Guests:  Lisa Lamkins, Federal Advocacy Director;  Jim Flaherty, Communications Director, AARP Wisconsin

AARP has a long history of fighting for affordable health care for people 50 and older.  Some of their busiest days are now as they communicate why they believe the American Health Care Act would have been very damaging to older Wisconsinites and Americans and work to make sure lawmakers are not making a backroom deal without being open and transparent with the public.

On this program, Lisa Lamkins and Jim Flaherty discuss the issues surrounding providing health care and insurance coverage for the growing aging population.  This includes not only those 65 and older who are on Medicare but people age 50-64 who would be most affected by some of the suggested provisions being discussed in proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

More information is available at or by calling the toll-free hotline, 1-844-833-9664.


Guest:  Robert Kraig, Executive Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) remains the law of the land for now, stated House Speaker Paul Ryan after repeal and replace legislation failed to garner enough Congressional support.  While conversation continues, questions are arising as to what impact the efforts to restructure the American health care system may have on current health care coverage. What will this mean for access to affordable health care in Wisconsin?

On this program, Robert Kraig explains how the Affordable Care Act has worked in Wisconsin since its inception and what its repeal would mean to Wisconsinites.  What are the gaps and weaknesses in current coverage, and what improvements would make health insurance more affordable and accessible to more Wisconsin citizens and economically beneficial to the state of Wisconsin?

Important questions that affect everyone, for health care is directly related to individuals and societies having the opportunity to thrive.


Guests:  Dawn Crim, Associate Dean of External Relations; Judith Houck, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Women & Gender Studies, UW-Madison

In April 2016, the U.S. Treasury announced that Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 bill. This followed the Women on 20’s campaign calling for a notable American woman to appear on U.S. currency.  Harriet Tubman emerged as the choice of more than a half million voters in an online poll.  Who was Harriet Tubman, and why did she rise to the top of the list of voters?

On this program, Dawn Crim and Judith Houck explore the life of Harriet Tubman, a woman who escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist.  Harriet Tubman led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.  According to her supporters, not only did she devote her inspiring life to racial equality, she also fought for women’s rights alongside the nation’s suffragettes.


Guest:  Vivian Probst, author

“THIS – is the thing that changed everything, “ says Vivian Probst, author of her just-released memoir,    I Was a Yo-Yo Wife.  By THIS, she is describing how she reignited the love in her relationship with her husband by discovering she first needed to establish a loving relationship with herself.

The journey to the happy ending began thousands of miles away when as the daughter of missionary parents, Vivian followed her missionary husband to Africa where she soon discovered she was miserable. She was excommunicated and sent home to Wisconsin where a painful divorce followed.  Finding her way on her own from there, she eventually met her second husband Tom Probst.  Their loving relationship bloomed – then faded – and sparked again, and the yo-yo continued.

On this program, Vivian Probst fills in the details of her remarkable and eye-opening journey and how, through learning to heal herself, she was able to thrive in the confidence of a solid and loving relationship.

THIS program is for anyone who feels stuck or mired in misery in a relationship.


Guests:  James Firman, president/CEO, NCOA;  Pamela Vankampen, Older Americans Act and Senior Center Representative for GWAAR (Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources);  Paula Schutt, Senior Center Director, Grinnell Senior Center, Beloit

Dramatically increased longevity is a gift that has been given to the aging population. The Aging Mastery Program recently introduced by the National Council on Aging celebrates that gift with a new, innovative approach to guide individuals through this phase of life.

While societal expectations of older adults have changed little, the goal of the Aging Mastery Program is to reframe the roles and responsibilities of baby boomers and older adults to create fun and easy-to-follow pathways for getting more out of life. The AMP philosophy is that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results, and that people can be empowered and supported to cultivate health and longevity.

On this program, James Firman describes how this evidence-informed program develops sustainable behaviors that lead to improved health, stronger financial security, enhanced well-being, and increased connectedness to communities. Sharing the success of the pilot Aging Mastery program in Wisconsin are Pamela Vankampen and Paula Schutt, Senior Center Director, Grinnell Senior Center, Beloit.