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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 »
On October 8, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Wisconsin Department of Administration announced a settlement in the federal case about the recent crackdown on protests in the Wisconsin Capitol.read article »
With Congress and the White House at loggerheads over the fate of funding for the Affordable Care Act, many federal employees remain idle and all sorts of government funding has stopped flowing. And that includes money for basic science research. Laura Kiessling of UW Madison explains why that matters.read article »
As any high-speed rail enthusiast will tell you, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a legendary disdain for federal funding. Recently, however, the governor has reversed course one such federal funding stream: aid for vocational training and rehabilitation for disabled workers. Last month, Walker announced that he would support SB 274, a bill introduced into the State Senate by Democrat Jennifer Schilling. SB 274 would increase state spending on the disabled by three point nine million dollars to leverage an additional fourteen million dollars in federal funding. Tegan Wendland from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism joined host Brian Standing on October 7, 2013 with the latest on the governor’s turnaround.read article »
With the announced retirement of Police Chief Noble Wray, the Madison Police Department stands at a critical point. The shooting death of Paul Heenan almost a year ago shook the Madison community in more ways than one. Not only did the community mourn the tragic loss of Heenan, but many lost faith in the Madison Police Department: a department that has historically prided itself on community-based policing now faces questions about its policies for use of deadly force. Cheri Maples is a former captain in the Madison Police Department, an ordained Buddhist dharma teacher and the co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice. On October 16, the center will hold a community meeting asking what Madison should expect from its next police chief.read article »
Two years ago, Mark Mallman performed one song that lasted 78 hours. Last year he produced a song that lasted seven days. He even created music while he was asleep, using brain waves to create electronic song. What’s he got up his sleeve this year? On September 30, 2013, Mark joined Brian Standing by phone to tell us more.read article »