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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LISTEN TO RECENT EPISODES

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

11/29/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

interfaith-peace-builders-delegation-olive-harvest-137 On Thursday November 29th, host Allen Ruff talked with Tsela Barr and Veena Brekke, two individuals who just came back from a peace delegation to Israel and Palestine with the group Interfaith Peace Builders. The delegates just returned this past week from Gaza and and the West Bank. Permission for foreigners to obtain passage to Gaza is rare, and thus these interviews provided listeners with a vital opportunity to understand daily life in the Palestinian territories and how this existence is being affected by the current conflict. Allen spoke with Tsela Barr who just came back from a peace delegation to Gaza on November 12th. During the second half of the hour Veena Brekke joined in the ….

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Slow Democracy

11/28/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

slow democracy On Wednesday November 28th, host Tonya Brito spoke with author Susan Clark about her new book “Slow Democracy.” “Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. In Slow Democracy, community leader Susan Clark and democracy scholar Woden Teachout document the range of ways that citizens around the country are breathing new life into participatory democracy in their communities. In Slow Democracy, readers learn the stories of residents who gain community control of water systems and local ….

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US Relations with China

11/27/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

US-China_flags On Tuesday November 27th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Henry Rosemont, distinguished professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and visiting professor of religious studies at Brown University. They discussed US approaches to relations with China. Rosemont recently said, “If President Obama bases U.S. relations with China on principles of competition and criticism, the new regime of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will almost surely respond in kind, and the governments of both countries will become less capable of dealing with their own internal large-scale problems. “Moving to a policy based on cooperation on the other hand diplomatically, militarily and economically — both countries can contribute to solving their own and each other’s problems at ….

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Solutions to Homelessness

11/26/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Homeless On Monday November 26th, Brenda Konkel subbing for John Quinlan focused on ways to alleviate homelessness in Madison. She spoke with a number of Madison officials who are searching for ways to help the homeless community including County Board Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner, Michael Basford from Housing Initiatives and Linda Ketcham from the Madison Urban Ministry(MUM). Housing Initiatives is an organization that has been searching since 1993 to meet Dane County’s ever-growing need to house homeless persons and families affected by severe mental illness. Since 1971 Madison Urban Ministry(MUM) has become an important force in Madison promoting social justice that has galvanized social change in and around Dane County. Together with the leaders of these organizations as well as ….

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The Plight of Occupy Madison

11/23/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

OccupyMadisonII On Friday November 23rd, Esty Dinur focused on the future of Occupy Madison for the first half of the program. She interviewed Four members of Occupy Madison: Ron, Betty, Dan and Brian who discussed their recent eviction. According to their website, “Occupy Madison has gone through a number of evolutions and revolutions. We are in midst of writing an accurate update to the past few months, much from the initiative by Brenda Konkel, and much documentation can be found on her blog: http://www.forwardlookout.com. Currently the physical site is located at Token Creek Park. Donations stream in, despite the distance. Donations are being taken for the site and its residents through Occupy Wisconsin as well as drop offs to the ….

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Thanksgiving Special: Occupation and Resistance of Native Peoples

11/22/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Ike On Thursday November 22nd, Allen Ruff brought listeners a Thanksgiving special with Will Williams, member of Veterans for Peace and anti-war peace activist.   Allen spoke with Williams about themes of occupation and resistance and how these concepts relate to Thanksgiving and the occupation of native lands and resistance of the native peoples.                   Listen to the entire program:

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The Milkweed

11/21/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

PeteHardin On Wednesday November 21st, Andy Heidt, subbing for Tonya Brito, spoke with Pete Hardin the Editor and Publisher of The Milkweed Magazine.     Pete Hardin started The Milkweed in June of 1979. Over more than three decades, the paper has become the standard for dairy reporting in the United States. Hardin, 62, brings his years of experience and contacts in the U.S. dairy industry to the pages of The Milkweed. Read more about The Milkweed: http://www.themilkweed.com/WhoWeAre.htm               Listen to the entire interview:

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Hip Hop and the Green Party

11/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

RosaClemente2 On Tuesday November 20th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Rosa Clemente, a grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist, journalist, and entrepreneur. Clemente recently said, “The Green Party is no longer the alternative; the Green Party is the imperative.” Clemente was the 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate and supported Jill Stein in the 2012 election. According to Jill Stein’s website, “There is something taking place with the relationship between Hip Hop and the Green Party. Maybe it’s because the Green Party, much like Hip Hop, can be blamed for a mess much larger than itself with no regard for the truth. Maybe it’s because both of them have spent their whole existence fighting corporate media and corporate influence ….

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Stories of Peacebuilding in Gaza and the West Bank

11/19/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Palestine On Monday November 19th, host John Quinlan was joined in conversation with visitors from a peace delegation sponsored by the Interfaith Peace-Builders. The delegates just returned this past week from Gaza and and the West Bank. Permission for foreigners to obtain passage to Gaza is rare, and thus these interviews provided listeners with a vital opportunity to understand daily life in the Palestinian territories and how this existence is being affected by the current conflict. John spoke with Tsela Barr and Michele Bahl who just came back from a peace delegation to Gaza on November 12th. During the second half of the hour John spoke with Veena Brekke who recently returned from a peace delegation to ….

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Ecology and Socialism

11/16/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Chris Williams On Friday November 16th, Anjuli Brekke subbing for Esty Dinur brought listeners a show about how our economic system is contributing to environmental degradation.       She spoke with longtime environmental activist Chris Williams, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University and author of “Ecology and Socialism.” In his book, Williams writes, “We live in a social system predicated on endless expansion; one that sickeningly combines historic and gargantuan amounts of wealth alongside oceans of poverty and mountains of waste. It is no exaggeration to state that without swift, dramatic and profound changes to societal priorities, including a fundamental reorientation away from fossil-fuel-based energy and profit-driven capitalist economic growth, the generation growing up today ….

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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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