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UW Communications Arts Ph.D. candidate Ashley Hinck studies “Fan activism and fan performances of citizenship, including football, D.C. Comics and Harry Potter.” She joined Brian Standing on Monday, September 23 to talk about how fan subcultures are making a difference in the real world. You can read Ashley’s entire paper here.read article »
Singer-songwriter and Cable, Wisconsin native Hannah Luree came with her guitar on Monday, September 23 to join Brian Standing in the WORT Studios. She and Brian chatted about getting folk gigs in punk clubs, the status of the Madison folk scene and Hannah’s future plans. Hannah also played two of her compositions, “Darlin’” and “Bounce,” live, for WORT listeners. You can find more recordings of Hannah’s music on her Soundcloud site.read article »
Schools measure everything about students these days, providing quantitative measures of student’s performance against multiple state and national benchmarks. Last year, the state Department of Public Instruction expanded that trend to include grades for schools, and this year, for the first time, they’re issuing report cards for entire school districts. So how did your district do? And what kind of information do these reports tell us? Julie Underwood, an expert in school policy and the Dean of the University of Wisconsin Department of Education, and Bradley Carl, Wisconsin Center for Education Research researcher with the Milwaukee Public Schools joined the Monday Buzz with Brian Standing.read article »
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization has the motto “Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions to problems.” Each month, we check in with the Center for Investigative Journalism for the latest happening in the state. Reporter Nora Hertel joined host Brian Standing to talk about Wisconsin’s public education Common Core curriculum.read article »
Since March, 2011, participants in the Solidarity Sing Along have gathered in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda at noon, sang songs of protest for an hour and dispersed. They have done this over 600 times and never applied for a permit for use of the rotunda. The Capitol Police, part of the state Department of Administration, has escalated enforcement of its permit policy in recent weeks, repeatedly declaring the Sing Along an “unlawful assembly” and issuing 188 citations and a similar number of arrests since July. A recent temporary federal court injunction prevented the DOA from requiring permits for groups smaller than 20 people, but left many questions still open. The Sing Along have argued that they don’t need a permit, claiming their activities are covered under free speech and free assembly clauses of the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitution. The DOA believes that it has a right to regulate “time, place and manner” of free speech in any of its buildings, including the Capitol rotunda. So, on Monday, September 16, 2013, WORT held a debate on this topic. Chris Rickert, Metro columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, argued the pro-permit position. Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a protestor, videographer and former “Lincoln-Republican” candidate for Governor in the recall election. Arthur argued why he feels no permit should be required.read article »
Hot on the heels of 2009′s “pickle bill” comes the “cookie bill.” The Wisconsin State Legislature is working on a bill that would permit home cooks to sell small amounts baked goods at farmers markets and other locations without getting a commercial license. Alfonso Morales, an expert on public markets, entrepreneurship and business formation, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing to talk about the economics of informal markets.read article »
Think biological field work, and most people think of exotic Amazonian rainforests or the Serengeti plains of Africa. Few think of the plethora of things living in our own backyard, in our homes, even in our armpits and bellybuttons. Rob Dunn works as a biologist and writer in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He also founded yourwildlife.org, an online “citizen scientist” resource to the biota literally right under our noses.read article »
English speakers use a polyglot language of Germanic origins, littered with Latin, French, Arabic, Yiddish and slang from nearly every generation and who knows what else. English changes constantly. Now, with the internet, it’s changing almost daily. Anja Wanner, a linguist with the University of Wisconsin, studies how the internet changes the English language. She joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on September 7, 2013, to delve into the intricacies of technology-influenced vocabulary, grammar and the lessons of Humpty Dumpty.read article »
After a string of over 700 consecutive nonviolent Solidarity Sing Alongs in the Capitol rotunda, the Capitol Police got rough. On August 26, 2013, officers tackled observer Damon Terrell to the ground and carried him out of the rotunda bodily like a rail. At the same time, officers dragged Damon’s brother, C.J. Terrell, up from a seated position and removed him from the Capitol. The Capitol Police delivered both brothers to the Dane County Jail, charging C.J. with resisting arrest. C.J. posted bail and was released the same day. Damon, however, had a longer ordeal. Capitol Police held him for the maximum 72 hours before releasing him on a signature bond. On Labor Day, C.J. and Damon Terrell joined host Brian Standing to tell their side of the story.read article »
On Thursday, August 29th, workers in fast food restaurants in sixty cities across the country walked off the job in the largest such strike in the nation’s history. Here in Madison, dozens of low-wage workers walked out, forcing at least two establishments to temporarily close due to the worker shortage. Strikers joined activists to march through downtown Madison demanding a living wage of fifteen dollars an hour. Nationally, most fast-food workers earn an average of $8.94 per hour. The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 per hour since 2009. On Labor Day, Monday host Brian Standing spoke with two Madison workers who walked off their jobs on Thursday to join the protest: Meghan Ford, who works at Dunkin Donuts, and Reginald Hair, who works at Burger King.read article »