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Melissa Sargent, newly elected from Dane County to the Wisconsin Assembly, spoke to Brian Standing by phone on Monday, January 14th. She talks about being a Democrat as a member of the minority party, new assembly rules passed (including dress code), and what she hopes to accomplish in the next two years. Listen to the interview here:read article »
Since former Marine, David Erwin, took over as chief of the Wisconsin Capitol Police, the capital police have issued over 118 citations to protesters inside the state capital. Wisconsin Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen (R), believes that these citations are not in violation of the first amendment. In this interview, on January 14th 2012, Donald Downs, Professor of political science, law, and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks with Brian Standing about the attorney generals stance on these cases and what the constitutional implications could be.read article »
Trent Miller and Toby Kaufmann-Buhler came by the studio on January 14th to speak about their exciting new side-by-side solo exhibitions on display at the Overture Center for the Arts. The two pieces, Spindrift and Tether (Miller) and Hidden States (Kaufmann-Buhler), share a gallery space at the Center. Both pieces, unique from one another in medium, share a repetitive process and complex perspective. The artists speak about the experience of sharing a space, the similarities of their pieces and their differences. The interview can be heard here:read article »
From Broom Street Theater we had Director Tyler Falco Schott and Actress Kayla Stelzel come into the studio on Friday, January 11th, to talk about their upcoming play, Class. Class is based on a true event that took place in the late 1960’s. Inspired and saddened by the recent tragic event of Martin Luther King Jr’s death, A third grade teacher in Iowa decided to teach an unusual kind of lesson about prejudices. She came up with an experiment. The experiment was to treat the children different based on the color of their eyes. The play is the fictionalized retelling of that event. The show will be on January 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, February 1st and 2nd at 8:00pm. Broom Street Theater is located 1119 Williamson Steet, Madison, Wisconsin. Listen to the interview here:read article »
“Having lived through the transition from being an accepted and rather privileged member of society and from one day to the next being a total outcast and victim, I learned something about how society can manipulate people,” Lerner said in 2002. “I applied that to understanding how it was possible to manipulate half the people of the world to accept that they are inferior.” For much of history, the pronoun used to describe moments in time was always male. It’s strange to think, but until very recently there was not a women’s history. At least not written down. Gerda Lerner, “led the charge, politically and intellectually.” Said Florencia Mallon, UW-Madison History Department Chair and long time friend of Gerda Lerner, in an interview with Jonathan Zarov, Friday, January 11th. Gerda Lerner set the foundation for women’s history at a time when people in her field were told that Women’s studies, along with African American Studies, were just fads. The academic response to women’s history was a defensive one, claiming that the field already had one history- the history of the human race. She also met an argument against women’s studies as a career path. Many believed that women’s history would never find a place in academia. Yet Gerda Lerner persisted. Gerda described her work as a necessary piece of her activism. If you would like to learn more about Gerda Lerner, her political autobiography, Fireweed, covers her early life in Vienna, Austria, through her time in Madison. Gerda Lerner died on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. She was 92 years old. Listen to the interview with Florencia Mallon and Jonathan Zarov here:read article »
Madtown Preppers is a Madison-based community organization dedicated to preparing people for survival/emergency situations. Andre Leger, the organization founder, sat down with Tony to discuss the best ways a person can be ready for anything. Aside from scaring our host half to death, Andre gave some important information on what to do in case of an emergency. Some of these tips might seem like common sense, but often times even the most basic decision can seem complex in an emergency situation. Andre Leger is a very prepared man. He covers everything from extreme weather to a zombie apocalypse in this interview. The lively banter can be heard here:read article »
On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Enis Ragland, honored with the Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award, presented by Mayor Paul Soglin. Enis, raised in Milwaukee, has worked for the city of Madison for eighteen years at the Mayor’s Office, the Affirmative Action Department and the Office of Community Services. He encourages young people to participate in politics and be involved with decision making processes that will affect the community. He also speaks about his experiences working for Senator Coggs’ Office and other elected officials. Listen to the full interview here:read article »
On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with leadership scholar Todd L. Pittinsky, author of Us Plus Them: Tapping The Positive Power of Difference. Todd looks at the power of positive interdependence and “how people working across group lines create stronger outcomes, products, and learning than when working against group lines.” He explains that in his research, “we found four hundred measures of racism and negative sentiments towards others, and we couldn’t find a single term to describe positive difference and positive orientation towards difference. The closest we come is tolerance, but being tolerated is not quite the same thing as being appreciated.” In writing about the positive orientation towards someone from another group., he described the sentiment as ‘Allophilia’, ‘Allo’ deriving from Greek, meaning ‘other’. Todd is also the author of Crossing the Divide, Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders, and Working Fathers. Listen to the entire interview here:read article »
On Friday January 4, 2013 our guest host Ankur Malhotra interviewed author Gail Konop Baker to speak about her podcast G Spot. The podcast also features house music from local musicians Quinn and Andy in the upcoming second season. She explains how her podcast came about “It originated here. I was on Jonathan’s show after I wrote an article for the Huffington Post… after I went back into the dating scene after my divorce. The article got a lot of comments…” She explains that as she was talking about her article on the radio, she realized that she loved talking on the radio and decided to turn to podcasting. Gail observed that her daughters, too, were in the dating scene, and began having several conversations about the topic with them. It was during these conversations that Gail decided to create a podcast about this, “wouldn’t it be interesting to have these conversations as a podcast between mother and daughter…really honest intimate conversations about it.” They speak on air about the various relationship issues that come up today, ranging from sperm banks and the proper way to refer to one’s partner to others. Gail explains that she and her daughters have always maintained an openness when it comes to discussing such issues with each other, and the purpose of the podcast is to share these topics with others too. Visit gailkonopbaker.com Visit The G Spot Podcast website. Like the The G Spot Podcast on Facebook. Listen to the full interview here:read article »
On Friday January 4, 2013, our guest host Ankur Malhotra spoke with Ryan and Alex from the new Madison brewery Karben4. The brewery just had their soft opening this weekend, and will be coming out with a new beer each week for the next three Saturdays. The brewery is now open for business. The brewery is located at the old Ale Asylum in Madison. Ryan explains that he learned the art of brewing beer when he worked at a brewery in Billings, Montana. He describes some of the beers he has brewed, including a smoked porter, amber and rye APA, a german malt soaked in beechwood. The brewery will be coming out with three new beers: the “Lady Luck”, an Irish red which is “not your typical Irish Red”, a session ale called “Undercover”, and a black IPA. Read more about Karben4 on the Friday Buzz Bin Tumblr site. Like Karben4 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karben4 Follow Karben4 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karben4 Karben4 3698 Kinsman Blvd. Madison, WI 53704 Listen to the interview here:read article »