articles tagged "Aaron Perry"

Boys Cry, A Film About The Challenges Of Bullying

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 | buzz
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    Celi Dean, Reggie Anderson and Victor Peacock, contributors to the film, Boys Cry, a film about the challenges of bullying, spoke with Aaron Perry over the phone today about the film. See a preview for the film here. Listen to the interview here: more »

Raynard Jackson And Associates

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 | buzz

Raynard Jackson, Owner of Raynard Jackson and Associates and political consultant for the Republican party spoke with Aaron Perry by phone on January 15th. They talked about the current state of the Republican party and Aaron Perry was bold enough to asks Mr. Jackson what he believes will come from the White House during President Obama’s second term. Raynard Jackson has been involved in every Republican presidential campaign since George H. W. Bush in the late 1980’s. He has also had a hand in many Republican senate, congress, and Governor campaigns across the country. He is currently based in Washington, DC.   Listen to the interview here: more »

Enis Ragland: Recipient of 2012 Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | buzz
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On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with Enis Ragland, honored with the Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award, presented by Mayor Paul Soglin. Enis, raised in Milwaukee, has worked for the city of Madison for eighteen years at the Mayor’s Office, the Affirmative Action Department and the Office of Community Services. He encourages young people to participate in politics and be involved with decision making processes that will affect the community. He also speaks about his experiences working for Senator Coggs’ Office and other elected officials.   Listen to the full interview here:   more »

Us Plus Them: Tapping the Positive Power of Difference

Wednesday, 9 January 2013 | buzz
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On Tuesday, January 8, our host Aaron Perry spoke with leadership scholar Todd L. Pittinsky, author of Us Plus Them: Tapping The Positive Power of Difference. Todd looks at the power of positive interdependence and “how people working across group lines create stronger outcomes, products, and learning than when working against group lines.”   He explains that in his research, “we found four hundred measures of racism and negative sentiments towards others, and we couldn’t find a single term to describe positive difference and positive orientation towards difference. The closest we come is tolerance, but being tolerated is not quite the same thing as being appreciated.” In writing about the positive orientation towards someone from another group., he described the sentiment as ‘Allophilia’, ‘Allo’ deriving from Greek, meaning ‘other’.   Todd is also the author of Crossing the Divide, Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders, and Working Fathers.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Luis Yudice: School Safety at MMSD

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 | buzz
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On Tuesday December 18, host Aaron Perry spoke with Luis Yudice, the Coordinator of School Safety and Security for the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). They speak about school safety and safety measures here in Madison, following the disaster that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Luis Yudice, who retired as captain at the police department, now works for the school district overseeing the safety programs in the fifty different schools in the district.   Luis speaks about the security measures at the schools. The MMSD contracts with the Madison Police Department to provide for school resource officers, posting one in each high school. There is also a staff of thirty school security assistants, “these are civilian, unarmed employees that we train. And we really train them in the art of talking, engaging kids in a positive way, every morning getting to know names, because that’s what’s really critical.” Luis also explains a challenge that comes with ensuring strict safety measures, “We always have to maintain a balance between providing for the safety of our students while not creating a climate that resembles a correctional institution or a fortress in our schools, because that’s also counterproductive.”   He speaks about a recently instated program, “Crisis Management and Intervention,” training 1,000 staff members so far on how to temper school conflict and forge stronger relationships with the students to allow for more open communication. Luis speaks about the ‘reasonable measures’ the district takes to ensure student safety. “A response to a critical incident is only one part of what we do. We emphasize working at the front end of the problem. We encourage teachers, students to come forward with any information regarding any threats – and we have been quite successful with that. That enables us to begin to work with the problem. We work with the police department, other schools, community agencies… We try and get ahead of the problem before it becomes a full blown crisis. That’s what we tend to emphasize in the MMSD.”   Visit the Madison Metropolitan School District website.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

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