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MAR 19: National Geographic’s Birds of the Photo Ark & In the Praise of Difficult Women

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. 

Also today, fellow National Geographic writer Karen Karbo joins us to discuss her latest book, In the Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines who Dared to Break the Rules.  From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in 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.

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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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Inspirational, Personal Development, Spirituality, Women's Issues

FEB 19: Baptist de Pape’s The Power of the Heart & F. Diane Barth’s I Know How You Feel

With The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life , filmmaker and author Baptist de Pape has assembled an unprecedented collaboration of wisdom from the leading spiritual thinkers, authors, and scientists of our time. These visionary minds help de Pape show how we can overcome limitations in our daily life to find our true potential – and reveals the heart to be a source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind.

Baptist is a spiritual explorer, author, and filmmaker, and graduate of the University of Tilburg Law School in The Netherlands.

Later, through thick and thin, one thing you can always count on is your friends showing love and support.  But even the closest friendships can get complicated.  I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women’s Lives looks at every aspect of a woman’s friendship, loyalty and betrayal, support and competition, and the trials of love and marriage and the effect they and other changes can have on a lasting friendship.

Author F. Diane Barth has worked as a psychotherapist in New York for over 30 years and is widely recognized for her expertise in women’s relationships.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Women's Issues

JAN 29: Stephanie Marston’s Type R: Transformative Resilience & Maggie Hadleigh-West’s Sick to Death

Wouldn’t you love the ability to dismiss that feeling of uncertainty that often accompanies life’s difficulties by turning them into learning opportunities instead?  In Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World, work/life balance expert Stephanie Marston teams with her daughter Ama to show you how to turn difficult circumstances into catalysts for growth.

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.

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Health & Wellness, Self-help, Women's Issues

JAN 22: Madisyn Taylor’s Unmedicated & John Griffith’s A Dad’s Fun Guide to Raising Happy Daughters

Your health should be in your control, not lining a pharmaceutical company’s pockets.  In Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness, Madisyn Taylor reveals excellent techniques to treat depression and anxiety without resorting to medications, such as writing therapy, meditation and walks in nature.

Madisyn Taylor is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of DailyOM.  She has more than 20 years experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies and has contributed to national publications as well as guested on many radio shows.

Later, the things we are taught at an early age are oftentimes the ones that stick with us for the rest of our lives.  It is critical that young girls are raised on positive messages of self-empowerment, that ultimately, they are accountable to themselves and responsible for their own happiness.  In  A Dad’s Fun Guide to Raising Daughters, John Griffith shows how these crucial lessons can lead to a young woman preventing boundary violations rather than working through the pain after a violation occurs.

John Griffith is uniquely suited what it takes to bring a young girl into womanhood, as he is a devoted father, currently raising three daughters.  For most of their lives, he has been a single parent.

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Inspirational, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Women's Issues

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

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.

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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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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues

Jun 13: 1] Menopause Solution 2] Irrelationship

Dr. Stephanie Faubion of the Mayo Clinic offers the latest advice on turning the menopause experience into a positive, individualized one in Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution: A Doctor’s Guide to: Relieving Hot Flashes, Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight, and Being Happy!

“Let’s Go Get Hammered!” “You Just Have To Get Over It & Move On.” “I Knew This Would Happen.” Learn why relationship Psychiatrist Grant Brenner, MD, says these typical tropes are off-limits when trying to comfort a friend that just got dumped in his coauthored new book Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy .

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Menopause is something that affects every woman, with no exceptions, but it doesn’t have to be a “one size fits all” treatment experience as each of our bodies are different and react differently. As one of the nation’s leading experts on menopause and the director of the Women’s Health Clinic in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Stephanie Faubion wrote Mayo Clinic The Menopause Solution: A Doctor’s Guide to: Relieving Hot Flashes, Enjoying Better Sex, Sleeping Well, Controlling Your Weight, and Being Happy! to give you peace of mind on everything from perimenopause to postmenopause, and debunking common myths. Dr. Faubion uses the most up-to-date research and also confronts the controversial topic of hormone therapy.

Women’s Health Magazine asked relationship Psychiatrist Grant Brenner, MD, what’s off limits when trying to comfort a friend that just got dumped. “Avoid saying anything that could leave your friend feeling guilty, ashamed, or to blame for the split,” he replied, and in Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy, he and his coauthors delve into the best ways to console a heart broken friend without relying on pandering, stereotypical responses like getting drunk, or how it wasn’t meant to be. Dr. Brenner is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Department of Psychiatry, and has a private practice in New York City.

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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.

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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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