Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in Evenwel v. Abbott. The suit, brought by notorious anti-civil rights activist Ed Blum, challenged how the State of Texas created its voting districts. Like most states, Texas uses decennial census population statistics to draw its congressional and legislative districts. The plaintiffs, from a predominately […]
Madison author Andrea Thalasinos’ third novel “Fly By Night” follows her protagonist, biologist Amelia Drakos, from Narragansset Bay to the Mall of America to the Red Cliff Ojibwe reservation. Along the way, Amelia encounters backstabbing fellow grantseekers, jaded teenagers, languishing sea turtles, wolf-husky hybrid pups and a long-lost brother. The story is set against the backdrop of the 2011 removal of endangered species protection for the Gray Wolf in Wisconsin. When she’s not writing novels, Andrea Thalasinos teaches sociology at Madison College.
Andrea Thalasinos spoke about her new book with Brian Standing.
Artists Shane McAdams and Tom Berenz share the bill this month at the Overture Center James Watrous Gallery with two “side by side solo exhibitions.” Berenz’s “Towards the North,” and McAdams’s “Beat a Path and Make it Fast” feature recent works from both artists. The exhibit, sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, runs through May 8.
Shane McAdams and Tom Berenz spoke about their exhibitions with host Brian Standing.
Last year, researchers at the joint Boston University / Department of Veterans Affairs “Brain Bank” dissected the brains of 91 deceased former National Football League players. They found that 87 of those 91 players — a staggering 96% — showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. In layman’s terms, those players had permanent brain damage resulting from multiple concussions. The NFL, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball have all implemented new concussion-related rules and all 50 states have now enacted laws setting minimum protocols for prevention and treatment of concussions in athletics. But, even the best treatment can’t work if coaches and trainers don’t know when an athlete has suffered a concussion.
Andrew Winterstein, a kinesiologist with the University of Wisconsin, spoke with host Brian Standing about the issue.
In the winter of 1942-1943, Jack Delano, born Jacob Ovcharov, took hundreds of portraits of porters, linemen, engineers, conductors and other workers in the Chicago railyards. Delano was on assignment from the U.S. Office of War Information to document everyday working conditions in the railroads. Using cutting-edge technology for the day — portable 8×10 film cameras — Delano photographed hundreds of Slovenians, Polish, Ukrainians, African-Americans and others working in various aspects of the railroad industry. Now, the Center for Railroad Photography and Art and the Chicago History Museum, has sought to bring those 73-year old images to life, by telling the stories of each worker in Delano’s photos.
Brian Standing spoke with John Gruber, the past president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, about his new edited volume “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography.”
Last month, Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 310, which specifically redirects about $4.5 million in federal funds from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to other quote less controversial unquote health care organizations. Three of Planned Parenthood’s twenty-two health centers around the state provide abortion services. The Governor also signed SB 238, which also singled out Planned Parenthood by reducing the nonprofit’s ability to seek Medicaid reimbursement for prescription drugs. These are only the latest salvos nationwide, as Texas, Louisiana and other states have sought to defund the 80-year old family planning agency.
Host Brian Standing spoke with Mel Barnes, a Legal and Policy Associate for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, about the issue.