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Sunday, June 17, 2018

6/18/18 9:45am pst - bestselling, critically acclaimed author, Ann Hood, (The Knitting Circle) on her new book, SHE LOVES YOU (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) 


by Ann Hood 


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Bestselling author Ann Hood crafts a funny, heartfelt story of a girl growing up in the heart of Beatlemania.
PRAISE FOR SHE LOVES YOU:

· "Filled with love, hope and longing, this is a novel for readers of all ages." -- Holly Goldberg Sloan, New York Times bestselling author of Counting By 7s

· "This charming coming-of-age story acts as a time capsule, offering contemporary readers a glimpse into life in the 1960s while exploring issues young people face in every generation." -- Publishers Weekly

· "Hood, known primarily for her adult novels, offers up a coming-of-age story steeped in nostalgia, humor, and heart. There's obvious appeal for Beatles fans, but Trudy, irrepressible in her struggle to maintain friendships in a changing world, will win many admirers of her own." – Booklist

· “Trudy's voice and her relationships with parents and peers ring true to an adolescent slowly making sense of her life and the people in it. Her perseverance, cleverness, and sense of humor will keep readers turning the pages to see if she does meet her favorite Beatle.” – Kirkus Review



Author Bio: 

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, The Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood's short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including Ploughshares, Tin House, Traveler, Bon Appetit, O, More, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About Knitting, Knitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.



ABOUT THE BOOK: The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.
Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing them in Boston during their final world tour--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.
In her signature prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you--and the world at large--is changing too fast.

6/18/18 9:15am pst Jet Widick , the author and poet behind the popular Gluten Free Sage blog, wellness expert and advocate for Celiac disease

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WELLNESS EXPERT BRINGS JOY TO POETRY 
A beautifully illustrated, uplifting collection of poems for adults and children encourages readers of all ages to unplug and appreciate the present.

NASHVILLE, TN – Author Jet Widick challenges the generations-old notion that well-written and powerful poetry is poetry saturated with melancholy themes and bleak perspectives in her latest illustrated collection, White Wild Indigo

After living with silent Celiac disease for 15 years, Jet’s diagnosis presented an opportunity for her to seize control of her life from a once unknown assailant. As she fought to improve her physical health, she realized that her story could serve to help others on their journeys to wellness, and in doing so discovered the deep healing power of writing.

Written alongside her creative director, Kristen Alden, and illustrator Annie Moor , Jet’s third book of poems for adults and children chooses not to shy away from difficult or complex subjects. Supported by bright, whimsical illustrations, the nature-inspired poems deliver messages of compassion, tenacity and using perspective to empower yourself and others.

Jet Widick , the author and poet behind the popular Gluten Free Sage blog, is a wellness expert and advocate for Celiac disease who has worked to share her story in hopes that others will find inspiration and hope. Jet, a nickname her sons bestowed her once she became healthy and transformed herself, has seen creative endeavors blossom since she published her first two collections of poems. She and her partner in crime, Kristen Alden, continue to expand their exploration of poetry with projects like their Poetry in Motion series . Visit them online at http://www.jetwidick.com/ .

6/18/18 9:00am pst - JUST WHEN YOU GET COMFORTABLE IN YOUR SKIN IT STARTS TO SAGE by Amy Nobile

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With the voice of a close friend, this clever and witty guide from bestselling duo Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile takes women through the new and sometimes challenging midlife phase, with chapters including:

- Redefining what beauty means after age 40... and that there is beauty after age 40!


- How to care for yourself when you're also caring for growing children and aging parents

- Navigating midlife relationships and dating (did someone say dating apps??)

- Discovering new career paths and new meaning in your life

Whether married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, "What's next for me?" Here, they will find a road map for how to embrace and thrive in this new phase of life. With helpful quizzes, friendly advice, and inspiring quotes from women who have been there, this smart and engaging book gives readers the tools to turn a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. As seen on Oprah, Trisha and Amy share their own perspectives and experiences to bring clarity, guidance and support while reassuring readers they're not only on the right track... but that the best years are still to come.

6/18/18 9:30am - PLANET FUNNY How Comedy Took Over Our Culture by JEOPARDY! champion and NYT bestselling author Ken Jennings


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Ken's latest book, PLANET FUNNY: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture --explains how we are living in a golden age of comedy and funniness is paramount. PLANET FUNNY explores our brave new comedic world and what it means—or doesn’t—to be funny in it now. 

 


For millennia of human history, the future belonged to the strong. To the parent who could kill the most animals with sticks and to the child who could survive the winter or the epidemic. When the Industrial Revolution came, masters of business efficiency prospered instead, and after that we placed our hope in scientific visionaries. Today, in a clear sign of evolution totally sliding off the rails, our most coveted trait is not strength or productivity or even innovation, but being funny. Yes, funniness.

It happened so gradually that we didn't even notice: everything got funny. Fifty years ago, “Don’t use humor in advertising” was an axiom on Madison Avenue. Now the average American sees two hundred funny media ads per day. “You must be solemn as an ass” was the bedrock of conventional political wisdom for centuries. Now, a generation gets its news from comedy satire shows and political candidates hire joke writers to craft zingers for debates. Newspaper headlines and church marquees, once fairly staid affairs, must now be “clever,” stuffed with puns and winks. Airline safety tutorials—those terrifying laminated cards about the possibilities of fire, explosion, depressurization, and drowning—have been replaced by joke-filled videos with multimillion-dollar budgets and dance routines. 

We are living in a golden age of comedy and funniness is paramount. In PLANET FUNNY: How Comedy Took Over Our Culture (Scribner; On-sale May 29th, 2018), legendary JEOPARDY! champion and New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means—or doesn’t—to be funny in it now. 

Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python’s game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of The Simpsons, Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where comedians are our Cronkites, Twitter spits out hundreds of jokes every minute, and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship. Entertaining, astounding, and completely head-scratching, Planet Funny is both a full taxonomy of what spawned the modern sense of humor and an exploration what it might mean to live in a post-serious world. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KEN JENNINGS grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! Jennings is the host of the Omnibus podcast and lives in Seattle with his wife Mindy and two children.


6/18/18 - Janeane spoke with Pamela Druckerman about her latest book There are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story


LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Pamela Druckerman!


PAMELA DRUCKERMAN

Bestselling author and New York Times contributor investigates the modern 40s —marriage, the midlife crisis, owning what you know, and cracking a personal fashion code—in her new book of essays, THERE ARE NO GROWN-UPS: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story

In the same frank and funny voice loved by readers of Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, bestselling author Pamela Druckerman explores friendships and relationships, careers, and the challenge of managing both young kids and old parents during this in-between decade. Along the way, she shows how the French do 40 better. Like in her runaway global bestsellerBébé, Druckerman’s charming blend of memoir and journalism captures behaviors and truths previously unnamed. With the intimate, self-deprecating tone of a best friend, she shares her fears and her victories, and makes readers smile in recognition of both their insecurities and their strengths.

Join Pamela Druckerman as she shares her collection of essays that delve into this period of life, some on more serious themes (the terrorist attacks in Paris, surviving cancer) and some lighter (throwing her own “aspirational” birthday party, persuading a boutique owner to offer style advice). She discusses how:

· Forty isn’t middle-aged anymore…it’s much younger than it used to be: lifespans in rich countries have been increasing by 2.3 years per decade.

· Almost nobody has a midlife crisis: we’re too busy to have a breakdown…we don’t even have time to go to the movies!

· We’re more fertile than previously thought: since 1990, the rate of babies born to American women ages 40-44 has nearly doubled.

· The downside to our 40’s: there are mental and physical declines – we’re more easily distracted and digest information more slowly than our younger counterparts

· The upside to our 40’s: according to psychological research, we’re less neurotic and more perceptive. And there really is wisdom: what we lack in processing power, we make up for in maturity, insight and experience.

· Still, we need to dress differently…trying to look younger is the fastest way to look old! The French approach is to try to be the best version of the age you are.

Druckerman leads us on a quest both for self-knowledge and the right pair of pants. Peppered throughout with “You Know You’re In Your Forties” lists that perfectly diagnose this age (i.e. You Know You’re in Your Forties… when you become impatient scrolling down to your year of birth), this is the book for anyone trying to find their place in the world.

About the Author

Pamela Druckerman is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, which has been translated into 27 languages. She's also a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

6/4 KUCI 88.9fm - Director Adam Sobel joined Janeane to talk about The Workers Cup



LISTEN to today's conversation
with Adam Sobel


With the recent news on FIFA’s plan to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, I would like to bring to your attention THE WORKERS CUP, a captivating documentary that provides an inside look at this country’s labor camps where millions of migrant workers are tasked with building the facilities for the biggest sporting event in the world.

With unprecedented access, the film follows a team of migrant workers who are laboring to build sport’s grandest stage while competing in a soccer tournament on their own known as the Workers Cup. But more than a film about a game, THE WORKER'S CUP is an examination of the poorest residents in the world’s richest country as they endure backbreaking work for low pay and agree to strict contracts under false pretenses. With the illusion they might play (real) soccer dangled in front of them, their hope and the love of the game keeps them going, despite their desperate and heartbreaking circumstances.





Directed by Adam Sobel in his feature film debut, THE WORKERS CUP is a portrait of our increasingly globalized world as it follows subjects from India, Kenya, Ghana, and Nepal who are living together in Qatar. The film was an official selection of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be opening in theaters on June 8th.

LOGLINE

Inside the labor camps of Qatar, African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup.

THE STORY

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million
migrant workers. The Workers Cup is a feature-length documentary giving voice to the men who are laboring to build sport’s grandest stage.

Sixty percent of Qatar’s total population are laborers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and, increasingly from Africa, some of the world’s poorest people are working the lowest level jobs to ensure the World Cup can be hosted in the world’s richest country. These men work exceedingly long hours for scant salaries, and they live isolated in labor camps which are by law kept outside city limits.

With unprecedented access, our film unfolds largely inside a Qatari labor camp that the migrant workers we meet say feels like a prison. Hidden between a highway and remote stretch of desert, the Umm Salal Camp is intentionally out of sight and out of mind. So are the 4000 men who live there.

We focus on a select group in the camp who have been chosen to compete in a football tournament for laborers: The Workers Cup. The tournament is being sponsored by the same committee organizing the 2022 World Cup and 24 construction companies have been invited to field a team of workers. Over the course of the tournament we follow the men as they alternate between two startling extremes: they play heroes on the football pitch, but are the lowest members of society off of it.

The film is a portrait of a handful of players on the team. It explores universal themes of ambition, aspiration and masculinity, as we see our protagonists wrangle hope, meaning, and opportunity out of dismal circumstances. The mundane is fraught with turmoil, whether it is changing jobs, talking with family back home, or going on a date. This results in a terrible toll to the psyche of our protagonists, as they are depleted of the hope that motivated
them to come to Qatar in the first place.

Ultimately, our own complicated relationship with sport is revealed, as we see its power to unite and divide society by turns.

THE CHARACTERS

The film was conceived to give voice to migrant workers in Qatar and allow them to tell their own stories. We followed one team playing in the football tournament, and focused on five protagonists from the team:

Kenneth, 21, Ghana
A recruiting agent in Ghana told Kenneth that he’d be coming to Qatar to join a professional football club. After Kenneth arrived in the country, he realized his agent lied. While Kenneth works construction, he still dreams of playing professional football. He hopes to catch the eye of a scout while playing in The Workers Cup so he can escape the camp.

Paul, 21, Kenya
Surrounded by 4000 men, and working a job that keeps him in the camp seven days a week, Paul is struggling with loneliness in this distant land. He dreams of meeting a girl and falling in love.

Umesh, 36, India
Umesh came to Qatar with a simple dream: to earn enough money to build his own home. Until he accomplishes this, he’ll live separated from his wife and two sons, who are named Rooney and Robin after the Manchester United stars.

Padam, 28, Nepal

After 8 years of failing to get around Qatari laws that prohibit him from bringing his wife to Qatar, Padam now has to decide if he should stay and earn, or return to Nepal to be with his wife.

Samuel, 24, Ghana
A talented goalkeeper, Samuel played in the 1st Division in Ghana but he still couldn’t make ends meet. He came to Qatar to work construction, but out of pride he lied and told his father that he was coming to play professional football.

TODAY 6/4/18 - Producer Jennifer Tung called in to KUCI 88.9fm to talk about her film, Dirty Bomb, showing at the 2018 Dances with Films film festival, the impact of the Porter Ranch gas leak on her life, and more







LISTEN to today's conversation with Jennifer Tung,
as we discuss Dirty Bomb, the impact of the
Porter Ranch gas leak on Jennifer's life, and more.



DIRTY BOMB, set against the Battle of the Bulge, depicts the true story of how Jewish concentration camp inmates sabotaged the development of Hitler's V2 Bomb at the cost of their lives. 


Signing his own death wish, a concentration camp prisoner sabotages the construction of the V-2 bomb against the Nazis, while American soldiers struggle to advance against the Germans. 



The film was produced by Jennifer Tung, Stefan Simon and Brian Kelly Jones. Executive producers include Peymaneh Rothstein, Emad Asfoury, and Robert Shaye. Mikael Sharafyan was the costume designer. The film's score was composed by Alan Derian (MADAME SECRETARY). 



DIRTY BOMB

NORTH AMERICAN Premiere

SCREENING: FUSION SHORTS 1 – TUE., JUNE 12 @ 5PM



WRITERS: Valerie McCaffrey

DIR: Valerie McCaffrey

PRODS: Jennifer Tung, Brian Kelly Jones, Stefan Simon, Bob Shaye, Scott Kim, Natalya Yonathan, Susan Printz

CAST: Ido Samuel, J. Michael Trautmann, Stefan Simon, Dallas Hart, Hunter Doohan, James Babson, Robert Arce, Connor Linnerooth, Matt Otstot, WIndy Hamilton, Tara Soojian 






ABOUT JENNIFER TUNG
Actress//Producer Jennifer Tung has worked in the film and television industry for more than 20 years and is best known for her roles in successful J.J Abrams Television series, "Alias" (2001-2006), working opposite Director Quentin Tarantino, and "Kung Pow, Enter the Fist" with Steve Oedekerk (2002). Jennifer has also appeared in episodes of many popular T.V. shows such as "Beverly Hills: 90210", "The Pretender", "E.R.", "NYPD Blue", "Charmed," among others. In addition, she has had roles in the feature films,"What Lies Beneath", and Star Trek: Insurrection".

She was Executive Producer of the multi- award winning short film, "Shadows and Light", as well as Producer, Social Media and Crowdfunding Organizer on such ambitious projects as "Harbinger Down" By Alec Gillis/Studio ADI and "The Yellow Feather", which have been, to date, the highest funded films in their categories in Kickstarter history. Her recent projects include producing three independent films, "The Black Gloves", "Remember the Sun", and "Dirty Bomb".

Ms. Tung is the youngest woman to be crowned Miss Chinatown USA at the age of 17 in 1991. She also served as Goodwill Ambassador, representing The Chinese Americans of the USA traveling throughout China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and abroad with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.



The Porter Ranch Gas Leak and the impact on Jennifer's life
In October of 2015, Southern California saw the biggest gas leak in U.S. history, which drastically effected the thousands of residents of Porter Ranch and the surrounding areas. SoCal Gas claims there are no long term effects, but the people have continued to struggle daily. This is Jennifer Tung's story, a prominent member of the entertainment industry, and there are thousands of stories like hers. Watch the video, spread the word, call for ACTION. #PorterRanchGasLeakWATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKNFpjCOCKg

6/4 at 9:30am pst - From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Brendan Kiely, a stunning new novel that explores the insidious nature of tradition at a prestigious boarding school. Author Brendan Kiely joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with
New York Times bestselling and award-winning
author Brendan Kiely!

Prestigious. Powerful. Privileged. This is Fullbrook Academy, an elite prep school where history looms in the leafy branches over its brick walkways. But some traditions upheld in its hallowed halls are profoundly dangerous.

Jules Devereux just wants to keep her head down, avoid distractions, and get into the right college, so she can leave Fullbrook and its old-boy social codes behind. She wants freedom, but ex-boyfriends and ex-best friends are determined to keep her in place.

Jamie Baxter feels like an imposter at Fullbrook, but the hockey scholarship that got him in has given him a chance to escape his past and fulfill the dreams of his parents and coaches, whose mantra rings in his ears: Don’t disappoint us.

When Jamie and Jules meet, they recognize in each other a similar instinct for survival, but at a school where girls in the student handbook are rated by their looks, athletes stack hockey pucks in dorm room windows like notches on a bedpost, and school-sponsored dances push first year girls out into the night with senior boys, the stakes for safe sex, real love, and true friendship couldn’t be higher.

As Jules and Jamie’s lives intertwine, and the pressures to play by the rules and remain silent about the school’s secrets intensify, they see Fullbrook for what it really is. That tradition, a word Fullbrook hides behind, can be ugly, even violent. Ultimately, Jules and Jamie are faced with the difficult question: can they stand together against classmates—and an institution—who believe they can do no wrong?

6/4/18 9:15am pst - lead actress Jessica Lee Keller and writer-director Chris Wright call in to KUCI 88.9fm to talk about their romantic short, The Way it Begins. The film screens at the DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL - featured on "Get the Funk Out!" Monday 6/4 at 9:15am pst -

"The Way It Begins, a musical dance short to make
world premiere at DWF 




LISTEN to today's conversation with lead actress
Jessica Lee Keller and writer-director Chris Wright!

HOLLYWOOD, May 21, 2018 - In the style of such romantic musicals as “La La Land” and “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, writer-director Chris Wright will screen “The Way It Begins” at the 21st Annual Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 2:45PM.

“The Way It Begins” stars Robert Roldan (So You Think You Can Dance, La La Land) and Jessica Lee Keller (Adjustment Bureau, Now You See Me 2), as two strangers who cross paths on a train, and they end up spending the day together, dancing through the beautiful city of New York and moving one step closer to finding love. There is no dialogue in the film. The emotional journey of the two characters is conveyed through music and dance. The charming and whimsical film is part of the Downbeat: A Celebration of Music and Dance program.

Chris Wright is a respected Visual Effects Supervisor on several television series, including “Luke Cage”, “The Punisher”, “Person of Interest” and the award-winning sci-fi series “Fringe.”

“This movie came out of my love of old Hollywood musicals and was directly inspired by the holiday classic, “White Christmas.” I wanted to tell a story about two people finding each other and explore what the range of emotions would look like if expressed only through movement and music. I wanted to show their journey of emotional exploration set in one of the most exciting and beautiful cities in the world, New York City. This movie is not only a story about two people falling in love but also a love letter to New York itself,” says Wright.

“The Way It Begins” was produced by Jeremy Horn, Carlee Briglia, Steven Carbajal, and Chris Wright. The original score was composed by Alan Koshiyama and was lovingly filmed by Cinematographer Rachael Levine.


About DANCES WITH FILMS
This year’s final lineup will feature more than 200 titles, chosen from a record 2,200 submissions from all over the globe. The juried narrative competition section includes 16 features and more than three-dozen shorts. DWF also has a category for groundbreaking short and feature documentaries, provocative genre fare in the Midnight section, and the most exciting music videos and dance-themed films from the indie scene in the Downbeats section. The Fusion section brings together a multitude of additional features and shorts.

Notable Dances With Films alumni who first gained notice at the festival include Gina Rodriguez, Bryan Cranston, Jesse Eisenberg, and John Hawkes, among many others.

Tickets and passes will be available for sale May 18th at http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com/. Additional screening and ticket information can also be found at https://danceswithfilms.com.

For more information about “The Way It Begins” or to schedule an interview with the cast and director, please contact Deborah Gilels at LA Media Consultants, ddgilels@prodigy.net.






Matt Letten and Phil Letten, The Vegan Bros, Monday, June 4th 9:00am on KUCI 88.9fm!



LISTEN to today's conversation with the Vegan Bros!

Think you could never go vegan? Think again. Meet Matt and Phil Letten, also known as The Vegan Bros, the brothers who are making vegan cool (and making eating animals weird). The Vegan Bros have made it their mission to prove that eating vegan doesn’t have to be difficult, restrictive, or joyless. In fact, they like to point out, most people are already 90% vegan without even thinking about it. VODKA IS VEGAN: A Vegan Bros Manifesto for Better Living and Not Being an A**hole is all about exploring that last 10% between your current way of eating and “going whole hog,” and showing you how to close the gap.


Matt and Phil Letten buck the stereotypes of what a typical vegan looks like. Vegans can be crunchy hippies…or bros who love to party; ballerinas or linebackers; Prius owners or pickup truck drivers. Or famous athletes and entertainers like Serena Williams, Carl Lewis, and, of course, Beyoncé. VODKA IS VEGAN proves that vegans can be fast, strong, healthy and creative, perhaps even more so than people who eat meat. (Though it doesn’t all have to be virtuous: kale and acai bowls are vegan…but so are Oreos and vodka.)

Matt and Phil Letten buck the stereotypes of what a typical vegan looks like. Vegans can be crunchy hippies…or bros who love to party; ballerinas or linebackers; Prius owners or pickup truck drivers. Or famous athletes and entertainers like Serena Williams, Carl Lewis, and, of course, Beyoncé. VODKA IS VEGAN proves that vegans can be fast, strong, healthy and creative, perhaps even more so than people who eat meat. (Though it doesn’t all have to be virtuous: kale and acai bowls are vegan…but so are Oreos and vodka.)

For The Vegan Bros, adopting a plant-based diet is all about aligning your food choices with your values. Their goal is to introduce as many people as possible to a way of eating that helps you look and feel healthy, while showing the world that you care about the environment and animal rights.

VODKA IS VEGAN includes quick tools, insider tips, and a highly detailed action plan to get you started on the road to a plant-based lifestyle, such as:

· Comprehensive grocery guides

· Simple, weekly action plans for getting started

· Tips on how to stay vegan while traveling and socializing

· Finding vegan swaps for your favorite foods


VODKA IS VEGAN is a must-have book for anyone thinking about making the switch to a vegan diet and wondering how to do so in the most effective, reasonable, and healthy way. With a loyal online following that is growing fast, the Bros are the new face of veganism--loud, proud, and fighting for a better world, one plate at a time.


Connect with the Vegan Bros!

Facebook: @VeganBrosOfficial

Instagram @VeganBros

Twitter: @VeganBros



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The Vegan Bros, Matt Letten and Phil Letten, are brothers (and bros) who have transformed their lives by adopting a vegan lifestyle. Popular bloggers, health and fitness consultants, and animal-rights advocates, they've been featured in mainstream media outlets such as VICE, Business Insider, Fast Company, CW, and the Guardian. And they're just getting started.







Sunday, May 27, 2018

5/28/18 9:45am pst - Janeane spoke with the star of Diwa, Aina Dumlao, who also co-produced, co-wrote, co-directed and co-edited the film with her partner Bru Muller. Hear their inspiring conversation below!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Aina Dumlao and Bru Muller!

ABOUT THE FILM
“Diwa”, winner of the First Laurel Award of Chimaera Project’s 2018 “TO.GET.HER Program”, (written and directed by Aina Dumlao & Bru Muller), will screen at the 21st Annual Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 5PM.

The narrative short film takes an unforgiving look at the real plight of immigrants victimized by violent crimes, and the obstacles they face, all told through the eyes of one female victim: Diwa, an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines who risked everything to come to America to help support her family back home.

Like countless others, Diwa is exploited and assaulted by her employer, then victimized a second time by a broken immigration system. Sadly, this is a true story many times over…

Star Aina Dumlao co- produced, co-wrote, co-directed and co-edited the film with her partner Bru Muller. Based on actual events from her family history, Aina recalls, “My uncle barely saw his own family for over thirty years, spending endless days laboring on cargo ships all over the world. And when his wife, my Aunt, was diagnosed with cancer and died six months later, he was out at sea, far from home, working to pay the mounting medical bills. He never even made it back to say goodbye…”

Dumlao and Bru Muller hope that the impact of “Diwa” will shine a light on how it feels to be a marginalized human being in today’s world.




“DIWA”  TO COMPETE IN THIS YEAR’S  OSCAR-QUALIFYING, DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL
Short film takes a hard, realistic look at undocumented immigrants


HOLLYWOOD, May 15, 2018 - “Diwa”, winner of the First Laurel Award of Chimaera Project’s 2018 “TO.GET.HER Program”, (written and directed by Aina Dumlao & Bru Muller), will screen at the 21st Annual Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 5PM.

The narrative short film takes an unforgiving look at the real plight of immigrants victimized by violent crimes, and the obstacles they face, all told through the eyes of one female victim: Diwa, an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines who risked everything to come to America to help support her family back home.

Like countless others, Diwa is exploited and assaulted by her employer, then victimized a second time by a broken immigration system. Sadly, this is a true story many times over…

Star Aina Dumlao co- produced, co-wrote, co-directed and co-edited the film with her partner Bru Muller. Based on actual events from her family history, Aina recalls, “My uncle barely saw his own family for over thirty years, spending endless days laboring on cargo ships all over the world. And when his wife, my Aunt, was diagnosed with cancer and died six months later, he was out at sea, far from home, working to pay the mounting medical bills. He never even made it back to say goodbye…”

Dumlao and Bru Muller hope that the impact of “Diwa” will shine a light on how it feels to be a marginalized human being in today’s world.


About DANCES WITH FILMS

This year’s final lineup will feature more than 200 titles, chosen from a record 2,200 submissions from all over the globe. The juried narrative competition section includes 16 features and more than three-dozen shorts. DWF also has a category for groundbreaking short and feature documentaries, provocative genre fare in the Midnight section, and the most exciting music videos and dance-themed films from the indie scene in the Downbeats section. The Fusion section brings together a multitude of additional features and shorts.

Notable Dances With Films alumni who first gained notice at the festival include Gina Rodriguez, Bryan Cranston, Jesse Eisenberg, and John Hawkes, among many others.

5/28/18 9:30am pst - Filmmaker R. H. Norman spoke with Janeane about his most recent narrative short film HAJJI at the 21st Annual Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood

LISTEN to today's conversation with Filmmaker R. H. Norman!



R. H. Norman will show his most recent narrative short film HAJJI at the 21st Annual Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, Saturday, June 9th at 2:45PM. 

Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) plays a soldier in a reality-based conflict zone in HAJJI, an inspired-by-true-events short which explores the cycle of violence caused by modern warfare in the Middle East.

Written and directed by R.H. Norman, the story follows two soldiers, played by Marquand and actor Dayo Okeniyi (Hunger Games, Shades of Blue), and their interaction with a local family, which culminates in an unfortunate act of unspeakable violence. The film is produced by David Lawson Jr., a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was drawn to the project by its unique perspective on war.

Norman, who was mentored by Werner Herzog and whose other short films include “Gusano” and “Mulberry”, is also known as a producer, editor, storyboard artist and colorist. “Hajji” also stars Maddie Rien, Ray Haratian (Argo), Dajan Ahmad, Bahara Golestani, and Rajeev Chhibber. In addition to producers Okeniyi, Marquand, Lawson, and Norman, the film was produced by Micheline Pitt, Sean McDaniel, Christopher Ely, Damir Omic, and John Thomas Schrad of ReKon Productions.

5/28/18 9:15am pst - Actor, director, children's entertainer, voice-over artist, Improv teacher and now author

LISTEN to today's conversation with the multi-talented Gary Schwartz!

Gary Schwartz is an award-winning, TV and film actor, director, comedian and a master improvisational acting coach whose 30 years as a performer and improv teacher has helped transform the lives of thousands of people, both on- and off-screen.

It was Gary’s 18-year association with world-renowned theater educator and author, Viola Spolin – famous for training the very first improvisational theater troupe in the US which led to the creation of today’s well-known Second City improv troupe – that has provided the foundation for his work today. In 1988 Gary co-founded the Spolin Players improv troupe (www.spolinplayers.com), and is the only master teacher to have ever earned an endorsement from both Viola Spolin and her son, the legendary original director of Second City, Paul Sills.

Originally from New York State, Gary began his professional career as a mime at age 13, performing up and down the Hudson River with Pete Seegar, Arlo Guthrie and other great folk entertainers of the 60’s. In the 70’s and 80’s he appeared in numerous film and television projects including the Oscar-winning feature film Quest for Fire and 65 episodes of the Emmy-winning TV series Zoobilee Zoo, with Ben Vereen. Since then, as a voice actor, Gary has gone on to work with Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Tim Burton, Kenneth Brannagh and many other well-known directors. Details of his extensive acting career are available at IMDB.com. (www.imdb.com/name/nm0777229).

Today, Gary is a passionate, dynamic improv coach and facilitator. He is the founder of Improv Odyssey, an exciting approach to changing the way people work and play, entirely based on Spolin’s techniques. He served on the counsel of the newly formed Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA, Seattle branch for 5 years.

Currently Gary resides in North Bend WA. He is founder of The Valley Center Stage, North Bend’s Community Theater. He teaches theater games locally and around the world. He also teaches acting for animation and writes on Spolin’s work.

His first novel, The King of Average has been selected at a “Best Book of 2016” by Kirkus Reviews and IndieReader.

5/28/18 9:00am pst - Elizabeth Partridge, author of Boots on the Ground, called in to the KUCI studios!



About Boots on the Ground 

LISTEN to today's conversation with Elizabeth Partridge!

★ “Partridge proves once again that nonfiction can be every bit as dramatic as the best fiction.”*

America’s war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad.

The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it’s the personal stories of eight people—six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee—that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans’ struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam.

With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge’s unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

*Kirkus Reviews, starred review of Marching for Freedom


About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge graduated with a degree in women’s studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and later studied traditional Chinese medicine. She was an acupuncturist for more than 20 years before closing her medical practice to write full time. Elizabeth is a National Book Award finalist, Prince Honor winner, and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange;This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie; John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth; and Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

TODAY 5/24/18 - Jennifer Dulski, Head of Facebook Groups and Community, called in to our KUCI studios to talk about how to start movements that matter!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Facebook's Head of Groups and Community, Jennifer Dulski!

Managers accept the world as it is; movement starters push the boundaries to make it more just, compassionate, and even joyful. We all need to decide: Are we managers or movement starters?

When Mark Zuckerberg changed the mission of Facebook this summer to be focused on community, he hired Jennifer Dulski to lead Groups, at the center of their new strategy, and used by more than one billion people to build meaningful communities around the world. With a career as a tech executive at Yahoo! and Google, a startup founder and CEO, and a social change leader as president of Change.org, Dulski is now combining her own experience with stories of other inspiring leaders to show how we all have the power to start movements that matter. In her new book, PURPOSEFUL, she walks through the steps to go from idea to impact and shares specific tips and stories from real movement starters -- from students to retirees -- whose movements have created everything from new laws to new companies.

Jennifer Dulski will discuss:

Movements and social change: From the Women’s March to the #MeToo movement to the recent resurgence in the fight for gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, people are rallying others around common purpose to achieve their goals.

Women in leadership: Jennifer has long been a leading woman in tech, she led one of the six business units at Yahoo!, she co-founded and served as CEO at The Dealmap, a location-based deals service, which she sold to Google in 2011, making her the first female entrepreneur to sell a company to Google. Over 75% of the individuals featured in the book are women, including: Amanda Nguyen, the founder and president of Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit dedicated to fighting for the rights of sexual assault victims; and Kara Goldin, founder of Hint Water.

Facebook movements taken offline: Surviving Hijab is a community for women to support each other around the decision to wear the hijab. The group was initially just for friends. But just two weeks after creator Manal Rostom started it, there were 40,000 members in the group and it has now grown to nearly 500,000. The group's members encourage each other to be active and proud of their hijab. The group has influenced Nike to create its first Pro Hijab, which TIME recently named as one of the best inventions of 2017.

Business practices: The most effective leaders are those that see themselves as movement starters, not only activists, but also entrepreneurs and business people. Jennifer shares tips for leaders in business on how to respond to pressure from changemakers -- whether it be your consumers or public sentiment.

In a time when our world needs change more than ever, Dulski shows how each of us can learn the leadership skills necessary to rally people around common propose, whether we are activists or entrepreneurs.

About the author:
Jennifer Dulski is the head of Facebook Groups and Community. She also has more than 15 years' experience in successful startups and big-brand internet companies, including Yahoo! and The Dealmap, which was acquired by Google in 2011, and was most recently president and COO of Change.org. Dulski writes about leadership, management and entrepreneurship for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune, Huffington Post and other media outlets.


facebook.com/jdulski
linked.com/in/jdulski/

5/24/18 - Calling in TODAY to our KUCI Studios! Bri Seeley, an Inspirational Woman who supports women around the world to bring their visions to life


LISTEN to today's conversation with Bri Seeley!

ABOUT BRI SEELEY

Bri Seeley is an Inspirational Woman who supports women around the world to bring their visions to life.

Bri is motivated by a deeply-held belief that every woman deserves to live a life that inspires her, and her work reflects this deep remembering of the possibility - nay, inevitability - that our desires hold.

Through her signature 6-month training Permission to Leap (plus book + podcast by the same name!) she will guide you through the process of leaping from the day you commit to your vision, all the way through each stage, up until the day you land softly on the other side of it all.

A catalyst, speaker, and author, she is a regular contributor for The Huffington Post and Influencive and is known by many for her compassionate, yet tell-it-like-it-is guidance that creates massive and epic changes in every woman she encounters.

Bri has been featured on NBC's The Today Show, Forbes, Inc., Medium, Free Enterprise, Kickstarter and PBS. In 2016, she received the 'Outstanding Small Business' award from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office.



ABOUT THE BOOK
You know that there is more available to you. Life is calling for you to be more in the world. And while you've taken a few baby steps to find out more, the thought of jumping without a parachute terrifies you. You can feel yourself torn between the comfort that you know and that invisible whisper inviting you into the expansive and vast unknown. The doubts and 'what if's are paralyzing you on the fence of indecision. You look left to the comfort and right to the possibility. And left. And right. Which side do you choose? 'Permission to Leap' will guide you through the process of leaping from the day you commit to the day you land softly on the other side. Because the world needs you to leap sooner than later.

Inside you'll learn:
1. How to move past your fears and out of your comfort zone to say YES to your vision.
2. Tools and techniques to strengthen the inner foundation upon which your vision will be built.
3. New mindset and beliefs to support you your vision creation.
4. The science and psychology behind comfort zones, leaps of faith, and manifestation.
5. Habit creation to support you in sustainable and lasting change.
Learn more about Bri and her work at www.briseeley.com



Catch 'But, HOW? A podcast to help visionaries bring their ideas to life' at podcast.briseeley.com and be sure to secure yourself a copy of Bri's best-selling book Permission to Leap on Amazon at bit.ly/readlp2l.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TODAY 5/23/18, Janeane spoke with Director Jon Kean. Jon Kean's film, After Auschwitz, is a "Post-Holocaust" documentary that follows six extraordinary women after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life.

LISTEN to today's conversation with Director Jon Kean!

Directed by Jon Kean
Jon Kean's After Auschwitz, is a "Post-Holocaust" documentary that follows six extraordinary women after their liberation from Nazi concentration camps, capturing what it means to move from tragedy and trauma towards life. 

Screenings are taking place in Long Beach and Los Angeles.

The film is receiving extremely positive reviews and interest:

NY Times: link
Washington Post: link
Deadline: link

In After Auschwitz, filmmaker Jon Kean examines the question, "What happens after surviving an unspeakable horror?" with six stories of remarkable women who survived the Holocaust and went on to build lives in the United States, but never truly found a place to call home. For survivors of the Holocaust, liberation was both an incredible moment and a devastating one. It marked the beginning of a life-long struggle. Most wanted to go home, but there was no home left in devastated post-war Europe. Many came to America and wanted to tell people about their experiences, but were silenced. "You're in America now, put it behind you" is what they were told. The women Kean follows became mothers and wives with successful careers, but never fully healed from the scars of the past.


Their stories show the indelible role immigrants and women played in the history of America during the second half of the 20th century, and they serve as our guides on an unbelievable journey - sometimes celebratory, sometimes heart-breaking, but always inspiring.


According to a recent NY Times article (https://nyti.ms/2ERVI6b), the Holocaust is fast fading from memory. Many people lack both basic and detailed knowledge of what happened, including the actual number of people who perished. In addition, more than half Americans believe the Holocaust could happen again. With these troubling new findings, it’s more critical than ever to ensure that people remain aware and educated about the Holocaust - a lifework to which all the women inAfter Auschwitz dedicated their lives.
After Auschwitz is written, produced and directed by Jon Kean (Kill The Man; Swimming in Auschwitz) and executive produced by Oscar and Emmy-winning Michael Berenbaum (One Survivor Remembers; The Desperate Hours). David Charles and Marilyn Harran serve as co-producers.


For more information about the film, including dates, cities and theaters, visit
https://www.AfterAuschwitz.com

OPENING THIS FRIDAY IN THE FOLLOWING THEATERS
Laemmle Town Center, Encino
Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills
Art Theatre of Long Beach

Title: After Auschwitz
Genre: Documentary
Directed by: Jon Kean
RT: 82 minutes / Not Rated


Visit https://www.afterauschwitz.com for more info about the film.


Link to Downloadable Trailer

Link to YouTube Trailer

Link to Stills

Link to Official Website

Link to Official Facebook Page

Link to Instagram

5/23/18 - Marc and Angel Chernoff, Creators of Marc & Angel Hack Life and Authors of GETTING BACK TO HAPPY: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs

Empowering advice for overcoming setbacks
from the authors of the popular blog
Marc & Angel Hack Life


LISTEN to today's conversation with Marc and Angel Chernoff!

Marc and Angel Chernoff know a thing or two about rebuilding after hitting bottom. In 2006, the husband and wife team were struggling personally and professionally. Almost simultaneously, they lost two loved ones (one to suicide, the other to illness) and their primary source of income in the wake of the recession. Suddenly, life as they knew it came to a screeching halt and they were forced to reinvent themselves. They began documenting their journey on a blog, committing themselves to doing this daily task to keep them motivated and positive.

The result? Marc & Angel Hack Life, recognized by Forbes as “one of the most popular personal development blogs,” with more than a million engaged readers each month. What began as a small, daily habit blossomed into a successful website and full-blown career as professional life coaches.


Now, Marc and Angel are sharing their empowering advice for overcoming setbacks in a new book GETTING BACK TO HAPPY: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Reality, and Turn Your Trials into Triumphs.

In these uncertain times, it can be hard for anyone to maintain a positive outlook on life. For those who are depressed and isolated, it’s nearly impossible to see the light from within the darkness. And for those at rock bottom, it feels utterly helpless. But there is hope. Rock bottom does not have to be the end. In fact, it’s just the beginning.

GETTING BACK TO HAPPY reveals Marc and Angel’s hard-won insights and strategies for changing thought patterns and behaviors in the toughest of times. Sharing never-before-published stories and advice, the book shows readers how to harness the power of daily rituals, mindfulness, self-care, and more in order to cope with life’s curve balls and become our happiest and most effective selves.

www.marcandangel.com

Twitter: @marcandangel

Facebook: @marcandangelhacklife



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Marc and Angel Chernoff are the creators of Marc & Angel Hack Life, which was recognized by Forbes as "one of the most popular personal development blogs." Through their writing, coaching, and live events, they've spent the past decade sharing proven strategies for getting unstuck in order to find lasting happiness and success. They live in Florida, with their young son.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TODAY (5/21/18) - Christine Dimmick, a sought-after wellness expert, speaking regularly at places such as Canyon Ranch and The JCC Manhattan. She is the founder and CEO of The Good Home Company Inc.


LISTEN to today's conversation with Christine Dimmick!


Christine has spent more than two decades focusing on non-toxic healthy home products. After Christine survived cancer (and her husband was diagnosed, and two friends passed away from it...), she looked into removing from her environment the many harmful chemicals that are in everyday products and may have effected her diagnosis. Often times even the government has not approved the use of these chemicals, and yet no laws specify that they cannot be used....so here they are, working their way into our detergents, sprays, beauty products, and more.Her new book, Detox Your Home, comes out this April (Rowman & Littlefield). It explores and explains the labels that inform our purchasing decisions and the regulations that govern what consumer goods are available in our shops and supermarkets.

Cancer affects 1 in 2 persons, and nearly everyone has an autoimmune-related disease or allergy. We live in a world where the incidence of illness grows as fast as the GDP. Industrialization has created a world that puts products before human and environmental health. Exercise and eating right is not enough. In this rapidly growing world, our resources are depleting along with our health and the public sees and feels this daily.

Health and Wellness speaker, advocate and Good Home Company Founder, Christine Dimmick, takes a deep dive into the toxins found in our very own homes, and how you can limit your exposure and take control of your own health. Detox Your Home addresses all of these issues – from clothing to food to the cleaning products used every day in homes just like yours. Dimmick unveils what manufacturers won’t, so you can avoid exposing yourself and your family to the hidden toxins eating away at America’s health and wellness. Detox Your Home is the essential go-to book for how to live a life of wellness, and will show you how to improve – in every part of your life.

From food, water, and kitchen goods, to personal care and cleaning products— even clothing and common household items like phones, furniture, and children’s toys— Dimmick uses the most recent scientific evidence to expose the harmful toxins lurking in our most intimate, everyday environments.

Detox Your Home​: A Guide to Removing Toxins from Your Life and Bringing Health Into Your Home ​explores how to improve health by empowering choices about our clothing, food, cleaning products and more.

Dimmick unveils what manufacturers won’t, so you can avoid
exposing your family to the hidden toxins eating away at America’s health and wellness.


ABOUT
Christine Dimmick ​is ​the founder and CEO of The Good Home Company Inc. She pioneered the move to combine natural ingredients and true to life scents in cleaning products over 20 years ago in her NYC kitchen. She and Good Home products have been featured in O Magazine, Instyle, Dr. Oz and House Beautiful, along with appearances on the Today Show. She is a public speaker promoting health and wellness at Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Mass. and other wellness facilities.
Christine can also be found blogging on Facebook for over 35,000 Good Home fans and hosting wellness events – spreading her unique message of health. Christine also consults with hotels, businesses and private homes where she helps clients to detox, remove toxic products and create a place of health and wellness.


Christine discusses:

● Christine's cancer diagnosis and awakening to toxic chemicals

● Her work to bring awareness to this subject to the public – via speaking at the UN, schools, health facilities, businesses

● Why the chemicals in our household products should be regulated by the federal government

● Why bottled water is hurting us

● The origins of the Good Home Company

● The differences between Organic, Non-GMO certified, Cruelty Free, etc. and various labels our food receives to identify it

● Why organic is so important

● Non-toxic beauty products (what's ugly in our beauty routines?)

● How Climate Change is linked to toxins

TODAY (5/21/18) - Lee Reich, PhD, syndicated columnist with The Associated Press and former agricultural scientist with the USDA, joined Janeane to talk about his latest book, The Ever Curious Gardener


The Ever Curious Gardener
Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Lee Reich!


Curious why caressing your cucumber plants will help them bear more fruit? Or why you should grow oranges from seed even if the fruit is inedible? Or why trees need to sleep and how to help them?

Join acclaimed gardener, scientist, and author Lee Reich on a journey through the delights of your garden in this laugh-out-loud treatise on the scientific wonders of plants and soil. Offering eye-opening insight and practical guidance, coverage includes:
How to maximize both flavor and nutrition in your garden bounty
Helping plants thrive during drought
Outwitting weeds by understanding their nature
Making the best use of compost
Tips on pruning and orchard care
Why the dead language of Latin can make you a better gardener.

The Ever Curious Gardener is an irreverent romp through the natural science of plants and soil, ideal for newer gardeners moving beyond back-of-the-seed-pack planting to experienced gardeners whose curiosity at the wonders of cultivation grows deeper and stronger with each season.




Lee Reich PhD, dove into gardening decades ago, initially with one foot in academia as an agricultural scientist with the USDA and then Cornell University, and one foot in the field, the organic field. He eventually expanded his field to a "farmden" (more than a garden, less than a farm) and left academia to lecture, consult, and write. He is author of many books including Weedless Gardening, The Pruning Book, and Landscaping with Fruit, as well as a syndicated column for Associated Press. In addition to providing a year-round supply of fruits and vegetables, the farmden has an educational mission and is a test site for innovative growing techniques. Science and an appreciation of natural systems underpin his work, and Lee's goal is to get more people to grow more food sustainably and organically. He has a PhD in Horticulture from the University of Maryland, an MS in Soil Science, and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He blogs at www.leereich.com/blog from his farmden in New Paltz, NY.

5/21/18 at 9:30am pst - Jeff Sweat joined Janeane to talk about his book, "Mayfly, " (MacMillan/Feiwel and Friends, May 8, 2018)

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Jeff Sweat!


Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing. He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.

A futuristic thriller that pits teens against teens. Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies in her tribe's small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen. Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Life is short. Can they outlive it?


Advance Praise for Mayfly

“There’s an almost mythological quality to this tale, as the resourceful protagonists maneuver through a barely recognizable landscape, with modern culture filtered through generations of oral history and misinterpretation, and debut novelist Sweat does an admirable job of maintaining the tense atmosphere and underlying desperation.” ―Publishers Weekly

In a world where everyone dies at 17, survival is of the utmost importance, love is an afterthought, and producing enough children to keep civilization alive is of the utmost importance. The novel reads a bit like a blend of "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Divergent" set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

"Mayfly" received a fantastic review from "Publishers Weekly": “There’s an almost mythological quality to this tale, as the resourceful protagonists maneuver through a barely recognizable landscape, with modern culture filtered through generations of oral history and misinterpretation, and debut novelist Sweat does an admirable job of maintaining the tense atmosphere and underlying desperation.”

Jeff speaks on the following topics and more:
Dystopian writing and how his work respects the long history of masters like George Orwell and Margaret Atwood

Writing Process shaped by his years in journalism and how he feels about word rhythm

GIPHY’s first-ever book promo campaign partnered with Jeff!

Jeff's experience as a first-time author after many years working (and still employed) in advertising


Mayfly's Los Angeles scavenger hunt: a Snapchat Ghost that leads to a special Mayfly filter—and if you look around your environment while using the filter, you see a promotional login.


Generation K: What is it, and why might they be more inclined to read Dystopian Lit.