On Tuesday March 12th, host Anjuli Brekke talked with Dr. Michael Dorsey about the Obama administration and environmental policy. Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced in December that she will be stepping down. She has been a crucial voice regarding environmental policy during Obama’s first term. Now, as Obama starts his second term as President, Anjuli and Dr. Dorsey spent the hour reviewing the impacts of the past four years on the environment and looking ahead to the future.
On Monday’s A Public Affair, host John Quinlan spoke with Marjorie Heins, author of “Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.” Anjuli Brekke accompanied John in the studio to help discuss the Pledge Drive.
On Tuesday February 26th, Anjuli Brekke hosted this Pledge Drive edition of A Public Affair. Cynthia Lin helped bring in pledges throughout the program. During the hour, they brought listeners the harrowing story of memoirist Martha Long’s childhood. It took decades for Martha to bring herself to look back at the girl she was growing up in 1950’s Dublin. But that girl was, as Martha writes, “waiting for her chance to burst back into life and give voice to the pain she endured.” Her story has poured out in several volumes, each a best seller in Ireland and England.
On Tuesday February 12th, host Anjuli Brekke discussed violence against women and gender equality in South Asia. In India, Five men have been formally charged in India with the kidnapping, gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old student on a moving bus. The woman died of severe organ failure due to the rape in December. The case has shone a light on other instances of sexual violence in India, where one woman is raped every 20 minutes, according to the national crime registry. Anjuli’s guest for the hour to discuss violence against women as well as efforts to create gender equlity in South Asia is Elora Chowdhury, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Elory is also author of the book “Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh.”
On Tuesday February 5th, Anjuli Brekke brought WORT listeners stories of people trying to find solutions to the difficult problems the Democratic Republic of Congo faces. On Tuesday January 22nd she spent the hour discussing the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Maurice Carney, Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. During the program they discussed the complicated history of the DRC and how this troubled past has impacted the current conflict. On this edition of A Public Affair, Anjuli followed up on that program with an exploration into possible solutions to the conflict. she spoke with JD Stier from the Enough Project.
On Tuesday January 22nd, Anjuli Brekke, who will be subbing for Cynthia Lin every Tuesday for the next few months, discussed a crisis with far reaching consequences, a crisis that despite its extraordinarily high casualty rate is often neglected in the media. An immense country full of resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been at the heart of a conflict encompassing many African countries. The Second Congo War propelled the country into a humanitarian crisis which has claimed millions of lives and the conflict persists today. The guest for the hour was Maurice Carney, Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo.