September 28, 2010

A Survivor's Story

Guests: Bill Vancil

Six years ago, Bill Vancil was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Bill's daunting pursuit of treatment choices took him to Loma Linda University in California where he underwent a course of treatment called proton radiation. Joined there by his daughter, Tori Lou, Bill tells the story of his journey back to health and the close relationship he shared with daughter in his book, Don't Fear The Big Dogs.

Cancer free today, Bill faced another health crisis this past year which resulted in a new liver. Now just months out from his liver transplant at UW hospital, Bill shares this amazing chapter in his life on All About Living. You will also enjoy excerpts from Bill's recent book, Roy and Kitty, the story of the endearing friendship his dog and cat share.

September 16, 2010

What Women Veterans Need To Know

Gundel Metz, Women Veterans Coordinator Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Eve Galanter, Chairwoman Wisconsin Women's Network

Of the 427.000 veterans in Wisconsin, about 28,000 are women. Women serve important roles in all branches of the armed forces, often directly in harms way. Yet too many women veterans don't know they are eligible for the full range of VA benefits and are unaware there are special programs just for them. This program addresses these issues and the challenges facing women veterans today.

For more details on specific benefits, call 1-800-WIS-VETS or 608-266-1312 or to go to

To reach the Wisconsin's Women's Network, call 608-255-9808

September 9, 2010


Guest: Ellie Schatz, Ph.D.

There are many different kinds of "smart", says Ellie Schatz, founder of the WIsconsin Center for Academically-Talented Youth. The key is let children lead the way in discovering their strengths and to encourage them to follow their curiosity. It is important for children to learn what they don't like as well what they do enjoy in order to discover their strengths. On this program, Ellie Schatz explains the WOW factor, what is an Optimal Match, and how parents can inspire their children to be the best they can be.

The children's book Ellie authored, Grandma Says It's Good To Be Smart, illustrations by Brenda Palmer, teaches children to ask questions and seek answers. In the end, they find, "It's cool to be smart!"

More insights into education as well as how to order her book can be found on Ellie Schatz's blog: