December 17, 2014


Guest: Madison Mayor Paul Soglin

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' "Race to Equity" report in October 2013 showed blacks fare far worse than whites in nearly every indicator of well-being for Dane County residents. Latinos and other minorities are also experiencing great disparities.  Attacking poverty and inequities continue to be major priorities for Mayor Paul Soglin.

On this program, Paul Soglin details the equity and poverty challenges he is confronting as Mayor of Madison and describes what he is doing to find solutions.  Hear about the "Housing First Policy" for Madison's homeless and the Affordable Housing Plan as the first step.  Learn more about the Neighborhood Resource Centers and Teams and other critical support services the Mayor deems necessary to give those who are challenged a chance to succeed. Find out how he is embracing President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge" in Madison.  This and more on All About Living.

December 10, 2014


Guests:  Pamela Bean, Ph.D. and Director of the Biomarker Project; Todd Campbell, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Manager, Dane Co. Dept. of Human Services; Tamara Feest, Executive Director and Behavior Health Administrator, The Human Service Center, Rhinelander

Wisconsin leads the nation in the percentage of drivers Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Now a handful of Wisconsin counties have become the first in the nation to administer alcohol biomarker tests to repeat drunken drivers for evidence of heavy drinking. These tests are evidence-based and can look back weeks or even months.

On this program, Dr. Pamela Bean, Todd Campbell and Tamara Feest describe how biomarker monitoring works, and how, combined with appropriate treatment, it may help repeat offenders stay sober longer, keep them from getting rearrested, save counties money - and make road travel safer.

December 6, 2014


Guests:  Ross Kinzler, President of the Madison Club Foundation; Mary Gaffney-Ward, General Manager of the Madison Club

This year it was the Badger Honor Flight; last year the Henry Vilas Zoo; before that DAIS, Porchlight, Operation Fresh Start, and the list continues. These are among the ten local charities that have benefited from the Madison Club Foundation, founded ten years ago to recognize and promote a local charity each year. So far they have raised close to $800,000 for worthy local charities.

 We've taken the Madison Club beyond the walls of the building to make a difference in the community, says Ross Kinzler, President of the Madison Club Foundation and guest on this program.  Ross is joined by Mary Gaffney-Ward, General Manager of the Madison Club, who takes us back to the beginning days of this over 100 years old Madison institution.

For information on submitting a proposal to the Madison Club Foundation, go to or call Krista Laubmeier at 608-255-4861.   

November 27, 2014


Guests:  Molly Bandt, Director, Covering Kids and Families; 
Alison Espeseth, Leader, Health Literacy Project

Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace of the
Affordable Care Act began November 15 and will continue
through February 15, 2015 - this year with no website glitches.

To enroll, to window shop, to update your information, look for
a better plan, or to see if you are eligible for Advance Premium
Tax Credits or BadgerCare, go to

On this program, Molly Bandt and Alison Espeseth walk us through
what we need to know about enrolling in this second year of the
health insurance marketplace during this open enrollment period.

Find more information at or

November 20, 2014


Guests:  Sarah White, memoir-writing teach and author of Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 steps to transform your travel experiences into compelling essays and Erin Adamany, traveler and memoir writer

You are planning a trip or you've just returned from an amazing journey. How can you keep it alive in your memory and share it with others - without boring them? On this program, learn the secrets of writing stories about your travels others will also find fascinating. Sarah White will share tips on how to unlock your creativity and preserve your memories. Joining Sarah is experienced traveler and memoir writer, Erin Adamany, who will share what she learned about herself and family relationships as she reads an excerpt from an experience she had during a trip to Morocco.

Sarah White is owner of Her blog for people who read and write about real life is

November 12, 2014


Guest:   Nancy Depcik, Professional Speaker, Coach, founder of Unshakable Success

How powerful is the force of gratitude? As we move into the holiday season, 
prepare to give thanks at Thanksgiving, yet struggle with life pressures that 
challenge our ability to be grateful for much of anything, it is possible to pave 
a new and positive path by turning to gratitude.

On this program, Nancy Depcik takes us on a journey of how identifying what 

you are thankful for, especially during bad times, can change your life dramatically 
and open doors to a more fulfilling life.

Hear Nancy Depcik speak on DREAM BIG - Finding Peace through Gratitude

at Dream Bank, Thursday, November 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Go to to reserve a seat.

November 4, 2014


GUESTS:   Andy Land, Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Services at Agnesian Health Care, Fond du Lac and Melanie Ramey, CEO, The Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts (HOPE) of Wisconsin

Andy Land is on a mission to raise awareness and money for hospice education in Wisconsin.  He will climb Mt. Everest next March through May! To climb the world’s tallest mountain represents the courage, dignity and determination of hospice patients said Land, and he is inviting people who understand the benefits of hospice to support his cause.

On this program, Land and Melanie Ramey describe the critical need to educate the general public about hospice. “It is considered the gold standard of healthcare; it saves the government money; it is a paid benefit under Medicare and Medicaid and many insurance providers,” states Ramey, “and yet in Wisconsin, we are serving about 44% of eligible people.”

For more information on Land’s climb and how to support Team Andy, go to or call Hope of Wisconsin, (800) 210-0220.

October 27, 2014


Guests: Carol Hutchinson, Outreach Specialist and Dr. Barbara Bendlin, Brain Scientist and Principal Investigator at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The search for a solution to Alzheimer’s Disease is going on right here in our own backyard – at the NIH-funded Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UW Madison. On this program, Carol Hutchinson and Dr. Barbara Bendlin, update us on their current research focus – prevention and treatment - and share details of the WADRC’s upcoming free Public Lecture – an annual November event where the community is invited to come and learn the latest news on Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The November Public Lecture – The Search for a Solution to Alzheimer’s Disease - will be Tuesday, November 4, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Monona Terrace. Free and open to the public, it will also feature 25 exhibitors. No advance reservations are needed. For more information, visit, or call 608-263-2582.

PLAN NOW TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH! For voter information including registration and voter ID requirements, go to Bring It to the Ballot at or the Government Accountability Board, Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529. For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to

October 20, 2014


Guests: Barrett and Nathan Allman, founders of Chefs for Seniors; John Guequierre, Merlin Mentor

How does a good idea become a viable and growing business? You’ll find out on this program from father and son team, Barrett and Nathan Allman, founders of Chefs for Seniors.

With his father’s 30 years of experience as a professional chef and restaurant manager and Nathan finishing up his degree in finance and marketing at UW-Madison, Nathan decided to enter an idea they had – which came from an experience in their own family - into UW’s Burrill Business Plan Competition. Selected as one of the winners, Barrett and Nathan moved forward with their idea with the help of two Merlin Mentors made available to them through WARF. Mentor John Guequierre joins the Allmans to share the details of this amazing business success story.

For more information, go to or call 608-220-9814.

PLAN NOW TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH! For voter information including registration and voter ID requirements, go to Bring It to the Ballot at or the Government Accountability Board, Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529. For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to

October 13, 2014


Guests: Bonnie Banker, Executive Director, Brightstar Senior Living; Sharon Roth Maguire, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Chief Clinical Quality Officer, Brightstar Group

With the aging population growing and people living longer, the needs are increasing for levels of assistance and care. Patient-centered care emphasizing quality of life is the new benchmark for what to expect. On this program, Bonnie Banker and Sharon Roth Maguire describe the levels of care available, what people should look for when seeking assistance, and what it means to match the person with the care and caregivers.

PLAN NOW TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH! For voter information including registration and voter ID requirements, go to Bring It to the Ballot at or the Government Accountability Board, Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529. For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to