Latest Episodes

Successful Women and Dating

Posted on June 5, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Strong successful women looking for love are finding it harder to make an appropriate match. Why is this? How can these women find the partner of their dreams? Dick’s guest, Dr. Sandy To is a sociologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge who writes and speaks globally about women’s partner choices on TV, […]

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Resilience (Encore)

Posted on May 22, 2024 by Liz Dederich

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

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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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Depression

Posted on April 10, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Depression is almost an epidemic. Nearly one in five Americans will experience at least one bout of depression in their lifetime. Are there ways people can help themselves? Can depression be managed without medication? Dick’s guest, Faust Ruggerio is a therapist and author of “The Fix Yourself depression Handbook.”

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Imperfect Love

Posted on March 27, 2024 by Liz Dederich

What does a happy, healthy relationship look like? How can chasing a “perfect” love end in disappointment? Dick’s guest, Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a clinical psychologist, lecturer and author. Her latest book is “Joy of Imperfect Love.”

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Overcoming Fear

Posted on March 13, 2024 by Liz Dederich

What fears are getting in the way of your best life? How can the fear of public speaking, flying or test-taking be diminished or eliminated? Dick’s guest, Craig Meriwether is a certified hypnotherapist and mindset coach.

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Healthy Relationships (Encore)

Posted on February 28, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Healthy relationships are essential for good mental health. What are the components to healthy relationships and what’s the number one skill to building those relationships? Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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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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Impostor Syndrome (Encore)

Posted on January 31, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Impostor Syndrome (also known as Impostor Phenomenon) is the fear of not being the competent and capable person people believe you to be. How common is this phenomenon? Is there anything that can be done to lessen this fear? Dick’s guest, Darald Hanusa, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UW-Madison School of Social Work and […]

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Life After Exoneration

Posted on January 17, 2024 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest, Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted for rape at the age of 17. 11 years later he was exonerated. He discusses how he went from “jailhouse lawyer” to real-life lawyer and how he uses his life experience to help exonerate others as well as improve the criminal justice system. Jarrett Adams is also the author […]

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New Year Resolutions (Encore)

Posted on January 3, 2024 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Gratitude (Encore)

Posted on December 20, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Gratitude: It can make you happier, healthier and improve your relationships. Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a psychologist from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, shares with us how to maintain a successful gratitude practice and how science demonstrates its benefits. “Gratitude is one of the most significant, contributing factors to our happiness,” […]

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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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Lessons from the Dying (Encore)

Posted on November 8, 2023 by Liz Dederich

A “death doula” or “spiritual midwife” shares stories of how she helps enhance people’s journeys to the other side. Dick’s guest is Karin Medall of the Artful Healing Studio.

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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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Bipolar Disorder

Posted on August 9, 2023 by Liz Dederich

What is bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression)? How common is it? Can it be cured, treated or controlled? Dick’s guest is Tina Willits. She has a masters degree in social work and currently manages senior living communities and home healthcare for seniors. Tina was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after manic episodes in her […]

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Unfulfilling Relationships

Posted on July 26, 2023 by Liz Dederich

How do you know when it’s time to leave an unfulfilling relationship? Is this issue any different for a man than a woman? Dick’s guest, Sandra Wood is a life coach, speaker and co-author of Transforming Your Life.

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Hypnotherapy

Posted on July 12, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Can hypnotherapy be a simpler and more effective method to treat some psychological problems? What is the process? Who is a good candidate? Dick’s guest, Dr. John McGrail is a clinical hypnotherapist and the author of The Synthesis Effect: Your Direct Path to Personal Power and Transformation.

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How to Have a Successful Marriage

Posted on June 28, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guests, divorce attorney Allan Koritzinsky and psychologist Dr. Kenneth Waldron share 5 myths about marriage and the 7 essential ingredients of a successful marriage from their book “The Road to Marital Success is Unpaved.”

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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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Drug Use and Treatment in America Today (Encore)

Posted on June 1, 2023 by Liz Dederich

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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How to Die “Young” at an Old Age

Posted on May 18, 2023 by Liz Dederich

What can be done now to stay vital, energetic and young well into old age? Dick’s guest, George Bentley is a nationally recognized aging-in-place specialist, speaker and author of “How to Die Young…At Any Age”.

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Counseling Seniors

Posted on May 3, 2023 by Liz Dederich

As baby boomers become seniors in large numbers, more therapists are trying to respond to their needs. What are these unique issues and how can therapists apply their knowledge and skills to help seniors? Dick’s guest, Donna Swanson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has 27 years of experience specializing in seniors and their […]

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PTSD Following ICU Stays

Posted on April 20, 2023 by Liz Dederich

20% of patients who have been in the intensive care unit suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Why is that the case? Can improving protocols reduce that percentage? Dick’s guest, Barbara Perkins, LCSW, has over 12 years experience working with patients in large hospitals both during their stays and in aftercare. She is also in […]

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Shame (Encore)

Posted on April 5, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Encore: 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, Darald Hanusa, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UW-Madison School of Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of counseling experience.  

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Restorative Justice Programs

Posted on March 22, 2023 by Liz Dederich

How can restorative justice programs help victims heal and possibly help perpetrators to be less likely to re-offend? Dick’s guest, Reverend Jerry Hancock is Director of the Prison Ministry Program at First Congregational Church in madison, Wisconsin.  

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Why Some Men Are Abusive

Posted on March 8, 2023 by Liz Dederich

One out of four men in a committed relationship are physically or emotionally abusive. What are the roots for this abuse? How can men be treated to stop the cycle that may have started in their own childhood? Dick’s guest, Darald Hanusa, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UW-Madison School of Social Work and a […]

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Children of Addicts

Posted on February 22, 2023 by Liz Dederich

11% of children in the United States are growing up in a household with an adult addict. These children are three times more likely to be addicts themselves as adults. How can children be protected from the negative consequences of living with an addict? Dick’s guest is Jack Gieche, LPC who has specialized in issues […]

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When Your Spouse is an Addict

Posted on February 8, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Approximately 20 million Americans struggle with alcohol or drug use disorder. What are the consequences of being the partner of an addict? What are the best strategies to help deal with a loved one’s addiction? Dick’s guest is Jack Gieche, LPC who has specialized in issues dealing with addiction and families.

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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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Encore: New Year Resolutions

Posted on January 4, 2023 by Liz Dederich

Encore: 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 […]

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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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Adults Dealing with Toxic Parents (Encore)

Posted on November 23, 2022 by Liz Dederich

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

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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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Fear of Intimacy

Posted on October 26, 2022 by Liz Dederich

40% of Americans admit to loneliness, even those in long term relationships. For some, that loneliness could be from a fear of intimacy. What are the reasons for this fear and what can be done to overcome it? Dick’s guest is Dr. Avigail Lev, a licensed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and co-author of two books, including […]

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Finding Your Life Purpose

Posted on October 12, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Having a sense of purpose in life has been correlated with better health, better relationships and even longer life. Dick’s guest, Dr. Christine B. Whelan is a professor, lecturer and author of five books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life.

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Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses

Posted on September 28, 2022 by Liz Dederich

How can a small business best utilize social media to get noticed and create customers? Dick’s guest, Spencer X. Smith, is a lecturer and author of ROTOMA: The ROI of Social Media “Top of Mind”.

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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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Semi-Retirement: Second-Act Careers

Posted on August 17, 2022 by Liz Dederich

How can you flourish in a new vocation or avocation in retirement? Dick’s guest, Nancy Collamer, is a retirement coach, founder of MyLifestyleCareer.com and author of Second Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Retirement. 

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Encore: PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on August 3, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: 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 […]

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Encore: Subtle Emotional Abuse

Posted on July 20, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: 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 […]

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Encore: Forgiveness

Posted on July 6, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Encore: Forgiveness is really for the benefit of the person injured. So many people suffer for many years from their anger at those who hurt them. Dick’s guest, UW professor Dr. Robert Enright is the author of seven books on forgiveness and the founder and director of the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc.

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Encore: Lessons About Life

Posted on June 22, 2022 by Liz Dederich

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

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The Psychology of Boredom

Posted on June 8, 2022 by Liz Dederich

What creates boredom? How can examining this feeling lead to a richer life? Dick’s guest James Danckert is a Cognitive Neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, Director of The Danckert Lab, studying boredom and Author of Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom. 

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Building Self Love

Posted on May 25, 2022 by Liz Dederich

What is the secret to happiness? Why are self love and high self esteem important to be truly happy? How can you improve your relationship with yourself? Dick’s guest, Megan Logan MSW LCSW, is the author of The Self Love Workbook for Women and Be Kind to Yourself.

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Understanding Generation Z

Posted on May 11, 2022 by Liz Dederich

According to the New York Times, Generation Z, born between 1997 and 2012, is in trouble. Even before COVID, rates of suicide and mental illness had climbed higher than previous generations. Is it a coincidence that Generation Z was born at the same time as the smart phone and the social media explosion? Dick’s guest, […]

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Impostor Syndrome

Posted on April 27, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Impostor Syndrome (also known as Impostor Phenomenon) is the fear of not being the competent and capable person people believe you to be. How common is this phenomenon? Is there anything that be done to lessen this fear? Dick’s guest, Darald Hanusa, is Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the UW-Madison School of Social Work and a […]

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Procrastination

Posted on April 13, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Procrastination is defined as delaying something knowing there are negative consequences to not doing it right now. Why do people procrastinate? What are the fixes? Dick’s guest is Eric M. Twiggs, author of The Discipline of Now: 12 Practical Principles to Overcome Procrastination.

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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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Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Posted on February 16, 2022 by Liz Dederich

Imagine choosing to live with a partner who is charming and charismatic yet you find yourself in a toxic relationship. This can happen if your partner has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Dick’s guest Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer and author of The Five Step Exit: The Skills You Need to Leave a […]

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Must Ask Questions Before Marriage

Posted on February 2, 2022 by Liz Dederich

What are the tough questions you and your partner need to explore before you commit long term? Dick’s guest is Michael Reddin, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Director at Westside Psychotherapy in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Getting to Know Yourself: The Enneagram Test

Posted on January 19, 2022 by Liz Dederich

One of the paths to happiness is to truly know yourself. The Enneagram Test can be an important tool that helps lead to self discovery. Dick’s guest is Amy Everson, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who uses this tool in her practice.

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Encore: New Year Resolutions

Posted on January 5, 2022 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Finding Your Dream Job

Posted on December 21, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Most Americans spend close to 1/3 of their waking hours at their job. How many can say they have their dream job? Dick’s guest, Elizabeth Schrimpf, MA, LPC, CCC, is a licensed counselor and nationally certified career counselor and is finishing a book on career happiness in an uncertain world.

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Treating Addiction: An Alternative to 12 Step Recovery Programs

Posted on December 8, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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.

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Co-Parenting

Posted on November 24, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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.”

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Date Smart

Posted on November 10, 2021 by Liz Dederich

Clinical Psychologist and Author, Dr. Carla Marie Manly, joins Dick to discuss tips on how to navigate dating from her latest book, Date Smart: Transform Your Relationships & Love Fearlessly.  

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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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Eliminating Anger

Posted on October 13, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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.”

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Consequential Strangers

Posted on September 30, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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 […]

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Happiness

Posted on September 15, 2021 by Liz Dederich

What is something everybody wants, and if they have it they still want more (and it isn’t money)? Dick’s guest is Ed McCormick, Jr., successful entrepreneur, researcher and author of Happiness Power Secrets published under the pen name of Robert Gill, Jr. 

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Understanding and Treating Panic Attacks

Posted on September 1, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Dick’s guest, psychotherapist and author of the award-winning book “Three Minute Therapy: Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life” Dr. Michael Edelstein, shares his three minute therapy techniques to manage and overcome panic attacks. Bonus content: Dr. Edelstein also discusses his three minute therapy techniques for achieving happiness, overcoming social anxiety and dealing with depression.

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Primary Care Physicians Today

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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Encore: MICRO-AGGRESSIONS AGAINST AFRICAN AMERICANS

Posted on July 21, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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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Encore: Personality Disorders

Posted on July 8, 2021 by Liz Dederich

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

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Liz Dederich

BPD is one of the toughest personality disorders to treat. What are the characteristics and treatments for BPD? Dick’s guest is Ph.D. Clinical Social Worker Dr. James McGloin, who has over 30 years of experience treating personality disorders.  

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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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Adults Dealing with Toxic Parents

Posted on April 28, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Hazing and Sexual Assault in Fraternities

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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LGBTQ+ Healthcare

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Being LGBTQ+ is likely to have negative impacts on your healthcare. What problems remain in the field of healthcare and the ability of this community to access it? Dick’s guest, Dr. Kathy Oriel, M.D., M.S. is a physician specializing in LGBTQ+ healthcare and is the clinical founder of OUT HEALTH INC. in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Embracing Death

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

How can you learn to accept the process of death and dying instead of fearing it? Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.    

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Personality Types & Relationships

Posted on March 3, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

How does the combination of different personality types affect relationships? How can the right and wrong combination of personalties help or hurt your relationship? Dick’s guest, Merrick Rosenberg, is the co-founder of Take Flight Learning and the author of The Chameleon: Life-Changing Wisdom for Anyone with a Personality or Knows Someone Who Does.

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A Guide to Good Mental Health

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Consumer Abuse

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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Bringing Lessons of Singlehood to Marriage

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Dick Goldberg

Freedom, independence and self-exploration are some of the benefits of being single. How can you hold onto these positives while also being in a committed relationship? Dick’s guests are Diana Gasperoni, LCSW-R and Founder of Be.Well. Psychotherapy Group and Ednisha Saulsbury, LCSW specializing in in couples therapy.

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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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Grief

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

How can you manage the pain of grief and how can you move through these traumas and losses with growth and understanding? Dick’s guest Edy Nathan,  psychologist and grief recovery expert, is the author of Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss.

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Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Posted on November 18, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Intimacy in the Workplace

Posted on November 4, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Lessons About Life

Posted on October 21, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Profile of the Cyberbully

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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Cyberbullying

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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A Healthy Relationship with Yourself

Posted on September 9, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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The Keys to a Happy Marriage

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

What are the true secrets for a happy and fulfilling marriage? Dick’s guest is Kim Olver, Founder and President of Coaching for Excellence and the author of several books including Secrets of Happy Couples.

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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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How Personality Affects Presidential Elections

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Applying Tough Love to Marriage

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Kindness and love are not enough to make a marriage work. Sometimes looking out for number one can lead to a healthier twosome. Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with over 30 years of counseling experience.

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How to Find Joy in Your Job

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Can every job be meaningful and satisfying? How can you find fulfillment in even the most mundane jobs? Dick’s guest is Dr. Denis Collins, Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Coming Out of Quarantine

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

How can we take lessons and benefits from staying at home to improve our relationships and ourselves as we transition to a new normal? Dick’s guest is Katherine Jansen-Byrkit, Psychotherapist, LPC, MPH and author of River to Ocean: Living in the Flow of Wakefulness.

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Personal Growth During Lockdown

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

There are some positives to the lockdown. What can we learn that will perhaps help us grow and become better? Dick’s guest, Patricia Clason, is a professional speaker, trainer, coach and author of Claim Your Unlimited Potential.

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Domestic Abuse During Lockdown

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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Maintaining Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Posted on April 8, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

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

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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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Healthy Relationships

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

Healthy relationships are essential for good mental health. What are the components to healthy relationships and what’s the number one skill to building those relationships? Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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Racism and Black Women’s Health

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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Fear

Posted on January 30, 2020 by Dick Goldberg

What is fear? What is the difference between rational fears, irrational fears and phobias? How can you overcome your fears to be more successful and fulfilled? Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, author of Joy from Fear: Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend.

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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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Treating Addicted Professionals

Posted on December 18, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Lawyers and doctors, despite their high income and status, have higher rates of addiction than the general population. Dick’s guest, Dr. Michael Miller is a psychiatrist and specialist in addiction medicine.

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Emotional Intelligence & Authenticity

Posted on December 4, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Having both emotional intelligence and authenticity greatly enhance the likelihood of success in work and in relationships. Dick’s guest, Roger Wolkoff, is a motivational speaker who specializes in helping organizations train employees to realize their highest emotional intelligence.

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Skillful Parenting

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

A psychologist suggests why the recent rise in depression and anxiety in today’s youth reflects current parenting style. Dick’s guest is Dr. Larry Larrabee, a psychologist with 30 plus years of practice specializing in children and families and the author of Satisfaction in Parenting.  

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Successfully Dealing with Negative People

Posted on November 5, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

It’s a special skill to keep your cool around people who are cruel, obnoxious or just downright unpleasant. It can be done. Dick’s guest Dr. Tina Hallis, author of Sharpen Your Positive Edge and expert in positivity, shares her 5 steps  to deal with negativity.

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Building Self Esteem

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Self esteem and self confidence are different. At the core of mental health and enjoying life is being comfortable in your own skin, i.e. self acceptance and self esteem. Dick’s guest is Dr. Carla Manly, Ph.D. and author of several books related to self esteem and self acceptance.

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Porn Addiction

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

The overuse of pornography on the internet is wreaking havoc in some people’s lives and their marriages. Why do some people fall victim to porn addiction? What are the patterns of use and abuse? What can be done? Dick’s guest is Joshua Shea, a recovering porn and alcohol addict as well as an author, speaker […]

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Men’s Issues

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Men are privileged but have their own psychological struggles. They live 5 years less than women and suicide 3 times more. What’s going on and how can men improve their mental health? Dick’s guest, Elaine Rosenberg is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who focuses on men’s issues in her private practice.

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Beyond LGBT

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

Some people’s sexual identity does not fit heterosexual, gay, bisexual or transgender categories. What lies beyond that? Dick’s guest is Sam Troemel, a therapist at UW-Madison Mental Health Services specializing in the issues facing LGBT and beyond individuals.

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Our Broken Healthcare System & How to Fix It

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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Be Your Own Coach to a Better Life

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Human Trafficking 101

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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The Dating Expert

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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

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Hospital Chaplains

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

How can hospital chaplains help those patients receiving a terrible diagnosis? Can they comfort the non-believers in a health crisis? What life lessons can be gleaned from their experiences? Dick’s guest is Rabbi Yonasen Meadows, Senior Staff Chaplain at Unity Point Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Justified Anger of African-Americans

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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Finding Your Soulmate

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

What is a soulmate? How do you find your soulmate? Is a happy, fulfilling relationship guaranteed? Dick’s guest is Judith Costa, a life coach, author, speaker and psychotherapist.

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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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Public Defenders Today

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

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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Intervention

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Dick Goldberg

More than 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. Yet less than 10% believe they need treatment. How can the other 90% be convinced they need help? Dick’s guest is Steve Bruno, a recovering addict himself who became a professional interventionist and has done over 500 interventions in the last 17 years.  

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Lessons from the Dying

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Dick Goldberg

A “death doula” or “spiritual midwife” shares stories of how she helps enhance people’s journeys to the other side. Dick’s guest is Karin Medall of the Artful Healing Studio.

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All About Food Carts

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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Building Character in the Workplace

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Liz Dederich

How can managers create an ethical organization? How can that benefit customers, employees and profits? Dick’s guest is Dr. Denis Collins, Professor of Business Ethics at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

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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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Procrastination

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

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Negative People and How to Successfully Deal with Them

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Liz Dederich

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

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Immigration 101

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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Group Therapy

Posted on July 18, 2018 by Liz Dederich

What is group therapy? How does it work? When is it a better option than individual therapy? Dick’s guests are Jeff Hird and Sarah Kohlstedt, both staff psychologists with UW-Madison Mental Health Services.

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