Guest:  Susan Spahn, author

Billy Spahn was 12 years old when he dove off a pier into shallow water at the family’s cottage and broke his neck. He instantly became quadriplegic which was considered a life sentence for never walking again. But he never gave up hope nor did his family. Hope combined with perseverance, determination, pain, courage and lots of love and support brought Billy back on his feet. After several months, Billy walked out of the hospital and went on to become a successful businessman and live a full life.

On this program, Susan Spahn, who shares her brother’s story in her recently-released book, Never Give Up, is joined by her brother, Bill, who vividly recalls the day he dove off that pier and how that changed his life.

Sadly, I received the news that Bill Spahn passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. His death does not take away from the determination and persistence he demonstrated in the face of great adversity. Bill Spahn remains an inspiration for us all to never give up!


Guests:  Julia Houck, Chief Administrative Officer, Agrace; Tasha Robinson, Home Care Manager, Agrace’s Age at Home…

There is new enthusiasm for aging at home. But as grocery shopping, cooking, changing the sheets and other household chores become unmanageable, or if you worry about your safety getting in and out of the shower and moving about your home because of balance, vision or hearing problems, you begin to wonder if staying in the comfort of your home is the wisest choice.

On this program, Julia Houck and Tasha Robinson discuss Agrace’s decision to move beyond Hospice and Palliative Care to provide non-medical home care in Dane County for those needing help to be able to live independently at home. They will share guidelines on what help is available that makes aging at home a viable and positive option.


Learn how to live life like it’s golden! That is the theme of the 9th Annual Solomon Carter Fuller event held each year to build awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the African American community.

This year’s BRAIN HEALTH BRUNCH is Saturday, March 16, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fitchburg. Free and open to the public, the day will include a brunch, wellness fair, performance by the “Amazing Grace” Chorus, caregiver workshops, healthy food demonstration and memory screenings.

Carl V. Hill, PhD, Dir. of Office of Special Populations, National Institutes of Health, will address “Double Jeopardy: The Curious Case of Health Disparities in the United States.”

On this program, Carey Gleason, PhD., Assoc. Prof. at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Fabu Carter, WARDC Outreach Specialist, describe the importance of African Americans learning more about how Alzheimer’s disease affects them.

African Americans are up to twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as Caucasians and yet are diagnosed later in the disease and less likely to gain access to resources or participate in research. The Solomon Carter Fuller event, named after the African American psychiatrist who worked closely with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, is one path to changing this.

For more details and to register, go to adrc.wisc.edu/scf2019 or call 608-232-3400. Walk-ins are welcome.


Guest: Beverly Davis, Community Chaplain, Attic Angel Place and Author, Great Gray Series

“The effects of bullying can stay with you all your life,” says Beverly Davis. Beverly speaks from personal experience. She was bullied throughout her childhood and is still impacted by the pain. “The acts of marginalizing people don’t just affect the person being hurt, they affect everyone in his or her life,” she added.

As a result of a dream she had about the power of believing in yourself and the need to express this, Beverly Davis authored the Great Gray series of children’s books for all ages.

On this program, Beverly Davis tells the story of Gray, an elephant who looked different and how the elephants in India stopped bullying Gray when he save their village. The book honors the differences in all of us and guides us to rise above bullying to experience our own sense of greatness.


Guest:  Stuart Levitan, author, Madison historian, broadcaster

Stu Levitan has recently published the civic history of a turbulent decade, “Madison in the Sixties.” No, it’s not a groovy, tie-dyed memoir of hippie life. In fact, as Stu tells us on this program, much about the Sixties in Madison was not groovy at all. The battle to build Monona Terrace was a decade-long civic failure; the city struggled with urban renewal and civil rights; the University of Wisconsin was a national center of antiwar and civil rights protests – some violent.

But the Sixties were also a colorful time in which significant figures of local, state and national history were making their mark in Madison.

On this program, All About Living producer, Jim Bartlett, talks with Stu Levitan about what Madison was really like in the sixties.