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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Writer and Researcher Ulrich Boser joined host Janeane Bernstein June 5 at 9:30 am pst!

ULRICH BOSER


Photo credit Beverlie Lord/Satsun Photography

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I’m a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and write and research education issues. I just finished a book on the new science of learning titled Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything. I’m also the founding director of the Center’s science of learning initiative.

My research and writing have been featured everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to the front page of USA Today. My work on school spending made headlines around the country and helped inspire initiatives to improve the effectiveness of education dollars. I have also developed legislation, advised political campaigns, and served as managing director of the Center’s education team.

Before the Center, I worked as a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report. I am also the author of The Leap: The Science of Trust and Why It Matters, which Forbes called “recommended reading” and Talking Points Memo described as “both comprehensive and engaging.” I also wrote The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World’s Largest Art Theft, which became a national best-seller. USA Today called The Gardner Heist “a public service,” while The Wall Street Journal described the book as “captivating.”

My articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, Smithsonian, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Wired. I have also been an Arthur F. Burns Fellow, an adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and have been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and NBC’s Nightly News.

My career has also included stints as a reporter, editor, and English teacher. I graduated from Dartmouth College with honors.

NPR published a quiz based on my new book Learn Better. Follow the link to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!
Note that I give speeches and serve as a consultant for a variety of organizations.
Email me at ulrich @ulrichboser.com or follow me on Twitter at @ulrichboser

Feeling funky? Might be your gut trying to tell you something! Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan joined host Janeane to talk about probiotics and more!

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Recent research on probiotics shows even the most popular probiotics don’t survive our stomach acids and never make it into the intestines alive. The currently-exploding probiotic market is largely misunderstood and based on old information.

According to microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, spore-forming bacillus strains have been prescribed medically in Europe and Asia for decades, exhibit amazing survivability and have huge therapeutic potential.

A new study by Kiran on leaky gut will be published in the next few months in an international peer-reviewed journal and will open a new chapter on GI therapies and whole-body immunity. In addition, the NIH will be conducting a clinical trial on probiotics for HIV patients. Extensive work is also being done using spore-forming bacillus probiotics for children on the autism spectrum, most of whom have serious digestive problems.

Kiran is a research microbiologist and has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 16 years. He comes from a strict research background, having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. Kiran earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Iowa; his undergraduate education was followed up with postgraduate research in Molecular Biology and Virology.

He is a frequent lecturer on the human microbiome at medical and nutrition conferences and summits worldwide. He conducts the popular monthly Microbiome Series webinars through the Rebel Health Tribe Group practitioner training program, and is a frequent guest expert on national radio and satellite radio shows. He is currently involved in 3 novel human clinical trials on probiotics and the human microbiome. Krishnan is one of the most informed and articulate experts on the human microbiome in the world.

Independent Casting Director Valerie McCaffrey joined host Janeane Bernstein June 5, 2017!

VALERIE MCCAFFREY

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As an independent casting director coming from the studio level, Valerie uses her knowledge and her eye for talent to the producing capacity as well. She recently produced a film called LOST AND FOUND IN ARMENIA with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan and she also
completed an award winning cancer documentary “Tumor, It’s in the System” in which she co-directed and co-produced. She also produced an award-winning film directed entitled NEO NED, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. Along with producing, Valerie also cast the critically acclaimed HARD CANDY(she put Ellen Page in her first American film),

THE DUKES, WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW!?, and HERO WANTED with Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr. She also has worked with Academy Award director Guisseppe Tornatore on the film “Legend of 1900” starring Tim Roth. From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among
the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s AMERICAN HISTORY X. Mr. Norton received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his gripping portrayal and Mr. Furlong’s performance was heralded as the best of his career. From 1985-94 as a casting executive at Universal Studios she cast James

Cromwell in BABE, earning him an Oscar Nomination. She cast such films as HARD TARGET (John Woo’s first American Film) DARK MAN (Sam Raimi’s first studio film) among scores of others. She has scores of films in development, “Tad,” “Men of Granite” and the “Rene Caisse Story.” While at Universal Studios, she taught drama to inner city kids for
three and a half years for the LAPD Gang Prevention Program. She served on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also on the Board of Directors for the World Children’s Transplant Fund, which provides life-saving organs to children.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Vanderbilt professor and feminist philosopher Kelly Oliver joined host Janeane Bernstein May 29th!

Kelly Oliver
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Vanderbilt professor and feminist philosopher Kelly Oliver is about to release the explosive series conclusion to her Jessica James mystery trilogy (which began with WOLF and COYOTE), in which our kickass heroine continues to tackle ripped-from-the-headlines issues like women's reproductive rights and autonomy: FOX (Kaos Press, May 1, 2017). In the series finale, Jessica and her friends are teaming up to combat the most insidious theft of all: the black market sales of Ivy League women's eggs.



Her nonfiction work includes over 100 articles and over twenty books, including: Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape. and she has been interviewed widely on television and in print media as an authority on modern feminism. She considers her genre when writing in fiction "millennial feminist noir." http:// kellyoliverbooks.com/



In an interview, Kelly can talk about topics such as:

Artificial reproductive technology
Her use of fiction to write in another platform about the serious subjects she cares about (as opposed to just publishing all nonfiction)
Feminism in crime fiction
The allure of mystery novels
And so many pop culture subjects we can't even count them!

Killer Genes Are No Accident.

When Jessica James wakes up half naked behind a dumpster in downtown Chicago, she thinks the hot intern feeding her Fiery Mule Slammers slipped her a Mickey. But after a pattern of similar incidents around Northwestern Research Hospital, Jessica realizes she wasn't raped, she was robbed. Robbed of something as valuable as life itself. Hunting for the predator drugging and dumping Ivy League co-eds, Jessica discovers secrets about her own identity that force her to rethink her past. The solution to the mystery lies in the cowgirl philosopher's boot-cut genes.

The "dumpster girls" are all top of their class, attractive, college girls, who are drugged and dropped behind dumpsters, with tiny mysterious incisions on their bodies. The police are baffled. When a girl turns up dead, armed with her quick wit, cowgirl grit, and philosophy, it's up to Jessica to solve the mystery to save herself and her friends before they become the next victims.

"Stoner" Jack Grove, a third year medical student studying abnormal psychiatry at Northwestern University, and one of Jessica's bestfriends, secretly has a crush on her. While Jack is trying to understand the criminal mind, his classmate and rival, Max White, is trying to eliminate it through genetic engineering. Competing for Jessica's attention, Jack and Max become the primary suspects in the series of "dumpster girls."

Olga Davis, the trophy wife of business mogul and aspiring Senator Ronald Davies, is under pressure to get pregnant, she resorts to IVF ata fertility clinic run by Max White. When five embryos attach and are viable, Olga faces the toughest decision of her life. Trying to keep her "unnatural"pregnancy a secret, and obsessed with finding out the identity of the biological parents, Olga must steal from her husband, and pay off a blackmailer threatening to expose her.


In Kelly Oliver's stunning page-turner, Jessica, Jack, and Olga are fighting not just for their own lives, but also for the very future of human life.


Kelly Oliver is the author of THE JESSICA JAMES COWGIRL PHILOSOPHER MYSTERY novels, including WOLF, COYOTE, and the forthcoming FOX (2017). She earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in philosophy. She has held teaching positions at various Universities, including George Washington University, University of Texas at Austin, and Stony Brook University. Currently, she is W. Alton Jones Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, various radio programs, and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Her nonfiction work includes over 100 articles and over twenty books, including: Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape.


Kelly Oliver grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, her ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. In her own unlikely story, Kelly went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by her dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers who'd come from private schools and posh families "back East," Kelly's working class backwoods grit has served her well. And much to her parent's surprise, she's managed to feed and cloth herself as a professional philosopher.

Kelly's Jessica James, Cowgirl Philosopher Mystery Series moves between the Chicago area and Western Montana. Check out the original holding page for this site!

When she’s not writing Jessica James mystery novels, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.

Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband, Benigno Trigo, and her furry family, Hurricane, Yukiyu, and Mayhem.

Cindy and Beth Kolbe join host Janeane Bernstein Monday at 9:30am PST to talk about Cindy's upcoming memoir, Struggling with Serendipity


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Cindy Kolbe’s upcoming memoir, Struggling with Serendipity, shares a surprising story. When her daughter Beth was fourteen, Cindy fell asleep at the wheel on the way home from her son’s college concert. As the car flipped three times across an Ohio field, Beth’s spinal cord ripped along with Cindy’s identity as a mom. When told of her paralysis from the chest down, Beth paused only a moment before simply responding, “Let’s talk about what I can do.”

Cindy narrates their intertwined stories: a shy but determined teenager fighting the harsh physical challenges of quadriplegia and a heartsick mom battling guilt, pain, and depression. In the pool for physical therapy, Beth gradually learns how to float. Not a swimmer before the accident, she finds freedom in the water at a time when every movement on land is grueling. She decides to master the forward freestyle stroke with hands that don’t work, weak arms, and useless legs. She also sets her sights on independence, against all odds.


High school swim meets and Paralympic competitions across the country precede the invitation to join the varsity Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving team as the first with a visible disability. Her daughter’s freshman year of college, Cindy lives off campus near Harvard for transition support, far away from their small Ohio hometown.

Extraordinary events domino as Beth’s confidence blooms, from Ohio to Seattle, Harvard, Stanford Law, Capitol Hill, China, and around the world. A whirlwind narrative leads up to the end of an era that transforms them both in unexpected ways.



In the past twelve months, Cindy has published 38 articles in a variety of media (listed on her Press and News web page), gained 10K Twitter followers, and created a new website with a weekly blog. A lifelong disability advocate—even before Beth’s injury— Cindy ran a nonprofit, managed group homes, and taught literacy to adults with disabilities. Beth works long days as a health policy lawyer at her office in Washington, DC, on K Street. She lives independently with no assistant, a rare feat for those with quadriplegia. Beth and Cindy actively mentor and volunteer, grateful for opportunities to give back to the amazing disability community.

Katharine "Kat" Kramer founder of "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" and daughter of the Legendary Producer/Director Stanley Kramer, joined host Janeane May 29 LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm

Katharine “Kat” Kramer

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Katharine "Kat" Kramer founded "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" to showcase motion pictures that raise awareness of important social issues. In doing so, she is following in the footsteps of her late father, the Legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who was known for taking artistic and financial chances by making movies about controversial subjects.

Recently, Miss Kramer presented her 8th installment, a special open caption screening of Paul Weitz's "Grandma" starring Lily Tomlin where she moderated the ASL interpreted panel. Before that she presented the 7th installment screening of docudrama "BHOPAL:A Prayer For Rain" Hosted by Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton, and Kat established the prestigious "Hunt For Humanity" Award in honor of Activist Marsha Hunt. Other films in her cinema series include the 5th Anniversary installment presentation of FALLOUT and "Elephants And Man: A Litany Of Tragedy" about the suffering of elephants in captivity, both hosted by Lily Tomlin. Ms. Kramer premiered the powerful new documentary" Teach Your Children Well" about LGBT bullying in schools, narrated by Ms. Tomlin. Previous selections include, "The Decent One" , the controversial documentary about Heinrich Himmler, the Academy Award winning documentary feature "The Cove," which exposed the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, and Barbra Streisand's "Yentl" ,which focused attention on women's equality, and was used as a springboard for a discussion about the widespread sexual abuse in the Congo.


As an actress, Kat Kramer has appeared on stage and screen. She has starred in two popular one-woman-shows, "The Colors Of Myself" and "Kriss Krossing" and won awards for her roles as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" and Anne Frank in "The Diary Of Anne Frank" and starred as Lisa in "David And Lisa," Estella in "Great Expectations, Joan Of Arc in "The Lark" and appeared in the ensemble "The Vagina Monologues."


She has appeared in such films as "Going Shopping," "Hollywood Dreams," "What Just Happened?", "Little Fockers" and she currently Co-Stars in Seasons 3 and 4 of the popular webseries "CHILD OF THE 70's." Kat has performed special musical Tributes twice for the Legendary Lily Tomlin. Ms. Kramer served on the dias and opened the program at the Pacific Pioneers Broadcaster's Awards, and received a standing ovation with a special salute to her idol with the original parody "Dear Lily Tomlin." Ms. Kramer recently sang a heartfelt rendition of "Bless The Beasts And Children" from her father's landmark film "Bless The Beasts And Children" when Tomlin was honored with the Hope Award from the PETCO Foundation. Ms. Kramer headlined for both PAWS/LA and "All For Love" Animal Rescue.


Kramer made her Avalon Hollywood debut with LE PETIT CIRQUE for CIRCUS PAWS in front of a star-studded audience that included Lily Tomlin, Susan Sarandon, Lainie Kazan and Stewart Copeland. She performed a stand-up routine at Hard Rock Hollywood to benefit "Comedy For Caleb" and she has been a presenter for the LA Comedy Awards twice. She was a celebrity judge for the LA Music Awards. Kramer was most recently named Entertainer Of The Year by the LA Comedy Awards.


Kat previously received the "Compassion Award" from the Braveheart Women, and Sold-Out two "Meet The Biz" workshops titled "An Evening With Katharine Kramer." She is set to launch "An Evening With A Trailblazer" and is in production on a short film and reality show. Ms. Kramer has headlined at Awards shows and Galas for such luminaries as Shirley MacLaine, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Kat has recorded an album of Mick Jagger solo covers titled "Gemstone," and is set to launch her new one-woman-show called "My Duet With Mick."

Janeane and Kat will be talking about:


1. The origins of "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" ,how it all started.....


2.Taking it off the lot at Sunset-Gower/Sunset-Bronson and Canon Facility to present the 9th installment of cinema series.First time at UCLA


3. Giving new films and filmmakers a chance to get their socially-conscious films there.Outreach to students and student filmmakers.Exploring current social issues through film.


4. Projects such as "Child Of The 70's" and solo show "My Duet With Mick" and many other up-coming projects 



A former Miss Golden Globe, Kat proudly serves on the Advisory Board of the prestigious LA Press Club. Ms. Kramer, who is the Godchild/Namesake of screen icon Katharine Hepburn, is the West Coast representative of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She resides in Los Angeles.

Popular Mom Blogger/Author Sarah Turner joins host Janeane Bernstein 5/29 at 9:00am PST to talk about her latest book, "THE UNMUMSY MUM: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood."

THE UNMUMSY MUM: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood (A TarcherPerigee paperback; available to US audiences on April 18, 2017) by popular mom blogger, Sarah Turner. In this candid and relatable internationally bestselling title, Turner compiles her uncensored musings on the real highs and lows of new parenthood, giving voice to the normal thoughts that often riddle parents with guilt.

Covering everything from “babywearing incompetence” to “second-child shortcuts,” THE UNMUMSY MUM reveals that we can read every parenting manual under the sun but still have no bloody clue—and not having a clue is just fine.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Turner grew up in Cornwall, England, and graduated from the University of Exeter in 2008 with a degree in Philosophy and Sociology. She worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland until 2012, when she gave birth to her first son and decided to work part-time at the University. Despite achieving the 'holy grail' of part-time work/part-time parenting, Sarah found motherhood considerably harder than she had anticipated, and for this reason, started writing the Unmumsy Mum blog. In 2014, Sarah's second son was born, and amidst the chaos of life with two children under three, she decided to dedicate more time to the blog, which now has more than four million page views.

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.

http://www.theforecaster.net/brunswick-author-i-like-to-keep-my-politics-out-of-my-chicken-curry/

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-03-14/indian-immigrants-us-journey-mba-minimum-wage

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!


CINDY ALEXANDER

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AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER 



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

Raise Money for Kay Yow Cancer Fund



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


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



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


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


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


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


Watch the new video, Deep Waters

For more information on Cindy Alexander Road Nation Campaign

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





CINDY ALEXANDER “Play it Forward” tour kicks off :

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

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

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


Watch “Deep Waters” Here



To Follow Cindy Alexander

Facebook: cindyalexander.music

Twitter: @pnutsings - #Play4Kay

Instagram: @pnutsings



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

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT
24 minutes
Written and Directed by Christina Eliopoulos
tonightandeverynight.com
https://www.facebook.com/TonightMovie/

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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. 

TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT
— 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.


DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
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 CORTESE — Yianni

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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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!

Thanks for listening! Follow Janeane here!




JORGE CHAM & DANIEL WHITESON

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?


www.phdcomics.com



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

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!


Thanks for listening! Follow Janeane 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!



CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION HONORS

BROOKE ABBOTT, SHAWN LACY BULLEN
AND ROXY SOWLATY

AT TENTH ANNUAL
WOMEN OF DISTINCTION LUNCHEON


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
here!


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.

ABOUT JANE'S BOOK
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.


ABOUT JANE
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