Conservation, Environment, Fiction Authors, Memoir

May 22: A Million Fragile Bones & #1 Bestselling Author Julia Quinn


Connie May Fowler lives “on the edge of the world, alone except for the occasional boyfriend or husband, always in the company of pets, books, art, friends, (and) sundry wildlife.”  On April 10th, 2010, her idyllic existence was torn apart as a nearby oil rig exploded, spewing over 200 million gallons of oil that impacted nearly 70,000 miles of coastline.

In her memoir, A Million Fragile Bones, Connie documents the heartbreak and loss suffered at the hands of this man-made disaster, and the beauty and peace that followed as nature proved resilient.  She is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and teacher.

Later, for those who believe romance novels are fluff, author Julia Quinn is here to dispel the notion that intelligence and romantic storytelling are mutually exclusive.  She’ll also share what it takes to pen a #1 New York Times bestseller and discuss her new book, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband.

Julia Quinn is a bestselling author specializing in historical romance.  She is one of only 16 members of Romance Writer’s of America’s Hall of Fame.

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Conservation, Environment, Inspirational, Memoir

Feb 20: 1] NATGEO Soul of the Cat 2] No Barriers

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Talking with Erik Weihenmayer about the way he lives his life, and helps others live theirs, is beyond inspirational.

Weihenmayer astounded the world when he became the first, and only, blind person to climb Mount Everest. He’s also the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest peaks on each continent.

And as if that wasn’t enough, along the way he took blind Nepalese teenagers climbing, and helped navigate injured soldiers through the mountains.

Today, he shares stories from his memoir,  No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon — an inspirational odyssey through Ecuador and Peru, to Nepal and Tibet. Weihenmayer embodies the motto of his organization, No Barriers: “What’s in You is Greater than What’s in Your Way.”

Also today: In just 50 years, the number of lions on our planet dropped from 450,000 to 20,000.  Who better to shed light on this than the Jouberts, back from Botswana, just in time for Big Cat Week.

Derek and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers who have been National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence for more than four years. They helped establish the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic to raise awareness and halt the decline of these magnificent mammals.  This year’s Big Cat Week features their latest film, Soul of the Cat, which takes an in-depth look at how domestic cats and their wild cousins are as alike as they are different.

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Conservation, Environment

Dec 19: 1] Living in Antarctica 2] Holiday Traditions from Around the Globe

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Antarctica is the least explored, least understood continent on earth. Ari Friedlaender has worked there since 1997, where his ecological research program has led to many important discoveries about whales. Ari is featured in National Geographic Channel’s Continent 7.

As 2016 draws to a close and we look forward to what 2017 will bring, Vicki takes a look at holiday traditions from around the globe!

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs Mondays at noon Pacific and Fridays at 6AM on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Follow Vicki on Twitterand Facebook for exclusive updates and contests!

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Conservation, Environment, Lifestyle

Nov 28: 1] The Deepest Roots 2] Adopt A Book

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In The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, Kathleen Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. She learns to better understand how we once fed ourselves, acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again. Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, Kathleen shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards.

Also today, best-selling author and returning guest Katherine Neville joins us to talk about Smithsonian Libraries Adopt-A-Book Program.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs Mondays at noon Pacific or Fridays at 6AM on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

As friends began “going back to the land” at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kathleen Alcalá set out to re-examine her relationship with food at the most local level. Remembering her parents, Mexican immigrants who grew up during the Depression, and the memory of planting, growing, and harvesting fresh food with them as a child, she decided to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest island she calls home. The result was The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, written to remind the reader that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. Kathleen is the author of a collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing; three novels, including Treasures in Heaven; and a collection of short stories. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Katherine Neville is a best-selling author and public speaker who had the honor of being the first author chosen to become a member the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. As a great devotee of reading and research herself, Neville has co-created several awards and grants presented by the Smithsonian Libraries.

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Conservation, Environment, Self-help

Sep 26: 1] Citizen Scientist 2] Meeting Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

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There is a massive extinction of biodiversity going on right under our noses, the likes of which have not been seen since the dinosaurs disappeared. Thanks to Citizen Scientists, however, we are aware of the depths of our dire straits and can make positive changes. Author and award winning journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal returns to Conversations Live to discuss her new book Citizen Scientist: Searching For Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction.

Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges offers readers five simple, practical skills even the most harried parent can use. Author Patty Wipfler demonstrates a practical understanding of children’s emotions and their upset moments, and shows parents how to build meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.


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Award Winning Environmental Journalist and Stanford Media Fellow Mary Ellen Hannibal’s explores how volunteers are changing the very foundation of science, and saving the planet at the same time, in her new book, Citizen Scientist: Searching For Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. She shows that by combining new technology and smartphone apps with the passion of amateur observers, anyone can become part of the movement to save the biodiversity that we need to thrive. The book covers skeptics, demonstrating what makes Citizen Science “real science”, and shares what apps you can use to get involved and record data right in your own backyard. Mary Ellen’s adventure of exploration and discovery was kick started by the sudden loss of her father, which prompted her to examine her own past and contemplate the larger loss of species taking place all over the world.

Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges by Patty Wipfler uses the latest research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, along with tens of thousands of interactions with children and their parents on five continents to give even harried, on the go parents the practical skills to connect to their children. The focus of Patty’s work since 1974 has been teaching basic listening, parenting, and leadership skills to parents. She has led over 400 residential weekend workshops for families and for leaders of parents in the U.S. and in 23 countries.

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Conservation, Environment, Fiction Authors

Aug 29: 1] Panda Babies: Mission Critical 2] NYT Bestseller Carla Neggers

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Could you imagine a world without Giant Pandas? It’s estimated there are only 1,600 of these magnificent mammals roaming wild, and China is racing to save them from extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale joins Vicki to share highlights from the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical — featuring three maternity centers leading the way in raising and releasing pandas into the wild.

New York Times bestseller Carla Neggers returns today to discuss the sixth installment in the celebrated “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key. With settings in the US and Ireland, Liar’s Key delivers an international flair and Reader to Reader calls it a “suspenseful, fast-moving thriller filled with plot twists and excitement to the delightful conclusion.”

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter!


For an estimated 8 million years, Giant Pandas have been a part of the Chinese countryside, and with their numbers dwindling fast, the Chinese government is racing to keep them from the brink of extinction. Photographer Ami Vitale was on the front lines of this effort as a part of the premiere episode of National Geographic WILD’s new series, Panda Babies: Mission Critical. She shares her experiences, including some of the unique methods in getting Pandas to procreate (which are not limited to Panda porn and Panda sex toys), and some surprising facts about Panda babies. In addition to her work with National Geographic, Ami is a Nikon Ambassador who’s lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.

Carla Neggers latest work in the “Sharpe & Donovan” series, Liar’s Key, is a thriller that hooks readers instantly with a fast-paced narrative involving whirlwind travel, a nemesis art thief and a mysterious death. Carla is the bestselling author of more than 60 novels of suspense and contemporary romance. Her popular “Sharpe & Donovan” and “Swift River Valley” series have been sold in more than 30 countries and translated into 24 languages. A world traveler herself, she lives with her family in New England.

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