Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Special event announcement -- Fullerton College French Film Festival The Fullerton College 11th French Film Festival March 29 & 30, 2022 April 5 & 6, 2022. Janeane speaks with Catherine Reinhardt-Zacaïr, Ph.D. Associate Professor of French

The French Film Festival is a four-night festival that begins each night with a cultural event at 6:30 P.M. in the Campus Theater patio area. The cultural event features food, art, and music that represent a little bit of French or German culture. 
All Movies begin at 7:30 P.M. in the campus theater.

Janeane speaks with Catherine Reinhardt-Zacaïr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French

Fullerton College
Facebook: Fullerton College French Films

Ticket sales begin March 1, 2022, at the Fullerton College Box Office, 
which is open from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Monday through Friday and at 7:00 p.m. each night of the festival. 

Parking can be found at the Fullerton College Parking Structure for $3.00.

All films have English subtitles.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:

Monday, March 28, 2022

KUCI's Janeane Bernstein speaks with Camila Alves McConaughey about her NEW book, JUST TRY ONE BITE By Camila Alves McConaughey and Adam Mansbach, and Illustrated by Mike Boldt

A hilarious role-reversal read aloud for the picky eater. JUST TRY ONE BITE By Camila Alves McConaughey and Adam Mansbach Illustrated by Mike Boldt.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep and healthy eating advocate Camila Alves McConaughey turn a classic parenting trope on its head in JUST TRY ONE BITE.

COMING UP April 2nd 2:00pm in Los Angeles, come meet Camila at her book signing: 

Illustrated by Mike Boldt, JUST TRY ONE BITE is a hilarious role-reversal tale of three kids who try to convince their over-the-top gagging, picky eater parents to choose a healthier approach to food. From the classic “here comes the airplane!” to chasing their parents around the house with broccoli, these kids try everything to get their mom and dad to just try one bite. JUST TRY ONE BITEis a great way to introduce picky eaters to everything from yams and beets to linguini with clams! It’s sure to broaden their palates while also teaching them about finding the balance between all foods. 


Camila Alves McConaughey

Photo is Courtesy of Camila Alves McConaughey

Camila Alves McConaughey is a dedicated mom who values the importance of healthy eating. She is also an entrepreneur and founder of Women of Today, a lifestyle site and community powered by women around the globe. She lives in Texas with her husband, Matthew McConaughey, and their three children. Camila was a mushroom skeptic for thirty-seven years, until a bowl of veggie Bolognese in 2020 turned her into a mushroom lover. Keep trying those veggies!

About Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F*** to Sleep, which has been translated into forty languages, named Time Magazine's 2011 "Thing of the Year," and sold over two million copies worldwide. The 2014 sequel, "You Have to F****** Eat," is also a New York Times bestseller.

Mansbach was recently nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award for his screenplay BARRY. The film premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by Netflix. Released as a Netflix Original on December 16, 2016, BARRY was directed by Vikram Gandhi and stars Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ellar Coltrane, Ashley Judd, Jason Mitchell, Jenna Elfman, and Avi Nash. READ MORE


Mike Boldt is an author and illustrator from Canada. His books include Bad Dogand Find Fergus, as well as the I Don't Want to Be a Frog series, written by Dev Petty, and How to Grow a Dinosaur, written by Jill Esbaum. And while Mike really enjoys them now, just onebite of Brussels sprouts used to make him gag.

JUST TRY ONE BITE –Talking Points

Author’s personal experience: Camila is a mother of three and healthy eating advocate who knows the importance of starting good eating habits early. 

Introducing new foods: From yams and beets to linguini with clams, this story is a great way to introduce picky eaters to foods that'll broaden their palates.

Kids know best: This role reversal is every kids' dream where they get to tell their adults what's best.

Everything in moderation: While these kids are trying to get their adults to eat healthier, the end message is about finding a balance between all foods and not about cutting out certain food groups entirely.

All-star team: Adam Mansbach, bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep, and Camila Alves McConaughey, a healthy eating advocate who’s married to Matthew McConaughey, have created a rhyme that's perfect to read aloud, and acclaimed illustrator Mike Boldt's art brilliantly bring to their story to life.

Friday, March 18, 2022

LIVE on Monday 3/21/22 9:00am pst - Karen V. Johnson, JD talks about her new book, Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss

LISTEN to today's show featuring Karen V. Johnson, JD 

With the Holidays over, many people are left to cope with their magnified feelings of grief & loss of a loved one, a beloved pet, a job that no longer exists, loss of income, a home, and even a loss of self. According to The Atlantic 72% of Americans say that they know someone who has died or hospitalized due to COVID, making 6.6 million Americans could be effected by bereavement. A recent study by UCLA indicates how Americans are suffering Psychological Distress from a job loss.

Karen V. Johnson's fast-paced professional career as a lifetime appointed Federal Judge came to an abrupt halt when she lost her 27 year-old son to a heroin overdose. Rather than grieve in a way that made people around her comfortable, she did the unexpected. She quit her job, sold her house with all her belongings, and went on a 2½ year journey that took her all over the world, finding a healing practice along the way.

Karen didn't think she could ever find her way out of despair, but she found a process that works and shares the journey of transformation with others so they can heal too.

"Grief is a state of being that carries energy you can tap into to create a new life" - Karen V. Johnson

Karen V. Johnson, JD, is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center (J.D.), a former Fulbright Scholar in Afghanistan, and holds Masters Degrees in Public Health and Public and International Affairs (MPH, MPIA). Karen is a retired federal administrative law judge who practiced criminal and energy law for more than 30 years. She also is a former U.S. Army officer, Major, USAR (inactive). Karen was personally trained by Alberto Villoldo, and is faculty at the Four Winds Society and a Master Practitioner of Energy Medicine. She has trained extensively in the techniques of Illumination, Soul Retrieval, Extractions of Energies and Entities, Divination, and Death Rites. Living Grieving: Using Energy Medicine to Alchemize Grief and Loss (Hay House, July 7th, 2021), is her first book.

"Whatever your loss—a loved one, a job, a sense of self—you too will find her story and guidance profoundly helpful and transformational."— Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder, Omega Institute and best-selling author of Broken Open, Cassandra Speaks, and other books

Talking Points:
  • Karen's personal journey through grief after the death of her son to a heroin overdose
  • Mindfulness practices for grief & loss
  • How to cope with grief and loss in the New Year
  • Ways to honor a passed loved one
  • Identifying grief and loss - it's much more than most people think
  • Using grief and loss to build a new life
  • What to say and not say to people who are grieving or experiencing loss
  • Simple steps to be a supportive family, friend, or co-worker
  • Ancient approaches to grief & loss, and the process of healing
  • Making peace with regrets, guilt, and despair
  • Finding self-compassion during a bereavement journey
  • Ancient Shamanic practices to heal the wounds of grief & loss

Karen writes, “I want you to know something really important. You may be feeling stuck in your grief and wondering why you can’t seem to get over it. I felt the same way until I realized we do not get over grief. It’s not like catching the flu; we aren’t sick. There is no cure, and we can’t medicate it away. Grief is a state of being that carries energy that you can tap into to create a new life. Just as we use the energy of other newly acquired states of being like marriage or parenthood to transform our lives, we can likewise use the energy of grieving to transform.”

Coming up Monday 3/21/22 at 9:30am pst - Dr. Michael A Yassa - UC Irvine Professor and James L. McGaugh Chair in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Neurobiology and Behavior School of Biological Sciences

Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior
School of Medicine

Professor, Neurology
School of Medicine

Professor, Psychological Science
School of Social Ecology

LISTEN to Janeane's conversation with Dr. Michael Yassa

Director, Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
School of Biological Sciences

Research Interests:
learning, memory, aging, alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, depression, anxiety, hippocampus

Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2010, Neurobiology
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2002, Neuroscience
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2007, Psychological and Brain Sciences


Contact: Tom Vasich

Audrey Steele Burnand estate gifts $57.75 million to UCI

Majority will establish world-class, campuswide depression research center

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 7, 2022 — The estate of Audrey Steele Burnand has gifted $57.75 million to the University of California, Irvine to fund the creation of a new campuswide center that will pursue research into the causes and treatment of depression and also support the UCI-managed Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

More than $55 million of the gift is earmarked for advancing depression research at UCI. It’s believed to be the largest philanthropic donation to a U.S. university to support research focused solely on depression, which is the most prevalent mental health disorder in the U.S.

“This is a truly transformative gift from a longtime and great supporter of our vital work,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Audrey Steele Burnand’s legacy will enable us to create a world-class research center that builds upon UCI’s historical excellence in the neurosciences to make life better for millions of people.”

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects about 1 in 15 adults in any given year. And 1 in 6 people will experience the disorder at some point in their life. Depression can occur at any time, but on average, it first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to undergo depression, with some studies showing that one-third of them will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

“This gift provides a unique opportunity for UCI to establish a world-class research center focused on the area of depression, which is extremely important from a societal point of view,” said Pramod Khargonekar, vice chancellor for research. “With our campus strength in interdisciplinary, collaborative research, we are in a great position to leverage this support to produce discoveries about this debilitating disorder.”

The gift will create the Noel Drury M.D. Depression Research Center. Drury is a board-certified psychiatrist who practiced in Newport Beach.

“This is an opportunity for UCI to make an enormous contribution toward helping the millions of people who directly and indirectly suffer from the effects of depression, which has become a major mental health crisis that can lead to job loss, social relationship breakdowns, drug abuse and suicide,” said Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences. “Through the discoveries made at this outstanding new research center, we look forward to becoming a global scientific leader in uncovering the underpinnings of depression and helping those who need it most.”

UCI is distinctively able to use the Burnand gift through the Drury Depression Research Center to conduct innovative research in myriad campus areas – from biology and the health sciences to engineering and the social sciences. The university already has well-established and influential centers for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (UCI MIND), behavior and learning (the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the Conte Center@UCI), and integrative health (the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute) that are potentially poised to benefit from Burnand’s philanthropy.

“I think it’s an extraordinarily exciting development to have a major investment like this in an area in which UCI has so many traditional strengths,” says Dr. Michael J. Stamos, dean of the School of Medicine. “Our objective will be to execute on a full spectrum of research – from basic science to translational studies to clinical trials. It must go from bench to bedside, and I am certain we have the ability to do this.”

About Audrey Steele Burnand
A well-known philanthropist who lived in Newport Beach, Burnand contributed to the arts, education, environmental conservation, and scientific and medical research at institutions throughout Southern California. She died on June 27, 2020. During her lifetime, she supported Alzheimer’s disease research at UCI MIND and made gifts to create and support the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

As part of her estate gift to the university, $2.6 million will go toward providing perpetual support to the UCI-managed Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, which is located in Borrego Springs and is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 75-acre facility provides research and environmental engagement opportunities for students, scientists and the community.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation's top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five 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 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit

Monday, March 14, 2022

LIVE on 3/14/22 at 9:30am pst - actor, producer, stuntwoman, author, and philanthropist Laurie Love

LISTEN to today's show with special guest Laurie Love

Actor, producer, stuntwoman, author, and philanthropist. Laurie Love has been passionate about film and theater since a young age, and she’s using that passion to help change the world.

Laurie plays Nikki Styles in Brian Skiba’s Pursuit (2022) which also stars John Cusack and Emilie Hirsch, and has recently been seen in The 2nd (2020) with Ryan Phillippe and Casper van Dien, and Deadly Excursion: Kidnapped from the Beach (2021) with Samaire Armstrong and Corin Nemec.

Laurie is also a contributor/co-author of the book “From Us For You: Inspiring Stories of Healing, Growth, and Transformation”, in which she bravely recounts her journey with chronic illness and hopes to inspire others going through the same thing. She is an active volunteer in her community and believes that giving back where she can is the most fulfilling gift in life.

Arizona born and raised, she is an honors graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Communications and a Minor in Film and Media Production. Laurie was the co-owner of the award-winning Arizona production and post-production company, Victory Angel Films, LLC. and also previously served on the board for the Arizona Film and Media Coalition with hopes of bringing film and film incentives back to her home state of Arizona. She is currently the Creative Director of Skibavision, which is headed by her husband, director Brian Skiba.

Laurie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, four children, and three dogs.

Monday 3/14/22 LIVE at 9:00am pst - Writer/Director Sharee Silerio shares her short doc - "Black Girl, Bleu" - a short documentary featuring candid interviews with Black women – from a teacher to a community organizer and an entrepreneur – about how the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype impacts their mental wellness.

#blackmentalhealth #strongblackwoman #depression
Black Girl, Bleu Official Trailer | Short Doc | Sharee Silerio
Premiered Apr 12, 2021 

LISTEN to today's show with special guest Sharee Silerio

The official trailer for the short documentary “Black Girl, Bleu." 
In it, Black women share their struggles with mental wellness, including how stereotypical definitions of Black women, such as the "Strong Black Woman" myth, impact the mental health challenges they have been through, face and overcome. 

Director, Writer + Executive Producer: Sharee Silerio 
Director of Photography + Editor: Brittney Butler 

Connect with Sharee Silerio via: Website • 


“Black Girl, Bleu” is a short documentary featuring candid interviews with Black women – from a teacher to a community organizer and an entrepreneur – about how the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype impacts their mental wellness.

In this film, each woman shares intimate details about their struggles with mental health, including what has helped them overcome their challenges. Also, Black female therapists share insight regarding the particular mental health challenges Black women face along with resources, tips and tools to cultivate healing and self-love.

The “Strong Black Woman” stereotype, among others, has created such an abundance of shame, hopelessness and fear surrounding mental health concerns that it also has Black women who are hurting feeling like their only option is to suffer in silence rather than seek the care they desire and need.

It’s often difficult for the people around us to see that we are suffering when we are smiling, being promoted at work, making moves in our businesses or “balancing” our careers, families and love lives. It can be hard to make sense of depression, anxiety or an eating disorder when we are deemed “successful” in others’ eyes.

For Black women, this veil is even thicker, as societal and familial pressures, expectations and perceptions require them to be all things to everyone, at all times.

Through this documentary, we will deconstruct the stigmas surrounding mental health; encourage those around us to realize that mental illness does not “look” any particular way; create a safe, loving space for Black women to share their truth; and help Black women experiencing the same challenges see that they are not alone and healing is possible. We also want Black women to know that they matter, their pain matters and they are loved.

The mission, with this project and others, is to tell stories where Black women and girls exist as full human beings on screen and feel seen, heard, loved and affirmed beyond the screen.

Monday, March 7, 2022

TODAY 3/7/22 at 9:00am pst, Janeane is LIVE in-studio with UC Irvine students, Michelle Thai, Mariana Montserrat Machaen, and Ananya Khanna from the UCI field study team under the Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology. They join Janeane to talk about their involvement with UC Irvine's WISE PAC, mental health strategies and how students can get involved

LISTEN to today's show!


Ananya Khanna

Mariana Montserrat Machaen

Michelle Thai

WISE: The Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology also known as WISE is a new and rising wellness resource for the UCI community after recognizing the greater need for more mental health and wellness resources. We aim to improve and expand upon mental and behavioral health and wellness programming services for the UCI School of Social Ecology students while complementing ongoing campus efforts.

One major project of WISE is the Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology Peer Advisory Collective (WISE PAC): a student-led, student-driven team of individuals within the School of Social Ecology who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. All members are driven and passionate people, who want to create real change in wellness and mental health in the UC Irvine community.

As a team, they aim to destigmatize mental illnesses and increase access to mental health uses and resources. As they continue to expand, they hope to have their efforts reach more to not just the students of UCI, but also the community of Orange County.


1. What is WISE and the WISE PAC?  What’s your field study? 
How do I get involved in WISE? 

2. What is the allcove space and how do I get involved? 

3. What are some personal experiences that you have experienced with burnout? Are you dealing with burnout now? Any self care tips? 

4. What are your views on the current situation pertaining to Ukraine and Russia? 


Michelle Thai is a third year University of California, Irvine student double majoring in Psychological Science and Criminology, Law, and Society. She is part of the Humans of Social Ecology Field Study under WISE and serves as the Director of Marketing and Self Care peer advisor.

Michelle is passionate about supporting people’s wellbeing and I hope to be a mental health counselor for juvenile youth in the future.

Mariana Montserrat Machaen (she/her/hers/ella). She is currently a fourth-year student at the University of California, Irvine. Mariana is currently majoring in Psychological Sciences and Minoring in Chicano Latino Studies. Her current positions at WISE PAC include the Education Cluster Lead and the Director of Design for this wonderful committee. She is also currently participating in the Humans of Social Ecology Field Study and aspires to become a Marriage Family Therapist that wants to focus on trauma and stress among young children and their families.

Ananya Khanna (she/her/hers) is a 4th Year, Psychological Science major. She is in WISE because if she could make a difference in even one person's life she feels that would be amazing. WISE PAC offers a platform to reach out to and be there for one another and so Ananya is so proud to be a part of it.

Her position at the WISE PAC is the social support cluster lead.

Projects under WISE - Field study - Humans of Social Ecology

The project they are currently working on is called Humans in Social Ecology, where they give students, staff, and faculty the chance to talk about various topics surrounding mental health through podcasts, which are uploaded on our Soundcloud.

The allCove space at UCI will be a place “where every youth belongs, chooses the support they need and thrives” and also provides a variety of opportunities for students to support their wellness. They are aiming to provide a space for ages
12-25 years old to decompress and prioritize their mental health in hopes of reducing stigma, embracing mental wellness, increasing community connection, and providing access to culturally responsive services

Important links: 

If interested in Allcove, please contact Lauren -

Coming up May 8th 9:00am - Tom Seeman's forthcoming book, ANIMALS I WANT TO SEE: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

LISTEN “When Tom Seeman told me the story of his childhood, I immediately said that he should write it all down and share it with the world....