Guest:  Paul Fanlund, Editor and Executive Publisher, The Capital Times

“Let people have the truth and the freedom to discuss it.” Those were the words and philosophy that inspired William T. Evjue to launch The Capital Times newspaper in December 1917.  A strong supporter of Fighting Bob LaFollette’s Progressive Movement, The Cap Times became a voice for justice: women’s suffrage, anti-war, McCarthyism, environmental causes, and civil rights.  100 years later, The Cap Times continues to represent the progressive voice – fighting for many of the same issues and employing investigative journalism skills to report on current issues – but has adapted to the evolution of the delivery of the news in the digital age.

On this program, Paul Fanlund takes us back to its beginning days to the move from a daily newspaper to an online publication in 2008.  He talks about the attack on the press today and shares his insight on how to approach news sources – where to find news you can trust.

The public is invited to celebrate The Cap Times’ 100th anniversary at Monona Terrace Convention Center on Tuesday, December 12.  Doors open at 6 pm for appetizers and a cash bar.  At 7 pm, Cap Times editors Paul Fanlund, John Nichols and Dave Zweifel will participate in a panel discussion moderated by former WPR radio host, Joy Cardin.  There is no charge to attend.


Guest:  Attorney Glorily Lopez, U.S. immigration and nationality law, Murphy Desmond Law Firm

As we continue to talk about immigration, it is more common to be confused on what the current law is than understand it. On this program, you will hear factual answers to questions all of us have on immigration law and particularly DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Attorney Glorily Lopez, who specializes in U.S. immigration and nationality law as a shareholder with Murphy Desmond Law Firm in Madison, tells us how DACA differs from pathways to permanent residency and citizenship; who the “Dreamers” are; what the purpose of protecting them from deportation is; who is eligible; what are the benefits, and what has happened to DACA since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

After learning the facts, those who wish to express their thoughts to our elected leaders, can call the Congressional switchboard, 202-224-3121, and ask for your Senator or Representative.


Guest:  Nancy Young, psychologist, Red Cross volunteer…..

For 15 years, Nancy Young, a Madison psychologist, has been a Red Cross volunteer, ready on 24 hours notice to fly to the latest disaster area.  Over the years, she has crossed the United States, every time arriving to a scene of devastation – obvious in the crumbled ruins of what were once homes and communities and in the eyes of the people whose lives have been uprooted by nature or violence.

On this program, Nancy Young will share her latest back-to-back deployments, first to the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey and then to Las Vegas following the shooting massacre.


Guest:  Ben Hebebrand, Head of School, Madison Country Day School…

Yes, tests do matter, says Ben Hebebrand, Head of School at Madison Country Day School, a college preparatory school located on River Road in Waunakee.  But character is the foundation that puts forth one’s best effort to perform at high levels – habits of mind and heart that lead to great performance in any endeavor we undertake, states Hebebrand, whether it be our profession, our family lives or our own learning.

On this program, Ben Hebebrand shares the learned behaviors, those that define character, that may be more indicative of success than test grades or scores – “essential traits of mind and habit.”

Brush, Books & Bed – A “BEDTIME” story from GRANDMA HEARTS

Guest:  Dionne Kelm, grandmother and author of “BEDTIME”…

As a local school board member in Watertown, Wisconsin, Dionne Kelm learned that many children lacked simple bedtime routines.  This inspired her to fulfill a dream and launch a new career – at age 60 – to become a children’s book author.  As a grandmother herself and former art teacher, she knew firsthand how grandparents can positively impact children’s lives. And so she began writing children’s stories that communicated her belief that every child is entitled to love, joy, care and kindness and also shared an important message.

On this program, Dionne Kelm reads from her first published book in her Grandma Hearts series, “BEDTIME.” The book tells the story of establishing a bedtime routine that includes regular teeth brushing, reading to her grandchild, and developing a close and bonding relationship. “Love them; read to them; care for them now,” says Kelm. “Love cannot wait. That child will be grown and gone all too quickly.” She also describes what it takes to become a published author.

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