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Bryan Albrecht,  President of Gateway Technical College. 

Dr. Jonathan Shailor, Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, talks about an amazing online collaboration that he organized with 17 of his colleagues from the Shakespeare in Prisons Network for a performance of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." 

Part One: Guida Brown, Executive Director of the Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, talks about the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis is posing to people struggling with addiction.  Part Two:  Michael Mahoney, DIrector of Chicago Services for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.

Part One: Dr. Thomas Noer, Valor Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Carthage talks about the most serious epidemics that have been part of American history.  Part Two: Joy Cho shares thoughts on supporting small businesses during COVID-19. 20/20

Peter Dennee,  Associate Professor of Music at Carthage, about the Fulbright Scholar Grant he was awarded to do research in Tanzania next year. 

We hear from Gateway Technical College instructors about the challenges of online teaching during the COVID-19 Crisis. We speak with Pat Hoppe (Electrical Engineering),  Rich Malloy, (Adult high School), Tedd Lupella (Surgical Technology), and Maryanne Kuiper and Helene Stacy (Nursing.)  


Therapist Amy Sprague Champeau offers some thoughts on how we can remain emotionally and mentally healthy through the stresses of the COVID-19 Crisis. 

We remember Professor John Buenker, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for 33 years, who was also a frequent Morning Show guest.  We replay an interview from February 2, 2001

 No Morning Show broadcast because of Easter Monday.  There will be a podcast version of today's Morning Show.

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Nan Calvert's monthly visit to the program features local birdwatching enthusiast  Rick Fare.  We also speak with David Mizejewski, spokesman for the National Wildlife Federation

We speak with an array of instructors from Gateway Technical College on what it is like to teach in an online, virtual format because of COVID-19.  

How are area congregations and parishes functioning during the COVID-19 crisis?  Our guests include Father Ricardo Martin from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Racine,  Rev. Bradley Brown from North Cape Lutheran Church in Raymond,  Rev. Susan Patterson-Sumwalt at First United Methodist Church in Kenosha, and Rev. Levi Ketelson, Burlington campus pastor for Journey Church (which is an Assembly of God church.) 

From the archives:  Bruce Feiler, author of "The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men who could be me."  Feiler's best-selling book has been adapted into an NBC series airing Tuesday evenings.

Part One:  Dr. Ed Kawakami, Chair of the Academic Senate at Carthage College, talks about the school's decision to amend the grading system for this semester because of COVID-19.  Part Two;  Jolene Hart, author of "Ignite Your Light: A Sunrise to Moonlight Guide to Feeling Joyful, Resilient, and Lit from Within" offers suggestions on coping with Social Distancing and other stresses of the COVID-19 crisis.

From 2017:  Meta Wagner, author of "What's Your Creative Type? - Harness the Power of your Artistic Personality."  

Mardy Grothe, author of "I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like:  a Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors and Similes."   <archives>

Dan Koeppel,  author of "To See Every Bird on Earth:  A Father, A Son, and an Obsession."  <archives>

A look back at an epidemic perhaps even more terrifying than COVID-19, the Polio Epidemic of the early 1950s. We preview an American Experience documentary, "The Polio Crusade," which is re-airing Tuesday night.  Also, David Oshinksy, who is one of the guests in that film, and the author of "Polio: An American Story." 

Dr. Beth Rush (Mayo Clinic) offers suggestions on how we can maintain our mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 crisis.  After that,  Frederick Kaufman, author of "A Short History of the American Stomach."

Hope Jahren, author of "The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here."  The interview was recorded last Friday and it includes some reflection from Jahren on what it is like right now in Norway, where she lives with her family. 

(ARCHIVES)  To remember a simpler time as well as the delightful and unique genius of Mark Twain, we revisit a 2012 interview with Bob Hirst, editor of a new edition of "The Autobiography of Mark Twain." 

Ginny Sassaman,  author of "Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World."  This interview was recorded this past Friday, and includes some reflections from the guest on the COVID-19 Crisis. 

(ARCHIVES)  Sean Manning is the editor of "Bound to Last:  30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book."  This interview, recorded back in 2011

Amy Shira Teitel, author of "Fighting for Space: Two Pilots and their Historic Battle for Female Spaceflight."   

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College; John Swallow, President of Carthage College, and Debbie Ford, Chancellor of UW-Parkside discuss how their institutions are reacting to the evolving COVID-19 crisis.

From the archives:  a 2006 converation with John M. Barry, author of "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History."   Barry's book is widely regarded as the definitive account of the 1918 influenza pademic.  

Neal Bascomb, author of "Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best." 

A discussion of the upcoming RUSD Referendum with RUSD school board president Brian O'Connell, school board member Mike Frontier, and RUSD's Chief of Operations Shannon Gordon.  

Dr. Temple Burling, Associate Professor of Biology and Physics, describes his experience with the COVID-19 scare.   His research trip in the UK and Belgium was cut short with the announcement of President Trump's travel ban - and in the interview he describes what he saw and experienced upon landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and what it is like for him to be in precautionary self-quarantine.   

Jill Tietjien and Barbara Bridges,  co-authors of "Hollywood: Her Story,"  a fascinating chronicle of the history of women in the film industry.

Nan Calvert is joined by Adrienne Cizek, who is with Stormwater Solutions Engineering firm.   

Part One:  Russell Johnson, from the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, talks about Jazz Week - which is next week on the UW-P campus.   Part Two:  Steve Mussenden, Racine Literacy Council.  Part Three: A Mayo Clinic offers information about Colo-rectal Cancer.  Part Four:  a CNA study on the escalating recruitment challenges confronting the U.S. military. 

Noe Alvarez, author of "Spirit Run: a 6,000 Mile Marathon through North America's Stolen Land."

James Brown, author of "Apology to a Young Addict- a Memoir."   

We preview the Lakeside Players production of "Death of a Streetcar named Virginia Woolf-  a Parody." 

Anne Kim, author of "Abandoned:  America's Lost Youth at the Crisis of Disconnection."  

Erik Johnson, Assistant Professor of Economics at Carthage College, talks about our trade relations with China. 

A tour of the Anatomage Table 6, an exciting piece of technology used by health science students at Gateway Technical College.   (We speak with Morgan Kaiser, Katriana McGovern, and Traci Gotz.) Watch this program live on WGTD's Facebook page here

Part One:  Racine Food Bank and their fundraiser on March 6th and 7th.  Part Two: Margot Kahn, "This is the Place: Women Write About Home." 

James Schatzman, Carl Fields and Sister Ann Pratt discuss a year-long city-wide discussion of Racism that will be occurring in Racine.

Part one:  The annual Susan B. Anthony Women of Influence Awards, celebrating 100 Years of Women's Suffrage. In Part two: (for Black History Month) - Mark Ribowsky, author of "The Supremes:  A Saga of Motown, Dreams, Success and Betrayal." 

Dr. Jerald Mast,  Professor of Political Science at Carthage, offers his thoughts on the contenders for the Democratic Party's nominee to run for president.  

Dr. Art Cyr from Carthage College offers analysis of current events. 

(for Black History Month) Elliot Jaspin, author of "Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America." 

For Black History Month:  Joe Drape, author of "Black Maestro:  the Epic Life of an American Legend."  

Maggie Andersen, author of "Getting Smart About Race: An American Conversation."  

From the University of Wisconsin-Parkside:  Andrew Gavin, Director of Athletics - and Robyn Elliot, graduate assistant. 

Eileen Rivers (USA Today) talks about her book "Beyond the Call:  Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan." Ms. Rivers visits Carthage on Saturday Feb. 22nd 

Edward J. Larson, author of "Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership." 

Writer and singer-songwriter Zahira Kelly-Cabrera, who is coming to Carthage College on Feb. 18th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school's Women's and Gender Studies Program.