Tetris has attained Monopoly-esque status as a standard bearer within the videogame canon, universally known by grandmas and disrespecting, Gameboy-ignorant youths alike. But the history of how the game escaped a Russian psychology-focused computing center via questionable legal channels and landed in a three-way corporate rights battle is anything but standard. The “illegal” black Tengen […]
Tone Madison‘s Scott Gordon asks Sandi Torkildson of A Room of One’s Own about her decision to put the long-running downtown Madison bookstore up for sale, and about how culture and business have changed in Madison since the store was founded in 1975. The music in this segment is by Tippy. Subscribe to the Tone Madison/WORT-FM […]
Since 1989, Madison’s Rainbow Bookstore has operated as a worker-owned cooperative supplier of a variety of published materials from alternative presses. Since Rainbow’s birth twenty seven years ago, the rise of digital media has dramatically changed the economic landscape for booksellers, especially independents. To survive, Rainbow has had to reimagine itself, and more changes are on the way. Brian Standing spoke with Suz Smela and Erik Beach, two members of the Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, on the Monday 8 O’Clock Buzz.
Poet, author, and editor Oscar Mireles has been a cultural mainstay of the Madison area for years, focusing his time on education, the arts, and community.
Before the age of the internet, musicians and artists had to fight tooth and nail to get their work noticed. This ethos manifested itself in the punk and DIY movements, anticipating the eventual rise (and perhaps fall) of indie rock.
How can Stonewall be explained to young adults? How did a raid of the Stonewall Inn become a catalyst that triggered an explosive demand for gay rights? Listen to this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!