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Conservation, Environment, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Women's Issues

APR 16: Mary DeMocker’s The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution, Yvonne Tally’s Breaking Up with Busy & Trisha Ashworth’s Just When You Are Comfortable in Your Own Skin

The climate revolution begins with two important phrases and one word:  “Stop Stupid. Start Smart. Revolution.”  Mary DeMocker joins us today to examine engaging ways to get your kids to care, and get them involved, in The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution.

Mary has reveled in an artistic life, performing harp, dressing sets for NY film productions, and now using public art and writing to mobilize for climate action.  She is co-Founder of the international climate action group 350.org.

Next, in a world where we are constantly connected, it’s become nearly impossible not to remain swamped.  In Breaking Up with Busy, Yvonne Tally helps women identify what type of Overscheduled Woman (OSW) they are and why, and her 5-Step Super Solution Process will help you lighten the load!

Yvonne  leads meditation and de-stressing programs for corporations, individuals, and private groups in Silicon Valley. An NLP master practitioner, Yvonne cofounded Poised Inc., a Pilates and wellness training studio.

Finally, whether you’re married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, “What’s next for me?” Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag provides a road map for how to thrive in this new phase of life by turning a midlife crisis in midlife opportunity.

Today’s guest Trisha Ashworth and her co-writer Amy Nobile are bestselling authors and founders of Ash and Ames, empowering female artisans around the globe.

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Fiction, Social Issues, Writers on Writing

APR 09: Dr. John Sessa’s The Road to Yulin … and Beyond & S. Craig Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny

The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond covers the last two years of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump’s non-profit, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s, mission trips to China to expose the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Led by their business partner, Dr. John Sessa, the film gives an in depth look at the dichotomy between companionship-based human/canine relationships exhibited in many countries, and the horrific and brutal interactions that dogs face in parts of the world that have an unrestrained dog meat trade.

Dr. John Sessa joins Vicki today to help not only raise awareness of the heinous and barbaric treatment these dogs receive, but to show you how you can get involved as well in stopping these atrocities.

Dr. Sessa is the Executive Director of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and co-founder of Vanderpump Pets.  The Road to Yulin …  and Beyond  is Dr. Sessa’s directorial, writing and producing debut.

Later, being a multi-faceted creator (he directs, writes both novels and screenplays, and is a musician), S. Craig Zahler has the ability to not only select which angle to attack the projects he chooses to work on, but also to enter the mindset of his characters in unique ways.  His latest novel is Hug Chickenpenny, a gothic, Dickensian take on The Elephant Man.

S. Craig is an award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer and musician.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

APR 02: Jamey Bradbury’s The Wild Inside, Veera Hiranandani’s The Night Diary, &

Jamey Bradbury, winner of the Estelle Campbell Memorial Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, debuts her electrifying novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.  The Wild Inside is a fusion of psychological horror and coming-of-age tale, based in the world of dog-sled racing.  John Irving praises it as an ” … unusual love story and a creepy horror novel … think of the Brontë sisters and Stephen King.”

Based in Anchorage, AK, Jamey’s work has appeared in Black Warrior Review (winner of the annual fiction contest), Sou’wester, and Zone 3.   The Wild Inside is her first novel.

Next, Veera Hiranandani calls upon her father and his family’s journey for inspiration in The Night Diary.  The partition of India in 1947 spawned vicious xenophobia and caused the upheaval of more than 14 million lives overnight in what is known to be the single largest human migration in history.

Veera is a former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute.

And we’ll also be joined by Matt Killeen to discuss Orphan Monster Spy, a tale of a blonde, blue-eyed Jewish girl in 1939 Germany, whose act of resistance is about to change the world.

Hailing from Vicki’s home town of Birmingham, England, Matt attempted to make a living as an advertising copywriter and music and sports journalist, and now writes for the world’s best loved toy company.

 

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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, Humor, Non Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Women's Issues

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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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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