ED WALL’S STORY: BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER LIFE IN SCOTT WALKER’S CABINET

Ed Wall with Carol Koby

Guest:  Ed Wall, former Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and author

Ed Wall has spent his life as a public safety professional – basically a cop who has worn many hats. He began as a police officer in Meriden, Connecticut, a state trooper in New Hampshire and then moved to Wisconsin where his wife Debi was from. He quickly moved up the ladder as a civil service employee in the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation eventually becoming Administrator. Soon after, Governor Jim Doyle appointed him as Administrator of Wisconsin Emergency Management, and he was later appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections by Governor Scott Walker.

In his newly-released book, UNETHICAL: LIFE IN SCOTT WALKER’S CABINET AND THE DIRTY SIDE OF POLITICS, Ed Wall describes his professional journey which ended in termination from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. At the center of his tenure as Secretary of the Department of Corrections was the Lincoln Hills juvenile detention center investigation – or lack of it.

On this program, Ed Wall fast tracks us through his professional life, the realities of working in the political arena, the Lincoln Hills scandal, and the personal despair he suffered and lessons he learned.

THE REALITY OF RECOVERY FROM ADDICTIONS

Guests:  Shelly Dutch and Chuck Callender, Board members of Recovery Foundation and Director and Business Director, Connections Counseling; Jason Semenas, Peer Mentor, Recovery Foundation…

Jason Semenas is a peer mentor with the Recovery Foundation. That means he is in recovery himself – successfully – after battling addictions of every kind since he had a half a beer with his babysitter at age 10. And he is now helping others to achieve the freedom from addiction that he is enjoying. Jason is a walking and talking example that a long term addict can overcome his illness and gain control of his life. “If I can do it, anyone can,” says Jason. You can hear more of his story on this program.

The Recovery Foundation makes long term recovery possible through the scholarships they provide to those who cannot afford treatment. Jason is joined on this program by Shelly Dutch, founder and board member of the Recovery Foundation and Director of Connections Counseling and Chuck Callender, also a board member and Business Director of Connections Counseling.

The Recovery Foundation will hold its 2018 Voices of Recovery Luncheon, Monday, September 17, at the Edgewater. This fundraising event is open to the public, and health professionals are invited to attend a post-luncheon educational session by keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin McCauley, nationally-renowned addiction specialist, who will speak on “The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction.”

To make reservations, go to recovery foundation.net.

ONCE FAMOUS BUT FORGOTTEN PEOPLE WHO MADE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Guest:  Lahna Anhalt, author

Have you heard of Katherine Wright? Rose Wilder Lane? Harriet Hubbard Ayer? H.H. Bennett? Perhaps – but the thoroughly-researched rest of their stories and the biographies of six other famous people you never heard of are found in the well-written book, “Aunt Laura’s Attic” by Wisconsin author, Lahna Anhalt. Researching and writing these extraordinary legacies took Lahna ten years. They reflect how history might have been written quite differently if not for these all but forgotten famous people.

On this program, Lahna Anhalt takes us back in history and gives us a glimpse of some of the remarkable lives whose stories she tells in her book, “Aunt Laura’s Attic.” This may be just the tip of the iceberg. How many more people are there who have faded from history but whose lives continue to shape our world today?

WHEN LUCK RUNS OUT: A STORY OF HOPE AND HISTORY

Guest:  Terri Karsten, author….

In 1869, a gutsy girl flees New York City and heads west on an orphan train in a desperate search for a home for herself and her little brother. This is the basis for the meticulously-researched, historical fictional account of young children traveling to find a home on an orphan train in Terri Karsten’s book, When Luck Runs Out. While stories about orphan trains have often been the subject of negative outcomes, this story is about one of the many times the system worked.

On this program, author Terri Karsten describes the realities of the 1860’s, the cultural divisions, unwanted immigrants, homelessness, and bullying. Sound familiar? It is within this background that her fictional story, When Luck Runs Out is based.

When Luck Runs Out can be purchased on terrikarsten.com or on Amazon or at local bookstores.

WHAT MAKES SOMEONE COMMIT SUICIDE, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT IT?

Guests: Meghan Henderson, Clinical Program Supervisor for Adult Psychiatry, UnityPoint Health-Meriter and leader of the Zero Suicide Initiative; Amy Nolden, survivor of two family suicides

Why do some people think death makes more sense than life? When we see celebrities like Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade choose death by their own hands, we wonder why. These are people who, from afar, have everything that would make life worth living. Then there are those whose names do not have celebrity status who choose to end their lives. And, in the midst of their personal grief, families and friends ask the same question: Why?

This program presents a professional and personal perspective on not only the WHY of suicide but the WHAT and HOW of committing the act and the important role they play. Meghan Henderson, Clinical Program Supervisor for Adult Psychiatry at UnityPoint Health-Meriter and leader of the Zero Suicide Initiative talks about the basic reasons people commit suicide: they feel they are a burden; they have lost their sense of belonging, and they have acquired the capability.

Amy Nolden, who experienced suicide twice in her family, opens up about her father’s suicide in 2011, her brother’s suicide in 2016, and shares her battles with her own feelings of suicide.

Suicide occurrences are in the news far too often. We need to talk about them, increase our emphasis on diagnosing and treating mental disorders, and remove the stigma and shame attached to suicide. These are the tools of prevention.