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Inspirational, Travel & Adventure

Apr 17: Science of the Magical & An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

 

From the Biblical parting of the Red Sea to the science behind the mutant X-Men, Matt Kaplan has studied it all.  Discovering the truths associated with legendary myths, fantasies, and magic are all in a day’s work for Matt, and he shares his fascinating findings in Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers.

Matt Kaplan is a science correspondent with The Economist and has written for National Geographic, Nature, and The New York Times.  In his free time, he travels the world exploring our most cherished myths and legends.

Also today, Jonathan Franklin chronicles the astonishing true story of Salvador Alvarenga, who survived a 14 month ordeal at sea after his boat’s motor went out and heavy winds carried him and his partner far from shore.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea inspires the unbreakable will to live of the human spirit.

Jonathan Franklin regularly reports for GQ, The Guardian, and Esquire with a focus on Latin America.  He also produces documentaries broadcast by The New York Times.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

Mar 20: 1] The Education of Will 2] Chuck Wendig’s Thunderbird

Sometimes it takes the convergence of extraordinary circumstances to make us face our own demons. For many years, Dr. Patricia B. McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, shame, anxiety, and guilt.

In her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog, McConnell takes an unflinching look at her own trauma and how a problem dog helped her grow beyond it, ultimately healing both dog and owner.

Dr. McConnell is a Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. For more than 25 years she’s specialized in canine aggression, consulting with pet owners on serious animal behavioral problems.

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, graphic comic writer, screenwriter, and game designer.

He talks “… a lot about writing. And food. And pop culture. And his kid. [And] uses lots of naughty language.” Best know for his New York Times Bestselling Star Wars: Aftermath series, Wendig’s latest book is Thunderbird, the fourth installment in the continuing saga of Miriam Black.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Self-help

Mar 13: 1] Will Your Way Back 2] To Pixar and Beyond

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There’s adversity, and there’s extreme adversity. Most of us can handle life’s daily ups and downs. But how do you cope when doctors tell you there’s a good chance you’ll never walk again? What goes through your mind? How do you wrap your head around a forever changed life?

Will Your Way Back: How One Man Overcame Tragedy with a Winning Mindset chronicles James H. Osborne’s inspirational 9-year recovery from a road cycling accident, which rendered him quadriplegic. James said he had three choices, give up, accept it or … choose to fight. He chose to fight.

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History is the never-before-told story of Pixar’s improbable success.

It’s the story of an animation company that was $50 million in the red, until Steve Jobs called Lawrence Levy one day, and made him the offer of a lifetime.

Working daily with Jobs, Levy became CFO of Pixar and implemented a plan that transformed the Toy Story company into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories — it made Jobs a billionaire and resulted in a $6 billion sale to Disney. Levy shares his journey and how the ancient Buddhist philosophy, The Middle Way, played into his personal and business success.

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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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Inspirational, Personal Development

Jan 02: 1] Success with Your New Year’s Resolutions 2] The Clarity Compass

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Two of the biggest traditions surrounding New Year’s are making resolutions and then not following through with them. Studies have shown New Year’s Resolutions run a paltry 8% success rate. Today, Helene Segura, MA Ed, returns to Conversations Live to help you become a part of that 8% by talking about what goes wrong and how to change it when you make that annual promise to yourself! Helene will be returning in February and March to help support you on your journey, so if you have any questions or challenges you would like her to address, send them to Vicki!

How many times has a project or situation in life or at work gotten so discombobulated that it seemed like you ran into a roadblock, leading to frustration setting in? The Clarity Compass by psychologist Dr. Brit Poulson takes you on a step-by-step journey to overcoming mental obstacles through conscious decision-making and clear perceptions on how to proceed… and succeed!

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Why are New Year’s Resolutions so hard to keep? Nearly everyone has made that annual pledge to improve some facet of their life at one time or another but few have ever stuck to them. Helene Segura, MA Ed takes an in-depth look at what happens between the well-intentioned resolution being made and the moment it gets ditched for old habits and provides advice on what you can do to make it stick this year! Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach her individual clients and keynote and training audiences how to improve their efficiency during their work day so they can have a life outside of it.

The Clarity Compass by Dr. Brit Poulson is an invaluable tool for professionals and individuals in all walks of life looking for a better way to settle disputes, overcome road blocks and achieve the results needed to succeed when life throws obstacles in your way. He uses a step-by-step approach to harness your emotional intelligence by having strategic “Creative Conversations”, discern objective facts from subjective stories, and improve your overall ability to articulate what you need and want. Dr. Poulson is the founder of The Clarity Compass Consulting. He teaches managers and executive-level personnel at professional development workshops for Fortune 500 companies. His background in group psychology provides him with a unique perspective that enables him to help professionals improve their relationships, workplace dynamics and careers.

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Health & Wellness, Inspirational, Personal Development

Nov 14: 1] Make Peace with Your Mind 2] Start Right Where You Are

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We are our own worst critics due to that intruding inner voice that always makes us second-guess ourselves every step of the way… is it not good enough, or maybe too much… might as well give up, right? Now you can defeat that inner critic thanks to bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher Mark Coleman, who offers practical tools to shut that voice up for good in Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.

Nineteen years ago, Sam Bennett was couch-bound and depressed and not in the mood for the famous self-help book her friends gave her to cheer her up. But as she adapted its ideas to her own life over time, she became a believer and her subsequent success in creating her own company inspired her to write Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists.

Enjoy this encore presentation of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair and tune in every Monday 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!

At times the Inner Critic… that voice that makes us second-guess our every step by saying “not enough,” “not good enough,” or sometimes “too much,”… can be so strong that it feels invincible, but bestselling author and renowned meditation teacher Mark Coleman promises that it is not in Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic. Mark is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide.

Author Sam Bennett uses 66 small, easily doable changes you can make to achieve their goals and dreams in Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers, and Recovering Perfectionists. Readers will learn to get over their fear of success, figure out how to pick a great project, and find or build their “tribe” … a community of like-minded people who will support them, celebrate them, and cherish their involvement in their lives. Sam created The Organized Artist Company to help creative people get unstuck and achieve their goals. She is a writer, actor, teacher, and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists and entrepreneurs on their way to success.

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Business, Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development

Nov 07: 1] Feminist Fight Club 2] Lead With Your Heart

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It was a fight club… but without the fighting and without the men. Part manual, part manifesto,Feminist Fight Club by award-winning journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of a group of women who formed a secret group in New York City to combat today’s sexism and redefine sexist archetypes.

Through millenia, humans have been predators, leaning toward conquests, materialism, exploitation, and self-centeredness. Our tendency is not to trust. Maybe it’s time we model our body, mind and spirits after horses. Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses byneurosurgeon and horse trainer Dr. Allan Hamilton explores how horses offer models of fairness, forgiveness, and leadership, yearning for harmony, tranquility and kindness.

Enjoy this encore presentation of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair and tune in every Monday 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!

Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the women who participate realize the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify…and harder to prove… than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Author Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender issues, sexuality and culture. She is a feature writer and columnist at the New York Times, and her work work has also appeared in Newsweek, where she began her career as a staff writer, Time, where she was a columnist, and Cosmopolitan, where she helps edit a quarterly section on women and work.

A horse trainer for over 20 years, Dr. Allan Hamilton found that since horses are prey animals, their partnerships are based on trust, while humans, predatory in nature, lack the natural instinct to trust others. In Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses, he explores topics like mindfulness, stalking happiness, leading and following, and energy and emotion using the horse as teacher. Dr. Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals.

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Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Women's Issues

Oct 24: 1] Feminist Fight Club 2] Lead With Your Heart

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It was a fight club… but without the fighting and without the men. Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club by award-winning journalist Jessica Bennett blends the personal stories of a group of women who formed a secret group in New York City to combat today’s sexism and redefine sexist archetypes.

Through millenia, humans have been predators, leaning toward conquests, materialism, exploitation, and self-centeredness. Our tendency is not to trust. Maybe it’s time we model our body, mind and spirits after horses. Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses by neurosurgeon and horse trainer Dr. Allan Hamilton explores how horses offer models of fairness, forgiveness, and leadership, yearning for harmony, tranquility and kindness.

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

Once upon a time, you might have called it a consciousness-raising group. But the women who participate realize the problems of today’s working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify…and harder to prove… than those of their foremothers. These women weren’t just there to vent. They needed battle tactics. And so the Feminist Fight Club was born. Every month, the women would huddle in a friend’s apartment to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them. Author Jessica Bennett is an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender issues, sexuality and culture. She is a feature writer and columnist at the New York Times, and her work work has also appeared in Newsweek, where she began her career as a staff writer, Time, where she was a columnist, and Cosmopolitan, where she helps edit a quarterly section on women and work.

A horse trainer for over 20 years, Dr. Allan Hamilton found that since horses are prey animals, their partnerships are based on trust, while humans, predatory in nature, lack the natural instinct to trust others. In Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from a Life with Horses, he explores topics like mindfulness, stalking happiness, leading and following, and energy and emotion using the horse as teacher. Dr. Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has authored more than twenty medical textbook chapters, fifty peer-review research articles, and has served on the editorial board of several medical journals.

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Environment, Inspirational, Personal Development

Sep 05: 1] Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging 2] The Battle for Virunga

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Combining history, psychology and anthropology, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger focuses specifically on the problem American veterans and American society faces today — the breakdown of our communities and our “Tribe.”

National Geographic Explorer correspondent Justin Hall ventures into Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a candid look at a region in conflict over the park’s valuable but endangered natural resources in The Battle for Virunga.

Happy Labor Day from Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair! Enjoy this encore broadcast, Vicki returns live next week!

Enjoy Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every 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 St. Clair on Twitter!

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that—for many veterans as well as civilians—war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Perhaps most importantly, it explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today’s divided world. Sebastian is a New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News. He has covered major international news stories around the world, and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award.

In terms of natural resources, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Yet, over 50 percent of the country’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day. For the 4 million desperately poor residents living in and around Virunga National Park, the park’s borders are an arbitrary distinction, and conservation is just another term for the rich and powerful taking the best for themselves. Armed militias also use the park and its vast resources as a means of power in an ongoing and bloody regional conflict. In The Battle for Virunga National Geographic Explorer correspondent Justin Hall ventures into Virunga to meet park director Emmanuelle de Merode and veteran park ranger Innocent Mburanumwe for a candid interview about the rebel groups and militias roaming the park’s jungles, the slaughter of the park’s protected species, the Western oil giants seeking to extract the park’s vast resources and the park rangers who have been murdered in the line of duty.

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Inspirational, Personal Development

Aug 08: Celebrating 9 Years of Conversations Live

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Regular guest Joyce Chapman joins us today as we celebrate 9 years of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair! Joyce has been an integral part of our show in the past and her work has touched many lives … including Vicki’s… and made a profound impact. From Live Your Dream to Journaling for Joy to her latest work, Notice! The Art of Observation, Joyce has been making a positive difference in people’s lives for over 20 years.

As we celebrate 9 years on air, we will be sharing 9 of our favorite books… and in honor of the driving force behind our success… YOU the listeners… Vicki will be giving away 9 fiction books today! It’s our way of saying thank you for making Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair part of your Monday afternoons week after week!

Enjoy Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every 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 St. Clair on Twitter!

Life Coach Joyce Chapman‘s latest work, Notice! The Art of Observation, contains over 400 simple, yet mind-opening statements that anyone can relate to. As you begin the habit of noticing, you may be centered in self-searching. You may want to create a new life for yourself, discover where your true talents lie, change careers, develop better relationships with others, improve your health, reduce stress, overcome negative thinking, or achieve a life-long goal. Joyce has devoted her life to empowering others, first as a teacher for the California public school system, then as director of an innovative school in San Diego, CA. She’s a consultant, speaker, counselor, coach, and author with a Master’s in counseling psychology.

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