articles tagged "Anjuli Brekke"

Finding Solutions to the Conflict in the DRC

Tuesday, 5 February 2013 | A Public Affair

On Tuesday February 5th, Anjuli Brekke brought WORT listeners stories of people trying to find solutions to the difficult problems the Democratic Republic of Congo faces. On Tuesday January 22nd she spent the hour discussing the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. During the program they discussed the complicated history of the DRC and how this troubled past has impacted the current conflict. On this edition of A Public Affair, Anjuli followed up on that program with an exploration into possible solutions to the conflict. she spoke with JD Stier from the Enough Project. more »

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | A Public Affair

On Tuesday January 22nd, Anjuli Brekke, who will be subbing for Cynthia Lin every Tuesday for the next few months, discussed a crisis with far reaching consequences, a crisis that despite its extraordinarily high casualty rate is often neglected in the media. An immense country full of resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the heart of a conflict encompassing many African countries. The Second Congo War propelled the country into a humanitarian crisis which has claimed millions of lives and the conflict persists today. The guest for the hour was Maurice Carney, Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. more »

Ecology and Socialism

Friday, 16 November 2012 | A Public Affair
Chris Williams

On Friday November 16th, Anjuli Brekke subbing for Esty Dinur brought listeners a show about how our economic system is contributing to environmental degradation.       She spoke with longtime environmental activist Chris Williams, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University and author of “Ecology and Socialism.” In his book, Williams writes, “We live in a social system predicated on endless expansion; one that sickeningly combines historic and gargantuan amounts of wealth alongside oceans of poverty and mountains of waste. It is no exaggeration to state that without swift, dramatic and profound changes to societal priorities, including a fundamental reorientation away from fossil-fuel-based energy and profit-driven capitalist economic growth, the generation growing up today will be, in all likelihood, the last to know climate stability.” During the hour Anjuli discussed this Eco-socialist movement with Professor Williams, a movement which pushes for a revolution not only within our economic and social structure, but also in the way we perceive the natural world. It urges the reader to shift away from a resource-oriented approach to one which acknowledges the intrinsic worth of nature in and of itself.           Read more about the book “Ecology and Socialism:” Read Professor Williams’s article “Frankenstorms and Climate Change: How the 1% Created a Monster:”   Listen to the entire interview: more »

“Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are”

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Tuesday October 23rd, Anjuli Brekke, subbing for Cynthia Lin, spent the hour exploring the experience of taking antidepressants, medication which has greatly altered our generation’s perception of depression and mental illness. Her guest for the hour was Katherine Sharpe, author of the book “Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are.” She has a master’s degree in literature from Cornell University and her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Scientific American Mind, and a number of other publications. “When Katherine Sharpe arrived at her college health center with an age-old complaint—a bad case of homesickness—she received a thoroughly modern response: a twenty-minute appointment and a prescription for Zoloft—a drug she would take for the next ten years. Her story isn’t remarkable except for its staggering ubiquity. When Prozac was introduced in 1987, taking psychiatric medication was a fringe phenomenon. Twenty-five years later, 10 percent of Americans over the age of six use an SSRI antidepressant. Sharpe and her peers constitute the first generation to have literally grown up taking psychiatric drugs. In Coming of Age on Zoloft, Sharpe blends deeply personal writing, thoughtful interviews, and historical context to achieve an unprecedented portrait of the antidepressant generation. She explores questions of identity that arise for people who start using consciousness-altering medication before they have formed an adult sense of self. She asks why some individuals find a diagnosis of depression comforting, while others are threatened by it. She presents, in young people’s own words, their intimate and complicated relationships with their medication. And she weighs the cultural implications of America’s biomedical approach to moods.” – Harper Collins Publishers Read more about Katherine Sharpe’s book: Listen to the entire interview: more »

The Silent Epidemic: Coal and the Hidden Threat to Health

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | 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 campaigns extol the virtues of ‘clean coal,’ the dirty secret is that coal kills. In The Silent Epidemic, Alan Lockwood, a physician, describes and documents the adverse health effects of burning coal. Lockwood’s comprehensive treatment examines every aspect of coal, from its complex chemical makeup to details of mining, transporting, burning, and disposal–each of which generates significant health concerns. He describes coal pollution’s effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems, and how these problems will only get worse; explains the impact of global warming on coal-related health problems; and discusses possible policy approaches to combat coal pollution. Coal fueled the industrial revolution and has become a major source of energy in virtually every country. In the United States, almost half of the energy used to generate electricity comes from burning coal. Relatively few people are aware of the health threats posed by coal-derived pollutants, and those who are aware lack the political clout of the coal industry. Lockwood’s straightforward description of coal as a health hazard is especially timely, given the barrage of marketing efforts to promote coal as part of ‘energy independence.’ His message is clear and urgent: ‘Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.’” -MIT Press Books Read more about the book: Listen to the entire program: more »

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