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The 8 O’Clock Buzz is a one-hour, upbeat morning show that brings you a mix of music, culture, information, news and interviews.

8 O'Clock Buzz Brian Standing, Haywood Simmons & Michelle Naff, Jan Miyasaki, Tony Castaneda, & Jonathan Zarov

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The 8 O’Clock Buzz is a one-hour, upbeat morning show that brings you a mix of music, culture, information, news and interviews.

    3-5 million adults in the U. S. have long-COVID

    3-5 million adults in the U. S. have long-COVID

    With symptoms resembling myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), an often-disabling illness, long-COVID is only just now being understood, according to Shawn Fremstad, Senior Policy Fellow and co-author of a report “Understanding and Addressing Long COVID“, investigated and published by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. An estimate of about 7.6 percent of all U.S. adults (3-5 million adults) reported currently having one or more symptoms lasting 3 months or longer that they did not have prior to having COVID-19, with considerable effect on the workforce population. Unfortunately, ME/CFS research has been poorly funded in the past, limiting our understanding of long-COVID.

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    • 14 min
    U. S. Patent office allowing big profits for drug companies

    U. S. Patent office allowing big profits for drug companies

    U. S. drug manufacturers are weaponizing drug patents, giving themselves a continuous monopoly and the ability to exclude generic manufacturers from competition, according to Tahir Amin, LL.B., Dip. LP., founder and executive director of the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), a nonprofit organization working to address structural inequities in how medicines are developed and distributed. With 40-year history of weakening patent laws, allowing over 300 patents in the case of Humira, the U. S. Patent Office has allowed patents on procedures which are routine in laboratory practices to large drug manufacturers who can afford to continue to litigate against smaller generic drug companies — to keep their monopoly. I-MAK investigated the abuses of the patent system by drug manufacturers in their new report “Overpatented, Overpriced: How excessive pharmaceutical patenting is extending monopolies and driving up drug prices“

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    U.S. Disaster Relief Fails Many

    U.S. Disaster Relief Fails Many

    WORT 89.9FM Madison · US Disaster Relief Fails Many

    On September 28th, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwest Florida. After devastating Puerto Rico and Cuba, the Category 4 storm lashed Florida’s Gulf Coast with 150 mile per hour winds and a 7-foot storm surge, flattening entire cities. Florida officials report the storm’s death toll at 83 and climbing. So far, the total damage from the storm is estimated at 63 billion dollars and also climbing. A year ago, we were talking about Hurricane Ida. Five years ago, Hurricane Harvey. Before that, Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. government spends billions each year on disaster recovery efforts, but is that money well spent? Max Besbris is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he thinks we need a new approach.

    Photo of Hurricane Ian rainfall: National Weather Service of Tampa Bay, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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    • 15 min
    Celebration In support of Palestinian culture

    Celebration In support of Palestinian culture

    By this time tomorrow, a small Palestinian village, along with several others in the West Bank, will be leveled by the Israelis to make space for military training firing range, according to Cassandra Dixon of Palestine Partners 4 Justice. She discusses the issues surrounding this atrocity along with a celebration of Palestinian Culture at James Madison Park on Sunday, October 2, 2022, beginning at noon.

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    • 8 min
    Mills Folly Microcinema Fall Series — begins!

    Mills Folly Microcinema Fall Series — begins!

    Thursday, September 29th, 2022, marks the start of the “Mills Folly Microcinema Fall Series” a monthly series of experimental film and video art at the Arts and Literature Lab. James Kruel, curator of the film series, talks about the films featured this week, as well as those scheduled for the last Wednesday of the month for the remainder of the year.

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    • 12 min
    Toward a fair, equitable, and accurate U. S. census

    Toward a fair, equitable, and accurate U. S. census

    The primary goal of the nationwide census is to count the people in the U. S. every 10 years to assure their proper representation in the government. But the 2020 census was fraught with undercounts and overcounts in many states, according to the analysis of Kelly Percival, Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, and the co-author of the recent study “Improving the Census: Legal and Policy Reforms for a More Accurate, Equitable, and Legitimate Count.” The study not only analyzes the failures of the 2020 census (such as undercounting Blacks, LatinX, and American Indian peoples), but also lays out a blueprint to fix the census system and the inherent inequities in the current process to assure fair and equitable representation and allocation of government funding.

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