Guest: Bill Lueders, News Editor, Isthmus; Author; Project Leader, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

What does it mean to be a journalist? For the past 25 years, Bill Lueders has been News Editor of Isthmus, and the paper has reflected his tenacious quality of getting to the bottom of the story.

Examples of Bill’s award-winning work are documented in his revealing book, “Watchdog: 25 Years of Muckraking and Rabblerousing,” a collection of the “Best of Bill Lueders” opinion columns, longer investigative stories, and other more personal writings.

In addition to sharing highlights from some of the stories in his book, Bill talks about his career, “tips” on what makes an investigative journalist, and his new role with the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Bill is leaving Isthmus and joining the Center to head a new project,, where he will be working to tell the stories about the impact of money on politics. A tailor-made role for a top Watchdog!


Just meeting Jeremi Suri is a joyful experience. His engaging personality is infectious and goes way beyond the UW-Madison classroom. For the past ten years, Jeremi has served as the prestigious E. Gordon Fox professor of history at UW-Madison. He has authored award-winning books including Henry Kissinger and the American Century, and has another book, The Past and future of American Politics at Home and Abroad, due out in mid-September. But what has endeared him to the Greater Madison community are his accessibility and eagerness to spread the word that we can look back to history to better inform us today on public and foreign policy decisions. And he has done this in language that we can understand.

Now Professor Suri is leaving Wisconsin – heading to the University of Texas at Austin where he will become the Mack Brown Chair of Global Leadership, a position that involves working in Texas’ history department, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Why Jeremi Suri is leaving, his concern over the priority of education as a whole in Wisconsin and the uncertainty hovering over the UW – Madison, and his forecast on some of the foreign policy issues we’re facing today are all part of this stimulating discussion.


Guests: Kate Stalker, Project Manager

Cora White, Neighborhood Advocate
The Center for Resilient Cities, a Madison and Milwaukee-based nonprofit whose mission is to help urban citizens and governments create healthy, economically attractive, sustainable environments, just broke ground on one of their largest projects. The Resilience Research Center will turn a four-acre site on Madison’s South Side just off the Beltline at Badger and Rimrock Roads into an innovative and vibrant hub where multi-generations will learn and thrive. The first phase, planned to open in the fall of 2011, will house a project-based charter school (Badger Rock Middle School), a neighborhood center and commercial kitchen. The Center will also house neighborhood-focused businesses, an MG&E Energy Services Center and several acres of hear-round urban agriculture.
This visionary concept in building sustainable communities will offer hands-on learning centered around food production, healthy eating and living, energy and water use, and breathing new life into distressed neighborhoods. Researchers from UW-Madison and Milwaukee and Edgewood College have signed on to study the Center’s innovative programming and its impact on this multicultural, multi-generational neighborhood. Kate Stalker and Cora White describe how this Center of Tomorrow has become a reality today.
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Guest: Patti Kerr, writer, caregiver and author
After a professional career as a writer, Patti Kerr’s life took an unexpected turn when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She spent the next six years helping her father care for her mother. Realizing the unique challenges of caregiving, Patti put on her writer’s hat soon after her mother’s death and interviewed other children and grandchildren who had cared for a parent with Alzheimer’s.
In 2010, “I Love You, Who Are You?: Loving and Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s” was released. In the book, Patti Kerr shares wisdom she gained as well as that of the caregivers and professionals she interviewed. “The book will guide them from initial diagnosis to the end of the journey,” says Kerr. Patti Kerr shares some of her insights on this radio program.
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Guests: Molly Kelly, Special Events Manager – American Red Cross, Badger Chapter
Caden Collins – Youth Good Samaritan
Judy Braham – From the Heart Hero

Each year, the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross honors several people and a corporation for their individual acts of demonstrating that – YES, one person CAN make a difference. This year is no exception. Molly Kelly, Special Events Manager of the Badger Chapter brings the 2011 Real Heroes to life, describing the heroism of Joyce Phillips, the Adult Good Samaritan, who saved a man’s life; Bill Troxel, Community Hero, who provided 155 families with Thanksgiving dinner; Dr. Elizabeth Pritts and Dr David Olive, Health Care Heroes, who went to Haiti to provide medical care, and Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells, Corporate Real Hero, who completely funded a Disaster Shelter Trailer.

Caden Collins, Youth Good Samaritan, tells his story of how he wanted to help the children in Haiti when he heard they were without toys because they fell through cracks in the earth. At age six, he took his concern to his Pastor, and the adults listened. Caden’s Fund for the Children of Haiti raised $8000 for toys and playground equipment.

Judy Braham, From the Heart Hero, began donating blood in 1985. In 1990, learning she was a great candidate for removing platelets from the blood, Judy has donated life-saving platelets over 400 times and has donated bone marrow for a patient with leukemia.

The American Red Cross Badger/South Central Wisconsin Chapter serves 13 counties plus Whitewater and South Beloit, IL.