Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ben Collins, Championship Winning Le Mans Racecar Driver, Bestselling Author, TV Presenter, World Record Breaker and Hollywood Stunt Driver, Monday May 30th 9am pst!

If you missed Ben Collins on today's show,
listen to our conversation 

Better known as The Stig from BBC’s internationally acclaimed Top Gear TV Show. Ben coached hundreds of celebrities from Tom Cruise to Lionel Ritchie around the race-track, organised high voltage car chases and tested hundreds of priceless cars to the brink. Ben holds many credits: As a Championship Winning Le Mans Racecar Driver, Bestselling Author, TV Presenter, World Record Breaker and Hollywood Stunt Driver.
As the Stig, Ben Collins was the benchmark of speed against which all other drivers set themselves, and the man that everyone from Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to Jenson Button tried and failed to beat. He has raced successfully in almost every class imaginable, from Formula 3 and Le Mans 24 Hour competition to American Stock Car Racing. Jackie Stewart watching a young Ben winning a Formula 3 race, was blown away, “When you see the likes of Ben Collins in Formula One, remember you saw them here first.” It was, however, the moment Ben disguised himself in white suit and helmet, that he became instantly recognizable.

Each day millions of Americans engage in a very dangerous undertaking: driving. Yet, with most drivers only receiving basic training during their teen years, many could use a refresher course. And who better to lead that training than Ben Collins, former Top Gear Stig, race car driver, and the man that makes James Bond look good behind the wheel?
In How to Drive, Collins has created the ultimate guide to being the best—and safest—driver possible. It’s an absolute must for anyone with a learner’s permit and a valuable reference for those who want to be better at something they do every day. (Funny sidenote: He says women are easiest to train as they are open minded, while lots of the men feel they already know how to drive and aren't as open to learning.)
Starting with basics like pre-drive checks, braking steering and gear shifting fundamentals, to more advanced skills such as controlling skids, driving in wet or snowy conditions, avoiding accidents, and tips on how to deftly deal with worst-case scenario situations, the advice and facts in the book are culled from Collin’s twenty-year experience as one of the best drivers in the world.
  1. How “smooth driving” can save the planet...and you money
  2. Common shifting, braking, passing and merging mistakes, and how to avoid them
  3. How highway and freeway driving differs from around town
  4. The truth about following distance, blind spots, and distracted driving
  5. Essentials to keep in your car every day and during extreme weather conditions
  6. How to deal with tire blow-outs, a stuck throttle, brake failure, overheating, a railway crossing breakdown, and how to escape a sinking car
  7. Hot tips on how to improve your skills, reflexes and technique to become a better, safer driver
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Michelle Gable, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, A PARIS APARTMENT and I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, joined me Monday at 9:00am pst

Michelle Gable is the author of the national and international bestseller A Paris Apartment. She works in finance, writes in fiction, and is also a sports-obsessed maniac (Go Chargers! Go Aztecs!), Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident, barre class fiend, tennis player, and card-carrying member of the Chickasaw Nation. Authorial aspirations in mind, she attended The College of William & Mary (Tribe Pride!) and majored in...accounting. To learn more, visit

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

I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable winds together the lives of three
women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak

A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is the bestselling novel inspired by
the fascinating real life discovery of a Parisian apartment shuttered for 70 years.

A Note from Michelle Gable...

I came across Gladys Deacon when researching my debut novel, A Paris Apartment, which was based on the real-life discovery of an abandoned apartment in Paris. Inside, amongst hundreds of other magnificent relics, was a previously unknown Giovanni Boldini portrait, which eventually sold for over €2 million at auction.

While digging into Boldini’s life, I studied every luminary he brought to canvas. Amidst renderings of such notables as Sarah Bernhardt, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Edgar Degas, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, one woman outshone them all, her background every bit as colorful as the painting itself. This woman was Gladys Deacon, the Duchess of Marlborough.

Born to a wealthy Newport family, the Dazzling Miss Deacon considered herself continental through-and-through. Though privileged, no one would accuse her of being sheltered. By age 12, Deacon found herself in the middle of a worldwide murder scandal. At 14, she declared her love for the Duke of Marlborough, her future husband. She was living independently in Paris at 20, finally married at 40, and turned up in a dilapidated Oxfordshire manse at almost 100 years old. Here was a woman who carried a handgun, went temporarily blind due to excessive reading, and declared herself “a miracle”: “Differential Calculus was too low for me!” Her political savvy was no less impressive. “Of course I’m well-informed! I’ve slept with eleven Prime Ministers and most Kings!” She used this extensively gathered information to heckle her chief nemesis, Winston Churchill: “[Hitler] had the whole world up in arms. He was larger than Winston. Winston could’ve done that!” All that, and they say she could’ve prevented World War I.

Because of these and many other details, when it came time to write, I immediately honed in on Gladys Deacon as the story’s heart.

In her nationally and internationally bestselling debut, A Paris Apartment, Michelle Gable fictionalized the true story of a French courtesan and the discovery of her sealed-for-seventy-
years Parisian apartment, which was filled to the rafters with stunning pieces of artwork and furniture, sparking wonder in readers the world over. Gable’s second novel, I’LL SEE YOU IN
PARIS (Published by Thomas Dunne Books; On-sale February 9, 2016), which she wrote by
hand in between her daughters’ softball games and a day job as VP of Investor Relations for Ellie
Mae, finds her in the City of Light yet again.

I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS begins when 19-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England. She’s just
lost her fiancĂ© in the Vietnam War, so she doesn’t expect to meet a man who will take her to Paris and alter everything she believes about love. Thirty years later, Laurel’s daughter Annie is newly engaged when an old question resurfaces: who is Annie’s father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie’s told herself it doesn’t matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie wants to know everything, and Laurel’s not budging.

The key to unlocking Laurel’s secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough.* Annie’s quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate behind barbed wire, and finally, to Paris, where answers will be found at last.

Gable likes to say she overcame the “debut author stigma” thanks to Paris, and that between the setting and the apartment and the woman who once lived there, A Paris Apartment almost wrote itself. She’s done it again with I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, which is no sophomore slump, but a giant leap.

Director Soren Sorensen joined me Monday at 9:30am pst to talk about his personal film, MY FATHER’S VIETNAM

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

A personal film about a public subject, MY FATHER’S VIETNAM explores the human bonds forged and shattered by war. Set against the backdrop of never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the Vietnam War, the film is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom made it home alive.

MY FATHER’S VIETNAM won the Soldiers and Sacrifice Grand Prize at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and the Best Picture Documentary at the 2016 Flagler Film Festival.

The film was directed by first-time filmmaker Soren Sorensen. Gravitas Ventures will release the film on VOD and across all other digital platforms on May 24, 2016, to coincide with Memorial Day Weekend.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Jason Wachob, Founder and CEO of Mind Body Green joins me Monday June 6th at 9am pst!

JASON WACHOB is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media platform dedicated to wellness with 12 million monthly unique visitors and the author of WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue. Jason has a BA in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, and loves German Shepherds, Chuck Taylors, and guacamole. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JasonWachob.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Robin Farmanfarmaian - The Era Of The Patient

Diane Morgan, an award-winning cookbook author, freelance food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant, joined me Monday at 9:30am!

Diane Morgan 9:30am Monday!

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

Salmon is the third-most consumed seafood in North America, not only for its exceptional flavor and versatility, but for its undeniable health benefits. Rich in Omega-3s, it's a rich protein source for those looking to eat healthier, consume less meat, or transitioning to a paleo or pescatarian diet.

In Salmon, acclaimed author Diane Morgan has crafted a go-to reference for home cooks who want to add more creative preparations of salmon to their repertoire. The book provides the basics as well as tips including Wild versus Farmed Salmon, Know Your Species, Salmon and Health, and a Salmon Preparation Primer.

Then it is on to 45 recipes that showcase the best ways to prepare this luscious, accessible fish. The recipes span five categories:

Raw and Cured including Salmon Tartare with Fresh Herbs and Cucumber Ribbons

On the Stovetop including Crisp Rice-Coated Salmon with a Citrus Sriracha Sauce

In the Oven including Slow-Cooked Salmon with Spring Vegetables

On the Grill including Salmon Grilled on a Bed of Herbs

Second Helpings including Salmon Risotto with a Parsley and Orange Gremolata

Informative and full of recipes that will work for both beginners and those looking for new ideas for a favorite fish, Salmon is off the hook.

Diane Morgan is an award-winning cookbook author, freelance food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She is the author of over a dozen cookbooks, including the James Beard and IACP winning Roots. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Leigh Beisch is a San Francisco-based food photographer.

Founder – Entrepreneur – Speaker Patient & Medical Technologist Robin Farmanfarmaian joined me Monday at 9:15am!

Founder – Entrepreneur – Speaker
Patient & Medical Technologist Robin Farmanfarmaian

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

Robin Farmanfarmaian is an entrepreneur, founder, professional speaker and best selling author working in cutting edge technology and medicine. Currently, Farmanfarmaian is the COO of Arc Fusion Programs, working on the fusion of medicine, science and IT, and a VP at INVICTA Medical, a device company for sleep apnea. A life long philanthropist and mentor, she is the Co-Founder and on the Board of Directors (formally Executive Director) for the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in organ banking for transplants and tissue engineering, and President for the Innovation for Jobs Summit, finding solutions to disrupt unemployment. Robin is on the advisory board of many startups and conferences, and mentors female entrepreneurs. Previous work includes being one of the founders of Morfit, the Exponential Medicine conference, and a VP at Singularity University. Her book, “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer”, is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Robin Farmanfarmaian believes that technology can empower patients and make a positive impact in the health and medical field. This position drives her to provide education and resources to leaders, entrepreneurs, physicians, healthcare professionals and innovators to positively impact medicine and healthcare.

My new book, The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer, went on sale on Amazon two weeks ago and the response so far has been thrilling. 
The Patient as CEO ranked #1 on Amazon in Biomedical Engineering books. I've had many healthcare professionals reach out to me after hearing out about the book to discuss partnerships to work towards the future of medicine.
My goal is to make sure patients everywhere are aware of what is happening in healthcare technology, so they be a key decision-maker on their healthcare team.
With the convergence of fast-moving technologies, it is an exciting time in medicine! In The Patient as Ceo, learn about:
• Artificial Intelligence
• Robotics
• Data and Sensors
• Virtual Reality
• 3D Printing
• Power of the Crowd
...And more!

We are on the cusp of a healthcare revolution.

From wearable sensors, to improved point-of-care diagnostics to artificial intelligence and robotics, there are a great and growing number of breakthroughs in biomedical technology which are set to fundamentally change the way that patients interact with their healthcare providers.

Author Robin Farmanfarmaian has seen this change first-hand. Misdiagnosed at age 16, she endured multiple surgeries and countless hospitalizations over the course of a decade before deciding to take charge of her own healthcare and changing her life overnight. Since then, Robin has become an entrepreneur, and has worked on more than 10 early stage startups, including three as one of the Founders: The Organ Preservation Alliance, Exponential Medicine at Singularity University, and Morfit.

In The Patient as CEO, she shines a light on the new and upcoming breakthroughs that will allow you, the patient, to be the key decision-maker - the CEO - of your own healthcare.

Learn more here:

Amie Valpone, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple, joined me Monday at 9am

Amie Valpone, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
The Healthy Apple, LLC

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

Amie is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health & Food Coach with certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and SUNY Purchase. Amie is also certified by the Drugless Practitioners of America.

Mission: To Change the Way People Eat

“Feeding People Food – The Way Food Was Meant To Be”

I’m Amie Valpone – HHC, AADP, a Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Celebrity Chef and Writer specializing in simple ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. I have continuing education certifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University as well as the Drugless Practitioners of America. My new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body is on sale now.

After healing myself through a set of life-changing diagnoses early in my professional career, I was forced to change the way I live, eat and ultimately the way I make a living. Today my sole desire is to help you and your body feel as amazing as possible through various simple yet life-altering changes to your nutrition and lifestyle habits.

My Story
I started The Healthy Apple after suffering with digestive issues for years and healed myself from a decade of chronic pain that changed my life for the better. After years of being told nothing was wrong with me (after seeing over 500 doctors), through the help of Integrative/Functional Medical Doctors, I learned that I was suffering from heavy metal accumulation, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), chronic fatigue, an IGA deficiency and was born without the gene, MTHFR which is key in detoxification.After 10 years of medical mysteries, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I learned that my body couldn’t digest gluten, soy, sugar and many other foods. I began to realize quickly that medicine could only do so much – it wasn’t offering my body what it needed to heal. I needed to overhaul my lifestyle.

Through research and the help of Integrative M.D’s, I decided to adopt an organic, ‘Clean’ lifestyle. Using methods such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, and organic, fresh, unprocessed foods, I’ve restored and replenished my body and have remained symptom free ever since. I’ve had mercury fillings removed from my mouth, went through two years of IV chelation, and detoxed everything from my makeup to my cleaning products. My diet now consists of 100% organic lean proteins, health fats, and lots of fresh veggies. The past few years have helped me understand that there is something to learn from every doctor and every life experience.

Today, I still work with an Integrative M.D. to continue to heal and I feel great. I am constantly researching, traveling and interviewing other Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctors to help me and my clients feel their absolute best.

My Message

I understand how difficult it can be to create a healthy and clean lifestyle for ourselves. I understand how hard it may seem to find the time in our hectic lives to make home cooked, nutritious meals. But I am here to show you how easy it can be!

I do not believe in diets – I believe in moderation. I have always and will always love food. My nutrition and lifestyle tips along with my recipes cater to a Clean, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Gluten-Free lifestyle – a lifestyle that understands that what we put into our mouths will impact our bodies now and in the future, yet one that does not ever sacrifice in taste or enjoyment. My passion for a healthy nutrition and a clean lifestyle is contagious. I am eager to show others that fresh, whole foods and non-toxic products(such as cleaning products and personal care products) can keep your taste buds and your body happy and healthy.

We each know our bodies better than anyone else does – any doctor, any prescription, any diagnosis. It takes time, patience, and a positive attitude to keep your head up and stay strong until you find all the answers to your body’s wants and needs. For some it can be a long, long road to find that balance – but there is always a shiny, bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Let me help you find that light.

What I Do
Before starting The Healthy Apple, I had previously held numerous occupations, including ones with Ralph Lauren Corporate and VOGUE Magazine in branding and marketing, and with the NBA Fit Program as a Culinary Nutritionist.

In 2011, I decided to leave the corporate world of marketing and advertising to focus on my newfound passion of helping actual people adopt a healthy and clean lifestyle. I work hands-on with individuals and groups as a Personal Chef, Food Allergy Concierge and Healthy Family Pantry Stylist to guide people through their transition into a healthier lifestyle. I realized the things that were helping people 10 years ago when I moved to Manhattan were no longer helping them (therapy, prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, etc.)-those things simply weren’t cutting it for my clients who seek relief from the daily stressors of life. They were reaching for something more; they wanted to feel amazing every single day. Many of my clients work in high-stress jobs or are suffering from unexplained health issues and span everywhere from TV news anchors to celebrities, media executives, musicians, actors and actresses.

Additionally, I develop fresh, wholesome recipes with beautiful photography, make media appearances, and engage consumer groups on behalf of food companies. I’m active in many organizations that focus on food, nutrition, and health. In addition to my work in Culinary Nutrition under The Healthy Apple, I am also a Food Media Expert with experience in creating menus, developing marketing and PR efforts, and building brand awareness for my clients. I serve as a brand ambassador for many well-known healthy living companies by attending conferences and food expos across the nation on their behalf.

I am available for editorial and photography projects, recipe development, speaking engagements, spokesperson opportunities, events, workshops, lectures, videos and conferences as well as ambassador programs.

If you are in Manhattan, give me a ring and let’s meet for a tea or green juice!

If you are interested in attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, please contact me. I would be more than happy to refer you to IIN and speak with you about my experience. Use my name, Amie Valpone as a referral to find out about tuition discounts and incentives.

Where You Can Find Me
In addition to The Healthy Apple, my insights and advice appear in Marie Claire, Prevention Magazine, SELF Magazine, Glamour Magazine,, The Food Network Blog, The Food Network website, The Huffington Post, SHAPE Magazine, Martha Stewart Whole Living, Martha Stewart Radio, Clean Eating Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, The Doctors, YahooShine!, Rodale Institute, WebMD, The Daily Meal, The Examiner, and Mind Body Green.

Connect with me, Amie Valpone, on Twitter (@TheHealthyApple), Facebook (The Healthy Apple), Instagram (@TheHealthyApple), Google Plus (Amie Valpone) and Pinterest (The Healthy Apple).

For more information,visit: Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

For additional inquiries or to schedule a private appointment, please contact Amie via email at

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Francine Jay, Founder of Miss Minimalist and author of The Joy of Less A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize and Simplify - featured on Get the FUNK Out! Clutter can put you in a huge personal and professional FUNK! Tune in for a great conversation about de-cluttering and finding Joy in Less!

Listen here to today's show here!

FRANCINE JAY is the bestselling decluttering expert and founder of She has helped hundreds of thousands of people organize their homes and simplify their lives, and has been prominently featured in national media. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before-seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter. Rather than a "crash diet" approach found in other tidying up books, Jay shares simple steps to develop a minimalist mindset and form new habits to pave the way to lasting success.

The easy-to-follow STREAMLINE method works with families and can be applied during clutter-inducing life events such as moving, getting married or having kids. Implement Jay’s minimalist method on a single drawer, closet, room, or entire house to reclaim the space and open yourself up to the potential of a serene environment.

The Joy of Less is a refreshing and relatable approach to decluttering that belongs in every home.

"I loved the many words of wisdom in this book. The Joy of Less puts power back into the hands of all who feel like objects have overtaken their home or life.”

- Holly Becker, author and founder of

“An invaluable tool for the veteran and budding minimalist alike.”

- David Friedlander, contributor,

"Stuff and stress go hand in hand, and The Joy of Less demonstrates how letting go will make room for a happier life.”

- Courtney Carver, founder of

“An inspiring read for anyone wanting to downsize, finally park the car in the garage, or just clear out a few closets.”

- Rachel Jonat,


I’m Francine Jay, and I’m a minimalist.

To me, being a minimalist isn’t only about white walls and empty spaces. It’s about eliminating the distractions that keep us from fully appreciating life.

The less stuff we have cluttering our homes (and the less “to-do’s” cluttering our time), the more energy we can devote to the things that are truly important to us. My goal is to find that elusive point of “just enough,” whereby I own nothing more than that which meets my needs.

I believe that minimalism isn’t about emptiness for the sake of emptiness—but rather making room to move freely, think clearly, and open ourselves to the beauty and wonder of life.

I’m the author of The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify, a book about the joy and lightness that can be found in having less stuff. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
an inspirational pep talk on the rewards of paring down
the STREAMLINE method: ten easy steps to achieve (and maintain) a clutter-free home
a Room by Room guide to more space and serenity
a family-focused program to help children and partners (even reluctant ones!) declutter
a look at how living lightly can help save the planet

My readers often tell me that they’ve put down my book in the middle of a chapter to clear out a closet or kitchen cabinet. That’s what I love to hear! I want you to be as excited about decluttering as I am, and discover the sheer exhilaration of letting go of the excess.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy hiking, doing yoga, and traveling. In the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the following places: Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Iceland, Venice, Florence, Rome, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Barcelona, Madrid, Koln, Copenhagen, Prague, Helsinki, Tallinn, Oslo, Stockholm, Wales, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Vienna, Budapest, Athens, Istanbul, Lisbon, Vietnam, Thailand, London and much of England.

I started this blog in 2009, when I was a carefree nomad with all my possessions in a suitcase. Since then, my husband and I have had a beautiful daughter (nicknamed Plumblossom on my blog), and have settled down in our own home. But even though we’ve stopped wandering, the wanderlust remains—and we hope someday to resume our travels with the little one in tow.

When I began writing about minimalism, I never expected to have more than a handful of readers—but the response has been incredible, and this blog has grown beyond my wildest dreams. I’ve sold over 150,000 books on the topic, and been featured in CNN, BBC, NBC TODAY, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Financial Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Spiegel, and The Irish Times.

Why does this thrill me so? Because it means 150,000+ people are interested in minimalist living, transforming it from a quirky lifestyle choice into a mainstream movement. 150,000+ people want to reduce their clutter and consumerism, and are taking the steps to do so. How wonderful is that? It gives me great hope for a kinder, gentler, more sustainable future.

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