Category Archives: Society and Sociology Podcasts

Society, culture, sociology and psychology podcasts.

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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Immigration 101

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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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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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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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Criminal Court Judges

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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