articles tagged "Norm Stockwell"

Governor Walker’s State Budget

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | A Public Affair

On Tuesday February 19th, Norm Stockwell spoke with a distinguished panel of guests regarding Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget. The panel included journalist Rebecca Kemble from The Progressive Magazine, Mike McCabe from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Jon Peacock from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, and Robert Craig from Citizen Action Wisconsin. more »

Response to the State of the State Address as well as Updates from Venezuela

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday January 16th, Norm Stockwell subbing for Karma Chavez spent the first part of the hour speaking with Ron Dolen from the group Reach Out Wisconsin about Tuesday night’s State of the State address by Governor Scott Walker. Reach Out Wisconsin is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fostering respect and understanding in Wisconsin politics. During the second half of the program Norm spoke with Mark Weisbrot about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. more »

Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power

Monday, 31 December 2012 | A Public Affair

On Monday December 31st, Norm Stockwell, subbing for John Quinlan, spoke with author and freelance journalist Seth Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld is “author of the best-selling book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Subversives traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal University of California president Clark Kerr. Through these converging narratives, Rosenfeld tells a dramatic and disturbing story of FBI surveillance, illegal break-ins, infiltration, planted news stories, poison-pen letters and secret detention lists. He reveals how the FBI’s covert operations — led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover — helped ignite an era of student protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically. At the same time, he vividly evokes the life of Berkeley in the early sixties — and shows how the university community became a battleground in an epic struggle between the government and free citizens.”   Read more about Rosenfeld:         Listen to the entire interview: more »

Veterans’ Issues

Friday, 9 November 2012 | A Public Affair
Veterans Day

On Friday November 9th, Norm Stockwell subbing for Esty Dinur talked with a number of guests about veterans issues in tribute to Veterans’ Day on Monday. During the first part of the show, Norm spoke with Veterans for Peace member David Giffey who edited the book “Long Shadows: Veterans’ Paths to Peace.” Norm also spoke with Nick Velvet, member of Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. David Giffey’s book, “Long Shadows: Veterans’ Paths to Peace,” was “Winner of the 2008 Montaigne Medal, an award designated by the Hoffer Awards for thought-provoking titles. These are veterans with a point of view whose trajectories of belief had many different starting points, took many different paths, but in every case led to an abhorrence of war.; anti-war feeling among veterans has not been given the attention it deserves, and this volume is an attempt to correct that imbalance, writes Howard Zinn in the Foreword. Veterans speak of war and peace with a certain creditability that others lack. Having experienced war and peace more intimately than many others, their responses and thoughts reflect the life-defining or life-changing capacity of war. Long Shadows is a collection of 19 interviews with veterans who candidly discuss their paths from military involvement to peace activism. Beginning with a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War and ending with a veteran of the Iraq war, each tells a unique story with an individual perspective, and yet, each echos the message of the futility and destruction of war. The long shadows of war are evident in each of the interviews, with each participant hoping that his or her experience will inform others and contribute to the public discussion.” -Atwood Publishing Read more about David Giffey’s book: Listen to the entire interview: more »

The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote

Thursday, 25 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Thursday October 25th, Norm Stockwell subbing for Allen Ruff interviewed Tova Andrea Wang about her recent book, “The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans’ Right to Vote.” Wang is a renowned expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and around the world. She is a Fellow at The Century Foundation and a consultant to numerous organizations which promote democracy such as the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center. “The Politics of Voter Suppression arrives in time to assess actual practices at the polls this fall and to reengage with debates about voter suppression tactics such as requiring specific forms of identification. Tova Andrea Wang examines the history of how U.S. election reforms have been manipulated for partisan advantage and establishes a new framework for analyzing current laws and policies. The tactics that have been employed to suppress voting in recent elections are not novel, she finds, but rather build upon the strategies used by a variety of actors going back nearly a century and a half. This continuity, along with the shift to a Republican domination of voter suppression efforts for the past fifty years, should inform what we think about reform policy today. Wang argues that activities that suppress voting are almost always illegitimate, while reforms that increase participation are nearly always legitimate. In short, use and abuse of election laws and policies to suppress votes has obvious detrimental impacts on democracy itself. Such activities are also harmful because of their direct impacts on actual election outcomes. Wang regards as beneficial any legal effort to increase the number of Americans involved in the electoral system. This includes efforts that are focused on improving voter turnout among certain populations typically regarded as supporting one party, as long as the methods and means for boosting participation are open to all. Wang identifies and describes a number of specific legitimate and positive reforms that will increase voter turnout.” -The Century Foundation Read more about Tova Wang and The Century Foundation: Listen to the entire interview: more »

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