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After a string of over 700 consecutive nonviolent Solidarity Sing Alongs in the Capitol rotunda, the Capitol Police got rough. On August 26, 2013, officers tackled observer Damon Terrell to the ground and carried him out of the rotunda bodily like a rail. At the same time, officers dragged Damon’s brother, C.J. Terrell, up from a seated position and removed him from the Capitol. The Capitol Police delivered both brothers to the Dane County Jail, charging C.J. with resisting arrest. C.J. posted bail and was released the same day. Damon, however, had a longer ordeal. Capitol Police held him for the maximum 72 hours before releasing him on a signature bond. On Labor Day, C.J. and Damon Terrell joined host Brian Standing to tell their side of the story.read article »
On Thursday, August 29th, workers in fast food restaurants in sixty cities across the country walked off the job in the largest such strike in the nation’s history. Here in Madison, dozens of low-wage workers walked out, forcing at least two establishments to temporarily close due to the worker shortage. Strikers joined activists to march through downtown Madison demanding a living wage of fifteen dollars an hour. Nationally, most fast-food workers earn an average of $8.94 per hour. The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 per hour since 2009. On Labor Day, Monday host Brian Standing spoke with two Madison workers who walked off their jobs on Thursday to join the protest: Meghan Ford, who works at Dunkin Donuts, and Reginald Hair, who works at Burger King.read article »
Michael Wilder is the Community Coalition Coordinator for Wisconsin Jobs Now. He is also the Chair of the Wisconsin African-American Roundtable. Michael joined Brian Standing on Labor Day to talk about how Wisconsin’s fast food strike fit in with similar efforts around the country. He also talked about other strategies to bring in broader coalitions of workers.read article »
A safe approach to fitness allows everyone to reach their goals without doing more harm than good to their health. This was the motto of the Tuesday, September 3rd 8 O’Clock Buzz, as Hayward Simmons of Phitness Plus talked with host Aaron Perry about ways to stay fit while also staying healthy and safe. This included several common-sense tips that you could apply to your work-out today!read article »
Imagine a world where females are fifty times larger than males, who die immediately after mating. Or where females have to protect their offspring from being eaten by their own father. Or where males parasitically fuse with their female mates, ultimately becoming indistinguishable from their mate and host. These worlds exist… right here, just not for humans. Daphne Fairbairn teaches biology at the University of California, Riverside. She’s the author of “Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom” and she joined Brian Standing on August 26.read article »
On August 26, 2013 Monday host Brian Standing took us on a trip one and a half billion light years away. Out there, lie some round, green blobs that turn out to be galaxies very unlike our own Milky Way. These galaxies, dubbed the Green Peas due to their apparent color, turn out not only to be highly efficient star factories, but may hold some clues to the origins of the universe, shortly after the Big Bang. Anne Jaskot is a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Michigan, and recently authored the paper THE ORIGIN AND OPTICAL DEPTH OF IONIZING RADIATION IN THE “GREEN PEA” GALAXIES.read article »
Two and a half years after former President Mubarak’s resignation, the Arab Spring in Egypt has turned sour. The Egyptian military removed Mohamed Morsi, Mubarak’s elected successor from office in a coup d’etat. The aftermath of the coup has been waves of chaos and death, as Morsi supporters and the Egyptian army have clashed in the streets, leaving over 1,000 dead. On August 26, 2013, Democracy Now! and The Nation correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous joined Brian Standing to discuss the latest on the crackdown.read article »
What does our galaxy smell like? Believe it or not, that question is a serious one. William H. Waller, an astrophysicist who has taught and studied at the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute, the Goddard Space Center and Tufts University, joined Brian Standing on Monday, August 19, to chat about the radial-armed galaxy we call home. Waller currently teaches science at Rockport Massachussetts High School – lucky students – and is the author of The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide, available from Princeton University Press.read article »
Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott joined Monday host Brian Standing on August 19, 2013 for his monthly discussion of food and agriculture. This time around, Tom’s talking about the giant, oxygen-sucking, lethal algae blooms that crop up every year in the Gulf of Mexico. Who’s to blame? Us, the food we eat and the way we grow it.read article »