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On Wednesday October 10, Jan Miyasaki interviewed brothers Dr. Kamiar Alaei, MD, MPH, MS and Dr. Arash Alaei, MD. Dr. Kamiar Alaei will be speaking tonight at the Pyle Center. Dr. Kamiar Alaei, who is an expert on HIV/AIDS and international and human rights, and his brother Dr. Arash Alaei founded the first triangular clinic for drug users HIV patients and STD cases in Iran. Their work, which has been extended into neighboring Afghanistan and Tajikistan, has been acknowledged by the World Health Organization as the “best practice model” in the region. The triangular clinic was designed as a community-based model, with which they integrated prevention care and social support. Rather than approaching policy makers, they decided to address the target-group: those living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Alaei describes the Iranian government’s response to the HIV epidemic, “the policymakers stigmatized the HIV/AIDS from the beginning, and they highlighted that it is a western disease.” They believed that Iran, being a Muslim nation, did not face this problem. Though incidence reports increased, policymakers continued to ignore the issue. The Alaei brothers were instrumental in developing a major health proposal that was awarded $16 million by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS. Despite their work in public health and efforts spent with individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS, the brothers were imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2008. Citing their travel around the world to attend international AIDS conferences as the grounds for this charge, the government charged the brothers as conspiring to work with a “foreign enemy government” to overthrow the government of Iran. Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei will speak on the UW Madison campus Wednesday, October 10, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The event is at the Pyle Center on 702 Langdon St. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact: Prof. Joe Elder, PhD [firstname.lastname@example.org] Prof. Azam Niroomand-Rad, PhD [email@example.com] Listen to the interview:read article »
On Wednesday Oct 10, Jan Miyasaki spoke with Tom Gaulrapp regarding the outsourcing of jobs to China at the Bain Capital owned Sensata Technologies Plant in Freeport, Illinois. Protesting at Bainport, a tent city that has been set up across the Sensata Plant, Tom Gaulrapp, who has worked at the plant for more than thirty-three years, is one of many workers who is about to lose their job.170 jobs are planned to be sent to China, along with American workers training their replacements and sending factory equipment to China. The plant produces high technology automotive parts. It produces transmission sensors, parts extremely vital for the car, for a large majority of the manufacturers in the world. Now, because there are few other well-paying jobs other than those that were offered by the plant, Freeport is a town that, much like other towns in the Midwest that are facing similar situations, is suffering economically. Not only will the 170 people and their families be affected by the outsourcing of jobs, but so will the surrounding small businesses in the community: the loss of jobs will affect Freeport as a whole. When asked to recount how and when Bain Capital decided to outsource the jobs to China, Gaulrapp explained “Sensata Technologies, formerly a division of Texas Instruments, was purchased by Bain Capital in 2006; in January 2011, Bain Capital purchased the automotive sensor division from Honeywell, after which the workers were told that their jobs would be moved to China by the end of 2012.” Workers were faced with few other options other than to remain at the plant to finish their terms. In fact, says Gaulrapp, not only did the company fail to provide the workers with adequate compensation, “they changed the severance plan, which then Sensata said they were going to match the new plan, but not the old plan… what it did for me personally, is that it cut my severance pay from 47 weeks down to 27 weeks.” The protestors are into the twenty-ninth day of their encampment at Bainport where they are raising awareness regarding outsourcing and the dangers this poses to the economy. Attempts to prevent the move of equipment out of the factory were met by arrests by police, just one example of the resistance shown to the protestors. According to Gaulrapp, the company did set a record last year for profitability. Gaulrapp wants to show the hypocrisy of Mitt Romney, co-founder of Bain Capital – “[Romney] says he wants ….read article »
In this special Pledge Drive edition, host Aaron Perry spoke with Kathleen Starks about the challenges parents face in raising mixed race children. Aaron also spoke to Lester More of the Madison Police Department about community safety initiatives. Listen to today’s program:read article »
Janesville, Wisconsin, has entered the national spotlight. It’s home to Congressman Paul Ryan, now Republican nominee for Vice President, but also to a shuttered automobile assembly plant and a wrecked economy. A new film called As Goes Janesville tells the story of those in Janesville struggling to retool after the closing of the GM auto plant. Liz DiNovella sat down with Brad Lichtenstein, Producer and Director of As Goes Janesville. AsGoesJanesville by wort-fm You can watch the movie trailer here. The film airs on TV nationwide on Monday, October 8th. PBS has a nice site up about it. Catch it on Wisconsin Public Television at 9pm. It will also screen at the Sequoya branch of the Madison Public Library at 1pm on Saturday, October 20th.read article »
On Friday, August 3 our host Jonathan Zarov interviewed George Zenns, reporter from Sustainable Times, as well as the Editor of the Grain & Grape. They discuss Grain & Grape, a magazine dedicated to Spirits, Wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Grain and Grape will be distributed in local brewerys or any place that has a fine selection of spirits. Listen to the interview, click:read article »
On Thursday, August 2 our host Tony Castaneda interviewed Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the Founding Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group. Christine and Tony discuss how Voces de la Fontera has filed a lawsuit, claiming Republicans developed redistricting maps in secret, to strengthen their majorities, deliberately shutting out the public and the Democrats. For more information on Voces de la Frontera, visit their website: http://www.vdlf.org/read article »
Thursday, August 2 our host Tony Castaneda interviewed Mike Quieto, a candidate running for Dane County Clerk. Last week WORT interviewed one of his competitors, Scott McDonell. For more information on Mike Quieto, visit his website: http://mike4daneclerk.com/read article »
Wednesday, August 1 our host Jan Miyasaki, interviewed Lois Beckett a reporter from ProPublica, a non-profit organization that produces news based on the public’s interest. Lois and Jan discuss how campaign runners target voters based on their internet habits. For more information on Lois Beckett and the articles she wrote, visit this website: http://www.propublica.org/site/author/lois_beckettread article »
Wednesday, August 1 our host Jan Miyasaki interviewed Pam Kleiss, the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Jan and Pam discuss the Lantern for Peace event that is occurring on August 4th, as well as the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. For more information on the Lanterns for Peace event, visit this website: http://www.peaceactionwi.org/index.phpread article »
On Tuesday, July 31 our host Aaron Perry interviewed Stan Woodard, ex-host of the Tuesday buzz for the last 15 years. They discuss Stan’s leave of the station as well as Stan’s last show, which will take place at the Urban League in front of a large studio audience on August 14, from 8am-9am. For more information about the Farewell Show, call WORT at 608-256-2001, or visit the studio at 118 south bedford st.read article »