A Public Affair

Monday

John Quinlan

John Quinlan

Tuesday

Carousel Bayrd

Carousel Bayrd

Wednesday

Karma Chavez and Tim Hansel

Karma Chavez & Tim Hansel

Thursday

Allen Ruff

Allen Ruff

Friday

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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“Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge”

03/4/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Priests of out Democracy On Monday’s A Public Affair, host John Quinlan spoke with Marjorie Heins, author of “Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.” Anjuli Brekke accompanied John in the studio to help discuss the Pledge Drive.

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Noam Chomsky and Bill Fletcher on Progressive Politics

03/1/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Chomsky On Friday March 1st, host Esty Dinur brought listeners two impressive guests to discuss labor rights and progressive politics. For the first half of the show she spoke with author, scholar and activist Noam Chomsky. For the second half of the hour she spoke with labor rights activist Bill Fletcher.

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Trouble at the State Capitol

02/28/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

scott Walker On Thursday February 28th, host Allen Ruff interviewed journalist Ruth Conniff about happenings at the State Capitol. Conniff is the Political Editor of the Progressive Magazine

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History of Radio in the United States

02/27/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

radio-voices-american-broadcasting-1922-1952-michele-hilmes-paperback-cover-art 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.”

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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

02/26/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

mahesoldme On Tuesday February 26th, Anjuli Brekke hosted this Pledge Drive edition of A Public Affair. Cynthia Lin helped bring in pledges throughout the program. During the hour, they brought listeners the harrowing story of memoirist Martha Long’s childhood. It took decades for Martha to bring herself to look back at the girl she was growing up in 1950′s Dublin. But that girl was, as Martha writes, “waiting for her chance to burst back into life and give voice to the pain she endured.” Her story has poured out in several volumes, each a best seller in Ireland and England.

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Life and Legacy of George McGovern

02/25/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

george-mcgovern-02-x306-1350595729 On Monday February 25th, John Quinlan and Norm Stockwell hosted a show celebrating the life of US Presidential nominee George McGovern and his lifelong friendship with Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. They spoke to Bill Kristofferson, author of “The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson” as well as Nelson’s daughter Tia Nelson.

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Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity

02/22/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

death-at-seaworld2 On Friday February 22nd, host Esty Dinur interviewed author and journalist David Kirby about his book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity. He is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms.

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Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

02/21/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

DigitalDisconnect On Thursday February 21st, host Allen Ruff kicked off the Pledge Drive with an in-depth interview with author and professor Bob McChesney. They discussed McChesney’s recently published book, “Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy.”

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Homelessness in the LGBT Population

02/20/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

homelessyouthLGBT On Wednesday February 20th, host Tim Hansel spoke with Executive director of Outreach Steve Starkey and Wilma’s Found founder Donald Haar regarding homelessness in the LGBT population.

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Governor Walker’s State Budget

02/19/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

govwalker On Tuesday February 19th, Norm Stockwell spoke with a distinguished panel of guests regarding Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget. The panel included journalist Rebecca Kemble from The Progressive Magazine, Mike McCabe from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Jon Peacock from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Robert Craig from Citizen Action Wisconsin.

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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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