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Post-Election Analysis

Wednesday, 7 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Wednesday November 7th, the day after the Presidential election, News Coordinator Molly Stentz brought listeners valuable post-election analysis to help us understand the future implications of Tuesday’s election. She opened the lines up to listeners to share their questions and opinions regarding Tuesday’s national and local elections. ABC news wrote after President Obama’s win: “In a victory speech studded with the soaring rhetoric that first drew voters to him in 2008, Obama reminded the electorate what was still on his agenda — immigration reform, climate change and job creation. ‘Tonight, you voted for action not politics as usual.” he told supporters in Chicago. “You elected us to focus on your job, not ours.’ Obama told Romney supporters that ‘I have listened to you… you have made me a better president.’ He added, ‘I return to the White House more determined, more inspired than ever.’The election is a validation, if not an overwhelming mandate, in support of the president’s policies of the last four years, which included a major overhaul of the healthcare system and a drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”   Here in Wisconsin, Tammy Baldwin defeated Tommy Thomson. The Washington Post wrote regarding her success in the state: “Baldwin will take over for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D); she will be Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly gay senator. But, she told supporters at a party in Madison, ‘I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.’ She reached out to her opponent and his supporters, promising to represent all Wisconsinites. ‘Tommy and I didn’t agree on much in this campaign but there can be no doubt that he shares my love for Wisconsin,” she said. “And even at the end of a long and sometimes bitter campaign, I’m still grateful for his service to our state.’ Baldwin’s win was part of several key ones for Senate Democrats that will help them retain their majority.”   Read more about Obama’s victory speech: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/president-obama-wins-reelection-promises-best/story?id=17655541#.UJwJoJHXgs4 Read more from the Washington Post regarding Tammy Baldwin’s win: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/11/07/tammy-baldwin-declares-victory/ Listen to the entire show: more »

Split Show: Pre-Election Coverage and Preview of the Upcoming WI Book Festival

Monday, 5 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday November 5th, host John Quinlan spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz and Culture Editor of The Progressive Magazine Elizabeth DiNovella about President Obama’s visit to Madison during a tour of final campaign stops before Tuesday’s election. They also discussed voting and the possible outcomes of the Presidential election. In the second half of the program, John spoke to Alison Jonse Chaim and Megan Katz, Director and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Book Festival, about the upcoming events and literary festivities.     President Obama returned to our hometown Madison, Wisconsin for a final campaign rally. Bruce Springsteen joined him for a final burst of enthusiasm and a musical introduction aimed at bringing voters to the polls. Over 18,000 people attended stretching from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the steps of the Capitol. Retiring Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl and Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin also spoke at the event.   According to the WI Book Festival Website, “The Wisconsin Book Festival is a free, five-day program of public events that takes place every Fall in downtown Madison. It is the state’s largest literary festival, drawing thousands of attendees annually. Since its inception in 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has been a showcase for literary talent from across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. It is a forum for people to come together and sit face to face and side by side, to talk and listen, whisper, laugh, cry, sing, sign, write notes, tell jokes, and give voice to their ideas.”       Learn more about Obama’s trip to Madison: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-thousands-line-up-to-see-obama-in-madison-20121105,0,6384029.story Read more about the Wisconsin Book Festival: http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/overview Listen to the entire show: more »

The Plight of the Chicago Teacher’s Union

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Wednesday September 12th, Molly Stentz subbing for Brenda Konkel spoke with a panel about the recent teacher’s strike in Chicago. Molly spoke with Chicago high school social studies teacher and blog writer Adam Heenan, writer for The Progressive Magazine Kari Lydersen and reporter for the New York Indypendent Newspaper Jaisal Noor. Kari Lydersen recently wrote in her piece “Chicago Teachers vs. Rahm Emanuel and Corporatized Education:” When 26,000 Chicago Teachers Union members hit the picket lines Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “strike of choice” that is “unnecessary,” “avoidable” and “wrong.” He stayed with the narrative he’s been pushing for more than a year – that teachers are acting selfishly upon their own interests at the expense of students and parents. Talking with some of the thousands of teachers, school nurses, counselors and other staff who manned picket lines and rallied downtown Monday and Tuesday, I also got the impression the strike was a conscious “choice.” Not a choice to throw the lives of students and parents into chaos in a bid to get better pay and less scrutiny, as Emanuel’s administration has painted it, but a choice to stand up to a powerful city administration and well-funded national “education reform” interest groups in a battle that epitomizes larger fights over public sector unionism and the future of public education nationwide.” Molly spoke with the panel about why Chicago Teachers have decided to strike and the impact this decision might have on education in the windy city. To read Adam Hennan’s blog: http://classroomsooth.wordpress.com/ To read Kari Lyndersen’s article in full: http://progressive.org/chicago-teachers-vs-rahm-emanuel-corporatized-education To watch Jaisal Noor’s reporting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFqrg4SVCqA&feature=youtu.be To listen to the show: more »

Akin’s Rape Comment and the Greated Republican Platform

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday August 28th, Cynthia Lin talked with the president and editor-in-chief for RH Reality Check Jodi Jacobson about the Republican Platform on women’s reproductive rights. RH Reality Check is an online publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health. Cynthia also spoke briefly with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz in Tampa about the discussion at the RNC regarding abortion, especially in the cases or rape and incest. Jodi Jacobson recently wrote the piece “As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Radical Anti-Choice Platform Based on Personhood.” In this piece she asserts, “As of today, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan may find themselves in a wee bit of a bind. For the past two days, the pair have been running around trying to assure the press and ultimately women voters that they really do believe in ‘real rape,’ not just ‘legitimate rape,’ that they are not as misogynistic as Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, and that, of course, a Romney-Ryan administration would never eliminate rape and incest exceptions for abortion. And, now it appears that, all the while, the people really in charge of the GOP — fundamentalist anti-choicers among them — have been writing a party platform that not only makes all of that a lie, but is in effect a promise to make the personhood of fertilized eggs the law of the land.” Cynthia, Molly and Jodi attempted to navigate through the difficult issues of abortion and the reproductive rights of American women. To read more about RH Reality Check: http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/about-us To listen to the entire interview:   more »

Republican National Convention Updates

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | A Public Affair
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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: http://2012tampa.com To listen to the entire interview: more »

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