Monday, October 29, 2018

TODAY 10/30/18, Janeane spoke with ANNE LAMOTT, The beloved, bestselling author shares newest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope - AUDIO>>

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conversation with Anne Lamott!

“Every writer, truth-seeker, parent, and activist I know is in love with one or more books by

Anne Lamott… [S]he writes as naturally as she breathes, she explores the mysterious paths

and detours of life itself, and she reports back to make the way ahead easier for all of us.”

—Gloria Steinem, Cosmopolitan

What does hope look like? How do we find and hold onto it in the midst of personal turmoil, communal suffering, global chaos, and the everyday challenges of being alive in this world? Enter the profoundly wise and compassionate Anne Lamott, whose “words heal us all” (Associated Press). ALMOST EVERYTHING: Notes on Hope is an exploration of hope and the place it holds in our lives. Marvelously candid and remarkably perceptive, Lamott shares truths she has learned along the way (“almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you”), offering compelling lessons through memorable storytelling and mixing humor with piercing insight. As Maria Popova says, “Anne Lamott embraces language and life with equal zest, squeezing from the intersection wisdom of the most soul-stretching kind” (Brainpickings).

Anne Lamott speaks with Janeane October 30th as she shares stirring perspectives on:

· forgiveness

· generosity towards oneself and others

· the ways joy can be a radical act

· how “fear, against all odds, leads to community, to bravery and right action, and these give us hope.”

Meet Anne Lamott on her latest book tour coming to San Diego 11/13!

ALMOST EVERYTHING illuminates our human condition as only Anne Lamott can. Like all her best-selling, deeply beloved books, her examination of hope balances “wry, acidic humor with deep feeling” (Boston Globe), making “you laugh at the same time she makes you think” (Denver Post). She “has a gift for putting into words what it means to accept and ultimately embrace the beauty, mystery, and pain that is life” (San Antonio Express-News), and as a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune wrote of her work, “Lamott’s wise counsel…has shaped my brain and heart in ways that are nearly impossible to measure.”

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Bird by Bird; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California and is online @AnneLamott.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

10/29/18 - Post show conversation with the fabulous June Millington of the band Fanny Walked the Earth!

photo credit Marita Madeloni, Jean's daughter!

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June Millington has been making music since she was a child playing ukulele in her native Philippines. Having moved from Manila to California in the early sixties, she and her sister, bassist Jean, turned in their folk guitars for electric and formed a succession of all-girl bands. By ‘69 they were in Hollywood with their band Fanny, which was the first all women’s rock band to be signed to a major label that released an entire album (Reprise/Warner Brothers). Through five successful albums and extensive touring of Europe and North America, Fanny served notice that women could do more than simply sing, they could write and play passionate rock ‘n roll. As David Bowie said of the group in an interview with Rolling Stone:

“They were one of the finest fucking rock bands of their time ... They were extraordinary: They wrote everything, they played like motherfuckers ... They are as important as anyone else who’s ever been, ever ...” (RS, January 2000)

June with Addie, who was in the Svelts and Wild Honey 
(which is the band that signed with Reprise) - rockin' it!
That was definitely the Svelts, 
I'd bet '67. courtesy the IMA Living Archives

June left Fanny in 1973 and continued to record and perform with Jean (Ladies on the Stage, Ticket to Wonderful, Melting Pot, Play Like a Girl) as well as releasing solo albums Heartsong, Running, and One World, One Heart. In 1976 she toured with Cris Williamson on her first groundbreaking national tour backing the explosive Changer and the Changed. She produced Cris' follow up, Strange Paradise, and continued with other artists including Holly Near (Fire in the Rain), Mary Watkins (Something Moving), Melanie DeMore (Share My Song), and Bitch and Animal (Sour Juice and Rhyme). She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Institute for the Musical Arts [IMA], a non-profit organization for women and girls which hosts Rock ‘n Roll Girls Camps each summer. The Institute for the Musical Arts is an internationally known teaching, performing and recording facility supporting women in music and music-related business.

June with Geoff Emerick, the Beatles engineer, at Apple Studio
(where we recorded Fanny Hill).
He recently - and unexpectedly - passed away. courtesy the IMA Living Archives

June released her autobiography “Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock ‘n Roll World” in June of 2015 and has received a great deal of resulting press including articles in Pitchfork, MS Magazine, and Newsweek as well as on NPR. Millington continues to perform, write and record and teaches at IMA as well as colleges and universities around North America. 

June and Jean continued to record and perform throughout the 80’s and 90’s – with Jean taking time off to raise her two children and June, together with her partner Ann Hackler, founding the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA). The Institute is a teaching, performing and recording facility dedicated to supporting women and girls in music and music–related business. Millington is the Artistic Director of IMA, which, as part of its mission, runs summer rock PROGRAMS for girls and young women. June and Jean’s latest CD, Play Like a Girl is for the girls.


Jean's fundraiser

To order autobiography

Saturday, October 27, 2018

10/29/18 - Post-show conversation with Musician/Singer Brie Howard Darling (Winner of Cake Wars 2016!) and member of the band Fanny Walked The Earth...and a whole lot of other incredible projects!

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Vocals . Drums . Percussion

WATCH Fanny Walked the Earth - "Lured Away"

Recorded, toured and performed in music videos with:

Carole King, Nikki Sixx, Jimmy Buffet, Robert Palmer, Roger Daltry, Ringo Starr, ELO, Melissa Manchester, Robbie Nevil, Jack Wagner, Keith Moon, Kiki Dee, Bruce Willis, Duran Duran, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), American Girls, Screamin' Sirens, Spencer Davis, Boxing Gandhis, Natalie Cole & Brenda Russel.

Original BANDs

Kee Notes - '60s

Svelts - '60s

Fanny - ' 70s

Fat Jack - '70s

Neola - '80s

American Girls - '80s

Boxing Gandhis - '90s/2000s

Fanny Walked The Earth '16

Songs recorded by The Pointer Sisters, Ellen Foley, Randy Crawford, Peter Criss (KISS), Michael Jackson, Boxing Gandhis, American Girls, Fanny Walked The Earth, 'Nightline' with Glen Ballard/Davey Faragher - recorded for Thriller by Michael Jackson. (In the vaults, waiting to be released).

Film Roles (Lead)
"Android" with Klaus Kinski, Norbert Weisser - Lead / Maggie

"The Running Kind" with Juliette Lewis, Susan Strasberg, David Packer - Lead / Thunder

"Somebody To Love" with Harvey Keitel, Rosey Perez

"Tape Heads" with John Cusak, Tim Robbins

Winner of 'Cake Wars' - 2016

Pilot in the works for a series based around Rock 'n' Roll - making elaborate cakes for celebrity clients.

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

Supporting lead in "Butterfly" (directed by Jack Hofsis) at The Goodspeed Opera House in Hartford

Original, Carrie & Mother: Janiva Magness' autobiographical story in form of a musical

Fanny Walked The Earth: Lured Away

Film trailer w/ Klaus Kinski: Android

Live Duet w/ Carole King: Way Over Yonder

Music video w/ Robbie Nevil: C'est La Vie

Michael Jackson recording: Nightline

10/29/18 - Janeane spoke with Director Aaron Wolf about his film Restoring Tomorrow - AUDIO below!

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After touring the country in the current divided climate, Aaron Wolf brings his film of unification and hope back to where the inspirational journey began.

In a time where Restoring Tomorrow’s themes of bringing people together resonate more than ever, Aaron Wolf and Howling Wolf Productions’ award-winning feature recently premiered at the American Jewish Heritage Society in Manhattan. The Fathom Events specia screening on November 13th will include a special added value discussion featuring filmmaker Aaron Wolf,

Rabbi Steve Leder, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti,Phil Cooke, Michael Medved,Bishop Ken Ulmer,

Rev. Scott Coleglaizer and Rabbi Susan Goldberg

In a time where Restoring Tomorrow’s themes of bringing people together resonate more than ever, Aaron Wolf and Howling Wolf Productions’ award-winning feature will screen for the first time in Manhattan, on Tuesday, October 16 at the American Jewish Heritage Society, 15 West 16th Street, NYC 10011. This performance will be followed by a Q & A and conversation with Wolf and special guests.

As director Aaron Wolf showcased the film in festivals and private screenings across the country, finding very similar dilapidation and a hunger for a deeper connection, it became even more clear that this wasn’t just an L.A. story, it wasn’t just a story of faith, it was truly an American story, especially for the America of today. “In these divisive times, we need to restore ourselves by connecting with things that truly matter, so we can see so much that we share in common, whether red or blue, old or young,” Wolf said. “Our film shows how communities around the nation can lead the way in bringing us back together. I found this in connecting to my place that mattered, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and in exploring others around the country, as seen in the film, to so many different races, religions and cultures.”

Restoring Tomorrow, tells the tale of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard Temple, built in 1929 by the original Hollywood moguls. With its towering ten-story-high dome, it ranks with the Chinese Theater and Griffith Planetarium as among the great Los Angeles landmarks. But by the 21st century, it required tens of millions of dollars of restoration to avoid the wrecking ball and, ultimately, save the surrounding neighborhood. This against-all-odds story is told through the personal journey of director Aaron Wolf who, like so many of his generation, had become disaffected from his faith. In chronicling the Temple’s restoration, led by Rabbi Steve Leder, Wolf finds a personal restoration happening, as he reconnects with and finds new meaning in his community. Ultimately, the Temple’s story becomes a model for communities everywhere, as it demonstrates how, with determination and common purpose we can breathe new life into treasured places that matter.

The film’s production company, Howling Wolf Productions, will be donating a portion of ticket sales to The Interreligious Council of Southern California, which Wolf’s grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, founded. Wolf added, “My grandfather escaped from Nazi Germany. When I started making Restoring Tomorrow, I thought the term ‘Nazi’ was a thing of the past. Now sadly, it is in the headlines again. In some small way, I hope this film will help promote the bridge-building work of my grandfather, so we can heal again, and the conversation can continue. I’m astounded by the thoughtful conversations that viewers of all backgrounds have with me at end of the film, which definitely takes them to a place they don’t see coming. It’s a beautiful thing to see and I can’t wait to bring those conversations to the city where I grew up.”

Come see the documentary that critic Leonard Maltin calls “a genuinely inspiring film” and have the opportunity to speak with Wolf who will appear alongside special guests at selected screenings for post-film discussions during Restoring Tomorrow’s run.


About Howling Wolf Productions

Howling Wolf Productions (HWP) is a full-service award-winning production company that tells stories. HWP principals Aaron Wolf and Tim Nuttall, working with a talented team of Los Angeles- and New York-based film professionals, pride themselves on their ability to produce quality stories for all genres and all budgets that have played in theaters across the country from the historic Chinese Theater to Times Square. Howling Wolf’s narrative films include the award-winning Guest House, starring Michael Gross and Heather Lind; and The Walk, starring Aaron Wolf, along with Oscar- and Emmy-nominee Peter Riegert. Upcoming adventure-thriller TAR, starring Timothy Bottoms, Graham Greene, and Max Perlich will be released in theaters in 2018. 

Currently, Howling Wolf is in pre-production on the comedy LD University and its companion documentary (We Are All) disAbled, drawing from Aaron’s personal experiences with learning disabilities. For more information, please visit and catch up with Restoring Tomorrow and other projects on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Friday, October 26, 2018

10/29/18 at 9:45am pst - Brilliant bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, spoke with Janeane about her latest book, People Kill People

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Ellen Hopkin’s is known for her no-holds-barred approach to tackling tough issues facing today’s teens including drug addiction, depression, mental illness, prostitution, pregnancy, sexual abuse, PTSD/military life..and now guns/

People Kill People is one of the only books that addresses, head-on, gun proliferation and easy access to firearms in the United States, a topic kids see on the news and deal with on a daily basis. On Tuesday, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study showing that the US comes in 2nd for gun-related deaths. Entertainment Weekly calls People Kill People “Fall’s most provocative YA read" —an important book for both teens and adults alike.

Ellen Hopkins' hugely bestselling books have won more awards that I can list (, and her work has opened the door to poetry and prose to teenagers and adults alike. Ellen Hopkins has over four million books in print, many reaching #1 on the New York Times bestseller list

Just as Death narrates The Book Thief, Hopkin’s has Violence weave together six people and a gun. Hopkins also comments on race and privilege and the burgeoning white supremacist movement, topics that are central to today’s social and political discourse.

10/29/18 - 9:30am pst - Janeane spoke with author, producer and writer Kac Young

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About Kac Young
Kac has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. Clients come to her for advice on health, nutrition and spiritual well being. Using her third Doctorate degree in Clinical Hypnotherapy, she helps people manage weight control, smoking cessation, behavior modification, stress reduction, past-life regression, and phobia management.

She is the author of 16 books:“The Healing Art of Essential Oils,” “The (Supposedly) Enlightened Person’s Guide to Raising a Dog,” “Heart Easy – The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating,” “Chart Your Course,” “Discover Your Spiritual Genius,” “Feng Shui the Easy Way,” “The Art of Healing with Crystals,” “The One Minute Cat Manager,” “Dancing with the Moon,” “21 Days to the Love of Your Life,” “Gold Mind,” “Cheese Dome Power,” The Path to Fabulous,” “The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies” and “Supreme Healing.”

Her entertainment credits include General Hospital, The Showtime Comedy Club Network, Politically Incorrect, Circus Of The Stars, The People’s Choice Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, The Genesis Awards, and several dozen talk, dramatic, variety and entertainment specials with Hollywood’s biggest stars. Most recently she was Vice President of Television Production and Development for Universal Studios Hollywood, and has also served on the boards of The Director’s Guild of America and Women in Film. She won an Iris Award for her work as producer of “Mama” and a Golden Acorn Award for “Cleaning Up Your Act.”

Kac Young is also a licensed Religious Science Minister, a Certified Archetypal Therapist and Counselor; a Certified Meditation Teacher; a Career Coach for aspiring actors and directors; a Medical Qigong Teacher and a former pilot of private airplanes.

She is active on behalf of animal rights and fostering and preserving women’s rights, globally
“With Kac Young’s breadth of knowledge on the powerful use of crystals you will reap the benefits of greater balance between mind, body and spirit." – Jacklyn Zeman

”Kac Young has shared her remarkable metaphysical insights in a variety of books published over the last ten years but by far her latest book The ART Healing with Crystals is a long time coming. I had the pleasure of working with Kac when she returned from her first trip to Egypt and she spoke with eloquence, knowledge and passion about her crystal experience in the Giza pyramids. It was clear to anyone who knew Kac then that a new journey was beginning. Now thirty years later we are lucky she is sharing her well researched and insightful crystal knowledge for all of us to learn and use to better our lives. What a gift! “ - Tracy Abbott, writer, David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

10/29/18 at 9:15am pst - Cheray O’Neal (Actor, Playwright, Producer) joined Janeane to talk about her solo show, Journey This - a 2 time NAACP Theater nominated solo show (2018) written and performed by Cheray

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with featured guests Cheray O'Neal

Journey This is a 2 time NAACP Theater nominated solo show (2018) written and performed by Cheray O’Neal. It’s a transcendent love letter to family and an exercise in breaking the generational curse of stoic womanhood. A granddaughter searches her past to make sense of her present by breaking family cycles and awakening the power of forgiveness.

It’s the day of her grandmother’s funeral and the grief has reached a boiling point. Journey, stoic and alone, is forced to face demons long suppressed while navigating the pull between self love and destruction. Death is the greatest teacher for the living, but can Journey learn the lesson before it’s too late?

This powerful, humorous, bittersweet memoir charts triumph over self-destruction while navigating the ebbs and flows of grief. 

Schedule and link to purchase tickets:
Oct 27th 8pm
Oct 28th 2pm
Nov 2 8pm
Nov 3rd 8pm
Nov 4th 2pm
Nov 9th 8pm
Nov 10th 8 pm
Nov 11th 7pm

8 shows left!

~Every ticket sold gifts a woman coping
with cancer a new wig

~10% of the entire runs' proceeds benefit 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

WATCH the Promo of Journey This: 

About Cheray
Cheray O’Neal (Actor, Playwright, Producer) is an actor and award-winning writer-poet. She can be seen in the highly acclaimed film H4, produced by Harry Lennix and the Mark Pellington directed documentary Honesty. She’s a proud member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, and is creator/co-writer of a 17 episode web-series (currently in pre-production) titled HOTmEsS with director Kimberly Greene Williams. She’s authored and published two books, A Taste of Sour Honey and Love of the Lick; won Best trade feature in the USA for her piece Home Away From Home; and judged the renowned Teen Poetry Slam Get Lit.

Cheray was a guest artist for the NAACP Image Awards Nominee luncheon where she wrote and performed for their centennial anniversary event. She’s recorded two EP’s on the Javi Coltrane produced album In This Day, and was writer-performer of the title song ‘O’ for Showtime’s hit docudrama The O Tapes. National TV campaigns: for Direct TV, Ford, Sears, Walmart, Taco Bell, Hyundai, Cellar One and Bank of America. 

She’s equally proud to include activism in her repertoire, having traveled internationally to facilitate Born, her creative writing poetic theatre workshop for teens.

A Personal Statement from Cheray
I’m hoping the show gives people permission and freedom in their lives to find their truth, talk about it and ultimately heal. Time is short and precious, share your truth, that’s where the healing begins, you are not alone, be a part of something greater than yourself, you can be a ripple and make a change.“The pain and fear literally starts and stops with you”.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

10/29/18 - 9:00am pst on KUCI 88.9fm, Janeane spoke with Writer/Director/ Actress/ and Producer of Bardo Blues Marcia Kimpton - recent winner at the LA Femme International Film Festival

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Bardo Blues is the story of a man coming to grips with tragedy by escaping to paradise. Set in Thailand, Bardo Blues follows Jack as he struggles to learn the truth about the mother that abandoned him and his own reason for existing.

Weaving spiritual awakenings and soulful struggle, Bardo Blues will leave you questioning everything you think you know about who you are, where you came from and where you're going.

Marcia Kimpton is a writer, director, producer and actress based in Aspen Colorado after living in New York city and Los Angeles for many years. Marcia has produced and directed her own late night shows, TV pilots and web series.

Her most recent feature film “Bardo Blues” is set in Thailand and tells the story of a man coming to grips with tragedy by escaping to par aside. “Bardo Blues: won the best film at the Amsterdam International Filmmaker Festival, the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival awards and Canada’s Yes Lets Make a Film. It has also received awards for best cinematography, best editing, best lead actor and Marcia received a best actress award at LAIFF. Bardo Blues has also been a semi-finalist at the World of Film International Festival Glasgow and Best Film Film Festival. Bardo Blues is being distributed in theaters across the US May 3, 2019 by Freestyle Releasing.

Marcia's second short film called “My Reality” is a mock documentary about the Queen of Late night who loses her job only to find herself desperately looking for any job that will pay the bills and she in the end has to settle for reality TV. This film is currently being submitted to film festivals.

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, 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

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


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!

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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!

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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!




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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

“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.

4/24 9:30am Jessica Borelli, Professor of Psychological Science, co-writes “Nature Meets Nurture: Science-based Strategies for Raising Resilient Kids”

Jessica Borelli co-writes “Nature Meets Nurture: Science-based Strategies for Raising Resilient Kids” Helping parents improve their parenti...