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Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | A Public Affair
Don't stop

On this special Election Day episode of A Public Affair, host Cynthia Lin looked at how campaign music is employed to sway voters. Cynthia interviewed musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper about their book, Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns. This enthralling exploration into the power of campaign music will be featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival on Sunday, November 11th.   “In this insightful, erudite history of presidential campaign music, musicologist Benjamin Schoening and political scientist Eric Kasper explain how politicians use music in American presidential campaigns to convey a range of political messages. From Follow Washington to I Like Ike to I Got a Crush on Obama, they describe the ways that song use by and for presidential candidates has evolved, including the addition of lyrics to familiar songs, the current trend of using existing popular music to connect with voters, and the rapid change of music s relationship to presidential campaigns due to Internet sites like YouTube, JibJab, and Facebook. Readers are ultimately treated to an entertaining account of American political development through popular music and the complex, two-way relationship between music and presidential campaigns.” -Lexington Books   Read more about the Wisconsin Book Festival.   Read more about Don’t Stop Thinking about the Music.   Sample some of the music discussed: 2012 – Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own“ 2012 – Kid Rock’s “Born Free“ 2008 – Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered“ 2008 – Elvis’s “A Little Less Conversation“ 1992 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop“ 1992 – Patsy Cline’s “Crazy“ 1984 – Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” 1972 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water“ 1952 – “I Like Ike” (TV version commercial version) 1932 – Wardall’s “Happy Days Are Here Again” 1840 – “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too“   Listen to the show: more »

“Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age”

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | A Public Affair
Digital Dead End

On Tuesday October 30th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Virginia Eubanks in the Studio about her new book, “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.” Virginia Eubanks was at the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative on Tuesday, October 30th at 6 pm to promote the paperback release of her book, Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age, which comes out on October 19th. Digital Dead End exposes the realities of the high-tech global economy for women and families in the United States. “The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression. But despite the inequities of the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering “technology for people,” popular technology, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.” – MIT Press Read more about “Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age:” http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Dead-End-Fighting-Information/dp/026201498X Listen to the entire program: more »

“Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims”

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | A Public Affair
Islamaphobia

On Tuesday October 16th, host Cynthia Lin talked with professor Stephen Sheehi about his recent book, “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims.” Sheehi is Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Arabic Program at the University of South Carolina. “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West following the end of the Cold War through GW Bush’s War on Terror to the Age of Obama. Using “Operation Desert Storm” as a watershed moment, Stephen Sheehi examines the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-bating rhetoric and explicitly racist legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad. The book focuses on the various genres and modalities of Islamophobia from the works of rogue academics to the commentary by mainstream journalists, to campaigns by political hacks and special interest groups. Some featured Islamophobes are Bernard Lewis. Fareed Zakaria, Thomas Friedman, David Horowitz, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. Their theories and opinions operate on an assumption that Muslims, particularly Arab Muslims, suffer from particular cultural lacuna that prevent their cultures from progress, democracy and human rights. While the assertion originated in the colonial era, Sheehi demonstrates that it was refurbished as a viable explanation for Muslim resistance to economic and cultural globalization during the Clinton era. Moreover, the theory was honed into the empirical basis for an interventionist foreign policy and propaganda campaign during the Bush regime and continues to underlie Barack Obama’s new internationalism. If the assertions of media pundits and rogue academics became the basis for White House foreign policy, Sheehi also demonstrates how they were translated into a sustained domestic policy of racial profiling and Muslim-baiting by agencies from Homeland Security to the Department of Justice. Furthermore, Sheehi examines the collusion between non-governmental agencies, activist groups and lobbies and local, state and federal agencies to in suppressing political speech on US campuses critical of racial profiling, US foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel. While much of the direct violence against Muslims on American streets, shops and campuses has subsided, Islamophobia runs throughout the Obama administration. Sheehi, therefore, concludes that Muslim and Arab-hating emanate from all corners of the American political and cultural spectrum, serving poignant ideological functions in the age of economic, cultural and political globalization.” -Clarity Press, Inc. Read more about the book: http://www.claritypress.com/Sheehi.html 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:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Silent-Epidemic-Hidden-Threat/dp/026201789X Listen to the entire program: more »

We Want Green, Too

Tuesday, 2 October 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday October 2nd, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Gloria Lowe, a former auto-plant worker from Detroit who decided to found a movement with the intention of reclaiming and revamping the city she loves. Speaking with WBEZ in Chicago, she proclaimed: “I’m founder of “We Want Green, Too.” Our mission is to re-educate, retrain and rebuild a 21st century, sustainable Detroit. We are looking to construct various teams in the basic skills: dry walling, painting, floor repair. Right now we’re working out of shelters and the Detroit Veterans Administration building, a connection we have with homeless vets. We work with young people who are underemployed, people who have overcome their substance abuse, as well as those who have been incarcerated. We have very good housing stock in the city. And these houses, many of them date back to the early 1900s and late 1800s, it would cost you a fortune to try and build a house today with the same quality of material. So we know that the greenest house is the house that’s already there. All you do is take the time to rebuild it. Every house in Detroit has a foundation. So where you have people who are challenged, they don’t have jobs. Why not make their jobs restructuring their own communities?I don’t think that prior to my accident I would have understood the value of working from our hearts through our minds, through our hands. What it does in terms of helping to recreate a humanity that’s been taken away from us. The work I’m doing now, it’s phenomenal. There’s not a price tag I could hang on it. And I know that ‘cause I’ve been on the other side.”   To read more about Gloria Lowe: http://www.wbez.org/story/after-accident-woman-reinvents-work-herself-and-her-community-94293 Listen to the entire interview: more »

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