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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Journalist Deepak Singh joins host Janeane Bernstein May 22 at 9:45am pst to talk about his book How May I Help You?: An Immigrants Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage

Thanks to Deepak Singh for calling in today. 
If you missed Deepak, listen here!

How May I Help You?: An Immigrants Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage (UC Press, March) is journalist Deepak Singh's chronicle of moving from India to small-town America, highly educated and yet unable to secure anything but a low-paying job in an electronics store. This is the story of downward mobility experienced by so many immigrants, told with candor, humility, and humanity and through the unique lens of an initially credulous outsider who is “fresh off the plane.” It is also a story of assimilation, as Singh learns to navigate the nuances of language and cultural norms, address his own identity issues, and appreciate the struggle of his retail coworkers as they encounter myriad challenges to their pursuit of the American Dream.



CINDY ALEXANDER AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER Joins RoadNation for U.S. Tour – “Play it Forward” Campaign to Raise Money for Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Host Janeane Bernstein chats with Cindy Monday May 22 at 9:15am pst on KUCI 88.9fm!


If you missed Cindy on today's show, listen here!


Joins RoadNation for U.S. Tour – “Play it Forward” Campaign to 

Raise Money for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

LOS ANGELES (April x, 2017) – Award-winning singer-songwriter, CINDY ALEXANDER, has partnered with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (#Play4Kay) and RoadNation to “Play it Forward” this summer as she tours across the U.S. for her latest album, Deep Waters. In a unique and self-less manner, altogether outside the industry’s oft-alleged ego-centric persona, the proceeds from CINDY’s tour will go to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which has already allocated over $5.2 million to cancer research.

CINDY will kick off her “Play it Forward” tour on May 18th at La Mexicana in Gaithersburg, MD, ending this summer with a performance at the charity’s Gala Event on September 3rd in Raleigh, NC. As a Breast Cancer survivor, this is a charity very close to CINDY’s heart. “I was given a gift: Music. And I want to Play it Forward - play to connect, to inspire, to heal, and to cure. This summer I will be 3 years cancer-free. Through my work as an advocate for breast cancer awareness, I came across the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which has already donated more than 5.38 million dollars to research, and towards trials that are desperately needed for those living with metastatic disease. And they do this with only 7 employees, many of which I met last month in Raleigh. The proceeds of my tour this year go directly to their cause, which is my cause and my passion: ending cancer.”

Cindy chose to use the new RoadNation platform to let her fans chart the course of her “Adventure with a Cause.” RoadNation allows artists to empower fans to decide where an artist will play by bidding on a city. Fans also have the opportunity to be a “Roadie” or “VIP,” with access to behind-the-scenes features along with many other perks. By purchasing Road Nation’s VIP/Roadie experiences, exclusive tour merch, and access to the platform’s exclusive music and videos, fans are helping to fund the costs of her travel.

As a survivor of Breast Cancer, CINDY, an avid supporter of early detection as an Ambassador to BreastCancer.org, has solidified her fearless storytelling style, tackling the most intimate subjects in song. And Deep Waters is just a step on that powerful journey. As a performer, CINDY has won several prestigious awards including David Foster's/NBC Star Tomorrow, L.A. Music Awards Songwriter of the Year/ Independent Pop Album of the Year, All Access Magazine's Best Female Pop Vocalist, Just Plain Folks Song of the Year/Female Artist of the Year, L.A. Music Critic's Best Female CD ('12 & '14), Comeback Artist (after winning her fight against breast cancer ’14) and most recently Pop/Rock Artist of the Year (’16).

CINDY ALEXANDER released Deep Waters, her 8th studio album, through Blue √Član Records last July. Deep Waters explores love in all of its forms— the passionate, sexual, the sacred and the maternal, even love that’s remorseful and misguided. The title track, about abandoning oneself completely to another, was the first song she wrote with acclaimed artist, writer and producer Colin Devlin, solo artist and half of the leading Irish duo, The Devlins. Blue √Član producers immediately recognized the duo’s creative chemistry and asked for a full album. CINDY ultimately wrote or co-wrote eight of the album’s 10 tracks (Deep Waters’ lone cover is a remake of Jann Arden’s “Good Mother”). Guitar World calls Deep Waters “an insightful collection that exposes Alexander as a fearlessly skilled songwriter, singer and artist in every sense of the word.”

In her career, CINDY has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Bacon Brothers, America, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborn, Rick Springfield, Beth Hart, Everclear, The Bangles, Edwin McCain, Marc Cohn, Howard Jones, Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, Lisa Loeb, etc. She has performed on compilation cd's alongside Sarah McLachlan (Chilled Sirens- Water Music Records), Aimee Mann (Eclectic Cafe - Water Music Records) and Norah Jones (Sunday Brunch - Treadstone Records). CINDY also appeared on the soundtrack of Sugar & Spice (Trauma Records) and her music has been featured in films (Here on Earth, Smokers, Sugar & Spice, Dorm Daze II, People I've Slept With, My Trip Back to the Dark Side etc.) and TV (Party of 5, Chasing Farrah, So You Think You Can Dance, VH1/MTV).

Watch the new video, Deep Waters

For more information on Cindy Alexander Road Nation Campaign

For more information on Play4Kay, visit: https://kayyow.com/

CINDY ALEXANDER “Play it Forward” tour kicks off :

Wednesday 5/17 - Private VIP and Roadie Pot Luck & Meet & Greet

Thursday 5/18 - La Mexicana, Gaithersburg, MD - Dinner and Benefit Show for Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Doors at 6pm, Showtime 7:30 For tickets and info. email fitzgeraldrona@gmail.com

Watch “Deep Waters” Here

To Follow Cindy Alexander

Facebook: cindyalexander.music

Twitter: @pnutsings - #Play4Kay

Instagram: @pnutsings



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On May 22 at 9:00am pst, Janeane chats with Writer/Director Christina Eliopoulos and lead actor Joe Cortese, about TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT

24 minutes
Written and Directed by Christina Eliopoulos

If you missed today's show listen here!

Yianni is the celebrated star and host of TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT, the talk show that plays in his own beautiful but fractured mind. On one fateful day, Yianni who suffers from dementia, wanders out of his house and comes to the aid of a lonely and lost little boy. 

— longer synopsis
Yianni (Joe Cortese) is an older gentleman whose memory, grasp of rationality and health is failing. He has dementia. He drifts in and out of a drab, sometimes humdrum world. Yet in the realm inside his mind, Yianni is the host of a gloriously colorful, fun and whimsical Talk Show featuring his witty sidekick Announcer (Stephen Badalamenti) and other “special guest stars” from his life and old workplace — his little diner — including Lanetta (Tara Murtha) and Charlie the Egg Man (Mark Gindick). Yianni is powerful, persuasive, handsome and truly admired. He is the consummate host and thus the center of attention and affection.
On this particular day, unbeknownst to his beloved wife, Plousia (Janis Dardaris), Yianni has slipped out of the house, in search of a special someone. Yianni is roaming the streets when his reverie is interrupted by a lost and lonely little boy, who Yianni calls “Boss” (Azhy Robertson). Boss, who is a little bit of an odd duck, has wandered o from his school’s aftercare program and discovers Yianni meandering about downtown. Boss recognizes Yianni as the kindly man who lives down the street from him and believes that Yianni can help him find his way home — aer, of course, they make some time to play.

Yianni and Boss head out on their odyssey, a short-ways-down-the-road trip. From moment to moment,  they switch roles. e adult is the child and the child tries to convince himself that he can act like an adult. There are times when Yianni’s sense of reality evaporates, and he returns momentarily to the Talk Show in his mind. Boss simply accepts that his new friend is not himself for a few minutes. In the waning hours of the day,
Boss grows anxious. He and Yianni are nowhere near home, and Boss fears that his Mother (Katherine Sigis-mund) will be worried about him. Somehow Yianni reaches into his fractured memory and he remembers that special place where everyone knows him — a place where he and Boss can go for help. Once reunited with family and friends, Yianni’s memory is stirred, and he recalls a heartbreaking event in his past. Boss, whose real name is Jackson, comes to
understand why Yianni has been calling him Boss, and responds with love and affection, offering Yianni the gift of friendship.

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT to World Premiere at
Dances With Films Festival

Acclaimed actor Joe Cortese
delivers a tour de force performance as Yianni,
the host of a talk show that plays in his own beautiful but fractured mind

Los Angeles, May 10th...Inspired by a daughter’s love and true-to-life events, TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT, a narrative short film about the power of love over dementia, will have its world premiere at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles at the Chinese 6 Theater on Saturday, June 3rd at 5PM.

In the film, veteran actor Joe Cortese portrays Yianni, who hosts a talk show that plays in own mind. On one fateful day, Yianni, a humble diner owner who suffers from dementia, wanders out of his house, and befriends a lonely and lost little boy. The narrative short film, written and directed by Christina Eliopoulos, was inspired by her father’s life.

“I loved that the subject matter was so personal,” says Cortese, who has played his share of tough guys, romantic heroes and “bad cops and good cops” over his 40-year career. “The director entrusted me to play her father. A man she loved very much who was stricken with this disease. I felt I knew this man. He seemed like my own father, a hard-working son of immigrants, who put his family first and made his own success. And then once I read the script, I was all in. This issue is so prevalent and so central to our society. I felt an obligation to bring this character to life. And for me, it is the most inspiring and challenging role I have ever done.”

Cortese leads a stellar ensemble cast that includes talented newcomer, 7-year-old Azhy Robertson, co-stars Stephen Badalamenti and Tara Murtha both of New Jersey, the celebrated actress Janis Dardaris in the role of Plousia, Yianni’s beloved wife, and award-winning performers Mark Gindick and Katherine Sigismund in supporting roles. The film was shot on the Jersey Shore, in the boardwalk community of Asbury Park, NJ, Eliopoulos’ hometown.

In the film, the television screen becomes a metaphor for a “window into the mind,” says director Eliopoulos. “The past and present, the real and the imagined, the rational mind and the troubled mind, stardom and fandom are co-mingled,” she adds. “We all tell ourselves stories and create little myths to soothe our troubled conscience. The Yianni character looks for solace in a bright and happy world inside his mind. In his imagined world, he is virile and powerful. He is a star.”

In preparing for the role, Cortese found himself reflecting on how television often becomes “a best friend, the only friend sometimes” for the elderly and homebound. “I grew up watching Johnny Carson. And the TV, the talk show, became Yianni’s way of relating to the world and to his life. And it’s so sad, to think of Yianni in a dark room, with just the clicker and the TV. He doesn’t recognize his family, so that’s all he’s got left.

The story evolves beyond that sadness and offers up a life-affirming message. Yianni finds someone, this little lost boy, and they learn what they have in common and they relate to each other. He is finally able to offer help, to offer safety, to express love. And that’s the miracle of the story and the miracle of life, the power of love.”

The film, lyrical in its storytelling, visual metaphors, cinematography and pacing, was lensed by cinematographer Russell Swanson, with New Jersey producer Elizabeth Kinder, serving as Executive Producer. Christina Eliopoulos is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose previous work includes the documentary features “Greetings from Asbury Park” and “Demon on Wheels.”

For Cortese, the film became a “special homecoming“ of sorts. “My first lead in a movie was in 1976 and filmed here in New Jersey That film was the cult classic “The Death Collector (Family Enforcer). Here I am 40 years later, in another leading role. My body might have been in Los Angeles, but Jersey is my home and my first love.”

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT will be shown on Saturday, June 3, 5PM, at the Chinese 6 Theater. The theater is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA, 90028. Tickets can be purchased online at https://danceswithfilms.com.

My father’s life was the inspiration for this film. And my beloved hometown — the little city by the sea that he emigrated to as a young man — became our setting. But our story is universal. One in four families have a loved one who suffers from dementia or age-related memory disorders.
I am profoundly interested how in times of sorrow or distress, each of us retreats to the consolation of
memory. But what happens when that safe and comforting place — the reservoir of all our learning, our frame of reference, the evidence of the evolution and maturation of our identity and personality — is no longer available to us? Or if we discover that memory is unreliable.
As his condition worsened, my father retreated more and more into the confines of his mind, and especially the television. He would applaud each TV star and then somehow make himself part of the program.

He was always the host andstar of the show, just like he was the host and star of his business — his
little diner. In a way, like many senior citizens, the television became his vital connection to the world. In this film, like in my previous work, I cannot hide my love for lonely people; those who feel like they are on the fringes, or the child who knows that he’s a bit of an odd duck, or those people who feel they are forgotten. Memory, whether it is a safe haven or a cruel joke, is a vibrant and rich “story-scape.” I believe my film offers a window into how society relates to elders and older loved ones, especially those with cognitive impairment. 

For many of our elders, despite their illness, a rich, emotional intelligence and a deep reserve of love remains intact. They desire to feel useful, productive and respected. They seek connection and friendship. This film celebrates our loved ones in all their beautiful complexity — their identity, dignity and past experiences, as well as any newly discovered reflections, eccentricities or expressions of themselves. Even if memory sometimes fails them, they recognize the value, goodness, and grace of everyone in their lives. They remember love. And all of us can take inspiration from that.  — Christina Eliopoulos, Director


Joe is an accomplished veteran. His early stage work led to his first leading film role in the highly acclaimed cult classic, The Death Collector with Joe Pesci which eventually lead him to Hollywood where over the last 30 years he has established himself as an actor/writer and has
starred in roles such Windows with Talia Shire, Monsignor with Christopher Reeve, American History X with Edward Norton, and Against the Ropes with Meg Ryan and Kerry Washington. Joe has also done eclectic and amazing work on numerous TV shows and movies.

Joe has received accolades for his numerous top-rated television projects including The C.A.T. Squad, a trilogy of two-hour movies for NBC and producer/director William Friedkin. The highly rated mini-series Something’s Out There for NBC, Exclusive with Suzanne Somers
(ABC), Assault and Matrimony (NBC), Just Life with Victoria Principal (ABC), Letting’ Go with John Ritter (ABC), Born to Run (FOX), Sidney Sheldon’s mini-series If Tomorrow Comes (CBS) and Jackie Collins’ Lady Boss (NBC).

In 2017, he had starring roles in several independent films include Doobious Sources and The Bronx
Bull. He did Abel Ferrara’s Go Go Tales with Willem De Foe and Bob Hoskins, which had its World
Premiere at The Cannes Film Festival’ and later that year it had its American Premiere at the New
York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Joe won the Best Actor award for at The New York Hip Hop film festival for his starring role in the comedy, Shut Up and Shoot, and also starred in You Got Nothin, for director Phillip Angelotti. Other outstanding performances include starring roles in Malevolence portraying a character based on James Earl Ray. Lucky Town with James Caan and Kirsten Dunst, The Shipment with Matthew Modine and Elizabeth Berkley, and Ruby with Danny Aiello. He also received kudos for his role as Johnny Roselli in HBO’s critically acclaimed movie, The Rat Pack. Joe also starred in the PBS Vision series special He Wants Her Back, written and directed by Stanton Kaye. His other recent TV appearances were with Danny Devito in Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Joe is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

You can meet Tommy Caldwell, legendary rock climber who was first to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan, Tuesday May 23 in Santa Monica, CA - 7:30pm, Patagonia Santa Monica, 1344 4th St.

Coming up on "Get the Funk Out!" - KUCI 88.9fm

Tommy Caldwell

Stayed tuned for details! But you can meet him
May 23 in Santa Monica!

Legendary rock climber who was first to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite’s El Capitan shares his inspiring story

On January 14, 2015, legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history -- Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall. The New York Times describes the infamous 3,000-foot slab of granite as “smooth as alabaster, as steep as a bedroom wall, more than half a mile tall.” After an arduous nineteen-day ascent, Caldwell and Jorgeson were the first to summit it without the assistance of ropes, other than to catch their falls. Caldwell’s odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. In his new memoir THE PUSH, he shares his remarkable story.

Caldwell will discuss:

  • Growing up with a fanatical mountain-guide father who was determined to instill toughness in his son
  • His affinity for adventure that led him to the vertigo-inducing and little understood world of big wall free climbing
  • Challenges along the way, including being held hostage in his early twenties by militants in a harrowing ordeal in Kyrgyzstan; losing an index finger in an accident; and his breakup with his wife and main climbing partner
  • His decision to climb the Dawn Wall, an epic assault that took more than seven years (during which, he redefined the sport, found love again, and became a father)
  • Becoming an overnight celebrity as major media outlets worldwide tracked his story.

THE PUSH is an arresting account of navigating challenges, testing limits, and following your passion—and a powerful reminder of the extraordinary potential we all hold within us.


Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter.

JORGE CHAM & DANIEL WHITESON, authors of WE HAVE NO IDEA: A Guide to the Unknown Universe join host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm Monday May 22 at 9:30am PST!

Prepare to learn everything we still don’t know about our strange, mostly mysterious universe.

PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson team up to explain everything we DON'T know about the universe, from cosmic rays and dark matter to time travel and the Big Bang. Filled with their popular infographics, cartoons, and clear and entertaining explanations, this book is perfect for anyone who's curious about science and all the big questions we still haven't answered.

Their PHD TV videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube and aired on PBS.

Watch the book trailer!

If you missed Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson on today's show, listen here!


Authors of WE HAVE NO IDEA:

A Guide to the Unknown Universe

joined host Janeane Bernstein

In WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE (Riverhead Books), Cham and Whiteson explore why a vast portion of our universe is still a mystery, and what a lot of smart people are doing to understand it. Along the way, and with over 400 incredible, original illustrations, they illuminate everything from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. WE HAVE NO IDEA invites us to see the universe as an exciting expanse of mostly uncharted territory that’s still ours to explore.

Pop Quiz About the Universe – see how much you do(n’t) know about the universe!

1. What is the smallest unit of matter (a.k.a. “stuff”?)

2. How will the universe end?

3. What happened before the Big Bang?

4. How big is the universe? And does it go on forever or does it loop around on itself?

5. What is time?

6. How many dimensions are there?

7. Why can’t we travel faster than light?

8. What is the universe made of? And what is dark matter?

9. Are we alone in the universe?



Jorge Cham is the creator of the popular online comic Piled Higher and Deeper, popularly known as PHD Comics, and earned his PhD in robotics at Stanford.

Twitter: @PHDcomics|Facebook: PHDcomics |Youtube: PHDComics

Daniel Whiteson is a professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Twitter: @DanielWhiteson

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nick Middleton, author of Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist, joins me Monday at 9:45am pst May 15!

If you missed Nick Middleton calling in from Oxford today,
listen here!

Nick Middleton, author of ATLAS OF COUNTRIES THAT DON'T EXIST calls in 5/15@9:45AM PT to chat with host Janeane Bernstein.

What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.

Vanity Fair contributing editor, and former deputy editor at Town & Country and Marie Claire, Michael Callahan, joined host Janeane Bernstein Monday May 15 at 9:30am pst to talk about his latest book, The Night She Won Miss America.

If you missed Michael Callahan on today's show,
listen here!

THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA by Vanity Fair contributing editor, and former deputy editor at Town & Country and Marie Claire, Michael Callahan. The book grew out of an article Michael wrote about the real-life Betty Cooper who vanished after winning the title of Miss America. 

Inspired by a true story, a young woman is swept up in the glamour and excitement of chasing the title of Miss America 1950—only to vanish the night she wins.

Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges' choice. Just like that, she's catapulted into the big time, the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff's love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything-and expose Griff's darkest secret.