On the Monday September 23rd, our host John Quinlan was joined by Sonali Sangeeta Balajee. Balajee is the MS, Senior Policy Advisor in Multnomah County’s (Portland, OR) Office of Equity and Diversity, and creator of an innovative program called the Equity and Empowerment Lens.
n Monday September 30th, our host John Quinlan’s guests included Diego Campoverde-Cisneros who will receive the the 3rd Annual “Alix Olson Award for the Promotion of a Tolerant and Just Community” at the Racial Justice Summit on Wednesday. The production manager of La Movida radio, (Wisconsin’s first 24/7 Spanish language radio station), he is also the found of Aliianza Latina, a support group for LGBT Latina/o community members. Also, Cindy Crane of Seekardia on this year’s “What’s Religion Got to Do with it?” writing contest for LGBT youth.
As we mark the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s horrific murder this month, a new book questions whether his death was the result of a hate crime, or based in a history of drug abuse and a sexual relationship with one of his assailants. On Monday October 7th, our host John Quinlan discussed the book, “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Mattew Shepard” with author Stephen Jimenez.
To kick off pledge drive on A Public Affair on Monday October 14th, our host John Quinlan was joined by Robert McChesney- John Nichols about their newest book “Dollarocracy,” followed by Barbara Wright and Luciano Matheron from WYOU with more information about their new collaboration with the library.
Historical civil rights events, like the 1963 March on Washington, rooted in goals of needed radical social change, have become a part of our collective memories. On Monday October 21st, our host John Quinlan was joined by William Jones, a UW-Madison history professor, to discuss his book, The March on Washington” Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.
With winter just around the corner, homelessness is another important issue that Madison and Dane County will need to consider.