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As any high-speed rail enthusiast will tell you, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a legendary disdain for federal funding. Recently, however, the governor has reversed course one such federal funding stream: aid for vocational training and rehabilitation for disabled workers. Last month, Walker announced that he would support SB 274, a bill introduced into the State Senate by Democrat Jennifer Schilling. SB 274 would increase state spending on the disabled by three point nine million dollars to leverage an additional fourteen million dollars in federal funding. Tegan Wendland from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism joined host Brian Standing on October 7, 2013 with the latest on the governor’s turnaround.read article »
With the announced retirement of Police Chief Noble Wray, the Madison Police Department stands at a critical point. The shooting death of Paul Heenan almost a year ago shook the Madison community in more ways than one. Not only did the community mourn the tragic loss of Heenan, but many lost faith in the Madison Police Department: a department that has historically prided itself on community-based policing now faces questions about its policies for use of deadly force. Cheri Maples is a former captain in the Madison Police Department, an ordained Buddhist dharma teacher and the co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice. On October 16, the center will hold a ….read article »
Two years ago, Mark Mallman performed one song that lasted 78 hours. Last year he produced a song that lasted seven days. He even created music while he was asleep, using brain waves to create electronic song. What’s he got up his sleeve this year? On September 30, 2013, Mark joined Brian Standing by phone to tell us more.read article »
The twelfth Wisconsin Book Festival is coming up this month. For the first time, the festival is the purview of the Madison Public Library, who inherited it from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Over four days from October 17th through the 20th, the festival will host more than 50 events incorporating literature, film, art, and performance. The festival is an opportunity for people together from across Wisconsin in celebration of books, reading, and ideas. The First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community is a cutting-edge multicultural artistic program for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. First Wave Learning Community is the first university program in the country centered on urban ….read article »
The University of Wisconsin MadHatters, based out of Madison, Wisconsin, are the premier men’s a cappella group of the UW campus. Since their founding in 1997, they’ve developed a worldwide following. Will Diepholz and Luke Hrovat-Staedter joined Brian Standing on September 30, 2013. With beat-boxing!read article »
UW Communications Arts Ph.D. candidate Ashley Hinck studies “Fan activism and fan performances of citizenship, including football, D.C. Comics and Harry Potter.” She joined Brian Standing on Monday, September 23 to talk about how fan subcultures are making a difference in the real world. You can read Ashley’s entire paper here.read article »
Singer-songwriter and Cable, Wisconsin native Hannah Luree came with her guitar on Monday, September 23 to join Brian Standing in the WORT Studios. She and Brian chatted about getting folk gigs in punk clubs, the status of the Madison folk scene and Hannah’s future plans. Hannah also played two of her compositions, “Darlin’” and “Bounce,” live, for WORT listeners. You can find more recordings of Hannah’s music on her Soundcloud site.read article »
Schools measure everything about students these days, providing quantitative measures of student’s performance against multiple state and national benchmarks. Last year, the state Department of Public Instruction expanded that trend to include grades for schools, and this year, for the first time, they’re issuing report cards for entire school districts. So how did your district do? And what kind of information do these reports tell us? Julie Underwood, an expert in school policy and the Dean of the University of Wisconsin Department of Education, and Bradley Carl, Wisconsin Center for Education Research researcher with the Milwaukee Public Schools joined the Monday Buzz with Brian Standing.read article »
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization has the motto “Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions to problems.” Each month, we check in with the Center for Investigative Journalism for the latest happening in the state. Reporter Nora Hertel joined host Brian Standing to talk about Wisconsin’s public education Common Core curriculum.read article »
Since March, 2011, participants in the Solidarity Sing Along have gathered in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda at noon, sang songs of protest for an hour and dispersed. They have done this over 600 times and never applied for a permit for use of the rotunda. The Capitol Police, part of the state Department of Administration, has escalated enforcement of its permit policy in recent weeks, repeatedly declaring the Sing Along an “unlawful assembly” and issuing 188 citations and a similar number of arrests since July. A recent temporary federal court injunction prevented the DOA from requiring permits for groups smaller than 20 people, but left many questions still open. The Sing Along have argued that ….read article »