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On January 21st, 2013, Dane Varese, The Outreach Director with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign braved the freezing temperatures (it’s 1 degrees outside) to talk to WORT about Citizens United and what it means for campaigns to come. Citizens United is a 2010 Supreme Court decision that says it would be an infringement on the first amendment to restrict campaign contributions from corporations and unions. What does that mean? It means that money in the possession of corporations and unions can now be donated to a campaign in any amount. Former US senator from Wisconsin, Russ Feingold, commented on Citizens United in a September interview with the ….read article »
Tom Klien talks with WORT about the Redamte Coffee House in downtown Madison. Tom is the Director of sustainability at this farm to table café. He spoke with us about the sustainable restaurant and also why he has chosen to show the film, Economics of Happiness, at the cafe this Thursday, 7:30 PM, January 24th. Economics of Happiness trailer “Redamte Coffee House is a farm to table restaurant and cafe that is also deeply engaged in the music and arts community in Madison, WI. Redamte is also founded in social justice and sustainability issues and strives to be a champion within the community of these issues. Redamte hosts musicians, artists, ….read article »
On January 16, host Jan Miyasaki spoke with Journalist Cora Currier of ProPublica about her latest work recapping what we know about the United States’ use of drones around the world. Read her piece here. Listen to the interview:read article »
On the morning after the Governor’s State of the State address, host Jan Miyasaki speaks with Dane Varese of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Dane is the group’s Outreach Director. One of the main themes of Governor Walker’s speech was the mining bill that he hopes the legislature will pass. It would clear the way for a huge iron ore mine in the Penokee hills of northern Wisconsin. Walker brought up union carpenters, millwrights, and operating engineers in hardhats to underscore his support for mining in the state. He noted the miner with a pickaxe on the Wisconsin State flag. Dane Varese highlights the campaign contributions that read article »
Raynard Jackson, Owner of Raynard Jackson and Associates and political consultant for the Republican party spoke with Aaron Perry by phone on January 15th. They talked about the current state of the Republican party and Aaron Perry was bold enough to asks Mr. Jackson what he believes will come from the White House during President Obama’s second term. Raynard Jackson has been involved in every Republican presidential campaign since George H. W. Bush in the late 1980’s. He has also had a hand in many Republican senate, congress, and Governor campaigns across the country. He is currently based in Washington, DC. Listen to the interview here:read article »
Mariah Janice was told by her physicians that she was morbidly obese and per-diabetic. She, a recent mother of two, decided she was going to do something to change that. Today she is a personal trainer. In this interview with Aaron Perry she tells how she got to where she is today. Listen to her story now:read article »
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, ….read article »