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Monday, March 20, 2017

24TH ANNUAL LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL HONORS COMPOSER MEGAN CAVALLARI ON MARCH 23RD! Host Janeane Bernstein chats with Megan Cavallari tomorrow on KUCI 88.9fm before this great honor!

The 24th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival will honor composer Megan Cavallari with the Integrity Award on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7 pm at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival empowers women artists to engage and inspire communities through the production of multidisciplinary solo performances and education outreach. The Annual Festival honors the achievement of extraordinary women in theatre. The Integrity Award is presented to an artist or individual who has brought credibility and dignity to her work.

Cavallari has worked on more than 50 film scores as performer, arranger, conductor or composer. She has composed for the L.A. Kings; has worked on 25 television shows; 16 stage musicals; and written hundreds of songs, jingles and assorted musical offerings.

In a world dominated by men, Cavallari’s critically acclaimed musicals have played at such theatres as The Mark Taper Forum, The York (NYC) Barrington Stage, 5th Avenue Playhouse (Seattle), The Ordway (St. Paul), The Under the Stars (Houston) and Living Arts Centre (Toronto).

Cavallari has won three ASCAP Awards, a BMI Award, two IRNE Awards, two Cynopsis Media Award, two Telly Awards, a FAHF Humanitarian Award, a Yip Harburg Award, a Founders Day Award, a Vollenberg Grant and has two platinum albums.

She recently launched The Talk Foundation Project, where she records the thoughts and observations of children with life-threatening and chronic diseases. She also faces the challenges of raising a twelve-year old daughter with juvenile arthritis.

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre is located at 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90027. Please visit the following website for further information and tickets: http://www.lawtf.org/

Agustín Fuentes, Notre Dame anthropologist shares his latest book, "The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional."

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Agustín Fuentes, Notre Dame anthropologist discusses how our capacity for creativity is what has made humans exceptional.

Creativity: it’s the secret of what makes humans special. Agustín Fuentes, professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at University of Notre Dame, brings us this optimistic assertion, that we are defined as a species by our unique capacity for creativity and collaboration, in THE CREATIVE SPARK, a sweeping overview of the history and continued legacy of human creativity. Weaving fascinating stories about our ancestors, Fuentes explores how creativity has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, for good and for bad, over millions of years, defining and refining what it means to be human.

Agustín Fuentes will discuss:

· The history and trajectory of human creativity, from selective foraging and hunting to the marvels of modern technology.

· The unique relationship between humans and dogs, the only domesticated animal that shaped our evolutionary path even as we shaped theirs.

· What set the stage for modern warfare, and a controversial explanation of large-scale human violence.

· Evidence that men are not inherently more violent and women are not inherently more domestic.

· The dark side of human creativity—how social constructs such as race, gender, and nationality incite conflict at levels not seen in other species.

· Actionable and concrete steps we can take, individually and as a community, to harness our own creative power when it comes to food, sex, art, science, and more.

As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can't accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in.

About the Author:

Agustín Fuentes is a professor and the chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology and a National Geographic Explorer. He has contributed to Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Salon.com, and Slate.com. He is the author of Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You, and winner of the W.W. Howells Book Award. He lives in Indiana.

About the book:

A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the species on Earth?

Creativity. It is the secret of what makes humans special, hiding in plain sight. Agustín Fuentes argues that your child's finger painting comes essentially from the same place as creativity in hunting and gathering millions of years ago, and throughout history in making war and peace, in intimate relationships, in shaping the planet, in our communities, and in all of art, religion, and even science. It requires imagination and collaboration. Every poet has her muse; every engineer, an architect; every politician, a constituency. The manner of the collaborations varies widely, but successful collaboration is inseparable from imagination, and it brought us everything from knives and hot meals to iPhones and interstellar spacecraft.

Weaving fascinating stories of our ancient ancestors' creativity, Fuentes finds the patterns that match modern behavior in humans and animals. This key quality has propelled the evolutionary development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. It's not the drive to reproduce; nor competition for mates, or resources, or power; nor our propensity for caring for one another that have separated us out from all other creatures.

As Fuentes concludes, to make something lasting and useful today you need to understand the nature of your collaboration with others, what imagination can and can't accomplish, and, finally, just how completely our creativity is responsible for the world we live in. Agustín Fuentes's resounding multimillion-year perspective will inspire readers—and spark all kinds of creativity.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bestselling author Subir Chowdhury joined host Janeane Bernstein Monday March 20 at 9:15am pst about his book, The Difference - When Good Enough Isn't Enough.

What are the Simple Characteristics that Separates Good Companies from Great Companies, “Good Enough” Organizational Cultures from Exceptional Ones?

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When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough

Renowned management consultant for Fortune 500 companies and bestselling author of The Power of Six Sigma and The Ice Cream Maker, Subir Chowdhury is best known for having transformed the quality of the products and processes at many of the world’s leading manufacturers over the past two decades. In THE DIFFERENCE: WHEN GOOD ENOUGH ISN'T ENOUGH, Chowdhury tackles an issue that has haunted him for decades in his work with many of the world’s largest organizations. Why is it that some companies improve only incrementally, while others improve one hundred times that? After all, the ideas and training are the same. What is the difference?

THE DIFFERENCE reveals that what distinguishes one organization from another is its culture— its people. The best processes and training programs in the world will not succeed, unless organizations nurture the skills, loyalty and passion of the people who make up their workforce—from the C-suite to the shop floor. Drawing from examples in his own life and career, Chowdhury illustrates why having a “caring mindset” is essential for both personal and professional success.

What is a caring mindset and culture? It is one built on what Chowdhury calls “STAR” attributes: Straightforwardness, Thoughtfulness, Accountability, and Resolve.

Illuminated with stories from his consulting work and his impoverished childhood growing up in Bangladesh, Chowdhury encourages each of us to be the difference in our lives.

A powerful guide to living a successful life and career, THE DIFFERENCE will inspire you to care more deeply about what matters most, at work, at home and in our communities.

SUBIR CHOWDHURY is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and consultants, who works with Fortune 500 companies to improve their processes, operations, quality and performance. His clients saved billions of dollars by deploying process improvement methodologies. He is the bestselling author of The Power of Six Sigma, and The Ice Cream Maker. Chowdhury lives in Los Angeles. For more information on Subir and The Difference please visit subirchowdhury.com or follow him on Twitter (@subirchowdhury) and Facebook (@subirchowdhuryauthor).

Ellen Hopkins, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath, joins host Janeane Bernstein Monday March 20 at 9:00am pst!

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Ellen Hopkins—who has been called “the bestselling living poet in the country” by mediabistro.com—has over four million books in print, many reaching #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her latest book, The You I've Never Known, is out now and host Janeane Bernstein will be sharing details on this latest work!

For the first time in both verse and prose, Ellen delivers a “deeply personal” (Publishers Weekly) novel where a teenager discovers uncovers a startling truth: her mother didn’t abandon her. Her father kidnapped her. In the vein of NBC’s This is Us, we follow the story of a teen mother (Maya) and daughter (Ariel) looking for the missing pieces in their lives.

The real twist? The author has experienced a kidnapping like this first hand!

The book is not just a thriller, but also tackles issues of love and sexual identity, in an emotionally deep way. As Ariel navigates through high school, she explores her sexual identity and develops relationships with both a male and female character.

Ellen Hopkins has been writing for Young Adults for 13 years, and is one of the first YA authors to continuously tackle tough issues successfully. She feels it is important to reach the teen readers that demand a story that’s deeper than just fluff, something that they can hold onto and that helps them understand that they are not alone in the world.

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.

I was adopted at birth and raised by a great, loving older couple. I grew up in Palm Springs CA, although we summered in Napa and Lake Tahoe, to avoid those 120 degree summers. After my adopted parents died, I did find my birth mother, who lives in Michigan with my half sister.

I studied journalism in college, but left school to marry, raise kids and start my own business--a video store, before the mega-chains were out there. After a divorce, I met my current husband and we moved to Tahoe to become ski bums and otherwise try to find our dreams. At that time, I went to work for a small alternative press, writing stories and eventually editing.

When we moved down the mountain to the Reno area, I started writing nonfiction books, many of which you can see here. The rest are viewable on my personal website. I also continued to freelance articles for newspapers and magazines.

All that has changed, with the publication of my novel, CRANK, which has led to a valued career writing YA novels in verse, all of which explore the more difficult situations young adults often find themselves in. Will I ever write one in prose? No doubt! But, for the moment, writing novels in verse fulfills two needs: writing poetry and writing fiction. The combination is so interesting!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Isaac Lidskey, former Saved by the Bell star-turned-entrepreneur, shares his journey of becoming blind…and then learning to see with “Eyes Wide Open”

On Wednesday March 15, 2017, host Janeane Bernstein chatted with former Saved by the Bell star-turned-entrepreneur, Isaac Lidsky, who shared his journey of becoming blind…and then learning to see with “Eyes Wide Open.”

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In his popular new TED Talk "What reality are you creating for yourself?," former Saved by the Bell teen star-turned-entrepreneur Isaac Lidsky recalls how the sales person he waved to in the store was really a mannequin, and how he reached down to wash his hands and realized it was a urinal and not a sink. He learned of his diagnosis at thirteen: Retinitis Piegmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that would lead to his blindness by age 25. After initially believing his blindness signaled the end of his independence and achievement, Lidsky found other pathways of perception, turning his life around with his Eyes Wide Open philosophy. He graduated from Harvard Law School, worked as a law clerk under the guidance of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and eventually became a highly successful entrepreneur and family man.

In his new book EYES WIDE OPEN: Overcoming Obstacles and Recognizing Opportunities in a World That Cant’s See Clearly, Isaac Lidsky probes the many facets of perception, detailing the neuroscience of sight and drawing on his own experience to show how our perception shapes—and often limits—our reality.

Isaac Lidsky will share how his journey taught him to:

· face fears in moments of crisis or extreme change and shape his own reality;

· focus his viewpoint when it came to so-called “weaknesses;”

· tackle the perception of luck;

· listen with “eyes wide open” to better understand what others are communicating.

Isaac Lidsky shares how to live with freedom from self-limitations and to lead life with deeper awareness, understanding, accountability, and success.

About the Author:

Isaac Lidsky has an eclectic resume. He played “Weasel” on Saved by the Bell: The New Class; graduated from Harvard College at age nineteen with a degree in mathematics and computer science; graduated from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; transformed a struggling $15 million concrete subcontractor into an industry-leading $150 million business; and founded Hope for Vision, a nonprofit that funds the development of treatments for blinding diseases. Lidsky was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease of the retina that caused him to gradually lose his sight. Lidsky lives Florida with his wife and four children. Learn more at www.Lidsky.com.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jake Shimabukuro, one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument, joined host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm Monday March 13 at 9:00am pst!

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Visit: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/

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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. He is 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 theukulele 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 widerange 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 playedfor 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 Sessionsalbum. 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.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Christine Gross-Loh, a freelance journalist and author of The Path, joined Janeane Bernstein Monday at 9:45am pst on KUCI 88.9fm

Christine Gross-Loh
Christine Gross-Loh

Author, writer. THE PATH: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. Bylines: @theatlantic, @wsj, @guardian, @nytimeswell @voxdotcom

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Christine Gross-Loh is a freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and the Huffington Post. She has a PhD from Harvard University in East Asian history.

The Path - NYT and International BestsellerPraise for THE PATH:
“Puett’s dynamism translates well from his classroom theater onto the page, and his provocative, radical re-envisioning of everyday living through Chinese philosophy opens wide the “possibilities for thinking afresh about ourselves and about our future.” His text presents creative alternatives to the stale “confines of our narrative.” With philosophical consideration, our methods of interacting and coexisting may, as the author promises, have the power to better our lives and our relationships. With its academic tone and spirited, convincing vision, revolutionary new insights can be gleaned from this book on how to approach life’s multifarious situations with both heart and head.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“[Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh's] accessible, conversational style introduces anyone with interest to what Chinese sages suggested about giving meaning to our days. Even more impressive, they inspire interest.”

—Huffington Post

“The Path illuminates a little-known spiritual and intellectual landscape: the rich body of Chinese thought that, starting more than two millennia ago, charted new approaches to living a meaningful life. But Puett goes a lot further, creatively applying this ancient thought to the dilemmas of modern life. The result is a fresh recipe for harnessing our natural energies and emotions to strengthen social connection and build islands of order amid the chaos that sometimes surrounds us.”

—Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God

“I read The Path in one sitting and have been talking about it to everyone. It’s brilliant, mesmerizing, profound—and deeply contrarian. It stands conventional wisdom on its head and points the way to a life of genuine fulfillment and meaning.”

—Amy Chua, Yale Law professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

“This is a book that turns the notion of help—and the self, for that matter—on its head. Puett and Gross-Loh bring seemingly esoteric concepts down to Earth, where we can see them more clearly. The result is a philosophy book grounded in the here and now, and brimming with nuggets of insight. No fortune-cookie this, The Path serves up a buffet of meaty life lessons. I found myself reading and re-reading sections, letting the wisdom steep like a good cup of tea.”

—Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss and The Geography of Genius

Each fall, Harvard professor Michael Puett begins his freshman survey of Chinese Philosophy with a promise – if you take the ideas in these texts seriously, they will change your life. Confucius’s Analects, the Dao de jing, the writings of Mencius: Ancient texts handed down over millennia in a land more than 7000 miles away. These texts, you ask, will change my life? Many students, even those bound for Wall Street, say the class has done just that. And we have one better: we suspect they may change yours, too.

In his inspiring book THE PATH: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life, written with Christine Gross-Loh, Puett brings these texts out of the University and into the world, encouraging us to put aside traditional Western ideas about “the good life” and to engage with the philosophies of key Chinese thinkers.

A course the administration thought would barely draw 100 students has, in nine years, inspired such an overflow of requests to attend that it was forced to move to the majestic Sanders Theater – the biggest room on campus – where 700 students now crowd into that hall every semester for Puett’s legendary seminar, “Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory.” It is Harvard’s third most popular class after “Computer Science” and “The Principles of Economics.” And life-changing indeed have these ideas been. For students pressured to push ahead with big pre-set goals and achieve individual excellence, this ancient way of thinking about life seems to them nothing less than revelatory – and a huge relief.

But of course it isn’t only students who feel this pressure to succeed; it’s every one of us. And while our culture rewards ambition, that ambition often leaves us wanting for happiness, for peace, and for reassurance. So for Westerners, to say nothing of Harvard students, when these are ideas are put into practice they may even seem almost subversive.

According to the wisdom of the sages in THE PATH, in making subtle adjustments to way we move through our day, the most dramatic changes can – and will – occur. By engaging with these texts, we can make profound shifts in our thinking, not only about what we can control, but about what success and happiness really are; we can stop thinking about what we’d like to become, and focus more on how we want to be.

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is the recipient of a Harvard College Professorship for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH Founder and President of The Foundation for Art & Healing, joins Janeane Bernstein Monday 9:30am pst LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH

Founder and President



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As a practicing general internist for many years, Dr. Nobel experienced “the front lines” of health care and its delivery. Currently, through his faculty appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Nobel’s teaching, research, and community based projects address the design of healthcare delivery systems that improve quality, cost-effectiveness and access. His work has been the basis of significant improvements in preventative, acute, chronic, rehabilitative, and end of life medical care that focus on understanding what quality healthcare means from a patient perspective, and how best to deliver it.

Dr. Nobel is also a recognized leader in the field of medical humanities, an interdisciplinary endeavor that draws on a diverse range of fields, including the creative arts, to inform medical education and practice. He is the founder and president of the Foundation for Art and Healing (www.artandhealing.org), an organization dedicated to exploring the important relationship between creative expression and health and well-being, and bringing those benefits to individuals and communities. The foundation is actively involved in creating a broader societal awareness that arts-based activities can improve health, while simultaneously developing and distributing innovative programs to the field, and promoting an active research agenda. Also a published poet, Dr. Nobel has received several awards for his poetry including the Bain-Swiggett Prize from Princeton University, and the American Academy of Poets Prize from the University of Pennsylvania.

The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to use its position as a “bridge” to create and expand general awareness about art and healing, to bring forward through research and related explorations critical knowledge about art and healing and the relationship between them, and to help make this knowledge available at the individual and community level.

Michelle Poler, Speaker, Youtuber and founder of "Hello Fears" and "100 days Without Fear," joined host Janeane Bernstein Monday at 9:15am pst Monday on KUCI 88.9fm

Michelle Poler


Fear Facer 
Creator of Hello Fears and 100 Days Without Fear 


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Hello Fears"Facing your fears is scary, but living in fear is terrifying."

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela to a family of holocaust survivors, Michelle was accustomed to living with fear. But when she moved to New York to pursue a Masters in Branding at the School of Visual Arts, Michelle quickly realized that NYC was not for the fearful.

In efforts to re-write her definition of fear, Michelle completed a project where she faced 100 fears in 100 days. At around day 40, the project was discovered by the media becoming a viral phenomenon.

Facing her fears took Michelle to TEDx’s stage where she completed her 100th challenge. This helped her turn a personal project into a global movement, allowing her to quit her job as Art Director in Y&R to pursue her passion.

Michelle discovered that inspiring others to go after their fears was her new calling. She is now touring the world speaking at companies, schools and organizations teaching audiences how to step outside their comfort zones as a way to tap into their full potential.

She is also the founder at Hello Fears, a platform where everyday people get to inspire everyday people with stories of courage.

The following is from 100dayswithoutfear.com and in Michelle's own words.

Thinking about it, living in fear worked out pretty good for me. I got to live a controlled lifestyle where things would normally go according to plan. Until now.

In 2014, I moved to New York City to start a Master's Degree in Branding at the School of Visual Arts. Trying to control New York was a complete nightmare, but what really pushed me to pursue this project was not the controlled lifestyle I was leaving behind, but the frustration of not enjoying this city and life in general to the fullest. Since the unknown has proven to be so much more fulfilling than the familiar, I decided to face all of my fears one by one being completely vulnerable about it and trying to enjoy the ride.

On October 18th, 2015 I faced my last fear: to speak at TEDxHouston. I not only faced the big fear of public speaking but I empowered millions to step out of their comfort zone and live a life without fear, which is the biggest reward I obtained by starting this amazing initiative. From that day on I decided to dedicate my life to encourage as many people as possible to start living a more fulfilled lifestyle by speaking at schools, organizations and companies all over the world.

I also launched an online platform for everyday people to get inspired by everyday people. Hello Fears is a community of non-conformists who understand there is no such thing as being fearless but appreciate bravery in every way.

If you'd like me to speak at your next event, please contact knocknock@hellofears.com

Follow me on Youtube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat: @dayswofear

Jake Shimabukuro, one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument, joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9fm Monday March 13 at 9:00am pst!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Leah Segedie, Founder & Principal Bookieboo Network, ShiftCon Social Media Conference, Green/Wellness Blogger Conference, and Mamavation joins Janeane Bernstein Monday 3/6/17 at 9:30am PST!

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Leah Segedie - Founder & Principal
Bookieboo Network (Digital marketing firm w/ over 10,000 bloggers)
ShiftCon Social Media Conference--Green/Wellness Blogger Conference
Mamavation--Disease Prevention Community for Moms
Twitter | Facebook | Linked-in | Pinterest | Instagram
9th Most Influential Mom Blogger--Cision Media
Shape Magazine "Mother of the Year"
As seen in CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, Headline News, CNN, Yahoo (front page), Readers Digest, Ladies Home Journal, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, The Huffington Post, Women's Day, Fitness Rx, & The Hybrid Mom.
"Women who behave seldom make history."

Leah Segedie’s Official Bio

Leah Segedie is the founder of the Mamavation® community, ShiftCon Social Media Conference, food activist and social media consultant. Through the Mamavation community, she teaches “digital moms” healthy living practices to combat disease in their home. The community members of Mamavation have lost over 3,500 lbs. Leah is also a very passionate food activist. She organizes trending twitter parties monthly to educate the public about the food supply and other issues impacting public health. She also organizes blogging efforts through her network and hosts the ShiftCon Social Media Conference where green and wellness bloggers gather annually. And brands love to work with Leah because she has over 10,000 bloggers in the Bookieboo Network to create wellness related campaigns with.

Leah has been recognized for several feats in her professional and personal life such as being named “Mom of the Year” by Shape Magazine, being named the 4th most Influential Mom Blogger by Cision Media, Top 10 Woman Changing School Nutrition, compared to Lady Gaga for her unique social media tactics in The Huffington Post, and Favorite Weight Loss Blog by Fitness Magazine. Her story, communities and work have also been featured in the following publications: CNN, ABC, NBC, The O’Reiley factor, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Talk, Yahoo, Ladies Home Journal, Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, The Huffington Post, Women’s Day, Fitness RX, International Business Times, Babble, etc.

Leah has a Masters in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She was also Commencement Speaker during her 2001 Graduation Ceremony at the University of Southern California when she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband and three young children. Leah Segedie can be reached on twitter as @bookieboo or emailed at leahsegedie(at)bookieboo(dot)com.

In Leah's own words...

Why Mamavation? The Very Beginning of My Story

Months after my husband and I celebrated our first pregnancy, I found out my father had Mesothelioma, which is a rare form of lung cancer derived from exposure to asbestos. So instead of celebrating life, I was forced to confront one of the saddest parts of life–the slow death of a loved one. Mesothelioma is one of those forms of cancer that have a very low survival rate. Basically, once they find it, it’s over. He was given six months to live and I vowed to be there almost everyday of it caring for him, which I did while I was pregnant, and he vowed to see his first grandchild born.

My father fought his cancer hard with conventional treatments. He wanted to be there to see his first grandchild and survive for my mom. But after looking back at it, I wish he hadn’t of sought treatment. In my opinion, it made him weaker and stole time from him…time that could have been spent doing happy things. So I understand when people say they don’t want conventional cancer treatments because I’ve seen the very ugly side of it. I’ve had an eating disorder since about 1st grade and as I took care of my father, my eating disorder kicked into high gear. I held things together for everyone, but ate my feelings so I didn’t have to feel them. During the pregnancy, I gained about 65 lbs.

In my father’s weakened state he did manage to see his first grandchild. In fact, he was at the birth on my left side seated by my head with his oxygen machine and a look of concern and excitement. He couldn’t see anything, but my mother, mother-in-law and husband could. I actually don’t embarrass easily, so this was fine by me to let my family experience the moment together. It was a gift I gave everyone…one of the last gifts I could give everyone as a family.

About three months after the baby was born, my father died and I was at his side when it happened. I remember screaming and crying when it happened because I felt like someone had just ripped my heart out of my chest. And because he died of Mesothelioma, the coroner had to come and take his body away for an autopsy, which is not a pretty sight. Then there was a funeral and a ton of family drama and when I came up to breathe, I realized that I was a mother now and I had to stop mourning. I had to be there for my baby. It’s not like I wasn’t already there for him, I was…I just wasn’t able to enjoy him as a normal mother would because of the circumstances. And that was when the world came crashing down on me. I started to look into the mirror and I was over 250 lbs. and a size 22. The weight didn’t magically disappear like I thought it would after I gave birth. I was so heavy, in fact, that I was having trouble walking. I have a genetic hip condition called hip dysplasia and when I’m at a certain weight, my hips basically give out on me and make it painful to walk. So I was extremely overweight, depressed, grieving, caring for a newborn, and unsure of what the future was going to bring.

And that’s when it happened….my Epiphany. I looked into my baby’s eyes and asked myself what kind of future I wanted for my son. And the one thing that screamed inside my soul was health. I wanted him to be healthy. I didn’t want him to be extremely overweight and sad and depressed like I was. I wanted something different for him. And I knew instinctively that I had to change my ways in order to give him a better life, because he was going to copy everything I did. I needed to be a good role model. So after I cried my eyes out, I went to the refrigerator and threw away all the diet soda. At the time, I didn’t realize that diet soda actually makes you fatter, but something just told me that giving up soda would be a good first step. My next promise to myself was to give up McDonalds. You see, fast food was a daily thing for me. I didn’t enjoy cooking so the drive-thru was something my husband and I relied on frequently. And finally, I got up off my ass and went for a walk around the block. It wasn’t that far, but it was painful. And with every step, I told myself that I could do anything for my child…and I did.

My Weight Loss Journey

It all started with walking. After walking for about five minutes, my hips would warm up and the pain would go away and that allowed me to go further and further. Those small steps allowed me to lose five pounds in one week. I’ll never forget weighing myself on the scale naked and dancing in my bathroom. I hadn’t felt that accomplished in a very long time. It was small, but I didn’t care. It was something. And it was a breakthrough and just the lift I needed to keep going. The next week, I did the same thing and lost more weight. It wasn’t as much, but that didn’t matter. And again the next week. Months later, walking became a bit easy for me and I went into the cabinet and dusted off a Tae Bo DVD that someone had given me forever ago. I put it in and tried one of the workouts. I barely made it to the half way mark but I really enjoyed the movements and the feeling of accomplishment it gave me. And I got a kick out of (pardon the pun) Billy Blanks giving me encouragement. Weeks turned into months and months turned into years. I worked out inside my home about 6 days per week. I never stopped. There were several times that I stumbled, but I picked myself up because this change was a long term goal. The small stumbles didn’t matter. I was in it for the long haul. I was determined to become healthier for my child, which was a strength I had never had before. There wasn’t anything I couldn’t have done for him. I had tapped into this intense form of determination that comes instinctively after becoming a mom. It’s a fierce, loving and never ending passion for a child that allows you to work miracles for them. It’s that mother lion inside all of us.

And my diet changed a great deal too. At first, I was all about “calorie in calorie out” to lose weight, but then that stopped working. I ending up figuring out through trial and error that my body was very sensitive to high glycemic foods like bread, pasta, rice and desserts. So I ate a ton more fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. And I basically gave up dessert all together unless it was fruit and I stopped drinking anything other than milk, coffee, water and tea. I also limited my alcohol to once per month. But it wasn’t all drudgery. After a couple of months, I started really enjoying my new diet. I started to develop a taste for food in it’s natural state. My taste buds literally changed. I started enjoying cooking and playing around in the kitchen. I didn’t miss the fast food at all. And the idea of drinking soda and eating fast food again made me nauseous.

Not only did I change what I was eating, but I started reading every label. Before food was all about taste and convenience to me, now I started paying attention to what it was made of. And I started going down the supermarket aisles looking to see if there was ONE thing that didn’t have 64 ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce without a chemistry degree. And that was hard to find, which was disappointing. And I thought, no wonder…things HAD to start changing.

A New Life and Passion

Two years later, I had lost over 100 lbs. My resting heart rate was about 60 beats per minute and I was feeling amazing. The depression and sadness was gone. I didn’t feel hopeless anymore at all. And I was at a point in my life that I wanted to give back. I had learned so much through my health journey that I wanted to help other women that struggled. And it wasn’t just women that I was concerned with, I wanted to help moms so in turn I could help an entire family. So with about $20 I started up my first social media community. It started off as a hobby, but it grew very quickly. I was written up in several magazines like Ladies Home Journal, Shape & Fitness Magazine about my weight loss story and inspiring health-based community. Thousands of women all across the United States joined me in my quest to role model healthy behavior for their families. And then Mamavation was born shortly thereafter as a way for me to dive deeper into health topics. Over the years, we’ve assisted women lose over 3,500 lbs. through support, encouragement & professional direction from Dietitians and Personal Trainers associated with the site.

And then I had another Epiphany.

I realized that there was more to health than just weight loss. Weight loss was only part of the picture. I started thinking about all the relatives I had that had died of cancer: my father, uncle, aunt, and several family friends. Most of them were relatively thin and they had still died. In fact, most of the people that I knew that died younger than the average American were NOT particularly overweight at all. So I started researching cancer and carcinogens and was shocked to discover so many different exposures to toxins in our everyday lives. And cancer wasn’t the only issue. There were more recent issues such as early puberty in girls, metabolic diseases in young children, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and an increase in Autism, allergies, ADHD & ashthma. In fact, there were so many chronic diseases increasing since I was a young girl, I was shocked. And I was thinking WTF is going on? And because my own son was diagnosed with Autism years ago, I was paying close attention to what was different in all the consumer products we take for granted. And that is when I stumbled across a video of a woman named Robyn O’Brien who asked me to consider how our food has changed since I was born.

Later that week, I read in the LA Times that Prop. 37 made the ballot, which was an initiative to label GMOs in California. And I knew I had to help. I had a background in politics, fundraising and creating strategic communication campaigns online…and I had an entire army of bloggers in my network that I used to create social media campaigns with. This could be the most important social media campaign of my life. So I contacted the campaign and donated hundreds of hours of my time. Over two short months, I helped them organize 650 other mom bloggers across the country to ask their communities if they wanted a right to know if their food was genetically modified or not. The answer from everyone was YES! We were written up in the LA Times as the best use of social media by a campaign initiative EVAH. And that made me feel really good because I had worked my ass off helping them organize twitter parties, facebook parties and blog posts all over the internet totaling just over 600 million impressions. And then the results came back extremely close…but we lost.

But really, we didn’t lose. The opposition had spent over $40 Million dollars telling everyone all over the country there was something called a GMO in their food but they weren’t going to label it. Thanks guys! Just like when you tell a toddler not to touch the red button, they want to touch the red button. You tell million of Americans there is something called a GMO in their food but they aren’t allowed to know where it is, they want to know where it is. I swear the people who write these communication plans for the biotech industry are smoking crack or have never bothered to take a simple psychology class because they keep operating as if transparency is important for everyone…but them.

After helping out with the Washington & Oregon proposition, I realized that blogger who were affiliated with the food movement needed to meet up annually. So I then started up the ShiftCon Social Media Conference as a way for online influencers to further the issues of the food movement and environmental causes affecting the health of families. ShiftCon is a way for bloggers and other influencers to learn more about wellness and environmental issues, grow their platforms so their voices become stronger, and meet with brands that are providing us with safer food and safer consumer products. ShiftCon will be in it’s third year this year in New Orleans. And time has gone by really fast. But I see this as just the beginning of the work I want to do to make people in the U.S. healthier. Disease prevention is my thing.
Random Facts About Me
I love cats, but my husband is allergic to them. To be with him I had to give up my beloved black cat who could fetch and play dead just like a dog. If I come to your house and you have a cat, I’ll spend most of my time petting your feline. If my husband dies first, I’ll become a crazy cat lady.
I’m a technology vampire. I suck the life out of anything with a cord attached. Every time I get a new computer, it’s broken within 4-6 months. Thank GAWD my husband is an Information Technology professional. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to have this career.
My mother is my nanny. After my father died, she moved up to the city where I lived and helps me with the kids every day. I couldn’t do this without her.
I was “born in the caul” otherwise known as a “caulbearer,” which means when I was born the amniotic sac never broke. The nurse midwife that delivered me broke the sac herself. This is of special significance to some cultures meaning I have special leadership or psychic abilities. But in medieval times I also could have been burned at the stake or killed and had my skin sold as a relic. Thank GAWD they don’t do that today. My middle son was also born this way.
If I don’t work out once at least every three days, I’m the biggest bitch EVAH. Physical activity really helps me with my mood and I love it. My favorite activities are Taebo, kickboxing, hiking in nature and weight training.
When I graduated with my Bachelors at the University of Southern California, I was the speaker for my major. Yes, me. That was only the beginning of my public speaking career.
One year my son got a coupon from McDonalds after improving in math in his public school, so every year I go to their shareholder meeting demanding they stop marketing to young children in schools.
I’m as white as a ghost and have about a million freckles. I used to hate them and now I love every single one of them.
In 2015, the American Association of Pediatrics kicked Monsanto out as a sponsor after having a meeting with me.
My nickname in high school was “firecrotch” because my girlfriend saw me naked once and noticed the curtains matched the drapes and told EVERYONE. That nickname was hard to forget.
My oldest son has Autism and my youngest son has food allergies to wheat, dairy, treenuts and peanuts. Thus I understand many of the issues plaguing mothers today and have a unique perspective to help support.
I love run-on sentences and using …

Amy Morin, LCSW, Speaker, WSJ Bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, Psychotherapist, @Forbes, @Inc columnist, @Verywell Parenting Expert, #TEDx speaker, joined Janeane Monday at 9:00am PST LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm!

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Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and a lecturer at Northeastern University. She’s been dubbed the “self-help guru of the moment,” by The Guardian and Forbes refers to her as a “thought leadership star.”

Her knowledge of mental strength stems far beyond her professional experience. She’s experienced a series of losses in her personal life that gave her first-hand insight into the strategies that build resilience.

In 2013, her article 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do was read by over 30 million people around the world. Her best-selling book, also called, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, is being translated into 25 languages.

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Amy’s advice has been featured by a number of media outlets, including: Parenting, Time, Fast Company, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, Success, Oprah.com, Health, Fox News, US News & World Report, and The Washington Post. She has also provided on-camera interviews for Fox Business, Forbes, TheBlaze TV and an upcoming documentary with Red Bull. She’s a frequent guest on a variety of radio shows as well.

Amy serves as Verywell’s Parenting Teens Expert and Child Discipline Expert. She’s a regular contributor to Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today.

A sought after speaker, Amy loves to share the latest research on resilience and the best strategies for overcoming adversity and building mental muscle.

Amy’s message resonates with people from athletes to entrepreneurs to parents and people battling depression.

Developing mental strength isn’t about acting tough or ignoring your feelings – it’s about learning how to regulate your thoughts, manage your emotions, and behave productively despite your circumstances.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Actor Scott Patterson, known for his role as Luke Danes in "Gilmore Girls," shares all the details about his love of music and his latest music project, SMITHRADIO, Monday March 27 - KUCI 88.9fm and streaming on www.kuci.org!


Scott Patterson formed his first band in third grade and started writing his own material at thirteen. Since that time he's compiled well over 500 songs that cover all genres and styles. His newest band - SMITHRADIO - is a power blues/rock group that has already garnered rave reviews after just three concerts. Influenced by the iconic, big arena sound of the early seventies, SMITHRADIO offers searing guitars, big beats and passionate vocals along with heartfelt ballads.

SMITHRADIO released their first single “HAHA SONG” on November 23, 2016 and it debuted at #1 on the iTunes Indie Rock Chart and stayed there for several weeks. SMITHRADIO’s second single “FORGOTTEN HERO” will be released on 3/17/17 and Scott will be giving a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the song as well as from the sale of new limited edition hoodie to a charity to help those who suffer with PTSD.

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