A Public Affair


John Quinlan

John Quinlan


Carousel Bayrd

Carousel Bayrd


Karma Chavez and Tim Hansel

Karma Chavez & Tim Hansel


Allen Ruff

Allen Ruff


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.

Join the conversation!

Listeners may call in and ask questions of the guests. Callers are asked to pose a question relevant to the subject at hand and refrain from calling more than once per week. You can join us on social media as well!

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Please contact Molly Stentz at (608) 256-2001 or newsflash@wort-fm.org.


Drop the “I” Word

05/8/13 3:45 PM | A Public Affair

RinkuSencolor (1) On Wednesday, May 8th host Karma Chavez interviewed Rinku Sen, the Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines.com.The discussed the increasingly successful campaign by Colorlines to persuade media outlets to change the language they use about immigration – and drop the “I” word, illegal, as a term to refer to anyone who is not a US citizen or permanent resident.

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Alaska Far Away

05/7/13 3:17 PM | A Public Affair

AFA Poster for publicity On Tuesday, May 7th interim host John Quinlan spoke with filmmaker Joanie Juster, director of “Alaska Far Away”. Joanie Juster is known for her work in Madison through protests and rallies in the capital, and attributes this work to a love of the Midwest. Her film chronicles the history of the New Deal within the Midwest and the farm families who left this area to travel to Alaska.

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Buying and Investing Locally

05/6/13 2:59 PM | A Public Affair

Copyright Dane Buy Local On Monday, May 6th host John Quinlan talked about buying and investing locally with Colin Murray and Kay-Tee Franke, respectively executive director and president of Dane Buy Local. Joining the conversation was Tera Johnson with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Going to Tehran

05/3/13 11:44 AM | A Public Affair

GoingtoTehran On Friday, May 3rd host Esty Dinur interviewed Flynt Leverett on his new book “Going to Tehran.” Co-authored with Hillary Mann Leverett, “Going to Tehran” offers a new perspective on our conflicting policies with Iran and proposes potential solutions. Copies of the book will be available during the upcoming pledge drive June 3rd-16th.

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State of the Nation

05/2/13 10:54 AM | A Public Affair

RothschildMatt On Thursday, May 2nd host Allen Ruff discussed the state of the nation with Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine and host of Progressive Radio. They opened up this discussion to all recent state, national and international news.

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National Labor Movement and Bay View Massacre

05/1/13 9:46 AM | A Public Affair

Historical Marker On Wednesday, May 1st, host Tim Hansel talked with long-time labor leader and union member Kenneth Germanson about May 1st celebrations, the rise of the labor movement in the United States, and the Bay View Massacre.

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Effective State Development Strategies

04/30/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

duncan-green-speaking On Tuesday April 30th, host Anjuli Brekke discussed the efficacy of foreign aid and the best strategies for developing nations. The guest for the first half of the hour was Duncan Green, author of the book “From Poverty to Power.” Duncan Green is Oxfam Great Britain’s Senior Strategic Adviser. He was Oxfam’s Head of Research from 2004-12. “From Poverty to Power” contains the accumulated knowledge of 25 years spent researching and writing about reducing poverty and combating injustice. During the second half of the hour Anjuli continued the discussion of foreign development strategies with University of Wisconsin Professor of Political Science and expert on African Politics Scott Straus.

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Sustaining Activism

04/29/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

sustainableactivism On Monday April 29th, host John Quinlan interviewed Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, co-author of “Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women’s Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration.”

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The Dark Side of Chocolate

04/26/13 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

darkchocolate On Friday April 26th, host Esty Dinur interviewed film maker U. Roberto Romano about his film “The Dark Side of Chocolate.”

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WORT Seeks Talk Host

04/25/13 5:49 PM | Molly Stentz

word bubble Have you ever wanted to be on the radio? Do you enjoy learning about the world and sharing interesting news and information with those around you? Consider becoming a host of A Public Affair on WORT.

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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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