Guest:  Kaitlyn Riley, Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland…

Alice in Dairyland is an icon in Wisconsin. Now in her 71st year, this communications specialist, a full-time civil service employee at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, is selected each year to educate consumers about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy and way of life.

On this program, Kaitlyn Riley, Wisconsin’s 71st Alice in Dairyland, talks about her life as Alice and showcases some of the many ideas that emerge for the holidays from our own winter wonderland. If a product is labeled “Something Special from Wisconsin,” that means at least half of its ingredients or components are grown or made right here in Wisconsin. And there is plenty to choose from. In this era of buy local, eat local, enjoy local, the choice is no greater than what we can find right here in Wisconsin.

Get in the holiday spirit as Alice in Dairyland kicks off this holiday season.


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

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.

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Guests:  Sharon Weber, MD, UW Health surgeon;  Tammy Andries and Kelly Pankratz, pancreatic cancer survivors…

Considered rare, cases of pancreatic cancer are rising, even though the leading known risk factor – cigarette smoking – has been declining. It is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because symptoms almost never develop until the disease is advanced and incurable.

On this program, Dr. Sharon Weber, takes us through the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options available today for pancreatic cancer. Progress has been made as is evident in two survivors of pancreatic cancer who join Dr. Weber.

Listen to the personal stories of Tammy Andries, diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer 13 years ago, and Kelly Pankratz, a recent survivor diagnosed in April of 2018.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,


Guest:  Margaret George, New York Times best-selling author

Carol with Margaret George

Renowned author, Margaret George, is an Ancient Rome fanatic and has been studying the life of Nero for thirty years. Next week, her second and final book on Nero, THE SPLENDOR BEFORE THE DARK, will be released. It picks up on the first book released in 2017, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO, and tells the story of the final years of Nero’s life as he faced his biggest challenge, the Great Fire of Rome.

On this program, Margaret George shares her fascination with Nero, often considered one of history’s “bad boys,” and talks about her own remarkable career as one of America’s most revered historical novelists.

Margaret George will be speaking at two events in Madison:
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 PM – Wisconsin Book Festival
A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (in conversation with Professor Barry Powell)
315 W. Gorham St. – Madison

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 PM – Mystery to Me Bookstore
1863 Monroe St. – Madison


 Guests:  Jennifer Rosen Heinz, MOMS DEMAND ACTION; Bob Mokos, Survival Fellow, Everytown for Gun Safety

Every day 96 Americans are killed with guns. Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. The U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times that of other high-income countries. The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times that of other high-income countries. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens. Women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high-income countries. Access to a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. And the statistics continue…

On this program, part 2 of a series, Jennifer Heinz Rosen, a leader and trainer in Madison with MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense in America and Bob Mokos, Survival Fellow with Everytown for Gun Safety talk about the impact of guns on every day life. They encourage everyone to BE SMART: SECURE all guns in your home and vehicles; MODEL responsible behavior around guns; ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes; RECOGNIZE the risks of teen suicide; TELL your peers to BE SMART.

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