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Fiction, Writers on Writing

JUN 24: #1 NYT Bestselling Thriller Author on The Last Odyssey

James Rollins blends science, history, and thrills in The Last Odyssey — the 15th of his books in the Sigma series.

We share how James’ travels and some of the history he discovered inspired the story. And separate fact from fiction by exploring where and why he took creative license. We also take a quick look at what’s coming later in 2020 in a book of short fiction stories.

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 25 million copies sold.

 

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History, Non Fiction

MAY 20: The Lincoln Conspiracy with Brad Meltzer

“ …  a story few people know, one that’s set in a time of deep political division in America … It shows us what good leaders can do in times of strife – perfectly on point for where our country is today.” Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer returns to Conversations Live to share some of the stories from The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President and Why it Failed. While most Americans know Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, few know of the first attempt on his life. It happened on the way to his inauguration, setting his presidency off to a rocky start. We discuss the challenges he faced as an underdog and how, even during times of civil war, Lincoln’s primary aim was to unite the country.

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the Ordinary People Change the World series. He is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. Meltzer coauthored The Lincoln Conspiracy with Josh Mensch, a New York Times bestselling author and documentary television producer, with a focus on American history.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

MAY 13: Love, Death, and Rare Books by Robert Hellenga

Award winning writer, Robert Hellenga, joins us with his eighth novel, Love, Death, and Rare BooksBOOKLIST describes the story as “... an ode to physical books, their smell and feel, but also to the idea of both living life and reading about it, not choosing one over the other.”

Robert’s been writing for 40 years about love and loss, so what does he know now that he wishes he’d known when he first began his writing journey?  How did the Italian men who worked for his father influence him as a child? And what did he learn about the rare book business during his story research? He’ll answer these questions and more today.

Robert Helenga’s many accolades range from The Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, to the Washington Post “Best Novels of 2010″, and the Society of Midland Authors 2015 fiction award. Hellenga is professor emeritus at Knox College in Galesburg, where he taught for many years.

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Conservation, Health & Wellness, Wildlife

APR 08: National Wildlife Week with Naturalist David Mizejewski

Most of us are on Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders right now because of COVID 19. But even some introverts are starting to go stir-crazy. So how can you entertain your kids, get some fresh air and a little vitamin D from sunlight — and do so safely and responsibly?

Celebrating National Wildlife Week, David Mizejewski joins us to provide suggestions for indoor and safe outdoor activities. We discuss how to begin creating a sustainable garden to support wildlife. How to get kids’ Ranger Rick magazines for FREE.  Why Possum’s are the most misunderstood creatures, and their value to our environment. As well as the many physical and emotional benefits of getting kids outdoors and interested in wildlife (following CDC Corona virus guidelines, of course!).

David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He’s a regular on Conan, The Wendy Williams Show, and NBC’s Today Show. He’s also hosted TV shows on NatGeo WILD and Animal Planet.

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Non Fiction, Relationships, Self-help

APR 01: Linda Carroll on Love Skills to Survive Bad Times & Thrive in Good Times

Love SKills The Keys to Unlocking Lasting Wholehearted LoveCrises can bring out the best, and the worst, in people and relationships. As the Novel Corona virus sweeps the world, and couples spend more time at home together, will your relationship thrive or become a statistic of divorce?

Today, Linda Carroll takes an honest look at the differences in her own 35-year partnership, and they each cope very differently with the current crisis.  And to help your relationship thrive during normal times, we discuss the key skills to creating wholehearted love, and the most destructive behaviors you should change right now.

Linda Carroll is a therapist and relationship expert with more than three decades experience. She writes, speaks, and teaches, in addition to seeing private and group patients. Linda’s latest book is Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting Wholehearted Love. Her first book, Love Cycles, explains the five love cycles in detail.

 

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Creativity, Fiction, History, Writers on Writing

MAR 25: James Rollins & The Last Odyssey

Vicki welcomes back for the fourth time #1 New York Times Bestselling author James Rollins to discuss the 15th novel in his popular Sigma Force series.  Blending historical fact and science fiction with the suspense of a thriller, The Last Odyssey is described as the thinking readers fiction.

Today we’ll talk about how some of the history and James’ travels inspired the story.  We’ll also separate a little fact from fiction, and take a sneak peek at a new book of short fiction coming later in the year.

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages, with more than 25 million copies sold.  A practicing veterinarian, Rollins has pursued scuba, spelunking, and other adventures around the world, and currently lives and writes in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

 

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Arts, Creativity, Non Fiction

MAR 18: 5 Steps to Freeing the Creative Within with Diana Rowan

If you’ve ever told yourself you’re not creative, you’re wrong. Everyone — regardless of age, job, situation — has creativity within them says today’s guest, creative alchemist and author Diana Rowan.  Her new book The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within provides inspiration and action steps to help you find your purpose and live more creatively.

We discuss creative practices, why it’s important to embrace mistakes, how solitude is necessary, and why creativity and connection are synonymous. We also share Diana’s 5 steps,  and why fulfillment is an essential ingredient of sustainable creativity.

Diana Rowan is the founder the Bright Way Guild a virtual learning environment for a global community of creatives. Diana’s a musician and composer, performing and teaching in the San Francisco area and around the world.

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Health & Wellness, Non Fiction, Self-help

MAR 11: The 4 Season Solution with Dallas Hartwig

When we’re always turned on, plugged in, burning the candle at both ends, we’re living a recipe for disaster. Making lifestyle adjustments, more aligned with nature and its changing seasons and natural rhythms, today’s guest expert says you can go from frazzled and exhausted to feeling good and living well.

Dallas Hartwig‘s latest book is The 4 Season Solution: The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives. We’ll identify the 4 Keys of Wellness. Tell you how to get unstuck. Discuss the damaging effects of burnout from living in a “constant state of summer” — and share ways to recover your sanity and wellbeing.

Dallas Hartwig is the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Whole 30 and It Starts with Food. He’s a speaker, nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and physical therapist who specializes in treating lifestyle-related health issues.

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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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