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Silica Sand Mining in Wisconsin

Thursday, 3 January 2013 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday January 3rd, host Allen Ruff took on the controversial issue plaguing Wisconsin of silica (frac) sand mining here in Wisconsin. He spoke with a panel of four guests: Steve Faulkner, author of the book “Water Walk: a Passage of Ghosts,” Linda Three Crows Meadowlark, a Native American rights activist and environmentalist, Edie Ehlert, Vice Chair of the Crawford Stewardship Project in Crawford County WI, and Jim Tittle, director of the film “The Price of Sand.” On the website for his film, Jim Tittle describes his project: “We’re making a documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate. The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : “fracking”), has other uses– glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance — and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices. In addition to a bonanza for a few lucky landowners, the new mines promise jobs and economic stimulus for the small towns and rural areas nearby. A year ago, an oil company bought a tract of land in near my mother’s house, in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota. The prospect of an open pit mine led to the formation of an opposition group, a series of public meetings, and a temporary county moratorium on frac sand mining… Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious. “The Price of Sand” will be a candid documentary about what the frac sand industry is doing in this region. We’ll talk to local people and we’ll also dig for information, interviewing experts and officials.”   Learn more about “The Price of Sand:” http://thepriceofsand.com/   Learn more about the Crawford Stewardship Project: http://crawfordstewardshipproject.org/   Listen to the entire program:   more »

Year-in-Review Special

Thursday, 27 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday December 17th, host Allen Ruff spoke with Matt Rothschild, editor of the Progressive Magazine, about the major events of 2012. Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine, which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the host of “Progressive Radio,” a syndicated half-hour weekly interview program. And he does a two-minute daily radio commentary, entitled “Progressive Point of View,” which is also syndicated around the country. Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (New Press, 2007). He also is the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009). Read more about The Progressive Magazine: http://www.progressive.org/ Listen to the entire interview: more »

Gun Control in America

Thursday, 20 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday December 20th, host Allen Ruff spoke with Journalist/blogster Mark Ames, author of “From ‘Operation Wetback’ To Newtown: Tracing The Hick Fascism Of The NRA.” Ames wrote in his piece, ” …Until now, I have largely avoided getting dragged down into the gun control debate, in part because gun proliferation doesn’t explain why “going postal” first exploded into the culture in the late 1980s, and has worked its way into the American DNA ever since. Gun control or lack thereof doesn’t explain why these kinds of rampage shootings only appeared in the late Reagan era and spread ever since then. And there must have been my own personal prejudices too — I grew up with guns, and despite a couple of bad episodes involving guns and a drunken violent stepfather, I have a reflexive contempt for people who haven’t gone shooting and tell you that gun control laws are the answer. Well, guess what? Their knee-jerk solution is more right than mine….” Read “From ‘Operation Wetback’ To Newtown: Tracing The Hick Fascism Of The NRA:” https://www.nsfwcorp.com/dispatch/newtown   Listen to the entire interview: more »

UW-Madison’s “Human Resources Design” (HR Design)

Thursday, 13 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday December 13th, host Allen Ruff took a look at the University of Wisconsin Human Resources restructuring. He spoke with Lenora Hanson and Eleni Schirmer, members of the Teaching Assistant’s Association at UW-Madison and David Ahrens, a retired UW researcher and member of the Wisconsin University Union. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics.” Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many also have serious reservations as to how the changes will impact the University community. Ahrens, Hanson and Schirmer discussed these important issues regarding the future of UW-Madison. Read more about the plan: http://host.madison.com/news/local/education/university/university-of-wisconsin-madison-unveils-plan-for-sweeping-overhaul-of/article_c988ade0-044b-11e2-87cf-0019bb2963f4.html Listen to the entire show: more »

Arab Spring, Libyan Winter

Thursday, 6 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Thursday December 6th, host Allen Ruff interviewed author Vijay Prashad about unrest in the Middle East. Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History, Professor and Director of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of several books, including “Karma of Brown Folk” (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2001), “Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting” (Village Voice, one of the top 25 books of the year, 2002), and “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World” (winner of the 2009 Muzaffar Ahmad Book Prize). He writes regularly for Frontline (India) and Counterpunch (USA). Prashad discussed with Allen his most recent book, “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter” which was published in May of this year. “The Arab Spring captivated the planet. Mass action overthrew Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. The revolutionary wave spread to the far corners of the Arab world, from Morocco to Bahrain. It seemed as if all the authoritarian states would finally be freed, even those of the Arabian Peninsula. People’s power had produced this wave, and continued to ride it out. In Libya, though, the new world order had different ideas. Social forces opposed to Muammar Qaddafi had begun to rebel, but they were weak. In came the French and the United States, with promises of glory. A deal followed with the Saudis, who then sent in their own forces to cut down the Bahraini revolution, and NATO began its assault, ushering in a Libyan Winter that cast its shadow over the Arab Spring. This brief, timely analysis situates the assault on Libya in the context of the winds of revolt that swept through the Middle East in the Spring of 2011. Vijay Prashad explores the recent history of the Qaddafi regime, the social forces who opposed him, and the role of the United Nations, NATO, and the rest of the world’s superpowers in the bloody civil war that ensued.” -AK Press (May 8, 2012)   Read more about the book “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter:” http://www.akpress.org/arabspringlibyanwinter.html Listen to the entire interview: more »

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