Category Archives: Society and Sociology Podcasts

Society, culture, sociology and psychology podcasts.

Successful Dating: 10 Vital Tips

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


Personality Disorders

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


Premarital Counseling

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

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The Future of Public Libraries

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

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Drug and Alcohol Use Among Young Adults

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

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

For more information on Connections Counseling, please visit


Understanding Homelessness

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

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

For more information about Porchlight Inc., please visit


The Art of Networking

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

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


Happiness: Using the Power of Positive Psychology

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

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



Effective Couples Counseling

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

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


For more information about Dr. Ferguson, please visit


Being A Clergy

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

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Positive Aging

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


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