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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“Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims”

10/16/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Islamaphobia On Tuesday October 16th, host Cynthia Lin talked with professor Stephen Sheehi about his recent book, “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims.” Sheehi is Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Arabic Program at the University of South Carolina. “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West following the end of the Cold War through GW Bush’s War on Terror to the Age of Obama. Using “Operation Desert Storm” as a watershed moment, Stephen Sheehi examines the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-bating rhetoric and explicitly racist legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad. The book focuses on the various genres and ….

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“As Goes Janesville”

10/15/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

as-goes-janesville On Monday October 15th, host John Quinlan held a fascinating conversation with guest Brad Lichtenstein, director/producer of “As Goes Janesville.” They were joined by Dane County supervisor Jenni Dye, a veteran of the WI Capitol Uprising, and a native of Janesville. According to the film’s website, “Janesville, Wisconsin is not unlike a lot of Midwestern blue-collar, middle-class towns in America. Since the economy began its nosedive in 2008, Janesville residents, civic leaders, and businesses have been plunged into an extended cycle of hardship and uncertainty. And like other towns in other states across the nation, Janesville has found itself at a crossroads: As a place with more people than jobs, how can it reinvent and restore itself, ….

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Venezuela’s Election

10/12/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

TinkerSalas On Friday October 12th, host Esty Dinur spoke with professor Miguel Tinker Salas about the recent elections in Venezuela. Tinker Salas is a professor of history and Latin American studies at Pomona College and author of “The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela.” He recently stated: “The outcome of Venezuela’s election on Sunday, October 7 will not only determine who governs Venezuela for the next six years but also who controls the most important proven oil deposits in the world. Regionally, the Chávez election in 1998 became the first of many left electoral gains in Latin America including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. Therefore, the outcome of these elections will reverberate throughout Latin America, ….

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Economic Democracy Conference

10/11/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

EDC-logo-color On Thursday October 11th, guest host Norm Stockwell spoke with Ellen Hodgeson Brown American lawyer, author and monetary reformer, David Cobb, American activist and was the 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party, and Mother Fool’s co-owner, Stephanie Rearick. Norm discussed with the guests about the upcoming Economic Democracy Conference here in Madison from October 11th-14th. The Economic Democracy Conference website describes the importance of this movement: “In the last year there has been a resurgence in the struggle for a better world and a move toward meaningful democracy. Across the globe, from Madison to the Middle East, democracy was breaking free of shackles, people were beginning to agitate and assert themselves to strengthen their democracies, or ….

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Operation Fresh Start and Closing the Achievement Gap

10/10/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Operation Fresh Start On Wednesday October 10th, host Brenda Konkel spoke with Executive Director of Operation Fresh Start Greg Markel about efforts to close the achievement gap between white and minority students in the Madison public schools as well as the positive impact of groups like Operation Fresh Start on the lives of the individuals involved. According to their website, “Operation Fresh Start has provided comprehensive employment and training services to 7,000 youth and adults in Dane County, Wisconsin, since 1970. The organization’s chief training approach is to renovate or construct single family houses for sale to low and very-low income first-time home buyers. Over two hundred houses have been completed to date. The housing sites are the vehicles for employment training and ….

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The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

10/9/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Silent Epidemic On Tuesday October 9th, Cynthia Lin spoke with Dr. Alan Lockwood about his recent book “The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health.” On the third day of the pledge drive, News Intern Anjuli Brekke stepped into the studio with Cynthia to inform listeners about why they should donate to WORT. Cynthia discussed the hazardous impacts of coal on the human body with Dr. Alan Lockwood: “We will not find ‘exposure to burning coal’ listed as the cause of death on a single death certificate, but tens of thousands of deaths from asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and other illnesses are clearly linked to coal-derived pollution. As politicians and advertising ….

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Racial Justice Summit

10/8/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

melissa-harris-perry-1 On Monday October 8th, host John Quinlan spoke with special guest Julia Freeman, Senior Organizer for Racial Justice Organizing at the Minneapolis-based Organizing Apprenticeship Project (OAP), about Racial Justice and Labor Organizing. She has worked as a labor organizer for over 12 years, most recently as organizing director for SEIU Local 26. She has a long history of involvement and leadership in community organizing efforts, and will be a leader in the YWCA’s Racial Justice Summit, which runs from October 15-16 at the Monona Terrace. “Each year, the YWCA Madison hosts a racial justice summit that brings together community stakeholders to work on eliminating barriers that foster racism in our community. The Summit focuses on institutional ….

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“Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy”

10/5/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Frederick Clarckson On Friday October 5th, host Esty Dinur spoke with author and senior fellow at Political Research Associates Frederick Clarkson about the role of the Christian right in American elections and American politics. Clarkson wrote the book “Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy” and is editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America. Clarkson has been researching and adding his expertise to the realm of politics and religion for more than 30 years. He recently stated, “This past weekend, Christian Right leaders including Pat Robertson, and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, staged a mediagenic rally in Philadelphia for more theocratic governance. Against the backdrop of Independence Hall, ….

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MEK Still Isn’t OK

10/4/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Jeremiah Goulka On Thursday October 4th, Allen Ruff spoke with Jeremiah Goulka about the State Department’s decision to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalg (MEK) from its “terrorist organizations list”. Goulka recently wrote regarding the the status of the MEK, ” The State Department may have satisfied a court-imposed deadline and could help the group’s members escape their current stateless limbo, but the decision will enable the MEK to put more effort into pushing the United States toward war with Iran in its campaign to become the new government in Tehran. The court’s deadline comes from a lawsuit brought by the MEK arguing that its designation as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO)—which it has held since 1997—is no longer appropriate because ….

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Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

10/3/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

WritingwithScissorscover On Wednesday October 3rd, host Tonya Brito spoke with author Ellen Gruber Garvey about her book “Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance.” “What did ordinary Americans such as farmers and janitors have in common with extraordinary ones like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, and Susan B. Anthony? In this fascinating cultural history, Ellen Gruber Garvey explores how Americans from all walks of life created scrapbooks to document, share, critique, and participate in a rapidly changing world of information overload. Featuring over sixty rare and hard-to-find illustrations, Writing with Scissors reveals how people have had an interactive relationship with the media since long before the Internet era. Writing with Scissors ….

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A Public Affair
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John Quinlan, Carousel Bayrd, Tim Hansel, Karma Chavez, Allen Ruff, & 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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