Shows: March 14, 2011

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Escalating Crisis in Japan

Last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan have left enormous devastation in their wake, the scale of which is still emerging. Explosions at nuclear reactors raise questions about the country’s nuclear future, while the landscape of destruction will certainly impact politics in Japan and the region. We’re joined by MARK SELDEN, Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Program at Cornell University, and HARVEY WASSERMAN longtime anti-nuclear activist and the editor of nukefree.org, for analysis of the developing situation.

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Wisconsin: Hmong Youth Fight Back

Since February 17, Wisconsin has seen some of the largest protests in the state's history, culminating in over 100,000 at the Capitol last weekend. Unionized teachers lost their fight for collective bargaining rights after a state Senate vote last Wednesday. While many of those protesting were public sector workers directly impacted by the legislation, students and community members also joined the fight. Tonight, we are joined by KABZUAG VAJ of Freedom, Inc., a Madison-based community organization supporting youth of color. We'll speak with Vaj about their reasons for protesting and how the decision will impact their work.

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Exploring Citizenship thru Music

The title of composer MENON DWARKA’s new piece, Leave to Remain, refers to a British resident who has not yet become a citizen. For Dwarka, born in Guyana to Indian parents and raised in Canada, music offers a way to explore themes of statelessness, citizenship, and postcoloniality. We speak with him about his unique soundscape and hear a clip from his work.

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