Society & Sociology

Mass Shootings

Posted on May 8, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Since 2006, there have been over 600 mass shootings in the United States, resulting in more than 3,000 murders. Why these large numbers? Who are these mass shooters? How can we intelligently address this issue? Dick’s guest, Dr. Richard LaBrie is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in mass and individual trauma.

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The Youth Mental Health Crisis

Posted on April 24, 2024 by Liz Dederich

In 2019, 13% of adolescents reported having a major depressive episode. That was an increase of 60% in just over a decade. For people 10 to 24, suicide rates increased that same percentage in the same period of time. What is going on with our youth? Is it easily explained by social media and smart […]

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The Major Economic & Social Changes Coming in the Next Decade

Posted on February 14, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest, Stephen P. Jarchow, co-author with Paul Zane Pilzer of the book The New Roaring Twenties: Prosper in Volatile Times discusses the six economic and six social changes that will affect our lives in the next ten years.

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Helping Black Men Succeed

Posted on December 6, 2023 by Liz Dederich

26% of Black men live in poverty. 1 in 5 will be incarcerated at some point in their lives. Black men also experience twice the unemployment rate as white men. Dick’s guest, Corey Marrioneaux is Founder and President of Black Men Coalition of Dane County an agency in Madison, Wisconsin that helps primarily Black men […]

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The Effects of Incarceration

Posted on November 22, 2023 by Liz Dederich

There are nearly 2 million people behind bars in the United States. There are also over 6 million family members of the incarcerated additionally affected, creating a huge impact that needs to be addressed. Dick’s guest, Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia is a clinical psychologist and the former warden of the Cook County Jail in Chicago, […]

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Public Defenders Today (Encore)

Posted on October 18, 2023 by Liz Dederich

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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The Broken Criminal Justice System and How to Fix It

Posted on October 4, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest, Ed Wall was a long-serving police officer and former Director of the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections. He shares his insights concerning the problems with our criminal justice system and what changes need to be made to fix them.

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911: A New Approach When Calls Involve a Mentally Disturbed Person

Posted on September 20, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Nearly 20% of all 911 calls involve a mentally disturbed person. In the past, all of these calls were responded to by police with little to no mental health training, sometimes ending in tragedy. Recently, there has been a push to create mental health emergency response teams to provide proper support for those in crisis. […]

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211: The National Non-Emergency Helpline

Posted on September 8, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Everyone knows to call 911 in an emergency but if help is needed in any other situation you can call 211 from anywhere 24/7. Dick’s guest, Ed Wall is Director of 211 for United Way Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin.    

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Lessons About Dementia

Posted on August 23, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Dr. Lee Hansen, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Author of Forgetting and Forgotten: Dementia and the Right to Die, shares with Dick his experiences and all he learned about dementia while taking care of his wife during her ten year battle with this all too common disease.  

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The Case for Junior College

Posted on June 14, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Other than price, what are the advantages for some of choosing junior college rather than a traditional four year college? Dick’s guest, Turina Bakken, is the provost at Madison College. She has served as vice provost, associate vice president, dean, associate dean, program director and faculty member.

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21st Century Policing

Posted on January 18, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett joins Dick to discuss what needs to change for effective policing in the 21st Century.

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The Internet and Loneliness

Posted on December 20, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Nearly 40% of Americans say they are lonely. Some blame the rise of the internet and social media yet is there a way to use this strategically to help lessen loneliness? Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a licensed psychologist who has volunteered his time and services to help victims of cyberbullying.

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Future of Jails

Posted on December 6, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Jails are in transformation from holding pens to more humanitarian rehabilitative facilities. As Dane County in Wisconsin embarks on building a new jail, Sheriff Kalvin Barrett discusses with Dick what he sees as wrong with jails today and what they need to do to release safer and more productive inmates back into society.

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Felons & The Right to Vote

Posted on November 9, 2022 by Liz Dederich

6.1 million felons are currently denied the right to vote. Some incarcerated, some on parole and others who have served their sentence. What are the pros and cons for granting felons the right to vote? Dick’s guest, Ramiah Whiteside was incarcerated for 25 years. He is now Associate Director and Prison Relational Voter Program Inreach […]

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The Internet and Mass Shooters

Posted on September 14, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Last year, there were nearly 700 mass shootings in the U.S. How might the internet contribute to encouraging this kind of behavior? Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a licensed psychologist who has volunteered his time and services to help victims of cyberbullying.

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How Americans Handle Death

Posted on August 31, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest, Dr. Janet McCord, Director of the Master of Science in Thanatology program at Edgewood College, shares healthier ways to deal with death and how other cultures do it better.  

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Adult ADHD

Posted on March 30, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Between 5 to 7% of American adults live with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A surprising effect is their life expectancy is up to 8 1/2 years shorter. Learn the reasons behind this health risk and how to best manage this disorder. Dick’s guest, Mindy Perry LCSW, is the ADHD program director for the SW […]

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Suicide in America

Posted on March 16, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Why do people attempt suicide? How many are successful? What can we learn from those who survive an attempt? Is our culture causing high suicide rates? Dick’s guest, Jessica Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor at The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy. She developed a behavioral health screening protocol applicable […]

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Encore: How United Way Impacts Communities

Posted on March 2, 2022 by Liz Dederich

In honor of United Way of Dane County’s 100th anniversary, please enjoy this encore presentation on one of the most innovative of the 1,100 United Way agencies in the United States. How do they decide what is the best use of the money they have? How do they get the community to work together to […]

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Closing the Achievement Gap

Posted on October 27, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Primary Care Physicians Today

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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, […]

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The Future of Journalism in America

Posted on August 4, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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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Murder, Incarceration and Resilience

Posted on June 9, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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.  

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Whites Counseling Blacks

Posted on May 26, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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.

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Passing For White

Posted on May 12, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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.

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Hazing and Sexual Assault in Fraternities

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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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Consumer Abuse

Posted on February 3, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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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Why Women Kill

Posted on January 6, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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

Posted on December 9, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, a Ph.D. Clinical Social Worker 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. Heather Cox Richardson covers the political aspect of Trump’s behavior in her blog post December 21, 2020.

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Profile of the Cyberbully

Posted on October 8, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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.

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Posted on September 23, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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.

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Reading People

Posted on August 12, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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.  

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Payday Loans

Posted on July 29, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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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Domestic Abuse During Lockdown

Posted on April 29, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

Posted on March 25, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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, […]

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Cultural Competence in Counseling

Posted on March 11, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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 […]

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Racism and Black Women’s Health

Posted on February 12, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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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Foster Parenting in America

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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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Our Broken Healthcare System & How to Fix It

Posted on August 28, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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.    

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The Mass Killer

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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.

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Pros & Cons of Online Learning

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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 […]

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Ginger: A Transgendered Story

Posted on July 3, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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.  

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The Case for Reparations

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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 […]

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Human Trafficking 101

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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 […]

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Justified Anger of African-Americans

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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.  

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Lessons from a White Collar Criminal

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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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Hate Groups

Posted on February 27, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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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All About Food Carts

Posted on December 5, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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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Autism 101

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Hospital Psychiatric Units

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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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Immigration 101

Posted on August 29, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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.  

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Selling Mindfulness to Corporate America

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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.

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Gangs in America

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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The Dark Web

Posted on July 5, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Psychiatrists Today

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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

Posted on May 9, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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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Suicide Prevention

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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, […]

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Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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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How United Way Impacts Communities

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Community Mental Health Centers

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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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Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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, […]

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Posted on June 21, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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.

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Consumer Fraud

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Living as an Undocumented Immigrant

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Funeral Homes: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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.

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What Makes for a Great Teacher?

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Effective Hiring for Diversity

Posted on November 9, 2016 by TSC Admin

Do employers, even the best intentioned ones, still discriminate against people of color when hiring? What are some of the subtle things that employers are often not aware of that work against the effective hiring for diversity? What are the things employers can do immediately to get better results? What are the benefits for non-profit […]

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Effects of Winning the Lottery

Posted on October 26, 2016 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Understanding U.S. Poverty Programs

Posted on October 12, 2016 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Being Fat in America

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Homelessness Solutions

Posted on August 31, 2016 by TSC Admin

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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Retirement Center Depression and Loneliness

Posted on August 3, 2016 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Lawyers and Depression

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Liz Dederich

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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Life Behind Bars

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Liz Dederich

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

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Wills: What Everyone Must Know

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Liz Dederich

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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Emotional Maturity

Posted on December 9, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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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Mental Health Issues of Athletes

Posted on November 11, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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 Lawyers Go Bad

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Bridging the Political Divide

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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

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Darla: One Transgendered Story

Posted on September 9, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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.

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Posted on August 26, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Getting Low Income Kids Kindergarten Ready

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Marijuana: The Facts About Recreational Use

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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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Forgotten Minority? Issues Facing Hispanics in America

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Serving the Poor and Homeless

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Liz Dederich

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.

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White Privilege

Posted on April 8, 2015 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Re-Entry After Incarceration

Posted on March 25, 2015 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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The Problem with Rich Kids

Posted on March 11, 2015 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Fixing the Achievement Gap

Posted on February 25, 2015 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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LGBTQ and Beyond

Posted on January 28, 2015 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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College Students’ Mental Health Today

Posted on January 14, 2015 by TSC Admin

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.

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Micro-Aggressions Against African Americans

Posted on December 31, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Invasive Parenting

Posted on December 17, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Sex Offender Registries

Posted on November 19, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Racism in a Liberal College Town

Posted on October 8, 2014 by TSC Admin

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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When Medical Doctors Get Disciplined

Posted on August 13, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Pedophilia: Myths, Realities and Treatments

Posted on July 31, 2014 by TSC Admin

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.

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Timeshare 101 with Lisa Ann Schreier

Posted on July 17, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Non-Profit Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on June 18, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Therapist Misconduct

Posted on May 21, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Disabilities: What the Rest of Us Need to Know

Posted on April 30, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Gay Marriage Today

Posted on April 16, 2014 by TSC Admin

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

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Criminal Defense Lawyers

Posted on March 19, 2014 by TSC Admin

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.

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Examining Income Inequality in the U.S.

Posted on January 22, 2014 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Impaired Physicians

Posted on December 26, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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What’s Wrong with Jails in America?

Posted on November 27, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Hospital Ethics

Posted on November 13, 2013 by TSC Admin

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, […]

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The $15 Minimum Wage

Posted on October 30, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Lessons From Hospice

Posted on September 18, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Restorative Justice: Bringing the Victim and Perpetrator Together

Posted on July 10, 2013 by TSC Admin

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. […]

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Posted on June 27, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Prison and Jail Ministry

Posted on June 12, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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The School Shooter

Posted on May 4, 2013 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Suicide in America

Posted on April 20, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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Treating Learning Disabilities

Posted on April 7, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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Learning Disabilities 101

Posted on March 25, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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Cross-Cultural Conversations: Avoiding Blunders

Posted on March 11, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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The “Good” Divorce

Posted on January 22, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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The Psychology of Philanthropy

Posted on January 10, 2013 by TSC Admin

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.

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Personality Disorders

Posted on December 15, 2012 by TSC Admin

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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The Future of Public Libraries

Posted on November 14, 2012 by TSC Admin

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

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Drug and Alcohol Use Among Young Adults

Posted on October 31, 2012 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Understanding Homelessness

Posted on October 24, 2012 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Being A Clergy

Posted on August 12, 2012 by TSC Admin

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, […]

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Attacking Social Problems

Posted on July 17, 2012 by TSC Admin

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 […]

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Sex Offenders

Posted on April 25, 2012 by TSC Admin

Who are they? Why do they do it? Can they be treated successfully? What do we need to know to protect our children? Dick’s guest is Dr. Anna Salter, prominent author of books on criminals and sex offenders, as well as a consultant to the Department of Corrections in Wisconsin. Dr. Salter is also a lecturer […]

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Who are they? How many are there? Are most criminals? Can they be rehabilitated? How do we deal with the psychopaths among us? Dick’s guest is Dr. Anna Salter, prominent author of books on criminals and sex offenders, as well as a consultant to the Department of Corrections in Wisconsin. Dr. Salter is also a […]

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Volunteerism: Optimizing Your Experience

Posted on April 8, 2012 by TSC Admin

How to find the volunteer experience that will use your talents, match your values and add to your life fulfillment is explored with Dick’s guest. Kathy Martinson, Director of Volunteer Services at United Way of Dane County (in Wisconsin) has placed 500,000 volunteers over the last 28 years.

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Stress Management

Posted on March 14, 2012 by TSC Admin

We all have stress. Some is toxic and some is healthy. Author, expert and lecturer Patricia Clason returns to help us learn to react to stress in a healthier way. For more information about this topic or Patricia Clason, please visit

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