Wednesday, May 29, 2024

As we prepare to wrap-up Mental Health Awareness Month, Professor Jason Schiffman joins host Janeane Live on KUCI 88.9fm at 9:00am pt!

ABOUT Dr. Jason Schiffman

Dr. Jason Schiffman is Professor of Clinical Science and the inaugural Director of Clinical Training for UCI’s Clinical Psychology program. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2003. Dr. Schiffman is founder and past Co-Director of the Maryland Early Intervention Program’s Strive for Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Schiffman’s research seeks to refine the identification of young people at risk for psychotic disorders, better understand the effects of psychosocial interventions for adolescents with psychosis, and uncover mechanisms that can reduce stigma against people with serious mental health concerns. 

UC Irvine psychological science professor Jason Schiffman discusses increasing awareness of mental health challenges, decreasing associated stigma, and taking care of ourselves, each other and the dedicated mental health care workforce serving our communities.


Schiffman heads a research team that has published over 200 scientific articles and acquired over $15 million in funding for their work on psychosis. He also trains and consults for clinics across the county on best practices for supporting people on the psychosis continuum. As the director of UCI’s Clinical Psychology Program, he helps guide cohorts of graduate students who are similarly compelled to provide mental health care for others.


UC Irvine’s new Psychological Services Center currently offers individual therapy for adults over the age of 18 who reside in California. Schiffman provides details on what it would look like for community members interested in inquiring about low-cost, evidence-based assessment and therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma and stressor-related disorders, and other mental health concerns.

Listen to Professor Schiffman on UCI's Podcast:
 latest episode of The UCI Podcast.

"Exploring psychosis, stigma, inclusion and well-being" 
Jason Schiffman shares his wide-ranging expertise on the UCI Podcast during Mental Health Awareness Month

Topics discussed in the UCI podcast include:
What is psychosis and what do we know about it?
Why do mental health challenges like psychosis still have a pervasive stigma and how can our community come together to change that?
How is UC Irvine playing its part in providing mental health services with its new Psychological Services Center, and how can community members access care? What are some simple steps we can all take to protect and improve our own well-being? Schiffman answers these questions and more in this episode of the UCI Podcast.

Join us Live Wednesday at 9:30am pt for this insightful conversation!


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Coming up 5/22 at 9:30am - Haleigh Marcello, Founder and Executive Director, Orange County Queer History Project, PhD Candidate - Graduate Feminist Emphasis, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

UCI PhD candidate, Haleigh Marcello,
joins Janeane to talk about some OC Queer History events coming up!

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Haleigh Marcello

About Haleigh Marcello(she/her/hers)

Ph.D. candidate in American history at the University of California, Irvine, interested in the histories of gender and sexuality in the mid-to-late 20th century United States.

Lecturer in Women's Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills

More information on the events is available at

Haleigh Marcello
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of HistoryGraduate Feminist Emphasis, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

University of California, Irvine
Founder and Executive Director, Orange County Queer History Project |

Wednesday May 22nd @ 9:00am LIVE on KUCI 88.9fm - Benjamin Wagner - a creative, consultant, coach, and founder of Essential Industries Incorporated.

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to today's show with Benjamin Wagner.

About Benjamin Wagner

Benjamin Wagner is a creative, consultant, coach, and founder of Essential Industries Incorporated.

Essential Industries (named after the Saint-ExupĂ©ry quote that “What is essential is invisible to the eye”) is a boutique consulting firm specializing in individual and organizational strategy, transformation, communication, and collaboration.

Benjamin consults and coaches executives, high potential professionals and teams seeking to build their business, sharpen their skills, and effectively manage themselves and others. Clients gain the skills to communicate and collaborate effectively, face uncertainty with confidence, lead through transformation and facilitate a positive, respectful, and inclusive workplace culture.

Benjamin’s expertise is shaped by thirty years of leadership as a technology and media executive, award-winning journalist and filmmaker, and Columbia University Punch Sulzberger Fellow. 

In a career spanning print (Rolling Stone, The Saratogian), radio (WCZN-AM, KOTO-FM), broadcast and digital (Lifetime, MTV), and social media (Facebook, Instagram), Benjamin has accrued a strong record leveraging creative, editorial, operational and team leadership strength to build brands, sustainable platforms and global programs at scale while accelerating results.

 From his half-decade helping launch Facebook’s Journalism Project globally and his tenure transforming MTV News from a 9-to-5 TV to a 24/7 digital-first news organization, to his award-winning PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, podcast or forthcoming documentary, Benjamin's hallmark is the essential nature of our shared human experience.

 As half of the filmmaking duo, Wagner Brothers, he researched, interviewed, wrote, voiced, scored, co-directed, produced, and marketed the documentary, Mister Rogers & Me. The film unearths the roots of Mister Rogers' values, unmasks the forces acting against depth and simplicity, and helps viewers develop the means to lead deeper, simpler lives.

The 80-minute feature seized top prize at numerous film festivals before bowing on PBS in 2012. The film aired thousands of times across the country, often as the cornerstone of pledge drives, and garnered coverage in The New York Times, Washington Post, and more. 

In October 2023, Benjamin premiered his second documentary, Friends & Neighbors, in which he “looks for the helpers” who are helping to heal a deeply anxious and uncertain America. The film is screening in independent theatres throughout Mental health Awareness Month, and is slated for wide release in May 2025.

Benjamin released his tenth studio album, Constellations, recorded at Muscle Shoal’s legendary FAME Studios, in 2022.



Friends & Neighbors



Benjamin Wagner

Wagner Brothers
Wherever You Go (Music Video)
Benjamin Wagner Dot Com (Website)

Brief Description:

When Wilmington filmmaker Benjamin Wagner was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he saw the impact of trauma and adverse stress all around him. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the subject of his 2012 PBS documentary "Mister Rogers & Me," he decided to "look for the helpers” healing our anxious and uncertain communities.

Long Description:

When Iowa-born filmmaker Benjamin Wagner was diagnosed with PTSD in 2021, he suddenly saw the impact of trauma, trauma, adverse and chronic stress all around: in rising incidences of gun violence and hate crime, growth of antidepressant uses and binge drinking, and a mental health crisis so urgent that it prompted a national hotline.

And so he decided – as Fred Rogers, the subject of his 2012 PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, always encouraged him – to “look for the helpers.”

In Friends & Neighbors, Wagner returns to his own developmental traumas to better understand their causes, context, and impact.

He interrogates his career to recognize how adverse stress maladapts our nervous systems and drives unhealthy coping mechanisms and poor health outcomes. He seeks insight from the people who are working to make the communities around them whole by helping heal a deeply anxious and uncertain population.

And he, in the words of his hero, one-time neighbor, and the subject of his 2012 PBS documentary, Mister Rogers & Me, Fred Rogers, always encouraged him, “looks for the helpers” in post-pandemic America, the people who are working to make themselves and the communities around them whole by helping heal a deeply anxious and uncertain population.

People like friend, Anne Kubitsky, who's Look for the Good Project is bringing social-emotional wellness, resilience and hope to grammar schools across America.

People like neighbor, Sarah McBride, whose election as America’s first transgender state senator accelerated dignity, equality, and a level playing field for all.

People like friend, Michael Tyler, who channeled the traumas of troubled inner-city childhood into the Carl Sandburg Literary Award-winning children’s book, The Skin You Live In.

People like neighbor Logan Herring, whose purpose-built community development is combating decades of structural racism, wealth inequality, and systemic neglect through affordable food, housing, and health care.

And people like friend Kelli Rae Powell, whose music therapy brings relief and joy to terminally ill patients.
By sharing these stories and journeys, we make space for others to do the same, and provide roadmaps for healing, and strategies for healthier lives and communities. Because, as Fred Rogers often said, when we "make the mentionable manageable,” we find a way forward together. And “when we look for the helpers, we know that there’s hope.”


· Written, Produced & Directed by Benjamin Wager

· Edited by Christofer Wagner

· Director of Photography Ismail Abdus-Saleem

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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

“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. I am so glad he did. Animals I Want To See is a terrific and moving memoir about dreaming big and making great things happen.”

–President Bill Clinton

“Tom Seeman has penned an extraordinarily engaging book about his struggles as a youngster, the many folks who 'packed his parachute,' his spiritual journey culminating in finding deep meaning, and the joy he feels in helping others. Read it and be inspired.”

–Deepak Chopra, New York Times bestselling author

From child janitor to the Ivy League—a luminous, uplifting coming-of-age story


A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds


When Tom Seeman was seven, he moved with his parents and nine siblings from a cramped, dingy tenement to a house on Bronson Street. It was only a fifteen-minute drive to their new neighborhood in North Toledo, which didn’t look that different from their old neighborhood in East Toledo. Their home still belonged to the Housing Authority, and when they stepped inside and turned on a light, scores of cockroaches skittered in every direction. But their new house was bigger than the one they had before, with a field in the back that teemed with treasures: wild animals who made their homes among the trash that littered the weeds. To young Tom, it seemed like paradise.

In Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds (Post Hill Press; May 14, 2024, $30.00 hardcover), Tom Seeman, who went on to graduate summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, nail a perfect score on his LSATs, and attend Harvard Law, looks back on his hardscrabble childhood in Toledo, Ohio, during the turbulent ‘60s and ‘70s. He doesn’t sugarcoat his neighborhood encounters with bullies, dog bites, broken glass, and other dangers—or his moments of shame over second-hand clothes and food stamps. Yet throughout, he focuses on the simple joys of friendship and holidays, unexpected acts of kindness and generosity, and the welcoming neighbors who made Bronson Street a community.

The fifth child of a brood that would reach a dozen, Tom was different from his siblings and often escaped their close quarters by working. Whether scrubbing toilets, cleaning coal chutes, planting vegetable gardens, or amassing a sizable paper route, he was grateful for every job and possessed a talent for finding wonder in the most unexpected places. Powered by a dream of one day getting to travel the world and see an ever-growing list of wild animals, Tom spent a lot of time alone, mapping out not only where he wanted to go, but who he wanted to be.

Blonde and Catholic, Tom was also different from most of the other kids in the projects, who battled racism along with poverty, and Animals I Want To See puts a fresh lens on the notion of separateness by viewing cross-racial friendships through the eyes of a child. The book follows Tom through his education at Catholic private schools on scholarships supplemented by his afterschool and weekend work as a janitor; his dedication as an altar server and struggles with his faith; his dream of getting into an Ivy League college; and his determination to achieve success. While getting caught up in Tom’s adventures, readers will meet and reflect on:

His Mom, “a seemingly endless well of calm,” who wound up married young to a man who drank too much. She gave birth to twelve children in fifteen years and channeled her creativity, resourcefulness, and sheer will into making the seemingly impossible possible. Whether baking cookies, turning scraps of fabric and sundries into clothes for her children and their stuffed animals (which she also made), or always finding a way to fill twelve Easter baskets, she had a knack for stretching a dollar and for making life’s ordinary moments feel magical.

His Dad, who rarely interacted with his children, preferring to spend his time at home sitting in his corner of the couch with a paperback novel, a cigar, and a beer—and his mother’s bachelor brothers, Uncle Dick and Harold, who took Tom and his siblings on duck feeding outings and secretly made sure that Santa never skimped on Christmas gifts.

The three Black men Tom counted among his heroes—Muhammad Ali; Mr. Noble, the neighbor who took him fishing; and Mr. Everett, the tough-to-impress teacher who encouraged him to shine in an interscholastic speech contest by reciting a poem about slavery by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a Black poet from Ohio, with “zest” and “soul.”

His boyhood friend, Jeffrey, who was smart and funny, and who didn't shy away from sharing his views; his adolescent foray into petty crime as part of The Halfs, a group of friends named for its two white and two Black members; and his resolve at age thirteen, after heaving pumpkins off a bridge and into traffic below, to choose a different path than delinquency, prison, and despair.

Thanks to his hard work and reliability, and the kindness and trust of neighbors, teachers, priests, coaches, bosses, mentors, and strangers, Tom’s impoverished childhood was filled with enriching experiences from summer camp to art lessons to meeting Jimmy Carter, which ultimately gave him the confidence to aim high and the conviction to live a purposeful life.

Tom Seeman shares the most important lesson he’s learned: “Every act of kindness, no matter how small makes a difference.” And every day, he tries to do something kind for a stranger. “Some days it’s something small, like letting someone into my lane in traffic,” he acknowledges, “and some days it’s something sizable, like creating a scholarship for underserved kids… Most days, my promise falls somewhere in between.” He hopes Animals I Want To See will inspire readers to both believe in their own ability to defy odds and be kinder to others.

More early praise for Animals I Want To See:

“Tom Seeman's Animals I Want To See is the book we need now. Tender, wise, gracefully written, this memoir tells one boy's life, but it does so much more: it revitalizes a sense of American optimism. … I couldn't put it down.”

–Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

“Tender and insightful, Animals I Want To See takes readers on a profound journey from an impoverished community to the American Dream as a young boy defies expectations and succeeds against all odds. Prepare to be moved and inspired as you discover the transformative power of determination and the resilience of the human spirit.”

–David Ambroz, bestselling author of A Place Called Home: A Memoir


A philanthropist and business leader recounts a youth marked by poverty and other challenges.

Seeman grew up in a family of 14 in a housing project in Toledo, Ohio, a shoddy place where his mother stepped into a second-story hallway and nearly fell through to the floor below. It was a place where the bridge over a local roadway offered a useful metaphor: “On one side of it looms prison, despair, hunger of all sorts. On the other, freedom, pleasure, and the untold treasures that come from living a purposeful life.” He adds, “Which way will I go? Statistics say I will not choose wisely.” Allowing for a few mishaps, though, the author chose well, urged on by a wise football coach who cheered him and his teammates through losses as well as victories and by a teacher who raised difficult topics instead of “the solid kinds of questions that had unequivocal answers.” Seeman was aspirational from a young age; his title comes from a bucket list that he kept in school, quite literally enumerating animals that he wanted to see in their natural habitat. Years later, he succeeded in that goal—just in time in some cases, for the tigers he sought out in India have since been wiped out by poachers. So, too, were many of his young friends swept up by that despair and its sequelae—even as the author took every opportunity to gain an education, eventually winning a scholarship to Yale, where he continued his relentless work, “studying at the library until the last possible minute before running to make it on time to the next new experience.” His lists and life rules expanded accordingly, including one that guides him today: “Do something kind for a stranger.”

Inspirational without mawkishness, a satisfying rags-to-riches yarn.


TOM SEEMAN grew up in a family of fourteen on welfare and food stamps in the projects of Toledo, Ohio, and went on to own and lead several businesses. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Yale, where he rowed on the crew team and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, before going on to earn his Juris Doctor at Harvard Law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He funded a scholarship that actively seeks disadvantaged students to attend St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo—the same school that generously gave him a scholarship and that he credits for helping him fulfill his dream of attending a top college. He has worked across the globe, lived in five countries, and traveled to over one hundred. He makes his home in Massachusetts with his wife, four children, three dogs, and a cat.


A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

By Tom Seeman

Release date: May 14, 2024

ISBN: 9798888453568

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