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The Plight of Occupy Madison

Friday, 23 November 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday November 23rd, Esty Dinur focused on the future of Occupy Madison for the first half of the program. She interviewed Four members of Occupy Madison: Ron, Betty, Dan and Brian who discussed their recent eviction. According to their website, “Occupy Madison has gone through a number of evolutions and revolutions. We are in midst of writing an accurate update to the past few months, much from the initiative by Brenda Konkel, and much documentation can be found on her blog: Currently the physical site is located at Token Creek Park. Donations stream in, despite the distance. Donations are being taken for the site and its residents through Occupy Wisconsin as well as drop offs to the site directly. Much gratitude for the support many of Madison’s citizens offer. Community building at its best.” For the second half of the show, Esty interviewed Jason Louise Huberty & Rebecca Kemble discussing the state of the unconstitutional Capitol crackdown & the Solidarity Sing-Along. Read more about Occupy Madison: Listen to the entire program: more »

Hurricane Sandy

Friday, 2 November 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday November 2nd, host Esty Dinur spoke with Dr. Wesler Lambert live from Haiti, a country devastated by the impact of hurricane Sandy. Dr. Lambert is Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for Zanmi Lasante, Partners In Health’s flagship project in Haiti. On the second half of the show, Esty spoke with University of Wisconsin Senior Researcher Chris Velden about charting the path of hurricane Sandy and the possible impact of global climate change in the creation of super storms.                                               The BBC reported on the horrific impact of Sandy in Haiti: “There are fears of food shortages after the hurricane, which hit on 24 October, damaged many crops in southern Haiti. Aid workers and officials are also on alert for an increase in cholera cases in the wake of widespread flooding. More than 50 people were killed in Haiti, which is still struggling to recover from the 2010 earthquake. Thousands of people are still living in makeshift shelters more than two years on from the devastating quake. The office of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe made the renewed appeal for help on Sunday. There is concern that unsanitary conditions could led to an increase in cholera cases. More than 7,500 people have died in the cholera epidemic in Haiti since late 2010. Hundreds of new cases are still being registered every week.” Through speaking with Dr. Lambert and Senior Researcher Chris Velden, Esty attempted to gain a greater understanding of both the human and environmental impacts of super storm Sandy. To read more about the efforts of Partners in Health in Haiti: Read more about how Chris Velden and other UW Scientists tracked hurricane Sandy’s path: Listen to the entire show: more »

The Wars of Watergate

Friday, 26 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday October 26th, host Esty Dinur interviewed author and historian Stanley Kutler about the reprinting of his book, “The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Nixon.” Kutler will be featured at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival (November 7-11). He will be speaking at the series “American History In Brief and In-Depth” at 7:30 PM on Wednesday November 7th at the Overture Center for the Arts. Stanley Kutler is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American History, the historical advisor for the Emmy-winning television documentary Watergate, and the founding editor of Reviews in American History. Leonard Bushkoff of the Christian Science Monitor stated about this seminal work: “It is balance, breadth of vision, documentary research, historical context, and insight that Kutler provides—lucidly, gracefully, and far better than anyone before him. . . . This book should be regarded as the definitive reply to Nixon’s attempts at rehabilitation. . . . [It] is about ethics, ends and means, and the dangers of an imperial presidency. . . . The republic owes Kutler a reward. It need not be elaborate: Americans need only to read him—and take his book seriously.” Read more about “The Wars of Watergate:” Read more about the Wisconsin Book Festival:         Listen to the entire program: more »

Plastic, A Toxic Love Story

Monday, 22 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday October 19th, host Esty Dinur spoke with author Susan Freinkel about her book, “Plastic, A Toxic Love Story.” Susan Freinkel is a science writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications including: Discover, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, The New York Times, OnEarth, Health, and Real Simple. “Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum. (Plastic in gum? Yep!) But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. And yet each year we use and consume more; we’ve produced as much plastic in the past decade as we did in the entire twentieth century. We’re trapped in an unhealthy dependence – a toxic relationship. Journalist Susan Freinkel shows in this engaging and eye-opening book that we have reached a crisis point. Freinkel treks through history, science and the global economy to assess the real impact of plastic in our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: the comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Each one illuminates a different facet of our synthetic world, and together they give us a new way of thinking about a substance that has become the defining medium—and metaphor—of our age. Freinkel’s conclusion? We cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. And we don’t have to. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but can’t seem to live without.” -Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Read more about Susan Freinkel’s work: Listen to the entire program: more »

Venezuela’s Election

Friday, 12 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Friday October 12th, host Esty Dinur spoke with professor Miguel Tinker Salas about the recent elections in Venezuela. Tinker Salas is a professor of history and Latin American studies at Pomona College and author of “The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela.” He recently stated: “The outcome of Venezuela’s election on Sunday, October 7 will not only determine who governs Venezuela for the next six years but also who controls the most important proven oil deposits in the world. Regionally, the Chávez election in 1998 became the first of many left electoral gains in Latin America including Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. Therefore, the outcome of these elections will reverberate throughout Latin America, Washington, Beijing and other world capitals. A Chávez victory would affirm the process of social change underway in Venezuela while buttressing efforts at Latin American integration. That is why Lula, the former president of Brazil, stated that a victory for Chávez would confirm the political changes underway in Latin America.” Read more about Tinker Salas: Listen to the entire show: more »

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