10 am Tuesday, Aug. 6, on WILL-AM's Focus: We talk to the founder of an organization that teaches women to manage farming operations, and a woman who's benefitted.
Annie Kohlhagen-Fleck was working as school teacher when she met her husband Frank in the mid-1940s. He was a farmer, and she spent her life from the time they married in 1947 until her death in 2007 caring for milk cows and chickens and raising her four children. She learned about farming, money management and crop insurance through trial and error, what her daughter Ruth Hambleton calls “the hard way” not having grown up on a farm or having access to resources to help guide her through the complicated world of crop insurance and bookkeeping.
In 2003, Ruth founded Annie’s Project, in honor of her mother, to help women learn to manage farming operations alongside other women.
Guest host Todd Gleason talks to Ruth about Annie’s story, the project and how it’s helped empower more women to become stakeholders in agriculture. Stephanie Butcher, who manages the business for her family’s 2200 acre grain operation in Mt. Auburn, Illinois, also joins our conversation. She says taking Annie’s Project classes have been invaluable in helping her get involved with farming and learning about agriculture marketing and business. She took over the books and the business side of running her family’s farm in 2008 after enrolling in an Annie’s Project class. Even though she grew up on a farm, she says she didn’t learn anything about the business aspect of farming
Big Picture Science: 5 pm Saturday on WILL-AM. Scientists are analyzing the sounds of birds, dying icebergs, Neil Armstrong and recordings made before the Civil War.
The world is a noisy place. But now we have a better idea what the fuss is about. Not only can we record sound, but our computers allow us to analyze it.
Bird sonograms reveal that our feathery friends give each other nicknames and share details about their emotional state. Meanwhile, hydrophones capture the sounds of dying icebergs, and let scientists separate natural sound from man-made in the briny deep.
Plus, native Ohio speakers help decipher what Neil Armstrong really said on that famous day. And, think your collection of 45 rpm records is impressive? Try feasting your ears on sound recorded before the Civil War.
• Bob Dziak – Oceanographer, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Program Manager, Acoustics Program, NOAA
• Michael Porter – Senior scientist of H.L.S. Research, La Jolla, California
• Patrick Feaster – Sound media historian at Indiana University
• Laura Dilley – Assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
• Jenny Papka – Co-director of Native Bird Connections
• Michael Webster – Professor of neurobiology and behavior, director of the Macaulay Library, Cornell University
Former SNL cast member has a new book, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother."
Former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney is known for both her infamous character “Pat” and her solo performances. Since her days on SNL, she’s toured as a one woman show exploring love, cancer, family and faith in "God Said Ha!," "In the Family Way" and "Letting Go of God." In her new book "If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother," she confronts parenting and what it was like for her as a single woman to adopt her daughter, Mulan. In an encore broadcast, host Jim Meadows talks with Sweeney about her book, the TED Talk and the embroidered pillow that inspired the book.
He also asked her about “Pat” and her career as a comedian and performer.
9 pm Tuesday, July 30, on WILL-TV: A major investigation raises questions about the drive for profits and fatal lapses in care in this growing, loosely regulated industry.
With America’s population of seniors growing faster and living longer than ever before, more and more families are turning to assisted living facilities to help their loved ones age in comfort and safety.
But are some in the loosely regulated, multibillion-dollar assisted living industry putting the lives of those loved ones at risk?
FRONTLINE and ProPublica explore that question in Life and Death in Assisted Living, a yearlong investigation premiering Tuesday, July 30, at 9 pm on WILL-TV.
From the Texas assisted living resident who froze to death on Christmas morning to the Hall of Fame football player who drank unsecured toxic dishwashing liquid and died 11 days later, this major investigation raises questions about fatal lapses in care and a quest for profits at one of America’s best known assisted living companies.
“One of our interview subjects told us, ‘Assisted living is the rock America doesn’t want to look under,’” says FRONTLINE correspondent and ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson.
“It’s one of the most important and difficult decisions anyone can make: Who should we trust with the care of our aging parents?” Thompson says. “But again and again, the families we spoke with described struggling to find the facts they need to make informed choices about the care of their loved ones.”
As FRONTLINE and ProPublica report, the once-promising concept of assisted living took shape two decades ago, an earnest effort to create an alternative to nursing homes for America’s aging population.
Today, nearly 750,000 people live in assisted living facilities across the country. National for-profit chains, concerned both about caring for their residents and pleasing their shareholders, have come to dominate the industry. Standards for care and training—and even definitions for the term “assisted living”—vary from state to state. Assisted living facilities, unlike nursing homes, are not regulated by the federal government. Meanwhile, those winding up in assisted living, year after year, are sicker and more frail, and many of them are afflicted with dementia.
Case in point: Emeritus Senior Living, the country’s largest assisted living operator and one of its largest dementia care providers. As Life and Death in Assisted Living reports, Emeritus has the ability to house some 37,000 elderly Americans in more than 400 facilities across the country. Wall Street likes its cash flow. Its top executives have made millions. The company likes the country’s demographic trends—elderly Americans in poor health willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars for the chance at safety and care. Indeed, Emeritus holds itself out as the industry leader, one eager to expand further, even internationally.
But in some states, regulators have cited the company in the deaths of residents. Other officials have regularly found the company’s facilities to be understaffed and their employees to be inadequately trained. Some current and former executives say the push to fill facilities and maximize revenues has left staff overwhelmed and the care of residents endangered.
“There are, of course, skilled and dedicated individual caregivers working in the assisted living industry—professionals who are absolutely committed to providing our parents and grandparents with the best possible care,” Thompson says. “But Emeritus’ history— its explosive growth, its move to take in more and more residents with greater and greater health problems, its desire to reward investors—makes for a perfect study of what’s taking place in this rapidly expanding corner of the country’s health care business.”
On the same day that Life and Death in Assisted Living premieres on FRONTLINE, ProPublica will publish a text investigation about the assisted living business.
“This investigation,” Thompson says, “adds a new dimension to conversations about the best place for Mom and Dad.”
POV: Neurotypical at 9 pm Monday, July 29: Exploring autism from the points of view of an autistic child, teenager and adult.
Neurotypical is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the "neurotypical" world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.
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8 pm Wednesday on WILL-FM: Performing Mendelssohn's Violin Sonata in F Major and Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago with pianist Matthew Hagle.
7 pm: Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Oliver KNUSSEN: Songs for Sue from Requiem, Op. 33 (2006)
Tony Arnold, soprano; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor; Bart Feller, flute; Tara Helen O’Connor, alto flute; Chen Halevi & Todd Levy, clarinets; Stephen Ahearn, bass clarinet; Julie Landsman & Julia Pilant, horns; Andrew Russo, piano & celeste; Lynn Gorman DeVelder, harp; David Tolen, percussion; L. P. How & John Largess, violas; Anssi Karttunen & Felix Fan, cellos; Marji Danilow, bass
DOHNANYI: Piano Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 1 (1895)
Jon Kimura Parker, piano; William Preucil, violin; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Aloysia Friedmann, viola; Gary Hoffman, cello
9 pm: Center Stage from Wolf Trap 2012-13
BACH arr. Fred MILLS: Fuge in C Major, BWV 564 (CSO Brass Quintet)
BACH: Fuge & Allegro, BWV 998 (Robert Belinic, guitar)
Lona KOZIK: Fast Jump - Movements 2 & 4 (Danny Holt - Innova Records)
CHOPIN: Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor (Joyce Yang, piano)
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Sonata in F major (Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano)
Robert JOHNSON: “Sweet Home Chicago” (R B Pine, violin; M H, piano)
TV Special: Watch the TV Special
5-Part Radio Series: Listen below.
Farmers are getting older. They’re working longer, staying on the land later and continuing to do what they’ve done for decades: heading out day after day after day to work their land.
In 1978, the average age of the American farmer was just over 50. In 2007, it’s creeping toward 60, at just over 57 years old. What does that mean for the agriculture industry? We want to answer that question by focusing on this massive demographic shift that affects not just rural America but the power and potential of an entire industry.
Changing Lands, Changing Hands, a production of NET News (Nebraska) and Harvest Public Media, examines the implications of a large amount of land--and wealth--changing hands in the next few decades. What will be the effects on the farmers, consumers, local communities, the agriculture industry and our nation?
Part 1: Retirement? Not on the Farm
Twenty-five percent of farm operators are over 65. Why do farmers keep working? Modern machinery makes it easier to work longer. Many farmers are making more money today than ever before thanks to higher yields and high grain prices. Also, some farmers just won't quit. Listen to/read part 1.
Part 2: Turmoil in Farm Transitions
How land gets passed from one generation to the next can vary widely. And not all farmers plan ahead for the change. Even as the average age of farmers creeps upward, few families make all the plans they could for smooth transitions. Listen to/read part 2.
Part 3: Retiring to the Farm Anything But Quiet
It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream. Listen to/read part 3.
Part 4: A Civic Lesson for Rural Towns
Better established farmers are often very active in the civic life of communities, but as the farmers continue to grow older that leadership diminishes. Listen to/read part 4.
Part 5: Young Dreams, Huge Obstacles
Young people still want to farm, but in smaller numbers and in different ways. It can be difficult to turn dreams of a farm life into reality. Listen to/read part 5.
Harvest Public Media reports on farm and food issues in collaboration with public media stations across the Midwest. For more information, go to HarvestPublicMedia.org.
7 pm Thursday on WILL-FM's Evening Concert
Special: Edinburgh Festivals: 2012/Year of Creative Scotland
Nikolay MEDTNER: Three Fairy Tales (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 (Calder Quartet)
STRAVINSKY: Duo Concertant (Leonidas Kavakos, violin; Nicolai Lugansky, piano)
DEBUSSY: Trios Nocturnes (Gianandrea Noseda, conductor; European Union Youth
Orchestra; Edinburgh Festival Chorus; Christopher Bell, director)
RAVEL: 2nd movement from String Quartet in F (Calder Quartet)
4 pm today: Nine-piece Chicago band has sound described as “metal-influenced folk pop” and “Americana-baked ballroom swagger.” Kevin Kelly visits with four band members.
An elephant gun is large-caliber, originally designed—as the name suggests—for hunting very large game. Elephant Gun is also the name of a nine-piece band out of Chicago, whose sound has been described as “metal-influenced folk pop” and “Americana-baked ballroom swagger.” In short, they have too many influences to name. Elephant Gun will play in Champaign Friday night, and Kevin visits with four of their members on the Friday edition of “Live and Local.”
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