Matthew is a 35-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time Moth GrandSLAM champion. He is an international bestseller, and in addition to his novels he has written musicals, a rock opera, and comic books.
How does the dream of becoming a published author compare to the reality? Amy Meyerson was already an established writer when she penned her first novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays, and today she shares her journey in going from writer to novelist.
Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department of USC, and her writings have been published in numerous literary magazines.
Later, summer weekends are filled with camping trips, journeys to the beach, barbecues, and bonfires, but during the week are the warm and relaxing evenings to yourself. And there is no better way to pass a few of them then on the back porch with a glass (or two) of wine and a good book. Today, Vicki will introduce you to books for everyone, from fiction to nonfiction, love to horror, and children to octaogenarians.
From Jeopardy! champion and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings comes a history of humor. From fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes, Planet Funny: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.
Since his record-breaking Jeopardy! streak, Ken has become a best-selling author and has appeared in numerous ads. He is a frequent speaker at college campuses and corporate events.
Allen is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes.
Kate Davies has worked with numerous nongovernmental and governmental organizations on environmental issues, including Greenpeace, and is currently core faculty at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.
Maia is a writer, organizational consultant, and coach for people going through life and career transitions, drawing years of Zen meditation practice and training in anthropology to create powerful tools for integrating mindfulness into the workplace and home life.
Aaron Edelheit used to work so hard, it nearly killed him. In The Hard Break: The Case for a 24/6 Lifestyle, he breaks down the myths around productivity, revealing how taking a one day “hard break” each week to reset can be a life-changing experience, and shares the seven steps to a successful Sabbath.
Aaron is the Chief Strategy Officer for FLO Technologies. He is the founder of Mindset Capital, a private investment firm, and serves on the board of Moishe House Foundation, also partnering with Social Venture Partners in Santa Barbara working on homelessness.
Today’s children are constantly distracted by notification beeps, texts, floating messenger icons, and social media apps that deliver a shot of dopamine to the brain with every new “like” or “share”. Breaking the Trance: A Practical Guide for Parenting the Screen-Dependent Child offers proven solutions to help anyone break their obsession, and develop a healthier relationship with technology.
Author George T. Lynn, MA, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who pioneered the use of psychotherapy for those with neuropsychological issues. He has lectured internationally and is the author of four popular books on parenting children with extreme behavior challenges.
Co-author Cynthia C. Johnson, MA, is the founding director of the Venture Program at Bellevue College, the first degree program in the nation for students with learning and intellectual disabilities.
Noah Strycker joins Vicki to discuss his work with renowned photographer Joel Sartore in Birds of the Photo Ark… a beautiful keepsake book published by National Geographic to celebrate “The Year of the Bird”. In 2015, Noah set a world record by traveling to 41 countries and documenting 6,042 bird species. But it’s not just about monitoring and counting the number of species, he says, it’s as much about adventure and how travel expands your outlook on life.
Noah is a writer, photographer, bird man, and four-time author, including Birds of the Photo Ark. As an on-board ornithologist for expeditions to Antarctica and the high Arctic, he has traveled to Earth’s polar regions more than 30 times.
Joel is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow, and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. He specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world.
Karen has supported herself as a writer since the days when novels were saved on floppy discs and manuscripts were copied at Kinkos and FedExed overnight to New York editors. She is the author of multiple novels, works of creative non-fiction, and a memoir.
Corinne is a licensed counselor and keynote speaker who has helped thousands of individuals through her one-on-one counseling, and weekly meditation classes for corporations. She co-founded Miracle Share International, through which she hosted the largest ACIM conference in the world.
Author Chamin Ajjan, MS, LCSW, ACT, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice since 2004. She has blogged extensively about mindful dating, and developed a mindful dating model that she uses in her practice.
There is a quiet cultural revolution going on in one of the world’s biggest superpowers. Chinese men traditionally do not want their women to be well-educated or high achieving, but the women of China are taking a stand. Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower is a revealing look at some of the women who are changing the way China operates.
Author Roseann Lake is The Economist’s Cuba correspondent. She was previously based in Beijing, where she spent time as a television reporter and journalist. Her China coverage has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Salon and Vice, among others.
Our second guest today became frustrated a few years back as he realized his three children were idolizing princesses and reality stars; as a history buff, he knew that there were better heroes for his kids to look up to. Inspired, Brad Meltzer created his wildly successful Ordinary People Change the World series to educate kids on real heroes throughout the history of mankind.
Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling Fiction author, and has the distinction of being the only author to also appear on the bestselling list in the Children’s Books, Non-Fiction, Advice, and Comics categories. He is also a noted History Channel host.
Stephanie is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, and Work/Life Balance Expert, dedicated to providing people with the tools that reduce stress, balance work and family and make time for what truly matters. Fortune 500 companies, global corporations, women’s and health-care organizations and professional associations have sought her expertise to help them reduce stress, increase productivity and create a culture of satisfaction for their employees.
Later, nothing is more disconcerting than the people you need to trust the most with your health … the medical industry … are often the most corrupt. In Sick to Death!, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West exposes medical corruption, greed, and negligence that leave as many as 750 million people suffering worldwide, while exploring treatment options for Thyroid Disease that are rarely discussed.
In 1991 Maggie Hadleigh-West made the very first film on sexual harassment in public called War Zone which garnered world-wide attention and completed a first feature of the same name in 1998. Sick to Death! is her fourth film and second documentary, and helped Maggie win the 2017 “Impact Docs” Award.
Filmmaker Zara Hayes takes an in-depth look at Dian Fossey, from her lonely childhood to what drove her to endanger her own life for the sake of the gorillas of Rwanda. Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist reveals the inside story of the tragically murdered activist.
Zara is a British filmmaker who works between the UK and the USA. The production of Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist was aided by National Geographic and is voiced by Sigourney Weaver.
Today, we’ll also take a journey into the mind of British author and philosopher Alan Watts, who greatly influenced 60’s counter-culture with his interpretations of Buddhism and Zen philosophy. His daughter, Joan Watts, captures the colorful and controversial life of her father in The Collected Letters of Alan Watts.
For this collection, Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan and Anne Watts, who have added behind-the-scenes biographical commentary.