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Sunday, September 8, 2019

9/9/19 @9:45am pst - award-winning producer, writer and director Catherine Dudley-Rose joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest Catherine Dudley-Rose


“PARALLEL CHORDS" is the true story of a young violinist struggling to assert her individuality amidst the intense pressure of her pianist father and the formidable weight of her own musical ability. The film stars Rachel Ann and veteran actor Bjorn Johnson, with cinematography by 
Kyle Krupinski.

The film screened during the festival circuit last year at Woods Hole, MA, KC, Portland Oregon, Columbus, Charlotte, and was chosen as 1 of 5 films by first time feature directors in the New Filmmaker's Forum of St. Louis International Film Festival.

The film also won best Cinematography, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Production Design in the St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase. LA Femme International Film Festival awarded Catherine with the Best Feature Writer award at the 2018 fest in LA, sponsored by the Writer's Guild of America, West.


Writer - Director 

Catherine is an award winning writer/director, actress and musician. She has taught at the NY Stage & Film Program, the Broadway Theater Institute, and been a guest artist, director and performer internationally. She is a National Film Challenge winner, and an Emerging Director finalist in Seattle. She was a kick off speaker for the Citizen Jane Film Festival, celebrating female directors, and recently chosen to receive a RAC grant. She is an NEA funded grant recipient, for her feature length screenplay Parallel Chords and has been commissioned to write three other screenplays. She was awarded “Best Feature Writer” at the LA Femme International Film Festival for her debut feature film, which also won Best Narrative Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and was nominated for the Emerging Director / New Filmmaker Forum in the St. Louis International Film Festival.

Additionally, she has created music for MTV, done string arrangements for Platinum selling Kate Nash, has performed on violin for an audience of 80,000, has recorded and/or performed w/Grammy artists, and numerous musicians of different styles. She has worked multiple times with favorite Theater World award winner, and recording artist Nellie McKay. As an actress, she has been in dozens of films, TV, and stage productions in New York and internationally.

9/9/19 @9:30am pst - Pen Pearson, author of Bloomsbury's Late Rose, joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show with featured guest Pen Pearson

A poet in Edwardian London. A woman struggling to let her voice be heard.

In 1894, sisters Charlotte and Anne Mew take a solemn vow never to marry, and never to pass on the family curse: insanity. The spinster Mew sisters descend into genteel poverty, their mother on an invalid's sofa, Anne, the painter, in a menial job.

But Charlotte, the poet, will find immortality, and unexpected love.

Her path will require that she keep secrets and make sacrifices that may be too much even for Charlotte's determined spirit.

In Bloomsbury's Late Rose, Pen Pearson, herself an accomplished poet, has imagined a vivid and affecting story of a woman's life in Edwardian London that will engage and move every reader.

Pen is the author of Poetry as Liturgy and Bloomsbury's Late Rose, a forthcoming novel from Chickadee Prince Books about the harrowing life of British poet Charlotte Mew. The photo of Pen was taken in the public garden just a stone's throw from the house where Charlotte lived in genteel poverty with her sister Anne, an artist. Their residence has since made way for Bloomsbury Theatre, but Charlotte's unmistakable presence still haunts the garden and neighboring streets. Follow Pen if you'd like to be notified when Bloomsbury's Late Rose is released on Amazon.

9/9/19 @9:15m pst - LA-based director and screenwriter Ilana Rein joined host Janeane Bernstein live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show featuring Ilana Rein

Ilana Rein is an LA-based director and screenwriter whose documentaries and short films have been screened at festivals, galleries and universities internationally. Her award-winning documentary short WE ARE ALL CYLONS premiered at Sci-Fi London in 2011 and enjoyed a long international festival run. She also wrote and directed the short film ELLIPSE, which was shot on location at The Royal Observatory in the U.K. and premiered in May 2013 at the BFI in London. What’s interesting about her is that despite her extensive career as a filmmaker, she did not get around to making her first feature film until she was 50, something I find extremely inspiring and shows that it’s never too late!

Written and directed by Ilana Rein and co-written with Brian Smith, PERCEPTION is provocative thriller about the psychic phenomena that shows the struggle between one’s beliefs and one’s ability to question them. Check out the trailer below along with additional info on the film and let me know what you think. Would love to set up a time for you and Ilana to chat on your radio show if you have time.

Directed by: Ilana Rein

Written by: Ilana Rein and Brian Smith

Produced by: Ilana Rein, Brian Smith, and B.D. Gunnell

Runtime: 101 minutes

Website: www.perceptionamovie.com

Starring: Wes Ramsey (General Hospital, Charmed), Meera Rohit Kumbhani (This Is Us, Dave Made a Maze), Caitlin Mehner (Best of Enemies, Ocean’s 8), and Max Jenkins (High Maintenance, Dead to Me)

Synopsis: When Daniel, a successful real estate developer, must evict Nina, a mysterious small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son, the last thing he expects in return is a free reading. But when Nina senses the spirit of Daniel’s dead wife, a once-promising artist, his desire to reconnect with her quickly becomes an obsession. Haunted by memories, Daniel is determined to reunite with his wife—who may have designs of her own. Soon, Daniel and Nina must each decide how far they’ll go to get what they want in this supernatural, psychological thriller.

PERCEPTION will be available on the following digital platform: iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft Store, FandangoNow, Redbox on Demand, Vimeo, Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Dish Network, Verizon Fios, Frontier, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Armstrong, WOW!, and Shaw.

iTunes pre-order available HERE

9/9/19 @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 with 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, September 1, 2019

9/2/19 @9:30am pst - Emmy Award Winning Actress Holland Taylor and Dr. James Mellon of the Global Truth Center Los Angeles joined Janeane to talk about “The Inner View” event featuring Holland Taylor

“The Inner View” series
Welcomes Special Guest,
Emmy Award Winning actress Holland Taylor
at Global Truth Center Los Angeles

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Holland Taylor and Dr. James Mellon.

Iconic actress Holland Taylor has endeared our hearts for decades with diverse roles on the Broadway stage, television and film. Adored in “Bosom Buddies,” “The Practice,” and “Two and a Half Men,” along with blockbuster films “Legally Blonde” and “The Truman Show,” she is a beloved talent we all relate to.

Now the Emmy Award winning actress will reveal her truest character, herself, as a featured guest of “The Inner View,” hosted by Dr. James Mellon at Global Truth Center Los Angeles Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm.

In today’s world of sound bites and viral memes, “The Inner View” offers an intimate exchange where real conversation reveals the truth of who we are. The show’s host, Dr. James Mellon, actor, author, composer, and founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center Los Angeles says, “I’m interested in discovering how Holland got to be who she is today.” With provocative, emotional, sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining perspectives, he brings stories to light.

Holland Taylor’s life story is not unlike her eclectic acting career. New York Magazine said “Miss Taylor is one of the few utterly graceful, attractive, elegant and technically accomplished actresses in our theatre.” As a playwright, she wrote and starred in “Ann,” earning a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Governor Ann Richards of Texas. Taylor has also shared the screen with Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, and Jim Carey, among others. She holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology. As a gay woman in a male dominated industry, she shares a relationship with an actress 30 years her junior.

The evening’s “The Inner View” topics will be unbridled, touching upon the grace of aging in a modern world, success in a changing business, sexuality, relationships, and whatever comes up!

Tickets for an intimate evening of discovery are $30. They can be purchased upon arrival or in advance at globaltruthcenter.org The show will also be offered on live stream. Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30pm.

The address of Global Truth Center Los Angeles is 880 Hampshire Road, Suite W, Westlake Village, CA 91361. Phone info at 818.508.7171.

*Global Truth Center Los Angeles is a place where all are welcome, sharing the belief we are One people living on One planet. With the goal to create a safe and sacred place where an individual can discover his or her own spiritual path and personal purpose in life, the Center honors the love inherent in all of humankind, bringing us a commonality of Spirit and Soul.

The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor "the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw." Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley, opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney's The Cocktail Hour. She still holds her head high after taking over for Eve Arden, and one week later, opening the historic flop, Moose Murders. Recently she took Broadway by storm as writer and star of ANN, a one-woman show about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, which resulted in rave reviews, a TONY Award nomination for Best Actress, Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, and the Outer Circle Critics award for Best Solo Performance. There is a filmed version for broadcast of the 2016 production of ANN presented at Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas, where Holland reprised the role and brought ANN home to Texas. 

Following her Broadway run in ANN, Holland appeared in a movie titled Kepler's Dream, an inspiring film for a young audience, and last season in New York, she played another character who never leaves the stage and talks a LOT, in Pulitzer prize winner David Lindsay Abaire's dark comedy, Ripcord, at the Manhattan Theatre Club. This spring Holland wound up a four-month limited run on Broadway in the star-studded revival of The Front Page, opposite Nathan Lane, John Slattery, Robert Morse, John Goodman and other luminaries. Over the years in Los Angeles, she has performed on stage in Kindertransport, and played opposite Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man at the Geffen. She has given narrations for the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Essa-Pekka Salonen and John Adams, and narrated the Harry Potter Suite for John Williams at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On television, Holland has been nominated for the Emmy seven times, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the sexy, brilliant Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Among her numerous series starring roles: The Powers that Be, Norman Lear's short-lived but highly acclaimed political satire, Bosom Buddies, with Tom Hanks, and, of course, the juggernaut, Two and a Half Men, with her dear boys, Charlie Sheen, Jon Cryer and number 3 son, Ashton Kutcher. Holland was recently featured in Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria with Julianne Moore. Her current project: Mr. Mercedes, a limited TV series for Audience Network, starring the great Irish actor Brenden Gleeson, written by Executive Producer David Kelley, run by director Jack Bender, based on a trilogy of novels by Stephen King.


Dr. James J. Mellon is the founding Spiritual Director of Global Truth Center, Los Angeles, having founded the Center in 2003 under the name “The NoHo Arts Center for New Thought.” His extensive background in the entertainment industry covers theatre, television, film, recording and dance and his vision statement for his life is “Enlightenment Through Entertainment.”

James Mellon received his Doctorate of Consciousness Studies from the Emerson Theological Institute in Northern California and is an ordained minister of Centers For Spiritual Living, a teaching that sees the Good/God in everyone and honors all walks of life that support and foster Love. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is the Founding Pastor of the Global Truth Center, a non-denominational Center whose vision statement is “Love Only - Forgive Everything - Remember Who You Are!”

Dr. James’ focus for the past twenty years has been to explore the intersection between Spirituality and the Arts. “Enlightenment Through Entertainment” is his mission statement and Dr. James’ vision and ministry is constantly expanding and exploring new ways to teach principle through music, dance, art and drama.

As an actor he made his Broadway debut as Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, directed by Jerome Robbins, and performed in many plays and musicals including, A CHORUS LINE (Broadway), 42ND STREET (Billy Lawlor - National Tour), THE FIFTH OF JULY (Regional) and Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Chicago). He has worked at such theatres as The Goodspeed Opera House, The New York Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Folger Theatre in Washington D.C., as well as The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

For NoHo ACE, the Arts Ministry of GTC, Dr. Mellon directed JERUSELEM, A BOY CALLED LIZARD (Ovation nomination - Original Musical), FEED (LA Weekly nomination – Direction), THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (Ovation nomination, LA Weekly nomination – Original Musical), BUSH IS BAD (LA Weekly Award – Acting Ensemble, nomination – Best Musical) and PEST CONTROL (LA Weekly Nomination – Best Musical), THE RED ROOM and THE LIGHT BULB (Both World Premiere Plays). He is also the director/writer/co-composer of ACE’s seasonal yuletide hit, YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS. Mr. Mellon has directed and choreographed productions around the country, including: New York (Provincetown Playhouse); Boston (Charles Playhouse); Washington DC (“The Fantasticks” with Greater Tuna stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears - Fords Theater); Austin (Paramount Theater); Dallas (Watertower Theater); and Fort Worth (Casa Manana). He has also choreographed for the children’s Television Workshop (PBS – “Mathnet”), and a host of commercials.

As a writer, Dr. Mellon adapted Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” into the World Premiere Musical, DORIAN, which premiered at The Denver Center’s Buell Theatre in the fall of 2004. It subsequently opened The NoHo Arts Center’s first season in 2005 and went on to receive Ovation, LA Weekly, Backstage and Drama Critics nominations. James adapted THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR from the novel of the same name as well as A BOY CALLED LIZARD from the Dennis Covington novel, “Lizard.” His original musical, AN UNFINISHED SONG, was nominated for numerous awards and has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Maine and Sydney, Australia. His one-man show, SISSYBOY, premiered in the winter of 2016 to great acclaim and is currently being written as a television series.

Samuel French has recently published two of Dr. Mellon’s original musicals: YO HO HO! A PIRATE’S CHRISTMAS and A BOY CALLED LIZARD. The latter received the 2012 AATE Award (American Association for Theatre and Education) for best adaptation of a musical.

James shares his life with his husband Kevin Bailey and their children William and Nora. Their Production Company, MB Artists, Inc., was the Executive Producer of the Holland Taylor play, ANN, which went from North Hollywood to Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Ms. Taylor went on to receive a Tony Nomination for her performance as Governor Ann Richards of Texas, as well as numerous other awards and accolades.

Dr. Mellon is a sought-after speaker, teacher and inspirational leader in the field of personal growth. He is the author of the book, MENTAL MUSCLE, 16-WEEKS OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP and lectures throughout the United States and Canada. His new book, THE FIVE QUESTIONS has just been completed and will be published in the fall of 2019. You can find more information about his spiritual work at www.globaltruthcenter.org

Global Truth Center

The Global Truth Center is an inclusive, spiritual community whose Vision Statement is:
"Love Only - Forgive Everything - Remember Who You Are!" www.globaltruthcenter.org

9/2/19 @9:15am pst - Author, performer, and screenwriter, Georgia Clark joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster, and others. Georgia Clark, the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women

LISTEN to today's conversation with Georgia Clark

Short story: Georgia Clark is an author, performer, and screenwriter. She wrote the critically acclaimed novel, The Regulars, and the "witty, sexy" (L.A. Times) The Bucket List, both Simon & Schuster, and others. Georgia is the host and founder of the popular storytelling night, Generation Women. She is currently working on her fifth novel, out in 2021. A native Australian, she lives in Brooklyn with her wife and a fridge full of cheese.

Long story: Georgia Clark is an author, screenwriter, and performer currently living in New York City. Her fourth novel, The Bucket List, came out in summer 2018. Her third novel, The Regulars, was her first adult fiction novel. The Regulars was translated into half a dozen languages and was developed as a pilot for CBS Studios.

Georgia is the host and creator of the New York Times-recommended Generation Women, a monthly storytelling night in Brooklyn, NY. Generation Women invites six women of note from six different generations, 20s through 70s, to share an original story on a theme. There is a sister show in Sydney.

Georgia has received a grant for her fiction and has been selected to attend various writer’s residencies in the US and Europe.

She co-wrote the play Pickles & Hargraves, and the Curse of the Tanzanian Glimmerfish with Ryan Williams which was selected for a five-show run at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2014.

In Australia, Georgia won a national film and TV pitching competition and wrote for the TV drama Home & Away. She worked as a freelance journalist for over ten years and was published in Cosmo, Bust, In-Style, Daily Life and many more.

Georgia performed improv in New York for seven years and is a former UCB house team member. Georgia is enthusiastically vegetarian, proudly queer, definitely a city-dweller, and a long-time lover and supporter of the arts, including Australia's Erotic Fan Fiction community (of which Eddie Sharp kindly credits her as a co-creator). She loves beach days, group dinners, and her beautiful fiancée.

9/2/19 at 9:00am pst - E.R. Ramzipoor, a writer and content marketer, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Evan (author 
E.R. Ramzipoor).

In our own age of “fake news” and social media blitz-storms, and with real journalism under constant siege, it is important to remember the role propaganda plays promoting both right and wrong at crucial moments in history. When first time novelist E.R. Ramzipoor discovered the forgotten story of a satirical anti-Nazi newspaper created and distributed by the Resistance in occupied Belgium she knew she had hit upon a story with both historical significance and contemporary resonance. Her dazzling debut, The Ventriloquists (Park Row Books; August 27, 2019) brings riveting tension and surprising humor to this little known chapter of World War II history as she “reminds us that so much of what we read, hear and watch is propaganda—for someone, for some organization, some country” (Heather Morris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz).


Brussels, 1943. The Nazi occupiers have hatched a plan to turn the resistance newspapers into Nazi propaganda mouthpieces that will sway public opinion against the Allies. To do so, they conscript key members of the Front d’Indépendance to carry out their dirty work, and the ragtag band of misfits have little choice if they wish to escape death. But then rogue journalist Marc Aubrion has a brilliant notion: turn the tables and create a fake edition of Le Soir that not-so-subtly mocks Hitler and the oppressors who have overrun Europe. That is a joke worth dying for—and the Ventriloquists have less than three weeks to pull it off.

“I first ‘met’ the original ventriloquist, Marc Aubrion, in my senior year at UC Berkeley,” Ramzipoor recalls. “While doing archival research for my thesis on underground literature. I came across a document written by five women who worked for the Office of War during World War II... ‘The patriots seem to take delight in including the Germans on their distribution routes. To get a wider public among the Germans, the patriots insert articles in the German-controlled press or manage to fake a whole edition….’ Further research revealed that the Belgians wrote and distributed this paper in only eighteen days. A writer, Marc Aubrion, orchestrated the most elaborate feat of satire the Europe has ever seen: the grandchild of Voltaire and the ancestor of Improv Everywhere.”

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin—daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

E.R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. She studied political science at UC Berkeley. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Ventriloquists is her first novel.

“Art and artifice, life and death, collide powerfully in The Ventriloquists,” says Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale. “E.R. Ramzipoor has made an unforgettable and important contribution to the canon of Holocaust literature.” “A compelling historical thriller.... Engrossing,” says Booklist in a starred review.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

8/26/19 @9:45am pst - Rea Frey spoke with host Janeane about her latest novel, Because You're Mine

LISTEN to today's conversation
with Rea Frey

An “insidious, suspenseful tale” (J.T. Ellison) with a “shocker of an ending you won’t see coming” (Michele Campbell), Because You're Mine by Rea Frey, the author who “brings to mind Jodi Picoult” (Booklist) and “will appeal to readers of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen” (Sally Hepworth)is a novel about how the truth will set you free.

But it’s the lies that keep you safe.

Single mother Lee has the daily routine down to a science: shower in six minutes. Cut food into perfect squares. Never leave her on-the-spectrum son Mason in someone else’s care. She’ll do anything―anything―to keep his carefully constructed world from falling apart. Do anything to keep him safe.

But when her best friend Grace convinces her she needs a small break from motherhood to recharge her batteries, Lee gives in to a weekend trip. Surely a long weekend away from home won’t hurt?

Noah, Mason’s handsome, bright, charismatic tutor―the first man in ages Lee’s even noticed―is more than happy to stay with him.

Forty-eight hours later, someone is dead.

But not all is as it seems. Noah may be more than who he claims to be. Grace has a secret―one that will destroy Lee. Lee has secrets of her own that she will do anything to keep hidden. And what will happen to Mason, as the dominoes begin to fall and the past comes to light?

Perhaps it's no mystery someone is gone after all…

Because You're Mine is a breathtaking novel of domestic drama and suspense.

Prepare to stay up all night.

8/26 at 9:30am pst - Amanda Anderson joined Janeane to talk about her new book, All My Friends Have Issues: Building Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Like Me)

LISTEN to today's featured
conversation with Amanda Anderson

Why is it so challenging to create and keep meaningful friendships?

Amanda Anderson provides the wise and witty answers, giving practical advice and sharing personal stories to guide us toward the kinds of friendships we long for. Blending faith-based insights and psychological truths, All My Friends Have Issues is a liberating guide to finding and becoming an authentic and encouraging friend.

“Anderson becomes the friend we’ve always needed and, in the process, helps us become a better friend.”

—Elisa Morgan, president emerita of MOPS International, speaker, and author of The Beauty of Broken

“Be ready to laugh and then to learn as Amanda shares her weaknesses and foibles in her relationships with herself and her friends.”

—David Stoop, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of You Are What You Think

“A captivating and often hilarious book.”

—Milan and Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love and How We Love Our Kids

“Fun and informative. . . . A book I highly recommend!”

—Debbie Alsdorf, speaker and author of It’s Momplicated and The Faith Dare

“Warm, funny, authentic, and relatable.”

—Vivian Mabuni, speaker and author of Open Hands, Willing Heart

About Amanda
I'm an author, speaker, blogger, freelance journalist and former editor at Coast and Coast Kids Magazine in Newport Beach, CA. I'm also a mother, wife, quilter, friend, and regular guest on New Life Live radio program. You can find my mission statement, abridged life story and speaking topics on www.heartintraining.com.

8/26/19 @ 9:15am pst - National Award-winning humorist and bestselling author Lori B. Duff, shares a new collection of laugh-out-loud stories

LISTEN to today's conversation with Lori B. Duff

Recently named Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer in 2019, Lori’s humorous musings in “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place,” (Oct. 15, 2019, Deeds Publishing), run the gamut — from growing up an introvert in a loud Jewish family to the ups and downs of parenting (food babies included). And while she might not be an official superhero, Lori’s takes on the wonders of women are insightful and relatable observations of some of the biggest heroes life has to offer: mothers, career women, and all-around funny ladies.

LORI B. DUFF is a national award-winning humorist and bestselling author who also happens to have a law practice. On Thursdays, she’s a judge for the city of Loganville. In the spring, she spends her free time watching Duke basketball for fear the Alumni Association will take away her degree. As a writer, she is known for both her breezy, insightful wit and her boring, 30-page legal briefs that make Emory Law School proud. Lori was awarded the title of Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer in 2018 by default when it was discovered the first-place winner wasn’t actually a lawyer. She is married to a retired police officer and has two teenage children and a hyperactive puppy. She can be found at www.loriduffwrites.com and www.jonesandduff.com; on Twitter @loribduff; on Facebook/loribduffauthor; or on Instagram @loriduffwrites.

In an interview, Lori B. Duff can discuss:

How a lawyer (yes, a lawyer!) can find her niche in humor

Her writing process and how she navigates including her friends, family members, and colleagues in her stories

Turning a tough situation into a comical one

The power and influence of funny women

ATLANTA, Georgia – She’s not a superhero per se, but between running a law firm, raising a family, and battling the patriarchal expectations of women, award-winning humorist and bestselling author Lori B. Duff could give any Marvel character a run for their money in “If You Did What I Asked in the First Place,” (Oct. 15, 2019, Deeds Publishing).

Named Atlanta’s Funniest Lawyer in 2018, almost no topic is off limits in Lori’s newest book. Whether it be planning her own funeral, bringing up “Shrek” during her daughter’s bat mitzvah, or the criminal lack of pockets in women’s clothing, Lori’s knack for storytelling is in full force in this fantastically funny memoir.

And while she might not be an official superhero, Lori’s takes on the wonders of women are insightful and relatable observations of some of the biggest heroes life has to offer: mothers, career women, and all-around funny ladies.

8/26/19 9am pst - WHOLLY UNRAVELED A Memoir by Keele Burgin, an inspiring story of one child’s will to survive and one woman’s resilience

Sometimes all that it takes to start over is the courage to say you will.

In Kathleen’s home, red jeans were a sin. Parties were punishable with violence. Fear was part of the daily norm. Growing up in a Catholic cult, under the unforgiving eye of her abusive father, Kathleen knew from an early age that if she were to survive, she’d have to do it on her own.

But when the time came to escape, she found herself in a damaging spiral of self-destruction. At rock bottom, and with nowhere to go, Kathleen stepped off a bus in the last place she ever thought she’d find peace: a remote community in rural Canada. Spending a year in almost complete silence, Kathleen feared this experience would prove to be just another step in her unraveling. Instead, with her demons quieted, she emerged with a fresh understanding of self, an empowering new purpose, and a sense of worthiness that she would never let be challenged again.

Wholly Unraveled is Keele Burgin’s gripping and inspiring journey of self-discovery and of finally finding her voice against nearly insurmountable odds.

"This is my story of growing up in and escaping a cult, only to find myself chasing adrenaline and drugs in hopes of finding a shred of self-worth before finally landing in a remote community where I would live in silence, quiet the demons of my past, and find the courage to love myself."

Growing up, Kathleen never knew what would set her father off. It could be something as simple as wearing red jeans, or even a storm. And his punishments were equally unpredictable: forcing her on a horse that was not yet saddle broken; pointing a gun at her on a deserted island. But what she did know was that she would always look him in the eye when he hurt her, in an effort to keep her soul intact. In a raw and empowering memoir, WHOLLY UNRAVELED: A Memoir, Keele Burgin (Kathleen) tells a story that is at times inspiring, at times chilling, but always an intimate and vulnerable journey that all women have in common, a journey to womanhood.

As a child she didn’t realized that she was born into a cult. At The Disciples of Light, where her father was a leader, many prayed in tongues, arranged marriages were the norm, and women were denied the right to work outside the home, dress as they pleased, or wear make- up. The only women in her corner were Shirley, the housekeeper, and Helen Smith, her best friend’s mom and the only woman at church who would dare disobey the rules. Going to college was the only way that Kathleen could escape her family. But without her father to inflict pain and with no idea how to live in the real world, she filled the void with drama, drug use, an eating disorder, and a lost chance at love.

Then ironically, the religion that had broken her, ended up saving her. In a remote community, Kathleen disappeared from the modern world – no TV, radio, or phone, outhouses in negative 20 degree temperatures, root cellars for refrigeration, coffee only once a week, with nothing but a milk crate and 8 hangers for her belongings – forced to be alone with her thoughts. At first, her life didn’t make sense, not in the community, not before it, until the female leader stands up in anger and screams “I HATE GOD!” These three words begin to awaken Kathleen’s need to heal and her unique ability to rise above the shame, to create a powerful and authentic life. She is then left with one question: “Who is Kathleen?” She is in a secluded cabin, alone with two cigarettes, stale brown bread, and a stolen cookie to get her through a winter storm. She is beyond freezing, wanting to burn the only book within a five-mile radius, the Bible. Is it to spite her father and the Catholic Church? No. It is because, beyond anything else, it should provide warmth. In this unexpected place she finally accepts that her past is not her fault, finds her voice, and she falls in love with a little girl who always looked her fear straight in the eye. Keele Burgin is proof that by not allowing suffering to define you, by looking deep inside yourself, by talking about the things people don’t want you to talk about, you can heal and find love. In a world where women are often blamed and ignored for being damaged and told to keep quiet, it is time to let their voices be heard loud and clear. Tell your story. Your voice matters. And it is that hope, that confidence, that WHOLLY UNRAVELED inspires.

Keele Burgin is an entrepreneur, activist, mother of three, author, and filmmaker. Her story of survival and self-discovery has inspired a life dedicated to impacting tens of thousands of women across the globe. She has served in leadership roles on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations that empower women. Keele made her mark in the business world by co-founding two companies, taking her first one public. Keele is the founder of (B), a company that curates tribes of women that come together to rebuild their lives and relinquish the patterns of behavior that hold them back. It employs a course-correction curriculum for professional advancement, leadership, and personal growth. www.keeleburgin.com

WHOLLY UNRAVELED: A Memoir by Keele Burgin Little A ▪ 2019 ▪ Memoir ▪ 286pp Hardcover ▪ 978-1-54204-260-4

Sunday, August 18, 2019

8/19/19 @9:45am pst - Sarah Smith joins Janeane to talk about her book Marilou is Everywhere



“Hauntingly gorgeous... Smith... captures this unstable world with matter-of-fact poetry,
spare and sensual and surprisingly funny. Bleak and vivid; Smith's characters are as rich as her prose.”
—«KIRKUS, starred review «

“This is a mysterious and strangely exciting debut.  Smith is a poet, and writes in sensory-driven, soul-tapping prose.”—Booklist

“Sarah Elaine Smith weaves together an unsettling coming-of-age story…

Smith’s writing is feral. It’s alert, skittish, and hungry. Together, her words create
a distorted picture of desperation and absence and a poignant story of accountability.”—BUST

“Smith’s rural world is brought to life with precise and devastating descriptions of poverty and neglect. This is a promising debut.”—Publisher’s Weekly

A “Most Anticipated Book of Summer”—LOS ANGELES TIMES

A “Book You Need in Your Life this Summer”—COSMOPOLITAN

“Sarah Elaine Smith has one of the most likable and delightful writing voices I have encountered recently—funny, lyrical, sexy, sad, humane, and just a total pleasure to read.”
—Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

“Page after page I was struck by lines so unbearably beautiful and wise. . . a writer I would follow anywhere.”
—Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

Sarah Elaine Smith is an incredible talent whose work stops readers in their tracks. Elif Batuman considers Smith “one of the most likable and delightful writing voices [she has] encountered,” and in this distinctly alluring voice, Smith tells a gripping, page-turning story in MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE (Riverhead Books; Publication Date: July 30, 2019), her thrilling debut novel about female adolescence, family, class and identity in rural America. Smith holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as well as an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Wallace Fellowship and her prize-winning poetry and fiction has earned recognition from the MacDowell Colony and the Keene Prize for Literature, among others. Now, Smith exquisitely marries her lush, lyrical writing with a propulsive mystery that examines the magic of pretending and the perils of refusing to be who you are.

MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE takes the “missing girl in a small town” premise and turns it on its head, bringing depth and social nuance to the familiar trope. A fourteen-year-old girl lives with her two older brothers and absent mother in impoverished rural Pennsylvania. When a popular teenage girl from a more affluent home nearby goes missing, the young narrator escapes her family and slips into the missing teen’s life, hoarding the love of a confused and sick mother and seduced by the idea of living the life of someone else. Grappling with a complicated relationship to maternal love and an untenable web of lies, the vulnerable but fierce girl must confront her own self-hatred and its connection to greater pain within her family and community. Set in a class-divided Appalachia, Smith explores both the charming idiosyncrasies and the injustices of suffering small town America.

Packed with poignant, breath-taking sentences, MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE is a tantalizing mystery that is compulsively readable. It harkens the peculiar quirk of Twin Peaks and the hypnotic prose of Emma Cline’s Girls that brilliantly captures the ineffable strangeness of being a teenage girl in an often dangerous world. And yet, Sarah Elaine Smith occupies a space as a writer and storyteller that is all her own—weird and wonderful, darkly comic yet tender and soulful. MARILOU IS EVERYWHERE marks the arrival of a major new talent and profoundly special voice.

Riverhead Books • On-Sale July 30, 2019 • ISBN: 978-0-525-53524-9

Sarah Elaine Smith holds MFAs in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. She is also a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Wallace fellowship.



8/19/19 @9:30am pst - Amanda Haas, author of The Vibrant Life: Eat Well, Be Well—and Love Your Midlife joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest, Amanda Haas!

For the millions of women who want to enter or live their midlife with grace and good health comes this straight-talking and gorgeously photographed book packed with advice, resources, and practices that promote wellness, beauty, and longevity, alongside more than 70 delicious recipes. From the authority behind The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook and a line of Vibrant Life–branded food products at Whole Foods, these recipes are bookended by lifestyle primers—including information on holistic practices, hormones, and how to eat, all contributed or vetted by experts. Combining form and function, this book is both a resource and an inspiration. Fresh, approachable recipes for all occasions—including drinks, of course—deliver a number of benefits that boost immunity, strengthen memory, lift moods, support digestive health, and more!

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking instructor, and brand ambassador for companies including Traeger Grills and Whole Foods Market. After discovering certain foods like gluten were causing inflammation in her body, Amanda wrote The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2015). Her goal? "To make real food taste so good, people don't miss the junk food!" In her newest cookbook, The Vibrant Life: Eat Well, Be Well, Amanda continues to create recipes that are nutrient-dense and delicious, along with exploring a dozen other topics on aging, including yoga, sex and relationships, meditation, time in nature, and the power of humor. Learn more about Amanda at www.amandahaascooks.com and on Instagram @amandahaascooks.

Amanda is a graduate of Tante Marie's Cooking School and lives in the Bay Area with her two sons.

8/19/19 @9am pst - Mara Gordon, a cannabis advocate, entrepreneur, and researcher, joined Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest, Mara Gordon.

Mara Gordon is a cannabis advocate, entrepreneur, and researcher. She has harnessed her background as a process engineer to create therapeutic dosing regimens for thousands of patients around the world, drastically improving their health, quality of life and longevity. Mara openly shares her knowledge about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant – whether consulting with medical teams, through TEDx Talks or calling out hyperbole in the industry she cares so deeply about.

Mara rose to prominence through the company she co-founded, Aunt Zelda’s. Back in 2011, Aunt Zelda’s operated as a collective, bringing bespoke cannabis formulations to patients. As additional regulations were introduced in California, Mara standardized her most popular therapeutic oil blends, making them commercially available to patients through the respected Aunt Zelda’s brand.

With science as her North Star, Mara has pursued data-driven, plant-based medicine for numerous maladies. Seeking to engage a larger medical and patient community as well as to place the practice of medicine back into the hands of qualified medical practitioners, Mara launched Calla Spring Wellness, a telemedicine platform and clinical service utilized by physicians and nurses to guide them on incorporating cannabinoid-based medicines into their standard treatment plans. Calla Spring Wellness is fueled by her careful data collection through Aunt Zelda’s, along with years of research and development in consultation with knowledgeable physicians and world-renowned researchers.

Unlike other pharmaceutical drugs with recommended dosage protocols, formal clinical research on cannabis has been unavailable in the U.S. because of its classification as a Schedule I drug, resulting in more anecdotal than factual information. Unwilling to be stimied by federal laws, Mara co-founded Zelda Therapeutics in Australia. The company brings together some of the world’s leading researchers and clinicians active in the study and use of medicinal cannabis to treat a variety of ailments. Presently, Zelda is engaged in pre-clinical research for multiple forms of cancer and diabetes-related cognitive decline, as well as clinical trials for autism, chronic pain and insomnia.

As interest in cannabis spreads, Mara continues to be an outspoken leader in the medical cannabis space. She has appeared on stage in front of audiences nationally and internationally and was featured in the films The Medicine in Marijuana, Mary Janes: Women of Weed, and the award-winning documentary Weed the People.

Monday, August 12, 2019

8/12/19 - post show conversation with producer Tait Brady who produced the film about trailerblazer, musician, and inspiration SUZI Q (Susan Kay Quatro)

Susan Kay Quatro was born June 3rd, 1950, in Detroit Michigan, the 4th of 5 children. ‘Suzi’ was raised in a musical family, including 3 sisters and one brother, who all played various instruments. Suzi herself made her debut on stage playing bongos in her fathers jazz band, "The Art Quatro Stage Trio". From an early age she studied classical piano and percussion, then aged 14, began an all-girl band with elder sister Patti, called The Pleasure Seekers. Suzi was ‘told’ she would be playing bass guitar, which was as tall as her. She quickly became the lead singer and front person, this band toured for 6 years, very successfully, releasing a few singles along the way, then changed their name to Cradle in 1969.

It was in this band, a couple of years later, that UK record producer Mickie Most, came to a concert, and offered Suzi a solo contract. She flew to England in 1971 to begin her journey to fame. Soon after Suzi began working with now legendary songwriters Chinn and Chapman which resulted in the huge hit, “Can The Can”, which went to number one in May 1973, and went on to sell two and a half million copies worldwide. Between 1973 and 1980, Suzi Quatro featured in the British charts for no less than 101 weeks, and has sold to date over 55 million records, and still counting. Her hits include “48 Crash”, “Too Big”, “Devil Gate Drive”, “Daytona Demon”, “The Wild One”, “She’s in Love With You”, “Mama’s Boy”, “If You Can’t Give Me Love”, “Rock Hard” and a million seller in the USA., ‘Stumblin In’ a duet with Chris Norman.

From 77-79 Suzi spread her wings and landed a part on the worldwide hit TV series ‘Happy Days’, playing ‘Leather Tuscadero’ opposite Henry Winkler and Ron Howard. She continued to act in other shows including, Minder, Dempsey and Makepeace, and more up to date, Absolutely Fabulous and Midsomer Murders. In 1986 Suzi made her West End debut playing the leading role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ for which she received great critical acclaim. 1988 Suzi spread her wings again, and hosted her own talk show called ‘Gas Street’ which ran for a year.

1989 Suzi was one of the first rock and roll acts to go to Russia, where she performed for over half a million people in just six weeks. 1991, She was triumphant again, realising a lifelong ambition by writing the music and lyrics, along with Shirlie Roden, and starring in ‘Talullah Who?’. It ran for its full season of 5 weeks, and Suzi received amazing critics.

In 1999 Suzi’s radio career started with BBCRadio 2, which is ongoing today. Suzi has done her own weekly programs, and many special documentaries including Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Patsy Cline, and a recent special on her hometown of Detroit. Suzi is a very popular DJ, even being nominated for music broadcaster of the year at the Sony Radio Awards in 2006.

In 2006 Suzi released the autobiographical album, “Back to the Drive” which has become the fans favourite worldwide. Suzi even made an appearance alongside Charles Dance in the theatre, in a play called “Exonerated At This Time”. Unzipped, Suzi’s autobiography was released in 2007 and has done extremely well worldwide, getting to number 2 in the Australian charts where she continues to tour.

In 2014 Suzi celebrated 50 years as a professional musician; released her book of poetry “Through My Eyes”; and also the 4-CD career retrospective edition The Girl From Detroit City. Continuing to tour and record – her late 2019 Australian tour will be her 33rd ‘down under’ - there may well be no international artist who has toured Australia more often than Suzi, a sign of the remarkable impact she has made on the Australian public and culture. Suzi’s other largest followings continue to be in Germany, Poland, the UK, Russia and Spain and she continues to tour playing major venues around the world.

In March 2019 Suzi released an album of hard-rockin’ new material “NO CONTROL” - recorded with her son Richard on guitar – and will do more than 100 live shows this year across Europe, Australia and Nth America. The beat goes on.


Before Suzi Quatro burst on the music world in 1973, there were almost no women in rock, and absolutely none who played bass and sang lead vocals and led the band and rocked out and reached millions of people around the world, re-writing the rule book for the expected image of women in rock & roll.

Singer, songwriter, bass player, bandleader, actress, radio-presenter, poet – there is only one Suzi Q, the pint-sized, leather-clad rocker who has sold more than 50 million records and in 2019 released a new album, celebrating 53 years as a working musician.

SUZI Q - A Feature Documentary by Liam Firmager






















For 4 and a half years, Australian filmmakers Liam Firmager and Tait Brady have been working on this feature documentary about legendary rocker Suzi Quatro, inspired by her lengthy career and fearless character, and fueled by a sense that Suzi's trailblazing status wasn't sufficiently recognised by the music industry and contemporary audiences -
especially in North America.

Along the way, SUZI Q has become revisionist history of "women in rock'n'roll",

and an intimate insight into a driven, ageless performer.



Music Coordinator BERNARD GALBALLY Archive Coordinator LISA SAVAGE








DCP/16:9/2K/ 5.1 surround sound


Australian Distribution : LABEL www.labeldistribution.com

Intl Sales : KEW Media www.kewmedia.com

Sunday, August 11, 2019

8/12/19 @9:45am pst - Janeane spoke with Jeff Karram and Millán Ludeña about their film, From Core to Sun




LISTEN to today's conversation with
Jeff Karram and 
Millán Ludeña

“When we break through our own limits, we reach the extraordinary.”

-- Millán Ludeña

Millán Ludeña, a normal guy with a big dream, embarks on an adventure to do something that no other human being on the planet has done and to register a Guinness World Record ®in its process.

We live each moment of Millán’s adventure starting from the intense logistical planning to the physical and mental challenges that he faces throughout this incredible journey of connecting the two most extreme points on the planet. He plans to do this by running a half marathon inside the deepest part of the world, the Mponeng Mine (3,563M below the earth’s surface) in South Africa and then traveling back to his home country to run a half marathon towards the closest point to the sun on the planet, the peak of Mt.Chimborazo (6,280M). The plan is to do all of this in less than 80 hours.

FROM CORE TO SUN is an inspirational story that shows us that when we defy our own limits and break through them, we achieve the most extraordinary things while chasing our dreams and never giving up.

This feature length documentary is directed by Oliver Lee Garland, written by Garland and Carolina Sosa and produced by Jeff Karram and Shanna Robalino, and is a Levector Films production, sponsored by Güitig. It has a running time of 97 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA. Gravitas Ventures has released the film digitally worldwide.

Güitig is launching an exclusive trip giveaway with Metropolitan Touring to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador for one week. The contest will be available for submissions until August. The trip includes a 5 day cruise in Galapagos, 3 nights in Quito, a day trip to Machachi - home to Güitig's volcanic water - and a visit to Mt. Cotopaxi. All of these experiences will be with film's star, Millán Ludeña. For more info, go to:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDMxdii5SG4

To view the trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chwdC0koypM&feature=youtu.be

For more info, go to: https://fromcoretosun.com/

8/12/19 @ 9:30am pst - Janeane spoke with author Lisa Braver Moss, a survivor of childhood domestic violence

LISTEN to today's conversation with featured guest Lisa Braver Moss

Lisa Braver Moss is a survivor of childhood domestic violence who lives in the Bay Area, is celebrating the release of her new book, “Shrug,” published on Aug. 13 by She Writes Press.

The novel follows a Vietnam War-era teen whose family life is just as chaotic as the anti-war protests filling the streets of her hometown. While writing the story, Lisa drew on her own experience as a survivor of domestic violence who came of age in Berkeley during the seismic ’60s to craft the novel’s lead, Martha, who develops a nervous tic (a shrug of the shoulder) while waging a private rebellion as her peers take part in a very public, nationwide movement.

Here are a few topics she will discuss:

  • Her experience as a survivor of childhood domestic abuse and how it informed her writing of “Shrug”
  • The question of whether, and to what extent, it is possible to break free of childhood abuse
  • Why so many survivors of childhood domestic violence blame themselves
  • How a difficult home situation, in a turbulent time and place, can affect reading and learning

It's Berkeley in the 1960s, and Martha Goldenthal's home life is a cauldron of kooky ideas, impossible demands, and explosive physical violence. Can she overcome her obstacles and make it to college? Shrug is the absorbing, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting story of one young woman’s journey toward independence.

“As persuasive as the memoirs Educated and The Glass Castle, Shrug yanks at the heartstrings . . . I felt white-knuckled empathy for the tough and fragile Martha.” — Carolyn McVickar Edwards, author of Return of the Lightand The Storyteller's Goddess

“A book that slowly creeps up on you before grabbing you by the throat and
demanding that you pay attention . . . I highly recommend this read.”

— Grant Leishman, Readers’ Favorite

"Gripping from beginning to end, this beautifully written work is impossible to put down.” — The BookLife Prize

8/12/19 at 9:15am pst - Debut novel from former officer, Mark Bergin, battles real world issue of police suicide

Bergin's nearly 30 year career in law enforcement brought him close to a difficult and often overlooked issue in American culture: police suicide. Currently, more police officers are lost to suicide than to conflicts in the line of duty. Bergin brings awareness to this issue in his debut work, “Apprehension” (Inkshares/Quill, July 30, 2019) and has plans to donate a portion of his sales directly to the National Police Suicide Foundation.

“Apprehension” follows the story of Detective John Kelly; he was a pro until his niece was murdered right before his eyes. His family says he failed her, but Kelly can’t share his one shocking, secret – and criminal – act of vengeance. Now, fellow detectives digging in another case can end Kelly’s career and send him to jail. Kelly must ignore this looming threat and focus on protecting a boy from his pedophile father in a slam-dunk trial. Except the hotshot defense attorney is his new girlfriend Rachel Cohen, who hides her duty to destroy him on the stand. While his friends work in secret to save him, Kelly is forced to the breaking point.

Kirkus Reviews calls Bergin “A gritty and authentic new voice in police fiction.”

In an interview, MARK BERGIN will discuss:
  • How his background in law enforcement shaped the novel’s plot
  • How his background as a crime reporter has influenced his writing style
  • The issue of police stress, depression, and suicide, why it’s so prevalent, and what can be done to help
  • Why he chose to give away a portion of the profits from book sales to the National Police Suicide Foundation
  • How we can better unite law enforcement and the community at large

MARK BERGIN: is a man of many hats who worked at separate times as both an award-winning crime reporter and police officer. When he worked for the Alexandria Gazette, he was awarded the Virginia Press Association First Place prize for general news reporting in 1985. As a law enforcement officer, he won the Alexandria Sunrise Optimist Club’s Police Officer of the Year award in 1988 and was named Alexandria Kiwanis Club’s Officer of the Year in 1997. Bergin’s diverse background with nearly 30 years spent in law enforcement affords him the “authentic voice” in police fiction that Kirkus Reviews and others are buzzing about. To learn more about Mark and his work visit


8/12/19 9am pst Leslie La Page, President and Director of the LA Femme Film Festival joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's conversation with 
featured guest Leslie La Page

For the past fifteen years Leslie La Page has produced, directed and line produced for Film, TV, Music Videos, commercials and Theatrical productions.

Ms. La Page has produced features nationally and internationally in both the independent and commercial markets.

Ms. La Page has over eight years of production background in independent films, and has served as producer, line producer and film production coordinator on numerous independent feature films for independent production companies as well as Black Entertainment Television Action Pay Per View (BET). While at BET she line produced their entire slate of original programs which aired on their network and received international and domestic video releases. She line produced commercials and promos for the HBO, Lifetime TV and BET, MTV and Nickelodeon.

Her production experience also involves her in the areas of marketing, developing scripts, creating promotional copy as well as promotional feature spots and trailers.

In 1997 Ms. La Page ran and operated TIGER’S EYE SOUND a dialogue editorial company, with her partner Bruce Murphy, editing and working with numerous awarding winning dialogue editors and editing over 20 independent feature films in the company’s first year. Ms. La Page and TIGER’S EYE SOUND dialogue edited such critically acclaimed films as: 1998 Academy Awards Nominee, Best Foreign Film – “Four Days in September”; 1998 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for “Smoke Signals”; and the film “Dead Man’s Curve” was a Sundance Film Festival Invitee.

In 2003, her Partner Saul Stein, Co-Executive Producer of “The Holy Land” has formed BooYah! Films and have released through Cavu Pictures the critically acclaimed film “The Holy Land”, which opened domestically in July at the Angelica Theatre in New York City and will be rolling out to 45 cities across the nation. She still has her production company Infinity Films which is involved in feature film, music video, and commercial productions.

Ms. La Page also consults independent filmmakers for feature films, script analysis, budgets, independent marketing, and film festivals and currently teaches at the New York Film Academy as an adjunct professor.

She has been a Slamdance Film Festival Programmer for over five years and was the creator and Executive Producer for the Slamdance Filmmaker’s Bootcamp. Ms. LaPage held the position of Director of Programming for the New Orleans Media Experience Film Festival (NOME 2003) in Louisiana. She currently teaches and is the Founder/Director of the LA Femme International Film Festival. She teaches at Columbia College Hollywood as and adjunct professor classes in Film and Entertainment.

Ms. La Page holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Administration in certificates in Marketing, Accounting and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts.

About the LA Femme International Film Festival

LA Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival, listed as one of the 10 best festivals to attend, which focuses on platforming women filmmakers “content by women for global audiences". Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers.

As LA Femme moves into the it's fifteenth (15 ) year of programing, it plans to expand its platform so that more women in the industry and from around the world can have the benefit of taking their film to the next level through increased distribution outlets, more key positions in the entertainment industry and more recognition as artistic creators emerging as leaders in the industry.

Our goal is to remain a step ahead through exemplary programming, networking, and panel events. A classic professional atmosphere will create a sense of ‘opportunity’ for participants. LA Femme International Film Festival is “By Women for Everyone.”

Our categories include: features, documentaries, shorts, animation, music videos, commercials, web series, screenplays and tv pilot teleplays.

There is something for everyone.