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The Morning Show

A conversation about habits with Sarah Hays Coomer, author of "The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the--blank Journey to a Life on Purpose."  

Nan Calvert's monthly visit to the program.  Her guest is Jason Meekma, Executive director of Focus on Community and a new "Take Back My Meds" program that involves the safe disposal of our medications.

Today's Morning Show broadcast was pre-empted by NPR's live coverage of the impeachments proceedings in Washington DC. 

Today's podcast of the Morning Show features a 2003 interview with journalist Joseph Treaster (from the New York Times) talking about his book "Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend."  Volcker was one of the most admired and influential economists of his time.  He was chair of the Federal Reserve from 1979 until 1987.  

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Our topic is memory - and what it means if our memory fades when we are in middle school.  Cathryn Jakobson Ramin's book is called "Carved in Sand: When Attention Fails and Memory Fades in Midlife."  

Dr. Jerald Mast, Professor of Political Science at Carthage College, offers his thoughts on the tumultuous events in Washington DC last week-  the final days of the Trump presidency- and what may be ahead for the Biden presidency.

Joe Bageant, author of "Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War" 

Tim Caulfield, author of "Your Day, Your Way: The Fact and Fiction behind your daily decisions." 

Chana Gazit,  producer and director of "The Codebreaker,"  the next documentary in the PBS series American Experience.   

Roger Moreano, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Equity and Inclusion at Carthage College.

Ruby Warrington, author of "The Sober Curious Reset: Change the way you drink in 100 days or less." 

The Morning Show goes on broadcast holiday hiatus until January 4th.  During the hiatus, the program will still be available in its podcast format.   

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A memorial tribute to Ray Forgianni,  who was Kenosha's City Planner and Director of City Development for more than thirty years. The tribute will include the rebroadcast of a 1997 interview in which Forgianni talks about the Harbor Park development before construction had even begun.  We'll also hear from a more recent interview in which he talks about HarborMarket. Forgianni died on September 26th due to complications from COVID-19.

A memorial tribute to Shirley Abrahamson, former Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, who died this past Saturday.  We are airing excerpts from two different Morning Show interviews with Justice Abrahamson.   (The interview with Carthage's Roger Moreano, originally scheduled to air today, will air in early January instead.) 

Part One:  Rev. Warren Williams shares the story bout with COVID-19, which was serious enough to necessitate hospitalization - and his recovery.  <The entire interview can be heard in the podcast version of the program.  Search for 'The Morning Show with Greg Berg' on Spotify, Apple Podcast or Google Podcast."   Part Two:   Best-selling author David Baldacci discusses his latest novel, "Daylight."  

A preview of an upcoming virtual performance of "A Christmas Carol" directed by Alex Metalsky - a Fleeing Artists production but which will feature performers from a number of area community theaters- as well as several performers from far away.  We'll also hear about the actor to whose memory these performances are dedicated.  

Nan Calvert's monthly environmental program

A preview of the Racine Theater Guild's next Signature Spotlight Concert,  "Home fo the Holidays,"  which will be shared (virtually) with the public beginning on December 18th. 

Paul Robert Coyle, author of "Swords, Starships and Superheroes- from Star Trek to Xena to Hercules: a TV Writer's Life Scripting the Stories of Heroes"

Part One:  Allen Buchanan, author of "Our Moral Fate:  Evolution and the Escape from Tribalism."  Part Two: Patricia Peyton, co-author of "Physical Intelligence: Harness Your Body;s Untapped Intelligence to achieve more, stress less and live more happily." 

Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht.  

From the archives:  a 1998 conversation with therapist Amy Sprague Champeau on Depression.   <The interview originally scheduled for today- with Angela Zimmerman, the new director of the Racine Public Library, has been postponed until next week.> 

We talk about singing safely during COVID-19 with three high school choral directors:  Elizabeth Steege (Case H.S. in Racine),  Polly Amborn (Tremper H.S. in Kenosha) and Derek Machan (Waterford H.S.)  We'll find out what they have done to keep their choral programs active and effective since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Best-selling sportswriter John Feinstein discusses his latest book, "Game Changer," his latest sports-themed novel for young readers. 

Lucina Robb (granddaughter of Lady Bird Johnson) and Rebecca Boggs Roberts (daughter of Cokie Roberts.)  They are co-authors of "The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World."  The book celebrates some of the most notable women in the suffragist movement- and highlights some of the lessons they can teach present-day activists.

Dr. James Kinchen from UW-Parkside and Dr. Eduardo Garcia-Novelli from Carthage College on how to carry on with a choral program during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Barry Jagoda, author of "My Journeys with Jimmy Carter and Other Adventures in Media."  Jagoda was a media advisor to former president Jimmy Carter.

Jamie Thompson, author of "Stand Off: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault that Gripped a Nation."  

Part One:  Carlo Nevicosi, Deputy Director, Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services, with a COVID update.   Part Two:   Hope O. Baker, author of Finding Hope:  A Birth Mother's Journey into the Light.  

Dr. Art Cyr, Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business at Carthage College.

No Morning Show broadcast because of the holiday. There will be a Morning Show podcast. 

Listen to the podcast here:

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No Morning Show broadcast because of the holiday. There will be a Morning Show podcast. 

Listen to the podcast here:

Apple Podcasts (iPhone and iPad) is external)

Google Podcasts (Samsung, Android, and Google products) is external)

Spotify (Requires Spotify account)


Lincoln expert Steve Rogstad, author of 'Lincoln Among the Badgers: Rediscovering Sites Associated with Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Wisconsin."

Part One: Ted Yang, author of 'Table for Five: A Father's Story of Life, Love and Loss."  Part Two:  Psychotherapist Elke Scholz, author of "Anxiety Warrior," a book that explores the nature of anxiety and how to deal with anxiety in the healthiest way. 

Racine-born musician Zachary Scot Johnson talks about reaching the milestone of 3000 episodes of his Song a Day project on Youtube.   He also talks about how life for him and other professional musicians has changed so drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We speak with several different people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 .... including a front-line worker (a nurse) .... an elected official ..... and a college student who was and remains completely asymptomatic. 

Tim Weiner, author of "The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare." 

 Jeffrey Roberg, Professor of Political Science and Jon Bruning, Associate Professor of Communications and Digital Media from Carthage College. They recap the 2020 presidential election and how they approached it in their team-taught course "Campaigns and Elections." 

Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht

John Hambrock, creator of the comic strip "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee," which has just begun its 15th year of syndication.

Brian Vikander, author of "Dalko: The Untold Story of Baseball's Fastest Pitcher." 

Nan Calvert's monthly visit- with Willie Karadis, project manager for Route of the Badger and with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. 

Two conversations about COVID-19 with two of Greg Berg's relatives:  Dr. Randi Berg, a M.D., talks about trying to keep herself, her family, her patients, and the nursing home residents in her care safe from COVID.  Also, Aidan Spencer-Berg,  who currently lives in Paris, France will talk about the stringent restrictions that are currently in place in Paris and throughout France as that country (and much of Europe) contends with their own surge in COVID-19 cases. 

Laura Gellott, retired from the history faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, talks about her new book "Helen Perry Curtis and the European Trip of a Lifetime." 

Lenora Chu, author of "Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve."  

Brian Muraresku, author of "The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Names."  The author examines the use of psychedelic substances in various religions dating back to ancient Greece.  

Part One:  Belinda Thielen, local Quaker, talks about an initiative called Choose Democracy that seeks to safeguard the integrity of our democracy as well as the integrity of the 2020 election. Thielen and other local Quakers were part of a letter-writing campaign to local public officials and law enforcement administrators.  Part Two: Jennie C. Stephens <pictured> , author of "Diversifying Power: Why We Need Anti-racist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy." 

No Morning Show.  We will remain with NPR's live coverage of election results.

In part one: a 2002 interview with Judith Martin, a k a Miss Manners,  discussing her book "Star Spangled Manners: In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (for a change). In part two: A 2003 conversation with Ace Collins about his book "Songs Sung Red, White & Blue: The Stories Behind America's Best-Loved Patriotic Songs."

Elizabeth Mitchell, author of "Lincoln's Lie: A True Civil War Caper through Fake News, Wall Street and the White House."

Part one: Holly Stanfield talks about directing KUSD musical theater productions during COVID.  Part two: James Schatzman talks about a special musical offering by the Choral Arts Society being shared (virtually) on October 30th.