This week’s Public Occurrences is an interview with Shengyi Wang, a Chinese journalism major at Kansas State University. The first part of the interview is on the enforcement, exemptions, and consequences of China’s one child policy. The second part of the interview is about Shengyi herself, what she thought about growing up in China, what she thinks of the United States, and her post-graduation plans.
On this week’s Public Occurrences Jason Beets interviews Ron Sullivan, the president of the International Buddies program at K-State. Ron discusses International Buddies’ upcoming event, Carpe Diem, which is open to the public and will take place in the Union Ballroom on November 1. The government shutdown and Russian-Lithuanian tensions as well as world news from Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Syria are also covered on this week’s Public Occurrences.
This week’s Public Occurrences is an interview with Ben Powell on the economics of Immigration. He argues that immigration does not harm American workers. The interview covers the history of American immigration policy, the immigration reforms being debated in Congress, and the interaction between immigration and the welfare state.
Ben Powell is a professor at the Rawls college of Business at Texas Tech University and a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute.
On this week’s Public Occurrences, Jason Beets interviews Matt Spooner about the Syrian Civil War. They discuss the threat of US military action, the Russian diplomatic proposal, and the US government’s claim that the Syrian government was responsible for a large chemical attack. They also cover the human rights abuses committed by the Syrian government and the Syrian rebels and the international nature of the conflict. They also read Chelsea Manning’s letter to President Obama and discuss her sentence.
This past summer, the Wildcat 91.9 and The College of Architecture, Planning and Design here at Kansas State University collaborated on a special project for one of the college’s classes. In Planning 699: Planning in Pop Culture, students learned about the relationship of urban planning and pop culture in today’s society. As part of that exploration, students created a radio show detailing some of their findings. The two-hour show aired on Monday, June 10th.
The show has been awarded the 2013 New Horizons Award from Kansas’s American Planning Association. The award will be presented during the Kansas Planning Conference at the Hilton Garden Center in Manhattan on October 4th. If you missed the show’s original air date, take a listen to the two hour special right here:
On this week’s Public Occurrences Jason Beets interviews the founders of the Kansas chapter of the MISS Foundation, an organization that provides counseling to families experiencing the loss of a child. The latest revelations about the NSA and the trial of Alexi Navalny in Russia are also covered.
Public Occurrences, Episode 36: Bradley Manning part 2, August 10, 2013
This week’s Public Occurrences is part 2 of my discussion with Matt Spooner on the case of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked thousands of classified documents to the Wikileaks website. We discuss the specific charges in his case, the impact the leaks have had on the US, and the implications of the verdict for whistleblowers, the press, and the public. We also discuss the case of Justin Carter who faces a possible 10-year sentence for sarcastically suggesting on Facebook that he would commit a school shooting.
Public Occurrences, Episode 35: Bradley Manning part 1, August 3, 2013
This week’s Public Occurrences is the first part of an interview with Matt Spooner on the case of Bradley Manning, the US soldier who leaked thousands of classified documents to the Wikileaks website. We discuss the verdict in the trial, what the documents Manning leaked revealed, and Manning’s pre-trial mistreatment. Matt is a Public Occurrences contributor and a member of the organization International Youth and Students for Social Equality.
Public Occurrences, Episode 34: Bahrain part 2, July 20, 2013
This week’s Public Occurrences is part two of Jason’s interview with Said Youcef Al Muhafdha, Acting Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. They discuss US weapons sales to the government of Bahrain. Said expresses his skepticism about the BICI report’s finding that activists were responsible for the deaths of 2 foreign workers and 3 Bahraini police and military officers. Said also discusses what he believes will come next for the Arab Spring in Bahrain.
Public Occurrences, Episode 33: Bahrain part 1, July 13, 2013
On this week’s Public Occurrences Jason Beets interviews Said Youcef Al Muhafdha, Acting Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. They discuss the recent torture of child prisoners in Bahrain, the trial against Said for “disseminating false news on Twitter”, and the imprisonment of human rights defenders Abdulhadi Alkhwaja and Nabeel Rajab.