Guest:  John Tyler, member, Christian Science Board of Lectureship

John Tyler has been an activist in his broad professional life – including working as a labor organizer to protect exploited sweatshop workers, counseling inmates in a state penitentiary, and teaching political science at Princeton and the University of Pittsburgh where he founded a residence for students in an effort to heal racial divisions in America.  For his involvement, he received the YWCA’s Racial Justice Award.

On this program, John Tyler, now a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship, discusses his approach to resolving conflict from family issues to how we confront some of the major acts of violence and disparities that are increasingly part of the fabric of America.  He will be in Madison on Sunday, October 29, speaking on Conflict Resolution: A Spiritual Approach, at First Church of Christ Scientist, 610 S. Segoe Road, at 2 pm.  The event is free and open to the public.


Guest:  Jackson Fonder, President/CEO of Catholic Charities of Madison
The Beacon – a comprehensive day resource center for people who are experiencing homelessness in Dane County opens its doors in the former Madison Chamber of Commerce building on East Washington Avenue on October 16.  An Open House for the public will be held Friday afternoon, October 13.
On this program, Jackson Fonder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Madison, the organization selected to provide the multi-level services housed within The Beacon, takes us on an audio walk through of the building and the experience their guests can expect.  The list is long – from covering the basic needs of showers, laundry services, food and clothing to empowerment resources of personal mailboxes, proper identification, computer training, resume writing, educational classes, mental health and substance abuse counseling and a private area for families.
The Beacon will continue to evolve to address the issues of homelessness under one roof and be a place of dignity and possibility.  Volunteers are needed to support the multitude of services that will be provided.  
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Guest:  Barbara Bendlin, PhD, principal investigator, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

One in three Americans doesn’t get enough sleep, and inadequate sleep has been linked to a number of health conditions. Now researchers are looking closely at the relationship between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. One of these researchers is Barbara Bendlin, PhD, a principal investigator at the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UW-Madison, whose NIH-funded research on sleep and Alzheimer’s was presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London and reported by CNN and the New York Times.

On this program, Dr. Bendlin describes her research, which included 101 cognitively-normal middle age participants, and her findings on how inadequate and poor quality sleep may put people at higher risk for Alzheimer’s/dementia.

You will also hear about the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s upcoming Public Health Education Event, “The Science Behind Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Brain Health,” Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Gordon Commons on the University of Wisconsin campus.  The community lecture will feature guest keynote speaker, Dr. Martha Clare Morris, an authority on nutrition and aging and the creator of the MIND diet for healthy brain aging.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but it is appreciated.  For registration, event details, and parking, go to


Guests:  Tanya Letterman-Shue, Vice President, Clinical Services; Ron Luskin, Cultural Competency Skills Workshop Project Manager, Journey Mental Health Center.

Journey Mental Health Center (formerly Dane County Mental Health Services) is the largest provider of mental health services in Dane County serving over 12,000 individuals and families last year.  JMHC is considered the safety net for mental health services in the community.  It is the place of last resort for those needing mental health services and are not covered by any insurance program and have no ability to pay.

On this program, Tanya Letterman-Shue, Vice President, Clinical Services, and Ron Luskin, Cultural Competency Skills Workshop Project Manager, talk in depth of the path to recovery they pursue with their culturally and ethnically diverse consumer population.  JMHC focuses on health, wellness and recovery, and their experience with and new approaches to diagnose and treat clients from diverse backgrounds will be shared at an upcoming Cultural Competency Skills Workshop for mental health practitioners they are hosting on September 28.

For a preview of what they have learned, tune in to this program.


Guests:  Suresh Chandra, MD, Emeritus Professor, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Founder, Combat Blindness International;  Reena Chandra Rajpal, Masters in Pubic Health in International Health and CBI Board President.

“The day I discovered that blindness in developing countries is primarily caused by cataracts in adults and Vitamin A deficiency in children, conditions that could be corrected quickly and inexpensively, I was astounded. That compelled me to start Combat Blindness Foundation, now Combat Blindness International,” said Dr. Suresh Chandra.  For 34 years, the mission of CBI has been to eliminate preventable blindness worldwide by providing sustainable, equitable solutions for sight.  The number of countries and people reached grows each year.

On tomorrow’s program, Dr. Chandra is joined by CBI Board President, Reena Chandra Rajpal, MPH.  They tell the stories of how a 20-minute cataract surgery that costs as little as $25 restores sight to the blind within 24 hours.  And how their pediatric program is changing lives.  80% of what a child learns is done visually.  By treating a child’s visual impairment with glasses, the most common correction needed, equal educational opportunities are opened up to them. They describe the innovations and partnerships they have established over the years to expand their efforts and the advancements made in eye health along the way.

For more success stories on how Combat Blindness is restoring sight locally and globally, the public is invited to their World Sight Day event Thursday, September 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Madison Marriott West.  Guests will enjoy international foods from the countries served by CBI followed by a curated, blindfolded tasting of beer or tea and cheese.  For more information and to register to attend, go to