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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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Health & Wellness, Personal Development

DEC 11: Dr. Armin Zadeh with The Forgotten Art of Love & Dr. Becky Thompson’s Teaching with Tenderness

“As a cardiologist, I find this difficult to admit, but love is more about the brain than the heart,” writes Armin Zadeh, MD, PhD, and author of The Forgotten Art of Love: What Love Means and Why it Matters. “However, the view of love as a mental rather than magical power comes with a silver … if not golden … lining. “

On today’s show, Dr. Zadeh will help you discover the not-so-obvious connection between heart disease and state of mind, and unlock some of the answers to the mysteries of love.

Dr. Zadeh is a professor at John Hopkins University with doctoral degrees in medicine and philosophy, as well as a master’s degree in public health. As a cardiologist and scientist, Dr. Zadeh understands the close relationship between heart disease and the state of the mind.

With so much going on in our lives, it can be nearly impossible to find those cherished moments of peace each day.  Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice will have you using contemplative practices such as yoga, meditation, and free writing, to help you keep your heart open as you deal with each day’s setbacks.

Becky Thompson, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at Simmons College, human rights activist, cross-cultural trainer, writer, poet, and senior-level yoga teacher.

 

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

DEC 04: James Rollins’ The Demon Crown

What do the British chemist who founded the Smithsonian and Alexander Graham Bell have in common with a primordial threat that could devastate humankind?  The bone-chilling answer lies in New York Times bestseller James Rollins latest Sigma Force novel, The Demon Crown.

James is a prolific author of international thrillers, blending historical fact with science fiction to create stories acclaimed for their originality.  His books have been translated into 40 languages.

Later, Vicki will help you get into the spirit of giving, (and maybe help you decide on a gift for that one person you can never figure out what to get), as she reveals our Conversations Live holiday gift book recommendations!

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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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Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 20: How to Survive Your Childhood with Ira Israel & Supernormal with Dr. Meg Jay, PhD

Okay, so you’re all grown up, but are the stories you learned as a child still getting in the way? You know the ones we mean: You’re not enough. Not smart enough. Talented enough. Pretty enough.

You fluctuate between self-confidence and self-doubt. And those conflicting feelings can leave you depressed or anxious or both.

Blending eastern and western philosophies, licensed psychotherapist and relationship counselor, Ira Israel, will share how to transcend childhood-assumed-realities in How to Survive Your Childhood: Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening.

Later, whether it is bullying, the loss of a loved one, domestic violence, neglect, or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, early adversities are experienced by nearly 75% of us.  

In Supernormal, TED speaker and author, Meg Jay, PhD, combines cutting edge research with two decades of experience.  We’ll discuss how “supernormal” adults have overcome adversity to change our world, and share skills and tools we can use to build resilience.

Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist and narrative nonfiction writer.  Her work has appeared in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA TodayPsychology Today, and on the BBC, NPR, and TED.

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Personal Development, Self-help

NOV 13: Perceptual Intelligence with Dr. Boxer Wachler & Mindfulness for Emerging Adults with Donna Torney

Brian Boxer Wachler, MD describes Perception Intelligence (PI) as how we see what we see and why this affects every aspect of our life.

We’ll explore how we can improve our PI to see past illusion and self-deception. How to reverse self-delusion. Why we feel obliged to return a favor. And why some folks see Jesus in their cornflakes, or the Virgin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich.

Dr. Boxer Wachler is a leading authority on kerataconus and refractive surgery. His latest book Perceptual Intelligence: The Brain’s Secret to Seeing Past Illusion, Misperception, and Self-Deception.

Also today, licensed psychotherapist Donna Torney combines Eastern philosophies with modern neuroscience to aid millennials in facing the stresses and challenges of “adulting” in Mindfulness for Emerging Adults: Finding Balance, Belonging and Meaning in the Digital Age.

Donna is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, with a focus on emerging and established adults who are struggling to live in our fast-paced society.

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Fiction, Non Fiction, Writers on Writing

NOV 06: Manhattan Beach with Pulitzer Winner Jennifer Egan & Technically Wrong with Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Set on the Brooklyn docks during the World War II era, Manhattan Beach seamlessly intertwines the stories of a man working for both the union and the mob, his daughter, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s only female diver, and a shady, but charismatic, nightclub owner.

Jennifer Egan is the author of several novels and a short story collection, including  A Visit From the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize.

Also, Sara Wachter-Boettcher presents an informed and compassionate critique of the technology industry in Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a Philadelphia-based consultant where she helps organizations make sense of digital content. She speak at conferences worldwide and has authored two previous books for web pros.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

OCT 30: Reclaim Your Body Now & Be A Force for Change with Fierce Kindness

An insult at the age of 11 can stay with you forever, much as a scar from a car wreck, or other tragedy that marks you physically. Suzanne Scurlock-Durana has discovered a way to reconnect to your body’s intrinsic wisdom and begin the healing process from within in Reclaiming Your Body: Healing from Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom.

After decades of perfecting her methods of awakening the body’s innate wisdom, Suzanne created the comprehensive Healing From the Core training curriculum in 1994. Today it includes a robust selection of international workshops, webinars, speaking engagements and audio programs.

When was the last time you shone a little light in the world while simultaneously making your own life better?

In Fierce Kindness: Be A Positive Force for Change, Melanie Salvatore-August provides an easy to follow recipe to combine compassion and courage into an elixir of uplifting action.

Melanie is an experienced life coach, yoga teacher, and Reiki healer who travels the country, speaking about creating a movement of positivity.

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Memoir, Personal Development, Self-help, Writers on Writing

OCT 23: A Life in Novels with Kathleen Hill & Life is a Musical with Tim Ferdele

When books come to you at the just the right time, they can change your life. Kathleen Hill’s new memoir, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, explores defining moments of a life illuminated by novels.

Kathleen is a noted author who teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her first two books have received critical acclaim and her stories have appeared in numerous collections.

Everything Tim Federle knows about life he learned from doing theater – think Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Jazz Hands. Life is Like a Musical: How to Live, Love, and Lead Like a Star is designed for anyone who wants to find and live by their own song, whatever that means to them.

Tim is a Broadway dancer-turned-author who won awards for his Young Adult books and pun-tastic cocktail novels, and works with Fox Animation in developing new projects.

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Business, Personal Development

OCT 16: Entrepreneurial You & The Art of Connection

The key to entrepreneurial success is achieving professional independence.  In Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive, returning guest Dorie Clark uses real-life examples from entrepreneurs of all kinds, as well as her own experiences building her profitable consulting business.

Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant and professional speaker, working with a diverse range of clients, including Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Yale University.

Every successful business leader has one thing in common: strong  interpersonal communication skills.  In The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now, keynote speaker and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Gelb provides seven methods to improving your rapport with those in your professional and personal lives.

Michael is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching, and innovative leadership.  He brings than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and executive coach to his diverse, international clientele.

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