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Sunday, December 29, 2019

12/30/19 - 9:00am pst Dr. Susan Albers joined Janeane to talk about her new book "Hanger Management."

LISTEN to today's show
with featured guest
Susan Albers, PsyD.

In Hanger Management, New York Times bestselling author and clinical psychologist Susan Albers sheds light on the causes of hanger, and shares 45 of her best tips for managing it well. By learning to stay on top of your hunger cues, cultivating a better understanding of your appetite, and creating a better overall relationship with food, you'll become happier -- and healthier -- for life.

The complete program for mastering your "hanger," from mindful-eating pioneer Dr. Susan Albers -- with 45 tips to turn hanger into happiness.

It happens to all of us. One minute you're happily going about your day, and a few seconds later you're a snappy, illogical version of yourself. The culprit? Hanger.

We're living busier lives than ever before, and when we forget to eat -- or accidentally overeat -- hunger can make us angry, unreasonable, and dull, with big impacts on our emotional and psychological well being. And hanger can become a cycle. When we get too hungry, we're more likely to make food decisions we regret, which sets us up for another hanger crash later on.

The good news: when we make better decisions about food, we think more clearly, connect better in our relationships, and improve our performance. Hanger Management is the book that can help you break this cycle and create healthy habits that fuel and empower you.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

12/23/19 @9:30am pst - Empowerment coach and bestselling wellness author of JOY SEEKER, Shannon Kaiser, joined Janeane LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest Shannon Kaiser!

Kaiser spent decades trying to be more and do more while climbing the corporate ladder, only to end up with clinical depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders. Following the death of her beloved rescue dog, she realized she had become reliant on external sources of joy, feeling lost in striving toward outward chases. What was missing was her fullest expression of self-actualization. She dedicated all of 2018 to her own Joy Seeker Journey by traveling the globe, visiting 28 cities in 18 countries on four continents, and what she discovered isn’t what you’d think. JOY SEEKER shares the process it takes to live your highest form of joy and empowers readers to live fully, authentically, and unapologetically. Becoming a Joy Seeker means you commit to living a life that feels good on the inside, which will manifest on the outside.


"Shannon Kaiser is an incredible woman on a mission to help people find peace, happiness, and fulfillment in their lives. Her desire to serve others shines through all of her work."—Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times-bestselling author

"I admire Shannon because she's battled her own demons—overcoming depression, drug addiction, and an eating disorder—and has emerged with an enthusiasm for life, a belief in herself, and a passion for helping others identify and pursue what they truly want."—Lori Deschene, founder of TinyBuddha.com and author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard

Suggested Talking Points

· You were inspired to write this book after realizing that though you’d written the book on self-love, you still did not practice self-love. Do you feel that you are truly, honestly living a life of joy now, as the author of JOY SEEKER?

· Many of us look for happiness outside of ourselves like a new outfit, playing with our dog, getting that raise, but you focus on connecting with the self as opposed to outside sources of joy. Why is that?

· Your website is called Play with the World – why is play so important and what do you mean by that in terms of the adult mental health and wellness space?

· There is a lot of separation and exclusion in the world right now – how can we work on increasing our sense of belonging?

· What are some of the emotional pitfalls of being an entrepreneur + tips for gracefully navigating change and overcoming the comparison trap?

· What is ayahuasca and how did it change your life?

· What is the wellness secret Shannon learned by traveling for a year full time seeking joy?

“One of the freshest voices in mental health and wellness.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

Do you feel like you’re not where you’re supposed to be, off track or simply exhausted from trying so hard to make things work?

Your “true self” has an easier plan—and is just aching to show you the way.

The relentless pressure to succeed, measure up, and reach for ever higher goals can leave us feeling like we’re just not good enough—or that something’s missing. At the end of the day, after giving it our all, the last thing we want to feel is hopeless, anxious, and disconnected.

International speaker and empowerment coach Shannon Kaiser understands why so many of us, despite our best intentions, cling to these patterns. Better yet, Kaiser knows how to get us out of the vicious, draining cycle. Committed to finding meaning, connection, and joy in our day-to-day lives, she’s traveled the world in search of the universal truths and spiritual wisdom we desperately need today. Joy Seeker is her transformational approach to life, drawn from her own life-changing experiences. It is a path to discovering our true self—the hero within.

The Joy Seeker plan:
• Get unstuck and discover what matters most
• Regain hope and faith in yourself, others, and the world
• Discover the “poetry within”—that special thing that makes you so unique
• Gain the courage to actualize yourself and your deepest desires
• Live with more purpose, passion, and freedom
The path of the Joy Seeker is an intimate, active pursuit filled with opportunities for journaling as well as “Joy Jaunts”—exercises designed to help us break out of our comfort zone. It’s time to become your best self. It’s time to live worry-free in your wildest dreams. It’s time to be your own Joy Seeker.

“Who couldn’t use some more joy in their life? Shannon is an expert in all things happiness, and this guidebook shows us what’s possible when we remove fear and choose love.”
—Emma Loewe, Editor at mindbodygreen and co-author of The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care

About the Author

Shannon Kaiser is the bestselling author of five books on the psychology of happiness and fulfillment and an international life coach, speaker and retreat leader, helping people trust and believe in themselves so they can live their highest potential. She’s been named a top 100 Women to Watch in wellness by mindbodygreen and “your-go-to happiness booster” by Health magazine. She has also been recognized as a Must-Follow Instagram Account for Inspiration by Entrepreneur magazine and a Top Facebook Account for Daily Motivation by mindbodygreen. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Health, Vogue, Women’s Health, Self, Shape, Entrepreneur, Good Housekeeping and more. Visit her website at playwiththeworld.com and follow on social media @ShannonKaiserWrites.

12/23/19 @9:15am pst - Author David Oates joined host Janeane Bernstein LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show with featured guest David Oates.

We all know travel can expand our horizons, but retaining that sense of wonder after the inevitable return to the daily grind is a struggle.

Author David Oates explores how we can allow it to permanently transform us. When David began mountaineering abroad, he was fleeing from the crushing dullness of routine, and the pain of rejection after coming out. But what started as a necessary escape became a path to lasting transformation, and he reveals how to capture that sense of transcendence (even without a passport) in his beautifully-written new book The Mountains of Paris: How Awe and Wonder Rewrote My Life (OSU Press, October 2019).

In an interview, David will discuss:
- how nature helped him find his place when he came out as queer
- how awe and wonder can change one's life
- the transformative effects of travel on the human spirit


Coming Soon from Oregon State University Press

Living in Paris for a winter and a spring and waking each morning to a
view of Notre Dame, David Oates is led to revise his life story from one
of trudging and occasional woe into one punctuated by nourishing and
sometimes unsettling brilliance. He asks: What is the meaning of this

In long years of mountaineering Oates fought the self-loathing that had
infused him as the gay kid in the Baptist pew. And in The Mountains of
Paris, he ascends to a place of wonder. In luminous prose, Oates invites
readers to share a sense of awe—whether awakened by a Vermeer painting
or a wilderness sojourn, by the night sky, a loved one, or echoing strains of
music—lifting the curtain on a cosmos filled with a terrifying yet beautiful

“I love this book. It’s beautifully written, with lushness and yet craft. Oates can really
write. He’s a poet. His style is mature and quite, quite fine. When Oates promotes the
idea that we should ‘be present to mystery,’ we should ‘allow it,’ I say yes.”
—Chris Anderson, author of Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything and The Next Thing Always Belongs

“Clearly and beautifully written, lyrical, poetic, and imaginative in style . . . I was drawn into how intensely particular and honest
Oates was about his spiritual journey growing up and into adulthood. His range of knowledge about the natural world, art, music,
literature, political history, philosophy, and religion makes the book unique in its reach.” —Gretel Van Wieren, author of Listening
at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice
DAVID OATES is the author of two books of poetry and four works of nonfiction,
including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature and City Limits: Walking Portland’s
Boundary. His award-winning essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Orion. He was Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and is founder and general editor of Kelson Books in Portland, Oregon.

About the author

DAVID OATES is the author of two books of poetry and four works of nonfiction, including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature and City Limits: Walking Portland’s Boundary. His award-winning essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Orion. He was Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and is founder and general editor of Kelson Books in Portland, Oregon.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

12/16/19 @9:00am pst - Sergeant Eladio Acuna, Officer John Zumwalt and Officer Green of the UCI Police Department joined Janeane live at 9:00am pst

Have questions for Sergeant Eladio Acuna and Officer John Zumwalt of the UCI PD during the show?
E-mail them to Janeane - janeane@kuci.org.

LISTEN to today's conversation with Sergeant Eladio Acuna, Officer John Zumwalt and Officer Green of the UCI Police Department.

Talking points:

What is a CSO (Community Service Officer)?

A lot of students have left the campus for the holidays and some are getting ready to leave. What advice can you give them to secure their property?

Can you share some personal safety tips? Walking on campus at night and the Blue lights.

How can someone lower their risks of sexual assault?

For students who are not California residents, feeling their first earthquake can be unsettling. What are some things they should do to prepare for a natural disaster?

If they have non-emergency questions, what number should they call?

And for emergencies?

UCI Public Safety Contacts

Website for UC Irvine Police Department

410 E Peltason Dr (3.55 mi)
Irvine, California 92697
(949) 824-5223

12/16/19 at 9:30am pst - Willie Baronet, artist, activist, professor, and curious dreamer joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm


Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at Southern Methodist University

Leader Emeritus at The ManKind Project


LISTEN to today's show featuring Willie Baronet

Willie Baronet was the owner and creative director of GroupBaronet (now MasonBaronet) from 1992-2006. His design and advertising work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, New York Art Directors, The One Show, Print Casebooks, Annual Report Trends, The Type Directors Club and Annual Report Design: A Historical Retrospective 1510-1990, organized by the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design. In 2013 he was given the AIGA Fellow award, the highest honor an AIGA chapter can bestow upon one of its members. He has spoken to various business and creative organizations over the years, including TEDxSMU, and has judged many creative competitions including the prestigious Communication Arts Annual. 

Willie graduated with an MFA in Arts and Technology from UTD in 2011. His art has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including “Art as a Medium for Action” at Hoxton Arches, London and Pembroke College, Cambridge, “Truth to Power” in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention (which also featured Banksy, Ron English and Shepard Fairey among others), the 15th Annual “No Dead Artists” at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA, “INVASIONEN/ INVASIONS” at the Galerie Carolyn Heinz in Hamburg, Germany, and the “500XPO 2012” at 500X in Dallas. He has also had a number of solo exhibitions across the U.S., and is currently a member of the art collectives “In Cooperation With Muscle Nation” and “CircleWerk.” 

Willie has been buying and collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long term art project titled "WE ARE ALL HOMELESS." In 2014 he began a 31-day cross country trip to buy signs in 24 cities, which was the subject of the documentary Signs of Humanity, which premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival and has been accepted into 7 additional festivals. The project has been featured in dozens of international and local media, including Yahoo! News, NPR - All Things Considered, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera America and Fast Company’s blog, posted by Katie Couric. An UpWorthy video about the project that was uploaded on August 31, 2015 has been viewed over 6.4 million times. 

Willie is a 1982 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has taught advertising design at Brookhaven Community College, Texas A&M at Commerce, TCU, and has served as visiting faculty for the MA Program at Syracuse University. Willie is currently the Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at SMU's Temerlin Advertising Institute, where he teaches classes related to creativity and portfolio development.


The WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project began in 1993 due to the awkwardness I felt when I’d pull up to an intersection and encounter a person holding a sign, asking for help. Like many, I wrestled with whether or not I was doing good by giving them money. Mostly I struggled with my moral obligations, and how my own choices contributed in conscious or unconscious ways to the poverty I was witnessing. I struggled with the unfairness of the lives people are born into, the physical, mental and psychological handicaps. In my struggle, I avoided eye contact with those on the street, unwilling to really see them, and in doing so avoided seeing parts of myself. 

That began to change once I began asking them if they would sell their signs. My relationship to the homeless has been powerfully and permanently altered. The conversations and connections have left an indelible mark on my heart. I still wrestle with personal questions regarding generosity, goodness, compassion, and guilt. And what it means to be homeless: practically, spiritually, emotionally? Is home a physical place, a building, a structure, a house? Or is it a state of being, a sense of safety, of being provided for, of identity? I see these signs as signposts of my own journey, inward and outward, of reconciling my own life with my judgments about those experiencing homelessness.

SIGNS OF HUMANITY is a documentary film that explores inter-related themes of home, homelessness, compassion, and humanity. Artist and professor Willie Baronet has purchased more than 1,800 homeless signs since 1993, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. During the month of July, 2014, Willie and three filmmakers drove across the country, interviewing more than 100 people on the streets and purchasing over 280 signs. SIGNS OF HUMANITY is a film about that trip. Click here for more information.


WE ARE ALL HOMELESS has been featured in media all over the world including NPR, HuffPost, Yahoo! News, Buzzfeed and dozens of others. In one month (during the filming of the documentary Signs of Humanity) it had over 138 million media impressions, was on the front page of Reddit, and an article picked up by the Associated Press was featured in media all across the United States.

SIGNS OF HUMANITY is available to view free on Amazon Prime Video, and can be purchased or rented without a Prime account. Click the link to view.

Willie Baronet: Willie@WeAreAllHomeless.org

Sunday, December 8, 2019

12/9/19 @9:30am pst - author Cheryl Hale joined host Janeane to talk about her new book, Girl Be Brave - 100 Days to Chart Your Course.

With all the negative, politicizing news out there, most of us our looking for some inspiration, kindness and joy---this fall we hope you'll consider an interview with Cheryl Hale,
who's Girl Be Brave movement is touching the lives of women all over the country.

LISTEN to today's conversation with 
featured guest Chery Hale.

When Cheryl Hale discovered a note from her grandmother, written in a family Bible and ending with the phrase “girl be brave,” she found the inspiration she needed to push through her fear and chart a course for her life. Her hope was for her grandmother’s words to reach every girl and woman who needs a reminder of their own bravery. In 2016 Hale launched the Girl Be Brave movement, online community, and brand that now encourages 100,000+ women every day.

Inspired by the movement of the same name, Hale’s new gift book, Girl Be Brave: 100 Days to Chart Your Course, shares 100 days of encouragement, quotes, and photos, calling women everywhere to embrace lives of bravery. Hale helps readers chart their course to a more passionate and satisfying life with reflections accompanied by powerful images of brave women in action.

The 100 reflections in Girl Be Brave encourage women to face their fears, embrace their future, and discover that they are braver than they ever thought possible.

Cheryl Hale is a writer, blogger, and business owner who founded the Girl Be Brave online community, website GirlBeBrave.com, and product line in 2016.

She started Girl Be Brave after reading a note that her grandmother, Frances, left her mother in her Bible, which ended with "girl be brave." Cheryl's hope is that Frances' words reach every girl and woman who needs a reminder of her own bravery. Hale lives in Mobile, AL.


“It struck me like lighting, and I knew in that moment what I had to do. Other people needed to hear these exact words. I wanted to shout them from the mountaintops, and I still do. That’s why I founded the Girl Be Brave movement. I wanted Frances’ words to vibrate through generations. We are able to maximize her impact by donating a portion of the proceeds of Girl Be Brave items to charity. It’s a part of my vision to establish a Frances Hamilton scholarship fund for girls who don’t have financial means.”

Monday, December 9th @9:00am pst - Joanne Bagshaw, author of THE FEMINIST HANDBOOK, speaks with host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI 88.9FM.

Joanne L. Bagshaw, Ph.D. author of

Practical Tools to Resist Sexism and Dismantle the Patriarchy

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest Joanne L. Bagshaw, Ph.D.

It’s time to fight back! With this intersectional handbook, you’ll discover practical, everyday tips and tools to help you resist sexism, smash the patriarchy, and create a better world for yourself and future generations.

From reproductive rights and the wage gap to #MeToo and #TimesUp—gender inequality permeates nearly every aspect of our culture. From birth and on through adulthood, the message that our sexist society sends to women and girls is clear: you’re not enough. You’re not valued enough to get paid the same salary as a man with the same job title. You’re not worthy enough or perfect enough to be taken seriously or respected. You’re not responsible enough to make decisions about your body or reproductive rights.

These negative messages are internalized on a deep psychological level. In fact, the effects of sexism are directly represented in the high rates of anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and eating disorders among women and girls—and these effects are even more severe for queer women, disabled women, and women of color. Isn’t it time you said ENOUGH?

This revolutionary feminist self-help guide offers real tools you can use to: 

Combat the effects of discrimination and gender/race inequality
Improve your self-confidence, gain self-esteem, and build resilience
Actively resist internalized negative messages you’ve received while living in an openly sexist, patriarchal culture

Most self-help books teach you how to transform your life from the inside out. But what can you do when your distress is caused by sexist institutionalized power structures, attitudes, and events that are outside of your control? This book will help you untangle the role that sexism and discrimination plays in your life, your mental health, and your overall sense of well-being. Most importantly, you’ll learn to reject negative messages and work toward creating lasting change through activism and community.

There’s a lot of work to do. This book will help you get started now.

Why an interactive book on feminism? Why now?

In 2016 many of us—myself included—thought we would have our first woman president, which would help us make bigger strides towards an equal society. Instead, in the last two years we’ve been watching the Trump administration rollback reproductive, LGBTQ, and other human rights. I think it’s critical that more of us identify as a feminist, both to increase our resiliency and to push back against this administration. I wrote The

Feminist Handbook with interactive exercises and reflective questions to help people identify as feminists through their own experiences, and then use their feminist identity to get involved in the movement.

The word “feminist” has gotten a bad reputation. What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about feminism?

One of the messages I see anti-feminists spreading is that feminists are “victims.” This messaging is ironic because once women identify as feminists—and this is supported by research—we feel less like victims, and instead feel more empowered, because we understand that much of what we struggle with in our lives is due to outside forces and systems like the patriarchy, and not due to our own shortcomings. Another
misunderstanding that even some feminists have, is the belief that feminism is about women being equal to men. But if feminism were simply about women being equal to men, which men would we be equal to, and what other groups would we have to oppress on the way? Feminism is essentially about dismantling patriarchal and other systems of oppression, like white supremacy, to liberate everyone.

How did you get involved in the feminist movement? Was there something specific that inspired you?

Like other women, my introduction to feminism came from personal experience. When I was in college, I volunteered for a local domestic violence agency and my training involved learning about the dynamics of abusive relationships. That’s how I learned that the relationship that I was in at the time was abusive, which was the beginning of my personal and academic understanding of the patriarchy and feminism. While still in that abusive relationship, I was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at a party. Later, when I graduated college, I used my traumatic experiences to help other women. My first professional job was at a domestic violence agency and I trained volunteer domestic violence and rape crisis counselors who would meet survivors at the hospital to provide support and resources.

Why do you think that people struggle to accept their own privilege? Did you go through a similar struggle?

There are a couple of reasons why I think people are resistant to accepting their own privilege. Many people misunderstand privilege to be about having an easy life, or not having to work hard, which isn’t accurate.

Privilege is about unearned advantages and how we expect to be treated. I have experienced trauma for instance, but still experience racial and class privilege as an educated white woman. The other reason I think people struggle, is that to accept you have privilege means you have to give up any idea that you’re special or deserving of certain experiences. I don’t find it difficult to admit that I have a lot of privilege, but I do work at
understanding how my privilege affects my experience and the experience of people with less privilege than me on an everyday basis.

“It’s Not Feminism If It’s Not Intersectional” is the title of Chapter 2. You go into great detail about how feminism isn’t just a women’s issue and touches so many other things. Briefly, how does feminism affect other issues in our culture?

Feminism has been a flawed movement in that generally, feminists have centered the idea of equality on what it would look like for white women. Decentralizing the needs of white women in the movement broadens our understanding of how many of our current cultural problems are feminist issues: gun violence, immigration, and climate change, for instance. These social issues affect mostly marginalized groups, and because of gender inequality, women and girls are impacted the most.

Women’s rights have moved at a glacial place. But with #MeToo and #TimesUp, do you think we’ve reached a tipping point? If yes, how so? If not, do you think we’re close?

Whether or not we’ve reached a tipping point, and whether #MeToo and #TimesUp remain movements instead of moments, is up to us. We have to create a cultural intolerance of violence against women. All women. Trans women, women of color, undocumented women, low-income women, and indigenous women. We can do that by believing women, supporting women who speak up, and ensuring that our compassion for survivors isn’t limited only to white, wealthy, or famous women who speak out.

While many women would love to get involved in activism, they may also feel that they don’t have the time or that they’re not strong enough to lead. What do you say to them?

Feminism is a lifestyle as much as it is a movement and not everyone has the time or skills to be an activist, but you can still be a powerful influence of equality in your home, within your family, friend group, and community. My recommendation is to start by creating equitable relationships with the people within your life. This can sound much easier than it is, if for example you’re just learning how to prioritize yourself and set boundaries with other people for the first time in your life.

Which women have had the biggest influence on you?

The women who influence me, changes as my life changes. Right now there are so many powerful feminists who influence me: Tarana Burke’s commitment to the needs of survivors and her community, Chanel Miller’s bravery, Clementine Ford’s badassness, and Alicia Garza’s authenticity help keep me motivated and inspired every day.

What is your earliest memory of being discriminated against for being a woman and how did you handle it?

My earliest memories of sexism originated when I was a kid and were around the limits of gender role expectations to “act like a lady” when I was more comfortable as a tomboy. As a young adult, one striking memory was when my grandfather told my father not to “spend money on college” for me because I’m “only a female and it would be a waste of money.” I handled that defiantly by excelling in school, getting my undergraduate degree, and going to graduate school. As far as I know he didn’t make a comment like that again.

What do you consider are the top 3 issues facing women today?

1. I don’t think gender equality can exist until women are physically safe in our homes, on the street, and at work,

2. We need to be able to be in control of our bodies and our health.

3. We need economic equality, which includes equitable wages and an economy that works for all women.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

12/2/19 @9:00am pst - Gary van Warmerdam joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm - talking about PathwayToHappiness.com and his book, Mindworks available on Amazon.

LISTEN to today's conversation
with featured guest Gary Van Warmerdam


I have been guiding people for the past 20 years in changing their belief systems and emotions to personal change. While the self help industry has grown with the digital revolution and flooded the internet with millions of articles and information, these seldom give you the depth needed and the practical tools for long term change. My intent is that Pathway to Happiness offers you a deeper and well proven process with practical exercises that will shift your thinking, emotions and behaviors permanently at the core.

What I am fundamentally sharing about is how to change your negative thoughts, emotions, emotional reaction,s and behaviors. The most effective way to do this to change your beliefs (most of which are sub-conscious), and release repressed emotions. I’ve learned and developed many practical ways to do this. Exercises that are practical are important to me. I want things that work and are repeatable. That’s probably due to my mechanical engineering education. You won’t find a lot of “woo-woo” or new age philosophy written about here. If you do, I am probably punching holes in the logic, or application of it.

I didn’t get into this field 25 years ago because I thought it would be cool, or make money. I got started because I was unhappy. More details on that below. My mind was full of incessant thoughts of judgments and blaming than I couldn’t stand anymore. Any approach to fixing how the gears in my mind worked had to make sense. Oddly this led to developing consciousness awareness. It seems like an abstract quality to develop for practical real world results, but it works.

I was very blessed. I had an extraordinary teacher in Don Miguel Ruiz. He was a neurosurgeon by training. He was also trained in the shamanic traditions of his Mexican ancestors. He taught me to apply spiritual wisdom in practical ways to relieve my mind of suffering. I feel part of his genius was in making practices straightforward and simple. I try to do that as well.

Gary van Warmerdam is the creator of PathwayToHappiness.com, a website with lessons for changing beliefs that drive negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In 1994, due to his own unhappiness with work and emotional drama in his relationships, Gary became motivated to learn about how his beliefs affected his emotions and decision making. He studied extensively with Dr. Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements and other best-selling books. Gary realized that with a proper approach he could gain greater control over his mind and emotions. With practice he developed the power and the freedom to choose the peace and happiness he was seeking. Educated and experienced as an engineer, Gary brings a common sense approach to changing beliefs, emotions, mindfulness, and living in greater happiness. Since 2001 Gary has been lecturing, leading seminars and coaching individual clients so they can live happier lives. His methods are not limited to a particular philosophy or approach, but are based in careful observation and getting results. You can explore more of Gary's work at his website www.PathwayToHappiness.com which has extensive free material and online courses for changing beliefs, emotions, and creating better relationships.


12/2/19 @9:15am pst - Kent Skov joined host Janeane to talk about L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre (LAC) and his up-coming New Year's Eve Shows

LISTEN to today's show featuring Kent Skov!


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Two Shows at “One of The Top Three Comedy Clubs in All of Southern California” per KABC-TV 

BURBANK, CA., December 2nd - Kent Skov’s L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre (LAC) continues its popular celebration of the incoming new year, which has been sold out every year for the past 25 years, with two shows featuring an all-star troupe of improv players. This will be the fourth New Year’s Eve in the new Burbank theatre.

There will also be a press conference on Monday, December 9th at 3pm to meet Edie McClurg, Kent Skov and the LAC members as they unveil their outside mural featuring LAC alumni Will Ferrell, Matthew Perry, Hank Azaria and Josh Groban, as well as current LAC member McClurg, in honor of LA Connection’s 43rd anniversary!

The schedule for Tuesday, December 31st was announced today by founder Kent Skov:

"This year’s celebration will have an 8:00 p.m. show for the amazing price of $25.00 and a 10:00 p.m. show for the ridiculous price of $35.00!" said Skov. He also noted that a limited number of combo tickets that provide entry to both shows are available for the bargain price of $50.00. The late show will include party favors in the ticket price. The theatre is also handicapped accessible. There is free parking across the street at Bank of America.

Both shows run longer than usual shows, and each is different with different casts composed of the top improvisors in the theatre troupe. They will include a mixture of award-winning movie-dubbing clips from LAC’s library of old movie classics and improv. Skov also promises some surprising fun throughout the evening. The late show will include celebrity impressions, a take-off on the Dating Game, as well as topical and relationship humor. The shows are fast, furious, and funny in the style of “Whose Line it is Anyway.”

In addition to the non-stop comedy, there will be several giveaways to guests. Fans of “The Walking Dead” will be happy to hear that a DVD of LAC’s critically acclaimed “The Night of the Living Dead—Dubbed,” which was created during the show’s limited run in Spring 2006, will be one of the coveted prizes. And per their annual tradition, one lucky guest will win a ONE-YEAR PASS to the LAC’s comedy performances.

Some of LAC’s alumni include: Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Matthew Perry, Jon Lovitz, Shannon Elizabeth, Hank Azaria, Sharon Lawrence, Josh Groban, and Amy Sherman Palladino, the Emmy award-winning creator of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Details for New Year’s Eve performances:
WHEN: Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

WHERE: LA Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. 91505.

ADMISSION: 8:00 p.m. $25.00; 10:00 p.m.

$35.00. Both Shows: $50.00 (Limited tickets available)

Produced and directed by Kent Skov.

For reservations and additional information, call 818-784-1868 or 818-710-1320 x2.

Ongoing Schedule:


8pm Less than Flattering All-Star Improv $10

9pm Stranger than Fiction All-Star Improv $10

Pay $10 and stay all night if seats are available


5:30pm Comedy improv for Kids by Teens $10 Performers ages 12-18 years old

7pm Rotating Rookie groups improv $10

8pm Temporary Insanity improv $10

9pm 2001 an Improv Odyssey improv $12 LAC Top Improv Group – Longest running hit show

Pay $12 and stay all night if seats are available


3:30pm Comedy Improv for Kids by Kids $7 Performers ages 5-12 years old

8pm Out of Nowhere – Improv Comedy Featuring LAC’s JV Teams $10

(First 3 Sundays of the Month)

8pm Adavnced Level 4 Rookies (3rd Sunday) 

Followed by JV Teams Doing Improv Comedy $10

8pm (4th Sunday) Stand-Up Rental $10

Monthly Auditions:

Saturdays 3PM, Sundays 1:30pm, Wednesdays 6pm

L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd

Burbank CA. 91505

Free parking all around the theatre

For more information please visit: http://laconnectioncomedy.com

For reservations and group rates call 818-710-1320 x2. All ages are welcome, but some later shows may not be suitable for younger audience members. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks at no additional charge. There is free parking available all around the theatre, which is located at 3435 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. 91505.

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12/2/19 @9:30am pst - Pieter Kohnstam joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about his book, A Chance to Live, based on a memoir of Pieter's father and their escape from Nazi persecution; this is a powerful story of struggle, determination and survival. Pieter will also talk about his childhood friendship with Anne Frank (she was his babysitter and playmate) and how he is related to Janeane! Live on KUCI 88.9fm - streaming www.kuci.org

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with special guest Pieter Kohnstam

As a small boy, Pieter Kohnstam lived with his parents in an apartment in Amsterdam during World War II. By coincidence, one of their neighbors was the Frank family, including Anne Frank, who became Pieter's sometime babysitter and playmate. When the Nazis occupied The Netherlands, the Frank family went into hiding, but the Kohnstams decided to flee. They made their way across Belgium and France, crossing the Pyrenees to Spain in a year-long journey filled with dangerous border crossings, and miraculous escapes. They spent the nights sleeping under bushes and trees, and hiding in barns, hotels, a bordello, and the homes of strangers from all walks of life, both Christian and Jewish, who took them in and helped them. The Bishop of Barcelona interceded personally to make it possible for them to travel by ship to Argentina. Based on a memoir of Pieter's father, Hans Kohnstam, "A Chance to Live" is a gripping tale of struggle, determination and survival during the Holocaust, chronicling what is best about people, and affirming that we are, after all, one human family. With a new Appendix describing Hans Kohnstam's subsequent life as an artst in Munich Germany

Pieter Kohnstam was born in Amsterdam in 1936. His parents, Hans and Ruth Kohnstam, were forced to flee from the Nuremberg/Fuerth area in Germany to Amsterdam, The Netherlands during the early days of the Nazi regime. Coming from a well-known upper middle class family, they left behind a lucrative toy merchandising company with sales offices and warehouses in cities throughout Germany and Europe.

It was by chance that the Kohnstam's apartment in Amsterdam was downstairs from the family of Anne Frank. Ruth became a close friend of Edith Frank, and Anne, the youngest daughter, became Pieter’s babysitter. Both children attended the local schools in the neighborhood.

When Nazi persecution of Jews in The Netherlands became intolerable, the Franks went into hiding, but Pieter’s parents decided to flee Amsterdam. After a year-long trek through Belgium, France and Spain, they reached safety and freedom in Argentina.

Pieter’s father Hans, an artist, eventually returned to Germany with his second wife. Over 1,200 of his paintings and drawings have been donated to the City Museum of the City of Munich, Germany. His mother, Ruth, also remarried and became active in social and cultural affairs and eventually helped found the United Nations Women’s Organization in Argentina.

Following high school, Pieter embarked on a career in international banking. A knack for languages and specialization in foreign exchange led him to a three-year internship with Swiss banking institutions in Switzerland.

In 1963, Pieter immigrated to the United States where he pursued a career in the specialty chemical industry, focusing on pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. He became a U.S. citizen in 1968. He and his wife, Susan, married in 1965 and have two children and three grandchildren. Now retired in Venice, Florida, Kohnstam is active in community affairs. He is the past President of the Jewish Congregation of Venice. He is frequently invited to schools and various organizations to speak about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor, his book, and matters relating to Jewish and interfaith topics.

Pieter's book was published in The Netherlands in February 2008 and in Germany in 2016.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

11/18/19 @9:30am pst - Director Ted Haynes of ConPro Films joined host to talk about his film, TICS

LISTEN to today's show with Ted Haynes!

In July a team of amazing filmmakers – with credits that include Netflix MindHunter, Fear the Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer - gathered to produce a short film with a social impact. Tics is a unique take on mental illness, the need to ask for and receive help, and the consequences when help isn’t received.

The producers have all been personally impacted by mental illness and we believe strongly in the importance of our story. However, we cannot share it with the world without additional support. Right now, talented individuals are hard at work finishing Tics on the promise of future payment. The producers are currently hosting a crowd funding campaign to cover the costs of post-production. Based on the quality and content Tics has been selected for Fiscal Sponsorship to operate as a 501(c)3 non-profit. This means all the selfless contributions to support Tics are tax deductible!

Mental illness remains a topic that demands greater awareness beyond traditional means. With your support Tics will create a new audience - one not otherwise enlightened to the topic - and drive greater awareness for change. We appreciate the opportunity to share our story and your consideration to contribute to the success of our film.

To learn more about Tics, the goals and expectations, and to view a teaser for the film please follow this link:


11/18/19 @9:15am pst - Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker Tasia Valenza joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with Tasia Valenza!

About Tasia
Emmy Winning Voice-Over Artist, Emmy Nominated Actress, Executive Communication Specialist and Public Speaker


Tasia Valenza (born April 5, 1967 in New York City) is an Emmy Nominated actress who has recently found acclaim as a voice actress and is one of the top in the county.
In the early part of her career, Valenza played the role of Dottie Thornton on All My Children from 1982 to 1986, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work. She also showed up in a guest star appearances in many series in the 90s such as a Vulcan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Coming of Age", and a recurring role as Lieutenant Winslow in Space: Above & Beyond. She also portrayed Jodie Abramovitz in Aaron Spelling's drama series The Heights. Valenza is best known Iconic strong females in video games such as Poison Ivy in Batman: Arkham Asylum games as well as General Shaak Ti in the Clone Wars, Kalyio Djannis in Star Wars the Old Republic and most recently Avra Darkos in Wild Star.


What is Giving Great Voice?
It’s the art of confident verbal communication. By thinking like a voice actor and understanding the roles you play in your own life, hone the ability to communicate powerfully, persuasively and confidently in all areas of your professional and personal life!

Giving Great Voice is a fun, interactive program for individuals looking to maximize their communication skills including media communication. Tasia combines acting games, relaxation & mindfulness practices, and other essential communication tools in this unique program to empower you to use your voice more effectively. Confidently craft your outgoing message to the world, and take control over your most powerful communication tool, your voice! Giving Great Voice will be your secret weapon for more successful, fulfilling personal and professional relationships.

Tasia Valenza is a confidence coach, mentor and the owner of Giving Great Voice, which is a platform dedicated to the art of confident verbal communication. Her unique technique revolutionizes the way we use our voices successfully, by “thinking like an actor” in our own lives. She combines her 25+ years as a master communicator, an Emmy-nominated actress, and a renowned voiceover artist to inspire individuals to find their unique voice, and use their voice powerfully to achieve their goals.

Tasia has Given Great Voice to thousands of companies, brands, and iconic roles, most known for characters such as Poison Ivy of the Batman: Arkham Series and General Shaak Ti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the spirit of Giving Great Voice Back, she created a kindness campaign called the #GivingGreatVoiceChallenge and co-founded the Haven Affirmation Meditation App. She now teaches these same tools that have made her so successful to help people from all walks of life gain more confidence in themselves and their verbal communication.

From working professionals, to students, to stay-at-home parents, at any age, everyone needs to use their voices to be successful. Unlike most professional development classes, Tasia challenges you to dive deep, and explore your own multi-faceted roles more definitively and effectively, all the while gaining more confidence in yourself. Her teaching style is fun, joyful and affirmative, using self-exploration techniques to empower and hone your communication skills.

Tasia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, and two doggies. She continues to work in her studio/closet to create iconic characters, both professionally and to annoy her children. Contact her today to set up a 1-on-1 appointment, public speaking event or to learn more about the next workshop!
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11/18/19 @9am pst - Memoirist Hendrika de Vries joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

Memoirist Embodies Resistance in Nazi-era Title

LISTEN to today's show featuring Hendrika de Vries 

A nail-biting tale of female strength, spiritual resilience and resistance to evil that is relevant today. You won’t forget this beautifully written story ––Dr. Betsy Cohen, psychoanalyst

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – In her award-winning memoir When a Toy Dog Become a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew (She Writes Press, August 27, 2019), Hendrika de Vries focuses on the importance of female empowerment. A story of survival and the power of love, courage, and imagination in a time of violent oppression, Hendrika de Vries shows how the bond between mother-daughter is made stronger amidst subversive activities and acts of moral courage.

Born when girls were to be housewives and mothers, a Dutch “daddy’s girl” in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam learns about female empowerment when her father is deported to a POW camp in Germany and her mother joins the Resistance. Freedoms taken for granted are eroded with escalating brutality by men with swastika armbands who aim to exterminate those they deem “inferior” and those who do not obey.

Following de Vries’ journey from child- to woman-hood, When A Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew bears witness to the strength that flourishes despite oppression, the power of women existing beyond cultural gender roles of the time, and shows that memories hold the keys to the betterment of our future. A therapist for over thirty years, de Vries has used her experience healing the trauma of others’ to tap into her childhood memories of Nazi-occupation to empower others to stand up in the face of injustice.

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew

Hendrika de Vries | August 27, 2019 | She Writes Press

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63152-658-9 | Memoir

This beautifully crafted memoir reminds us that we are never far from oppression by those who wish to silence us.–– Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness

She is a master storyteller. –– Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D.

From the first page, DeVries’ book left me holding my breath at what she and her parents went through when the Nazis took over Amsterdam; one of the worst times in western history. When at age five, she lost a comfortable and safe world. DeVries’ storytelling makes this nonfiction book read like a good novel. Readers almost 'live' what she and her family experienced and how they rebuilt their life. - Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program

In an interview, Hendrika de Vries will discuss:

  • The significance behind her memoir’s title and what it represents
  • Her experience as a child in Nazi occupied Amsterdam
  • How male presence shaped her understanding of gender and the absence of her father in her early years influenced her relationship with her mother
  • The xenophobia and violence in today’s political climate, and how looking at our past can help guide our future
  • What led her to becoming a therapist
  • How she uses dreams and intuitive imagination to facilitate recovery in her patients

Her experience as a mother and what being a woman means to her––the mother-daughter relationship

Author of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew, Hendrika de Vries’ life experiences, from the dark days of Nazi-occupied Amsterdam as a child, through her years as a swimming champion, young wife and mother in Australia, and a move to America in the sixties, have infused her work as a therapist, teacher, and writer. Hendrika holds a BA (with Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Colorado, an MTS (cum laude) in theological studies from Virginia Theological Seminary, and an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Read more on www.agirlfromamsterdam.com

Sunday, November 10, 2019

11/11/19 @9:45am pst - author Keith Leon S. joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about his book, Walking with my Angels - A Gripping Story of How One Man Was Saved by Angels Eight Times!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Keith Leon S.

Angels saved Keith from a drug addiction, suicide attempts and several other close calls. This is a non-religious discussion which is universal for all.

His book Walking with My Angels comes highly recommended by Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Daniel Gutierrez, Bob Proctor and many more.

Not Your Typical Angel Experience! A Gripping Story of How One Man Was Saved by Angels Eight Times

Are Angels earthbound, and here to help us? Keith Leon's story may address some of the most compelling questions regarding Angels and their interaction with us.

Is it possible that Angels can help us overcome a drug addiction, suicide attempts and keep us out of harms way? Hear a true story of one man’s journey with angels, how he overcame the odds, and how his his life was spared over and over again!

Keith Leon S. has been writing books, speaking, publishing other people’s books, and making a difference in the lives of others for over 15 years. A multiple bestselling author, well-known speaker and talented musician, Leon S. has spoken at events that included Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsh, Barbara DeAngelis, John Gray, Michael Beckwith, and Marianne Williamson. He’s made music with Stevie Wonder, Ben Vereen, Nancy Wilson, Keb Mo, and Carl Anderson.

Learn how angels saved Leon life eight times! Leon calls them angels. You may call it inner guidance, intuition, or first instinct. No matter what you call it, in the interview you'll learn how to access it by bringing focus and awareness of it into your daily routine.

Some of the topics that Leon covers are:
Discover That There Are Earthbound Angels Among Us
Get Tools to Communicate With Your Own Angels and Guides
Learn How to Open Your Heart and Create Miracles in Your Life
Gain Insights About the Author's Unconventional Path to Living His Purpose
Receive Insights to Reveal Your Life's Path and Purpose

Thirty years ago, Keith Leon S. received a message from angels. He was told that he would write a book that would change lives. Anyone who held this book in their hands would be raised to their next level of vibration. Finally, here it is.

This is the true story of a man whose life was spared with the help of his angels. He has witnessed miracles and at many times the unbelievable. The stories of his adventures with his angels are gripping, humorous, and will have you questioning your own beliefs in angels.

Walking With My Angels: A True Story by Keith Leon S. (Beyond Belief Publishing, August 20th, 2019) and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and select Indie bookstores. 

11/11/19 @9:30am pst - Mark Borg Jr, PhD spoke to host Janeane Bernstein about his upcoming book, DON’T BE A D*CK: Change Yourself, Change Your World

LISTEN to today's conversation with Mark Borg, Ph.D. 

Mark Borg Jr, PhD spoke to Janeane about his upcoming book, DON’T BE A D*CK: Change Yourself, Change Your World (a Central Recovery Press Paperback, on sale Nov 19, 2019).

In this insightful guide, Borg offers relatable stories of bad behavior, helpful analysis on why we feel justified in acting like jerks, and exercises to help us choose kinder ways of living and responding.

Marks talks about:

· How to avoid conflicts at Thanksgiving with your extended family

· How to tell if your partner/coworker/acquaintance is a jerk (or if it’s actually you)

· What we unknowingly do to invite constant conflict into our lives

· How to handle dickish behavior during the holidays

· The various ways we unknowingly provoke our significant others

· How to break up with your partner without being a dick

The single book therapists everywhere will recommend to all of their patients, because at some point or another, we all behave like dicks.

Why this book? Because you might be a dick: a mean-spirited, self-focused individual who thinks and acts as though everyone else in the world can only be understood―and whose only importance is defined―in terms of their relationship to you. Being a dick might feel powerful in the short term, but it is not helping you in the long term because this flawed character trait is exactly what’s keeping you from attaining what you may want most: personal fulfillment, satisfying work, a loving committed relationship, and lifelong friendships.

Anyone, at any time, can be a dick. Yet Don’t Be a Dick is especially for people who have noticed how their own behavior tends to backfire, leaving them feeling isolated and unsure why their seemingly justified actions consistently yield such poor results. If you’re constantly using the refrain, It’s not me, it’s them whenever something goes wrong, Mark Borg is here to tell you that it is, in fact, you. The good news is there is something you can do to reverse these behaviors and live a happier, more fulfilling life.

About the Author

Mark B. Borg, Jr., PhD, is a community psychologist and psychoanalyst, founding partner of The Community Consulting Group, and a supervisor of psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute. He has written extensively about the intersection of psychoanalysis and community crisis intervention. He has been in private practice in New York City since 1998. Dr. Borg attended graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology, where he earned both his MA and PhD in a dual-track program in clinical and community psychology. While there, Dr. Borg served on a four-year community empowerment project that was developed in South Central Los Angeles in the wake of the 1992 riots. Also at that time, he conducted individual and group psychotherapy at the AIDS Services Foundation in Orange County, California. Dr. Borg is the co-author of Irrelationship: How We Use Dysfunctional Relationships to Hide from Intimacy and its follow-up book, Relationship Sanity: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships.

11/11/19 @9:15am pst - Michelle Danner is an acting coach at the Los Angeles Acting School who specializes in the Meisner, Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Chekhov and Stanislavsky techniques. She is also the founding and artistic director of the Edgemar Center for the Arts

LISTEN to today's conversation with Michelle Danner.

Michelle Danner is a world renowned acting coach, film and stage director, author, and teacher.

Michelle has taught acting for the last 29 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set including: Chris Rock, Gerard Butler, Seth MacFarlane, Melanie Brown, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Penelope Cruz, Verne Troyer, Grant Bowler, Kate Del Castillo, Michael Pena, Isla Fisher, Common, Salma Hayek, Chris Martin, Brian McKnight, James Franco, Marcia Cross, Christian Slater, Catherine Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Gabrielle Union, Justin Chatwin, Jennifer Coolidge,Justine Wadell, Rob Estes, Rick Fox, Henry Cavill and Michelle Rodriguez and many others.

Voted favorite acting coach by Backstage readers, teaching remains a passion. She was brought in for her expert coaching on the WB show The Starlet and was featured with Andy Richter on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

Michelle trained extensively in Paris and New York with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since it's inception in Los Angeles for 20 years.

She is the Founding Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts and raised $1.3 million to construct the two theaters and the art gallery at the Center. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists." She is currently serving as Artistic Director and teaches ongoing classes at the Michelle Danner Studio, housed at Edgemar.

Her seminars are taught internationally in South America, Europe, Toronto, Vancouver, Dubai, New York, Sydney and Australia. She has taught in several cities including: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Istanbul, Paris, and Moscow.

Michelle has directed and acted in over thirty plays and musicals in New York and Los Angeles. Her favorite acting credits include Tennessee William's The Rose Tattoo, which garnered LA Weekly critic's pick and five Dramalogue awards including best actress; House of Yes, Bright Ideas, Ibsen's Ghosts the world premiere of One White Crow.

Her highlights at Edgemar have been pioneering new works that include The Night of the Black Cat, a world premiere and winner of the 2005 Best Musical of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards. She directed the world premiere of Mental the Musical, winner of several 17th Annual TicketHolder awards for acting and musical score. She wrote and directed the world premiere of You're on the Air, an improv based comedy which is in development to become a movie. She directed the west coast premiere of Hello Herman by John Buffalo Mailer and co-directed Jane Fonda in the Court of Public Opinion starring Anne Archer.

Michelle also produced and acted in the award-winning short film Dos Corazones, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival and went on to win Best Cinematography & Audience Favorite at the Malibu Film Festival.

In 2006, she made her feature film directing debut How to go Out on a Date in Queens which was nominated and won four L.A. Film Awards including Best Director. It starred Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes and Alison Eastwood. Her production company, All in Films, has several projects in the works: You're on the Air, The Bandit Hound II, and The Will To...

In April 2011, she completed Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC's The Walking Dead), Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom. The film premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. It opened nationwide in June 2013 and was distributed on VOD in 100 million homes across the U.S. by Warner Brothers.

She is putting the finishing touches on her acting book, The Golden Box, which will be released in the fall of2015. Her latest film, The Bandit Hound, is in post production and slated to be released in the fall of 2015.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michelle Danner
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Renowned acting teacher of the Larry Moss Studio.

Artistic Director of the Edgemar Center for the Arts.