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Monday, July 6, 2020

Coming up on KUCI 88.9fm - Jessica Drew de Paz, Psy.D., the Director of Mindfulness Services at UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. PLUS FREE Mindfulness Services at UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute!

Jessica Drew de Paz, Psy.D., is the Director of Mindfulness Services at UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, and she teaches mindfulness to preschoolers through high-school students. Jessica completed her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara, her master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology at California School of Professional Psychology, an APA internship at UC Santa Cruz Counseling & Psychological Services, and a post-doctoral fellowship at University of San Francisco Counseling Center. With over 20 years of experience at the University of California, she has served as a clinical psychologist, led diversity efforts, overseen health and safety training, and conducted research on mindfulness in the workplace.

Mindfulness Services at UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute

- Upcoming Virtual Mindfulness Classes/Workshops: https://ssihi.uci.edu/classes/mindfulness/

- FREE Virtual Community Livestream Mindful Meditation Sessions: https://ssihi.uci.edu/tip/free-live-stream-practice-sessions/

- FREE Virtual Well-Being Services for UCI Employees: http://www.wellness.uci.edu/SSIHIWellbeing.pdf

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Coming up in July - Producer/Director Amy Williams joins host Janeane to talk about her next film, Jacir, starring Lorraine Bracco

About Amy Williams

Amy Williams is a producer/director responsible for raising financing for multi-million-dollar films, putting together award-winning packaging with creative name casting and department heads as well as securing sales and distribution for feature films. Over the past 5 years she has produced 5 feature films: The Last Treasure Hunt (2016), Mothers and Daughters (2016) with Courtney Cox and Sharon Stone, Rock, Paper, Scissors (2017), A Dark Foe (2019) and the multi-award winning Hunter’s Moon (2020) that will be coming out this September. Her next film, Jacir, starring Lorraine Bracco, will shoot in Memphis this fall. Jacir was written and will be directed by Waheed AlQawasmi, a former creative director at Fox Television.

Williams was born in Memphis but grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At the time, the neighborhood was notorious for drugs and crime, but was still home to many young parents and their children. This included Amy’s parents (Jean and Joelle), Amy, and her 5 siblings.

Her father, Jean, had a Ph.D. in German literature, and was a college professor. But he had a wide range of gifts and interests that he was determined to pass on to his children. He was a poet, a writer, and a photographer. He had a keen eye for films and movie making. Williams mother, Joelle Morrison, also a wonderful writer and copy editor for many trades and newspapers over the years.

In 1970, when Jean was writing a critical expose on Franz Kafka, he was severely injured and unable to cognitively function as the “genius father” Amy had always known him to be. It changed the course of the family as a whole, and Amy, fueled by her heartbreak and passion, recalls this memory in her first film, The Morrison Project, which won Best Documentary and the Golden Starfish Award at The Hamptons Film Festival in 2003.

Simultaneously, Amy has been working as a producer and director. Her short film Respire garnered her the award for Best Director at California Women’s Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at California International Shorts Festival. She also directed A Night in Jail starring Michael Madsen and Max Madsen, a short based on true events dealing with mental illness and drugs. This film has screened as an official selection at the Oscar qualifying HollyShorts and LA Shorts

Williams counts Martin Scorsese, Lee Daniels, Quentin Tarantino, Katheryn Bigelow, and the Coen Brothers as some of her biggest influences.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Coming up 7/6/20 at 9:00am pst - Interested in voice-over, animation voice acting, learning dialects or narration? Janeane speaks with Pat Fraley, the most sought-after voice-over teacher in North America. As a teacher, he has guided more performers into meaningful voice-over careers than anyone in the history of VO Instruction

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Patrick Fraley is the most sought-after voice-over teacher in North America. He has been performing and teaching for over 40 years. As a performer, he has created voices for over 4,000 characters, placing him in the top ten of all time to be cast in animated TV shows. As a teacher, Pat has guided more performers into meaningful voice-over careers than anyone in the history of VO Instruction. He lives and works out of L.A., California.

Brad Garrett “Pat Fraley is such a gifted and passionate coach that immediately after taking his class I became a hand model. He's truly brilliant. Bring your wallet.”


Janeane speaks with author Sara Somers about her memoir, “Saving Sara” (She Writes Press, May 12, 2020). Her memoir details her decades-long journey battling food addiction until she finally found the solution that would facilitate her recovery.

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PARIS – For nearly fifty years, Sara Somers suffered from untreated food addiction. In “Saving Sara” (She Writes Press, May 12, 2020) Somers’ intimate memoir, she offers readers an inside view of a food addict's mind, showcasing her experiences with obsessive cravings, compulsivity, and powerlessness regarding food, with the hopes of educating her readers and promoting life-saving conversations between loved ones and those suffering with addiction.

“Saving Sara” chronicles Somers’s addiction from childhood to adulthood, beginning with abnormal eating as a nine-year-old. As her addiction progresses in young adulthood, she becomes isolated, masking her shame and self-hatred with drugs and alcohol. Time and again, she rationalizes why this time will be different, only to have her physical cravings lead to ever-worse binges, to see her promises of doing things differently next time broken, and to experience the amnesia that she –like every addict– experiences when her obsession sets in again.

Even after Somers is introduced to the solution that will eventually end up saving her, the strength of her addiction won't allow her to accept her disease. Twenty-six more years pass until she finally finds her way back to that solution.

A raw account of Somers’ decades-long journey, “Saving Sara” underscores the challenges faced by food addicts of any age – and the hope that exists for them all.

“Read Saving Sara to see how bad [addiction] can get before it gets great – and find out just how she did it, so you can do it too. What a great read!”

– Judy Collins, New York Times bestselling author of Cravings

In an interview, SARA SOMERS can discuss:

Why she decided to chronicle her experiences with addiction into a memoir and how personal stories can be used to educate and heal others

Why food addiction is often viewed differently from other addictions and how she hopes to change the perception of food addiction

What the symptoms of food addiction are and why they may go unnoticed

What options are out there to help addicts heal, and how to keep hope when you feel like you've already "tried everything"

How those who haven’t suffered from addiction can support and stand in solidarity with those who have

Personal stories of food addiction in ‘Saving Sara’ help readers better understand addiction

“A riveting and deeply human memoir." 

– Anne Lamott, California Hall of Fame inductee, novelist, and nonfiction writer

SARA SOMERS suffered from food addiction from age nine to age fifty-eight; she has been in food recovery since 2005. In a double life of sorts, Somers worked as a licensed psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area for thirty-four years. After finding recovery, Somers moved to Paris, France, where she currently lives. She writes a blog called Out My Window: My Life in Paris. When she’s not writing, Somers volunteers at the American Library in Paris, enjoys the cinema, reads prolifically, and follows her favorite baseball team, the Oakland Athletics. Most importantly, Somers devotes time each day to getting the word out about food addiction and helping other food addicts. “Saving Sara” is her first book. To learn more about Sara and her work, visit www.saving-sara.org.

Tune in 7/6/20 at 9:30am pst to hear special guest, Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology - Department of Psychology New York University. Dr. Oettingen shares WOOP (a science-based mental strategy), how to WOOP your life, and details on her book, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation

Janeane speaks with
Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

New York University

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What is WOOP?

WOOP is a science-based mental strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes, set preferences, and change their habits.

WOOP is based on 20 years of scientific research. The method has been shown to be effective in numerous studies with people of all ages and in many areas of life*.

“The solution isn’t to do away with dreaming and positive thinking. Rather, it’s making the most of our fantasies by brushing them up against the very thing most of us are taught to ignore or diminish: the obstacles that stand in our way.”

So often in our day-to-day lives we’re inundated with advice to “think positively.” From pop music to political speeches to commercials, the general message is the same: look on the bright side, be optimistic in the face of adversity, and focus on your dreams. And whether we’re trying to motivate ourselves to lose weight, snag a promotion at work, or run a marathon, we’re told time and time again that focusing on fulfilling our wishes will make them come true.

Gabriele Oettingen draws on more than twenty years of research in the science of human motivation to reveal why the conventional wisdom falls short. The obstacles that we think prevent us from realizing our deepest wishes can actually lead to their fulfillment. Starry-eyed dreaming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and as it turns out, dreamers are not often doers.

While optimism can help us alleviate immediate suffering and persevere in challenging times, merely dreaming about the future actually makes people more frustrated and unhappy over the long term and less likely to achieve their goals. In fact, the pleasure we gain from positive fantasies allows us to fulfill our wishes virtually, sapping our energy to perform the hard work of meeting challenges and achieving goals in real life.

Based on her groundbreaking research and large-scale scientific studies, Oettingen introduces a new way to visualize the future, calledmental contrasting. It combines focusing on our dreams with visualizing the obstacles that stand in our way. By experiencing our dreams in our minds and facing reality we can address our fears, make concrete plans, and gain energy to take action.

In Rethinking Positive Thinking, Oettingen applies mental contrasting to three key areas of personal change— becoming healthier, nurturing personal and professional relationships, and performing better at work. She introduces readers to the key phases of mental contrasting using a proven four-step process called WOOP—Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan—and offers advice and exercises on how to best apply this method to daily life. Through mental contrasting, people in Oettingen’s studies have become significantly more motivated to quit smoking, lose weight, get better grades, sustain fulfilling relationships, and negotiate more effectively in business situations.

Whether you are unhappy and struggling with serious problems or you just want to improve, discover, and explore new opportunities, this book will deepen your ideas about human motivation and help you boldly chart a new path ahead.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cultivating calm amid the coronavirus Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute offers free online classes to relieve stress, anxiety during the pandemic

Cultivating calm amid the coronavirus

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute offers free online classes to relieve stress, anxiety during the pandemic

The instructor on the after-work Zoom call speaks slowly to the half-dozen participants.

“Tune into what it feels like to breathe – not thinking about the breath, just being with the breath,” says Amy Noelle, an instructor at UCI’s Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute who has a master’s degree in physical therapy.

“Notice when your mind wanders, as minds do,” she continues, “and then kindly and gently return your attention to the physical sensations of breathing.”

The 20-minute virtual meditation session is among several free online courses the institute began offering to UCI employees, as well as the Orange County community, on April 13 to help ease anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Targeting front-line healthcare providers in particular, the well-being initiative underscores the institute’s focus on the mind, body and spirit, says its executive director, Dr. Shaista Malik, associate vice chancellor for UCI’s Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and a professor in the campus’s School of Medicine.

The initiative also includes eight mindfulness-based stress reduction courses. The two-hour weekly sessions were immediately filled to capacity. That translates to 5,280 hours of free instruction for 240 people, with a waiting list of more than 200.

“There are some acute stressors that have taxed our already busy healthcare system and really pushed the limits of our providers,” Malik says. “So maintaining an adequate healthcare workforce that can care for high volumes of patients at their full potential becomes critically important over what could be an extended period of time.”

Dr. Nicole Reilly, a former anesthesiologist, is one of four mindfulness-based stress reduction teachers participating in the initiative. A mindfulness instructor at the institute for more than six years, she leads two sessions.

“I’m not used to teaching online, but I’ve actually grown accustomed to it, and I think it’s working well,” she says. “It’s an especially great opportunity for some people who might not have felt comfortable coming into a classroom.”

Meditation and mindfulness

Joy Kliewer, director of development for the UCI Health system, is in Reilly’s Thursday evening session. “It’s a lovely chance to take advantage of a free course that settles my mind in this surreal, wild world we’re living in,” she says.

Kliewer says that the class, which incorporates meditation, yoga and other stress-management strategies, gives her balance and focus after long days of online meetings and phone calls from her home office.

She praises Reilly for exuding a sense of calm during a time of great uncertainty. “She’s a loving guide and teacher who radiates peace and comfort,” says Kliewer, who also participates in the initiative’s 20-minute virtual meditation sessions.

Stanly Tran, a psychotherapist at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, scored a slot in Reilly’s Saturday morning mindfulness-based stress reduction course on his third attempt. A colleague at UCI Health had told him about the well-being initiative.

“I’ve practiced meditation for a year,” Tran says, “and this is really my first time trying to integrate into a community of meditation practitioners. This class actually pushes the threshold of what I’m comfortable doing, which is usually about 30 minutes of meditation. It’s kind of like working out with a personal trainer instead of working out alone.”

The sessions, he adds, help tweak his perspective on the coronavirus crisis. “Worrying can become obsessive and intrusive, which at that point isn’t beneficial,” Tran says. “You end up creating a narrative that becomes much more doom and gloom than it really has to be.”

Reilly says that one of her course goals is to get participants to “meet the moment” – stay focused on the present – as they did in childhood, when it was natural for them to be curious and playful, and not become consumed by what’s to come.

“I think it’s especially helpful during this pandemic to acquire some new coping skills, to learn how to navigate everything in a way that’s going to make us feel more in control and able to meet the moment without feeling so overwhelmed,” she says.

“There’s always going to be stress. And right now, for many people, it seems insurmountable. We need to ask ourselves how we can address this stress with more peace and ease.”

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Coming up on KUCI - Janeane speaks to SoCal local, Steve Cederquist, about his story of survival and how he changed his mindset to success.

You know him from HGTV's hit show "Flip or Flop," but what you don't know is that he spent time in prison, was a drug addict, a gang member, and had a whole lot of crazy going on in his life before!

NOW - he's an Emmy Judge, runs a successful renovation and design company, is an award-nominated philanthropist, and a season regular on HGTV's show "Flip or Flop."

His new book "GET OUT ALIVE: Surviving and Thriving After Drugs, Guns, Gangs, Dysfunction, and Crazy" is out, and everyone is raving about it!

It's not only his memoir, but Steve is sending a message for spreading positive growth to everyone and contributing to eliminating addiction issues.

It will take you on a ride! Here's the trailer: https://youtu.be/DK1YF6_FoKQ


Coming up this summer on KUCI 88.9fm - Michael Ashley Owner & Creative Content Specialist Ink Wordsmiths, LLC

Michael Ashley
Owner & Creative Content Specialist
Ink Wordsmiths, LLC



A former Disney story consultant, Michael is a screenwriting professor at Chapman University. He has written over twenty books on numerous subjects, including four bestsellers. He recently coauthored Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition (McGraw Hill). 

The United Nations hosted the book launch at its AI for Good Global Summit in May. It has since been named by Soundview as one of 2019’s top business books. Michael also recently published It’s Saturday Morning: Celebrating the Golden Era of Cartoons (becker&mayer).

A columnist with Forbes, Entrepreneur and Green Entrepreneur, Michael began his career as a reporter for the Columbia Missourian. He has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, the National Examiner, the United Nations’ ITU News, the Orange County Business Journal, and the Orange County Register. Michael serves as a professional speaker, delivering keynotes to business groups and guests on thought leader panels.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Janeane speaks to Terri Jay about her new book "Cowgirl Shaman." Jay exposes the Truth About the Psychic Realm

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For centuries, so called (and even legitimate) psychics, mediums and fortune tellers have preyed on the vulnerable, grieving and desperate. Even in this informed day and age, people still fork over thousands of dollars to so-called mediums to “get their loved ones to the other side.” Long-held religious beliefs have convinced some people of the horrors of what happens to the spirit after death, that you can go to hell and even worse, you can find yourself “stuck” between the realms.

In her newly published book, “The Cowgirl Shaman Way – Seven Easy Steps to Develop Your Intuitive Ability,” Nevada cowgirl, Terri Jay shares that science-based physics covers and explains the unexplained, the mystical, the paranormal, mediumship and more. “It’s simple. Everything is energy. Everything has a vibration and frequency. All I am doing in this work is picking up on vibrations and frequencies that other people miss. I am just like a big cell phone tower, receiving and relaying messages where appropriate.” Jay knows that there are only two types of energy – positive, high vibration energy and negative, low vibration energy.

Even more remarkable is that Jay states that anyone can learn to develop their intuitive abilities to pick up on these vibrations and frequencies. “We are all born with 10 senses – 5 physical and 5 spiritual or energetic. We have intuition, clairvoyance (clear seeing), clair-audience (clear hearing) clair-sentience (clear feeling) and clair-cognizance (clear knowing.)” “We are born with these abilities, but most people turn them off in childhood. All we need to do in order to use them again is to turn them back on.”

While this is Jay’s first book, she has already planned on writing a series of books, each focusing on a specific type of intuitive communication. The next book will be on communication with people who cannot such as those in a coma, persistent vegetative state, with severe Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, strokes and severe Autism. Since horses are Terri’s passion, a horse communication book will follow. Subsequent books will cover remote viewing, communication with pets, map dowsing, medical intuition, veterinary intuition, energy healing and more.

According to Jay, fear sells. Many who do this work prey on the fears of the victims, giving them negative information. “I have never talked with a person (or pet) on the other side who is stuck, upset, misses their loved ones, is afraid, confused or not 100% perfectly happy. You will never get an apology, an explanation, regrets or any negative feelings from someone on the other side.”

What about all the paranormal occurrences, ghosts, apparitions, etc.? Jay says, “It’s still just energy but it may be concentrated negative energy. Clearing can be done by safely burning Epsom Salts and either Everclear or denatured alcohol.” Jay explains, “The salt crystals can attract the negative energy and the flames release the negative energy to the ethers. We need to remember that it is just energy. You can’t destroy energy, but you can change it.”

Terri Jay laughs at the ghost hunter shows and the questions they ask when they believe they have connected to a deceased person. “I talk with dead people all day long with the lights on. I don’t need to go into a supposedly haunted place in the frickin’ middle of the night to connect to the spirits,” she says. “I see, feel and hear people and animals on the other side all the time, especially when I am out in public. I am always overwhelmed with information coming in. I keep my head down and don’t make eye contact whenever possible. Otherwise I get way too much information,” says Jay.

About Terri Jay
Terri Jay enjoys a solid reputation as an intuitive, medium and animal communicator. She is also renowned as a medical and veterinary intuitive. She regularly talks to spirits in the course of her work, particularly when helping people deal with the loss of a loved one. Along with her paranormal work on the “other side,” Terri also works with people who have communication disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injuries, people who are comatose, and babies who have just not yet learned to talk.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she remembers being drawn to horses at an early age. She began riding lessons and by age 16, she was showing horses on a Class A circuit as a junior rider and also taught riding locally. She went on to attend Ohio State University where she studied Animal Science.

By the mid 1970s, Terri had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she started a free, horseback therapy program for disabled children. In 1985, she moved to Reno to become the first Executive Director of the Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses, a position she held until 1990 when she decided once again to offer a horseback therapy program. It was during this time that she discovered her gift for telepathic communication with disabled children that soon grew to include horses and eventually other animals.

Terri has always been in front of the media spotlight for her therapeutic riding program, which received local and national coverage. During her stint with the Wild Horse Commission, she was featured in an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" about the killing of hundreds of wild horses in Nevada. She went on to appear on countless television news shows for her intuitive work, in national and international magazines and newspapers and on the TV series "Texas Justice" as an expert witness.

With encouragement from two spiritual mentors, Terri decided to fully pursue a full-time career in alternate and intuitive communication. In addition to personal readings, Terri does intuitive investigative work for several law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada, although that is her least favorite use of her abilities. She much rather enjoys the area of animal and non-verbal human communication. She has helped clients in South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland and Australia for many years. Terri is presently working on publishing her book about her abilities and is also developing a television show for the future.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Coming up Monday 6/29/20 @9:00am pst - Janeane speaks with Anthony Williams, Founder and CEO - Mindwell LLC - Game-changing yoga, healing, and meditation experiences

Mindwell exists to bridge ancient wisdom and our modern lives. We empower the individual and provide the necessary tools to build self confidence and the self-awareness to perform at their best. Our goal is to change cultural behaviors through transformation of your body, mind, and spirit. Our practices go far beyond yoga and meditation practices, and have proven to transform lifestyles, performance, and impact in organizations and communities.

Founder and Practitioner

Anthony was a fellow classmate of Janeane's in Stamford, Connecticut. 
They talk about racism, white privilege, covid19, his travels to Africa, 
what it was like for him growing up as a foster child, 
racism while attending Tufts University and much more.
Anthony is the featured guest on today's entire show.

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Anthony has been a provider of individual and group holistic health programs for more than 17 years. Fluent in four languages, and informed by his studies and work in Africa, Asia, and Europe, he has developed a teaching process that leverages universal best practices drawn from the wisdom of a variety of human experiences.

Clients have included notable musicians such as Sting and Rick James, professional athletes Vernon Davis and Osamu Abe, executives from Nike, Google, and Intuit, doctors and health care providers, social workers, and incarcerated youth and adults.

Beginning with a check-in conversation, Anthony builds a tailor-made class based on participants' stories, addressing their emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical concerns, as well as sought-after goals. His signature playlists deepen the therapeutic experience, further opening the mind and heart. Steeped in a keen understanding of the body's meridian system, pressure points, and anatomy, he skillfully combines mindful movement and asana to bring the teaching into the body.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Coming up soon on KUCI 88.9fm! Filmmaker and chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the UCI Claire Trever School of Arts, Ivan Williams, joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm to talk about NOCOVID.org!


Ivan Williams is a partner and Scenario’s executive vice president of finance. After a successful career as a senior business leader at major energy companies (ARCO and BP), he has been active starting up a media technology company, and executive producing feature films, Broadway musicals, musical recordings, theatrical plays, and Web tv shows. A member of Film Independent and the Sundance Institute, Ivan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University, and is a Dean’s M.B.A. Scholar at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, and a veteran Naval Reserve intelligence officer. An active contributor to his alma maters, Ivan serves as a member of the board of directors for Oregon State University’s Alumni Association, and is active with the University of California Irvine as chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, serving as a member of the Graduate Division’s Dean’s Leadership Council, as an entertainment industry advisory board member for the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, and a founding board member of the L.A./Orange County Anteaters in the Arts organization.

The goal was simply to create a clear, consistent and straightforward set of messages about COVID-19. This non-partisan group is called NOCOVID (Nocovid.org) and Ivan was so fortunate to be invited to join it about 8-weeks ago.

Bryan Cunningham, UCI’s Executive Director of Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute, has been the force behind moving NOCOVID forward. Brian tapped into the views of 60 people to delivery a set of harmonized COVID-19 messages across America. And thanks to UC Irvine Athletics, their athletes, Chris Rock, Trace Adkins, Wanda Sykes, LSU’s football coach, Marlan Wayans, NFL stars, and many others, my NOCOVID colleagues and I have been able to reach millions of people in big and small counties, coast to coast. Not too bad for eight people who jumped on a phone call back in March. Yes, each of us has the power to make a difference. 

Ivan Williams is the chairman of the Dean’s Arts Council of the UCI Claire Trever School of Arts, a member of UCI Graduate Division’s Dean’s Leadership Council, and a Advisory board member of the UCI's Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute. He is also a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Anteaters in the Arts organization. Even though he obtained his M.B.A. from UCI, his undergraduate education in chemical engineering from Oregon State University; he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the OSU Alumni Association.

After 31-years as an engineer and a business executive with ARCO, and BP, and a 10-year additional side career as a navel reserve intelligence officer, Ivan decided to enter the world of the film industry back in 2011. That is when he and his wife acquired an equity position in an independent film studio in Hollywood (on the Jim Henson Lot) and made his first film “KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM” with Ryan Kwanten and Peter Dinklage.

Ivan then executive produced a Broadway musical, FIRST DATE, which starred Zachary Levi, and Krysta Rodriquez. But before “M.F.A.” he executive produced the feature film “BIG STONE GAP” that had Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfman, Anthony LaPaglia, Jhon Benjamin Hickey, and Jasmine Guy acting in and EP’d a hit web series about a couple of NYC females who move to L.A. to find their sexual and life fulfillment. That Vimeo series was “BE HERE NOWISH Season 2.” His film “BIG STONE GAP” was the second biggest box office Rom-Com hit of 2015 behind Amy Schumer’s “TRAINWRECK.”

Dark Sky Films is the the distributor of his latest film, which was a finalist for the Grand Jury Narrative Award at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. His film was released Oct. 13th (about a week after the Harvey Weinstein news broke) in 15-cities across the U.S. Recently, one blogger rated his movie as one of the 10 best films of 2018.


UCI's Chris Schwarz, Associate Professor of Finance Faculty Director, CIWM University of California, Irvine The Paul Merage School of Business, featured on KUCI 88.9fm this summer. Airdate TBA!

Associate Professor of Finance

Faculty Director, CIWM

University of California, Irvine

Professor Schwarz has been at the Paul Merage School of Business since July 2008. Prior to arriving at UCI, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During his doctoral studies, he was also a Visiting Doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s International Center of Finance in 2007 and the Advisory Editor at the Review of Financial Studies. He received his B.S. from Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Professor Schwarz worked in the IT industry writing custom applications for medium sized businesses.

Christopher Schwarz’s research interests include the management, disclosure, and operational risk of the investment fund industry and the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in such leading academic journals as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and included in testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Coming up in July - THE HENNA ARTIST by Alka Joshi


by Alka Joshi

“Joshi’s evocative descriptions capture India’s sensory ambience (horse-drawn tongas, pungent cooking fires and incense, and colorful saris), drawing readers deep into her moving story.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“An uplifting tale that highlights the power of family.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the not-so-distant past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on.”—BOOKLIST

“Joshi’s prose is rhythmic and alluring, and her characters are multidimensional and alive. This is a novel of hope, ambition and healing.”


A touching tribute to the life her mother didn’t have the opportunity to lead, Alka Joshi’s debut novel, THE HENNA ARTIST (MIRA Books; March 3, 2020; $26.99) is set in post-Raj 1950s Jaipur, about a young woman struggling to shape her own destiny in a world pivoting between the traditional and the modern. With her novel, Alka reimagines what life might have been like if her mother hadn’t been in an arranged marriage at 18 and instead been able to pursue the same independence and education that she always advocated for Alka.

After fleeing an arranged marriage as a fifteen-year-old to an abusive older man, Lakshmi Shastri steals away alone from her rural village to Jaipur. Against all odds, she carves out a living for herself as a henna artist, friend, and confidante to wealthy, upper caste women. She shares her knowledge and keeps their secrets in a delicate balancing act amid the changing 1950s social mores brought about by Indian Independence. But on the day her ex-husband arrives in town, all that Lakshmi has built threatens to unravel. He seeks money and brings with him a girl, a sister Lakshmi never knew she had and suddenly the caution that Lakshmi has carefully cultivated is threatened, along with her livelihood. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

Alka Joshi is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Henna Artist is her first novel.


by Alka Joshi | MIRA Hardcover


Possible Questions:

What was your inspiration for The Henna Artist? 

What do you hope readers take away from it?

Attitudes towards marriage, pregnancy and abortion from 1950s India are woven into the fabric of the character’s lives. How have those attitudes changed/remained the same over time in India?

The themes of female empowerment and the power of change run throughout The Henna Artist. How did you incorporate these themes into your protagonist Lakshmi?

You spent 10 years on this novel. I'm curious how the book changed over time. How do you hold faith in your work and keep going over such a long period of time?

What have you learned about writing or about people or about India by creating this story?


By Alka Joshi

Photo: My mother, Sudha Latika Joshi, 1955, the year of her marriage

My father tells this story. When I was five, my father’s mother – spooned more subji and chapatti onto my brothers’ plates than on mine. My mother stopped her. “In my house,” she said, “my daughter is equal to my sons.”

My mother – always – was my champion. She, who had an arranged marriage at 18 and three children by the age of 22, never had the choices she wanted me to have: whom to marry, when to marry, whether to have children, what to study, what to do with my life. 

I began to imagine a different life for her. What if she had been allowed to complete her B.A. before she married? What career would she have pursued? What if she had raised her children in India, and not in America – a country whose language it took her 30 years to master?

THE HENNA ARTIST is the life I imagined my mother might have lived. Lakshmi, like my mother, has blue-green eyes, lustrous hair and a creative spark. Unlike my mother, Lakshmi flees her marriage and reinvents herself as a henna artist in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, during the heady years just after India’s independence. She defies convention. She clings fiercely to a life of her own making.

It took ten years – and a great deal of research – to write THE HENNA ARTIST. I quizzed my father and mother endlessly about the era following the British Raj (both my parents were born in the 1930s and married in 1955). I read about India’s medicinal plants, ayurvedic and aromatherapy remedies, the history of henna – how it’s made and why it’s so important in Indian culture – the British in Rajasthan, the education of girls in that era, the caste system, and how it affected the lives of those defined by it.

I traveled several times – from 2009 to 2011 – and more recently, this past February, to Jaipur, where I interviewed Rajput families, shopkeepers in the Pink City, women my age and their urban daughters, teachers at the Maharani Gayatri Devi School for Girls, ayurvedic doctors, and, of course, henna artists. I spoke at schools and colleges, asked questions, danced at glorious weddings, and drank copious cups of chai.

Lastly, I read authors whose stories took place in the years before and after India’s independence: Kamala Markandaya, Ruth Prawar Jhabwala, RK Narayan, Anita Desai, VS Naipul, Rohintin Mistry, Amitav Ghosh, Manil Suri, Thrity Umrigar, Shoba Rao. I searched for, and devoured, gorgeous fiction focused on Indian women: Nectar In A Sieve, The Age of Shiva, An Obedient Father, Cracking India, The Inheritance of Loss, Godaan, Sister of My Heart, Water, A Princess Remembers, Girls Burn Brighter, Clear Light of Day. I also read brilliant, post-colonial, works by non-Indian authors such as Jamaica Kincaid, Chinua Achebe, Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Adichie and Edwidge Danticat.

Although my mother did not live long enough to see the novel published, she lives in every breath Lakshmi takes and every word she utters.

Through Lakshmi, my mother revels in a world of choices she never had in life.

Coming up Monday June 22nd at 9:30am pst on KUCI - UCI's Hai Truong, Marketing Strategist Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning joins Janeane on KUCI 88.9fm - Air date TBA!

Hai Truong 

Marketing Strategist

Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning

University of California, Irvine

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Hai Truong is marketing strategist for the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at UCI. Hai supports over 300 staff and 30+ different departments and programs with tasks ranging from developing digital marketing campaigns, analytics reporting, and creating social media and training systems.

An alumnus of UC Irvine, Hai has applied his English degree in an eclectic range of fields which include finance, tech recruiting, copywriting, advertising, construction, and 3 years spent building up a startup marketing agency with two friends from college.

He is a first generation Vietnamese American and first-gen college grad.

When he’s not volunteering time mentoring students or working on education projects, he hosts a podcast called Haifidelity (www.haifidelitypodcast.com) which explores a range of topics such as all the wrong ways to get your first internship, breakups, and mental health.

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:15am pst to hear author Natalie Jenner talk about her new book! The highly anticipated 2020 debut The Jane Austen Society (St. Martin’s Press, on sale May 26) by Natalie Jenner

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For those of us in need of an uplifting, comforting, and escapist read about pulling together in troubled times and finding solace in community, the highly anticipated 2020 debut The Jane Austen Society (St. Martin’s Press, on sale May 26) by Natalie Jenner is the perfect pick. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Richard Armitage (British actor from North & South, The Hobbit, and more).

Plot: World War II has just ended and Austen’s Chawton estate is at risk of being broken up and sold off to the highest bidder. Despite battling demons of their own, an unlikely group of locals and Austen fans (a schoolteacher, a local doctor, a Hollywood actress, a Sotheby’s auctioneer, a farmer, and a young house servant) fight to ensure that her legacy lives on, finding hope and healing in the process. A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both small and large, and the universal humanity in us.

“Readers who enjoy character-driven novels will want to read this book. Like Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, it’s a must-purchase for libraries of all sizes.” —Library Journal, starred review
“Just like a story written by Austen herself, Jenner's first novel is brimming with charming moments, endearing characters, and nuanced relationships, all largely set within and reflecting the often-intrusive atmosphere of a small country community. ...The pleasures are many in this clever tribute to the beloved and endlessly influential Austen and the English village tale.”—Booklist, starred review

Jenner’s human interest backstory: In 2016, four months after realizing a lifelong dream of opening her own independent bookshop following a grueling legal career, Natalie Jenner’s husband was diagnosed with an extremely rare, incurable, and progressive lung disease, forcing her to close the shop. She took what she now calls a “quiet year” to cope with their financial and medical crisis, immersing herself in an activity that had always given her solace: reading Jane Austen. Many may find her situation and feelings quite familiar and relatable. The result of that year is her debut novel inspired by Austen’s own story of writing through illness and financial despair as well as Jenner’s experiences dealing with “anticipatory grief” and trauma.

Early Praise for The Jane Austen Society:
"...thanks to Jenner’s psychologically astute portrayals, the society founders themselves are very real and thoroughly sympathetic. Readers will root for these characters, wishing them Austen-worthy happy endings." —Kirkus Reviews
“Natalie Jenner has penned a charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

NATALIE JENNER was born in England, raised in Canada, and graduated from the University of Toronto with degrees in English Literature and Law. She worked for decades in the legal industry and also founded an independent bookstore in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. The Jane Austen Society is the first published novel for this lifelong devotee of all things Jane Austen and comes out on May 26, 2020 from St. Martin’s Press (North America) and on May 28, 2020 from Orion (UK).

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:45am pst for Pamela Gay, Professor Emerita in Creative Writing, Flash Fiction, Flash Memoir Binghamton University Author of I’M SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE: A Memoir


By Pamela Gay

On Sale May 26, 2020

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“Pamela Gay has written a poignant and powerful story about her journey from PTSD of Abandonment to healing and renewal. “—Susan Anderson, author of The Journey from Abandonment to Healing 

"As an English scholar and professor, she demonstrates a firm knowledge of how memoirs can be unreliable records of the past. She uses poetry, journal entries, and literary epigraphs to create an engaging metanarrative that explores how writing was vital to her process of overcoming trauma." —Kirkus Reviews

Pamela will discuss:

  • What advice would you give those who are caring for aging parents in this time?
  • Why would you say sibling relationships are so important as families grow older?
  • What would you tell people who are on a journey to find the best type of therapy for them?
  • How did growing up with a parent who was mentally ill affect your adult life?
  • What is your experience with misdiagnosis?
  • How did you overcome your life's greatest obstacles?
  • What would you say are the first steps to moving past trauma?
  • How has writing played a role in your healing process?


I’m So Glad You’re Here is the story of a family disrupted by ramifications of a father’s mental illness. The memoir opens with a riveting account of Gay, age eighteen, witnessing her father being bound in a straitjacket and carried out of the house on a stretcher. The trauma she experiences escalates when, after her father has had electroshock treatments at a state mental hospital, her parents leave her in a college dorm room and move from Massachusetts to Florida without her. She feels abandoned. Both her parents have gone missing.

Decades later, when Gay and her three much-older siblings show up for their father’s funeral, she witnesses her sundered family’s inability to gather together. Eventually, she is diagnosed with PTSD of abandonment and treated with EMDR therapy―and finally begins to heal. Poignant and powerful, I’m So Glad You’re Here is Gay’s exploration of the idea that while the wounds we carry from growing up in fractured families stay with us, they do not have to control us―a reflective journey that will inspire readers to think about their own relational lives.


Pamela Gay is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) award in creative nonfiction and an Independent eBook Award for her memoir Homecoming, which combined text, image, and sound. An installation based on this memoir and sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) included artifacts. Gay’s writing has been published in Brevity, Iowa Review, Paterson Literary Review, Midway Journal, Monkeybicycle, Grey Sparrow, Vestal Review, and other literary journals, as well as two anthologies. Gay is a professor emerita at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where she taught courses in flash memoir and flash fiction. She lives in Upstate New York. Her memoir, I'm So Glad You're Here comes out May 26. See more at her website pamela-gay.com.

Tune in 6/22/20 at 9:00am pst on KUCI 88.9fm to hear Douglas Abrams, an author, editor, and literary agent. He speaks to Janeane about The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World -

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World is a book by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu published in 2016 by Cornerstone Publishers. In this nonfiction, the authors discuss the challenges of living a joyful life.

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About the Author
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan People and of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. Born in 1935 to a poor farming family in northeastern Tibet he was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama. He has been a passionate advocate for a secular universal approach to cultivating fundamental human values. For over three decades the Dalai Lama has maintained an ongoing conversation and collaboration with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, especially through the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that he co-founded. The Dalai Lama travels extensively, promoting kindness and compassion, interfaith understanding, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. For more information, please visit www.dalailama.com.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Southern Africa, became a prominent leader in the crusade for justice and racial reconciliation in South Africa. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. In 1994, Tutu was appointed chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Nelson Mandela, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil conflict and oppression. He was the founding chair of The Elders, a group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights. Archbishop Tutu is regarded as a leading moral voice and an icon of hope. Throughout his life, he has cared deeply about the needs of people around the world, teaching love and compassion for all. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information please visit tutu.org.za.

Douglas Abrams is an author, editor, and literary agent. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency helping visionaries to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. He is also the co-founder with Pam Omidyar and Desmond Tutu of HumanJourney.com, a public benefit company working to share life-changing and world-changing ideas. Doug has worked with Desmond Tutu as his cowriter and editor for over a decade, and before founding his own literary agency, he was a senior editor at HarperCollins and also served for nine years as the religion editor at the University of California Press. He believes strongly in the power of books and media to catalyze the next stage of global evolutionary culture. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. For more information, please visit ideaarchitects.com and humanjourney.com.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Entrepreneur, author and non-profit leader, Brad Aronson joins Janeane to talk about his inspiring book, HUMANKIND: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time

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Brad Aronson’s inspiring book, HUMANKIND: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time (LifeTree Media; April 14, 2020; Paperback) is a collection of stories of ordinary people making extraordinary impact on the lives of others.

Brad Aronson first began volunteering as a teen, and continued volunteering part-time as he built up his first tech company. Now, the former ad executive spends most of his time supporting youth nonprofits, teaching entrepreneur courses to inner-city youth, and investing in startups.

Brad Aronson shares:

Specific actions people can take to help their neighbors, coworkers, and others in their community and around the world who are affected the most by COVID-19; Many of these can be done from the comfort of their home.

Organizations to donate to and support to help those affected by COVID-19.

Why people may be hesitant to help others, how they overcome their fears, and the sometimes small actions they can take to make a difference.

His mentoring and volunteering journey, including working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronald McDonald Camp, Hopeworks, running a group home, and more

How people can utilize entrepreneurial skills and apply these to side jobs and hustles.

What we’re doing right and what we should do more for our younger generation.

Ways we can share our time and resources to help others from near (mentoring and helping people celebrate) and far (donating money or writing letters).

Advice for people going through their own hardships or those with family members who have been diagnosed with cancer.

How he discovered and chose the stories to feature in HUMANKIND and the impact these stories have had on his own life.

These heartwarming, true stories of people doing good in the world are just what we need right now.

“In this very elegant and wise book, Brad shows how we can create a life of adventure and healing by making our lives stories of love in action.”

—Deepak Chopra

Brad Aronson’s life changed in an instant when his wife, Mia, was diagnosed with leukemia. Following her diagnosis, Brad spent most of the next two-and-a-half years either by her side as she received treatment, or trying to shield their five-year-old son Jack from the worst of Mia’s illness. Amid the stress and despair of waiting for the treatment to take effect, Brad and Mia were met by an outpouring of kindness from family, friends, and even complete strangers.

HumanKind is a celebration of those moments—when a small act of kindness transforms a life. In its pages, you’ll meet the mentor who changed a child’s life with a single conversation, the six-year-old who launched a global kindness movement, the band of seamstress grandmothers who mend clothes for homeless people, and more. Brad also provides dozens of ways you can make a difference through the simplest words and deeds. You’ll discover how buying someone a meal or sharing a little encouragement at the right time can transform someone’s world, as well as your own.

HumanKind will leave you grateful for what you have and provide a refuge from the negativity that surrounds us. This feel-good book is an uplifting reminder of what really matters and provides resources that will help you to create positive change in your community and in your life, one small act at a time.


Brad Aronson is a husband and a dad, and when he’s holding the parenting reins, he likes to go all out. For him, that means leading an egg drop competition from the third-floor window of his family’s home or coaching indoor games of baseball and hockey, and then having to explain why something else is now in pieces. Luckily, his wife Mia is understanding. Brad Aronson started i-FRONTIER after college, which grew from a small apartment he shared with his best friend into one of the largest and top rated digital ad agencies in the US. Today, he invests in startup companies and spends most of his time supporting youth nonprofits. Much of this time is spent teaching entrepreneurship in Camden, N.J., and volunteering on the nonprofit boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hopeworks. 

Using his business background, Aronson teaches inner city students entrepreneurship in order to instill self-confidence, discipline, and hustle. He believes in a hands-on learning environment so each student starts their own business in class, which has led to many adventures in entrepreneurship.

One day, Brad hopes to be famous for co-founding a national holiday that features a seven-foot-tall orange tree and more than fifty stuffed monkeys (see chapter nine in HumanKind). In the meantime, he works with tech startups and writes books. You can connect with Brad through his website, or on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Coming up this summer! Janeane speaks with Jeffrey James Binney, a Salt Lake City based actor, singer, comedian and “athlete” about his new film - a transformational journey an homage to his deceased mother


Once is Enough, a documentary that depicts the transformational journey of LGBT husky comedian who, after losing his mother to obesity-caused heart disease, sets out to lose 100 pounds and run one of the world’s most difficult 100 mile ultramarathons – and lives to tell jokes about it. Once is Enough will launch on Amazon on May 8th and will soon-after be made available on all VOD platforms via Indie Rights.

Part documentary/part stand up comedy, Once is Enough is an award- winning hybrid film following a young overweight comedian, in the wake of his mother’s obesity- caused death, setting out on a desperate mission to avoid the same fate. The first component documents the journey of Jeffrey training for and running one of the world’s most difficult 100-mile marathons, the Leadville Trail 100. The second component is story-based comedy commentary on the journey. The final product, a seamless juxtaposition of these two components, is a heart-felt and inspiring 75-minute journey that leaves the audience cackling through tears.

Along the way, the spunky Jeffrey manages to wrangle in the talented Ian Sharman, ultramarathon runner, coach and blogger for iRunFar, who holds the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and is the winner of the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Leadville Trail 100, to be his coach. As the marathon provides a much-needed respite from the emotional torment and grief that seemed inescapable, Sharman’s encouragement helps provide Jeffrey with the confidence and determination to keep his eye on the prize.

“Having just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film/television/comedy, all I wanted to do is run, write jokes and repeat, “says Binney. “Having shared this with a concerned friend, they suggested that I combine this into one creative project and the light bulb flipped on – Once is Enough.”

“Better than any therapy could buy, this project was just ridiculous and grand enough to help me navigate through, and emotionally process losing the most important person in my life. Hopefully, my story helps inspire someone else to seek theirs,” he continues.

Jeffrey James Binney is a Salt Lake City based actor, singer, comedian and “athlete.” He grew up on a farm in Laredo, Missouri before moving to Brooklyn, New York and later Los Angeles after receiving his B.F.A. in Musical Theater Performance from Missouri State University. Jeffrey has been seen on Late Night With David Letterman, in the first National Tour and Chicago Company of the Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and at comedy clubs and festivals across the country. More about Jeffrey at www.JJB.life.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Coming up on KUCI - From the beloved organizational psychologist and bestselling author comes an indispensable guide for personal-reinvention - Benjamin Hardy, PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT: Break Free From Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation. Dr. Hardy liberates us from the limiting belief that our “true selves” are to be discovered, and shows how we can create our desired selves and achieve amazing goals instead. Filled with strategies for reframing your past and designing your future, this is a guide to breaking free from the past and becoming the person you want to be.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably taken a personality test. Maybe the Meyer’s Briggs assessment revealed that you’re a steamrolling ENTJ, or maybe the Enneagram categorized you as a self-absorbed type 4. No matter your results, these tests perpetuate myths about what personality is, reduce you to a stereotype, and make self-improvement seem impossible. For those who feel trapped in a box, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Benjamin Hardy has good news: personality is not a fixed state. It’s a series of choices you can make based on the future you want for yourself.

In PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT, Dr. Hardy draws on recent and authoritative research to dismantle other pervasive myths about persona – like the idea of an “authentic” you – and shows that personality is not something you discover, but rather something you create through your actions and behaviors. He provides readers with science-based strategies for personal reinvention including:

· Why personality tests such as Myers-Briggs and Enneagram are not only psychologically destructive but are no more scientific than horoscopes.

· How to create a network of “empathetic witnesses” who actively encourage you through the highs and lows of extreme growth.

· How to tap into what psychologists call “pull motivation” by narrowing your focus on a single, definable, and compelling outcome.

Citing true stories of radical self-transformation like Andre Norman, a former convict turned Harvard graduate, and Dr. Hardy himself, who grew up broken home, surrounded by issues of addiction and mental illness, PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT shows that self-reinvention is possible – you just have to learn how to become psychologically flexible. Dr. Hardy will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transcend your circumstances and become the person you always aspired to be.

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. From 2015-2018, we was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com and is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today. He speaks and trains at a wide range of events. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. More at: benjaminhardy.com