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Allen Cardoza


Allen Cardoza is a licensed private investigator with 30 years experience working with families dealing with "at risk" youth.

Having escorted thousands of teens to specialized schools and programs, returned hundreds of runaways and retrieved many abducted children, Allen has a unique outlook on what our kids are going through and what can be done to help them thrive! And if that doesn't to survive it as parents.

This show brings you answers and options to raising children today and in our constantly changing future.

Answers for the Family will address issues such as international parental abduction, locating your runaway teen, family crisis intervention, self defense, building self esteem, addictions, new innovations in the field and specialized programs that can really help.

Listen to Allen and his many Answers for the family experts Mondays at 11:00AM (PST) discuss ways to help you navigate through the many challenges of family life.

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Marvin Smith

Following his days as a NFL Linebacker for the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, Marvin Lynn Smith used his status to create a pathway toward helping youth as a community leader and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Micro-Enterprise Academy, later named Doris Topsy-Elvord Academy (DTEA), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charter school foundation and community-based youth enrichment program that integrates technology, leadership and entrepreneurship education to teach participating students to design and manage micro-enterprises using state-of-the-art technology.

This creation was born out of the desire to inspire children and parents through education, advocacy appeal and enrichment services. Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy, State of California-authorized public charter school, addressing the critical need for innovative educational alternatives for economically disadvantaged students.

The organization's ongoing mission is to provide a rigorous standards-based college preparatory program, while preparing students to obtain knowledge and skills for success in life.

A former standout student-athlete and Pomona, CA native, Smith became an academic scholar and Pre-Med student at California State University Fullerton. He went on to a successful NFL career that was sidelined by injury and followed by early retirement. His love for community outreach is reflected by his commitment to giving back and teaching younger generations how to develop and build their own communities through effective leadership. As a direct result, he is Master Certified in Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i) with a personal mission of adding value to the lives of Generations X, Y and beyond.

In 1998, he and his wife Karla established the Fundamental Understanding of Neurological Nurturing (FUNN) Enrichment Center and created 'Corporate Kids/CyberKlub' (CK2), an after-school program in Pomona, CA that provided computer lab and technology training while reinforcing positive character development. It was geared for students aged 11-16 who did not have a computer at home, and whose parents were unable to offer financial support. CK2 addressed the digital divide and inspired academic achievement and community leadership in its participants. Some of Marvin's CK2 students include recent graduates of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), Dartmouth College, and numerous other colleges and universities.

In 2009, Smith was elected as President of The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Former Players and remains an active member. Marvin earned a Master's degree in Business with an emphasis in Organizational Management and Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He has received a Certificate of Marketing Principles from the University of Southern California (USC); earned his Bachelor's in Psychology from California State University of Fullerton and is an ordained minister.

Listen to Allen & Marvin Live Mondays at 11:00AM (PST)

Show Date
Show Summary & Guests
Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 08/19/2013
"Adventure-based Therapy: Teaching Teamwork & Responsibility"

Show Guest: Kurt Fairbank

Kurt Fairbank joins Answers for the Family to discuss how wilderness programs provide opportunities for students to experience the great outdoors in a manner that not only provides a healthy outlet for their energy, but also provides a successful rehabilitation and personal growth opportunity.
Monday, October 6, 2014
DON'T TRY TO FIND ME, A Mother's Greatest Nighmare

SHOW GUEST: Holly Brown

DON'T TRY TO FIND ME is a gripping debut novel by Holly Brown, a practicing marriage and family therapist based in San Francisco. From the note on the table stating: Don't try to find me, I'll be okay  ... you are drawn into the family dynamics that lead to a teens decision to run and his/her parents' desperate attempts to deal with self-blame, overwhelming fear, and the possibility that they may never find and bring their child home. This is a show you will not want to miss as Holly delves into the warning signs and how parents might foresee and preempt such an event from every happening to them.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 08/25/2014
"The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide To Ending The Stress Of School"

Show Guests: Hunter Maats And Katie O'Brien

A number of 'popular' books address what is wrong with the educational system and how to possibly improve our troubled schools, but there has not been a book, until now, written directly to and for the student. The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World cuts to the chase about the fact that any student is capable of learning, doing well in school and even getting straight A's. Don't miss a really amazing "how-to" by Hunter and Katie, as they map out an easy, no-nonsense action plan that students can apply in the new school year. They will show your audience that anyone can learn anything... Even physics. Yes. Even you!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Like A Child To Home: What it Means to be a Social Worker in Child Welfare"

Show Guest: Bill Engleson

Bill Engleson's first novel, Like a Child to Home, is a powerful and original take on what it means to be a social worker. Like a Child to Home provides insight into the reality of how hard it can be to gain the trust of an injured youth. Take a journey with Bill, as he guides listeners into a world he himself experienced for more than 25 years. A world social workers face every day as they try mightily to put into place resolutions that will be in the best interest of each child.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 02/24/2014
Manage the Gift of ADD-HD - using the power to be uniquely who you are...without apology

Show Guest: Dr. Kevin Ross Emery

Dr. Kevin Ross Emery invites our audience to join the movement to Manage the Gift of ADD/HD! The stakes are high for all of us when it comes to finding our own path in life. For those living with ADD/HD, harnessing creativity, increasing productivity and living to your full potential are sadly often achieved only through medical treatments. According to Dr. Emery, it does not need to be this way!

If you've had difficulty managing your ADD/HD or have faced criticism from parents, teachers, friends, business associates or anyone else for perceived laziness and bad behavior, you will not want to miss this show. Join us to learn strategies to turn problematic, personal relationships and career misfortunes into effective, fulfilling experiences and success..
Monday, August 25, 2014
"The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide To Ending The Stress Of School"

Show Guests: Hunter Maats And Katie O'Brien

A number of 'popular' books address what is wrong with the educational system and how to possibly improve our troubled schools, but there has not been a book, until now, written directly to and for the student. The Straight A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World cuts to the chase about the fact that any student is capable of learning, doing well in school and even getting straight A's. Don't miss a really amazing "how-to" by Hunter and Katie, as they map out an easy, no-nonsense action plan that students can apply in the new school year. They will show your audience that anyone can learn anything... Even physics. Yes. Even you!
Monday, August 18, 2014
"Meet Jamie Now: A Life Free Of Autism"

Show Guest: Krista Vance

Krista Vance, author of  Meet Jamie Now: A Life Free of Autism, shares a story of hope for families with beautiful children lost in the world of autism.  This story cannot help but inspire as Krista Vance proves that almost anything is possible. The access she provides to doctors, therapists, new technologies and approaches to nutrition offers solutions that will help guide people through their own demanding life-altering conditions. Join us and experience all the bends and jolts of this unconventional account of conquering adversity as you meet Jamie Now!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Leadership From Within And Its Impact On Underserved Communities

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Jason Carthen

According to Dr. Jason Carthen, underprivileged and disadvantaged students are the single greatest challenge in any educational system and their communities. Based in social psychological research, the goal of introducing leadership training to these youth is to combat negative stereotypes, introduce youth to positive role models, and help them increase their self-confidence. A show filled with passion and solutions, join us as Dr. Carthen shares his techniques for helping underprivileged children learn the leadership skills to not only help themselves,but find the joy of helping others succeed as well.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 01/6/2014
"NOT BY CHANCE: How Parents Boost Their Teen's Success In And Out Of Treatment"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Tim Thayne

Struggling teenagers with addictions, learning disabilities, or emotional/behavioral issues have brought their parents to a moment of decision. Heartsick, anxious, and exhausted, questions bounce endlessly around in a parent's mind, "Will this work? Was this really necessary? Will she or he ever forgive me? Can we handle him at home when the time comes?" Dr. Tim Thayne delivers the answers in his groundbreaking book "Not by Chance." As an owner/therapist of wilderness and residential programs, his mission is to vastly improve long-term success by crafting and proving a model to coach parents on their power to lead out through full engagement during treatment and management of the transition home. This show serves up critical, concrete tools, hope, confidence, and stamina for families, professionals and mentors.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
"TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL KIDS: Finding and Nurturing Gifted, Talented Students with Challenges or Disabilities"

SHOW GUEST: Lois Baldwin

Lois Baldwin, President of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS), describes the emotional and learning struggles these children experience and how they many times go unnoticed, resulting in learning gaps and undeveloped potentials. One of the most common characteristics these children have in common is low self-esteem that results in behaviors such as: anger, self-criticism, crying, disruptiveness, withdrawal, apathy and more. Join us for an exciting show as Baldwin shares how we can identify these children and structure a learning environment and curriculum to overcome these obstacles.
Monday, July 7, 2014
"Safely Ever After: Safe-Smart Rules That Empower Kids and Their Families Against Child Predators

SHOW GUEST: Pattie Fitzgerald

Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, provides up-to-date information and prevention education programs to help empower families against child predators. Pattie explains how younger Children don't have to be paranoid or fearful when it comes to safety. They simply need to learn some vital skills and strategies so they can recognize a potentially threatening situation. And for teens, Safely Ever After this is a not-to-be-missed show that focuses on appropriate physical and relationship boundaries, and how to trust their instincts and make safe choices as they gain more independence.
Monday, June 30, 2014
"Relationship: The Key To Treating Self-Harm and Cutting in Young Women

SHOW GUEST: Kevin Randall, LMFT

According to Kevin Randall, self-harm is an increasingly pervasive symptom of emotional distress among young women. For many, self-harm is not a coping skill, it is a survival skill. A great show with amazing insight, Kevin describes to our audience the healing process that is essential for young women to come out of treatment, not just able to survive life, but able to reach their life's unique potential while working through their pain.
Monday, June 23, 2014
"BEYOND ADDICTION: How Science and Kindness Help People Change"

Show Guest:  Carrie Wilkens, PhD and Nicole Kosanke, PhD

Addiction impacts 1 in 4 families in the United States. Family and friends search for ways to help their struggling loved ones survive destructive substances and behaviors. Delivered with warmth, optimism, and humor, Beyond Addiction gives readers the best practical advice science has to offer, as well as exercises and examples that allow the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) method to be successful. Join our listeners in learning about the practices what really work in therapy and in everyday life, and discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Ancient and Powerful Methods For Relieving Stress and Boosting Natural Healing

SHOW GUEST: Dr. and Master Zhi Gang Sha

Countless people are suffering from stress that they cannot overcome. In his new book SOUL HEALING MIRACLES, Master Zhi Gang Sha, shares incredible techniques that can help solve our physical and mental problems. It offers knowledge to understand the connection between you, your mind, and the universe, and shows what you can do to improve this connection, which will improve your life. Master Sha will read on-air chants to help our listeners relieve stress and be happier - you don't want to miss this!
Monday, June 9, 2014
"The Secret Life of Sleep: Why Sleep Is As Important For Our Bodies And Minds As Being Awake?"


The Secret Life of Sleep, by award-winning author and licensed Mental Health Counselor, Kat Duff, explores what happens between the time we close our eyes in at night and the moment we wake up in the morning. "Sleep," or lack of it, Duff says, "is one of the most important influences on our health and well being" ... tune in and hear how The Secret Life of Sleep changes the way we look at and value our sleep!
Monday, June 2, 2014

Show Title: "Everyday Happiness: A Guide That Shows Happiness is a Skill You Can Learn, Practice and Master"

Show Guest:  Dr. George Kimeldorf

Dr. George Kimeldorf shares with our audience his personal story of finding happiness, and how others can do the same. In his new book, FROM SEEKER TO FINDER: Discovering Everyday Happiness, he offers an honest account of what it took to uncover the skills of being happy. He reveals that it is not a mystical power - happiness is an ordinary skill you can learn. 

A captivating show on the most sought after of human desires, be sure to tune in as Dr. Kimeldorf explains how he mastered the skill of being happy, the ways it changed him forever, and how you too can achieve the same joy in your life.

Monday, May 26, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Stepping up to Understand and End Child Abuse - JoyRide: Life, Death and Forgiveness

Show Guest: Pamela Koefoed

What do an explosion, four house fires, fleeing from toxic chlorine gas, and escaping an attack by a knife-wielding assailant mean to author Pamela Koefoed? Each of these events-part of her early childhood-are graphically depicted in her new memoir, JoyRide: Life, Death and Forgiveness. Ms. Koefoed and her sister are two gutsy little girls who draw on the love they have for each other, hold onto faith, and rise above the unthinkable to show us all the way to a richer and more meaningful life. A journey that is so important, JoyRide is extraordinarily well-done and a journey everyone must take!
Monday, May 12, 2014

Encore presentation of installment 09/16/2013
4-1-1 On Step Parenting: Overcoming The Challenges Can Bring Great Rewards

Show Guest: Michele Sfakianos

When you add his kids, her kids, his ex, her ex and the in-laws to any relationship, you're sure to have gained added pressure. Michelle Sfakianos shares with our audience why parents and step-parents should be more understanding and attentive to actions that may alienate them from their partner or the children. Michele's book, "4-1-1 on Step Parenting", is an comprehensive guide that will help everyone involved make the transition successfully. It also highlights critical things to consider when blending a family such as: finances, living arrangements, holidays, grandparent responsibilities, and legal ramifications. If you're in a blended family or plan to be soon… You won't want to miss this show!

Monday, May 5, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 10/14/2013
"Opening Doors to Science and 21st Century Skills for Underrepresented Youth"

SHOW GUESTS: Liz Sims & Carol Wiley

The mission of Earth Explorers is to open doors to science and engineering careers by educating and mentoring underrepresented youth. Liz Sims and Carol Wiley describe their students as girls, minorities, students living in poverty, and youth with disabilities, many of whom will be among the first generation in their families to attend college. Using video and new media technology they connect young people to science and future career opportunities in their communities, as well as establish networks of resources that will help our students succeed beyond the classroom. Listen and learn what you can do to improve education for all of our children!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Finding Joy in the Most Unlikely Places

SHOW GUEST: Roy Dimond & Jeff Leitch

Saving Our Pennys, by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch, is a non-fiction work about one teacher who is having a life crisis. He slowly learns that the magic of life can be found through a labyrinth of experiences, which ultimately unveil the face of hope through a most unexpected source - his student!  An inspirational show about real life events, Saving Our Pennys re-ignites the fire in our hearts through hope and caring. It reveals the incredible power of our intentions and the purity found in the voices of our youth that you will not want to miss.
Monday, April 14, 2014
A Question that Can Change Your Life!"

SHOW GUEST: Peter Bregman

Here are questions Peter proposes you ask yourself throughout your day: What can I do, right now that would be the most powerful use of this moment? What can I say? What action can I take? What decision can I make that would have the greatest impact? This powerful show challenges you to answer them honestly - which could well be the path to choosing new actions that could bring better outcomes. It takes courage, but it's also what brings the greatest payoff!
Monday, April 7, 2014
"Making Informed Choices: The Possibility of Mental Health Recovery Without Medication"

SHOW GUEST: Lisabeth Riis Cooper

Emotional distress has many causes and can be a normal reaction to pain, stress, major life changes, trauma and social isolation. Distress can't simply be reduced to a biochemical imbalance. Lisabeth Riis Cooper shares with our audience evidence-based research on psychotropic medications which prove people can and do recover from extreme emotional distress, often without the prolonged use of medications. A paradigm-changing show, Riis Cooper believes families and individuals can make informed choices about medication use or non-use to optimize health, personal recovery goals and quality of life.
Monday, March 31, 2014
"Raising Parents, Raising Kids: Hands-On Wisdom For The Next Generation"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Dawn Menken

In this cutting-edge book, therapist, parent, and visionary Dr. Dawn Menken introduces a fresh approach to the joy and wonder of the world of parenting - going beyond the conventional "how to" book. She turns the tables on what many people perceive as "bad behavior", explaining that childhood lying is an "expression of powerlessness." Explains that children rebel or sneak around because they are in environments where they do not have a voice. Menken asks parents to celebrate how every relationship is unique. Adults who want to meet kids where they are and nurture their development need to tap into their inner child and discover the power of dreams, fantasy, and play. This is a great show for a parents of kids of all ages!
Monday, March 24, 2014
"SOUP NIGHT: Recipes for Creating Community around a Pot of Soup"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Dawn Menken

Soup nights are popping up all around the United States as a stress-free way to bring neighbors together. The host provides two or three pots of soup, and the guests bring their own dishes and silverware, and perhaps a salad or some bread. Neighbors get to know each other by name, people of all ages connect and socialize, and the neighborhood becomes friendlier and safer. In Soup Night, Maggie Stuckey offers a practical guide to starting your own soup night group, along with 99 delicious soup recipes and 40 recipes for accompaniments.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 08/5/2013
"Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear"

Show Guest: Carrie Goldman

Our guest, multiple-award-winning author Carrie Goldman, shares with our audience how she became an unexpected voice for the international anti-bullying movement.  In Bullied, Goldman brings together the expertise of leading authorities with proven strategies and concrete tools for teaching children how to speak up and cope with teasing, taunting, physical abuse, and cyberbullying.  Bullied won a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom's Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, which is the highest honor offered.
Monday, March 10, 2014
"The Womens Code: Happy Women, Happy World"

Show Guest: Beate Chelette

Beate is fiercely determined to create a new Core Code of Conduct by which women will live happier, more successful lives and as results show - have better relationships with other women and men.

Beate's new book, "The Women's Code: Happy Women, Happy World" addresses all phases of a woman's life and explains important tools to unlock the knowledge that got buried along the way and allows you, through awareness, to access the support and collaboration to turn the seemingly impossible complexity of who you are into clarity and focus to create a happier life.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Nigerian 419 Scams: YES, it is true that the average take is $5,000 per American victim!

SHOW GUEST: Geoff Browne

According to filmmaker, Geoff Browne, Nigerian scams are one of the most common types of fraud and confidence tricks on the planet! Perpetrators of advance-fee fraud, also known as "419" or "Nigerian letter scam", are estimated to rake in close to 10 billion dollars a year from their victims. Geoff describes to our audience his experiences while traveling in Nigeria and his conversations with the people at the heart of this activity - both victims and perpetrators! You will not want to miss this exciting show that begs the question, "Why are they so successful at out smarting so many people?"
Monday, February 24, 2014
Manage the Gift of ADD-HD - using the power to be uniquely who you are...without apology

Show Guest: Dr. Kevin Ross Emery

Dr. Kevin Ross Emery invites our audience to join the movement to Manage the Gift of ADD/HD! The stakes are high for all of us when it comes to finding our own path in life. For those living with ADD/HD, harnessing creativity, increasing productivity and living to your full potential are sadly often achieved only through medical treatments. According to Dr. Emery, it does not need to be this way!

If you've had difficulty managing your ADD/HD or have faced criticism from parents, teachers, friends, business associates or anyone else for perceived laziness and bad behavior, you will not want to miss this show. Join us to learn strategies to turn problematic, personal relationships and career misfortunes into effective, fulfilling experiences and success..
Monday, February 17, 2014
Encore presentation of installment 02/25/2013
"Teens Overcoming Anxiety with HeartMath"

Show Guest: Jeff Goelitz

Jeff Goelitz joins Allen to discuss how HeartMath helps children and students learn to govern themselves. The program's techniques show kids and adults how to regulate their behavior, manage emotions and thoughts, plan and organize activities, and sustain attention in daily tasks. HeartMath's unique blend of neuroscience, practical strategies and self-regulation skills help people overcome anxiety resulting from stressful family, school and social situations in order to reach their potential.
Monday, February 10, 2014
"Tipping Sacred Cows, The Uplifting Story of Spilt Milk and Finding Your Own Spiritual Path in a Hectic World"

Show Guest: Betsy Chasse

Wife, mother, and award-winning producer of the sleeper hit What the Bleep Do We Know?! Betsy Chasse thought she had it all figured out...until she realized she didn't. In Tipping Sacred Cows, Chasse takes readers on a playful romp through the muddy fields of spirituality, urging them to tip over their sacred cows of belief. You will not want to miss her witty, yet unflinching, dissection of her own experience exposes the fragile beliefs we all hold dear and her candid, no-nonsense guide to crafting your own answers as experienced by one of the most humorous and perceptive spiritual experts of our time.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Exceed Your Expectations: From Physical Rehabilitation to Achieving Fitness Goals

Show Guest: Alan Vogel

Rehabilitation and physical therapy specialist Alan Vogel, describes to our audience the three typical phases treatment. The initial phase is to control pain and/or inflammation. The second phase is to stabilize and/or optimize movement (if appropriate) depending on the extent of your complaint. The final phase of care is active participation where Alan explains to our audience how personalized "hands-on" treatment and educating patients about their diagnosis, prognosis, outcome and rehabilitation can help them to achieving maximum level of performance in activities related to work, sport, leisure and daily life! Given the fact that one in every four Americans suffer from pain ... this is a show you will not want to miss.
Monday, January 27, 2014
The 52 Weeks, Get Inspired, Get Going, Get Unstuck

GUESTS: Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin

Edging into forty-something, Karen and Pam, authors of The 52 Weeks, found themselves in a state of stuck. After griping over drinks one night, they came up with a plan to face their fears, rediscover their interests, renew their relationships, and give back to the community. They challenged themselves to try one new thing every week for a year-from test-driving Maseratis to rock climbing to dance lessons-and to blog about their journeys. Tune in and start taking those small steps to keep growing, learning, and achieving at any age.
Monday, January 20, 2014
"TO SOFTEN THE BLOW: A powerful, true story that will change the way you look trauma and loss!"

Guest: Lynnie Vessels

TO SOFTEN THE BLOW, is a roadmap to healing for suffering of all kinds - alcoholism, mental illness, physical abuse... 100% relevant for our time... this book takes you step-by-step, through the courageous, often messy, and sometimes harrowing journey of recovery. If you liked The Glass Castle and Eat, Pray, Love, you will love this show and TO SOFTEN THE BLOW! This powerful book will change the way you view your world.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Meaningful Talk... Made Easy and Living Life Fully Engaged!

Guest: Keith Dorscht

Think of the last important conversation you tried to have with your teen, your spouse or other family member. How did it turn out? Did you argue? Were voices raised? Did it end up the same place it always ends up? How would you like to see that change? Well, it is possible to turn negative into positive conversations according to the creator of The Communication Cure, Keith Dorscht. Don't miss this extraordinary show and Kick off the New Year with easily implemented strategies to make "meaningful talk" an everyday occurrence in your life.
Monday, January 6, 2014
"NOT BY CHANCE: How Parents Boost Their Teen's Success In And Out Of Treatment"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Tim Thayne

Struggling teenagers with addictions, learning disabilities, or emotional/behavioral issues have brought their parents to a moment of decision. Heartsick, anxious, and exhausted, questions bounce endlessly around in a parent's mind, "Will this work? Was this really necessary? Will she or he ever forgive me? Can we handle him at home when the time comes?" Dr. Tim Thayne delivers the answers in his groundbreaking book "Not by Chance." As an owner/therapist of wilderness and residential programs, his mission is to vastly improve long-term success by crafting and proving a model to coach parents on their power to lead out through full engagement during treatment and management of the transition home. This show serves up critical, concrete tools, hope, confidence, and stamina for families, professionals and mentors.
Monday, December 30, 2013
"THE 60 SECONDS FIX: Reduces Stress & Raises Test Scores!"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Regalena Melrose

We all seek quicker, easier solutions to our stressful lives, but still want a "practice" that is scientifically proven to work. Using the latest neuroscience as well as years of experience with clients, Dr. Reggie demonstrates in her new book "The 60 Seconds Fix" how in less time than opening a bottle of wine we can free ourselves from negativity and rewire our brains ("calm the brain-body") to tap into our "flow" - The Zone - so we can stay engaged in life without being overwhelmed by it. When dealing with stubborn entrenched patterns, this show promises to flip your perspectives upside down.;
Monday, December 23, 2013
Encore presentation of installment 11/22/2010
Holiday Skits & Contests That Bring Families Together

Special Guest:  Cornell Christianson, Playright, Producer and Author of "Holiday Skits & Contests"

With the holidays coming soon, Allen and Melody are joined by Cornell Christianson, author of a new book entitled "Holiday Skits & Contests" that promises to reconnect and bring families together. If you don't smile at least 10 times listening to this show… then you're working too hard and need this book immediately!
Monday, December 16, 2013
"Our Children's Launch, or failure to launch into Adulthood"

SHOW GUEST: Rohini Ross & Aaron Bernard

What does "failure to launch" really mean and why are we seeing so many teens and young adults struggling with transitioning to adulthood? Rohini Ross and Aaron Bernard describe Vive Family Support Program's focus on helping teens and young adults with all kinds of transitions, whether they are transitions to life supporting themselves, to college, or transitions home from an out-of-home program. Join us and catch the "Vive" as Ross and Aaron help us all understand one of the most important transitions a person can make; the transition into a healthy and contented adulthood.
Monday, December 9, 2013
"Home Drug Testing: More than Detecting Adolescent Drug Abuse, it can be Stepping Onto The Road To Recovery"

SHOW GUEST: Tim Chapman

Too many parents are relying on their noses in an attempt to detect marijuana and alcohol, but a human's nose cannot detect the silent killers that are opiates like painkillers and heroin. Tim Chapman explores with our audience home drug testing, and why it is important to look beyond marijuana in today's pill popping society. Tim is a strong supporter of the Teensavers Home Drug Test Kit, as an effective part of the solution to detecting and fixing the problems of drug and alcohol abuse. Don't miss this very informative show which brings solutions for raising our children drug-free through adolescence!
Monday, December 2, 2013
"Transforming Troubled Boys into Responsible Young Men"

SHOW GUESTS: Garth Lasater & Mike Randall

Garth Lasater and Mike Randall join the show to discuss the Seven Challenges® Program at Ashcreek Ranch Academy (ARA) that simultaneously helps teens address their substance abuse issues, as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems, and psychological issues. They discuss how a family-style environment complete with a highly effective horsemanship program in which students are active, physically challenged, and engaged in healthy activities leads to higher self-esteem and accepting of more responsibility. In this not-to-be-missed interview, Lasater and Randall give our audience an insight into ways to transform troubled boys into responsible young men!
Monday, November 25, 2013
"The Health Benefits of Love and Laughter"

SHOW GUEST: Mitchell Rabin

According to Mr. Rabin, speaker, holistic psychotherapist and the host of A Better World Radio & TV, when we feel a lot of love daily, we release greater amounts of "the love hormone," oxytocin, which in turn provides a sense of connectedness and meaning. Mitchell describes how breathing, creative visualizations and the power of love and laughter can dramatically improve physical and emotional health, and reduce tension and stress. We invite you to join us for an hour of fun and great insights!
Monday, November 18, 2013
"The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing"

SHOW GUEST: Br. Bernie Siegel

Renowned medical doctor and spiritual teacher, Bernie Siegel, introduces his newest title, The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing demonstrating how you can tap your body's potential to heal. After studying the use of crayon drawings by patients of all ages facing life-threatening disease, Bernie founded Exceptional Cancer Patients to facilitate self-induced healings, which were often called miraculous. Bernie realized our bodies actually want to heal, and we can aid this innate propensity through what are currently seen as unconventional practices, including drawing, visualization, dreams, love, and laughter.

Tune into this exciting show and explore with us the practices that can help with everything from diagnosing and understanding your illness to making the correct treatment decisions to sharing your experience with loved ones and caregivers.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Emotional Intimacy Within The Family: The Importance of Not Keeping Secrets

Show Guest: Lisa Smith

From an early age we subconsciously learn whether it is safe, or not, to share our feelings and thoughts with those closest to us. According to Lisa Smith, the safest place for children to experience "emotional intimacy" should be with our family. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. This not-to-be-missed interview examines the factors that cause us to avoid emotional intimacy, and then brings us full circle providing the steps every family can take to make emotional intimacy a reality!"
Monday, November 4, 2013
The Marvelous Learning Animal: What Makes Human Behavior Unique

Show Guest: Dr. Authur W. Staats

What makes us human? In recent decades, researchers have focused on innate tendencies and inherited traits as explanations for human behavior. Renowned psychologist Arthur W. Staats thinks this trend is misleading and that the immensity of human learning has not been understood. In Staats newest book, THE MARVELOUS LEARNING ANIMAL, he also shares his findings on what parents can do to increase the odds that their child does not become dyslexic, a largely untreatable condition that affects a large percentage of our school children (as many as 1 in 5 students). Don't miss this insightful interview that reveals the uniqueness of our species and the immensity of our learning capabilities that we are only just beginning to understand.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Encore presentation of installment 05/21/2012
"Think Yourself Young" - Fundamental Truths About Postponing Aging"

Guest: Peter Baksa

In Peter Baksa's new book, Think Yourself Young, you will learn how to abandon your "misperceptions of Life" and summon up the courage to face life's fundamental truths, a premise that can lead to a more youthful and joyous life by simply making the right physical, mental, and dietary changes to your current lifestyle.

Peter Baksa, author of Think Yourself Young, has pursued academic excellence--receiving several advanced degrees from the University of Illinois, followed by post graduate research as a visiting professor/lecturer. Peter has worked with many charities, is a professional speaker, author, musician, and artist. Peter has recently been featured on Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, which is carried by The Huffington Post.
Monday, October 21, 2013
MY SON AND THE AFTERLIFE: Conversations from the Other Side

Show Guest: Dr. Elisa Medhus

Dr. Elisa Medhus describes her emotional journey through grief to healing and skepticism to belief—discovering the answers that forever changed her life. Until her son Erik took his own life at the age of twenty, Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. The tragedy surrounding her son's death forced her to seek answers, to ask those universal questions we have all asked ourselves: Is there life after death? Do the dead communicate with the living? In My Son and the Afterlife, answers are finally revealed. Through a series of conversations, Erik reveals a compendium of new knowledge on the nature of death and afterlife, the abilities and activities of the soul, and the powerful experience that love knows no boundaries—not even death. Check out this powerful and enlightening show.
Monday, October 14, 2013
"Opening Doors to Science and 21st Century Skills for Underrepresented Youth"

SHOW GUESTS: Liz Sims & Carol Wiley

The mission of Earth Explorers is to open doors to science and engineering careers by educating and mentoring underrepresented youth. Liz Sims and Carol Wiley describe their students as girls, minorities, students living in poverty, and youth with disabilities, many of whom will be among the first generation in their families to attend college. Using video and new media technology they connect young people to science and future career opportunities in their communities, as well as establish networks of resources that will help our students succeed beyond the classroom. Listen and learn what you can do to improve education for all of our children!
Monday, October 7, 2013
With Hunger a National Issue ... Why is 40% of All Food Produced in the US Wasted

Show Guest: Dana Frasz

Dana Frasz describes to our audience how Food Shift works collaboratively with communities and businesses to increase awareness and shift behaviors toward a more sustainable use of food. Food Shift creates replicable programs and tools which can be implemented in every city across American, and around the world. Through reducing waste she believes we can create jobs, feed the hungry, conserve natural resources, combat climate change and cultivate more sustainable communities. Currently Food Shift has an ad campaign that encourages people to sign the pledge to reduce food waste.
Monday, September 30, 2013
"Get in the Game: Introducing Young Adults to the Real World"

Special Guest: Wendy Snodgrass

Learning Life Company, A Non-Profit Corporation, and the Get in the Game program introduces adult life skills to young people ages 15 to 22. Wendy Snodgrass shares with our audience how Get in the Game facilitates interactive learning, self-awareness, and leadership via interships, service-learning projects, life skill activities, ambassadorships, career-path exploration, and more. It's a practice round at the game of life.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Securing Funding and Insurance Coverage for Families with Children in Need!"

GUESTS: Graham Anderson & Linda McKinney

Graham Anderson shares with our audience how American HealthCare Lending has provided funding for therapeutic health programs. The organization gives families instant credit decisions with funding options up to $100,000 (all unsecured loans). They can approve challenged credit cases and only offer healthy loan products with no prepayment penalties or retroactive interest.

Later in the show Graham is joined by Linda McKinney, who has worked in admissions, marketing and crisis counseling within the therapeutic community for over 23 years. Together they tackle the topic of helping families navigate the insurance system when accessing the benefits a patient is entitled to under his or her health plan contract.
Monday, September 16, 2013
4-1-1 On Step Parenting: Overcoming The Challenges Can Bring Great Rewards

Show Guest: Michele Sfakianos

When you add his kids, her kids, his ex, her ex and the in-laws to any relationship, you're sure to have gained added pressure. Michelle Sfakianos shares with our audience why parents and step-parents should be more understanding and attentive to actions that may alienate them from their partner or the children. Michele's book, "4-1-1 on Step Parenting", is an comprehensive guide that will help everyone involved make the transition successfully. It also highlights critical things to consider when blending a family such as: finances, living arrangements, holidays, grandparent responsibilities, and legal ramifications. If you're in a blended family or plan to be soon… You won't want to miss this show!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Follow Your Heart: A Heroic Journey from Crippling Paralysis to Extraordinary Success

Show Guest: Phil Devitte

One moment Philip Devitte had everything a guy could dream of: a beautiful wife and family, and a great career. The next moment his car suddenly spun out of control and with it his life. Philip Devitte shares with our audience his determination to walk again after the doctors and nurses said he would be paralyzed the rest of his life. Follow Your Heart is the story of one man's defiance of his fate and his heroic efforts to stand on his own two feet again. Philip shows how we can stand up in the face of adversity and still achieve extraordinary success.
Monday, August 26, 2013
"They Made Me Do IT! Life in a Cult"

Show Guest: Elle Benet

Elle Benet has faced many extraordinary challenges following her escape from the religious cult in which she spent her entire childhood. In her new book, "They Made Me Do It", Elle shares personal accounts of how transforming negative experiences into positive one can actually create an amazing future. "I chose to make my life journey an open book in the event it could inspire someone facing their own challenges in life," said Elle Benet. "To show them there is light at the end of the tunnel and to not give up on your dreams and goals."
Monday, August 19, 2013
"Adventure-based Therapy: Teaching Teamwork & Responsibility"

Show Guest: Kurt Fairbank

Kurt Fairbank joins Answers for the Family to discuss how wilderness programs provide opportunities for students to experience the great outdoors in a manner that not only provides a healthy outlet for their energy, but also provides a successful rehabilitation and personal growth opportunity.
Monday, August 12, 2013
"The Power of a Quality Education"

Show Guest: David Jackson & Tyeler Viel

According to long-time educator and president of Orange County's largest non-sectarian private school, David Jackson, the best gift you can give your child is a quality education. In this interview, Mr. Jackson shares with our audience his insights into what a quality education really looks like, some little-known tips for affording a private school education, and how to find the right school for your child. Joining Mr.Jackson during the second half of the program is Tyeler Viel who will talk about Fusion Academy's revolutionary one on one teaching model and the Orange County Private Schools Association's upcoming annual school fair which will offer one convenient place for families to find information about their member schools.
Monday, August 5, 2013
"Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear"

Show Guest: Carrie Goldman

Our guest, multiple-award-winning author Carrie Goldman, shares with our audience how she became an unexpected voice for the international anti-bullying movement.  In Bullied, Goldman brings together the expertise of leading authorities with proven strategies and concrete tools for teaching children how to speak up and cope with teasing, taunting, physical abuse, and cyberbullying.  Bullied won a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom's Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, which is the highest honor offered.
Monday, July 29, 2013
"Answers for the 4A Epidemic: Healing for Kids with Autism, ADHD, Asthma & Allergies"

Show Guest: Dr. Joseph Cannizzaro

Our guest, Dr. Joseph Cannizzaro shares with our audience the alarming statistics of diagnosed cases of autism, ADHD, asthma, and allergies which are increasing exponentially, especially among children. After thirty years in pediatric medicine, Dr. Joseph Cannizzaro has found an unmistakable web of interrelationship among the 4-A disorders and has learned to recognize many of the patterns behind them.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
"Revolutionary Agreements: Twelve Ways To Transform Stress And Struggle Into Freedom And Joy"

Guest: Marian Head

Revolutionary Agreements is a delightful, practical guide to living a positive life. Social entrepreneur and author Marian Head invites us to join her in a revolution to create a positive world of positive lives, despite today's prevailing paradigms of negativity. The Twelve Agreements' tools are simple, practical and profound, and are organized within three unifying principles: Truth (to be our authentic selves); Acceptance (of ourselves and others); and Gratitude (to appreciate the gift of this moment). We are grateful to have her on the show, listen and find out why?
Monday, July 8, 2013
"Center for Discovery: The Exploding Epidemic of Eating Disorders"

Guest: Dr. Jennifer Henretty & Jennifer Gorman

Quick to find a cause for the issues of teen and child eating disorders, images of 'perceived beauty' portrayed in every fashion magazine and television advertisement are too often blamed for an increased obsession to be thin, but there's a lot more to it than that. Dr. Jennifer Henretty and Jennifer Gorman join Answers for the Family to talk about their life-changing work with teens and women who are struggling with eating disorders as a result of negative coping mechanisms and/or mental illness. Tune in to learn more about this epidemic and what is being done to help those in need.
Monday, July 1, 2013
"Understanding Internet Addiction Disorder"

Guest: Dr. Hilarie Cash

Hilarie Cash joins Allen and our audience to talk about her organization's groundbreaking program: The "reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery" which is specifically oriented towards launching tech dependent youth and adults back into the real world. reSTART understands that Internet and gaming addiction often co-occurs with other mental health conditions. Their program is individually designed to address a wide variety of underlying issues which may contribute to excessive Internet use - e.g., family problems, divorce, childhood trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Compass Rose Academy's Clinical Growth Model: Helping Teenage Girls Grow

SHOW GUESTS: Mike Haarer & Dr. John Townsend

Mike Haarer and Dr. John Townsend share with Allen and our audience Compass Rose Academy's clinical growth model which goes beyond symptom reduction to address problems at their source. Their unique methods accurately diagnose and treat issues in key areas of the internal character structure.
While symptom reduction is often temporary, Compass Rose's in-depth work builds healthy character needed to meet life's challenges during the teen years, and into adulthood.
Monday, June 17, 2013
SEGMENT 1: "The Game has Changed!"

Guest: Chris Herren

Chris Herren shares with our audience his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy Award nominated ESPN documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. Chris founded The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing assistance to families affected by addiction, and in 2012 The Herren Project launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance

SEGMENT 2: ""THE END OF DIABETES: The Eat To Live Plan To Prevent And Reverse Diabetes"

Guest:Dr. Joel Fuhrman

More than 40% of Americans aged 20 and older have either diabetes or prediabetes. Dr.Joel Fuhrman shares with our audience his life-changing new book, THE END OF DIABETES: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes, which shows us the top five foods that can protect us from diabetes and serious lifestyle diseases, help us live healthier and longer, and lose weight in the process. His "nutritarian" eating plan has helped thousands of diabetics free themselves from daily insulin injections or oral medications, lose significant amounts of weight, and return to a state of health they did not think was possible.
Monday, June 10, 2013
"Nurturing the soul of your Family", 10 ways to Reconnect and find Peace in Everyday Life

GUEST: Renee Peterson Trudeau

Renee shares with our listeners her belief that each family has its own beautiful, unique essence or sacred connection. Trudeau states, "When your family is feeling disconnected, stuck, or at odds - don't just swallow the pill fed to us by TV sitcoms that this is how family life is. Pause and be open to new ways of seeing and being. In her new book, Trudeau shows readers how to find inner peace while they're in the mist of everyday life -carpooling, navigating homework, making dinner, etc... She shows how to forge strong family bonds for deep, sustainable connections, and tap into the healing power of nature.
Monday, June 3, 2013

"Getting Their Attention and Re-engaging the Lines of Family Communication"

GUEST: Al Kileen

Allen and our audience is joined by Al Killeen to explore the historic and transformational changes facing families, as well as in their communities, nation and the world. We are in a new era for humanity and the world when many (if not most) traditional societal structures are diminishing in their impact and effectiveness.  How do Parents in this new environment KNOW that they are being good parents? Is there a handbook somewhere, or does it take a new approach to the issue that may be enhanced by asking certain questions (of our children and ourselves) to insure that we are living up to the responsibilities of this most-precious role of stewardship? Listen and Learn!

Monday, May 27, 2013

"THE ART OF A SILLINESS: A Creativity Book For Everyone"

GUEST: Carla Sonheim

Anyone looking to get back in touch with their creative side should speak with creativity workshop instructor Carla Sonheim, whose fun and innovative ideas help adults recover a spontaneous and playful approach to life.  Carla Sonheim's joins Dr. Melody and our audience to share her innovative new book, THE ART OF A SILLINESS, which offers dozens of fun, engaging ideas and activities that will inspire everyone to recover their childlike sense of wonder.  From drawing upside down to imagining different worlds, Sonheim presents different ways of being creative that will open up new worlds to you and your family. In her interactive and whimsical book, Sonheim helps spark our imaginations to embrace a fun and fearless approach to life and art.

Monday, May 20, 2013

"CARRY ON, WARRIOR: Thoughts On Life Unarmed"

Glennon Doyle Melton

Last year Glennon Doyle Melton wrote an essay called Don't Carpe Diem that went viral and was shared half a million times in less than a week.  The essay was about how parents can learn to embrace their imperfections, and stop hiding behind the idea that moms and dads need to enjoy every second of parenthood.   Glennon shares with Allen and our audience her journey of mistakes, triumphs, and how she finally learned to begin forgiving herself for not being a perfect mother or wife.  CARRY ON, WARRIOR showcases how parents can find comfort in their own lives and routines without sacrificing what is important to them
Monday, May 13, 2013

"One Kid at a Time: Adopting and Raising a Child Nobody Wanted"

GUEST: Jake Dekker

More than one hundred thousand American children are in need of a forever home, Jake Dekker discusses with Allen and our audience his book, One Kid at a Time, which recounts the heartwarming story about a single, successful man who adopted a child no one else wanted.  Dekker has made it a priority to share the challenges we face and difficulties the troubled Foster Care system places on our nation. Most of all, he forces us to acknowledge the American-born children who have been abandoned, abused, and neglected, while at the same time sharing the love that 10 year old Danny has brought into his life.

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Clean: Overcoming addition and ending America's greatest tragedy"

Guest: David Sheff

David Sheff shares with our audience how addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. Clean is a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems and for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they're in. But it is also a book for all of us - a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

"LETTING GO FOR FUN AND PROFIT: How Advances in Neuroscience Inspire Change"

Guest: Mary Sommerset

Mary Sommerset joins Allen, Dr. Melody and our audience to discuss her new book, Letting Go for Fun and Profit which she co-authored with Public Health Expert Jean Stoll.  Letting Go for Fun and Profit is a revolutionary look at how to improve your life by changing your brain.  With real life stories that show how changing your attitude CAN permanently hardwire your brain in as little as four weeks, the authors convincingly argue that telling our brains the same thing over and over again will create neural pathways that lead us out the pits we've dug for ourselves.  Simply by using a few of their proven tricks, we can use research in neuroplasticity to inspire the change in ourselves that we've always wanted to see - but never knew how to kick-start.

Monday, April 22, 2013

"BETTY GOES VEGAN: 500 Classic Recipes For The Modern Family"

Guest: Annie and Dan Shannon

What can the family do to bring healthier foods to the table, is a challenge that Annie and Dan Shannon share with our audience as they discuss their new cookbook, BETTY GOES VEGAN: 500 Classic Recipes For The Modern Family. Authors and food lovers, Annie and Dan Shannon have created a user-friendly guide to making delicious comfort food 'vegan' meals for the whole family ... many inspired by the original Betty Crocker Cookbook

Monday, April 15, 2013

"The History & Effectiveness of Wilderness Therapy"

Guest: Dr. Will White, Co-founder of Summit Achievement Academy

Dr. White discusses with our audience how the field of Wilderness Therapy can be traced back to the late 1800's but little has been written about its complex history until now.  Today's teenagers are exposed to environments where peer pressure, drugs, violence, sex and financial instability affect both behavior and perception of life. Wilderness therapeutic programs encourage and challenge them to succeed through experiential learning and therapy, without the aid of modern conveniences. The focus is on experiential learning, team work, natural consequences and the development of healthy coping skills. Listen and learn about the evolution of Wilderness Therapy. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

"Real Life Treatment in a Real World Setting"

Guest: Jonathan Young

Dr. Melody Foxx is joined by Jonathan Young of New Lifestyles Treatment & Transition Program, where students are offered the ability to grow and thrive beyond current limitations and discomforts while making friends and continuing educational and/or career development.New Lifestyle's uniqueness among programs for young men and women 18 years of age and older is in their ability to provide a clinically intensive opportunity for self-development and growth within a typical and non-stigmatizing community setting that promotes a sense of freedom and choice.

Monday, April 1, 2013

"America's First Interpreventional Cardiologist, Prevent, Not Stint" 

Guest:Dr. Joel Kahn

For over 25 years, Dr. Joel Kahn has been studying and treating patients with known or suspected heart disease. He shares with our audience that although the wonders of medical innovations to treat this disease are saving thousands of lives everyday, his experiences and research have led him to the conclusion that we are not keeping our eye on the target, which is prevention. Listen and learn how with a few consistent choices in exercise, portion control, food selection, stress management and joyful activities you and your loved ones can lead a longer, happier and healthier life!

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Your Ultimate Life Plan: How to Deeply Transform Your Everyday Experience" 

Dr. Jennifer Howard

Dr. Jennifer Howard, named one of Twitter's TOP 25 Celebrity Doctors and dubbed its 'Funniest Shrink', joins Allen to discuss her book, YOUR ULTIMATE LIFE PLAN, a hands-on, real-life workbook that offers wisdom from her popular classes and lectures. In YOUR ULTIMATE LIFE PLAN Howard begins where psychology meets spirituality, and ends where passion meets purpose.  Her book will help you connect with your deepest essence, and will leave you more conscious about where you're going, and how you'll get there.

Monday, March 18, 2013
"Problems Don't Occur In A Vacuum, Neither Do Solutions"

Guest: Janet Farnsworth

Allen is joined by Janet Farnsworth, program director of Alpine Academy, to discuss Alpine Academy's unique and highly sophisticated therapeutic program, level system and token economy that assists the staff in modifying behaviors using a rational that adolescent girls understand, as well as point to the direct consequences of their behavior. Teaching interactions, role-plays, positive correction activities, and skills such as: accepting the decisions of others, appropriately disagreeing, developing empathy for others, and expressing feelings help students replace inappropriate behavior with socially appropriate behavior.
Monday, March 11, 2013

"The Age of Adolescent Anxiety: Why Now? What Does It Look  Like? And, What Do We Do?"

Guest: Dr. Daniel Villiers

Dr. Villiers, founder of Mountain Valley Treatment Center, shares with our audience what he refers to as a generation of "children in hiding," where anxiety and fear have created a mass exodus escaping the social and academic pressures of school, to the safety of the home. 
Dr.Villiers and the mother of a student at Mountain Valley, bring insight into why our children are experiencing this epidemic of anxiety now, how we can identify the problem, and what parents can do to help.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Welcome To A Cooler World:
Empowering the Most Vulnerable in Our Society"

Guest: Chet W. Sisk

In Chet's words: "The best single indicator of great leadership in the new world is measured by our ability to empower the most vulnerable in our society."   Former advertising executive and journalist Chet Sisk has spent the last 10 years of his life as a volunteer Life Skills instructor at a homeless shelter. He shares with our audience his observations on the transition and change occurring with our youth, and the similar transition happening around the world.  Chet gives clear data on these changes, including the decrease in world poverty, the emergence of empowerment philosophies, the reduction in wars, the decline in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the growth of sharing. Listen and learn what you can do to help pay it forward.

Monday, February 25, 2013
"Teens Overcoming Anxiety with HeartMath"

Show Guest: Jeff Goelitz

Jeff Goelitz joins Allen to discuss how HeartMath helps children and students learn to govern themselves. The program's techniques show kids and adults how to regulate their behavior, manage emotions and thoughts, plan and organize activities, and sustain attention in daily tasks. HeartMath's unique blend of neuroscience, practical strategies and self-regulation skills help people overcome anxiety resulting from stressful family, school and social situations in order to reach their potential.
Monday, February 18, 2013
"FoodTank - Feeding, Teaching and Transforming The World's Youth"

SHOW GUEST:  Danielle Nierenberg

Danielle Nierenberg shares with Allen how FoodTank works with students in schools and many helping organizations in both developed and underdeveloped countries, helping establish school gardens and incorporating environmental sustainability into curriculum.  By teaching kids early about growing, preparing, and eating food, Food Tank hopes to cultivate the next generation of youth that will understand the importance of healthy living, as well as preserve culinary traditions of their cultures, regardless of where they live in the world.
Monday, February 11, 2013

"Emotional Eater's Repair Manual"

Guest: Julie Simon

Author Julie Simon joins Dr. Melody to discuss self-care skills, body-balancing principles and soul-care practices that can put an end to overeating and dieting forever.According to Simon, weight loss, better energy, improved health and self-esteem will naturally follow with the proper emotional programming, with no need to count calories, weigh or measure food, go hungry, or perform exhausting workout routines.

Monday, February 4, 2013

"Saving Teens - Where Families Turn When They Have Nearly Given Up Hope" 

Leslie Goldberg

Long term therapeutic treatment for teens is expensive and out of the reach of approximately 98% of the families in the U.S.  Leslie Goldberg joins Allen to discuss Saving Teens In Crisis Collaborative, an internationally-known non-profit organization that works with health organizations, educational consultants, wilderness programs, boarding schools, rehabilitation centers and educational advocates to fund and support families in need of help, who make too much to get government assistance and aren't in the upper 2% that can easily afford it.

Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Communication Cure - Meaningful Talk Made Easy"

Guest: Keith Dorscht

Sharing, listening and talking are all part of how we communicate. Keith Dorscht, founder and author of the book with the same name, The Communication Cure. The book and online program are easy-to-use interactive resources that lead you through complete conversations on restoring communication, preventing future crises, developing strong relational bonds and enjoying your life connected with the ones you love. This is one show we all can benefit from!

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Where is Ben Franklin When We Really Need Him?

Tom Fitzgerald

Tom Fitzgerald, author of Poor Richard's Lament, takes Allen and our listeners on a whirlwind tour in time and space as we examine the life of Benjamin Franklin - a man who never sought political power, yet had more influence on shaping the American character than any other figure in American History. In today's society where parents are struggling to teach their children the values of honesty and contributing to the welfare of others, many of us are asking ourselves why our political leaders are seemingly so far off this path, and most of all, "Where is Ben Frankin When We Need Him?

Monday, January 14, 2013
"Short Term Pain vs. Long Term Gain - Balancing Family Finances"

Guest: Warren Greshes

Warren Greshes joins Allen in a lively, "no holes barred" discussion of the important strategies individuals need to put into motion TODAY to avoid the pitfalls of high-cost "predatory" borrowing, maximize savings and build a secure future for themselves and their families. 

Warren Greshes is an internationally acclaimed professional speaker, best-selling author and broadcaster. His book, "The Best Damn Sales Book Ever: 16 Rock Solid Rules for Achieving Sales Success," has been a business best-seller and is available worldwide. His new book, "The Best Damn Management Book Ever: 9 Keys to Developing Self-Motivated High Achievers," is in bookstores everywhere.

Monday, January 7, 2013
"Ending Addiction for Good"

Guest: Richard Taite

Cliffside Malibu CEO and founder, Richard Taite, shares with Allen how he overcame addiction and used the knowledge he learned in his recovery to help others, through his treatment center and best-selling book; "Ending Addiction for Good".

Richard has lived in the Los Angeles area his entire life. He graduated from UCLA with dreams of becoming a lawyer, but addiction intervened. It took Rich a decade of struggle to recover. In July of 2005, Richard opened Cliffside Malibu, a boutique addiction treatment facility for men and women. He and his team use treatment methods based on the "Stages of Change" model, a model that worked for Rich's own recovery.
Monday, December 17, 2012

"So Good They Can't Ignore You"

Cal Newport

Cal Newport, author of SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU, joins Dr. Melody to debunk the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. According to Newport, not only is the cliche flawed -- it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. Newport's clearly written manifesto is mandatory reading for anyone fretting about what to do with their life. He provides an evidence-based blueprint for creating work you love. SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOUwill change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life.

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School Superstar (Random House, 2010), How to Become a Straight-A Student (Random House, 2006), and How to Win at College (Random House, 2005). In his role as an author, Newport has appeared on ABC, NBC, andCBS and on over 50 radio networks, including ABC Radio, USA Radio, andXM Satellite Radio. His advice has been featured in major publications including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Monday, December 10, 2012

"The Warrior's Heart , Becoming a Person of Compassion & Courage"


Best-selling author, Eric Greitens, shares with Allen Cardoza, Dr. Melody and our listeners the motivation behind his latest book,The Warrior's Heart, which includes stories from his childhood and teenage years growing up in Missouri. While it is meant to entertain, inspire and empower kids, The Warrior's Heart was also written in a way to teach them about building good character, developing virtue, and making good decisions. 
One way Eric does this is by embedding short "You" scenarios throughout the book that allow kids to exercise their moral imagination. (For example, in one "You" scenario, they are asked to imagine solutions for dealing with a bully.) Finally, the last chapter of the book is a note directly from Eric to the readers, asking them to serve in their communities. By following the Mission Planning Guide (which can be found at, they'll be able to do just that.

Eric served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and was deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. He served as the  Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, and as Commander of an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2005, he was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow. His military awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.

A photographer and writer, Eric is the author of three books. Strength and Compassion is a collection of photographs and essays that was recognized as ForeWord Magazine's Photography Book of the Year, and as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival. His second book, The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, relates Eric's story of leadership and service as a humanitarian and a warrior, and was a 2011 New York Times Bestseller... and of course his latest The Warrior's Heart.

Monday, December 3, 2012

"How Cultivating a Sense of Calling Can Help Teens Build a Meaningful Future Career"

Guest: Brian Dik and Ryan Duffy

Whether the path is college first or moving directly into the work force, teens are rarely prepared to attain a fulfilling career and work experience. Allen is joined by authors, Ryan Duffy and Bryan Dik to explore what it means for teens to approach their future career as a calling - not in a Pollyanna pie-in-the-sky sense, but as a realistic, achievable goal accessible almost to anyone.

Bryan Dik, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University and co-founder and chief science officer of Career Analytics Network, the creators of jobZology, a new online career assessment and job-matching portal. His research targets calling, meaningful work, religion and workplace spirituality, vocational interests, and career development interventions. He serves on the editorial boards of six research journals, including Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Journal of Career Assessment. He is recipient of the 2010 Early Career Professional Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology, and is co-editor of two other books: Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace.

Ryan Duffy, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida. Ryan's research is primarily in the areas of vocational psychology and positive psychology. Topics he has studied include "calling", job satisfaction, well-being, work volition, work values, and the interface of spirituality and work. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Career Assessment and Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Conversation Transformation - Changing The Way You Communicate!" 

Guest: Ben Benjamin & Amy Yeager

Allen is joined by Ben Benjamin and Yeager, Authors of Conversation Transformation, which gives readers a new understanding of why any conversation succeeds or fails. And it won't stop there, presenting "how to" and practical skills needed to transform the challenging conversations in one's own life and work. The learning methods in the book are grounded in the latest neuropsychology research, and the skills are drawn from SAVI (the System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction), a framework that has been used for more than 40 years to improve communication in couples, groups, work teams, and organizations.

Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D., is a consultant, coach, writer, and entrepreneur who has been teaching communication skills for more than thirty years. In recent years, his teaching and writing have focused increasingly on SAVI (the System for Analyzing Verbal interaction). A certified Senior SAVI Trainer, Ben has developed and led communications workshops for a wide range of organizations-including various business sectors, such as finance, legal, and manufacturing, as well as educational, healthcare, and religious institutions.

Amy Yeager is a certified Senior SAVI Trainer. She has designed and led SAVI trainings for multinational corporations, schools, healthcare organizations, and other nonprofit institutions, as well as individualized coaching programs and Web-based seminars for ongoing skill development. Amy received her BA in Psychology from Harvard University, with a focus on the philosophy of language and conscious experience and the relationship between physical and psychological manifestations of emotion.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fusion: Creating Better Humans On The Planet”

Show Guest:   Michelle Gilman

Allen and his guest, Michelle Gilman, explore what it means to create 'better humans on the planet', as well as greater academic performers. Gilman feels strongly that today's educational approach is overlooking the fact that students are daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, girlfriends, boyfriends, etc. - with a plethora of issues and thoughts surrounding these roles. Listen and learn how we all can help create happier, healthier and greater humans to be part of the next generation!

Fusion Academy's one teacher to one student per subject approach provides an educational environment that goes beyond academics to create a better, more compassionate, creative and industrious human being. Gilman and her colleagues believe that creating a better human on the planet is a much higher calling in the long run than creating the next accountant or the next lawyer. They want our  kids to leave feeling more confident, more aware of themselves, more accepting of both their strengths and their weaknesses, and on a path that will lead to success in all areas of their lives.

Michelle Rose Gilman, President and Founder, started Fusion Academy in 1989 with six students. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Specialized Education from the University of South Florida. Prior to launching Fusion Academy, she spent 17 years creating social-skills and self-esteem workshops for children of all ages. Michelle is the author of ten books geared toward students and their parents. 

Monday, November 12, 2012


Guest: Ed Bacon

Ed Bacon joins Allen to discuss his new book which explores how every person can live a full and creative life if they can learn to move through troubling emotions such as fear, anger and sadness to find the "beloved" within themselves and in others. 8 HABITS OF LOVE shows readers how to create a full, meaningful life by developing simple habits -- stillness, truth, forgiveness, compassion, play, candor, generosity, and community by asking such important questions as: How do I know I'm living the life I should be? How do I forgive those who have hurt me? How do I talk candidly with difficult people? How do I best help others when they need it? And How do I let go of the past and move forward. Listen and hear the answers to those questions and more!


Our guest today, Ed Bacon, is the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California - a 4,000 member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish, with a reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda. Bacon has received several honors for his peace and interfaith work. He has been a guest on Oprah's Soul Series on XM's Oprah & Friends Radio, as well as The Oprah Winfrey Show, which led to a regular role as guest host on Oprah's Soul Series and contributor on

Monday, November 5, 2012

"You're Stronger Than You Think"

Guest: Dr. Les Parrott

During the first half of the show Allen and Dr. Melody are joined by psychologist Dr. Les Parrott, author of You're Stronger Than You Think, who believes everyone can access the power to do what they feel they can't. With practical insights and hard-earned wisdom, he explains that by changing how one thinks, understanding what one feels, and using the power that lies untapped deep in one's soul, they can summon strength they didn't know they had.

Les Parrott, PhD, is a New York Times number one bestselling author. He is co-founder of the Center for Relationship Development. He is the co-author of such books as High-Maintenance Relationships, Love Talk, 3 Seconds, The Hour that Matters Most and the award-winning Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (with Leslie Parrott). He has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and appeared on The View, The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Good Morning America and The Oprah Show.
Monday, October 29, 2012

"Getting and KEEPING Kids Sober, Healthy and Happy"

Guest: Jamison Monroe

Allen and Dr. Melody are joined by Jamison Monroe to discuss what parents can do when kids start down the "wrong" path? Where to look for help, what works and what does not, as well as what happens after treatment. With that in mind, Monroe believes strongly in educating families so that they can more effectively help their children with addiction issues.


With years of personal recovery experience -- compassionate and effective treatment of adolescent health is mission critical to Jamison Monroe. Monroe began his descent into alcohol and drug abuse as a teen, while hiding behind that all too familiar 'happy family" facade. Despite a supportive family, Monroe remained in this life-threatening cycle until he was admitted to a treatment center that focused on personalized, comprehensive and holistic treatment that allowed him to safely address his individual underlying issues, while balancing an effective amount of family involvement. Newport Academy is the culmination of Jamison's journey and desire to create a unique setting to help teens and their families recover from the destructive effects of behavioral health issues.

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Who Am I? Teenage Identity Crisis"

Guest: Brian Pace & Nathan Meng

Allen and is joined by Brian Pace and Nathan Meng to explore the current trends and issues with adolescents as they develop their own personal identities. The issue of "who I am" is very important, particularly during adolescence. This identity development may include the adoption of a set of values and ideals, a sexual orientation or gender identity, religious beliefs, cultural significance, and a vocational direction. Those with a well-developed identity give a sense of one's strengths, weaknesses and an individual uniqueness. Those with a less well-developed identity are not able to define his or her personal strengths and weaknesses, and do not have a well articulated sense of self. 


Brian Pace was one of the original contributors to the development and start up of Red Rock Canyon School (1999).  Brian has been the Red Rock Canyon School Executive Director since 2004, leading a team of professionals in the development of the Care Schools, which include: Red Rock Canyon School, Mount Pleasant Academy, Falcon Ridge Ranch and Lava Heights Academy. 
Brian earned a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling, and has built a reputation as one of the most experienced professionals in the adolescent treatment field.  

NATHAN MENG is a primary therapist for the organization and has been on the residential treatment stage for just over 5 years. Nathan received his PhD from Brigham Young University and his masters from Seattle Pacific University. His areas of expertise include Family Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Adolescent Therapy and Substance Addictions.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"GENIUS: Ignite Your Brains Potential"

Guest: Mike Byster

Allen and Dr. Melody welcome back to Answers for the Family, Mike Byster, creator of the award-winning math and memory system BRAINETICS, to discuss his upcoming book, GENIUS: Ignite Your Brain's Full Potential Using the Brainetics Approach that explains his revolutionary new method to achieve a faster, sharper, more inventive mind--regardless of IQ! In this highly anticipated first book, Byster brings his complete one-of-a-kind program to all ages and audiences. Whether you're a student struggling in school, a teacher or parent trying to get the best results from your class or kids, an entrepreneur or CEO looking for a competitive edge, or a senior citizen wanting to strengthen your memory, Byster's system offers the secrets to becoming more effective, confident, and successful at work, home, school, and even in sports and at play.


Mike Byster is the creator of the entertaining and engaging multi-disk DVD program to build increased mental capacity called Brainetics, winner of the 2008 Parent's Choice Award & 2012 Mom's Best Award. Byster fields more than 10,000 calls each year from schools requesting him to visit, and now offers programs geared specifically for adults. He has been featured on 20/20, Reader's Digest, Bloomberg News, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and countless local and regional media channels across the country, among others.

Monday, October 8, 2012
"The Birchcreek Secret To Total Health"

Ron and Julie Odato

Allen is joined by Ron and Julie Odato from their wonderful resort in Costa Rica to discuss their new book, The Birchcreek Secret to Total Health which addresses the alarming fact that approximately 34 percent of adults in the United States -- or approximately 73 million -- are obese. Experts agree that obesity is reaching epic proportions and has even become a national security threat. Ron and Julie Odato, founders of Birchcreek Retreat Weight Loss and Wellness Center, seek to reverse this epidemic for the nation and for healthy lives with their new book. With their program, participants never weigh food or count calories and carbohydrates again. You can eat food and feel complete, and eliminate cravings, bingeing, and that ferocious sweet tooth.


Ron and Julie Odato, founders of Birchcreek Retreat Weight Loss and Wellness Center, have dramatically improved not only their own lives but also the lives of thousands of others through this well-designed and well-tested program, enabling thousands of people to enjoy natural healing and restoration. Listen and join the many people who are finding their way to this remarkably easy approach to rapid weight loss and health restoration.
Monday, October 1, 2012
THE FOREVER FIX: Gene Therapy to Stop Disease Before It Starts"

Guest: Dr. Ricki Lewis

Allen is joined by Dr. Ricki Lewis to explore the exciting new world of Gene Therapy.  THE FOREVER FIX is a book that tells the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed.Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science. THE FOREVER FIXis compelling and engaging narrative that explores the future of medicine, as well as the stories of families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.


Dr. Lewis is also the author of Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, currently in its 10th edition and used worldwide, from McGraw-Hill Higher Education; co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks; and founding author of the introductory textbook Life. She is author of Discovery: Windows on the Life Sciences (Blackwell Science), and the novel Stem Cell Symphony, about using rock music to activate stem cells in the brain to cure disease.

Monday, September 24, 2012

"THE SYNTHESIS EFFECT: Does Life Have To Be A Struggle?"

Guest: John McGrail

Allen, Dr. Melody and Dr. John McGrail discuss his latest book, The Synthesis Effect, in which he gently and humorously guides readers through change and transformation with a series of simple and effective models, including self-hypnosis and meditation.  The Synthesis Effect is a true fusion of art and science, wisdom, and practice crafted and presented in a clear, pragmatic voice that makes it entertaining and easy to understand, execute and master the process of transforming one's life. Readers also learn that practicing synthesis offers a much more pragmatic and sensible roadmap to rediscover our true power, save ourselves, and save our planet.


John McGrail, PhD is a clinical hypnotherapist, self-improvement expert, and spiritual teacher. His unique therapeutic and teaching approach blends a life-long passion for understanding the human condition and spirituality with the experience and wisdom acquired through working with thousands of clients and students from all walks of life in his clinical practice and self-improvement/motivational seminars and workshops. His writing and expertise have been featured in/on Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Self, WebMD,, TLC, MTV, and many others

Monday, September 17, 2012

"PREEMIE, Lessons In Love, Life and Motherhood"

Guest: Kasey Mathews
Allen and Kasey Mathews discuss her riveting, honest, and often humorous memoir, PREEMIE which chronicles the journey of one tiny baby's tenacious struggle to hold on to life and the mother who ultimately grows with her. Kasey's journey began in November of 2000 when she thought she had given birth to the smallest baby ever born. Her baby arrived four months prematurely, weighing one pound, eleven ounces. After her daughter was born, she longed for a compassionate woman whom she could share her story with. It wouldn't matter how different or similar our situations were, just to have someone who understood what it felt like to know trauma. From beginning to end, PREEMIE will take you on a journey of hope, as well as finding solutions that apply to our daily lives when the unexpected arrives on our doorstep.


Kasey Mathews is a mother of two, one a preemie, and one not.  A former elementary school teacher with a Master's degree from Boston College, she led creative writing workshops that inspired hundreds of school-aged children to capture their thoughts and feelings on paper.   Kasey was recently honored as a featured speaker at the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Conference in Dallas, Texas

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Failure to Launch: What's really holding back emerging adults?"

Guest: Lisa Smith

As parents, it is difficult--sometimes excruciating--to watch our teens struggle. Lisa Smith, founder ofSave My Family Today, explains to Allen how too often well-meaning parents try to intervene, causing stress and chaos in their own lives and in others. Lisa has coined the term "parenting exaggerated" to describe situations where a parent is willing to do anything and everything to make their child happy; to shield them from all discomfort, pain, inconveniences and consequences. Often times, parents unknowingly take on the role of "savior" instead of "parent," whose jobs it is to guide, teach, nurture and give direction with the end goal being a healthy, competent, responsible adult.

Lisa Smith has over 18 years of experience, a Master's degree, and credentials in Counseling. After teaching for several years and directing one of the largest after school programs for at-risk kids, she became the Intervention Counselor at a large urban high school in Southern California. Lisa now runs her own business, Save My Family Today, which provides in-home family coaching in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as phone coaching for parents across the country.

Monday, September 3, 2012

"High Quality Educational and Therapeutic Care Options for Special Needs Students"

Guest: Andy Anderson

Raising a special needs child often presents parents with challenging therapeutic and educational decisions. Andy Anderson joins our guest host, Dr. Michelle,  to talk about how The Independent Small Programs Alliance (ISPA), a consortium of small therapeutic programs, is yielding big results for special needs youth with autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities.  Founded by Anderson in 2005, ISPA members are among the highest quality educationally and clinically-based programs and schools in the US and abroad. They form an umbrella of hope for families in the US and abroad.

Andy Anderson is a well-known and very well respected professional in the Therapeutic Schools and Program Industry. He has 38 years of experience working with special needs children, adolescents and young adults. Former Executive Director of The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Andy formed Independent Small Programs Alliance to assist high quality, smaller programs to succeed and thrive in a large corporate, conglomerate world.

Monday, August 27, 2012

"Family IQ, Helping families achieve greater happiness"

Guest: Mark Hobbins

Allen is joined by Mark Hobbins to discuss FamilyIQ, an innovative organization that has developed a revolutionary assessment test designed to produce awareness, knowledge and skills in nine critical areas of healthy family functioning.  The number that results from this assessment is designated as a FamilyIQ. As families progress through their learning plan, they receive customized suggestions under each of the test components that will provide a higher level of skill and understanding and help them to achieve greater happiness, unity, and order within your family.


Mark believes in the family and knows something about how to improve them. He has appeared on, or consulted with, numerous television shows that focused on struggling families. These include the Brat Camp series, Britain's Youngest Boozers, Teenagers Out of Control, A&E Intervention, Tyra Banks, and the Dr. Phil Show. Mark has also been asked for his expert opinion by media organizations such as CBS, NBC, People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Las Angeles Times, and the New York Times.

Monday, August 20, 2012

"THE NO EXCUSE GUIDE TO SUCCESS: No Matter What Live Throws At You"

Guest: Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith

Almost everyone is guilty of playing the blame game. Jim Smith joins Allen and Dr. Melody to discuss how easy it is to blame our spouses, partners, the economy, or even our ancestors when things go wrong in our lives. His new inspirational book, No Excuse Guide to Success, provides readers with the tools and techniques to: 1) make life-altering changes in how you approach your career and your life, 2) Stop blaming others and start believing in yourself, 3) Own your choices and break down self-created barriers to success, and 4) embrace uncertainty and stop being afraid to win.


Jim Smith is the author of the inspirational book From Average to Awesome: Lessons For Living an Extraordinary Life and the co-author of the leadership book The Masters of Success (along with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, Mark Van Hoozer, John Christensen and others). His newest books include, CRASH AND LEARN: 600+ Road Tested Tips to Keep Audiences Fired Up and Engaged! and No Excuse Guide to Success. Jim's journey from humble beginnings to being an inspiration to global audiences is awesome! He gave birth to JIMPACT Enterprises in January of 2000 and the company has been making a JIMPACT throughout the world ever since.

Monday, August 13, 2012

"Say Goodbye to Stress Once and For All"

Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Brown

The topic is all about stress ... Actually, it's all about managing stress.  Dr. Jeff Brown shares with Dr. Melody that stress abounds like never before--whether the area of concern is relationships, the workplace, the checkbook, or the remainder of one's busy life. Say Goodbye to Stress combines inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul stories written specifically for this book with accessible leading-edge medical advice that will encourage, support, and help stressed out readers.


Dr. Jeff Brown is a psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He's the author of several books including the newest title Say Goodbye to Stress, as well as the popular international seller, The Winner's Brain.

Monday, August 6, 2012

"Infectious Behavior: The Brain-Immune Connection"

Guest: Dr. Paul Patterson

The interconnectedness of the brain and immune system has become a fascinating new field of research, not only in autism but also schizophrenia and even depression. Neurobiologist Paul Patterson, PhD shares with Allen and Dr. Melody insights from his new book, Infectious Behavior, which explores new discoveries about the powerful biochemical communication that takes place between the brain and the immune system (which protects our bodies from infections and cancer).

Patterson is a professor of biological sciences at the California Institute of Technology and a research professor of neurological surgery at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. Patterson's research indicates that some types of maternal infection during pregnancy can increase the risk that a future child will develop autism. The research also holds the potential for both a deeper understanding of autism and leading to ways that pregnancy-related risks might be reduced.

Monday, July 30, 2012

"The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Can Free You From Needless Anxiety"

Guest: Christy Matta

Stress affects everyone in different ways and can actually help some people become more productive and innovative. Christy Matta shares with Allen and co-host, Logan Clarke, how extreme stress often has a paralyzing effect and can lead to negative coping behaviors like anger, emotional overreactions, anxiety, and alcohol, drug, or food abuse. Matta's book, The Stress Response, offers a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program for coping with extreme stress in healthier ways. It invites readers to explore their personal stress reactions and practice these new methods of solving the everyday problems that trigger stress.


Christy Matta has worked in mental health for over twenty years as a clinician, trainer, and administrator, specializing in work with people who have emotion dysregulation and behavioral problems. She is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has provided training and clinical supervision to DBT programs, staff, and clinicians.

Monday, July 23, 2012

"How To Be A Good Divorced Dad"

Guest: Jeffery Leving

Attorney Jeffery Leving talks with Dr. Melody and co-host Logan Clarke about his newly released book, How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, which offers advice to fathers on how to best stay connected with their children when going through divorce and relationship conflict, as well as tips about fathers' rights and gaining custody of children. Logan Clarke brought to the discussion many years of experience as an investigator locating and retrieving children who had been victims of parental abduction from countries around the globe.


Named one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes Radio™, Family Law Attorney Jeffery Leving recently hit #1 on Amazon's Best Selling Author's list for his groundbreaking book Fathers' Rights. He has also authored Divorce Wars and the acclaimed new book How to Be a Good Divorce Dad.

Monday, July 16, 2012

"Stepping Up: How Taking Responsiblity Changes Everything"

Guest: Dr. John Izzo
According to Dr. John Izzo, author of Stepping Up: How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything, almost every problem--from no longer using plastics that are poisoning our oceans to personal issues to business challenges--can be solved if we take action instead of relying on others for solutions, or blaming others and feeling like a victim.  Dr. Izzo and Allen discuss examples of ordinary people who "stepped up" on issues and the results were massive "ripple effects" that greatly impacted their communities and the world.


John Izzo is a leading business leadership expert and community leader. He consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe. A best-selling author of four books including Awakening Corporate Soul and Values Shift, Izzo shows businesses how to create an engaging, positive workplace environment.

Monday, July 9, 2012

"Etiquette Ladies: Oh Behave!  What Parents and Kids Need to Know About Manners"

Guest: Louise Flox

Knowing how to behave in social situations gives children confidence and helps build their self-esteem. Joining Allen and guest co-host, Art Torres, is Louise Fox, founder of Etiquette Experts, the Etiquette Ladies, a group dedicated to teaching children (and adults) that manners are all about showing respect and consideration for others. Fox believes spending a few minutes practicing good manners and showing children appropriate behavior, respect and courtesy is one of the most important things we can do for a child. 


Louise Fox, recognized as Canada's Etiquette Expert, is the author of Take a Bite out of Bad Manners – Etiquette tips for Kids and founder and expert host of the newly launched, an online video etiquette training website. She is also the owner of The Etiquette Ladies, Louise Fox Protocol Solutions and Etiquette Leader, experts in Children, Youth, Teens and Business Etiquette with affiliates world-wide

Monday, July 2, 2012
"Quantum Parenting In A Newtonian World"

Guests: Al Killeen, Author and Owner/President of Killeen Development Technologies, dba Integrative Mastery Programs

Al Killeen joins Allen and Dr. Melody to explore the historic and transformational changes facing families at home, as well as in their communities, nation and the world. Quantum physics and science exploration into the microcosmic world of atomic and subatomic scientific laws has turned many of the Newtonian assumptions of “Truth” on its head.
Monday, June 25, 2012

"Fun Without Dick & Jane: Your Guide to a Delightful Empty Nest" 

Guest: Christie Mellor

Christie Mellor understands that letting go is not an easy thing to do. However, she believes that an empty nest can equal a newly fulfilled life. She discusses with Allen and Dr. Melody some of the "wise council" she provides from her new book, Fun Without Dick and Jane, such as: dealing with the house being too clean and too quiet; rediscovering your lost interests and find new goals; stepping back out into social circles; and much more! Whether your kids are still in the nest or not, this is a not-to-be-missed show for all parents!


Mellor is a vociferous cheerleader for the "other kind of parenthood," the anti-perfection, you-deserve-a-life kind. Her first book, The Three-Martini Playdate, was a harbinger of a new trend for today's beleaguered parents. She has been published in Britain in The Guardian, Junior Magazine, and the Sunday Express, and in Australia's Sunday Life Magazine. She's been heard on Britain's BBC Radio and American Public Radio's Marketplace, in addition to being reviewed and interviewed in Newsweek, Playboy, The New York Times, People, and other publications.

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Motherhood Exaggerated: One Mother's Memoirs of Her Child's Battle and Survival from Cancer" 

Guest: Judith Hannan

Judith Hannan shares with Allen and our listeners her emotionally uncompromising memoir, MOTHERHOOD EXAGGERATED, in which she recounts the ordeal of her young daughter's battle with cancer and her remarkable journey shepherding her child out of illness, towards health and through survival. Now that more children and adults are defeating cancer, this passionate retelling by a survivor's mother is required reading for individuals with family and friends dealing with this frightening disease.


Judith Hannan has been a writer for over 25 years. Her essays have appeared in such publications as Woman's Day, Twins Magazine, The Martha's Vineyard Gazette, Mom Writer's Literary Magazine, The Healing Muse, and the anthology On The Vineyard III. She serves on three boards affiliated with the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York-the Adolescent Health Center, the Children's Center Foundation and the new Global Health Initiative. Ms. Hannan lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Directions Your Roadmap to .... Happiness

Guest: Carol Bettino

Carol Bettino shares with Allen, Dr. Melody and our listeners the premise for her book, Your Roadmap to .. Happiness. According to Bettino, obstacles can give you insight to help you get where you want to go, or they can be the reason why you are not where you want to be.  The question is: do you perceive obstacles to be roadblocks or temporary detours? Join us as Bettino outlines the common traps that can prevent you from obtaining your goals, as well as the steps to get back on track and reach your goals.


Carol Bettino is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over 20 years and authored two books: Better Choices, Better Life and Directions Your Roadmap to Happiness©. Bettino has also hosted two radio talk shows at KFNX 1100AM in Phoenix and KQNA 1130AM in Prescott. She is an active public speaker and has conducted numerous workshops on various issues in the mental health field in the Phoenix and Prescott area.

Monday, June 4, 2012
Limitless You: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain

Guest: Lee Gerdes

According to Lee Gerdes, there are a lot of ways to think about a balanced brain. He shares with Dr. Melody, and our listeners, insights from his new book, Limitedless You. The book explorers the inner working of the brain, as well as how to achieve a balanced brain, where neither side is excessively dominant over the other.


Founder of Brain State Technologies, his company's System for Brainwave Optimization with RTB (Real Time Balancing) is a breakthrough technology designed for relaxation, self-regulation and meditation. Their non-invasive, non-drug modality can help a child to learn. It can also help with pain, stress, sleeplessness, and sadness. Nearly 40,000 people in 18 countries - with the number growing every day - have enthusiastically reported a renewed love of life after experiencing Brainwave Optimization™.
Monday, May 28, 2012

"Parental Kidnapping in America:  A Historical & Cultural Analysis"

Guest: Maureen Dabbagh

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice reported an average of 200,000 cases of parental kidnapping each year. Maureen Dabbagh shares with Allen and our listeners her new book Parental Kidnapping in America, which is an historical and cultural analysis of this growing problem. From the eighteenth century to the present, she clarifies many misconceptions and reveals how the external influences of American social, political, legal, and religious culture can exacerbate family conflict, creating a social atmosphere ripe for abduction.


Parental Kidnapping in America is her second book following Recovery of Internationally Abducted Children (1997). Dabbagh serves as a Virginia Certified Supreme Court Family Mediator and has worked internationally in conflict resolution programs. She is active in creating and promoting laws to protect children from access abuse. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

"Think Yourself Young" - Fundamental Truths About Postponing Aging"

Guest: Peter Baksa

In Peter Baksa's new book, Think Yourself Young, you will learn how to abandon your "misperceptions of Life" and summon up the courage to face life's fundamental truths, a premise that can lead to a more youthful and joyous life by simply making the right physical, mental, and dietary changes to your current lifestyle.

Peter Baksa, author of Think Yourself Young, has pursued academic excellence--receiving several advanced degrees from the University of Illinois, followed by post graduate research as a visiting professor/lecturer. Peter has worked with many charities, is a professional speaker, author, musician, and artist. Peter has recently been featured on Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, which is carried by The Huffington Post. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

"Male Hormones: The Effects of Imbalances on You and Those Around You"

Guest: Dr. Prudence Hall

According to Dr. Prudence Hall, men's hormones may be low at any age due to stress, unhealthy diet, advancing age and toxicity in the body. She terms this hormonal decline "Low T Syndrome", which includes not only low testosterone, but other hormones as well. Dr. Hall describes to Allen how the symptoms may be subtle at first, but over time become pronounced as the deficiencies increase. Most importantly, with hormonal loss men put themselves at greater risk for prostate cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other serious diseases. Replacing men's depleted hormones with bio-identical hormones slows the symptoms of aging, as well as helps men remain cancer-free, vital, virile and active at every age.

Monday, May 7, 2012

"Jaywalker Lodge: Fathers Achieving Lasting Sobriety After Rehab"

Guest: Bobby Ferguson

Bobby Ferguson of Jaywalker Lodge shares with Dr. Melody that the biggest challenge many addicts and alcoholics face is not quitting, but rather staying clean once they leave the safe and structured confines of residential treatment. For this type of patient--known in the treatment field as "jaywalkers"--the solution is to combine the accountability and rigorous demands of traditional treatment, with the freedom and personal choices of an open community setting.

Bobby Ferguson is the Founder and CEO of Jaywalker Lodge in Carbondale, CO.

Monday, April 30, 2012

"Parent Empowerment: Parents Taking Charge of Their Children's Education & Treatment"

Guest: Lon Woodbury
Allen and his guest, Lon Woodbury, discuss the expanding role parents are playing in choosing a school or program to help their troubled teens. Woodbury believes that "Parent Empowerment" is part of a consumer revolt that includes recent attempts to reduce the power of authorities to make decisions for parents. This includes options such as charter schools, vouchers, and home schooling.
Lon Woodbury is an Independent Educational Consultant with 28 years experience helping parents who are seeking resources for their troubled children. He consults with individual parents, publishes a newsletter--The Woodbury Report--and also hosts an Internet radio talk show--Parent Choices for Struggling Teens--every Monday on

Monday, April 23, 2012
"The Ten Qualities of an Effective Parent"

Guest: Bill E. Goldberg

Bill Goldberg shares with Allen, Dr. Melody and our listeners, "The Ten Qualities of An Effective Parent" from his book - The 'And' Principle. Masterfully woven through his beautiful illustrations are Goldberg's reflections, poems, and principles for living an authentic, integrated life. A highlight of the show that you will not want to miss is the discussion on mastering the techniques of:  acceptance, unconditional love, opening lines of communication, setting limits and how discipline leads to freedom in life.
Monday, April 16, 2012

"How Your Child Heals: Tour the Inner Workings of a Child's Body as It Heals from Injury and Illness"

Guest: Dr. Christopher Johnson

Dr. Johnson compares the process of a child healing to an epic movie--complete with heroes, villains, and unexpected twists. Listen and learn what parents should know about how their child's body heals.

Monday, April 9, 2012

"Child-Sized History - How Young ReadersAre Taught To Conceptualize History"

Guest: Sara Schwebel

Sara Schwebel believes employing historical novels in the classroom can help students understand the ways in which our past can have relevance to our present. Unlike textbooks, which are replaced on regular cycles and subjected to constant politicking, Schwebel explains to Allen and our listeners how these works can capture a range of interpretive voices across time and place, a kind of "people's history" far removed from today's state-sanctioned textbooks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

"A Walk Across the Sun -A Hidden World of Illicit Commerce - Human Trafficking of Children"

Guest: Corban Addison

Join Allen in a discussion with Corban Addison, a man devoted to the proposition that all human beings deserve fundamental human rights, and to elevate awareness of a situation in dire need of correction he has written his first novel about human trafficking, "A Walk Across the Sun". On our program, he will discuss his heartbreaking research and his indomitable hope that international justice will prevail, sending this most atrocious of ancient practices finally into extinction.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Failure to Launch: What's really holding back emerging adults?"

Guest: Dr. Paul E. Keck, Jr.

Dr. Paul Keck joins Dr. Melody to discuss one of the most vulnerable segments of the population, emerging young adults, 18 and 34, who fail to reach the conventional markers of leaving home and living independently. Dr. Keck believes that young people struggling with decision-making and unmotivated toward success can be treated, and with the appropriate diagnosis and treatment, get their lives back on track.

Monday, March 19, 2012

"Why Hormone Imbalance Can Create Serious Health Risks for Women of All Ages"

Guest: Prudence Hall, M.D.

Allen, Dr. Melody, and Dr. Prudence Hall tackle the sensitive topic of women's health challenges that are greatly impacted by hormone imbalances.  Dr. Hall's treatment methodology has proven to help restore a natural sense of well-being and vitality, as well as assist in the prevention of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, dementia, inflammation, osteoporosis, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Big Sky' Montana's Yellowstone Ranch Milestone: 50 Years of Proven Positive Results with Troubled Youth"

Guest: Charles McGahan & Gary Flohr

Gary Flohr and Charles McGahan join Allen to discuss Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, located in the magnificent "Big Sky" state of Montana. The ranch is a non-profit organization, featuring a fully accredited academy and multi-service mental health treatment facility that supports troubled children/ youth and their families. At the heart of the discussion is Yellowstone's 50 years of measured outcomes that demonstrate improvement in school, home and community life, a decrease in self-harming behaviors and improved emotional functioning for youth in our care.

Monday, March 5, 2012

"3 Degrees of Fitness - Free Online Webinar:  Raising Happy, Healthy, Confident Children

Yvonne Bustamante

Yvonne Bustamante, founder of  3 Degrees of Fitness, shares with Dr. Melody her organization's newly created "free" 9-week, Healthy Parenting Webinar Course - which incorporates a holistic approach to parenting, featuring topics on mental, physical and social health for raising happy, healthy and confident children.

Monday, February 27, 2012

“The Young Adult Treatment Crisis: Why Re-hab is a Revolving Door and How You Can Escape It.”

Guest: Douglas Bodin

Douglas Bodin shares his views with Allen and our listeners as to why some young adults (18 to 28) fail while in short term rehabilitation programs, and the hard realities that need to be addressed at home in order to have any chance of long-term success. To quote Douglas, "When parents are desperate, they will often turn to the most expedient solution. The sad truth is that patients often relapse and return again and again to these programs as if they were caught in a revolving door".

Monday, February 20, 2012

"The Critical Partner, How to End the Cycle of Criticism and Get The Love You Want"

Guest: Michelle Skeen, Psy.D.

When you are in a relationship with a critical partner - someone who constantly blames you and holds you to unrealistic standards - you may feel picked apart, unworthy and unhappy.  Allen, Dr. Melody and Michelle Skeen discuss Skeen's new book "The Critical Partner" which is a guide that helps individuals repair their relationships. The book provides real life stories, quizzes and worksheets, as well as the most effective alternative coping strategies for deflecting criticism and breaking long-standing conflicts, so that relationships can move forward successfully, each getting the love they want.

Monday, February 13, 2012

"18 MINUTES: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done"

Guest: Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman, one of Harvard Business Review's most popular online columnists, joins Allen to explore his intervention plan for achieving your priorities at work and in life. In Peters new book, "18 Minutes", a unique 6-Box To-Do-List that provides the best way to organize your day - month - year.  Peter's approach shows readers how to create "productive distractions";  safely navigate through the constant chatter of emails, text messages, phone calls, and endless meetings; and focus our time on those things that are truly important to us in our work and in our lives.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heaven or Health, A doctor's view of whats wrong with the American system & how to fix it

Guest: Dr. Craig Beyer

Allen and his guest jump into the fire to discuss one of the hottest topics on the national agenda: the direction health care reform and the impact current federal mandates will have on your own health. Dr. Craig Beyer's book, "Heaven or Health", exposes the details on current policies and trends that remove financial resources and choice away from individuals (things that keep them healthy) only to divert these resources towards a wasteful bureaucratic health system that encourages sickness more than prevents it.

Monday, January 30, 2012
"Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities"

Guest: Richard DeMillo

If you or your teen are planning to go to college in the next few years, then you will want to listen to; Dr. Melody, and her guest Richard DeMillo, tackle a range of hard-hitting topics addressed in his new book "Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities". DeMillo chronicles how higher education institutions, clinging to a centuries-old model, are ignoring the social, historical, and economic forces at work in today's world. After outlining the obstacles, DeMillo defines the 10 rules successful institutes are implementing to survive and thrive in the 21st Century. And, for students and their families examining their placement options, he also includes frequently "overlooked" criteria that should be added to their check list.
Monday, January 23, 2012

"Shiny Objects: Do Possessions Have Anything To Do With Happiness?"

Guest: Dr. James Roberts

Listen as Dr. James a. Roberts shares with Allen his current studies at Baylor University that focus on the impact our love of material possessions has on our happiness. His new book, "Shiny Objects: Why we spend money we don't have in search of happiness we can't buy", is full of interesting statistics, funny stories, careful research, and packs a powerful message that happiness can still be attained in a culture awash in material possession love.

Monday, January 16, 2012

"The New Science of Love: How Understanding
Your Brain's Wiring Can Help Rekindle Your Relationship"

Guest: Dr. Fran Praver

Allen discusses with guest how falling in love and being loved in return is the peak experience of our existence. In her new book, Dr. Praver explains how mirror neurons connect lovers and trigger love inducing brain chemicals so that you feel you are on cloud nine. That is why when love falters and hurtful interactions get lodged in the brain we take a painful plunge downward. By understanding our brain's wiring, we can learn how to bring the luster of love back.

Monday, January 9, 2012

"Rescue America: Our Best America is Only a Generation Away"

Guest: Chris Salamone

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with guest how millions of immigrants left the comforts and security of their homelands for the promise of hope, opportunity, and a liberty the world had never known. "Rescue America" creates clear and specific connections between the loss of our founding values and the current political, economic, and cultural problems. What is necessary, the author asserts, is a fundamental shift back toward a national embodiment of the three primary leadership qualities that sustain all lasting human institutions: gratitude, personal responsibility, and sacrifice.

Monday, December 26, 2011

"The Future Of Telemental Health, Transforming Psychiatric Healthcare Access"

Guest: Larry Vargas

Allen discusses with Larry Vargas of American Tele-psychiastists how tele-mental health services and Tele-psychiatry are helping patients in regional health centers; county and state facilities; and many underseved rural communities. Filling a growing need for accessibility while paving the way for more affordable mental healthcare alternatives.

Monday, December 19, 2011

"I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up"

Guest: Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony Wolf shares with Dr. Melody, and our listeners, why today's adolescents act as they do and what parents can and cannot do about it. Dr. Wolf's latest book, "I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up", describes the single biggest mistake parents make, the greatest single secret to dealing with teens when they "talk back" ... and much more.

Monday, December 12, 2011

"From The Top Down – How Parents Can Infuse Teens With Success"

Guest: Dan Lier

Allen discusses with Dan Lier the process of creating success in the family from the top down, meaning family success starts at the top with the parent(s). In Dan's book "The 10 Minute Coach", he shares with parents techniques and strategies for infusing their kids with the self-esteem and skills necessary to create a successful and rewarding future.

Monday, December 5, 2011

"Mental Toughness: The Path to Extraordinary Success"

Guest: Dr. Larry Koenig

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with Dr. Larry Koenig his book, Mental Toughness. At the heart of the discussion is the fact that when plans get wrecked, a person needs the mental toughness necessary to get back on track and stay in the game regardless of the challenges.  Dr. Koenig describes to our listeners how to develop this kind of mindset, alter your mood and propel you past the formidable barriers.

Monday, November 28, 2011

"How the Performing Arts Positively Impacts Youth in Treatment"

Guest: Glen Zaugg

Allen and Glenn discuss Heritage School's use of the performing arts as a tool to boost the therapeutic treatment of adolescents. 40 to 60 students participate in a full length Broadway production. The programs' rewards have been significant, demonstrating a boost in self-esteem and inspiring teens to invest themselves in their treatment and change.

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Unconditional Love Will Transform Your Way of Thinking"

Dr. Asa Don Brown

Dr. Melody Fox discusses with Dr. Asa Don Brown his insightful message of unconditional love that will transform your way of thinking. In his book, "Waiting for Love", Dr. Brown reveals a profound way of looking at life, forgiveness, and happiness.

Monday, November 14, 2011
"ResponsAble: Making A Difference"

Guest: Pastor and best selling author, Matthew Hagee

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with their guest, what would happen if Christians and non-Christians alike were not only reliable but "response-able".  Matthew answers this and more in his new book, "Response-able". In it Hagee issues a clarion cry for believers and non-believers alike, both young and old to make a difference in their family, their community, and their nation. Listen as they discuss, personal responsibility, social responsibility, financial responsibility, educational responsibility and political responsibility. 
Monday, November 7, 2011
"Coach Your Family to Win - Setting Intentions Instead of Goals"

Howard Guttman

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with Howard Guttman his 7-step self-coaching system for personal and professional improvement. In his latest book, "Coach Yourself to Win", he helps readers understand that  life-changing improvement, however difficult, is within their reach.
Monday, October 31, 2011

"INSTANT INFLUENCE: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything-Fast!"

Michael Pantalon, Ph.D.

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with guest, Michael Pantalon, his new book, Instant Influence, and his six simple questions that teach readers how to plant the seeds for change, help others discover their own powerful reasons for change, identify effective "change talk," make an action plan and create successful outcomes even in people who are resistant to change  ... all in only 7 minutes!

Monday, October 24, 2011
"The Digital Divide: Are Our Kids the Dumbest Generation Ever?"

Guests: Mark Bauerlein

Mark Bauerlein shares with Allen the shocking facts that most young people in the US are slow maturing and sadly lacking in cultural knowledge and basic literacy.  But what they do excel at is - each other, spending unbelievable amounts of time electronically passing stories, pictures, tunes, and texts back and forth while living in a Facebook, Twitter virtual world.
Monday, October 17, 2011

"Quantum Parenting In A Newtonian World"

Guests: Al Killeen, Author and Owner/President of Killeen Development Technologies, dba Integrative Mastery Programs

Al Killeen joins Allen and Dr. Melody to explore the historic and transformational changes facing families at home, as well as in their communities, nation and the world. Quantum physics and science exploration into the microcosmic world of atomic and subatomic scientific laws has turned many of the Newtonian assumptions of “Truth” on its head.

Monday, October 10, 2011
"Road to a Miracle"

Guests: Mark Shaw

Dr. Melody discusses with guest Mark Shaw his new book, "Road to Miracle", chronicling his life as a reformed criminal defense lawyer and radio/television personality turned author of more than twenty books. "Road to a Miracle" is a true miracle and chronicles the spiritual journey leading to the discovery of a daughter and two grandchildren he never knew existed and who thought he was dead.
Monday, October 3, 2011

"Cookies for Kids' Cancer, A Mother on a Mission to Cure Kids!"

Guest: Gretchen Holt-Witt

Dr. Melody discusses with guest, Gretchen Holt-Witt, her organization and new book, Cookies for Kids' Cancer, that is pledged to support increased research and the development of new and better treatments for pediatric cancer by giving people a simple way to get involved. Listen and learn how you too can help fight pediatric cancer with great tasting cookies!

Monday, September 26, 2011
"The Disappearing Spoon: The World According to the Periodic Tables"

Guest: Sam Kean

Our guest, Sam Kean, shares with Allen and Dr. Melody educational and entertaining stories, as told by the periodic table of elements. He shares with our listeners funny, spooky, and just plain bizarre stories about the elements and their origins from his new book, "The Disappearing Spoon.
Monday, September 19, 2011
"Community-Based Juvenile Treatment Programs"

Guests: Richard Louis III and Tommie Baines

Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with their guests recent national research regarding the shift of county juvenile justice systems towards community-based treatment alternatives in response to the growing state and county budget deficits. As well as statistic showing that offenders dealing with mental health and/or drug related issues tend to get worse when incarcerated with more violent offenders, while tending to do much better when they go to a residential treatment program or are dealt with through a community-based treatment program.
Monday, September 12, 2011

"Chiropractic Care for Mind and Body Wellness, and Optimum Performance"

Guest: Dr. Thomas Duddey

Unfortunately, most people seek chiropractic care when they are in pain or begin to have some sort of disability. Allen explores with his guest, Dr. Thomas Duddey, the dramatic rise in popularity of chiropractic care as a vehicle for wellness and prevention.

Monday, September 5, 2011
"Need a better job? Make Social Media a Part of Your Job Hunt"

Guest: Coleen Bryne

Today there is simply no better or more efficient way to seed, cultivate and harvest those relationships than through social networking. Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with guest, Coleen Bryne, how people are using social media sites to aid in their job hunt.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dr. Michelle Au shares with Dr. Melody Foxx and our audience her new book with its no-holds-barred, humorous account of her struggles as a medical professional when starting and maintaining a family outside of the hospital.
Monday, August 15, 2011

"Can Proper Treatment Heal a Broken Family?"

Guests: Velvet Mangan - Founder/CEO of Safe Harbor Treatment Center & Patrick Babcock, Founder/Executive Director of Foundation House

Velvet and Patrick join Allen and Melody to talk about the devastating effects of addiction on the entire family. Explore with us how treatment programs that involve the entire family help remove the guilt and stigma of addiction, and return dignity and well-being to all.

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Your Teen" Magazine: Parents Connecting and Sharing!

Guest: Susan Borison, Editor-in-Chief - "Your Teen" Magazine

Allen and Melody are joined by Susan Borison to discuss Your Teen (YT) magazine, a media platform where parents can share critical information and personal stories about navigating the daily challenges of parenting teens.
Monday, August 1, 2011

"Point of Power - Where Self-Realization Meet Quantum Physics"

Guest: Author, Peter Baksa

Allen is joined by Peter Baksa to talk about how people can picture a new life, yet their ego continues to focus on what they do not have, cannot get or is in the past. The Point of Power, combines theological thesis and quantum physics while outlining steps you can take to live the life that you desire!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ever By My Side - The Animal & Human Bond

Guest: New York Times Bestselling Author, Dr. Nick Trout

Today's modern family leads complicated and for many, overplayed lives. Melody talks with Dr. Nick Trout about relationships family and teens have with their pets which is typically based on a special trust that can diffuse conflicts, enhance communication flow with other family members and help individuals deal with pinned up emotions.

Monday, July 18, 2011

"The Financial Aid Handbook - Getting the Education You Want, Affordably"

Guest: Ruth Vedvik Co-Author of "The Financial Aid Handbook"

In today's tough economy, a college degree is more important and more expensive than ever before. Allen explores with Ruth Vedvik her definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process.
The book covers everything from basic time lines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation.

Monday, July 11, 2011
"The Gluten-Free Edge - The Positive Effects on Teens"

Show Guest: Gini Warner. Co-Author of "The Gluten-Free Edge"

Melody is joined by Gini Warner to discuss the how Gluten and Coeliac disease in adolescents has been associated with depression, behavioral disorders and obesity in teens. Her new book, "The Gluten-Free Edge", provide readers with healthy, delicious recipes that balance the body, reduce weight, and taste great - all without giving up the foods teens and the entire family love to eat.
Monday, July 4, 2011

Children of Trauma: What Parents Need to Know

Guest: Caelan Kuban, Director , The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)

Caelan Kuban joins Allen and Dr. Melody to explore the differences between grief and trauma, how a teen can be potentially exposed to trauma and why trauma is more of a sensory experience rather than a diagnostic category. They also address what parents need to know about children and youth who have experienced  a traumatic experience.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Benefits of Customized Learning

Guest: Michelle Rose Gilman, President and Founder, Fusion Academy & Learning Center

Allen, Dr. Melody and their guest discuss Fusion Academy's innovative educational model where every student can achieve success. Fusion Academy's customized learning experience utilizes curriculum that meets state standards but is delivered in a way - one-to-one - that considers each individual's needs, interests and strengths.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Empowering Teens and Restoring Families

Guest: Scott Sowle: Executive Director and Co-Founder of Newport Academy
Allen, Dr. Melody and their guest, Scott Sowle, delve into the fact that teens are using drugs and alcohol at an alarmingly young age.  At the heart of the discussion are a number of key elements including: the importance of family involvement in treatment,  the different needs of adolescent boys and girls in residential treatment, providing a continuity of care, and engaging and retaining teens in the treatment process.

Monday, June 13, 2011

"The Invisible Gorilla - The Illusions of Attention, Memory, Confidence, Knowledge & Potential"

Special Guest: Daniel Simons, Professor of Psychology - Beckman Institute, University of Illinois and Co-Author of the Invisible Gorilla
Allen and Dr. Melody discuss with Daniel Simons his ground-breaking new book, The Invisible Gorilla, which focuses on how we perceive events in our life, miss things right in front of us and how it may be possible, for the first time, to see the world as it truly is.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Why International Families are Choosing American Schools for Their At-Risk Teen

Special Guest: Rebecca Grappos, M.Ed, C.E.O. & Founder of RNG International Educational Consultants, LLCs

An at-risk young person's life can change for the better with the right educational and therapeutic setting. Allen and Melody discuss with guest, Rebecca Grappo, how international students may benefit from studies in the United States and some of the challenges of getting them to the U.S. (such as visa's, appropriate school, and or therapeutic programs), as well as finding ways to be culturally sensitive to the needs of an individual student and their families.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Show Topic:  "Importance of Researching Treatment Centers and Advocacy of Treatment Outcome Research and the Challenges of Doing So" 

Special Guest: Dustin Tibbitts, LMFT - President and Chief Clinical Officer, Partner, InnerChange & Executive Director, New Haven

Dr. Melody Foxx explores with our guest, Dustin Tibbitts, the challenges treatment programs, and the industry as a whole, face when defining protocols and providing outcome-based research. Additionally, they discuss importance of advocacy of finding a way to distinguish effectiveness of where you may send your child and resources for helping with the decision making process.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Finding and Reuniting Abducted Children with Their Parents"

Special Guest: Logan Clarke, Award-Winning Investigator and President of Clarke International Investigations &
Keith Schafferius, Author of "Retrieval" and International Private Investigator (Australia)  

Joining us is two of Allen's friends and fellow international detectives to discuss the drama of finding and reuniting abducted children with their custodial parent. Keith's book "Retrieval" describes his remarkable and often dangerous retrieval missions that have taken him to all parts of the world in his bid to reunite families torn apart by parental child abduction. Listen as Logan, Keith and Allen tell stories about some very exciting and emotionally uplifting cases of parents and children being reunited!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Effects of Too Much Internet Use on Our Teens

Special Guest: Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., Co-founded Internet/Computer Addiction Services

Our guest, Dr. Hilarie Cash, joins Allen and Melody to discuss the appropriate role of digital technology in the lives of our children, learning how to set and hold effective and appropriate limits on technology use, and understanding what is its healthy use for ourselves and our partners.

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Nourishment: Feeding my starving soul when my mind and body betrayed me."

Special Guest: Melissa Binstock, Author of "Nourishment"

Joining Allen and Melody is Melissa Binstock, a 22 year old college student who, by the time she was 11 years old, was diagnosed with 6 disorders, including Tourette's syndrome, OCD, dyslexia, ADHD, anorexia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Melissa shares with our listeners her story about hope and her ability to thrive in the face of adversity.

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction"

Special Guest:  Lance Dodes, MD - Member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and  Author of "Breaking Addiction"

Addiction has long been deeply misunderstood in our culture and, as a result, our treatment has not been very successful.  Dr. Lance Dodes joins Allen and Melody to discuss his new book "Breaking Addictions" which describes an innovative way to understand and treat all forms of addiction. 

Monday, April 11, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011

"How Outdoor Learning Increases Academic Improvement"

Special Guest:  Stacie Gilmore, Co-founder and Executive Director ofEnvironmental Learning for Kids  

Allen is joined by Stacie Gilmore, Executive Director of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), a Colorado-based program that combines outdoor, field-based learning with mentoring and career preparation.  ELK youth have a 98% graduation rate, compared to its surrounding public school system of an astounding 60% for the same demographic.

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life: Healing from the Battle Scars of Youths"

Special Guest:  James Krehbiel CEd.S., LPC, CCBT, Author of "Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life"

Topic: Allen and Melody are joined by James Krehbiel to discuss his book "Troubled Childhood, Triumphant Life", and the tools it presents for untangling the past through self-reflection, recognition, grieving and releasing one's losses; and integrating new thinking in the journey to find authentic adulthood.

Monday, March 21, 2011

"Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys who Came to America, Went to School and Revolutionized an Ancient Empire"

Show Guest: Matthew Miller, Co-Author of Fortunate Sons

Our guest, Matthew Miller, joins Allen and co-host Geoff Browne to discuss,  "Fortunate Sons", a book he co-authored with Liel Leibovitz which describes the true story of 120 Chinese boys who studied in America in the 19th Century and returned home to become modern China's founding fathers and revolutionized an Ancient Empire.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Parenting the Troubled Teen

Show Guest: Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health;
Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist and Addictionologist

Our guest, Dr. David Sack, discusses with Allen and Melody the signs and strategies that can help parents identify the events or deep-rooted causes, establish a communications flow and provide the support and interventions necessary to ensure the well-being and safety of their child.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Global Adolescents Project in Haiti

Special Guest: Dr. Nancy Sobel, Licensed Psychologist; Co-founded of the Global Adolescent Project and Boarding House Mentors" 

Allen and Melody are joined by Dr. Nancy Sobel, the co-founder of the Global Adolescents Project, a non-profit organization in Haiti that relocates adolescent orphans from the dangers of displaced persons camps and tent living into safe housing. The mission of the project is to educate, encourage resilience and empower disenfranchised youth globally!  

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Journey: Home from Autism

Special Guest: Rhonda Spellman, Teacher and Speaker dedicated to Promoting Literacy and Autism Awareness  and Author of "The Journey Home From Autism" 

Rhonda Spellman joins Melody to demystify the relationship between autism and auto immune disorders!  Before parents or professionals can help a person with a suppressed immune system, they must first learn how to think and feel like they do!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Twelfth Insight

Special Guest:  James Redfield, Author of both –
“The Twelfth Insight”
, and Mega Bestseller: “The Celestine Prophecy

Allen and Melody are joined by James Redfield to discuss his much-awaited fourth installment in the hugely popular Celestine series - "The Twelfth Insight". Some see the year 2012 as a time of great disaster, Mr. Redfield sees a return to integrity and an emergence of “Authentic Spirituality”. Listen and learn why synchronicity is so important right now!

Scent of the Missing
Special Guest:  Susannah Charleson, Author of "Scent of the Missing", and Disaster Recovery Pilot and Search and Canine Rescue Expert

During the 2nd half of our show, Susannah Charleson discusses with Allen and Melody her new book "Scent of the Missing", which offers a fascinating inside look into the dangerous, difficult and very important world of canine search and rescue work.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hypnotherapy and Teen Self-Esteem

Special Guest:  Marc Drucker, MS. Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Hypnotist, specializing in working with children.

For children and teens, fears, anxiety, and emotional problems can take many forms. Allen discusses with Marc Drucker the benefits of hypnotherapy in overcoming fears and phobias; while building self-confidence, self-control and improving in their academic and sports performance. 

Our Valentine’s day special guest, Diana Kirschner PhD. Author of; “Sealing the Deal” The Love Mentor’s Guide to Lasting Love talked with Allen about “how to be happily in love together forever”!

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Gift of Laughter & Healing

Special Guest: Jeff Allen, Celebrated Comedian frequently seen on; Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, Family Net and numerous other networks!

Allen and Melody are joined by guest Jeff Allen, whose comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life, as well as the joy derived from a healthy marriage and the creation and maintenance of a "Happy Family".
Monday, January 31, 2011

Empowering Youth With ADD

Special Guest: Jodi Sleeper-Triplett - Author of "Empowering Youth with ADD", Master Certified Coach and Senior Certified ADHD Coach, Co-founder of the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching, Director of Coach Training for the Edge Foundation.

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett joins Allen and Melody to discuss her powerful new book "Empowering Youth with Add" which provides a proven methodology for teens and young adults with ADHD. Listen to the advise and instruction for professionals, teachers and parents on what ADHD coaching for young people is and how it can dramatically improve their lives.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Children of Alcoholics

Special Guest:  Dr. Robert Ackerman, Professor - University of South Carolina, Hilton Head; Co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and Author of Children of Alcoholics
Allen, Melody, and their guest, Dr. Robert Ackerman explore the sensitive topic of children living in an alcoholic or drug addicted family.  Whether family members want to admit it or not, everyone is affected. If you know anyone living in this situation…
this is a must listen to show!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Happiness Advantage

Special Guest: 
Shawn Achor, MCC, SCAC, Professor, winner of overa dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, and Author of The Happiness Advantage!
If you're happy, you'll be successful - NOT if you're successful, you'll be happy. Joining Allen and Melody is Shawn Achor, professor for Harvard Unversity's Happiness Course. Really!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Accelerated Learning through Rubik's Cubes

Special Guest:  Holly Riehl, Vice President, You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube

Holly Riehl joins Allen and Melody to discuss the "You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube" accelerated learning system which uses the cube to foster life lessons such as problem-solving, negotiation, and teamwork.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Teen Kids News - The Voice of a New Generation

Special Guest:  Al Primo , Founder of Teen Kids News & TV Executive credited with Creating the Eyewitness News format
Al Primo, founder of Teen Kids News (TKN), joins Allen and Melody to discuss TKN's international 1/2 hour weekly program. TKN reporters (who are, of course, all kids!) report on everything that is fun, interesting or important about our world. Have your teen check it out!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bullying and What Parents Can Do!

Show Guests: Jamie Mantell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Co-Host Melody Foxx and guest, Jamie Mantell, discuss the many forms of bullying, a serious public health issue that affects many teens. As a parent, it is important to recognize if your child is being bullied, or if she is bullying someone else.

Monday, December 13, 2010
Holiday Stress: Avoid the Trap of Emotional Eating

Special Guest:  Dena Cabrera, Psy.D., Psychologist, Speaker and Expert in the Psychodiagnostic Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders  

Dr. Dena Cabrera joins Allen and Melody to explore the abundance of holiday foods, combined with the added stress of the season, that can result in emotional eating. Dr. Cabrera will discuss simple strategies to help you avoid the trap of over indulging this holiday season.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Using humor and music to let light into dark places and to help keep families safe and secure

Special Guest:  Dr. Peter Alsop, Nationally-known Singer-Songwriter, Educator, and Humorist with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Allen, Melody and their guest, Dr. Peter Alsop, delve into his award-winning songs that are used daily by thousands of parents, educators and human service professionals.

During the 1st part of the show, Jonathan Block-Verk and Jonathan Mooney discussed the Promo Pathways Program Competition that will integrate high risk youth ages 17 to 21 into the promotion commercial business of the entertainment industry, showing their creativity to executives from Fox, CNN, ESPN and many more.
Monday, November 29, 2010

Promoting Resilience in Teens

Dr. David Verhaagen joins Allen and co-host, Dr. Melody Foxx, to discuss how he helps young men who struggle in high school get ready for college or helping those who have already had trouble in college develop plans so they can successfully return. Most importantly, he helps them find their own sense of purpose and direction..

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Skits & Contests That Bring Families Together

Special Guest:  Cornell Christianson, Playright, Producer and Author of "Holiday Skits & Contests"

With the holidays coming soon, Allen and Melody are joined by Cornell Christianson, author of a new book entitled "Holiday Skits & Contests" that promises to reconnect and bring families together. If you don’t smile at least 10 times listening to this show… then you’re working too hard and need this book immediately!

Monday, November 15, 2010

How to Get Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Expenses Covered by Insurance and/or Government

Special Guest:
Monica Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate of Open Minds

Individuals who have sought help for mental illness or addiction treatment know that it can be very difficult to get these conditions covered by their insurance companies. Allen and Dr. Melody Foxx, discuss with Monica the recent changes in federal laws, as well as other resources and approaches that could expedite the process and get tens of thousands of dollars worth of treatment covered! This show is also a “must listen” for programs that want to know how to help their clients get government or insurance payments for their services.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Turning Families Right Side Up!

Show Guests: Allen Cardoza & Dr. Melody Foxx

Allen and Dr. Melody Foxx, our co-host, discuss their individual work with stressed-out families who often feel they have nowhere to turn, and who are struggling with poor relationships, conflict and the defiant nature of their troubled teens. This show is a must to listen to! We had many responses that this was the best show to date!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Special Guests:  Dr. Andy Sapp and Dr. Chris McRoberts,

Parenting, Tough Choices, Change, Challenge Hope & Healing

Allen, Melody and their guests, Dr. Andy Sapp and Dr. Chris McRoberts discuss the emotions and difficulties parents face when they must place their child in a residential treatment program.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jacob's Turn

Guests:  Patricia Titus & Nick Nanton

Patricia (Tricia) Titus and Nick Ninton share with Allen, Melody and our audience, a remarkable story about Tricia's son, Jacob, with Downs Syndrome. This 4 year old boy from the small rural community of Floyds Knobs, Indiana-just outside of Louisville-was playing T-ball in a place where, as his mother Patricia says, "life lessons are learned at church, home and on the baseball field."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Live from Sunhawk Adolescent Recover Center: Teens Talk Hope and Recovery

Special Guest:  Davee Chandler, Clinical Director & Teens from Sunhawk Recovery Center

Allen and his co-host, Dr. Melody Foxx, welcome guests Davee Chandler and some very open and candid teens at Sunhawk, who speak to parents and counseling professionals, as well as young people like themselves who have struggled with substance abuse and/or the real life challenges of teenage life today.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Be True to Yourself While Changing Those Parts of Your Life You Wish Were Different"

Special Guest: Nick Berar

Allen, co-host, Dr. Melody Foxx and their guest, Nick Berar, explore the meaning of "personal truth" and the important steps teens and adults can take to achieve these important changes in their lives ... changes that will allow them to reclaim their power and truth, and experience abundance.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fixing Freddie: A True Story About a Very Bad Beagle Who Became a Family's Life Teacher

Special Guest: Paula Munier, author of several books, not notable, "Fixing Freddie"

Allen and co-host Melody Foxx discuss with Paula the aftermath of divorce and her efforts to create a stable home for her son and a new life for herself. At the heart of her family's story is a plot line so true, so scientifically replicable that it makes a story about a bad dog who helps create a new family from the fragments of an old family seem unusual. Listen to this heartwarming and humorous story.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting.

Special Guest: Laura Ramirez, Psychologist and Author
Laura is the author of "Keepers of the Children:

Native American Wisdom and Parenting." This award-winning book combines ancient native concepts with cutting-edge psychology to show parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths, hone keen self preservation skills that will keep them safe from harm and grow into adults who share their strengths with others by making unique contributions to the world. And...back by popular demand, writer and satirist Will Jones as Allen's co-host. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Monday, September 20, 2010
“The Lost Art of Parenting”

Special Guest: Gary Hees, Clinical Director at Spring Ridge Academy

Parenting is a lost art, according to our guest Gary Hees. Allen and Gary Hees pull back the covers to discuss the importance of  educating parents about what works and what does not work within the family system in today’s culture and provide information relating how to change the current parenting paradigm.
Monday, September 13, 2010

"Keep the Love Flowing, Even During the Tough Teen Years"

Special Guest:  Diane Ingram, Author of "Listen to Your Heart and Make a Difference", Speaker, Child Development Professional and International Life Coach

Allen and Diane help our listeners explore the concept that "The Dreams We Dare to Dream Really Do Come True" ... when you listen to your heart and take action on the inner guidance you receive. Go for it, and find out for yourself.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Integrative Mastery's 8 Critical Steps to Overcoming Barriers that Block a Harmonious Family

Special Guest:  Al Killeen, Founder of “The Integrative Mastery Programs” and author of "Soul Proprietorship"

Al Killeen joins Allen to explore the 8 critical steps to overcoming barriers that block a harmonious family life. At the heart of the discussion is achieving a "Road Map"  to get from your current reality to the future perfect outcome.
Monday, August 30, 2010
"Motivating Teens to Discover Their Career Passion"

Special Guest: 
Lissa Markwardt - Career Education Consultant and Founder of Career Intention

High school students today have an abundance of post-secondary education and career options, yet most of them report that they do not possess the knowledge or skills necessary for making good career choices. Allen, and his co-host Dr. Melody Fox, discuss with Lissa her three-step process to facilitate student career decision-making using the "best of the best" resources and techniques.
Monday, August 16, 2010
"Feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or out of balance? It's Time to Bring Your Life Back to Center!"

Special Guest:  Miles Adcox, Co-Owner and CEO of Onsite Workshops, Partner in Institute for Brain Technology and HFS

Miles Adcox joins Allen to examine the impact of challenging life events, relationships, emotional trauma, distorted or compulsive behaviors in yourself or those you love. Anxiety, codependency or just the stresses of daily living that can keep you from the peace and balance you desire.
Monday, August 9, 2010

"How Momma Got Her Groove Back, and When Momma's Happy, the Family's Happy!"

Special Guest:  Allana Pratt, Host of the #1 rated Radio Show "How Mama Got Her Groove Back"
and Author of "How To Be And Stay Sexy"

Allana Pratt not only entertains, she empowers our listeners to reach for what we all want - a sense of freedom and peace in discovering exactly who we really are. Allen and Allana review her popular book "How Mama Got Her Groove Back" - and the 6 Secrets Every Mother Needs to Know to Stay "Sane, Sexy and Satisfied with her life..
Monday, August 2, 2010

The Culture of Excess

Special Guest:   Dr Jay Slosar, Clinical Psychologist  and the Author of  “The Culture of Excess” How Americans lost self control and why we need to redefine success!

Listen as Allen and Dr. Slosar discuss the psychological explanation for the decline in self control and the impact of the speed of technology and extreme capitalism have had in our growing sense of entitlement and narcissism that has driven us into excess and decline… And what the next generation can do to stop this cycle of excess.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Teen Experts, "Motivating the Teen Spirit"

Special Guest:   Ronda Wada, Founder of Teen Experts, Facilitator and Radio Host of  "The Teen Experience"

Allen and Ronda offer ways to engage and connect with teens. Ronda and her website, TheTeenExperts contributes to helping parents, teachers and counselors learn how to get kids to: 1) share who they really are and what's going on in their lives, 2) speak to them in a way that will encourage them to listen and, 3) Adapt your communication style to match any teen's personality for maximum impact & effectiveness.
Monday, July 12, 2010

"ADD is not a Disability it is a Diff-ability"

Special Guest: 
Dr. Kevin Ross Emery, Author of "Managing The Gift: Alternative Approaches for Attention Deficit Disorder"

Allen and Dr. Kevin Ross Emery explore with our listeners the adoption of a "new definition" of ADD resulting from his ground breaking book, Managing The Gift: Alternative Approaches for Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Emery's identification of ADD/ADHD as both a gift and part of man's evolutionary process has brought him to work with successful entrepreneurs, children, and adults throughout the United States and Europe. Listen as they discuss the political and financial sides of medicating many of our very gifted children!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Heartlight Girls, Empowering Girls From the Inside Out

Special Guest:  Debra Gano, Internationally-Known Model, Actress & Founder of Heartlight Girls

Building self esteem and self worth from the “inside out” with our young girls today. Debra Gano joins Allen to delve into a topic that translates the message that the true secret to beauty is a cultural wake-up call that is long overdue. According out Debra, "Today's young girl needs more than just a helping hand; she needs to know that her greatest gift lies within her heart."

Monday, June 28, 2010

The New Charter School Model  – Preparing Students for a Life of Excellence

Special Guest: 
Marvin Smith, M.E.C.A. President/Executive Director.

Marvin Smith and Allen discuss the inherent problems in our public education system and the increased popularity of charter schools for parents that cannot afford private schools. Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy (M.E.C.A.) prepares students to obtain knowledge and skills for success in life; educationally, technologically, economically, and sociologically.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mommy Power, Discovering Your Mommy Strength

Special Guest:  Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman, author of Mommy Power and
the Director of Ministry and Mission at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. She also co-hosts the Hour of Power television show.

Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman joins Allen in discussing how the great joys of parenting are often hindered by harsh self-doubt and a lack of physical and emotional energy. In “Discovering Your Mommy Strength”, Dr. Coleman empowers women to be the best parent they can be, rather than trying to be the perfect parent, of which we all fall short.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Integrated Listening Systems - Brain Training to Improve Student’s Processing, Attention & Performance.

Special Guests: 
Kate O'Brien Minson, Co-Founder and  Randall Redfield, Sr. Marketing Executive

Integrative Listening Systems' advanced technology which helps develop the building blocks of learning at any age.
I.E. those physiological systems which play key roles in our ability to receive, process, and express information, as well as some unexpected benefits.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Simply Live It UP: Reframing & Prioritizing Your Family Life

Special Guest: Charlotte Ward, Author of “Simply Live It!”

Charlotte Ward joins Allen to discuss the family dynamics of "purposing" one's life to create quality time for yourself and your family. In "Simply Live It Up" readers find a road map to turn good experiences into extraordinary ones.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Integrative Mastery's 8 Critical Steps to Overcoming Barriers that Block a Harmonious Family

Special Guest:  Al Killeen, Founder of “The Integrative Mastery Programs” and author of "Soul Proprietorship"

Al Killeen joins Allen to explore the 8 critical steps to overcoming barriers that block a harmonious family life. At the heart of the discussion is achieving a "Road Map"  to get from your current reality to the future perfect outcome.
Monday, May 17, 2010

Spark of Light Villages", Be the Change of Communities World-Wide

Special Guest: Linda Karlson, Founder of  the Pearl Foundation

Allen and his guest, Linda Karlson, discuss the world's alarming growth in "third world" mentality, and the Pearl Foundation's efforts to deliver a variety of programs and services to impoverished communities globally. The organization's goal it to work "with" and teach these communities to be self-sustaining and empowered.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Helping Struggling Teens identify Their Internal Strengths

Special Guest: Brian Pace, Executive Director & Todd Hockenbury, Admissions Director of the Red Rock Canyon School

Brian Pace and Todd Hockenbury from the Red Rock Canyon School, join Allen in discussing their therapeutic philosophy that, "There is a great person in every teen; and as young people learn and practice personal and social competency, their feelings of self-worth grow, allowing them to transform self-defeating attitudes and behaviors into character assets"

Monday, May 3, 2010
"Bleeding Hearts: What Causes a Teen to Become a Cutter?"

Special Guest: Linda S. Mintle, Ph.D., is a Virginia-based licensed clinical social worker and author of 16 books including the new “Breaking Free Series”

Known for her expertise and practical advice, Dr. Linda and Allen delve into the psychological profile of teens who cut themselves to relieve the stress and emotional pain they feel.
Monday, April 26, 2010

"The Four Headed Monster" – Which is increasing teen Anxiety, Depression & Suicide

Special Guest: Jared Balmer, Ph.D., Co-founder of Island View Residential Treatment Center, the Oakley School, and the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment.

A guiding light in the field of teen intervention, Dr. Balmer discusses with Allen, some of the challenges that have evolved over the past decade which are having a detrimental impact on the emotional health of adolescents today. Listen as Dr. Balmer exposes how electronic networking, the paradox of choice, a lack of coping skills and the sexualization of youth and women have contributed to the drastic increase in teen anxiety and depression.

Monday, April 19, 2010
Show Up! 90% of Success is Showing Up

Special Guest: John Leslie Brown – Founder of “H.I.G.H.H.O.P.E.S.”, Author, Hip-Hop Artist & Inspirational Speaker

Allen’s guest, John Leslie Brown, is taking the world by storm with H.I.G.H.H.O.P.E.S (Hip-hop Intellectual Going Higher Helping Other People Everywhere Soar!) John Leslie shares with our listeners the core message of his seminars and music creations which are inspiring teens and adults world-wide to create a purposeful life filled with “giving back’ and making a unique impact.
Monday, April 12, 2010
"Kids Caught in the Psychiatric Maelstrom"

Special Guest: Elizabeth Root, MSW. MS Ed., Author and Counselor

Allen's guest, Elizabeth Root, sets forth a dramatic question ... "Imagine kids celebrating their freedom in spontaneous play. Imagine parents, teachers, and doctors recognizing potential genius and nurturing the creativity of super-energized kids and those who are different, peculiar or eccentric"
Monday, March 29, 2010

Understanding Non-Verbal Behaviors and How to Spot a Liar

Special Guest: Greg Hartley, Author of "The Body Language Handbook" and Consultant to Fortune 500
companies, Law Enforcement and the Military

Allen and his guest, Greg Hartley, discuss how to read the body of others to detect their emotional condition or if they are attempting to deceive you. They will also talk about the importance of sending the signals YOU want to send.
Monday, March 22, 2010

The  Last Day of  My Life

Special Guest: 
Jim Moret, Chief Correspondent of “Inside Edition” and Author of “The Last Day of My Life”
Allen and this week's guest, Jim Moret, explore what it takes to move beyond depression, tragedy, and self-doubt. Jim, like so many people in today's stressful society, was a day away from taking his own life when he came to the ultimate decision: not simply whether to live, but how to live.

Monday, March 15, 2010
"Making the Grade with ADD”

Special Guest: Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD and Author of “10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD”, “Making the Grade with ADD”, “ADD and Your Money”
Dr. Stephanie Sarkis joins Allen to discuss the challenge students face making it through school with attention deficit disorder, or ADD. Keeping track of schedules and deadlines, concentrating on lessons, and completing tasks are all hard-learned skills for youth with this condition.
Monday, March 8, 2010

Embracing  the Struggle, Living on Life's Terms

Special Guest: Julie Ziglar Norman, Co Author with Zig Ziglar, "Embracing the Struggle"

Allen and his guest, Julie Zigar Norman, explore how to embrace your struggle, live and accept life on life's terms. Julie's father has been known as the motivator's motivator and his short term memory loss due to a serious brain injury changed everything for him and his family.  His response to that accident has inspired thousands.

Monday, March 1, 2010

What Makes Wilderness Therapy Effective & Safe!

Special Guest: Dr. Joanna Bettmann, Research Director, Open Sky Wilderness

Dr. Joanna Bettmann joins Allen to discuss what kinds of teens are served by wilderness therapy and the studies that have been conducted that compare this method with other conventional therapies.
And… weigh in with your comments on today's program and our “In the News” Feature - "Runaway Teen Murdered by Trucker & Son" at answers4thefamilyblog.

Monday, February 22, 2010

"Happily Married for life”

Special Guest: Dr. Larry Koenig, Author of "Happily Married for Life” and founder of “Smart Discipline”

Allen and Dr. Koenig identify the four big mistakes couples make when trying to communicate and how to correct them so both you and your partner feel loved and understood.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Shaken Not Shattered

Special Guest: Pastor Matthew Hagee

The truth is that the world has serious economics downturns in the past, even if we have not. Allen and his guest, Matthew Hagee, discuss his new book "Shaken, Not Shattered" which appropriately addresses preparing for life's challenges and how we can react to overcome them.
Monday, February 8, 2010


Guest: Dr. Cara Natterson, Pediatric Doctor and Parenting Expert andAuthor of "Dangerous or Safe?"

There is little doubt that children today face unprecedented dangers. Dr. Natterson joins Allen and co-host; Linda McKinney in a most enlightening discussion about what parents actually need to worry about and what are just myths. They also discuss the state of health care in America today.

Monday, February 1, 2010

"Teen Voices Online" Written by, for and about Teen Girls

Special Guest
: Jenny Amory, Executive Director

Co-Host: Linda McKinney, Co-Founder of A.S.N.A.P.

Allen and Linda discuss a current event where a father and his girlfriend were arrested for “zip tying” his teenage son’s arms and feet after being located by police as a runaway. (You are going to want to hear some of the comments people wrote about this!)

Allen, Linda and Jenny discuss "Teen Voices" intensive journalism mentoring and leadership development program that was created to support and educate teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media.
Monday, January 25, 2010

Chaos to Connection "Heart-Centered Essentials for Parenting Teens"

Special Guest: David Herz & Michael Behmer - Co-Founders of VIVE & Co-Authors of "Chaos to Connection"

Allen's guests, David Herz and Michael Behmer, tackle the special challenge of parenting teens in a world where communication is becoming more and more difficult. Chaos to Connection is a real-life solution to help teens and families heal and thrive.
Monday, January 18, 2010

Unlock Your Educational Potential

Special Guest
: Jeffrey Haig - Co-Author of Unlock Your Education & Co-Founder of Maximize Your Education

Jeff Haig, author of; “Unlock Your Educational Potential”, revealed key strategies and principles successful students use to ensure their success.
And… Pat Finn of; Agape International Spiritual Center, discussed with Allen how their organization has set up a pipeline, complete with air and ground transportation, to move supplies directly to the people in Haiti that truly need it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Reading is Forever

Special Guest: Cathy Puett Miller, The Literacy Ambassador®

Allen's guest Cathy Puett Miller, The Literacy Ambassador®, provide our listeners with important insight into the world of reading education with a parent-friendly slant. 

Monday, January 4, 2010

Understanding the High Functioning Alcoholic

Special Guest: Sarah Allen Benton - Licensed Mental Health Counselor & Author of Understanding the High Functioning Alcoholic

Sarah Allen Benton discusses with Allen the warning signs of a potential alcoholic as well as the characteristics, behavior patterns and experiences of high functioning alcoholics (HFAs) throughout high school, college, graduate school and as professionals.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Special Guest:  Guest: Vanessa Van Petten, Youthologist, award-winning author and founder of "RadicalParenting.Com"

Vanessa Van Petten, joins Allen in a “revolutionary” discussion on the art of radical parenting and her web publishing organization that she runs with15 other teen writers that is read by thousands of teens and adults daily.
Monday, December 21, 2009

SunHawk's 12 Steps Treatment & Relapse Prevention Program & Bikers Against Child Abuse

Special Guest:
Davee Chandler, Clinical Director - SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center

Allen and his guest, Davee Chandler, guide listeners through the maze of substance abuse recovery, while helping teens rediscover what is most important to them. And… learn what BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) is doing to help children that have been victimized.

Monday, December 14, 2009
Raising Healthy Kids ... Inside and Out!

Special Guest: Dr. Sari Sheppird - Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author

Throughout life there are bumps along the road. Dr. Shepphird and Allen speak about the emotional triggers during the critical teen years, such as distress, anxiety, fear and depression that may translate into anorexia and other eating and mental disorders.
Monday, December 7, 2009


Special Guest:  “Nurse Barb” Dehn, RN, MS, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Award-winning Author and a nationally recognized health expert.

"Nurse Barb" Dehn discusses with Allen the effects of dieting, processed foods, chemicals, stress and other elements from "inside and outside" the body that impact the hormone balance of our teen population.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Epidemic Ahead - Pain Pills and Out of Control Behavior

Special Guest: Dr. Jerry Rand, Executive Medical Director of Bay Recovery Center

In this week's show Allen and Dr. Rand discussed Bay Recovery Center's integrative therapeutic approach to addressing chronic pain, chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders that originate from unsuccessfully managed chronic pain. Listen as they also discuss Michael Jackson’s alleged $100,000 a month drug dependency.
Monday, November 23, 2009


Special Guest:  Vanessa Van Petten Youthologist, award-winning author and founder of "RadicalParenting.Com"

Vanessa Van Petten, joins Allen in a “revolutionary” discussion on the art of radical parenting and her web publishing organization that she runs with15 other teen writers that is read by thousands of teens and adults daily.
Monday, November 16, 2009

Mastering the "Tricks for Creating a Successful Family Lifestyle"

Special Guest: Dana Bedford Hilmer, Author of "Blindsided by a Diaper"

Allen and Dana Hilmer delve into the challenges of Parenthood and the changes it brings to a relationship, changes that are at once profound, beautiful, irrevocable and scary.

Monday, November 9, 2009

How Much, How Little; 7 Steps for Disciplining Our Children

Special Guest:  Dr. Larry Koenig, FamilyTherapist, Creator of "Up With Youth" Program and Author of "Smart Discipline"

Don't miss this week's show as Allen and Dr. Larry Koenig get to the heart of solving the top 7 misbehaviors that plague parents the most.

Monday, November 2, 2009

If You C.A.R.E. About Preventing Truancy
Special Guest: Eason Ramson - C.A.R.E. Program Director

YMCA's C.A.R.E. Program Director, Eason Ramson joins Allen to discuss C.A.R.E.'s nine-week educational program that provides truant youth with an innovative map to graduation and the support needed to make it there.

The Dangers of Schoolyard Pollution
Special Guest: Blake Morrison - USA Reporter & Grantham Prize Winner, Co-Author - The Smokestack Effec

2009 Winner of the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, Blake Morrison joins Allen to talk about the research that he, and fellow USA Today reporter Brad Heath, did to uncover the major industrial pollution affecting more than 128,000 school playgrounds in and around major U.S. cities.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Get with the Right Program! Possibly the most important decision you'll make.

Special Guest:  Douglas Bodin

Allen and Douglas discuss "the process" of sifting through the large number of specialized schools, programs and services that are available to parents as they tackle one of the most difficult decisions they will make for their child's welfare and future.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Using Wolfram/Alpha is like having access to the Smartest Kid in School - 24 hours a day, seven days a week... for free!

Special Guest: Alan Joyce, Content Manager, Wolfram Research

Allen, Rob and their guest, Alan Joyce, preview the activities of "Homework Day" - October 21st. This groundbreaking, live interactive web event brings together students and educators from across the country to solve the toughest assignments and explore the power of using Wolfram/Alpha for school, college, and beyond. Listen in to learn how to access the Wolfram/Alpha website for unprecedented answers and information free, be it for homework assignments or major research. Allen really caught them doing something good!

Monday, October 19, 2009

MS-13 – Inside America’s most violent gang
Special Guest:  Samuel Logan

In today's show investigative journalist Samuel Logan offers our audience a glimpse inside a group the FBI calls "the fastest growing and most violent gang in the country."

The Power of NLP and Huna
Special Guest:  Matthew James

Matthew, Allen and Rob discuss the power of Huna, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Empowerment® Techniques, Hypnosis and other innovative approaches -- and their effectiveness in providing lasting, positive change and personal empowerment.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Don't Blame the Mirror for Your Own Reflection! Let Go of What Hurts and Learn "How to Love"

Special Guest: : Dr. Gordon Livingston, Well-known Psychiatrist and Author.

In today's show Allen and Dr. Livingston, a physician of the human heart and a philosopher of human psychology - discuss the complexity of relationships with others, and how to make the best choices that will lead to both compatibility and long-term happiness.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Teaming UP! To Tackle the Curves in Education

Special Guest: Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association

This week's special guest discusses the roll of the Educational Consultant and the association’s hosting of the most advanced and prestigious educational conferences in the country.

Monday, September 28, 2009

"Get Free From What's Holding You Back" The 7 Essentials to Discovering Life's Purpose & Possibility

Special Guest: Shelly Zavala, Phy.D. Founder of the Foundation for Positive Living.

Dr. Zavala and Allen discuss her revolutionary “7 essentials that give life direction, purpose and possibility”.
Learn the secrets to discovering the freedom to express yourself, tapping your potential and mapping a successfully path to achieving your dreams.

Monday, September 21, 2009

How to live a long and healthy life! "Optimal Living" Seven steps to a healthy, fit, age resistant body

Special Guest:  Dr. James Meschino, D.C., M.S., N.D.
Author of Four Wellness/Anti-aging Books, with a Masters Degree in Nutrition
Allen and Dr. James Meschino, discuss the crisis in health, and how improved diet and supplementation at any age may positively affect behavior, performance and longevity!  A "life changing" show you will not want miss!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Be yourself, everyone else is taken", the art of Authenticity

Special Guest:  Mike Robbins -
Personal development expert and Bestselling author of "Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken"

This week's show presented simple yet effective ways to exercise the power of authenticity.  The ideas, principles, and practices laid out in Mike's book give specific techniques which allow teens, and all family members, to express themselves fully with confidence. Don’t miss this show, it was the real deal!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Back by Popular Demand -Doc Dan of Redcliff Ascent Therapeutic Wilderness Experience

Special Guest: "Doc Dan" Sanderson, Clinical Director for RedCliff Ascent: Co-Host: Rob Spencer, Field Manager for West Shield Adolescent Services

“Doc Dan” Sanderson discusses with Allen and Rob the Therapeutic Wilderness Experience for troubled teenagers. Since 1993, RedCliff Ascent has helped thousands of students and their families using advanced groundbreaking treatment approaches.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Back by Popular Demand - KidzEra Magazine-TV-Web - Created By Kids, For Kids
Special Guest: Scott Smith, CEO of YOUTH INTERMEDIA KidzEra Magazine, Teen News TV, and KidzEra Mobile

: Logan Clarke, investigator, actor and author of "Last Night An Angel Stopped By"

This week Allen and Logan discuss with Scott Smith Youth Intermedia's commitment to empower kids from all over the globe by providing them with an opportunity to create and have their work appear in an international forum via magazine, web and TV. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to this show!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Taking addiction treatment and extended care to the next level
Special Guest: Nanette Zumwalt, CADC II, BRIIPresident and CEO of Hired Power
Allen and Nanette discuss Hired Power's long established professional transition services used during the sobriety process.  From safe passage to facilities, to monitoring and assisting with transition, they examine what can be done during the difficult times as clients re-establish healthy lifestyles. If you know anyone with a chemical dependency problem, you won’t want to miss this show.

Monday, August 17, 2009

How Play and Physical Activity Can Jumpstart a Child's Future!
Special Guest: Rae Pica, Radio host and author of 18 books, including A Running Start:
During this show, Rae discusses with Allen, Tom and Linda why children need to move and play and how it benefits the whole child, not just for the sake of their physical selves, but also for social, emotional and cognitive development.

Innovative YMCA Programs that are dramatically changing the lives of teens!
Special Guest: Gina Fromer, Executive Director of BayView Hunters Point YMCA.

From music to sports, or arts to academics, Bayview Hunters Point YMCA has become a shining star of one of the most popular and respected organizations in the U.S. Gina shares with our listeners how her passionate staff engage and inspire kids with enhanced traditional and innovative non-traditional programs.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Challenge of Finding the "Best Match" in Resources for Troubled and Special-needs Teens!

Special Guest: Dore E. Frances, M.A. A.C.C. Horizon Family Solutions, LLC and Radio Host of "Troubled Teen Help"
Co-Host: Tom Costanzo, Co-Founder of; Adolescent Special Needs and Placement Listen as Dore, Tom and Allen discuss both positive and negative flags to look for when placing an “at risk” teen into a specialized school or program.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Weighing in on the G.O.L.D Standard of Positive Parenting!

Special Guest: Blaise Cardoza, Sephten Clevenger and the Jensen Family

Co-Host: Tom Costanzo, Co-Founder of; Adolescent Special Needs And Placement

This week's show features "Wisdom from the other side of the table" as Blaise Cardoza and Sephten Clevenger ask questions of the Jensen kids who discuss how they have co-created, with their parents, the most important elements of their families' successful "operating and cooperating" structures… Today the Teens and Tweens Rule!

The Jensen parents, Rick and Wendy are the authors of the G.O.L.D. Standard of positive parenting. Their family is living proof that the principles of Gratitude, Obedience, Love/Respect, Discipline and Service do work.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Teens & Their Families Celebrating Green

Special Guest: Lynn & Corey Colwell, Writers, Speakers & Consultants on Living and Celebrating Green

Lynn and Corey Colwell are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family. Using creativity, laughter and collaboration, they share with Allen and our listeners how "going green" during holidays and other celebrations can be easy, affordable and fun for the whole family. Listen and learn more…

Monday, July 20, 2009

Adolescent Therapeutic Wilderness Experiences

Special Guest: "Doc Dan" Sanderson, Clinical Director, RedCliff Ascent
Co-Host: Rob Spencer: Field Manager, West Shield Adolescent Services

"Doc Dan" Sanderson joins Allen and Rob to explore the success of comprehensive therapeutic wilderness programs. Doc Dan's groundbreaking treatment approach involves parents in their child's therapy. Redcliff helps parent understand the concepts of "developmental vacation" and “psychological basement” – the detached parts of ourselves that prevent parents and kids from achieving healthy relationships – the hallmarks of the facility's treatment protocol. Listen and learn more…

Monday, July 13, 2009

Special Guest -  Alison Rhodes,
Nationally-Known Expert  "The Safety Mom"
Alison Rhodes - also known as The Safety Mom, has exploded onto the national scene as the preeminent voice on kid's safety, wellness and healthy living.  We invite you to join Allen and Alison as they provide tips and advice to parents on a broad range of safety and health-related issues.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Special Guest - Parth Gandhi, Ph.D.,
Clinical Neuropsychologist & Director of NADC.

This week Dr. Parth Gandhi joined Allen and co-host Rob Spencer to discuss Clinical Neuropsychology, the process of assessing and treating brain-based disorders such as teen's cognition (Intellect), academic performance, attention, memory, behavioral functioning, emotional – personality and more.
Monday, July 6, 2009

Special Guest - Brenda Nixon, Author, Parent Educator
Parents are always looking for answers about how to raise their children. Allen’s Guest, Brenda Nixon, an expert on educating parents about childrearing at all ages, brings great insight regarding setting early childhood structure and values (such as gratitude and helping others) which greatly affects “positive” behavior extending through the teen years and beyond. Brenda earned a Masters Degree in Religious Education, worked as a hospital chaplain, parent educator, and served as the parenting expert on FOX TV4 in Kansas City.

Special Guest John Bishop, Author of “Goal Setting for Students”
When students learn how to use goal setting principles, they take more ownership of their education. Allen and his guest, John Bishop, discuss how students (ages 9 -15) can successfully implement his top 8 goal setting principles in their school work. John is Executive Director of Accent on Success, a graduate of Babson College in Boston and has more than twenty five years experience in sales management.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Guest: Cindy La Ferle writes essays, columns, and features on family topics and women's midlife issues.  Allen and Cindy discuss one of the topics all parents eventually face, "When and how to start letting go!" And much more!

Guest: Brad Edgar
, Chief Operating Officer of Shelterwood, which is a licensed Christian residential teen treatment program, dedicated to family counseling and restoration of relationships in a facility that treats troubled adolescents. During the later part of the show, Brad and Allen discuss Shelterwood's multi-faceted teen counseling and teen mentoring strategy to create a dynamic atmosphere that wraps teens in love when they are at their worst.

Monday, June 22, 2009

How to discipline your Kids without yelling spanking, nagging, or time outs!?

Special Guest: Special Guests: Rick & Wendy Jensen - “Authors of the "G.O.L.D Standard"

The proud parents of 7 children, a few years ago Rick and Wendy Jensen realized that something needed to be done to increase the love and harmony in their home. This is when they began formulating a parenting program called "The G.O.L.D. Standard", which is based on the principles of Gratitude, Obedience, Love / Respect, Discipline and Service. By implementing their amazing "positive, award-based" system, their family went through a wonderful transformation with an outcome that all parents desire ... children who are accountable for their own actions, and more cooperative and willing to work!  During this show, they will share the secret of their success with Allen and his audience.

Rick has his Masters in Education and has worked with the youth in an educational setting for over nine years. Wendy is a freelance writer, an interpreter for the deaf and authored of, "Sign Language for Babies and Beyond: How to promote early communication and language development in your child".

Monday, June 15, 2009

What are the "big" mistakes that parents make after divorce?

Special Guest: Pat Montgomery, Host of Parents Rule! Radio Show
Pat is also the author of  "Now You Know What I know: Parenting Wisdom of a Grandmother"
Allen and his guest, tackled the tough questions surrounding divorce and how parents can minimize the physical, emotional and spiritual damage inflicted on their children. They gave guidance to parents regarding... “How do you tell the kids” and many other issues.

How we can end slavery and human trafficking.
Special Guest: Dr. Kevin Bales  President and Co-Founder of "Free the Slaves"
Allen was joined by Dr. Kevin Bales, co-founder of "Free the Slaves," an organization that was formed in response to Dr. Bales' groundbreaking book, Disposable People. The award winning book introduced much of the world to modern-day slavery.

Free the Slaves works on the ground with liberators around the world. They do what it takes to free men, women and children and help them stay free. Kevin Bales' follow-up book, "Ending Slavery" explains how we can eradicate slavery. Forever. His latest book, The Slave Next Door is a wake-up call to Americans that this is not a problem that only happens half way around the world…it happens right here in the U.S.

Monday, June 8, 2009

"Don't Stop Now:  Parent Involvement in Literacy Beyond the Early Elementary Years".
Special Guest: Cathy Miller, President of TLA - The Literacy Ambassador's® Mission
Lighting the spark and fanning the flame of literacy, Cathy began her journey with a vision of building bridges for children, hand in hand with adults, promoting literacy as a tool for life.  Utilizing leading edge research and reading technologies, TLA emphasizes the "big picture" and "behavior" of reading.

Monday, June 1, 2009

KidzEra - Innovative Media Platform Educates Kids While Entertaining Them with By "Kids, For Kids" Philosophy.

Special Guest: Scott Smith, YOUTH INTERMEDIA -  KidzEra Magazine, KidzEra Teen News TV, and KidzEra Mobile".

Kicking off our June agenda is a discussion exploring the newest challenge for educators - the Tweens, ages 8 to 12. Youth Intermedia is a marketing and mass media production company that has developed a successful system, the KidzEra multimedia platform, that improves education methodologies for hard to teach and reach - youth demographic.

KidzEra empowers kids by providing tool sets that enable  them to create their own multimedia content. The "By Kids, For Kids" model ensures that the content on our media channels is interesting and relevant to Tweens.

Monday, May 25 2009

How much does parent involvement in education make a difference?
Special Guest: Stacey Kannenberg, Publisher & Nationally Renowned Education Expert and Award Winning Author Part of the reason kids struggle in the older grades is that parents need to be involved from day one and the curriculum usually starts to be beyond the average parent by 5th or 6th grade. Discussion topics include: What can parents and kids do to take back education and how do you motivate a child that simply isn't interested in school?
Stacey Kannenberg is a media favorite with numerous television appearances along with hundreds of radio, magazine and newspaper stories. She is also a frequent presenter at Early Learning and Head Start Conferences where she holds workshops for teachers and educators entitled:  “Empowering Parents 101”.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Special Guest: Laura Ramirez, Psychologist and Author
Laura is the author of "Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting." This award-winning book combines ancient native concepts with cutting-edge psychology to show parents how to raise children to develop their natural strengths, hone keen self preservation skills that will keep them safe from harm and grow into adults who share their strengths with others by making unique contributions to the world. And...back by popular demand, writer and satirist Will Jones as Allen's co-host. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Making a case for Residential Treatment Centers.
Special Guest: Lisa Foley, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of Therapeutic Services, Willow Springs Center. 
Listen in as Allen and Lisa discuss the merits of “Residential Treatment Centers” and much more.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Special Guests: Tim Brace and Kelly Dunbar of the Carlbrook School in Virginia.  Co-host: Rob Spencer
Listen as Allen, Rob, Tim and Kelly discuss the value of character development for teenage students and wonder why it isn’t part of every high school curriculum…
It is at Carlbrook, and much more.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ten years after Columbine:  How much safer are our schools? 
Special Guests:Nationally recognized educator, speaker, facilitator and trainer; Rick Phillips.
Video editor, writer and satirist, Will Jones and West Shield Adolescent Services lead transport agent and youth leader Dave Munoz discuss school violence in America.
Rick Phillips is founder of "Community Matters" and is the lead author of "Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence”.Listen in as they discuss some of the disturbing facts that have come out in Rick’s 22 page report card.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Special Guests: Anti-human trafficking activists, Dottie Laster and Pastor Kerry Decker. 
Re-transmitted by popular demand!
Pastor Kerry Decker, founder and president of This non-profit organization offers vocational training and business start up for South East Asian Girls that have been rescued from human trafficking.
Dottie Laster has built a reputation as a dedicated advocate against human trafficking and President of Laster Global Consulting which trains Law Enforcement and other organizations on how to combat Human Trafficking. 
Listen in as they discuss with Allen the growing problem of human trafficking and how they combat it, and how you can help!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Guest: Raul Perez, owner of Abet Security Services Inc. He's been providing K-9 narcotic detection services to schools for over 15 years. Raul started his Canine Narcotic Detection Program to help bring awareness to parents who suspect their teens are using drugs and get them help before it's too late.  If you or a family you work with suspects their teenager is using illegal drugs, then this is a show you won't want to miss!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Then this show is one you won't want to miss!
Our Special Guest, Dr. Shelly Zavala has been a coach and presenter to a large number of individual, community and corporate organizations. As a Doctor of Psychology and Licensed Marriage, and Family Therapist, Dr. Zavala assists clients in empowering themselves through the concept of self-responsibility, accountability and living with intention and authenticity. 

Monday, March 30, 2009
Guest, Dean Bales, a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in Orange County, California. Dean was a drug dealer back in the 90's and today after being shot nine times and left for dead... he has turned his life around and now helps teens and others in jail to turn their lives around. He has written a book called "I Didn't Know What Clean And Sober Was" to chronicle his life.
This is a facinating true story of a facinating guy with a true purpose in life.
Monday, March 23, 2009

Guest Rick Johnson, Executive Director of Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, Montana started  his career as an outpatient adolescent therapist. Now Rick and his  co-founders successfully run the school based on how to best serve adolescents when outpatient care provides too little and long-term impatient treatment seems too extreme. Listen to this very informative show.

Monday, March 16, 2009
Guest Randy Oakley, founder and President of Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy Programs,  speaks about  Stalking the Stalker:  a profile of people stalking our children.  With Randy's 22 years of experience of helping youth, he is clearly seeing a disturbing trend of predators that are successfully getting into our teens lives.  For tips on how to protect your children, listen in.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Guests Shawn Brooks, Heather Green LCSW and Steve Schultz discussing the rise of teenage porn addiction and the positive outcomes for adolescents in residential treatment.
Monday, March 2, 2009

Special Guest, Trudi Morrison. Trudi has been working with not for profit organizations for 25 years, co-founding the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco.
Having raised five children in a blended family, Trudi shared her life's experiences on Parenting and family communication. The grounded reality and advice she brings to parenting is invaluable.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Guest, Debra Gwartney, author of the critically acclaimed book, "Live Through This."   A heart wrenching tale of a family torn to pieces, but pieced back together through redeemed relationships. The story is personal, the author faced this situation herself. Listen in and hear this life changing and inspiring tale of a modern day family.

Monday, February 16, 2009
Dr. Michelle takes over!  Allen is Dr. Michelle's guest on one of the highest rated shows on "Answers for the Family". This show combines two fantastic talk show hosts and experts in their field, if you missed it, you missed out, but we're giving you another chance! Listen in now!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Our Guest, Dr. Chuck Redwine, Director of New Horizons youth ministries. With campuses in Indiana, Dominican Republic, and Canada, New Horizons has been helping "at risk" youth for 35 years. Listen in to the show for a look into an international, and very experienced outlook on helping troubled teens.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Guest Marvin Smith, FORMER NFL LINEBACKER, who has been TACKLING BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN RUNNING BACKS THESE DAYS... EDUCATIONAL POVERTY FOR ONE! Listen in as Marvin and Allen discuss Micro-Enterprise Charter Academy and how they design education for today’s minds and tomorrow’s opportunities!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Special Guest, Lon Woodbury, Ed Consultant and Publisher of the "Woodbury Reports" industry newsletter and the "Parent Empowerment Handbook." This show is empowering for professionals and parents alike. Listen in as Allen and Lon discuss how parents can take control of a household and help their teenagers.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Special Guests: Donald M. Dunbar Educational Consultant and author of a very valuable book, “What you don’t know can keep you out of college”. And Angela Segal, business marketing consultant and former television and radio show host. University bound or not, listen to this show for years of insight and experience.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Special Guest host: Bo Hopkins took over the show! Logan Clarke and Allen Cardoza were his guests! Listen in as the topics ranged from International sting operations and how they have caught scoundrels that make off with your hard earned money, to the possibility of an actor’s strike. With a call from Don Stroud from Hawaii as well.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Hank Hamilton, Hypnotherapist is our special guest. This show will open your mind to a world that many know little about. Allen and Hank discuss subjects such as hypnotizing actors to rid them of stage fright, ridding people of their smoking habit, and even fears of public speaking. Click the link and listen in now!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Rob and Pam Neilson co-founders of Cedar Ridge Academy. This school focuses on Healthy structure and behavior management. Offering a variety of solutions for troubled teens. Listen in on the show as  they and Allen discuss fantastic new solutions for teens.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Listen in as Rob Spencer Martial Arts and Teen Transport expert and TJ McCormack guest radio show host discuss what parents face with their teenagers today. Life is very different for teens today, and the number of school dropouts and violent behavior are on the rise. Listen into new options and solutions for teens today. This show is helpful, informative, and entertaining. Listen in now!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Special Guest: The current President of the World Association of Detectives, Gregory Scott addresses the subject of; Locating runaway teens. Listen to Allen and Greg discuss what to do if your teenager runs away, how to find them, and communication skills that just might keep them from running away in the first place.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Bo Hopkins, actor, producer with over 120 film and TV credits,
including favorites such as 'American Graffiti' , and renowned International Investigator and author Logan Clarke. Listen in to subjects ranging from old hollywood to international adolescent transports. And even a suprise celebrity call in! This show was fantastic! Click below to listen in!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Guest: Dr. Dani Levine, Therapist and Educational Consultant. Dr. Levine’s expertise in psychological and educational testing assists her in identifying emotional, learning, social and behavioral problems… which proves beneficial in the placement process. Listen to Allen and Dr. Levine discuss the various options for children’s education that really work!  
Monday, November 24, 2008
Guest, Ron Huxley, a licensed child and family therapist, national speaker and columnist, web site producer, community mental health director, family advocate, and father of four discuss’ his online resource, "Parenting Toolbox" and identifies parenting styles and what they mean. With years of experience and outstanding results on both sides of the microphone, this show can not be missed! Click below to listen in!
Monday, November 17, 2008

Allen Cardoza was the special guest "On the Couch" for Dr. Michelle Roth's Show.
Listen to Dr. Michelle and Allen talk about "running away in America", adolescent transport to specialized programs, "family contracts, and more.If you have teenagers or work with them, this show is a must for you!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Guests: Strike Force's Larry Gassin and Dottie Laster discuss human trafficking with Allen. Sadly, this is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, with conservative estimates of over 27 million people in slavery today. Listen how they are working to slow this crime down and what you can do to help.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Florian Schlosser, human behavior expert, has been helping people find peace and well being for years. Traveling the world to teach us how to connect with others on a much deeper level.  Listen in to Allen and Florian discuss how to reduce stress and find a different and more balanced way to live your life. Click below to listen live!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Guests Jeffrey Kemp and Linda McKinney discuss wilderness therapy in the U.S. and Australia for teens. Listen in as Allen, Parker, Linda and Jeff discuss how these programs help teens and young adults, and give advice for parents on how to help their own teenager!

Monday, October 13, 2008
Dr. Art Ulene has spent his adult life helping others find good health and joy in their lives. Listen to Allen and Dr. Ulene discuss topics ranging from the growing problem of obesity to utilizing "free" media to increase any organization's marketing effort; and as a bonus, get free relaxation therapy at the end of the show! Listen or download now!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Teri Solochek PhD talks with Allen about finding solutions for teens that struggle in thier current enviroment; at home and at school.  As an Educational Consultant with a PhD in Psychology, Teri is a proponent of psychological and academic testing  for teens facing unique challenges in life. Listen in as Allen and Teri discuss how to help these teens and thier families.
Monday, September 29, 2008

Personal information protection, in the physical and digital worlds, becomes more of an issue every day. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America today; and Internet Predators make their way into your personal life in a way that was not even possible years ago. Paul Curtis, Internet security specialist, discusses with Allen ways to protect you and your family from the threats that this new digital world imposes. Listen in and learn how to protect yourself and those you love!

Monday, September 22, 2008
Teens in crisis all face very different situations, each case takes special care to decide the next step of action. Douglas Bodin and Kevin Kindlin of Bodin Group, a  collection  of compassionate, professional, educational consultants, discusses with Allen the choices available for parents and teens, and all the steps in between. Listen in and find real answers.
Monday, September 15, 2008

Dr. Robert Fischer and Anne LaRiviere are co-founders of the Optimum Perfomance Institute, a place for young adults searching for purpose in life. Listen to them discuss with Allen the challenges of transitioning into adulthood for young people today. These guests are very informed and experienced with 17-25 year olds learning how to be  responsible members of society. Listen, and get advice and help for yourself, or for the young person in your life.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Guest: Dr. Michelle Roth, Psychologist, Relationship Expert
Listen as Dr Michelle and Allen discuss solutions to diffusing conflict with your teenager, focusing on what to do when a teenager makes a mistake,  is acting out, or is constantly defiant. Many of the common questions about how the relationship between parents and teens can thrive are answered. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

Guest: Sherry Gaba, LCSW and Life Coach. Listen as Sherry and Allen discuss what love addiction is, 
what leads adolescents to love addiction, what some of the childhood causes are and provide parenting tips to deal with this and other forms of addiction.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Guests: Chase and Blaise Cardoza and Mason Clevenger.
Learn what boys are really thinking as they prepare for entering high school and/or middle school for the first time.
Listen to what happens to the show when it is taken over by 12 and 14 year old boys!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Guest: Phil Ludwig, founder and CEO of Teen Rescue, Inc. and Julian Youth Academy.
Phil brings his passion for helping families in crisis while addressing issues such as teens in crisis, conflict resolution, and other topics related to healthy family relationships.

Monday, August 11, 2008
Guest: Widely known and esteemed Private Investigator, Gregory Scott addresses the subject of; Locating runaway teens. Listen to Allen and Greg discuss what to do if your teenager runs away, how to find them, and communication skills that just might keep them from running away in the first place.
Monday, August 4, 2008

Guest: Internationally renowned Private Investigator, Logan Clarke addresses the controversial subject of; International parental abduction investigations.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Guests: Director of Clinical services, Lori Kaplan, Ph.D, and the founders of Abundant Life and Adolescent Growth, Inc., John Lewis, M.A. and Dr. Joy Holmes, Psy.D. “Abundant Life” is a dual diagnosis residential facility for adolescents who have found themselves in crisis.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Guest: Robert Spencer, Field Manager of West Shield Adolescent Services Inc
Listen to Rob and Allen talk about the link between martial arts training and self esteem, as well as many other topics that will help you find…answers for the family.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Guest, John Lieberman, Director of Operation of Visions Treatment Center. If you are an educational consultant, psychologist, school counselor or parent of a teen,
don’t miss this show!




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