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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The Wars of Watergate

10/26/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Kutler_Stanley_port11_8188 On Friday October 26th, host Esty Dinur interviewed author and historian Stanley Kutler about the reprinting of his book, “The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Nixon.” Kutler will be featured at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival (November 7-11). He will be speaking at the series “American History In Brief and In-Depth” at 7:30 PM on Wednesday November 7th at the Overture Center for the Arts. Stanley Kutler is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American History, the historical advisor for the Emmy-winning television documentary Watergate, and the founding editor of Reviews in American History. Leonard Bushkoff ….

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The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote

10/25/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

politics-of-voter-sup-198x300 On Thursday October 25th, Norm Stockwell subbing for Allen Ruff interviewed Tova Andrea Wang about her recent book, “The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote.” Wang is a renowned expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and around the world. She is a Fellow at The Century Foundation and a consultant to numerous organizations which promote democracy such as the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center. “The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to assess actual practices at the polls this fall and to reengage with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms of identification. Tova Andrea Wang examines the history of how ….

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City and County Budgets

10/24/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Brenda On Wednesday October 24th, host Brenda Konkel interviewed Alder Marsha A. Rummel and Sharon Corrigan, District 26 Supervisor and Personnel and Finance Committee Chair. Brenda and the guests discussed the City and County Budgets. This was Brenda’s last show as a permanent host of A Public Affair.       Read more about Alder Marsha A. Rummel: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district/?district=6 Read more about Sharon Corrigan, District 26 Supervisor: http://www.countyofdane.com/board/supervisor.aspx?district=26 Read more about the city of Madison Budget: http://www.cityofmadison.com/budgetProcess/about.cfm         Listen to the entire show:

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“Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are”

10/23/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Zoloft On Tuesday October 23rd, Anjuli Brekke, subbing for Cynthia Lin, spent the hour exploring the experience of taking antidepressants, medication which has greatly altered our generation’s perception of depression and mental illness. Her guest for the hour was Katherine Sharpe, author of the book “Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are.” She has a master’s degree in literature from Cornell University and her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, The Village Voice, Scientific American Mind, and a number of other publications. “When Katherine Sharpe arrived at her college health center with an age-old complaint—a bad case of homesickness—she received a thoroughly modern response: a ….

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“The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine”

10/23/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

miko-peled-w-mic On Monday October 22nd, John Quinlan shared a compelling and thought-provoking conversation with Miko Peled, an Israeli peace activist and author of “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.”   Son of an Israeli war hero general who was an outspoken proponent on behalf of peace and a Palestinian state following the 1967 war, Miko was challenged in his beliefs in 1997 when his 12-year-old niece was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. The path of exploration and reconciliation he and family members took was a surprising one, filled with fascinating insights.   More on Miko Peled’s remarkable story at his website: http://mikopeled.com/ He will be speaking at the UW-Madison on ….

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Plastic, A Toxic Love Story

10/22/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

plastic On Friday October 19th, host Esty Dinur spoke with author Susan Freinkel about her book, “Plastic, A Toxic Love Story.” Susan Freinkel is a science writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications including: Discover, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, The New York Times, OnEarth, Health, and Real Simple. “Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum. (Plastic in gum? Yep!) But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. And yet each year we use and consume more; we’ve produced ….

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Progressive Media

10/18/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

RothschildMatt On Thursday October 18th, host Allen Ruff spoke with editor of The Progressive Magazine Matthew Rothschild about the importance of keeping progressive media alive. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the L.A. Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the host of “Progressive Radio,” a syndicated half-hour weekly interview program. Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression (New Press, 2007). He also is the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).   Read more about The Progressive ….

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Stubborn Roots

10/17/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Stubborn Roots On Wednesday October 17th, host Tonya Brito spoke with Sociology professor Prudence Carter about her recent book, “Stubborn Roots, Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools.”   “What are the features of the school environment that make students’ of color incorporation greater at some schools than at others? Prudence L. Carter seeks to answer this basic but bedeviling question through a rich comparative analysis of the organizational and group dynamics in eight schools located within four cities in the United States and South Africa-two nations rebounding from centuries of overt practices of racial and social inequality. Stubborn Roots provides insight into how school communities can better incorporate previously disadvantaged groups and engender equity ….

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“Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims”

10/16/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Islamaphobia On Tuesday October 16th, host Cynthia Lin talked with professor Stephen Sheehi about his recent book, “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims.” Sheehi is Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Arabic Program at the University of South Carolina. “Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West following the end of the Cold War through GW Bush’s War on Terror to the Age of Obama. Using “Operation Desert Storm” as a watershed moment, Stephen Sheehi examines the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-bating rhetoric and explicitly racist legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad. The book focuses on the various genres and ….

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“As Goes Janesville”

10/15/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

as-goes-janesville On Monday October 15th, host John Quinlan held a fascinating conversation with guest Brad Lichtenstein, director/producer of “As Goes Janesville.” They were joined by Dane County supervisor Jenni Dye, a veteran of the WI Capitol Uprising, and a native of Janesville. According to the film’s website, “Janesville, Wisconsin is not unlike a lot of Midwestern blue-collar, middle-class towns in America. Since the economy began its nosedive in 2008, Janesville residents, civic leaders, and businesses have been plunged into an extended cycle of hardship and uncertainty. And like other towns in other states across the nation, Janesville has found itself at a crossroads: As a place with more people than jobs, how can it reinvent and restore itself, ….

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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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