articles tagged "Karma Chavez"

History of Radio in the United States

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday February 27th, host Karma Chavez interviewed University of Wisconsin professor Michele Hilmes about the history of radio in the US and the UK. She is a historian of broadcasting and Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than 20 years she has taught classes in the history of broadcasting and in various aspects of broadcast texts, industry, and representation.Hilmes is author of the book, “Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952.” more »

Captive Audience

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday February 13th, host Karma Chavez interviewed author Susan Crawford about her recent book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age.” more »

Latin American Solidarity

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday January 30th, host Karma Chavez spoke with Babette Grunow of the Latin American Solidarity Committee and Pepe Palacios, a Honduran LGBTQ activist who will be visiting Wisconsin next week. more »

Illegal People

Wednesday, 2 January 2013 | A Public Affair
Mixtec Migrant Farm Workers in Taft

On Wednesday January 2nd, host Karma Chavez spoke with author, journalist, and photographer David Bacon about his work regrading NAFTA and immigration. For the last twenty years David Bacon, through his work as a writer and photojournalist, has researched the relationship between the global economy, labor, and migration. In his book “Illegal People” published in 2009, he exposes the failures of our national policy produces which lead to increasing displacement, migration, immigration raids, and an increasingly divided and polarized society. pushing for an overhaul in how we think, debate, and legislate about and around immigration, Bacon promotes focus on human rights in this age of globalization. He is also author of the book “The Children of NAFTA” which discusses labor wars on the U.S./Mexico Border.   Read more about David Bacon:   Read more about the book “Illegal People:”   Read more about the book “The Children of NAFTA:”   Listen to the entire interview: more »

“Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference”

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 | A Public Affair

Host Karma Chavez interviewed commentator Yasmin Nair about her piece, “Undocumented vs. Illegal: A Distinction without a Difference.” Yasmin Nair is an academic, activist and commentator who lives in Chicago. She has contributed to various anthologies, including “Arab Studies Quarterly”, “Captive Genders: trans-embodiment and the prison-industrial complex”, and “Windy City Queer: LGBTQ dispatches from the third coast”. She argues that “In representing only the good immigrants, undocumented activists are literally and metaphorically the dream activists of neoliberalism, emphasizing individualized narratives about freedom over systemic critique.” She wrote in the piece, “Given the toxic recent history of the term “illegal alien” and its association with an extreme right-wing perspective on immigration, it is only natural that liberal and progressive activists should want a change in terminology. Yet, this desired change is meaningless. To use “undocumented” instead of “illegal” is to evoke a distinction without a difference. The use of “undocumented” presumes that the only problem facing those who bear the name is a collective lack of documents, that the granting of papers by the State is all that is required to bestow safety and legality upon millions who are here without said papers, and that the biggest problem with the immigration crisis is the terminology we use to describe those who are neither citizens nor temporary residents. In all of this, there is no critique of the larger systemic problems with immigration.” Read Nair’s entire piece: Listen to the entire interview: more »

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