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Flu Season is Here Already

12/7/12 4:41 PM | Molly Stentz

cdc-flu-facts It’s December and Christmas isn’t the only thing in the air this year. Several strains of the flu virus have shown up earlier and they are quickly spreading. Reporter Hayden Marx asked Spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control Tom Skinner if there is a reason for the early start. Epidemiologist for Public Health of Madison and Dane County Amanda Kita-Yarbro gave us the local story. Info on free local flu shots is here. WORT’s Brian Standing explains: Flu by wort-fm

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Looking for Farmland?

12/7/12 4:03 PM | Molly Stentz

popcorn Are you looking for a farmer to grow organic food on your land — or a farmer looking for land to till in Madison? Well, the Farley Center Farm Incubator in Verona may have a solution for you. And it’s coming from the world of speed dating.   Next Tuesday they will bring together farmers and those with farmland with matchmaking in mind. Farm Incubator facilitator Janet Parker told reporter Hayden Marx who they are looking forward to seeing at the meeting. Host Kate Golden explains. FarmerSpeedDating by wort-fm

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Dane County Opens New Center for Older Adults

12/7/12 3:07 PM | Molly Stentz

Photo: Jennifer Fischer, ADRC Director Last month, Dane County opened the doors to a new Aging and Disability Resource Center. Just what is this facility and how can you use it? . Craig McComb caught up with the newly-hired ADRC Director, Jennifer Fischer. . Listen to the interview here: ARDC by wort-fm The Aging and Disability Resource Center is located in the Northside Town Center at 2865 N. Sherman Avenue in Madison. You can reach them weekdays from 7:45am – 4:30pm at (608) 240-7400.      

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Star Clusters and Galaxy Evolution

12/6/12 1:30 PM | Radio Astronomy

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the most detailed images to date of the open star clusters NGC 265 (top) and NGC 290 (bottom) in the Small Magellanic Cloud -- two sparkling sets of gemstones in the southern sky. These brilliant open star clusters are located about 200,000 light-years away and are roughly 65 light-years across.  Image credit: NASA/ESA/STScI UW Madison Astronomy PhD student Jenna Ryon explains the importance of star clusters for studies of galaxy evolution. Listen and learn!

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Looking to help this Thanksgiving?

11/16/12 3:02 PM | Molly Stentz

turkey There’s a nip in the air and a turkey on the grocery list. Time to start thinking about what you are thankful for… and maybe start thinking about those in need this Thanksgiving season. Madison has a number of resources for those who might need helping putting together a Thanksgiving feast – and for those who might be able donate time or trimmings for a meal.   The Goodman Community Center is just one of the Madison organizations distributing food baskets to families in need this holiday season. In Our Backyard spoke to their Food Resources Manager, Kathy Utley. We asked her what they still need. We also spoke to Burlee Williams of the United Way of Dane County.   Don’t forget to get in touch if you need help or can give some help this holiday season. It’s as easy as dialing 2-1-1.   Listen to the story:     This story was reported by Hayden Marx, read by Kate Golden, and produced by Tom Powell. It originally aired on In Our Backyard on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

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Occupy Madison Sets Up Camp at Dane County Human Services

11/14/12 6:37 PM | Molly Stentz

Occupy Madison has returned. The social-movement-turned-homeless-camp has a new location: Dane County Human Services. Approximately 15 homeless people have set up camp on the lawn next to the county office building on Northport Avenue on Madison’s north side. At least for now.   In Our Backyard spoke to homeless advocate Brenda Konkel as well as several members of the Occupy camp (who did not give their names).       This story was reported by Rebekah Wilce and Hayden Marx, produced by Patrick Waring, and read by Rob McClure. It originally aired on In Our Backyard on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012.

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City of Madison Passes Budget

11/13/12 5:55 PM | Molly Stentz

CityHall The City of Madison has passed new capital and operating budgets for 2013.   On Tuesday, just before Council members convened to begin their final budget deliberations, In Our Backyard caught up with a few alders to learn where they stood. Common Council President Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, who represents the near west side, and Bridget Maniaci, who represents the Tenney Lapham area of the Isthmus, spoke to WORT.   Listen to the story:     This story was reported by Hayden Marx, produced by Tom Powell, and read by Kate Golden. It originally aired Tuesday, November 13, 2012 during In Our Backyard.

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Neighbors Speak Out About New Homeless Shelter

11/13/12 4:28 PM | Molly Stentz

You may be listening to “In Our Backyard,” but this story could more appropriately be called “Not In Our Backyard.”   Last Thursday’s public meeting on Dane County’s proposed temporary homeless shelter for the vacant Teen Loft space on East Washington Avenue brought out a number of fuming neighborhood residents.   View Larger Map   Listen to the story:   The temporary homeless shelter seems to have enough favorable local political will to survive. It received funding through the passage of the new county budget approved by the County Board on Monday, November 12th. It was signed into law by County Executive Joe Parisi on Thursday, November 15th.   This story was reported and produced by Tom Powell. It was read by Kermit Hovey. It originally aired on In Our Backyard on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

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Presidential Election Night 2012 -Fund Basic Science!

11/6/12 1:07 PM | Radio Astronomy

Funding basic science is critical for the USA's future leadership in innovation. Image Credit NASA Voters head to the polls tonight to decide the next president of the United States. What will their choice mean for basic science funding in the future?

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Let it Rot? No, Ferment.

10/12/12 5:28 PM | Molly Stentz

FermentationFest There’s something brewing in Reedsburg. From this Friday evening, October 12th, through Sunday, October 21st, the Wormfarm Institute brings Wisconsin the Fermentation Fest, a celebration of all things bubbly, burbly, cultured, or fermented.   There are classes in making your own pickles or cheese, there are roadside stands vending local produce, there is a bluegrass band playing a work called Decomposition (and yes, it will be in the key of D). There will also likely be at least a few decorated silage bags as part of the Farm/Art D-Tour, a 50-mile tour of hand-crafted art around Sauk County.   Hear from fermentation guru Sandor Katz, who’ll be teaching several workshops at the Fermentation Fest on Saturday, October 20th. He spoke to WORT’s Rebekah Wilce. SandorKatz10-10-12 by wort-fm

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