articles tagged "Brian Standing"

Common Core Under Fire

Monday, 16 September 2013 | buzz
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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization has the motto “Protect the vulnerable. Expose wrongdoing. Seek solutions to problems.” Each month, we check in with the Center for Investigative Journalism for the latest happening in the state. Reporter Nora Hertel joined host Brian Standing to talk about Wisconsin’s public education Common Core curriculum. more »

A Permit to Sing? Rickert and Kohl-Riggs Face Off

Monday, 16 September 2013 | buzz
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Since March, 2011, participants in the Solidarity Sing Along have gathered in the Wisconsin State Capitol rotunda at noon, sang songs of protest for an hour and dispersed. They have done this over 600 times and never applied for a permit for use of the rotunda. The Capitol Police, part of the state Department of Administration, has escalated enforcement of its permit policy in recent weeks, repeatedly declaring the Sing Along an “unlawful assembly” and issuing 188 citations and a similar number of arrests since July. A recent temporary federal court injunction prevented the DOA from requiring permits for groups smaller than 20 people, but left many questions still open. The Sing Along have argued that they don’t need a permit, claiming their activities are covered under free speech and free assembly clauses of the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitution. The DOA believes that it has a right to regulate “time, place and manner” of free speech in any of its buildings, including the Capitol rotunda. So, on Monday, September 16, 2013, WORT held a debate on this topic. Chris Rickert, Metro columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal, argued the pro-permit position. Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a protestor, videographer and former “Lincoln-Republican” candidate for Governor in the recall election. Arthur argued why he feels no permit should be required. more »

The Wisconsin “Cookie Bill”

Monday, 16 September 2013 | buzz
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Hot on the heels of 2009′s “pickle bill” comes the “cookie bill.” The Wisconsin State Legislature is working on a bill that would permit home cooks to sell small amounts baked goods at farmers markets and other locations without getting a commercial license. Alfonso Morales, an expert on public markets, entrepreneurship and business formation, joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing to talk about the economics of informal markets. more »

What’s Living in Your Belly Button?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | buzz
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Think biological field work, and most people think of exotic Amazonian rainforests or the Serengeti plains of Africa. Few think of the plethora of things living in our own backyard, in our homes, even in our armpits and bellybuttons. Rob Dunn works as a biologist and writer in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University. He also founded yourwildlife.org, an online “citizen scientist” resource to the biota literally right under our noses. more »

Verbs, Tweets and Hashtags: How the Internet is Changing English

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 | buzz
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English speakers use a polyglot language of Germanic origins, littered with Latin, French, Arabic, Yiddish and slang from nearly every generation and who knows what else. English changes constantly. Now, with the internet, it’s changing almost daily. Anja Wanner, a linguist with the University of Wisconsin, studies how the internet changes the English language. She joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on September 7, 2013, to delve into the intricacies of technology-influenced vocabulary, grammar and the lessons of Humpty Dumpty. more »

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