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On Friday October 26, Adam “Vampire Slayer’ Weisse, from Project Home, spoke with our host Jonathan Zarov about energy conservation. He provided several suggestions and tips on how to make our homes more energy efficient. Says Adam,“Some of the biggest energy vampires in your home would be home entertainment systems…such as flat screen TVs. They are continually using a trickle charge of electricity to keep them warmed up. You can install power strips on these devices, hook multiple devices to one power strip and turn that off – that kills the power to a couple of devices at once. If you are lucky enough to have switch outlets, you can plug those devices into a switch outlet and switch it off when you walk out of the room.” There are also ‘smart power strips’, which automatically shuts outlets off if the device is not being actively used. Items that are plugged in, even though they are not in use, do continue to use energy, although the amount does vary depending on the device itself. “Phone chargers are pretty low energy devices, but they’re still going to be using 3-4 watts of energy as it just sits there, ready for you to plug your phone into. Something like a television, or computer monitor, would be using closer to 30-40 watts, just sitting there. Translating that into cost…you are paying about 12.5 cents per kilowatt in Madison, and if that’s something used 365 days a year, it’s going to add up over the year.” Adam explains Project Home, a grantee of the Wisconsin low income Weatherization Assistance Program, “this year we are going to be in about 620 households in Madison areas and down in Green County. We make a lot of visits to people’s homes. Project Homes in particular addresses a lot of things that most homeowners would not address…[such as]air sealing and insulation in homes, mechanical system upgrades and efficiency, and ventilation issues for air safety.” For more information about Project Homes, visit their website at www.projecthomewi.org You can also learn more about Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy at focusonenergy.com Listen to the entire interview here:read article »
On Friday October 26, our host Jonathan Zarov talked about The Earth Wood and Fire Artist Tour with local arts and crafts style furniture maker, Bill Bale. The tour will be taking place this weekend, October 27 and 28, from 10 -5 p.m. in Cambridge, Wisconsin. Says Bill, “All the artwork represents the elements of the earth. The jewelers, which take fire, furniture, which takes wood, and the painters are doing things with nature and of the world… We highlight 13 studios and a gallery in Jefferson, and we have other guests in the area that come in that are just a little bit outside our map region.” Bill will also be hosting a jeweler, painter and potter at his studio. Other artists include “the fiberholics”, a group of women who weave baskets and other items using elements from nature, as well as another fiber artist who raises her own sheep, from which she makes the felt that she uses for her work. For a list of all of the artists featured in the tour, click here. Visit earthwoodandfiretour.com for a full map of the tour and further details. Listen to the clip here:read article »
On Thursday Oct 25, Tony Castaneda interviewed Israeli-American author and peace activist, Miko Peled. He is the author of The General’s Son: The Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Miko was born in Jerusalem into a well known Zionist family; his grandfather was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli declaration of independence, and his father was a war hero in the Israeli army. He is currently on tour to talk about his book. Divided into two sections, the book is about both the author’s background, growing up as the son of a general in a patriotic family, and about the author’s journey through Palestine, and what he discovered from it, “the first part, the General’s Son part, is what seems to give credibility to the second part when I talk about my journey and what I’ve seen of the Palestinian communities.” Miko explains that, growing up in Jerusalem, because it is a very segregated city, he never actually got to know Palestinians until he came to the United States, when he was forty years old. Nevertheless, growing up, the attitudes and values imparted to Miko by his family made him sensitive to and aware of Palestinians and their situation. Miko’s father, after serving in the Israeli military, dedicated his efforts towards peace-keeping and fighting for Palestinian rights. In 1948, when Israel offered Miko’s family a house to move into, Miko’s mother refused, knowing that Palestinians would need to be removed from the house in order for them to move in. Explains Miko, “this was during the war of 1948, my father was a young officer fighting for the Zionist cause… its interesting because there are neighborhoods in Western Jerusalem that were Palestinian. In 1948, Israeli forces came and kicked everyone out, and these are beautiful homes, well to-do families…and these neighborhoods were ‘cleansed’ by kicking [the Palestinians] out, and these beautiful homes were offered to Israeli families.” His mother refused to displace Palestinian families on principle. Miko talks about the single-state plan, which calls for a democratic state which would treat both Israelis and Palestinians equally under one state, “As soon as the war was over, [Israel] began ethnically cleansing the West Bank, displacing hundreds of thousands of people…building homes, towns, roads for Israelis, only on Palestinian land. By that, the purpose of this was to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible, so it becomes a part of Israel. So Israel in fact created one state: ….read article »
On Thursday, October 25, Jeff Dowd, the inspiration for ‘the dude’ or ‘duderino’ character in The Big Lebowski speaks with Tony Castaneda. Jeff is both a film producer and a community and peace activist, and was a member of the Seattle Seven. He is traveling the country, and is currently visiting Wisconsin. He admires the strong alliance that Wisconsin has put together, and believes that Wisconsin is now in a historical crossroads. Jeff discusses his economic and political opinions and speculates on the upcoming presidential term. He voices his opinion, “what you have a chance to do in Wisconsin, is take the high road, and become the job creator state… We need to show that [the workers] in Oshkosh, who are worried about losing their jobs, and rightfully so, to the 10,000 jobs that George Bush moved to Texas… Germany is now 50% solar…There is no reason why Wisconsin can’t be doing that. There is no reason the [workers] at Oshkosh trucks can not be working on trains, electric batteries, solar, wind …it doesn’t even have to be transportation. That’s the historic opportunity: Wisconsin is in an historic situation where they can start making systemic change, and we can show that we are the job creators. The reason Obama can not answer the question Romney is asking is because government does not create jobs systemically. It has to come from a combination of things…using the phenomenal Wisconsin human resources, and between the universities of Wisconsin…The human resources we have today is unbelievable.” Jeff will be speaking at The Big Laborski Fest at the Labor Temple on Thursday October 25, from 6-9PM. Listen to the entire interview here:read article »
On Wednesday October 24, in honor of the 67th anniversary of United Nations Day, Jan Miyasaki spoke with Barbara Nichols, president of the United Nations, USA Dane County Chapter. Barbara is also the first African American woman to head the American Nurses Association and the Wisconsin Nurses Association, and has recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer on the Commission of Graduates on Foreign Nursing Schools. Also joining the discussion was Melissa Hilbrenner in New York with the UNA USA National Office with the Girl Up campaign. Barbara explains, “The UN Day Celebration is on the day that the UN received its charter, and the day reaffirms the mission and values of the UN, which are to stop war, work for justice, and address the silent crises of hunger, disease and poverty. The significance of this day is for all individuals to pledge as one human family to create a better world for all.” The UN, says Barbara, “provides food for 90 million people in 73 countries; vaccinates 2.5 million children a year; assists 36 million refugees and people fleeing from famine, war, or persecution; keeps the peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in operations in 16 countries across four continents; promotes mental health; saves the lives of over 30 million women a year; and has over 80 treaties that deal with human rights and social justice; assists 30 countries in elections, and has worked to fight poverty in over 370 million areas.” Melissa Hilbrenner, with UNA USA, explains the mission of the Girl Up campaign, “it engages teen girls [in the US] to learn about the issues… and it ensures future opportunities for women and girls worldwide. We are building future UN supporters and future global leaders by engaging a teen girl audience. We are trying to impact the lives of girls in developing countries through UN programs.” Focusing on five aspects of the girls’ lives: education, health services, safety and leadership, the campaign is currently working with several UN agencies to fund programs in four countries, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Guatemala. Apart from the Girl Up campaign, the UNA USA also focuses on malaria, vaccination campaigns, maternal health, and energy sustainability, among many others. Learn more about the Girl Up Campaign here. For information about upcoming UNA-USA Dane County Events, click here. Listen to the full interview here:read article »
On Wednesday October 24, Jan Miyasaki spoke with Cindy Hooper, author of Conflict, African American Women, and the New Dilemma of Race and Gender Politics. In her book, Cindy surveys the history of black women in American politics in both women’s suffrage and in the civil rights movement. She looks specifically at the 2008 presidential election, examining how race and gender politics have shaped their political decisions. Cindy cites the lack of adequate research about the African American women subgroup and their influential role in the presidential elections as the reason that prompted her to explore the topic further and write her book, “there was one statistic that kept coming through the wires…that African American women had the highest turnout rate percentage of all racial and gender demographics in the 2008 presidential election. So I began to look for more books and more research about this specific subgroup, and I couldn’t find too much, so at this point… I felt someone had to examine this, and I wanted to be the one to do that.” Cindy explains how this particular voting bloc has been largely overlooked and passed over to focus more on others, “Given the fact that we are President Obama’s most loyal voting base, in a traditionally loyal voting base of the Democratic Party, it is disappointing when we feel we are not in the forefront of the candidates, in terms of their focus and making us a priority in their presidential campaign.” African American women participated in two struggles: the women’s suffrage movement and the civil right’s movement. This dual struggle, which was unique to African American women, created internal struggles in which they were often torn as to which direction to focus their attention upon. In her book, Cindy discusses the issue that many of the women faced regarding the “prioritization of race over gender.” She explains how, during the civil rights movement, the issue of women’s rights had to take a step back, noting how during the 1963 march in Washington, black women were not asked to speak, the focus being instead on the black male leaders of the movement, “we were strong workers in the background of the civil rights movement, and a lot of it was by choice, because we felt that the black men should be in the forefront, and they, in effect, became the leaders who were the most visible within that movement.” The book also talks about women of color in politics ….read article »
On Tuesday October 23, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Will Green, the founder of Mentoring Positives. Will has a background in working with children in the juvenile justice system, and he and his wife work primarily with the youth in the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood. “It is essential that the city supports a program like this. We give them a place where [the youth] can come and feel like a family” They work with many mentors in the community, and involve a variety of activities, including family events, to foster a strong sense of community within the children. There will be a banquet celebrating the 8th anniversary of the program at the Discovery Institute on November 10. Two community leaders will be honored with the Muriel Pipkins Award, in honor of Will Green’s mother, who passed away from breast cancer. Listen to the interview here:read article »
On Tuesday October 23, our host Aaron Perry interviewed Hedi Rudd, of the Urban League. Hedi speaks about the South Madison Promise Zone Initiative, which was inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone. They are working in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison, community and nonprofit leaders. They have spent time canvassing the community for feedback on the changes that are desired in the zone. They have spoken with the residents and the service providers of the zone. “The zone itself is the area from the Beltline to Wingra, and then from Fish Hatchery to where the Hookah Lounge area is,” Hedi explains. They are trying to get a sense of what changes the people of the community would like to see. The feedback that they collected will be presented to the community on Wednesday October 24. The presentation will be an opportunity to determine if this is indeed what the community would like. Says Hedi, “There are a lot of people with a lot of skills and talents to offer in South Madison. We interviewed about 20% of the adult population. We used about 486 surveys that were complete. And of those, 308 people indicated that they had a skill and they were interested in working and collaborating with the promise zone.” The issues that have been raised in the zone include education, employment, health and community. Safety was the largest issue that was raised, and for each of the communities that live within this zone, safety means different things. Hedi explains the goal for the initiative, “our motto is achievement for all. We are looking at a cradle to career program. We want to be a voice for the community and help them to achieve. ” Visit www.ulgm.org for more information. The meeting will be held Wednesday October 24 at 6:00 PM at Lincoln Elementary School. Listen to the interview here:read article »
On Tuesday October 23, 2012, our host Aaron Perry interviewed authors Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Shores “The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The untold story of Shores and his family’s fight for civil rights.” The two sisters speak with Aaron Perry about their father, a civil right’s attorney, whom the book is about. The origins of the book began twenty years ago when Barbara began chronicling the memories from her childhood. Last year, Barbara and Helen decided to combine the social and legal aspects of the story into a book. Shores was a civil rights attorney who handled civil rights cases beginning in the late 1930s and 1940s, much before the civil rights movement began in 1963. He handled voting rights, filed suits to equalize the salaries of black and white teachers, and even defended a young black man for the rape of a white woman. He successfully fought a zoning regulation in Birmingham. The city regulation prohibited blacks from living west of a particular street in the city, and Shores filed a suit on behalf of several residents, the outcome of which allowed blacks to take residence in previously prohibited zones. Among the people who assisted Shores in his fight against civil rights were Thurgood Marshall and Constance Motley. Barbara Shores explains her inspiration for the book, “what I was trying to do originally is give my children the opportunity to know a little bit more about their grandfather and the contributions he made to Alabama and the South…so that they could understand the triumphs and the struggles that he faced.” She explains that parents tended to protect their children from the movement events, “when everything was going on with regards to the movements, parents protected their children and just didn’t talk about those things.” She stresses the importance of having the younger generation understand where they come from and African American history, and observes that, presently, the education system is not adequately providing children with this history. They stress “We set aside one month of out of the year when we celebrate Africa American history, and that passes by swiftly. We don’t teach it in the homes, they don’t teach it in the schools, so where else are children to learn it? Except in February? And even within the schoolbooks, not only do you not have information about African Americans, but also the Native Americans…It is more like one line or paragraph rather than the whole ….read article »
On Friday October 19, guest host Kia Karlen spoke with Andy Wallman of The Gomers.The band has been in the Madison area for over twenty five years. They will be playing at the High Noon Saloon in Madison on Oct 19 and Oct 20. Click here for more details about the Gomeroke at the High Noon Saloon. Listen to the interview here:read article »