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

MAR 26: George Lynn’s Breaking the Trance & Tara Cousineau’s The Kindness Cure

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.

Also today, our current political climate might have you wondering “What happened to kindness?” According to Dr. Tara Cousineau, science has proven what ancient wisdom always claimed, that kindness is a happiness fix.  In The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World, you’ll explore how to strengthen relationships and promote compassion toward ourselves and others.

Dr. Cousineau has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a former Harvard Medical School Fellow and a licensed psychologist with a private practice.


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Conservation, Environment, Travel & Adventure

MAR 19: National Geographic’s Birds of the Photo Ark

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”.  Strycker will also share some of his experiences traveling the world to photograph birds in motion. In 2015 he 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.

Based near Eugene, Oregon, 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. He’s worked on field research projects in Amazonian Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, the Australian Kimberley, the Farallon Islands … the list is long!

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. Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitat. He photographed more than 2,000 species for the Birds of the Photo Ark.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help

MAR 12: Corinne Zupko’s From Anxiety to Love & Chamin Ajjan’s Seeking Soulmate

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting over 40 million adults.  While you might not have panic attacks or debilitating fears, none of us are immune to milder fears and anxieties.  With From Anxiety to Love: A Radical New Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace, Corrine Zupko EdS, LPC, shares her unique three step healing process to help you manage panic attacks and overcome anxiety once and for all.

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.

Later, while the song says you can’t hurry love, you can certainly make sure you are ready when the right one comes along!  Find out how to be prepared for that moment in Seeking Soulmate: Ditch the Dating Game and Find Real Connection.

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.

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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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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

FEB 26: Dr. Kristen Lee’s Mentalligence & Derek Rydall’s The Abundance Project

Sometimes it seems easier to go with the flow of what is expected of us, but that can also make us complacent and, quite frankly, boring.  Learn what it takes to rethink our social conditioning and be more agile, mindful, and connected in today’s world in Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking.

Author Dr. Kristen Lee is a clinician, researcher, educator, activist, and recovering perfectionist.

Later, integrative therapist Derek Rydall proves that it’s possible to live your dreams, but first you must cut loose your old beliefs that are holding you back.  In The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness, you will learn the important steps to take to achieve better health, more money, and a more fulfilling life.

Derek is an Amazon/Barnes and Noble bestselling author, and has trained top executives at Fortune 500 companies (from American Express to Disney) in empowered leadership and communications.

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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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Fiction, Writers on Writing

FEB 12: Charles Todd’s The Gatekeeper, David Plante’s American Stranger, & Susan Meissner’s As Bright As Heaven

Writing a book is hard enough work, and collaborating on a novel and finding success is almost unheard of.  But the mother and son writing team operating under the pseudonym of Charles Todd have created a series with resounding success.  The Gatekeeper is the latest in their New York Times bestselling Inspector Rutledge series.

Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who share a rich storytelling heritage, both having enjoyed being regaled by years of tales from their fathers and grandfathers.

Next, National Book Award nominated writer David Plante joins us from Italy to discuss his latest novel, American Stranger, an  insightful story about the search for identity, and how our real lives are far more complex than our labels.

David is an acclaimed author of both fiction and memoirs.  He is a retired professor of creative writing at Columbia University.

Finally, award-winning author Susan Meissner set her latest novel, As Bright As Heaven, during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.  We’ll discuss how she found inspiration from this tragic moment in our history that claimed over half a million lives in a year’s time.

Susan is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism.  She has had her works named as both a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction and Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles.


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Personal Development, Self-help

FEB 05: Daphne de Marneffe’s The Rough Patch & Abby Juan’s How Me Found I

STOP!  It’s a trap!  You’ve heard people refer to marriage as an end to individuality, killing ‘me’ by becoming ‘we’.  In The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together, clinical psychologist Daphne de Marneffe, PhD., explores that part of a relationship where the need to grow as an individual collides headlong into the demands of the relationship.

Daphne is a licensed clinical psychologist with almost thirty years of experience working with a wide range of mental health problems.  As a research-trained clinician, she sees psychology as an evolving science, and continually integrates current research findings into her clinical practice.

Also today, Who Are You is not just a song by The Who, it’s a question you can stand in front of a mirror and ask.  If you are not living the life you have always wanted, Abby Juan will help you reboot and change your reality in How Me Found I: Mastering the Art of Pivoting Gracefully Through Life.  You will learn how to harness your own personal power to overcome living with fear and thrive on your terms.

Abby Juan was a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist until she became bedridden for close to two years. As a teacher, speaker, author, and Sherpa guide, Abby Juan assists others in walking their own paths to greatness in the same manner as she was shown.

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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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