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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JAN 01: Happy New Year! Start 2020 on a Positive Note with Girl Be Brave & Cheryl Hale

It takes courage to be brave when you’re feeling anything but brave! Cheryl Hale knows that first hand and today we discuss her beautiful little, but powerful book. Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course.

We share how to develop resilience when life throws you an unexpected curve, the pitfalls of overplanning, why you must let of perfectionism, and the importance of making choices your future self will thank you for. Cheryl also shares how she pushed through her own fears and negative selftalk to walk more in love, empathy, and compassion.

Cheryl Hale is an entrepreneur–an author, writer, blogger, and the founder of Girl Be Brave, an online community at GirlBeBrave.com. If you have holiday money to spend, Cheryl’s new book makes a wonderful gift to yourself!

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

DEC 11: Pleased to Meet Me with Dr. Bill Sullivan

Why do some people like broccoli and others find it disgusting?  What makes some people vote liberal and some vote conservative?  “Trust your gut” is an oft used and usually sound piece of advice, but did you know it actually has a scientific basis?   Dr. Bill Sullivan joins us today with evidence that our microbiota – the trillions of microbes living in our gut – influence and affect our behavior and moods.

Dr. Sullivan, author of National Geographic’s Pleased To Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, holds a doctorate in cell and molecular biology and is an award-winning professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious diseases.

 

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

NOV 27: Andrea Kramer’s It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace

Women have made great strides in establishing themselves in the workforce, so why do most workplaces remain male dominated environments?  Andrea Kramer joins us today to discuss ways we can close that gap, from avoiding applying double standards to female colleagues to the consequences resulting from men bragging and self-promoting while women downplay their achievements.  You’ll also find out that millenials might not be quite as different as you thought, and why perfectionsim is overrated.  Andrea’s new book, co-authored with her husband, Alton Harris, is It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias that Built It.

For decades, attorneys Andrea and Alton have confronted gender bias in the workplace through speaking, workshops, articles, blog posts, podcasts, one-on-one counselling, and engagements with national and international business and professional organizations. They have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and many other publications.

 

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Non Fiction, Social Issues

OCT 30: Alexandra Horowitz’s Our Dogs, Ourselves

“Who we are with dogs is who we are as people,” says Alexandra Horowitz, head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College and author of Our Dogs Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond.  Alexandra returns to Conversations Live to discuss how the relationship between us and our dogs affects both species.  Find out why breeding can cause a myriad of problems, and why you might want to think twice about spaying/neutering.

Alexandra is the author of three previous books, Being a Dog,  On Looking; and Inside of a Dog.. She is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling.  Enjoy her previous appearance on Conversations Live here.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Social Issues

OCT 23: Clive Wynne’s Dog is Love

Does your dog love you or see you as a supplier of food?  Is he/she even capable of love?  A long-standing debate between science and dog lovers has centered around these questions, and now we have an answer from a scientist … in favor of dog lovers.  Drawing on cutting edge studies from labs around the world, canine behaviorist Clive Wynne uses genetic codes, meticulously studied brain states, and a lifetime of behavioral observation to conclude that a dogs capacity for love … not their submissiveness or intelligence … lies at the heart of our relationships with our furry friends.

Today you’ll learn how to help your dog lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life through bridging affection, whether it’s with a new puppy or an older dog coming into your life for it’s twilight years.  Clive’s book is Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You.

Clive Wynne, Ph.D. is the founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. He is widely published and has appeared on National Geographic Explorer, PBS, and the BBC.

 

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

OCT 09: Dr. Barbara Bruce & The Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia

10 million people in the United States, 75-90% of them women, suffer from Fibromyalgia, yet it remains one of the most difficult to diagnose and misunderstood disorders.  In the Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia: Strategies to Take Back Your Life, co-author Dr. Barbara Bruce dispels myths surrounding Fibromyalgia, and using the latest scientific research, offers easy-to-follow steps for reducing pain and other symptoms so you can manage it successfully.

Dr. Bruce is a clinical health psychologist in the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Mayo Clinic College of Science and Medicine, Mayo Clinic.  She served as Clinical Director of the Mayo Clinic Pain Rehabilitation Center Program in Rochester, MN, where she also led the development of the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program.

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Career, Fiction, Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

SEP 30: Victoria Dahl’s False Step & Kimberly Friedmutter’s Subconscious Power

Your highest goals and deepest desires are well within reach, the trick is unlocking your self-empowerment.  Today, we will demystify tapping into your hidden ability to navigate life’s hurdles, reduce stress, improve sleep, overcome addiction, get fit, and achieve career goals.  Stars and political power brokers alike have used the techniques found in Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted.

Kimberly Friedmutter is a UCLA Health Systems Board Member, Certified Master Hypnotist, Spiritual Counselor Specialist, Medical and Dental Specialist, and board-certified on the American Board of Hypnotherapy among other organizations.  She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Doctors, TLC, CNN, and more.

“Love stories and scary stories are flip sides of the same coin. They each tap into the most basic human drives: to survive and to mate.”  From high in the Wasach Mountains of Utah comes Victoria Helen Stone, formerly known as Victoria Dahl.  Why the pseudonym? Find out today as she discusses her latest novel False Step.

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, has left the lighter side of fiction under her former guise and continues her bestselling ways with a turn to dark suspense.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

SEP 25: NYT Bestseller & History Channel Host Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer returns to Conversations Live today to talk about his bestselling non-fiction children’s pitcure book series, Ordinary People Change the World, which includes two books we’ll discuss today … I am Marie Curie and I am Walt Disney.  Brad delves into how the 2016 election surprisingly boosted sales of two particular books in the series, and we’ll find out where his inspiration comes from in choosing the subjects of each book.

The versatile Brad Meltzer is a NYT bestselling author of thrillers, non-fiction, children’s books, and more.  He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

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SEP 18: Dr. Bill Sullivan’s Pleased to Meet Me

“Trust your gut” is an oft used and usually sound piece of advice.  What if we told you that it actually has a scientific basis?  Why do some people like broccoli and others find it disgusting?  What makes some people vote liberal and some vote conservative?  Dr. Bill Sullivan joins us today with evidence that our microbiota … the trillions of microbes living in our gut … influence and affect our behavior and moods.

Dr. Sullivan, author of National Geographic’s Pleased To Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are, holds a doctorate in cell and molecular biology and is an award-winning professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and infectious diseases.

 

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Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Women's Issues

SEP 16: Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT & Meredith May’s The Honey Bus

Today, we pollinate your mind with a buzzworthy guest … literally.  Meredith May learned some of life’s most pivotal lessons about community, loyalty and survival from one of nature’s most fragile and important creatures.  Raised by her fourth generation beekeeper grandfather while her mother’s mental state slowly deteriorated, Meredith found everything she needed to know about family was buzzing right there in the hive.  Her new memoir is The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees.

Meredith spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.  She is a fifth generation beekeeper.

Later, frustrated by how little has changed in the 20 years since first writing about sexual assault in her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson reveals her personal history as a survivor of sexual assault and her journey to healing in her new book SHOUT.  Today, she’ll discuss solutions to this ongoing problem, sharing key insights from among the thousands of women she has interviewed over the last two decades.

Laurie is a New York Times bestseller whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults.  In addition to combatting censorship, she regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

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