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Sunday, February 17, 2019

2/18/19 @9:45am pst - Singer/Songwriter Lissie joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Lissie!


When you look back on your past accomplishments, how do you feel? Do you have a strong sense of nostalgia—an urgent longing to bring things back to how they were? Are there things you wish you could’ve done differently? What would you celebrate, and what would you change?

For Lissie, her past—the last decade or so, to be specific—is something still very much alive and open to interpretation and rephrasing. With the approaching release of When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, the singer is poised to show listeners that her past is hardly static, that the songs she wrote nearly 10 years ago are still fresh and vibrant, evoking feelings old and new.

In the eyes of the midwestern songstress, who in recent years made a conscientious return to her roots with the purchase of some 50 acres in northeastern Iowa, the operative metaphor at work in her career—and in the creation of the retrospective album—is something deeply entropic: gardening.

“When you garden,” she says, thoughtfully, “it’s like all of the things you eat and grow are beautiful, and as they die and decompose, that carnage becomes the food for the plants you grow next year. When you’re out in nature and there’s four seasons, you see the cycle… It spurs my creativity to see how life becomes death becomes life. It’s this beautiful, comforting thing because it’s a constant.”

And that entropic beauty shines through in her work on When I’m Alone. When you listen to the lush, atmospheric arrangements of Lissie’s best-loved, most career-defining tunes, you can almost hear the “carnage” of each past moment and remembered feeling coalescing to form this beautiful, dark tempest of emotion and memory.

It’s a thought that should give you pause—when old songs make you feel new things. And that’s exactly what happens all throughout When I’m Alone. From the title track—reworked in a lower key, Lissie’s voice moving, breathing with all the strength it had when the original version dropped in 2010, but with a new sort of power behind it—to the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s hit, “Dreams,” you get the sense that Lissie is writing a love letter to her past. And it’s not sad or nostalgic at all, but mature, grown-up, looking backward and forward simultaneously.

Stacking up the 10 original songs on When I’m Alone next to their counterparts from throughout the past decade or so, the differences are profound. The new arrangements, written for piano, are considerate, quiet, respectful of their former states. This disparity gives the listener a more complete look back on the arc of Lissie’s songwriting style and canon—the singer sounding more the chanteuse and less the folksy songbird of 10 years past. But we now know these songs are evergreen, permutable.

Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the idea of a piano-based retread of Lissie’s most accomplished hits, though. This record is toned down without being buttoned up. These reinterpretations still move in the way the originals do.

For Lissie, the idea behind When I’m Alone came about almost as a test of each tune’s structural integrity.

“When you take a song out of its production and strip it down to its basic elements,” she opines, “you get the heart of the song. You find out whether it can stand on its own, whether it’s a good song. When they come down to their basic bones, are these really meaningful pieces that stand on their own?”

The answer here is a resounding “yes—yes they are.” But more than that, they’re about respecting and appreciating the canon Lissie has crafted, along with the emotions and moments that went into writing each song.

“The reason I started writing songs when I was younger was this urgent, pressing need of ‘this is how I process my experiences and my emotions,’” she says. Now, I’m revisiting what the songs were about, which relationship inspired what, and what point my life was at.”

In addition to looking back and analyzing and celebrating her songwriting, though, Lissie’s found herself reasserting her agency through these rearrangements, saying “I’m seeing my romantic history over the last 10 years laid out in song, times when things were challenging, mistakes were made, my feelings were hurt, I acted badly… We can use the mistakes as a lesson in order to grow. I feel like being able to go back and revisit my songs is slightly heartbreaking, but also heartening—like, I’ve survived this past decade. I get to decide when and how and what I share.”

It’s this spirit of retrospection and reinterpretation that truly affects what When I’m Alone is as both a body of work and a test of artistry. And while we’re given this songbook-as-a-scrapbook to pore and puzzle over, Lissie just wants to get back to her farm for a little while—to breathe the open air and sow some seeds in preparation for cultivating her next big move.

When I'm Alone: The Piano Retrospective' out April 5th 2019
Pre-order here: https://lissie.lnk.to/WIAFa and get 'When I'm Alone (Piano Version)' instantly

2/18/19 @9:30am pst - Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author of BRAVE NOT PERFECT!

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder (On Sale: February 5, 2019; Currency) is a bold, honest book for any woman that has felt crushed under the weight of her own expectations. For those that are losing sleep ruminating over a tiny mistake or worrying about what someone else thinks of them. For all the women that are running themselves ragged trying to do it all at home and at work, with a smile and not a hair out of place. For every woman that lives her life by the mantra that failure is simply not an option.

BRAVE, NOT PERFECT is a book that forces women to look at their lives through a new lens. It forces them to ask: am I living the life I always imagined for myself, or am I living a life that merely feels safe?

Inspired by her hugely popular TED Talk, BRAVE NOT PERFECT explores this innate (or instilled) fear that holds women back – both personally and professionally.

From an early age, women are taught to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers reward girls for being quiet and polite, they urge them to be careful so they don’t get hurt. Meanwhile, boys were expected to speak up, get dirty, play rough, and climb to the top of the monkey bars. In short, boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.

As a result, girls grow up to be women who are afraid to fail. So terrified of not doing everything perfectly, they tamp down their dreams and narrow their world, along with their opportunities for happiness. As too many women eventually learn, being afraid to take risks, to use their voice to take a stand or ask for what they want, even to make mistakes, leads to a lot of disappointment and regret.

BRAVE NOT PERFECT draws on hundreds of interviews with girls and women from around the country, stories of women changing the world one brave act at a time, as well as Saujani’s own personal journey. Because as common and crippling as perfectionism is among women of all ages and backgrounds, what Saujani has seen time and time again, in the many women she has met along the way, is a tremendous capacity to rewire themselves for bravery.

We hope that you’ll agree that this is an important and timely message as women across the country are coming together to speak out against centuries-old power imbalances; from those who broke their silence to ignite the #metoo movement, to those championing pay equality, to the students that are working toward closing the gender gap in STEM subjects – we are witnessing the changes and the triumphs that result from being brave, not perfect.


Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. She has been interviewed on NPR's Marketplace and The Brian Lehrer Show and featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Real Simple, Glamour, Family Circle, The Daily Show, and more. She's been named one of Fortune's 40 under 40, a WSJ magazine innovator of the year, one of the 50 most powerful women in New York by the New York Daily News, Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Business Insider's 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, and an AOL/PBS MAKER. Reshma is also author of Girls Who Code, a New York Times bestselling book for young readers. Her TED Talk on the topic (below), has been viewed 4 million times. Beyond her influential personal network and 100K twitter followers, Girls Who Code has 200K followers on Twitter, an email list of 50K, chapters in 50 states, and partnerships with 40+ companies with vast employee networks, like Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Pixar, and Verizon. 

WATCH Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection | TED Talk


We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program -- two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."

2/18/19 @9:15am pst - Janeane spoke with TV Icon Andrea Evans (THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, PASSIONS), PRODUCER OF “ROCKING THE COUCH”

LISTEN to today's conversation with Andrea Evans!


One of the most important releases of the year, ROCKING THE COUCH, available On Demand this February from Avail Films.

Hollywood titans, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, have been brought to their knees by the #MeToo movement. But they did not invent Casting Couch. The term casting couch has existed for decades. But in 1992, a case against talent agent, Wallace Kaye, was brought to court by 12 unknown actresses, who braved the loss of their careers, their privacy, and their Hollywood dreams. They stepped forward, despite the advice of their union, and brought the case to the police. Against all odds, they won, and no one listened.

Our documentary explores the case and asks, “Why didn’t we hear about this?” More importantly, why didn’t Hollywood learn from this case? For, if they had, maybe the Cosbys and the Weinsteins would have learned as well, and these sexual exploitations could have been prevented.

“Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.”

From writer/director Minh Collins, produced by Andrea Evans, Minh Collins, and Jerry Sommer, and starring Lauren Anastasi-Peter, Ikon Barenbolm, Alana Crow, Jennifer Durst, Andrea Evans, Tiffani Fest and Sadie Katz, ROCKING THE COUCH is now available on Amazon U.S and UK.

2/18/19 @9:00am pst - Writer/director Spenser Fritz called in to KUCI 88.9fm to talk about CECIL, his coming of age comedy!

"Cecil". It is an incredibly sweet coming of age family comedy where a young boy struggles with his speech impediment and crafts a plan to change his name to avoid being teased.

Vision Films presents the coming of age comedy, CECIL

Available on DVD and VOD January 22, 2019

LISTEN to today's conversation with Spenser Fritz!

Vision Films, Behind The Curtain Media and Blind Turn Films present the family-friendly film about acceptance, Cecil. Based on writer/director Spenser Fritz’s experiences as a child, Cecil is the endearing story of a boy trying to fit in at school with a speech impediment. With an important message of acceptance of others and also self-acceptance, this is a charismatic and nostalgic film that is a must-see for the whole family

Starring Jason London (Dazed and Confused, To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar), Jenna von Oÿ (Blossom, The Parkers), Valerie Jane Parker (Nashville, Dying for the Crown), Aaron Munoz (Stranger Things, The Walking Dead), Christa Beth Campbell (Hall Pass, Sisters) and introducing Sark Asadourian as Cecil, the film brings awareness to a common condition that is often not spoken of and is a coming of age story about friendship, love and acceptance of self.

It's 1996 and fourth grader Cecil Stevens (Sark Asadourian) finds himself switching to a new school after his parents (Jason London, Jenna von Oy) decide to separate. Cecil becomes fast friends with Abby (Christa Beth Campbell), a rambunctious school newspaper reporter, but gets off to a rough start when she notices that, due to his horrible lisp, he can't pronounce his own name. So he decides to change his name to that of his hero, Michael Jordan. His whole school learns a lesson about acceptance after he and his friends start a business with the corrupt principal that sells celebrity names to kids.


iTunes: http://bit.ly/C-iTunes
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/310464762

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/310464762

Spenser Fritz (Director) graduated with his B.F.A. in Screenwriting and Directing from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film. Throughout his career Spenser has worked in nearly every aspect of filmmaking. He started in the Production Department first working as 1st Assistant Director and then later as Line Producer on several SAG Ultra Low and SAG Modified feature films. Spenser then moved to the directorial department with his directorial debut, A Matter of Time, starring Shelley Long and Kevin Sorbo, and most recently, directing his second feature film, Cecil, a family comedy which he wrote loosely based on his childhood. After creating Behind The Curtain Media with his wife, Amanda Dillingham, he started shooting, directing and editing a variety of music videos, commercials and promotional videos. In addition, he currently works for the Tennessee Titans as a videographer and editor shooting game footage, interviews, and various other events. During regular season each week he edits pregame hype videos, in-game promotional videos as well as the show Titans All Access.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

2/11/19 on KUCI 88.9fm - Janeane caught up with New York Times bestselling author Jill Santopolo and got the scoop on her latest book, More Than Words and her up-coming book tour stopping in LA this week!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Jill Santopolo!

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost comes a tender and moving new novel about a woman at a crossroads after the death of her father, and caught between the love of two men.

Nina has always known who she's supposed to be. But is that who she truly is?

Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City's glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And Tim--her devoted boyfriend and best friend since childhood--feels the same. But when Nina's father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core.

As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life--her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael--in a new light. Soon Nina finds herself caught between the world she loves, and a passion that could upend everything.

More Than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.

Come meet Jill in Los Angeles!

Friday, February 15 at 7:00 PM

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

2/11/19 @9:30am pst - Amalia Andrade, Colombian bestselling writer shares the ultimate guide for combatting heartbreak – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

LISTEN to today's conversation with Amalia Andrade!

“As the great existential philosopher Cher once postulated, ‘do you believe in life after love?’ In my own personal experience, after my breakup, the answer was a resounding NO,” bestselling writer and illustrator Amalia Andrade writes in her beautiful, hand-lettered book YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (For Another Love of Another Life). Born out of a devastating breakup with her long-term girlfriend, the illustrated and interactive book combines a painful experience we can all relate to with advice we desperately need. Her book -- already a sensation in Latin America -- is a seamless blend of witty quips, pop culture references and heart-felt prose, and offers heartbreak advice you won’t find in a stodgy self-help guid. Hilarious and refreshingly honest, it highlights the stages of grief and the lessons that Andrade learned from them.

Join Andrade on February 11th as she channels heartbreak and offers the ultimate first aid kit, including:

The secret code for interpreting text message read receipts
Loving odes to Beyoncé, Ellen DeGeneres, Adele, Taylor Swift, and more
An invitation to create your own healing rituals (go ahead and burn those love letters!)
Comfort food recipes, such as croissant bread pudding and no-bake cheesecake
The perfect playlist for crying in the shower. (You can listen to Amalia’s playlist titled “You Always Change the Love of Your Life by Amalia Andrade” on Spotify)
A dictionary of foolproof passive-aggressive phrases, primed and ready for use

Andrade strikes a perfect balance between the hilarity of things we do during a breakup with the real feelings that need to be expressed. She shines the bright light of hope at the end of the brokenhearted tunnel, ushering in an empowering wave of self-assurance and making us fall in love all over again. Or, as Arianna Grande would say, “thank u, next.”


Amalia Andrade was born in Cali, Colombia, in 1986. She studied literature at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá. She’s been drawing forever. She’s written for several magazines in both Colombia and the United States. She believes strongly in the power of keeping a diary. When she grows up, she want to be a mix between Sylvia Plath and Tina Fey. She lives in Bogotá with her cats. Beyond the page, Andrade has many more stories to share—from her upbringing under the Cali cartel to attending rehab for love addiction.

2/11/18 @9:15am pst - Janeane spoke with Liz Dawn Donahue #womensempowerment #iws19 #womensleadership

LISTEN to today's conversation with Liz Dawn Donahue!

Former professional actress, Liz Dawn and her mother, Ariel Wolfe, created Mishka Productions and Celebrate Your Life events over 22 years ago. Liz is currently the CEO of CYL and while her mom Ariel has transitioned into spirit, she is ever present at all CYL programs.

2/11/18 @9:00am pst - Award winning Author of Nothando’s Journey, Jill Apperson Manly, spoke with Janeane about her latest book, Ahmed's Journey

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Kids experience social and emotional learning as they connect with internal environment in Ahmed’s Journey

NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Be Still. Journey Inward. Know Yourself. We are emotions, feelings, and sensations. Breathe into all of you, ride along with Ahmed, and discover the most exciting journey in the world! You!

Ahmed's Journey unfolds through the eyes of a young boy named Ahmed. The book tells of the Camel Races, a tradition in Ahmed's country and in much of the Middle East.

While traveling to the Camel Races with his family and favorite camel, Jamal, Ahmed faces his fear of riding in the upcoming race. Watching Jamal calmly breathe, Ahmed finds his own breath, and in doing so he discovers he has a colorful array of emotions and feelings. By the end of the book, the reader learns that Ahmed is “grateful to be Ahmed.”

Award winning Author of Nothando’s Journey, Jill Apperson Manly, releases her second book deepening the themes of exploring thoughts, emotions and sensations. Manly uses international cultural festivals to educate the reader and teach the importance of self-love. Jill is a certified iRest® teacher and Somatic Yoga Therapist. She loves sharing yoga and meditation with children and adults, coaching girls' high school basketball, and being a mom to her four children. She lives with her husband and children in Newport Beach, CA.

“Ahmed's Journey:

A Story of Self-Discovery”

Jill Manly | Jan. 1, 2019 | Jabu Books Publishing

Hardcover | 978-0-9980220-0-0 | $16.95

Genre: Children’s picture book

An Interview with

Jill Manly

How important is it for kids to explore and know their own emotions? There is nothing more important. It is essential to learn and value who you are.

Do you think that emotional lessons can be integrated into school studies? Yes, Absolutely! Globally and in the U.S. we are seeing this done right now. My first book, Nothando’s Journey, is part of part of a SEL curricula created by Think Equal (www.thinkequal.com) currently in 147 schools across 15 countries. The pilot program is being evaluated by Yale Center for Emotional Learning. Kids live in present. There is no better time to discuss how a child is feeling then when it is occuring. Of course, you cannot disrupt the class to deal with each emotion so therefore, it is better to have a set time within a lesson, for example in social science, to include a SEL lesson.

How did your experience teaching and studying in Saudi Arabia affect the writing of Ahmed’s Journey? 
My overseas teaching experiences with children gave me great joy. Picking stories from “far-away places” gives a different perspective and we all benefit by learning about others. It’s fun to think about riding a camel. Kids in America don’t get to do that. It is even more fun to think about racing one!

What aspects of yoga do you bring to writing children’s books? Yoga is seen in mainstream America as primarily a form of exercise, in my books, some of the deeper benefits of yoga or any mindful (peaceful) practice are explored.

How were the emotions and sensations that Ahmed experienced in the book reflections of your experiences traveling abroad or those of your own children? I hope my experiences do not create experiences for others. I hope they are only a springboard for a discussion of everyone’s self potential. There is SO MUCH in our kids and in ourselves that gets stuffed down or swallowed up or is undervalued. I hope my books encourage and support kids and adults to value who they are on the inside.

Why is it important for kids to experience cultures different from their own? We are more alike than different. As we see others, we see ourselves.

What is some advice you can give to parents who have children experiencing fear and anxiety like Ahmed?
The Best advice is to have the conversation around these topics. Our children have lots of anxiety and being able to help them address their anxiety around their fears is very empowering. My website has additional resources both for the child and adult on this topic.

How is Ahmed’s Journey a continuation of your first book, Nothando’s Journey?It is takes kids and parents to another place in the world to learn about others and at the same time to learn about themselves.

Are you planning any other books in the same theme?
We’ll see.