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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Voter Supression

11/14/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

billboard On Wednesday November 14th, host Tonya Brito looked at voting rights issues following the Presidential election. During the first half of the show, she spoke with Jonathan Brater from the Brennan Center for Justice. Brater works for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program focusing on voting rights and elections. According to the organization’s website, “The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.” During the second half of the show, Tonya spoke with ….

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Shift Change

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

Shift Change On Tuesday November 13th, host Cynthia Lin brought listeners a great program featuring the folks involved with the film “Shift Change,” a documentary about worker run businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy. The film will be showing this Thursday, November 15th, at the Barrymore Theater as part of the Havens Center Social Cinema film series. You can find out details about the event online at havenssocialcinema.org. Cynthia spoke with Melissa Young, one of the producers and co-directors of the film. Cynthia also spoke with coop leaders here in Madison to discuss worker cooperatives as a key solution for economic resilience and healthy communities. In the studio with Cynthia were John Conowall, Union Cab Member and ….

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Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects

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

greg-pahl-200 On Monday November 12th, host John Quinlan interviewed author Greg Pahl about his book released this year, “Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects.” John Welch also contributed at the top of the hour to discuss Dane County’s innovative “bio-gas project,” essentially fueling vehicles with fuel made from garbage. This innovative project has received national and international attention, including a first place project recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and international delegations visiting Madison have toured the county’s related facilities. Welch is the recycling project manager for Dane County Public Works. He is also the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Badger Chapter Director, as well as its International Director. read article »

Veterans’ Issues

11/9/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Veterans Day On Friday November 9th, Norm Stockwell subbing for Esty Dinur talked with a number of guests about veterans issues in tribute to Veterans’ Day on Monday. During the first part of the show, Norm spoke with Veterans for Peace member David Giffey who edited the book “Long Shadows: Veterans’ Paths to Peace.” Norm also spoke with Nick Velvet, member of Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. David Giffey’s book, “Long Shadows: Veterans’ Paths to Peace,” was “Winner of the 2008 Montaigne Medal, an award designated by the Hoffer Awards for thought-provoking titles. These are veterans with a point of view whose trajectories of belief had many different starting points, took many different paths, ….

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Electoral Politics

11/8/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

mike_wagner On Thursday November 8th, Karma Chavez subbing for Allen Ruff interviewed Mike Wagner, Assistant Professor of Journalism at UW-Madison. He is an expert in electoral politics and discussed the election results from the perspective of his research.   Assistant Professor Wagner was the Project Director of the Congressional Elections Study (national survey conducted by the Center on Congress) in 2006. He was the Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2009 (Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellow Award, 2012, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln). He also served as moderator for the televised debate between U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jan Ting (R) in 2006 and co-authored the book, “Political Behavior in Midterm Elections,” with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse. ….

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Post-Election Analysis

11/7/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Tammy On Wednesday November 7th, the day after the Presidential election, News Coordinator Molly Stentz brought listeners valuable post-election analysis to help us understand the future implications of Tuesday’s election. She opened the lines up to listeners to share their questions and opinions regarding Tuesday’s national and local elections. ABC news wrote after President Obama’s win: “In a victory speech studded with the soaring rhetoric that first drew voters to him in 2008, Obama reminded the electorate what was still on his agenda — immigration reform, climate change and job creation. ‘Tonight, you voted for action not politics as usual.” he told supporters in Chicago. “You elected us to focus on your job, not ours.’ Obama told Romney ….

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Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music

11/7/12 5:05 AM | A Public Affair

Don't stop On this special Election Day episode of A Public Affair, host Cynthia Lin looked at how campaign music is employed to sway voters. Cynthia interviewed musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper about their book, Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. This enthralling exploration into the power of campaign music will be featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Sunday, November 11th.   “In this insightful, erudite history of presidential campaign music, musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper explain how politicians use music in American presidential campaigns to convey a range of political messages. From ….

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Split Show: Pre-Election Coverage and Preview of the Upcoming WI Book Festival

11/5/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

WI book fest On Monday November 5th, host John Quinlan spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz and Culture Editor of The Progressive Magazine Elizabeth DiNovella about President Obama’s visit to Madison during a tour of final campaign stops before Tuesday’s election. They also discussed voting and the possible outcomes of the Presidential election. In the second half of the program, John spoke to Alison Jonse Chaim and Megan Katz, Director and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Book Festival, about the upcoming events and literary festivities.     President Obama returned to our hometown Madison, Wisconsin for a final campaign rally. Bruce Springsteen joined him for a final burst of enthusiasm and a musical introduction aimed at bringing voters ….

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Hurricane Sandy

11/2/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

hurricane On Friday November 2nd, host Esty Dinur spoke with Dr. Wesler Lambert live from Haiti, a country devastated by the impact of hurricane Sandy. Dr. Lambert is Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for Zanmi Lasante, Partners In Health’s flagship project in Haiti. On the second half of the show, Esty spoke with University of Wisconsin Senior Researcher Chris Velden about charting the path of hurricane Sandy and the possible impact of global climate change in the creation of super storms.                                               The BBC reported on the horrific impact of Sandy in Haiti: “There are ….

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American Indian Heritage Month

11/1/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Native American Heritage Month November is American Indian Heritage Month, and on this, the first day of November, Karma Chavez interviewed Julie Bacon, a very interesting scholar of indigenous peoples of the Americas and activist from Eugene, Oregon, who looks at environmental studies from an anti-racist, feminist, queer indigenous perspective. Originally from the state of Massachusetts, Julie Bacon has lived a nomadic life and traveled to all 48 continental US states. She eventually left the road to attend the Community College of Rhode Island, where she focused on photography and literature. She later earned my B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and my M.A. in English from Oregon State University. At the University of Oregon her primary areas of research ….

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