On Monday’s A Public Affair, host John Quinlan spoke with Marjorie Heins, author of “Priests of our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.” Anjuli Brekke accompanied John in the studio to help discuss the Pledge Drive.
On Friday March 1st, host Esty Dinur brought listeners two impressive guests to discuss labor rights and progressive politics. For the first half of the show she spoke with author, scholar and activist Noam Chomsky. For the second half of the hour she spoke with labor rights activist Bill Fletcher.
On Thursday February 28th, host Allen Ruff interviewed journalist Ruth Conniff about happenings at the State Capitol. Conniff is the Political Editor of the Progressive Magazine
On Wednesday February 27th, host Karma Chavez interviewed University of Wisconsin professor Michele Hilmes about the history of radio in the US and the UK. She is a historian of broadcasting and Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than 20 years she has taught classes in the history of broadcasting and in various aspects of broadcast texts, industry, and representation.Hilmes is author of the book, “Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952.”
On Tuesday February 26th, Anjuli Brekke hosted this Pledge Drive edition of A Public Affair. Cynthia Lin helped bring in pledges throughout the program. During the hour, they brought listeners the harrowing story of memoirist Martha Long’s childhood. It took decades for Martha to bring herself to look back at the girl she was growing up in 1950’s Dublin. But that girl was, as Martha writes, “waiting for her chance to burst back into life and give voice to the pain she endured.” Her story has poured out in several volumes, each a best seller in Ireland and England.
On Monday February 25th, John Quinlan and Norm Stockwell hosted a show celebrating the life of US Presidential nominee George McGovern and his lifelong friendship with Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. They spoke to Bill Kristofferson, author of “The Man from Clear Lake: Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson” as well as Nelson’s daughter Tia Nelson.