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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Guest:  Jeremi Suri, Professor of History and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Studying the past to make his case, Jeremi Suri suggests it might be time to rethink the Presidency itself in his recently-released book, THE IMPOSSIBLE PRESIDENCY: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S HIGHEST OFFICE.

On this program, Jeremi Suri takes us on an historical journey through the personalities, accomplishments and failures of ten former Presidents, beginning with George Washington through the present day.  He describes how each of them framed and expanded the role of the Presidency to the point where the massive responsibilities and challenges of conducting the office today may require an expansive model of leadership. “While Presidents were heroes in the past, they became targets of derision by the second half of the twentieth century,” states Suri.

Jeremi Suri, a former history professor at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, will be in Madison to discuss his book on Wednesday, November 1, at 7 pm at Mystery to Me Bookstore on Monroe Street and Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 pm at the Madison Central Library as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.