articles tagged "Linda Jameson"

Norma Gay Prewett – Dec 10

Monday, 10 December 2012 | buzz
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On Monday December 10, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Norma Gay Prewett about poetry, and read aloud two of her poems. She also speaks about the process of writing stories and poems. She quotes Ernest Hemingway, who said “write the first true sentence that you know, and the rest will come easily.” She explains that prompts come naturally, and that is where one begins the piece. “The first thing you will write down is a cliché…the job of the poet is to go out and find the closest way you can to communicate [that] to the person out there, and make them believe that they have been there, or are there at that moment.”   Listen to the interview here: more »

Climate Change

Monday, 3 December 2012 | buzz
350Madison

On Monday December 3, our host Linda Jameson spoke with student activist Emmy Burns about climate change. Emmy Burns is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying environmental studies and geography. They spoke about the steps the Madison community can take to combat or respond to climate change. 350 Madison, a local action group of 350 tackling climate change, has recently established a student chapter on the UW-Madison campus: Climate Action 350 at UW-Madison. The student chapter has begun a campaign to prompt the UW Foundation to divest their investment of roughly 2 billion dollars from oil, coal, and natural gas. “350” refers to the permissible limit of carbon dioxide that can safely be in the atmosphere; specifically, the parts per million of carbon that can be present in the atmosphere at a safe level. Currently, the level is at 392. Clean Wisconsin and 350.org had recently brought climate change spokesperson Bill McKibbens to speak in Madison about the math of climate change.   Explains Emmy, “That is how we can make our difference here in Madison. The companies have so much political capital because of all their money. If just the UW Foundation divests, that’s not going to put a huge dent in their profits. But if we can create a domino effect across the country, and there are already hundreds of campuses that have these divestment campaigns underway, together its going to make a difference. These fossil fuel companies make their money from people who buy stock. If we can devalue their assets, hopefully over time that will translate to less political power.”   The group has been collecting petition signatures addressed towards the UW Foundation, calling for a freeze on all new investments in fossil fuels, and a complete divestment of all fossil fuel holdings within the next five years. They have collected 1,000 signatures so far. They will hold a peaceful march to deliver the signatures to the President of the UW Foundation on Monday, December 3 at 9:30 AM.   The protestors will gather at Union South at 9:30 AM; they will meet to march towards the UW Foundation, where they will gather at 9:45 AM.   Read more about Divestments here. Visit 350 Madison. Visit 350.org.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Norma Gay Prewett: Poetry Reading

Monday, 19 November 2012 | buzz
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Madison poet Norma Gay Prewett reads her poetry on the 8 O’Clock Buzz with host Linda Jameson on Monday, November 19. She reads from her poetry series inspired from yoga, “Poems for the Poses.” She reads her poems Doing the Down Dog, The Cobra, and The Jack Knife. She also recommends a book, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron. Norma has also written a series of poems inspired from this book, and reads some on air. Norma and Linda also speak about everyday life and narratives.   Listen to the entire interview here: more »

Norma Gay Prewett

Monday, 12 November 2012 | buzz
Norma Gay Prewett

On Monday, November 12, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Madison poet and co-producer Norma Gay Prewett (Gay Davidson-Zielske) about her poetry and the process of writing poetry. She speaks about internal rhyming, the nuances of elements used in poetry, and the interaction of feeling with rhyming to produce poetry. Norma explains that when beginning with a poem, one must first start with emotions. “[Internal rhyming] is a muting effect in that you may place a word that has a general sound in close enough proximity so that your ear will remember it. Mood and tone is very influenced by word choice, by the gut feeling it can cause in you to choose the wrong word. So the best poems go for both, and they will work it so that they have both without distorting the meaning or the feeling.” Norma reads on-air several of her poems.   Listen to the full interview here: more »

Matt Southworth on the War in Afghanistan

Monday, 15 October 2012 | buzz
Friends Committee on National Legislation (fcnl.org)

  On Monday October 15, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Matt Southworth, a legislative program associate for foreign policy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest. First serving in the US army at the age of nineteen, Matt was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as an intelligence analyst doing predictive analysis. Since then, he has joined the FCNL and is also on the Board of Directors for Veterans for Peace. He was in Madison to attend a Veterans for Peace board meeting, and to plan the annual Veterans for Peace conference which will be held in Madison in August 2013. Matt travels across the country, advocating for a peaceful transition to the war in Afghanistan and a political solution without a large military presence in the region. He also reaches out to the college demographic, speaking to them about the realities of war, rather than the “cinematic version” of war that is often portrayed.   Matt speaks about the US involvement in Afghanistan, and the issues that face Afghanistan today and threaten its future. Southworth comments, “under this current [US] strategy…regardless of 2014 or later, civil war is the most likely outcome for Afghanistan.” He explains that there can not be a centralized solution for the conflict in Afghanistan; rather, it should be regionally based and Afghan-centric. Matt had organized a congressional delegation on a “fact finding mission” that brought eight people to Afghanistan, including congressional staffers, journalists and representatives from non-profits. The delegation met and spoke with Afghan and international NGOS, opposition leaders, and civilians. He describes the consensus, “the US is putting Afghanistan in a position that is going to be harder to dig itself out of. We are over-militarizing Afghanistan and the region, and we are almost completely focused on a military transition, when the reality is that [the Afghans] need an economic and political transition, which is Afghan led and culturally based, but with the assistance of the US and other international parties.”   The US is currently funding and arming 280,000 Afghan national security forces, empowering militias and war lords. This has threatened Afghans throughout the country. In fact, he explains that one complaint the delegation received from everyone they spoke to was the US funding of war lords, people who had proven human rights abuse records. Matt stresses that the political transition should be Afghan-based, and that the US has a “moral responsibility” to do the best …. more »

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