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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5/18/18 - Priya Parker, Founder of Thrive Labs, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm discusses the Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters - A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together--at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.

5/17/18 Great conversation with @priyaparker calling into our @kuciFM studios! Author, THE ART OF GATHERING: HOW WE MEET & WHY IT MATTERS from @RiverheadBooks #TheArtofGathering • founder http://ThriveLabs.co • 15Toasts • Mrs. @AnandWrites

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We gather every day – at home, work, school, in our communities – and yet we spend very little time thinking about why and how we come together. We focus on logistics, but not the meaning and power behind the details. We make guest lists without first committing to a purpose that would make our meetings matter. We say our time is precious, yet we spend our days in gatherings that fail to captivate us. Why should we care? Because how we come together defines how we connect to each other as friends, colleagues, neighbors, and citizens. Gatherings shape how we understand, make sense of, and act in the world.

Priya Parker, founder of Thrive Labs, has worked across the globe to help individuals and organizations create transformative gatherings. In her book, THE ART OF GATHERING: How We Meet and Why It Matters, she draws on her expertise and takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn't, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings--conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp--and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

Priya Parker discusses:

· How gatherings in our lives are traditionally lackluster and unproductive

· How we rely too much on routine and the conventions of gathering…when we should be focusing on distinctiveness and the people involved

· Why gatherings affect business deals (like Lucent-Alcatel), create worldwide phenomenon (like Diner en Blanc), and can dramatically alter the outcome of meetings (like the New York Times Page One gathering).

· Her work at Thrive Labs -- which helps activists, elected officials, corporate execs, educators and philanthropists create transformative gatherings – and how we can apply these same principles in our own lives.

THE ART OF GATHERING opens up our thinking about gatherings to all the questions we haven’t thought to ask: questions that are essential for us to come together to affect change and create lasting connections, and to make our gatherings more enjoyable, remarkable, and worthy of our time. It will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue--and how you host and attend them.

About the Author:

Priya Parker is the founder of Thrive Labs, at which she helps activists, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and philanthropists create transformative gatherings. Trained in the field of conflict resolution, Parker has worked on race relations on American college campuses and on peace processes in the Arab world, southern Africa, and India. She studied organizational design at M.I.T., public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and political and social thought at the University of Virginia. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

5/14/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Jenny Milchman, a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner and the recipient of two Indie Picks, and the founder and organizer of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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Jenny Milchman is a Mary Higgins Clark Award winner as well as the recipient of two Indie Picks, and the founder and organizer of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states.

Her new book Wicked River launches May 1 from Sourcebooks and is a "thinking woman's thriller." In the book, a honeymooning couple canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks finds more than marital bliss.... rather, obsession, murder, and a race against time keep thrills (and chills) on readers' minds!

She will discuss:

>Her own camping snafus and honeymoon averted crisis (spoiler alert, she went to Paris instead)

>Being on the "longest book tour" in the country

>Touring with her husband and two kiddos

>Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day

>Writing romance in a thriller setting

>Working with International Thriller Writers in a leadership position

>Changing publishers and her own path to publishing story

The incredible NYT bestselling Lee Child has raved about Jenny's work from the beginning, saying of her first book, “everything a great suspense novel should be,” and of her second, “Milchman writes very human, but very uncompromising stories which appeal to both poles of the genre successfully and simultaneously...she has a lot of talent. It’s a complete mystery to me why she’s not already huge.” Now of this new book, “Milchman is the Swiss Army knife of thriller writers. A Venn diagram of potential readers would start from all corners of the genre - Harlan Coben’s fans, C J Box’s. Stephen King’s (in certain modes), as well as many resourceful-women-in-trouble writers.”

Newlyweds planning their dream honeymoon think of going on a romantic getaway or an island retreat —certainly not backpacking six million acres of Adirondack forest.

In Jenny Milchman’s atmospheric psychological thriller, WICKED RIVER (May 1, 2018; ISBN: 9781492658993), two newlyweds embark on a backcountry honeymoon in the wild Adirondack Mountains. What begins as an idyllic journey soon turns into a deadly obstacle course forcing them to hike through the vast
wilderness. Without a map or supplies, their chances of survival are grim, but their true danger comes from someone determined to make sure that the newlyweds never leave the forest again. 

As they face the worst the wilderness has to offer, secrets surface, and the newlyweds begin to discover the worst inside themselves.

From the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award, WICKED RIVER is a taut tale of survival, human nature, and the lengths a couple will go to stay alive.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5/9 9:30am pst - filmmaker Dominic Gill and writer/producer Nadia Gill joined me to talk about their inspiring, emotional film Coming to my Senses, featuring Aaron Baker.

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with Dominic Gill and writer/producer Nadia Gill!

In 1999 Aaron Baker broke his neck in a motocross accident, leaving him completely paralyzed from the neck down. Despite doctor's grim prognosis, over the next 16 years Aaron decided not to listen to those who said 'he had a million-to-one odds of ever feeding himself again' and instead, through painstaking effort, endeavored to regain as much mobility as possible. This journey through the unknown took him from the depths of depression to the joys of cross country road tripping via tandem bicycle with his mother and friends, and finally, culminating in his opening a socially conscious low-cost gym focused on increasing mobility for the disabled.

Now, in COMING TO MY SENSES, we watch as Aaron takes one final journey which symbolizes his recovery: crossing a 20-mile tract of Death Valley unsupported on foot. But will he make it?

COMING TO MY SENSES will be available on EST platforms May 15, with VOD on May 22 . The feature length documentary won the Audience award at the Austin Film Festival and Best Documentary at Red Rock Film Festival, has played at the Miami Film Festival, Mammoth Film Festival, and will screen at the Newport Beach Film Festival later this month. Directed by Dominic Gill and produced by Nadia Gill, editing is by Dominic Gill and Nick Andert. Julian Cautherley executive produces and original music is by Cody Westheimer. COMING TO MY SENSES is distributed by The Orchard.

For more information on the film visit http://www.tomysenses.com/

TODAY (5/9/18) calling in to our KUCI 88.9fm studios, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for young people, Wendy Mass!

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with New York Times bestselling author
Wendy Mass!

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for young people (which have been translated into 22 languages and nominated for 77 state book awards), including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a Star, 11 Birthdays, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, and Finally, The Candymakers , and 13 Gifts.

Her latest books are The Last Present, Pi in the Sky, and a new early reader series called Space Taxi. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled “Mr. Monk Goes to the Theatre,” which aired during the show’s second season. She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they’re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. She lives with her family in New Jersey. (the picture is Wendy at three years old—–gotta love the feety pajamas!)

TODAY (5/9/18) Kalpana Kotagal, a Partner in Cohen Milstein, and the University of California, Irvine School of Law 2018 Commencement Speaker, called in to our KUCI 88.9fm studios!

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with Kalpana Kotagal!

Practice Areas
Civil Rights & Employment

District of Columbia • New York

University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 2005 • Stanford University, B.S., with Honors, 1999

Clerkships & Fellowships
Law Clerk, the Hon. Betty Binns Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005-2006
About Kalpana Kotagal

Kalpana Kotagal is a Partner in Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice and Chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is also the co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," referenced by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand in her 2018 Best Actress acceptance speech.

Ms. Kotagal focuses almost exclusively on employment class actions involving allegations of discrimination. Currently, she represents a class of female sales employees in a Title VII and Equal Pay Act case against one of the nation's largest jewelry chains in Jock, et al. v Sterling Jewelers Inc. Her clients have alleged a pattern of sex discrimination in compensation and promotions.

Ms. Kotagal also played an instrumental role in representing Wal-Mart employees in the landmark Supreme Court case Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a case establishing new rules governing class certification. Ms. Kotagal earned her B.S. from Stanford University, with honors, and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a James Wilson Fellow. Ms. Kotagal was Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Ms. Kotagal served as a law clerk to the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. 

A noted public speaker, Ms. Kotagal recently addressed the 2018 Democratic Attorneys General Spring Policy Conference and the National Women’s Law Center’s Spring Reception in Washington, D.C. In June she will be speaking at the American Constitution Society’s 2018 National Convention, and the 2018 National Employment Lawyers Association Annual Convention. 

Ms. Kotagal is honored to be invited to by the University of California, Irvine School of Law to be its Commencement Speaker for the 2018 Commencement.

Monday, May 7, 2018

About Dean L. Song Richardson -- LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm!

L. Song Richardson
Dean and Professor of Law

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Dean L. Song Richardson!

Joint Appointment in Criminology, Law & Society
Faculty Advisory Board, Center on Law, Equality and Race
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy


Criminal procedure, criminal law, law and social science


Succeeding Founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, L. Song Richardson became dean of UCI Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018. She previously served as interim dean. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dean Richardson’s interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Southern California, and Minnesota, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

Dean Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, she was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. She has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including “48 Hours.”

Dean Richardson is the 2011 Recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member’s extraordinary contribution to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. She frequently presents her work at academic symposia as well as at non-academic legal conferences. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Current Courses:

Statutory Analysis

Prior Courses:

Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Law and Social Science, Criminal Law, Race and the Criminal Justice System, Prosecutorial Ethics, Statutory Analysis, Fact Investigation, Constitutional Policing


Looking forward to speaking with Dean L. Song Richardson Tuesday from our @kuciFM studios. Our conversation will be uploaded and shared before noon! Details coming soon...@UCILaw @UCIrvine

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 21, 2017 — Distinguished legal scholar and teacher L. Song Richardson is the next dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018, becoming the only woman of color to serve in this role among U.S. News & World Report’s top 30 law schools.

“Song Richardson is a brilliant scholar and inspirational leader, and we are excited that she will become the second dean of UCI Law,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. “She is the perfect person to work with our great faculty, students, staff and community partners to accelerate the law school’s ascendancy as one of the country’s most important and influential institutions of legal education.”

UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia said that Richardson was selected after a nationwide search following the departure of founding dean Erwin Chemerinsky in May.

“We’re proud and pleased to find the ideal candidate within our campus,” Lavernia said. “The law school is lucky to be able to draw on the energy, brilliance and leadership of Dean Richardson, especially during this time of change in the nation and in legal education. I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Professor Bryant Garth, for their thoughtful work in helping us select such an exemplary new dean.”

Gary Singer, senior vice president and general counsel of RSI Holding and a UCI Foundation trustee, said that “Song Richardson is the perfect person to take UCI Law into its new era. The greater community will benefit from her expertise and dedication to public service – which is at the very core of UCI Law’s mission – and her inspirational leadership will continue to inspire future generations of attorneys.”

The UCI School of Law is the first public law school in California in nearly 50 years, opening its doors to the initial class in fall 2009. In the short time since then, it has become one of the top law schools in the country, ranked No. 28 overall by U.S. News & World Report, 10th among public universities. UCI Law faculty members are accomplished thought leaders from around the country with a broad range of expertise. Committed to public service, students served more than 60,000 hours of clinic, pro bono and externship work in the past academic year, and upon graduation, they are in demand for large, medium and small law firm employment and public interest legal positions locally and nationally.

“UCI Law is extraordinary,” Richardson said. “It’s rare to find an elite law school with a world-class faculty that excels at both teaching and scholarship, a creative and multidisciplinary approach to legal education, and a commitment to creating and disseminating knowledge that improves lives and communities around the world. I am passionate about redefining, reinventing and reimagining the future of legal education with the faculty, students and dedicated supporters of UCI Law.”

About Dean L. Song Richardson

Richardson has been an esteemed member of UCI’s law school faculty since 2014 and was senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2016 to 2017 and interim dean from July to December this year. She earned a J.D. at Yale Law School and an A.B. in psychology at Harvard University. With a joint appointment in criminology, law & society, Richardson teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and law and social science. She serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Center on Law, Equality and Race and is also a faculty affiliate in the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

A member of the American Law Institute, Richardson is the 2011 recipient of the Association of American Law Schools’ Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education, the legal system or social justice through mentoring, teaching or scholarship. Her article “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “must read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Richardson has published extensively. Her co-edited book The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. She also frequently presents her work at academic symposia and nonacademic legal conferences and is invited to speak across the country for judges, prosecutors, public defenders, police officers and private industry.

As a researcher, Richardson uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, USC and the University of Minnesota, among others.

Richardson brings an outstanding career to the deanship. She previously held law professorships at DePaul University, American University and the University of Iowa. In addition, she was a partner at a boutique criminal law firm, worked as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, and served as an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Immediately upon graduation from law school, Richardson was a Skadden Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit in Brooklyn, New York. She also won first place in nine major piano competitions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
About the University of California, Irvine:
Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

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