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A Public Affair is WORT's daily hour-long talk program. It aims to engage listeners in a conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars to notable national and international figures.
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There are two seats open on the Madison Metropolitan School Board. Incumbent Nicki Vander Meulen is running unopposed for Seat 7, and there is a competitive race for Seat 6. […] The post Meet the Candidates: MMSD School Board appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Kadjata Bah has been named Wisconsin’s Journalist of the Year by Wisconsin Journalism Education Association (WisJEA). The award is open to high school seniors with student media experience. Kadjata has […] The post Meet Kadjata Bah: WisJEA’s Journalist of the Year appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Pulitzer on the Road is coming to the Overture Center tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm. The panel discussion will focus on the role of local journalism to keep residents […] The post Raquel Rutledge on the importance of local investigative reporting appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Madison is hosting the 20th Catholic Worker Midwest Faith and Resistance Gathering this weekend, March 24 – 27, 2023. It will be a weekend of relationship-building, reflection, music, art, meals […] The post Beginning today: A Gathering of Faith and Resistance appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
One value of “How to Save Democracy: Advice and Inspiration from 95 World Leaders” is the hope and optimism it instills in readers. It brings poetry to the fight, but, […] The post Demagogues vs. Democracy with Eli Merritt appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
There a few state wide referendums that are the spring ballot: two that would amend the state constitution and another that would gauge popular opinion. We cover them all in […] The post What’s on the ballot? State wide referendums appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Early voting in Wisconsin begins today, Tuesday March 21st. For Madison residents, early voting locations can be found here. For voters with an absentee ballot, they can deliver their ballots […] The post Early Voting Starts Today! appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
In a piece for The Progressive, Sage Lenier wrote: “Gen Z isn’t getting the education we need to survive and adapt to a climate-changed world.” She joins us to discuss […] The post Why “you are the problem” language isn’t helping the... appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
On Monday, March 13th, the Biden administration approved the new enormous Willow oil drilling project in Arctic Alaska. This was despite Biden’s campaign promises to halt drilling on federal lands […] The post The Bering Strait with Bathsheba Demuth appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Twenty years ago today, on March 16, 2003, word came to us that our daughter Rachel had been killed in Gaza. She had been run over by an Israeli military-operated […] The post 20 years later: Remembering Rachel Corrie appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Along side the Wisconsin Supreme Court, mayoral, and alder elections on the spring ballot are state-wide republican supported referendums. One is a non-binding referendum about welfare requirements while the other […] The post Understanding the Referendum: Cash Bail Constitutional Amendment appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
On Tuesday, April 4th, Wisconsin voters will elect a new supreme court justice, setting the tone of the court for the next 10 years. This Wisconsin supreme court will likely […] The post What’s at Stake: Supreme Court Election appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Since 2010, Madison Area farmers have been growing their farm businesses at the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability. The center supports aspiring farmers with land, […] The post Collaborative Farming at the Farley Center appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
A UW-Green Bay professor argues that linking education to economic well-being was not politically inevitable. Jon Shelton joins us on A Public Affair to discus his forth coming book The […] The post More Schooling Equals a Better Job, Right? appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
As the  F-35 fighter jets are set to arrive in Madison this spring, some activists have been loudly opposed to their beddown. Steven Klafka, Jane H. Kavalosk, and Dr. Paula Rogge […] The post A F-35 Update with Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Madison Magazine just name Sean Pharr the 2023 chef of the year. Sean is the co-owner and chef at two Madison businesses: Mint Mark and The Muskellounge. He joins us […] The post A Conversation with Chef Sean Pharr appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Earlier this year Madison Ballet announced that Artistic Director Ja’ Malik would step up as the company’s interim Executive Director. Ja’ Malik joins us in the studio to talk about […] The post The Future of Ballet with Madison Ballet’s Ja’ Malik appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
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If you  live downtown, you might have heard cheers erupting from Breese Stevens Field on the occasional weekend night. That might be due to the incredible community that’s been built […] The post Meet the Mingos! appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Blood Plasma extraction is a multi-billion dollar industry in the US. Americans are the source of a majority of the extracted plasma, with most people selling the blood component to […] The post Stories About Plasma Donation with Kathleen McLaughlin appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
Historian Adam Hochschild joins us to talk about his latest book: American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis. He shares stories from a deeply fragmented […] The post Adam Hochschild on the US during and after The Great War appeared first on WORT-FM 89.9.
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