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Gar Smith: Nuclear Roulette

11/13/12 11:54 AM | buzz

by Gar Smith On Tuesday Nov 13, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Gar Smith, author of Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth. Gar, an environmental activist and writer, has been an outspoken critic of nuclear energy since before writing the book. Listing the difficulty and risk involved with operating old reactors, and citing the incidence of nuclear reactor leaks as some of the dangers posed to humans and the environment, Gar stresses the importance of decommissioning the old reactors. He also explains that the climate change that is now a reality on our planet today is a factor that we must take into account now, because when many of these reactors were designed, the climate issues were not present, “we’re getting storm waves, surges, floods, hurricanes, massive wildfires…that were unprecedented by the people who designed these plants. The NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission]has also realized that the danger from earthquakes is triple what they believed it would be for the majority of the US plants.” Says Gar, The Scientific American had predicted, in 2000, the flooding of Manhattan due to storm surges in 2090; however, the reality is that it already happened, in 2012. “So we’re well ahead of the predicted scale of damage that we’re now having to face.” Gar explains that Hurricane Sandy actually knocked down three reactors, and the grave risk it poses to us.   Gar says that there have been nearly 50 major nuclear disasters across the world, including Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and more. He says that the government and the agencies work together to both deny and cover up. “When the radiation level in schoolyards became too extreme [in Japan], the government’s response was to simply increase the permissible level of radiation exposure. When the Fukushima cloud passed over the US, Washington did the same thing; they changed the permissible amount of radiation.” Greenpeace discovered that radiation monitors that had been set up in Japan had actually been placed in areas that had been decontaminated, so it showed a lower level or radiation than there really was in the area itself. Russian engineer and Chernobyl survivor Natalia Mironova was reported as warning, “When there is a nuclear accident, run, run as fast as you can. Don’t believe the government; the government will lie to you.” Gar cites the different threats and dangers that we face from nuclear plants and their. He points to ….

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Norma Gay Prewett

11/12/12 11:15 AM | buzz

Norma Gay Prewett On Monday, November 12, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Madison poet and co-producer Norma Gay Prewett (Gay Davidson-Zielske) about her poetry and the process of writing poetry. She speaks about internal rhyming, the nuances of elements used in poetry, and the interaction of feeling with rhyming to produce poetry. Norma explains that when beginning with a poem, one must first start with emotions. “[Internal rhyming] is a muting effect in that you may place a word that has a general sound in close enough proximity so that your ear will remember it. Mood and tone is very influenced by word choice, by the gut feeling it can cause in you to choose the wrong word. So the best poems go for both, and they will work it so that they have both without distorting the meaning or the feeling.” Norma reads on-air several of her poems.   Listen to the full interview here:

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Natalie and Dean Bakopoulos

11/9/12 11:40 AM | buzz

Natalie B. On Friday Nov 9, in this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, Jonathan Zarov speaks with Natalie and Dean Bakapoulos. The brother and sister team will be presenting, “Well, At Least We Can Write about It Someday” as part of the festival at A Room of One’s Own bookstore this Saturday from 6:30 – 7:45. Natalie, who teaches at the University of Michigan, is the author of The Green Shore, and Dean, who teaches at Grinnell College, is the author of My American Unhappiness.   Their talk will be about the shared memories of their childhoods, the dynamics between them as authors. They explain that because both of their focuses are fiction, even though they would be drawing from the same stories and experiences, the way it would be expressed in their stories would take on very different forms. They will each read a short portion of their respective books, and will then move into a conversation session. Dean will also read from new material that has not been released as yet.   Well, At Least We Can Write About It Someday Sat Nov 10, 6:30 – 7:45 A Room of One’s Own Bookstore   Learn more about Natalie’s book at The Green Shore Facebook page Visit Dean Bakopoulos’ website Follow Dean on Twitter @deanbakapoulos and Facebook.   Listen to the entire interview here:

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Losing Gender

11/9/12 11:25 AM | buzz

Trans-Kin On Friday Nov 9, as part of the special Wisconsin Book Festival edition, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Helen Boyd, author of She’s Not the Man I Married, Cameron Whitley, co-editor of Trans-Kin: A Guide for Family &Friends of Transgender People, and Miriam Hall, who has contributed an essay in Trans-Kin.   They speak about trans issues in society- Cameron explains, “I do see that there’s going to be progression…we see a lot of other significant others, family members, friends and allies trying to come to terms with what it means to be in a relationship with a transgender person, and how they negotiate their identities. When we transition, we also have to remember that the people around us are also transitioning in a lot of different ways.”   Helen Boyd speaks of the partner relationship, explaining that earlier there was no support network or guide available for partners of transgender people, but that recently, as more transgender people come out, there is greater awareness and support for the partner in the relationship as well. Helen says that she sees herself, and writes, as an emissary for Trans issues, “People felt more free to ask me questions that they wouldn’t necessarily want to ask my partner.”   They discuss the role literature plays in helping the public relate and understand these issues better. Miriam explains what she tells her students, “find what’s really your experience, write from a deeply emotionally true place, and people will really relate. They won’t necessarily relate to the details in your life, but they’ll relate to the emotional resonance.”   Today Helen and Miriam will be conducting a workshop, “Trans Kin: High School Friday Session” for high school students. The public is also free to attend. Fri, Nov 9 – 10:10 AM and 12:35 PM. Wisconsin Studio/ Overture Center   Learn more at Trans-Kin.com   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the entire interview here:

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11/9/12 11:14 AM | buzz

My Heart is An Idiot In this special Wisconsin Book Festival edition of the Friday Nov 9, 8 O’Clock Buzz, Jonathan Zarov speaks with Davy and Peter Rothbart, of Found Magazine. Davy Rothbart is the author of My Heart is an Idiot, and, together with brother Peter Rothbart, he will be sharing stories from the essays and Lost Magazine at the festival. Davy and Peter are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Found Magazine, “Found magazine…is a collection of notes, letters, anything that people have found. Whether they’re love notes, a list, a journal entry, post it notes…we put it together into Found magazine…each note is a fragment of a story, and it’s up to you to fill in the blanks…” The condition of the notes also play a huge role in the story of the note, they explain. They also share some of their favorite pieces from the magazine on-air.   My Heart is an Idiot is a collection of essays that chronicle 16 different true-life stories from Davy’s own life, including the mishaps of various relationships, people met on the road, and more. Davy will share some of his favorite finds from the magazine and read a few stories from his book at the Overture Center tonight at 9 PM. Peter will perform songs based on the stories they have found, and Jonathan Zarov will be introducing them at the event. Davy mentions one of the stories, “How I got these boots” that he will share at the event, which involves him picking up a seventy year old hitchhiker while on his way to the Grand Canyon. The life-long dream of the stranger, who had hitchhiked his way all the way from Boston, was to see the Grand Canyon. Comments Davy, “When I engage with strangers, I’m always rewarded.”   My Heart is an Idiot: Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour Friday Nov9 @ 9PM Capitol Theater, Overture Center   Visit Wisconsin Book Festival for full details on all events.   Learn more about Found Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour.   Read more about this and other events on Jonathan Zarov’s Friday BuzzBin blog.   Listen to the interview here:

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Occupy Madison encampment faced with 48 hour eviction notice

11/8/12 11:39 AM | buzz

From occupy-madison.org On Thursday, November 8, Tony Castaneda talks with Daniel Callahan and Brian Gee, homeless residents of Occupy Madison, as well as Brenda Konkel, of the Madison Tenant Resource Center. The 15 tent homeless encampment on the 800 block of East Washington Ave has been served a 48 hour eviction notice by the city of Madison. They will need to leave the premises by Friday Nov 9 at 3pm. Daniel, who has been with the Occupy movement for over a year and homeless in Madison “on and off” since 1979, says that the mayor, who had said that he would hold off on an eviction until they were able to obtain housing, has gone back on his promise. He also says that the mayor has not yet visited them since the eviction.   Brian Gee explains that despite many of the occupants being skilled laborers, they still found themselves homeless, due to lack of employment, Brian himself has been a carpenter for 15 years, and has done electrical, plumbing, and stick build construction. He lost his job one and half years ago. Before arriving in Madison in hopes of obtaining work, Brian lived in Stevens Point, where he was homeless for one month. He explains that upon arriving in Madison, he went to Porchlight for assistance in finding a job; he says, “the first thing I ended up hitting was Porchlight…and they literally didn’t help me at all. I had to do everything on my own.”   When discussing the difference in treatment of the homeless among different locations, Brenda Konkel mentions Appleton as having a strong homeless program. “There’s not much of a homeless population… [Because] they’re only homeless for 30 days, they’re able to get people into housing really quick.” She also describes Minnesota as having one of the best programs in the US: their ‘housing first’ program ensures that housing is placed as the priority, “if you don’t have a home base to work from, it’s really hard to do the rest.”   They believe that Madison has more resources than the city is actually willing to put in towards the homeless. Brenda says, “If we have $50,000 for a music video [in the budget], we can put that towards running a comprehensive day center…so at least they could have a place during the day to be able to use the computer, shower, store their stuff…” With the present situation, one must move to several different centers to do each ….

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Mining Legislation: Al Gedicks

11/8/12 11:21 AM | buzz

Bad River On Thursday November 8, host Tony Castaneda speaks with UW Lacrosse Professor Al Gedicks about the resurgence in the mining rush, and the attempts to get rid of anti-mining environmental laws. Al Gedicks is also an organizer with the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining (MCALM).   The reintroduction of the mining bill is a top priority on the agenda for the upcoming session. Al comments, “It is a fundamental assault on the environmental protections and the public participation provisions that have been won by environmental battles that have gone back to the 1970s. This is a bill that was written by [mining company] Gogebic Taconite in cooperation with Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Association to pave the way for a gigantic open pit iron mine in the Penokee hills in the bad river water shed next to Lake Superior and next to the sacred rice wells of the Ojibwe tribe….” Al explains that the passing of this bill would “set a dangerous precedent for future mining proposals of which there are many…that could affect the environment, health, and economies of these northern communities.”   There is a resistance movement against the bill, Al reports, “a broad coalition of interests has mobilized to defeat that bill, AB 426 the iron mining bill, and will reconvene when the legislation does to work against the passing of that bill.”   There will be a discussion of the issue “Connecting Common Struggles: Destructive Mining in El Salvador and Wisconsin” this Sunday at Edgewood College. Community representatives from El Salvador and Wisconsin will come together to discuss the problems that their communities are facing with the mining threat and legislation.   6:30 – 8:00 PM Sunday November 11 Edgewood College, Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall   Listen to the entire interview here:

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Dying to Cross: A Visual Tribute

11/8/12 11:06 AM | buzz

By wonderlane on Flickr A visual tribute project commemorating the lives of men and women who died crossing the US border from Mexico is discussed on the Thursday November 8 edition of the 8 O’Clock Buzz. Host Tony Castaneda interviews Ariana, a student at Edgewood College, who created the project. Her project, “Dying to Cross,” is a visual tribute commemorating the 177 men and women who died in the deserts while crossing the southern border, in pursuit of their American Dream. The project is displayed in the library courtyard of the Edgewood campus. Says Ariana, “I’ve come from a family of immigrants, so I’ve seen both sides of it; how it affects people here in the US and how it affects people in Mexico. So I just wanted the people of Edgewood to be able to think about it a little.” The project features 177 crosses across the campus and the library courtyard. Each cross contains the name, gender, age, and cause of death of the individual: most of the causes of death say “unknown.” Ariana explains that it is typically volunteers who discover the bodies in the desert.   The project is open to the public. A remembrance ceremony will be held today, November 8, at 6:30 PM in front of the main building on campus.   There will also be a film showing at 7 PM with a discussion to follow afterwards. “De Nadie” is presented in conjunction with the Immigration film series that is currently being held on campus at the Anderson auditorium.   Contact Edgewood’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.   Listen to the entire interview here:

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Professor of History Alfred McCoy

11/7/12 6:40 PM | buzz

Prof. Al McCoy On Wednesday November 7, host Jan Miyasaki interviewed Professor Alfred McCoy, Professor of History at UW-Madison. He is the author of ”Torture and Impunity: The US Doctrine…

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UW-Madison Professor Mary Layoun

11/7/12 6:29 PM | buzz

Mary Layoun  On Wednesday November 7, host Jan Miyasaki spoke with Mary Layoun, Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature at UW-Madison. She spoke about the toxicity of political life and the campaign. Mary explains,“The toxicity is worse than I have ever seen it. And the money involved…is just stunning. That piece is so deeply broken, and I would hope that we can come up with ways to address that toxicity. I don’t think we can wait for anybody to fix it…”   Layoun believes that it is important to reclaim democracy at the grassroots level. She comments on the ‘big picture issues’, including campaign finance reform and the use of stealth surveillance systems. She believes that the American public must become more aware of the U.S. Foreign policy and the events occuring in the world. Jan asks Layoun to comment on the distinctiveness between the two crowds present for Romney and Obama last night,“one of the things leaders can do is open a space rhetorically where the rest of us can come in and in fact be integrated… that’s something a leader can enable in multiple ways, party by deliberate inclusion and paying attention to who small groups are supported.”   When Jan asks Mary which question she would present to the President, she explains that she would ask, “How are you going to empower ordinary americans in the next four years to be engaged, to address the multiple problems of this society, rhetorically, materially, and politically, to work together?”   Listen to the interview here:

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