FRAMING THE CONVERSATION: A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST’S INSIGHT

Guest:  Anita Rufus, Host, “The Anita Rufus Show” and “That’s Life,” IHub Radio, Southern California

People talking to people. A difficult endeavor in today’s political culture when people of differing opinions struggle to have civil conversations. It doesn’t have to be confrontational, says Anita Rufus, longtime host of “The Anita Rufus Show” and “That’s Life” on IHub Radio in Southern California. Known on radio as the “Lovable Liberal,” Anita invites listeners from all political persuasions to participate in discussions on policy – not politics. “It’s never personal or disrespectful,” says Anita. “It’s about active listening and agreeing on outcomes. The differences are in determining how we get there.”

On this program, Anita Rufus, retired businesswoman, law school graduate, educator, award-winning columnist and radio host, shares her guidelines on how to sustain civil conversations amidst controversy. She talks about her own experience running for Congress against Sonny Bono and assesses the current group of women candidates for President.

A longtime advocate of dying with dignity, Anita also discusses the importance of having our own conversations with those close to us and advance directives in place to maintain control of our full circle of life.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN: UW SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFERS COMMUNITY LESSONS

Guests:  Dr. Tim Shaw, violin student, Paula Su, doctoral candidate and violin instructor, Cayla Rosche, soprano and Coordinator, UW Community Music Lessons

Always wanted to play a musical instrument but never had the time? If now is the time for you, the opportunity is available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music.

Representative of the Wisconsin Idea, their Community Music Lesson Program offers lessons to children and adults who are taught by well-trained college music students at the UW School of Music. Lessons are offered in violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, voice, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and percussion.

On this program, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a music lesson with Dr. Tim Shaw, a retired physician and budding violin student and his Music School teacher, Paula Su.  Joining them is Cayla Rosche who describes how the program works.

For more information, go to music.wisc.edu/cml.

CANOPY CENTER COVERS THE NEEDS OF ABUSED CHILDREN

Guests:  Donna Fox, Executive Director; Nicole Wells, Childcare Specialist; Megan Henry, CASA Program Director, Canopy Center

Canopy Center is a child abuse treatment and prevention agency which works to strengthen the family unit and address the long-term effects of child abuse.

Advocating for the needs of children is paramount. The Center does this through three programs: (1) OASIS supports the healthy functioning of families who have been affected by incest and child sexual abuse. (2) CASA provides volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to work with abused and neglected children who are under the protection or authority of the Dane County Courts. (3) PARENT TO CHILD (P2C) provides supervised family visits to parents and children who are in CHIPS (Children in Need of Protective Services).

On this program, Donna Fox, Nicole Wells, and Megan describe how these programs work to address the often complex and challenging needs of some of Dane County’s most vulnerable children. You’ll hear how every effort is made to create trauma-informed environments, build trust, and reduce the effects of the abuse children and non-offending parents and caregivers have endured. Every situation is different, but the goal is the same: to strengthen families and ensure safety, support and permanence to the lives of children, teens and adults impacted by trauma and adversity.

More information on programs and volunteer opportunities is available at canopy center.org.

A NEW PAIN-RELIEVING DISCOVERY FOR LPHS

Guests:  Hans Sollinger, MD, PhD, FACS; UW School of Medicine and Public Health;  Sheri Spain, LPHS patient…

If you’re like most people, you probably have not heard of LPHS. It is Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome – a painful condition which affects mostly younger women. The pain is in the area of the kidney and radiates down to the groin. It has been described as “possibly the worst pain known in medicine.” Up until recently, to control pain, patients primarily depended on large quantities of narcotics.

A new treatment for LPHS that has brought pain relief and returned a normal life to women living with this debilitating condition has now emerged under the leadership of Hans Sollinger, MD, Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sollinger’s reputation as one of the world’s leading transplant surgeons is well established. Recently his focus has turned to developing a novel surgical therapy for LPHS with great success.

On this program, Dr. Sollinger describes what he learned about LPHS that led him to a successful treatment not using narcotics, and what the treatment protocol is. Joining the conversation is Sheri Spain, a LPHS patient who is now living a normal, pain-free life after receiving the new treatment. She shares her personal story of how LPHS impacted her life and what she has learned along her journey.

END DOMESTIC ABUSE SPEAKS OUT IN WISCONSIN

Guest:  Patti Seger, Executive Director, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin…

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is the statewide voice for victims of domestic violence. They are focused on educating victims and the general public, providing safety and support to those experiencing abuse, and preventing and ending domestic abuse for future generations. Their voice is heard in the State Capitol in Madison advocating for laws and policies that work to make Wisconsin a more peaceful and just place.

On this program, Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, reviews their legislative agenda for 2019-2020 which includes: Preventing Inter-generational Cycles of Abuse through Proactive Prevention; Accounting for the Safety of Domestic Abuse Victims and their Children in the Family Law System; Protecting Survivors and their Children in the Child Welfare System; Creating Safety for Immigrant & Undocumented Families; Protecting Victims from Gun Violence, and more.

For additional information, go to endabusewi.org.