articles tagged "Jonathan Zarov"

Li Chiao-Ping: The Knotcracker

Friday, 30 November 2012 | buzz
The Knotcracker

In this special WORT Birthday Boost edition of the Friday 8 O’Clock Buzz on November 30, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Li Chiao-Ping, of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, about The Knotcracker, which will be opening tonight. The show, which is filled with puns, is a playful take on The Nutcracker, and is considered to have taken on its own tradition in Madison. “It’s about a child, boy or girl, who is trying to work his or her way through life trying to find him/herself.” There are two child and two adult leads.   Li explains, “the show is not to replace [The Nutcracker]. I consider it as an alternative. It does offer a totally different entertaining take on [The Nutcracker]. It’s great to become a new classic in a way.” The show will not be playing after this year, but Li explains that they may bring it back in the future.   Li also speaks about how meaning is conveyed through dance, and what message The Knotcracker expresses, “Its humor with a point… I’m interested in how it speaks to something. While we are celebrating the idea of community, diversity of tradition, and diversity in our community, we can also look at the issues of kids and bullying, the pressure to conform and have the same material goods as others…So I hope we learn to accept ourselves and our differences, and to really embrace that.” The Knotcracker provides “alternative ways of dressing, being, and moving.” The lead role is double-cast as a boy and girl, a significant move from traditional gender roles, “I look at the piece as flexible enough so as to be meaningful and get the message across through the gender lens as well.”   Visit Li Chiao-Ping Dance for more information.   The Knotcracker opens tonight, Friday November 30. November 30 – Dec 2 Overture Center for the Arts – Playhouse Theater   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Fair Trade Holiday Festival

Friday, 30 November 2012 | buzz
FairTrade Holiday Festival

In this special WORT Birthday Boost edition of the Friday 8 O’Clock Buzz on November 30, our host Jonathan Zarov spoke with John Peck and Carol Bracewell of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, to speak about Fair Trade and the 16th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival. Carol Bracewell is from Community Action Latin America, and John Peck is from InfoShop and Family Farm Defenders. They trace the roots of fair trade to the 1940s and 50’s, post-WWII; it was an effort by church groups to provide economic development opportunities to countries in Europe whose economies were ravaged by the war, importing traditional European handicrafts to the United States. An important component of the Fair Trade concept is the consumer’s right to know, John explains.   Carol distinguishes a Fair Trade product from a Fair Trade business, explaining that it is important to include Fair Trade into the business model itself. They also speak about the difficulty of labeling: “for example, what does ‘natural’ mean? What labels do you trust after a while? Fair Trade is mostly certified independently, so who are the certifiers?” They bring up the issue that is often encountered with Fair Trade Coffee, “do you certify fair trade coffee that has been grown on a giant plantation?” Carol says.   “I want fewer degrees of separation between me and the product;” Carol explains that in the Fair Trade Festival this is possible, where one does not need to worry about the authenticity of labeling. “We can’t necessarily buy coffee, olive oil, or cocoa from the Farmer’s Market because it is not grown locally. So the next best thing is one degree of separation. When you go to the festival you are going to meet a vendor who has probably met the artist, these are folks that travel to other countries, meet people, and buy things, and that’s why our theme this year is Gifts with a Story.” The theme signifies the personal stories that come with each product, to bridge the gap between the consumer, the product, and the artist.   16th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival Saturday, December 1, 2012 9 – 4 PM, Monona Terrace   Read more about Community Action on Latin America here. Read about the Madison Fair Trade Festival, including the full list of vendors and official press release here. Visit the Madison …. more »

Kim Nielsen: A Disability History of the United States

Friday, 23 November 2012 | buzz
Kim Nielsen

On Friday November 23, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Kim Nielsen, author of A Disability History of the United States. Kim is a Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and will be in Madison on Tuesday, Nov 27 for a talk on her book. She prefaces her discussion of the book,“I wrote the book because there has been very little discussion about people with disabilities throughout the United States. I start all the way prior to European arrival and carry it up to the present.”   Kim, who studied women in politics, found herself interested in disability history while doing research on Helen Keller. She went through a process of discovery as she did more research on disability history, observing that most people have disabled people in their lives, or had a history of it. Kim, who wrote a book about Helen Keller in, Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller, explains an aspect of the story that has remained forgotten in history. She explains how Helen Keller was listed, in a far right newspaper, as one of the “10 most dangerous women in America,” because she was a socialsist, labor and women’s rights activist, and a founding member of the ACLU…she was even surveyed by the FBI her entire life…One of the reasons that has been totally ereased from our historical memory is because she was disabled, because she was female, people believed she couldn’t form opinions by herself.”   While writing her book, Kim found the prevalence of disability in the United States. She speaks on-air about one school teacher who was afflicted with polio during World War II, and therefore had to deal with a mobility disability like so many others. Because of the tire rations during the war, she could not get new tires for her car so that she could get to work; as a result, she, like others in her position, lost their jobs. Kim explains, “disability was invisibly written into public policy, and had consequences for everyday life… labor policy, industrialization, standards of beauty, race, and immigration as well.” She says “disability is increasingly understood as an issue of power and of rights. I think we as a society are trying to figure the relationship between disability and the ideas of gender, race, sexuality, and identity.” She comments that people with disability often have high rates of poverty and are targets of hate …. more »

Family: Thanksgiving Edition

Friday, 23 November 2012 | buzz
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On Friday November 23, in this special Thanksgiving ‘Family’ edition of the Friday 8 O’Clock Buzz, our host Jonathan Zarov speaks with his siblings about the topic of family and the significance of birth order. He speaks with siblings Herb, the oldest, Ira, the middle child, and Marcia, the only girl child and the youngest until Jonathan was born. They speak about the typical stereotypes of birth orders, for example, the oldest child typically has values that are more aligned with the parents, and are more conventional. Herb believes that he somewhat fits into that category, although his family’s perception of him is quite different from that of others in terms of political leaning. Herb also spent time with his grandparents, which Herb believes instilled more conventional values in him. Marcia sees herself as taking on the roll of the “younger” child: she finds herself as more laid back, while Ira, the middle child, is known among the family as the ‘negotiator’ sibling, keeping the siblings in contact and updated on each others’ lives. The siblings agree that there is a difference between one’s self perception and one’s actual behavior. They also agree that overall family influence, such as their parents’ value for reading and education, also played a significant role in their behavior and decisions in life.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

NesAlla Kombucha

Friday, 16 November 2012 | buzz

On Friday November 16, host Jonathan Zarov speaks with Vanessa Tortolano and Alla Shapiro, creators of NessAlla. They explain the Kombucha drink, a fermented tea containing probiotics, vitamins B and C, anti-oxidants, and helpa the body to detoxify. Alla, who grew up in Russia, discovered in the U.S. that her family had been making Kombucha at home in Russia for generations.   Sharing a common interest in herbs, the women came together to help the community take control of their health, holding classes and educating people about the health benefits of Kombucha. “The first couple of years we did a lot of education…a lot of talking, not as much selling. So we really made sure people know what it was, what it does for you.” They first began selling Kombucha at the Farmer’s Market in Madison, “It basically spread through word of mouth, and the awesome support of our Madison community.”   They have recently expanded to a new space in Madison, a large 7000 sq ft warehouse near the Labor Temple on South Park Street. NessAlla now has stores in five states so far, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin.   Visit Read more about Kombucha here.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

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