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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 Élan 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 Élan 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



Melissa Dragich-Cordero Kris A. Ferraro

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.

Author and meditation teacher, Rifka Kreiter, joined host Janeane Bernstein Monday May 15 at 9:15am to about her triumphant story - a search for liberation on every level, Home Free.

Did you miss Rifka Kreiter on today's show? Listen here!

Rifka Kreiter was on the front lines of the 1960s most significant moments and movements, from Civil Rights marches Mississippi with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to antiwar demonstrations in San Diego to est seminars in Manhattan. Now she's captured it all--the protests, the drugs, the journeys into meditation and more--in her new memoir, Home Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties
(May 16, 2017).

A captivating memoir full of her quirky personality, candid humor, and relatable recollections, her upbringing (primarily by her mother and the revolving door of "step" men in her life), relationships, and eventual inner peace speak to many women's' interests. Lots of fun Jewish cultural references as well!

An astrologer once told RIFKA KREITER that a certain planetary conjunction in her chart signifies “an unusual life, full of unexpected happenings,” and this has certainly proved true. She studied acting at New York’s High School of Performing Arts, philosophy at City College of New York, and clinical psychology at Adelphi University. She worked as a waitress, hat-check girl, and hearing researcher. She was Continuity Director at a New York radio station and Assistant Convention Manager at the Concord Resort Hotel. More recently, she tutored SAT Prep courses and was Assistant Director of Admissions at a rural community college. Since 1976, she has been following an ancient yogic path; she lived in a meditation ashram for ten years, and traveled to India three times. Rifka currently teaches meditation. At age fifty-five she met her life partner, an Upper West Side psychotherapist. They live happily together in suburban New Jersey. Learn more at RifkaKreiter.com.HOME FREE

After surviving a fraught childhood in New York and L.A., Rifka Kreiter revels in studying acting at the High School of Performing Arts and dancing the Twist at the Peppermint Lounge. Her road leads through broken love affairs and virtually all the great movements of the sixties, including civil rights marches in Mississippi, antiwar demonstrations in San Diego, and est seminars in Manhattan. On a deeper level, this is a profound quest to heal her psychic wounds and find spiritual meaning that she intuits lies beneath all the tumult of those times.

Here is an exploration of life’s deepest questions, as Rifka strives to bust free, be it with drugs, therapy or meditation. A triumphant story about a search for liberation on every level, Home Free ends with a jaw-dropping discovery—one as unexpected as it is transformational.

Cathy Greenly, luncheon chair, of the upcoming CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION and Ashley Atkins, Executive Director of the LA Crohn's & Colitis Foundation joined host Janeane Bernstein Monday May 15 9:00am pst!

If you missed today's show featuring Cathy Greenly and Ashley Atkins, listen here!




Los Angeles, CA– The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will celebrate its 10th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on May 17, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Each year the foundation recognizes women who are successful in their fields and celebrate their commitment to philanthropy. The 2017 Honorees include: Brooke Abbott, creator/blogger for The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles and owner of The Crazy Creole Mommy Life, Inc; Shawn Lacy Bullen, Owner/Managing Director, Biscuit Filmworks; and Roxy Sowlaty, Beverly Hills based interior designer.

Past honorees include Jamie Lee Curtis, Mary Hart, Wendy Goldberg, Joyce Brandman, Mindy Weiss, Amy Brenneman, Judy Felsenthal, Evelyn Heyward, Linda Howard, Bobbe Joy Dawson, Barbara Herman, Lisa Greer, Tina Finkelman Berkett, and Janice Bryant Howroyd.

We are pleased to announce that Bloomingdale's Century City, last year’s fashion show presenter, has agreed to partner with us once again and present the 2017 fashion show. In addition, Sprinkles Cupcakes of Beverly Hills has generously donated cupcakes for each guest.

“Since 1967, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has been a leader at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, committed to innovation and collaboration through uniting all patients, caregivers, providers, donors, and researchers to find cures for these diseases. As a volunteer driven organization, we rely on the generous support of local people and businesses to fuel our programs. Without the sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills and the support of Bloomingdale’s Century City, we simply couldn’t support the 90,000 patients in our community”, said Ashley Atkins, Executive Director.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon is a highly anticipated event of the Beverly Hills social season and is attended by 500 prominently influential leaders and philanthropists in the Greater Los Angeles community. For tickets and information: (310) 478-4500 or visit bit.ly/wod2017la.

About the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

For the past 50 years, the Foundation has supported the IBD community with the goal to ultimately achieve our vision – a future free of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. One out of 200 Americans has Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (also called Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), and 5% of all those diagnosed are under the age of 18. Proceeds from the Women of Distinction Luncheon fund cutting-edge medical research, education programs for patients and healthcare professionals, and support programs such as Camp Oasis, the foundation’s summer camp for children who suffer from IBD. More than 82 cents of every dollar received goes directly to support our mission. For more information about the foundation, visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

Media Contact

Ashley Atkins

Executive Director

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Greater Los Angeles Chapter

(323) 369-6409 aatkins@ccfa.org

Information on the 2017 Women of Distinction Luncheon Honorees:

In 2008, Brooke Abbott was diagnosed with left-sided ulcerative colitis. Though it was a mild case at diagnosis, the disease rapidly advanced over a period of four years. In 2009, Ms. Abbott traded in her film and television production notebook for a diaper bag with the birth of her son, Jaxon Lee Coltrane. While navigating through motherhood, Abbott began to tweet about her adventures with her newborn with the hashtag, #CrazyCreoleMommy. The stories behind her tweets and Facebook statuses grew larger than the allotted 140 characters and by 2011, her new life needed its own vehicle. In January 2012, The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles were born. In April 2012, Abbott was given a total colectomy after spending weeks in the hospital fighting a losing battle with her diseased colon. She was given an ostomy for five months, as a transition into receiving her JPouch. She now lives with an internal J-Pouch and her health continues to change for the better. Still without insurance, arthritis, and the inability to work as much as she could before, Abbott advocates for all those with severe and mild cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Abbott continues to photograph, working under the name, bonzaibaby Photography, having photographed celebrities including Holly Robinson Peete, Alfonso Riberio, Valarie Pettiford & Arthel Neville. Abbott is the creator and blogger for The Crazy Creole Mommy Chronicles & The HollyRod Foundation Influencer Circle. She is an advocate often representing The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation & The Digestive Disease National Coalition on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Abbott is a single mother of one son, Jax Lee Coltrane, and they currently reside in Los Angeles.

Shawn Lacy Bullen is the co-founder and managing director of Biscuit Filmworks and Biscuit UK. She grew up in Washington DC to architect parents who fostered her entrepreneurial spirit and appreciation of art. Armed with a double major in French and political science from Duke University, she ignored the advice of family friend Jay Chiat to avoid advertising altogether, and immediately moved to New York to work at Young & Rubicam. Her journey in advertising, first in New York and later in Los Angeles with HKM, led her to work with then up-and-coming director Noam Murro. The two immediately hit it off and in 2000 co-founded Biscuit Filmworks, which today represents some of the top creative talent in advertising and is one of the most awarded commercial production companies in the world. As managing director, Shawn continues to expand the company’s roster, cultivate new talent relationships and oversee the production of an acclaimed portfolio of work. Her solid creative instincts have helped build Biscuit’s reputation for fostering and growing talent from within, and serving as a trusted partner for top advertising agencies around the world to deliver standout commercial projects. A consummate multi-tasker, Shawn is also the proud mother of four children, one in college, one in high school, and twin first graders. Her son Jett was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2013, and she then became involved in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation to help raise awareness and funding for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Roxy Sowlaty is a Beverly Hills native that has been working in design since the age of 16, when she started a clothing line with her sister Tara called RoxTar. Upon earning her undergraduate degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business, she decided to re-focus her design interests from fashion to interiors. She enrolled at Parsons New School of Design to obtain her masters degree in interior design. During this time in New York, she freelanced on a number of residential projects in Manhattan, as well as a home in Aspen – which certainly confirmed her love for interior design! Now back in California, she has opened her own interior design firm specializing in high end residential projects and is simultaneously launching an online 'do-it-yourself' interior design website and home goods product line. She had a stint on one of E!’s top hit shows for three seasons, displaying her entrepreneurial spirit in getting her line off the ground. It is with deep gratitude that Sowlaty is involved with such a high honor, as both her father and sister are affected by Crohn’s disease. She is determined to use her voice to make a difference and shed light on this otherwise very difficult subject matter.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A few highlights from Janeane's musical guests on Get the FUNK Out!

Gary Pihl of BOSTON, Jake Shimabukuro, and Scott Patterson of Gilmore Girls and his band SMITHRADIO have been some of the many musical guests on Janeane's show. 

Listen to show highlights here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Historian Huw Lewis-Jones, an author who travels regularly to the Arctic and Antarctica as a polar guide, joined host Janeane on 5/8 9:45am pst - to talk about his explorer travel journal, EXPLORERS’ SKETCHBOOKS - a collection of beautiful thoughts and drawings of travelers dating back to the 17th century.

Listen to today's show with
Huw Lewis-Jones

Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and author who travels regularly to the Arctic and Antarctica as a polar guide. Kari Herbert has written several books on exploration and is the daughter of polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert. Huw and Kari are married and live by the sea in Cornwall, England.

In the great vein of the explorer travel journal, EXPLORERS’ SKETCHBOOKS collects and displays the beautiful thoughts and drawings of travelers dating back to the 17th century.

The sketchbook has been the one constant in explorers' kits for centuries of adventure. Often private, they are records of immediate experiences and discoveries, and in their pages we can see what the explorers themselves encountered. This remarkable book showcases 70 such sketchbooks, kept by intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments—frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests—with their senses wide open. Figures such as Charles Darwin and Sir Edmund Hillary are joined here by lesser-known explorers such as Adela Breton, who braved the jungles of Mexico to make a record of Mayan monuments. Here are profiles, expedition details, and the artwork of pioneering explorers and mapmakers, botanists and artists, ecologists and anthropologists, eccentrics and visionaries. Here is the art of discovery.

JANE A. SCHMIDT is a columnist and the owner of two businesses, Fitness Choices and Turtle Adventures, joins Janeane Monday May 8 at 9:30am pst!

A successful fitness instructor who moved from the big city to rural Wisconsin, Jane's “single-girl-gone-country” misadventures helped her become an award-winning newspaper columnist—and now she’s taking readers on a true, no-holds-barred and hilarious trip into her not-so-simple search for the simple life in Not a Perfect Fit: Stories from Jane's World.

Not a Perfect Fit is a collection of stories that are laugh-out-loud funny one minute and thought-provoking the next. Stories range from Schmidt’s experience living off-grid as the only English woman in an Amish neighborhood to family trips that are remarkably similar to National Lampoon’s Vacation. Through it all, she manages to rise above the many challenges she faces―inspiring and entertaining her audience along the way. Filled with animal antics, gratitude, mishaps, and madcap adventures, Not a Perfect Fit’s tell-all, single-girl-gone-country, down-home stories give readers permission to laugh and cry―and, most important, to carry on.

The reviews honestly summarize the book so perfectly: Sheila Sherwin (editor of RealSmallTowns.com) gushed, “With humor, grace, and tenderness, Jane Schmidt gives her readers an entertaining peek into the layered life of a single mother, animal hoarder, and kick-ass fitness instructor―living a rustic life but still searching for the perfect wand of mascara and a respectable pair of jeans.”

Jennifer Morales (award-winning author of Meet Me Halfway) said, "Jane Schmidt helps us laugh out loud into that sometimes heart-breaking gap between our dreams and realities, and between what we hope is true about ourselves and what actually is...a gift of laughter, vulnerability, and wisdom."

Would you be interested in receiving a copy of Not a Perfect Fit for consideration for interview? Let me know if you'd like a copy of the book!

Not a Perfect Fit: Laugh-out-l \oud funny one minute and thought-provoking the next, Not a Perfect Fit includ es stories detailing everything from Jane Schmidt’s experience living off-grid as the only English woman in an Amish neighborhood to family trips that are remarkably similar to National Lampoon’s Vacation. Through it all, Schmidt manages to rise above the many challenges she faces, inspiring and entertaining her audience along the way. Filled with animal antics, gratitude, mishaps, and madcap adventures, Not a Perfect Fit’ s tell-all, single-girl-gone country, down-home stories give readers permission to laugh and cry—and, most important, to carry on.

JANE A. SCHMIDT is a columnist and the owner of two businesses, Fitness Choices and Turtle Adventures. When not teaching her fitness classes or encouraging women to get outside, she spends her time backpacking in places like the Grand Canyon, Superior Hiking Trail, and Isle Royale National Park; biking across Wisconsin; hiking and kayaking in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve; or just hanging out with her animal family in rural Viola, Wisconsin.

"Jane exudes an innocence in her presentation of life that made me want to meet her and see the world through her eyes. She had me laughing and commiserating, shocked and envious, all at once. Definitely a fun read, and I would recommend this book to all, without any hesitation."
―Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

“Jane Schmidt documents the essential day-to-day of rural Wisconsin life with a deft balance of sentiment, reportage, and humor. City mouse, country mouse, newcomer or old-timer, you will find yourself nodding, grinning, and sometimes dabbing at your eyes as you read these stories."
―Michael Perry, best-selling author of Truck: A Love Story and The Jesus Cow

"In daring to share herself fully with the reader through these funny and heart-felt stories of country life, Jane Schmidt helps us laugh out loud into that sometimes heart-breaking gap between our dreams and realities, and between what we hope is true about ourselves and what actually is. Whether you live out in the country or in the big city, Not a Perfect Fit is a gift of laughter, vulnerability, and wisdom."
―Jennifer Morales, award-winning author of Meet Me Halfway

“Jane Schmidt is funny, candid, and has the keen eye of an outsider looking in―then turning the mirror back on herself. Reading the final pages felt like the last miles of a road trip with someone whose company you really enjoyed that has ended far too soon."
―Julie Buckles, author of Paddling to Winter

“With humor, grace, and tenderness, Jane Schmidt gives her readers an entertaining peek into the layered life of a single mother, animal hoarder, and kick-ass fitness instructor―living a rustic life but still searching for the perfect wand of mascara and a respectable pair of jeans.”
―Sheila Sherwin, writer and editor of RealSmallTowns.com

Author Donna Levin joins host Janeane Bernstein Monday May 8 9:15am pst on KUCI 88.9fm!

Listen to today's show
with Donna Levin here!

Donna was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "a novelist to keep high on your reading list" thanks to her previous novels (Extraordinary Means and California Street), and now she's about to release a gorgeous, gripping novel about a mother who faces increasing hostility and an uncertain future when her son Jack, a young boy with Asperger's, is accused of killing a classmate, There’s More Than One Way Home.

Read more about her latest book here!

“Intriguing and gut-wrenching…reminiscent of Liane Moriarty...A witty, modern voice delivers a captivating tale about a mysterious death that feels like a light read but soon submerges the reader deep in the throes of substance.” -Kirkus


Image may contain: 1 person, textThere’s More Than One Way Home: Anna Kagen seems to have it all: She’s young, beautiful, and married to a wealthy, prominent man. But within the walls of her San Francisco mansion, she spends her time dodging her husband’s barbs and hunting down potential friends for her son, Jack, a 10-year-old on the autistic spectrum. That old life suddenly seems idyllic when, on a school field trip, she makes the small error in judgment that sets in motion a chain of events that leads to another boy’s death. Suddenly Jack is a suspect, her husband’s career is in jeopardy, and Anna has to choose between loyalty to her son…and what may be her one chance at happiness.

Donna taught fiction writing for two decades, most notably at the University of California Extension at Berkeley, where she led the Novel-Writing Workshop. Her first novel, Extraordinary Means (William Morrow), was celebrated by Kirkus as a “a witty, clear-eyed debut,” and the San Francisco Chronicle described it as “an extraordinarily lively, funny novel.” The Los Angeles Times called her second novel, California Street (Simon & Schuster) “inventive…thought-provoking and fun to read,” and The San Francisco Examiner called it “a lifeboat in a sea of featureless fiction.” Both of Donna’s novels were optioned for film. Donna taught fiction writing for two decades, most notably at the University of California Extension at Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco. 

Donna published her first novel, Extraordinary Means, with William Morrow. Kirkus called it “a witty, clear-eyed debut,” and the San Francisco Chronicle described it as “an
extraordinarily lively, funny novel.”

Her second novel, California Street, was published by Simon & Schuster. Digby Diehl
wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “This is an inventive novel that is thought-provoking and fun to read, and Levin … is a novelist to keep high on your reading list.” The San Francisco Examiner called it “a lifeboat in a sea of featureless fiction.” Both of Donna’s novels were optioned for film.

Donna has published two books about writing,Get that Novel Started and Get that Novel Written, both with Writer’s Digest Books. Get that Novel Written was translated into Italian and published by Dino Audino Editore.

Donna taught fiction writing for two decades, most notably at the University of California Extension at Berkeley, where she led the Novel-Writing Workshop. Many of her students have gone on to publish, including Frank Baldwin (Balling the Jack and Jake and Mimi), Terry Gamble (Water Dancers and Good Family), and Mark Coggins, author of the August Riordan mysteries. She has also been a frequent guest at writers’ conferences, including the San Francisco Writers’ Conference and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. For many years she was a freelance book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and a columnist for the San Francisco Independent.

Donna’s work is included in Boston University’s 20th Century Archives and in the California State Library’s collection of California novels.
She lives in San Francisco.

About the Publisher: Chickadee Prince Books is a young Brooklyn small publisher of acclaimed fiction and non-fiction. CPB publishes the Watt O’Hugh literary science fiction series, and in 2016 published the critical hit, Max’s Diamonds by Jay Greenfield. CPB will publish five new titles in Spring 2017.

Author Marie Trout Ph.D. wife of blues rock guitarist extraordinaire, Walter Trout, joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her newly released book: The Blues – Why it Still Hurts so Good - Monday May 8 at 9:00am pst!

Listen to today's show featuring Marie Trout  here!

For almost a quarter century working in the music industry, Marie wondered what it is that happens to perfectly ordinary people when attending blues concerts. Emotions drift across faces like migratory clouds moving across a sunny sky, toes tap and bodies start to sway. Looking at blues audiences from the stage, is to bear witness to displays of ever-changing life-affirming panhuman expressions of elation, joy, wonder, release, vulnerability, immersion, sadness and grief. When lost in blues music, the straight-faced watchfulness, otherwise customary in social situations, lessens. Marie muses:

– I have always been curious in how music, and particularly blues music, somehow transforms us in subtle, but pervasive ways: how it can lift moods and just make us feel comforted: enveloped, interconnected, and that it is OK to just be.

It was natural for her, therefore, to use this curiosity as driving force in approaching her PhD research: She embarked on a Grounded Theory study of what contemporary (mainly white and middle-aged) blues fans get out of their love affair with the genre today. Combined academic findings highlighted and illustrated by story-telling find expression in her book: The Blues – Why it Still Hurts so Good.

Born in Århus, Denmark in 1962, growing up Marie often felt alone and that she was “a bit of a strange bird.” She decided early on that instead of trying to fit in, she would rather fight to figure things out on her own terms. She wanted to be an author, but couldn’t figure out how.

Torn between interest in psychology and love of learning, she settled on a BA in Education, which she completed in 1989. During her studies, she managed a night club, did band PR, and owned and operated an advertising sales company. By the end of 1990 (with friends and family questioning her judgment), she packed up and left her business to follow her heart. She was in love, and moved to Southern California with Walter Trout: an internationally touring (but penniless) blues rock guitarist, singer, song-writer, who had recently gone solo after a steady career as a sideman with five years each in Canned Heat and John Mayall’s band, the Bluesbreakers.

Shortly after landing on American soil, Marie started working as part of Walter’s touring crew, a position that gave her access to business elements of Walter’s career. Although he had a Top Ten hit in the Netherlands and was voted the sixth best guitarist in BBC’s 1993 Listener’s Poll, financial success did not follow the accolades. Marie gradually discovered that there were many irregularities with regard to management of Walter’s business, explaining why financial success seemed far off. Eventually, she had collected enough evidence: Walter was being robbed blind by people he trusted to run his business affairs for him.

After Walter and Marie’s first child was born in 1993, Marie took over as Walter’s manager, a position she still fills today. In 1996, after giving birth to their second son, she also took over as Walter’s agent in Europe. A third son followed in 2001. Marie enjoyed being active in business, but also being able to bring the children on tour, and at other times work from her home office providing continuity when Walter was on the road, and the children needed to be in school.

In 2012, she completed her MA along with being certified in Life Coaching. In 2015, she completed her PhD in Wisdom Studies, which allowed many components of Marie’s work, observations, and professional pursuits to come together. She credits her Major Advisor, Mark Ryan, a 20-year Dean at Yale University with providing structure and encouragement to finish her studies when her life fell apart in 2013. Walter was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease.

In 2014, Walter came close to death repeatedly. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to improve odds of Walter receiving a liver transplant Marie brought Walter to Nebraska for six months, leaving two still-at-home middle-and high school children with a caregiver in California. A steady support from Walter’s fans made the move financially (and emotionally) possible, and Marie is adamant that his survival was a community effort. During Walter’s illness, and after he recovered, she has advocated organ donation, appearing on several radio as well as TV news and talk-shows. This commitment continues in support of Donate Life campaigns, and Walter and Marie jointly serve as protectors for the Danish organization, Organdonation – Ja Tak.

Marie and Walter are determined to give back. All proceeds from The Blues – Why it Still Hurts so Good, will benefit the HART fund, which helps provide medical care for musicians facing a broad range of health concerns. Marie is no stranger to uncertainty, pain, and worry:

– I know what it is like to live the blues. Nobody is immune to suffering no matter how much they seek to insure and protect themselves. Like lightning from clear sky, our lives change and we are powerless to change it back. Nobody can avoid hardship and pain, but we can dare to reach out, and walk through it together with those who respond. I have walked through my blues for now and am constantly reminded to take nothing for granted. When I look around our world, I realize that by comparison, Walter and I have been fortunate. Walter is once again healthy and on the road with his awesome band, and I am once again busy managing his career. With a book coming out, and another one brewing in my head, I feel connected to, and in tune with, my life’s purpose. I am grateful.