February 26, 2015


Guests:  Tracy Flood, MD, PhD. UW-Madison Statewide Obesity Initiative and Joe Ring, Executive Vice President Land Services, Park Towne Development

"Most medical conditions must be prevented outside of the clinic walls," says Dr. Tracy Flood who is Director of Data for the Wisconsin obesity Prevention Initiative at the University of Wisconsin. That's why she became a neighborhood doctor, collaborating with city planners and advocates to map healthy neighborhoods and open up green spaces.

On this program, Dr. Flood is joined by Joe Ring, who has led the development of Conservancy Place, where people can walk out their front doors and enjoy 650 acres of walking, hiking and biking trails and plenty of green space. Hear more about the work being done to bring people together to build neighborhoods that promote healthier living and reduce obesity.

February 19, 2015


GUEST:  Mark Miehe, Independent Financial Advisor, Midwest Financial Group  

We may have focused on love as we celebrated Valentine's Day, but as wonderful as it sounds, we can't live on love - alone.  On this program, we look at how money issues and financial management can impact loving relationships.  It takes income and financial planning to realize the hopes and dreams of a lifetime together. 

Mark Miehe, founder and president of Midwest Financial Group, Inc., talks about the importance of good communications and understanding the components of a solid financial plan that match the values and aspirations you have for your life.  Learn about the roles disability insurance, long-term care insurance, 401Ks, regular and Roth IRAs, and investing to maintain purchasing power without losing to inflation play in creating a sound financial plan that works for you.

For more information, go to www.midwestfinancialgroup.com.

February 12, 2015


Guest:  Scott Wieland, Employee Benefits Specialist, Midwest Financial Group

While February 15 is the deadline to sign up for health insurance on the federally-facilitated Health Exchange - the only option where tax subsidies are available - that is only one option for obtaining health insurance. You may not be eligible for subsidies, so you are purchasing on the open market, not the Exchange. You may be a small business or a non-profit agency and wondering what health plans are available for you. You might decide not to provide coverage but want to help your employees obtain it. Or you might be just confused. What is the best plan for you? Should you select a silver plan, a bronze plan? All kinds of questions!

On this program, Scott Wieland shares his wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience with individuals, groups, and employers - people he has helped clarify their health insurance options and make the best choices for them.

Also, if you’re buying health insurance through the Exchange, don’t forget.  Go to www.healthcare.gov before February 15.

For more information, contact scott@midwestfinancialgroup.net, 608-807-4775.

February 4, 2015


Guests:  Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Artistic Director, Forward Theater;  Dr. Carey Gleason, neuropsychologist, UW Health and Veterans Hospital and researcher, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center;  Fabu Carter, former Madison Poet Laureate, Alzheimer's Poetry Project and WADRC Outreach Specialist.

Following Forward Theater’s recent production of The Other Place, the power of creativity will be explored at an upcoming Community Conversation with caregivers, professionals and anyone working with people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, February 15, at Promega Corporation.  The afternoon is co-sponsored by UW Health and the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.   The public is free, but reservations are required.  Tickets can be reserved at www.forwardtheater.com.

On this program, Jennifer Uphoff Gray, Dr. Carey Gleason and Fabu Carter who is located at the UW South Madison Partnership, 2312 Park Street, on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays beginning February 10, come together to discuss keeping connections strong through the arts.   Using imagination to build relationships, improve well-being and give people an opportunity to express themselves in unique, creative ways is a new shift in caring for an aging and disabled population.

Fabu's poem, For Our Elders With Memory Loss, is available in the book Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care by Glary Glazner at http://dementiaarts.com.  For those interested in participating in Alzheimer's disease research, go to adrc.wisc.edu or call 608-265-0407.

January 28, 2015


Guest:  Lauren Seno, Project specialist and Technical Assistant for the Regional Enrollment Network, Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association

On February 15, the second year of the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment period will come to an end. Thousands have already enrolled in a health insurance plan, but for those who still need help, are confused, or don’t think that the Health Marketplace has anything to offer them, assistance will be available throughout Wisconsin as this year’s Open Enrollment period winds down.  Look for Super Saturday special sign-up events on January 31st!

On this program, Lauren Seno gives us the details we need to know to obtain insurance coverage, understand eligibility levels and how to determine our shared responsibility.  For immediate help, go to EnrollWI.org.  To enroll online, go to healthcare.gov.

January 21, 2015


Guest: Nino Amato, President/CEO - CWAG, Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

As a founder of Dane County’s newly created NAACP and chair of Mayor Sue Bauman’s "Task Force on Race Relations & Racial Profiling" in 1999, Nino Amato, President/CEO of CWAG, shares his views on last year’s “Race to Equity” report which stated Dane County has the worse racial disparities in America when it comes to the: (1) K-12 Education Achievement Gap; (2) Income Inequality and Unemployment of citizens of color; (3) More African American Males imprisoned than in any other county in the nation.

For information on how to get involved including joining the open-to-everyone, newly-created NAACP of Dane County, contact Nino Amato at namato@cwag.org.

January 17, 2015


Guest:  Mary O'Gara, owner and publisher - O'Gara Publishing

For years, Pat O’Gara headed O’Gara Publishing, a locally-owned family company started by his father, Tom, that has been publishing niche publications in Dane County since 1994 and also presented the annual Lifestyles Expo for seniors.  Four years ago, Pat called his sister Mary asking her to come to Madison.  He needed her help.  Pat had just been diagnosed with ALS.  Mary moved to Madison, cared for Pat and moved into the leadership role at O’Gara Publishing.  Pat died a little over a year ago.

Mary is now owner of O’Gara Publishing and has published a new resource guide on aging - renamed The Journey of Aging.

On this program, Mary O’Gara talks about what it was like to have her brother diagnosed with ALS while at the same time her father was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. She shares how she used her personal family experience to add more content to The Journey of Aging - dealing editorially with the critical issues of housing options, home care, alzheimer’s, advance directives, hospice and end of life decisions while also providing an up-to-date listing of Dane County resources. The Journey of Aging is free at locations throughout Dane County including libraries and senior centers.

For more information, go to www.journeyofaging.com.

January 7, 2015


Lina Trivedi, mom, inventor and entrepreneur

On this program, Lina Trivedi shares the story of her daughter, Nikhita, now 5, who has a very rare genetic syndrome called Goltz sundrome. Nikhita was born without a leg, missing fingers and lacked muscle on one side of her face. Lina had important decisions to make.

Lina had already worked as a web developer and college educator in the areas of financial planning, professional development, marketing and e-comerce. When she worked in Chicago for Ty, Lina was credited with authoring the first 136 poems found inside the tags of Beanie Babies and helping to launch Beanie Babies as the first Internet sensation. Now, she needed to use her entrepreneurial skills to build a life that worked well for her and Nikhita. The result: the Wisconsin-based technology firm, Blue Lotus Productions, Inc. and the launching of the patent-pending software, WordBotic, which gives people the opportunity to write their own stories in a short period of time. 

Find more information at www.wordbotic.com.

January 2, 2015


Guests:  Stephen and Barbara Byer, co-founders and co-directors of ALS Worldwide;  Barry Wein, Director of Philanthropy and Communications and Sarah Byer, Outreach Counselor

We all remember the successful Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the nation this summer.  Now you can learn more about the devastating disease - ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - the cause behind the Challenge. "It's been described as life in a glass coffin," say Barbara and Stephen Byer, co-founders and co-directors of ALS Worldwide.

On this program, the Byers, whose son, Ben, died from ALS, share their story.  They are joined by Barry Wein, Dir. of Philanthropy and Sarah Byer, Outreach Counselor.  ALS Worldwide is committed to supporting patient care in over 85 countries and is working now to accelerate research of a new and promising drug treatment for ALS.  For more information, go to www.ALSworldwide.org.

December 24, 2014


Guest:  Doug Moe, Journalist

Was Doug Moe born to write? All he knows is that as a young boy he used to love reading the backs of cereal boxes. Yes, Doug Moe did evolve into an accomplished journalist and has served the Madison community for nearly four decades.

Currently Doug writes about Madison and the people who make it a unique place in a column which runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays in the Wisconsin State Journal. Doug Moe has also authored several books - his latest, Good Men: The Lives and Philanthropy of Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman.

On this program, hear Doug Moe share stories from his own journalistic journey and more about the amazing Goodman brothers, the subjects of his just-released book.  Delving into the lives of these very private men from their birth in St. Paul to coming to Madison in the 1930's to take over the family's fledgling jewelry store and following their path over the next 70 years was an intriguing and enlightening project.