Guests: Sara Finger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
Wisconsin State Representative Terese Berceau

When it comes to the rights of women in the 21st century, some days it feels like deja vu all over again! On this program, Sara Finger and Rep. Terese Berceau pull together the historical journey of women, where they are now, and what lies ahead for this gender that exists in numbers too great to ignore.

You will hear about the advancement of women’s health in Wisconsin that is advocated by the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health and the upcoming Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Summit, Tuesday, May 15th, at Monona Terrace. “The way to become empowered,” says Sara Finger, “is to ASK, LEARN, VOTE. That’s what the Summit will prepare women to do.”

Rep. Berceau takes us behind the scenes of some of the recent legislation signed into law that particularly impacts women and gives us a sense of the intense dynamics that exist in the Wisconsin legislature today.
For information on the Women’s Health Summit and to register online, go to supportwomenshealth.org. You can also register at the door.


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GUESTS: Anna Reynolds, Executive Director, Friends of the Zoo
Ronda Schwetz, Interim Henry Vilas Zoo Director
Dr. Mike Petersen, Henry Vilas Zoo Veterinarian
Ryan Behling, Chair, Merrill Lynch Grand Gala

Last year the Henry Vilas Zoo celebrated its centennial anniversary. The next 100 years kicks off with plans to build an animal hospital – something the Zoo has never had! The lions and the rest of the zoo’s inhabitants – small, medium and large – will sleep well every night comforted that this critically-needed health care facility will soon be providing care to them on site.

The plans are drawn for a state-of-the art veterinary facility that will include specialized areas for surgery, radiology, intensive care, pharmacy, laboratory, isolation, indoor and outdoor holding, and an area for research, a summer Zoo School for children and other educational programs. The Madison Community Foundation provided the lead gift of $150,000, and Merrill Lynch has stepped forward – naming the Friends of the Zoo and the construction of the new Animal Health Center as the beneficiary of their 6th Annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala Event, Friday, May 11, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

On this program, Anna Reynolds, Ronda Schwetz and Dr. Mike Petersen share details of just how they care for the health needs of this wide range of animals from around the world and tell us stories about their relationships with this exotic community of individual personalities.

Ryan Behling talks about Merrill’s Lynch’s annual commitment to the community through their Grand Gala and invites listeners to attend this year’s Gala and support the Zoo.

For more information on the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala – Friday, May 11th at the Concourse Hotel – and how to purchase tickets, call Ryan at (608) 283-2871or go to vilaszoo.org.

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Guests: Deedra Atkinson, Senior V.P., Community Impact, United Way of Dane County
Janet Bollig, Director, Community Resource Programs for Home Health United
Amanda Hefty, Volunteer Coordinator, SAFE At Home Program (Safety Assessment for the Elderly)

Maintaining our independence is something we all cling to, and the good news it that we have more control over that than we may think. It turns out that falls and adverse drug events are two of the major reasons seniors lose their independence. These can be prevented!

United Way of Dane County and Home Health United are taking the lead and hope to diminish the risk of falls and negative drug reactions and events significantly in Dane County through the recently-launched free SAFE At Home Program.

On this program, our guests lay the foundation for this community outreach program and why it is needed, take us through a virtual SAFE assessment, and give us important tips on what we can do to maintain a safe and healthy home environment.

For more information on this model program including setting up a home assessment, call the SAFE hotline at Home Health United, 608-223-7070, or go to safeandhealthyaging.org.

For assistance in connecting with a needed service or resource, contact United Way of Dane County at 2-1-1.

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Guests: Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation
Margie Navarre Saaf, Madison Public Library
Brian Simons, Verona Public Library

In this internet age, are libraries on the chopping block? I don’t think so!!! – and neither will you after hearing this program. A new and energized environment is inhabiting the 28 libraries in Dane County, dramatically increasing the number of author visits, exciting exhibitions, workshops, lecture series, interactive presentations, and other lifelong learning opportunities for all ages. The goal is to promote lifelong learning, increase free programming and encourage multi-library partnerships.

On this program, Tom Linfield, Margie Navarre Saaf and Brian Simons talk about the Beyond the Page Campaign to support the expansive Humanities Programs in Dane County libraries. Their collective mission: to dream up, plan and promote new projects. Your input is welcome!

For more information on the strengthening of humanities in the Dane County Library Service, go to

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Guest: Michael Edmonds, Librarian/Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is a world-renowned resource on almost anything you wish to research including The Civil War and other historical events. Michael Edmonds describes himself as a digital librarian and has led teams that mounted more than a million pages from Society collections yo the Web so researchers don’t have to travel to Madison to use them. One such project was archiving The Civil War on the web.

The Civil War digital collection was published last year to help Wisconsin residents observe the 150th anniversary of the war. It contains more than 20,000 pages of original eyewitness accounts, such as letters, diaries, newspaper articles, memoirs, maps and historical images by Wisconsin soldiers, as well as about 200 short background essays to help them understand and appreciate the original documents.

On this program, Michael Edmonds brings to life the real stories of The Civil War as described in the words of those who were there. And he helps us delve further into this critical period in American history. How should we go about looking back on The Civil War? What do we know about Wisconsin’s involvement and how it impacted our state? Supposedly, we are to learn from history. From the resources available to us, what can The Civil War teach us? Listen to this program for some of the answers.

And for more information on this and other historical events, go to wisconsinhistory.org. Click on Library/Archives.

Also on this program: Scott Haumersen shares details on TRI-QUEST presented by the Rotary Club of Madison. On May 20th at The Legend at Bergamount in Oregon, the pubic is invited to participate as individuals or teams in a unique run, bike and golf event to benefit low-income Dane County youth through the Madison Rotary Foundation Synergy Scholarship.

For more information, go to rotarytri-quest.org or call 608-255-9164.