Sunday, December 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 22, 2019

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

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

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


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

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

Suggested Talking Points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

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

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

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

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


Coming Soon from Oregon State University Press

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

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

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

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

About the author

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

Sunday, December 15, 2019

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

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

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

Talking points:

What is a CSO (Community Service Officer)?

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

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

How can someone lower their risks of sexual assault?

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

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

And for emergencies?

UCI Public Safety Contacts

Website for UC Irvine Police Department

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

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


Stan Richards Professor in Creative Advertising at Southern Methodist University

Leader Emeritus at The ManKind Project

LISTEN to today's show featuring Willie Baronet

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Willie Baronet:

Sunday, December 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Hale is a writer, blogger, and business owner who founded the Girl Be Brave online community, website, 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 and his book, Mindworks available on Amazon.

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


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

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

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

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

Gary van Warmerdam is the creator of, 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 which has extensive free material and online courses for changing beliefs, emotions, and creating better relationships.


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

LISTEN to today's show featuring Kent Skov!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHERE: LA Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. 91505.

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

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

Produced and directed by Kent Skov.

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

Ongoing Schedule:


8pm Less than Flattering All-Star Improv $10

9pm Stranger than Fiction All-Star Improv $10

Pay $10 and stay all night if seats are available


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

7pm Rotating Rookie groups improv $10

8pm Temporary Insanity improv $10

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

Pay $12 and stay all night if seats are available


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

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

(First 3 Sundays of the Month)

8pm Adavnced Level 4 Rookies (3rd Sunday) 

Followed by JV Teams Doing Improv Comedy $10

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

Monthly Auditions:

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

L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre

3435 West Magnolia Blvd

Burbank CA. 91505

Free parking all around the theatre

For more information please visit:

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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P: 818-758-6509

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

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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.

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