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Back in September, the Monday Buzz talked with organizers and strikers who participated in the Madison fast food walkout, part of a national strike aimed at organizing the fast-food industry. Madison Workers Organizing Committee, who organized the local action, has continued to work with workers who walked off the job this summer. Some workers are facing retaliation from the companies. MadWOC organizer Darien Lamen joined the 8 O’Clock Buzz with host Brian Standing on Monday, November 5, 2013.read article »
Last August, when the Buzz last talked with Sharif Abdel Kouddos, he told us that despite the bloodshed and chaos in his country, he still had hope for freedom in Egypt. Since then, the situation has gotten even more convoluted. As we enter the fourth month of the military takeover of Egypt, with former President Mohamed Morsi deposed, a brutal crackdown on protestors, and the Muslim Brotherhood hunted as terrorists, Egypt’s coalition of opposition continues to fray. Sharif Abdel Kouudos joined Monday host Brian Standing by phone from Cairo on October 28, 2013.read article »
Blood-sucking undead roaming the streets, terrorizing the good citizens. No, we’re not talking about the banksters and the one percent. Or are we? Tomislav Longinović is Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His new book Vampire Nation: Violence as Cultural Imaginary was published by Duke University Press in 2011 and was awarded the 2012 Mihajlo Miša Đorđević prize for best book in South Slavic studies. On October 28, 2013, Professor Longinović talked to Monday host Brian Standing about the history and folklore of vampites, and the vampire within us all.read article »
OK, you survived Freakfest — maybe by avoiding it entirely. So, now you want to know what to do THIS week. Halloween’s on Thursday, Day of the Dead on Friday. Arts Extract’s Scott Gordon joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on October 28, 2013.read article »
Dave Obey is no stranger to Congressional budget battles, having served Wisconsin’s 7th district from 1969 until 2011, twice as the chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee. He joined us to talk about the government shutdown, the deal that ended it, and the death of intelligent debate in the U.S. Congress.read article »
What’s eight feet tall, covered with slogans and imagery of peace and emits basso profundo sound at 44 to 349 hertz? Paul Noeldner’s sousaphone, of course! Paul joined host Brian Standing to help raise funds for WORT’s 2013 fall pledge drive. His soulful rendition of the Italian partisan revolutionary song, “Bella Ciao” lit up the phones. Missed this live? Not too late to pledge. Hit us up online at: https://secure.wort-fm.org/pledgeform.htmlread article »
Last time the Monday Buzz talked with Milwaukee artist, Nathaniel Stern, he was sending tweets into space and subverting Wikipedia for his own nefarious artistic ends. Now, he’s jerry-rigging flatbed scanners for high-resolution, time-shifting underwater duty. Listen as Nathaniel explains to host Brian Standing how to turn a flat imager into a self-contained scuba camera, the philosophical nature of an image, and more.read article »
Chris Ware got his start writing comics for the University of Texas’ Daily Texan. Since then, he’s been featured in Art Spiegelman’s RAW, the New York Times Magazine and has published several books, including Building Stories, Acme Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth. Chris will be speaking at two workshops on illustration and graphic novels, at the Wisconsin Book Fest, on Saturday, October 19 at the Madison Central Library. On October 14, Chris talked with Monday host Brian Standing about his technique, his inspirations, and his rejected Fortune 500 magazine cover.read article »
Jenny Marquess joined Monday host Brian Standing to help pledge rap during WORT’s Fall Pledge Drive. She brought her prize Planet accordion along with her, and serenaded listeners with her rendition of the politically incorrect Walt Solek classic, “The Too Fat Polka.” If you haven’t pledged your support to WORT yet, hit us up online and pledge right now! Tell ‘em the Monday Buzz sent ya!read article »
The Monday Buzz wants to hear from you! Call our VoxPop line at 608-622-7899 and record a rant, commentary, song, poem or any other audio message that will fit in three minutes or less. Keep it clean, keep it brief, and if we like it, we’ll play it on the air. On October 14, an anonymous caller left a message on the VoxPop line. He felt Congress should be ashamed of itself for shutting down the government, and, in honor of his World War II Veteran father, wanted to make his displeasure public. Thanks for the call and the heartfelt message.read article »