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Monday, October 22, 2018

10/22/18 9:45am pst - Janeane speaks with Helen Wilkes about her book - The Aging of Aquarius Igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder

Whether someone is an octogenarian or caring for one, The Aging of Aquarius is the dose of smart advice and inspiration we all need!
The Aging of Aquarius
Igniting Passion and Purpose as an Elder
Helen Wilkes

Your career has wound down, the kids have moved, and your schedule is clear...for the next 30 years.

In your youth, you cared about people and planet earth, and you had grand visions of changing the world. At some point, those passions and that sense of purpose got buried under diapers and the 9-5. Still, that old you remains alive. Now, with the rest of your life ahead, you can be the change and make this next stage of your life the most powerful yet.

But where to start?

Helen Wilkes, a retired professor and activist, takes readers on an inspiring journey to find renewed purpose in retirement. Along the way she helps readers navigate the transition to a post-work identity by fanning the embers of lost passions and developing new interests.

Whether you are drawn to gardening clubs, to social justice issues, political campaigning, ethical investing, or creativity through the arts, The Aging of Aquarius offers inspiration, practical steps, and extra resources to help reignite your passion, your sense of purpose, and to effect real change in the world as an empowered elder.

About the Author

Helen Wilkes, Ph.D. is an energized octogenarian who survived a lifetime of hardships ranging from fleeing Nazi Germany as a child to navigating personal and professional obstacles as an adult. She persevered and created a richly rewarding life. Retirement has been the icing on her cake, bringing inner transformation and freedom. Helen is author of the award-winning book Letters from the Lost. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

0/22/18 - Dr. Georgianna Donadio NIWH Program Director Host iHeart Radio’s Living Above the Drama an Amazon #1 Bestselling, Award Winning Author speaks with Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

Dr. Georgianna Donadio
NIWH Program Director
Host iHeart Radio’s Living Above the Drama
an Amazon #1 Bestselling, Award Winning Author

LISTEN to today's show with featured guest Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD

Relationships Expert, Best Selling Author & Media Personality Who Helps People Get More Out of Life Using Effective Communication Skills

For over 30 years, Dr. Georgianna Donadio has been a pioneer in the field of behavioral health, working with healthcare professionals and patients to change behaviors that lead to improved health. For the first time, her pioneering work is the foundation for the newly published book Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills (SoulWork Press, 2011).

As a sought-after Integrative Health Practitioner, behavioral health and relationships expert, media personality, and best selling author, her work has led to dramatic lifestyle changes for millions of people worldwide. A featured blogger for Huffington Post and Dr. Mehmet Oz’s ShareCare and Daily Strength, as well as Easy Health Options and Jennings Wire. Her expertise has been showcased in hundreds of print, online, radio and TV interviews including on Oprah.com, WebMD, CNN News, TODAY/MSNBC, Fox News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Readers Digest, Night Beat with Barry Nolan, Self and Shape Magazines, to name a few. In addition, for 20 years, until recently retiring, she hosted a nationally syndicated cable TV show, Woman to Woman® which explored all topics of interest to women with a special focus on relationships.

A long-time proponent of the important role nurses play in healthcare, she is one of only six American Florence Nightingale Scholars, is an award-winning Nurse Advocate and has dedicated her life to improving the quality of healthcare delivery and patient advocacy. Her work in behavioral health began in 1976 when, after years in nursing and medical administration, she recognized a critically important missing piece within our current medical care delivery system. This awareness motivated her to establish the Boston based National Institute of Whole Health and develop Behavioral Engagement™, the first known whole person health education and health behavior change model developed, tested and utilized in a clinical setting.

Georgianna lives with her family on a small farm, just outside of Boston, which is a peaceful santuary to 6 Jacob sheep, two Norwegian goats, 2 South American llamas, two Paint ponies, and the family mascot, Matthew, a Maltese terrier. For more information, visit www.behavioralchange.org.

For over 30 years, Dr. Georgianna Donadio has been a pioneer in the field of behavioral health working with healthcare professionals and patients to change behaviors and improve health. For the first time, her pioneering work is the foundation for the newly published book Changing Behavior: Immediately Transform Your Relationships with Easy-to-Learn, Proven Communication Skills (SoulWork Press, 2011).

10/22/18 at 9:15am pst - Live on KUCI 88.9fm - Actress Peggy Etra joined Janeane to talk about Damaged Furniture and more! AUDIO here>>

LISTEN to today's show featuring actress Peggy Etra!

Peggy is known for her appearances on The Last Champion (2018), Spoken Word (2016), Crash & Bernstein (2012), Hard Sun (2014), Seinfeld (1989). She has also puppeteered on The Happytime Murders (2018), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2017), Big Little Awesome (2017), Adam Ruins Everything (2015), No, You Shut Up! (2014), Ketchup With the Hot Dogs (2013). She was a member of The Groundlings "Always on a Sunday Show" and she has been a performing cast member of Puppet Up! (an Adult Improv puppet show produced by the Brian Henson and The Jim Henson Company) for the last 10 years.

Here's the Kickstarter>>

The producers of the critically-acclaimed Damaged Furniture are launching a $150,000 Kickstarter Campaign to bring the production and original cast from L.A. to Broadway.

Donors will be able to enjoy the west coast production from the comforts of home (along with many other perks), be instrumental in bringing the cast and creative team to New York… And most importantly, become an integral part of the oh-solovable but ever-so-dysfunctional, Damaged Furniture family!

Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead, Mad TV, Lady Dynamite), Robert Mangiardi, Jessica Pohly (Groundlings) and Peggy Maltby Etra (Seinfeld, Groundlings). Written by Howard Skora.  Directed by Jim Fall.


When a shocking furniture accident claims the life of his Uncle Max, LA actor Doug Elling (Alex Skuby) must work in his family business in Brooklyn to be confronted with not only his dysfunctional family, but what lead him to become an actor in the first place.  Starring: Alex Skuby (King of Queens, The Fosters), Mo Collins (Fear The Walking Dead, Mad TV, Lady Dynamite), Robert Mangiardi, Jessica Pohly (Groundlings) and Peggy Maltby Etra (Seinfeld, Groundlings). Written by Howard Skora.  Directed by Jim Fall.  


10/22/18 - Botanist Ginny Stibolt joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with Ginny Stibolt!

Climate-Wise Landscaping presents hundreds of practical actions to help homeowners and gardeners shrink the carbon footprint of every landscape, and create yards that will grow and flourish. Ideal for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals who want to make their gardens and landscapes a more natural part of the world and easier to maintain and more beautiful too. Answering simple questions about lawns, flowers, native plants and more.

Sue Reed is a landscape architect from Massachusetts with 30 years of experience designing environmentally sound, climate-wise landscapes. She is also the author of Energy-Wise Landscape Design.

Ginny Stibolt is a botanist and has written 4 peer-reviewed books on Florida gardening and hundreds of articles. Her website is www.GreenGardeningMatters.com


Ginny Stibolt, a freelance writer, botanist, and experienced gardener, is the author of The Art of Maintaining a Florida Native Landscape and Sustainable Gardening for Florida, and coauthor of Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida.

What can we do, right now, in our own landscapes, to help solve climate change? Predictions about future effects of climate change range from mild to dire - but we're already seeing warmer winters, hotter summers, and more extreme storms. Proposed solutions often seem expensive and complex, and can leave us as individuals at a loss, wondering what, if anything, can be done. Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt offer a rallying cry in response - instead of wringing our hands, let's roll up our sleeves. Based on decades of experience, this book is packed with simple, practical steps anyone can take to beautify any landscape or garden, while helping protect the planet and the species that call it home. Topics include: Working actively to shrink our carbon footprint through mindful landscaping and gardening Creating cleaner air and water Increasing physical comfort during hotter seasons Supporting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and other wildlife. This book is the ideal tool for homeowners, gardeners, and landscape professionals who want to be part of the solution to climate change.

10/22/18 - 9:00am pst on KUCI 88.9fm - Author Grant Brenner joined host Janeane


RELATIONSHIP SANITY: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale October 23, 2018) on for an interview. In this follow-up to their well-received title, Irrelationship - psychoanalyst Mark Borg, psychiatrist Grant Brenner, and registered nurse Daniel Berry draw on their extensive clinical research and experience to show how we use our relationships to hide from intimacy and how our childhood caretakers’ inability to address their own emotional needs impacts our adult relationships. Offering accessible assessment tools to help identify damaging habits, this team of experts provides readers with a step-by-step guide to help us embrace vulnerability and properly nurture and commit to the relationships we value.


Most of us want to be in loving, honest, open-hearted relationships, but few of us are aware that we may also be afraid of intimacy. If we grew up in less-than-perfect families, then we likely internalized a way of dealing with loved ones that prevents us from embracing the intimate relationships and meaningful connections that we so desperately crave. As a result, many of us are trapped in dysfunctional relationships, not just with significant others, but also with family members, coworkers, and friends.

In RELATIONSHIP SANITY: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale October 23, 2018) - the follow-up to their bestselling title, Irrelationship - psychoanalyst Mark Borg, psychiatrist Grant Brenner, and registered nurse Daniel Berry draw on their extensive clinical research and experience to illuminate the underlying issues that prevent us from entering into authentic relationships. Offering accessible assessment tools to help identify damaging habits, this team of experts provides readers with a step-by-step guide to help them develop compassionate empathy, embrace vulnerability, and commit to an ongoing nurturing of the relationships they value.

Drawing on relatable case studies of those who addressed their dysfunctional, toxic, or estranged relationships, Borg, Brenner, and Berry show readers how to approach common relationship hurdles by using:

1. The 40-20-40. This tool creates a safe space for partners to interact by creating a middle ground (20 percent) for negotiating issues created by differences they bring to the table from their respective (40 percent).

2. GRAFTS Assessment. Partners learn which role they have taken on since childhood (Good, Right, Absent, Funny, Tense, Smart). Identifying roles empowers us to take responsibility for damaging behaviors that we contribute to the relationship.

3. Compassionate Empathy. This tool teaches self-acceptance and open-hearted listening so that partners can name and own each other’s needs and desires.

4. The Dream Sequence. Standing for Discovery, Repair, Empowerment, Alternatives, and Mutuality, this proven step-by-step process helps partners learn how to create safe, intimate relationships despite feelings of vulnerability.

Utilizing quizzes, exercises, and assessment charts, RELATIONSHIP SANITY enables readers to ascertain and counteract the detrimental, ingrained behaviors that negatively impact adult relationships. Perfect for those who have become lonely in their relationships, as well as for those who are trapped in toxic exchanges, this essential guide offers invaluable tools for anyone seeking healthier connections with their partners, loved ones, and colleagues.

People in resilient relationships are co-owners, experience reciprocity, and are better prepared to meet challenges authentically and effectively. In this sequel to the best-selling Irrelationship, the authors use examples from their clinical practice to review the concept of irrelationship and expand the DREAM Sequence, a tool used by affected couples to address perennial relationship issues.

By mutually and mindfully viewing the relationship as a third entity, separate from each individual, couples will learn how to live in and with the ambiguity of empathy, intimacy, vulnerability, and emotional investment and view relationship sanity as a deliberate and joyful undertaking to maintain and deepen connection.

About the Authors:
Mark B. Borg, Jr., Ph.D. is a community and clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. He is founding partner of The Community Consulting Group, a consulting firm that trains community stakeholders, local governments and other organizations to use psychoanalytic techniques in community rebuilding and revitalization. He is a supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute and has written extensively about the intersection of psychoanalysis and community crisis intervention. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on community intervention, organizational consultation, psychoanalytic therapy; and on the application of psychoanalytic theory and technique to improve and streamline the process of community crisis intervention.

Grant H. Brenner, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, specializing in treating mood and anxiety disorders and the complex problems arising from developmental childhood trauma. He works from a humanistic and integrative perspective, incorporating evidence-based approaches as well as innovative techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and neurofeedback. He is on the faculty of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, Director of Trauma Service at the William Alanson White Institute and a volunteer and Board member of the not-for-profit Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. He is an author and editor of the book Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience: Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work, and has published a number of book chapters and papers.

Daniel Berry, RN, MHA has practiced as a Registered Nurse in New York City since 1987. Working in in-patient, home care and community settings, his work has taken him into some of the city’s most privileged households as well as some of its most underserved and dangerous public housing projects in Manhattan and the South Bronx. He is currently Assistant Director of Nursing for Risk Management at a public facility serving homeless and undocumented victims of street violence, addiction and traumatic injuries. In 2015 he was invited to serve as a nurse consultant to a United Nations-certified NGO in Afghanistan that promotes community development and addresses women’s and children’s health issues.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10/15 9:45am pst - Actor Robert Mangiardi joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about his role in Damaged Furniture - The Dysfunctional Family Heading to NYC!

LISTEN to today's show with Robert Mangiardi! 

Robert wants to give a special shoutout to his incredible cast mates, Mo Collins, Peggy Maltby Etra and Jessica Pohly and Alex Shuby!!! Director Jim Fall, stage manager Jamie Capone and David Svengales the lighting director!

About Robert Mangiardi
Robert Mangiardi is a New York actor who came from a family of 9 children. His father was a prominent NY heart surgeon and, although many of his siblings pursued the medical field, Robert did not. His first acting venture was in a high school play The Apple Tree, a musical where he played Adam and he admits he did it to meet the leading lady Janet Murphy who later went on to become Vice President of casting for ABC TV in New York. The play was directed by Peter Strain who went on to become a prominent talent agency on both coasts. 

He did not attempt to act again until he came to Los Angeles in his mid-thirties and attended an acting class by famed Hollywood director Daniel Mann. Daniel could be brutal was his comments to his actors but the very first scene Robert put up was greeted by such a complimentary response that the actor cried on the spot-he had finally found his calling. His very first role was a recalling role on the famed CBS series Wiseguy which starred the late Ray Sharkey and Ken Whal. The show was a precursor for the likes of The Sopranos and was hailed by critics as one of the "Top 100 TV Shows Ever'. Guest star roles on shows such as Murder She Wrote, Midnight Caller and Jake and the Fat Man, to name a few quickly followed. 

At that time he shared an apartment in LA with Canadian actor Bernie Coulson and Brad Pitt was a frequent guest as he and Bernie were best friends. Robert abruptly quit acting and left for New York wherein he recorded a jazz CD Deep in the Black which featured Robert's vocals over standards and original compositions. He then, with fellow actor Ric Rogers , made the acclaimed documentary film Stay Away a Little Closer which was about the troubled life of mentor and best friend,the acclaimed playwright John Ford Noonan. 

The film won best Bio Doc at the NY International Film Festival in 2006 and has been in festivals around the country. Robert revisited acting in 2006 in the acclaimed film Death of a President which won the Grand Prize at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006 in which Robert starred in an ensemble cast. It was at that time he decided he wanted back into acting and came back to LA in 2009. Last year he starred in the play Hellz Kitchen Abaze, which ran for nine months at the Pan Andreas and Elephant Theatre respectively and won critics pick in virtually every publication in town. Robert's work as the frayed NYPD detective Gino Spucinelli garnered considerable praise from the press and his peers alike. 

Then Robert starred along with Michael Pare and Frank D'Angelo in Real Gangsters and since has been on Criminal Minds along with other film and TV projects.This fall he is pleased to bring back his role of "Pug" in the play "The Birches." at the Lounge Theater in Hollywood written by cast member Patty Gliniewicz. Robert is also an accomplished guitar player and singer-songwriter.

10/15/18 - Great conversation with Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, Scott Crabtree, from our KUCI studios!

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Scott Crabtree, 
Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science!

As the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, Scott Crabtree empowers individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to boost productivity and happiness at work.

Scott’s repeat clients include NBC, Nike, Boeing, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Kaiser-Permanente, Blizzard Entertainment, and Dreamworks Animation. His insights have been quoted in Inc., InfoWorld, Fortune, and VentureBeat among other publications.

In his 25-year career, Scott has served as a leader in game development and software engineering. He’s founded startups and worked at a variety of technology companies large and small. In early 2012, he resigned his position as Tech Strategist at Intel to pursue his passion full time: helping people apply science to be happier and more successful.

Scott holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College.

When he is not immersed in scientific data, he loves spending time with his wife and daughters especially in nature, and also enjoys playing with his rock band. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Story Angles

  • How organizations can apply cutting-edge brain science to create happier, more productive, and more creative work places.
  • The science of employee engagement.
  • DIY Neuroplasticity: Rewiring your brain for happiness, willpower, and success.
  • How to apply brain science to deal with everyday challenges in the workplace such as distractions, social stress, and unproductive meetings.

10/15 at 9:15am pst - Janeane spoke with Writer/Director Michael Doneger about his latest film Brampton's Own!




LISTEN to today's show with Writer/Director Michael Doneger!

After 12 years of withstanding the rigors of minor league baseball in hopes of making it to the big leagues, Dustin Kimmel has decided to call it a career and return to his small hometown where he was once a celebrated athlete. Dustin discovers much has changed since he's last been back as he struggles to fit in. His old friends have started families, his ex-girlfriend is now engaged, his mom is selling his childhood home and moving in with her new boyfriend, and the only person who wants to hang out with Dustin is Gavin, a 40-year-old Brampton lifer who still wears his varsity football letterman jacket around town. Having neglected to prepare for life after baseball, Dustin's trip home forces him to confront the very decisions that led to his current purposeless state.

BRAMPTON'S OWN stars Alex Russell (Chronicle, Only The Brave) who plays Jim Street on CBS' SWAT and Rose Mclver (CW's iZombie), and in supporting roles; Spencer Grammer (Rick and Morty), Scott Porter (Dear John), with John Getz (The Social Network), and Jean Smart (FX's Legion). The film was written and directed by Michael Doneger (The Escort, This Thing With Sarah), and produced by Doneger's Cloverhill Pictures and Mark DiCristofaro in association with his company Perspective Productions, and co-produced by Matthew Harper. The film had its World Premiere at the Nashville Film Festival.

Dark Star Pictures will release the romantic drama BRAMPTON'S OWN in a multi-city theatrical release with markets including LA, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, among others on October 19. The film will also be made available on digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Fandango Now, Direct TV, Dish Network and through local cable providers on October 19. The film has a running time of 91 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA.

10/15 at 9am pst - Janeane spoke with Award-winning author Dana Chamblee Carpenter about her final installment in Bohemian Trilogy, "Book of the Just"


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Dana's first book, “Bohemian Gospel” was awarded the Killer Nashville Claymore Award. The second book in her trilogy, “The Devil’s Bible” not only won the Silver Falchion in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category but also Best Overall novel at Killer Nashville.

NASHVILLE, TN – Dana Chamblee Carpenter closes out her award-winning series Bohemian Trilogy with “Book of the Just” (October 2, 2018, Pegasus Books), which continues Mouse’s story after “The Devil’s Bible” and completes the journey she started so long ago in “Bohemian Gospel.” The first book in the series, “Bohemian Gospel”, won the 2014 Killer Nashville Claymore Award. Publishers Weekly called it “a deliciously creepy debut.” Her second book, “The Devil’s Bible,” also received rave reviews. Booklist said: “Carpenter’s follow-up to her debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, is as richly woven as her first. A terrific follow-up.”

Imbued with a rich sense of history, magic, and mythology, Mouse’s journey is coming to an end. After centuries of searching, Mouse now has everything she’s ever wanted within her reach—a normal life, a lover, a brother. Cherished by a father, coveted by a king, loved by an almost-priest; tormented by demons, tortured by a madman, hunted by a cult, hounded by her father. Mouse has survived it all. But then, she was never just a girl.

Dana Chamblee Carpenter is the author of “Book of the Just,” the third novel in The Bohemian Trilogy. Carpenter’s award winning short fiction has also appeared in The Arkansas Review, Jersey Devil Press, Maypop, and, most recently in the anthologies, “Dead Ends: Stories from the Gothic South,” and “Killer Nashville Noir: Cold Blooded.” She teaches at a university in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and two children. Visit her at http://www.danachambleecarpenter.com/.

“Book of the Just”

Dana Chamblee Carpenter | October 2, 2018 | Pegasus Books

Paranormal Thriller

In an interview, Dana can discuss:

The in-depth research she did into the 13th century, Bohemian and other cultures’ histories for her books

How she balances writing within different genres (thriller, paranormal, historical fiction) in the Bohemian Trilogy

Her success with “Bohemian Gospel”, which won Killer Nashville's Claymore Award, and how/if that influenced the rest of the series

How her career as an educator has played a role in her writing career

The journey her characters have taken through this series and the ethical and moral questions they encounter in “Book of the Just”

Her interest in exploring cultures, experience, and realities that many readers are not traditionally exposed to


How did Mouse's story first come to you? Did you ever see it going as far as a trilogy?

When I tell the story about meeting Mouse, I always feel like I have to clarify first that I’m not crazy—but she came to me in a vision. (And in my defense, I’m not the only writer who talks about seeing “visions.”) I’m a mom, which means much of my time is spoken for, so getting some quiet time when no one needs something from me is like finding the Golden Ticket. This particular Willy Wonka moment came on a ride back home (to Arkansas) for Thanksgiving. 

The kids were watching a movie in the backseat. My husband was driving. And my mind was free to wander. Wander it did—all the way to a battlefield somewhere in history (they had swords and were on horseback) and to a woman who stood looking out over the fighting. She wore the most terrible expression of anguish and determination. I was fascinated. I HAD to know who she was and why she was mad and what she was determined to do. But even with the vividness of the scene, I think I would have lost her if I hadn’t heard her name whispered like an echo on the wind—Mouse. I grabbed a napkin from the floorboard and a pen from the console and jotted it all down.

As far as thinking about Mouse’s story in terms of a number of books—no, not really. But I knew pretty quickly that there was something odd about her, and once I realized what it was, I knew that she had LOTS of story to tell and that I wouldn’t be able to finish it in one book. The BOHEMIAN TRILOGY gives us a nice arc—from discovery of who she is in BOHEMIAN GOSPEL and wrestling with guilt of what she does in THE DEVIL’S BIBLE to facing her most dangerous temptation and most desperate quest for redemption in THE BOOK OF THE JUST.

You give such an intriguing glimpse of history and culture that is often not touched upon. What drew you to write a story in Bohemia during the 13th century and the new amazing places “Book of the Just” takes us?

I don’t tend to start out with a setting in mind—how fun would it be to know your destination ahead of time? I go where the character takes me, and it makes for a much more adventurous journey. When I discovered the connection between Mouse and the infamous medieval codex known as the Devil’s Bible, I knew her story started in the 13th century in Bohemia because that’s where and when the codex was written. But once Mouse got me there, I fell in love. I sometimes wonder if, in a different life, I lived in that part of the world. 

The more I learned about the places and the people and the stories and the culture, the more I felt like I was coming home somehow. Similarly, practical aspects of the story took me to the places in BOOK OF THE JUST. Parts of Australia are remote and shrouded in ancient mythical truths—just the kind of spot Mouse would go if she needed a place to hide. Likewise, the Book of the Just (a real book like the Devil’s Bible) and my research of ancient Hebrew history took me to the Middle East and parts of Africa. And again, I felt a visceral connection to these places and a deep respect for the people who live there. I love going to these places and I love taking my readers with me. Too often we get anchored in our comfortable spaces and forget how beautifully diverse the world is. I want to make the unfamiliar familiar for myself and my readers so we can appreciate our differences while reveling in the joy of all that makes us human.

How does your career as a teacher influence your writing?

I really don’t think of teaching or writing as a career. Career seems like something you choose. Writing and teaching chose me—sometimes against my will. ☺ I guess that makes them a calling. Whatever we name them, they are both integral parts of who I am, entwined and inseparable. I see teaching as a form of storytelling. Education is about learning to hear the stories around us, to connect to them and empathize with them, to understand them so that we can learn our own stories—in truth and without posturing or judgment. And then, once we’ve listened to or read the stories around us, we must learn to tell those stories and our own. Storytelling is also a form of teaching. The journey of writing and research teaches me so much about humanity and the world and history and science, the known and the unknown. I learn and then I share that with my readers, and then my readers teach me. It’s the same process I go through as a teacher—I learn and share with my students and then my students teach me. I suppose the deep current running through all of it is an insatiable curiosity.

Mouse's relationship with her father brings to light a lot of questions of morality and forgiveness. Tell us more about this tension in their relationship and also how the characters in “Book of the Just” deal with temptations.

I grew up attending a traditional protestant church in rural Arkansas. I can’t tell you how many times my Sunday school teachers reached out to my parents—worried because I was asking so many questions. (The most awkward was probably when I asked for a definition of circumcision. ☺) Fortunately, my mom and dad encouraged me to ask questions (they also explained circumcision) and to seek out my own answers. One of the questions that kept me up at night was about the “Unforgivable Sin.” What was it? The idea that there was some unnamed “something” I might do that was unforgivable had me tied up in knots. When I became an adult, I realized how complicated forgiveness was—especially forgiving yourself.

That’s the wrestling match at the heart of Mouse’s relationship with her father. It’s something they both share in an incredibly unique way. And, it’s ultimately the issue that drives them apart in THE DEVIL’S BIBLE. She makes one choice about forgiveness and he makes another. But in BOOK OF THE JUST, Mouse’s capacity for forgiveness is tested beyond even her endurance. It brings her closer to her father—dangerously close.

Your writing intricately mixes history, thriller, and a feeling of mysticism and magic. What things do you see influencing these aspects of your writing?

I’ve always been an eclectic reader. I read everything, every genre, including poetry and plays, both “literary” fiction and “commercial.” (I’m not sure what those labels offer us so I’m wary about using them.) I love going to new places and new times, and I love playing with “what ifs.” When I go looking for a common thread in my favorite writers, be it Eudora Welty or Maya Angelou or Neil Gaiman or William Faulkner or Stephen King or Katherine Howe or Naomi Novik or countless others, I see that each of them and the stories I find most compelling reveal a world to me where there is so much more that we don’t understand than what we think we do. That’s the world I want to live in—full of the thrill of discovery and the play of what if. And that’s the world I want to create for my readers, too. The unknown, the mysterious, the magical lives among us in the everyday. We just have to teach ourselves to look for it.

10/15/18 9:30am pst - Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Emily Bleeker, joins Janeane to talk about her latest novel, The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room by [Bleeker, Emily]Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Emily Bleeker (“When I’m Gone”) releases her latest “The Waiting Room” (Lake Union Publishing, August 21, 2018), which tells the story of a new mother reeling from the recent death of her husband, battling a postpartum depression so deep she is unable to touch her daughter.

Her emotional state is whispering lies in Veronica Shelton’s ear: You’re a bad mother. Your baby would be better off without you. But not everything can be reasoned away by Veronica’s despair. As her mother urges her to seek help through counseling, Veronica begins to learn that everything is not as it seems. After all, the break-in at her house happened and the mysterious and disturbing sketches she found in her studio are real. So is the fear for her daughter’s safety—especially when Veronica comes home to a cold, silent nursery and a missing baby.

As she turns from victim into primary suspect, Veronica realizes that only she can find her daughter. The authorities aren’t helping; They’re only watching. Veronica’s concerned mother has suddenly vanished from her life. And a new friend seems to be keeping secrets from her too. Now, reality is waiting for Veronica in a dark place—because someone’s mind games have only just begun.

In an interview Emily Bleeker discusses:

How her experience as a mother gave her valuable insight into Veronica’s struggle as a mother with PPD depression, due to the loss of a spouse

Her battle with cancer and how that led her to follow her dream of becoming an author

A mother’s fear for her daughter’s safety in the face of a mysterious kidnapping

Balancing being a full-time single mom of four with her writer life

EMILY BLEEKER is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, “Wreckage,” followed by the “Wall Street Journal bestseller” “When I’m Gone” and
“Working Fire.” Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago.

Find out more about her at www.emilybleeker.com.

Friday, October 5, 2018

10/8/18 - Acclaimed Director, Inna Blokhina, called in to our KUCI Studios to talk about her award-winning documentary She is the Ocean - this film makes its US Premiere at 14th Annual LA Femme Film Festival

She is the Ocean to Make US Premiere
at 14th Annual LA Femme Film Festival 

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A Documentary about Great Women at a Festival Highlighting Exceptional Women From Innesse Blohina, the acclaimed director of the award winning documentary about surfing ON THE WAVE (with Kelly Slater), comes her second film which examines nine extraordinary women from the four corners of the globe who share one thing in common: a profound love for the Sea. A love so profound that they have chosen to make the Ocean the center of their physical, philosophical and professional lives. SHE IS THE OCEAN will screen on Saturday, October 13that 6PM, at Regal Cinema at LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

In a unique documentary concept, the director has selected these women, ranging from the ages of twelve to eighty three, in order to create a portrait of what could be a metaphor for one woman’s Ocean life through all her ages.

Starting with three women who engage in the thrill of ocean sports, to a famed scientist who plunges into the deepest depths on the edge of human survival, to a cliff diver who is hailed as “The bravest woman in Germany”, She is the Oceancaptures the common thread that bonds them together. Both how it has formed their lives and given them meaning beyond the normal constraints of society.

Mankind has always referred to the Ocean as a She.
Even the boats that sail upon her waters are considered to possess female energy. Could this be mankind’s greatest homage to the female gender? That these Oceans of ours, which contain the most powerful forces on the planet, the most boundless mysteries, the progenitor of all life on earth, the vessel of our planet’s most infinite and valuable bounty, will forever be related to the same noble attributes of a woman? The attributes of mystery and power which has kept mankind enthralled from time immemorial?

She is the Ocean will explore these thoughts and more. And, in the very words of the women who lead these extraordinary lives, seeks to discover the answers.

About Inna Blokhina

Inna Blokhina the director, producer and journalist born in a family of hight rank military oficer stationed in Germany, Dresden. Mrs. Blokhina graduated from the University of TV and Radio Journalistic. Upon graduation she was affiliated with major Russian broadcasting TV channels until opening her own Production Company “InWaves Production”. The first film “On the wave” was sucsessfuly distributed World Wide by IMG Distribution and received the award “Best Russian Film”. Most recent project “She is the ocean” documentary received raving reviews and was highly acclaimed by Maui Film Festival/ “Audience Award”/, Honolulu Surf Film Festival /Director’s Choice Award/ and took part at Long Beach International Film Festival, 15th Ocean International Film Festival, Rainbow Honolulu International Film Festival and Santa-Cruz Film Festival. Mrs. Blokhina a horse lover and rescue horses.

About LA Femme Int’l Film Festival
Now in its 14th year, the LA Femme International Film Festival is a premiere festival that focuses on women filmmakers who create commercial films for a worldwide audience. The festival offers a unique opportunity for women filmmakers who seek a more creative approach to filmmaking as well as domestic and international film distribution. Along with TMS Entertainment USA, other festivals sponsors include: Sony Diversity, Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) Women’s Committee, Screen Actors Guild -American Federation of Television Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Diversity, Eleven Arts Animation Studio and Columbia College Hollywood.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.lafemme.org/tickets/

10/8/18 - Post show conversation with Emmy Winner Jenni Gold - considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Janeane will be speaking with Jenni about her latest project, CinemAbility - part a love letter to Hollywood, an industry that has consumed my life, and partly a wake-up call.

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featured guest Jenni Gold!

Compelling, star-studded, historic documentary CINEMABILITY: THE ART OF INCLUSION for coverage consideration? The perfect entertainment story for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Director Jenni Gold, the 1st wheelchair using female in the Director’s Guild, shares this entertaining and fascinating 120 year history of disability representation in film and TV - very much like THE CELLULOID CLOSET but with more humor! Features Jamie Foxx, Ben Affleck, Marlee Matlin, Jane Seymour, William H. Macy, Geena Davis and so many more! 

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Releasing on VOD/DVD October 5
for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

CINEMABILITY: The Art of Inclusion

“One of the most important Documentaries EVERYONE should see!” - Cinema Sentries

“This one’s a winner. Jenni created something truly inspiring. And she made me laugh...with a documentary!” - Peter Farrelly, Director “There’s Something About Mary”

Directed by Jenni Gold
Produced by Jenni Gold and Jeff Maynard
Written by Jenni Gold, Samuel W. Reed

Cinematography by D. Scott Dobbie
Edited by Chris Lorusso
Composed by Erik Lundmark, Robbie Heisner
TRT: 93 minutes

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gyrrITgeq8
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CinemAbility/

“Eye opening. An arresting look at disability in film.” - LA Times

“CinemAbility is profound, hilarious, and uplifting!” - Jon Voight, Actor “Ray Donovan”

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion reveals a compelling and often amusing look at the history of disability portrayals in entertainment. From the early days of silent films to present-day Hollywood blockbusters, this historic film takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment over the last 120 years by going behind the scenes to interview celebrities, filmmakers, and studio executives. With heart and humor, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion utilizes clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to shine a light on how the media impacts society and the monumental effect these portrayals have on inclusion.
loved motion pictures
to shine a light on how the media impacts

“It’s an indispensable message, aided by the fact that Ms. Gold manages to deliver it without ever appearing preachy or didactic... a powerfully illuminating film that not only features a who’s who of Hollywood’s A-list [...] but also celebrates an art form with the power to shape the way that we as humans view both ourselves and those around us” - Brad Liverti, Brave New Hollywood

CinemAbility is in part a love letter to Hollywood, an industry that has consumed my life, and partly a wake-up call. Growing up as a wheelchair user I found many of the representations of people with disabilities on screen to be confusing. I remember every year my family would watch Affair to Remember when it aired on TV and I always found it odd that after Deborah Kerr became a wheelchair user she could no longer pursue the man she loved. I remember hating the sappy Movie of the Week style representations in the 70’s and 80’s. The person in the wheelchair was always syrupy sweet or angry and bitter. It wasn’t until Friday the 13th part 2 came out that I saw a wheelchair user the way I wanted to be seen. He was a cool teenager hanging out in the cabin in the woods just like everyone else, he had a girlfriend just like everyone else, and right before he was about to have the night of his life, he got killed by Jason, just like everyone else. His disability was not the topic and was not a factor in his story line.

As a filmmaker who loves the rich history of Hollywood, I realized that a historical overview of disability portrayals had never been done, and that’s certainly one of the aspects of the project that drew me in. It was fresh and exciting, but as we continued to research and interview more people about their recollections of disability portrayals in film it became clear that this was not the whole story. There was more behind these characters and depictions than the stereotypes that emerged, which in some instances are still adhered to. In fact, what we found was much richer, in that there is a strong correlation between these depictions and how people with disabilities are treated, and as portrayals have become more well-rounded and realistic, actual people with disabilities have become more accepted socially, and more integrated into society.

Being a director with a disability and the only DGA wheelchair using director member, the last thing I wanted to do was make another cookie-cutter documentary about disability. But soon I realized that a film like CinemAbility must be made, and if not by me then who? I knew this story first hand and I knew how to tell it. So, slowly I started to pitch it and soon I was interviewing A-List Academy Award Winners, Academy of Motion Picture and Guild Presidents, Producers, Studio Executives and the Showrunners of some of the hottest shows on TV. Hollywood heavyweights came to the forefront because these are caring people who are interested in good causes, and they realize inclusion is important. They all had something viable and important to say and even had some personal realizations that I caught on camera.

By connecting the dots between how people with disabilities are portrayed and how they are perceived in public, we were able to broaden the story beyond disability, to any minority group that has at one time or other been underrepresented or misrepresented in our media. We show how Sydney Poitier films impacted an entire Civil Rights Movement and how Will & Grace opened the door for homosexual civil rights. But where did that leave people with disabilities.

I found out very quickly that the changing of portrayals of disabilities in the 80’s lead us toward a major victory in 1990 with the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but after a backslide in these depictions, we might be able to get into the building, but what was the perception of people like me once we were in it? Would there be job opportunities if perceptions were still based on the understanding one gets from what we see in the media?

It suddenly became clear to me that this film was much more important than just recapping the history of a few interesting characters in the history of film, but about documenting the shaping of perceptions of minority groups through the media. And in doing so, I created a platform to do some reshaping of my own. This film has the ability to break down these stereotypes in a way that had never been done before. And most importantly it is done in a fun and entertaining way! People normally hear about a disability-themed documentary and they run for the hills, but those brave enough to take a peek are shocked to find they have a good time and laugh while also being challenged intellectually. As a storyteller, that is my entire goal.

When we started this project over a decade ago, disability was not included in most diversity initiatives, but that is now changing due to new crop of talented, passionate & determined actors with disabilities who have stormed into Hollywood and aren’t taking “no” for an answer. Enlightened Showrunners and Producers are also starting to take chances on stories, characters, and actors that are “different,” and yet it still remains that hardly anyone with a disability is working behind the scenes in Hollywood. It seems to be the perfect time for CinemAbility to open people’s eyes to something new.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHYEmmy Winner Jenni Gold is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Her editing and screenwriting skills serve as a foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field. As the only female wheelchair using Director Member of the Directors Guild of America, Jenni is the co-founder of Gold Pictures, Inc, a development and production company which was established in 2001.

In addition to directing the award-winning film CinemAbility, Jenni has become an expert on the power the media has in shaping perceptions, and is an advocate for total inclusion. She serves on the advisory board of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and has produced a number of films and corporate web series, servicing such well-known clients as The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Jenni recently co-produced the soon-to-be-released film Tiger starring Mickey Rourke and Janel Parrish, and she is in post on a horror/comedy film which she directed titled, Aaah Roach, starring Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien, Barry Bostwick, and Jason Mewes. Jenni has also co-written and is developing a number of narrative feature films including the suspense thriller Adrenaline and a family film, Lucky. Jenni was also interviewed along with many other high-powered female directors in the newly released documentary This Changes Everything about discrimination in Hollywood.