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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.

    The German Art Students Celebrate 25 Years as a Band

    The German Art Students Celebrate 25 Years as a Band

    Madison-area band The German Art Students has been performing what they call "nimble-witted new wave pop" since they formed in 1997. Now coming up on their 25th anniversary as bandmates, Randy Ballwahn, Annelies Howell and Kirk Wall visit the Friday 8 O'Clock Buzz to talk to host Andy Moore about their band's inception and journey over more than two decades. 



    The German Art Students will be celebrating 25 years of deconstructing music together at a special performance next Thursday, December 1st at the Bur Oak on Winnebago Street. More information about the event can be found at their website, www.germanartstudents.com



    Photo courtesy of The German Art Students

    From Matt Walsh to Club Q, Hatred and Violence Against the Trans Community Continues To Escalate

    From Matt Walsh to Club Q, Hatred and Violence Against the Trans Community Continues To Escalate

    Daniel Aston

    Raymond Green Vance

    Kelly Loving

    Ashley Paugh

    Derrick Rump



    These people were killed in the attack last Saturday at the Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub, Club Q. At least 19 others were injured, mostly by gunfire. The 22-year-old suspect is being held without bond and faces preliminary charges that include five-charges of first-degree murder and five counts of what they call in Colorado “bias motivated crimes,” –aka hate crimes.



    The criminal and legal words of this tragedy tend to obscure the deeper cultural dysfunction at work in the U.S. that’s the propellent for these insidious acts. It’s these areas that host Andy Moore explores with Finn Enke, a UW-Madison Professor of History and Gender and Women's Studies. On this episode of the Friday 8 O'Clock Buzz, Finn and Andy talk about how bigotry from commentators like Matt Walsh, as well as supposed "neutrality" from institutions that provide a platform for them, have contributed towards a cultural climate that delegitimizes trans and non-binary identities and encourages violence against them.



    Finn Enke is a professor of both History and Gender and Women's studies at UW-Madison. They are the director of the undergraduate LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate Program, and primarily study the history of sexuality and gender in the 20th century. Enke has authored more than a dozen published works, and is currently working on two books: Pedagogies of the Impossible: From the Trans on Campus Collection, and a graphic memoir, With Finn and Wing: Archive of an Amphibious Childhood in a Nuclear Age.



    Special thanks to Trans Advocacy Madison for their contribution. TAM is a grassroots organization that provides support for trans and non-binary people in the Madison, Wisconsin area.  They can be found on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.



    Photo courtesy of Tedd Eytan via Flickr

    Nuclear radiation hazards updates

    Nuclear radiation hazards updates

    Tina Cordova, organizer of the Tularosa Basin Trinity Downwinders, and Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog from Beyond Nuclear, team up on today’s show with updates of healthcare legislation aimed to protect those suffering radiation exposure of the many U. S. open air nuclear warhead tests plus and update on storage of nuclear waste in the country.

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    Rothschild on the 2022 elections, and what he’s thankful for

    Rothschild on the 2022 elections, and what he’s thankful for

    Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign — a non-profit that tracks Wisconsin election spending sources — talks about some of the record spending of various elections in the state, including the governor’s race, U.S. Senate, and other local and state elections. His recent article, “Three things to be thankful for“, lists Evers’ re-election, a recently created democracy watchdog law firm “Law Forward“, and new local radio stations in the state under the umbrella of “Civic Media“.

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    New Glarus Brewery Recaptures its Own CO2

    New Glarus Brewery Recaptures its Own CO2

    WORT 89.9FM Madison · New Glarus Brewery Recaptures Its CO2

    Fermentation is the process of introducing hungry yeast to carbohydrates to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide.  The process produces so much CO2 that breweries traditionally vent the stuff to the atmosphere just to get rid of it.  As strange as it may seem, breweries also buy tanks of CO2 on the commercial market.  Despite way too much of the notorious greenhouse gas wandering around in the atmosphere, a global shortage of commercial bottled carbon dioxide is creating big problems for the brewing industry.  Sound crazy?  Well, the folks at Wisconsin’s New Glarus Brewery think they’ve found a better way.  Dan Carey is a co-founder and master brewer at New Glarus Brewery, and he joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on November 21, 2022.



    Photo of beer carbonation by cyclonebill, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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    Farewell to the Leap Second

    Farewell to the Leap Second

    WORT 89.9FM Madison · Farewell To The Leap Second

    Human beings have an obsession with regularity.  We like neat squares, right angles and intervals of time that are precisely the same, no matter when or where we measure them.  Natural and astronomical phenomena, however, do not care about our preferences.  Take the rotation of the earth… we like to think that it rotates once every 24 hours, with an hour made up of 60 minutes and a minute made up of 60 seconds. In truth, though, the earth’s rotation on its axis is quite erratic – sometimes slowing down, sometimes speeding up.  That discrepancy between counted time and apparent solar time has caused meteorologists, astronomers and computer engineers fits.  Since 1972, the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, known by its French acronym the BIPM, has compensated for this discrepancy by introducing a “leap second” at midnight, Universal Time Coordinated occasionally when the difference becomes too great.  This week, the BIPM voted to ditch the leap second and just ignore the difference between apparent and counted time.  Judah Levine is a Professor Adjoint of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Chair of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures Committee on GPS and GLONASS Time Transfer Standards.

    To convert from UTC time (without the “leap second”) to apparent solar time, see:



    * International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service Bulletin A (latest version).



    Photo of crescent earth from Apollo 4, NASA.

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