Sunday, September 24, 2017

9/25 Leslie Korn joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her latest work, "The Good Mood Kitchen: Simple Recipes and Nutrition Tips for Emotional Balance

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Revolutionize your personal cooking and eating habits for optimal energy, health, and emotional well-being. This book of mood-savvy tips, tools, and delicious recipes guides you step by step through all the essentials. It features dozens of easy-to-understand graphics, lists, and charts to help prioritize choices for maximum benefit.

Learn how to: Assess your unique digestive style and nutritional needs and develop the diet that’s right for you. Substitute problem foods, ingredients, and habits with healthy, delectable alternatives. Navigate gluten sensitivity and other allergies. Use smarter, healthier food preparation options for busy schedules. Identify common nutritional complications behind depression, anxiety, and other mood challenges. Engage family and friends in nutritional change. And much more.

This is the essential dietary road map for anyone interested in improved mental well-being. Explore tasty, life-changing ways to eat healthier―and happier!

In the words of Leslie Korn

Hello, I’m Dr. Leslie Korn. I’m a Harvard Medical School-trained traumatologist specializing in mental health nutrition and integrative approaches to treating the mind and body.

My life and career has taken me to both Harvard and the jungle of Mexico with many stops in between. I am a passionate advocate for and believer in culturally traditional medicines used by people around the world. 

My Story

My career path began as an undergraduate when I was introduced to yoga and meditation. A Chinese Master, Dr. Ho taught me acupuncture and the I Ching. I penned a letter to my idol Simone de Beauvoir.She wrote me back encouraging me to write. I still have her letter framed on my wall. I’ve since written 6 books with more on the way.
I arrive in the jungle of México

At 20, I longed for adventure and self discovery. I traveled to the jungle of Mexico and lived in small Indian fishing village where there was no doctor, roads, or electricity. I started a small elementary school for children. We studied biology at the lagoon and math meant measuring ingredients for cooking. We wrote poetry and danced while listening to Ravel.

I got sick with all kinds of odd ailments and the village women taught me their medicine to help me heal and I taught them about reproductive rights and birth control even as the village priest paid me visits to tell me to stop. Thus began my career.

I learned natural medicine and indigenous healing rituals. These experiences and studies led to my innovative methods of helping clients recover from trauma and addiction by understanding the mind body and spirit in context of the great quest.

In 1977, I became certified in polarity therapy, therapeutic massage, and yoga, and opened a natural medicine, free public health clinic in the jungle, which I ran for more than 25 years in collaboration with
local healers.
The indigenous population traveled by mountain path and canoe to obtain treatment.

I funded my clinic by offering training to thousands of health professionals from around the world whose studied bodywork, culinary and herbal medicine, and yoga with me in the jungle.

City jungle or the psych ward

I returned to the jungle of Boston after 10 years and began working on my first master’s degree in cross cultural health psychology. In a public hospital locked psychiatric ward, I did gentle bodywork and rocked schizophrenic women to sleep lieu of their daily sedative. I still teach rocking to clinicians and clients as an important treatment for people of all ages. I returned to the jungle for 2 years and then again..

Training the people who treat the mind and body

I always returned to Boston to treat clients and my clinical practice was filled with dozens of psychiatrists who in turn referred their patients who were cutting, burning, purging, and generally traumatized, to receive bodywork and body-centered psychotherapy, nutrition, and to learn yoga to alleviate their distress. I have written up these many case stories in my published books.

Harvard Medical School

I accepted a clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School. While there, I brought bodywork therapies into outpatient psychiatry and further developed my theories and practice of Mind Body therapies for the treatment of PTSD. I was appointed as a clinical supervisor, but I longed for the jungle of Mexico and my patients there and left Harvard.

Therapy Dogs

Thirty years ago, I began working with the first of several of my therapy dogs and I continue to present workshops on how therapy dogs help to restore touch and sensation with children and adults who have been traumatized.

Neil Pasricha joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about his latest book, "Two Minute Mornings: A Journal to Win Your Day Every Day." 9/25 9:30am pst LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm!

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The choices made in the morning can have a huge impact all day long. The creator of the bestselling Book of Awesome and Journal of Awesome encourages users to "win the day" in just a few minutes each morning. The simple, quick prompts—focusing on gratitude, letting go of stress, and setting daily intentions—are proven to increase happiness and set readers up for success every day.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

9/25 @9:15am pst, Adrien Finkel joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her project and forthcoming book, "The Naked Truth Project."

Photo credit: Davy Greenberg

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For as long as I can remember, I have been writing down words that strike me in the heart. I will never forget the first mantra that blew my mind when I was a kid. "Bloom where you are planted." I wrote those words on bathroom stalls, restaurant napkins, and in all of my diaries. From then on, I lived for that thrilling moment when I heard something inspiring from a book, song, or person. I furiously scribbled on my notebooks, soles of my shoes, hands and arms, making sure I was logging what moved me. These sayings and quotations became my navigation system for any roadblock. They have dragged me out of heartbreak, hurdled me into uncharted waters, and grounded me when all has felt pointless.

In the midst of my twenties, I began to feel deeply under water while trying to make a life worth living. The idea of a nine to five job, a serious relationship, and a savings account felt like the opposite of "life goals." My sticky note piles of wisdom felt stale and replayed. For answers, I turned to friends and family. I started to seek out what words help them find peace and resilience. Responses poured in in abundance. People started to ponder. Everyone wanted to share.

I didn't have much. Just a camera, a marker, and desperation for some guidance. With trust and an open heart people started sharing the words and quotes they hold most dear to them. This purge of passed down wisdom quickly turned into personal confessions and secrets revealed. Together we found connection, relief, and breakthroughs at every turn. Friends introduced me to strangers, who introduced me to their friends, and before I knew it I had sat across from over 200 beautiful souls carrying notebooks and open hearts. We cried, we laughed, and I learned that listening might just be the key to my own growth and healing.

These conversations, catapulted me into a new phase of my life. I am filled with more confidence, sympathy, and courage as each day passes. However, my endless thirst for connection, reason, and wisdom still beats within my chest. What are we here for? How do we make our days meaningful? How do we live enriched, full lives with all of the pressures of the world in tow? That is where you come in. My Naked Truth is that I have hard time letting go of the fact that I can't control my future. What is your Naked Truth? Let's chat.

Live on KUCI 88.9fm 9/25 at 9:00am pst, Janeane spoke with Dr. Thomas Armstrong about his latest book, The Myth of the ADHD Child, Revised Edition 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion.

The MYTH OF THE ADHD CHILD by Dr. Thomas Armstrong who is a strong objector to the controversial ADD/ADHD diagnosis.

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Here are some topics, he will be discussing:

Why Medicating Kids to Make Them Behave is Not a Very Good Idea

Reason #1 for America’s ADHD Epidemic: We Don’t Let Kids Be Kids Anymore – ADHD presents a question of brain maturation, not a neurological disorder, so a child’s age relative to their classroom plays largely into the ADHD diagnosis. At the same time, we’re expecting children to do things they are not developmentally ready for.

Reason #3 for America’s ADHD Epidemic: We Disempower Our Kids at School – Boring classrooms may be causing ADHD symptoms and thus fueling the sale of “bad schooling practices adaptation drugs.”

Reason #7: Too Many People Have a Vested Economic Interest in Seeing It Continue – Dr. Armstrong takes a look at some of the underlying relationships and complex financial forces at work to feed the ADHD diagnosis.

Strategy #1: Let Your Child Fidget – schools are beginning to recognize the benefits of fidgeting and are building it into the school day. Forget fidget spinners! Try everyday objects like a tennis ball, clay, pipe cleaners, or a string of beads that a child can safely and quietly manipulate while they work.

October is often recognized as ADHD Awareness Month!

"At a time when ADHD and the medications used to treat it are growing by leaps and bounds, Thomas Armstrong asks parents to think critically about the ADHD diagnosis, to value the uniqueness of their children’s different rhythms of learning, attending, and behaving, and to appreciate and use the wide range of non-drug strategies that are out there to help their kids prosper in school and flourish in life."
- Michele Borba, Ed.D., author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, Building Moral Intelligence, and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

"Thomas Armstrong, author of a pioneering series of books on neurodiversity, offers practical alternatives for parents who want to enable their ADHD-diagnosed children to tap the natural strengths of their atypical minds, manage stress, and express their creative intelligence without relying solely on medication. An inspiring guide to helping your kids live up to their fullest potential."
- Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mitch Horowitz, a vice president and executive editor at Penguin Random House, discusses the remarkable work by Napoleon Hill, "The Path to Personal Power" and "How to Own Your Own Mind." Mitch discusses never-before-published lessons that can apply to anyone, in any context. Listen to today's show below!

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THE PATH TO PERSONAL POWER (a TarcherPerigee paperback; on sale July 18th, 2017) by the bestselling author of THINK AND GROW RICH, Napoleon Hill.

In this compilation of never-before-published lessons transcribed from his own private discussions with billionaire Andrew Carnegie, Hill offers much-needed motivation to help readers create a detailed plan for achieving their dreams, with easy-to-follow instructions on how to:

  • Discover their own DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE
  • Transform this DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE into its physical equivalent
  • Reach their ultimate goal by completing small, daily tasks
  • Create specific habits and acquire character traits that will lead to success
  • Apply the practical use of the MASTER MIND PRINCIPLE in marriage, business, and spiritual life
  • Use specific methods of GOING THE EXTRA MILE in their professional and personal lives

TarcherPerigee’s executive editor Mitch Horowitz discusses this remarkable work by Napoleon Hill.

author: Occult AmericaOne Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Shaped Modern Life

narrator: Alcoholics AnonymousThe Jefferson Bible

host: Origins; Midnight Archive

Locked in a vault since 1941, here is Napoleon Hill's definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success!

In How to Own Your Mind, you receive a one-of-a-kind master class in how to think for success from motivational pioneer and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. In three compelling chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so that it translates into opportunity.

Knowledge is not power. Only applied knowledge is power. This book teaches you how to use what you know, and how to know what’s worth knowing.

“The name Napoleon Hill is synonymous with practical advice on how to get ahead.”—Mitch Horowitz,


A writer and publisher with a lifelong interest in man’s search for meaning, Mitch is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author of books including Occult America (Bantam); One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life (Crown); and Mind As Builder: The Positive-Mind Metaphysics of Edgar Cayce (A.R.E. Press).

Mitch has written on everything from the secret life of Ronald Reagan to the war on witches for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Salon, Politico, and He is the host of ORIGINS: SUPERSTITIONS, and he narrates audio books including Alcoholics Anonymous.

Mitch is a vice-president and executive editor at Penguin Random House, where he publishes authors, living and dead, including David Lynch and Manly P. Hall.

Mitch and his wife raise two sons in New York City.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Linda Stasi, New York Daily News columnist and NY1 "What a Week" co-host has a doozy of a thriller coming Sept. 19 called, "The Book of Judas." Linda joined host Janeane Bernstein 9/18 to talk about her latest work and more!

From hard-hitting New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi comes Book of Judas, a riveting religious thriller
featuring beloved protagonist Alessandra Russo.

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Linda talks about her continent-hopping research project over 5 years - Israel to Rome to her hometown bank in New York - to uncover what may be one of the greatest revelations to be made in decades, if not centuries, about the Christian faith - Jesus and Judas and their "real" relationship.

The Book of Judas (September 19, 2017) is a tour de force. Linda had more than 200 fans waiting in line at Book Expo of America at the Javitz Center a few weeks ago, to get the first of her signed advance reader copies.

There's not a brighter fire-cracker in Manhattan than Linda! The New York Times has interviewed her several times already about Donald Trump because she covered him before anybody was...and she knows how to deliver pithy quotes for interviews!

 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille says the book “will take your breath away.” And New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline calls Linda "a modern-day Damon Runyon ... You won't be able to put down Book of Judas, and you'll root for Russo through this gritty, breakneck thriller against a vivid backdrop worth of The Da Vinci Code.”

About The Book of Judas
When her infant son is placed in mortal danger, New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is forced to save him by tracking down the missing pages of the Gospel of Judas, a heretical manuscript that was unearthed in Al-Minya, Egypt in the 1970's. The manuscript declares that Judas was not the betrayer, but the beloved, of Jesus. The Gospel disappeared, only to turn up decades later, rotted beyond repair in a Long Island bank deposit box. Rumors ran rampant that the most important pages had been stolen.

Do the lost pages reveal a secret that will challenge Christianity's very belief about the creation of life, or even the power to unleash Armageddon? What if such explosive documents fell into the hands of modern-day terrorists, dictators, or religious fanatics?

During her investigation, Alessandra is plunged into a dark world of murder, conspiracy, sexual depravity, and most importantly, a race against the clock to save her own child.

New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is pulled into yet another intrigue; this time her friend Roy inherits a strange religious manuscript, tightly protected in a mysteriously locked tube. Rumors run rampant that these are missing pages from a rotted codex, the heretical Gospel of Judas, which postulated that Judas was not the betrayer, but the beloved of Jesus. Alessandra’s interest in the manuscript is truly piqued when she is faced with tragedy no mother should experience, and must track down the missing pages of the Gospel to set things right. Do the lost pages reveal a secret that will challenge Christianity's very belief about the creation of life, or even the power to unleash Armageddon? What if such explosive documents fell into the hands of modern-day terrorists, dictators, or religious fanatics? Can Alessandra crack the code and learn what the Gospel of Judas is truly saying to the faithful? During her investigation, Alessandra is plunged into a dark world of murder, conspiracy, sexual depravity, and most importantly, a race against the clock to save her own child.

LINDA STASI, the popular and well-read columnist for the New York Daily News, and previously for the New York Post, has also been an on-camera TV co-host with Mark Simone for the past 18 years on NY 1 - Spectrum’s “What a Week!” She was named “One of the Fifty Most Powerful Women in NYC” and has won numerous awards. She is a two-time winner of Best Column by the Newswomen’s Club of NY, Best Humor Columnist, and named Woman of the Year by the Boys Town of Italy for her charitable work such as driving a tractor-trailer in an 18-truck convoy from NYC to the gulf states with hurricane relief supplies.

Stasi has appeared on TV talk shows and news channels such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Hardball, Good Day New York, The O’Reilly Factor, and The View, as well as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC news shows, and many others. She has appeared several times on “Coast to Coast” with George Noory and is a regular guest on I Radio’s nationally broadcast Mark Simone Show, and countless others around the country. Brash, funny and opinionated, the acerbic Stasi’s first novel, The Sixth Station, published in January of 2013 by Forge Books was hailed as, “A helluva religious thriller,” by Nelson DeMille, while Steve Berry said, “You’ll be grabbing the pages so tight your knuckles will turn white!” Booklist said of the book, “Dan Brown and Steve Berry fans have another controversial novel in which to lose themselves.” For The Sixth Station, Stasi was selected as a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Stasi has also authored five non-fiction books – Looking Good Is the Best Revenge, A Field Guide to Impossible Men, Simply Beautiful, Boomer Babes, and Scotto Sunday Suppers. Not afraid to say what’s on her mind in her popular Wednesdays and full-page Sunday columns in the New York Daily News, which has a print readership of more than 650,000 on Sundays, and millions of digital readers daily. Linda Stasi’s husband, Sid Davidoff, has been named to City & State’s “100 Most Powerful,” and they were the first couple ever married by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Her daughter Jessica Rovello was named by INC Magazine as the top CEO of the Best Company to Work For in the USA, Arkadium.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

9/11 9:45am, Janeane speaks with Author Julia Cameron about her latest book, LIFE LESSONS: 125 Prayers and Meditations.

LIFE LESSONS: 125 Prayers and Meditations (a TarcherPerigee hardcover; on sale August 15, 2017) by Julia Cameron, author of the international bestseller, The Artist’s Way – and thought you would like to have her on for an interview.

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This approachable compilation of divine expressions is designed for those who often find that they are at a loss for words when it comes to prayer. Drawing on her own liberating conception of God, Cameron offers readers a corrective to commonly held misconceptions of the divine.

Within these pages, readers will discover expressions of spiritual comfort that will help them:

· Cope with the loss of a loved one

· Bring order to their lives

· Become aware of everyday beauty

· Stop self-criticism

· Overcome loneliness

This book of prayers and affirmations by bestselling author of The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron, is full of inspiration and encouragement. Beautifully packaged, these pocket prayers are perfect for carrying around or sharing as a gift.

All too often we yearn for a more spiritual life but tell ourselves it’s too difficult. But the smallest prayer is heard and answered. The simplest overture meets with a loving response. Each of the prayers in this book is a starting point. Taken collectively, they offer an approach to God that is powerful as well as simple. These prayers not only allow us to reach out to God, but they allow God to reach out to us.

The book is called Life Lessons because each entry is a corrective to commonly held misconceptions of the divine. Like the postures assumed in hatha yoga, they stretch us gently. Through these prayers, we learn more of ourselves and the divine.

9/11 9:30am pst - Author Shannon Kaiser joins host Janeane Bernstein to talk about her book, "THE SELF-LOVE EXPERIMENT: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself."

Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate,
and Accepting of Yourself
By Shannon Kaiser

TarcherPerigee Paperback 

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SHANNON KAISER is the author of Adventures for Your Soul: 21 Ways to Transform Your Habits and Reach Your Full Potential, Find Your Happy: An Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to the Fullest, and Find Your Happy Daily Mantras: 365 Days of Motivation for a Happy, Peaceful and Fulfilling Life. She has been named among the "top 100 women to watch in wellness" by Mind Body Green. She is a seven-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul and an international life coach and speaker. Learn more at

In our constant quest to be happier, skinnier, smarter, and more wealthy – outward expressions of achievement in our society – we’re living our daily lives based on some notion that we aren’t enough as we are. The fact is that many of us just don’t like ourselves all that much: 90% of women reportedly hate their bodies, twice as many American women than men are on antidepressants, and studies estimate 10 million women and girls suffer from eating disorders. We go out of our way to sabotage ourselves in myriad ways by picking the wrong partner, overeating, overspending, or overworking. We’re suffering from a self-care deficit, and Shannon Kaiser knows it’s a time we made a change.

An international empowerment coach and bestselling wellness author, Kaiser struggled first hand with eating disorders, drug addictions, corporate burnout, and depression. Self-criticism and loathing formed the backbone of Shannon’s relationship with herself. Having successfully turned her life around for the better, Kaiser knows personal development is not a one-size-fits-all journey. In her new release, THE SELF-LOVE EXPERIMENT: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself (on sale August 29, 2017; TarcherPerigee Paperback), she shares the personal challenge she designed to explore the self-harming beliefs that were holding her back, and learn how to take action, lighten up, and increase her self-confidence, self-acceptance, and accountability. A compassionate guide, The Self-Love Experiment instead provides the tools to help readers make the most out of life.

Part memoir, part psychological study, part inspirational personal development guide, THE SELF-LOVE EXPERIMENT invites readers to dedicate themselves to self-care, self-compassion, and self-acceptance, as they learn to become their own best friend.

9/11 9:15am pst - David Palma, author of TAKING CHARGE OF CANCER, joins host Janeane Bernstein live on 9/11 at 9:15 AM PT

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Dr. David Palmer, author of "Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment," joins host Janeane Bernstein 9/11 at 9:15am.

Written by a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, Taking Charge of Cancer offers an insider’s guide to understanding and receiving the best treatment options, choosing the right medical team, and approaching this difficult time with knowledge and hope.Taking Charge of Cancer is a different type of book for cancer patients—one that goes beyond the cancer information that is currently available, allowing anyone to truly take control of your cancer treatment. David Palma, MD, PhD, is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, focusing on the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer, and metastatic cancers.


Dr. David Palma, MD, PhD is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher at the London Health Sciences Center in Canada. He holds degrees from Harvard University, the VU University in Amsterdam, Western University, and Queen’s University in Canada . He completed his Radiation Oncology residency in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Palma’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of lung cancer and head-and-neck cancers. He lives in London, Canada, with his wife Dr. Cheryl Smits, a family doctor, and their 3 children. He is an avid marathon runner and is an Ironman triathlete.

9/11 9:00am pst - Michael Kotick is running in the 48th District for Orange County's hotly contested Congressional race! He joins host Janeane Bernstein 9/11/17 at 9:00am pst!

Fortune 100 Executive and Global Business Strategist
brings needed experience to flip the seat. 

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LAGUNA BEACH, CA – Fortune 100 Executive Michael Kotick (D – Orange County) has launched his campaign for the U.S. Congress in California’s 48th Congressional District.

Michael Kotick has an impressive track record. At 33, he has developed and managed over $1 billion dollars of business. He became one of the youngest executives in Fortune 100’s Nestlé pioneering new business models, and he designed and implemented an ongoing Orange County-based national program that addresses two critical issues: veteran employment and an auto industry technician shortage.Michael Kotick is also author of a new book that outlines business strategies for the ever-evolving digital and social media age

"Opportunities for our future are being neglected. I am running for office because the politics of yesterday are not the solutions for tomorrow. Business is evolving in unprecedented ways, along with the skills required to support its growth. We need to unite in action to ensure our economy thrives and our compassion for community deepens. I will fight for families and businesses in Orange County so they are protected, healthy, and prepared to succeed."

Through fresh leadership and the courage of conviction, Michael Kotick is dedicated to moving Orange County forward. He now asks Orange County voters to join his Congressional campaign to best represent the needs and hopes of California’s 48th District.

About Michael Kotick 
Michael Kotick is a New Generation leader. At 33, the southern California native and Laguna Beach resident has developed and managed over $1 billion dollars in business, while skyrocketing through the ranks of Fortune 100 giant Nestlé to become one of its youngest executives. Michael is also author of an innovative new book on business development in a digital and social media age. Declaring his Democratic candidacy for California’s 48th Congressional race, he brings a refreshing, candid voice to his District (Orange County): “Walls of no height nor intolerance to any degree will shield Americans from the need to advance in this increasingly complex world. Orange County can become a shining example of our nation’s strength and a united voice for our future.” 

Michael Kotick’s long-standing interest in business and public policy is built upon a formal economics education and includes two postgraduate degrees -- an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, and a Masters in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He also has a Behavioral Economics Certification from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In almost every year of business and schooling, Michael Kotick has received accolades for his leadership. He created a pioneering Orange County corporate partnership that guarantees job interviews for US Army Veterans when challenged to help solve an automotive industry labor shortage. He co-founded a new chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He was Student Body President in high school, Class President at Michigan State University, Student Body President while receiving his MBA, and helped his team win a Division One Big 10 Soccer Championship. 

At this critical time, Michael Kotick is inspired to public service. Encouraged by fellow business leaders, colleagues and family, he now asks Orange County voters to join his Congressional campaign to best represent the values and interests of California’s 48th District. 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Jake Shimabukuro just called in to our KUCI studios to talk to Janeane Bernstein about his up-coming gig at the Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA Friday, Sep 08, 2017 - 8:00PM

Jake Shimabukuro

Irvine Barclay Theatre - Irvine, CA

Friday, Sep 08, 2017 - 8:00PM

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About Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

“My mom played, and I kept bugging her to teach me,” he recalls. “So one day we sat down on the floor and she put her old Kamaka ukulele in my hands. I remember being so nervous. Then she showed me how to strum the strings and taught me my first chord. I fell in love with the ukulele immediately. From that day on, you had to pry the instrument away from me in order to get me to do anything else.”

That first brush with musical fate took place in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where Jake was born and still makes his home. Growing up, he studied and played a number of other musical instruments—drums, piano and guitar. “But none of those instruments spoke to me the way the ukulele did,” he says. “There was something about the uke that was different. Music was my passion, but I had no idea that I could make it as a musician. I always thought that maybe I’d be a school teacher and incorporate music into the classroom, rather than being on a stage performing in front of people.”

Of course, Shimabukuro would end up performing on many of the world’s most renowned stages. Starting his career in Hawai’i, he took his inspiration from some of the islands’ great uke players—Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. But he quickly expanded his scope from there, drawing influences from across the musical spectrum.

“As I got older,” he says, “I realized that I could also learn from guitar players, drummers, violinists, pianists, singers and even dancers. And then I started to observe athletes. Athletes are artists too. I was heavily influenced by people like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan – applying their philosophy and intense, mental focus to music performance.”

As a member of the group Pure Heart, Shimabukuro became a local phenomenon. From Hawai’i, his fame next spread to Japan. He was signed to Epic Records (Sony/Japan) in 2001 as a solo artist. It was the start of what would become a deep catalog of solo albums, noted for their dazzling fretwork, ambitious repertoire and wistful melodicism. And in 2005, Shimabukuro became an international phenomenon when a video of him performing the George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube.

“At the time, I didn’t even know what YouTube was,” Jake laughs. “Nobody did, especially in Hawai’i. But I had some friends who were going to college on the mainland and they sent me a link to the video. By the time I saw it, it already had millions of views. My name wasn’t even on it then. All it said was ‘Asian guy shreds on ukulele,’ or something like that. That’s what opened up the doors to touring in North America, Europe, Asia and beyond. It was a big turning point for me.”

By adapting a guitar hero anthem for the ukulele (Eric Clapton had played lead guitar on the Beatles’ original recording) Shimabukuro made a significant statement: The ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it. Along with his own original compositions, Jake became noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

“A lot of those are just songs that I really love,” he says. “I’d sit at home and work out how to play some of them on the ukulele. A lot of it is for my own curiosity. I always wondered, ‘Man, what would “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound like on a ukulele?’ And then it’s my stubborn nature not to give up until I’d figured out how to do it.”

Widespread acclaim brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Marty Friedman. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

Shimabukuro’s busy touring schedule—140 dates a year—is complemented by a rich and varied catalog of albums that capture the many moods of the uke. His most recent CD, Nashville Sessions, is one of his most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging records to date, blending elements of jazz virtuosity with heartfelt melodicism.

A husband and father of two, Jake balances his stellar career with
family life and community service. He travels to schools around the world spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug free and find their passion—just as he did at age four when his mother gave him his first ukulele lesson. In the time since then, he has played a key role in the current revival of interest in the ukulele.

“When I first started touring the mainland,” he recalls, “everybody would say, ‘Oh man, I didn’t know you could play that kind of music on that thing.’ But now there are so many iconic artists playing the ukulele, like Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Train, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Dave Mathews and Taylor Swift. Even popular cartoons like ‘Peg + Cat’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ have ukulele soundtracks. The popularity of the ukulele keeps growing every year. And I’m constantly discovering new sounds, styles and expressive possibilities within the instrument through projects like the Nashville Sessions album. By the time we finished that recording, I already had tons of ideas for the next album. I can’t wait to get back into the studio and experiment some more.”

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Singer, songwriter, composer Andrew Belle joins host Janeane Bernstein 9/4 at 9:15am on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show featuring Andrew Belle!

Chicago-based Andrew Belle has made a name for himself as one of our more compelling songwriters since releasing his debut album
The Ladder in 2010. Though that album held strong at number one for several weeks on iTunes's singer-songwriter chart and earned dozens of television and film licenses, Belle boldly followed a new muse on the album's electronic, alternative follow-up,
Black Bear. His third and latest album Dive Deep doubles down on the ethereal electronic sound of Black Bear, and sees Belle pushing himself to new depths as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a composer. Soaring choruses and moody arrangements abound on Dive Deep, a thoughtfully crafted and deeply felt album that deserves consideration among peers like James Blake and Bon Iver.

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Highly regarded parenting expert and author Sarah Ockwell-Smith called in to the KUCI studios to chat with host Janeane Bernstein 9/4/17 about her latest book, "Gentle Discipline - Using Emotional Connection – Not Punishment – to Raise Confident, Capable Kids

LISTEN to today's show featuring Sarah Ockwell-Smith!


Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four children and a highly regarded parenting expert whose work and expertise has been featured in major media including BBC News Magazine, WebMD, Buzzfeed, as well as national television and radio. She has a BSc in Psychology and has also undertaken training in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. A member of the British Sleep Society, Sarah specializes in gentle parenting methods as well as the science and psychology of parenting. She is co-founder of the GentleParenting website ( and writes a popular parenting blog at

“That’s the beauty of Ockwell-Smith’s guidance: she’s low on judgment and high on helpful insights into why your kid can go from angel to monster in 10 seconds flat. But what’s truly thought-provoking is Ockwell-Smith’s view that most common discipline methods don’t work. This is a handbook for end-of-their-rope parents looking for a fresh approach to discipline.” —BookPage

If you do a quick google search of “discipline” relative to children in the news, you’ll see recent studies show that punishment such as spanking has no benefits, and can lead to negative outcomes such as aggression, social issues, and mental health problems. Conventional approaches to discipline such as rewards & praise, punishment for bad behavior, etc. often don’t work and can even lead to more frustration, resentment, and power struggles at home and in the classroom. In her new release GENTLE DISCIPLINE: Using Emotional Connection – Not Punishment – to Raise Confident, Capable Kids (On Sale August 29, 2017), popular parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith helps parents (and educators) first understand why children misbehave so they can then address the root of the problem, and how to respond in a way that is effective, gentle, and conscious (view the complete press kit here for more info & suggested talking points). Among other things, Ockwell-Smith is available to discuss:

· The science of why and how children behave and learn, including common psychological and physiological behavior triggers to look for;

· Why modern-day methods in childcare and education, such as motivating kids to do better or punishing bad behavior, are often off the mark and ultimately ineffective;

· How to overcome our own parenting demons and manage our emotions, particularly anger and rage;

· Why low self-esteem might be the root of your child’s undesirable behavior and how to help.

Gentle Discipline focuses upon teaching and learning – for both the child and the guardian – in a compassionate, respectful, and mindful way. Whether looking to explore how discipline methods are often at odds with the way our children’s brains develop, how best to reinforce gentle discipline at home when school discipline tends to undermine parent efforts, or coping strategies for dealing with parenting anger, frustration, or despair, Sarah Ockwell-Smith can address it all.

9/4/17 author Robyn Stein Deluca called in to the KUCI studios to talk about her book, "The Hormone Myth - How Junk Science, Gender Politics, & Lies about PMS, Keep Women Down."

The Hormone Myth

How Junk Science, Gender Politics, & Lies about PMS, Keep Women Down

by Robyn Stein Deluca

LISTEN to today's show featuring Robyn Stein Deluca

“The Hormone Myth is a bracing, accurate breath of fresh air. It turns conventional wisdom about hormones on its head, and provides a far more liberating view of women’s health than what we’ve all been taught.”

Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

The myth of the hormone-crazed woman is so firmly entrenched in our culture it can be found everywhere from characters in popular films, to the words of presidential candidates, from business start-ups advertisements to twitter feeds.

But do women really become raving lunatics when their hormones fluctuate? And do they really act “baby-crazy” at a certain age?

Finally The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics, and Lies about PMS Keep Women Down by Robyn Stein Deluca (New Harbinger Publications, August 1, 2017, paperback, 200 pages, ISBN: 978-1-62625-509-8) explodes the myths around women’s hormones and proves how obsolete, and largely flawed, research combined with pervasive sexism, have perpetuated a hormone myth that lacks any scientific basis.

With a thorough exploration of women’s hormonal lives, from the initiation of menstruation through menopause, and a close look at recent scientific research, The Hormone Myth demands we all reject the negative stereotype of the hormone-crazed woman and embrace women's high functioning reality and true potential, across their lifetime.

About the author

Robyn Stein DeLuca, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the department of psychology at Stony Brook University, and was a core faculty member of the women’s and gender studies program for fifteen years. She has taught a multitude of courses on health, gender, and reproduction, and her research on postpartum depression and childbirth satisfaction has been published in scholarly psychology journals. Her TEDx Talk “The Good News About PMS” has had over one million views and has been translated into twenty-two languages.

​“Do hormones make women go a little crazy right before they get their menstrual period? Not really…. Written in a conversational tone, and full of helpful information about hormones (including an appendix primer on what each of them is and another on how to spot junk science), DeLuca’s guide is uplifting and empowering.”—Booklist, June 1, 2017

The Hormone Myth: How Junk Science, Gender Politics, and Lies about PMS Keep Women Down by Robyn Stein DeLuca

New Harbinger Publications, August 1, 2017, paperback

Coming up 7/17/24 9:00am - Janeane chats with Producer Jay Silverman about his latest film CAMERA, starring Beau Bridges

‘CAMERA’ starring Beau Bridges, centers around a young mute boy who uses an old film camera to express his point of view, with the help of ...