Social Issues

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

MAR 05: Roseann Lake’s Leftover in China & Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World

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.

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Biography, Conservation, Non Fiction, Social Issues

DEC 18: Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist & The Collected Letters of Alan Watts

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.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Social Issues

NOV 27: Helen Thorpe’s The Newcomers & The American Heritage Dictionary’s Steve Kleinedler

Immigration is one of the most divisive issues in the United States, and yet there are still millions trying to make a better life for themselves here.  Today, we put a human face to those trying to build a new life from scratch, and the unimaginable hardships in their way.

Award-winning writer Helen Thorpe introduces you to some of these families in The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom.  Helen has been a staff writer for The New York Observer, The New Yorker, and has written freelance stories for the New York Times Magazine, among other publications.

Later, we encourage you to drink a gose to wash down your plate of shakshuka, because to be the GOAT, you can’t give in to orthorexia.  What, you need a translation?

Well then, returning guest Steve Kleinedler, Executive Editor of The American Heritage Dictionary, is at your service.  He’ll define some of the weirder and wilder examples out of the 400 words and senses that were added to the dictionary this year.

You’ll find out from Steve if you are a prepper, or perhaps a snowflake, as well as some fascinating science and technology terms.

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Journalism, Personal Development, Social Issues

Sep 18: Helene Segura Returns & Nomadland

National Procrastination Day is September 6th … shoot, we put this off by almost two weeks! Nevertheless, Helene Segura MA Ed returns to Conversations Live to help you reevaluate the way you prioritize your time — so no more putting off the things that are most important to you.

Helene is a time management consultant who combines neuroscience, educational psychology, and pop culture to teach clients and keynote/training audiences how to improve work-day efficiencies so they can have a life outside.  Her book is The Inefficiency Assassin.

You might dream about loading up an RV and living a road warrior’s life when you retire, but for some, van-dwelling is their last option.  Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century documents the stories of itinerant citizens who gave up traditional lifestyles to travel from short-term job-to-job, trying simply to survive.

Award-winning journalist Jessica Bruder spent months living in a camper to witness firsthand the “Workamper” lifestyle.  Jessica has taught at Columbia Journalism School for nearly a decade, and been published in numerous periodicals and newspapers.

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Health & Wellness, Social Issues

Apr 10: Outsmart Overeating & Meaningful Work for Autistic Graduates

How do you reign in mindless snacking, emotional eating, and yo-yo dieting? Tune in today for psychological strategies that work, with licensed psychotherapist, speaker, and bestselling author Karen R Koenig.

Using the latest psychological strategies and mindfulness techniques, Karen Koenig’s new book focuses on helping healthcare providers change their patients’ relationship with food, to become ‘normal’ eaters.

Also joining us for Autism Awareness month, Joanne Lara, founder of Autism Works.  Almost 80% of autistic youth graduating this year, will remain unemployed. We’ll look at solutions and discuss ways to help those with Autism create meaningful work.

An innovator in the world of autism therapy, Joanne Lara was the on-set Autism Consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV series “Touch” and co-produced with Temple Grandin the PBS documentary, “Generation A.”

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Fiction, Health & Wellness, Social Issues

Oct 03: 1] Nine Island 2] Your Best Healthcare Now

Jane Alison’s new release Nine Island is a smart, darkly funny, and decidedly feminist examination of middle age sexuality and romantic love in which the narrator struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love.

With healthcare costs at a premium and insurance being a confusing and frustrating nightmare of details and fine print, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions by prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli comes to the rescue as a guide to crack the system and make sure you are getting the right treatments and prescriptions at the right cost.

Listen to 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!

Jane Alison, aided by the advice of her friends and the poetic philosophies she studies, struggles with what it means to feel desire and crave romantic love in her new autobiographical novel Nine Island. Jane has authored a memoir and three novels and was the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. She is Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.

When Frank Lalli was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a potentially terminal blood cancer, he put his reporter’s instincts to work and ultimately got the lifesaving $571-a-day drug he needed…for free. Learn how to crack the system in his new book, Your Best Health Care Now: Get Doctor Discounts, Save With Better Health Insurance, Find Affordable Prescriptions. Frank is the former editor of Money, George, and Readers Digest International magazines and worked as an investigative reporter for Forbes. Currently the special health correspondent for Parade, he has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

Apr 18: 1] James MacManus’ Midnight in Berlin 2] All In: Don’t Forget Dad! ~ PODCAST

Returning guest James MacManus has created his own niche… intertwining fiction and real-life little known historical events that, had they gone another way, could have completely altered the world as we know it. Based on the true story of a plan by the British military attaché in Berlin to assassinate Hitler in 1939, Midnight in Berlin has created a captivating love story in a city shifting into a horrifying period of history. With characters whose passions compel the reader to savor every moment of their story, MacManus explores an often overlooked near miss at preventing World War II.

Growing numbers of men are becoming stay-at-home dads, working part-time, or taking on flexible schedules to spend more time with their children. Even the traditional breadwinner-dad is being transformed. Dads today are more emotionally and physically involved on the home front than ever before. Journalist and fatherhood columnist Josh Levs has the answer in All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses – And How We Can Fix It Together.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each 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!

James MacManus is back with his latest in reality-based fiction, Midnight in Berlin. In 1939, British Colonel Noel Macrae, stationed in Berlin and witness to the rise of the Reich, decides that he might be the only Englishman with the opportunity to avert war. As he attempts to convince the British government of his mission, the colonel becomes torn between his government’s orders and his own personal beliefs, especially as he falls in love with a German-Jewish woman. What the colonel doesn’t know is that the Gestapo has formed a plan of its own and he finds himself caught up in a tangled web of shifting loyalties, corruption, and shocking indifference. MacManus has worked in the newspaper business for 50 years and is currently the managing director of The Times Literary Supplement. He has written 4 novels and a screenplay that was made into a film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyer.

When journalist and fatherhood columnist Josh Levs was denied fair parental leave by his employer after his child was born, he fought back—and corporate America responded. In All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses – And How We Can Fix It Together, he shows how fatherhood today is far different from previous generations and what it means for our individual lives, families, workplaces, and society. Combining Levs’ personal experiences with investigative reporting and frank conversations with fathers about everything from work life to money to sex, All In busts popular myths, lays out facts, uncovers the forces holding all of us back, and shows how we can join together to change them.

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Non Fiction, Self-help, Social Issues, Women's Issues

Apr 04: 1] The Guide for an Amicable Divorce 2] Frientimacy ~ PODCAST

Not all of the more than two million American divorces this year will be contentious, acrimonious affairs. Wendy Paris, the author of Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce offers tips on avoiding dueling lawyers, venom in the probate court, and how not to accumulate a fortune in legal fees.

In Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness, author, speaker and friendship expert Shasta Nelson provides the blueprint for nurturing friendships to help enhance your own inner harmony.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each 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!

After announcing her intention to split with her husband journalist and author Wendy Paris was surprised by the doom-and-gloom forecasts from some of her friends. Intent on making it an amicable process, she set out to discover the truth about today’s divorce, and to separate the myths from the facts. The resulting book, Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce, challenges the negative assumptions and biased reporting about divorce. Wendy worked as a print and electronic journalist for more than 20 years, covering relationships, culture, art, dating and marriage. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, The New York Observer, The Guardian, Marketplace Radio, Travel & Leisure, and others.

Friendships can be complicated, and sometimes it’s hard to tell how strong your relationships with others are. That is where Shasta Nelson comes in with Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness. She covers a wide range of friendship building subjects, headlined by the frientimacy triangle: Positivity, consistency, and vulnerability as the three essentials for building intimacy in friendship. She also demonstrates the 5 major obstacles to intimacy and how to overcome them, why friendship should be the “rock” that you schedule the rest of your life around, and why sometimes when you feel like you give more than you take in a friendship, you might be surprised at how much you receive from your friends that you don’t even recognize. Shasta is an author, public speaker and shows such as Katie Couric and The Today Show have sought her out as an expert guest.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help, Social Issues

Mar 28: 1] Taste, Art, and the Cultural Revolution 2] Become Thin From Within ~ PODCAST

In American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution, food expert and Sommelier Dwight Furrow examines the contemporary fascination with food and culinary arts not only as global spectacle, but also as an expression of control, authenticity, and playful creation for individuals in a homogenized, and increasingly public, world.

For many of us, losing weight is not the problem… it’s keeping it off for good. Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Joseph J. Luciani PhD (aka Dr. Joe) provides a tangible self-coaching system that successfully takes self-sabotage off the table.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs each 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!

When you think of the word cuisine, what comes to mind? Burgers? Barbecue? While it’s likely neither of those are amongst your answers, they are distinctly American. One of the things food expert and Sommelier Dwight Furrow examines in American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution is the history of food in America and what elements have kept us from being mentioned among the world’s finest cuisine. He also tackles the philosophy of the ever increasing foodie craze, as well as 10 reasons to eat mindfully (that have nothing to do with losing weight.) Dwight is a professor of Philosophy at San Diego Mesa College. He writes on the philosophy of food and wine, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. He is a columnist for Sommelier Insight and a contributor to Three Quarks Daily.

From his own emotional struggle with food, Joseph J. Luciani PhD (aka Dr. Joe) developed a proven, psychologically based method to change one’s psychology of eating, and learn to replace old, destructive habits with an empowered mindset that builds the confidence and self-discipline needed to keep the weight off. In Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss) he offers self-coaching tips, a 3-step self talk, and a great way to asses your own situation with his food addiction self quiz. Dr. Joe is a practicing clinical psychologist and internationally bestselling author. He is an in-demand speaker featured frequently in major media, including MSNBC, CNBC, Hallmark Channel, Discovery Channel, NPR, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Fitness, Health, Shape, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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