complex in an emergency situation. Andre Leger is a very prepared man. He covers everything from extreme weather to a zombie apocalypse in this interview. The lively banter can be heard here:read article »
On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Enis Ragland, honored with the Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award, presented by Mayor Paul Soglin. Enis, raised in Milwaukee, has worked for the city of Madison for eighteen years at the Mayor’s Office, the Affirmative Action Department and the Office of Community Services. He encourages young people to participate in politics and be involved with decision making processes that will affect the community. He also speaks about his experiences working for Senator Coggs’ Office and other elected officials. Listen to the full interview here:read article »