articles tagged "Brenda Konkel"

Operation Fresh Start and Closing the Achievement Gap

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 | A Public Affair
Operation Fresh Start

On Wednesday October 10th, host Brenda Konkel spoke with Executive Director of Operation Fresh Start Greg Markel about efforts to close the achievement gap between white and minority students in the Madison public schools as well as the positive impact of groups like Operation Fresh Start on the lives of the individuals involved. According to their website, “Operation Fresh Start has provided comprehensive employment and training services to 7,000 youth and adults in Dane County, Wisconsin, since 1970. The organization’s chief training approach is to renovate or construct single family houses for sale to low and very-low income first-time home buyers. Over two hundred houses have been completed to date. The housing sites are the vehicles for employment training and [...] more »

Republican National Convention Updates

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday August 29th, Brenda spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz on the ground in Tampa, Florida where she is covering the Republican National Convention. They discussed the speeches given by Ann Romney, Chris Christie and our Governor Scott Walker and the impressions these speeches made. To learn more about the RNC: To listen to the entire interview: more »

Occupy Madison

Monday, 20 August 2012 | A Public Affair
Occupy Madison

On Monday August 20th, Brenda Konkel spoke with members of Madison’s Occupy movement about the past and future of the downtrodden in Wisconsin and the Nation. She spoke with Bruce Wallbaum, Trina Clemente, Luca Clemente and Dan Callahan. “Something is very wrong with the system in which we live. Programs designed to feed and educate children are having their budgets slashed, families are being thrown out of their homes and the jobs of hard-working people are cut due to no real fault of their own while the wealthiest 1% are bailed out, make record profits and our people are being sent overseas to fight and die for the protection of this system. We find it unacceptable that the top 1% [...] more »

Cleaning Up Dane County Lakes

Monday, 9 July 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday, July 9th, Brenda Konkel talked with Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell about the problems facing our many lakes. Measures were already taken last summer to help clean lake Wingra, and Scott McDonnell believes we, as a county, can revive the beauty of all of our lakes if we make them a priority. Last November he pushed the Clean Lakes Initiative. Recently, the Waunakee Tribune discussed how the plan is now being carried out: “Work to implement the County Board’s multi-million dollar, multi-faceted Clear Lakes Initiative is under way. The 2012 budget includes $5.7 million to begin work to remove carp and prevent new infestations in Cherokee Marsh and Mud Lake, clean up beaches, reduce phosphorus, form a [...] more »

Should Cabs Be Allowed on State Street?

Monday, 25 June 2012 | A Public Affair

Brenda Konkel interviewed Christina Ballard today regarding Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s expressed opposition to cabs cruising on State Street. This has angered many cab drivers who have driven on State Street for decades and assert that they help keep the street, with its many bars, safe.   To read more about the controversy:       To listen to the entire interview: more »

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