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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People Who Understand the Language of Plants

09/28/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

clip_image004 On Friday September 28th, host Esty Dinur talked with documentary filmmaker Lawrence Lansburgh. Recently, he released a documentary about the Achuar people of the Ecuadororian Amazon. He has been nominated for an academy award and is a recipient of previous Emmy awards. His documentary tells the inspirational success story of a small group of forest people who overcame the power of big oil. In his words, “My area is the intersection of environmental health and human rights, as demonstrated so vividly by the success of the Achuar people in keeping oil companies out of their pristine part of the Amazon rain forest. Clearly, among the valuable assets of a still-healthy Amazonian culture is the knowledge of medicinal ….

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Fireside Chat with Allen Ruff

09/27/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Allen Ruff On Thursday September 27th, host Allen Ruff opened the mike up to the listeners to engage the community in a discussion of local, national and global events. Allen and the public exchanged opinions on the happenings around the globe.                                                               Click below to read Allen’s blog: http://allenruff.blogspot.com/ To listen to the entire program:

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University of Wisconsin Human Resources System: Union Perspectives

09/26/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

AFSCME_BlockLogo-1Color On Wednesday September 26th, host Brenda Konkel took another look at last Friday’s topic of reshaping the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System, except this time from the perspective of Madison Unions. She had a panel of guests in the studio consisting of Aaron Crandall, United Faculty & Academic Staff (UW-Madison) Local 223 President, Eleni Schirmer from the Teaching Assistants Association, Gary Mitchell, President (also Chair, Administrative Support Bargaining Team) for AFSCME 2412 (Union representing UW Madison staff), and Kevin Walters, Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin Department of History. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other ….

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United For a Fair Economy

09/25/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

BORNONTHIRDBASE2 On Tuesday September 25th, host Cynthia Lin spoke with Brian Miller, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy, about the impact of inheritance and privilege when analyzing an individuals economic mobility. United for a Fair Economy released a report recently entitled “Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America” : “Forbes Magazine calls their list of the 400 richest Americans the ‘definitive scorecard of wealth in America,’ but a new report asserts the magazine is misleading. Born on Third Base: What the Forbes 400 Really Says About Wealth & Opportunity in America, released this week by Boston-based non-profit United for a Fair Economy, examines the sources of wealth ….

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Split Show: Marriage Equality at Broom Street Theater and The History of a Political Activist

09/24/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Lauri_Harty_and_Raymond_McElroy On Monday September 24th, host John Quinlan provided listeners with a split program showcasing an original play by Callen Harty about same sex marriage, followed by an update from homegrown WI Capitol Uprising activist Jenna Pope about her recent experiences with the Occupy Movement nationwide. Callen Harty’s play, One Man/One Woman, looks at the topic of marriage and marriage equality through a series of vignettes from Adam and Eve (and Steve) in the Garden of Eden to modern couples struggling with the meaning of marriage to politicians working hard to prevent people from marrying clocks. It is a fun overview of marriage equality and what it means in our modern world. The play will run at Broom Street ….

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Reshaping of the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System

09/21/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

uwCrest On Friday September 21st, host Esty Dinur spoke with David Ahrens, retired University of Wisconsin Public Health researcher, about the reshaping of the University of Wisconsin Human Resources System. The University of Wisconsin Interim Chancellor David Ward stated of the plan: “The HR Design project represents an unprecedented effort involving OHR, campus governance groups, labor organizations and other university stakeholders to redefine the university’s approach to human resources. We recognize the project’s strong commitment to participation and dialogue as central to creating an HR system tailored to our values, culture and organization… Eleven groups of employees—representing governance groups, labor organizations, administration, classified staff, HR practitioners and other stakeholders—came together in spring semester 2012 to analyze the full range of human ….

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Airstrikes in Afghanistan

09/20/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

kathykelly On Thursday September 20th, host Allen Ruff interviewed peace activist Kathy Kelly about recent airstrikes in Afghanistan. Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She spends a great deal of time in Afghanistan fighting for peace. She recently stated, “On September 16th, 2012, at about 2:00 a.m., U.S./NATO forces called in an airstrike which killed eight Afghan women who were on a mountainside collecting wood for fuel. Villagers in the Alingar district of the Laghman province said the women routinely rise early in the morning to collect firewood so that they can prepare breakfast for their families. In spite of the constant drone surveillance which purportedly supplies the U.S. military with intelligence about patterns of life ….

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Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze

09/19/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Truth_Values_production_photo_1 On Wednesday September 19th, host Tonya Brito discussed the play “Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze” which will hold two performances at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 20th and 21st. She interviewed Jennifer Sheridan, executive and research director of Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison, and Gioia De Cari who is an actress, play write and mathematician. “Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summers’ now infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting ….

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Chicago Teachers’ Union Strike Follow-Up

09/18/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

Todd Price On Tuesday September 18th, host Cynthia Lin interviewed Associate Professor Todd Price regarding the recent Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. Huffington Post wrote on Tuesday, “Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet on Tuesday to decide whether to end a strike that has closed the nation’s third-largest school district for more than a week and prompted Mayor Rahm Emanuel to seek a court order to stop it. Some 800 union delegates representing the 29,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago Public Schools met on Sunday but continued the strike for two days so they could review details of a proposed new contract negotiated with Emanuel. The meeting on Tuesday will be the second attempt by the union membership ….

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Split Show: Act 10 Developments and Unrest in the Middle East

09/17/12 12:05 PM | A Public Affair

islam protests On Monday September 17th, John Quinlan hosted a split show updating listeners on weekend events here in Wisconsin as well as globally. During the first half, John interviewed Sharif Abdel Kouddous, an American journalist and Cairo correspondent for Democracy Now! about the recent unrest in the Middle East. During the second half of the program, John talked with lawyer Tamara Packard who analyzed new developments in the landmark legal decision which ruled unconstitutional many of the anti-Union pieces of Walker’s Act 10 Legislation. On Thursday September 13th, Democracy Now! correspondent Juan Gonzalez, covering the unrest in Egypt and the Middle East, reported: “Violent protests continue in the Middle East over an American-made film considered blasphemous to Islam. ….

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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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