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March 19, 2004

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The D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and WLSU-FM have collaborated to produce a series of sixteen radio programs called "Day To Day Ethics" which will raise questions about how people address moral questions they confront in their everyday lives.

The programs, each 10 minutes in duration, will air on sixteen consecutive Friday afternoons beginning April 2 and twice again on the following Monday mornings. On Fridays, it will be broadcast on "All Things Considered" at 4:50 p.m. and on Mondays at 6:50 and 8:20 a.m.
"The program will feature many individuals from the local area," said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. "We'll look at how ordinary people view such things as integrity, honesty, fairness, faithfulness, or compassion."
Local guests and the topics to be featured include: Tom Roher-Children and Divorce; Vince Hatt-Challenges of Mental Illness; Grant Smith-Responding to School Violence and Bill Pretasky-Balancing Justice with Forgiveness.
"By featuring individuals who have confronted real-life situations, we hope to show the human side of ethical decision-making, and how human beings act when they are at their best.
"Day to Day Ethics" was developed and produced by Gene Purcell, WLSU, and Chuck Ericksen with the D.B. Reinhart Institute. Earl Madary provided an original music composition and Pat Kerrigan served as interviewer.
WLSU is located at 88.9 on the FM dial.

Day to Day Ethics Radio Series
Produced by
D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
Wisconsin Public Radio (88.9 F.M. WLSU)

The programs listed below will be aired on 16 consecutive Friday afternoons beginning April 2, and twice again on the following Monday mornings (with a couple exceptions - see*).  On Fridays it will be broadcast on All Things Considered at 4:50 to 5:00 p.m.  On Mondays it will be broadcast at 6:50-7:00 a.m. and 8:20-8:30 a.m.

WLSU is located at 88.9 on the FM dial.

April 2 and 5
Joan Wolf: Raising Ethical Children  Joan raised five children and speaks eloquently about the challenges of raising caring, ethical children in this day and age.

April 9 and 12
Sherry Oldenburg: Punishment and Redemption  Sherry talks about her incarceration and daily struggles with staying drug free and leading a happy, productive life.

April 16 and 19
Dr. Jack Udell: Balancing Patient Care and Social Responsibility  Jack is a primary care physician.  He speaks about the tension between wanting to do whatever one can to help a patient wile balancing a need to contain costs.

April 23 and 26
Dennis Krumenauer: Layoffs and Business Restructuring  Dennis is General Manager of Crescent Printing.  Dennis went through a painful business restructuring process a couple years ago that resulted in several layoffs and he talks about the ethical issues he was faced with during this process.

April 30 and May 3
Larry Webinger: Ethics of Hunting  Larry is a Conservation Warden for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and is also an avid hunter.  He speaks about some of the changing ethical issues related to hunting.

May 7 and 10
Bill Pretasky: Balancing Justice with Forgiveness  Bill is a man who, when after his home was intentionally burned down by two teenagers, chose to rise above his anger to work with these boys in a restorative justice program.  He chose to help these young offenders make amends, learn from their experience, and move on.

May 14 and 17
Tom Rhorer:  Children and Divorce  Tom is a lawyer who works exclusively on behalf of children in child protection cases  serving as a Guardian Ad Litem in court appointed child custody cases.  He speaks about divorce and the importance of rising above conflicts between adults to work together for the best interests of their children.

May 21 and 24
Elaine Colvin: End of Life Decisions  Elaine works at Gundersen Lutheran counseling people regarding end of life decisions.  She speaks about the often difficult, yet important, ethical issues related to these decisions.

May 28 and *Tuesday June 1
Ned Reese: Generosity--a La Crosse Tradition Ned is a practicing Dakota and married to a Ho-Chunk woman. Ned speaks of the historical significance of the La Crosse area as a place for cross cultural connection; where people are known for hospitality, kindness, and generosity.

June 4 and 7
Jane Klekamp: Struggles of the Incarcerated  Jane works with incarcerated people and those on probation through the Justice Sanctions program.  She speaks of the struggles these people go through, their histories of abuse and failure, and the day to day challenges faced in attempting to live a happy and successful life.

June 11 and 14
Anita Froegel: Philanthropy and Why People Give  Anita speaks about philanthropy and why people give.  She also speaks as a La Crosse Foundation board member about what to expect from a charity or foundation and the importance of transparency and accountability.

June 18 and 21
Sister Leclare Beres: Health Care and the Poor  Sister Le Clare talks about the St. Clare Health Mission, and about the kinds of pressing health care needs that exist within La Crosse and the importance of empathy and service.

June 25 and 28
George Howe: Family Land Trusts  George is a Land Trust activist who set up a family land trust to protect bluff lands along the Mississippi River.  George talks about why this is such important work and why his family chose to set up a Land Trust.

July 2 and *Tuesday July 6
Vince Hatt: Challenges of Mental Illness  Vince is Director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center and talks about his work with the mentally ill.  He also talks about his own struggle with depression, social stigma, and the need for greater understanding and compassion from the community.

July 9 and 12
Kristen Krueger: Heroism-Giving Until it Hurts  Kristen recently gave her kidney to someone she had not previously known.  She talks about what led her to this decision and the personal insights that came from this experience.

July 16 and 19 [no asterisk]
Grant Smith: Responding to School Violence Grant is an educator who has first hand experience with a fatal school shooting 22 years ago in a Nevada school.. In this interview Grant offers reflections on the psychological aftermath of such an event and what we can do to minimize the likelihood of this kind of horrific event.

These broadcasts were developed with assistance from:
Gene Purcell: Production and editing assistance
Chuck Ericksen: Production coordination and editing assistance
Earl Madary: Music - original composition
Richard Kyte: Project Advisor
Pat Kerrigan: Interviewer and production assistance

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