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Biography, Historical, Memoir, Non Fiction, Travelogue

Jun 19: Ben & Me with Award-Winning Journalist & NYT Bestselling Author Eric Weiner

In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life

Ben and Me with author Eric Weiner

Part biography, part travelogue, part memoir, Ben & Me is not a traditional biography. It’s a guide to thinking well and living a useful life. It’s about curiosity, diligence, constant learning, and, most of all, the elusive goal of self-improvement.

Eric Weiner follows Franklin from Philadelphia to Paris, and Boston to London, to discover Ben’s life lessons, large and small.

We learn how to improve a relationship by asking someone to do you a favor—a psychological phenomenon known as The Ben Franklin Effect. Weiner discloses Franklin’s biggest strengths, his human flaws, and what most disappointed him about Ben. Eric also shares what he learned about himself on this journey. And much more.

Meer Eric Weiner – Author, Speaker, Philosophical Traveler

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and speaker, Eric Weiners latest book is Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life. His other books include The Geography of Bliss, The Geography of Genius, Man Seeks God and The Socrates Express. Eric is a former foreign correspondent for NPR, and reporter for The New York Times. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, BBC Travel, and AFAR, among other publications. And he lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Fiction, Thriller, Writers on Writing

Jun 12: Ryan Steck with Out For Blood

A true warrior is not one who conquers others, but one who conquers their own fears. ~ Tu Lam, Retired Green Beret

Out For Blood with author Ryan Steck

Ryan Steck joins us to discuss Out For Blood – Ryan’s latest and third book in a trilogy that launched the Matthew Redd thriller series. A former Marine Raider, Matt is busy living life as a cattle rancher, husband, and new father when his past comes hurtling into town looking for blood. His blood.

We discuss the progression of the Matthew Redd series and how Ryan pulls his story lines together. How he researched a polar vortex for Montana, the key locale of his protagonist. Why he leverages those he knows (human and furry) for character inspiration. And the difference between relatives and family. Ryan also shares, how he manages his plot and the pacing of action scenes to keep readers interested and on the page in today’s world full of distractions.

Meet Ryan Steck, Thriller Author

Book editor and founder of The Real Book Spy, Ryan Steck is now a three-time author, with his fourth Matthew Redd manuscript already written and in the publishing process. A former sportswriter, Ryan experienced a life-changing diagnosis of Dyslexia that led him to Google “Dyslexic authors”, then to reading books to help improve his dyslexia, and eventually to authoring books. In addition to his Matthew Redd series, Ryan Steck is currently writing the legacy Alexander Hawke spy series following the death of the original author, Tedd Bell. Look for that next year, along with the fourth Matthew Redd story,

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Non Fiction, Personal Development, Psychology, Science, Self-help

Jun 05: PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Burnout – Why Mother Nature May Be Your Best Cure

Nature Calls Us Home To Our True Selves. She reminds us that we are … intimately connected … beautifully unique.” ~ Dr. Rochelle Calvert

While it saves us time in some ways, today’s digital world also demands more of us – from self-managed online accounts, form-filling, and appointment setting, to 24/7 business emails, DMs, IMs, texts, meetings, presentations … the list goes on.

Add to that the trauma of stressful life situations, ever-increasing living costs, job struggles, job losses, toxic work environments, and longer working hours, and Americans around the country are experiencing more PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and depression than ever before.

Dr. Rochelle Calvert, author of Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma, says combining nature with mindfulness and somatic practices can often be THE best prescription. She helps us unpack the science behind these therapies and explore the benefits provided – free of cost – by Mother Nature’s Rx. We also share how to incorporate simple therapeutic practices into everyday life.

Meet Dr. Rochelle Calvert

A clinical psychologist, Rochelle Calvert, PhD, specializes in life transitions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and pain. She’s the founder of New Mindful Life, with a private practice in California. An expert on mindfulness, nature-based therapy, and somatic experiencing, Rochelle’s book is Healing with Nature: Mindfulness and Somatic Practices to Heal from Trauma.

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Business, Career, Non Fiction, Personal Development

May 29: Tired of the Corporate Drill? Time to Cut Loose? Entrepreneur Trevor Blake Shares Secrets to a Successful Startup

A Recession-Proof Guide to Starting, Surviving, & Thriving In Your Own Venture

Trevor Blake Author of Secrets to a Successful Startup, Podcast

If you’re done working for The Man and want to get serious about starting your own venture, Trevor Blake has some great advice based on real-life business success. In Secrets to a Successful Startup Trevor says “It takes the same amount of effort to build a multimillion-dollar business as it takes to build a $50,000 business …” so what is it you want to fix, solve, create, accomplish, and become?

We discuss Trevor’s journey from a poor home background into successful entrepreneurship. Dipping into what he calls the foundation from which he’s built his own multimillion dollar business, Trevor shares what he means by global pioneering spirit, and why success always begins with self-leadership and mindset.

We discuss why you don’t need to know everything, as long as you’re smart enough to hire the right people. Where Trevor’s winning ideas came from and how he massaged them to fruition. And we look at some of the most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs, new and old.

Meet Trevor Blake

Trevor G. Blake is an entrepreneur, physicist, author, curious human, and life adventurer. As CEO, he founded three different medical technology companies, which sold for over $300 million.  He wrote his New York Times Bestseller, Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business and Life after conquering his own self-limiting beliefs.  Secrets to a Successful Startup: A Recession Proof Guide to Starting, Surviving and Thriving in your Own Venture is a practical handbook based on his own experience, proven business studies, and real-life success stories of winning entrepreneurs.

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Journalism, Non Fiction, Social Issues

May 22: Untold Stories of Today’s Most Secretive, Invisible, Government-Backed Market with Nicole Perlroth

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends with Author Nicole Perlroth

Cyber security, sabotage, and digital espionage expert Nicole Perlroth joins us with a big wake-up call. This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyber Weapons Arms Race might read like fiction, but it’s all fact, and author Nicole Perlroth shares untold stories of today’s most secretive, invisible, government-backed market.

Nicole sheds light on who is involved in cyber warfare and what they do – including why and how the United States Goverment is one of the biggest customers of hacked information. We look at why Russia targeted cyber attacks on Ukraine before it invaded on land, and why it continues to apply cyber attacks. Nicole explains what Zero Day means and the impact of the Zero Day Market … and that segues into why cyber security is national security. We also share the single, most important thing you should do today, to protect yourself and your data.

Meet Nicole Perlroth

This Is How They Tell me The World Ends: They Cyber Weapons Arms Race is a New York Times bestseller, earned the Business Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the McKinsey and Financial Times Best Book Award. Nicole Perlroth was the lead cybersecurity, digital espionage, and sabotage reporter at The New York Times for a decade, where her work earned Nicole a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and was optioned for film and television. Nicole is a regular lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Today, she increasingly prefers life off the grid.

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Inspirational, Memoir, Non Fiction

May 15: Tom Seeman – Animals I Want to See

A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects & Defying the Odds

Animals I Want to See with author Tom Seeman

A coming of age story, Tom Seeman’s memoir shares his journey from child janitor to Ivy League success.

When you grow up with a disconnected, alcoholic father and 11 siblings, living on welfare and food stamps in the Projects of Toledo, what drives a young boy to work his way out? What’s the difference between someone who breaks away and someone who stays? What drove Tom to Yale, to Harvard. And what were some of the many challenges he faced?

Most importantly, Tom shares some of the lessons he learned along the way, the need for community and mentors. And why we must keep “wonder” and magic alive – even during our darkest days.

Meet Tom Seeman

As a businessman, Tom Seeman has owned and led several businesses. He grew up in a family of 14, on welfare and food stamps in the projects of Toledo, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale, where he rowed on the crew team, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, before going on to earn his J.D. at Harvard. Animals I Want to See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds is Tom Seeman’s debut book.

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Health & Wellness, Nature, Self-help, Spirituality

Mar 13: Live Your Soul’s Purpose with Rebecca Wildbear

Restore Balance, & Heal Your Heart, Mind, & Soul

Wild Yoga with author Rebecca Wildbear

Rebecca Wildbear helps people restore mental and emotional balance in their lives the natural way.

Nature” she says “can align us with our instincts” and help us live our soul’s purpose.

In Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration & Advocacy for the Earth Rebecca shares what she believes differentiates the soul from the spirit. We discuss the importance of stillness, of listening to trees, of sitting with the earth, of allowing. And how to “flow in the river of your heart waters”.

Meet Rebecca Wildbear

Rebecca Wildbear describers herself as an earth-centred writer and soul guide. She is the author of Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration & Advocacy for the Earth and has guided Wild Yoga programs since 2007. She worked as a yoga teacher trainer at Nosara Yoga Institute, and now guides nature and soul programs through Animas Valley Institute.

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Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues

Feb 21: Renegade MD – Dr Susan Partovi with Stories From the Streets

Dr Susan Partovi walks where many fear to tread

Renegade M.D. with author Dr. Susan Partovi

Renegade, pioneer, crusader, inspirational – just a few of the words used to describe our amazing guest today. Dr. Susan Partovi has dedicated her medical career to helping the impoverished, under-served, and homeless – people who, ordinarily, have no access to a caring doctor or medical resources.

We discuss her memoir Renegade M.D.: A Doctor’s Stories From the Streets where Dr. Susan shares stories of her own life, her career, and the people she meets on the streets. We hear why homelessness is not the black and white situation some would like us to believe, and learn why many – because of severe mental illness – aren’t capable of making rational decisions, let alone helping themselves.

With the number of Americans experiencing homelessness soaring above 680,000, Dr. Susan Partovi highlights real problems, shares real stories, and recommends real solutions to the growing problem across the country.

Meet Dr Susan Partovi

Dr. Susan Partovi is an internationally recognized expert in the field of street medicine, and a cofounder of HEAL –  a nonprofit that brings medical students and services to Haiti. Dr. Partovi is the medical director of Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles and her just released debut memoir is Renegade M.D.: A Doctor’s Stories from the Streets.

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Personal Development, Professional Development, Psychology, Self-help

Feb 14: Stay Calm, Clear, Focused Under Pressure with Dr. Dana Sinclair

Dialed In: Do Your Best When It Matters Most

Dialed In: Do Your Best When It Matter Most with author Dr. Dana Sinclair

Performance psychologist Dr. Dana Sinclair joins us with Dialed In – Do Your Best When It Matters Most, her unique brass-tacks guide to managing our emotions and performing well under pressure.

We discuss common myths and bad advice around performance, as well as helpful habits and routines, versus superstitions.

Dr. Dana also shares her views on why motivation is overrated, how to identify our own performance style, the importance of daydreaming, making a plan, and why character is better than talent.

Meet Dr. Dana Sinclair

Dr Dana Sinclair is a registered psychologist, holding doctorates from the University of Cambridge and the University of Ottawa. She’s a founder and partner of Human Performance International, a Toronto based management consultancy. A former athlete herself, she’s worked with elite athletes to help them achieve peak performance in professional hockey, baseball, basketball, and football for more than 20 years. She also works with surgeons and high-level medical and corporate organizations. Dr. Sinclair is a clinical assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

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

Jan 17: Holding On to Your Identity with Alzheimer’s Disease

Voices of Alzheimer’s Cofounder Rebecca Chopp

Activist, Author, Scholar Rebecca Chopp on Alzheimer’s Disease

Rebecca Chopp had a lot left to accomplish. As chancellor at the University of Denver, retirement was the last thing on her mind. That is until a routine check up at her doctor’s office left her stunned. How could she have Alzheimer’s disease?

Today, Rebecca shares how she coped with the devastating news. Why she kept her diagnosis private for several months. How and why she went public; why she cofounded Voices of Alzheimer’s to help empower others. And how she managed to write her upcoming book, Still Me.

Most importantly, Rebecca Chopp shares how she held on to her identity and finds ways to live well with friends and family.

About Rebecca Chopp

Rebecca Chopp, PhD, is an Alzheimer’s activist and educator. Chopp co-founded Voices of Alzheimer’s and serves as a member of the  Board of the National Alzheimer’s Association, and is a member of the board of the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a frequent speaker and writer on timely diagnosis, research for a cure, access and affordability of drugs, and lifestyle interventions for those with Alzheimer’s. Chopp’s book, Still Me, will be published in 2024. Before Chopp’s diagnosis with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s in 2019, she was a widely published author, editor, and renowned academic in the fields of education, philosophy, religion, and feminism. 

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