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“America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy”

Monday, 10 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday December 10th, host John Quinlan spoke with author James Gustave Speth about how to fix a broken system, whether it comes to the subject of democracy or whether it comes to the subject of media and other institutions which are fundamental to a democratic way of life. They discussed Speth’s book “America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy.” In her review of the book, Hazel Henderson wrote, “In America the Possible, author Speth focuses on the powerful role of media and advertising and how giant media conglomerates now influence education on public issues and shape opinions and politics – now so evident in the U.S. presidential election of 2012. Unlike in most other mature democracies, U.S. politics, flooded with money, feeds mass media profits with millions of attack ads – in absurdly long, tedious campaigns with politicians now spending more than a third of their time “dialing for dollars” from rich special interest contributors… America the Possible is exhaustively researched and contains all the elements needed to foster a rebirth of a more realistic U.S.A. Speth sees this country once more joining the international community as a more cooperative, peaceful member, contributing to the emergence of responsible societies. Many new similar models, from the Earth Charter, Forum 2000, to the UN’s Global Green New Deal, lay out principles suitable for addressing the new issues. In our Anthropocene Age, no nation alone can address these unprecedented challenges, where weapons fail and where sovereignty must be pooled and knowledge and resources shared more deeply. This book is vital reading for policy makers and concerned global citizens from local to national, worldwide.” Read Henderson’s entire review of “America the Possible:” http://seekingalpha.com/article/941691-review-of-james-gustave-speth-s-america-the-possible-manifesto-for-a-new-economy Listen to the entire interview: more »

The End of Local Talk and News on WTDY

Monday, 3 December 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday December 3rd, host John Quinlan spoke with a panel of guests on the future of local radio talk and news in Madison.   Midwest Family Broadcasting chose to lay off their news and talk staff at the radio station WTDY in Madison late in the day before Thanksgiving. The panel John brought together discussed efforts to restore more local progressive programming to the air, and to find longtime local radio personality John “Sly” Sylvester another home in local radio. The studio guests included former WTDY News Reporter Dylan Brogan, News Director Amy Barrilleaux, and News Anchor Deana Wright. John also spoke to Mike Dickman from the group Give Sly the Mic and media reform activist Barbara Wright. Former WTDY Station Manager Glen Gardner also joined John by phone from Boston.   Photo: Left to right, Barbara Wright, John Quinlan, Deana Wright, Amy Barrilleaux, and Dylan Brogan.     Read more about the issue: Wisconsin State Journal Isthmus   Read more about Give Sly the Mic     Listen to the entire program: more »

Stories of Peacebuilding in Gaza and the West Bank

Monday, 19 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday November 19th, host John Quinlan was joined in conversation with visitors from a peace delegation sponsored by the Interfaith Peace-Builders. The delegates just returned this past week from Gaza and and the West Bank. Permission for foreigners to obtain passage to Gaza is rare, and thus these interviews provided listeners with a vital opportunity to understand daily life in the Palestinian territories and how this existence is being affected by the current conflict. John spoke with Tsela Barr and Michele Bahl who just came back from a peace delegation to Gaza on November 12th. During the second half of the hour John spoke with Veena Brekke who recently returned from a peace delegation to the West Bank. According to their website, “Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.” Tsela, Michele, and Veena shared with WORT listeners their fascinating experiences from both Israel and Palestine.   Read more about Interfaith Peace Builders on their website: http://www.ifpb.org/     Listen to the entire show: more »

Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects

Monday, 12 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday November 12th, host John Quinlan interviewed author Greg Pahl about his book released this year, “Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects.” John Welch also contributed at the top of the hour to discuss Dane County’s innovative “bio-gas project,” essentially fueling vehicles with fuel made from garbage. This innovative project has received national and international attention, including a first place project recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and international delegations visiting Madison have toured the county’s related facilities. Welch is the recycling project manager for Dane County Public Works. He is also the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Badger Chapter Director, as well as its International Director.   Pahl has written a plethora of articles on farming, wind power, solar energy, electric cars, biodiesel, “green” appliances, home building materials, and sustainable forestry management in publications such as The Vermont Times, Vermont Magazine, Champlain Business Journal, Vermont History, Middlebury College Magazine, and Mother Earth News. He has lived “off the grid” in a wood-heated home powered by a wind turbine and is the author of six books on sustainable living.     “More than ninety percent of the electricity we use to light our communities, and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes, and power our factories comes from large, centralized, highly polluting, nonrenewable sources of energy. It doesn’t have to be that way. In Power from the People, energy expert Greg Pahl explains how American communities can plan, finance, and produce their own local, renewable energy that is reliable, safe, and clean. Pahl uses examples from around the nation and the world to explore how homeowners, co-ops, nonprofits, governments, and businesses are already putting power in the hands of local communities through distributed energy programs and energy-efficiency measures. Renewable, community power is a necessary step on the path to energy security and community resilience, particularly as we face peak oil, cope with climate change, and address the need to transition to a more sustainable future.” -Chelsea Green Publishing (September 2012)   Read more about Greg Pahl at his website: http://www.gregpahl.com/   Listen to the entire interview: more »

Split Show: Pre-Election Coverage and Preview of the Upcoming WI Book Festival

Monday, 5 November 2012 | A Public Affair
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On Monday November 5th, host John Quinlan spoke with WORT News Coordinator Molly Stentz and Culture Editor of The Progressive Magazine Elizabeth DiNovella about President Obama’s visit to Madison during a tour of final campaign stops before Tuesday’s election. They also discussed voting and the possible outcomes of the Presidential election. In the second half of the program, John spoke to Alison Jonse Chaim and Megan Katz, Director and Managing Director of the Wisconsin Book Festival, about the upcoming events and literary festivities.     President Obama returned to our hometown Madison, Wisconsin for a final campaign rally. Bruce Springsteen joined him for a final burst of enthusiasm and a musical introduction aimed at bringing voters to the polls. Over 18,000 people attended stretching from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the steps of the Capitol. Retiring Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl and Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin also spoke at the event.   According to the WI Book Festival Website, “The Wisconsin Book Festival is a free, five-day program of public events that takes place every Fall in downtown Madison. It is the state’s largest literary festival, drawing thousands of attendees annually. Since its inception in 2002, the Wisconsin Book Festival has been a showcase for literary talent from across the state of Wisconsin and beyond. It is a forum for people to come together and sit face to face and side by side, to talk and listen, whisper, laugh, cry, sing, sign, write notes, tell jokes, and give voice to their ideas.”       Learn more about Obama’s trip to Madison: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-thousands-line-up-to-see-obama-in-madison-20121105,0,6384029.story Read more about the Wisconsin Book Festival: http://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/overview Listen to the entire show: more »

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