Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Holidays are just around the corner and do you know what else is? The release of Peacock’s Baking It! From the creators of NBC’s Making It, Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set to host this six-episode holiday special, dropping all episodes on December 2nd. Beverly Hills' very own Norma Zager will be judging the baker’s on their skills and tasting the most delectable holiday treats.

BAKING IT -- "Christmas Feast" Episode 106
Pictured: (l-r) Norma, Sherri, Anne, Harriet -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/Peacock)
Streaming on Peacock December 2
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Coming up! 
KUCI's Janeane Bernstein speaks with Judge Norma Zager from Beverly Hills

The Holidays are just around the corner and do you know what else is? The release of Peacock’s Baking It! From the creators of NBC’s Making It, Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set to host this six-episode holiday special, dropping all episodes on December 2nd. Beverly Hills' very own Norma Zager will be judging the baker’s on their skills and tasting the most delectable holiday treats.

BAKING IT is a holiday competition series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Maya and Andy’s winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. Contestant duos will include spouses, siblings, best friends and more, who will work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Maya and Andy will lead the festivities, also providing comedic and musical commentary on the action. The bakers’ holiday treats will be judged by tough critics – four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Amy Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend, Dave Becky, Andy Samberg and Maya Rudolph serve as executive producers.

Watch the trailer HERE

Meet the Grandmothers from Peacock's BAKING IT - YouTube

Ep 3 Clip 1: Grannies Gone Wild:

Monday, December 13, 2021

Ash Beckham is a speaker, equality advocate and author of Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader.

ASH BECKHAM - Known for her viral Tedx Talk Coming Out of Your Closet, the “accidental advocate” for equality does not shy away from hard conversations. Her book Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become an Everyday Leader (Sounds True, March 2020) is an empowering call-to-action to help mobilize all to embrace a different vision of leadership to create change in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, communities, and homes cultivated from both Beckham's personal and professional experiences.


  • You refer to yourself as an accidental advocate - how did this happen?
  • Tell us about your new book: Step Up: How to Live with Courage and Become and Everyday Leader.
  • What are some tips for starting genuine conversations and handling snap judgements?
  • What is one piece of leadership advice everyone could use?

Ash Beckham is an inclusion activist whose TEDx Talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” became a viral sensation. Her intrepid, relatable, and intrinsically comical style has made her an in-demand speaker, including events at Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, and the keynote for the first LGBTQ Conference at Harvard University. For more information visit

Dana Griffin - CEO of Eldera shares the power of her intergenerational mentoring program launched pre-COVID and thriving in the pandemic

Dana Griffin, NY, US - CEO Eldera

Dana is a former data and advertising executive turned Age Tech entrepreneur and AI for Good advocate. Raised by her grandparents in Transylvania and then guided by elders throughout her life, Dana authored multiple trademarks and patents focused on aging, wisdom and the impact of longevity.

She serves as the NY Director of AI Commons and an official UN delegate to Global Pulse and has been advising, consulting, and speaking internationally about principled uses of AI for innovation, policy, and social impact. Named by AdAge one “40 under 40 changing the advertising industry", she has a C-suite background in global expansion, strategy and data, partnering with Fortune 500s, high growth startups and non-profit organizations.

Dana is building Eldera from New York with Java, her bengal cat and our Chief Mischief Officer. A Vedic meditator and outspoken fan of interesting people and good food, she spends her time cooking, training in Krav Maga and exploring human consciousness.

Coming up 12/13/21 at 9:00am pst - Cathy Rath, professor, social justice advocate/organizer, and writing coach shares her debut novel, Ripple Effect, with host Janeane Bernstein LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm

From Marin Magazine Oct 2021 article:

A new book by Cathy Rath uses the turbulent 1960 and 70s as a lens to tackle difficult social justice issues — and tell a great story.

Cathy Rath wears many hats: she’s a professor, a social justice advocate and organizer, a writing coach and tutor, and now, a novelist. If there’s one thing that unites her passions, however, it’s an unwavering commitment to social good. Rath is from New York originally but was drawn to the West Coast’s activist environment in the mid-1970s. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara and then San Francisco State University, where she is now a professor in women’s health and community organizing. As a public health activist, her efforts to reduce violence against women earned her the 2000 Millennium Leadership Award by the Marin Independent Journal.

From San Francisco Book Review

It is 1968 and Jeannie Glazer, a college student, becomes involved with a radical group intent not just on peaceful protest but also on bringing about changes by whatever means necessary. When Jeannie is arrested during a protest in Chicago, she hopes her boyfriend and fellow protester will get her out of jail. Yet, when she’s bailed out, she is given an envelope with $200 in it and a bus ticket home to New York. The police officer tells her that it came from her father. But she knows that can’t be because he’s been dead for years. And just when she’s too deep inside the radical movement to leave, she meets a young man who helps her escape. Could he be an FBI informant, or is someone watching out for her? Rattled by these questions, she decides she must find out what happened to her father. Her discoveries could expose secrets that affect her whole family.

Writing has been both a career and personal passion. I completed my education at UC Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University where I am a professor. My research in health and social justice was published by the American Public Health Association. As a director of a county-wide violence prevention project, my achievements were published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, which contributed to my receiving the Marin County Millennium Leadership Award on behalf of women and girls. I am also a writing coach who guides debut writers in completing their books. During the turbulent 1970s, I was involved in a variety of protest movements, and "Ripple Effect" draws upon those profound experiences. This is my first novel.

Jeannie Glazer was three years old in 1952 when her father dies in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, as a college freshman, she is arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She is released hours later when a sergeant announces that her bail was paid by "her pop" and tosses her an envelope of cash. Stunned and suspicious, Jeannie tells no one, convinced someone is watching her. Determined to find answers, her search closes in on a darker secret about her father's tragic death two decades earlier.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

We have been in a mental health pandemic for a very long time. Students have been affected tremendously, and often times you might feel you are all alone. You don't have to stay silent if you are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Here are some UCI Resources and other mental health services available now outside of UCI.

203 Student Services 1 Irvine, CA 92697‑2200949.824.6457
UC Irvine Counseling Center

PLEASE NOTE: The UCI Counseling Center will be closed during the university winter shut down from December 23rd, 2021 through January 2nd, 2022. The Counseling Center will open on Monday January 3rd at 8am. Please see crisis services available 24/7 listed below.

Online Mental Health Screenings

Free, anonymous screenings for depression, anxiety problems, eating disorders, and alcohol problems. This screening tool can help you decide if meeting with a therapist might be helpful

An anonymous online resource for college mental health where you can find excellent self-assessment tools and fact sheets on mental health
Each Mind Matters

Each Mind Matters is California’s Mental Health Movement. We are a community of individuals and organizations dedicated to a shared vision of mental wellness and equality.

Regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8am-5pm) schedule routine appointments and for all other inquiries:

Please Call (949) 824-6457 to speak to a front office staff member about scheduling an appointment, to learn more about our current services, or if you trying to reach one of our mental health professionals.

If you are currently experiencing any COVID related symptoms or are not feeling well please call the Counseling Center to reschedule your appointment or set up a telebehavioral health appoinment.

For Life Threatening Emergencies or for Crisis Care needs 24/7:
Call (949) 824-6457 and select Option # 2. You will be transferred to a crisis support line
Text “Home” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line
Call National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255
Call UCI Campus Police at (949) 824-5223
Call 911
Go to your nearest Emergency Room


The Pandemic Crisis Services Coalition (PCSC) formed in March 2020 in response to the rising mental health challenges posed by the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Get help now — COVID Mental Health Support

Monday, December 6, 2021

Coming up Monday 12/6 at 9:00am pst - Megan Fairchild, Author of THE BALLERINA MINDSET

Learn how to thrive in intense, competitive environments with these secrets from one of America's premiere ballerinas--and get a sneak peek at what her life is really like.

From Megan Fairchild, the New York City Ballet principal dancer, Broadway actress, and host of the advice podcast Ask Megan, comes an inspiring how-to guide for dancers, athletes, artists, and anyone struggling to stay sane in a high-pressure environment: THE BALLERINA MINDSET: How to Protect Your Mental Health While Striving For Excellence (Penguin Books; December 7, 2021).

LISTEN to the show!


New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Author of


How to Protect Your Mental Health

While Striving for Excellence

Ballet may look glamorous and effortless to audience members, but it requires grueling discipline. It’s a competitive and physically and mentally demanding career that combines elite athleticism, artistry, and performance. Not only do dancers rehearse for six to eight hours a day before performing at night, but they have to make it all look easy!

As a principal ballerina with NYCB—not to mention a mother of three and a recent MBA graduate from NYU’s Stern School of Business—Fairchild is all too familiar with these challenges. In THE BALLERINA MINDSET, she shares all the wisdom she’s learned from her nearly two-decade career, drawing upon her own experiences to reveal how she learned to overcome everything from stage fright and negative feedback, to a packed calendar and weight management. Her warm and wise guidance is both achievable and healthy, especially perfect for young dancers, performing artists, or athletes.

In THE BALLERINA MINDSET, Megan provides easy-to-follow, encouraging advice:

· On facing anxiety: Remember, even your anxiety’s worst-case scenario—failure—isn’t always permanent. Life is more forgiving than that, and more times than not, we have second chances.

· On embracing uniqueness: If we remember to embrace our uniqueness, we can use it to our benefit. The confidence that comes from owning ourselves, strengths and weaknesses alike, is an attractive thing. People will be drawn to that.

· On physical health: We can be working toward our best selves in a healthy balanced way. It’s about giving ourselves permission to be human. As you take the scary steps toward your goals, stay gentle and real with yourself.

· On handling feedback: If you put all of your work and energy into fulfilling your greatest potential, you will find more satisfaction in the end, and achieve more success than if you allowed yourself to get bogged down with the noise.

THE BALLERINA MINDSET brings readers into Fairchild’s world as she reveals new details about her training regimen, early years studying ballet, and her marriage and subsequent divorce from a fellow dancer. In opening up about the realities of her high stress career, Fairchild addresses not just the potential physical obstacles individuals might face, but the mental and emotional strains as well. The result is an incredibly motivating and actionable guide from one of the most relatable and thoughtful performers working today, someone who readers can look up to and turn to for advice throughout their careers.

Suggested Interview Questions:

· What compelled you to write THE BALLERINA MINDSET?

· How does THE BALLERINA MINDSET differ from other titles geared towards creatives, especially young bunheads?

· NYCB’s fall season—its first since the pandemic began—started in September. What were you most looking forward to now that ballet is back?

· You are very much living you own advice: You are publishing a book during the holiday season—at the same time you are performing in NYCB’s ever-popular run of The Nutcracker, raising three small children, and completing your MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Is there a single piece of advice, or mantra, that you tell yourself on your busiest days to keep yourself centered?

· The pandemic was—and remains—incredibly difficult for performers who rely on live shows. How did you handle the increased stress? Did you explore any new creative outlets?

· In addition to your work as a principal dancer with NYCB, you also played the lead role, Miss Turnstiles, in the Broadway musical On the Town in 2014. Will theatergoers see you on the Great White Way again in the future?

Instagram: @mfairchild17


Megan Fairchild is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. After moving from Utah to New York City at the age of sixteen to study ballet full-time, she was offered an apprenticeship with NYCB, and was promoted to principal--the highest rank--just three years later. In 2014, she took a temporary leave from NYCB to play the lead role, Miss Turnstiles, in the Broadway musical On the Town. She is also the host of the advice podcast Ask Megan, a brand ambassador for Cole Haan, and an MBA student at NYU's Stern School of Business.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Monday 12/6/21 at 9:15M PST - POPPY HARLOW Emmy-nominated CNN news anchor shares her Christmas classic with lots of heart: THE BIGGEST LITTLE BOY: A CHRISTMAS STORY


Emmy-nominated CNN news anchor chats with
KUCI's Janeane Bernstein about her Christmas classic with lots of heart:


WATCH the conversation with Poppy Harlow below:

LISTEN to the show

THE BIGGEST LITTLE BOY: A CHRISTMAS STORY is a sweet Christmas story about a little boy in search of the enormous Christmas tree of his dreams, who discovers that the holidays are about so much more than material things. Kirkus calls the debut picture book by CNN news anchor Poppy Harlow, “an engaging story that small children will relate to. Delightful and resonant.”

Luca loves BIG things. BIG trucks. BIG buildings. BIG bowls of pasta. But what he wants most is the biggest Christmas tree of all. With Christmas approaching, Luca goes in search of a special tree. But he soon finds out that what matters most is having a BIG heart.

In interviews, Poppy Harlow talks about:

· The personal inspiration for writing the book: While walking through a local Christmas tree market with her son Luca, then not even one year old, he reached out his hand and grabbed the branch of a tiny little Christmas tree. He held on as we passed by almost dragging the tree along with us. In that moment the idea came to write a book for her son and for families everywhere about slowing down and looking out for others.

· Influenced by Midwest upbringing: Poppy grew up in Minnesota, where the community knew and cared for neighbors as they would their own family. The spirit of the holidays is a good reminder to bring that kindness and generosity to others.

· Parenting two kids: Raising Luca (3) and Sienna (5) with her husband in Brooklyn, NY has given Poppy an even greater appreciation material things are not the most valuable in life, it’s having a big heart and the spirit of generosity and love that brings the most joy.

· From CNN to back-to-school: this fall, Poppy announced a hiatus from her hosting duties at CNN for a two-semester Master of Studies in Law degree program at Yale. This move was inspired by her father James Harlow, an intellectual property litigator who would bring his daughter to his law office, as well as from interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recalled pursuing a law degree while caring for her young daughter and cancer-stricken husband.

Poppy Harlow has crafted a timeless Christmas story brimming with good cheer, and Ramona Kaulitzki’s vibrant artwork brings the festive holiday season to life. Harlow says of the book, “In a world evermore focused on what things we have instead of what fills our heart, my hope is that The Biggest Little Boy can remind us all (parents and children alike) what really makes us happiest.” THE BIGGEST LITTLE BOY reassures all young readers that they are special, just the way they are.

About Poppy Harlow 

Poppy Harlow is a twice-Emmy-nominated journalist who co-anchors the morning edition of CNN Newsroom and hosts the successful podcast Bossfiles with Poppy Harlow. Originally from Minnesota, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband Sinisa and their children Sienna and Luca. Please visit her online @poppyharlowcnn.

About Illustrator 
Ramona Kaulitzki
Ramona Kaulitzki's biggest passions have always been drawing and storytelling. She lives outside of Berlin where she works as a freelance illustrator. Please visit her online @ramonakaulitzki.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Coming up 12/6/21 at 9:30am pst - Dr. Uma Naidoo, a Harvard-trained nutritional psychiatrist, professional chef, nutrition specialist and author of the national bestseller This is Your Brain on Food


Dr. Uma Naidoo

Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food and medicine space: a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Professional Chef graduating with her culinary schools’ most coveted award, and a trained Nutrition Specialist. Her nexus of interests have found their niche in Nutritional Psychiatry.

Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based Nutritional Psychiatry Service in the United States. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at MGH Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School.

She was considered Harvard’s Mood-Food expert and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Naidoo is also the national best selling author of This Is Your Brain On Food.

In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.


Eat for your mental health and learn the fascinating science behind nutrition with this "must-read" guide from an expert psychiatrist (Amy Myers, MD).

Did you know that blueberries can help you cope with the aftereffects of trauma? That salami can cause depression, or that boosting Vitamin D intake can help treat anxiety?

When it comes to diet, most people's concerns involve weight loss, fitness, cardiac health, and longevity. But what we eat affects more than our bodies; it also affects our brains. And recent studies have shown that diet can have a profound impact on mental health conditions ranging from ADHD to depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, OCD, dementia and beyond.

A triple threat in the food space, Dr. Uma Naidoo is a board-certified psychiatrist, nutrition specialist, and professionally trained chef. In This Is Your Brain on Food, she draws on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health, and shows how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues.

Packed with fascinating science, actionable nutritional recommendations, and 40 delicious, brain-healthy recipes, This Is Your Brain on Food is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Coming up 11/29/21 at 9:30am pst -- Author Janice Horowitz covered health at Time Magazine for two decades and created and hosted Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine for public radio. In her new book, Health Your Self What's Really Driving Your Care and How to Take Charge, she shares her critical insights, so you can successfully advocate for yourself.

Health Your Self: What's Really Driving Your Health and How to Take Charge 

By Janice M. Horowitz

Click the video below:

The book is getting a lot of media attention. Newsweek gave it a five-page spread and PBS's Next Avenue (70 million subscribers) covered it, which was picked up by Yahoo News, MSN and Marketwatch.

Janice Horowitz covered health at Time Magazine for two decades and created and hosted Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine for public radio.


The practice of medicine today has become so convoluted, so gigantically complicated, that you are often reduced to the least important consideration in your own care.

In Health Your Self: What's Really Driving Your Care and How to Take Charge (Post Hill Press, May 18, 2021) former veteran TIME magazine health journalist Janice M. Horowitz reveals the behind-the-scenes influences that compromise your health care every time your doctor writes a prescription, orders a test or selects a treatment plan. Health Your Self transforms you into a healthy skeptic, one who knows how to spot—and outsmart—hidden forces at work whenever you seek care.

Imagine you go to a doctor and a privacy curtain is drawn. On the other side of the curtain, a cadre of players is passing notes, each angling to have an agenda fulfilled that will have a dramatic—and too often detrimental—impact on your health. For example:

When a physician refers a patient to a colleague in a hospital, there’s a concealed influence: he gets a bonus.

When a patient is handed unnecessary antibiotics at urgent care, the doctor could be bucking for a five-star rating on a patient satisfaction survey. Enough of those, he gets a raise.

When a doctor has a CT-scanner in his office, he’s more likely to use it. On you. He’s likely trying to offset the cost of the machine, even if it means unnecessarily exposing you to high doses of radiation.

Health Your Self teaches you observation skills so keen, that you can sniff out these background influences and know exactly how to navigate around them. Horowitz encourages you to keep at it, until analyzing, questioning, and bravely speaking up become second nature whenever you’re faced with a health concern. Doctors will respect you all the more—and you’ll wind up with the best care possible.

Through relatable, real-life stories, Health Your Self takes you through the arc of your life, starting with birth, when doctors impose a hospital protocol called “active management of labor” that everyone on staff knows about, but not you—and ending in old age when you wind up taking medications that haven’t been tested on anyone in your age bracket. Each chapter concludes with What Can You Do tips, culminating in the final chapter, Take Charge, Take Care, that provides a definitive list of questions patients should ask themselves, and then, questions to ask out loud to their doctors.

Horowitz’s nearly two decades of experience as a health journalist, along with her own experience getting hit on the back of her head and becoming seriously debilitated as a result, are what turned her into a healthy skeptic. With Health Your Self, she shares her critical insights, so you too, can successfully advocate for yourself, including:

Importance of a Second Perspective: Don’t settle for just a second opinion, get a second perspective from a doctor in a different field altogether. For migraines, start with a neurologist, then try a pain specialist. For back problems, go to an orthopedist and then a physiatrist who specializes in muscles.

The Power of Big Pharma: To extend their reach—and profits—drug companies aim their medications at large swaths of the population. They target all young children by turning fairly normal behaviors, such as trouble focusing, into a full-fledged disease, and all older women by throwing drugs at naturally occurring weakened bones when alternative approaches, or doing nothing at all, may also work.

Understanding Doctors’ Motives: Physicians feel compelled to follow medical society guidelines, even if the research behind the guidelines is thin, or they don’t make sense for someone just like you, with your vitality, genes and all the imponderables you bring to a health situation. If something goes wrong, doctors can defend themselves with an easy rebuttal: “I did it by the book.”

“I have an abiding respect for doctors, who usually go into medicine for noble reasons, but my book reveals what patients can’t see, what’s going on behind the scenes, and crucially, what they can do about it,” says Horowitz. “My goal is to share with readers medical stories about people, many of whom are my own family and friends, and offer concrete advice. By the end of each chapter, they’ve not only had a good read, they’ve gained a sixth sense about exactly what they need to do when they go to a doctor.”

About the Author:

Janice M. Horowitz covered health for Time magazine for nearly two decades; created and hosted the public radio segment Dueling Docs: The Cure to Contradictory Medicine; and contributed to The Economist, Allure, and The New York Times. Learn more about Health Your Self at and connect with Janice M. Horowitz on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Advance Praise for Health Your Self:

“Backed with her twenty years of health reporting for Time, Janice M. Horowitz produced this eminently readable guide that empowers you to get the healthcare you really need. More knowledge, less waste, better care.”
—Frank Lalli, the Health Care DetectiveTM at NPR’s Robin Hood Radio

“This is a controversial book and I’m ready for the tough questions my patients are bound to ask after reading it.”
—Jane Farhi, Cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City

“Finally, your own personal and portable patient advocate! Chock full of personal stories, this book is a public service. You’ll wind up the smartest person in the waiting room.”
—Lillie Rosenthal, D.O., New York City

“Health Your Self takes you behind the privacy curtain. When you turn the last page, you realize you were just handed everything it takes to get the best medical care possible.”
—Leslie Laurence, Co-author of Outrageous Practices

With people finally getting back to their doctors, Health Your Self shows readers how to do it right. Based on my two decades covering health for Time Magazine, the book reveals the hidden forces driving patients' health care, and, step-by-step provides the questions to ask to navigate around them.

Newsweek Q & A

Newsweek excerpt

PBS Next Avenue

Amazon link: Amazon

Monday, November 29, 2021

TODAY - Monday 11/29/21 - Storyteller and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds shares details on his latest book, Our Table with host Janeane Bernstein

LISTEN to today's show with special guest
Peter H. Reynolds

Creative visionary of The Word Collector, Happy Dreamer, and The Dot, #1 New York Times bestseller Peter H. Reynolds creates a tender, lyrical story of multigenerational love, tradition, and family coming together with gratitude and thanks.

Celebrated, bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds brings his signature touch of love and kindness to this special, timely picture book, as families now, more than ever, are rediscovering and reevaluating what means the most: time together with one another.

Violet longs for the time when her family was connected: before life, distractions, and technology pulled them all away from each other. They used to gather at the table, with food and love, to make memories, share their lives, and revel in time spent together. But now her family has been drifting apart, and with nobody to gather around it, the table grows smaller and smaller.

Can Violet remind her family of the warmth of time spent together, and gather around the table once more?

A mystical fable that feels at once timeless and utterly of the present moment, Our Table is renowned, bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds at his best. Exquisite, expressive watercolor tells a tender story, growing from monochrome into luscious, joyful color as Violet's family is reunited around the beloved table. An ode to traditions that unite families, Our Table brings readers together with a universal message of gratitude.

MORE INFO ABOUT PETER'S NEW BOOK: OUR TABLE. A cautionary tale about how technology can unplug us from each other. More info at #technology #balance #unplug #familyengagement

Sunday, November 21, 2021

KUCI host Janeane Bernstein speaks with writer/director/actress Kathryne Isabelle Easton about her film, "Borrelia Borealis", which just had a world premiere at the 2021 LaFemme International Film Festival October 14-17 held both virtually and at the Regal Cinema at LA Live.

"Borrelia Borealis"
Starring Kathryne Isabelle Easton • Anthony Goes • Maiya Reaves • Jack Herholdt
Written & Directed by Kathryne Isabelle Easton
DP: Matt Fore


“A beautiful, heartbreaking, illuminating and triumphant love letter to the power of stories…"

OCTOBER 7, 2021 - LOS ANGELES --"Borrelia Borealis", a film by writer/director/actress Kathryne Isabelle Easton, will have it's world premiere at the 2021 LaFemme International Film Festival, running October 14-17 held both virtually and at the Regal Cinema at LA Live.

Easton is a highly regarded filmmaker in the entertainment community whose previous work has garnered her such prestigious honors as double Academy Nicholl quarterfinalist for her scripts "Happy Birthday, Ray!" and "Hemorrhage." She directed the episodic series “Key Question” for Legendary Studios at Geek and Sundry, and she just wrapped principal photography directing her second independent feature film, “Valleyheart.”

"Borrelia Borealis" is a vividly lush, mystically haunting take on love and desire during an unprecedented US lockdown.

In the midst of a global pandemic and raging California wildfires, Beth, who suffers from life-threatening late-stage chronic Lyme disease, is forced to confront her personal demons in quarantine. After a particularly brutal day, she answers a random video call from a mysterious man, and soon an unlikely romance breaks open a boundless cosmic world through astral projection.

Easton has been a multi-hyphenate filmmaker for more than a decade. With her equally talented husband Matt Fore (Director of Photography/ Editor/Producer), the two established Abhorrent Behavior, a full service production company that has produced dozens of award-winning short films, web series, music videos, and two feature films since 2017.

"Borrelia Borealis" also features Anthony Goes, Maiya Reaves and Jack Herholdt. Matt Fore served as Director of Photography and Co-Producer with Easton, who also wrote, directed, and starred in the film, which is loosely based on her real-life experience with Lyme. Justin V. David created the ethereal original score. The film also features English electronic band LADYTRON.

"Writing is where it all starts for me, but it's not where it ends," she declares. “As a filmmaker, my mission is to tell compelling visual stories with women at the center. My main objective is to find the truth in filmic emotion, or the ‘root cause’— it’s in the heartbeat of our actors where the answers lie. It’s there that we can really start to explore the complex human condition, which I have dedicated my life to understanding more deeply and capturing on film.”

"Borrelia Borealis" will screen at the Regal Cinema at LA Live, 1000 Olympic Blvd. on October 15th at 4PM. Individual tickets can be purchased at the box office or by visiting

Coming up 11/22/21 at 9:30am pst - Janeane sits down with Fernande Raine, PhD, founder of The History Co: Lab, and producers Gabriel Hostin, Sydne Clarke, and Anya Duao talk about empowering young people through narratives, the past, the future, and their role in the world

UnTextbooked is the podcast in which teenagers interview
leading historians, 
bringing you the power of good history
so we can build a better future.

A history podcast for the future. Brought to you by teen changemakers who are looking for answers to big questions. We interview famous historians who have some of the answers.
These intergenerational conversations bring the full power of history to you with the depth and vividness that most textbooks lack. Real history, to help you find answers to your big questions. Untextbooked makes history unboring forever.

Winner of Spotify's 2021 Next Wave Award.

Fernande Raine, Ph.D. (she/her)
Founder of Got History?—an organization that believes in a world
where all young people can advance civic well-being
for themselves, society and the planet.

The History Co:Lab

Featured Producers 

Gabriel Hostin

Sydne Clarke

Anya Dua

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Looking for ways to help out this holiday season? Here's a list of places that need volunteers!

Take some time this holiday season and throughout the year
to consider ways you can support organizations that help those in need.
Here are a few organizations that need your help.

There are more than 28,000 homeless children attending Orange County Schools. For more than 25 years, Project Hope Alliance has been ending the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. 

Volunteer opportunities

Support some of the following organizations where
Janeane has donated food

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Friday, November 12, 2021

Coming up on KUCI 88.9fm 11/15/21 at 9am pst - Founder Stephen Grey and Creative Director Ron Bush of Positive Identity

A movement dedicated to creating positive race relations by sharing inspiring stories of the good things that Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, White, and Mixed people are doing for each other and America!


Ron Bush is an African American LA based LGBTQIA stand up comedian, actor, and writer from Philadelphia, PA. Ron mixes personal stories with sharp social commentary to convey powerful messages to his audience. Ron studied acting and directing with John Coppola for 12 years, together they produced over 100 live sketch comedy shows at Studio C Artists, Theatre Row Hollywood. Ron has been a touring comedian for 8 years, had a monthly residency at The Comedy Store and was a paid regular at Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena. 

 His inspiration comes from over 20 years of experience as an executive in the tech industry, being raised by a divorced single mom, and being mentored by one of the countries leading Jungian based psychologist, gay activist, and first openly gay white professor at Howard University in the 70’s. Ron is recognized as a leading voice in the LA stand up LGBTQ comedy community. His podcast, Positive Identity, with Stephen Grey is gaining popularity as they talk about the positive aspects of racial issues in America today. 

Follow Ron Bush for show information and more, he may be performing around town near you!


Stephen Grey Is a filmmaker by day and a social advocate by night. Born with Autism (Asperger’s Syndrome), he grew up with a divergent experience from his White American background and came to see how influential identity and perception could be. He then set out to Hollywood to partner with the outsiders of society like him by making films to tell their stories and support them through advocacy. Stephen’s filmmaking themes focus on stories of people that society thought were bad but were good and are heavily defined by Race Relations, Autism, Identity, Culture and Morality. He has produced films that cover the cultural spectrum and worked with filmmakers from all backgrounds. Stephen deeply loves America and believes its people have done incredible things… and that there’s much more good to come. His advocacy has been his great passion. 

He’s a member of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, The Color of Change and ran dinners for Herb Wesson’s EmbraceLA which brought together Angelenos to talk about race and identity. This focus on identity and perception culminated in the founding of Positive Identity, which seeks to spread inspiring media to show people of all races in a positive light, doing good things for each other and for America. Positive perception creates positive action and Positive Identity does just that. 

Growing up he saw how when people read positive media about people with Autism that it changed how they saw him, and how he saw himself. This foundation spurred the focus on identity, race and perception and laid the foundation for Positive Identity where he aims to do good for all of society. He hopes that one day he will be a filmmaker advocate by day, and by night


Join us on Social Media! Positive perception creates positive action so follow, like or share us and do just that. Also, please consider supporting Positive Identity on Patreon and GoFundMe, or via direct donation.

To share a positive story with us, please email to

Stephen Grey
Founder, Positive Identity
Celebrate Positive Race Relations & Identity!
Twitter @ThePositiveID || Facebook + Instagram @ThePositiveIdentity

Friday, November 5, 2021

Coming up 11/8! Sky Bergman, Filmmaker Professor of Photography and Video Cal Poly State University talks about her film Lives Well Lived

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of people aged 75–100, who reveal their secrets for living a meaningful life. Encompassing 3,000 years of collective life experience, diverse people share life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of life’s greatest challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you.

Filmmaker Sky Bergman with her grandmother Evelyn Ricciuti,
the inspiration behind Lives Well Lived


VIDEO Coming Soon!

About Sky Bergman, Filmmaker
Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky’s directorial debut.

Her fine art work is included in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) in Paris. Her book, The Naked & The Nude: Images from the Sculpture Series, includes an introduction by Hèléne Pinet, curator of photography at the Rodin Museum in Paris. She has shot book covers for Random House and Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc., and magazine spreads that appeared in Smithsonian, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, Reader’s Digest, and Archaeology Odyssey.

Sky Bergman currently is a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Director's Statement

My 103-year-old Italian grandmother enjoyed exercise, making the best lasagna you’ve ever tasted, and being with family. I started filming her cooking about five years ago when she was 99 years old. I filmed her at the gym because I thought, no one will believe that my grandmother is still working out. I asked her if she could give me a few words of wisdom, and that was the beginning of this adventure.

The “graying of America” is no longer a futuristic prediction: The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show over 50 years ago and Baby Boomers are turning 70. As I was approaching my 50th year and starting to reflect on my own life, I began a quest to search for other people, who like my grandmother were living life to the limits.

In our society, the elderly are often overlooked. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and life experiences of older adults living full and meaningful lives in their later years. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive during the great personal and historic challenges.

I hope these stories inspire people of every age to achieve the longevity of both health and spirit, and to realize that growing older can be a journey to be celebrated.

Our Journey

Beginning with its premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Lives Well Lived has screened in more than 200 cities. The film has won eight awards, and the theatrical run garnered enthusiastic reviews and a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Organizations like Aging 2.0, AARP’s Movies for Grownups,, and Leading Age have screened Lives Well Lived. Now the film is available on PBS!

A more in-depth look at the passion behind the film and its filmmaker, Sky Bergman.
Interview with Growing Bolder: “Putting Active Aging in Focus”

Major Themes in Lives Well Lived

Secrets to a Life Well Lived

How do you define a Life Well Lived?


Everyday people overcoming incredible adversity.

Documentary Filmmaking

Demonstrates the ways in which documentary filmmaking can make a difference in society and the way we perceive the world around us.

Intergenerational Connections

The film offers a new appreciation of the past and of our cultural heritage. It inspires a search for “roots” and prepares families to collect the stories of their elders.

Sky Bergman, Filmmaker | 

Coming up 7/17/24 9:00am - Janeane chats with Producer Jay Silverman about his latest film CAMERA, starring Beau Bridges

‘CAMERA’ starring Beau Bridges, centers around a young mute boy who uses an old film camera to express his point of view, with the help of ...