Jan 11: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being with Mary Beth Albright

Eat & Flourish

Food expert Mary Beth Albright draws on cutting-edge science to explain how food has the power to nourish your mind and support emotional wellness.

Eat & Flourish is not a diet book. It’s a whole system, whole living look at how nutrition, environment, psychology, biology, and even pleasure work together to help alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress.

We also discuss: The food-mood connection. How Mary Beth redefines emotional eating. The power of the gut microbiome. And what you need to know about the gut-brain connection.

About Mary Beth Albright

Mary Beth Albright started this research while she worked at the Surgeon General’s office, with Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. She’s now a correspondent and editor at The Washington Post, writing for Health/Science, Food, Travel, and Book World (as she says – the things that make life good). She’s also a public health attorney with two award-winning video series, including Secret Table and Teach Dave to Cook.  Her latest book, Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-being.

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Fiction, Writers on Writing

Dec 14: Wendy Sand Eckel with Mystery at Windswept Farm

A Rosalie Hart Mystery

A love of organic farm-to-table food, Italian cuisine, and murder and mayhem in an intimate community … what’s not to love?

Today we discuss the third novel in the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series with author Wendy Sand Eckel. She shares how a minor incident in her teens led to a background in criminology. How she approaches her writing, develops her characters, and how she chose the antagonist for Mystery at Windswept Farm. We also discuss thoughts on the important Italian practice of “Il dolce far niente”.

About Wendy Sand Eckel

With degrees in criminology and social work, followed by years of clinical practice, Wendy Sand Eckel combines her passion for words, relationships, and meaning, through her stories.The award-winning author of the Rosalie Hart Mystery Series, Wendy is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America and the International Association of Crime Writers.

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Health & Wellness, Memoir, Non Fiction, Social Issues

MAY 20: Jared Yates Sexton’s The Man They Wanted Me To Be, Lauren McDuffie’s Smoke Roots Mountain Harvest, & Jodi Helmer’s Tea Garden

Depression.  Lower life expectancy.  Misogyny.  Suicide.  These are just the worst of the societal consequences of toxic masculinity, failing both men and women.  The Man They Wanted Me to Be doubles as a memoir and cultural analysis, told from the point of view of Jared Yates Sexton, who was raised with strict expectations that are outdated in our current cultural climate.

Jared is a contributing political writer at Salon, and his political writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He has authored three collections of fiction and a crime novel, and is an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.

Next, capture the flavors and modern cooking techniques of Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains in Smoke, Roots, Mountain, Harvest.  Author Lauren McDuffie joins us to share some tales from Appalachian country and her favorite recipes, including Drunken Short Ribs and Baked Pork Chops with Cran-Apple Moonshine compote.

Lauren admits she is not a chef, but a passionate and curious lover of food, and writes the award-wining food blog Harvest and Honey.

Later, Jodi Helmer has a love of tea that developed as a young child.  While her palate and tastes have changed, her passion for tea has remained.  In Growing Your Own Tea Garden, she shares tips for turning your garden (or windowsill) into a mini tea plantation..

Jodi’s writing has appeared in publications like SierraEntrepreneur, NPR, National Geographic TravelerAARP, and more, and she has authored six books.  She lives  on a small homestead in rural North Carolina where she grows flowers and vegetables, keeps bees and raises chickens, goats and one very spoiled donkey.


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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Non Fiction

AUG 13: Michael Fenster’s Food Shaman, Sindy Warren’s Radi8, & Julia Turshen’s Now and Again

If you’ve ever claimed to have a gut feeling, you might have been more accurate than you think.  In Food Shaman: The Art of Quantum Food, author Dr. Michael Fenster shares everything you need to know about the connection between your gut and your brain.

Dr. Mike, AKA the Food Shaman, combines his culinary talents with cutting-edge medical expertise to forge an approach to food and health beyond mere nutrition.

Next, John Lennon sang that we all shine on, but sometimes it might be hard to find that inner shine.  That is where yoga teacher Sindy Warren comes in.  She will help you focus from within using the techniques in her new book Radi8: Using the Practice of Yoga to Cultivate Your Inner Shine.

As principal for Warren & Associates, Sindy conducts workplace investigations, and uses the ancient art of yoga to ward off the stresses of her daily grind.

Finally, bestselling author and food writer Julia Turshen shows you how you can use food to bring people together with seasonal recipes, and she removes the stigma of using leftovers in Now and Again.

In addition to her own bestsellers, Julia has coauthored numerous cookbooks and hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe.

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Memoir, Travel & Adventure

Sep 25: One of These Things First & Razor Clams, Buried Treasure of the PNW

From his grandparent’s bra and girdle store, to a stint in one of the most fashionable psychiatric hospitals after a suicide attempt, Steven Gaines takes us on the tragically joyous ride of a 15-year-old Jewish boy in 1960’s Brooklyn.

One of These Things First includes conversion therapy and Broadway dreams, and an array of eccentric characters he met along the way. Steven is a noted journalist, bestselling novelist and biographer, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, the New York Observer, and New York magazine, where he was a contributing editor for 12 years.

Also today, what has the power to draw thousands of people of all ages to the often blustery shores of Washington’s coastal beaches every year?

Seattle Times contributor and author David Berger shares the secrets of our regional razor clam phenomenon in Razor Clams:  Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest.  David Berger has worked as a visual arts critic for The Seattle Times, and started razor clamming when he moved to Washington.  You can see him at Third Place Books on October 5, at 7 PM.

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Conservation, Environment, Lifestyle

Nov 28: 1] The Deepest Roots 2] Adopt A Book

In The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, Kathleen Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. She learns to better understand how we once fed ourselves, acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again. Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, Kathleen shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards.

Also today, best-selling author and returning guest Katherine Neville joins us to talk about Smithsonian Libraries Adopt-A-Book Program.

Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair airs Mondays at noon Pacific or Fridays at 6AM on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. Like us on Facebook and follow Vicki on Twitter for exclusive updates and contests!

As friends began “going back to the land” at the same time that a health issue emerged, Kathleen Alcalá set out to re-examine her relationship with food at the most local level. Remembering her parents, Mexican immigrants who grew up during the Depression, and the memory of planting, growing, and harvesting fresh food with them as a child, she decided to explore the history of the Pacific Northwest island she calls home. The result was The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, written to remind the reader that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. Kathleen is the author of a collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name: On Family and Writing; three novels, including Treasures in Heaven; and a collection of short stories. She lives on Bainbridge Island.

Katherine Neville is a best-selling author and public speaker who had the honor of being the first author chosen to become a member the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, DC. As a great devotee of reading and research herself, Neville has co-created several awards and grants presented by the Smithsonian Libraries.

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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Self-help

Aug 15: 1] Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow 2] The Stress Solution ~ PODCAST

Now you can encourage children to eat more veggies and fruits in a fun, educational and positive way. Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow uses charming illustrations by 12-year old Alexander Guylay combined with real-life photography and simple rhymes by award winning nutrition educator Kathryn Kemp Guylay to create an augmented reality that immediately draws kids in.

Contemporary life has come to include working too much, sleeping too little and feeling disconnected from partners and family. Our health and relationships suffer (as does our work.) As The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience author Arthur Ciaramicoli EdD, PhD, shows, this state of affairs can be changed… while maintaining high performance success.

Enjoy Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow is not just a book; it is a multi-media resource to help parents, teachers, groups and individuals eat better and be healthier! As the founder and executive director of Nurture, author Kathryn Kemp Guylay provides free nutrition and wellness education and services to children and families. As a principal of Healthy Solutions of Sun Valley, she brings wellness solutions to organizations and corporations through speaking engagements and workshops. You can hear Kathryn’s voice on KDPI FM Ketchum when she hosts her own bi-weekly radio show on wellness topics.

Arthur Ciaramicoli EdD, PhD uses simple and realistic, yet powerful and profound techniques in he Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience to demonstrate to readers how to use empathy to perceive accurately, use cognitive behavioral therapy to correct distorted thinking, and trigger our own neurochemistry to produce calm, focused energy. Dr. Ciaramicoli is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 30 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psycho­logical Association. Currently in private practice, Dr. Ciaramicoli has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for several years, and is a lecturer for the American Cancer Society among several other notable positions for various medical centers in Massachusetts.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Development, Self-help

Jul 25: 1] The Truth About Detoxing 2] Rethinking Narcissism

We live in the presence of over 80,000 chemicals in the U.S. today. Medical literature links our growing exposure to these substances with an increase in chronic disease, from ADD to cancer to infertility to fibromyalgia. Health expert and author Dr. Deanna Minich says you have to detox correctly for it to be effective. Her new book Whole Detox features the detox system she pioneered and debunks the many myths involved in detoxing, such as popular juice fasts, which deprive liver enzymes of necessary proteins.

Dr. Craig Malkin returns to Conversations Live to expound on his book Rethinking Narcissim: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists. Most people think of narcissists as boastful, manipulative, arrogant, and quite easy to spot. Today we’ll take a look at how to detect narcissism in those who are more subtle and hide it much better.

Enjoy Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair every Monday at noon Pacific on KKNW 1150AM or 94.9FM HD. For exclusive updates throughout the rest of the week, like us on Facebook, and follow Vicki St. Clair on Twitter!

The best medicine is to look at our health as a whole – getting rid of all toxins, including those in body, mind, and spirit. Health expert and author Dr. Deanna Minich says you have to detox correctly for it to be effective. She has pioneered a detox system that focuses on physical toxins, together with the emotional aspects, using different mind-body techniques such as deep belly breathing and engaging in creative activities that free locked-up feelings. In Whole Detox, Dr. Minich also debunks the many myths involved in detoxing, such as popular juice fasts, which deprive liver enzymes of necessary proteins. Dr. Minich is a wellness and lifestyle medicine expert who has mastered the art of integrating ancient healing traditions with modern science. Her unique “whole self” approach to nutrition looks at physiology, psychology, eating, and living within what she calls the “7 Systems of Health.”

“What is narcissism?” is one of the fastest rising searches on Google, and articles on the topic routinely go viral. Yet, the word “narcissist” seems to mean something different every time it’s uttered. People hurl the word as insult at anyone who offends them. In Rethinking Narcissim: The Secret to Recognizing and Coping with Narcissists, Dr. Craig Malkin shows that there’s far more to narcissism than what is seen on the surface. Dr. Malkin deconstructs healthy from unhealthy narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves. Dr. Malkin is Lecturer in Psychology for Harvard Medical School and licensed psychologist with over two decades of experience in helping couples, individuals, and families. His research on the role of relationships in psychological growth has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post.

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