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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Energy Saving Techniques

08/31/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

saveenergy On Friday August 31st, guest host Tom Jones talked with Jonathan Beers, residential services manager for Madison Gas and Electric, about how to save energy in your home. Beers is an energy efficiency expert and has written many articles and brochures about how to make changes in your home to help the environment and save money.     To read some of Jonathan Beers’s energy saving techniques: http://homeenergypros.lbl.gov/profile/JonathanBeers?xg_source=activity       To listen to the entire interview:

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Israel Denies Responsibility for Rachel Corrie’s Death

08/30/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Rachel Corrie Foundation On Thursday August 30th, Allen Ruff interviewed Craig Corrie about the recent verdict from an Israeli Judge regarding his daughter, Rachel Corrie’s death. Judge Oded Gershon rejected the parent’s negligence lawsuit, stating that Corrie’s death was an accident that she brought upon herself. Over nine years ago in March of 2003, peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip. Every since her death, her parents Cindy and Craig Corrie have sought justice for their daughter’s murder as well as continued her vision of peace through the The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice. Craig and Cindy say the judge’s verdict that Israel was not responsible for her death has “deeply saddened and deeply ….

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Akin’s Rape Comment and the Greated Republican Platform

08/29/12 1:31 PM | A Public Affair

preggers On Tuesday August 28th, Cynthia Lin talked with the president and editor-in-chief for RH Reality Check Jodi Jacobson about the Republican Platform on women’s reproductive rights. RH Reality Check is an online publication serving individuals and organizations committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health. Cynthia also spoke briefly with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz in Tampa about the discussion at the RNC regarding abortion, especially in the cases or rape and incest. Jodi Jacobson recently wrote the piece “As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Radical Anti-Choice Platform Based on Personhood.” In this piece she asserts, “As of today, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan may find themselves in a wee bit of a bind. For the past ….

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Republican National Convention Updates

08/29/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

RNC On Wednesday August 29th, Brenda spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz on the ground in Tampa, Florida where she is covering the Republican National Convention. They discussed the speeches given by Ann Romney, Chris Christie and our Governor Scott Walker and the impressions these speeches made. To learn more about the RNC: http://2012tampa.com To listen to the entire interview:

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The Republican National Convention

08/27/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

romney-ryan On Monday August 27th, John Quinlan called News Coordinator Molly Stentz who spoke to WORT live from Tampa, Florida at the Republican National Convention. Molly discussed the platforms and the protests as well as the worries regarding Hurricane Isaac. John also spoke about the RNC with Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy and the publisher of PR Watch, BanksterUSA, SourceWatch and ALECexposed.org. She has also held positions as a senior advisers in all three branches of the federal government. She was a crucial strategist on civil liberties advocacy. According to the convention website, “The basis of the national political convention was to open the process of nominating presidential candidates to the American ….

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“The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources”

08/24/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

klare-350x350 On Friday August 24th, Esty Dinur interviewed author and professor Michael Klare about his new book “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.” Klare is a professor at Hampshire College and also teaches at Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke College. He is a defense correspondent with The Nation Magazine and a frequent contributor to Mother Jones and Foreign Policy in Focus. As Klare explains in his recent book, “The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that goes beyond “peak oil” to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet’s easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the ….

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Teachers Unions, Hardships from Chicago to Madison

08/23/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

CTU On Thursday August 23rd, Allen Ruff interviewed Chicago Teachers’ Union member and activist Becca Kelly about the struggle between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to cut educational costs and the harm this has done to Chicago’s schools and teachers. “On Aug. 22, Chicago Public Schools school board members authorized spending $25 million on a contingency plan if Chicago teachers strike for the first time in 25 years. Prior to the board meeting, teachers picketed outside the district office. Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president told the Board of Education, at Wednesday’s meeting, ‘We have had 45 sessions of negotiations, and we’re still pretty far apart’… One CTU spokeswoman mentioned that if a contract negotiation is not ….

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The National Political Scene

08/22/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

RothschildMatt On Wednesday August 22nd, John Quinlan subbing for Mike Moon interviewed Matt Rothschild about the national political scene, including the Ryan story and the upcoming conventions. They also discussed what Rothschild calls “The Third-Party Dilemma.” Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine and 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 many other newspapers. Rothschild, writing about the upcoming presidential elections, stated: “The problem, though, is not so much with the accuracy of the critiques of the Democrats as with the efficacy of the third-party strategy at the Presidential level.” To what extend should progressives ….

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Caravan for Peace and Critical Resistance

08/21/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

mexican flag On Tuesday August 21st, Karma Chavez subbing for Cynthia Lin interviewed poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist in Mexico Javier Sicilia about drug policy and the Caravan for Peace. Karma also spoke with Treva Ellison of the Oakland-based group Critical Resistance. Critical Resistance seeks “to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.” “A Trans-border Caravan for Peace and Justice with the Poet and Peace Leader Javier Sicilia More than 60,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico in the last few years. 10,000 people have been disappeared and over 160,000 displaced. Global Exchange and Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity ….

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Occupy Madison

08/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Occupy Madison On Monday August 20th, Brenda Konkel spoke with members of Madison’s Occupy movement about the past and future of the downtrodden in Wisconsin and the Nation. She spoke with Bruce Wallbaum, Trina Clemente, Luca Clemente and Dan Callahan. “Something is very wrong with the system in which we live. Programs designed to feed and educate children are having their budgets slashed, families are being thrown out of their homes and the jobs of hard-working people are cut due to no real fault of their own while the wealthiest 1% are bailed out, make record profits and our people are being sent overseas to fight and die for the protection of this system. We find it unacceptable that ….

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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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