What's on This Week

04.12.2015
Racial sensitivity and political tolerance are clearly good, but is it possible to take them too far? This hour, a look at how we talk about touchy subjects -- whether political...
04.12.2015
A new Game of Thrones season means more bodices and battle axes!  Get Medieval with us in this hour, as we talk arms and armor with a military historian.  (Yes, chain mail and...

On Our Minds

There are many ways to react to the tragedies of the past. Politically. Historically. And even… musically.  Diamanda Galas on her double CD "Defixiones: Will and Testament."...
April 24th marks the 100th anniversary of what many scholars have called the first modern genocide. More than 1 and a half million Armenians died at the hands of the Turks...
Celebrated novelist T.C. Boyle talks about his latest book, "The Harder They Come." Inspired by true events, it's an examination of violence in America as told through the...
Michel Faber’s novel, “The Book of Strange New Things,” is one of six books shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2014. All...
The legendary humorist Stan Freberg died of pneumonia on Tuesday at a Santa Monica, California hospital on Tuesday, April 7th. He was 88. Although he described himself as a “...

The Chicken Pox Party: One Neighborhood’s Vaccine Civil War

 

 

Charles Monroe-Kane was reading a local paper when something caught his eye. Marquette Elementary School, the school one of his children attends, has a 13.8% non-vaccination rate. That rate is the highest for any public school in Madison, and is nearly three times higher than Wisconsin’s state average.

So why is the non-vaccination rate so high? He set out to talk to his neighbors and find out their positions in the contemporary "vaccine wars."