Returning veterans heal through self expression

Writing and the journey home aHealth Writers and Radio Literature combine to host a discussion of alternative therapies for veterans who struggle with PTSD and how some explore self expression through creative writing. Co-hosts Lynn Shoemaker and Steve Blank are joined by three special guests:
Erin Celello, author of Learning To Stay, a novel set here in Madison about a couple struggling to save their marriage after the husband returns from war with PTSD. Erin’s novel is currently being dramatized for the stage;
Doug Bradly, A veteran of the war in Vietnam and co-author of the soon to be published We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack to the Vietnam War;
William Schuth, a poet and former marine who served in Iraq and since has left the Marines Corps to do his graduate studies in US military history and civil-military relations at UW Madison. William is currently working two collections of poetry, including Twelfth General Order and another, as yet untitled, book. As a special treat, William reads two of his poems.
Doug and William are both member of the Deadly Writers Patrol, a writing group comprised of veterans.
To listen to our November 13th broadcast, click on the player below.

Dave Zirin on sports culture and domestic violence

Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

Health Writer Mary Moyer is joined by Dave Zirin, a nationally syndicated journalist who covers the politics of sports for the Nation Magazine, for a critical examination of our sporting culture and domestic violence. This is a special pledge drive program, so expect a 2-minute pledge rap ten minutes into the program. Be sure to show your appreciation for Health Writers and WORT by making a donation today!!! Simply visit and click on the donate button.

To listen to our October 23rd broadcast with Dave Zirin, click on the player below.

Sexual assault at UW

rape-culture-e1361822384958Health Writer Chris Lang discusses sexual assault at the University of Wisconsin Madison campus with three guests: Tonya Schmidt, UW Assistant Dean of Students; Carmen Hotvedt, University Preventive Services; and Hannah Serwe, chair of PAVE-UW (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment).
To listen to our October 9th program, click on the player below.

Ebola: Beyond the headlines

ebola-outbreak_smallHost Mary Moyer discusses this timely issue with two guests from the University of Wisconsin, Dr Alhaji Njai and Linda Vakunta.
To listen to our September 25th broadcast, click on the player below.

3D printing of body parts and organs

3-D Printing Companies Demonstrate Latest TechnologiesHealth Writer Chris Lang speaks with Dr. William Murphy, a biomedical engineer from the University of Wisconsin’s Regenerative Medicine Center, about emerging technological breakthroughs in medically-related 3D printing. While science labs have already produced external body parts like ears, noses and even hands, we may not be far from creating internal organs – a breakthrough which may dramatically increase life-saving procedures.
To listen to our September 11 program, click on the player below.

Healthy bits and banter

health150Health Writers takes a cursory look at current health issues, including antibiotics, ebola, ticks and red meat, healthy hair and lung cancer rates.
Listen to our August 14th broadcast by clicking the link below:

Madison’s “green” sister city, Freiburg

freiburg_solarHealth Writer Chris Lang interviews Ted Markus Petith, a native of Freiburg, Germany, one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world. Mr Petith is now a resident here in Madison, and he offers instruction to facilitate sharing findings and knowledge of Freiburg with City of Madison engineers, planners, recycling coordinators, and UW-Madison’s Office of Sustainability.
Listen to our July 24th broadcast by clicking the player below: