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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Nathania Stambouli, owner and operator of SoulPlay Yoga, joins host Janeane Bernstein on KUCI's Get the Funk Out Show!

Nathania Stambouli spent 10 years as a Marketing Director in the wholesale industry dreaming about the day she would actually love her job and do something meaningful with her life. Stuck in a toxic relationship and a career that put money in her account but drained her soul dry, she pursued a Master's in Psychology in 2015 and completed her first Yoga Teacher Training. The band-aid was ripped off, the 9-5 was ditched, and Nat began to live her dream of helping people change their life through the practice of yoga.

Nathania now owns and operates SoulPlay Yoga, a diverse, unique boutique studio in downtown Culver City, CA. She is also the founder and co-owner of SoulTribe Adventures, an international retreat company that takes people beyond their comfort zones and into their power on week-long transformative adventures to some of the most beautiful and secluded locations in the world. She also coaches budding entrepreneurs and humans who feel that they are destined for more, to find their path and dare to create their vision. She believes that every single one of us has the capacity to change our circumstances if we’re willing to walk into the fire and do the work. She is a champion for those who aren’t sure they have what it takes, to teach you that YES YOU CAN and to show you the way. The ONLY thing standing in your way is you (and your excuses)!

Nathania is hosting an online event that launches May 1 - Leadership After Loss: How to move beyond grief, reconnect to your power and turn pain into purpose. Catch her FREE online with 20+ experts in the world of grief, loss and leadership and gain valuable insights and tools to make major shifts in your own life. The world is yours if you take it!












Nathania Stambouli, MA, E-RYT 200


Yoga Instructor | Co-Founder & Director @ SoulTribe Adventures | Owner @ SoulPlay Yoga Culver City, CA

Alicia Doyle joins Janeane on KUCI's Get the Funk Out Show!




photo credit: Kathy Cruts 


Fighting Chance is available on Amazon at 
https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Chance-Alicia-
Doyle/dp/1734508523; and Barnes and Noble 
at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fighting-
chance-alicia-doyle/1136438298?ean=9781734508529

Fighting Chance can also be purchased through Alicia’s website 
https://aliciadoyle.com/. 

An autographed copy can be obtained by emailing Alicia directly at alicia@aliciadoyle.com
Book Synopsis:
Based on a true story, Fighting Chance is written by Alicia Doyle, an award-winning journalist who discovered boxing at age twenty-eight in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a
boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves. 

For two years, she simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age thirty in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year. 

Fighting Chance offers an inside look at what’s considered the toughest sport known to man.
Author Biography:
Alicia Doyle is an award-winning journalist who discovered boxing at age twenty-eight in the
late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves. 

For two years, she simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America at the time who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship
titles and earned three wins by knockout—and her pro debut at age thirty in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year. 

A journalist for more than two decades, Alicia has earned a reputation as “The Writer
Specializing in Good News” for authoring thousands of stories about inspirational people and efforts that have a positive impact. Alicia is based in Southern California and is working on a children’s book titled, appropriately, Kid Gloves. 

Reviews on Back Cover of Book:
"Absorbing and brilliant! Over 22 years ago I shared the ring with Alicia Doyle...twice. Fighting Chance transported me back to relive those experiences from HER perspective. It was amazing! I highly recommend this book!" – "Amazing" LAYLA MCCARTER, 8 time, 5 division Boxing World Champion & California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee
"No punches pulled by the hard-hitting Ms. Doyle in her true life novelistic rendering of what it'slike to punch her way to fame! A knockout!!" – IVOR DAVIS, Investigative Journalist & Best-Selling Author of Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder

"Alicia Doyle is a shining example of an individual who continues to fight to save herself from the dark side of life by mentoring troubled young children at Kid Gloves. She is their guiding light, a light that doesn't often shine for them. Fighting Chance is exactly that, a chance to survive in the ring and in life. A must read..."— ROD HOLCOMB, Producer/Director

"Alicia instilled what Kid Gloves Boxing teaches—the A.B.C. Backwards: Conceive, Believe,
Achieve. Building CONFIDENCE in all she does, round by round. A true role model for all."— ROBERT ORTIZ SR., owner of Kid Gloves Boxing


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coming up this week! Writer, podcast host, and parenting expert Brandy Ferner joins host Janeane for a talk about her debut novel, Adult Conversation

Writer, podcast host, and parenting expert Brandy Ferner. Her debut novel, Adult Conversation, comes out May 5, 2020, She Writes Press).

Ferner is a parenting expert whose writing has previously appeared on Good Morning America, the Huffington Post, Romper, CafeMom, and TODAY Parents. She is also a doula, childbirth educator, and birth trauma mentor, who specializes in helping women through transitions into motherhood.

Adult Conversation

is a frankly told story about two women who embark to reclaim autonomy against the stifling expectations and demands of marriage and motherhood, and hit the road on a hilarious odyssey through the seedy depths of Sin City, the modern day gomorrah otherwise known as Las Vegas, Nevada. What culminates is a tale of self-discovery, empowerment, and the importance of female friendship.

Comedic podcast host, parenting expert tackles absurdities and double standards of motherhood and marriage


ALISO VIEJO, California – In her hilarious debut novel, “Adult Conversation: A Novel” (May 5, 2020, She Writes Press), podcast host and parenting expert Brandy Ferner takes readers on a wild journey toward self-rediscovery amidst the absurd expectations and double standards placed on women in motherhood and marriage. With a mix of Ali Wong-style edgy humor and therapeutic insight, Ferner says out loud what others will not as she delivers a fiercely relatable and empowering read that highlights the importance of reclaiming autonomy, the liberating power of female friendship, and the desire to bail on your family and high-tail it to Las Vegas. Growing up, many women are taught to be invested in a very specific version of the “American Dream”: a perfect marriage, a perfect family, a perfect house, with only organic produce. But what happens when mothers continually sacrifice their needs and sanity in pursuit of perfection?

April is a thoughtful yet sarcastic mother of two who tries her best to be a caring, connected mom in a middle-class culture where mothering has become relentless. April rages at modern motherhood’s impossible pressures, her husband’s “dad privilege,” and her kids’ incessant snack requests. She wants to enjoy motherhood, but her idealist vision and lived experience are in constant conflict with one another. Is she broken — or is motherhood?

Desperate for an answer, she seeks out a therapist, and unexpectedly lands with a woman whose validation and wisdom gives April the clarity to reclaim herself and even start designing clothes again—her pre-motherhood passion. But when the ever-elusive babysitter cancels last-minute, April finds herself back at square one. She seeks guidance from her therapist who is now dealing with her own crumbling marriage—and instead of counseling April, she convinces her to speed off to Las Vegas to help catch her husband cheating. With a little weed, alcohol, and topless pool hopping, plus a male stripper and some much-needed autonomy, the two find lost pieces of themselves that motherhood swallowed up. But neither is prepared for how tested—and tempted—they will be, or for the life-altering choices their journey will force them to make. Who is guiding whom anymore?



Praise for

ADULT CONVERSATION: A NOVEL

“Ferner’s book is at times laugh-out-loud/ so-funny-you-have-to-repeat-aloud-to-the-person- nearest-you, and at times viscerally poignant in how accurately she portrays motherhood — as well as how tenuous working-outside-of-the-home can feel!”

Dr. Darria Long, ER doctor, bestselling author of ‘Mom Hacks’,

national TV regular contributor, and mom


“Ferner nailed it in this sharp-witted debut about the roller coaster ride that is motherhood. Her observations are not only relatable and authentic, but laugh-out-loud funny. You will not be able to put it down, just like your children.”

Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author of Pretty Revenge



ADULT CONVERSATION: A NOVEL


Adult Conversation: A Novel

Brandy Ferner | May 5, 2020 | She Writes Press

Fiction - General, Family Life, Humorous, Women



More about BRANDY FERNER

Brandy Ferner is a mother, wife, and the creator of the Adult Conversation podcast, social media pages, and blog. Her writing has been featured on Good Morning America, HuffPost, Romper, CafeMom, TODAY Parents, and more. In addition to writing and fulfilling her kids’ endless snack requests, she spent the past decade working as a doula, childbirth educator, and birth trauma mentor, ushering clients through the intense transition into motherhood. The insight gained from watching moms crack wide open—literally and figuratively—and her own experience as an independent woman who suddenly traded autonomy for snuggles, led her to say out loud the things that modern mothers are thinking. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s comedic, but it’s always honest. She currently lives in Southern California, and her love language is sleep.





In an interview, Brandy can discuss:


Parenting, childbirth, and birth trauma

Women in media

Feminism and domestic gender politics

The unequal gender roles in parenting

The problem with the self-care trend

The shock of losing your identity when becoming a mother and the work of finding it again

The trickiness of marriage post-kids

“Dad privilege” - a term that refers to the built-in free pass Dads get

How moms have to learn to speak up for what they need

What no one tells you about motherhood

Why modern motherhood is relentless, different from past generations



Sunday, March 15, 2020

3/16/20 @9:45am pst - Dave Rooney and Dave Browne of the Irish band, The Black Donnellys joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm

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A new musical documentary from Vision Films. "An Irish Story: This Is My Home" follows Irish band, The Black Donnellys as they trek across the United States against insane odds in an attempt to break the Guiness World Record by playing 60 shows across all 50 states in 40 days.

Available on DVD and VOD on March 17, 2019, it is a joyous, inspiring, and hilarious documentary that shows the incredible power music has to bring people together, and the positive effect that immigration has had on the country.

Get ready for the ultimate world record-breaking American road trip with musical sensation, The Black Donnellys when Vision Films presents AN IRISH STORY: THIS IS MY HOME Available March 17, 2020 on DVD and VOD. 



HOLLYWOOD, CA - February 25, 2020 ​ - 60 shows. 50 states. 40 days. What could go wrong? Find out what happens when beloved Irish band, The Black Donnellys set out to break this ambitious world record when Vision Films and Frequency Pictures present ​An Irish Story: This is My Home.

Following The Black Donnellys’ Dave Rooney and Dave Browne’s journey across the United States, this joyous, inspiring and hilarious documentary shows the incredible power music has to bring people together and the positive effect that immigration has had on the country. Directed by Karl Nickoley and featuring original music by The Black Donnellys, ​An Irish Story: This Is My Home ​ arrives on DVD and video on demand just in time for St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2020.

The Las Vegas-based Irish band, The Black Donnellys are no strangers to world records, with Dave Browne currently holding the Guinness World Record for guitar playing for over 114 hours straight! The band, who are currently in residency at Mandalay Bay, chased after their newest challenge to complete 60 shows across 50 states in 40 days with passion and resilience, despite natural disasters, injuries, financial difficulties and transport troubles. 


“There were a lot of downs. This trip was insane,” said David Rooney.
The Black Donnellys will be on hand to launch ​An Irish Story: This Is My Home ​ at Ye Olde King’s Head in Santa Monica on Thursday, March 12, and will be performing music from the film. The band will also be playing the following shows: 
March 13th - Sage Buch, Los Angeles, CA 
March 15th - Folktale Winery, Carmel, CA 
March 16th - Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 
March 17th - ​Rí Rá Irish Pub​-Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 
March 18th - Flying X, Lake Havasu, AZ 
March 20th - Pub 32 - Costa Mesa, CA 
March 21st - Anchor Bar, Costa Mesa, CA

Synopsis
​ Pursuing the American Dream in an RV, The Black Donnellys embark on an adventure to set a Guinness World Record, playing 60 shows in all 50 US states in just 40 days. These rambunctious guitar-slinging, pint-drinking Irish immigrants connect with fans through music on an emotional whirlwind road trip full of friendship, original music, and laughter.

An Irish Story; This Is My Home ​ will be available ​on digital on March 17 for an SRP of $4.99 - $9.99 from ​platforms including iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox, Amazon, and FandangoNow, as well as cable affiliates everywhere and ​to buy on DVD for $12.99 online at all major retailers.

“Dave Rooney and Dave Browne aren’t just performers, they’re immigrants who are setting off on an adventure to discover America”, says director and executive producer, Karl Nickoley. “Along the journey, they explore the country's deep Irish heritage, and their wider relationship to recent immigrants from across the world. In our time of introspection and reflection as a nation defined by immigrants, these two musicians offered the perfect opportunity to discover our collective national character. Does the American dream still exist?” 

“We are so excited to be bringing ​An Irish Story: This Is My Home ​ to the world”, says Vision Films Managing Director/CEO, Lise Romanoff. “It’s such a fun journey to take with these guys and makes you realize that when you put your mind and will towards achieving a goal, anything is possible. It’s a must watch!” 

Preorder ​AN IRISH STORY: THIS IS MY HOME iTunes: ​https://apple.co/31QusSM


Trailer: ​https://youtu.be/l4wQCjux470 

ABOUT VISION FILMS: Vision Films is an Independent Worldwide Distributor and VOD Aggregator of over 800 Feature Films, Documentaries and Music Programs from some of the most prolific independent film producers in the world. Led by Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO Worldwide Distribution, Vision Films releases 2-4 films a month, across Theatrical, VOD, DVD, and television.​ ​www.visionfilms.net 

For Vision Films nicole@EPECmediagroup.com +1-424--335-4734

3/16/20 @9:30am pst - Author Val Walker joined Janeane live on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about 400 FRIENDS AND NO ONE TO CALL

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400 FRIENDS AND NO ONE TO CALL: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale March 26, 2020).

In this candid and comforting guide for isolating times, Walker explains how she found herself stranded and alone after major surgery when none of her friends showed up to help her. As a professional rehabilitation counselor, she was too embarrassed to reveal how utterly isolated she was by asking someone for help. As she recovered, Val found her voice and developed a plan of action for people who lack social support, not only to heal from the pain of isolation, but to create a solid strategy for rebuilding a sense of community.

Drawing on both her own experience as well as the accounts of others who overcame their own isolating ordeals, Walker compassionately yet realistically shows us how to break through our isolation by befriending our wider community, building a social safety net, and fostering our sense of belonging.

“Without any pomposity, this is a compendium of real-life stories and useful tips about solving the universal problem of loneliness. I plan to recommend this book widely!”

—Jacqueline Olds, MD, Coauthor, The Lonely American, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital

Q&A with VAL WALKER

About 400 FRIENDS AND NO ONE TO CALLWhile social media enables us to make connections with more people than ever before, social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States. The National Science Foundation reported in 2014 that the number of Americans with no close friends has tripled since 1985, and an unprecedented number of Americans are living alone, particularly people over sixty. Meanwhile, the youngest generations among us - Generation Z and Millennials - report being the loneliest despite their high consumption of social media. As it turns out, we can have hundreds of “friends” on social media without having any meaningful connections whatsoever.

This unhappy realization also hit Val Walker, author of 400 FRIENDS AND NO ONE TO CALL: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community (a Central Recovery Press paperback, on sale March 26, 2020), when she found herself stranded after a major surgery. A well-established rehabilitation counselor, she was too embarrassed to reveal on social media how utterly isolated she was by asking for someone to help. As she recovered, Val found her voice and developed a plan of action for those seeking to heal from the pain of isolation and created a solid strategy for rebuilding support.

Drawing on both her own experience as well as the accounts of others who overcame their own isolating ordeals, Walker encourages us to break through our isolation and build community by:

Finding one empathetic person to talk to. Openly admitting to a comforting person (a friend, a therapist, or even a compassionate voice on a warmline) that we are lonely is a vital step to breaking out of the shame and social stigma of loneliness.

Seeking meetups or support groups with those in similar situations. What isolates us can also become the force that unites us. Whether we are contending with social anxiety, loss of a loved one, illnesses, addictions, divorce, or any number of isolating issues, Meetup.com, www.211.org, and other platforms often feature groups for others grappling with similar issues. Staying open-minded and not too fixated on who fits our “tribe.” It is often surprising who welcomes us into their world when we aren’t trying so hard to find the “right” group to belong to.



Offering our help to others. Ironically, we gather support by giving support. This is why volunteering is a solid way to build social networks.
Persevering and not taking rejection personally. Many people might not be interested in developing a new friendship or maybe they have put their social lives on the backburner. Don’t give up! With persistence, we will find others who are looking to expand their networks, as well.

Encouraging us to befriend our loneliness and validate our need to search for more support, Walker compassionately yet realistically shows us how to build our networks with more meaningful connections. An essential read for anyone who has ever felt lonely in a crowd or isolated in their unique circumstances, 400 FRIENDS AND NO ONE TO CALL will inspire even the loneliest among us to seek more fulfilling relationships.

About the Author:
Val Walker received her MS in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a rehabilitation consultant and contributing blogger for Psychology Today. She has led support groups for twenty-four years for people living with chronic illness, grief, and trauma, and speaks throughout New England on topics including how to comfort people in distress, breaking through isolation, and building social support after loss.

Her first book, The Art of Comforting (Penguin/Random House, 2010) won the Nautilus Book Award and was recommended by the Boston Health Commission as a guide for families impacted by the Boston Marathon Bombing. Keep up with Val at www.valwalkerauthor.com

3/16/20 @9:15am pst - Emmy ® Winner Cady McClain joined Janeane to talk about her Award-Winning Documentary - Seeing is Believing: Women Direct

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Seeing is Believing: Women Direct Gets Distribution Deal, PBS Empire Broadcasts, Streaming Deal, Multiple Theatrical Screenings and Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere at ArenaCinelounge presented by CURATOR with Special Guests Marianna Palka, Andrew Van Den Houten, and Araeia Robinson

McClain’s film chronicles the challenges and triumphs of women directors

(Los Angeles, CA) - Cady McClain has just signed a nonexclusive distribution deal with Collective Eye for her award-winning documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. The film emphasizes the opportunity for women to use their voice through media to change the social and political landscape and achieve full equality in a male dominated business.

In honor of Women’s History month there will be a Special Theatrical Los Angeles Premiere screening presented by CURATOR at Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood, on Saturday, March 28, 7PM, followed by a Q & A with McClain and special guests Marianna Palka, Andrew Van Den Houton, and Araeia Robinson.

It is also screening Monday, March 9th at Fairfield Theater’s Stage One in Fairfield, CT and Tuesday, March 10th at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas in Charlotte, NC as a celebration with the Carolina Film Community. McClain will be Skyping in to the Charlotte screening.

March 27th and March 29th the one hour version of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct (WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD - SOHO Film Festival) will be available broadcast on KVCR - PBS Empire.


The film is also now available streaming on Seed and Spark.

Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct focuses on the journeys of four diverse, articulate filmmakers who provide a wonderful mix of perspectives. The film’s central subjects are honest without complaining, direct without blaming, and optimistic about change. They share valuable insights into how they became directors and discuss what steps are required to ensure more women are given the opportunity to work at the highest levels of the film industry. The film furthers the conversation to ask “What is the broader role of storytelling in our society and how can women use filmed media as a unique opportunity to catalyze progress?”

Featuring Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, The Banker’s Wife), Sarah Gavron (Suffragette, Brick Lane, Rocks), Li Lu (There is a New World Somewhere, A Town Called Victoria) and Naima Ramos-Chapman (HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness) the film includes additional insights from Directors Kimberly Peirce, Bethany Rooney, Betty Thomas, John Wells, Deborah Riley Draper, Lizzie Borden, Deborah Del Prete, Deborah Kampmeier, Sarah Kernochan, Finola Hughes, Kimberly McCullough, Lee Grant, Joanna Kerns, Meera Menon, Leslie Hope, Jann Turner, Robert Munic, Michael Rauch, Marianna Palka and more.

The film to date, in short form and feature length, has competed in over 20 film festivals, winning awards in both categories at seven, among them: Newport Beach International Film Festival (Jury Award), Soho Film Festival (Audience Award) and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Best Documentary) with multiple Official Selections including the St. Louis Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, and High Falls Film Festival.

“I decided I wanted to make the kind of film that I needed to see,” says Director Cady McClain. “One that didn’t focus totally on the obstacles but inspired me to keep going. I wanted to see women at all levels of directing and all forms of work – theater, web series, TV, film, music videos, commercials . . . and give both myself and the audience tools to use as well as encouragement and insights into the profession. There’s nothing I like better than to hear someone say, “After watching your film I realized, I can do this!” or “I loved seeing your film. It was really positive and I didn’t expect that!” That makes me really happy.”

According to Collective Eye’s James-MIchael Boyer: “We are excited to be helping to bring Cady McClain’s Seeing is Believing: Women Direct” to a wider audience! The film is both important and timely, and we are proud to support the change it aims to produce.”

Special guests at the ARENA CINELOUNGE Hollywood Theatrical Premiere presented by CURATOR include:

Marianna Palka - Palka emerged as a quadruple threat in 2007 as producer, director, screenwriter, and star of the way-offbeat Good Dick. Premiering at Sundance, it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. Palka has gone on to direct Always Worthy (Newport Beach Film Festival Premiere), Bitch (2017 Sundance Premiere, produced by Elijah Wood), and Egg, (Tribeca Premiere). She was the lead subject of HBO’s Oscar shortlisted, Emmy nominated documentary The Lion's Mouth Opens (Directed by Lucy Walker) and is a star of the hit TV series Glow.

Andrew Van Den Houten - An Award Winning Producer involved in the development, financing, production and distribution of over forty feature films including Independent Spirit Award Nominee In the Family, Sundance shocker The Woman, SXSW hit Funeral Kings, and the Toronto Midnight Madness opener All Cheerleaders Die. Through Hood River Entertainment he produced the Shudder Original The Ranger and Pollyanna McIntosh’s directorial debut, Darlin’, which premiered at SXSW 2019. He served as Executive Producer of 13 Cameras and 14 Cameras, both on Netflix.

Araeia Robinson - Araeia (a-ray-uh) is a Philly bred - LA based director. Her political thriller Val-En-Tina was an official selection for The Official Latino Short Film Festival 2016. Her music video 12th Ave starring Def Sound was an official selection for Black Star Film Festival 2019. Araeia most recently joined the majority women-owned production agency PASSERINE where she serves as a producer and creative consultant.

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy ® Award Winning actress who has produced three feature films: How We Got Away With It, Seeing is Believing: Women Direct, and the upcoming Lost Girls: Angie’s Story, and produced/directed seven award-winning short films including Burnt Feathers, Broken Wings which won Best Social Justice Film at the 2020 Santa Fe Film Festival. She was twice Emmy-nominated for her directing work on the web series Venice the Series. She is formally attached to direct the upcoming Street Tax with the production company Ampifly and is adapting the play Paint Made Flesh for film with producer Deborah Del Prete (p.g.a.).

Seeing is Believing: Women Direct is produced by Cady McClain, Kate Super, Jon Lindstrom, Amanda Quinn Olivar, Li Lu, Kimberly McCullough, and Eva Paris Cicinyte.

WATCH A TRAILER OF THE FILM HERE

WHAT: WHEN: TICKETS​:

​​Cady​ ​McClain​’s ​Seeing​ is​ Believing:​ ​Women​ ​Direct​​​ Presented by CURATOR at Arena Cinelounge, Hollywood, CA, 6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

​Saturday, Mar. 28th at 7:00 p.m. with Marianna Palka, Andrew Van Den Houton, and Araeia Robinson

3/16/20 at 9:00am pst - The 4 SEASON SOLUTION The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better, Living Well, and Powering Down Our Always-On Lives by Dallas Hartwig

The 4 SEASON SOLUTION
The Groundbreaking New Plan for Feeling Better,
Living Well, and Powering Down
Our Always-On Lives
by Dallas Hartwig



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“Quite simply, The 4 Season Solution is the answer to our stressful, unbalanced lives.

It is clear-eyed, accessible, and full of solid, practical information that will help readers change their lives for the better.”

–Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat

New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food presents a paradigm-shifting plan that shows you how to boost energy, improve health, and feel happier by living more in tune with the seasons.

With his runaway bestsellers It Starts with Food and The Whole30, health trailblazer Dallas Hartwig has helped millions of people improve their lives by changing how they eat. In this groundbreaking new book, he reveals the antidote to today’s epidemics of burnout, weight gain, disease, and fatigue. Rooted in ancestral health, yet designed for our busy, modern lives, The 4 Season Solution is a blueprint for not just eating better, but living better.


Not long ago, our ancestors lived according to the changing seasons, adjusting how they slept, ate, moved, and even socialized throughout the year. But today, we are more disconnected from the natural world than ever. We wake before the sun rises and go to bed long after it sets. We eat tropical fruits in the dead of winter. We exercise in climate- controlled environments. We connect virtually instead of emotionally. Our lives are frenetic, stressful, and exhausting. In other words, we are living in a chronic summer, and it’s killing us.

Packed with crucial research and clear-eyed writing, The 4 Season Solution provides a new, sustainable model for living in sync with the natural world. By making small but meaningful changes to the four keys of wellness—how you sleep, eat, move, and connect—over the course of the year, you will reclaim your health, regain your energy, and let go of excess weight. At once a bold new philosophy and an accessible plan to live well all year long, The 4 Season Solution is a new health paradigm for an increasingly unhealthy world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dallas Hartwig is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food. He is a sought-after speaker, nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner and physical therapist who specializes in treating lifestyle-related health issues. Dallas is on the Advisory Board for Paleo f(x) and Fitwall, and on the Board of Editors and Reviewers for the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, and he’s also the cohost of The Living Experiment podcast and the author of a popular email newsletter on healthy living. In his free time, Dallas rides his motorcycles, snowboards, and travels to enjoy amazing food and make photographs. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT with his son. For more information visit, dallashartwig.com

Sunday, March 8, 2020

3/9/20 @9:30am pst - Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D. Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health - Co-Director, Columbia Population Research Center and Shamus Khan, American sociologist and a professor at Columbia University, joined host Janeane Bernstein to talk about their book Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus



Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D. Professor and Deputy Chair for Doctoral Studies, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and Co-Director, Columbia Population Research Center, and Shamus Khan coauthor of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus will be live on KUCI 88.9fm.


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Available now from WW Norton: Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus


SEXUAL CITIZENS

A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

By Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan

“This book offers a rich collection of student experiences. . . . A readable and thought-provoking work on a topic of concern on college campuses [that] successfully reaches a general audience, specifically students, parents, and policymakers.”

—Library Journal, starred review


“Incisive. . . . This detailed, practical inquiry should be mandatory reading for college administrators and parents of college-age children.”

—Publishers Weekly


“Absolutely essential reading to prepare teens for what they’ll encounter in college on both the social and sexual fronts.”

—Booklist


“A serious study of the causes of campus sexual assaults along with proposals for tackling this very real problem. . . . [A] significant sociological study.”

—Kirkus Reviews


“Sexual Citizens looks beyond the essential issue of explicit consent to an equally essential recognition of solutions based in formation of an equitable social fabric for which we are all responsible. These solutions could not only reduce the lifelong trauma of assault, but help build a sustainable foundation of sexual health and well-being for all.

Timely, authentic, and revolutionary.”

—J. Dennis Fortenberry, Donald Orr Professor of Adolescent Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

“A timely and sweeping reassessment of campus sexual assault. Hirsch and Khan bring rich data and trenchant insight to bear on one of today’s most urgent issues. This is an exemplary work, sensitive to intersecting inequalities, that represents the future of social science. Provocative and profoundly relevant, Sexual Citizens opens up the possibility of crafting policies that engage the complicated realities of students’ lives with honesty and empathy.”

—Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council


“This extraordinary book situates campus sexual assault in context. It teaches us how any particular sexual encounter is shaped as much by the people involved as it is by the history and prior education of the participants, by economic inequality, by the physical and social geography in which they are living. All of us with a responsibility for creating the campus spaces that can generate—or harm—health need to read this book.”

—Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University


“Written with humanity and sharp sociological insight, Hirsch and Khan’s ecological approach moves beyond the adversarial model that has embroiled debates on campus sexual assault. It opens up new ways for thinking about—and responding to—the pressing problem of sexual assault on college campuses. Sexual Citizens will be essential reading for parents, young people, medical professionals, and educators.”

—Jennifer Cole, professor and chair, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

In recent years, college campuses have come to the forefront of national conversations about sexual assault: its causes, the stigma survivors endure when they report, the consequences (or lack thereof) perpetrators face if exposed. How can we make college campuses safer so that sexual assault isn’t such a prevalent danger? How can external social pressures even before college predispose kids to commit assault? How can parents start dialogues with their children to teach them what constitutes healthy sexual behavior? And how can we change high school sex education in ways that make assaults less likely, and people’s sexual lives more fulfilling?

In SEXUAL CITIZENS: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus [W.W. Norton & Company; January 14, 2020; $27.95 hardcover], Columbia professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan answer these questions. The book is rich with the testimonies of over 150 Columbia students who participated in the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT). Startling in their frankness and revelations, these experiences encompass explicit acts of violent rape and more subtle violations of consent that many people may not realize is assault, set in comparison to consensual sexual experiences that range from sweet and caring to startlingly impersonal and objectifying. 


Hirsch and Khan’s goal, in sharing these stories, is not to make moral judgments or decide what the ideal legal ramifications of assault should be. Their approach is steeped in empathy, seeking to elucidate the social roots of sexual assault, approaching it as a public health problem, and to explain it by setting out a broader understanding of how sex is organized and what it means to young people in college. They put forth powerful new concepts to help explain the forces in young people’s sexual lives: sexual projects (the various motives college students have for pursuing sex), sexual citizenship (the possession of one’s sexual agency, and the respect for another’s), and sexual geographies (the landscapes, both physical and social, that shape the power dynamics and contexts of sex).

Hirsch and Khan have a remarkable eye for nuance—at every point in their exploration of campus culture they identify the ways race, class, age, and sexuality can intersect with gender to influence who is most at risk and who is most likely to commit offenses. In the chapter “The Toxic Campus Brew,” for example, Hirsch and Khan focus on the role alcohol plays in hookup culture, observing the way drinking laws often force students to enter spaces controlled by older men if they want alcohol—especially wealthy men from historically white fraternities.

Grounded in the intimate, often painful accounts of the human beings at its center, SEXUAL CITIZENS is a bold, comprehensive analysis of a social ecosystem where sexual assault is a regular feature. Eradicating this endemic problem in college life must begin with empowering teachers, policy makers, parents, and students. This text will be an essential impetus and resource for such progress.


About the Authors


Jennifer S. Hirsch is a professor of sociomedical sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and codirects SHIFT. Shamus Khan is a professor and chair of sociology at Columbia University, and coheads the ethnographic team of SHIFT.

Title: SEXUAL CITIZENS: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Authors: Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan

Publication Date: January 14, 2020


ABOUT JENNIFER HIRSCH, PH.D.
Jennifer S. Hirsch, a medical anthropologist and Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, co-directs the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT), a research project on sexual assault and sexual health among Columbia undergraduates. With Shamus Khan, she is coauthor of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, which draws on SHIFT’s ethnographic research to examine sexual assault and consensual sex among undergraduates in relation to the broader context of campus life.


A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2015 Public Voices Fellow, and a 2018-19 Visiting Research Scholar with Princeton’s Center for Health and Well-Being, Hirsch’s published work includes both scholarly and popular writing on health and social inequality. She is author of A Courtship After Marriage: Sexuality and Love in Mexican Transnational Families, the award-winning coauthoredThe Secret: Love, Marriage and HIV, two edited volumes on the anthropology of love, more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, and many op-eds in venues such as Time and The Hill. Hirsch also chairs Jews for Racial & Economic Justice’s board of directors. Hirsch earned her A.B. from Princeton University in History, with a certificate in Women’s Studies, and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Population Dynamics and Anthropology.


ABOUT SHAMUS RAHMAN KHAN
Shamus Rahman Khan is an American sociologist. He is a professor at Columbia University, where he serves as the chair of the sociology department. He writes on elites, inequality, and American culture. His work has appeared in numerous national and international media outlets



ABOUT THE BOOK
In SEXUAL CITIZENS: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus, Columbia professors Jennifer S. Hirsch and Shamus Khan lay out an expansive, empirically-grounded vision for campus sexual assault prevention. The book is rich with the testimonies of over 150 Columbia students who participated in the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT). Startling in their frankness and revelations, these experiences encompass explicit acts of violent rape and more subtle violations of consent that many people may not realize is assault, juxtaposed against consensual sexual experiences that range from sweet and caring to startlingly impersonal and objectifying. Hirsch and Khan’s goal, in sharing these stories, is not to make moral judgments or decide what the ideal legal ramifications of assault should be.



Grounded in empathy and compassion for the many struggles that young people face, they approach sexual assault as a public health problem and explain it by setting out a broader understanding of how sex is organized and what it means to young people in college. They put forth powerful new concepts to help explain the forces in young people’s sexual lives: sexual projects (the various motives college students have for pursuing sex), sexual citizenship (the possession of one’s sexual agency, and the respect for another’s), and sexual geographies (the landscapes, both physical and social, that shape the power dynamics and contexts of sex).


Hirsch and Khan have a remarkable eye for nuance—at every point in their exploration of campus culture they identify the ways race, class, age, and sexuality can intersect with gender to influence who is most at risk and who is most likely to commit offenses. Grounded in the intimate, often painful accounts of the human beings at its center, SEXUAL CITIZENS is a bold and comprehensive analysis of a social ecosystem where sexual assault is a regular feature, concluding with a bracing set of recommendations for what families, teachers, policy makers, and leaders in higher education can do to prevent it.






3/9/20 - 9:00am pst - Shelly Peiken, a multi-platinum 2 X GRAMMY nominated songwriter who is best known for the #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby.” I earned my 1st GRAMMY Nom for the song "Bitch" co-written and recorded by Meredith Brooks. She has had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film! She will be live with host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm

LISTEN to today's show featuring Shelly Peiken!

A 2017 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Nominee!

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter is an amusing and poignant memoir about songwriter Shelly Peiken's journey from young girl falling under the spell of magical songs to working professional songwriter writing hits of her own. It's about growing up, the creative process – the highs and the lows, the conflicts that arise between motherhood and career success, the divas and schemers, but also the talented and remarkable people she's found along the way. It's filled with stories and step-by-step advice about the songwriting process, especially collaboration. And it's about the challenge of staying relevant in a rapidly changing and youth-driven world.

As Shelly so eloquently states in Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: “If I had to come up with one X factor that I could cite as a characteristic most hit songs have in common (and this excludes hit songs that are put forth by an already well-oiled machine...that is, a recording artist who has so much notoriety and momentum that just about anything he or she releases, as long as it's 'pretty good ' will have a decent shot at succeeding), I would say it would be: A universal sentiment in a unique frame.” Peiken has tapped the universal sentiment again and again; her songs have been recorded by such artists as Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, the Pretenders, and others. In Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, she pulls the curtain back on the music business from the perspective of a behind-the-scenes hit creator and shares invaluable insight into the craft of songwriting.


WATCH this video to learn more about Shelly!

www.shellypeiken.com

Monday, March 2, 2020

3/2/20 @9:30am pst - Janeane speaks with Angelika Buettner, the award-winning photographer behind I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect.



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A CAPTIVATING COLLECTION OF NUDE PHOTOGRAPHY AND PERSONAL NARRATIVES IN THE NEW BOOK, I AM - CELEBRATING THE PERFECT IMPERFECT, DRAWS A SPOTLIGHT ON THE AGELESS BEAUTY OF 121 WOMEN OVER THE AGE OF 40

What is age anyway?

We are all ageless spiritual beings continuing to explore and celebrate our shared journeys.



In I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect, photographer Angelika Buettner celebrates ageless beauty through the voices of 121 women between the ages of 40 and 99. The beautiful photography book pairs nude photography of the women with essays, quotes and poems that depict their powerful stories. To challenge the stereotypes of beauty and age, Angelika uses her camera as a therapeutic tool and instrument of social commentary, and in doing so, she encourages women to embrace their femininity.


The book features portraits of strong women who dare to step out of their comfort zone. One of the profiles is around Chiara D’Agostino, who is photographed on pages next to her emotional personal story about her journey of self-love as a result of her battles with breast cancer. “Am I still a woman without breasts?” Chiara asks. “I’m the same person inside [without them], and I believe we shine from the inside out, so sexy and beautiful is how I feel about myself.”

Rather than creating another nude book where women are portrayed as sexual objects, Angelika’s vision was to empower women aged 40 and older to feel more visible. She found women from all walks of life and captured them in various urban and suburban settings, from shooting in icy snow and on the Manhattan Bridge, to taking photos on a roof, in the outdoors and more. None of the images have been retouched, and no makeup artist or stylist was involved. Contrary to her regular approach to photography, Angelika had no staff at the shoots for the book – she conducted one-on-one sessions to create a comfortable and intimate experience for each of the women.

“121 is the number of pictures I chose to develop for this book, but I will never stop taking these kinds of photos,” says Angelika. “I cherish the process of creating art from photographing the female body in all its ages, shapes and ethnicities. I hope this book serves as a reminder or wake-up call that we, as a society, need to create a more truthful world that places more value on women’s thoughts and feelings rather than on their outer appearances. We must all participate in creating a better, more loving and respectful world.”

Inspired by her own experiences of working in advertising and on beauty and fashion editorials in Paris, Angelika spent seven years developing the photography for the book. She started in Paris and completed the project after moving to the New York City area. By working on advertisements and editorials where older women were rarely the protagonists, Angelika realized that as a photographer, she can provide a platform for women to share their stories. In the process, Angelika not only created a beautiful book, but also a movement – a safe place for women to celebrate their imperfectly perfect selves.

To further enhance the discussion around ageless beauty, Angelika joined forces with Karen Williams, a model and advocate for “Empowered Aging,” to create a series of videos that bring the stories of the women featured in the I AM book to life. The series includes a total of 15 video interviews with the women, hosted and produced by Karen. Select previews are available on YouTube and IGTV, and the full series will be released on YouTube throughout 2020.

The final product of I AM is a cross generational collaboration that touches on universal issues, expanding the definition of beauty for future generations and for all women and men to understand.


Praise for I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect continues to come in.
Here is a sampling:

“I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect is a visual feast of beauty, vulnerability and courage. It is good medicine.”

– Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Goddesses Never Age, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom


“I have to be honest, I was first drawn to Angelika’s photography because of the deep affinity I have with her last name. But soon, I was drawn into her exquisitely styled imagery, and the raw gorgeousness she brings out in the people she photographs. Angelika’s pictures may not help you live longer, but they will help you enjoy the journey. I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect transcends age to show that beauty shines at every stage in life.”

– Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times Bestselling author of Blue Zones


“From the first page, this book shines with a celebration of women’s beauty as they age. No makeovers, no retouching – these are women celebrating their time of life, and their authenticity, self-acceptance, and joy. I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect kicks at our outdated notion that we age out of beauty and desirability. It’s quite the contrary, as Angelika Buettner and her 121 brave women illustrate. There is great power in this book.”

– Joan Price, ageless sexuality author and speaker



About the Photographer

Angelika Buettner is the award-winning photographer behind I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect. Known for injecting cinematography into still images, Angelika's approach to strong, feminine and sensual photography and sensitive lighting has attracted a number of international clients including Audi, Bacardi, L'Oreal, Maybelline and Swarovski, among others. Her editorial work has also been featured in numerous magazines globally such as Glamour, Tatler Asia and Vogue Italy.

Angelika was born and raised in Germany and studied photography in Frankfurt where she began a career in fashion and advertising. After living and working in Paris for over 20 years, she now resides with her husband near New York City.


I AM - Celebrating the Perfect Imperfect

by Angelika Buettner



Visit angelikabuettner.com for more information and follow Angelika on Instagram @angelikabuettner.


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INSTAGRAM// @iam_by_angelikabuettner and @angelikabuettner


YOUTUBE// channel - iam-themovement

Thursday, February 27, 2020

3/2/20 @9:00am pst - Modern motherhood & mental health expert Katherine Wintsch joined host Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm


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Modern motherhood & mental health expert Katherine Wintsch is founder CEO of The Mom Complex and author of SLAY LIKE A MOTHER: How to Destroy What’s Holding Your Back So You Can Live the Life You Want (paperback release March 3, 2020; Sourcebooks). In both her business and her book, Katherine’s goal is to help mothers embark on a new chapter in life as a parent – away from the self-defeating tendencies and feelings of inadequacy and toward the deeply held belief that you’ve always been more than enough as a mother and a woman.

“I loved this book! It’s packed with important and actionable advice.” —Eve Rodsky, author of Hello Sunshine book pick & New York Times best-selling book, Fair Play


While parents worry about their children being bullied, mothers bully themselves constantly with negative self-talk, yet think nothing of it. Watch this heartwarming video of mothers sharing their dragons of self-doubt. We constantly strive to pass ourselves off as perfect – but that act is exhausting. While the struggle of parenthood is real, the suffering is optional. It is time for moms to shift from worrier to warrior with Katherine’s practical solutions, including:

· How to start treating MORE like a four-letter word, and how to start saying NO.

· How to teach the negative voice in your head some manners.

· How to stop seeing the success of other women as an indictment against yourself.

· How to teach your children to be dragon slayers.

· How to avoid setting expectations that set you up for failure.

· How to make more time for me-time.



About Katherine WintschKATHERINE WINTSCH is an internationally recognized expert on the topic of modern motherhood. The majority of her expertise comes from studying the passion and pain points of mothers around the world—the rest is accumulated from a little trial and a whole lot of error while raising her own two children with her husband in Richmond, Virginia.

As the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, Katherine and her team help develop innovative new products, services, and marketing strategies for the world’s largest mom-focused brands, including Walmart, Babyganics, Pinterest, Kimberly Clark, and the Discovery Network.

Katherine’s sought-after research and expertise have been featured by Today, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, and she regularly writes about the topic of motherhood on her popular blog, In All Honesty, and for Working Mother magazine.



Additional Praise for SLAY LIKE A MOTHER:

"Slay Like a Mother is a feisty, clever, and fun blueprint for modern motherhood that belongs on every book shelf and in every diaper bag. No mom has time for a drippy self-help tome, and this guide cuts right to the point: when you turn your doubt into strength, the sky's the limit. As a woman and mother, you'll gain a newfound power, happiness, and ability to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound." —Erin Falconer, author of How To Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything

"I love everything about this book. The tone, the candor, the acceptance that we must love ourselves first before we can slay anything in life. And it is so needed. We mothers are experts at thinking we are not good enough or do enough. It is time for us to let go of the guilt and let in the love. Thank you for this gift, Katherine. Slay on!" —Julie Foudy, former captain of the US Women's National Soccer Team, ESPN analyst and report, Olympic Gold Medalist

"Entertaining and honest, Katherine's story reveals that the most powerful force for changing your life is you."—Mel Robbins, author of the international bestseller The 5 Second Rule

"Life-changing. That is the only way to summarize the impact of Slay Like a Mother. As I devoured the transformative words of this book, I wished I'd had it during a desolate time in my life-but it was not too late. Every time fear, anxiety, inadequacy, or self-doubt gripped me, I opened Slay Like Mother. Waiting to inspire me was a relatable anecdote or fool-proof strategy with the power to help me say no, draw a boundary line, ask for help, and show up for my life. Slay Like a Mother is much more than a self-help book for women; it is the end of self-doubt and the beginning of self-love... and that is nothing short of life-changing." —Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama



EXAMPLE TALKING POINTS 

1. Why did you write Slay Like a Mother?

2. What do you want mothers to know?

3. Talk about the difference between struggling and suffering.

4. What exactly is a “dragon of self-doubt” and what does living with it feel like?

5. When was your own dragon born, Katherine?

6. You say self-doubt doesn’t discriminate, tell me more.

7. What areas of a mother’s life are affected by self-doubt?

3/2/20 @9:15am pst - Katherine Keith - Endurance Racer and Author of the Debut Memoir: EPIC SOLITUDE

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KATHERINE KEITH
Endurance Racer and Author of the Debut Memoir:

Blackstone Publishing


About the Author

Katherine Keith is a wilderness athlete, experience junkie, spiritual questor, long-distance dog musher, and mother to a fifteen-year-old daughter Amelia and thirty-five dogs, living above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska (pop. 3,266). Professionally, and as a jack-of-all-trades survivalist, she is a small business owner, rural Alaska project director, energy engineer, commercial fisherman, and wellness advocate. Accomplishments such as completing six Ironman triathlons and five 1,000-mile dog sled races form the cornerstone of Katherine’s philosophy of generating grit through overcoming real-time obstacles. A never-ending dreamer, Katherine is currently pursuing climbing the seven tallest summits on every continent as a budding alpinist. EPIC SOLITUDE is her first book. Learn more at http://www.katherinekeith.com/.


Book Summary
Epic Solitude is a moving reflection on a harsh but ultimately inspiring life of endurance dog-racing, motherhood, grief resolution, and spiritual discovery in the Alaskan back country. Divorced at twenty from her high school sweetheart following a youth of abuse, mental illness, and eating disorders, Keith moves from Minnesota to the remote Alaskan wilderness to begin again, only to face the deaths of her newborn daughter, and then her husband the following year. Left to raise her second daughter on her own in the wilderness, Keith finds solace in the athleticism and solitude of traversing the sublime Alaskan tundra as a dog-musher, allowing her to reconnect and recover from past and present traumas as she learns to appreciate the beauty that life offers.



Praise
“A good read for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.” —Working Mother, 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 by Working Mother
“This intense and uplifting treatise on self-exploration celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit.” —Publishers Weekly
“[Katherine Keith] tells her story with brutal honesty, unafraid to ask difficult questions and face the answers, while making clear the deep passion she feels for her sport and her love for her dogs. This is a story of survival and triumph in an unforgiving place, told by someone who understands that despite the solitude, the journey forward is always, somehow, a shared one.” —Booklist



Monday, February 24, 2020

2/25/20 - Dani Shapiro, New York Times Instant Bestselling Memoirist, Novelist and Host of the hit podcast Family Secrets shares her story about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love

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Dani Shapiro.


DANI SHAPIRO
Instant New York Times bestselling memoirist, novelist and host of the hit podcast, Family Secrets, shares her story about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and a profound inquiry of paternity, identity, and love – now in paperback

In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history—the life she had lived—crumbled beneath her.

This shocking revelation propelled Dani into a journalistic and personal quest that resulted in her latest memoir, INHERITANCE — the book she was literally born to write. Chronicling Dani’s journey to unlock the hidden story of her own identity, INHERITANCE, which became an instant New York Times bestseller in hardcover, is a gripping exploration of the secrets we keep from one another—out of shame, for self-protection, or in the name of love—and how to answer the fundamental question: What makes us who we are?


Dani Shapiro discusses:
· Her writing process for INHERITANCE and why she was driven to start writing in real time as the story was unfolding.

· How her own sense of identity -- a central theme of INHERITANCE – has changed over the course of her DNA discovery to now, as well as how it has affected so many readers on their own journeys of secrets and identity.

· Her advice to the millions of people who will take personal DNA tests (as many as 50 million are estimated to have received personal DNA test kits such as 23&Me and Ancestry for holiday gifts this past season alone). She shares her thoughts on how these tests have affected our society in both good and worrisome ways.

· Her hit podcast, Family Secrets, now in its third season, with over 7 million downloads.


INHERITANCE is a book about secrets—secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in—a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.



About the Author


DANI SHAPIRO is the author of the memoirs Hourglass, Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Also an essayist and a journalist, Shapiro's short fiction, essays, and journalistic pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, Vogue, O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of the New York Times, and many other publications. She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, the New School, and Wesleyan University; she is cofounder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. Shapiro is the host of the hit podcast, Family Secrets. She lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

2/27/20 @9:30am pst - Joey Travolta spoke with host Janeane Bernstein about his film Carol of the Bells

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Carol of the Bells (2019) 1h 40min | Drama | 19 October 2019 (USA) A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled.


A crew of 70% individuals with developmental disabilities recently produced Inclusion Films’ first feature length film, Carol of the Bells, directed by Joey Travolta. Fresh from earning the Audience Favorite Feature award at the San Diego International Film Festival in October - Carol of the Bells will release in multiple cities in December. Travolta teaches filmmaking to individuals with developmental disabilities at 6 partner studios across California via Inclusion Films. Carol of the Bells was produced in association with Futures Explored, Inc. and Options for All. 


“Carol of the Bells” was the world's first feature film production, where up to 70% of the crew had a developmental disability. Under the network and resources of Inclusion Films, this film was made within two weeks in Bakersfield, California.

Synopsis: A young father battles his past to find peace with his wife and son. Scott Johnson has always struggled with his secret adoption, and his life-changing moment as a child at Christmas time. Now, Scott has the answer to his greatest fear. Can he take the final step to bridge the truth about his first family and heal his wounds?




Director/Producer Joey Travolta shared “Carol of the Bells is a beautiful story by itself, but the way it was made is even more beautiful. Working with a crew where 70% are developmentally different offers insight into just how much they bring to the table when offered the opportunity. Having the opportunity is the key. Inclusion Films has a mission of inclusion - to train people with different abilities in the art of filmmaking. The soft skills learned in the training program can then be applied to other jobs and all aspects of their life.” 


When asked what drives his passion for inclusion, Travolta shared “My father raised us in an environment of inclusivity. Family was important, kindness was important, everyone was equal and everyone was welcome. That’s what first led me to being a special education educator. Partnering that passion for equality with filmmaking has become my life’s work. I want everyone to have that sense of belonging when they are trained by us, come to our camps or work with us on a film. That sense of belonging brought out the best in everyone - and allowed for an environment for this talented diverse team to create an award winning feature film. No small feat. I’m looking forward to sharing their work on Carol of the Bells and helping to create a shift in employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.”




Director: Joey Travolta

Writer: JC Peterson

Producer: Dale J Oprandy

Editor: Chris Duguay

Cinematographer: Andy Ryan

Production Designer: Jo O'Meara


Cast: RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Yuly Mireles, Lee Purcell (Television and movies), Andrea F. Friedman, Elijah Maximus and Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever), Donna Mills (Television and movies)

2/27/20 - 9:15am pst - Angelou Exeilo spoke with host Janeane Bernstein about her book, Engage, Protect, Connect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders




Engage, Connect, Protect
Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders

by Angelou Ezeilo with Nick Chiles

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Angelou Exeilo on Engage, Protect, Connect: Empowering Diverse Youth as Environmental Leaders. This is an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about our environment, and an inclusive one as well. For everyone looking to really make an impact, be of service, connect and bridge the cultural and generational divide, this is it! 


"Ezeilo's book is powerful, personal and practical. Speaking truth to power, she engages our hearts while challenging our comfort zones as it relates to race and the environment.— Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. author, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors


While concern about the state of our land, air, and water continues to grow, there is widespread belief that environmental issues are primarily of interest to wealthy white communities. Engage, Connect, Protect explodes this myth, revealing the deep and abiding interest that African American, Latino, and Native American communities – many of whom live in degraded and polluted parts of the country – have in our collective environment.

Part eye-opening critique of the cultural divide in environmentalism, part biography of a leading social entrepreneur, and part practical toolkit for engaging diverse youth, Engage, Connect, Protect covers:


>Why communities of color are largely unrecognized in the environmental movement


>Bridging the cultural divide and activate a new generation of environmental stewards


>A curriculum for engaging diverse youth and young adults through culturally appropriate methods and activities


A resource guide for connecting mainstream America to organizations working with diverse youth within environmental projects, training, and employment.

Engage, Connect, Protect is a wake-up call for businesses, activists, educators, and policymakers to recognize the work of grassroots activists in diverse communities and create opportunities for engaging with diverse youth as the next generation of environmental stewards.

Angelou Ezeilo is founder and CEO of the Greening Youth Foundation. A 2016 Ashoka Fellow. she is a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights' Women in Solidarity Society. She lives in Atlanta, GA and Victoria Island, Nigeria.