LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA (Part 1 of a two-part series on Mental Illness)

Guests: Nancy Abraham
Dylan Abraham

For nearly four decades, Nancy Abraham has been a tireless voice educating the public, health care workers, and government agencies about mental illness and the need to improve services. This is because in 1974, her then teenage son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dylan and Nancy Abraham share their personal journey and the successful outcome Dylan has achieved through his participation in PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment).

For more information and support, contact NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness),, or call the Dane County office, 608-249-7188.

For immediate help, call the Crisis Line, 280-2600.


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 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


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: