On Friday, May 10th, host Esty Dinur interviewed co-editors of the book “Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions” Susan Tive and Cami Ostman. This book chronicles experiences of joining, living within, and leaving rigid, traditionalist, or extreme religions through a variety of women who chose to tell their true stories.
On Thursday, May 9th, Allen Ruff discussed the ten-year anniversary and key legacies of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with Christopher Toensing, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and editor of their magazine the Middle East Reports. In the second half of the hour, Toensing and Ruff turned from Iraq specifically to the larger implications of the U.S. invasion on the region as a whole and retrospectively discussed the reasons for U.S. aggression.
On Wednesday, May 8th host Karma Chavez interviewed Rinku Sen, the Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines.com.The discussed the increasingly successful campaign by Colorlines to persuade media outlets to change the language they use about immigration – and drop the “I” word, illegal, as a term to refer to anyone who is not a US citizen or permanent resident.
On Tuesday, May 7th interim host John Quinlan spoke with filmmaker Joanie Juster, director of “Alaska Far Away”. Joanie Juster is known for her work in Madison through protests and rallies in the capital, and attributes this work to a love of the Midwest. Her film chronicles the history of the New Deal within the Midwest and the farm families who left this area to travel to Alaska.
On Monday, May 6th host John Quinlan talked about buying and investing locally with Colin Murray and Kay-Tee Franke, respectively executive director and president of Dane Buy Local. Joining the conversation was Tera Johnson with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
On Friday, May 3rd host Esty Dinur interviewed Flynt Leverett on his new book “Going to Tehran.” Co-authored with Hillary Mann Leverett, “Going to Tehran” offers a new perspective on our conflicting policies with Iran and proposes potential solutions. Copies of the book will be available during the upcoming pledge drive June 3rd-16th.