A Public Affair


John Quinlan

John Quinlan


Carousel Bayrd

Carousel Bayrd


Karma Chavez and Tim Hansel

Karma Chavez & Tim Hansel


Allen Ruff

Allen Ruff


Esty Dinur

Esty Dinur

A Public Affair is WORT‘s daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.

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Frank Lloyd Wright and the Progressive Movement

07/29/13 2:12 PM | A Public Affair

Cover of Building Taliesin On Monday July 29th, host John Quinlan sat down with Ron McCrea to talk about his newest book, “Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss”. Ron McCrea is award wining journalist who has worked for the Capital Times here in Madison where he served here for a decade as city editor.

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“Vital Signs: Volume 20″ Inspires Sustainability

07/26/13 2:03 PM | A Public Affair

Front cover of Vital Signs,Volume 20 (2013) We know climate change, population growth, and water scarcity are all problems – but what are the latest numbers? Given the numbers, what are the best possible environmental and individual solutions? And with all this bad news and world calamity, is there anything we’ve been doing right? This year’s “Vital Signs: Volume 20″ project director Michael Renner joins A Public Affair to share these answers and more.

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The Politics Behind the Keystone XL Project

07/25/13 2:07 PM | A Public Affair

keystone pipeline xl On Thursday July 25th, host Allen Ruff discussed corporate chicanery and the political connections behind the XL Pipeline project with investigative journalist, Steve Horn.

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The Wonders of Physics

07/24/13 2:03 PM | A Public Affair

The Wonders of Physics creator and director Dr.Clint Sprott Did you know that only 80% of Americans know that the center of the Earth is incredibly hot? Or that only 75% of people know that the Earth revolves around the Sun? On Wednesday July 24th, host Tim Hansel talked with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Clint Sprott about these startling statistics of physics and science literacy in the United States.

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Crushing Student Loan Debt in the United States

07/23/13 2:10 PM | A Public Affair

Scot Ross Executive Director of One Wisonsin Now and One Wisconsin Institute Have you ever wondered how far the college graduates of the United States are in debt due to their student loans? Host Carousel Bayrd and guest Scot Ross answered this question on Tuesday July 23rd’s show of A Public Affair. Scot Ross informed listeners that student loan debt has reached an all-time high of 1.2 trillion dollars in the United States.

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Poverty Is A Game of Musical Chairs

07/22/13 2:07 PM | A Public Affair

A larger dollar sign and a smaller dollar sign On Monday July 22nd, host John Quinlan discussed solutions to addressing poverty with David Riemer, an advocate for Milwaukee’s Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner, a member of Dane County’s newly-established Poverty Commission.

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Snowden and the Politics of Asylum in Ecuador

07/19/13 1:57 PM | A Public Affair

Ecuador's flag On Friday July 19th, host Esty Dinur spoke with both Mark Weisbrot, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Dr. Ronn Pineo, Chair of the Department of History at Towson University about latest news on Ecuador and why Edward Snowden would consider seeking asylum in that country.

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Are We Really A Colorblind Society?

07/18/13 1:51 PM | A Public Affair

Treyvon Martin On the Thursday July 18th show, host Allen Ruff interviewed Will Williams about the Trayvon Martin killing and the Zimmerman acquittal.

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Disability Pride Madison

07/17/13 2:04 PM | A Public Affair

logo for Disability Pride Madison On Wednesday July 17th, host Karma Chavez talked with three members of the Disability Pride planning committee, Eileen Rosenteel, Jim Ferris, and Sarita Karon about Madison’s first Disability Pride Festival.

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Capitol Access Rules Struck Down

07/16/13 2:04 PM | A Public Affair

Credit: Jonathan Rosenblum Want to speak out at the State Capitol? Attorney Steven Porter is challenging the Walker Administration over who can use the building without a permit. And so far, he’s winning.

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John Quinlan, Carousel Bayrd, Tim Hansel, Karma Chavez, Allen Ruff, & Esty Dinur
A Public Affair is WORT's daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.

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