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Feb 01: 1] Dream House 2] Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe ~ PODCAST

Lush with sensory detail and emotional complexity, Dream House is about family, home, and an architect’s journey to understand the crippling hold one house has on her. Author Catherine Armsden combines her expertise in architecture with a life-long interest in writing, which got a boost when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, as on many days all that was required was to show up at her computer with something to say.

Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe returns today to bring attention to two upcoming important anniversaries that many are not aware of which she memorializes in two projects. There is a Field is a play about Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976, which has it’s 40th anniversary on March 30th. Witness Bahrain takes a stunning look at Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today.

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!

In the months following her parents’ fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart, anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients’ grand house dreams and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco. While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions. A legendary collection of historically significant letters is missing from the artifacts they unearth, supporting a decades-old suspicion that their aunt or estranged cousin has stolen them. Catherine Armsden draws on her real-life experiences as an architectural expert and historian in penning Dream House, which was written after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and both mentally and physically confined to her computer desk, and is the culmination of a lifetime interest in writing.

The coming months bring two important anniversaries. February 14 is the 5-year anniversary of Bahrain’s uprising, when hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets calling for democracy and human rights in Bahrain–and were met by violent repression from the Bahraini regime, repression which continues until today. And March 30 is the 40-year anniversary of Land Day, an annual commemoration of land dispossession and the killings of Palestinian citizens of Israel in 1976. Seattle Filmmaker Jen Marlowe brings attention to both events in her film Witness Bahrain and her original play There is a Field, using both projects as a call to action, willing to risk her freedom to put these events on a platform for the world to become aware of the reality of what happened on these fateful days.

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Jan 25: 1] Old Dog Haven 2] King County Library System ~ PODCAST

Old Dog Haven is a small nonprofit group using a large network of foster homes to provide a loving, safe home for abandoned senior dogs for as long as they have good quality of life. Placement Director Tina Nasbeth and Outreach Coordinator Paula Moreschi join us today to raise awareness for these canine castaways.

Today we’ll also be joined by Gary Wasdin, director for the King County Library System, to talk about the library’s new emphasis on generating community conversations on important topics, which will be sparked by their 2016 Everyone’s Talking About It initiative, encouraging everyone to make positive change by communicating and growing 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!

Old Dog Haven is a network of permanent foster homes for abandoned aging dogs to spend the remainder of their lives with a loving family. Through Old Dog Haven, all veterinary care is paid for, currently over $60,000 per month, and placement assistance is a priorty to people who need to re-home their senior dog. Despite the challenges of capacity (there is always a waiting list of dogs needing homes), funding and staffing (volunteers handle everything from PR to social media and event planning), Placement Director Tina Nasbeth and Outreach Coordinator Paula Moreschi share a passion for these furry friends that keeps them from ever becoming discouraged in making sure every one of them is healthy and happy in their twilight years.

The best way to engender positive change in any community is with communication, and King County Library System is looking to lead the charge towards bringing the community together with their 2016 Everyone’s Talking About It initiative. The goal is to spark an open forum where anyone can get involved, leading to wide participation in discussing topics that matter. KCLS director Gary Wasdin helps to kick off the campaign with Conversations Live.

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Jan 18: 1] The Retirement Boom 2] Two Percent Solutions for the Planet ~ PODCAST

Billy Crystal, Actor, Comedian, and Grandfather states “For anyone thinking of retiring and changing his or her life—this is the book for you.” The Retirement Boom: An All-Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter shows how retirement does not mean an end… rather it’s a reinvention or reshaping of where your life is going from that point forward. Co-author Nancy Bearg shares her thoughts today on how to make the transition from the daily grind.

The environmental problems we face today are significant. So it’s somewhat natural to assume that the solutions that will have an impact on those problems must themselves be significant, must be big. But in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change, conservationist and author Courtney White argues that many of the solutions to our environmental challenges that can make a real difference, are actually small low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies that can be employed today.

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!

Four Boomer professionals who have walked the walk and transformed themselves from corporate executives, consultants, executive coaches, and national security policy experts into a range of new careers that more closely hew to their passions, have penned a practical guide for those looking at the next phase of life…The Retirement Boom: An All-Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter. Nancy Bearg is one of those four and she joins us today to take a better look at retirement, how you can reinvent into new work, understand what is changing in today’s workforce, and most importantly, renegotiate your new life at home. Nancy has had a distinguished career in national security, including as National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States. From the White House to Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the non-profit sector, she has held high-level policy positions. She authored five books in her field for the Aspen Institute, and a number of defense- related studies. She has reinvented herself along the way and is doing so now, as she balances consulting, teaching leadership at George Washington University, and her personal life.

Through fifty innovative, engaging success stories, author and conservationist Courtney White hopes Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change inspires urban-dwellers, farmers, ranchers, or anyone lamenting the scope of the environmental problems we face tiday and the apparent lack of action to correct them. Courtney uses his book to help connect the dots between distant communities that have taken concrete action and those who have hesitated. He is a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist who dropped out of the “conflict” industry in 1997 to cofound the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists and others around practices that improve ecological and economic resilience in the western landscape.

A former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist, White dropped out of the “conflict industry” in 1997 to cofound the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists, and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. – See more at: Chelsea Green Publishing

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Jan 11: 1] How to Stand OUT 2] The Art of Storytelling ~ PODCAST

Ever have an idea that you just KNOW would work if you had the time and inclination to implement it without it getting lost in the clutter of everyone else’s great ideas? Dorie Clark returns today to discuss Stand OUT: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It. Later, Peabody and Emmy Award winning writer TV writer Jonathan Shapiro joins Vicki to talk about his new book Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling: Using Stories to Advocate, Influence, and Persuade . Enjoy this encore presentation of Conversations Live as we break in 2016!

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!

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they’ll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But that’s simply not true anymore. To make a name for yourself, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. Dorie Clark explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart and promote them successfully in her new book Stand OUT: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It. Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog.

Whether it’s to close the deal on a sale or to close the deal on a date, storytelling is a critical tool in persuasion. How do you build a story to get what you want? What constitutes a lie, and can you use a lie to lead to the truth? And what can we learn from lawyers in courtroom? Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling: Using Stories to Advocate, Influence, and Persuade by Jonathan Shapiro answers these questions and more to help you spin yarns to get you through the daily mundane as well as any big deals that come up. Shapiro is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning TV writer and producer, Harvard educated Rhodes Scholar, former federal prosecutor and law professor.

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Jan 04: Creating Space For YOU in 2016 ~ PODCAST

We kick off 2016 with returning guest Mitzi Weinman to take a look at how to create space for you this year. She’ll cover not only how to identify what you want and what you need to make it happen, but how to chunk your time down to make sure it DOES happen. We’d like listeners to send us their issues/questions using our contact page – tell us your goal, and the challenges you face in making that happen, the roadblocks that get in your way. We’ll help you find a way around them.

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Many of us partake in the time-honored tradition of making a New Year’s resolution just to watch it slip away before January is over. Mitzi Weinman, one of our favorite time-management experts, joins us again today to show you how you can create space in your life to make things happen. Mitzi is a coach, workshop leader, public speaker and founder of Timefinder, whose programs have provided ongoing support and professional and personal development to hundreds of companies, individuals and associations since 1989.

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Dec 28: 1] My Old Dog 2] Mountain Mantras ~ PODCAST

It’s “National Adopt a Senior Dog Month” and we are joined today by Today.com writer, editor, and producer Laura Coffey to celebrate the grand times that can be had with shelter dogs past the age of puppyhood with her book My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts

With more data coming out about the link between lifestyle and health, we are in need of simple and memorable strategies for increased energy and vibrancy. In Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes, certified nutritional counselor Kathryn Kemp Guylay presents stories and experiences from her personal life, which often offers a hilarious backdrop for studying wellness and life lessons.

Enjoy this encore broadcast of Conversations Live! 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!

My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts shares success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how senior dog adoption can be a life-changing event for the humans who do the rescuing. Author Laura Coffey is a longtime writer, editor, and producer for TODAY.com, the website of NBC’s TODAY show. An award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, Laura has written and edited hundreds of high-profile human-interest stories.

Certified nutritional counselor Kathryn Kemp Guylay has conjured up a recipe for more energy and a more vibrant life in Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes. She uses her own personal experiences as a backdrop to lessons that can ultimately help anyone with 6 mantras that will overcome life’s obstacles. As the founder and executive director of Nurture, Kathryn continues to provide free nutrition and wellness education and services to children and families, and as a principal of Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley, Kathryn brings wellness solutions to organizations and corporations through speaking engagements and workshops. She also hosts her own bi-weekly radio show on wellness topics.

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Dec 21: Canine Peace of Mind with The Wolf Whisperer 2] Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader ~ PODCAST

The deadline for Christmas shopping is near, but never fear, Conversations Live is here! Today Vicki will share some gift ideas for the creatives in your life… the writers, designers, and artists who might like something a little more eclectic. And we would be remiss to leave out our furry friends, so joining us today is award-winning animal behaviorist Bryan Bailey (aka The Wolf Whisperer) with the best gift you can give your canine companion this holiday season… peace of mind.

And finally, the latest in the best-selling fact-tastic Bathroom Reader series is here from Uncle John. In this, the 28th volume, you can enjoy over 500 pages of absorbing mind-boggling facts and amazing trivia… conveniently split up into different lengths depending on your planned stay.

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Dec 14: 1] The New Words are Here! 2] Life Below Zero 3] Cheddar is Better ~ PODCAST

Today’s show will be a fun one featuring three guests who love what they do!

The American Heritage Dictionary has announced an update for 2015 introducing hundreds of new words. Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler joins Vicki today to discuss any “listicles” she may have made, while drinking his beverage using a “zarf” and doing his best to not “humblebrag.”

Sue Aikens lives a life of solitude, her address being a GPS coordinate 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle, her nearest neighbor being 300 miles away save for the dozens of Grizzlies that reside within a 10 mile radius. But being subject of National Geographic’s Life Below Zero has bought her story back to civilization. Find out why would someone who deliberately lives off the grid would allow a tv camera crew to invade her space.

Finally, cheesemonger Gordon Edgar is here to discuss Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese, a humorous and insightful and… wait for it… cheesy look at a staple of the nation’s diet.

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!

The American Heritage Dictionary recently announced it’s 2015 end of the year updates and revisions, and including are hundreds of new words and senses. Executive Editor Steve Kleinedler joins us to help differentiate between a bimibop and a glera, explain what a toe sock is, and why you should be worried about a doxx or a percutaneous coronary intervention!

Sue Aikens lives 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle at the Kavik River Camp, where nine months of the year she is the sole resident, with only a family of foxes and a retired sled dog to keep her company. She returns to Conversations Live today to give us an update from her life of solitude, and expand on her reasons for allowing the intrusion of a camera crew from National Geographic’s Life Below Zero to chronicle how she passes her days.

Cheddar: A Journey to the Heart of America’s Most Iconic Cheese by cheesemonger and author Gordon Edgar is a fun and engaging ramble through cheddar’s time in the US that looks to sate curious minds and hungry bodies with plenty to chew on and enjoy, from cheddar’s origin story to a road trip to the cheese’s American hotspots.

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Dec 07: 1] Science Meets Magic 2] 438 Days at Sea ~ PODCAST

Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers is informative, scholarly, and unabashedly nerdy. It is also an exceedingly fun read. Author Matt Kaplan leaves no mythical stone unturned, encompassing the magic our ancestors believed in and the magic we believe in today.

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea is the new book from investigative journalist Jonathan Franklin chronicling the amazing true tale of fisherman Salvador Alvarenga, who cheated death as he survived on the open sea for longer than anyone in human history, inspiring the release of ‘The 33’ with Antonio Banderas.

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If you’ve ever been curious about elixirs of eternal life, fabled gateways to the underworld, the spells of witches that turn men into beasts or the oracles of ancient Greece, Matt Kaplan is your perfect armchair guide. Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers considers everything from the Biblical parting of The Red Sea and Viking exploration to the science behind the mutants of X-Men, to new studies regarding autism and modern medical advancements prolonging human life. Matt Kaplan is a science correspondent with The Economist and has contributed weekly articles to its science and technology section for a decade. He has also written for National Geographic, Nature, and The New York Times. When not chained to a desk in England, he travels the world exploring our most cherished myths and legends.

Salvador Alvarenga and a mate went out for a two-day fishing trip, but a storm knocked out their boat’s motor and heavy winds blew them far from shore. Fourteen months later, Alvarenga washed up on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, near Australia. He had traveled more than 6,000 miles and survived by eating turtles, catching fish and maintaining an unbreakable will to survive. This amazing true tale is chronicled in Jonathan Franklin‘s 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea. Franklin regularly reports for The Guardian, GQ, and Esquire, focusing on Latin America. He also works with the team at Retro Report producing documentaries broadcast by The New York Times.

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Nov 30: 1] Stopping the Annihilation of Nature 2] Ocean Country ~ PODCAST

Extinctions are inevitable, but nature should get to decide when, not us. There is plenty of time to reverse the processes that are leading to the losses of birds and mammals on a global scale. Conservationist Paul R. Ehrlich examines how we can stop the needless loss of species at our hands in The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. All royalties from this book go to the Navjot Sodhi Fund at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, which supports the work of young conservation biologists.

Conservationist Liz Cunningham returns to go into further detail regarding her adventure and call to action book Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas, as well as to preview the upcoming Paris 2015 Climate Summit.

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In The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Paul R. Ehrlich along with two of today’s most dedicated conservationists tell the stories of the birds and mammals we have lost and those that are now on the road to extinction. These tragic tales, coupled with eighty-three color photographs from the world’s leading nature photographers, display the beauty and biodiversity that humans are squandering. But it’s not too late to reverse this trend and rescue many species from the brink of extinction. Ehrlich is the Bing Professor of Population Studies and the president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. He was presented with the distinguished World Ecology Award in 1993, and has written over 40 books on conservation issues, and countless scientific articles and essays. All royalties from Annihilation of Nature go to the Navjot Sodhi Fund at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, which supports the work of young conservation biologists.

As we approach the Paris 2015 Climate Summit, conservationist Liz Cunningham returns to talk about some of the topics that will be covered at that event as well as her call to action story of adventure and self-discovery, Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas. Liz has a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Maine, and in addition to her work as a conservationist has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals.

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