Guests: Karla Thennes, Executive Director, Porchlight; Jeff Steckel, Director of Kitchen Programs; Doretha Garrett, Porchlight Products worker

Do you like strawberry jam, blueberry scones, sauerkraut?  These are just some of the products Porchlight Products is producing and selling to give people with disabilities the opportunity to work producing high-quality food products.  The growing business which uses fresh, local ingredients only, is transforming lives by giving the employees a sense of purpose and accomplishment and building critical job skills.

Porchlight Products is part of the many services Porchlight provides as they strive to decrease the Dane County homeless population and empower residents and program participants to positively shape their lives.

On this program, Karla Thennes, Jeff Steckel and Doretha Garrett describe the state of homelessness in Dane County and how Porchlight specifically serves individuals and families by providing affordable transitional and permanent housing, emergency shelter, jobs and job training and counseling.

You can enjoy Porchlight Products and support the building of their new commercial space by attending the Chef’s Tasting Fundraiser, February 28, from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Discovery Center at UW-Madison.

Go to Porchlightinc.org for more information.  http://www.porchlightproducts.org/where-to-buy/


Guests:  Jeffrey Tews and Susan Rather, co-owners, BrightStar Care and BrightStar Senior Living

Home care; assisted living; skilled care, and everything in between.  The levels of care available to people with diminishing abilities to live independently are expanding, and the lines are blurring.  Assessing the needs of a loved one and matching those with the right level of care can be a daunting task.  Decisions are easier when equipped with facts and guidelines.  On this program, you will learn about the levels and types of care and in what environment these services are best delivered.

Jeffrey Tews and Susan Rather, co-owners of BrightStar Care and BrightStar Senior Living, discuss the current state of senior care, the challenges to families and care providers, and the options for care.


Guest:  Katherine Cramer, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, UW-Madison

As we head to the inauguration of our 45th President, Donald Trump, many wonder how did this happen?  Professor Kathy Cramer is one of the best people to ask as for almost a decade she crisscrossed Wisconsin trying to get inside the minds of small town and rural voters.  Her research was published in her 2016 book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.  It is many of these same people that put Wisconsin in the red column and gave our ten electoral votes to Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election.

On this program, Kathy Cramer revisits her conversations and discusses the reasons the people she interviewed feel that they lack power, economic fairness, and respect.  She addresses the question: What do we need to know about each other to begin to unite a very divided country?


Guest: Nancy Depcik, Unshakable Success

A short elevator ride can take about 20 to 30 seconds. That’s how long a good elevator pitch should be – a brief message that persuasively sparks interest in a project, idea, product, or you.  Networking is another strategy people engage in for the purpose of connecting with others for a specific purpose and to build relationships.

On this program, Nancy Depcik shares specific techniques that help people create and deliver messages that are clear, concise and memorable.  She offers open-ended questions to begin a conversation with follow-up tips to build the relationship.


Guest:  Bill Vancil, author

In early 2010, Bill Vancil, former VP and General Manager at Mid-West Family Broadcasting, had a liver transplant. After more than three months in the hospital taking pain medication, he emerged physically dependent on oxycodone.  In his new book, Almost An Addict, Vancil describes how after six years of taking continued prescribed dosages, he went about ending the dependency.

On this program, Bill Vancil takes us on his personal journal as he faced the realization of opiate dependency and the desire to free himself from it.  Hear his step-by-step plan for withdrawal which worked for him and just may benefit others who find themselves in a similar situation.

According to Vancil, the difference between an addict and dependency is that an addict doesn’t need the drug in the first place.  Today Bill Vancil’s life is independent of the opiates he required for pain, and he is enjoying life as a freelance graphic designer and writer in Tucson.  Almost An Addict is available in Kindle and paperback formats at almostanaddict.com.