For today’s show, Ali highlights the work of Sofia Snow, a community leader, writer, and performing artist who was recently named the director of the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) at UW–Madison. Sofia, herself a graduate of OMAI’s First Wave hip-hop scholarship program, discusses her path from the East Coast to Madison, her extensive […]
It’s Thanksgiving, which on A Public Affair means Will Williams joins us in studio. Will is a Vietnam veteran and activist with Veterans for Peace. He talks with host Allen Ruff about activism, military, Native struggles, President Trump, F-35 fighter jets, and white nationalists.
For today’s episode, guest host Yuri Rashkin is joined in the studio by lifelong activist and scholar George Lakey to discuss insights from his decades of organizing and his latest book, How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning. They talk about Lakey’s early days in the civil rights movement, his first arrest, […]
Feast of the Feminine is a collaboration between artist Kel Mur and chefs Francesca Hong and Autumn Fearing. This is a seasonal, locally sourced menu representing the main nutritional components of menstruation: protein, iron, calcium, phosphate, chloride, sodium, and nitrogen. This event overlaps the concept of the body cycle with the cycle of the harvest […]
With the Wisconsin Book Festival in full swing this week, we continue our series of author interviews. Ali talks to current Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles and 2015–16 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser, both of whom contributed to the anthology Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice. They discuss their work as educators, activists, […]
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast from January 16, 2019. Ali is joined in the studio by Danez Smith, a Black, Queer writer and performer from St. Paul. They spend the hour discussing the intersections of poetry and identity, art and activism, and what it means to share and heal through literary expression. Danez also reads […]