A Public Affair
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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07/25/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Wednesday July 25th, Karma Chavez subbing for Mike Moon interviewed Harvard Research Fellow Scott Long. Scott Long is a human rights activist and scholar specializing in LGBT rights. Recently, the Netherlands have announced they will be accepting all LGBT Iraqis as asylum seekers if they can prove they are gay. Karma discussed the complications surrounding this decision with Scott Long. “The Dutch government has announced it will open its doors to LGBT Iraqis, after declaring the country unsafe for homosexuals. Dutch Immigration Minister Geert Leers had already announced a temporary halt to the deportation of LGBT asylum seekers back to Iraq in June, but has now gone the further step of declaring that it is impossible to be openly gay without risking your safety in any part of the country. However asylum seekers will have to be able to prove that they are gay in order to take up the offer. The Dutch Parliament had asked Leers to carry out investigations into the status of LGBTs in Iraq in March following a wave of gay-hate murders in the country. Dutch LGBT rights group COC welcomed the move but its Executive Director Koen van Dijk told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that it would be problematic for gay Iraqis to prove their sexuality.” -Andrew Potts, gaystarnews.com To read the entire article: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/netherlands-opens-its-doors-lgbt-iraqis140712 To learn more about Scott Long: http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/hrp/visitingfellows/current_fellows.html
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07/24/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Tuesday July 24th host Anjuli Brekke (subbing for Cynthia Lin) focused on ways to promote sustainable agricultural as well as the practice of using antibiotics in meat. Anjuli interviewed Jonathan Kaplan, Director of Food and Agriculture at the Natural Resources Defense Council. For more than fifteen years, Jonathan has launched policy and market-facing initiatives to reduce dependence on toxic chemicals, protect water quality, foster Integrated Pest Management and promote more sustainable food production. Jonathan serves on numerous related boards and advisory groups serving academic, government and non-profit organizations. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in English from Cornell University. Anjuli and Jonathan discussed a new report by Consumers Union entitled “Meat Without Drugs” which outlines the health concerns surrounding antibiotic use in livestock and the power retailers have in providing antibiotic-free choices to customers. To read Jonathan Kaplan’s blog about antibiotics in meat: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jkaplan/attention_shoppers_potential_b.html To read more about the National Resources Defense Council: http://www.nrdc.org/
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07/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Friday July 20th, Esty Dinur took on the controversial subject of Smart Meters . Smart meters are electronic meters which record energy consumption and transmit the information collected daily back to the utility company in order to better monitor and bill households. Although this subject may seem mundane on the surface, it has sparked a great deal of controversy regarding purported health effects and privacy concerns. Esty first interviewed a proponent of Smart Meters, Jeffery S. Lafferty, an Environmental Epidemiologist for Public Health Madison and Dane County. As an epidemiologist, he is involved with the performance of risk assessment, risk communication, and the evaluation of suspected environmental health concerns. His department has put out a report which has concluded that “A thorough review of the relevant literature suggests that there is little evidence to support an association with any potential health effects that may result from the installation and/or normal operation of the smart meter.” Director of Stop Smart Meters! Joshua Hart, however, contends that “The smart meter debacle is a huge threat to our health, safety, privacy, and wallet.” On this hour of A Public Affair, Esty Dinur attempted to separate smart meter fact from myth. To read more about Madison Smart Meters: http://www.cityofmadison.com/water/programs/projectH2O/ To read more about the group Stop Smart Meters!: http://stopsmartmeters.org/about/
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07/18/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Wednesday July 18th, Tonya Brito interviewed lawyer, policy maker, and law professor Peter Edelman about his new book, “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.” In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle. The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood. This is crucial reading for anyone who wants to understand the most critical American dilemma of the twenty-first century.” -The New Press To read more about “So Rich, So Poor:” http://thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&task=view_title&metaproductid=1856
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07/17/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Tuesday July 17th, Stacy Harbaugh interviewed a panel of women about the barriers to women when running for office. Stacy talked with Wendy Strout from Emerge Wisconsin about her involvement with the organization which promotes and trains women to run for office. She also talked with LaShawndra Vernon who is running for the 18th Assembly seat in Milwaukee and Jenni Dye who is running for the Dane County Board. The last member of the panel, Samantha Leonard, is a Madison attorney who promotes social justice. To read more about Emerge Wisconsin: http://www.emergewi.org/
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07/13/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair
On Friday July 6th, Esty Dinur interviewed a panel of experts on recent severe weather in Wisconsin and the nation and the possible connection between these events and global climate change. Esty talked with Steve Vavrus, Senior Scientist for the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, Jon Martin, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison, and Dick Smith from the Climate Change Lobby. The panel of experts discussed the recent drought in Southern Wisconsin which was recently upgraded to “severe.” With such abnormal droughts and heat waves scorching the nation and Wisconsin, host Esty Dinur and the panel discussed the possible connection between observed severe weather and climate change. To read more about the drought in Wisconsin: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/southern-wisconsin-drought-upgraded-to-severe-oj63gaq-162194725.html
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07/12/12 12:00 PM | A Public Affair
On Thursday July 12th, Allen Ruff hosted a program on “Fixing the Future;” contemporary alternative workers’ and consumers’ experiments – coops, time banks, etc. He interviewed Stephanie Rearick: founder and Director of the Dane County TimeBank and Project Coordinator of Time For the World/ Build For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking, Rearick is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. Rearick worked for Greenpeace for six years of young adulthood, helped launch Madison Hours local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane. Rearick also works as a musician. Allen also interviewed John Conowall: driver at Union Cab. He also works with cooperative outreach and development through MadWorC. Conowall is passionate about educating the public on the Cooperative model as an economic alternative to capitalism and helping people develop Cooperatives or transition existing businesses into Cooperatives. To read more about Mother Fools Coffee shop: http://motherfools.com/ To Rear more about MadWorC: http://madworc.org/ To listen to the entire interview:
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07/11/12 12:00 PM | A Public Affair
On Wednesday July 11th, Tim Hansel interviewed Josie Montanez-Tyler, Assistant Manager of Madison’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Tom Parslow, Volunteer Coordinator at Lacy Garden. “We are volunteers (retirees, church and group groups, student and youth groups, families and/or individuals) making a difference by growing food for people who don’t have access to an adequate food supply. Mission: We help feed the hungry in the Madison (WI) area by providing food pantries with fresh, nutritious vegetables. We annually raise about 100,000 lbs of produce in six gardens at five locations. You are invited to be one of the volunteers who plant, weed, and harvest the seven acres we garden. Each hour of volunteer work results in 50 lbs of fresh produce. Three of the gardens are named after the owners who generously provide the land.” -Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens To learn more about the Gardens: http://foodpantrygardens.org/ To listen to the entire interview:
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