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South Madison Promise Zone Initiative

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | buzz

On Tuesday October 23, our host Aaron Perry interviewed Hedi Rudd, of the Urban League. Hedi speaks about the South Madison Promise Zone Initiative, which was inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone. They are working in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison, community and nonprofit leaders. They have spent time canvassing the community for feedback on the changes that are desired in the zone. They have spoken with the residents and the service providers of the zone. “The zone itself is the area from the Beltline to Wingra, and then from Fish Hatchery to where the Hookah Lounge area is,” Hedi explains. They are trying to get a sense of what changes the people of the community would like to see. The feedback that they collected will be presented to the community on Wednesday October 24. The presentation will be an opportunity to determine if this is indeed what the community would like. Says Hedi, “There are a lot of people with a lot of skills and talents to offer in South Madison. We interviewed about 20% of the adult population. We used about 486 surveys that were complete. And of those, 308 people indicated that they had a skill and they were interested in working and collaborating with the promise zone.” The issues that have been raised in the zone include education, employment, health and community. Safety was the largest issue that was raised, and for each of the communities that live within this zone, safety means different things.   Hedi explains the goal for the initiative, “our motto is achievement for all. We are looking at a cradle to career program. We want to be a voice for the community and help them to achieve. ”   Visit for more information. The meeting will be held Wednesday October 24 at 6:00 PM at Lincoln Elementary School.   Listen to the interview here: more »

Helen and Barbara Shores: The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 | buzz
Dynamite Hill

On Tuesday October 23, 2012, our host Aaron Perry interviewed authors Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Shores “The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The untold story of Shores and his family’s fight for civil rights.” The two sisters speak with Aaron Perry about their father, a civil right’s attorney, whom the book is about. The origins of the book began twenty years ago when Barbara began chronicling the memories from her childhood. Last year, Barbara and Helen decided to combine the social and legal aspects of the story into a book. Shores was a civil rights attorney who handled civil rights cases beginning in the late 1930s and 1940s, much before the civil rights movement began in 1963. He handled voting rights, filed suits to equalize the salaries of black and white teachers, and even defended a young black man for the rape of a white woman. He successfully fought a zoning regulation in Birmingham. The city regulation prohibited blacks from living west of a particular street in the city, and Shores filed a suit on behalf of several residents, the outcome of which allowed blacks to take residence in previously prohibited zones. Among the people who assisted Shores in his fight against civil rights were Thurgood Marshall and Constance Motley.   Barbara Shores explains her inspiration for the book, “what I was trying to do originally is give my children the opportunity to know a little bit more about their grandfather and the contributions he made to Alabama and the South…so that they could understand the triumphs and the struggles that he faced.” She explains that parents tended to protect their children from the movement events, “when everything was going on with regards to the movements, parents protected their children and just didn’t talk about those things.”   She stresses the importance of having the younger generation understand where they come from and African American history, and observes that, presently, the education system is not adequately providing children with this history. They stress “We set aside one month of out of the year when we celebrate Africa American history, and that passes by swiftly. We don’t teach it in the homes, they don’t teach it in the schools, so where else are children to learn it? Except in February? And even within the schoolbooks, not only do you not have information about African Americans, but also the Native Americans…It is more like one line or paragraph rather than the whole …. more »

Professor Nina Jablonski – Living color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Color

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | buzz
Living Color

On Tuesday October 16, our host Aaron Perry interviewed Nina Jablonski, author of Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color. Jablonski is a distinguished professor of Anthropology at Penn State. She has been focusing her research on “why human skin comes in the range it does, and what skin means to us.”   Comparing the high movement of people today with the relatively low movement across spaces with our ancestors thousands of years ago, Nina looks at the potential mismatches that “exist between our bodies and the new environments in which we find ourselves. Obvious examples are related to skin color.” Nina presents the example of a person with lighter skin pigmentation who might go to a place where the sun is very strong would easily get sunburned whereas this would not have happened as easily had the person remained in the land of his or her ancestors. On the other hand, those with a darker pigmented skin color who live in areas with weaker sunlight could potentially experience a Vitamin D deficiency from the lack of adequate sunlight. These mismatches, she points, have effects on our health. Nina also discusses in her book about the phenomenon of “colorism”: the discrimination of people who have more melanin. She discusses the serious effects that this phenomenon has on the economic and social progress of the world, “the lack of awareness of these issues, and the lack of public discussion about them, is an impediment to social progress.”   When Aaron asks Nina to discuss what she hopes the outcome of her book will be, she explains, “First, what I hope to see is that people gain an appreciation of how skin color developed in the first place, that it wasn’t arbitrary; it evolved according to a very predictable pattern according to solar radiation. The second is that we have come to assign names to different skin colors, and names to different races of people with different skin colors. These assignments are cultural arbitrary assignments that we’ve made at different points in our history, and many of these assignments have been made by incredibly fallible and narrow-minded people. We need to understand that races are not biological entities. Skin color is not related to most other aspects of how we look and act… the idea that we should consider races based on color is really fallacious. This doesn’t diminish the fact that people live with the consequences of racism. One of the outcomes I hope is that …. more »

Dr. Handel Reynolds – The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 | buzz
Dr. Handel Reynolds (

On Tuesday October 16, our host Aaron Perry interviewed Dr. Handel Reynolds, author of The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram. Dr. Reynolds is a breast radiologist at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The Big Squeeze, which “traces the forty year journey of… the mammography in the United States,” provides the history and roots of the controversy and clarifies many misconceptions about mammography. Says Dr. Reynolds, the intent of the book is to “inform, educate, and ultimately empower women to make some of these important health choices for themselves.” The origins of the mammography test can be traced back to1973, when the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society jointly sponsored the Breast Cancer Detection Demonstration Project. In this project, 300,000 women were, for the first time, recruited to undergo annual mammography and physical exams during a five year period.   Dr. Reynolds discusses one part of the book in which he speaks about the controversy behind the exam, “mammography has been promoted as a ‘just do it’ approach…we have not had a frank and open discussion of the strengths and the weaknesses of the exam. Because screening for cancer is never a completely straightforward proposition. There are risks or harms associated with mammography as are associated with all cancer screening tests.” Dr. Reynolds explains three possible risks: false positives, in which a mammogram falsely detects cancer, false negatives, in which the mammogram fails to detect cancer, and over-diagnosis, in which although cancer is found, it would have in actuality never “come to light” in the individual’s lifetime had it not been detected. Dr. Reynolds advocates for informed decision making that will allow a woman, after hearing about both its strengths and weaknesses, to decide for herself when, and if, to undergo a mammogram.   When asked to discuss some of the misconceptions society has about mammograms, Dr. Reynolds discusses the belief many people hold that mammograms can prevent cancer. Mammography should be treated as an early detection test, he says, not a preventive measure. According to Dr. Reynolds, a survey conducted in 2003 showed that over 50% of women believed a mammography was indeed a preventive measure. A huge controversy in the United States regarding mammography is the question of whether women under the age 50 should indeed be getting this test. For women undergoing a mammogram in their forties, Dr. Reynolds explains, “The magnitude of the benefits is smaller, and also some of the risks or …. more »

Tuesday Buzz: October 9th

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 | buzz
Lester Moore

  In this special Pledge Drive edition, host Aaron Perry spoke with Kathleen Starks about the challenges parents face in raising mixed race children.   Aaron also spoke to Lester More of the Madison Police Department about community safety initiatives.   Listen to today’s program:   more »

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