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The Two Year Anniversary Of The Wisconsin Uprising

Thursday, 14 March 2013 | buzz

On the Thursday morning 8 O’Clock Buzz, Tony Castaneda was joined by author, Michael Duffy. Duffy and Castaneda discuss Duffy’s new book, “I Can’t Recall: A Year in Wisconsin Politics.”   The book is the story of the Wisconsin Uprising and the unbelievable public response to Scott Walker’s attack on collective bargaining rights.   “If you read just one anti-Walker book, “ Said Castaneda at the beginning of the interview, “read this one.”       more »

Women Through Art: An International Celebration

Thursday, 14 March 2013 | buzz
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Joining Tony Castaneda in the studio on March 14, 2013 for the 8 O’Clock Buzz was Jane Madrigal. Jane Madrigal is a graphic artist who specializes in wood prints. She is one of the artists involved in “Women Though Art: An International Celebration”. more »

Response to Governor’s Budget

Thursday, 21 February 2013 | buzz
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We get a response to the Governor’s Budget Address from Democratic State Representative Terese Berceau and reporter Rebecca Kemble. more »

Top stories of 2012

Thursday, 27 December 2012 | buzz

On Thursday December 27, our host Tony Castaneda reviews the year 2012 in his “Top Stories of 2012” with Captain Cero. They discuss the recall election of Scott Walker and the events surrounding it as one of the biggest stories in Wisconsin this year. The re-election of President Barack Obama for his second term was also one of the hugest stories in 2012. An important and contentious issue for the coming year in Wisconsin, they predict, “the next big populist struggle in this state” will be the mining initiative.   One big theme for the year is “the struggle by peoples around the world to deal with corporatism. Whether it is mining in northern Wisconsin, idle no more with the First Nations in Canada, the 40,000 Zapatistas marching in Chiapas, the riots that have gone on in Spain, Italy, and Greece, and even the Arab Spring are manifestations of people in the world going ‘no this neo-liberal image of how the world is supposed to work, doesn’t work, and people are starting to rise up against it.” They speak about the persecution of Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and the Occupy Sandy movement.   Another large theme for the year was climate change. They talk about how there was three times as much tree damage during the recent snowstorm Draco, with an 18-inch snow fall, compared to the tree damage experienced twenty years ago. “The trees were much drier and brittle because of the drought we had this summer.” Also, the glaciers in the Himalayas are melting. This will cause flooding in the surrounding areas, followed by water shortages due to the rivers losing volume.   Listen to the show here: more »

Arizona School District Ethnic Studies Ban Controversy

Thursday, 20 December 2012 | buzz
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On Thursday, December 20, our host Tony Castaneda spoke with Dr. Roberto Rodriguez from Arizona.They speak about the controversy surrounding the Mexican American Studies program ban, and Dr. Rodriguez’ involvement with the issue. In 2011, a law took effect in Arizona, banning the Mexican American studies programs and ethnic studies classes in K-12 schools in the Tucson Unified School District. The ban was intended for classes that “promote racial resentment” and “encourage ethnic solidarity.” The law was met with opposition and protests. However, the Mexican American studies program is actually a part of a “federal desegregation court order” from thirty years ago, and is still in effect. This federal order would rule over the recent state law.   Dr. Rodriguez points that the same politicians that were involved with Arizona’s highly controversial immigration law, were also involved with the ethnic studies ban. “It’s very much related to the whole immigration crisis. It’s the same politicians, literally, identically, it’s all the same people,” he says. He notes that Russell Pierce, the author of the anti-immigrant bill, has actually since been recalled.   Explains Dr. Rodriguez, “The federal courts have been supervising Tucson Unified School District since 1978… A 1974 lawsuit was filed, the Fisher-Mendoza lawsuit, and it calls for desegregation. And one of the few things Tucson was doing right was the Mexican-American studies program. And of course, that’s what they went after. And the federal government was giving the school district $62 million a year, and probably less than 1% was going to desegregation… And then [the district] supposedly got out of supervision a year ago, but a judge got a hold of it and said ‘no, Tucson is still not in the best of shape.’” Thus, the district still falls under the supervision of the federal courts.   All parties involved in the lawsuit have come together and jointly agreed on a plan that forwards the desegregation cause, “the plan calls for the expansion of Mexican American and African American culturally relevant classes to every high school in the district, and to middle schools and elementary schools.”   Dr. Rodriguez says, “We’ve won. We’ve won a massive victory.”   Listen to the entire interview here:   more »

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