Radio Shows


Adults with developmental disabilities

Listen to the podcast of our most recent show highlighting adults with developmental disabilities. Our guests included (left to right) Rosemary and her daughter Leslie, Rebecca Covington of MN-CCD and Mandy Bohatta with MN Lutheran Social Services.  This is a group working to make a difference  for adults with developmental disabilities. We encourage you to upload the podcast if you missed it. Get connected and make a difference to someone with a developmental disability!

Developmental Disabilities  are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day to day functioning and usually last throughout a person's lifetime. Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. 


Youth Illiteracy

Join us this Saturday at 9am on AM 1330 as we discuss youth and literacy in Minnesota. Our guests will include (left to right) Amy Pucel, Teacher and volunteer working with "closing the achievement gap", Wes, a volunteer with MN Reading Corp and Eric Nesheim, Executive Director of the MN Literacy Council. This is a group working to make a difference to children everyday and our hope is that it will inspire YOU to get involved too!

Early literacy begins with the adults in a child’s life. Reading to children helps them develop language skills and starts them on a path to success in reading and learning. Early intervention is necessary to ensure that children start on the right track toward healthy literacy development.  However, the statistics also show that once students fall off the path to literacy, it is extremely difficult to get back on, leading to high rates of adult illiteracy that can have damaging effects on the individual and the future of our economy. 



Eating Disorders

Eating disorders radio show panel of guests (left to right): Shawn, recovering from binge eating, Ashley, sharing her recovery story from anorexia and Heather Gallivan, Program Director at the Melrose Institute.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) (Wade, Keski-Rahkonen, & Hudson, 2011). Because of the severity and complexities of these conditions, a comprehensive and professional treatment team specializing in eating disorders is often fundamental in establishing healing and recovery. Recovering from an eating disorder requires change in many areas of your life – and change can be scary. Find out some of the warning signs and how you can help someone you love that may be struggling with an eating disorder.


Foster Care

Foster care radio show panel of guests (left to right): Linda Foreman, Executive Director of Children's Law Center of Minnesota, Sophie, a client of the Law Center sharing her amazing story and Kris Raasch, a volunteer for Safe Families for Children.

Foster Care is the term used for a system in which a minor who has been made a ward is placed in an institution, group home, or private home of a state-certified caregiver referred to as a “foster parent”. The placement of the child is usually arranged through the government or a social-service agency. The institution, group home or foster parent is compensated for expenses.[1] - Wikipedia

Thanks to the many advocates, child welfare professionals, elected officials and support groups around the country, the total number of children in foster care has decreased over recent years.  But more help is needed. Join us as we discuss Foster Care here in MN and how you can get involved.


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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking radio show panel of guests (left to right): Sergeant John Bandemer with the St. Paul Police Department's human trafficking unit., Joy Friedman, education training outreach manager with Breaking Free  and Michelle and Jonny Hoffner, volunteers who raised funds for a safe house for women in Honduras  through the organization  She Dances.

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings mainly for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor. The FBI ranks Minnesota as the nation's 13th largest center for human trafficking of children. What is being done to address this growing issue? Join us as we discuss what human trafficking means in MN and how we can help those in need.


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Focusing on Family Time

The Caring Effect radio show- Focusing on Family Time guest panel (left to right): Tammy Orning, Founder of Wayzata Community in Action, Beth Ulrich, host, Pete Larson, Executive Director at Family Fest Ministries, and Barbara Carlson, Executive Director of Putting Family First.

A day in the life of a modern-day family often includes buzzing here and there to drop kids off and pick kids up from school activities, music lessons, sports, play practice, speech, play dates; fitting in time to grocery shop, do laundry, clean the house and make meals, all squeezed around a work schedule.

Many families can relate to this hurried daily pace. What often gets lost in this frenzied lifestyle is the importance of bonding and connecting as a family. The family is the center from which our children will draw from to nurture and raise their own families someday. What are the family values we are instilling? Isn’t it time we started scaling back schedules to focus on our family?

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Spreading Holiday Hope

The Caring Effect radio show- Spreading Holiday Hope- panel of guests (left to right): Stephanie Johnson with the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Ken Peterson, Executive Director at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, host, Beth Ulrich, and LaDonna Hoy, Executive Director at Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP).

Winter months can be cold, dark and lonely for those who need help. Wrap up a gift of your time and talent this holiday season to help those struggling experience joy and hope.

  • 46.2 million Americans are under the poverty line — that's 15.7% of the country
  • 1-in-15 American households earned less than $11,406
  • Median household incomes fell 1.5% to $50,100

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Serving Our Soldiers

Serving Our Soldiers radio show panel of guests (left to right): Major Aaron Krenz with the Minnesota National Guard and Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, super volunteer with MACV Chuck Quigley, host, Beth Ulrich, and Doran Hocker, a veteran who received help and is now employed by Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), .

This show is to honor our soldiers serving our country as we approach Veterans' Day - November 11, 2012. The sacrifices made by American men and women serving our country in the military are commendable and deserving of our extension of help, hope and appreciation! Reach out and show you care. Naming
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Supporting Single Mothers

Guests line-up for The Caring Effect radio show- Supporting Single Mothers: (left to right) Elaine, a volunteer at Lakes Life Care Center, Vickie Allen, Executive Director at Jeremiah Program, Jenny, who received help from Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center, sharing her story, and host, Beth Ulrich.

Imagine taking a job where you are expected to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks, without breaks or vacation time. That is the job expectation of a single mother. These women need to know they are loved and supported so they can raise our next generation to be great men and women. Listen to The Caring Effect radio show on October 27th at 9am to learn about ways to share your time and love to assist single mothers in need. Naming
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Stand Up to Bullying

Guests on Stand Up to Bullying radio show: (Left to Right) Shawn, with puppet Carmen, a volunteering with Pacer's Kids Against Bullying Program, Fernando, who received help from TreeHouse, Jennifer Rockhill, from the Youth Service Bureau, and host, Beth Ulrich. 

Sticks and stones may break my bones- physical bullying

But words will never hurt me- psychological and emotional bulling

Mean words and actions are HURTFUL and can leave a person feeling SAD and DESPERATELY ALONE.

October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month. Share with your kids the importance of standing up for those who are being picked on, called names, or hurt in any way. Tell your kids not to be afraid to get help for those being bullied! Spread the word, you can help stop the hurt. Naming