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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Contact: Deborah Gilels, LA Media Consultants

P: 818-758-6509
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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.