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Building Success in Nonprofit Enterprises – Ep. 694

Dennis Johnson, a vice-president of Forward Community Investments, explores building the capacity of non-profits across the state of Wisconsin. Johnson discusses the guidance and resources needed to help to build a strong, secure and sustainable statewide non-profit community.

Turning a Website into a Company - Ep. 692

Heidi Allstop, the president of Spill, discusses her journey from creating a local website to presiding over a nationwide business. Spillnow.com uses peer support to help university students, high school students and veterans cope with depression and loneliness.

Diving the Wreck of the Appomattox – Ep. 693

Tamara Thomsen, a maritime archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, dives into the wreck of the largest wooden bulk carrier ever built, the Appomattox. The ship, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, lies on the bottom of Lake Michigan less than 200 feet off shore at Atwater Beach in the village of Shorewood, north of Milwaukee.

Improving Health Care Services in Ethiopia - Ep. 691

Lori DiPrete Brown, Roman Aydiko, and Sweta Shrestha from the Global Health Institute and Katie Konkle from the Population Health Institute at UW-Madison, discuss the innovations and programs instituted to improve health care in Ethiopia. The quality improvement methods they are focusing on include meeting critical needs, using a twinning model, and expanding programs already in effect.

Tapping Geothermal Resources in Wisconsin – Ep. 690

Dave Hart, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey, takes us on a tour of the geothermal resources in Wisconsin.

Being a Restaurateur On Your Own Terms – Ep. 689

Phillip Hurley, the co-owner of Sardine and Marigold Kitchen Restaurants, discusses how he became an entrepreneur in this interview with Entrepreneurialism in Society Professor Jeanan Yasari. Hurley shares his background and the steps he took to open two restaurants in Madison.

Hunting Wild Yeast in Patagonia – Ep. 682

Chris Hittinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, discusses a recently discovered yeast in the Andean forests of Patagonia, Argentina. The yeast, Saccharomyces eubayanus, fused with a S. cerevisiae ale yeast and evolved into the modern lager yeast that brewers use around the world.

Vanilla, Orchids and Evolution - Ep. 680

Ken Cameron, an associate professor in the Botany Department at UW-Madison and the director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium, presents an overview of the evolution, relationships, identity, and natural history of Vanilla orchids and other related orchids.

A Market Based Approach to Solving World Problems – Ep. 679

Paul Rice, the president and CEO of Fair Trade USA, talks about his work with coffee bean farmers in Nicaragua and the origins of Fair Trade USA. By organizing the farmers and selling the coffee beans to fair trade suppliers for a much higher price per pound than they had been receiving, the farmers have been able to provide clean water and schools for their communities.

Teaching Children and Youth with Autism – Ep.677

Linda Tuchman-Ginsberg, the program director at the Waisman Center Early Intervention Program at UW-Madison, discusses evidence-based practices within a child's daily routines and activities as the best approach to serving children and youth with ASD. Tuchman-Ginsberg provides a brief overview of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and resources they provide.

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