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 www.chefsforseniors.com 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 www.bringit.wi.gov or the Government Accountability Board, www.gab.wi.gov. Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529. For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to www.vote411.org.

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 www.bringit.wi.gov or the Government Accountability Board, www.gab.wi.gov. Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529. For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to www.vote411.org.

October 6, 2014


Guests:  Professor Barry Burden, Dept. of Political Science, UW-Madison; Andrea Kaminski, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

The risk of confusion reigns as we head toward the fall election.  Changes in Wisconsin election laws such as absentee voting restrictions and the recent ruling requiring Voter photo ID for the November 4th election, have created many questions. 

On this program, Professor Barry Burden and Andrea Kaminski, explain what Wisconsin voters will need at the polls to prove their identity and how to obtain it, the rationale behind the new Voter ID requirements, what evidence exists for fraud, and other election reforms moving across the country.
PLAN NOW TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 4TH!  For voter information including registration and voter ID requirements, go to Bring It to the Ballot at www.bringit.wi.gov or the Government Accountability Board, www.gab.wi.gov.  Phone: 608-266-8005 or 800-947-3529.  For Candidates’ positions on issues, go to www.vote411.org.

October 3, 2014


Guests:  Laura Heisler, Director of Programming, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Director, Wisconsin Science Festival;  Heidi Zoerb, Assistant Dean, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Only in Wisconsin can we highlight the culture of Supper Clubs!  On this program, Laura Heisler and Heidi Zoerb share how Wisconsin agriculture, culture, history and science will all come together at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on Friday night, October 17 as a Hallmark Event of the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Learn about the history of Supper Clubs.   Enjoy the Wisconsin Supper Club experience - from Old-Fashioneds to the Relish Tray to the standard meat and fish courses that have been standard fare at Supper Clubs throughout the state for decades. Attendance and food samples are available free to the public. For the full dinner adventure, advance ticket sales are required.

For more information on the Science of Supper Clubs and other Science Festival events, go to wisconsinsciencefest.org. The 2014 Wisconsin Science Festival will be held October 16-19 at sites throughout Wisconsin. There is something for all ages!

September 26, 2014


Guest:  Sara Finger, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health

"Voting is an indispensable part of being an advocate for Wisconsin women." So states Sara Finger, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health.

On this program, Sara Finger discusses the major issues affecting the health, wellness, safety, and economic well-being of Wisconsin women and urges voters to become informed about the policies that affect women and families in Wisconsin.  Information about the issues facing Wisconsin voters can be found on www.asklearnvote.org.  To register to vote and for identification requirements, go to gab.wi.gov/voters.  For voter information, go to www.myvote.wi.gov.

September 18, 2014


Guests:   Denis Carey;  James Miller and Linda Taplick;  Nan Zimdars

The Fall Season is upon us - a time when five Madison artists will come together to present their individual works at a Fall Art Show, Sunday, September 21, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the Atrium at the Madison Marriott West. On this program, three of the artists discuss how their lives have been enhanced by their pursuit of artistic endeavors.

Linda Taplick shares the story of her husband, retired architect Jim Miller, whose colored pencil drawings have taken on a new dimension since a stroke disabled the use of his right hand, arm and speech and how he painstakingly learned to draw again with his non-dominant left hand.

Nan Zimdars, longtime head of her own retirement planning business, always loved art as a child.  Hear how over a decade ago, she picked up a brush and started painting again - first in water color and then oil - and what she has learned in the process.

After 44 years as a dentist, Denis Carey recalls how he retired from dentistry and never looked back. Instead he applied his dental skills to fused glass creations which stimulated his creativity and opened the door to a new business venture.

September 14, 2014


Guests:  Rachael Krinsky, CEO;  Colleen Butler, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Madison

Race to Equity; Justified Anger; Racial Justice - words that have appeared more frequently on the front pages and in conversations throughout Dane County this past year.  On this program, Rachel Krinsky and Colleen Butler preview the YWCA's 2014 Racial Justice Summit, October 2-3 at the Concourse Hotel and highlight some of the initiatives now going on in our community that have taken the words and put them into action. Want to get involved?  Find out how on this program.

To register for the Summit, go to www.ywcamadison.org.

September 5, 2014


Guest:  Suresh Chandra, M.D., Professor of Ophthamology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are the two major causes of vision loss and blindness in this country.  On this program, Dr. Suresh Chandra, Professor of Ophthamology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and leading clinical researcher, previews the Saving Sight Symposium: Fighting Back Against Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease, to be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center. 

Free to the pubic, you can register online at www.wcblind.org or by calling 800-783-5213.

August 26, 2014


Guest:   Kathleen Falk, Regional Director, Region V, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act now enters year two with open enrollment in the Health Insurance Exchanges - also known as the Federal Marketplace - scheduled for November 15 - February 15. On this program, Kathleen Falk, who now serves as Region V Director (which includes Wisconsin) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, updates us on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), special enrollment periods, the value of expanding Medicaid, and the women's health benefits available under the ACA.

Complete details on full benefits and obtaining insurance through the federal marketplace can be found on www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

August 21, 2014


GUESTS:  Judith Houck, Ph.D., Chair of Gender and Women's Studies and Associate Professor of Medical History, Bioethics and the History of Science at UW-Madison;  Fatou Ceesay, Board Member of the Wisconsin Women's Network and Coordinator of Women's Equality Day

In 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. This significant moment which gave women across America a full voice in their communities is being celebrated on Tuesday, August 26, at a public event at Cooper's Tavern in Madison from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

On this All About Living program, Fatou Ceesay describes the WWN's work to promote the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin.  For more information, go to www.wiwomensnetwork.org.

Joining her is Dr. Judith Houck.  Dr. Houck takes us back to the 1960's and 70's when women activists efforts turned to returning women's health to women's hands.  How has this changed women's lives?
 And where are we today in this ongoing effort?  Find out on this program.