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Friday, February 23, 2018

Chris Hunter of the plant-based nutrition company, Koia, called in to our KUCI studios to talk about plant-based protein, how he started this company, and more!

LISTEN to today's featured guest,
Chris Hunter, co-founder of koia!

Chris spoke about:
1. How the company was started
2. Where the name Koia came from and if there is a meaning behind the name.
3. Why plant-based is such a strong trend right now
4. Benefits
5. Where the logo originated and the meaning
6. How their product is different from others out there
7. Lessons learned about this competitive industry. Advice to others.
 Learn more about koia >www.drinkkoia.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/20/18 - National Geographic writer, Daniel Stone, shares the true adventures of David Fairchild in his new book, The Food Explorer - The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist who Transformed What America Eats

Listen to today's featured guest, Daniel Stone! 

National Geographic writer shares the true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes--and thousands more--to the American plate

In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Daniel Stone, a staff writer for National Geographic, shares this little known story in his new book, The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of a Globetrotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats. Stone takes readers on David Fairchild’s exciting culinary journey, from Java to Baghdad, Corsica and Bavaria, and many stops in between. Along the way, Fairchild was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. He also found love marrying Marian Bell, the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.

Daniel Stone shares some of the things that Fairchild introduced to America, including:

· Avocados, which he brought from Chile

· Kale, the superfood of our time, which began as low-class food in Croatia

· The Meyer lemon and Florida’s famous oranges, which originated in China.

· Egyptian cotton, a botanical creation in Egypt as a result of America’s Civil War.

· The cherry blossom tree from Japan, which has forever brightened America’s capital.

· Mangoes, of which Fairchild collected more than 30 varieties, some still growing today.

With stories taken directly from Fairchild’s unpublished journals and letters, as well as never-before-seen photographs from remote parts of the world, THE FOOD EXPLORER is as rich and satisfying as a ripe Georgia peach (which, by the way, came from China).


Daniel Stone is a staff writer for National Geographic and a former White House correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. A native of Los Angeles, he holds degrees from UC Davis and John Hopkins University.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Brooke Fenn called in to our KUCI studios to talk about what she is doing to #BLAZEITFORWARD!

LISTEN to Brooke Fenn share what she is doing to #BlazeItForward

Brooke Fenn is a 36 year old Single Mom of 2, and lover of Jesus. She was an Interior Designer for 15 years, and spent the last 7 doing it at a corporate level. This past October, when her Father and Business Partner discovered AR Workshop in Arizona, he immediately knew this was what she should be doing. God moved Mountains and even though she just discovered the Company in October with the help of her amazing Family and Friends she opened AR Workshop San Juan Capistrano on December 7th.

AR Workshop on a national level wanted to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness Day. With all the tragedy going on and specifically in our little bubble of South Orange County, we wanted to make it a week, not just a day. Our community needs a little joy, and Blazes Family have set an amazing example of how to react to tragedy, it inspired us. So February 15th we began our Random Act of Kindness week. Each day encouraging our community to go out and be kind, and spread the love. We strongly felt the recent Deaths of Blaze, Kyle Escobar, Patrick Turner, and Emma Pangelinan were huge places kindness and joy needed to be sprinkled. We wanted to Honor these lives by encouraging others to do kind acts in their Honor. We wanted to celebrate those doing it with a free evening in our Workshop. Friday we lured Saralyn Wolf by making her think she was picking up a sign for Blaze's Family (which she was), but we also wanted to acknowledge her service to the Bernstein Family by Moderating Blaze's Remembrance Page, by gifting her an evening in our Workshop. We hope to be made aware of other good doings being done for the Escobar, Turner & Pangelians Families so we can gift them as well.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2/19/18 - 9:45am pst - Down the Up Staircase Three Generations of a Harlem Family Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch Columbia University Press

Listen to today's show featuring author Bruce D. Haynes!

Down the Up Staircase tells the story of one Harlem family across three generations, connecting its journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem over the past century. Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch capture the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the twentieth century—the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the early civil rights victories, the Black Power and Black Arts movements—as well as the many forces that ravaged black communities, including Haynes's own. As an authority on race and urban communities, Haynes brings unique sociological insights to the American mobility saga and the tenuous nature of status and success among the black middle class.

In many ways, Haynes's family defied the odds. All four great-grandparents on his father's side owned land in the South as early as 1880. His grandfather, George Edmund Haynes, was the founder of the National Urban League and a protégé of eminent black sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois; his grandmother, Elizabeth Ross Haynes, was a noted children's author of the Harlem Renaissance and a prominent social scientist. Yet these early advances and gains provided little anchor to the succeeding generations. This story is told against the backdrop of a crumbling three-story brownstone in Sugar Hill that once hosted Harlem Renaissance elites and later became an embodiment of the family's rise and demise. Down the Up Staircase is a stirring portrait of this family, each generation walking a tightrope, one misstep from free fall.
About the Authors
Bruce D. Haynes is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Red Lines, Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (2001) and the coeditor of The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies (2011).

Syma Solovitch is a freelance writer, developmental editor, and educator. This is her first book.

2/19/18 - Bestselling author and History Channel host, Brad Meltzer, joined Janeane to talk about his latest book, I Am Harriet Tubman

LISTEN to today's show with bestselling 
author Brad Meltzer!

by New York Times
bestselling author Brad Meltzer

I am Harriet Tubman by Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos
Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great—the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman's brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom.

Four years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer was frustrated that his three children were looking up to princesses and reality stars. From his love of history, he knew there were better heroes for his kids. Right there, the Ordinary People Change the World series was born. The result is one of the most successful children's picture book series
in the last decade.

Flash forward four years later, where sales for this picture book series are stronger than ever! With over 2 million copies
of these books in print, the sales have seen a massive spike over the past year. Indeed, since the Presidential election, Meltzer’s books (about appropriate heroes for kids) have SKYROCKETED. I AM MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. sold out for a month at Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Everywhere.

The incredible Harriet Tubman is the latest subject in Meltzer’s bestselling picture book series, in I AM HARRIET TUBMAN
(Illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos). This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman's brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom.

The series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically
themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle, The President’s Shadow
and The House of Secrets). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were New York Times
Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America.

Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer’s Lost History. He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.

Christopher Eliopoulos began his illustration career as a letterer for Marvel, and has worked on literally thousands of comics. But along with that, he is also the author/artist of many comics, including the popular series Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers and Franklin
Richards: Son of a Genius, for which he was nominated for multiple Eisner Awards and received a Harvey Award. He
lives in New Jersey with his wife and their identical twin sons.

Greg Wells, producer of The Greatest Showman original soundtrack, joined Janeane 2/19/18 at 9:30am pst live on KUCI 88.9fm!

Listen to today's show featuring Greg Wells!

Greg Wells, producer of The Greatest Showman original soundtrack joins Janeane 2/19/18. Wells is a multiple Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer based in Los Angeles.  

Shout out to Universal Audio for introducing me to Greg and their recording gear and plugins were Greg's go-to tools when he was working on the soundtrack. Thank you so much!

Universal Audio works with A-list producers and engineers who use and consider UAD plugins and UA gear vital for their productions. One of the most interesting projects so far in 2018 is the global success of The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, produced by Greg Wells with Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

The musical The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, is one of the largest word-of-mouth hit in Hollywood history. The family-friendly original musical about P.T. Barnum has made $113 million in the first five weekends and it rose to the top of the charts shortly after its December 2017 release. 

Greg Wells is a multiple Grammy-nominated record producer, songwriter, musician, and mixer based in Los Angeles. Few producers in music can rival the pedigree and resume of Greg Wells. His credits include Adele, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, The All-American Rejects, Timbaland, OneRepublic, MIKA, Deftones, and Keith Urban among others. Most recently, Greg produced and mixed The Greatest Showman; Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, holding the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Albums chart for three consecutive weeks and Certified Gold in under 2 months. As a fluent guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboard player, Greg has mastered the balance between being hands-on and drawing out an artist’s own sound regardless of genre. For Wells, the goal is to shine the best light on the artist and help them be as true to themselves as possible. It is this diversity, versatility, and musical fluency that continues to make him one of the most talented and sought-after producers, songwriters, and musicians in the industry.

"This Is Me" won Best Original Song at the Golden Globe Awards.


Friday, February 16, 2018

2/19/18 at 9:00am pst - Musician/Singer/Songwriter, Brie Howard Darling, of the band Fanny joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show featuring Brie Howard Darling!

2/19/18 BRIE DARLING of the band Fanny joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm


Musician / Singer:

Vocals, Drums, Percussion

Recorded, toured with and music videos with Carole King, Nikki Sixx, Jimmy Buffet, Robert Palmer, Roger Daltry, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton... ELO, Melissa Manchester, Robbie Nevil, Jack Wagner, Kieth Moon. Kiki Dee. Bruce Willis. Duran Duran. Sam Moore (Sam & Dave,) American Girls, Screamin Sirens, Spencer Davis, Boxing Gandhis


Songs recorded by The Pointer Sisters, Ellen Foley and Randy Crawford & Peter Criss (Kiss) Michael Jackson

Boxing Gandhis, American Girls

‘Nightline’ with Glen Ballard/Davey Faragher- recorded for Thriller by Michael Jackson. (In the vaults, waiting to be released)

A founding member of “Boxing Gandhis” Triple A radio hit, & opened for 2 Dave Matthews tours.

Recently, the t.v. show “True Blood” episode titled after “If you Love Me (Why am I Dying?)”

Film Roles (lead):

“Android” with Klaus Kinski, Norbert Weisser, / Lead Maggie

“The Running Kind” with Juliette Lewis, Susan Strasberg, David Packer – / Lead Thunder

“Somebody To Love” Harvey Keitel, Rosie Perez

Tape Heads: John Cusak, Tim Robbins

TV: Winner of ‘Cake Wars’ 2016. 

2018 -Currently shooting Pilot for series based around my Rock N Roll background making elaborate cakes for celebrity clients


Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival (at Ford Theatre) with Cleavon Little, Susan Tyrell, Mare Winningham

Supporting lead in “Butterfly” (directed by Jack Hofsis) at ‘The Goodspeed Opera House’ in Hartford

Original, Carrie & mother: Janiva Magness’ autobiographical story in form of musical

Film trailer w/ Klaus Kinski: Android Video Site.webloc

Live Duet w/ Carole King: Way Over Yonder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB-D5MaR1HI

Music video w Robbie Nevil: C’est La Vie

Michael Jackson recording: Nightline Michael Jackson Nite Li#8083E3F

Original BANDs:

Kee Notes –‘60s Svelts – 60’s Fanny – 70’s Fat Jack – 70’s Neola – 80’s 

American Girls - 80’s Boxing Gandhis – 90’s /2000’s Fanny Walked The Earth ‘16

We are: Fanny Walked The Earth 

Jean (Millington) Adamian - bass and vocals 

June Millington - guitar and vocals 

Brie Darling - drums and vocals. 

Fanny Walked The Earth is the most recent incarnation of Fanny, an amalgam of several early all girl bands in the mid to late 1960’s: The Svelts, the California Girls and the Freudian Slips from northern California, and later, the Women, from Iowa.

The new, 13 song, self titled record is a combination of songs written by us, both individually and together. The songs and the recording speaks of our pioneering musical history covering uncharted territory, the bond of being part of the small rambling female tribe, starting a long climb up a tall ladder. Of girls turning into women, living life, playing music, surviving, persisting and women coming together in support of each other, paying it forward …and continuing the climb.

On board with us on our new record, are members of other girl groups from 1964 to current times. We are honored to be joined by ‘all girl band’ members of Goldie and The Gingerbreads, The Pleasure Seekers, Birtha, The Runaways, The Go Gos, The Bangles, Fanny, American Girls…and then some. These women musician/singers, spanning 50 years, some very familiar, some hardly recognized, are all part of our history as we are part of theirs.

The record Fanny Walked The Earth is set for release on Blue Elan records in early 2018.


In Sacramento, At 16 and 17 years old, Jean and June met Brie, 16, (from the small neighboring town of Folsom) in search of a replacement drummer for their all girl band, the Svelts. It didn’t seem likely that they would find another girl drummer. There weren’t many girl musicians or girl bands in 1966. 

All 3 girls were of the same heritage with Filipina mothers and European fathers. At the time, none of them realized how special this teaming up would be.

Led by June, the band(s) broke up, and reformed a few times. Playing gigs until she was 6 months pregnant, Brie left the band in 1968, giving birth to her daughter at 18. The band, then a foursome, with Alice DeBuhr on drums, made their way to Los Angeles in 1969 working their way to signing as the first all girl band to record a full LP on a major label. For a short time in Los Angeles, baby in tow, Brie rejoined the band as lead singer. Management decided to pursue a female fab 4 image, Brie left the band. All remained friends and housemates.


Nicky Barclay joined on keyboards & vocals, and the band was renamed Fanny. From 1969 to 1974, after making 4 albums and touring the world, June and Alice left the band. 

Brie rejoined Jean and Nicky with Patti Quatro on guitar & vocals, to record the last Fanny Album in 1974. After touring the U.S. to support the record, Brie left the band.

Late 70’s -80’s

June, Jean and Brie, with keyboardist/singer from the Svelts days, Wendy Haas united to form Fanny All Stars. This incarnation, and one more in the 1980’s was short lived and did not record.


In a year 2000 interview with Rolling Stone, Fanny fan David Bowie said:

One of the most important bands in America rock has been buried without a trace. And that is Fanny.

They were one of the finest…rock bands of their time, in about 1973. They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherfuckers, they were just colossal and wonderful. They’re as important as anybody else who’s ever been, ever; it just wasn’t their time. Revivify Fanny. And I will feel that my work is done. — David Bowie


After going their separate ways, Brie continued a career as a working musician/singer, a songwriter and recording artist, signing record deals with the original bands, American Girls (IRS early 1980’s) and Boxing Gandhis (Mesa Blue Moon & Atlantic Records mid 1990’s). She toured, recorded with and appeared in videos during a 40 year span with: Carole King, Jimmy Buffet, Rodger Daltrey, Ringo Starr, Robert Palmer, Nikki Sixx, ELO, Robbie Nevil, and many more. In 1993, she and Producer & Boxing Gandhis bandmate, Dave Darling married. As a songwriter, Brie has written songs covered by The Pointer Sisters, Peter Criss (Kiss), Randy Crawford and Michael Jackson (unreleased).


In 1978 Jean married guitarist Earl Slick, who she met thru her friend David Bowie. She continued to record and perform with June, mostly focusing on raising Slick’s and her 2 children. Jean sang background vocals on David Bowie’s record “Fame”. She was ‘the glue’ having never left the group(s) and remained part of every incarnation of the band. The song “Butter Boy”, a top 40 hit in 1974 was written and sung by Jean.


June continued to record as a solo artist and with her sister Jean, producing albums over the next few years. Deeply committed to the growing women’s movement, she also toured with and produced albums for women recording artists. With her partner, Ann Hackler, June co-founded the Institute for Musical Arts in 1987, a non profit school, guiding girls and young women as the future generations of women musicians. 2015 saw the publication of her autobiography Land of a Thousand Bridges. She is currently writing the sequel to her book.


Jean, June and Brie continued their separate lives and careers, staying in touch, but not playing together again for over 30 years.

Fast forward to 2016: June reached out to Brie, asking if she would like to join her and Jean to perform a short Fanny set as part of a Tribute that was being paid to her for her achievements and contributions as a pioneering female musician, teacher & author.

This joining was a reawakening of how good it felt and sounded to play together… it was automatic.

Brie posted a short (18 second) video clip of the ‘live’ tribute performance of Hey Bulldog on Facebook. The clip was seen by Kirk Pashich, president of Blue Elan Records. Brie’s husband Dave Darling, who had produced several artists for Blue Elan Records, presented the concept of making a new record to Kirk. 

Signing the record deal, with the moniker of Fanny Walked The Earth, Jean, Brie and June reunited over the course of one year to write and record 13 original songs.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Author Tom Malmquist joins host Janeane to talk about his latest book, We Are Still Alive

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with
author Tom Malmquist!

http://www.kuci.org/podcastfiles/1090/GTFO_2-15-18_Tom%20Malmquist_UPLOAD.mp3Tom's bestselling, award-winning book In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is just beautiful, already an Indie Next Pick for February.

Based, on tragic events and loss in the writer's life, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, is a powerful and engrossing novel.
https://www.theguardian.com/bo oks/2017/jun/08/in-every-momen t-we-are-still-alive-by-tom- malmquist-review


By Tom Malmquist
Translated by Henning Koch (A Man Called Ove)

Indie Next List for February 2018
An “Indies Introduce” Selection

Winner of Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter Culture Prize
Shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literary Award

The European bestseller published in the United States for the first time

“It is bound to invite comparison to Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle… Perhaps more so than Knausgaard, Malmquist demonstrates that he can relay life in an intense, heightened state. The result is exhilarating.”
–Financial Times

“Beautiful… arresting… A deeply personal account… As more books are published, we increasingly seek out those writers who promise to give us something more than fiction. We want books made out of lives… The value of Malmquist’s book is precisely that it retains a trace of true human presence – carefully preserved by the author.”—The Guardian

“By turns raw, unsettled, and touching, Malmquist’s book is an extended meditation on what it means to love and to mourn. A deeply emotional and affecting novel.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A unique form… infused with deep urgency. A great stylist, Malmquist’s immersive prose perfectly limns the demands of living within the chiaroscuro of deep grief.” –Foreword Reviews, starred review

“[A] heady debut novel… moving… (a) beautiful, raw meditation on earth-shattering personal loss.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Kafkaesque… remarkably credible.” –Booklist
A prize-winning debut novel chosen as an Indie Next List selection as well as an Indies Introduce pick, Tom Malmquist’s IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE (Melville House; January 30, 2018; Hardcover; $25.99) is a story of loss, love, and family based on true events from the author’s life.

This autobiographical novel tells the true and gripping story of a man whose world come crashing down overnight: When Tom’s heavily pregnant partner is rushed to the hospital, doctors are able to save the baby, but are helpless to save her. And in one cruel, fleeting moment Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul mate.

Written in starkly beautiful prose that conveys the momentum of a man desperate to pull through, Malmquist writes how he, drowning in the grief of loss, finds hope and resilience in the greatest gift of all: his prematurely born newborn daughter.

Both tragic and redemptive, IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE is an utterly human story: that of surviving a loved one. A study in the process of grief, Malmquist’s writing portrays the human suffering felt in day-to-day life, in remembering past memories, and in fantasizing about the future.

Translated from Swedish by Henning Koch (A Man Called Ove), IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE has been called “one of the most powerful books about grief every written,” by the judges of the Nordic Council Literary Award. A bestseller in Europe for many months, Melville House is proud to bring this powerful novel to the United States for the first time.

The first novelist to every win Sweden’s prestigious Dagens Nyheter Culture Prize, Malmquist shares the story of the year that changed his life. Heartbreaking and inspiring, raw yet tender, this towering tour de force is a magnificent debut.

About the author: Tom Malmquist is a poet and sportswriter. He has written two highly acclaimed poetry collections. IN EVERY MOMENT WE ARE STILL ALIVE is his first novel. He lives in Sweden.

Author Caroline Taylor joined host Janeane to discuss her latest book, Loose Ends

Caroline Taylor's book, “Loose Ends,” just came out Dec. 7, and features two gutsy sisters fighting for their lives and freedom.

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Caroline Taylor!
She discusses many fascinating topics -- among them:
  • being a female thriller author in a mostly male-centric genre
  • her writing process (she doesn't use an outline, and her book is fairly complicated, so I found this really interesting!)
  • how her experiences abroad shaped the storyline for "Loose Ends"
When Carson Abbott Mahoney’s house is blown up, she decides it’s time to disappear. She can’t go to the police because she is the primary suspect in the murder of her former husband. Meanwhile, Carson’s sister Cam is on the run from the West Virginia commune where she sought refuge as “Sister Leah,” but instead found horrors causing her to kill the leader. Like her sister, she is also paranoid about jail, a fear stretching back to when they were imprisoned as teens for their parents’ debts in a foreign country where raping female captives was considered a job perk. Cam chooses a desperate act that lands her at death’s door, while Carson discovers she is one of many LOOSE ENDS to be dealt with because of her former husband’s small, but significant, role in an assassination.
“Hello, Star,” said Cam. She whipped off the baseball cap and Groucho glasses. “Remember me?”
“You — I told you never to contact me. He” — she pointed back toward the house — “doesn’t know. I’ve got two kids now. You have to leave.”
“I need help. You’re the only one I could think of who —”[C1]
“That’s all in the past.” The woman drew Cam deeper into the shadows. “I tell you, he doesn’t know. Nobody knows. I don’t even use that name.”
“Okay. Fine. I guess you don’t remember.”
“I remember everything. I was a different person then. If he finds out . . .” Her shoulders slumped. “My kids. Please. Leave me alone.”
“I wish I could, only I need money that would help me get out of here.”
“Are the cops after you?”
Cam shrugged. “It’s a mistake. You really don’t want to know the details.”
“I can’t help you. I won’t be a part of this.” Star pointed toward the back gate. “You have to go.”
“Before you open Loose Ends, grip your hat firmly. Caroline Taylor expertly weaves multiple plot threads into a roller-coaster reading ride, twisty as a Slinky and unpredictable as a hurricane’s path.”—Karen Pullen, author of Cold Feet and Cold Heart
“There’s nothing loose about Loose Ends. From the very first line, Caroline Taylor’s dark, zigzagging, and suspenseful narrative tightens the knot and doesn’t let up. You’ll want to devour it in one sitting.”—Louis Bayard, author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye
“This book takes the sisters Cam and Carson through one disaster after another as they jump from the frying pan into the fire and back again. Whether fleeing criminals or the police, these two never run out of ingenious, if dangerous, escape plans. Taylor’s few-notches-above-suspense plot keeps raising the bar with every chapter. Will they survive?”—Judy Hogan, author of the Penny Weaver mysteries and founding editor of Carolina Wren Press

2/15/18 - Ned Johnson, co-author with William Stixrud, of the Self-Driven Child joined KUCI's Janeane

William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

Child experts share how to combat the chronic stress
plaguing kids today

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation
with author Ned Johnson!

American kids are grappling with an epidemic of anxiety and depression. Chronic stress is taking a toll during the formative years when children are “sculpting” their developing brains. What we are doing as parents and as a society isn’t working and something needs to change. THE SELF-DRIVEN CHILD offers a revolutionary new approach to parenting, based on decades of clinical experience and the latest developments in brain research. William Stixrud, a revered clinical neuropsychologist, and Ned Johnson, the founder of one of the most sought-after tutoring companies in the country, show how we are raising our kids in a brain-toxic environment. The result is a generation of highly scheduled, tightly wound teens who feel like imposters, lack direction, and often unravel in high school or their freshman year of college. American children are robbed of agency when countless studies reveal that a low sense of control is deeply damaging.

Johnson offers advice to parents, such as:

· When parents work harder than their kids to solve their problems, their kids get weaker, not stronger.

· Home should be a “safe base” where kids can recover from the stress of schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

· If you let your child make decisions for herself while she’s young, her brain will build the circuits that are necessary for resilience.

· Allow your child time to do things he enjoys. When you see your child focused on building a Lego castle, he is conditioning his brain to associate intense enjoyment with highly focused attention, practice, and hard work.

· Daydreaming, imagination, and fantasy are essential elements of a healthy mental life. Let your kids “do nothing” sometimes.

· If a teacher is assigning too much homework, speak with the teacher and tell them, “This isn’t working for my child.” You’d be surprised by how willing teachers can be to make adjustments if homework has become a real problem.

· College is a brain-toxic environment. Not all high school seniors are ready to go straight on to college. Talk to your child. If you both decide he needs to take a gap year, that’s in no way a sign of failure -- it’s a demonstration of maturity.

Stixrud and Johnson demonstrate that the best thing we can do for children is to help them develop the skills to make difficult choices, to own their mistakes, to learn ‘Plan-B thinking’ and make independent course corrections when things don’t go as planned. It’s not the kids who have never gone off track who run into trouble; it’s those who have never been allowed to take the wheel.


William Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist who teaches at Children's National and the George Washington University School of Medicine. An expert on learning and executive disorders and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the developing brain, he has been a frequent keynote speaker at conferences, has been widely cited in major media. A proponent of transcendental meditation, he is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.

Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters, a leading tutoring and test-prep service in Washington, D.C. He is the coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Students Overcome the Pressure and Succeedand is a sought-after speaker and a teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management. His work has been featured on NPR and NewsHour and in U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2/13/18 - Janeane spoke with award-winning journalist, Catherine Price, who presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone, in her new book HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE.

LISTEN to today's conversation with Catherine Price!

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? (YES!) Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? (Uh, yes!) Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? (Absolutely!)

In HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE, you will discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You will then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Catherine Price discusses:

· What to do if email controls your life

· How to leave your house without your phone

· What to do about phones and kids

· Apps that can help you spend less time on apps

· The National Day of Unplugging

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, HOW TO BREAK UP WITH YOUR PHONE is an essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.


CATHERINE PRICE is an author and science journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in The Best American Science Writing, the New York Times, Popular Science, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Parade, Salon, Men’s Journal, Self, Mother Jones, and Health magazine, among other publications. Her previous books include Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food and 101 Places Not to See Before You Die. She’s based in Philadelphia.

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Filmmaker Ethan Warren called in to KUCI 88.9fm to chat with Janeane about his debut film, West of Her!

“Unfolds like a dream.” – Flick Nation

“Enchanting and full of mystery.” – The Film Yap

“Mesmerizingly beautiful.” – The Independent Critic

LISTEN to today's conversation with Ethan Warren!

Filmed across ten states in three weeks in iconic American locations from the sweeping midwest plains to the majestic Rocky Mountains, the stark southwest desert to the busy streets of Memphis,WEST OF HER is a film for anyone who's ever longed for adventure, romance, and a life of meaning.

Alone and adrift in life, Dan signs on with a mysterious organization, agreeing to roam the country with an enigmatic stranger named Jane, working by night, laying small linoleum tiles in the streets of towns across America, each bearing the same cryptic message.

Dan feels like a jigsaw piece from the wrong puzzle, that the tiles represent something bigger, and that their mysterious employers know vital secrets, while Jane sees their task as a whimsical lark. Though Dan is an open book, Jane refuses to reveal anything about her life, or what she might know of their employers, who communicate only with her.

As they travel, growing closer even as they butt heads, Dan’s sincerity softens Jane’s cynical exterior. Their contentious relationship grows and deepens, changing both of their beliefs about what they're doing, until they're forced to choose between their work and the possibility of a future together.

WEST OF HER was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ethan Warren. The film stars Ryan Caraway and Kelsey Siepser. It has a running time of 87 minutes. Gravitas Ventures will release the film on VOD and across all other digital platforms on February 6, 2018.

For more information and to view the trailer, go to: http://www.westofherfilm.com/

Monday, February 12, 2018

Founder and President of VO Peeps, VO actress, Coach and Speaker Anne Ganguzza, joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to Anne Ganguzza on KUCI 88.9fm!

Anne is a five-time nominated 2017 Voice Arts Awards demo producer, and Director/Executive Producer Winner of the 2017 SOVAS Award for Outstanding Narration Demo, Best Voiceover. She is full-time voice talent and coach who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills. 

She specializes in Conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Medical, Telephony & On Hold.
Anne teaches Business Workshops & Voice Over Classes in Orange County, CA, providing private coaching/mentoring to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom. She beings over 20 years of experience in corporate & educational training and has been successfully mentoring and coaching voiceover students for over nine years.

Anne’s VO credits include Delta, Mercedes Benz, Hyundai, PayPal, Wells Fargo, Michelin, Cisco, Toyota, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Telecore, Xerox, and more!

She is Founder and President of the VO Peeps (vopeeeps.com), a global networking group for voiceover talent. She also hosts a weekly podcast called VO B.O.S.S. (Business Owner Strategies and Success - voboss.com) which delivers actionable business advice with a dose of inspiration for today’s voiceover talent. Each week, hosts Anne Ganguzza and Gabby Nistico focus in on a specific topic to help entrepreneurs grow their business.

Find out more about Anne at anneganguzza.com

Beth Liebling, who regularly hosts her own radio show, “Love and Laughter with Beth” on ESPN Houston 97.5 joins host Janeane to talk about her latest book, “Love and Laughter: Sexy (Meaningful) Fun for Everyone”

LISTEN to Beth Liebling on KUCI 88.9fm!

Beth Liebling is a sex expert from Houston who regularly hosts her own radio show, “Love and Laughter with Beth” on ESPN Houston 97.5. She's also released a book right now, “Love and Laughter: Sexy (Meaningful) Fun for Everyone” recently!

Beth's attitude is a unique one--divorce attorney for years, struggling to help couples see where they had gone wrong, but it was too little, too late. Once they were in her office, she couldn’t help them repair the relationship...she supported the process to end it. She began asking her clients questions most divorce attorneys might not put forward; Beth asked about sex. She found out that all of these couples had unsatisfying sex lives, whether it was the cause or effect of their crumbling marital state. As she says now, "Sex without erotic excitement is like flat soda. It's not the same, and everybody notices the lack of fizz!" She's put that principle to work, and she runs (with her adult children) an erotic luxury boutique in Houston, Darling Way, which she has made a community resource for sex-positive conversations and the exploration of nonjudgemental sexuality.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

An Important Message From The Bernstein Family...The #BlazeItForward memorial will be held February 25th at 4:30pm!

The #BlazeItForward memorial on February 25th at 4:30 is coming together. This will be an event that is "A Tribute to Blaze Bernstein & Communal Call For Kindness". We know that many people could not attend the funeral and want to welcome everyone with open arms to celebrate the life and impact that Blaze made on our world. We will be speaking, thanking search & rescue volunteers, Orange County School of the Arts students will be performing & reading some of Blaze's poetry, and there will be some amazing videos that are being produced.


There are almost 3000 seats in The Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa. Thanks to the generosity of the Segerstrom Center and some anonymous donors, the whole event is underwritten. What can you do? As a community service opportunity, guests can bring 3 cans/person that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. 

If you can't make it, the event will be livestreamed (details to follow).
The link and further details on the tickets and event are at: https://blazebernstein.org/blog/blazeitforward

#dogoodforblaze Love, The Bernsteins

2/12/18 David Ihrig joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about acting and brain science, the Ihrig Approach and more!

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About David Ihrig
MFA in Acting, Certified Practitioner
of NLP

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What can David Ihrig teach actors about acting? 
That's a fair question, and an important one to answer before you invest your time or money learning his approach.

Quite unexpectedly, a jock from Northern New Jersey fell in love with the process of acting at a small state college in Southern New Jersey. There he studied The Meisner Technique with Gene Terruso. He continued in graduate school where he received a MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of Kathryn Gately. He subsequently moved to Chicago.

It was there he first experimented with organic rehearsal techniques while directing a staged reading of a short play. While sharing only the objective elements of the script, the actors were allowed to find the meanings in the story for themselves. The actors saw the script for the first time at the final run-though. It was the actors who insisted on performing the show off-book and staged. David was as surprised by the incredible success of that experiment as anyone.

Years later, while studying screenwriting in Southern California, David stumbled upon Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), which is the study of how language affects human behavior. He was introduced to Dr. Scott Kudia, a master trainer of NLP. The two combined their respective expertise and formed The Institute of Inner-Action, an acting studio that taught The Meisner Technique using the principles of NLP. Classes included Removing Emotional Blocks, Self Hypnosis for the Actor, and other classes developed specifically for the Institute. By all accounts, it was a very successful program. David noticed specific teaching techniques such as embedded commands, and learning feedback cycles, enabled students to assimilate acting principles at an accelerated pace. Dr. Kudia went on to work on television as a relationship expert, and the two amicably parted ways.

Ironically, one of the greatest breakthoroughs in the development of the approach occurred while teaching young actors in Manhattan Beach, California. While other children's acting classes focused on theater games, David wanted to teach young actors real principles of acting. He had to distill fairly complex ideas into a simple and understandable system. The result of organizing and simplifying all those years studying the principles of human learning and behavior is what is now, The Ihrig Approach.

2/12/18- Peg Streep joined host Janeane to discuss her new book, Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life (Île D’Éspoir Press) available from Amazon.com

LISTEN to today's show with Peg Streep!

Peg Streep’s new book, Daughter Detox: Recovering from an Unloving Mother and Reclaiming Your Life (Île D’Éspoir Press) was just published and is available from Amazon.com. She has written or co-authored twelve books, among them Mean Mothers: Overcoming the Legacy of Hurt (William Morrow) and Quitting—Why We Fear It and Why We Shouldn’t—In Life, Love, and Work (Da Capo). Streep earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University but is recognized as a research-based science writer. She is best-known for her work on the mother-daughter relationship, although she frequently writes on goal disengagement, verbal abuse, narcissism and narcissists, and brain science as well. 

She’s been interviewed extensively on radio and television, as well as for print and online publications. You can find her at www.Facebook.com/PegStreepAuthor(link is external) or at www.pegstreep.com(link is external)

Peg Streep holds advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and is author of many spiritual titles, including "Spiritual Gardening: Creating Sacred Space Outdoors," "Altars Made Easy: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Own Sacred Space," "Mary, Queen of Heaven," and "Sanctuaries of the Goddess: The Sacred Landscapes and Objects." She lives in a suburb outside of New York City where she devotes equal time to motherhood and writing.

A self-help book based in science, the result of more than a decade of research, Daughter Detox offers the daughters of unloving mothers vital information, guidance, and real strategies for healing from childhood experiences, and building genuine self-esteem. Writer Peg Streep lays out seven distinct but interconnected stages on the path to reclaim your life from the effects of a toxic childhood: DISCOVERY, DISCERNMENT, DISTNGUISH, DISARM, RECLAIM, REDIRECT, and RECOVER. Each step is clearly explained, and richly detailed with the stories of other women, approaches drawn from psychology and other disciplines, and unique exercises. The book will help the reader tackle her own self-doubt and become consciously aware of how her mother’s treatment continues to shape her behavior, even today. The message of the book is direct: What you experienced in childhood need not continue to hold you back in life. What was learned can be unlearned with effort. 

The book begins with DISCOVERY, opening up the reader’s understanding of how she has been wounded and influenced by her mother’s treatment. Recognizing the eight toxic maternal behaviors—dismissive, controlling, emotionally unavailable, unreliable, self-involved or narcissistic, combative, enmeshed, or role-reversed—lays the foundation for the daughter’s awareness of how her way of looking at the world, connecting to others, and ability to manage stress were affected. DISCERNMENT delves into the patterns of relationship in her family of origin and how they played a part in her development, and then shifts to looking closely at how the daughter adapted to her treatment, either silencing or losing her true self in the process. Next up is DISTINGUISH, seeing how the behavioral patterns we learned in childhood animate all of our relationships in the present with lovers and spouses, relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. The act of distinguishing allows us to see why so many of us end up in unsatisfying relationships, chose the wrong partners, or are unable to develop close friendships. Active recovery begins with DISARM as the daughter learns how to disconnect unconscious patterns of reaction and behavior and substitute actions that will foster the growth of self-esteem. Understanding the triggers that set us off, the cues that put us on the defensive, and the default positions of blaming ourselves and making excuses for other people’s toxic behavior are addressed, as are unhealthy behaviors such as rumination, rejection sensitivity, and more. RECLAIM is the stage at which the reader begins to actively make new choices, preparing herself so that she can live the life she desires by seeing herself as having agency and being empowered. 

Making new choices and figuring out how to manage her relationship to her unloving or toxic mother is the focus of REDIRECT. There are stories to inspire and challenge your thinking, exercises that show you how to swap out self-criticism for self-compassion, guidance on how to use journaling as a tool of self-discovery and growth, and advice on goal setting. Finally, RECOVER challenges the reader to come up with a new definition of what it means to heal, suggests tools to overcome the obstacles she places in her own way, and strategies to become the best, most authentic version of herself.