Guest: Joanne Cantor, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, UW-Madison;
Author of Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress

Many people think they can multitask. The truth is, tasks that involve language processing or decision making need your full attention. So when you try to do two such tasks at the same time, you end up switching your attention back and forth. To make matters worse, both tasks take longer, and there are typically more errors. So why do we do it?

On this program, Dr. Joanne Cantor answers that question and more. She explains how the digital revolution has changed everything and what a powerful hold it has on each of us. “The design of our brains is suited for a more low-tech environment,” says Dr. Cantor. “Information overload can block creativity and create significant stress.” But the good news is, we can take charge of our digital devices and dependence on technology and actually enhance our productivity, creativity, and sanity.

On this program and in her book, Cyber OverLoad, Joanne Cantor explains the relevant research and provides practical steps for balancing our access to limitless information with time for thoughtful reflection and relaxation.

More information is on the website: You can also sign up for Joanne Cantor’s e-newsletter.


Guest: Allan Wearing, Sales and Marketing Director, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
Allan Wearing has had a long and extensive career in the Wisconsin health insurance industry spending 30 years with Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin before joining Group Health Cooperative. On this radio program, Al Wearing uses his trained eye and on-the-job experience to give us a consumer-friendly overview of the health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
You’ll hear about both Phase 1, the basic changes to health care that have already occurred, and phase 2 which begins in 2014 and will include the new health care exchanges (an online “insurance shopping center”) opening in every state. There will be other changes, too. With a new emphasis on prevention, health insurance plans will be required to pay 100% of the cost of preventive care such as screenings and vaccinations. Tune into this program for further details on this all-encompassing legislation.
“While the legislation is not perfect, it does provide a foundation to simply make it better to obtain health care in this country,” says Al Wearing.
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Guests: Dave Driscoll, Principal Curator, Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected Exhibit
Laura Beam, Coordinator, History on the Square Event, Wisconsin Historical Foundation

Wisconsin ideas, ingenuity and artifacts all come together at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in its recently opened exhibit,Wisconsin Innovations: From the Iconic to the Unexpected. Even the exhibit is “new” to Wisconsin history. Never before has the Museum created such an exhibit of those inventions and ideas that are rooted here in Wisconsin and continue to influence our lives today. Two years in the making, Dave Driscoll describes the meticulous research that went into the selection of each object and story that are grouped into five categories: Big Ideas, Business and Industry, Local Flavor, Pop Culture, and Sports and Leisure. From stem cell research to Stephen Babcock’s butterfat tester (making possible 2%, 1% and fat-free milk), you’ll get a taste of Wisconsin at this amazing exhibit.

For a one-day opportunity to step back into Wisconsin history, Laura Beam invites everyone to History on the Square, Saturday, October 1st from 1 – 3:30 p.m. This free, family-friendly special event highlights Wisconsin’s past, present and future at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Capitol Square – exploring the Historical Society’s best work from around the state.

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Guests: Jeremi Suri, former UW Madison History Professor
Alison Alter, former Development Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
“History is about change,” says Jeremi Suri who, with his wife, Alison Alter, departed this summer from the University of Wisconsin Madison where they built a formidable reputation over the past ten years, to continue their academic careers at the University of Texas at Austin. Before they left, they stopped by the All About Living studio and shared their thoughts on a breadth of issues confronting society today.
Strong advocates of education, Jeremi and Alison give their perspective on the power of The Wisconsin Idea, the lessons history can teach us to improve the present, and the need for all of us to reach beyond what we know to build community in a diverse world.
Jeremi Suri’s latest book, Liberty’s Surest Guardian: AMERICAN NATION-BUILDING FROM THE FOUNDERS TO OBAMA is scheduled for release this month. More information is available at

SAFE AND HEALTHY AGING – PART TWO: Preventing Adverse Drug Events

Guests: Kay Heggestad, MD, retired family practitioner, Delegation member
Roberta Carrier, Ph.D., Pharmacy, Delegation member
Janet Loewi, family caregiver, Delegation member

Last week’s program presented an overview of United Way of Dane County’s Safe
and Healthy Aging initiative which was launched on September 1st. The countywide,
community-based program brought together health care professionals, pharmacists,
social service providers, caregivers, media and United Way 2-1-1 to develop
strategies to keep seniors safe, healthy and independent.

This program moves from Preventing Falls to Adverse Drug Events (ADEs), more
specifically. and the tremendous impact they have on the lives of older adults.
Identifying ADEs and preventing or reversing their effects is the Delegation’s other
challenge. And it won’t be easy. Dane County older adults take an average of 6.4
prescription medications putting them at high risk for suffering an ADE.

For more information go to or call United Way 2-1-1.