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Tech Report with Sandee Seiberlich: Project Management Tools

Friday, 16 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday November 16, host Jonathan Zarov brings the Tech Report with Sandee Seiberlich, discussing tools to assist with Project Management. Sandee recommends that before purchasing anything, one should first evaluate the project itself, and determine what is needed from the tool, “are you going to be just using it as a planning tool? Keeping a task list? Sharing or collaborating on documents?” She also suggests considering whether the product is to be primarily run on the computer itself, or be web-based. Also, she recommends searching for a companion application for a smart phone or other devices.   Sandee provides a review of Microsoft Project: she says that though it can manage resources and time, it is not meant to be a collaborative tool and that it is not Mac friendly. It is not necessarily intended for small projects either; rather, it is directed towards medium to large projects. Basecamp, Sandee says, is a relatively good tool for managing several projects. Sandee explains that she herself uses a Wiki, which she says is a good collaborative tool. “That way I can bring in my Microsoft project Gantt chart, construction drawings, pictures.” She also mentions Google Drive, “it’s a great tool, but not everyone has the same success level with it.”   The following articles provide a list of recommended project management tools: Free Project Collaboration Tools That Rock (from Tech Republic) 30 Greatest Online Project Management and Collaborative Tools for Easy Communication (from Web Design)   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Natalie and Dean Bakopoulos

Friday, 9 November 2012 | buzz
Natalie B.

On Friday Nov 9, in this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, Jonathan Zarov speaks with Natalie and Dean Bakapoulos. The brother and sister team will be presenting, “Well, At Least We Can Write about It Someday” as part of the festival at A Room of One’s Own bookstore this Saturday from 6:30 – 7:45. Natalie, who teaches at the University of Michigan, is the author of The Green Shore, and Dean, who teaches at Grinnell College, is the author of My American Unhappiness.   Their talk will be about the shared memories of their childhoods, the dynamics between them as authors. They explain that because both of their focuses are fiction, even though they would be drawing from the same stories and experiences, the way it would be expressed in their stories would take on very different forms. They will each read a short portion of their respective books, and will then move into a conversation session. Dean will also read from new material that has not been released as yet.   Well, At Least We Can Write About It Someday Sat Nov 10, 6:30 – 7:45 A Room of One’s Own Bookstore   Learn more about Natalie’s book at The Green Shore Facebook page Visit Dean Bakopoulos’ website Follow Dean on Twitter @deanbakapoulos and Facebook.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Losing Gender

Friday, 9 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday Nov 9, as part of the special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Helen Boyd, author of She’s Not the Man I Married, Cameron Whitley, co-editor of Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family &Friends of Transgender People, and Miriam Hall, who has contributed an essay in Trans-Kin.   They speak about trans issues in society- Cameron explains, “I do see that there’s going to be progression…we see a lot of other significant others, family members, friends and allies trying to come to terms with what it means to be in a relationship with a transgender person, and how they negotiate their identities. When we transition, we also have to remember that the people around us are also transitioning in a lot of different ways.”   Helen Boyd speaks of the partner relationship, explaining that earlier there was no support network or guide available for partners of transgender people, but that recently, as more transgender people come out, there is greater awareness and support for the partner in the relationship as well. Helen says that she sees herself, and writes, as an emissary for Trans issues, “People felt more free to ask me questions that they wouldn’t necessarily want to ask my partner.”   They discuss the role literature plays in helping the public relate and understand these issues better. Miriam explains what she tells her students, “find what’s really your experience, write from a deeply emotionally true place, and people will really relate. They won’t necessarily relate to the details in your life, but they’ll relate to the emotional resonance.”   Today Helen and Miriam will be conducting a workshop, “Trans Kin: High School Friday Session” for high school students. The public is also free to attend. Fri, Nov 9 – 10:10 AM and 12:35 PM. Wisconsin Studio/ Overture Center   Learn more at   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »


Friday, 9 November 2012 | buzz
My Heart is An Idiot

In this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition of the Friday Nov 9, 8 O’Clock Buzz, Jonathan Zarov speaks with Davy and Peter Rothbart, of Found Magazine. Davy Rothbart is the author of My Heart is an Idiot, and, together with brother Peter Rothbart, he will be sharing stories from the essays and Lost Magazine at the festival. Davy and Peter are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Found Magazine, “Found magazine…is a collection of notes, letters, anything that people have found. Whether they’re love notes, a list, a journal entry, post it notes…we put it together into Found magazine…each note is a fragment of a story, and it’s up to you to fill in the blanks…” The condition of the notes also play a huge role in the story of the note, they explain. They also share some of their favorite pieces from the magazine on-air.   My Heart is an Idiot is a collection of essays that chronicle 16 different true-life stories from Davy’s own life, including the mishaps of various relationships, people met on the road, and more. Davy will share some of his favorite finds from the magazine and read a few stories from his book at the Overture Center tonight at 9 PM. Peter will perform songs based on the stories they have found, and Jonathan Zarov will be introducing them at the event. Davy mentions one of the stories, “How I got these boots” that he will share at the event, which involves him picking up a seventy year old hitchhiker while on his way to the Grand Canyon. The life-long dream of the stranger, who had hitchhiked his way all the way from Boston, was to see the Grand Canyon. Comments Davy, “When I engage with strangers, I’m always rewarded.”   My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour Friday Nov9 @ 9PM Capitol Theater, Overture Center   Visit Wisconsin Book Festival for full details on all events.   Learn more about Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour.   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the interview here: more »

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson – Wisconsin Book Festival

Friday, 2 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday November 2, in this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with directors of the festival Megan Katz and Allison Jones Chaim, as well as Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   The festival, themed “Lost and Found,” runs from Nov 7 – 11, with many of the events taking place at the Overture Center and several other locations in Madison, Wisconsin. Jonathan asks Allison and Megan how much of the work at the festival is ‘local’; Allison explains “upwards of a third, maybe even as many as a half have some kind of Wisconsin connection. It’s not necessarily that the work is about the local, but there are these Wisconsin connections that make people want to come back.” One such author is Cherene Sherrard-Johnson.   Cherene, author of Dorothy West’s Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color, will be presenting at the festival on a panel – Recovering Black Women from the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond along with Tracy Curtis and Ethelene Whitmire. The book deals with Harlem Renaissance author Dorothy West, whose work was ‘lost’, “[Dorothy] was one of the younger writers to come to Harlem during the Renaissance, but she was the longest lived writer [of the Renaissance]…she didn’t die until 1998, so she really outlived almost all of them. She wrote for much of her life, but because her first novel didn’t come until 1948, and then she didn’t write for almost fifty years another novel, many people forgot about her.” When asked if the Harlem Renaissance writers, in general, made a living from their works, Cherene explains, “No, even the ones you know of, like Zora Neale Hurston famously died on an unmarked grave until Alice Walker discovered her, so this theme of recovery or discovery is one that often is happening again and again. Most of the [Harlem Renaissance] writers, with the exception of Langston Hughes…stopped writing, disappeared, died…”   Jonathan asks Cherene to compare the Harlem Renaissance with the literary scene today in the United States, “The Harlem Renaissance really was an integrated movement, an interracial movement, because you did have this coalition of black artists and white publishers and patrons who were, in many ways, funding the art. That’s part of why there was such an artistic explosion. You also had black …. more »

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