Latest Episodes

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 clinical psychologist 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, clinical psychologist 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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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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Domestic Abuse

Posted on June 6, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Domestic abuse affects all classes, races and genders. An expert and a survivor of domestic abuse share their experiences and insights on this subject. Dick’s guests are Faye Zemel, Director of Prevention and Community Programs for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) and Keena Atkinson, a survivor of domestic abuse.

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Adults Coping with Toxic Parents

Posted on May 23, 2018 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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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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Living with a Personality Disordered Partner

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Why do people choose such a troubled partner? How can they cope with the challenges in relationships with a partner who has a personality disorder? When is it best to get out? Dick’s guest, Dr. Jim McGloin, has over 30 years of experience in couples counseling.  

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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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Sex and Seniors

Posted on March 14, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Society avoids discussing or even recognizing that seniors have sex. What are the issues for seniors and why does our society avoid acknowledging their sexuality? Dick’s guest is Melanie Ramie, JD, MSW and CEO of The Hope of Wisconsin.

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Life Review

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Thoughtfully reviewing the highs, lows, turning points and critical decisions of your life can lead to more self awareness and help shape a better future. Dick’s guest is Reverend Karen Gustafson who served for 30 years as a Universalist Unitarian Minister and now has established Life Review, a self renewal ministry.

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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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Chronic Pain Control Using Your Mind

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Liz Dederich

Nearly 1/3 of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most turn to pain medications, which can lead to unpleasant side effects and/or addiction. Strategies using your mind can be very effective at reducing the suffering that accompanies chronic pain. Dick’s guest is Dr. Tamar Kelson, Senior Psychologist at  University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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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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Newspapers: Past, Present & Future

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Liz Dederich

How newspapers survive in the age of the internet, 24 hour cable news and declining readership. Dick’s guest is Paul Fanlund, editor and executive publisher of The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin.

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PreMarital Counseling by Professionals

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Premarital counseling is often required by the clergy who will soon perform the ceremony. However, couples in premarital counseling by licensed therapists is growing. What questions are raised in professional premarital counseling? What are the red flags that suggest caution? Dick’s guest is Linda Lewis Griffith, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Liz Dederich

When is it just being well-organized and when does it become dysfunctional and needs to be treated? What are the best treatment approaches  for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? How successful are they at treating OCD? Dick’s guest, Dr. Chad Wetterneck, is a licensed clinical psychologist at Rogers Behavioral Health and has published over 60 professional journal articles, […]

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May December Marriage

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Approximately 10% of marriages are between people 11 years or more apart in age. What are the unique problems as well as the benefits of May December marriage? Dick’s guest, Linda Lewis Griffith is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the author of two books and numerous articles in the field of marriage […]

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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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Happy Retirement

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Having enough money and good health is not a guarantee for a happy retirement. A life of meaning, fulfillment and connection must also be achieved. Dick’s guest, Mary Helen Conroy, author of Your Amazing Itty Bitty Book of Retirement: 15 Essential Tips For You, The Nearly and Newly Retired, shares tips beyond health and money to […]

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Elements of a Successful Marriage

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Liz Dederich

How you choose your mate may be as important as what you do once you’re married to make a successful marriage. How do you choose the right mate? What can you do to make marriage richer and more fulfilling? Dick’s guests are Dr. Jim McGloin and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lesa Fischer, who have 50 years of […]

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Enhancing Relationships

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Dick’s guest offers numerous ideas on how to improve relationships and how to transform yourself in the process. Susan Young is a motivational speaker, lecturer and author of “Release the Power of Re3: 77 Ways to Create Positive Change & Transformation.”

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PTSD: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Liz Dederich

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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Binge Drinking

Posted on August 2, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Is binge drinking just a college phenomenon? How prevalent is it? Is it just innocent fun? When does it cross the line from fun to danger? Dick’s guest, Gabrielle Koren, LCSW, SAC shares surprising information on what binge drinking really is and how pervasive it is in our culture.

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Lessons from Couples Counseling

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Liz Dederich

In explaining how he helps couples, Dick Goldberg, LCSW and host of Insights, shares some of his methods in couples counseling that can help get past anger and move to “companionate” love. Guest host Amber Ault is a Ph.D., MSW, clinical sociologist, teacher, trainer, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights.

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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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Stalking

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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Subtle Emotional Abuse

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Liz Dederich

What constitutes emotional abuse? What are the most common patterns of subtle emotional abuse? What is the healthy response for a victim of emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.

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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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Overcoming Adversity

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Two successful people share their lessons from having been successful to hitting rock bottom both personally and professionally and then coming back to flourish. Dick’s guests, Neil Mathweg, CEO of Realty Executives and Nancy Depcik of Unshakable Success, share their hard-earned insights on overcoming adversity.

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Dementia

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Liz Dederich

Can you do anything to prevent dementia? Are there effective treatments once you are afflicted? Dick’s guest is Dr. Ken Robbins, head of Psychiatric Gerontology at Stoughton Hospital as well as Adjunct Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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When Women Abuse Men

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Liz Dederich

It happens more often than expected. Why does it happen? How often is it actually physical vs. emotional abuse? Dick’s guest is Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, a sociologist, teacher, trainer, author and psychotherapist. Her areas of clinical expertise include personality disorders, the treatment of trauma, crisis intervention, and suicide risk assessment.  

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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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Crimeless Parole Revocation

Posted on March 8, 2017 by Liz Dederich

In some states, people who commit non-criminal parole violations return to prison in the same numbers as new criminal offenders. Why does this happen? Is it just? What changes are needed? Dick’s guest is Cecelia Klingele, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her numerous articles and areas of research focus on criminal justice administration and […]

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When Young Adults Lose a Parent

Posted on February 22, 2017 by TSC Admin

Young adults mature in different ways and at different ages than previous generations.  Losing a parent while in their twenties can have unexpected consequences. Dick’s guest, Lesa Fischer, a therapist based in Madison, Wisconsin, shares how this cohort is different than past generations and what she has learned from helping her clients deal with their loss […]

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Books as Therapy

Posted on February 8, 2017 by TSC Admin

For many, bibliotherapy (using books as therapy) can sometimes help as much as a friend or even therapist. Dick’s guest, Caroline Donahue, also known as The Book Dr., discusses techniques that help you find the most effective books to help with your issues.

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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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New Year Resolutions

Posted on December 7, 2016 by TSC Admin

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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Innocent and Behind Bars

Posted on November 23, 2016 by TSC Admin

Of the over 2 million Americans behind bars, about 100,000 didn’t do it. They are innocent. The Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School is on the cutting edge of helping to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, including Steven Avery. Dick’s guest is Keith Findley, law professor and co-founder and co-director of the Wisconsin […]

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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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Resilience

Posted on September 28, 2016 by TSC Admin

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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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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Effective Leadership Traits

Posted on August 17, 2016 by TSC Admin

What makes for effective leadership? Can it be learned? Are these traits applicable to the very small non profit as much as the large corporation? Dick’s guest is Yvonne Evers, who has 20 years of executive coaching and is the creator of SUCCESSION, an internet app that guides a company to find their next CEO.

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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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The Art of First Impressions

Posted on July 6, 2016 by Liz Dederich

Why are first impressions so important in business as well as your personal life? Can these skills be learned? Dick’s guest is Susan Young, author of The Art of First Impressions for Positive Impact.

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The Five Love Languages

Posted on June 22, 2016 by Liz Dederich

For all of us, we feel loved by one of five love languages. Knowing which one you and your partner respond to is critical to a successful relationship. Dick’s guest is Susan Young, author, lecturer and motivational speaker.

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How to be Likeable

Posted on June 8, 2016 by Liz Dederich

Being likeable can be learned and is not very complicated. Learn the 10 simple secrets of being liked by almost everyone. Amber Ault, clinical sociologist, author of The Five Step Exit and previous guest of Insights with Dick Goldberg,  interviews Dick, therapist, author,  lecturer and regular host of Insights, as he shares the secrets of how […]

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What to Expect Once You’re Sober

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Liz Dederich

Sobriety is only the beginning of overcoming the problems that caused the addiction. Dick’s guest, Jane Bartels, is the author “Broken Promises: One Family’s Journey Through Alcoholism to Reconciliation” and a certified addiction counselor, as well as a recovering alcoholic with over 25 years of sobriety.

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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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Inside Car Dealerships

Posted on April 27, 2016 by Liz Dederich

What you need to know when you shop for a new or used car. Dick’s guest, Jorge Hidalgo, owner of Wilde Honda in Madison, Wisconsin, explains what it’s like to be a dealership owner.

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Beating Loneliness

Posted on April 13, 2016 by TSC Admin

Is loneliness growing in the U.S.? Is social media partly to blame? How can loneliness be overcome? Dick’s guest is Kira Asatryan, author of Stop Being Lonely: Three Simple Steps to Developing Close Friendships & Deep Relationships.

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Hooking Up on Campus

Posted on March 30, 2016 by TSC Admin

Is this the new normal? What’s it all about? Is it healthy? Dick’s guest is Dr. Kathleen Bogle, author of “Hooking Up on Campus: Sex, Dating & Relationships on Campus.”

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Willpower

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Liz Dederich

Why it’s critical to success and happiness and how to harness it. Dick’s guest is Dr. Tina Hallis who applied her Ph.D. in biotechnology to become a corporate trainer, speaker and student of positive psychology.

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Finding Your Best Mate

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Liz Dederich

It’s much more than checking items off a list. Dr. Jim McGloin joins Dick to discuss the tricks, traps and whatever to avoid in finding your life partner.

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