Monday, July 30, 2018

7/30/18 - Janeane spoke with Emmy-nominated writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory) about his documentary film, 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE


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A Documentary by Lee Aronsohn

Opening in New York and Los Angeles

Friday, August 3
With a national rollout to follow

Magic Music is one of the most fondly remembered bands of the Boulder Revolution of the late 60s and early 70s. Living in a makeshift camp up in the mountains, they would delight local residents and university students with their original songs, acoustic instruments, and light harmonies; their growing popularity brought them to the brink of success more than once. Unfortunately, they never signed a record deal and eventually broke up in 1975.

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE chronicles how one of their greatest fans, acclaimed director (and UC Boulder alumnus) Lee Aronsohn, tracked down the original band members four decades later to tell their story. More importantly, he makes a dream come true for himself, fellow fans, and the band, by bringing them all back to Boulder for a sold-out reunion concert that preserves their legacy for posterity.

40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE opens in theaters on August 3 with additional markets to follow. The Orchard will release the film digitally on September 4.

The film is written and directed by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory) and produced by Fleur Saville. Executive Producers are Aronsohn and Lisa Haisha and Producer is Jeff Jampol. Cinematography is by Dean Cornish with editing by Kyle Vorbach.

RT: 99 minutes / Not yet rated




7/30/18 at 9:15am pst on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane speaks with Jenny Lynn and Carolyn Yarnell - of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art!

Coming up AUGUST 4!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

7/30/18 - 9:30am pst on KUCI 88.9fm Abbey Lee Nash debuts her latest new novel LIFELINE

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Abbey Lee Nash debuts with a new voice along the lines of Jennifer Niven, Sharon M. Draper, and John Green, in Lifeline, a gorgeously written tale that plunges the reader into the life of popular high school senior Eli Ross who has everything...

...until an overdose at a party takes it all away.

After nearly dying in the ER, Eli agrees to go to LakeShore Recovery Center, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program where he'll spend the next 28 days.

It's there that Eli meets Libby, the sharp-edged artist, whose freshly tattooed scars mirror the emotional scars Eli tries his best to ignore. Eli soon learns that if he's to have any chance at a future, he'll first have to confront his past.

Abbey skillfully weaves a tight story and unforgettable characters together to create a novel that is honest, raw, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful and will ultimately have you turning pages throughout the night.

Born to parents with a serious case of “wanderlust,” Abbey Lee Nash has lived in some pretty interesting places, including on a Christian farming commune in rural Georgia, above a third-world craft store in Kentucky, and on a Salvation Army retreat center in the Pennsylvania mountains. She currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, two daughters, and one very rambunctious Australian Shepherd. She received her MA in English from Arcadia University in 2011 and currently works at Bryn Athyn College where she teaches writing and literature. She is also an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. LIFELINE is her first novel. For more information about Abbey or her work, visit her website at

7/30/18 from our KUCI 88.9fm studios - Host Janeane Bernstein spoke with Bay Area author Lise Pearlman, who recently wrote a stunning new biography about prisoner rights activist Fay Stender called Call Me Phaedra

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Bay Area author, Lise Pearlman, has recently written a stunning new biography of prisoner rights activist Fay Stender entitled, Call Me Phaedra (Regent Press, June 5). 

Fay’s story as a fighter for the rights of black prisoners is especially relevant in today’s political turmoil, and Lise is an award-winning author, accomplished lecturer, trail-blazing lawyer, and nationally recognized civil rights historian. 

Call Me Phaedra: The Life and Times of Movement Lawyer Fay Stender provides an inside view of activism during the McCarthy Era, the Civil Rights Movement, Free Speech Era, the rise of
black power, and the Women’s Rights Movement. It chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Fay Stender, focused particularly on her work as a rare female criminal defense lawyer and
ground-breaking prisoners’ rights advocate. The book focuses on Stender’s achievements and challenges representing two black revolutionary clients. 

Her work both won her international acclaim as a top Movement lawyer and propelled her to a tragic end. The saga of this feminine icon will fascinate those who lived through these eras as well as young adults today interested in the history of American activism and, particularly, women who challenged white-male monopoly power. Those who are working to change American society for the better today can draw valuable lessons from this important new biography and history book which reflects years of research, including access to several unpublished private collections and scores of exclusive interviews.

7/30/18 - KUCI 88.9fm 9:45am pst - Jennifer Dornbush joined KUCI's Janeane Bernstein to talk about her latest book, The Coroner

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When you grow up as the daughter of a medical examiner, you are bound to have some stories to tell. Alumna Jennifer Dornbush has turned those stories into a career — she’s advised crime dramas for television and movies, and wrote a guide to creating authentic crime dramas called Forensic Speak.

And now she’s written her first fiction book “The Coroner” which is being released from Crooked Lane Books on Aug. 7. Jennifer shares some great stories with KUCI host Janeane Bernstein!

In “The Coroner,” a surgical resident returns to the small town she’s from after her father, the local coroner, has a heart attack. He is unable to perform the autopsy of a young girl whose body was recently found, and she is called upon to take her place.

When a young doctor makes a reluctant trip home and confronts her past, she is sucked into a dangerous mystery

LOS ANGELES, California – When surgical resident Emily Hartford returns to the small town where she grew up after more than a decade away, she is confronted with issues from her past, and a mystery from the present. Her father, the local coroner, has had a heart attack, and is unavailable to autopsy the body of a girl found in suspicious circumstances at a horse stable. When he asks her to take over in his stead, she is resistant, especially as that would mean working closely with the sheriff, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend.

Emily worries about her father’s declining health and tries to tend to her tenuous relationship with her fiance from afar. And as she and Nick delve more deeply into what happened to Julie
Dobson, Emily realizes they will be in danger if they keep poking around where they aren’t wanted.

Fans of crime drama and strong female characters will love this twist on a detective novel that will leave your heart racing and keep you turning pages until the end. Jennifer Dornbush is a writer, speaker, and forensic specialist creating a diverse range of stories that shed light on the dark places of the human experience. As a daughter of a medical examiner, she investigated her first fatality when she was 8. She has several crime dramas in development, and a feature film inspired by her novel, God Bless the Broken Road, is slated for release Sept. 21, 2018. She is also the author of Forensic Speak: How To Write Realistic Crime Dramas, hailed as a north star to creating authentic crime dramas. Jennifer teaches seminars and speaks on writing crime fiction for screen, forensic fundamentals, and death investigation.

She hosts webinars on crime writing through Writer’s Digest; and has collaborated with The Writers Store and Script Magazine to produce a video on crime writing for writers. She also hosts a YouTube channel on forensics and the writing life. She teaches screenwriting and mentors aspiring writers through the Act One Program, Regent University, and Universita Catholica Milano. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of American and the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Book
Summoned from her promising surgical career first to her estranged father's bedside, and then his post as medical examiner when his small town needs urgent help with a suspicious death, Emily Hartford discovers home is where the bodies are in this pitch perfect mystery debut.

Recently engaged and deeply ensconced in her third year of surgical residency in Chicago, Emily Hartford gets a shock when she’s called home to Freeport, MI, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. Her estranged father, the local medical examiner, has had a massive heart attack and Emily is needed urgently to help with his recovery. Not sure what to expect, Emily races home, blowing the only stoplight at the center of town and getting pulled over by her former high school love, now Sheriff, Nick Larson.

At the hospital, she finds her father in near total denial of the seriousness of his condition. He insists that the best thing Emily can do to help him is to take on the autopsy of a Senator’s teen daughter whose sudden, unexplained death has just rocked the sleepy town. Reluctantly agreeing to help her father and Nick, Emily gets down to work, only to discover that the girl was murdered. The autopsy reminds her of her many hours in the morgue with her father when she was a young teen—a time which inspired her love of medicine. Before she knows it, she’s pulled deeper into the case and closer to her father and to Nick—much to the dismay of her big city fiancé. When a threat is made to Emily herself, she must race to catch the killer before he strikes again in The Coroner, expertly written and sharply plotted, perfect for fans of Patricia Cornwell and Julia Spencer Fleming.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

7/24/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Paul Greenberg, author of the James Beard Award winning bestseller Four Fish, American Catch, and The Omega Principle joined Janeane to talk about his latest book, The Omega Principle - Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet

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The bestselling author of Four Fish and American Catch shares an eye-opening investigation of the history, science, and business behind omega-3 fatty acids, the "miracle compound" whose story is intertwined with human health and the future of our planet.

Omega-3 fatty acids have long been celebrated by doctors and dieticians as key to a healthy heart and a sharper brain. In the last few decades, that promise has fueled a multi-billion dollar dietary supplement business, even as recent medical studies challenge the effectiveness of this “miracle compound.” Behind these tiny molecules is a big story: of the push-and-pull of science and business; of the fate of our oceans in a human-dominated age; of the explosion of land food at the expense of healthier and more sustainable seafood; of the human quest for health and long life at all costs. James Beard Award-winning and best-selling author Paul Greenberg offers an eye-opening investigation in THE OMEGA PRINCIPLE: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet.

Greenberg as he shares his travels—from Peru to Antarctica, from the Canary Islands to the Amalfi Coast—to explore the potential health benefits of an omega-3-rich diet and reveal the repercussions of our unbalanced way of consuming the ocean’s omega-3 resources. 

Paul discusses:

· The “omega principle:” a new system of eating and producing food that is both good for our bodies and good for our planet

· What omega-3s are exactly….and their health benefits to our bodies

· How “landfood” is destroying seafood and how we are becoming less healthy because of it

· The impact of the “reduction industry,” a global business that boils down 25 million tons of marine life into oil and meal

· The future of aquaculture

· How to turn the tide by reworking of both our food systems and energy systems in a way that plays to the ocean’s strengths rather than adding to its weaknesses.

Greenberg probes the rich and surprising history of omega-3s–from the dawn of complex life, when these compounds were first formed; to human prehistory, when the discovery of seafood may have produced major cognitive leaps for our species; and on to the modern era, when omega-3s may point the way to a bold new direction for our food system. THE OMEGA PRINCIPLE is a powerful argument for a more deliberate and forward-thinking relationship to the food we eat and the oceans that sustain us.

About the Author
Paul Greenberg is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Four Fish and American Catch and a regular contributor to The New York Times. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic, and GQ, among other publications, and he has lectured widely on ocean issues at institutions ranging from Google to Yale to the U.S. Senate. While researching THE OMEGA PRINCIPLE, Greenberg, a lifelong fisherman, ate fish every day, multiple times a day for a year in hopes determining which fish we should eat for our health and the health of the planet. PBS’s Frontline documented this journey in the documentary The Fish on My Plate.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

7/23/18 9:45am pst - VR/AR guy Marcelo Lewin joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

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Marcelo Lewin is the guy behind How To Create VR. He's passionate about VR / AR and evangelizes it every chance he gets. He believes that companies of all sizes and at all levels will be positively affected by VR and AR. He hosts a weekly podcast, facilitates a monthly hands-on Meetup, publishes tutorials, presents in conferences and produces & develops VR and AR projects.

7/23/18 9:30am pst - Founder and CEO of Track Maven, Allen Gannett, joined Janeane to talk about his latest book, The Creative Curve

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What do DEAR EVAN HANSON, Netflix, Black-Ish, YouTube,and Ben & Jerry's have in common? In the new book, THE CREATIVE CURVE: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time, Allen Gannett, a Forbes and Inc. “30 Under 30” awardee, discusses the science and patterns behind innovation to reveal the truth behind creative success. Gannett looks at just what make for "creative genius." and how we all have the ability to achieve it.



How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time
By Allen Gannett

"THE CREATIVE CURVE takes on one of the most pernicious beliefs about creativity -- that it is limited to natural-born geniuses. In fact, as Allen Gannett argues so capably, we all have the potential to come up with ingenious ideas and make them a reality. Seasoned with lively anecdotes, THE CREATIVE CURVE will take you through the science and practice of creativity so that you can start tapping into your own breakthroughs.”

— Daniel Pink, author of WHEN and TO SELL IS HUMAN

…”stimulating…” “Gannett offers the ideal balance of valuable instruction, accessible writing, and refreshing stories, providing tangible evidence that the creative process he advocates actually works for businesspeople.”- Publishers Weekly

The Creative Curve includes interviews with the following:

David Rubenstein - Co-Founder of Carlyle Group and host of The David Rubenstein Show

José Andrés - Chef, Restaurateur, and TV star

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul - Co-Creators of Dear Evan Hansen and the music behind La La Land (Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar winners)

Kristen Ashley - Bestselling romance novelist

Ted Sarandos - Chief Content Officer of Netflix

Casey Neistat - YouTube creator with a combined 12M+ social followers

Connor Franta - YouTube creator with a combined 20M+ social followers

Nina Jacobson - Legendary producer (The Hunger Games, The People v. O. J. Simpson) and former president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures

André Bishop - Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater, 17 Tony Awards

Brenda Chapman - Legendary animator and Oscar-winning Director of Brave

Andrew Ross Sorkin – New York Times journalist, co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, co-creator of Billions

Beverly Jenkins - Bestselling novelist

Kenya Barris - Creator of ABC’s Black-ish

Mike Einziger - Incubus co-songwriter and guitarist

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Professor, bestselling author of Flow

Kevin Ryan - Founder of MongoDB, Gilt, Business Insider, and other Internet companies

K. Anders Ericsson - Professor, Bestselling author of Peak

Jared Polis - Congressman, Founder of ProFlowers, education entrepreneur, and frontrunner in 2018 Colorado gubernatorial election

Alexis Ohanian - Co-founder of Reddit

The flavor team at Ben & Jerry’s

CEO and Founder of Track Maven Allen Gannet believes that we have been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius — of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. And if we are not a genius, we might as well pack it in and give up. Either we have that gift, or we don’t. But that simply isn’t true. In THE CREATIVE CURVE: How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time (Currency; June 12, 2018; $28.00) by big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett, a Forbes and Inc. “30 Under 30” awardee, tells us why and shows us how to get it.

Recent research has shown there is a science behind increasing the odds of commercial success in any creative field, whether creating music, writing a breakout novel, starting up a company, or mounting an effective marketing campaign. What is called creative genius is really the ability to understand what Allen Gannett calls “the creative curve” and use it to engineer mainstream success.

Gannett is Founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a company that works with large brands to help them uncover the meaning—revealed by the patterns—within their marketing data. In working with major brands like Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE, Gannett noticed a significant pattern: most marketers, even well-known ones, weren’t hitting their goals. While their ad campaigns demonstrated creative thinking, their commercial success often fell short. He asked himself, could there be a method to combining creative and commercial success?

In THE CREATIVE CURVE, Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius and reveals the truth about creative success: that there is in fact a science behind what becomes a hit. New findings in neuroscience give us an unprecedented ability to decode and engineer the necessary moments of “inspiration” that create mainstream and popular work. Gannett says, “There is a pattern that successful creative people leverage to make hits, one that’s accessible to almost anyone. It’s intuitive, but it’s also learnable. And it has nothing to do with mysticism. You don’t need to do LSD to get inspired or pray for a simple moment of blinding inspiration.”

Gannett spent hundreds of hours with modern creative geniuses to find patterns to their achievement; ranging from world-renowned chefs to rock stars, and from Broadway sensations—like the team behind the Tony Award–winning show Dear Evan Hansen—to the founder of Reddit. He shares the little-known but entertaining backstories to enduring creative breakthroughs by the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, and others. Even more interesting, many were not aware they were following a pattern. They had all arrived at the same methods independently.

What the world’s most creative people repeatedly do—whether consciously or unconsciously—is find the point of optimal tension between familiarity and novelty, safety and surprise, similarity and difference. The Creative Curve reveals the learnable four-step process that they follow to find this sweet spot:

Consumption: Gannett explores how, and the science behind why, consumption of information can provoke your own flashes of genius.

Imitation: Creatives have to find a way to add just the perfect amount of novelty. To do this, they engage in something that may seem surprising: imitation.

Creative Communities: Gannett shows how building a community around oneself is critical to creativity.

Iterations: Iterations are essential to making great creative products of all types. Gannett explains how the same data-driven cycles used in modern political campaigns are used to conceive blockbuster movies and bestselling consumer products.

Illuminated with behind-the-scenes stories from Ben & Jerry’s to the Beatles, from Andrew Ross Sorkin to Kurt Vonnegut, from Facebook to Netflix, The Creative Curve is a practical playbook for those in any creative field looking to achieve breakout success.


ALLEN GANNETT is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a software analytics firm whose clients have included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes.

7/23/18 9:15am pst - Elena Stowell joined Janeane to talk about her story, Frango & Chicken

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Elena Stowell’s Frango & Chicken, a beautiful story about positivity and how some things seem impossible, but with the right attitude and the help of a friend, you can do more than you ever thought you could.

The adventures of Frango and Chicken are inspired by the true story of a young man in Brazil who has had to overcome physical challenges since infancy. By maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor, he shows all of us how to live without limits.


"Oh you're a writer."
"No, I'm a biology teacher"
I'm still working to add my new label to the others, mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, teammate. Flowing with the Go went from being a therapy project to being a cathartic experience that helped free me from the lonely and desperate hold that grief had on me.
I found a sport, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, that helped me heal and provided a support group like no other. With my spirit renewed, Flowing with the Go has now inspired me to give back. After taking the Portuguese translation of my book to Brazil, I was touched by the positive way BJJ inspired the young children in the Projeto Social to work hard to improve themselves and their lives. My book has opened doors I never knew were there.

7/23/18 9am pst - Award-winning writer and editor, Caroline Taylor, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

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Formerly from Washington, D.C., Caroline Taylor is an award-winning writer and editor living in North Carolina. She has written two mysteries—What Are Friends For? and Jewelry from a Grave—and is the author of Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade. Her short stories and essays have appeared in several online and print magazines. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network, Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America. 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

7/17/18 on KUCI's "Get the Funk Out!" Show - JILL SANTOPOLO, New York Times bestselling author, joins Janeane to talk about her latest book, The Light We Lost

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  New York Times
bestselling author of
Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick! 

"This love story between Lucy & Gabe spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other...Will they ever meet again? This book kept me up at night, turning the pages to find out, and the ending did not disappoint."--Reese Witherspoon

A four-time SkimmReads pick, September 2017 Belletrist Book of the Month, and the February 2018 Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick, THE LIGHT WE LOST by Jill Santopolo is an essential addition to your beach bag. Called “The epic love story” by Redbook and “heart-wrenching yet beautiful” by Us Weekly, THE LIGHT WE LOST is an immersive, heartrending novel about the inner workings of the human heart, the lengths we go to pursue our dreams and the sacrifices we make for love.

With shades of the tragic choice in Me Before You, the fated scope of One Day, and the immutability of The Time Traveler’s Wife, THE LIGHT WE LOST explores the dreams, desires, jealousies and betrayals that can accompany passion, especially when the stars align against an indelible, if fragile, love. With foreign rights sold in over thirty countries, it has struck a chord both at home and abroad—proving that love is universal, as is its consequences. “This book will sink its hooks into your heart on page one,” says Bustle, “and leave you scarred long after you’re done.”


On a day that irreversibly alters both of their lives, Columbia University students Lucy and Gabe come together amidst tragedy, fueled by a deep connection found in a dark moment. What follows, over the course of more than a decade in a series of beautifully written vignettes, is a journey that brings them together and apart as they to etch out their respective careers and come to terms with the concrete consequences of following their dreams.

Gabe, inspired and compelled to travel to the Middle East as a war zone photojournalist, leaves Lucy in New York, where she forges a successful career—and, eventually, a life without the person she thought was her soulmate. She gives her heart to someone new, a steady, safe, and loving man named Darren. But as time goes on, Lucy realizes that she can never give her heart away again fully as she continues to cling to the impossibly perfect love she believes she was meant to share with Gabe. As Lucy tells the story of her life, she addresses Gabe directly, sharing memories and secrets that result in an unraveling destiny and surprising, unforgettable conclusion.

Jill will address the following:

· This story is so moving and so honest. What inspired you to write it?

· Before The Light We Lost, you’d written primarily for children and young adults. Why did you decide to write an adult novel?

· What was different about writing for an adult audience? Did your process change?

· Lucy’s voice is so powerful and sincere on the page. What was it like to write her character? How much of you is in her voice?

· How did you come up with Gabe and Darren? Did the men change as you developed the story?

· So which are you: Team Darren or Team Gabe?

· You yourself were a student at Columbia University on September 11, 2001. What was it like writing about this experience through fiction? Were your own experiences similar?

· Without giving anything away, did you always know how the novel would end?

· You also work as an editor of children’s books. What is different about writing your own stories from editing others’? Is there one side you prefer?

Twitter: @JillSantopolo

Facebook: @JillSantopoloAuthor


Jill Santopolo received a BA in English literature from Columbia University and an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She's the author of three successful children’s and young-adult series and works as the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, where she's edited books by Mayim Bialik, Chelsea Clinton, Amy Ephron, and Lisa Graff, among others. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

7/16/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Creator/Director Kyle Thomas and Producer Jessica Bowling Bryant joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about their series 365 DAYS OF LOVE LETTERS

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Kyle Thomas and Jessica Bowling Bryant!

SERIES, 365 DAYS OF LOVE LETTERS article about the series.

With Chris Salvatore (the Eating Out series), RJ Aguiar (social media pioneer), and Caitlainne Gurreri (Grey’s Anatomy, All My Children) headlining the show, this new series is generating buzz already and has begun to attach several key players who round out the team across acting, producing, marketing, fashion, and music. From the team alone, we have cumulatively generated over 13 million YouTube views, 2 million Facebook fans, 405K Instagram followers, 171K YouTube subscribers, and 169K Twitter followers. Created by Kyle Thomas and produced by Jessica Bryant, the show was shot by Jessica Ramos (worked on Breaking Bad, Hail, Caesar!, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and will be scored by powerhouse Craig J Snider (worked with Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, and Kelly Clarkson). Craig J Snider will also produce three pop singles that will be released in connection with the series.

Kyle channels the Millennial zeitgeist through film and episodic entertainment. A prolific writer, expert networker, and natural leader, Kyle has a gift for capturing electric moments and distilling the modern human condition. He is a signature voice living and creating on the cutting edge of Millennial expression.

Kyle Thomas is an award-winning Film Director, Creative Director, and Content Producer. In 2012, he was honored by the Windy City Times for being one of 30 Under 30 and was recognized by national arts organization, RAW: natural born artists, as Chicago Filmmaker of the Year, alongside independent film company, Hesperidian Productions. 2012 also ushered forth the premiere of Kyle Thomas's short film, Stiletto, which premiered to a crowd of over 1000 people and enjoyed a run in the national film festival circuit. In 2013, he was recognized by Universal Creativity as a Groundbreaking Artist and Entrepreneur. Kyle Thomas was the original founder of Chicago-based film and fashion production company, Hesperidian Productions, and produced and directed two short films and a fashion web series with national and international brands such as Topshop/Topman, Brooklyn Industries, and many notable Chicago boutiques.

Jessica makes one of the toughest jobs in film look easy…and she always does it with a smile. This tireless producer from Texas is used to working under fire having delivered 160 episodes of the reality TV series Eye for an Eye where she was a producer, writer and director. When she wasn’t busy raising four beautiful children, Jesse was hard at work, knocking out segments for XKO a reality MMA fight show as well as producing and directing live events for 13 episodes.

The multi-talented Dallas native moved to Los Angeles six years ago to pursue her dream in film. Jessica’s first 35mm feature Losing Faith showcased her skills as an adept writer and director. Since her move, she has gone on to produce American Justice with John Schneider and Tommy Lister, and career highlights are executive producer on two features, Recall with Wesley Snipes and Humanity Bureau with Nic Cage.

7/16/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Shane Snow, a science and business journalist and the co-founder of Contently, joins Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm!

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DREAM TEAMS by Shane Snow--our society is full of passionate, hard-working people, but what is the secret sauce of those innovative partnerships/teams that truly breath through and add up to more?

In DREAM TEAMS: Working Together Without Falling Apart (Portfolio/Penguin Random House; June 5, 2018) author/entrepreneur, Shane Snow takes the reader on an adventure through history, neuroscience, psychology, and business, revealing counter-intuitive lessons from new science and original research. 

Shane will discuss:

How ragtag teams—from soccer clubs to startups to gangs of pirates—beat the odds throughout history

What the Wright Brothers' daily arguments can teach us about group problem solving.

How pioneering women in law enforcement, unlikely civil rights collaborators, and underdog armies did the incredible together by valuing their differences.

How seemingly bad ideas like The Black Square or the Winooski Dome help expand the possibilities of making progress.

The team players behind great social movements in history, and the science of becoming open-minded.

Cognitive Diversity, and the math behind how that awful “synergy” word actually works.

DREAM TEAMS is about leadership's imperative to seek different perspectives so we can make progress together. Snow demonstrates how differences matter (not just why) and shows how the best teams depressurize tension, leverage provocation, and open themselves to wild card ideas to find solutions that others can’t.

Provocative and entertaining, DREAM TEAMS unpacks the counter-intuitive truths about becoming better co-workers ourselves and describes the crucial traits of ultimate collaborations. Regardless of age, occupation, location, or background, we can all benefit from being better team players.

Shane Snow is a science and business journalist and the co-founder of Contently, one of Inc’s fastest growing companies and Crain's and Ad Age's best places to work in America. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, The Washington Post, Fast Company, Time, and GQ. His first book, Smartcuts, has made him a highly sought-after speaker around the world on innovation and lateral thinking.

7/16/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Shelley Callahan of Children Incorporated shares the latest news how Children Incorporated is Teaming Up with Kind Traveler

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Children Incorporated Teams Up with Kind Traveler to Empower Travelers to Help Children in Need

Los Angeles, CA—Travelers can now help provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad when they book Kind Hotels on Kind Traveler.

Kind Traveler is the world’s first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that empowers travelers to benefit communities, the environment, and animals. Travelers give a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the visiting destination, or to a favorite charity on the platform. As reward for donation, travelers get an exclusive hotel rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties.

100 percent of donations raised through Kind Traveler are given to charities like Children Incorporated, who believe that all children deserve access to basic needs and an education so that they may be healthy and have the opportunity to become contributing members of their communities.

When travelers book hotels with Kind Traveler a $10 nightly donation to Children Incorporated will feed one child for a week and unlocks exclusive hotel offers.

Of the 2.2 billion children living in the world, 1 billion are living in poverty. Furthermore, according to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. When it comes to the U.S., 15 million children, or 21 percent, live in families with incomes below the federal poverty thresholds.

Poverty not only includes a lack of income, but also a lack of resources to ensure sustainable livelihood, such as food, clean water, clothing, and proper shelter. Poverty has many detrimental outcomes for children—hunger and malnutrition, ill health, and lack of access to education and other basic services.

“We provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” says Ron Carter, President and CEO of Children Incorporated. “Each year, we give thousands of impoverished children all over the world a chance at a better life.”

Considering the financial power of the $7 trillion travel industry, Children Incorporated and Kind Traveler has tremendous potential for positive global impact. Last year alone, people around the world took more than 1.2 billion trips. Meanwhile, nearly 75 percent of travelers polled in Tourism Cares and Phocuswright’s Good Travels research study believe it’s important that their travel dollars benefit the communities they visit. The study also found that price is still the leading reason for booking with a particular travel company. By offering an exclusive rate on the hotel stay, Kind Traveler has created a solution that addresses both the consumer’s price motivation, as well as their desire to make a difference.

Another major distinction between Kind Traveler and other travel booking sites is their desire to educate. According to Phocuswright, “Three of 10 giving travelers were prompted to volunteer or donate because of something they read, heard, saw or experienced.” Kind Traveler’s blog provides stories that inspire travel while underscoring the importance of giving back, living consciously, and choosing with purpose. By sharing the stories of Children Incorporated’s impact on the planet’s most vulnerable families, Kind Traveler is building awareness of the one in 9 people worldwide who will go to bed hungry tonight.

“Our win-win platform offers solutions for everyone,” said CEO & Co-Founder Jessica Blotter. “For travelers, they become warriors for good and support hotels that are making a positive impact in the world – while receiving exclusive hotel rates. For hotels, they cultivate new relationships with cause-minded consumers and take another step towards corporate social responsibility. For charities, they receive 100 percent of donations and a new, sustainable channel for fundraising.”

Travelers can now support Children Incorporated when they book Kind Hotels in:

Aspen: Hotel Aspen, Molly Gibson Lodge

Austin: Lone Star Court, Hotel Ella, South Congress Hotel

Baltimore: Hotel Revival

Canada: Hotel Loden (Vancouver)

Chicago: Hotel Felix, The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile, Virgin Hotels Chicago

Costa Rica: Cala Luna, Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas, Casa Chameleon Mal Pais, Casa Chameleon OCiO Villas

Hawaii: Turtle Bay Resort

Houston: Hotel Sorella CityCentre, Hotel Ylem

Idaho: Hotel Ketchum

Los Angeles: Dream Hollywood, The Hollywood Roosevelt, The Mondrian LA, Hotel Angeleno, Hotel Erwin, Terranea Resort

Mexico & The Caribbean: COMO Parrot Cay (Turks & Caicos), Hotel El Ganzo (San José del Cabo), Ka’ana Resort (Belize), Itz’ana Resort + Residences (Belize), NIZUC (Cancún), The Jamaica Inn (Jamaica)

Miami: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach, Dream South Beach, The Betsy - South Beach, The Palms Hotel & Spa, 1 Hotel South Beach

Minnesota: Hewing Hotel (Minneapolis)

New York City: Arlo Hotel NoMad, Arlo Hotel SoHo, Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, The Benjamin, The Standard East Village, The Standard High Line

Orange County: Monarch Beach Resort, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Balboa Bay Resort

Palm Springs: Two Bunch Palms

Richmond: Quirk Hotel

San Antonio: Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

San Francisco: Hotel G, Hotel Spero, The Mosser Hotel, Kensington Park Hotel

San Jose: Hotel Valencia Santana Row

Tampa: Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa

Telluride: Lumière Telluride

Virginia: Lansdowne Resort & Spa (Leesburg)

Washington, DC: The Embassy Row Hotel, Liaison Capitol Hill

Wisconsin: The Charmant Hotel (La Crosse), The Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee)

Learn more about how you can #TravelKindly with Children Incorporated and Kind Traveler here.

About Kind Traveler
Kind Traveler, a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC), is the first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform that empowers travelers to benefit the wellbeing of communities, the environment, and animals. Travelers give a $10 nightly donation to a local charity that positively impacts the visiting destination, or to a favorite charity of choice on the platform. As reward for their donation, travelers get an exclusive rate to book directly with the world’s best hotels and unique properties. 100 percent of the donations raised on the Kind Traveler platform go directly to charities.

About Children Incorporated
Children Incorporated is an international non-profit organization based in North Chesterfield, VA, that helps provide support to children primarily through child sponsorship, by partnering with nearly 300 projects in the 23 countries around the world. Children Incorporated provides for the needs of impoverished children through two primary approaches: child sponsorships for $30 a month, and special funds (individual, one-time donations).

Media Contacts:

Jessica Blotter,; (619) 519-2437 (For Kind Traveler)
Lori De Waal;; (818) 817-4444 (For Children Incorporated)

7/16/18 on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane features THE WINE LOVER’S APPRENTICE - Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles By KATHLEEN BERSHAD

LISTEN to today's show with Kathleen Bershad!

The Wine Lover's Apprentice by Kathleen Bershad, my new favorite book, will let you in on what every oenophile should know but was afraid to ask! Kathleen is a fantastic expert (bio below) and has practical suggestions for learning about wines, without pretension, and navigating everything from the grocery store to a dinner party, as well as some basic tips for anyone who loves wine.


Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles


Praise for The Wine Lover’s Apprentice

“I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down. Kathleen is witty, entertaining, and fascinating.” —Brice Cutrer Jones, president of Emeritus Vineyards

“Straightforward and no-nonsense approach lighting the way to your personal, passionate vino journey.” —Andrew F. Bell, president of Wine Symphony, Inc. and co-founder of the American Sommelier Association

The definitive book for any wine novice

Should I decant? How many types of glassware should I buy? What’s the best corkscrew to use? Sommelier Kathleen Bershad has the answers. In The Wine Lover's Apprentice, Bershad acknowledges the importance of tossing out the rules about wine and taking a relaxed approach to storing and serving everyday bottles.

Readers will learn tricks of the trade and strategies for navigating the shelves of a retail store or ordering wine at a restaurant. The Wine Lover's Apprentice delves into the nitty-gritty details of winemaking and takes a look at the world’s major wine regions. Written in short bites, readers will easily gain a quick understanding of an area’s major grapes, the style or styles of wine, and the appellations that offer the best quality wine (or the best value). 

Topics include:

What You’re Tasting When You Taste Wine

Conquering the Restaurant Wine List

Navigating the Wine Shop

Serving, Sipping, and Storing

And More!

The Wine Lover's Apprentice unravels the terms you see when reading a wine review, looking at a bottle, or listening to a wine geek talk vino. By the end of this helpful guide, readers will become empowered to know what’s in a bottle, be able to make an educated guess about its flavors, and help change the culture to make drinking wine what it should be—relaxing and fun.

About the Author:

Kathleen Bershad has fifteen years of experience in the food and wine industry and has honed the art of matching people with wine. Through her company, Fine Wine Concierge, she advises clients on building wine collections and organizing their cellars. She resides in Armonk, New York.

The Wine Lover’s Apprentice

Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles

By Kathleen Bershad

Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available in eBook

Sunday, July 8, 2018

7/9/18 LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane spoke with David H. Nguyen, Ph.D. - Affiliate Scientist Division of Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Nguyen discussed the Aliso Canyon gas blowout, his educational science videos, Cancer InCytes Magazine, and much more! AUDIO link below

LISTEN to today's conversation
David H. Nguyen, Ph.D.

Affiliate Scientist

Division of Molecular
Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Principal Investigator

David H. Nguyen, Ph.D. addresses the following questions:

What motivated you to get involved in the Aliso Canyon gas blowout?

What are your goals regarding the educational science videos that you have been making?

Are your videos applicable to people outside of the Aliso Canyon gas blowout?

You’re the editor-in-chief if Cancer InCytes Magazine. Tell me about Cancer InCytes.

What should the poisoning victims in the San Fernando Valley be doing to protect themselves?

How can our listeners help your efforts and the people living near Aliso Canyon?

About David H. Nguyen, Ph.D.

Professional Activities
Editor-in-Chief of Cancer InCytes Magazine, a public health e-magazine that talks about the links between childhood trauma, social justice, environmental toxicology, and disease risk: 

Affiliate Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 
He is part of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division.
Principle investigator at Tissue Spatial Geometrics Laboratory: 

Chair of the Environmental & Medical Fallout Task Force about Aliso Canyon Gas Blowout:

Research Interests
Develops mathematical algorithms to measure order and disorder in tumor architecture to better diagnose disease and predict future risk of disease.

Studied Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley for his undergraduate degree. Studied endocrinology and cancer for his PhD at UC Berkeley.

Grew up in Los Angeles area in a family of Vietnamese immigrants.

David H. Nguyen, Ph.D.
Tissue Spatial Geometrics Lab (TSG Lab)
Lab Website:
Personal Website:

Sunday, July 1, 2018

6/2/18 - Elyssa Friedland, a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, spoke with Janeane about her latest book, The Intermission

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From the acclaimed author of Love and Miss Communication comes…


A PureWow Best Beach Read of Summer 2018

“A thoughtful look at the complexities of marriage, delivering deep truths about how we share a life with another person. It will have you wondering: how well do I really know my spouse?”

—PopSugar, Best Book of Summer

Would you walk away from your marriage in order to save it? That is the provocative question at the heart of acclaimed author Elyssa Friedland’s highly anticipated second novel, THE INTERMISSION, an irresistible and incisive portrait of a marriage at a crossroads, told from the perspectives of the husband and wife—each with something to hide.

After five long years, the unshakable confidence Cass Coyne felt as a bride is gone. Her husband, Jonathan, on the other hand, is still smitten. It’s true that the quirks he once found charming in his wife–her high standards, her refusal to clean the dishes–are beginning to grate. But for him, these are minor challenges in a healthy relationship. So it comes as a complete shock to Jonathan when Cass suddenly requests a marital “intermission”: a six-month separation during which they’ll decide if the comfortable life they’ve built is still the one they both want.

What ensues is a tightly-wrought “he said, she said” account of their relationship as the couple lives separate lives on opposite coasts, reuniting once a month for an elaborate custody swap of their beloved dog. But as the months pass, they begin to see that calculated silences just like these have helped to drive them apart–and that it may finally be time to confront the blistering secrets they’ve been avoiding.

THE INTERMISSION is a poignant examination of the challenges and compromises of a shared life and a deeply moving exploration of the secrets we keep from those we love most. Fans of Liane Moriarty will be drawn to its themes of trust, intimacy, and skeletons in the closet, while its references to gender and power dynamics in Hollywood are both captivating and timely.

About the Author

Elyssa Friedland is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School. Her first novel, Love and Miss Communication (2015), was featured on National Public Radio and praised by Glamour, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, USA Today, PopSugar, Booklist, and more. Her writing has appeared in Bustle,, Modern Bride, and New York, among others. She lives in New York City with her family.

7/2/18 9:30am pst - Architect Stephen Francis Jones, best known for his high-end restaurant designs and for being the owner of SFJones Architects, Inc., joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

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You’ve heard of tiny houses – but tiny restaurants? Well, that’s not too far off one of the many innovative new design concepts from Stephen Francis Jones and his team at SFJones Architects. They’re going against the cliché that “bigger is better” with the beer garden located at the Fields LA (home of the LA Football club), where Jones has repurposed shipping containers to function as affordable and mobile eateries. The same holds true at the Pavilions at Veranda in Concord, CA, where tiny brick and mortar structures (not much bigger than a food truck) and a common seating area offer a refreshing outdoor twist on the traditional mall food court.

His other recent projects run the gamut: restoring the classic Ashley residence (built 1908) in Coronado; developing the Foundry and Lux business campus at Oyster Cove; rebuilding homes destroyed by fire in Santa Rosa; and creating new spaces for clients ranging from medical collectives to legendary restauranteurs. Whatever the project, Jones brings thirty years of experience and success, making him well-prepared for the challenges of the future.

His assignments are all reflections of the ways in which Jones is evolving his business from mere architecture and design to “placemaking” – using thoughtful and efficient design concepts to make businesses, offices, and homes more sustainable, livable, and unique. As the business and commercial world reimagine where and when we do business, Stephen Francis Jones and his design team continue to think outside of the box, to imagine spaces that unify as well as define us. Common open spaces, integration with the natural landscape, and user-friendly amenities are just as important to Jones’ projects as basic form and function.

Even though the term might be new, the idea behind placemaking has always been at the heart of Jones’ work, including his most high-profile accomplishments. Whether you are talking about his first “tiny” project, Li’l Simzy’s at the Point in El Segundo; the innovative El Camp office complex (also in El Segundo); Wolfgang Puck’s signature restaurant Spago in Beverly Hills; farm-to-table landmark MB Post in Manhattan Beach; the flagship location for La Brea Bakery; the Lucky Strike Bowling chain; Japan’s Mister Donut franchise; or the Java House chain in Africa, Jones’ designs are more than just places to eat – they are highly crafted social spaces where relationships are formed, collegial and familial bonds are reinforced, and communities are built.

7/2 9am pst - Janeane spoke with Director/Producer Betsy West, who along with Julie Cohen, created the film RBG

LISTEN to today's conversation with Betsy West!

At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg 's exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films. 


BY Betsy West and Julie Cohen

WATCH the trailer!

STARRING...Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane and James Ginsburg, Clara Spera, Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg, Lilly Ledbetter, Sharron Frontiero and Stephen Wiesenfeld, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, Bill Clinton, Ted Olson, Judge Harry Edwards, Senator Orrin Hatch, Eugene Scalia and Bryant Johnson

Coming up 7/10 at 9:00am PT - Jacqueline Gay Walley calls in to talk about her new book The WAW

LISTEN "In this wonderful new novel by Gay Walley, a woman makes her own mystery in an English village completely unlike her life in Ne...