A Public Affair

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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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Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

10/3/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

WritingwithScissorscover On Wednesday October 3rd, host Tonya Brito spoke with author Ellen Gruber Garvey about her book “Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance.” “What did ordinary Americans such as farmers and janitors have in common with extraordinary ones like Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, and Susan B. Anthony? In this fascinating cultural history, Ellen Gruber Garvey explores how Americans from all walks of life created scrapbooks to document, share, critique, and participate in a rapidly changing world of information overload. Featuring over sixty rare and hard-to-find illustrations, Writing with Scissors reveals how people have had an interactive relationship with the media since long before the Internet era. Writing with Scissors is a window into the reading of the 99 percent of the nineteenth century. It reveals a previously unexplored layer of American popular culture, where the proliferating cheap press touched the lives of activists and mourning parents, and all who yearned for a place in history. Scrapbook makers documented their feelings about momentous public events such as living through the Civil War, mediated through the newspapers. African Americans and women’s rights activists collected, concentrated, and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create “unwritten histories” in books they wrote with scissors. Whether scrapbook makers pasted their clippings into blank books, sermon collections, or the pre-gummed scrapbook that Mark Twain invented, they claimed ownership of their reading. They created their own democratic archives.” -Oxford University Press To read more about Writing with Scissors: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Scissors-American-Scrapbooks-Renaissance/dp/0199927693 To listen to the entire interview:

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We Want Green, Too

10/2/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

gloria_lowe On Tuesday October 2nd, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Gloria Lowe, a former auto-plant worker from Detroit who decided to found a movement with the intention of reclaiming and revamping the city she loves. Speaking with WBEZ in Chicago, she proclaimed: “I’m founder of “We Want Green, Too.” Our mission is to re-educate, retrain and rebuild a 21st century, sustainable Detroit. We are looking to construct various teams in the basic skills: dry walling, painting, floor repair. Right now we’re working out of shelters and the Detroit Veterans Administration building, a connection we have with homeless vets. We work with young people who are underemployed, people who have overcome their substance abuse, as well as those who have been incarcerated. We have very good housing stock in the city. And these houses, many of them date back to the early 1900s and late 1800s, it would cost you a fortune to try and build a house today with the same quality of material. So we know that the greenest house is the house that’s already there. All you do is take the time to rebuild it. Every house in Detroit has a foundation. So where you have people who are challenged, they don’t have jobs. Why not make their jobs restructuring their own communities?I don’t think that prior to my accident I would have understood the value of working from our hearts through our minds, through our hands. What it does in terms of helping to recreate a humanity that’s been taken away from us. The work I’m doing now, it’s phenomenal. There’s not a price tag I could hang on it. And I know that ‘cause I’ve been on the other side.”   To read more about Gloria Lowe: http://www.wbez.org/story/after-accident-woman-reinvents-work-herself-and-her-community-94293 Listen to the entire interview:

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The Odyssey Project

10/1/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Screen_shot_2012-09-30_at_3.42.14_PM On Monday October 1st, the week that marks the 10th anniversary of the UW-Madison’s award-winning “Odyssey Project,” John Quinlan spoke with the project’s founder and director, Emily Auerbach. The Odyssey Project is a course in the humanities for adults facing economic barriers to higher education. Several recent graduates and participants joined John and Emily in studio, including Hedi Rudd, Madison Police Officer Corey Safford, and Mary Wells. Other former participants and community supporters offered their supportive testimonials via phone. A resonant conversation was also shared with Barbara McKinney, who has established a memorial fund in honor of her son, former WMTV anchor and community leader Mike McKinney, to support young people of color in pursuing careers in journalism.                     Odyssey Project 10th Anniversary Celebrate the UW introductory humanities course for adults facing economic barriers to college at the Chazen Museum of Art, with readings, music and refreshments. This event is free of charge. When: 10/04/12, 5-7 PM Call: 262-3733 For more on Odyssey, including information on this week’s celebration, and their media page, visit their webpages at www.odyssey.wisc.edu. For more information on the Mike McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact Amy Overby at the Madison Community Foundation, www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org To listen to the entire program:

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People Who Understand the Language of Plants

09/28/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

clip_image004 On Friday September 28th, host Esty Dinur talked with documentary filmmaker Lawrence Lansburgh. Recently, he released a documentary about the Achuar people of the Ecuadororian Amazon. He has been nominated for an academy award and is a recipient of previous Emmy awards. His documentary tells the inspirational success story of a small group of forest people who overcame the power of big oil. In his words, “My area is the intersection of environmental health and human rights, as demonstrated so vividly by the success of the Achuar people in keeping oil companies out of their pristine part of the Amazon rain forest. Clearly, among the valuable assets of a still-healthy Amazonian culture is the knowledge of medicinal plants. By protecting themselves from the cultural and environmental devastation of oil operations, the Achuar people have also protected their knowledge of those plants.”         Visit Lawrence Lansburgh’s website: http://www.larrylansburgh.com/ Listen to the entire interview:  

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Fireside Chat with Allen Ruff

09/27/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Allen Ruff On Thursday September 27th, host Allen Ruff opened the mike up to the listeners to engage the community in a discussion of local, national and global events. Allen and the public exchanged opinions on the happenings around the globe.                                                               Click below to read Allen’s blog: http://allenruff.blogspot.com/ To listen to the entire program:

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University of Wisconsin Human Resources System: Union Perspectives

09/26/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

AFSCME_BlockLogo-1Color On Wednesday September 26th, host Brenda Konkel took another look at last Friday’s topic of reshaping the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System, except this time from the perspective of Madison Unions. She had a panel of guests in the studio consisting of Aaron Crandall, United Faculty & Academic Staff (UW-Madison) Local 223 President, Eleni Schirmer from the Teaching Assistants Association, Gary Mitchell, President (also Chair, Administrative Support Bargaining Team) for AFSCME 2412 (Union representing UW Madison staff), and Kevin Walters, Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin Department of History. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics.” Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many impacted Unions have voiced serious reservations. The panel discussed these important issues regarding the future of UW-Madison. To view the new plan: http://hrdesign.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2012/11/HRD-Plan-Revised-11-19-2012-.pdf To listen to the entire interview:

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United For a Fair Economy

09/25/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

BORNONTHIRDBASE2 On Tuesday September 25th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Brian Miller, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy, about the impact of inheritance and privilege when analyzing an individuals economic mobility. United for a Fair Economy released a report recently entitled “Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America” : “Forbes Magazine calls their list of the 400 richest Americans the ‘definitive scorecard of wealth in America,’ but a new report asserts the magazine is misleading. Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America, released this week by Boston-based non-profit United for a Fair Economy, examines the sources of wealth for members of the Forbes 400 and uncovers the role of inheritance and privilege in economic mobility. The report urges Forbes to stop glamorizing the ‘self-made man’ while minimizing the other factors in wealth accumulation, including tax policies, birthright, gender, and race. The report finds that 40 percent of the Forbes 400 list inherited a sizable asset from a family member or spouse, and over 20 percent inherited sufficient wealth to make the list. In addition, 17 percent of the Forbes 400 have family members on the list… Born On Third Base takes Forbes to task for their misuse of the loaded term “self-made” and the undervaluing of privilege and social capital in financial success. ‘We disagree with Forbes claim that 70 percent of the list made their fortunes entirely from scratch,’ said Brian Miller, executive director of United for a Fair Economy and co-author of the book The Self-Made Myth. ‘The ‘self-made’ and ‘I built this’ narratives wrongly present the opportunity to become rich as equally attainable by all people in today’s highly stratified society. Forbes’ story also ignores the important contributions of others and the role of government in the success of the wealthiest Americans.’ United for a Fair Economy is a national, independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to raise public awareness of the destructive effects of concentrated wealth and power and supporting the movement for greater economic equality.” To read more about United for a Fair Economy: http://www.faireconomy.org/ To listen to the entire interview:

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Split Show: Marriage Equality at Broom Street Theater and The History of a Political Activist

09/24/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Lauri_Harty_and_Raymond_McElroy On Monday September 24th, host John Quinlan provided listeners with a split program showcasing an original play by Callen Harty about same sex marriage, followed by an update from homegrown WI Capitol Uprising activist Jenna Pope about her recent experiences with the Occupy Movement nationwide. Callen Harty’s play, One Man/One Woman, looks at the topic of marriage and marriage equality through a series of vignettes from Adam and Eve (and Steve) in the Garden of Eden to modern couples struggling with the meaning of marriage to politicians working hard to prevent people from marrying clocks. It is a fun overview of marriage equality and what it means in our modern world. The play will run at Broom Street Theater–which is actually located at 1119 Williamson Street–on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm through October 6th. To read more about One Man/One Woman, visit the Broom Street Theater website. As the Uprising at the WI Capitol took hold 18 months ago, Jenna Pope was a 21-year-old UW student and political novice. Like many of her generation, however, she was quickly inspired to action, including civil disobedience in protesting measures that have limited citizen access to the Capitol. As both an activist and photographer, in the months since then, she not only took a prominent role in local recall efforts, but has also traveled across the country to assist the Occupy Wall Street movement. This is her first visit back to Madison after recently moving to New York, where she participated in last weekend’s first anniversary celebration of Occupy Wall Street. To listen to the entire program:

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Reshaping of the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System

09/21/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

uwCrest On Friday September 21st, host Esty Dinur spoke with David Ahrens, retired University of Wisconsin Public Health researcher, about the reshaping of the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human resources practices on our campus and to make recommendations for improvement. Their commitment and hard work, supported by the project’s Collaboration, Change Management, Communication and Data Analysis teams, formed the core of this plan. We thank them for their effort, positive spirit and courage in tackling complex and sometimes controversial topics. We also thank the thousands of people from all segments of our campus community who participated in the process and shared their perspectives. The opportunities and initiatives presented in the plan are ambitious and will require changes to our policies, processes, technology and, in some cases, our culture. Many details remain to be clarified, but this document provides a trajectory for improvement. We look forward to ongoing engagement with campus on these important topics.” Although many at the University are optimistic about the new HR restructuring, many also have serious reservations as to how the changes will impact the University community. Ahrens discussed these important issues regarding the future of UW-Madison. To view the new plan: http://hrdesign.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2012/11/HRD-Plan-Revised-11-19-2012-.pdf To listen to the entire interview:

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Airstrikes in Afghanistan

09/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

kathykelly On Thursday September 20th, host Allen Ruff interviewed peace activist Kathy Kelly about recent airstrikes in Afghanistan. Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She spends a great deal of time in Afghanistan fighting for peace. She recently stated, “On September 16th, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m., U.S./NATO forces called in an airstrike which killed eight Afghan women who were on a mountainside collecting wood for fuel. Villagers in the Alingar district of the Laghman province said the women routinely rise early in the morning to collect firewood so that they can prepare breakfast for their families. In spite of the constant drone surveillance which purportedly supplies the U.S. military with intelligence about patterns of life in Afghanistan, the U.S. military seemed unaware that women typically scour the mountainsides looking for firewood. Scant attention is paid to the plight of the families whose mothers have been slain by U.S. /NATO military forces which claim state-of-the-art drone surveillance capacity. And yet, U.S. officials have repeatedly claimed that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is necessary to protect women and children. A BBC video shows that other women and girls who survived the attack are now hospitalized because of their severe injuries. By now, news coverage of families in the Alingar district is likely over. However, the effects of this attack will forever alter the lives of the injured survivors, their families and the families and friends of those who were killed.” To read more about Voices for Creative Nonviolence: http://vcnv.org/ To listen to the entire interview:

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