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Conservation, Environment, Journalism, Social Issues

SEP 02: Award-winning Filmmaker John de Graaf

John de Graaf is one of the good guys in our world, always right there with the next important, life-affirming idea,” says The Giraffe Project’s Ann Medlock.  The late 70’s gave birth to John’s award-winning documentary film career that continues to this day.

Today, we’ll explore John’s career as a filmmaker and activist, and find out why he does what he does. We’ll hear about his latest film, REDEFINING PROSPERTIY, and some of the activism he’s engaged in. We’ll discover how John chooses projects, and how he navigated his own prolific creative path while still making a difference in people’s lives.

“I’m an author, filmmaker, speaker, and activist with a mission to help create a happy, healthy, and sustainable quality of life for America,” reads John’s mission statement.

With over 40 documentaries and countless short films to his credit, he has received over 100 regional, national, and international awards for filmmaking.  15 of his films have been broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS, and he has taught filmmaking at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

AUG 26: Greg Iles’ Cemetery Road & Glen Hamilton’s Mercy River

Despite a car accident that left him in a coma for 8 days, #1 New York Times Bestseller Greg Iles, much like bandmate Stephen King, rejoined the legendary and notorious lit-rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders. Described as the William Faulkner of the Breaking Bad generation, the incident left Greg no stranger to adversity.  Today we’ll discuss how his body of work has helped put his homestate of Mississippi on the map.

Born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War, Greg spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983.  His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.  His latest is Cemetery Road.

Later, while Glen Hamilton’s novels always begin and end in rain-soaked Seattle, Mercy River never leaves the Pacific Northwest as the central plot sees our hero race on a mysterious journey to the arid high desert of central Oregon.  A Seattle native and award-winning author, Glen returns to Conversations Live to discuss the fourth installment in his popular Van Shaw series.

Glen is the current President of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  He is a winner of the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics Awards.  A resident of California, he frequently returns to Seattle to soak up the rain.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

AUG 19: Dr. Jennifer Jacobs’ Do You Really Need That Pill & Sarah Anne Shockley’s The Pain Companion

Almost 70% of Americans take a form of prescription drug regularly, and 450 people a day die due to the side effects caused by them.  Do You Really Need That Pill: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Over-Medication discusses which popular drugs are being overprescribed, and offers tips on how to speak to your doctors about your medication regimen.

Jennifer Jacobs, MD. practiced family medicine in Seattle for 25 years, was on the advisory board of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine, and is a clinical assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Later, Sarah Anne Shockley learned about chronic pain through personal experience.  Rather than succumb to the incapacitating effects of it, she met the pain, worked with it, and overcame debilitation.  You can benefit from her experiences by reading her new book, The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Pain.

Sarah is a columnist for the Pain News Network and contributes to online community for pain sufferers, The Mighty.  She has lived with debilitating nerve pain for over a decade.

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Personal Development, Self-help, Social Issues

AUG 12: 1] Reversing Harmful Moods 2] You Cheated on Your Spouse, Now What?

It’s easy to succumb to a bad mood, but it can be just as easy to snap out of it if you know how.  Joseph Cardillo, PhD, returns to tell us how to control of our energy and reverse harmful moods before they take hold.

Dr. Cardillo is an inspirational speaker and expert on energy teachings. His latest book is  Body Intelligence: Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, and he’s written numerous other bestselling books on health, mind-body-spirit, and psychology. He’s also co-written several books for Harvard Health Publications.

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S, specializes in infidelity and addictions in relationships and how to navigate intimacy in the digital and social media age.  His latest book, Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, is a “Learn it or lose her!” primer for men caught cheating.

Consider it, says Weiss, a “roadmap for rebuilding trust, restoring intimacy, and salvaging a damaged relationship.”  Today he’ll addresses how men think about sex, cheating, and relationship intimacy. And we’ll share healing techniques for the partner who was cheated on.

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Business, Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help

AUG 05: Helene Segura’s The Great Escape & Tom Bunn’s Panic Free

If you have ever been guilty of claiming vacations are too stressful, you will fall behind if you take time off, you end up working on your days off, anyway … it’s time for you to get away from it all.  Helene Segura returns to Conversations Live with The Great Escape: A Vacation Planner for Busy People Who Want to Take a Real Break from Work and Life.

Known as The Inefficiency Assassin, productivity expert Helene Segura has authored four books and been the featured organization expert in over 200 media interviews.

Later, now that you’ve decided to take that vacation, there might be one more obstacle … a fear of flying.  Captain Tom Bunn, LCSW, is a licensed therapist who routinely addressed flight panic during his years as an airline pilot.  His methods of overcoming your anxiety and stress extend beyond the threshold of the airplane gate to everyday life.

Tom is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobiaand is a regular contributor to Psychology Today.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Social Issues, Women's Issues

JUL 29: Keele Burgin’s Wholly Unraveled

“This is my story of growing up in and escaping a cult, only to find myself chasing adrenaline and drugs in hopes of finding a shred of self-worth before finally landing in a remote community where I lived in silence, quieted my demons, and found the courage to love myself.”  Wholly Unraveled is activist Keele Burgin’s memoir on survival and self-discovery.

Keele is an entrepreneur, activist, mother of three, author, and filmmaker.  She has served in leadership roles on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations that empower women.

To end our show, we invite you to join us in celebrating 12 years of Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair!  Vicki’s brought you more than 1,000 guests over the years, on topics ranging from psychology and self-help, to creativity and designing the life you choose, memoir, fiction, adventure, and the latest in health and science.

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

JUL 22: Kimberly Friedmutter’s Subconscious Power & Victoria Dahl’s False Step

The power to achieve your highest goals and deepest desires resides inside of you, the key is unlocking your self-empowerment.  Today, we will demystify how to tap 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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Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Women's Issues, Writers on Writing

JUL 15: Rosalind Brackenbury’s Without Her & Resolution Not Conflict with Dr. Susan Heitler

You might be the type to have a few close friends, or you might be a social butterfly with acquaintances coming out of the woodwork, but in either case, you have to admit friendship is full of complexities.  Poet and novelist Rosalind Brackenbury takes a deep dive into friendship in her new book Without HerToday, we’ll explore why friendships last or don’t, why it gets more difficult to find lasting friendships with age, and how to spot red flags of a toxic relationship before it’s too late.

Award-winning writer Rosalind is a former writer-in-residence at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and has also served as poet laureate of Key West, teaching poetry workshops.

Later, you’ll learn the 8 red flags that you may be in a toxic relationship, and how to get out of it with Dr. Susan Heitler, whose mantra is “Resolution, not conflict.”

Susan Heitler, PhD., is an integrative therapist, drawing from a broad range of treatment techniques to aid her clients in dealing effectively with their problems.  She is also an author and TedX speaker.

 

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

JUL 08: Facing Midlife with Dr. Joseph Cardillo & Summer Reading Recommendations

If life is knocking at your door, demanding more satisfaction while maintaining inner authenticity, a dose of wisdom from some of our great literary icons can bring clarity to aging gracefully.  Dr. Joseph Cardillo returns to Conversations Live to help you dive into midlife with peace of mind rather than a crisis.

Dr. Cardillo is the author of Body Intelligence, a book designed to help you swing your moods into constant positive energy, as he discussed last time he joined us.  He is an inspirational speaker and has written several national bestsellers in the fields of health, mind-body spirit, and psychology.

Later, we’ll help you while away those warm evenings over the next couple months with Vicki and Eric’s summer reading recommendations!

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Conservation, Journalism, Non Fiction, Social Issues, Spirituality

JUL 01: James Hoggan’s I’m Right and You’re an Idiot & Aliza Kelly’s Starring You

If you’ve ever wanted firsthand access to some of the extraordianary thinkers of our time, look no further than I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.  Author and communications expert James Hoggan shares their insights on how our will is manipulated through tribalism and misinformation, and how open-mindedness, empathy, and dialogue are crucial to our strength and unity.

Over the past two decades, James has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for ethics and integrity in public relations, a field in which he is regarded as one of Canada’s leading professionals. He is president of the PR firm Hoggan & Associates and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation board.

Later, does astrology really work?  That is the question that our second guest, astrologer and author Aliza Kelly, refuses to prove.  Find out why, along with the connection between empathy and astrology as Aliza discusses her new book, Starring You.

Aliza is a New York City based astrologer, host and author, and is the resident astrologer for Cosmopolitan magazine.  She also hosts and podcast, writes horoscopes for Sanctuary, and has contributed to numerous publications including Allure, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more.

 

 

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