May 25, 2012


Guest: Richard Davidson, Ph.D. , Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and Founder/Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What does it mean to be human? On this program, you'll hear intriguing answers to that question from leading University of Wisconsin brain science pioneer, Richard Davidson, Ph.D.
Each one of us has an emotional fingerprint - an emotional style composed of six dimensions: Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. That is what Dr. Richard Davidson has discovered in his 30 years of research leading to understanding the brain chemistry of emotions.

In his new book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Dr. Davidson along with former Newsweek science writer, Sharon Begley, describe how the unique patterns of the brain affect the way we think, feel and live - and how we can change them.

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May 18, 2012


Guest: Richard Illgen, M.D., Co-Director, Arthritis and Joint Replacement Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

On this program, UW orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Richard Illgen, walks us through the reasons we may have hip pain, and what we can do to prevent, relieve, or manage the gnawing discomfort and still enjoy an active lifestyle. It could be as simple as losing a little weight, adjusting physical activity or taking medications - to having a total hip replacement. Surgery options now include robotic-assisted joint replacement. The UW Joint Replacement Program is the only one in Wisconsin offering this surgery.

If you want to learn even more about robotic-assisted hip replacement, you are invited to a free informational session Tuesday, May 22nd, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Health Science Learning Center, Room 1309. Free parking is available at the UW Hospital and Clinics parking ramp. Light refreshments will be served. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. To register in advance or receive information call (608) 262-6343.


May 11, 2012


Guests: Sara Finger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health
Wisconsin State Representative Terese Berceau

When it comes to the rights of women in the 21st century, some days it feels like deja vu all over again! On this program, Sara Finger and Rep. Terese Berceau pull together the historical journey of women, where they are now, and what lies ahead for this gender that exists in numbers too great to ignore.

You will hear about the advancement of women's health in Wisconsin that is advocated by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health and the upcoming
Wisconsin Women's Health Policy Summit, Tuesday, May 15th, at Monona Terrace. "The way to become empowered," says Sara Finger, "is to ASK, LEARN, VOTE. That's what the Summit will prepare women to do."

Rep. Berceau takes us behind the scenes of some of the recent legislation signed into law that particularly impacts women and gives us a sense of the intense dynamics that exist in the Wisconsin legislature today.
For information on the Women's Health Summit and to register online, go to You can also register at the door.


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May 4, 2012


GUESTS: Anna Reynolds, Executive Director, Friends of the Zoo
Ronda Schwetz, Interim Henry Vilas Zoo Director
Dr. Mike Petersen, Henry Vilas Zoo Veterinarian
Ryan Behling, Chair, Merrill Lynch Grand Gala

Last year the Henry Vilas Zoo celebrated its centennial anniversary. The next 100 years kicks off with plans to build an animal hospital - something the Zoo has never had! The lions and the rest of the zoo's inhabitants - small, medium and large - will sleep well every night comforted that this critically-needed health care facility will soon be providing care to them on site.

The plans are drawn for a state-of-the art veterinary facility that will include specialized areas for surgery, radiology, intensive care, pharmacy, laboratory, isolation, indoor and outdoor holding, and an area for research, a summer Zoo School for children and other educational programs. The Madison Community Foundation provided the lead gift of $150,000, and Merrill Lynch has stepped forward - naming the Friends of the Zoo and the construction of the new Animal Health Center as the beneficiary of their 6th Annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala Event, Friday, May 11, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

On this program, Anna Reynolds, Ronda Schwetz and Dr. Mike Petersen share details of just how they care for the health needs of this wide range of animals from around the world and tell us stories about their relationships with this exotic community of individual personalities.

Ryan Behling talks about Merrill's Lynch's annual commitment to the community through their Grand Gala and invites listeners to attend this year's Gala and support the Zoo.

For more information on the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala - Friday, May 11th at the Concourse Hotel - and how to purchase tickets, call Ryan at (608) 283-2871or go to

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