articles tagged "Brenda Konkel"

Operation Fresh Start and Closing the Achievement Gap

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | A Public Affair
Operation Fresh Start

On Wednesday October 10th, host Brenda Konkel spoke with Executive Director of Operation Fresh Start Greg Markel about efforts to close the achievement gap between white and minority students in the Madison public schools as well as the positive impact of groups like Operation Fresh Start on the lives of the individuals involved. According to their website, “Operation Fresh Start has provided comprehensive employment and training services to 7,000 youth and adults in Dane County, Wisconsin, since 1970. The organization’s chief training approach is to renovate or construct single family houses for sale to low and very-low income first-time home buyers. Over two hundred houses have been completed to date. The housing sites are the vehicles for employment training and are at the center of a comprehensive program of educational and support services. Instruction in basic skills and preparation for the high school equivalency examination, instruction in independent living skills, leadership development, counseling, pre-employment skills training, placement in a job or post-secondary education, and supportive follow-up are vital components of the program.” Operation Fresh Start has been a great success: “OFS has assisted 80% of its participants to satisfactorily complete the goals of the program – job placement and/or graduation to post-secondary schooling. OFS’ long-term follow-up studies show that 60-65% of graduates remain self-sufficient. A June 2004 survey by Brandeis and Temple universities, commissioned by YouthBuild USA, substantiates these studies, finding that 82% of OFS graduates are currently in post-secondary education or jobs averaging $11.85/hour.” Read more about OFS: Listen to the entire program: more »

Republican National Convention Updates

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday August 29th, Brenda spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz on the ground in Tampa, Florida where she is covering the Republican National Convention. They discussed the speeches given by Ann Romney, Chris Christie and our Governor Scott Walker and the impressions these speeches made. To learn more about the RNC: To listen to the entire interview: more »

Occupy Madison

Monday, 20 August 2012 | A Public Affair
Occupy Madison

On Monday August 20th, Brenda Konkel spoke with members of Madison’s Occupy movement about the past and future of the downtrodden in Wisconsin and the Nation. She spoke with Bruce Wallbaum, Trina Clemente, Luca Clemente and Dan Callahan. “Something is very wrong with the system in which we live. Programs designed to feed and educate children are having their budgets slashed, families are being thrown out of their homes and the jobs of hard-working people are cut due to no real fault of their own while the wealthiest 1% are bailed out, make record profits and our people are being sent overseas to fight and die for the protection of this system. We find it unacceptable that the top 1% who caused the hardships we all face flourishes while the 99% suffers in the economic crisis created by the 1%. We are Wisconsin, we are the 99% and these are our demands: 1. A fair and just economic system that benefits all humanity not solely the 1%, including but not limited to substantial tax increases on the 1% to fully fund the needs of the 99% such as job creation, education and social services. 2. End the wars and redirect military spending to social programs. 3. Real democracy that allows the voices of the 99% to heard and acted upon. 4. An end to the assault of the top 1% on workers’ rights and repeal of all anti-union laws. 5. The end of institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia and attacks on immigrants. 6. Protection of the environment, a sustainable economy and an end to reckless pollution in order to preserve the planet for future generations.” To read more about Occupy Madison: To listen to the entire interview:   more »

Cleaning Up Dane County Lakes

Monday, 9 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday, July 9th, Brenda Konkel talked with Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell about the problems facing our many lakes. Measures were already taken last summer to help clean lake Wingra, and Scott McDonnell believes we, as a county, can revive the beauty of all of our lakes if we make them a priority. Last November he pushed the Clean Lakes Initiative. Recently, the Waunakee Tribune discussed how the plan is now being carried out: “Work to implement the County Board’s multi-million dollar, multi-faceted Clear Lakes Initiative is under way. The 2012 budget includes $5.7 million to begin work to remove carp and prevent new infestations in Cherokee Marsh and Mud Lake, clean up beaches, reduce phosphorus, form a new Lake Preservation and Renewal fund, and upgrade storm sewers to keep sediment out of the lakes. ” To read more about the initiative: To listen to the interview in its entirety: more »

Should Cabs Be Allowed on State Street?

Monday, 25 June 2012 | A Public Affair

Brenda Konkel interviewed Christina Ballard today regarding Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s expressed opposition to cabs cruising on State Street. This has angered many cab drivers who have driven on State Street for decades and assert that they help keep the street, with its many bars, safe.   To read more about the controversy:       To listen to the entire interview: more »

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