GUESTS: Judy Stevenson, co-chair, ORCHID QUEST 2011
Heidi Whetmore, Orchid Growers’ Guild of Madison
Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, California (guest speaker)

If you are on a quest for orchids, ORCHID QUEST 2011 is the place to be. For the 24th year, the largest orchid show in the Upper Midwest is coming to Madison on February 5th and 6th at the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall. Cultivating, collecting and enjoying the beauty of orchids is a passion shared by many. Among those are the guests of this radio program. Learn about the bond that orchid enthusiasts develop with their flowering beauties and what it takes to keep them alive and well.

For more information about ORCHID QUEST, go to www.orchidguild.org or call (608) 231-3163.


Guest: Shannon Barry, Executive Director Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Domestic abuse is often described as the silent elephant in the room. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, income, education, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion. Domestic violence can take many forms. It can be Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Sexual and Economic. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Services which serves Dane County provides many services to help people understand their options and make the best decisions for them.

Shannon Barry discusses the warning signs of domestic violence and how DAIS can help through their 24-hour Help/Crisis Line (608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045); Safe House; Legal Advocacy; Children’s Programming; Crisis Response; Community Support Groups; Emergency Pet Foster Care.

For more information, go to www.abuseintervention.org


Guests: T.J. Miller, owner, Horizon Health & Fitness
Andy Kaszubski, ACE
Brad Deforest, B.S. Exercise Science & Health Promotion

Exercise is a major component to becoming the best we can be. Three personal trainers share their expertise on how we can safely improve our health and fitness. The message is, no one is too old or too unfit to start to change their lives.

(608) 824-9290


Guests: John Wiley, former UW Chancellor and Interim Director, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Laura Heisler, Director of Programming, WARF and head of public programs for the WID Town Center and teaching labs
The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, comprised of a public half (the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery), a private half (the Morgridge Institute for Research) and joined by a Town Center, designed to engage the public in science and stimulate entrepreneurship and industry collaborations, has officially opened its doors on the UW-Madison campus. The magnificent glass-plated building is a one-of-a-kind research institution in the world and positions Wisconsin as a global leader in life science research. Through the generous contributions of John and Tashia Morgridge, the state of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the two biomedical research institutes have become a reality.
Within an atmosphere that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, researchers will be seeking breakthroughs on how to improve human health through scientific discovery while inspiring the next generation of scientists and helping all people better understand the remarkable science that is moving forward The Wisconsin Idea. Hear John Wiley and Laura Heisler describe the WID from an insider’s perspective. The marvel of their work has just begun. For more information, go to: www.discovery.wisc.edu

The Baton Passes At Monona Terrace

Guests: Jim Hess – retiring Director, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Greg McManners – incoming Director, Monona Terrace
George Nelson – Community Leader, Monona Terrace Commission

It seems impossible that Monona Terrace was a topic of major controversy in Madison for nearly 60 years before it was finally built in 1997. George Nelson remembers well, for he headed a commission of community leaders who were charged with getting the Frank Lloyd Wright designed community and convention center built. His recollection of that experience makes it seem like it was just yesterday.

But to Jim Hess, managing Monona Terrace was the exclamation mark on his length career in facility management. Now, after 10 years serving in that position, Jim Hess is retiring, and Greg McManners, Director of Operations for 8 years, is moving into the top position. Jim shares highlights from the years he helped Monona Terrace emerge onto the national scene while Greg looks to the possibilities that lie ahead.