Author Archives: Liz Dederich

  1. Encore: New Year Resolutions

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    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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  2. Treating Addiction: An Alternative to 12 Step Recovery Programs

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    Dr. Michael Edelstein, Clinical Psychologist and Author of “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.”, joins Dick to discuss what he sees as shortcomings with 12 step programs and what he feels is a better alternative.

  3. Co-Parenting

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    Co-parenting after the end of a relationship can be a challenging proposition, yet it is possible to do so successfully by avoiding common mistakes.

    Dick’s guest is Dr. Ken Waldron, a Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years experience working with divorced families. He is also Author of several books, including “The Co-Parenting Workbook.”

  4. Closing the Achievement Gap

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    How far behind are kids of color in K through 12? What can be done to close the gap?

    Dick’s guest is Renee Moe, President and CEO of the United Way of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin. This particular branch innovated a process of inviting all the players to the same table to attack social problems. This process is now typical throughout all United Way agencies across the country.

  5. Eliminating Anger

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    Anger is an emotion experienced by almost everyone and can lead to big trouble. Are we better off eliminating anger from our emotional repertoire? How is that possible to do?

    Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Edelstein is a long practicing psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.”

  6. Consequential Strangers

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    The quality of our relationships with family and close friends may be the biggest contributor to contentment but how important is the quality of social ties with people not part of the family and close friends group?

    Dick’s guest is award-winning journalist Melinda Blau, who has written several books on the importance of quality relationships including “Consequential Strangers.”



    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.

  8. Encore: Personality Disorders

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    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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  9. Autism 101

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    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).


  10. Hospital Psychiatric Units

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    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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  11. Gangs in America

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    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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  12. The Dark Web

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    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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  13. Psychiatrists Today

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    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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  14. Domestic Abuse

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

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    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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  16. Living with a Personality Disordered Partner

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    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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  17. Suicide Prevention

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    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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  18. Workplace Sexual Harassment

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    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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  19. Money & Happiness

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    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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  20. How a Democratic Legislator Copes in a Republican State

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    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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  21. Chronic Pain Control Using Your Mind

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    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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  22. How United Way Impacts Communities

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    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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  23. PreMarital Counseling by Professionals

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    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


  24. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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    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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  25. May December Marriage

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    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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  26. Community Mental Health Centers

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    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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  27. Happy Retirement

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    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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  28. Elements of a Successful Marriage

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    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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  29. PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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    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.


  30. Lessons from Couples Counseling

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    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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  31. Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy

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    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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  32. Subtle Emotional Abuse

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    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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  33. Overcoming Adversity

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    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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  34. Dementia

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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.


  35. When Women Abuse Men

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    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.



  36. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

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    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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  37. Crimeless Parole Revocation

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    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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  38. Living as an Undocumented Immigrant

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    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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  39. Funeral Homes: What You Need to Know

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    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.


  40. What Makes for a Great Teacher?

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    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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  41. 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.

  42. Lawyers and Depression

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    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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  43. How to be Likeable

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    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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  44. What to Expect Once You’re Sober

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    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.

  45. 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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  46. Travel Agencies in the 21st Century

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    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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  47. 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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  48. When Lawyers Go Bad

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    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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  49. Shame

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    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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  50. Transgendered

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    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.

  51. Medical Marijuana

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    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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  52. Getting Low Income Kids Kindergarten Ready

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    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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  53. Marijuana: The Facts About Recreational Use

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    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.

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  54. Forgotten Minority? Issues Facing Hispanics in America

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    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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  55. Renting Your Place on Airbnb

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    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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