articles tagged "Anjuli Brekke"

Politics and Climate Change

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Tuesday, September 11th,  Anjuli Brekke subbing for Cynthia Lin tackled the important issue of climate change and how it is being discussed by the Republicans and Democrats during this election season. Now that the conventions have finished, and with the Presidential elections just around the corner, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are presenting their visions for the future. This edition of A Public Affair delved into the plans these candidates have, or lack there of, to deal with the pressing issue of climate change and the future of the environment. The guest for the first half of the program was Daphne Wysham, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. She has worked on research and advocacy regarding climate change, human rights, fossil fuels, international finance, carbon markets and sustainable economies. Later on in the program Anjuli spoke with retired professor and conservation specialist Richard Steiner. Steiner was deeply moved by the disastrous impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He recently stated, “Neither the Republican Party, nor the Obama administration seem to grasp the severity of the energy/climate crisis we are in. While the Republicans are further from an energy plan that addresses the situation, both are playing games with something that is truly a life and death situation.” Wysham and Steiner discussed the barriers facing environmentalists both with the current administration and the further challenges that will be faced if Romney is elected in November. To learn more about Daphne Wysham: To read articles from Richard Steiner: To listen to the entire program: more »

The New Religious Intolerance

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 | A Public Affair
The New Religious Intolerance

On Wednesday August 15th, Anjuli Brekke subbing today for Tonya Brito discussed the resurgence of religious intolerance in the United States and Europe and the fear which incites it. She talked with Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago.   In her latest book “The New Religious Intolerance, Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age,” Nussbaum writes: “Today, at least, we know what good political principles look like in the area of religious respect and human equality. In the United States and in a much more uneven way in Europe, such principles are even recognized in law and guide public life. They remain fragile, however, in times of fear. Like railroad tracks they guide the train well until some disaster causes it to go off the tracks. And today we see all too many cases in which panic is causing derailment (244).” The implications of the fear Nussbaum discusses are apparent in the post 9/11 resurgence of right-wing extremist groups and the targeting of Muslim-Americans and religious minorities as exemplified by the recent massacre at a Sikh temple here in Wisconsin. Anjuli and Professor Nussbaum discussed the importance of understanding this fear in order to critically examine one’s own prejudices and inconsistencies.     To read more about “The New Religious Intolerance, Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age” click below: Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Antibiotics in Meat

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Tuesday July 24th host Anjuli Brekke (subbing for Cynthia Lin) focused on ways to promote sustainable agricultural as well as the practice of using antibiotics in meat. Anjuli interviewed Jonathan Kaplan, Director of Food and Agriculture at the Natural Resources Defense Council. For more than fifteen years, Jonathan has launched policy and market-facing initiatives to reduce dependence on toxic chemicals, protect water quality, foster Integrated Pest Management and promote more sustainable food production. Jonathan serves on numerous related boards and advisory groups serving academic, government and non-profit organizations. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a B.A. in English from Cornell University. Anjuli and Jonathan discussed a new report by Consumers Union entitled “Meat Without Drugs” which outlines the health concerns surrounding antibiotic use in livestock and the power retailers have in providing antibiotic-free choices to customers. To read Jonathan Kaplan’s blog about antibiotics in meat: To read more about the National Resources Defense Council: more »

The Autism Puzzle

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 | A Public Affair

Cynthia Lin and guest co-host Anjuli Brekke interviewed Brita Belli about her new book “The Autism Puzzle, Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.” “The alarming spike in autism in recent years has sent doctors and parents on a search for answers. And while many controversies have erupted around the issue, none have gotten us any closer to an explanation, and many key concerns remain unexplored. Moving beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate, The Autism Puzzle (Seven Stories Press; April 7, 2012)is the first book to address the mounting evidence that the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities may be impacting the brain development of children.” -Seven Stories Press   To learn more about autism and environmental toxins: To listen to the interview:   more »

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