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Humor, Non Fiction, Social Issues

FEB 19: Steven Goldstein’s The Turn-On

In our world of 24/7 media, what draws you to certain public figures over others?  When celebrities step into your household through the screen or speaker, what are the essential ingredients that determine whether you gravitate to them or find them repulsive?  And why do some celebrities thrive after a scandal while others wither away in disgrace?  Spending much of his career working among public figures, Steven Goldstein invented a tangible way to measure likeability using eight critical traits.  His new book is The Turn-On: How the Powerful Make Us Like Them – From Washington to Wall Street to Hollywood.

Steven Goldstein is a civil rights leader who began his career as a television news producer, winning ten Emmys, before becoming a producer for Oprah Winfrey. He worked as a lawyer for the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and as a communications director in the U.S. Senate, before becoming a strategist for leaders in politics, business, and entertainment.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Personal Development

FEB 12: Dr. Steven J. Stein and the Hardiness Mindset

Why do people react differently to stressful situations, such as loss of a job or an illness?  Dr. Steven J. Stein believes hardiness is at the heart of the answer.  Today, you’ll learn the benefits of hardiness, how it differs from resilience, and if you were not one of the lucky ones born with it, how you can cultivate it.  His new book, co-authored with Paul T. Bartone, is Hardiness: Making Stress Work for You to Achieve Your Life Goals.

Dr. Stein is a clinical psychologist and founder and executive chair of Multi-Health Systems, a leading assessment and behavior analytics company. He’s a former chair of the psychology foundation of Canada, former president of the Ontario Psychological Association, and currently teaches at the Directors College of Canada.

Co author Retired Colonel Paul T Bartone is a visiting research fellow at the Institute for national security policy. During his 25 year US Army career, he served as commander of the US Army Medical Research Unity … and taught leadership and psychology at West Point.

 

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction

FEB 05: Whole Person Integrative Eating with Deborah Kesten

Could a dietary lifestyle that nourishes you physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially be your answer to emotional overeating and obesity?  Deborah Kesten has researched this at an international level for 25 years and says yes!

Today we discuss how it’s not just food that you need to be aware of, but also why, how, and with whom you eat it. We explore the seven root causes of overeating, and share some of the proven nutrition concepts Deborah discovered in other countries.

Deborah Kesten, MPH, is an international nutritional researcher, and a medical and health writer with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She’s the award-winning author of Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul. And Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Breakthrough Dietary Lifestyle to Treat the Root Causes of Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity. 

Coauthor (and husband) Larry Scherwitz, PhD, has a doctorate in Social Psychology, and trained at Harvard Medical School in psychophysiology. He’s published in prestigious medical journals including The Lancet and Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Arts, History, Non Fiction, Women's Issues

JAN 29: Women in Film – Hollywood, Her Story

Women in film, Hollywood Her StoryWhen the 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced, many said women in film are finally breaking through. Today’s guests say “No, they’re making a comeback!”

Co-authors Barbara Bridges and Jill S. Tietjen discuss how women helped found the movie industry – a time when they ran silent movie studios and held positions of power. When a female director, and an actress, were paid more than any man in the business.

We explore when and why that changed. Why it’s important we have more female representation in the industry. How they collaborated during the writing process. And snippets from their beautiful book Hollywood, Her Story: An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies.

Jill S. Tietjen is an author, speaker, and electrical engineer. One of the top historians on women in the U.S., Jill is inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and her work has won many awards.  Entrepreneur Barbara Bridges cofounded Women+Film to bring audiences together with films by, and about, women. The Denver Post named her as one of Colorado’s Top Thinkers in Arts and Culture.

 

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Business, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Spirituality

JAN 22: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga. Lessons from Google & a Zen Monastery Kitchen

Today’s guest says “When prosperity is equated with material wealth attained for its own sake, the word prosperity loses its deep meaning.” In The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity Through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga author Ellen Grace O’Brian‘s focuses on how to fulfill your soul and material desires, without hyper-materialism.

Ellen Grace O’Brian is the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose, CA. She’s taught Kriya Yoga internationally for over three decades. As an award-winning poet, Ellen weaves poetry into her teachings.

Also, how would your life be different if you could achieve maximum focus without losing flexibility?  If you achieved more of the ‘right things’ while bringing more peace into the world? With his Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, author Marc Lesser dishes up the tools you’ll need for optimum accomplishment without the stress that comes with it.

Marc was founder and CEO of three companies, and is the author of four books. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JAN 15: The Body Outside the Kremlin with James L. May

For our Writers On Writing Series, James L. May, author of The Body Outside The Kremlin joins us with what Publisher’s Weekly calls a “richly evocative first novel…gripping…thriller deserves high marks…for historical detail about a prison that served as a key link in the gulag chain.”

We discuss the history of the White Sea Solovetsky Islands and Russia’s renowned concentration camp. How and why this sparked the location and set the scene for his murder mystery. His favorite scenes to write. Most surprising research. What James knows now, that he wish he’d understood when he began writing his book. Does his work as a reviewer inform or hinder his own creativity? And is it worth doing an MFA in Creative Writing?

James L. May’s short fiction has appeared in Tigertail, and he reviews fiction for The Florida Book Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, and New Orleans Review.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JAN 08: NYT Bestselling Action Thriller Author Brad Taylor & Hunter Killer

 With 13 Pike Logan action thrillers hitting the New York Times Bestsellers list, author Brad Taylor says no one is more than surprised than him. He always wanted to write but never had time until his final military assignment at The Citadel.

Set in Brazil, Hunter Killer is the 14th in the hit series—hot off the presses January 7th.  Today Brad shares his POV on writing and why he broke the rules, developing strong protagonists, the scenes he loves to craft, and the challenges of writing.

Brad Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (Delta Force). He continues to consult with various agencies on asymmetric security threats.

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Inspirational, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help

JAN 01: Happy New Year! Start 2020 on a Positive Note with Girl Be Brave & Cheryl Hale

It takes courage to be brave when you’re feeling anything but brave! Cheryl Hale knows that first hand and today we discuss her beautiful little, but powerful book. Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course.

We share how to develop resilience when life throws you an unexpected curve, the pitfalls of overplanning, why you must let of perfectionism, and the importance of making choices your future self will thank you for. Cheryl also shares how she pushed through her own fears and negative selftalk to walk more in love, empathy, and compassion.

Cheryl Hale is an entrepreneur–an author, writer, blogger, and the founder of Girl Be Brave, an online community at GirlBeBrave.com. If you have holiday money to spend, Cheryl’s new book makes a wonderful gift to yourself!

 

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Fiction, Personal Development, Self-help, Uncategorized, Writers on Writing

DEC 25: Merry Christmas! Victoria Helen Stone aka Victoria Dahl & Unlock Your Subconscious Power with Kimberly Friedmutter

What if everything you need to achieve your goals and deepest desires is already inside you? What if all you really need, is the key to unlock your inner power? Today we demystify how to tap into that hidden power and live the life you dream of. Celebrities, business leaders, and political power brokers have used the techniques 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 and is board-certified on the American Board of Hypnotherapy. She’s 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 we talk with thriller author Victoria Helen Stone, aka Victoria Dahl. Why change genres and why the pseudonym? We share that and more as she discusses her latest novel False Step.

Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling romance novelist Victoria Dahl, stepped away from the lighter side of fiction writing and into the world of dark suspense.

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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Humor, Social Issues

DEC 18: Richard Louv’s Our Wild Calling

What would your life be like if you were as immersed in nature as you are in your electronic devices?  Today you will find out how connecting with animals can improve our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.  You’ll learn why a coyote riding on public transportation could become the new norm, and how our children can learn ethical behavior from our dogs.  And find out how our guest compares raccoons to Silicone Valley and Seattle technophiles!

Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, and co-founder and chair emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network.  In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter.  His new book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform our Lives — and Save Theirs.

 

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