“The internet is increasingly making us less democratic, more isolated, and more beholden to corporations,” writes communications professor Jessa Lingel in her new book, The Gentrification of the Internet. Today on the show, she joins WORT producer Richelle Wilson for a discussion of how the internet is becoming gentrified, why it matters, and what we […]
A UW-Madison study finds that the construction of big residential buildings in Madison increases the number of evictions in the surrounding area. Feature producer Nora-Kathleen Berryhill sat down with UW-Madison city planning and architecture professor Dr. J Revel Sims to discuss his research. Photo: UNSPLASH/Erik Mclean.
University campuses play a major role in whatever city they’re in, from local politics to gentrification and even policing. We’re in the midst of a new economy, argues urban historian Davarian Baldwin. Today, he talks with guest host Nan Enstad about the role universities are playing in that economy through the lens of his new […]
Pandemic or no, the Madison / Dane County real estate market is hot. According to recent real estate sales, the median home price rose to $311,000 in November of 2020. Meanwhile rents have skyrocketed by 23% over the last five years, well more than the pace of inflation. There are more buyers than sellers in […]
“Housing is a human right”—that’s the rallying cry of representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, along with other social and economic justice advocates around the country. Today on the show, Ali digs into the history of housing segregation and the effects of the affordable housing crisis locally and nationally with attorney Heidi Wegleitner from the […]
Today on the show, Ali kicks off WORT’s fall pledge drive with Jen Rubin, author of We Are Staying, an account of the shuttering of family-owned Radio Clinic and gentrification in Manhattan’s West Side. Jen Rubin is a lifelong storyteller and co-producer of the Moth StorySLAM in Madison. She works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press […]