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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, ….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 ….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, ….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 ….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 ….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 ….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 ….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 »
On Friday October 19, guest host Kia Karlen spoke with Briand Beausoleil about Bike Shepherd, formerly known as Bike Revolution. Bike Shepherd is a nonprofit organization designed by two cyclists, created to help protect and retrieve stolen bikes. It is a database in which cyclists can register their bikes, list a stolen bike, search stolen bikes, and post recovered bikes for free. They work with other database partners to combine all registries together. Briand shares two important tips for keeping bikes safe: always register the bike with a database, and always place an anti-theft tag on the bike – the tags are registered and traceable. Visit bikeshepherd.com for more tips and information. ….read article »
On Friday October 19, our guest host Kia Karlen spoke with Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation, Donna Neuwirth, co-founder of The Wormfarm Institute, and Jonny Hunter, founder of the Underground Food Collective, about the Reedsburg Fermentation Fest. The Fermentation Fest, running from Oct 12 – 21 and taking place in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, is produced by the Wormfarm Institute. Donna Neuwirth, co-founder of the institute, explains more about the unique festival, “It is a live culture convergence, and it focuses on fermentation in all its form. It’s a fifty mile self guided tour through beautiful farmland of north west Sauk County.” ….read article »