Dick Goldberg Radio – Free Podcasts

Captivating, free podcasts with academics, clinicians and authors who discuss self-improvement, business and society.

Dick Goldberg is a respected radio and television talk show host, author and veteran therapist. Join him twice a month for his free podcasts as he interviews experts for help in answering life’s big questions.

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What is something everybody wants, and if they have it they still want more (and it isn’t money)?

Dick’s guest is Ed McCormick, Jr., successful entrepreneur, researcher and author of Happiness Power Secrets published under the pen name of Robert Gill, Jr.


Understanding and Treating Panic Attacks


Dick’s guest, psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life” Dr. Michael Edelstein, shares his three minute therapy techniques to manage and overcome panic attacks.

Bonus content: Dr. Edelstein also discusses his three minute therapy techniques for achieving happiness, overcoming social anxiety and dealing with depression.

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Primary Care Physicians Today


How has the role of primary care physicians (PCP) changed over the last 30 years? Has it changed for better or for worse? What should patients know to get the most out of their primary care physician?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Randall Haas, is a primary care physician with over 31 years of experience in Madison, Wisconsin.


The Future of Journalism in America


Dee and Andy Hall, co-founders of the Wisconsin Center For Investigative Journalism, use their combined 60 years of journalistic experience to explain the past, present and future of broadcast, internet and print journalism.

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The daily racial slights, remarks and insulting behavior that “nice people” inflict on African Americans, usually without even knowing it.

Dick’s guests are Everett Mitchell, Director of Community Relations at UW-Madison and Senior Pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Annette Miller, Emerging Markets Community Development Manager at Madison Gas & Electric and past President of the Urban League of Greater Madison and Wes Sparkman, Contract Compliance Office for Dane County and a Commissioner on the Madison Police and Fire Commission.


Encore: Personality Disorders


What may the guilt-free criminal, the extreme narcissist and the functioning paranoid have in common?

Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and social worker Lesa Fischer, both of whom have 50 years of combined experience treating personality disorders, provide an outline to understanding this category of mental illness.

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)


BPD is one of the toughest personality disorders to treat. What are the characteristics and treatments for BPD?

Dick’s guest is clinical psychologist Dr. James McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience treating personality disorders.

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Murder, Incarceration and Resilience


At 25, he committed a murder. At 28, he was on America’s Most Wanted. He was captured and served 25 years in prison. Now a year after his release, he is flourishing.

Dick’s guest, Shar-Ron Buie, shares his journey.



Whites Counseling Blacks


Can a white psychotherapist effectively treat black clients? What are the more common errors or even microaggressions that may happen from a lack of cultural awareness?

Dick’s guest is psychotherapist Donald Cooper.


Passing For White


What does it feel like to witness racism growing up and yet be passing for white? Dick’s guest Donald Cooper, now 72 and a practicing therapist, shares his experience as not identifying or living as a black man until college.



Adults Dealing with Toxic Parents



The pain of having a toxic parent doesn’t end when you grow up. What is a toxic parent? How can the adult child end or reduce the suffering a toxic parent can inflict? Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Hazing and Sexual Assault in Fraternities


What are some of the dark sides of fraternity life?

Dick’s guest, lawyer David K. Eastlick, was the executive director for an international fraternity for 29 years. He now testifies as an expert in fraternity law and also advocates to end hazing rituals.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare


Being LGBTQ+ is likely to have negative impacts on your healthcare. What problems remain in the field of healthcare and the ability of this community to access it?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Kathy Oriel, M.D., M.S. is a physician specializing in LGBTQ+ healthcare and is the clinical founder of OUT HEALTH INC. in Madison, Wisconsin.



Embracing Death


How can you learn to accept the process of death and dying instead of fearing it?

Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.




Personality Types & Relationships


How does the combination of different personality types affect relationships? How can the right and wrong combination of personalties help or hurt your relationship?

Dick’s guest, Merrick Rosenberg, is the co-founder of Take Flight Learning and the author of The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone with a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does.


A Guide to Good Mental Health


Dick’s guest, therapist and author Faust Ruggerio, discusses the most important tips on achieving optimum mental health from his book “The Fix Yourself Handbook.”

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Consumer Abuse


How are people with poor credit or low income taken advantage of in the marketplace?

Dick’s guest is attorney Sara Orr, Clinical Professor and former Director of the Consumer Law Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Bringing Lessons of Singlehood to Marriage


Freedom, independence and self-exploration are some of the benefits of being single. How can you hold onto these positives while also being in a committed relationship?

Dick’s guests are Diana Gasperoni, LCSW-R and Founder of Be.Well. Psychotherapy Group and Ednisha Saulsbury, LCSW specializing in in couples therapy.


Why Women Kill


What happens when a woman strikes back and kills her abuser? What can these acts teach us about domestic abuse?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Darald Hanusa, a University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer, practitioner, trainer and expert in domestic violence.

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Narcissistic Collapse and Donald Trump


Dick’s guest, clinical psychologist who has specialized in personality disorders for over 40 years, Dr. Jim McGloin, discusses his thoughts and opinions on the behavior of Donald Trump post election.

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Heather Cox Richardson covers the political aspect of Trump’s behavior in her blog post December 21, 2020.




How can you manage the pain of grief and how can you move through these traumas and losses with growth and understanding?

Dick’s guest Edy Nathan,  psychologist and grief recovery expert, is the author of Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss.



Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity


Dick’s guest, Dr. Ken Robbins, adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and past Medical Director of Psychiatry at Mendota Mental Health Institute, explains what determines an outcome of not guilty by reason of insanity and what treatment follows.


Intimacy in the Workplace


Dick’s guest, Founder and CEO of Choose People Kris Boesch, explains why closeness and intimacy between employees leads to a more successful organization and how to achieve it.

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Lessons About Life


Imagine having six incurable illnesses over 25 years that could each potentially end your life. Retired Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College Dr. Denis Collins joins Dick to discuss what he has learned through such an existence and how we can apply that ourselves.

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Profile of the Cyberbully


What are the three types of cyberbullies? Which is the most dangerous to its victims psychologically?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a licensed psychologist who has volunteered his time and services to help victims of cyberbullying.





Online bullying is significant in its frequency and the harm it can do to its victims.

Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is  licensed psychologist who has volunteered his time and services to help victims of cyberbullying.



A Healthy Relationship with Yourself


How to enrich your life by nourishing your relationship with yourself.

Dick’s guest is Kim Olver, Founder and President of Coaching for Excellence and the author of several books including Choosing Me Now: Letting go of what doesn’t work to make room for what does and Secrets of Happy Couples.


The Keys to a Happy Marriage


What are the true secrets for a happy and fulfilling marriage?

Dick’s guest is Kim Olver, Founder and President of Coaching for Excellence and the author of several books including Secrets of Happy Couples.


Reading People


How can we know when people are lying or how they truly feel about us?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Dan Hill, is Founder and President of Sensory Logic and author of Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading Others.



Payday Loans


Are payday loans necessarily abusive and destructive ways to get cash? What are the pros and cons of such loans?

Dick’s guest Jessica Roulette is a staff attorney at Legal Action Wisconsin.

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How Personality Affects Presidential Elections


Do people vote for the policy or the personality of the candidate?

Dick’s guest, Merrick Rosenberg is the co-founder of Take Flight Learning and the author of The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone with a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does.



Applying Tough Love to Marriage


Kindness and love are not enough to make a marriage work. Sometimes looking out for number one can lead to a healthier twosome.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with over 30 years of counseling experience.


How to Find Joy in Your Job


Can every job be meaningful and satisfying? How can you find fulfillment in even the most mundane jobs?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Denis Collins, Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Coming Out of Quarantine


How can we take lessons and benefits from staying at home to improve our relationships and ourselves as we transition to a new normal?

Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.



Personal Growth During Lockdown


There are some positives to the lockdown. What can we learn that will perhaps help us grow and become better?

Dick’s guest, Patricia Clason, is a professional speaker, trainer, coach and author of Claim Your Unlimited Potential.

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Domestic Abuse During Lockdown


What the abused need to understand and know for self protection and survival during this crisis.

Dick’s guest, Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer and author of The Five Step Exit.

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The Suicide Hotline


The number of suicides in America is growing dramatically and at the epicenter are the 24/7 suicide hotlines. How are those crisis calls handled? What can we learn to better help those around us who are in crisis?

Dick’s guest is Hannah Flanagan, Director of Emergency Services at Journey Mental Health Center in Dane County, Wisconsin.

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Cultural Competence in Counseling


Can white therapists competently counsel people of color? What steps do they have to take? What lessons do they need to learn? How can we all apply these lessons?

Dick’s guests are Tanya Lettmen-Shue, Chief Clinical Officer and Hannah Flanagan, Clinical Director of Emergency Services and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Healthy Relationships


Healthy relationships are essential for good mental health. What are the components to healthy relationships and what’s the number one skill to building those relationships?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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Racism and Black Women’s Health


Black women in America have a different experience than white women with the healthcare system as well as maintaining their own good health. Why and what needs to be done?

Dick’s guest is Lisa Peyton Caire, Founder and President of The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.

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What is fear? What is the difference between rational fears, irrational fears and phobias? How can you overcome your fears to be more successful and fulfilled?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.



Foster Parenting in America


There are over 400,000 children in foster care. Who are the kids? Who are the foster parents? How effective is the system?

Dick’s guest is Ellen Smith, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director of the UW-Madison School of Social Work.

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Treating Addicted Professionals


Lawyers and doctors, despite their high income and status, have higher rates of addiction than the general population.

Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a psychiatrist and specialist in addiction medicine.

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Emotional Intelligence & Authenticity


Having both emotional intelligence and authenticity greatly enhance the likelihood of success in work and in relationships.

Dick’s guest, Roger Wolkoff, is a motivational speaker who specializes in helping organizations train employees to realize their highest emotional intelligence.

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Skillful Parenting


A psychologist suggests why the recent rise in depression and anxiety in today’s youth reflects current parenting style.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with 30 plus years of practice specializing in children and families and the author of Satisfaction in Parenting.



Successfully Dealing with Negative People


It’s a special skill to keep your cool around people who are cruel, obnoxious or just downright unpleasant. It can be done.

Dick’s guest Dr. Tina Hallis, author of Sharpen Your Positive Edge and expert in positivity, shares her 5 steps  to deal with negativity.



Building Self Esteem


Self esteem and self confidence are different. At the core of mental health and enjoying life is being comfortable in your own skin, i.e. self acceptance and self esteem.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, Ph.D. and author of several books related to self esteem and self acceptance.

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Porn Addiction


The overuse of pornography on the internet is wreaking havoc in some people’s lives and their marriages. Why do some people fall victim to porn addiction? What are the patterns of use and abuse? What can be done?

Dick’s guest is Joshua Shea, a recovering porn and alcohol addict as well as an author, speaker and life coach.

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Men’s Issues


Men are privileged but have their own psychological struggles. They live 5 years less than women and suicide 3 times more. What’s going on and how can men improve their mental health?

Dick’s guest, Elaine Rosenberg is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who focuses on men’s issues in her private practice.


Beyond LGBT


Some people’s sexual identity does not fit heterosexual, gay, bisexual or transgender categories. What lies beyond that?

Dick’s guest is Sam Troemel, a therapist at UW-Madison Mental Health Services specializing in the issues facing LGBT and beyond individuals.

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Our Broken Healthcare System & How to Fix It


Dick’s guest Dr. Timothy Harrington, author of two books on healthcare in the United States, offers his take and solutions on repairing our broken healthcare system.





The Mass Killer


What is the psychological profile of a mass killer? Why the rise in mass killings? What can be done to reduce these tragic events?

Dick’s guest, psychologist Larry Larabee offers his perspective on these questions.


Pros & Cons of Online Learning


Is the quality of learning better in class or online? Who is best suited for online learning? Is it radically cheaper to get a degree this way?

Dick’s guests are Dr. Denis Collins, Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College and John Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Senior Instructional Designer at University of Wisconsin Colleges Online.

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Drug Use and Treatment in America Today


The life expectancy for Americans has gone down due to deaths from drug use and overdoses, killing more people than suicide or accidents. What are the recent changes in drug use and treatment?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Michael Miller, a psychiatrist and past President and Board Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine as well as a current clinical instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Addiction Fellowship Program.

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Ginger: A Transgendered Story


A transgendered woman shares thoughts on training police departments and other organizations about transgender sensitivity as well as her life before and after her personal transition.

Dick’s guest, Ginger Baier, is a Transgender Health Advocate at the OutReach LGBT Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin.



The Case for Reparations


The average American  black family has 1/12 the wealth of the average white family. Some of the reasons for this might surprise you or even shock you. Recently, Congress has taken up the issue of reparations.

Dick’s guest, Kaleem Caire is a national leader in the K-12 movement. He is also a leader in the Madison community working  to close the racial divide and inequities and spent 4 years as the president of the Madison Urban League.



Be Your Own Coach to a Better Life


Darcy Luoma, a coach’s coach and author of the Professional Life Coaching Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows us how to use coaching principles to coach ourselves to a more rewarding, fulfilling life.

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Human Trafficking 101


Human trafficking involves thousands of victims around the world, including the United States. Who are the perpetrators and victims of human trafficking? How can this happen?

Dick’s guest is Nancy J. Hartwell, author of Harem Slave who first began investigating human trafficking worldwide after a friend was kidnapped and rumored to have been sold into sexual slavery.

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The Dating Expert


Rich Gosse, author of nine books on dating, including The Donald Trump Syndrome: Why Women Choose the Wrong Men to Love, joins Dick to share insights into what you might not know about successfully dating today.



Hospital Chaplains


How can hospital chaplains help those patients receiving a terrible diagnosis? Can they comfort the non-believers in a health crisis? What life lessons can be gleaned from their experiences?

Dick’s guest is Rabbi Yonasen Meadows, Senior Staff Chaplain at Unity Point Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Justified Anger of African-Americans


Dr. Alex Gee, Senior Pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison, Wisconsin shares the everyday racism experienced by even the most accomplished African-Americans. He also describes how deep racism still remains embedded in our culture.




Lessons from a White Collar Criminal


Author Gregory Kotsaftis shares how his prison and post-prison experience changed him as well as sharing first hand what is counter-productive in our criminal justice system.

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Finding Your Soulmate


What is a soulmate? How do you find your soulmate? Is a happy, fulfilling relationship guaranteed?

Dick’s guest is Judith Costa, a life coach, author, speaker and psychotherapist.



Hate Groups


What is hate? How do haters find each others to become hate groups? What turns these groups violent?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Jack Schaeffer, Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Western Illinois University and a retired FBI Special Agent.

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Racial Wealth Gap


Black Americans average 1/12th the net worth of white Americans. How did this happen? How can this gap be reduced?

Dick’s guest is attorney Robert Wynn, Founder of Asset Builders of America.

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Public Defenders Today


Can low income defendants get a proper defense today using a public defender? What are the challenges public defenders face?

Dick’s guest is State Public Defender Kelli Thompson for the State of Wisconsin.

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More than 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Yet less than 10% believe they need treatment. How can the other 90% be convinced they need help?

Dick’s guest is Steve Bruno, a recovering addict himself who became a professional interventionist and has done over 500 interventions in the last 17 years.




Lessons from the Dying


A “death doula” or “spiritual midwife” shares stories of how she helps enhance people’s journeys to the other side.

Dick’s guest is Karin Medall of the Artful Healing Studio.

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All About Food Carts


This colorful part of Americana can also be a path to self employment and business ownership for low income Americans.

Dick’s guest is Meghan Blake-Horst, Street Vending Coordinator for the City of Madison.

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Workplace Bias


How can unconscious workplace bias affect decision making with employers and coworkers? Is there a way to make ourselves less biased or unbiased?

Dick’s guest is Deborah Vaughn Biddle, founder of High Performance Development Solutions LLC and is also a diversity and inclusion corporate consultant.

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Building Character in the Workplace


How can managers create an ethical organization? How can that benefit customers, employees and profits?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Denis Collins, Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.



Autism 101


How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder? How is it viewed and treated differently than in the past?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Sarah Lechago, who is an Assistant Professor in the General Psychology and Behavior Analysis masters’ programs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and is also developing a Language Developmental Clinic that will be affiliated with UHCLO’S Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD).



Hospital Psychiatric Units


Who are the patients that are treated in psychiatric units? How do they get there? How are they served?

Dick’s guests are Dr. Matthew Sager, Psychiatrist and Medical Director and Christina Mignon, Nurse Manager of the Inpatient Adult Behavioral Health Unit at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Why do people procrastinate when it is so counterproductive? Dick’s guest, Eric M. Twiggs, author of The Discipline of Now, helps us understand why we do it and teaches us how to stop it.



Negative People and How to Successfully Deal with Them


Dr. Tina Hallis, author of Sharpen Your Positive Edge, shares who these negative people are, what effects they can have on other people and 7 tips to stay immune.

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Immigration 101


What are the current immigration laws and policies? How can these help us evaluate the “wisdom” of suggested changes?

Dick’s guest, Shabnam Lofti, is the head of a law firm specializing in immigration law. Her firm serves clients throughout the Unites States and around the world.




Selling Mindfulness to Corporate America


A serial entrepreneur is helping businesses use mindfulness to be more profitable and create a better work climate for employees.

Dick’s guest, Dr. Zachary Berk explains how corporations benefit from mindfulness programs.



Gangs in America


Presently, there are 1.4 million gang members in America. What’s the draw of being in a gang? What is it like inside? Why the recent increase in gang members?

Dick’s guests are retired Detective George Chavez who served 14 years as Madison, Wisconsin’s only gang detective and Officer Lester Moore who has 10 years of experience with gangs.

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Group Therapy


What is group therapy? How does it work? When is it a better option than individual therapy?

Dick’s guests are Jeff Hird and Sarah Kohlstedt, both staff psychologists with UW-Madison Mental Health Services.

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The Dark Web


The dark web is a “secret” area of the internet where illicit and criminal activity flourish. It is not accessible by a Google search. How does it work? Who is using it? What is on it?

Dick’s guests are retired detectives George Chavez and Cindy Murphy who specialized in digital forensics for the Madison Police Department in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Psychiatrists Today


Psychiatrists used to be the top of the pack of psychotherapists. Now their role is mainly prescribing and monitoring drugs for mental health issues. Why has this happened and is this a good development?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Arjune Rama, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Clinical Professor and staff Psychiatrist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mental Health Services.

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Domestic Abuse


Domestic abuse affects all classes, races and genders. An expert and a survivor of domestic abuse share their experiences and insights on this subject.

Dick’s guests are Faye Zemel, Director of Prevention and Community Programs for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and Keena Atkinson, a survivor of domestic abuse.

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Adults Coping with Toxic Parents


The pain of having a toxic parent doesn’t end when you grow up. What is a toxic parent? How can the adult child end or reduce the suffering a toxic parent can inflict?

Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Being Police Officer: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


How is being a police officer different than how it is portrayed on television and in films? How is it similar?

Dick’s guests, Retired Detective George Chavez and Retired Officer Jean Papalia, have a combined 58 years of experience as police officers in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Criminal Court Judges


Two criminal court judges who care deeply about justice as well as fairness share what they see and what they can do from the bench.

Dick’s guests, Honorable Julie Genovese and Honorable Stephen Elke have served as criminal court judges in the Circuit Court of Dane County, Wisconsin since 2009.

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Living with a Personality Disordered Partner


Why do people choose such a troubled partner? How can they cope with the challenges in relationships with a partner who has a personality disorder? When is it best to get out?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Jim McGloin, has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling.

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Suicide Prevention


Over 42,000 Americans commit suicide annually. What can the layman do to reduce the chances of some troubled person in their life committing suicide?

Dick’s guest, Jean Papalia has spent the last nine years teaching the suicide prevention program Q.P.R. (Question. Persuade. Refer.) and serves on the Safe Community Suicide Prevention Task Force in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Sex and Seniors


Society avoids discussing or even recognizing that seniors have sex. What are the issues for seniors and why does our society avoid acknowledging their sexuality?

Dick’s guest is Melanie Ramie, JD, MSW and CEO of The Hope of Wisconsin.

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Life Review


Thoughtfully reviewing the highs, lows, turning points and critical decisions of your life can lead to more self awareness and help shape a better future.

Dick’s guest is Reverend Karen Gustafson who served for 30 years as a Universalist Unitarian Minister and now has established Life Review, a self renewal ministry.

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Workplace Sexual Harassment


How do corporations reduce or eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace?

For 10 years, Dick’s guest, labor and employment attorney Elizabeth Erickson has both taught corporations how to steer clear of these offenses and, when necessary, defended them against charges of workplace sexual harassment.

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Money & Happiness


Are rich people happier than the rest of us? How much does financial success have to do with contentment? Can money make you unhappy?

Dick’s guest is Patricia Clason, an author, lecturer and Director of The Center for Creative Learning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 5,000 people have taken her workshops in personal growth and development.

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How a Democratic Legislator Copes in a Republican State


Being a Democratic legislator in a Republican dominated landscape is stressful and challenging.

Dick’s guest, State Representative Chris Taylor (D-WI), reveals how she uses spirituality and deep seated inner values to reduce frustration and be more effective at what she does.

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Chronic Pain Control Using Your Mind


Nearly 1/3 of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most turn to pain medications, which can lead to unpleasant side effects and/or addiction. Strategies using your mind can be very effective at reducing the suffering that accompanies chronic pain.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Tamar Kelson, Senior Psychologist at  University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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How United Way Impacts Communities


One of the most innovative of the 1,100 United Way agencies is in Madison, Wisconsin. How do they decide what is the best use of the money they have? How do they get the community to work together to maximize effectiveness and help those most in need?

Dick’s guest is Renee Moe, President and CEO of United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Newspapers: Past, Present & Future


How newspapers survive in the age of the internet, 24 hour cable news and declining readership.

Dick’s guest is Paul Fanlund, editor and executive publisher of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin.



PreMarital Counseling by Professionals


Premarital counseling is often required by the clergy who will soon perform the ceremony. However, couples in premarital counseling by licensed therapists is growing. What questions are raised in professional premarital counseling? What are the red flags that suggest caution?

Dick’s guest is Linda Lewis Griffith, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of two books and numerous articles in the field of marriage and family therapy.Griffith_Linda_Lewis_Clip



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


When is it just being well-organized and when does it become dysfunctional and needs to be treated? What are the best treatment approaches  for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? How successful are they at treating OCD?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Chad Wetterneck, is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rogers Behavioral Health and has published over 60 professional journal articles, including many on the nature and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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May December Marriage


Approximately 10% of marriages are between people 11 years or more apart in age. What are the unique problems as well as the benefits of May December marriage?

Dick’s guest, Linda Lewis Griffith is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the author of two books and numerous articles in the field of marriage and family therapy.

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Community Mental Health Centers


The mentally ill without resources need help. Community mental health centers serve this population. The majority suffer from drug addiction and severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.

Dick’s guest, Lynn Brady President and CEO of Journey Mental Health Center, explores current treatments for those who are the most in need.

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Happy Retirement


Having enough money and good health is not a guarantee for a happy retirement. A life of meaning, fulfillment and connection must also be achieved.

Dick’s guest, Mary Helen Conroy, author of Your Amazing Itty Bitty Book of Retirement: 15 Essential Tips For You, The Nearly and Newly Retired, shares tips beyond health and money to live a wonderful, meaningful and happy retirement.

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Elements of a Successful Marriage


How you choose your mate may be as important as what you do once you’re married to make a successful marriage. How do you choose the right mate? What can you do to make marriage richer and more fulfilling?

Dick’s guests are Dr. Jim McGloin and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lesa Fischer, who have 50 years of combined experience in counseling couples.

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Enhancing Relationships


Dick’s guest offers numerous ideas on how to improve relationships and how to transform yourself in the process.

Susan Young is a motivational speaker, lecturer and author of “Release the Power of Re3: 77 Ways to Create Positive Change & Transformation.”

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PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


1 out of 11 Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime. Does every trauma lead to PTSD? What treatments work best at reducing PTSD symptoms?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Chad Wetterneck, a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and developed and oversees the PTSD partial hospital programs at Rogers Behavioral Health‘s West Allis, Brown Deer, Oconomowoc and Appleton locations.



Binge Drinking


Is binge drinking just a college phenomenon? How prevalent is it? Is it just innocent fun? When does it cross the line from fun to danger?

Dick’s guest, Gabrielle Koren, LCSW, SAC shares surprising information on what binge drinking really is and how pervasive it is in our culture.

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Lessons from Couples Counseling


In explaining how he helps couples, Dick Goldberg, LCSW and host of Insights, shares some of his methods in couples counseling that can help get past anger and move to “companionate” love.

Guest host Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights.

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Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy


Boundary and ethical dilemmas frequently arise during therapy. Is friendship or sex ever permissible when therapy ends? What should therapists do if they or their clients develop strong attractions during therapy? What if you have common friends, serve on the same committees or your clients want to barter for services?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Frances Patterson, has over 25 years of treating clients and also 20 years conducting seminars that explore ethical dilemmas in the therapeutic relationship.

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Stalking is a serious problem that can lead to violence and even murder. Why do stalkers stalk? What do the victims need to know about stalking that could save their lives?

Dick’s guest is Wisconsin Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Robert Kaiser.



Subtle Emotional Abuse


What constitutes emotional abuse? What are the most common patterns of subtle emotional abuse? What is the healthy response for a victim of emotional abuse?

Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.

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Consumer Fraud


What are the most common frauds and scams? How do you protect yourself? What do you do if you are a victim of consumer fraud?

Dick’s guests are Frank Frassetto, Administrator and Michelle Reinen, Director of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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Overcoming Adversity


Two successful people share their lessons from having been successful to hitting rock bottom both personally and professionally and then coming back to flourish.

Dick’s guests, Neil Mathweg, CEO of Realty Executives and Nancy Depcik of Unshakable Success, share their hard-earned insights on overcoming adversity.

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Can you do anything to prevent dementia? Are there effective treatments once you are afflicted?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Ken Robbins, head of Psychiatric Gerontology at Stoughton Hospital as well as Adjunct Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



When Women Abuse Men


It happens more often than expected. Why does it happen? How often is it actually physical vs. emotional abuse?

Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.




Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)


Does Trump’s behavior fit the pattern of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)? When does the self-centered, self-absorbed person qualify as a clinically defined narcissistic personality? Can a narcissist be “cured”? How do you live with one? Can psychotherapy actually change a narcissist into a caring and compassionate person?

Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and Lesa Fischer, have 50 years combined experience in working with personality disordered patients, including those with narcissistic personality disorder. narcissistic personality disorder

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Crimeless Parole Revocation


In some states, people who commit non-criminal parole violations return to prison in the same numbers as new criminal offenders. Why does this happen? Is it just? What changes are needed?

Dick’s guest is Cecelia Klingele, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her numerous articles and areas of research focus on criminal justice administration and community supervision of those on conditional release, such as probation, parole or extended release.

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When Young Adults Lose a Parent


Books as Therapy


For many, bibliotherapy (using books as therapy) can sometimes help as much as a friend or even therapist.

Dick’s guest, Caroline Donahue, also known as The Book Dr., discusses techniques that help you find the most effective books to help with your issues.

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Living as an Undocumented Immigrant


What is life like for the over 11,000,000 undocumented immigrants living in the United States who face deportation? How do they cope?

Dick’s guests are Laura Minero, a Ph.D. candidate who came to this country at the age of five and is undocumented but has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and Dr. Karen Menendez Coller, Executive Director of Centro Hispano in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Funeral Homes: What You Need to Know


Two funeral directors share how their work can be healing for their clientele, how this work can affect even the most seasoned funeral directors and from their perspective, what everyone would benefit knowing about funerals before their time comes.

Dick’s guests are Connie and Roman Ryan of Ryan & Joyce-Ryan Funeral Homes.



What Makes for a Great Teacher?


Is it being eloquent? Is it being warm? Is it being dynamic? Well, being a great teacher is much more method and strategy than simply personality.

Dick’s guest, Samantha Bennett, is a former middle school teacher who travels the United States helping teachers teach more effectively and is the author of “That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures  for Classrooms That Read, Write, and Think.”

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New Year Resolutions


Do New Year resolutions work? Are they worth the bother? Is there a better way to get your life on track?

Dick’s guest, Patricia Clason, has been leading workshops for corporate clients and the State of Wisconsin for 30 years on how to get your life organized and actualized. She has written and conducted workshops on life management, time management and finding your life purpose.

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Innocent and Behind Bars


Of the over 2 million Americans behind bars, about 100,000 didn’t do it. They are innocent. The Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School is on the cutting edge of helping to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, including Steven Avery.

Dick’s guest is Keith Findley, law professor and co-founder and co-director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. He is also the past president of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of 68 Innocence Projects around the world.



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Effects of Winning the Lottery


Does winning the lottery lead to instant happiness or unexpected stress? Do lottery winners often lose it all? Do they find their personal lives changed in unexpected ways? Can constant requests from charities, friends and relatives in need be overwhelming after winning the lottery?

Dick’s guest, Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership (e.g., leadership development, charismatic and transformational leadership), assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology. His research work has included studies on the role of social skills and emotions in leadership potential and success, empathy, social intelligence, emotional skill and charisma.

Professor Riggio is on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, Group Dynamics, and Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. His recent books are Multiple Intelligences and Leadership and The Future of Leadership Development (co-edited with Susan Murphy; Erlbaum, 2002, 2003), Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (co-edited with Sarah Smith Orr; Jossey-Bass, 2004), Applications of Nonverbal Behavior (co-edited with Robert S. Feldman; Erlbaum, 2005), Transformational Leadership (2nd ed., coauthored with Bernard M. Bass, 2006), and co-edited volumes, The Practice of Leadership, The Art of Followership (2007, 2008), and Leadership and the Liberal Arts (2009). His new book series (co-edited with Georgia Sorenson) with Psychology Press, is entitled: Leadership: Research and Practice. Dr. Riggio is also the author of the Social Skills Inventory.

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Understanding U.S. Poverty Programs


How does the federal government assist the poor? Is the level of support declining? How does our economic compassion for the poor compare to other industrialized countries? What are the specific poverty programs? Who gets the benefits? What change in poverty programs policies could have a huge positive impact on poor families with children and cost nothing?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Tim Smeeding, one of the nation’s leading experts on poverty. He is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics . He was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008–2014.

He was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006. Professor Smeeding’s recent work has been on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.

His books include: SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being (Stanford University Press, 2015); Monitoring Social Mobility in the 21st Century (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015); From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage(Russell Sage Foundation, 2012); Persistence, Privilege and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011); The Handbook of Economic Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2009); Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children in Comparative Perspective(Russell Sage Foundation, 2003); and The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader?, (Oxford University Press, 2010). Dr. Smeeding earned a B.A. at Canisius College, an M.A. at the University of Connecticut, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin.

His recent work also has been on inequality, wealth, and poverty amongst elders, children and young unmarried families, including the children of immigrants in a cross-national context.

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Resilience is adapting to hardships, adversity and tough turns in life. All of us will be faced with these events in our lives. Some are small, some are very significant. Our mental health, our usefulness and the quality of our lives is greatly enhanced by becoming skilled at resilience and recovery.

Dick’s guest is Patricia Clason. A professional speaker since 1975, Patricia has created over 50 workshops, speeches, and
keynote presentations highlighting the skills of Emotional Intelligence.  Patricia brings energy, enthusiasm and expertise to her speaking engagements and training sessions – so they’re fun and highly informative. A host for both radio and television interview shows for ten years, plus her extensive background in business and education, Patricia makes strong connections with participants from private, public and non-profit sector organizations, as well as associations. Emotional Intelligence is at the core of all of her work, helping people develop their self awareness and social awareness skills to build collaborative relationships personally and professionally.

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Being Fat in America


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Being fat in America is not easy.  It is one of the few remaining categories of people who can be openly mocked and ridiculed, and there is an assumption that people who are overweight are at best unhealthy and at worst, gluttonous people who refuse to take care of themselves while burdening society.

In this podcast,Pastor Julie Brock, interim Unitarian minister in Brighton, Michigan shares her knowledge and life experience as a “fat” person living in America.

Pastor Brock begins the discussion by describing the what it means to be “fat”:

“George Carlin…talks about using the word fat and how it’s just a description of people…’heavy is a euphemism.  Aircraft carriers are heavy but they are not fat.’  Fat is a description of a body type and unless you put a negative judgement on it it’s not a negative thing.  It’s like saying ‘you wear glasses’ ‘you are male’. It’s just a fact about a person…I love describing myself as fat because that’s how my body looks.”

Pastor Brock  continues to tackle some of the most common questions about being fat in America:

What are the day to day experiences as walking through life as a fat person?

What do you say to people who think you have no self control?

How does the fat person in America feel self worth in a society that judges them so harshly?

Can a fat person be healthy?

During the discussion, Pastor Brock addresses how we can view fat Americans differently and how fat Americans can better manage the harsh judgement they receive.

Pastor Julie Brock, interim Unitarian minister in Brighton, Michigan shares her knowledge and life experience.

To view Pastor Brock’s sermon on being fat, click here.


Homelessness Solutions


About 3 million people will experience homelessness sometime during this year. 630,000 will be homeless tonight. What are some of the immediate and longterm solutions to end homelessness?

Dick’s guests are Steve Schooler, Executive Director of Porchlight, Inc. and Matt Wachter, Housing Initiatives Specialist with the City of Madison Community Development Authority in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Effective Leadership Traits


What makes for effective leadership? Can it be learned? Are these traits applicable to the very small non profit as much as the large corporation?

Dick’s guest is Yvonne Evers, who has 20 years of executive coaching and is the creator of SUCCESSION, an internet app that guides a company to find their next CEO.

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Retirement Center Depression and Loneliness


Coping with life changes as one ages is challenging and can lead to depression and loneliness, whether living independently or in a retirement center.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Kathryn Betts Adams, a former associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University where she taught courses in social work practice, mental health, and aging. She now writes and consults about gerontology and mental health. Dr. Adams’ research interests include depression in later life and adaptations to aging and its potential stressors, including dementia caregiving, chronic illness, loneliness, and bereavement.

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Lawyers and Depression


Why is the rate of suicide, addiction and depression among lawyers many times the societal norm?

Dick’s guests are Ralph Cagle, former president of the Wisconsin Bar Association and former UW-Madison law professor and Dr. Gregory Van Rybroek, psychologist, lawyer and Director of Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin

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The Art of First Impressions


Why are first impressions so important in business as well as your personal life? Can these skills be learned?

Dick’s guest is Susan Young, author of The Art of First Impressions for Positive Impact.

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The Five Love Languages


For all of us, we feel loved by one of five love languages. Knowing which one you and your partner respond to is critical to a successful relationship.

Dick’s guest is Susan Young, author, lecturer and motivational speaker.


How to be Likeable


Being likeable can be learned and is not very complicated. Learn the 10 simple secrets of being liked by almost everyone.

Amber Ault, clinical sociologist, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights with Dick Goldberg,  interviews Dick, therapist, author,  lecturer and regular host of Insights, as he shares the secrets of how to be likeable taken from his published article and workshops.

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What to Expect Once You’re Sober


Sobriety is only the beginning of overcoming the problems that caused the addiction.

Dick’s guest, Jane Bartels, is the author “Broken Promises: One Family’s Journey Through Alcoholism to Reconciliation” and a certified addiction counselor, as well as a recovering alcoholic with over 25 years of sobriety.


Life Behind Bars


Dick’s guests Talib Akbar and James Morgan share their experiences from their combined 44 years of incarceration.

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Inside Car Dealerships


What you need to know when you shop for a new or used car.

Dick’s guest, Jorge Hidalgo, owner of Wilde Honda in Madison, Wisconsin, explains what it’s like to be a dealership owner.


Beating Loneliness


Is loneliness growing in the U.S.? Is social media partly to blame? How can loneliness be overcome?

Dick’s guest is Kira Asatryan, author of Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships & Deep Relationships.



Hooking Up on Campus


Is this the new normal? What’s it all about? Is it healthy?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Kathleen Bogle, author of “Hooking Up on Campus: Sex, Dating & Relationships on Campus.”





Why it’s critical to success and happiness and how to harness it.

Dick’s guest is Dr. Tina Hallis who applied her Ph.D. in biotechnology to become a corporate trainer, speaker and student of positive psychology.

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Finding Your Best Mate


It’s much more than checking items off a list.

Dr. Jim McGloin joins Dick to discuss the tricks, traps and whatever to avoid in finding your life partner.

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Leaving Toxic Relationships


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Thinking about Leaving a Toxic Relationship?  In this podcast, clinical sociologist Amber Ault, author of The Five Step Exit, discusses how to leave a toxic partner.

Amber begins the discussion by describing the toxic partner:

“Partners who are toxic..are very inclined to do something we call intermittent reinforcement.  They are nice sometimes. Sometimes they are great or greater than great and other times they are more awful than awful.  If they were consistently awful, it would be much easier for people to exit quickly a cleanly.”

During this discussion, Amber clarifies the different personality disorders that are common in toxic partners such as narcissism, sociopaths and borderline personality disorders.  She then explores how these different disorders manifest in both the relationship and exit strategy for the partner.

Amber continues to tackle some of the most common questions about toxic relationships:

Why don’t people just leave?

How is emotional abuse different than physical abuse?

How do you know if you are the victim of emotional abuse?

What are some reasons people get into a relationship with a toxic person?

How does a toxic person keep their partner from leaving?

Amber concludes by outlining the 5 steps required to leave a toxic relationship and important things to consider along the way.


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Polyamorous Relationships


How common are they? How is it possible they work out?

Dick’s guest is Lesa Fischer, a psychotherapist who emphasizes couples counseling and currently has 15 clients in polyamorous relationships.


Wills: What Everyone Must Know


Wills and POA’s are needed by everyone, not just the wealthy.

Dick’s guest is attorney Thomas Hoffner who specializes in estate planning.

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Travel Agencies in the 21st Century


Are there special advantages to using a travel agency? Does using a travel agent cost extra? Do travel agencies have deals not available through the online travel agencies? Is it sometimes cheaper to use a travel agent instead of doing it yourself? Do travel agent know inside information not available to public? What travel agent is right for your needs? Are travel agents particularly helpful when you re booking a cruise?

Dick’s guest is Scott Mast, owner of the successful travel agency Burkhalter Travel. Scott Mast is Chief Operating Officer and Owner of Burkhalter Travel, a multifaceted travel company. Burkhalter Travel provides services for Business Travel, Group Travel, Incentive Travel, Leisure Travel, and Group Tours. Burkhalter Travel was founded in 1959, and is proud to celebrate it’s 54th year of service.

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Social Open-mindedness


What is social open-mindedness? How can you optimize interactions with those that are different than you?

Dr. Tina Hallis joins Dick to discuss this sometimes tricky subject.

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Emotional Maturity


Why it is critical for a good life. You can be 23 and emotionally mature or 63 and not. Learn what this is all about.

Dick’s guests are Dr. Jim McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience in counseling and Lesa Fischer, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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Understanding and parenting children through pre-adolescence, adolescence and college age years.

Dick’s guest is author, family and child psychologist and Psychology Today columnist Dr. Carl Pickhardt, who wrote “Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence.”



Mental Health Issues of Athletes


They’re different.

Dick’s guest is psychiatrist Claudia Reardon. Dr. Reardon has treated professional athletes, treats athletes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-edited the book “Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective.”

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When to Divorce


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When to divorce? With over half of marriages ending in divorce, are people too quick to call it quits? When should you work and fight for your marriage and when to divorce?

In this podcast,Dr. Jim McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling and Lesa Fischer, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker discuss the signs of a troubled marriage and what to do about it.

Dr. McGloin and Ms. Fisher begin the discussion by describing what divorce can mean:

“Sometimes divorce is a healthy and necessary step and can be turned into a healthy advantage.” But Ms. Fisher adds “they come in and think that they are ready for that divorce…with the advantage of taking some time for a pause with a therapist and some help, you can get the opportunity to evaluate whether or not that’s the right choice.”

This podcast explores:

What are some of the biggest tensions in most marriages?

Are there signs that a marriage is worth saving?

How do you know you are divorcing for the wrong reason?

What are the signs that divorce is the right decision?

Should you stay together for the kids?

While the question of when to divorce is far from clear-cut, this podcast outlines some key factors to consider before ending a marriage.


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James F. McGloin, PhD, Therapist


When Lawyers Go Bad


An examination of legal ethics and what happens when lawyers violate them.

Dick’s guest is Ralph Cagle, who teaches Negotiation and Mediation, the Legal Profession, Professional Responsibilities and is Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s law school Lawyering Skills Program. Prior to joining the faculty in 1990, he was a civil trial lawyer for 17 years and previously was the assistant to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.

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Bridging the Political Divide


United States Representative Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin tells how he successfully crosses the aisle to work with Republicans.




Everyone has some shame. It can diminish our happiness. How do we understand and better deal with our own sense of shame?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Darald Hanusa, a University of Wisconsin-Madison lecturer, practitioner, trainer and expert in domestic violence.

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Darla: One Transgendered Story


Darla Lannert is a Vietnam combat veteran who leads a support group for LGBTQ veterans and a board member at Outreach. Darla shares with Dick her personal story of how she became the happy woman she is today.




What happens when a person does not identify with the gender they are born as? What are the issues and struggles transgendered people face on a daily basis?

Dick’s guests are Darla Lannert, a Vietnam combat veteran who leads a support group for LGBTQ veterans and a board member at Outreach and Angie Rehling, a social worker and program director for Outreach.


Medical Marijuana


How helpful is it in alleviating pain and discomfort? For which condition is it best suited to work? What are the risks?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Angela Janis, Director of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling and Consultation Center and an advisor to state legislators on medical marijuana laws and legislation.

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Being Positive


How do you become a more optimistic person? What does science say are the benefits of an attitude adjustment?

Dick’s guest  Dr. Tina Hallis explains why the simple act of being positive is so important.

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Getting Low Income Kids Kindergarten Ready


How do you do this? Why is this so crucial? Is this more important than what happens once school starts?

Dick’s guests are Kaleem Caire, Founder and CEO of Achieve 64, a consulting firm helping corporations with diversity issues and Founder and CEO of One City Early Learning Centers preschool and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician, assistant professor at UW-Madison Medical School and part of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin.

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Marijuana: The Facts About Recreational Use


Is it an addictive drug? Is it a “gateway” drug? How does it compare to alcohol?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Angela Janis, Director of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling and Consultation Center and an advisor to state legislators on medical marijuana laws and legislation.

Angela Janis


Grit: The Most Important Trait of Successful People


Why is it so important? Who’s got it? How do you develop it?

Dick’s guest,  Dr. Tina Hallis helps us understand the science of success and how to make it work for ourselves and our children.

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Forgotten Minority? Issues Facing Hispanics in America


How is the discrimination of Hispanics similar and/or different than that facing African-Americans?

Dick’s guests are Dora Zuniga, President of Inspira Consulting LLC and former Executive Director of Centro Hispano and Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dane County and Juan Lopez, Director of the Migrant Refugee and Labor Services Bureau of the State of Wisconsin.

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Serving the Poor and Homeless


How St. Vincent de Paul positively impacts the lives of poor Americans through a multitude of services.

Dick’s guest is Ralph Middlecamp, Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Madison, Wisconsin.


Renting Your Place on Airbnb



Renting on airbnb is becoming more popular by the day.  In this podcast, Scott Shatford, a consultant on this subject, author of The Airbnb Expert’s Playbook: Secrets to Making Six-Figures as a Rentalpreneur and owner of 10 units he rents out on Airbnb lets you in on the secrets to renting your place on airbnb.

“Really anybody who owns or rents a home can join the sharing  economy by renting out their place” Scott says.  “It will be the next wave of how people will travel and people will want unique accommodations where they are going and people are going to become tired of the same stale experiences that hotels provide. ”

Because the home-sharing market is becoming increasingly competitive, renters have to be strategic when listing their property.  Having rented 10 of his own properties on airbnb, Scott has learned the ins and outs of home sharing and joins this podcast to share some of his recommendations with you.

This podcast will explore:

  • The work involved in listing a property on airbnb
  • How to convey quality and safety in your listing
  • What to expect from renters
  • Other home-sharing website
  • Differences bewteen airbnb and other websites
  • Costs of listing your property
  • How to get your place airbnb ready
  • Common pricing on airbnb


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White Privilege


What is it? Why is it important for white people to understand it?

Dick’s guests are Harold Gates who is on faculty at Madison College and the founder of the Midwest Center for Cultural Competence and Reverend Michael Schuler who is the Senior Minister at the First Unitarian Society in Madison, Wisconsin and teaches a course he authored about white privilege.

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Reverend Michael Schuler

Re-Entry After Incarceration


The odds of going back to jail or prison are high. What are the obstacles, struggles and even injustices facing someone trying to go straight? How many of the 700,000 annually released will make it? What is needed to better their prospects?

Dick’s guests are Jerome Dillard, Jail Re-Entry Coordinator for the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wisconsin and who was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award for his work with re-entry 19 years after he himself was released from prison, and Linda Ketcham, Executive Director of the Madison Area Urban Ministry, a non-profit that has for many years and through several programs helped ex-offenders successfully return to the community.



The Problem with Rich Kids


Children of affluent parents have emotional problems that are the result of their upwardly mobile existence.

Dick’s guest, psychologist and author Dr. Suniya Luthar,  discusses her research on the mental health of children of the affluent that she also shared in the Psychology Today article “The Problem with Rich Kids.”  Dr. Luthar is Foundation Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University and Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Fixing the Achievement Gap


Minorities are often 2 years behind in math and reading by 4th grade. How did this happen? What are the most efficacious remedies to close this gap?

Dick’s guests, Deedra Atkinson, Vice President of Community Impact and Strategy for the United Way and Keetra Burnette, Senior Director of Community Impact and Strategy for the United way in Madison, Wisconsin and former COO of the Madison Urban League and past President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, explore the results of studies and experiments to reveal what works if we are willing to invest in these fixes.


Life Coaching


How effective is it in improving people’s lives and their happiness? How is it different from psychotherapy? How do you find the best life coach for you?

Dick’s guest is Darcy Luoma, a life coach and the head instructor at the only Life Coaching Certificate Program in the midwest certified by the International Coaching Federation, of which she is also a board member.


LGBTQ and Beyond


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Lines between these categories of sexuality are not always clear and sometimes even fluid. Also, there are sexualities even beyond LGBTQ.

Dick’s guests, Gabe Javier, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the LGBT Campus Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Cabell Gathman, Lecturer in Sociology at UW-Madison and Chair of bi and pansexual advocacy group Wisconsin 521 both help to expand on our knowledge of sexuality and gender identification.


College Students’ Mental Health Today


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Students enter college with more serious emotional problems than ever before. Why the uptick? How are college counseling centers dealing with this?

Dr. Danielle Oakley, Director of UW Madison Counseling and Consultation Center and former Director of Mental Health Services of Colorado State is Dick’s guest.


Micro-Aggressions Against African Americans


The daily racial slights, remarks and insulting behavior that “nice people” inflict on African Americans, usually without even knowing it.

Dick’s guests are Everett Mitchell, Director of Community Relations at UW-Madison and Senior Pastor at Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Annette Miller, Emerging Markets Community Development Manager at Madison Gas & Electric and past President of the Urban League of Greater Madison and Wes Sparkman, Contract Compliance Office for Dane County and a Commissioner on the Madison Police and Fire Commission.


Invasive Parenting


Invasive parenting is more and more common in America. Why is it happening and how is it affecting these kids as they grow up?

Dick’s guest wrote the groundbreaking book “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting.” Hara Estroff Marano is also editor-at-large of Psychology Today and author of many articles as well as a book on children’s mental health. #invasiveparenting #helicopterparents #resilience

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Coping with Stress Successfully


Why do some people cope better with stress than others? The right techniques can go a long way to reducing stress.

Dick’s guest, Rob Sepich has helped more than 3,000 students over the last twenty years to better manage their stress through the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling Center and has presented over 1,000 workshops and seminars on this topic.

Additional resources by Rob Sepich:

Calm in a Crisis

Spotify Relaxation Techniques


Sex Offender Registries


Do they actually protect the public? Are some offenders unnecessarily victimized by this system? Where does politics intersect with this issue?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Wesley G. Jennings, a criminologist and associate professor at the University of South Florida, recently named the number one criminologist in the world in recognition of his peer reviewed scholarly publications, of which there are 175 to date.


The Heroin Epidemic


Why the dramatic increase in use? Who is susceptible? What gets people to turn it around? What treatment works best?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Michael Miller, Addiction Psychiatrist, recent President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Medical Director of the Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin.


Using Mediation Techniques in Everyday Life


How do you successfully resolve conflict at work, at home or anywhere? Good conflict resolution skills are crucial to good relationships.

Dick’s guests are Lisa and Harry Webne-Behrman, both senior partners at Collaborative Initiative Inc. and have helped hundreds of schools, businesses and non-profits build their conflict resolution skills within their organizations. Lisa is a senior psychologist with the University of Wisconsin Counseling Center. Harry has written many related manuals and is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Association of Mediators.


Racism in a Liberal College Town


Paul Fanlund, white editor of the liberal Madison, Wisconsin newspaper The Capital Times shares what he has learned about racism through an  ongoing investigation in his paper. He also discusses how a well meaning, well educated white person often doesn’t see racism that is clearly evident to minorities.

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Paul Fanlund, Editor
The Capital Times

Avoiding Mistakes in the Divorce Process


Two acclaimed divorce lawyers share classic mistakes clients often make during this emotionally charged process and how to avoid them.

Dick’s guests, Allan Koritzinsky and Daphne Webb, both share inclusion on “The Best Divorce Lawyers in America” list as well as a combined 80 years of divorce law experience.


Long Distance Relationships


photoWhy is the number of these types of relationships growing? What are the challenges? What are some of the advantages?

Dick’s guest, Margery Wang, having just completed her doctoral dissertation on this subject at The Wright Institute, shares her recent findings. #longdistancerelationships #UWMadison




How important is friendship to your happiness? What is a good friendship? How do you cultivate a healthy friendship network?

Dick’s guest, Patricia Clason is an author, lecturer and Director of The Center for Creative Learning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over 5,000 people have taken her workshops in personal growth and development.


When Medical Doctors Get Disciplined


What behaviors cause medical doctors to face discipline by a licensing board? What can the patient do to protect themselves from harm?

Dick’s guest is Jack Zweig, an attorney who for 30 years prosecuted these cases for the state licensing agencies for psychiatrists, marriage and family counselors and therapists in Wisconsin. Recently, he retired and now consults with defense attorneys in these cases.


Pedophilia: Myths, Realities and Treatments


Are adults who are sexually attracted to children a danger to society? Are present treatments and criminal penalties counter-productive? Can people be “cured” of pedophilia?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Fred Berlin, founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorder Clinic.


Timeshare 101 with Lisa Ann Schreier


What are the pitfalls, risks and benefits of buying a timeshare? What is it like on the other side of the timeshare transaction?

Dick’s guest is Lisa Ann Schreier,  founder of Timeshare Insights, a consumer consulting company serving the more than 3 million Americans who attend a timeshare sales presentation or “pitch” annually, as well as the more than 4 million Americans who already own one or more timeshares. She is the author of two best-selling books on timeshare – “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation—Confessions From The Sales Table” and “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies” Both books have been a hit with consumers who are confused and angered by the industry’s outdated sales and marketing techniques.


211: Call for Help


211 is nationwide, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is there to help with many of life’s problems that are not immediate emergencies.

Dick’s guests are Burlie Williams, Director of 211 in Dane County, Wisconsin and her boss, Kathy Martinson, who shepherded this line from “First Call for Help” to being a part of the nationwide 211 system. They explain how 211 works and who it is helping.


Non-Profit Do’s and Don’ts


Do the same management principles that apply to a for-profit also apply to running a non-profit? What are the most common mistakes to avoid? What are the “must do’s” for non-profit success?

Dick’s guest Boris Frank has 50 years of experience consulting non-profits,  including 25 years of teaching non-profit management and fundraising for the University of Wisconsin system. He recently help write and teach a new course on running non-profits for Madison College.


Retirement Communities


What are the benefits and concerns of moving into an independent living retirement community? What is the right age, the right fit and what are the right questions to ask when shopping?

Dick’s guest is Tim Conroy, who for five years has been Executive Director of Capitol Lakes, which offers all levels of care to its 300 residents in Madison, Wisconsin.




Who is authentic? How do they become so? Is being a phony the opposite? What are the benefits of being authentic to the person, their friends and colleagues as they become more authentic?

Dick’s guest is Barbara Hummel who has led workshops for 12 years for the Center for Courage & Renewal. She is also the former director of the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network, which helped businesses and organizations improve their quality and systems thinking.


Therapist Misconduct


Occasionally a few therapists act inappropriately or unethically. They cross the line About 1% are disciplined. What types of misconduct happen? Are there personality patterns of these therapists that contribute to misconduct?

Dick’s guest is Jack Zweig, an attorney who for 30 years prosecuted these cases for the state licensing agencies for psychiatrists, marriage and family counselors and therapists in Wisconsin. Recently, he retired and now consults with defense attorneys in these cases.


Disabilities: What the Rest of Us Need to Know


How can you be most helpful to someone with a disability? How can you avoid doing hurtful or insensitive things?

Dick’s guest is Shelley Peterman Schwarz, a former teacher to the hearing impaired. She retired in 1981 due to MS and has since been a motivational speaker, regular newspaper columnist for 20 years, has appeared frequently on t.v., published many articles on flourishing while being disabled and offers a look at the disabled world from the inside out.

For more information on Shelley Peterman Schwarz, visit http://makinglifeeasier.com/


Gay Marriage Today


In what areas are straight and gay marriage very different and where are they the same? What has changed the most over the years?

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Dick’s guests are Reverend Eldonna Hazen, Minister of the  First Congregational United Church of Christ and performs pre-marital counseling as part of her duties, and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also at Child & Family Psychological Services. Each of them are in long term committed same sex    relationships and have children aged from pre-school to adulthood.


When Your Life Partner is Troubled


What is the impact on one partner when the other has mental health issues? How do you deal with a depressed, anxious or addicted mate? Lauren Papp, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is Dick’s guest.

For more information about Professor Papp, please visit mywebspace.wisc.edu/papp/web


Criminal Defense Lawyers


What can veterans of this work tell us about the criminal justice system and how do they tolerate a lifetime of defending people who have often done very bad things?

Dick’s guests are attorneys Eric Schulenburg and Denny Burke who have a combined 70 years of experience in criminal defense law.




Are secrets always a bad idea or is it sometimes wise to keep them locked away? Dick’s guest, Dr. Tamara Affifi is an expert in family communications and has researched and written on the subject of privacy, secrets, disclosure and avoidance. She is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa.


Premarital Counseling by Clergy


Exploring the benefits of examining the strengths and challenges of an impending marriage with your clergy. Is it a must or can the truly happy couple just head to the altar?

Dick’s guests are Reverend Michael Schuler, longtime senior minister of one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in America and Reverend Eldonna Hazen, newly called senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.


Practicing Gratitude


Gratitude: It can make you happier, healthier and improve your relationships. Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a psychologist from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, shares with us how to maintain a successful gratitude practice and how science demonstrates its benefits.

“Gratitude is one of the most significant, contributing factors to our happiness,” Dr. Mirgain said. “It is a simple and … free thing we can do.”


Examining Income Inequality in the U.S.


Why is it getting greater? How serious is this problem? What can be done to close the income gap and reduce poverty?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Tim Smeeding, a distinguished Professor of Economics & Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shares how we got here and the five things that will best improve this situation.

For more information on Dr. Smeeding or IRP, please visit: www.irp.wisc.edu


Sports Psychology


What makes us choke, be it golf, tennis or whatever sport is yours? How can we use our mind to optimize our sport and rid ourselves of performance anxiety?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Kris Eiring is a former college track star who now specializes in sports psychology in her private practice as well as being a consultant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department.


Impaired Physicians


About 10% of doctors struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs at some point in their career. How does this affect their skills and their patients? What are the protocols to force them to get help? How likely are doctors to recover when they enter treatment?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a board certified addiction psychiatrist and recently served as president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and has led the Physicians Health Program in Wisconsin for 12 years.


Dealing with Difficult People


Learn who the most challenging types of people are, methods that apply in dealing with them and how to avoid making bad situations worse.

Dick’s guest, Dr. Beth Jennings, helps us with the non-stop talker, the mean boss, the person always in a dither and many others. Her classifications for difficult people include the intimidator, the bully and the passive-aggressive.



What’s Wrong with Jails in America?


Why are jails overcrowded? Who are these inmates? What are the new promising alternatives to incarceration?

Dick’s guest is Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney, who for the past seven years among other duties, has presided over a reduction of jail population from 1,300 down to 800. He serves on over twenty national, state and local task forces and committees, including one on mental health and the criminal justice system and another on disproportionate minority confinement. He is also National Secretary for The Major County Sheriffs Organization.

Mahoney describes the use of electronic monitoring bracelets that have helped reduce the jail population and have a 97 percent success rate against more crimes.


Hospital Ethics


How do those tough decisions about end of life or caretaker conflicts get decided in large hospitals? What if the parents’ religious beliefs are in conflict with proper medical protocols concerning their own child? These issues are often dealt with by hospital ethics boards. Father Patrick Norris, a hospital chaplain and lecturer on hospital ethics, is Dick’s guest.

“Most (hospital) ethics committees are advisory,” Norris said. “Ultimately the physicians, families and patients make those (difficult) decisions.”

In cases in which parents refuse treatment for their child, the question comes up, why are they refusing? Is it religious belief? Is it a conflict of what the burden vs. benefit would be? Is it a misunderstanding of the diagnosis?


The $15 Minimum Wage


Would a $15 an hour minimum wage end all poverty among those who work? How would it affect unemployment, inflation and profits? Where does the Earned Income Tax Credit fit in all this? Would this reduce inequality in the U.S.?

Former director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty and widely published expert on poverty in America, Dr. Bob Haveman, is Dick’s guest.


Exploring Narcissism


When does the self-centered, self-absorbed person qualify as a clinically defined narcissistic personality? Can a narcissist be “cured”? How do you live with one? Can psychotherapy actually change a narcissist into a caring and compassionate person?

Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and Lesa Fischer, have 50 years combined experience in working with personality disordered patients, including narcissists. Dr. McGloin says that although only one percent of the population has narcissistic personality disorder, “there are many features of narcissism that many people have.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Fischer cites the nine criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used to assess whether one has the disorder. Examples include grandiose sense of self and difficulty demonstrating a sense of empathy.


Helping Others in Emotional Crisis


How do you help someone experiencing an emotional crisis, such as depression, alcohol abuse, an eating disorder or being suicidal? Dick’s guests, Cindy Johnson and Dan Muxfeld, talk about Mental Health First Aid, a program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The eight-hour, nationwide course benefits a wide variety of professionals, from teachers to police officers to nurses to parents.

“(Mental Health First Aid) is about providing ongoing support for people in the community,” Johnson, a clinical social worker, said. “Decreasing the stigma (around mental health) is a huge part … and to not buy into the fear that’s out there.”


Lessons From Hospice


What can the dying teach us about living? Grief counselor and author of “Before We Go: Stories For A Better Life From Those Facing Death,” Cheri Milton helps answer this question.

Milton, a certified thanatologist (one who studies death), says people in hospice are sadder but not necessarily unhappy. One reason could be because they lived a full life and have no regrets.

“They perhaps can say … ‘even though I’m going to die now with this terminal illness, I’ve done what I wanted to do. I’ve had wonderful family and friends’,” Milton said.


Gambling Addiction


Is it a true addiction? Is the spread of casinos feeding this problem? Who is the troubled gambler? Is treatment effective?

Dick’s guest, Keith Whyte, the director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, dispels several myths and explains the magnitude of this problem in the United States.

“There’s a winning phase and a losing phase, and for most people, that’s it,” Whyte said. “For problem gamblers, there’s a losing phase and a desperation phase.”


The 12 Steps and Addiction in America


How effective is the 12-step program in treating alcoholism and other addictions? When is the 12-step program not enough?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Michael Miller, a board certified addiction psychiatrist who has practiced addiction medicine for 30 years. He is presently Director of Herrington Recovery Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wis., and is the past president of American Society of Addiction Medicine.


Grieving: Coping with Loss


What should you expect when you have experienced a loss? When should you seek professional help?

Dick’s guest is Dr. Emely Verba, a clinical psychologist with 24 years of experience and a resident supervisor for the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry who also served as consulting supervisor to the HospiceCare Grief Center for 12 years.


Restorative Justice: Bringing the Victim and Perpetrator Together


How can bringing together the victim and the perpetrator of a crime benefit both of them, as well as their families and their communities? Reverend Jerry Hancock, a former defense lawyer and assistant district attorney, is now Director of Prison Ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison, Wis., joins Dick to address this topic.

Typical questions a victim or their family may ask an offender can range from the general (“why?”) to the very specific (“what happened to that billfold?”). This “victim-offender conferencing” can provide closure to both the victim and the offender.

“There’s a need for helping the victim heal, there’s a need for the offender to understand and there’s a role for the community to step up and say, ‘we have to take responsibility’,” Hancock said.




Why do kids bully and how should the victims respond? Is the term “bullying” overused and overblown in the media?

Dick’s guest, Child and Adolescent Therapist DJ Hilley, provides unexpected insights on bullying and very practical advice drawn from his child therapy consulting practice.

“The awareness and attention to (bullying) is on the rise,” Hilley said. “Our definition of it has expanded tremendously. So now including all kinds of behaviors, then sure it’s on the rise.”


Prison and Jail Ministry


What can be learned about men behind bars from the perspective of those who minister to them?

Reverend Jerry Hancock, a former defense lawyer and assistant district attorney, is now Director of Prison Ministry at the First Congregational Church in Madison, Wis. John Mix is the Chaplain at the Dane County Jail and ministers to its 900 inmates.

“Struggling with addiction is the largest contributor to the population that’s in jail,” Mix said. “If there was greater emphasis on treatment instead of prisons … we would do much more effective work with these folks.”


Retiring Successfully


Being happy in retirement is about more than having a good pension and IRA. What are the personal, emotional and vocational issues that need to be addressed to retire successfully?

Dick’s guest, Mona Wasow, is a retired social worker from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She recently offered a course at a senior center on issues in retirement.

Mona mentions that creating structure to the day and having a sense of purpose (such as performing volunteer work) are important in retirement.


The Hazards of Being Male


Despite being the “top dog” and not suffering from sexism, men still live shorter, less healthy and lonelier lives than women. Why is that and what can be done about it?

Dick’s guest is psychologist Dr. Ron May. Dr. May has been in private practice for more than 30 years, specializing in individual and group therapy for men. For the past 17 years, he has taught “The Psychology of Men and Masculinity” at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“From a clinical setting … we often see more men with anger problems … work problems, conflicts with authority figures … (and) addiction problems,” Dr. May said.


The School Shooter


Is there a specific profile? Why do they do it? What can be done to diminish the likelihood of these school shooting massacres in the future?

Dick’s guest, forensic psychologist, prolific author on predators and sex offenders and consultant to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Dr. Anna Salter, shares thoughts from her recent presentation on school shooters.

“What’s different now is that access to information for making bombs is so readily available on the Internet,” Salter said. “Also, it’s easy to get access to more and more powerful weapons, (so) the body count is going up.”

For more information on this topic or Dr. Anna Salter, please visit www.annasalter.com


Suicide in America


How common is it, why do people do it and how can you help someone you think is at risk?

Karen Stevenson, a clinician with 30 years experience working in emergency mental health is Dick’s guest.


Treating Learning Disabilities


Dick’s guests psychologists Dr. Nira Scherz-Busch and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen  return to explore how to get competent diagnosis and discuss what treatments are effective with learning disabilities.


Learning Disabilities 101


What are learning disabilities? How common are they? How do they affect lives? Can they be successfully treated?

Dick’s guests, psychologists Dr. Nira Scherz-Busch and Dr. Dennis Christoffersen, have over 50 years of combined experience helping their clients with learning disabilities navigate their lives.


Cross-Cultural Conversations: Avoiding Blunders


Two University of Wisconsin-Madison therapists and teachers of multiculturalism help us learn how to be sensitive and more skilled when talking to people of different cultures, color or ethnicity. Psychologist Monika Gutkowska and social worker Amanda Ngola are Dick’s guests.


Business Ethics in the Real World


Are altruism and the selfish motivation of maximizing profits incompatible in the real world?

Dr. Denis Collins, author and professor of business at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis., returns for part two of this subject.

“In business, you really do apply the same principles (of personal ethics), so there’s this clear overlap between personal life and business life,” Collins said. “At the same time, business has a whole bunch of issues that a lot of people don’t face in their personal life.”

In case you missed it, here’s part one of Dr. Denis Collins’ interview on business ethics.


Why Teach Business Ethics in College?


Do ethics affect behavior in the business world? How are business ethics different from maximizing profits within the law?

Dick’s guest, Dr. Denis Collins, has written several books on business ethics and is a professor of business at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis.

“A lot of times, economics and ethics go hand-in-hand,” Collins said. “Organizations that are the most ethical … in the long term out-perform the unethical organizations.”

Don’t forget to listen to part two of Dr. Denis Collins’ interview on business ethics.




What really is it? Who is most vulnerable to suffer from it? When does it become a serious problem? What can be done about it? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jackson Rainer co-author of “Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness” helps us better understand this universal experience.


The “Good” Divorce With Kids


Psychologist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Ken Waldron returns to discuss the best and most productive ways to deal with disputes over children and custody in divorce.


The “Good” Divorce


While divorce always involves loss, stress and pain, there are techniques and ideas that can buffer these issues, as well as make a favorable long term outcome more likely. Psychologist, researcher and lecturer Dr. Ken Waldron shares his experience and knowledge from 30 years in this field.


The Psychology of Philanthropy


What motivates people to give away their money? Dick’s guest, Martha Taylor, Vice President at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, has written three books on philanthropy and compares women’s giving to men’s, rich to poor and young to old.


Successful Dating: 10 Vital Tips


In this to-the-point 15 minute podcast Dick shares ten tips that will increase your chances of finding a great life partner. The ideas are the basis of a workshop offered to students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Personality Disorders


What may the guilt-free criminal, the extreme narcissist and the functioning paranoid have in common? Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and social worker Lesa Fischer, both of whom have 50 years of combined experience treating personality disorders, provide an outline to understanding this category of mental illness.


Premarital Counseling


Why do it? Who should get it? How do marriage counselors work compared to clergy? Dr. Don Ferguson, author of “Reptiles in Love”, long term couples’ counselor and premarital workshop leader shares his knowledge and experience.

For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit inrelationships.com


The Future of Public Libraries


With the increasing use of e-books and the internet, are libraries becoming obsolete? Dick’s guests, Tana Elias and Tripp Widder learned by fire as they plan a soon-to-be-opened $30,000,000 central library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information on the Madison Public Library, please visit madisonpubliclibrary.org


Drug and Alcohol Use Among Young Adults


How common is binge drinking? How problematic is marijuana and other drug use at this age? When does recreational use of drugs and alcohol slide into abuse? What treatments are most helpful?

Dick’s guest Shelly Dutch has 28 years of experience helping this population. She is the Founder and Director of Connections Counseling, a large private agency that focuses on young adults struggling with addiction.

For more information on Connections Counseling, please visit connectionscounseling.com


Understanding Homelessness


Who are the homeless? How many people are homeless in the United States? How did this happen? What can be done to fix this?

Dick’s guest, Steve Schooler, is a founder and Executive Director for the last 12 years of Porchlight Inc. Porchlight Inc. is an innovative and effective agency that has helped thousands of homeless people with both temporary and permanent solutions to homelessness.

For more information about Porchlight Inc., please visit porchlightinc.org


The Art of Networking


Tips and techniques to help expand your personal and professional connections and enhance your life.

Dick’s guest, Joan Gillman shares her ideas from the seminars she has authored and given on networking and from her time as Director of the UW Small Business Development Center.


Loving Your Job, Even When You Don’t Like It


How to find meaning and joy in your present position. Dick’s guest is Dr. Lynn Johnson, lecturer, psychologist and author of “Enjoy Life! Healing with Happiness” shares tips from his recent publication “I Hate My Job He Said”.

For more information about this topic or Dr. Johnson, please visit http://enjoylifebook.com


Happiness: Using the Power of Positive Psychology


happinessLearn proven techniques to enhance happiness and joy through the science of positive psychology with Dr. Lynn Johnson, lecturer, psychologist and author of “Enjoy Life! Healing with Happiness.”

Dr. Johnson has thirty years  of experience in helping others. After receiving his Ph.D., he created a center devoted to brief psychotherapy, helping patients in the most effective ways possible. He has taught techniques of brief therapy in 45 states and five foreign countries. He and his wife, Carol Sue, have raised four very happy children together.



Effective Couples Counseling


All couples have their struggles but when is help from a couples counselor in order? Dick explores what techniques effective counselors use and how to know if your counselor is right or wrong for you.

Dick’s guest, Dr. Don Ferguson is the author of the book “Reptiles in Love” and has been counseling couples for 30 years. He also teaches marriage counseling at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.


For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit inrelationships.com


Couples and Toxic Fighting


Understanding why nice people in loving relationships can have nasty toxic fights. Dick’s guest is Dr. Don Ferguson, author of the book “Reptiles in Love”. The book takes an in-depth look at why almost all couples experience this toxic fighting and how to navigate conflicts more productively. Dr. Ferguson has been counseling couples for 30 years and teaches marriage counseling at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

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For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit inrelationships.com


Being A Clergy


How is the experience of ministry different and similar to what parishioners might expect? A minister of a very large church and one from a very small church share the highs, lows, challenges and rewards of their work. Scot Sorenson, Pastor Bethel Lutheran and Tisha Brown, Pastor of Community of Hope United Church of Christ, both of Madison, Wisconsin are Dick’s guests.

For more information about Bethel Lutheran Church, please visit: http://bethel-madison.org

For more information about Community of Hope United Church of Christ, please visit: http://www.madisonchristiancommunity.org


Positive Aging


Besides enough money, what are the key elements in flourishing and feeling fulfilled as we grow older? Dr. Carol Ryff, Director of the Institute of Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor of psychology and author of over 60 publications on this subject, shares her knowledge.


For more information on this subject, please visit: www.aging.wisc.edu

For more information on the MIDUS National Study, please visit: www.midus.wisc.edu


Attacking Social Problems


A new and successful model of philanthropy goes beyond just helping the disadvantaged to getting to the causes of social problems and creating permanent change. Leslie Howard, President of United Way of Dane County, discusses this cutting edge approach to making philanthropy more effective.


For more information on United Way of Dane County, please visit: unitedwayofdanecounty.org