Answers for the Family

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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Monday 11:00AM - 11:59AM
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Answers 4 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 Live Mondays at 11:00 AM (PST)

Show Archives

March 2019


Never Binge Again: Reprogram Yourself to Think Like a Permanently Thin Person

Show Guest: Glen Livingston

If you struggle with binge eating, emotional eating, stress eating, or if you repeatedly manage to lose weight only to gain it all back, you may be approaching things with the wrong mindset.

From his perspective as a formerly food-obsessed psychologist—and the previous CEO of companies that have sold more than $30,000,000 in consulting to the Fortune 500 (including many major food manufacturers)—Dr. Livingston shares specific techniques for isolating and permanently disempowering your “fat thinking self.” He reveals much of his own personal journey in the process.

Join us as Dr. Livingston discusses how Never Binge Again can help you free yourself from the prison of food obsession so you can enjoy a satisfying, delicious, and healthy diet for the rest of your life!


Personal Power Mastery: The Ultimate Manual for Honing Your Personal, Business & Financial Success
SHOW GUEST: Douglas Vermeeren

Have you ever fantasized about being in Napoleon Hill’s shoes as he was gathering the wisdom of the world’s leading industrialists for Think and Grow Rich — but doing it today and getting guidance that is not only ageless but spot-on for today’s world? Douglas Vermeeren has done just that! This internationally renowned speaker, leader, mentor, and filmmaker has interviewed 400 of the world’s business and motivational leaders to glean the wisdom that creates Personal Power Mastery, the skill of leading a life of achievement and success on every level.

Vermeeren’s Personal Power Mastery has been lauded by no less an icon than Bob Proctor as “A Masterpiece.” The book is being hailed by many of the preeminent leaders of the personal growth movement as a blueprint for overcoming limitations, bad habits, and beliefs so you can ascend to higher levels of mastery, accomplishment, and financial attainment. From its “Teachable Moments” to its “Power Thoughts,” “Lessons” and “Exercises,” this book enables the reader to instantly put into practice the strategies that create change and attract wealth. With humor and charm, Vermeeren lays out that case that anyone can achieve.


The Heart Reconnection Guidebook: A Guided Journey of Personal Discovery and Self-Awareness

SHOW GUEST: Lee McCormick

The Heart Reconnection Guidebook, by Lee McCormick, is written for all who have suffered heartbreak. It is for those troubled by anxiety, depression, loss, grief, questioning their self-worth, caught in addiction or obsessive/compulsive behavior, and struggling to find meaning. While the list is broad in scope, it shares a common theme: The conditions reflect a broken relationship to the core of your being, your own ‘healing heart, sacred heart.’ For anyone who has struggled with the not enough—not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not strong enough—and the list goes on, this book is written with you in mind.

February 2019


Caring for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned

Show Guest: Cher Ofstedahl

Over 400,000 children each year are not able to live with their families as the result of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Since 1966, Trinity Youth Services has answered the call to this societal challenge by providing the safety and care children need, in foster homes and residential treatment settings, where they learn to cope with and heal from the trauma in their lives.

Cher Ofstedahl joins us to share her own personal story of sexual abuse, rescue and ultimately unconditional love she received from her adopted family.As Trinity’s Chief Operating Officer, she describes how providing hope, happiness and security to a youth in crisis is a priority that she and Trinity’s entire management and staff share.


Eating Disorders – What Parents Can Do

Show Guest: Dana Suchow

An award-winning speaker, educator and coach, Dana Suchow overcame bulimia, binge eating disorder and exercise compulsion that resulted in permanent injury to her body. Since that time, she has become an expert in the field of body image, and eating disorder prevention. Offering a nonclinical and holistic approach, Dana has a firsthand understanding of how eating disorders can get started and what parents can do to put your child on a path toward body love, empowerment and self-acceptance.

We welcome you to learn more about Dana’s outstanding work and to jump in and start discovering some "ah ha" moments and practices you can implement right away to bring your family closer together and raise self-confident teenagers with character who become inspiring adults.


Mastering Uncertainty in Life & Business

SHOW GUEST: Jordanna Eyre

Embracing life means opening to all parts of it. And yet, for most of us, the inevitable uncertainty of life can be a challenge to trust. Life feels so much safer and cozier when we know what’s going to happen. But most of the good stuff doesn’t guarantee safety. Taking leaps, trying new things, growing and expanding all require taking steps into the unknown. How do we expand powerfully in our lives and businesses, with uncertainty making our path look windy, dark, confusing or unsure?

Jordanna Eyre, founder of Modern Day Sorcerer, has spent years learning to master uncertainty, and helping others do the same. She’s faced tremendous challenges, taken huge leaps, and has learned to do it all with a Jedi-like courage and sense of trust. And because mastering uncertainty is not a cookie cutter skill, she’s going to show us core elements of our human nature that have the power to support each of us in developing a more powerful relationship with uncertainty — while also deepening into our own inner wisdom to navigate the unknowns of life. Join us as we discuss a powerful combination of how-to’s, tools, and wisdom to support you in mastering your own relationship with uncertainty in life and business!


An End to Upside Down Thinking

Show Guest: Mark Gober

In An End to Upside Down Thinking, Mark Gober traces his journey – he explores compelling scientific evidence from a diverse set of disciplines, ranging from psychic phenomena, to near-death experiences, to quantum physics and beyond.

With cutting-edge thinkers like two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Pixar founder and two-time Academy Award winner Loren Carpenter, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences Dr. Dean Radin, University of Virginia professor Dr. Ed Kelly, and New York Times bestselling author Larry Dossey, MD supporting this thesis, this book will rock the scientific community and mainstream generalists interested in understanding the true nature of reality. Today’s disarray around the globe can be linked, at its core, to a fundamental misunderstanding of our reality.

January 2019


The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Secrets to Helping Pets Live Much Longer and Healthier Lives

Show Guest: Gary Richter, DMV

As a holistic veterinarian and scientist, Dr. Gary Richter helps dog and cat owners to navigate the thicket of treatment options and separate the fact from the fiction.

In The Ultimate Pet Health Guide, Dr. Richter examines traditional medicine from many cultures alongside modern medical techniques, describing the best of complementary care and the best of conventional veterinary medicine. An integrative and holistic approach to health includes nutrition, as it sets up the foundation for your pet's health, so Dr. Richter cuts through the hype in the pet-food world to explain how to make your own food or choose the best commercial foods and supplements. He also explains how you can use the right foods and supplements to "hack" the body's processes, including the immune system.


Mad Monk Manifesto: A Prescription for Evolution, Revolution, and Global Awakening

Show Guest: Monk Yun Rou

According to Monk Yun Rou–Yale educated, South Florida based author of 15 books

According to Monk Yun Rou, award-winning author and journalist, if we adhered to the principles set forth around 500 BC by Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching, we wouldn’t be in this mess–but there is just enough time to commit to the Daoist (Taoist) way if our world is to avert “The Sixth Great Extinction.”

In his beautifully penned guidebook, Mad Monk Manifesto — A Prescription for Evolution, Revolution and Global Awakening Monk Yun Rou reveals all the ways we as individuals, our society and our institutions can adapt and apply Daoist wisdom and practices to life today. “Relaxing and Rectifying,” “Rebalancing Daily Life”,”Fostering Community and Deepening Culture” – it is all about how we treat each other. Next, Monk Yun Rou tackles “Culture, Commerce, Government and Power” and “Sensitivity and the Environment,” closing with his plea for “Awakening to Spirit and Service.”

Filled with iconic stories taken from ancient Chinese writings, his own experiences and astute observations, the Mad Monk Manifesto will spur conversation and open new awareness…hopefully before it’s too late.


Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine: Integrating Natural, Eastern and Western Approaches

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Elson Haas

Many years in the making, Dr. Elson Haas’ new book Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine provides for better health with a deep understanding of what creates disease in the body-mind. The integration of Natural, Eastern, and Western medicines offers a clearer insight into many crucial factors that affect health and healing than any one system alone.

In a review by Patrick Hannaway MD – Medical Director, Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Hannaway states, “This book is essential education for all medical students and physicians, as well as anyone who has ever been (or will become) ill. Join us as Dr. Elson Haas’ describes his approach to move people into the more positive aspects of what he terms the ‘Disease-Health Continuum’ with better energy, vitality and creativity, helping to create positive health outcome for individuals, families and for the planet on which we all depend.


Feeling Better: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Show Guest: Cindy Stulberg

For years, the first line of defense for depression has been pharmaceuticals, but in Feeling Better: Beat Depression and Improve Your Relationships with Interpersonal Psychotherapy, psychologists and authors Cindy Goodman Stulberg and Ronald J. Frey, PhD, say that it is actually our relationships that offer the most effective path to healing.
Knowing that depression is an illness as legitimate as any physical ailment, Feeling Better helps readers get clarity around the four main areas in life that can be contributing factors to why people feel sad, blue, down, and depressed: life transitions, complicated grief, interpersonal conflict, or social isolation. By finding clarity about these aspects of their lives, they can go on to make the changes they need to feel better. The book also helps readers improve their existing relationships and develop the skills they need to make new connections that are meaningful and supportive.

December 2018


Kindness and Gratitude for 2019 and Beyond

SHOW GUEST: Gabriella van Rij

Gabriella van Rij, founder of the Dare To Be Kind movement, has been on the road filming since early November. She began her travels on the West Coast, Los Angeles, on November 1st, and has been working her way through Arizona, Albuquerque, Oklahoma, and then up toward the East Coast. She is interviewing not-for-profit associations and people from all walks of life who have taken up the Dare To Be Kind challenge of 1 act of kindness in a 2-mile radius—to highlight to everyone how kindness begins in your own home and neighborhood.

Through showcasing people who took their pain and made it into their greatest strength–the strength that enables them to help others—we can create safer communities, healthier relationships and make the shift from the “bystander syndrome” to becoming an active participant in the transformation that occurs when one takes the time and Dares to be Kind!


From the best of "Answers for the Family" : 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!


The Book of Joshua: Deep look into Lives of Youth Suffering from Mental Illness

SHOW GUEST: Jennifer Anne Moses

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening.  Jennifer Anne Moses, a multi-genre author, brings you into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness in The Book of Joshua. In The Book of Joshua, Jennifer Anne Moses, presents an eighteen-year-old Joshua Cushing who wakes up in a psych ward, not knowing how he got there. Worse, he has only one eye. And no one in his family will tell him what happened to his girlfriend, Sophie. The one thing he knows for sure is that something happened, leaving him with a self and a life he barely recognizes.

Once a popular long-distance runner, Josh is now flabby, frustrated, and furious about returning to his New Jersey high school to repeat his senior year. Forced to attend meetings with other “underage weirdos,” he sinks into his loneliness. But when Josh meets Elizabeth Rinaldi, things begin to change. The only other new student in his class, she has a scar on her forehead, a Southern accent, and an attitude. Sharing a status as outcasts and an aptitude for snark, Josh and Elizabeth help each other escape their pasts. The Book of Joshua weaves an unforgettable story from family secrets, friendship, faith, love, and redemption. It brings readers deeply into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness, as well as the friends and family affected by it.


Shiny Happy Couples: How to Detoxify Your Relationship using The Melfox Method

Show Guests: Joe Mellon & Meryl Fox

By any standard, the extent of failed and failing relationships has been at epidemic proportions for quite some time now. This is easily demonstrated by the track record of the huge group of people who took a solemn vow to stay together forever. Even with all of the initial dedication, devotion, and pressure to remain intact, around 50% of all marriages end in divorce, with the rate rising at least 10% with each subsequent marriage.

Our guests, Meryl Fox and Joe Mellon, have developed a system that has worked EVERY TIME in resolving whatever issue has come up in their relationship. They have encountered and resolved issues that would have surely ended the relationship had it not been for “The Melfox Method”. With Meryl’s help, Joe wrote the book Curiosity Killed the Spat and produced the on-line course Shiny Happy Couples to introduce “The Melfox Method” to anyone looking for answers regarding the “proper care and feeding" of relationships. As Joe likes to say: “I would be nowhere near the happy man I am today without Meryl, and she would be nowhere near me without The Melfox Method.”


The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance

SHOW GUESTS: Gina LaRoche & Jennifer Cohen

The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance is about the most radical kind of change, at the personal, organizational, and societal level: a shift from scarcity to sustainable abundance. These seven principles, pioneered by leadership consultants Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen, guide readers on a transformational journey of self-discovery, towards new leadership strategies and a renewed sense of fulfillment and purpose.

It starts with law number one: stories matter. We are all living in the story of scarcity—the story that tells us we don’t have enough. We want more and more, perpetuating a vicious cycle of consumption that lowers our own well-being and irreparably damages the Earth. This book is an invitation to live in another story, the story of sustainable abundance. The ripples from making this shift are profound—it will change your relation to your loved ones, your work, and the planet. Essential for spiritual seekers, business leaders, executive coaches, and environmentalists alike, The 7 LAWS OF ENOUGH points the way towards a new way of living and leading.

November 2018


Do You Really Need That Pill? The Silent Epidemic!

SHOW GUEST: Jennifer Jacobs

A silent epidemic in the U.S. is now imperiling our health and threatens to bankrupt our health care system: over-medication. One-fifth of all adults took three or more prescription drugs in the past month and 40 percent of people over age sixty-five take five or more daily. This book—the first of its kind—tackles the epidemic overuse of prescription drugs.

Combining stories of those who have suffered ill effects from taking too many drugs with data from cutting edge medical findings, Do You Really Need That Pill? helps readers realize they can choose different solutions to their health problems..


Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one for those who are struggling with conquering drug and alcohol addiction

Show Guests: Rachel Kove & Seth Hall

A recent article published in the Washington Post states, “many addiction treatment centers do not follow up with their patients, the ‘100 percent’ success rate some cite only applies to those who complete the length of their stay. When we weight in on the relapse rates that are currently estimated to be as high as 80% and then consider of the many thousands of dollars spent by families and provided government by supported programs such as: rehab facilities, group therapy, wilderness programs, etc., we are left asking the a most obvious question: If these programs are not working long-term, are there options that are effective?

Home Care Recovery Solutions co-founders, Rachel Kove and Seth Hall, share their individual experiences as alcohol and heroin addicts, respectively, and the many relapses they endured after traditional treatments, as well as the the process that finally propelled each of them into the field of sustainable recovery. According to Kove, “Sometimes the obvious answer is the right one. The model we found that provides a lasting difference is actually coming to a client’s home to create one of the most critical elements to recovery – a one-on-one support system that builds a bridge back into a functioning, purpose driven life with meaning. At a time when addictions are rising to epidemic levels, we are finding this methodology just as applicable to mental health issues and other forms of addiction, as it is to drugs and alcohol.”


They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk
SHOW GUEST: Diane L. Redleaf
They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk, by Diane L. Redleaf is an account of six families whose children were wrongly seized by child protection services. It vividly illustrates the constitutional balancing act where medicine, family interests, and child safety can clash.

They Took the Kids illustrates how the mantra “best interests of the child” masks errors, assumptions, and stereotypes that hide the real harm child protection policies are doing to children and families. Revealing how families are wrongly separated when overworked and under-skilled case workers jump to conclusions of guilt, ignoring evidence of innocence, They Too the Kids Last Night focuses on the child protection system from the moment of intervention―starting with the child abuse hotline call that targets a specific child as a victim and his or her parents as suspects. Redleaf explains why basic due process principles ordered by federal and state courts would go a long way to help families but cautions that just results depend on effective family defense counsel.


Think Yourself Thin
The author of the perennial New York Times bestseller 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse (which has sold over a million copies) returns with a revolutionary book on how to build mental fitness while dieting,  perfect for anyone who has struggled on their weight loss journey, whether they’re pursuing a calorie counting, protein-rich or low carb diet.

After helping dieters lose over two-million pounds with her trend-setting book 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, which has been “America’s number-one detox diet for four years running- and once people try it they can’t seem to stop raving” (Women’s World)  mediagenic nutritionist JJ Smith realized the most important, yet most overlooked factor for permanent weight loss is mental mastery.

Smith’s book uncovers the five psychological stages required to lose weight and keep it off. Smith also introduces the all-new SUCCESS System detailing the mental habits and approaches necessary for permanent weight loss. Filled with inspiring, motivational success stories and user-friendly principles that provide the guidance needed to burn fat and lose weight, Think Yourself Thin makes long-term weight loss a reality and is a companion guidebook to accompany every diet and weight loss program.

October 2018


Timeless: A Paranormal Personal History
Show Guest:Bruce Olav Solheim, PHd
Professional academic people are afraid of destroying their reputations and careers by even considering that there is such a thing as the paranormal or psi, much less writing about the phenomena from a personal perspective. For those reasons, Bruce Olav Solheim, who holds a doctoral degree and is a former Fulbright Scholar and Professor has waited until retirement is imminent to write this book. In addition to his new book, Dr. Solheim also teaches a popular Paranormal Personal History course at Citrus College in Glendora, CA.
Paranormal is usually defined as something beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation. Parapsychologists, who aren’t deterred by skeptics calling their discipline of parapsychology a pseudoscience, have successfully studied many paranormal phenomena, including: telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, reincarnation and apparitional experience. Timeless: A Paranormal Personal History tells the story of one man's travels through the paranormal universe and out the other side. Engrossing and highly entertaining, join Bruce Solheim in his journey while making it your own. Timeless offers a message of encouragement for others to share their stories of the paranormal and to be assured that there is a life beyond this one and that we are, indeed, timeless.


The Emotionally Healthy Child: Helping Your Child Calm, Center, and Make Smarter Choices
SHOW GUEST: Maureen Healy

While growing up has never been easy, today’s world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. Maureen Healy, who was a “wild child” — the kind, she writes, who left babysitters “wondering if they wanted children” — knows her subject. She has become an expert on teaching skills that address the high sensitivity, big emotions, and hyper energy she herself experienced. “The ideas and tools in this book are what my younger emotional self was seeking — an understanding of how emotions work and how I could create better-feeling ones,” writes Healy. “Today’s children are seeking the same things, and this book was born to address that need.”

In The Emotionally Healthy Child, Healy shows readers how to teach children to master their emotions and move forward on their unique paths toward wholeness by developing the mindset and habits necessary to be able to stop, calm, and make smarter choices.  “Using the tools in this book, children and adults alike can learn to pay attention and catch themselves before they make not-so-smart choices,” write Healy. “We explore this simple yet life-changing idea that we can become more mindful and then, with emotional knowledge as well as some new tools, make better choices — the types of choices that bring healthier and happier experiences into our lives and that allow us to model this uplifted life to our children and teach them how to do the same.”


Dim the Screen, Brighten the Future: Helping Teens Develop Healthy Digital Habits
SHOW GUESTS: Jeff Smith & Mont Criddle, LMFT

We live in a fascinating time and culture. Technology has given us immediate access to unlimited information, the ability to communicate world-wide, and the ability to connect with billions of people. It has substantially shrunk the world and provided tools to be more productive than thought imaginable. It also has had many notable negative consequences.

According Jeff Smith and Mont Criddle, from Logan River Academy's DART Program, with all the great tools and opportunity that technology provides, who would have thought it would cause so many problems. Most of us have probably experienced both the positive and negative aspects of being connected to the digital world. Unfortunately, for many, the negative aspects of our modern digital culture has led to destructive consequences. Social isolation, exposure to nefarious influences and individuals, compulsive behavior, addictive behavior, anonymity enabled conflict, and depression, are just some of the issues impacting those who are unable to maintain balance in their lives when it comes to being connected.

The genie is out of the bottle. Modern society is finding it necessary to find ways to manage these digital pitfalls while still reaping the many positive benefits of rapidly increasing technology and an ever-changing world. Smith and Criddle  are trying to make a difference in the lives of adolescents that have succumbed to the darker and more debilitating consequences of living in a digital world. They represent Logan River Academy’s DART program which provides treatment for these issues.


Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential

In CHOOSE WONDER OVER WORRY: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential, artist, speaker and “Millenial Motivator” Amber Rae uncovers how your relationship with your most uncomfortable emotions can either lead you to numb out and stay small, or guide you back to your center.

Amber is no stranger to the consequences of ignoring her own emotions. As she rose through the ranks in the digital agency world, the gold rush of Silicon Valley, and her own foray into entrepreneurship, Amber was numbing her worry, fear, and doubts with alcohol, addiction, and by hustling for approval.

It was only when she transformed her life into a laboratory for self-discovery—treating herself as a “guinea pig”— that Amber learned how to work with these emotions, instead of against them.


Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster
SHOW GUEST: Linda Graham
Everyone knows what it’s like to be knocked off center, to lose their inner sense of balance and groundedness, at least temporarily, when faced with life’s unwanted curve balls. Whether it’s a troubling health diagnosis, the death of a loved one, a serious car accident, a layoff, or a natural disaster, life can intensely challenge our resilience.

In Resilience: Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster, author and psychotherapist Linda Graham, MFT, guides readers step by step through a process of cultivating more well-being in their lives by strengthening their resilience so that they can respond skillfully to any upset or catastrophe that would derail that well-being. In this book we can reliably use Linda's methods to build or recover our resilience so that we can cope with whatever challenges or catastrophes might come along next — to cope with anything, anything at all.

September 2018


Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood that Reflects Your Core Intention
SHOW GUEST: Maia Duerr
Take a journey to find your highest calling. So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life’s purpose. Or we’ve wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many.

Work That Matters author and longtime meditator Maia Duerr wandered through several professions and dozens of jobs (including alfalfa sprout packer and Buddhist chaplain) before she finally unlocked a combination of work that was deeply fulfilling and sustainable. Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. Using the 6 Keys to Liberation-Based Live-lihood as a framework, Duerr takes readers through a comprehensive process that can lead to breakthroughs and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective. Work That Matters gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion—for yourself, and for the whole world.


IN MY HANDS: Compelling Stories from a Surgeon & His Patients Fighting Cancer
SHOW GUEST: Steven A. Curley, MD
IN MY HANDS is a collection of compassionate, insightful, and empowering stories of resilience, hope, and determination drawn from Dr. Curley’s years of practice. These real-life accounts from the front lines of the war against cancer offer important lessons learned from ordinary people about preparedness, courage, perseverance, and acceptance.
Dr. Steven Curley has worked with cancer patients for over two decades. While his life’s work has been to help his patients live longer lives, he found that they helped him in ways he could never have expected. Curley shares, “It’s how I encourage patients dealing with the fear and uncertainty that come with a diagnosis of cancer. Not all of the stories have happy endings. But I recognize that patients relate to the harsh realities faced by other people dealing with the same potentially grim outcome. And they can find empathy and comfort in knowing they are not alone.”


When Food is Comfort

SHOW GUEST: Julie M. Simon

Julie Simon shares with Allen that the better-than-good news is that the brain can be rewired for optimal emotional health. When Food Is Comfort presents a breakthrough, comprehensive, step-by-step, mindfulness practice I created called Inner Nurturing. Part 1 discusses how we develop self-regulation, or the ability to manage emotions, moods, thoughts, impulses, and behaviors. In Part 2 presents seven skills that makeup what she calls inner nurturing, along with information, tools, and special tips that readers can use to practice self-connection and self-nurturance. In Part 3, Simon offers strategies for attracting nurturing others into their lives, as well as four habits to cultivate in order to better nurture others. 4

In summary, Julie explains how you can move beyond your compulsive behavior and preoccupation with eating and weight, eliminate the idea of dieting from your life forever, and experience a fuller, more satisfying life.


From the best of "Answers for the Family" : Everyday Narcissism: Yours, Mine, and Ours
Show Guest: Nancy Van Dyken
Nancy Van Dyken’s book, Everyday Narcissism: Yours, Mine, and Ours, is not about people with the clinical diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. It’s for people like you and me—people who don’t have a major personality issue but whose lives aren’t as fulfilling or as joyful as we want them to be. Everyday Narcissism helps readers understand how EN manifests in their own lives, and teaches them how to heal it. This awareness provides a foundation for creating greater happiness, more fulfilling relationships, less reactivity, and more meaning.
CO-HOST - Michael Fink: Co-Founder & Outreach Director of Affordable Therapy Project: is a non-profit community of treatment providers who are building a national mental health resource directory. The Affordable Therapy Project is a collaborative group of organizations that coordinates mental health professionals to provide pro bono sessions to survivors of national crises, victims of natural disasters, and high-risk communities.

August 2018


The Grandfamily Guidebook: Wisdom and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
SHOW GUEST: Andrew Adesman, MD
Approximately three million Americans are the sole caretakers of their grandchildren, and more of us will be in that same situation, wondering how we’re going to raise our children’s children. The Grandfamily Guidebook offers just the right mix of expert advice and insights gathered from thousands of grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
In the riveting interview, Andrew Adesman, MD, join us to discuss how your top priority now is to help your grandchildren emerge thriving from what may initially feel like a less-than-ideal situation. The deeply rewarding experience of creating a grandfamily in the midst of crisis reminds us that all families are built and strengthened over time. With this comprehensive guide you'll avoid common pitfalls as you adjust to your new normal, and have a touchstone to come back to as things unfold. With advice on everything from engaging with birth parents, to managing legal and financial considerations, challenges with school and social life, and your own self-care, you'll always have a practical, inspiring guide to building a grandfamily.


A celebrity & real life tough guy he plays on screen have transitioned into making a cream targeting pain relief
SHOW GUESTS: Martin “Marty” Kove & Logan Clarke
Logan Clarke and Martin Kove, have both lived their lives as tough guys. Logan is a world-renowned private investigator and Marty is known for his portrayal of sensei John Kreese in the original “Karate Kid” movie and now in the “Cobra Kai” TV series, as well as several other physically demanding roles in movies such as “Rambo: First Blood, Part II” and “Steele Justice”. With the help of doctors and a compounding pharmacy and years of trials, they’ve helped create a pain relief cream that provides more than just temporary relief, it actually targets the source of the pain to aid in the healing process.
In today’s show, we will talk about why they chose the career paths they did, and how their bodies have been affected by their careers, and the different injuries they’ve had to deal with.


THE HEALING One Woman’s Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches
SHOW GUEST: Saeeda Hafiz
In this memoir of upward mobility through an unexpected route, a young African American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle-class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child. Graduating, getting established in your career, and dating another professional are things many young women expect to do and take for granted. But when your parents don't support you and you have siblings in prison, those milestones seem monumental. What does growing up poor do to your self-esteem? How do patterns of stress and family violence, poor diet and poor health continue to affect you even after you escape to a higher income bracket? And what can one woman do to turn around the cycle of racism, poverty, and intergenerational suffering?

In The Healing Saeeda Hafiz gives a frank account of the anxiety and rewards of becoming "middle class" through a complete change of diet and adopting habits such as traveling and doing yoga. While her peers pursue one kind of American dream by climbing the corporate ladder, Hafiz finds meaning in learning to cook macrobiotic food and practicing meditation and yoga. By doing so, she recovers from chronic health conditions and heals from the family trauma she has inherited.


Forty Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids

Show Guest: John Allcock
Most of what we worry about never happens. Yet, worrying takes up much of our time, energy, and attention. We are often victims of our own thoughts. We automatically assume those thoughts are true, when in fact they often are not. As a result, we fill our lives with unpleasant mind state. The good news is that we do not have to be stuck with whatever thoughts arise, we can change them. In Forty Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids, John Allcock presents the essentials of mindfulness - not as something special and exotic, but as practical, down-to-Earth principles for living and overcoming the "thought" trap.

Written in clear, simple language, John will share how Forty Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids is written in clear, simple language for anyone interested in living a fuller, happier life - including parents, young adults, and readers of Anna Quindlen's A Short Guide to a Happy Life or H. Jackson Brown's Life's Little Instruction Book.

July 2018


From the best of "Answers for the Family" : "Adolescent Anxiety: Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms and Their Treatment”
SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Alexander Young
According to Dr. Alexander Young, Director of Clinical Program Development and Outreach at Mountain Valley Treatment Center, anxiety is a normal part of adolescent development, and every individual will experience some episodes of stress, fear, and anxiety. the almost 10 million children who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder experience a range of disabling emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms to an extent that interferes with nearly all aspects of home and school life. In many cases, the symptoms of anxiety will be experienced concurrently with other emotional or behavioral challenges. In our interview with Dr. Young, he explains why the first step to healing is for the youth to understand that they are not defined by their anxious temperament, or the anxiety they experience. Then, when armed with the right tools to use against their anxiety, they become empowered to “get over their fears.”


The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain
Show Guest: Sarah Anne Shockley
In The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain, by Sarah Anne Shockley, who has personally lived with chronic pain since 2007, offers fellow pain sufferers a compassionate and supportive guide for living with pain that can be used alongside their ongoing medical or therapeutic healing programs. The book is divided into the following four parts:
Part 1: Pain Moves In
Part 2: The Emotional Life of Chronic Pain
Part 3: Meditative Approaches to Physical Pain
Part 4: When Pain Is the Teacher
“I cannot know your personal suffering, of course; only you can,” writes Sarah. “But I do understand the experience of being in significant and relentless pain for long periods of time, and I can say that this book has been written from inside of pain, a perspective on the experience and the healing of pain that we are seldom offered.”


Can Adverse Childhood Experiences Cause Addiction?
SHOW GUEST: John Mabry

Whether it’s a broken bone, perpetually scraped knees or a healthy fear of the dark, no one leaves childhood unscathed. At some point, we were all faced with events in our past that left us scarred, scared or both. These events, though frightening at the time, help the body and brain development and mature. Unfortunately, some children suffer from far more traumatic experiences than others. As children are exposed to things like neglect, abuse or addiction in the home, these adverse childhood experiences can cause lifelong stress, pain and suffering. Children struggling to cope with ACEs often grow into adults who abuse substances to numb the pain of their past. According to our guest John Mabry, host of Addiction Campuses’ ‘High Sobriety’ podcast, trauma many times plays an unrecognized part in addiction and we are coming to understand that for many, it many be the root of their addiction.” With approximately 35 million children in the United States suffering from at least one traumatic childhood event, it’s more important than ever to understand how easily childhood trauma can turn into an addiction


Breaking up with Busy: Real-Life Solutions for Overscheduled Women
Show Guest: Yvonne Tally
Overbooking and undersleeping have almost become status symbols, and having it all seems to be synonymous with doing it all, yet what do we really accomplish with so much busyness? Yvonne Tally wants to give you back your life by helping you break the busyness habit.

She offers realistic, step-by-step, and even fun ways to get off the busyness hamster wheel and reclaim your time. Yvonne shows how the benefits of living a more balanced life can improve your longevity and spiritual well-being. She outlines ways to shift and calm your mind, learn how to say no, and create your own “busy-busting solutions.”  With fifty-two refreshers and reminders, Breaking Up with Busy provides incremental ways to change habits, transform thinking, and reconnect with your unique, personal sense of play and pleasure.


Dissociation, Mindfulness, and Creative Meditations
Show Guest: Christine Forner
Dissociation, Mindfulness, and Creative Meditations explores the potential of mindfulness and explains why this level of developmental human achievement is so precarious within traumatic stress, especially traumatic dissociation. When children are harmed, we are all harmed. For many years the general understanding was that children are resilient. They seem to heal from physical injury much quicker than adults, so the assumption that their emotional and developmental systems were the same. It is also a general belief that the kids are too young to remember things, so what happens to them is not that harmful, but this is a myth. In the last 20 years we have learned a great deal about how stress and adversities affect children and its way more serious than what was believed to be true.
Children are extremely sensitive to stress. Babies and small children will seek out caregivers when they feel threat or danger, when their own caregiver is not there and they are scared the instinctual body of the child will move into a state of panic and terror. They don’t really move into rage or running away as a defense, they do move into dissociation. Dissociation, if needed a lot, can lead to a dissociative disorder and a whole host of other issues. These children become at risk for mental illness, learned helplessness, anti-social behavior, and illness such as autoimmune, heart disease, cancers.Christine Forner joins us to discuss the connection between mindfulness and dissociative disorders .She will explain how her book teaches readers how to exercise the part of the brain that is responsible for mindfulness and how to regulate the part that is responsible for dissociation, and so they come away with tips that will help even the most dissociative individual to reap the benefits of mindfulness practices.

June 2018


Co-Dependency: Letting go of the Outcome
Show Guest: Douglas Bodin

Typically, parents will sit down Doug Bodin, psychologist and CEO of The Bodin Group, and say something along the lines of, “Our goal is to have our son be happy and productive.”  At some point, once they have established a rapport, he will reference that comment and ask the horrifyingly blunt questions, “What if you can’t make that happen? What if your son (or daughter) actively chooses to continue using drugs, does not move forward with school or a job, and continues to be miserable for the rest of his (or her) life?”  As you would imagine, these questions startle people, and at first it doesn’t compute. They frequently reply, “We thought our job as parents was to provide successful outcomes for our children.”  

Join us as Doug Bodin explains why he encourages parent to never lose hope. He will also share his successes in helping parents to free themselves from perceived outcomes and get past their fears of failure, so that they can take responsibility for their past choices and step into making better ones.


From the best of "Answers 4 the Family" : "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.


My FUR-EVER Family

Show Guest: Lisa Overcash

The little pup in this fun-filled true story, My Fur-ever Family by Lisa Overcash teaches children about healthy daily practices like brushing your teeth along with the joy of snuggling and reading books together. As the story unfolds it inspires in its young readers' compassion, love, tenderness, helping others, being responsible, active faith practices, curiosity, and perseverance.

My Fur-ever Family revolves around a litter of Yorkshire Terrier puppies are ready to be adopted. One puppy shares her adventures and how much she longs to be loved and accepted by her new human siblings.In a world where stress, anxiety, attention deficit, depression, and autism in children has risen to epidemic levels, the loving interactions children experience with their pets is being acknowledged as a powerful therapeutic tool.

At the core of Lisa's inspiration in writing My Fur-ever Family is her own experience and her work with Emotional Support Dog/Animals (ESAs). In our interview, Lisa Overcash will discuss the many lessons in My Fur-ever Family and how ESAs bring comfort and healing to disabled and emotionally challenged children, covering a wide spectrum from social anxiety to depression to autism


Staying Focused In A Hyper World: Natural Solutions For ADHD, Memory And Brain Performance

Show Guest: John Gray, Acclaimed Author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

For the past 30 years, John Gray has taught us how we are different and given us new insights into better communication and stronger relationships. We need more than new communication skills and an understanding of our differences to have healthy relationships these days. We also need the nutritional support necessary for positive moods, sustained energy and most importantly, focus.

Without focus, communication breaks down in all relationships and frustration increases. Without a focus on romantic relationships, passion is lost and there is an increase in breakups and divorces. Without focus at work, people are increasingly dissatisfied and bored, often feeling unappreciated, distracted, exhausted or overwhelmed. Without focus, our lives lose purpose, we are easily distracted, forgetting what we are here for or never realizing what is most important in life.

Staying Focused In A Hyper World: Natural Solutions for ADHD, Memory and Brain Performance shares these findings and offers practical strategies for increasing focus, clarity, memory, motivation and sustaining positive moods. Gray explains what causes ADHD in children and how it is the underlying cause for many health issues later in life, including dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and even Parkinson's Disease. He details the varied forms of ADHD, from hyperactivity to daydreaming and he provides step-by-step protocols for treating a number of common ailments with natural supplements and lifestyle changes.

May 2018


YOU PLAY THE GIRL: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks & Other Mixed Messages
Show Guest: Carina Chocano
As a kid, Carina Chocano was confused by the mixed messages all around her about how to be a woman; messages that told her who she could be – and who she couldn’t. Dutifully absorbing all the conflicting information the culture had to offer, Chocano grappled with sexed up sidekicks, princesses waiting to be saved, and morally infallible angels who seemed to have no opinions of their own. It wasn’t until she spent five years as a movie critic, and was laid off just after her daughter was born, however, that she really came to understand how the stories the culture tells us about what it means to be a girl limit our lives and shape our destinies. She resolved to rewrite her own story.

In YOU PLAY THE GIRL: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks & Other Mixed Messages, Chocano blends personal stories and powerful analysis. From Bugs Bunny to Playboy Bunnies, from Flashdance to Frozen, from the ’70s to today, she explains how growing up in the shadow of “the girl” taught her to think about herself and the world… and what it means to raise a daughter in the face of these contorted reflections.


They’ll Never Be the Same: A Parent’s Guide to PTSD in Youth
Show Guest: Dr. Michael Scheeringa
They’ll Never Be the Same: A Parent’s Guide to PTSD in Youth is a compassionate and accessible guide for parents whose children have experienced traumatic or life-threatening events written by Dr. Michael Scheeringa, who is one of the foremost authorities on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents.

Dr. Scheeringa understands the desperation many parents feel and explains the impact of trauma, simplifies the science into layman’s terms, debunks the myths, and provides direction on navigating the confusing maze of the mental health world to find appropriate care.He shares with our audience that nearly two out of every ten youths and three out of every ten adults develop PTSD following life-threatening or traumatic events. They’ll Never Be the Same seeks to demystify issues associated with this diagnosis


Strange Beauty: A Portrait of My Son
Show Guest: Eliza Factor

Strange Beauty: A Portrait of My Son is Eliza Factor’s memoir of her experience as a mother to non-verbal son Felix, who was born with multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy and autism. Factor describes for readers her pregnancy and the first few blissful months with Felix before the awareness that something was not as it should be. Then comes the slow realization, after many months of grueling and disheartening testing, that their son’s life, and their own, will not be at all like she had imagined.

This intimate, no-holds-barred memoir is full of both infectious laughter and intense physical conflict. It is the story of two little girls growing up in the shadow of their charming and fitful brother. And it is the story of a mother and writer imagining the world through the eyes of her son. Ultimately, it is Felix and his sisters that inspire Eliza to found Extreme Kids, a nonprofit community center that connects with children with disabilities through the arts and play.
Eliza shares how she and so many other mothers like her face adversity with grit and determination. Strange Beauty will forever change how we view those with physical challenges – and the families that love them.



Show Guest: Dr. John DeWitt
Baby Boomers are growing at a rate of 10,000 per day and are expected to maintain that pace for the next 19 years! Among them are those weekend warriors, the “Thanksgiving Day” football all-stars that are now suffering from their earlier athletic escapades.

Dr. DeWitt supports the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and the After the Impact Fund which supports former NFL players as well as military veterans. His mission is to create a clinic where all the services needed for these warriors of both the football field AND battlefield can be helped. Therapies will include addiction treatment, vocational training, biofeedback for CTE and PTSD, as well as cutting-edge Regenerative Therapies including Stem Cells and other Growth Factors that can eliminate arthritis pain.

Dr. DeWitt believes that, if his best friend had had such therapies, maybe he would not have chosen to leave us so soon. He sees his friend in each and every patient that comes through his door.

April 2018


Strengthening families by providing shelter, support and love for abused, neglected children

SHOW GUEST:  Danny Sells

In many situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. Compounding the problem, a parent may feel socially isolated. Whether they are dealing with homelessness, unemployment, addiction, domestic violence, or hospitalization, all these families lack a healthy support network and have no one else to turn to in their time of crisis.

Founded in 2003, Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. Located in 70 cities across the U.S., Canady and the UK, and beyond, their mission is to step in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time, thereby avoiding the intervention of state child welfare agencies that leave thousands of children at risk. Danny Sells, National Director of Safe Families, joins us to discuss the origins of the organization, its outstanding success, and how, by creating “extended family-like supports” for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers, they are keeping children safe and families intact.


The Effect of Screen Time on Our Brain
Show Guest: Britten Devereau
Self-regulation and self-management are critical components to mental health, self-efficacy and social connectivity. But our modern habits are corrosive, changing mood, cognition and behavior. The lights and stimuli from screens stress our anatomy, and screen time (TV, tablet, laptop, smartphone) causes repeated stress on the central nervous system. Such stress makes underlying mental health disorders more difficult to diagnose and treat.

Britten Devereau, co-founder of D’Amore Healthcare, an interesting look at the brain will reveal that our clinical practices must be flexible, adaptive, curious, energetic and stable to treat today’s patient. What makes us most human is what is least computable about us - the connections between our mind and our body, the experiences that shape our memory, our thinking and our capacity for empathy and emotion. - Weizenbaum, MIT Computer Scientist. Today's goal: to help you Improve mood, cognition & behavior.


Bounce: Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive In School, Sports and Life
Show Guest: Dr. Kate Lund
While we might like to think that childhood is all fun and games, the truth is, it isn’t exactly stress-free. Kids have to learn to overcome obstacles even as toddlers, take tests when they’re older, learn new information, change schools and neighborhoods if there’s a move, deal with bullies, and make new friends. Bounce: Help Your Child Build Resilience and Thrive in School, Sports and Life presents the author's vision of the seven pillars of the resilient child during the elementary school years, along with specific strategies for bolstering the resilience of your own child or the children you work with. The Pillars of the Resilient child presented in this book include: Tolerating frustration and managing emotions; Navigating friendships and social pressures; sustaining focus on a single task and a larger goal; developing courage; Building motivation; Building confidence; and Creating optimism.  Resilience is so important because it is what helps children bounce back from challenge and move forward despite the challenge.


Science of the Heart – Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance
Show Guest: Jeff Goetz
In HeartMath’s free-online e-book, Science of the Heart – Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance a major section is devoted to the growing evidence of the tremendous benefits to be gained from learning to self-regulate emotions and stress at an early age. At a younger and younger age, children are experiencing considerably greater stress in their lives, shouldering far greater responsibilities and emotional burdens than youngsters their age did even as few as 10 years ago. Stepping up to find solutions, the HeartMath Institute initiated the TestEdge National Demonstration Study (TENDS) in collaboration with Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies.
How does it work? According to Jeff Goelitz, HeartMath’s easily learned self-regulation techniques allow people to quickly self-induce a physiological shift to a more coherent state. Consequently, they can successfully handle the demands and challenges of life with more ease, balance and physical, emotional and psychosocial well-being.


Defending Religious Freedom Parental Rights and other Civil Liberties Without Charge
Show Guest: Brad Dacus

The Pacific Justice Leagues (PJI) is at the forefront of attorneys who recognize the need to preserve religious liberty in America. PJI is made up of a network of hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys nationwide. PJI handles cases addressing religious freedom including church and private school rights issues, curtailments to evangelism by the government, harassment because of their religious faith, employers attacked for their religious-based policies, students and teachers rights to share their faith at public schools. PJI also works hard to defend the rights of parents including their right to homeschool, review and have notice of public school curriculum and presentations, and opt out their children from objectionable material.

March 2018


Dragonfly Transitions: What Young Adults Identify as Key Factors that Support Growth and Change in Transitio
Show Guest: Mona Treadway
An overwhelming number of young adults experience anxiety and depression. If left untreated they are at increased risk for loneliness, academic struggles, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health or developmental challenges (Pottick, et al., 2008). In the last 20 years a treatment option referred to as Young Adult Transition programs has emerged to support young adults as they launch into healthy, independent lifestyles.
Dr. Mona Treadway shares the findings from a comprehensive research project examining the experience of 17 young adults who completed a young adult transitional living program. It highlights the importance of high quality connection and relationships, community and culture, and experiential education for young adults as they move to find their place in the world. Dr. Treadway disseminates important feedback for programs and families working with adults on topics such as dating, medication management, group therapy, and family work.


How Schools can Prevent and Quickly Respond to Active Shooters

Show Guest: Alon Stivi

We live in a 911 society where we expect help to always be a phone call away. This approach has repeatedly failed and does not work during critical incidents. We need to think about the recurring threat of mass violence differently if we expect different results. Understanding the root causes of the problem and asking why these shootings keep occurring is important but is not enough.

There are some effective solutions available today to prevent mass violence. They can be categorized into two types. The first type is about hardening the school campus and second is about engaging people as active participants in their own security.
Alon Stivi, developer of the Mass Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival Course, states that expecting law enforcement to respond immediately is unrealistic and relying solely on outside assistance is ineffective. In our interview, he shares solutions that are both self-evident and successful because we must be prepared to protect ourselves until help arrives and become empowered to know what to do and how to respond in a crisis situation.


Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life
Show Guest: Max Lugavere
Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, change the way you think about how your brain ages, and achieve optimal brain performance with this powerful new guide from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere. After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about the workings of the human brain and his mother’s condition. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country’s very best neurology departments.

Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain health, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a healthy, balanced mood.  In the vein of groundbreaking bestsellers such as David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain, Tim Ferriss’ Four Hour Body, and Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof Diet, Genius Foods presents a comprehensive, practical roadmap to optimizing the brain’s health and performance today—and decades into the future.


Hat Tricks From Heaven: The Story of an Athlete in His Own Prison of Addiction

SHOW GUEST: Kate Genovese

When Kate Genovese’s son, Christopher “Geno”, died of an accidental overdose, she felt her world would come to an end. Tricks From Heaven: The Story of an Athlete in His Own Prison of Addiction is the true story of a golden boy, who grew up in a loving family, surrounded by friends, effortlessly sailing through high school, college and promotions career. What could be wrong?
Considered an outstanding hockey player, as time went on his performance suffered due to knee and shoulder injuries. Kate learned later that he was forced to take a few Percocets to make it through a game because the pain was terrific.

Addiction afflicts in the wealthy communities just as often as it does the lower income areas. Kate purpose in writing this book is to open every parents’ eyes and help them recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid problem before it is too late. Join us as, Kate shares her family's story and her powerful message: “Be aware and educated and don’t hide in denial.”

February 2018


The “S” Word Project: Getting Teens Around the World Engaged in Solutions

Show Guest: Erin Thompson

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 48.6% of teen boys and girls between the ages of 14 & 19 are sexually active. Of that group nearly a quarter have had more than one partner. Many of these young people engage in sexual risk behaviors that can result in unintended health outcomes. Erin Thompson, Executive Director of The "S" Word Project, pushing the topic into meaningful discussions with teens can only be good because the silence is literally killing us. Erin believes it is time to get teens around the world talking about their relationships and sex in a supportive, confidential, non-judgmental environment while developing critical thinking and communications skills that will set them up to win in life. Having such a conversation will solve the issues generation gaps cause as well.


Soul Experience: The 4th Level of Identity
Show Guest: Al Killeen
Soul Experience: The 4th Level of Identity is a book summarizing 45 years of research into how Spirit, Psychology, Philosophy, Business Experience, Family Experience, Relationship Experience, Health Experience and Personal Lives all synthesize into a systematic approach of meaning, power and inspired purposeful living.

This book is a guideline to help any normally functioning human adult find their purpose, their power, and their pathway by doing something rarely if ever done: realizing and choosing the higher identity built into each one of us that is the portal to meaning, changing the past scripts so they no longer hobble us, and creating a profound future unlimited by our pasts. Al shares, “If Soul Experience is read in the spirit with which it was written, and practiced accordingly, it will transform the reader, and their families ... guaranteed!


Life’s Last Gift: Giving and Receiving Peace When A Loved One Is Dying
Show Guest: Charles Garfield, PhD
After four decades of training volunteers to offer comfort at the bedsides of the dying, psychologist and Shanti Project founder, Charles Garfield, has created an essential guide, Life’s Last Gift, for friends, family, and healthcare professionals who want to ease someone’s final days but don’t know how to begin.

Join us as Charles presents practical advice about finding connection, honesty, and peace while being of the greatest service to those at the end of life. By focusing on the reciprocal and healing relationship between the living and the dying, which continues until the last breath, Life’s Last Gift offers a path toward clarity and wholeness, and even growth.


Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity
Show Guest: Penney Peirce
Transparency: Seeing Through to Our Expanded Human Capacity is the next book in Penney Peirce’s award-winning, visionary series of guidebooks on personal and societal transformation. When you’re transparent, there is great power in being seen for all of who you are. Secrets, lies, and hiding are no longer functional. Honesty, simplicity, and true humility produce genius. And, when you’re transparent, you are empowered to see through situations that blind and confuse others. You have X-ray vision. Clarity in yourself equates to clarity everywhere.

Transparency functions horizontally in the physical world, and in these end times of the Information Age, that’s mainly about fluidity and freedom of information in business and government. As we shift into the Intuition Age, transparency also functions vertically between the physical and nonphysical worlds—and today, the frequencies of the two realms interpenetrate more fully than ever before.

January 2018


The Cigarette Whisperer, Your Personal Stop-Smoking Coach
Show Guest: Rocky Rosen

According to the Center for Disease Control, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.

If you smoke, and you wish you didn’t, Rocky Rosen, the founder of The Cigarette Whisperer, cares a great deal.  He cares about nothing more than getting you out of this trap, the same one that held him captive for years. Rocky has coached all kinds of people, from the guy down the street to a top 100 Forbes billionaire who had tried all the best specialists in the country, and nearly lost a limb from smoking, before finding Rocky and getting free.

In our interview, Rocky shares stories of success in helping smokers kick the habit in an average of 3 days and why they can feel accomplished instead of deprived as they move forward in their lives – cigarette-free.


Tantric Dating: Bringing Love and Awareness to the Dating Process
SHOW GUEST: Christine Baumgartner
When most people hear the word “tantra” they think of sex, and often here in the Western world you’ll see “tantra” used as a marketing term such as come to this or buy this because it’s TANTRA. You’ve seen this, right? When reviewing Catherine Auman’s new book, Tantric Dating, the Osho Times, international online magazine states, “For those readers, men and women, who wish to enrich their love lives, investigating Catherine Auman’s sage and well-considered advice could be just the answer and path you’re looking for!”
According to Catherine’s many fans of Tantric Dating, the book masterfully teaches a new mindset and shares exercises to help you bring love and awareness to the dating process, which is about facing your fears, growing yourself up about love and sex, and in the process experiencing yourself as a fully whole human being.


You Got This! Creating a Fulfilling Life and Reaching Your Highest Potential as a Modern Mom
SHOW GUEST: Ally Loprete
A lifelong cheerleader’s guide to owning your truth, creating a fulfilling life and reaching your highest potential as a modern mom. Whether stuck in a circumstance, blocked from introspection or seeking deeper purpose, You Got This! is a call for inspired action and reverence of personal triumph. It’s a permission slip to courageously celebrate all of life’s journeys, rebel against societal expectations, and discover the unabashed self-truth that will lead to powerful personal transformations and spiritual enlightenment.
You Got This! is an honorable and brutally visible chronicle of a former cheerleader and current mom’s perspective –written in a language that will especially resonate with today’s modern parent — unleashing the true grit of what it takes to reach ones highest potential and as well as the top of the pyramid.


Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice
SHOW GUEST: Becky Thompson
Imagine a classroom that explores the twinned ideas of embodied teaching and a pedagogy of tenderness. Becky Thompson envisions such a curriculum–and a way of being–that promises to bring about a sea change in education. Teaching with tenderness makes room for emotion, offers a witness for experiences people have buried, welcomes silence, breath and movement, and sees justice as key to our survival. It allows us to rethink our relationship to grading, office hours, desks, and faculty meetings, sees paradox as a constant companion, moves us beyond binaries; and praises self and community care.

Join us as Becky shares how her new book encourages tenderness, active engagement and makes room for self-reflective learning, teaching, and scholarship in a learning goes deeper than civility, helping us know that we belong to each other, and is essential to who we are as human beings.

December 2017


The divorce process and its impact on your life
Show Guest: Catherine MacWillie
A little known fact is that that family law may now be responsible for 25% of the crime in this country: homicides, suicides, kidnapping, child abuse, violation of court orders, violation of restraining orders and more. To put just one of those numbers into perspective, that is 4,000 homicides a year related to family law.
Catherine MacWillie, founder of Custody Calculations, has tackled this travesty head on by creating a full and complete line of services to serve the entire divorce community through seminars, coaching and the 3-Step Program which will be going into final development. In protecting the children of divorce, Catherine is an expert in address parents who are attempting to interfere in the other parents' relationship with their children by withholding custody, returning children late or picking them up early, inappropriate statements made by the other parent and the impact and recognition of the pressure often placed on children as a result of their parents' divorce.
But it doesn't end there, in our interview, Catherine will also discuss her work looking for children who have run away from home and school, children who feel lost, alone and frustrated during their parents' divorce.


Concussions, an Athlete’s Perspective: Natural Ways to Protect Yourself
Show Guest: Dr. John DeWitt
Concussions seem to be everywhere in the news today. The ominous reports state that, “if you play football (at least professionally), YOU HAVE CTE”. Dr. John DeWitt, author of Head Games: Concussions & CTE, earned a full football scholarship at Vanderbilt University and went on to play twelve years of professional football. Frustrated with the pharmaceutical solutions, he then shifted his focus to a more holistic view. He went on to get his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. His thirst for knowledge led him to get certified in Advanced Sports Nutrition and Concussion Evaluation.
As a member of the NFLPA, Dr. DeWitt has seen too many of his former teammates suffering with cognitive dysfunction. Don’t miss this amazing interview in which Dr. DeWitt brings a unique perspective on the effects concussions and mild traumatic brain injury (Mtbi) have on a body, the neurometabolic changes that occur, and nutritional changes that can help speed recovery and even add a second layer of protection from concussions for our delicate brains..


Can Find My Might: Boots-on-the-ground approach to bullying and self-acceptance
Show Guest: Gabriella van Rij
I Can Find My Might has been specifically written for students, parents, and educators. Gabriella van Rij ’s personal experience creates a boots-on-the-ground approach that is nothing short of magical. In this gripping part memoir and part self-help book for students, readers are invited to closely experience Gabriella’s stormy childhood, which will encourage empathy while also helping students see the uniqueness they are each blessed with.
A perfect book—not only for the student who is feeling hopeless or helpless due to bullying at school, but also for those children who have bullying tendencies. In a revelatory way, author and kindness activist Gabriella explains how both bullies and those being bullied are mirror images of each other and what children should do with this knowledge.

November 2017


Managing Upset and Disarming Anger
Show Guest: Jason Sackett
When people learn to drive, they don't jump from reading a manual to cruising the freeway. After Driver's Ed, they need a quiet, empty parking lot to safely build their skills and confidence before facing real world challenges. Learning to disarm anger and hostility is significantly more demanding than learning to drive, so where's the "parking lot" for that?
According to Jason Sackett, founder or Managing Upset, disarming involves taking the energy out of a confrontation or strong emotional expression, neutralizing the other person's ability to remain angry or hostile, thereby creating opportunities for more productive dialogue. Join us as Jason Sackett describes the Managing Upset training and concepts his program implements of disarming-why it works, why other responses to confrontation fail, how to disarm effectively, and which traps to avoid-in a format that allows participants to quickly learn and apply the principles.


Finally! A Mindfulness Approach to Video Games for Play-Based Social-Emotional Learning, Just in Time for the Holidays
Show Guest: Mike Langlois
This time of year, the requests start pouring in: "Can I get a Nintendo Switch?" "The New Call of Duty Black Ops Just Came Out, Can I have it for Christmas?" "Everyone else is getting an Xbox 1X, Why Can't We Get One." At the same time, parents are watching the news, with its' daily stories of terrorist attacks and mass shootings, and wondering, "Is there a connection between these video games and violence?" And even if there isn't, how will I ever get my kid to come to dinner on time without turning our house into a live version of Battlefield 4?
Mike Langlois is here to say, remain calm; and to help us put things in perspective. He's been working with children and adolescents for a quarter century, and although the news may tell you otherwise, his clinical experience and social analysis is that video games are a net gain rather than the end of civilization as we know it. Mike will help us take a deep dive into games like Minecraft and talk about how they can be instrumental in increasing mindfulness, anger management, and creating a shared language with parents and their player offspring. All that and Creepers-Boom!


IECA and Its Foundation: High-Achieving Seniors and the College Decision
Show Guests: Luisa Rabe & Ann Montgomery
In a highly credible survey, 26% of students hired an independent educational consultant (IEC) to assist in their college search. The survey also provided evidence that independent educational consultants are being employed by mainstream families and working with students at various other levels to submit approximately 160,000 college applicants each year. The IECA Foundation is a force that leverages the knowledge, professional skills, and funds of IECA members, sponsors, and donors to help underserved students map pathways to success. The Foundation identifies and invests in projects to produce pragmatic, measurable results for students, their parents, and their communities bringing forth students' potential and nurturing their aspirations into achievement.
Join us as Luisa Rabe and Ann Montgomery discuss this year's IECA  Conference in Washington, DC (November 14-17) which will offer consultants the chance to connect with colleagues and hone their professional skills through workshops, breakout sessions, lectures and roundtables.


EARN IT! What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement

Show Guest: Dr. Michael

Does your family suffer from "affluenza" exhaustion? Are you confused by the "Me! ME! ME!!!" attitude of your child? According to Dr. Michale Wetter, whether your child is six, sixteen, or thirty-six years old, it may be time for an entitlement intervention. Change yourself to change your children. Starting with a ten-question quiz to determine "How Entitled Is My Kid?," Dr. Wetter's new book, Earn It! What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention, will teach you how to create a family culture where responsibilities are honored, praise has meaning, decisions are made skillfully, and gratitude is second nature. 

With family exercises and parent challenges drawn from real-life family scenarios, this book provides an opportunity to reflect on how you can adjust your parenting style to create a family dynamic that nurtures your children into generous, balanced, and hard-working adults. Don't miss this show in which you'll find practical tips on chores and allowances, friends and social media, co-parenting, and cultivating true resilience.

October 2017


Goodness To Go: A Handbook For Humanitarians
Show Guest: Dr. Fran Hamilton
Goodness To Go: A Handbook For Humanitarians
Expect to be changed by reading this book. Watch for the buds of authentic action emerging in your own life that will be inspired by these words. Goodness To Go takes us through the process of clarifying our purpose, helping us overcome internal and external barriers, and launches us into compassionate action. Grounded in experiential knowledge and guided by wise intuition, this writing is a joy to take in. Share it widely! Beth Osnes, Ph.D. - Co-founder of Mothers Acting Up
Goodness To Go is the name of a social enterprise and the title of a handbook for humanitarians written by Fran I. Hamilton, M.D. Proceeds from the sale of the handbook benefit the missions of the Goodness To Go social enterprise. The handbook’s intent is to mobilize the spirit of giving by offering a process to clarify and mobilize your goodness to go in ways that are sustainable and enjoyable.


Everyday Narcissism: Yours, Mine, and Ours
Show Guest: Nancy Van Dyken
Nancy Van Dyken’s book, Everyday Narcissism: Yours, Mine, and Ours, is not about people with the clinical diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. It’s for people like you and me—people who don’t have a major personality issue but whose lives aren’t as fulfilling or as joyful as we want them to be. Everyday Narcissism helps readers understand how EN manifests in their own lives, and teaches them how to heal it. This awareness provides a foundation for creating greater happiness, more fulfilling relationships, less reactivity, and more meaning.
CO-HOST - Michael Fink: Co-Founder & Outreach Director of Affordable Therapy Project: is a non-profit community of treatment providers who are building a national mental health resource directory. The Affordable Therapy Project is a collaborative group of organizations that coordinates mental health professionals to provide pro bono sessions to survivors of national crises, victims of natural disasters, and high-risk communities.


From the best of "Answers for the Family" :
Kicking Addiction: How Naltrexone Blocks Opiod Highs in the Brain

SHOW GUEST: Kenneth Corioso

According to Psychology Today, Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of narcotic drug and alcohol dependence since the mid-90s. An opioid antagonist, Naltrexone is a drug which blocks the opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioids drugs like heroin from binding to the receptors. The patient does not experience a high when using these substances.According to Kenneth Corioso, owner and Chief Operations Officer of Inland Detox, Inc., "The opioid epidemic has brought new challenges to the field of addiction medicine and there are ways to combat the increasing number of overdoses and fatalities associated with it." Join us as Corioso discusses the integration of cutting-edge treatments, such as Naltrexone implants, and how it gives the person suffering from substance abuse disorder a better chance of getting through the first year of sobriety."


Wilderness Therapy Hawaiian-Style
Show Guests: Dr. John Souza & Mike Sullivan

Pacific Quest's unique wilderness therapy approach to change incorporates the best of wilderness therapy with the structure and clinical resources found in quality intermediate and residential care settings. Dr. John Souza, Therapist and Mike Sullivan, Family Services Director, share how students engage in life-changing experiences through the integration of a neuropsychological clinical model, which integrates many of Pacific Quest's guiding principles, including: Horticultural Therapy, Whole-Person wellness, and a dynamic Rites of Passage curriculum. Pacific Quest's Sustainable Growth model teaches valuable life skills by fostering an environment that promotes self-care, personal awareness and stewardship of one's community.


Learning to Think Strategically: Why is there a Surging Demand and Shrinking Supply of Strategic Thinkers?
Show Guest: Dr. Julia Sloan
Article after article and leader after leader pleads and ploys for innovative global strategists - not as a mere means of survival, but to compete! So where are these strategists and who are they?  Dr. Julia Sloan declares that, "Successful strategy is always past tense" and if organizations have more than a hope and a prayer of remaining competitive. Dr. Sloans new book, Learning to Think Strategically hones in on just this very issue and provides insight into how successful strategists learn to think strategically.

September 2017


​Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
Show Guest: Scott Stabile
In each chapter of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart, Scott shares a personal experience that pulled him from his center and the ways in which he brought himself back to peace, and to love.
Throughout Big Love, Scott also encourages each of us to choose love in our own lives. "I'd like this book to inspire you to consider love as the guiding force in your life," writes Scott. "We can all be love-spreaders, if we choose to be. You don't even need to quit your day job. Every time we choose compassion over condemnation, we spread love. Every time we find the courage to forgive, we spread love. Life presents us with daily opportunities to share a little, or a whole lotta, love."


The UNI CAT: Comprehensive Assessment & Treatment Program for Youth
Show Guests: Dr. Matthew Pierson & Dr. Amanda Stoeckel

The University Neuropsychiatric Institute's (UNI) Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (CAT) program offers a four to six week, comprehensive clinical evaluation for ages 5-17 in a safe and secure environment. Join us as Dr. Pierson and Dr. Stoekel describe how the success of the program hinges on the focus, clarity and direction each individual case receives.


LIVE YOUR HAPPY – Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within
Show Guest: Maria Felipe
While millions have found A Course in Miracles life changing, others have been put off by its more esoteric, metaphysical aspects. Reverend Maria Felipe banishes those road blocks in her new book, Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within.

Live Your Happy is not a philosophic explanation of the Course; it is a practical guide for living it. The book includes real-world examples from Maria’s life and from her students’ experiences. In nine crystal-clear chapters, Maria shows readers how to get the “cuckoo voice of the ego” out of the way, connect with their “inner teacher,” and access personal power and strength.


The Wonders of Language or How to Make Noises and Influence People 
Show Guest: Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts, author of The Wonders of Language or How to Make Noises and Influence People, offers a stimulating introduction to our greatest gift as a species: our capacity for articulate language. We are mostly as blissfully unaware of the intricacies of the structure of language as fish are of the water they swim in. We live in a mental ocean of nouns, verbs, quantifiers, morphemes, vowels and other rich, strange and deeply fascinating linguistic objects.

Join us as Ian introduces a most this amazing world, one that offers a thought-provoking and accessible introduction to the main discoveries and theories about language, designed for general readers, as well as undergraduates who are curious about linguistics and language

August 2017


More Than a Visit to the Zoo! Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary Presents Kids’ Educational Program
Show Guest: Bobbi Brink
Bobbi Brink, founder of Lions Tigers & Bears, shares with our listeners the series of events that led to the creation of her NO KILL, NO BREED, NO SELL rescue and educational facility that allows the animals in their care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. With a primary concerns are for the health, comfort and safety of their animals, Brinks has made it her life’s work to rescue and provide homes for as many of these tortured animals as possible.
In this very special interview Bobbi will share her great love, inspiring her passion for animals in our children. As she explains, Lions, Tigers & Bears’ Kids Program, was designed to be more than a visit to the zoo, it is complete with an exciting educational video, followed by guided visit around the sanctuary where children will be inspired to learn about our rescued animals, their rescue stories and general facts about each species.


JOY FIXES FOR WEARY PARENTS: 101 Quick, Research-Based Ideas for Overcoming Stress and Building a Life You Love 
Show Guest: Erin Leyba PhD
Studies over the last 13 years by the Gottman Institute suggest that between 40 and 70 percent of couples experience "stress, profound conflict, and drops in marital satisfaction" after having a baby together. There is good news in Joy Fixes for Weary Parents: 101 Quick, Research-Based Ideas for Overcoming Stress and Building a Life You Love by family therapist and parenting blogger Erin Leyba, PhD. In 101 short, simple chapters Leyba integrates current research findings, illustrative stories, and actions steps to assist parents in becoming "fiercely deliberate" about their joy.

Blending mindfulness tools, Internal Family Systems therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy, along with plenty of successful examples, Leyba skillfully helps parents reorient themselves to a state of calm, humor, and peace.


Lessons from a Difficult Person - How to Deal With People Like Us
Show Guest: Sarah Elliston
The funny thing is that Sarah Elliston never realized she was "a difficult person," --someone who harangued people until she got her way, threw snip fits and temper tantrums, talked over her bosses and pointed out what she thought were their misconceptions. In her family, where she felt bullied, the only way she knew how to get someone's attention and approval was to voice her opinion--and loudly! Without standing her ground, how could she do what she thought was best for herself and everyone else around her. She wasn't intentionally mean-spirited. She was just trying to do what she thought was RIGHT!   Until a kind, but firm, boss woke her up! With great compassion, and strength, her boss pointed out that her actions had consequences. That in being "difficult," she was not only disrupting the office camaraderie and production, but impeding her own professional advancement.  
Join us Sarah shares her transformation-- when she started on the journey to leave behind the difficult person, and become the woman who teaches others how to deal with difficult people. Sarah "Sam" Elliston is now bringing forth her vital manual on how to awaken the challenging personality, and change both the relationship and the environment with her new book Dealing with Difficult People; Lessons Learned from a Difficult Person.


July 2017


10 Steps to Wilderness  Therapy
Show Guests: Dr. Mark Burdick & Steven  Demille
If you are a parent or a practitioner who needs to know more about Wilderness Therapy, 10 Steps to Wilderness Therapy is a must-have guide to work through the ‘tough’ questions and find successful solutions. The guide was created to help you avoid the scenarios of getting caught in a crisis to then waste money. In 10 Steps, Dr Burdick provides you with guidance on how to make the right preparation, and all you need is an iPad, iPhone, or computer to download his e-book for free.

Joining Dr. Burdick in our interview is Steve Demille, Executive Director of Redcliff Ascent Wilderness Program. Dr. Burdick and DeMille will discuss how wilderness-based programs, such as Redcliff, are not about sitting on a couch and talking about the problems in life, they are about touching, feeling, smelling and seeing what life has to offer. Through experiential activities, students can experience real change in their live, manifesting their true emotions and behaviors as individuals and peers.


The Alchemy of Pain, Celebration and Awakening

Show Guest: Britten Devereux

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 70-90% of people who engage care for their mental illness report improvements in quality of life. Britten Devereux, Chief Clinical Officer at the D’Amore Healthcare, describes to our audience how important it is for an addicted individual and/or their loved ones to step back from common symptoms of anger and fear before making decisions for care.

In this not-to-be-missed interview, join us as Devereux shares that although a person’s age, creed, drug or, the combination of substances and behaviors are certainly important factors in designing the treatment protocols, the real key to long-term recovery involves so much more. Bottom line, it is the person’s genuine desire to seek help and willingness to reformulate their lifestyle to include sustained engagement and relationships with sober peers so that the individual can respond to triggers or cravings with uncanny awareness and purposefulness.


Show Guest: Shari Dworkin
What is women's empowerment, and how and why does it matter for women's health? These are questions that the University of California Global Health Institute's (UCGHI) Center of Expertise (COE) on Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment aimed to answer with this book. According to Shari L. Dworkin, co-editor of Women's Empowerment and Global Health, the oppression of women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation with profound effects on their health and wellbeing.

Women's Empowerment and Global Health presents thirteen multidisciplinary case studies that demonstrate how science and advocacy can be creatively merged to enhance the agency and status of girls and women. Seven of the chapters are enriched by complementary videos that provide readers with context about programs in India, Kenya, the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.


A Penny for Your Thoughts Cards: Inspire Communication, Connection, and Problem-solving
Show Guests: Janine McGraw & Kathryn Snell-Ryan

A Penny for Your Thoughts innovates interactive card games and products that inspire communication, connection, and problem-solving. A Penny For Your Thoughts: A Survival Kit for Kids & Adults is a kid-friendly communication card game that sparks conversation and playfully opens the door to kids' social and emotional lives. The book includes 80 hand-illustrated cards designed to increase connection between kids and adults, foster positive ways to communicate feelings, and teach social and emotional skills that lead to success-at home, at school and with friends.

This game integrates Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, helping children to articulate their feelings and learn how to manage them in healthy and adaptive ways. While these skills aren't learned overnight, we believe that practicing them can be fun, connecting, and completely within reach! Join us as Janine and Kathryn describe how A Penny for Your Thoughts uses the power of SEL to create a unique learning experience can truly be challenging, engaging, and meaningful for the entire family.


From the best of "Answers for the Family":
"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.  Bulliedwon a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom's Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, which is the highest honor offered.

June 2017


Inoculated: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism
Show Guest: Kent Heckenlively
It reads like a mystery thriller, a lone whistleblower, akin to All the President’s Men’s Deep Throat, spills the government’s secrets. But like the film Contagion, what’s at risk is the health of millions! But fiction it is not. This remarkable chronicle wades directly into the maelstrom that is the vaccine/autism controversy. Kent Heckenlively’s Inoculated: How Science Lost Its Soul in Autism may initially read like a spy novel but unfolds to a complete accounting of all the actions and documents that comprise a government cover-up, putting a vast number of the nation’s children at great risk to trigger autism once inoculated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Heckenlively, the father of a child stricken with autism after being vaccinated—who remains unable to speak—reviewed some of the most damaging government documents with deep emotion as he realized that had the information been made public in 2000 when the initial indicators were surfacing, he and his wife could have made informed choices that could have saved his children from their struggles.  Whether you already believe there was a government cover-up, that vaccines can be harmful to children—or you haven’t made up your mind, you owe yourself a look at the facts in Inoculated.


Why Kids in Foster Care or Anywhere in America are Vulnerable to Human Trafficking
Show Guest: Dr. John DeGarmo
As anyone who has worked with foster children will tell you, most foster children face an enormous amount of emotional issues, many times stemming from the lack of healthy love. And for those who may have been abused, beaten, or neglected, they typically suffer great difficulty connecting with others, as well as managing their own emotions. According to Dr. DeGarmo, director of The Foster Care Institute, human traffickers target vulnerable children, including those in large facilities, such as large foster care group homes, where they are able to locate a greater number of children who are defenseless, naïve, and hurting, thus easier targets to victimize, lure, and exploit.

He sheds light on the dark little secret many in our society either are not aware of it, or refuse to acknowledge, which is: the highest rate of child sex trafficking occurs right here in the United States. Shockingly, between 300,000-400,000 children are exploited commercially in our nation for purposes of sex each year. In addition, roughly 2 million children are exploited in this manner across the globe, and it is estimated that human trafficking generates more than 32 billion a year, which is second only to drug trafficking. While it may be almost impossible to fully protect children from the dangers online, in this eye-opening interview Dr. DeGarmo shares the most important strategies that all parents, and anyone caring for children, can implement to better protect them from these threats.


Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood

SHOW GUEST: Bailey Gaddis

Before she was a beloved pregnancy blogger, certified birthing doula, and childbirth preparation educator, author Bailey Gaddis met her own pregnancy by buying a bunch of books - which, for the most part, made her even more confused, insecure, and scared.

Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood is her way of giving pregnant women and new moms a better option.  Adopting the principles and philosophy of feng shui, the Chinese system of a connected inner and outer harmony, this book guides women to their balanced center and supports them in tapping into the primal energies brought forth in the birthing experience.

Feng Shui Mommy offers a holistic approach to pregnancy and child rearing, with chapters dedicated to the mind, body, and spirit for each trimester.  The book is composed of four parts- First Trimester, Second Trimester, Third Trimester, and the Fourth Trimester, which happens to be the first three months after the baby is born. Illustrations enliven the text throughout. Feng Shui Mommy is an oasis that welcomes all, encouraging each woman to unapologetically embrace her own journey," writes Bailey. "This book gives you permission to follow your own path to birth and beyond."


InnovaTel Telepsychiatry - Bringing High-Quality Mental Health Care to People in Rural Areas
SHOW GUESTS; Jonathan Evans & Dr. Liberty Eberly
"Founded in 2014, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry has built an impressive platform to deliver clinical services to under-served communities by leveraging innovative teleconferencing, video and voice technology, while also improving clinical practice standards. By focusing on a need created from a shortage of psychiatrists in community mental health settings, rural areas that experience difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified psychiatrists, can now receive excellent care.
Participating in sessions from the comfort of their own homes, patients can receive treatment without the stress of travel or up-close, face-to-face meetings in clinical settings. This approach also allows practitioners to increase productivity, and have more availability to actually practice psychiatry.In our interview with Jon Evans and Dr. Liberty Eberly, they will share how InnovaTel's founders came to believe in the viability of the telepsychiatry model, as well as real live success stories from the both practitioners and patients.

May 2017


I AM WHO I SAY I AM –  Personal empowerment to withstand the pressures at school, home, and in the work

Show Guest: Mischa Martineau

A message to parents: Are you ready to positively influence the trajectory of the life of your teen? The ultimate question is: What is your child thinking?

Mischa Martineau is the developer of the I AM WHO I SAY I AM - My Discovery Journal. It is an interactive journal with imaginative concepts around controlling self-talk to build resiliency, increase self-esteem and self-efficacy - the personal beliefs that determine the goals we dare to set and achieve. Whether your child faces challenges related to: bullying, cultural changes, mental and physical health and wellness, I AM WHO I SAY I AM aligns with programs of awareness to deepen their effectiveness and increase the participants' abilities to self-motivate and self-sustain personal growth and change. The I AM WHO I SAY I AM cognitive behavioral program, focuses on Martineau's assertion: "There is a powerful difference between telling a person what to think and teaching them to think for themselves."


Carefrontation: Breaking Free from Childhood Trauma
SHOW GUEST: Arlene Drake
“Carefrontation can help anyone who has experienced emotional or physical abuse. Whether you know or suspect you were abused, this book will change your life for the better.” -Bob Beckel, CNN and USA Today commentator

You’re stuck. Stuck in anxiety, nightmares, depression, addictions and aggressions that sounds all too familiar for many adult survivors of abuse. You’ve been through countless hours of therapy and nothing has worked. You’ve survived your abuse but you haven’t recovered. You are not alone. Welcome to the end of endless therapy, where’s there’s a beginning, middle and end. In our interview, Arlene details her breakthough technique of working directly with the hurt child inside to get to the root of suffering and heal once and for all. Carefrontation: As Arlene shares, “If we can finally acknowledge that the suffering and the pain can stop, the destructive patterns can end. We can graduate, at last, into a life beyond “abuse victim” and for the first time take the power back from our abusers and finally be at peace.”


Resilience Not Included: Practical Parenting Tips for Instilling Resilience

SHOW GUEST: Beth Terry
Beth Terry's book, Raising Resilient Kids, is packed with wonderful insights, practical information, and delightful stories from her 30 years of raising OPK's - Other People's Kids.

Like everyone, Beth learned the hard way, only instead of one child at a time, she started with three pre-teens all at once when she was only 33. After that, her involvement at church landed her a handful of god-kids who were hurting and needed her help, one of whom came with a Probation officer! She got those kids squared away, then fell in love with a man who had four little girls under the age of 10. Beth didn't have nine months to get used to the idea of kids in the home again... she dived right in.

Moms and Dads - this is the advice you wish you had when you started your family. Your kids will benefit, new moms and dads will love the sections on family meetings and chore lists. In an interview you will not want to miss,Terry shares her unique take on the world and how Raising Resilient Kids will help you make it through your day and give you ideas you can share with those you love.


What We're Afraid to Ask: 365 Days of Healing for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Show Guest: Anna M. Jones

Did you know that more than 3.6 million reports of child abuse are made annually in the United States involving more than 6.6 million children? (Childhelp Statistic). And what happens to these children when the abuse they suffered is left untreated? These individuals grow up while struggling with mental health issues and disorders such as low self-esteem, anger, anxiety, and depression just for starters. What We’re Afraid to Ask dares to pursue 365 questions most survivors are reluctant to to ask, such as, “How do we know what our Lord’s divine purpose is for our lives when we had parents who did everything in their power to extinguish our true characters?” This groundbreaking book will bring truth to the false beliefs the abused soul might have regarding God and themselves.

April 2017


"Sober College examines and manages addiction treatment from a brain perspective"

SHOW GUEST: Oriana Murphy

A young adult's path to sustainable, long-term sobriety and healthy living requires an approach that is comprehensive, specifically tailored to age and creates an emotional attachment to the idea of being sober. This concept of attraction-based programming is at the core of what sets Sober College apart from other drug rehab centers.

Many young adults come to Sober College struggling in several aspects of their lives. The program empowers young women and men ages 18-26 to discover their purpose, find true passions and follow a path of excellence. They offer an innovative drug rehab program and one-of-a-kind treatment model built around the Five Core Competencies, seamlessly integrating academics and rehabilitation. Sober College's primary objective is to identify factors that have influenced the development of addiction and help clients learn how to cope with difficult emotions, be successful and live and enjoy life while sober.


"IT TAKES ONE TO TANGO: How I Rescued My Marriage With (Almost) No Help From My Spouse-and How You Can, Too"

SHOW Guest: Winifred Reilly

What happens when your marriage is broken but you're the only one who wants to fix it? What if you're willing to see a counselor but your spouse isn't? When couples can't agree on how-or whether-to make their marriage better, many assume they've reached a dead end. Some give up and settle for a less-than-satisfying marriage. Some think the only way out is divorce.  Marriage and family therapist, Winifred Reilly, knows otherwise.
In Winifred Reilly's new book, IT TAKES ONE TO TANGO: How I Rescued My Marriage With (Almost) No Help From My Spouse-and How You Can, Too, she tells her personal story about trying to keep her own once troubled marriage from coming apart. Like most couples she works with, she wanted a happier marriage, not a divorce. Tune in and learn firsthand how Reilly succeeded in saving her marriage and how you can, too. As Reilly writes, "I know from experience that when one partner takes that first step...behaves in a new way, challenges the status quo, the other will usually follow. Sometimes slowly, not always cheerfully, and often not in the way we imagined. But eventually, both partners become stronger and healthier, and so does the marriage."


"The WRAP, A Safe Restraint System that Reduces Risk of Injury"

Show Guest: Craig Zamolo

Confronted with a potentially violent situation, police officers or medical personnel must be prepared to react quickly if the need for constraint is deemed necessary. As far back as 1994, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) published an article identifying medical risks associated with restraining people face down. They recommended the safest method to restrain a person was in an upright seated position.

At that time, Ron O'Dell and Craig Zamolo, sergeants with the Walnut Creek Police Department in Walnut Creek, California were assignment to research safer alternatives for restraining people. They concluded that no existing restraint device adequately addressed the need. This absence of a safe, upright seated restraint device was the starting point for the creation of The WRAP.

Joins us to learn how The WRAP has been found to be safe and 100% effective by the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths. Hundreds of agencies across the US and Canada are using the device, and it has been mandated in some states for juvenile institutions.


"I, Bully: The Serious Consequences of Cyber Bullying"
Show Guest: Roy Dimond
I, Bully addresses the serious issue of cyber bullying. What makes this story unique is that it is told from the perspective of both the bully and the victim. The two main characters, the victim, Hannah and the bully, Eric, learn from each other in ways they could never have imagined. Eventually, spirit quests and restorative justice help build relationships that lead to enlightenment and reconciliation.

Be sure to listen in and share this interview, as Roy Dimond's exciting new novel I, Bully is as real as it gets, offering insight into why a bully chooses to hurt and intimidate, what victims experience, and why they are victims. An outstanding, heart-filled novel, I, Bully promises to empower and touch all who read it.

March 2017


"Tell Me No. I Dare You! A Crisis In the Making"

Show Guests: Scott Silverman & Brian Couey

Scott Silverman’s book, "Tell Me No. I Dare You!" is a reflection of his personal journey.

Joined by fellow guest, Brian Couey, Director of Outpatient Services at the Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation, they will discuss how Scott’s book captures his real life journey from a near suicide to starting a multi-million dollar non-profit helping thousands of at-risk teens enter into the workplace, into society, into productive lives.

While it might sound like a screenplay, every word is true. Part memoir, part how-to, Tell Me No. I Dare You!, is honest, poignant, hilarious, but most importantly, your guidebook to accepting the challenge of turning the nos in your life into action-filled yeses.

According to Scott, “Heroes are made, not born.” We encourage you to join Scott and Brian as they reveal the steps a person in crisis can apply this to their lives and find the courage to live up to their potential.


Show Guest: Tom Sterner
To be fully engaged in life means that we have clear goals as well as the focus and skills to accomplish those goals with ease and a sense of calm awareness. In his first book, The Practicing Mind, which remains a bestseller in its category, Thomas Sterner set out clear guidelines for developing focus and discipline to achieve any life goal.

In his latest book, Fully Engaged: Using the Practicing Mind in Daily Life. he explores specific techniques, such as thought awareness training and setting goals with accurate data, and demonstrates how using these techniques will not only help you reach your objectives, but will keep you engaged in each moment of your life, throughout the process of accomplishing those goals. Engage with us as we explore how being Fully Engaged in life will result in less stress and more satisfaction in every aspect of your daily living.


Making Wellness and Writing Fun
Kathryn Kemp Guylay
For most people, the words “wellness” and “writing” are not typically followed by the word “fun”.  But Kathryn Kemp Guylay, author, business coach and wellness expert, is on a mission to change that word association.
A “recovering management consultant” turned nonprofit leader tuned change agent, Kathryn is on a mission to empower others to pursue their life dreams with maximum energy, productivity and passion.

The New York Times reports that 80% of the US population reports the desire to write and publish a book. Kathryn also helps people tap into their creativity as a way to live a more passionate, purposeful life. As an author advocate, she helps aspiring authors navigate the confusing, often discouraging word of publishing.
Kathryn’s work all boils down to empowerment of others and keeping things positive. You can find more about Kathryn and her work at


"The Angry Therapist: A No BS Guide to Finding and Living Your Own Truth"

Show Guest: John Kim
Traditional therapists avoid transparency, but Kim preferred the language of "me too" as opposed to "you should." He blogged about his own shortcomings, revelations, views on relationships, and the world.
As a result, people emerged from the blogosphere eager to work with him. He had sessions in coffee shops, on walks around a lake, online with people from all around the world, and devised a new, simpler, and more effective way to help people change.
According to Kim, traditional therapy is becoming a luxury, as few of us have the time or money to devote to going to an office every week. Kim's approach is accessible, real, and to-the-point.
In his new book, The Angry Therapist, A No BS Guide to Finding and Living Your Own Truth, Kim shares a radical new approach to creating a life of growth and change. He thinks of himself as a lifestyle designer, not a therapist, and he helps people make changes to their lives so that personal growth happens organically, just by living.

February 2017


"Powerful Beyond Measure: 3 Steps to Claim Your Power Within for a Happy and Healthy Life"

Show Guest: Cynthia Mazzaferro

Powerful Beyond Measure, by Cynthia Massaferro, is a transformational guide to living a life of authenticity and abundance that's deeply rooted in love, acceptance, compassion, and kindness. Through insight, self-exploration, and step-by-step, practical exercises, Powerful Beyond Measure guides readers along a life long the journey to embracing their authentic self, and if fulled with strategies to release fear, eliminate self-limiting beliefs. Massaferro explains why we are so out of balance and provides readers with the ultimate 'how-to' E-motional Fitness guide to actually achieve self-expression, truth, self-love, inner-peace, and so much more!


"Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle"
Show Guest: Dr. Neil Brown
When families come to Dr. Neil Brown with a problem, it’s not because they haven’t tried to solve it and it’s not because they didn’t have good ideas or intentions. It’s just that the problem persists in spite of their best efforts to resolve it.
After years of working to help families solve problems, Dr. Brown came to understand the power of ongoing negative relationship patterns, and once he focused his therapeutic efforts on changing the pattern, he was able to empower families to solve their problems.
Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle reveals the secrets of Dr. Brown’s highly successful approach which specifically focuses on middle and high school age kids since this is such a common age for Control Battles and the issues of adolescence are specific and unique.
In this book the reader will discover the power of the Control Battle, the three drivers that cause and support it and the two powerful tools that end it. So if you’re a parent beginning to experience parental burnout or you are concerned that your teenager is going in the wrong direction and your best efforts to help him or her are not solving the problem, you need to turn in this highly informative interview and learn the steps to Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle in your family today!


In the Dark, New Ways to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Technology

SPECIAL GUEST: Jason Bawden-Smith

“Jason Bawden-Smith has made visible one of the greatest risks of modern life and taught us what to do to protect our health… I intend to make quite a fuss until the people I love have all read In the Dark and are taking action.” – Catherine Austin Fitts
With regard to the harmful effects of living in a technologically connected world, author and environmental scientist Jason Bawden-Smith believes we are currently in the first two stages. We are in the dark.

There’s no doubt technology serves great function in this day and age, and will continue to do so. In the Dark simply brings stronger awareness to the adverse effects technology can have, and offers simple and practical measures people can take, without feeling they have to compromise the lifestyle they want.


LEAP OF PERCEPTION: The Transforming Power of Your Attention

Guest Name: Penney Peirce

What is the perception of the future? And how do we get there now?” And why is it not surprising that almost every major university is conducting research in the areas of intuition and human perception? In the Leap of Perception, Penney Peirce focuses on these questions, less intent on how people might view the future and more concerned with exploring how people will use perceptual processes in an evolving world. Leap of Perception helps us understand, and learn to practice, new "attention skills" that will soon seem normal, and it provides numerous “Try This!” exercises that allow the reader to absorb the book’s content through both left- and right-brain knowing. Included are such things as: direct knowing, undivided attention, flow attention, unified field attention, collective-self attention, and working skillfully with the imaginal realm to materialize new realities in the blink of an eye.

January 2017


"If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone? How to Build Intimacy with an Emotionally Unavailable Partner"

Show Guest: Guest: Holly Parker, PHd

Living with an emotionally absent partner can be overwhelming. Constantly overcoming a silent distance can leave the sense that the give-and-take in a relationship has disappeared. But even the most broken relationship can be reinvigorated. In helping real-world couples achieve a fulfilling future, Harvard University clinical psychologist Dr. Holly Parker has developed a program filled with practical exercises and powerful advice for individuals on both sides of an emotionally damaged relationship.

In If We're Together, Why Do I Feel So Alone?, Dr. Holly Parker brings a fresh approach on building intimacy. With patience, empathy, and willpower, her program is a bridge that can help restore balance and peace of mind, and turn a damaged partnership back into a rewarding and joyful bond.


"HOPE COMING - New therapy wipes out cancer cells - no side effects, no damage to healthy cells "

SHOW GUEST: Matthew Gdovin, PHd

Dr. Matthew Gdovin's lab is researching and conducting clinical trials using a therapy that combines a drug and a specific wavelength of light that activates the drug which is called, "photodynamic therapy." The photodynamic therapy protocol developed by Dr. Gdovin's team triggers the cell to commit suicide, a processes known as "apoptosis." Unlike the devastating effects of more traditional therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy, they lab's studies conclude that the compound without the light is not only not toxic, the light without the compound is benign. The result is cell death is limited only to the areas containing the compound and receiving the light.

So far, the therapy has been successful in killing a less aggressive breast cancer, an aggressive triple negative breast cancer, two forms of prostate cancer, and pancreatic cancer. Amazingly, 70% - 98% of the targeted cancer cells underwent apoptosis within two hours of treatment. Next, the team will test their photodynamic therapy in other cancer cells lines including, lung cancer, liver cancer, and glioblastoma. Hope is on the way! Join us as Dr. Gdovin describes to our listeners the magnitude of their initial findings and the "next steps" with the FDA and clinical trials as soon an Investigational New Drug (IND) is granted.


LET THEM PLAY: The Power and Joy of Mindful Sports Parenting

SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Jerry Lynch

American youth sports are in crisis: Parents are fighting with referees, coaches, their kids, and one another. Micro-managed kids are losing their passion to play. In Let Them Play, sports psychologist and team consultant Dr. Jerry Lynch provides an antidote to parental over involvement. Let Them Play offers parents a welcome alternative with strategies and tools taken from Lynch’s work with national champions to help kids to perform at higher levels, become better team players, and most important, have more fun.

Combining psychological insight with spiritual principles from Taoism and Buddhism, Let Them Play focuses on parents of children in competitive sports, his advice extends beyond soccer, baseball, basketball, and track to successful performance in the game of life.


Lead with Your Heart: Lessons from A Life with Horses
SHOW GUEST: Dr. Allan Hamilton

So what do horses have to do with family living? After 20 years of training horses, using them to teach medical students better bedside manners, and learning personal life lessons from them, award-winning author and celebrated neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton thinks they can teach us much about parenting and bringing the family unit closer together. According to Hamilton, "To learn from horses, it's not necessary to ride them or own them. We all can learn through stories about them." In Lead With Your Heart, Lessons From A Life With Horses, Dr. Hamilton combines his understanding of the human brain with nearly 30 years' experience training horses to offer wisdom on such universal themes as leadership, motivation, ambition, and humility.

Whether you're searching for greater spiritual depth, seeking "horse sense" secrets for achieving a more successful life, or simply want to better understand your children, life partner, or four-legged friends, our interview with Dr. Hamilton is sure to impart wise advise that will stay with you throughout 2017 and further on down the dusty trail of life!


Kicking Addiction: How Naltrexone Blocks Opiod Highs in the Brain

SHOW GUEST: Kenneth Corioso

According to Psychology Today, Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of narcotic drug and alcohol dependence since the mid-90s. An opioid antagonist, Naltrexone is a drug which blocks the opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioids drugs like heroin from binding to the receptors. The patient does not experience a high when using these substances.According to Kenneth Corioso, owner and Chief Operations Officer of Inland Detox, Inc., "The opioid epidemic has brought new challenges to the field of addiction medicine and there are ways to combat the increasing number of overdoses and fatalities associated with it." Join us as Corioso discusses the integration of cutting-edge treatments, such as Naltrexone implants, and how it gives the person suffering from substance abuse disorder a better chance of getting through the first year of sobriety."

December 2016


From the best of Answers for the Family:
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.


CALLING THE SHOTS Why Parents Reject Vaccines

Show Guest: Jennifer Reich

“In 2015, California lawmakers voted to approve SB 277, a bill that ends granting vaccine exemptions to parents who cite personal or religious reasons; medical exemptions are still allowed. This ruling came as a huge blow to the powerful anti-vaccination movement, but after 147 people contracted measles at Disneyland in late 2014, the decision was clear. In order to prevent a widespread outbreak of measles, mumps, and rubella, the national vaccination rate must be between 96% and 99%. Immunizations against childhood illnesses are touted as one of the greatest achievements in modern medicine, so why would parents rather risk their child contracting a deadly virus than simply receiving a round of vaccinations?

Sociologist Jennifer A. Reich spent over a decade studying the phenomenon of vaccine refusal and interviewing everyone involved, from the of parents who distrust vaccines and the corporations that make them, to the health providers and policy makers who see them as essential to ensuring community health. Placing these stories in dialogue with those of pediatricians who see the devastation vaccine-preventable diseases can cause and the policy makers who aim to create healthy communities, Calling the Shots offers a unique opportunity to understand the points of disagreement on what is best for children, communities, and public health and the opportunities to bridge these differences.


Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together
SHOW GUESTS: Deborah Shouse and Ron Zoglin
“A ‘must read’ for every care partner because it really helps you to look at things differently! This book is very special in the way it provides you with hundreds of suggestions on how to be a good care partner for someone with dementia and enjoy this yourself as well.” - Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Disease International. Finding the connection with a loved one afflicted with dementia is a challenge millions of people face. Connecting in the Land of Dementia also features the innovative ideas of about seventy thought leaders in the field of dementia and creative areas such as music, movement, cooking, nature, storytelling, poetry, movies, technology, and more. The benefits readers can look forward to when they do the activities in this book together — increased energy, increased socialization, reduced anxiety, and chances to express yourselves in new and meaningful ways. The ideas are easy to do and they are adaptable to all ages and abilities. Caregivers can simply incorporate them into their daily routine and they will enrich their time together.

November 2016


SHOW GUEST: Frank Lalli
Inspired by his viral New York Times article, prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care—and how you, too.. When Lalli began researching the cost of the drug to keep his cancer at bay, he contacted over 16 different institutions and received bewilderingly different answers and was quoted prices ranging from $571 to just $2 a day. He eventually acquired the drug for free. YOUR BEST HEALTH CARE NOW is an accessible guide to today’s health system, the book gives readers the tools to make smart decisions that could save them hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. Whether readers want to get all of the free preventive services they qualify for or negotiate over tens of thousands with a surgeon, if they’re looking for an effective $4-a-month generic drug or the best price for a costly brand-name, or if they recently enrolled in Obamacare and feel worried about high insurance deductibles and rising premiums, YOUR BEST HEALTH CARE NOW shows the way to take charge of one’s wellbeing.


Forks Over Knives Family: A Complete Guide to a Whole-food, Plant-based Lifestyle

SHOW GUESTS: Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD

From the authors of the New York Times bestselling Forks Over Knives Plan comes a complete guide to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle for your entire family, Forks Over Knives Family. Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman has compiled more than 125 delicious kid-friendly recipes and tips for raising a whole-foods-loving child in a junk-food-laden world. The book addresses major obstacles and parenting concerns such as: Are supplements and vitamins necessary? Is my kid eating enough? How can we transition to plant-based living with a house full of kids? What about birthday parties and play dates? In our interview, Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman share why whole food, plant-based eating is the best way to keep your family healthy and well-nourished.


"Think Big!  Be Positive and Be Brave to Achieve Your Dreams"
Show Guest: Bob Imai
Bob Imai joins us to discuss his mentor, best-selling author Master Okawa's latest book, Think Big! In Think Big! Okawa shares his own philosophy of thinking big, thinking positive, and being brave which he believes are essential mindsets in achieving our dreams. He speaks to the process that gave him control of his thinking and led him to success.

"All achievements began with one thought," Okawa states. "And the size of these achievements was determined by the thinking that conceived them and the persistence with which the creative power of the mind was applied."


"Secrets of the Father, A true story of a a search for birth parents that lead to a scandalous cover-up"

Show Guest: Paul Aubin

At five years of age, Paul Aubin was informed by his parents that he was an adopted child. He couldn't believe what his "parents" were telling him; they weren’t his birth parents, the Aubin’s adopted Paul from a home for unwed mothers in New England when they found out they couldn’t have children. In his autobiography, Secrets of the Father, Paul speaks to the missing pieces of the identity puzzle that many adoptees experience. Their sense of abandonment and rejection by their birth parents, trying to answer the question “Who am I”, and the mystery of not knowing any links to your past or family origin. This has life-long implications. Paul’s personal journey is absolutely amazing with an outcome that you aren’t going to believe.

October 2016


"The Parents Toolkit" Recently Acquired a Sibling, "Being Me (And Loving It)"

Show Guest: Naomi Richards

Written for parents to help their children successfully navigate childhood problems, The Parent's Toolkit, is a foremost resource for helping kids grow up into happy, confident and resilient young adults. The Parent's Toolkit is aimed at parents with children aged 6+ and is divided into the most important areas of a child's life such as friendships, sibling relationships, secondary school transition, self-esteem, confidence etc.

Naomi's latest book, Being Me (And Loving It) - co-written with Julia Hague - is a wonderful complement to The Parent's Took Kit. Being Me (And Loving It) is a collection of 29 real life and relatable stories that can be used as part of the PSHE programme in schools or used by parents with their children at home.Don't miss this special interview in which Naomi will share her inspiration for creating a much needed resource that will help build self-esteem, body confidence and resilience in children aged 5-11. It also helps children with friendship issues, social media understanding, peer pressure, puberty and body image.


Who are the Joneses Anyway? – Redefining Success

Show Guests: Bob and Susan Karcher

At one time or another, most of us have heard the expression “keeping up with the Joneses”, referring to a legendary family that has the world trying to keep up with them. They’re mentioned in tweets, movies, newscasts, articles, blogs, books, and more. They’re mysterious. They seem to be everywhere, but no one appears to have actually met them. Why is that? Too often we measure success by our accomplishments or the stuff we have accumulated. But life should be about so much more, like discovering who you are, why you are here, and the legacy you create. In Who Are the Joneses Anyway? you are led on your own “Joneses Journey”, asked relevant questions, and encouraged to be brave enough to seek the answers. The real-life approach and practical resources will help you get from where you are to where you want your life to be as you begin thinking less about your “what” and more about your “who.”


Integrative Mastery: 4th Level Family Relationships

Show Guest Guest: Al Killeen

Al Kileen's upcoming book, 4 Levels of Identity, is based premise is that humans are capable of achieving an advanced level of identity in all domains of their lives (embodied/empowered values) rather than operating from the ego-based 3rd Level. Unfortunately, most people never truly achieve and live at the 4th Level, but that level is where true effectiveness, power, freedom and significance are generated.

In this interview, Al will discuss how in the realm of families, 4th Level Identity is critical to creating 4th Level children, which sets them up for meaningful and fulfilled lives, as well bringing success to one's marriage, work and other relationships.


"Young People in Recovery: Creating Support Systems to Help Youth Sustain Their Recovery"

Show Guest: Justin Luke Riley

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, use of illicit drugs during 2015 was reported by 23.6 percent of 12th graders. Breaking down the numbers, alcohol use topped the charts at 58.2% with marijuana/Hashish use at 34.9%. These alarming numbers make it no surprise that between 5% and 8% of the youth population in the U.S. develop a substance use disorder.

Inspired by the success of the collegiate recovery community at Rutgers University, Justin Luke Riley (YPR's President & CEO) and a team of dedicated individuals created Young People in Recovery (YPR) in 2010. Establishing its nonprofit status in 2015, YPR has almost doubled in size to 89 chapters in 30 states in the last 5 years. Chapters support young people in or seeking recovery by providing improve access to treatment and enabling them to obtain stable employment, secure suitable housing, and explore continuing education. Chapters also advocate on the local and state levels for better accessibility of these services and other effective recovery resources.


WAGING INNER PEACE:  Introducing Ancient Mind-Body Wellness Techniques

SHOW GUEST: Eric Walrabenstein

WAGING INNER PEACE chronicles how 5,000 hard-charging U.S. military veterans came to use yoga’s ancient science of mind to heal from the stresses induced by the horrors of war. It then takes the reader through the very same one-of-a-kind process to create a happier life through mind-body mastery.

Written by former U.S. Army infantry officer turned yoga master, Eric Walrabenstein, Waging Inner Peace chronicles the creation of the BOOTSTRAP yoga system, one of the world’s most comprehensive mind-body solutions for calming and rebalancing the nervous system for happy and relaxed living. Waging Inner Peace is a must read for anyone wanting to understand how yoga’s mind-body wisdom can be used to help us, as the author puts it, master our humanness and live happier, healthier lives.

September 2016


“Transforming Relationships: Using Meditation and Writing as Vehicles for Healing, Well-Being and Community”
SHOW GUEST:  Jackie Parker
There is great power in the stories that we carry. According to Jackie Parker, the stories that wait to be written hold truths that can heal and deepen us. In Jackie’s The Power of Our Stories workshops held in communities, healthcare settings, and workplaces throughout the country, she helps attendees learn to express themselves and connect to each other in ways we all long for and need. As her teaching has evolved, Jackie has greatly enjoyed creating workshops for women and their teenage daughters. She share one memorable event in which many of the mothers were first generation Americans: Mexican, Filipino, Korean, who, by any standards had achieved a great deal having worked and studied their way to impressive positions.. Leaving their phones and connective devices in another room, they began simply by sitting in quiet together, breathing in silence for five minutes. As moods shifted, each picked up their pens and they flowed into writing their stories. At the end of the workshop, the group heard many deep and wise stories. As Jackie shares, “It was a day like so many in my workshops, where profound connections were made on many levels, as mothers and daughters embraced each other and the process of reconnecting and healing began.


“Helping and Preventing Autism:  A Complete Guide”

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Jerry Kartzinel
In 2006, autism became the leading disorder affecting children in the United States. While diagnoses skyrocket and parents struggle to find help, a group of innovative doctors has been pioneering therapies and treatments that are remarkably effective in healing conditions associated with autism. As word spreads about these incredible discoveries— helped in part by Jenny McCarthy's book Louder Than Words— parents are desperate to learn about the biomedical therapies for themselves. Since early intervention is key to a successful recovery, McCarthy has teamed up with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel, the doctor who successfully treated her son, to write the first book to give parents all the necessary information about biomedical treatment. Beginning with diagnosis, Dr. Kartzinel explains the different therapies that he uses. He shows parents how to make simple changes to their child's environment and diet that can result in marked improvements and are safe and easy to try at home. Whether a child has autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, or an autism spectrum disorder, Healing and Preventing Autism is the authoritative reference book with the tools to heal your child.


The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution & Chance

SHOW GUEST: Kayt Sukel

Are risk-takers born or made? This is the question that set Kayt Sukel on a quest to find the answers. "Simply put, I want to know how successful risk-takers are doing it - what particular blend of biology and experience held within allows us to know what risks are worth taking and what risks should be left alone," writes Sukel. In Sukel's new book, THE ART OF RISK, chapter by chapter, in a warm and readable style, she uses cutting-edge research to illustrate which parts of the brain drive behavior, the different genes and neurochemicals at play, and the complex interplay of biological and environmental variables that may give some the upper hand in risky situations, whether in the boardroom, on the playing field, in the classroom or on the military frontlines. At the same time, Sukel spotlights individuals whose life stories show how they have learned to take risks and make them work to their advantage, from a professional poker player to a female firefighter to a top neurosurgeon.
Come explore the possibilities as Sukel explains how to make the most of risk, how to be a better risk-taker and most of all, how to reset our definition of risk Marrying the knowledge of science with the wisdom of those who have played the game and won, THE ART OF RISK gives us advice that could make the difference between missing out and making it big.

August 2016


How to Raise a Happy Teen: From One Parent in the Trenches to Another

Show Guest: Christie Halverson

When Christie Halverson became a mother, she and her husband began the journey to creating a better way of parenting that required their attitudes and actions shift out of the old paradigms they were raised in. According to Christie, it takes great self-introspection, patience, and an entirely new view based on the fact that teenagers are absolutely amazing creatures, who love fiercely and are incredibly funny.

From this new viewpoint, time and time again they found three simple commonsense principals, Empowerment, Validation, and Love, were all they needed to guide their teens into becoming self-confident, compassionate, and functional adults. From one parent in the trenches, join us as Christie gives hope and shares her successes in raising healthy, happy teens.


"Adolescent Anxiety: Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms and Their Treatment”
SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Alexander Young
According to Dr. Alexander Young, Director of Clinical Program Development and Outreach at Mountain Valley Treatment Center, anxiety is a normal part of adolescent development, and every individual will experience some episodes of stress, fear, and anxiety. the almost 10 million children who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder experience a range of disabling emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms to an extent that interferes with nearly all aspects of home and school life. In many cases, the symptoms of anxiety will be experienced concurrently with other emotional or behavioral challenges. In our interview with Dr. Young, he explains why the first step to healing is for the youth to understand that they are not defined by their anxious temperament, or the anxiety they experience. Then, when armed with the right tools to use against their anxiety, they become empowered to “get over their fears.”


Teenage Self-Destructive Behavior, What drives it and how can we fix it?

Show Guest: Jamison Monroe
Jamison Monroe, founder and CEO of Newport Academy strongly believes that the self-destructive behaviors in which teens are participating are external manifestations, or symptoms, of underlying, internal issues. The maladaptive coping mechanisms for which we see teens enter treatment include self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, conduct disorders and other forms of self-destructive behaviors. He believes an environment that provides safety and security, and above all, unconditional love, is what teens and their families need in order to heal.

Join us as Monroe describes the advanced, multiple modalities of psychological and experiential therapies that Newport Academy is utilizing when treating their teen residents and the entire family.


Mober APP: Online APP for the Sober Community

SHOW GUEST: Ted Collins
Ted Collins, co-founder of MOBER APP, shares with our audience a new cutting-edge online community app that provides on-demand access for members of the sober community to connect with each other anytime, anyplace. Designed primarily as a supplement to any social model recovery program, MOBER makes it easier to build your sober social support network, while allowing members to be as anonymous as they wish. Furthermore, each profile has a public and private setting - giving members more control over who can view personal information. MOBER provides a library of video and audio content as well. These "mini-shares" are generated by our community and offer members an opportunity to personal comment on topics related to recovery. With this on-demand, short format, MOBER members can consume, share, and create bite-size servings of sober support and recovery content.


"ON THE VERGE: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine"

SHOW GUEST: Cara Bradley

In the final race of her college track career, author and mental strength coach Cara Bradley beat her personal best by a remarkable six seconds. Until then she had been an average runner hampered by pre-race jitters and self-doubt. ON THE VERGE: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine, Cara distills everything she's learned in the years since about human potential and what it means to thrive. Cara wrote ON THE VERGE for those want to more energy, enthusiasm, openness, and confidence. Her book calls readers to experience aliveness daily by shifting beyond our busy minds and into the present moment. It is an invitation for readers to live their lives in a way that allows them to meet their full potential, so they shine in every moment.

July 2016


10 Reasons Why Parents Should Engage their Child in Make Believe
SHOW GUEST: Connie Dunn
In today’s world of electronic games and television, children do not visit the make believe world as often as children in the past have done. In fact, there are some children who don’t do it, at all! Shutting off the electronics or limiting TV and Computers to one or two hours a day is a healthy choice for children. Connie Dunn, author of “Grandma Honey, I Turned into a Mermaid,” says “Children who have creative play or create make believe worlds develop their creativity. When children don’t explore make believe, they simply grow up without the ability to imagine how anything could work or how to imagine solutions to problems. Our world has always been filled with problems. It is the creative people, who can imagine solutions, that will always be needed.”


"Best in Class makes learning fun while also keeping children engaged over the Summer"


Summer may be a time for parents to enjoy a respite from all the school-related responsibilities, but tell that to their children who are bouncing off the walls or yelling "I'm bored." Rich Arum, the After School Program director and Summer Camp director at the Best in Class Education Center in Bellevue, WA, says his organization has taken up the challenge to create a great "To Do List" that keeps kids engaged in learning while filling Summer and other school breaks with fun experiences. What began as a dream over two decades ago, Best in Class has grown into an expanding education franchise system, with over 200 instructors nationwide.Best in Class serves communities across the United States, motivating and helping students K-12 develop comprehensive analytical, math and English skills with programs that emphasize understanding and long-term retention through a tailored curriculum and providing resources for parents looking for techniques to teach their own children at home.


"Identifying and Correcting Parenting Styles that Damage a Student's Development"

SHOW GUEST: Guest: Dawn Bauer

According to Dawn Bauer, the founder of The Family Hope Line and a mentor at Pacia Life, 80% of parents/families who learn simple but empowering communication with their young adult child end up with sustainable long-term successful outcomes. According to Dawn Bauer, all too often parents are so anxious to reconnect with their young adult child that they unknowingly sabotage the progress. While the Family Hope Line and Pacia focus their efforts on all areas of one's life including emotional regulation, mindfulness, physical health, relationships, daily executive functioning, networking, life coaching, spiritual roots, integrity, career development, etc., they also focus on each student being self-reliant-paying their own bills, managing money and being a responsible adult.

June 2016


The Opioid Epidemic: Heroin and prescription pain meds drug overdose deaths outnumber fatal car accidents in the US

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Marvin Seppala

Responding to the national opioid epidemic, Hazelden Publishing and clinicians from its umbrella organization, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, have developed a comprehensive curriculum to help hospitals and other treatment centers treat addiction and prevent overdose deaths in their communities. According to Marvin D. Seppala, MD, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s chief medical officer, and author of Clinician’s Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, addiction to opioids – the group of drugs that includes heroin and prescription pain medications – is especially difficult to treat and relapse often means death. Join us as Dr. Sepalla describes the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation addiction treatment and recovery resources and the launch of its revolutionary COR-12™.


Working With Millennials – Using Emotional Intelligence and Strategic Compassion to Motivate the Next Generation of Leaders

SPECIAL GUEST: Marc Robertson

More than one-in-three workers today are Millennials, according to a 2015 Pew Research study, making them the largest part of the American workforce. What does that mean for the Gen Xers and Baby Boomers in high-level management who are struggling to keep and motivate their Millennial employees? According to leadership and management coach, Marc Robertson, they have no choice but to adapt. They must transform themselves from being high performance managers into high EQ leaders. Don’t miss this interview in which Marc describes how he helps companies thrive and retain talented employees, and adapt for the next, and largest, generation of workers. According to Robertson, millennials aren’t “a problem” and if you learn how to lead them, they can become a highly valued asset now and in the future.


“The Crisis of Parental Abductions”

GUEST: Allen Cardoza & Logan Clarke

Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted. The FBI estimates that 85 to 90 percent of those (roughly 750,000 people or 2,000 per day) reported missing were children. The vast majority of these cases are resolved within hours. Private Investigators, Allen Cardoza (host of Answers for the Family) and Logan Clarke, each have over 30 years experience in locating abducted and runaway children. As foremost authorities in this field, they bring special insight into a parent’s motives for committing these acts, as well as aspects of the investigation and the consequences both parents and juveniles experience during and after the event.


The Alzhammer: Or Keep Your Friends Close and … I Forget the Other Thing
Show Guest: Joe Joe Di Prisco
Joe Joe Di Prisco is the acclaimed author of Subway to California, All for Now, and Sun City.  His newest, ALZHAMMER is a comic and tragic look into the world of dementia. It's the story of a once-powerful mob boss, Mikey, who watched his father disappear from the disease and who's now, himself seriously slipping.
Joe’s own father, who was also connected to the mob and he was his caregiver at the end of his life. So many of us care for, or will soon be caring for, family members plagued by this treacherous illness. What can we do? How can we live and understand this awful condition? Join us in an interview that does exactly that through a fictional story that is real as it gets!

May 2016


"Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What's Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation"

SHOW GUEST: Donald Altman

Many have pointed out the psychological benefits of clearing out the clutter in our surroundings. But what do we do with our emotional clutter - the psychological versions of the jam-packed closet or impenetrable garage? Donald Altman, author of Clearing Emotional Clutter writes, "Emotional clutter from the past is like old boxes of emotional stuff that fill up the attic of our minds.Altman believes that by combining modern neuroscience with ancient practices, habits and patterns can be modified with only a few minutes of attention daily. He states "By contrast, the ability to be healthy, happy, and well balanced - and to live a meaningful and fulfilling life - could be defined by how well we clear out this attic. A truly life-alternating interview, Altman will share his system to recognize, adapt, buffer, and regulate all the emotional junk that threatens to derail our goals and dreams.


"Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success After College "

Guest: Chris Palmer

Graduation rewards college students' years of hard work with a degree that will set them on a path for future success; this day also marks a transition from campus to the unfamiliar workforce and for many, the stress about whether they'll find a job, if it will be fulfilling, whether they will earn enough to pay off their student loans, and whether they will fail and disappoint their families. Now What, Grad? is designed to help graduating college seniors and anyone in the job market succeed in establishing a career, advancing career performance, improving work-life balance, or simply leading a more productive life. The book offers practical tips for making important decisions and provides a framework for navigating the professional world and architecting a balanced life. Tune in and learn the secrets typically not taught in the college classroom, but can provide a leg up for soon-to-be graduates to achieve both professional and personal success.


"Reengage In Life! Elevate and Peers Academies at Heritage Schools "

GUESTS: Eugene Marshall & Alaina Chatterley

Since its inception in 1984, Heritage Schools has served thousands of young people and their families. Utilizing a relationship-based approach with two exceptional, yet very different program areas, Elevate Academy and Peers Academy work with teens who are experiencing a wide variety of mental health issues. Eugene Marshall, Clinical Director, and Alaina Chatterley, Program Therapist, describe each program's specialized treatment modality.


How The Age of the Dominant Male Is Over: The Future of Men and Masculinity in the 21st Century

SHOW GUEST: Jack Myers

The age of the dominant male has passed.  Women are starting to make more money, earn more college degrees, dominate more industries, and that’s just the start.  Today’s men are rejecting macho stereotypes, and are more actively parenting, but what does this mean for the future of masculinity?  What kind of world will our sons grow up in, and is an entire generation being left behind in today’s reverse gender-gap? Peabody Award Winning Filmmaker and Bestselling Author Jack Meyers explores this world-changing question in his new book, THE FUTURE OF MEN: Masculinity in the 21st Century, (Inkshares, March 2016), which examines how masculinity is evolving in the new millennium. Illuminating, insightful, and empowering, THE FUTURE OF MEN is a must-read guide to thriving in a world of changing gender realities.  Speak with Jack Meyers for a look at what our sons can expect in the years to come.

April 2016


"The Sugar Crush: Why Sugar Is Slowly Killing You, and How to Stop It"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Richard Jacoby

Most people know sugar and carbohydrates aren't good for us - but many don't realize exactly how bad they are, or that they are the two leading causes of our current public health crisis. Leading peripheral nerve surgeon, Dr. Richard Jacoby, now does for sugar, revealing how it causes crippling nerve damage throughout the body-in our feet, organs, and brain-why sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to the body's nerves, and how eliminating them can mitigate and even reverse the damage. Sugar Crush exposes the shocking truth about how a diet high in sugar, processed carbohydrates, and wheat compresses and damages the peripheral nerves of the body, leading to a host of related conditions, including migraines, gall bladder disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's and more.  Sugar Crush includes a quiz to assess your nerve damage, practical dietary advice, and the latest thinking on ways to prevent and reverse neuropathy. If you have any of these conditions, this essential guide will help you understand the dangers and give you the tools you need to make a difference beyond your doctor's prescriptions.


Part 1  "Primary Gift: Awaken to the Excellence of Your Life's Journey: Regardless of Your Personal Circumstances"
Guest: Kelly F. Holland

A deeply moving and courageously written story, Kelly Holland's new book, Primary Gift, is one of those can't-put-down reads that will inspire you to reach inside yourself and create the best possible life you can.

Kelly's story serves as the foundation for her message, as during childhood she experienced tremendous family turmoil and violence. By age 11, she began using drugs and when Kelly was 14, her mother, who suffered from schizophrenia, vanished one day when she was at school. Now a ward of the court and living in a regimented state group home, Kelly gained enough stability to successfully complete her high school education, but struggles to complete college.

In was during these challenging years that Kelly met Denise, a PH.D, licensed psychologist. In this not-to-missed show, Kelly's shares how Primary Gift provides individuals of all ages, regardless of their personal circumstances and challenges, with a guide to reaching that excellence that still awaits them. Her motto: "Any life you dream, you can live!"
Part 2  "Heartfelt: True Stories of Life in the Shadow of High LDL"
Guest: Marvin Smith

Heart Felt exposes the global story of living with high LDL-C and breaks the silence on an issue we should all be talking about. Cholesterol. LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) often takes a backseat to other alarming health concerns like diabetes and hypertension, and despite its seriousness, has remained the quiet part in our conversation.


"Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recover"

Special Guest: Peg O'Connor, PHd

An indispensable guide to the deeply philosophical concerns at the heart of every addict's struggle. Life on the Rocks: Finding Meaning in Addiction and Recovery is the first book to address addiction and recovery from a Western philosophical perspective, offering a powerful set of tools sharpened over millennia.


Assuming no prior familiarity with the subject, O'Connor draws upon the wisdom of the whole philosophical tradition from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, to Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein, illuminating issues all addicts and their loved ones face: self-identity, moral responsibility, self-knowledge and self-deception, free will and determinism, fatalism, the nature of God, and their relations to others.


Childhelp Foster Care & Adoption Services

Special Guest: Kimberly Rogers

According to the studies conducted by departments of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Center for Disease Prevention:

    1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old,
    9.0 % of reported child abuse cases were sexual abused, and
    34% of people who sexually abuse a child are family members.

Childhelp Foster Care & Adoption Agencies provides short and long-term therapeutic foster care to abused and neglected children. Kimberly Rogers, Childhelp's Children's Outreach Coordinator, states that in addition to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children, it is also critical to incorporate prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach. Join us as Kimberly shares with our listeners how Childhelp moves through the entire placement process and further supports both foster parents and the children in their care to ensure a successful and long-term relationship and a forever home where they can meet their full potential.

March 2016


"The Power of Purpose: Find Meaning, Live Longer, Better"

SHOW GUEST: Richard Leider

One of the great secrets of happiness-and finding fulfillment-is living with a sense of purpose. People who wake up with a sense of purpose live up to seven years longer than those who don't. But if you don't know your purpose, how can you find it? According to Richard Leider, author of "The Power of Purpose," the process isn't as complicated as it might seem. Purpose is fundamental and gives life meaning. It gives us the will not just to live but to live long and well. Legendary personal coach Richard Leider offers brand-new tools and techniques for unlocking it. "The 24-Hour Purpose Retreat" includes seven mind-opening questions to help you unlock your purpose. "The Purpose Checkup" offers a new tool for periodically evaluating the health of your purpose.  Join us as Richard explains how "purpose" is an active expression of our values and our compassion for others-it makes us want to get up in the morning and add value to the world.


"Divorce Demystified - Everything You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce"

Guest: Henry S. Gornbein

Next to losing someone you love, divorce is one of the most traumatic of life's experiences. At the same time, it's the path out of a bad marriage, and ideally for all parties, to a happier, more fulfilling life. But it's not without lots of complications. A leading expert in family law, attorney Henry Gornbein deconstructs the divorce process and serves it up in small, manageable steps. Besides exploring legal, economic, and psychological issues, Gornbein's new book, Divorce Demystified - Everything You Need to Know Before You File for Divorce, focuses on the random, routine, and often overlooked details including the role of social media that can propel divorce proceedings into a roller-coaster ride gone off the tracks.This is a not-to-be-missed interview, as Gornbein explains how Divorce Demystified can help anyone contemplating divorce understand what to expect, and how to avoid some of the drama and trauma that surround divorce, putting the children first, keeping a level head, and being smart about how they conduct themselves throughout the divorce process will help make a bad situation better.


"The Healing Power of Hip Hop:  Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture"

Show Guest: Raphael Travis Jr., DrPH

In The Healing Power of Hip Hop (Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture), Dr. Raphael Travis Jr. offers a passionate look into existing tensions aligned with Hip Hop and demonstrates the beneficial quality it can have empowering its audience. His unique perspective takes Hip Hop out of the negative light and shows readers how Hip Hop has benefited the Black community. Organized to first examine the social and historical framing of Hip Hop culture and Black experiences in the United States, The Healing Power of Hip Hop also elaborates on consistent themes of excellence and the new ambassadors of Hip Hop culture across professional disciplines. The author uses the latest research, real-world examples, and a new theory of healthy development, Dr. Travis explains Hip Hop culture's ongoing role in helping Black youths to live long, healthy, and productive lives.


Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy

Show Guest: Will White

Stories from the Field is a comprehensive chronicle of the history of the wilderness therapy field and narratives from present day wilderness therapy organizations. The first half of the book chronicles the evolution of the field and is authored by Dr. Will White. The second half are narrative chapters, contributed by different authors, about currently operating wilderness therapy programs or organizations. Join us as Will shares amazing experiences about people, places, and things, many of which are interconnected, that have happened to shape the evolution of wilderness therapy from the 1800's to today.

February 2016


"The Parenting Skill: Discover Your Unique Parenting Powers"

Show Guest: Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

You have a great kid- so why are they acting this way? Are you wishing your kid came with a no-fail manual so you know exactly what do when they are avoiding homework, having melt-downs, or acting out? Here's the truth: You've got the manual, all in your head and in your heart! What you need is the confidence to use what you already know and the empowerment to tell others when to shut up while you use what you know! What you need is to discover your unique parenting powers.  Join us as Mercedes explains how there is no one size fits all approach to parenting and that each family deserves to be guided in a way that honors both the parent and child.


Knock Em Dead - The Ultimate Job Search Guide

Show Guest: Martin Yate

As job seekers look to change jobs, set new goals, and refine skills in the New Year, in Knock 'em Dead 2016: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, New York Times Bestseller, Martin Yate, once again proves that smart and proven career management, and job search tactics are critical to overcoming roadblocks in the today's volatile market.
Martin has shown millions of job seekers how to land jobs and turn job interviews into job offers through his proven and effective Knock 'em Dead career management books.
A blueprint for a successful professional life, don't miss this insightful and timely interview in which Martin discusses Knock 'em Dead's cutting-edge information on age discrimination, the stealth job search, personal branding, interview Q&As, plus tips on using internships and social networking as indispensable job-hunting opportunities, how to turn interviews into job offers ... and so much more!


"Dehydrated: Find Refreshment and Hope for Your Soul"

Show Guest: Karen Schatzline

Our physical body can go without water for only three days before it starts shutting down," Schatzline writes. "At that point we become unable to function as we were created to, and our minds start playing tricks on us. In the same way, when we aren't regularly filled up spiritually, we are unable to function properly as humans. Because of spiritual dehydration, our hope deteriorates, we lose focus, and we become ineffective in life." Drawing a powerful illustration from the Old Testament story of the woman at the well, Schatzline takes readers through five important stages of renewal. Join us as Schatzline describes how, In the middle of your desert, in a life that might feel like a wasteland, appears streams of refreshing, life-giving water. All you have to do is show up and drink, and you will never thirst again.


"You Don't Have to Die to Go to Heaven: How to Find Guidance and Healing in the Spirit Realms"

Show Guest: Dr. Susan Allison

What if we really didn't have to die to go to heaven? What if we could prove to ourselves through direct experience that spirit worlds exist, that there is no death, that we are all immortal, and that our departed loved ones are fine? In Dr. Susan Allison's new breakthrough book, "You Don't Have to Die to Go to Heaven: How to Find Guidance and Healing in the Spirit Realms", she discusses what it means to enter a shamanic trance and spirit travel to other realms. By doing so, she shows how we can overcome our fear of death and feel comfort in knowing where our departed loved ones have gone. You Don't Have to Die to Go to Heaven will appeal to anyone who is curious about the afterlife, rebirth, and the wisdom of the age.


"It came out of my Vagina, Now What?! The Hiliarious Truth About of Motherhood"

Guest: Betsy Chasse

In the midst of fighting her way to the top in her career, Betsy also had to fight her way through motherhood. While Betsy loves her amazingly wonderful children (ages 8 and 11), she realized that the advice she was always given was sugar-coated, wrong, and didn't prepare her for the reality of parenthood. Now her new book called "It came out of my Vagina, Now What?!", in true Betsy form, lays out the truth of motherhood that rarely anyone writes about in parenting books.

Don't miss this hilarious, honest account of what happens as a mom - everything from tossing the Birth Plan to baby envy to having sex again - Betsy and co-author, Debbie Spector Weisman, share their parenting adventures with the hope of inspiring moms and dads everywhere to relax and enjoy the chaos.

January 2016


DOG MEDICINE:  How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

Show Guest: Julie Barton

350 million people worldwide suffer from depression - the silent epidemic. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind cancer and heart disease, and yet we still don't address the possible reasons and cures for depression the way we do about other diseases. The time has come for this to change, and one surprisingly delightful way to delve into this difficult topic is to hear the heartbreakingly beautiful and happy-ending story of a girl and her healing, loving, ever-accepting dog named Bunker - the dog who saved her life! Julie Barton, author of DOG MEDICINE: How my Dog Saved Me From Myself, tells the story of her youth, a time when she was so depressed she felt she couldn't go on. A testimony to the power of love, it was her puppy's need for her that made Julie feel her own life was worth saving. Bunker needed her, she had to be there for him, and so she stayed.


"The Challenge of Representing Juvenile Delinquency Cases and Special Education Rights in Today's Courts System"

Show Guest: Shep Zibberman

According to Shep Zebberman, the biggest challenge in today's juvenile court system is trying to balance the numerous competing interests at play while obtaining the best possible outcome for youth. A delinquency case is essentially a criminal case where the accused was under the age of 18 at the time an offense was alleged to have been committed. Unlike Adult courts, the Juvenile system has rehabilitation as its primary goal.


So when Zebberman represents a minor who is accused of committing a crime, he or she may be 13 or 14 years old and may want something completely different then what the parents want because he or she is looking at the situation through the eyes of a 13 or 14 year old. In the context of a youth seeking educational rights, he or she may be refusing all kinds of benefits offered by the school district for a variety of reasons such as not wanting to change class schedules or not wanting to appear socially different.


Join us as Zebberman gives our audience a startling view into the decisions and pressures children at young ages are up against that at one time did not exist at this level, such as peer pressure to do drugs; pressure not to trust the "system" whether be the educational or judicial; and most alarming of all, pressure "not to succeed".



Feelings of Isolated Attributed to Soaring Numbers of Depression and Anxiety in Young People

SHOW GUEST: Lisa Smith

The Washington Post reports that the average teen spends more than 7 ½ hours a day on technology. This means they are spending those 7 ½ hours a day without any "in person" communication which leads to feeling isolated even though they may be in constant contact with their peers through texting, social media, or online gaming. This ongoing isolation is causing depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders at rates we've never seen before.


Join us as Lisa Smith, co-founder of Save My Family Today, provides insight into this alarming phenomenon. Lisa will describe for our listeners how her organization's work with youth and their families achieves the compassionate communication flow needed to "reconnect the disconnect" when navigating the rough waters of emotional instability, a process that makes way for a healthier, more balanced personality and smoother sailing into the future.


Nationwide Drug Intervention Training & Addiction Recovery Resource Workshops
Show Guests: Ken Seeley and Eric McLaughlin
Southworth Associates and Intervention 911 have joined forces to offer training for those professionals looking to become interventionists on January 22-24, 2016. With many years of experience in the field of addiction and recovery two of i911's, Eric McLaughlin and Ken Seeley, believe all Interventionists must obtain the best possible training and education available in order to achieve and maintain the level of excellence and professionalism the industry has come to demand and expect. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this outstanding i911 Event and other outstanding workshops held throughout the year using the Johnson Model of Intervention.

December 2015


"The Deanna Protocol®: Hope For ALS and other Neurological Conditions"
Show Guest: Dr. Vincent Tedone

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which is referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. According to the ALS Association, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That's 15 new cases a day) and it is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

The authors of The Deanna Protocol® for ALS are in a life and death struggle against this terrible disease. Join us for this riveting interview as Dr. Tedone describes how the The Deanna Protocol® is not an ALS treatment or ALS cure but rather a metabolic program responsible for keeping Deanna alive!


"F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems"

Show Guests: Dr. Michael Bennett & Sarah Bennett

Most people try therapy to change something they don't like about themselves or to figure out a way to change another person. Michael and Sarah Bennett, Harvard educated psychiatrist father and comedy writing daughter, know that these goals are impossible to achieve, deflating and counter-productive. In the Bennetts' new book: F*CK FEELINGS (yes, that is really the title) they cut to chase, giving us solutions to 140 of the problems that land on Dr. Bennett's couch - family, love, work, self-esteem, garden-variety jerks and more. is the cut-to-the-chase therapy session you've been looking for! Don't miss this outrageous, funny and sensible interview with the Bennetts who help their readers focus on realistic solutions and acceptance.


"The Happiness Psychiatrist Treating the Whole Patient: Mind, Body, and Spirit"

Show Guest: Sheenie Ambardar, M.D.

In our current fast-paced culture of high-stress and hard work, where we're constantly scrambling to compete, climb the career ladder, juggle the demands of work and family, and maintain our mental health and sanity all at the same time, it is vitally important that we take time out for ourselves on a regular basis to check in with our own personal needs and desires. At the Happiness Psychiatrist, Dr. Ambardar and her staff believe that happiness is a state of mind that takes practice, effort, and vigilance and that it is within everyone's reach. Join us for this exciting show in which Dr. Ambardar shares how it is possible to successfully design a treatment which uses psychiatric medications in conjunction with an eclectic blend of psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, journal therapy, walking therapy, meditation, and kundalini yoga.

November 2015


"Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes"
Show Guest: Kathryn Kemp Guylay

In every coffee shop or gathering place around the world, you can hear people discussing their lives, looking for inspiration and solutions to tackle the everyday challenges? Wanting to find ways to live life more fully, with more energy, and with greater success? Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes by Kathryn Kemp Guylay uses stories that will help set you sights on a new adventure, join us as Kathryn describes how to: *Achieve greater success in life simply by adjusting how you perceive events around you. *Discover a 6-step framework you can use to overcome obstacles in your own life. *Use vision and visualization to turn your dreams into reality. And ... *Learn strategies to engage fully in life, while experiencing improved health and vitality.


"Designing and Renovating Homes for Families with Autistic Children"

Show Guest: David Gould

A fact of life, families design their homes around their children. This especially applies to families who have a loved one with Autism. However, when a loved one has Autism it can be very difficult to know what home changes to make. Studies have shown that 90% of individuals with Autism have varying levels of sensory processing issues. Join us as David Gould discusses how he and his partners, Tim and Gabrielle Sullivan, used their many years of expertise to developed a "first-of-its-kind" proprietary assessment and design system to match directly to the sensory profile, personal interests and safety needs of families with autistic and similarly disabled children.


"Resolution and Healing for Trauma Victims and Their Families"

Show Guest: John Stewart

Our guest John Stewart, Executive Director of New Haven - an InnerChange Program, joins us to discuss how powerful and long-term healing from trauma can be when it is effectively supported from a holistic process involving meditation, yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, engaged animal care, and experiential activities within the context of the family. An interview that promises to dive deep, John discusses how critical nurturing relationships are to an outcome of healing from trauma and the fact that family is key to this relationship process.


"Miraculous Ways to Conquer Cancer: Awaken to the Power of Healing Within You"

Show Guest:  Rev. Keiko Hoshino

Is cancer is curable? Can It be conquered? Rev. Keiko Hoshino explains the three easy steps that will guide you to prevent or overcome cancer and other serious illnesses. Miraculous Ways to Conquer Cancer: Awaken to the Power of Healing Within You includes various real life cases of Master Ryuho Okawa analyzing the spiritual cause that will give you hints on how illness can be cured. The book is a huge eye opener for everyone providing insight how to prevent and drive out cancer from your life! Join us for and find out how you, or someone you know, can conquer illness by awakening to the healing power within.


Show Title: "America's Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia"

Show Guest: Simon I. Singer

Since the mid-1990s, the fast-growing suburb of Amherst, NY has been voted by numerous publications as one of the safest places to live in America. Yet, like many of America's seemingly idyllic suburbs, Amherst is by no means without crime-especially when it comes to adolescents. In America's Safest City, noted juvenile justice scholar Simon I. Singer analyzes the circumstances that did or did not lead juveniles to deviance and serious troubles. Don't miss this startling interview as Amercia's Safest City describes on how parents, teachers, coaches and officials can recognize a teen's need for ongoing sources of trust and empathy, allowing them to become what Singer terms 'relationally modern' individuals better equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of modern life.

October 2015


Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket. A Story of Illness and Sibling Love

SHOW GUEST: Sally Loughridge, PHd

Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket, is a tale of a young child whose older sister has cancer. The book chronicles the boy's development and relationship with his sister as the family confronts this health challenge together. In the midst of such an unfamiliar situation, younger siblings of an ill child often feel left out, angry, sad, scared, guilty, and envious. Sally Loughridge's book is a resource for families with young children on such a journey through life-threatening pediatric illness.


"Naked in the Woods"

Show Guest: Margaret Grundstein

In 1970, Margaret Grundstein dropped out with her husband, ten friends and an ever changing mix of strangers to live communally in the back woods of Oregon, leaving her Yale graduate degree behind. "Naked in the Woods" is the story of those compelling, iconoclastic, life-changing days - a memoir - chronicles Margaret's shift from reluctant hippie to committed utopian, against the story of our loss of innocence. Join us as Margaret discusses how the simpler and more natural way of living from the past is catching fire and re-emerging in today's grassroots movement.


Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs

Show Guest: Dr. Michaela Haas

The uplifting science of posttraumatic growth presents groundbreaking research and proven methods to survive and thrive in the face of challenges. In Micheala Haas's new book, Bouncing Forward, twelve inspiring role models share their profound insights on how they emerged from hardship stronger, wiser, and more compassionate. Don't miss this amazing interview that is perfect for individuals from all walks of life who are recovering from loss, pain, illness, and violence-as well as their friends and family-Bouncing Forward offers examples and inspiration for growth and a mindful approach to dealing with suffering, and finding a deeper meaning in life.


Is the Cart before the Horse: Failure to Launch and Substance Use Disorders

Show Guest: Gary Hees

Society as a whole, and in many cases people within the industry, believed that there was no such thing as the, "disease" of addiction. They felt that drug addiction and alcoholism were symptoms of moral failing or lack of self-control. Thanks to extensive research and a significant effort to educate the general public, the notion of the addiction as a, "disease" has been widely accepted. The reality is that while a lot of people do in fact suffer from the disease of addiction, many people struggling with substances do not. In this not-to-be-missed interview, Gary and his expert staff at Decision Point Center describe how they assessment the conditions, and provide treatment and a community environment to help individuals move forward with purpose and meaning regardless of their history of substance misuse, abuse, and other co-occurring disorders.

September 2015


Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag

Show Guest: Lee McCormick

During those times when life seems empty and we're feeling lonely, lost, or "less-than"-or even struggling with addiction, it's often because our spirit has become squashed. We've disconnected or shut ourselves down. Driven by injury, false beliefs, fear, we accept this manufactured vision of ourselves as true. Yet our lives have the ability to go from living hell to living our version of paradise when we release our spirit from bondage. Don't miss this powerful interview, as Lee McCormick, co-author of "Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag" describes his amazing journey and the transformational spiritual tools that allowed him to find his way back to personal truth, authenticity and purpose.


"Social and Restorative Justice: Positive Outcomes for All Students"- CASP Conference October, 15-17, 2015

Show Guest: Troy Xavier Leonard

During those times when life seems empty and we're feeling lonely, lost, or "less-than"-or even struggling with addiction, it's often because our spirit has become squashed. Yet our lives have the ability to go from living hell to living our version of paradise when we release our spirit from bondage. We can indeed achieve a Happy, Joyous and Free life! Don't miss this powerful interview, as Lee McCormick, co-author of "Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag" describes his amazing journey and the transformational spiritual tools that allow him to find his way back to personal truth, authenticity and purpose.


Gifts of Gratitude

Show Guest: Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker

Elizabeth Baker celebrates life: yours and hers, with this collection of deeply stirring stories. Within the covers of Gifts of Gratitude - The Joyful Adventures of a Life Well Lived, She narrates a series of inspiring experiences in turns both purposeful and ungoverned. At times tender and dramatic, always moving, outside the box, in search of veracity. A not-to-be-missed show, Elizabeth hits the core of everyone's search for a true way, their own way, to realize the gifts of a heart open and renewed by life.


"Developmental Coordination Disorder and its Consequences"

SHOW GUEST: Dr. John Cairney

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects one in every twenty children. Children with DCD have problems with motor coordination that make everyday tasks such as active play, writing, eating, and dressing difficult and frustrating. Despite how common this health condition is, DCD is often misunderstood and frequently goes undiagnosed. In our interview, Dr. John Cairney describes how his new book, Developmental Coordination Disorder and its Consequences, brings together the research from leading international experts on DCD from several disciplines outlining the latest evidence on the diagnosis, consequences, and neuropsychological underpinnings of the disorder.

August 2015


"Becoming Aware - How To Repattern Your Brain And Revitalize Your Life"

Guest: Lisa Garr

In her never-before-revealed story, discover the life changing events that led Lisa Garr from her near-death experience, leaving her without the ability to say even a few words, to become a TV, radio and Internet sensation with a vision and a passion for changing lives with The Aware Show! After suffering her traumatic brain injury, Lisa learned visualization and mental exercises from the greatest personal development masters in the world. In her new book, Becoming Aware Guide, reader experience the same practices she used to heal her brain and regain her cognition that served to make her a better parent, a more successful businesswoman, and a Conscious Catalyst.


"A Gift from Parents to Teen, You are Unique!"

SHOW GUEST: Keith Dorscht

Think of the last important conversation you tried to have with your teen. How did it turn out? Did you argue? Were voices raised? Did it go nowhere or worse, did it end up the same place it always ends up with your teen feeling misunderstood and angry? Using the Communications Cure, Keith Dorscht provides parents with techniques that will encourage and challenge their children to consider ways they can enhance important aspects of their lives to achieve balance, self-esteem and a healthy sense of self that will carry them on into adulthood.


Encore presentation of installment 10/31/2011
"INSTANT INFLUENCE: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything-Fast!"

Guest: 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!


"Dear Caroline - Adoption, the Most Difficult Decision Two Mothers Could Ever Make"

Show Guest: Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book, Dear Caroline, is a story that captures your heart and doesn't let go; her keen insights into a mother's love will stay with you long after the last page. It brings great insight into the most difficult decision a mother will ever make on both sides of the adoption equation.

Join us as Kristy describes the weaving together of three lives, Caroline's, her birth mother, and her adoptive one, in a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don't define us, and that families aren't born, they're made.


"Defense of Selfishness: Why The Code of Self-Sacrifice is Unjust And Destructive"

SHOW GUEST: Peter Schwartz

From childhood, we're taught one central, non-controversial idea about morality: self-sacrifice is a virtue. Questioning this belief is regarded as tantamount to questioning the self-evident. "In Defense of Selfishness" refutes widespread misconceptions about the meaning of selfishness and of altruism/ Swartz disavows the mindlessness of the do-whatever-you-feel-like emotionalist, and upholds rationality as his primary virtue. He encourages pride in one's achievements and believes the best approach is eliminate the concept of sacrifice without valid reason. Join us for an insightful and lively discussion, as Peter vividly describes real-life example found in "In Defense of Selfishness", illustrating the iniquity of requiring one man to serve the needs of another. This provocative book challenges readers to re-examine the standard by which they decide what is morally right or wrong.

July 2015


"Fat-Me-Not: Weight Loss Diet of The Future"

Show Guest: Dr. Sandeep Grewal

Did you know that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Are you aware that current weight loss techniques and products in the market reflect the knowledge and research of the 1960s?

Since then, the science of obesity and weight loss has progressed in leaps and bounds, but no one tells you about it. You can't afford to miss this powerful presentation by Dr. Sandeep Grewal, co-author of Fat-Me-Not, as he brings the advances in weight-loss science from the annals of research journals to your doorstep in a simplified, easy-read, fun, and entertaining way, so anyone at any age to shed those pounds?


Encore presentation of installment 06/30/2014
"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.


"Parent Coaching with Vive:  Helping parents stay connected through difficult times"

Show Guests: Danielle Hava & Mick Kubiak

Vive’s Masters Level 1clinicians work with adolescents, young adults and their families in the homes and communities where our clients live or attend school. Their approach to helping clients involves showing up in real time in a supportive and dynamic way utilizing a Therapeutic Mentor and a Parent Coach. Join us as Hava and Kubiak describe how Vive Parent Coaches help parents manage anxiety and offer alternative solutions in the moment when challenges arise, and the added value the dual relationships bring in helping to foster a positive dialogue for both child and parent.

June 2015


"Lost in Life: Can Juvenile Who Commit Murder Be Rehabilitated?"

Show Guest: Special Guest: Sean Ahshee Taylor

The Huffington Post states, "These stories of children who murder, told by the men they have become, make Lost for Life one of the most gripping documentaries of the year (2013). Sean Ahshee Taylor, one of the four men featured in Lost in Life, is a prime example of a gang member who was sentenced to life for a drive-by shooting that killed a rival gang member. During his 22 years in prison, he turned his life around so completely, he was eventually given an early release by the outgoing, Colorado Governer Bill Ritter Jr. because of his extraordinary work mentoring other inmates. Don't miss this gripping interview that answers the question, can juveniles who commit murder can be rehabilitate.


"Great Myths Of Child Development"

Show Guest: Dr. Stephen Hupp

Great Myths of Child Development reveals the latest evidence-based science behind the myths and misconceptions about the developing child. It shatters the most commonly-held child development myths and reveals the science behind such topical issues as twin-telepathy, sex-prediction, and imaginary friends. Enjoy a lively discussion as Great Myths covers hot-button issues like childhood vaccines, spankings, "time-outs," and breastfeeding of older children; and numerous pop and examples drawn from popular TV shows and movies.


"Pacific Quest - Horticulture Therapy, Cultivating Change!" 

Show Guest: Dr. Lorraine Freedle 

The therapeutic response to nature is a result of thousands of years of human evolution. Prior to the institutionalization of mental health services, issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma were ameliorated through simple tasks of daily living. Back to the earth "Horticultural Therapy" at Pacific Quest takes the approach of placing students in caregiving roles, and the results gained in an experiential environment that is both growth-focused and life-affirming. The gardens offer a living example of what growth looks like, creating a culture where words and actions are matched, leaving students with empowering life skills that are transferable beyond the garden.


"Teens Speak Out: Just because you live in South-Central Los Angeles doesn't mean you can't be empowered"

Show Guests: SEA Students & Paul Palsa

Tune in as students from the Student Empowerment Academy (SEA) join our hosts live in the studio to discuss SEA's educational contribution to the Los Angeles Unified school District (LAUSD) South-Central Los Angeles Region that is turning out a high percentage of 1st generation college bound students. An exciting part of the show zeros in on the fact that when you encouraging strong thought leaders you can expect the system to be challenged. SEA student-leaders did just that as they staged a school-wide protest April 29-May 5.. The outcome demonstrates the cores values the Academy in instilling empowerment and leadership in their students.


"Democracy's Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities" 

Show Guest: Harry C. Boyte 

According to Harry Boyte, today Americans feel powerless in the face of problems on every front. Such feelings are acute in higher education, where educators are experiencing an avalanche of changes and college graduates are face mounting debt and uncertain job prospects. Higher education is increasingly seen as a ticket to individual success-a private good, not a public one. Don't miss this important discussion as Harry C. Boyte challenges educators and their partners to claim their power to change and the urgent need to address today's educational challenges, as well as other critical social issues.

May 2015


"Aegis Training: Crisis Intervention: Safety First For Staff And Patients" 

Show Guest: Matt Smith 

In terms of safety and the economics of liability, Matt Smith, the founder of Aegis Training Solutions, describes to our audience the significance of safely managing out of control and resistant behaviors. Matt shares with our audience documented successes from hundreds of incident reports that left him with the understanding of what "hard skills" are needed to de-escalate an out of control situation.


"Parenting on Purpose: Menu for Raising Children in Today's Society" 

Show Guest: Deborah Tillman 

Deborah L. Tillman took seven horrific child-care experiences and turned them into her life's mission of leading the next generation in education, morals, values, self-esteem, and self-determination. America's SuperNanny on Lifetime Television, Deborah across the country htravels elping parents come together, get it together, and stay together. Her explosive new parenting book Parenting on Purpose: Menu for Raising Children in Today's Society covers educational and informational material on bringing up children aged between 2 and 21. It covers everything a parent needs to raise their children the successful way so that they grow up to be amazing human beings and live their own unique purpose.


"Children Of The Night: Rescuing America's Children From Prostitution"

Show Guest: Dr. Lois Lee

The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. The hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from vile, dominating pimps and provides free taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America's child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in our home. The home features an on-site school and college placement program.

Youth who may be subjected to this situation can come from any level of society, so don't miss learning about how WOW connects social and medical services, volunteer lawyers, physicians, psychiatrists and other professionals nationwide to provide specialized services sometimes required to permanently remove people from life on the street.


"Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media's Effect on Children, and What To Do About It" 

Show Guest: Billl Ratner 

Children are a major target of today's media marketers. So, in middle-age, Bill Ratner went back to college and pioneered a program in the Los Angeles public schools to educate children about the major purpose of TV and the internet-to sell. In his new book, "Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media's Effect on Children, and What To Do About It". This book is a valuable guide for parents on how to view, teach, and control today's new media and technology available to children.

April 2015


"Addressing the Health and Well-Being of the Parents of Children with Autism"

Show Guest: Dr. Darren Sush

Parents of children with autism constantly search for methods to help their children and families in any way possible. According to Dr. Darren Sush, the stress, heightened responsibilities, tasks, and concerns about the manner in which they are raising their childrencan result in overwhelming anxiety, depression, self-doubt and sadness. Join us as we dive into a topic that gives answers to how parents and caretakers of children with autism can significantly benefit from the guidance, comfort and empathy of therapeutic services that support their unique experiences and struggles.


"Trace Amounts: Mercury and Its Role in the Autism Epidemic"

Show Guest: Eric Gladen & Shiloh Levine 

Trace Amounts tells the true story of filmmaker Eric Gladen's journey coping with the neurological effects of mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a vaccine shot that contained the mercury- based preservative thimerosal. Examine the evidence with our guests as Trace Amounts offers explosive commentary from a current CDC senior scientist who shares his thoughts on the CDC's awareness of the link between thimerosal and the neurological damage it causes including a link to autism that has created a health crisis in the U.S. over the last eight decades.


"Why Good Kids Turn into Deadly Terrorists"

Show Guest: Dr. Alice LoCiero

The shock of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings was soon followed by a revelation that two apparently unremarkable young brothers; both well-liked immigrants and longtime U.S. residents-had allegedly triggered the bombs. Dr. Alice LoCiero's new book,Why Good Kids Turn into Deadly Terrorists, examines not only the lives, motivations, and key influences of these infamous brothers, it also fosters understanding of how older terrorists recruit vulnerable adolescents, how we can disrupt their tactics, and ways to involve the whole community to prevent future tragedies.


"Taming Your Outer Child: the Self-Sabotaging,Bungling, 
and Impulsive Part of Your Personality"

Show Guest: Dr. Susan Anderson

Chances are, you've already had run-ins with your Outer Child - the self-sabotaging, bungling, and impulsive part of your personality that blows your diet, overspends, and ruins your love life. Your Outer Child acts out and goes for immediate gratification and the quick fix in spite of your best-laid plans. Susan Anderson's new book, Tame Your Outer Child, give all of us action steps that act like physical therapy for the brain - calms your Inner Child, strengthens your Adult Self, releases you from the self-blame and shame at the root of Outer Child issues, and paves new neural pathways that can lead to more productive behavior. The result is happiness, fulfillment, self-mastery, and self-love.

March 2015


Encore presentation of installment 07/08/2013
"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.


"CASCADE FALLS - What Does The American Dream Mean Anymore?" 

Show Guest: Bruce Ferber 

Cascade Falls explores the failed promise of the American Dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In Cascade Falls, Bruce Farber's tragicomic follow up to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, he asks the question: "How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?" 
Don't miss a mind-bending show that exposes the desperate price paid for grudgingly moving through the paces, settling for less than our dreams, and sacrificing who we are for how and where we live.


"High Quality Public Schools for All Students" 

Show Guest: Jose J. Cole-Gutierrez 

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest school district authorizer of charter schools in the country. According to Jose Cole-Gutierrez, LAUSD's Director of the Charter Schools Division, charter public schools provide families with important quality choices to meet their children's needs. However, there are still too many students in both traditional and charter public schools who don't graduate and too few students academically prepared to succeed. Cole-Gutierrez also serves on the Board of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), and along with a broad coalition of school operators, lawmakers, funders and others, NACSA's vision is to lead the way in closing failing charter schools and opening many more excellent ones, so that one million more children the chance to attend a great school that will prepare them for success throughout their lives.


Ruby - The Ugliest Human Behavior has No Power To Quash The Human Spirit 

Show Guest: Cynthia Bond 

Cynthia Bond's breathtaking prose in Ruby is a radical assertion that the ugliest human behavior has no power to quash the spirit of a great writer. In piercingly lovely prose, Cynthia Bond's Ruby, Oprah's latest Book Club 2.0 pick, tells a deeply unsettling story of the horrors of abuse and human trafficking millions of women around the globe have and continue to endure. As Bond tells it, she weaves past with present, asking readers to confront Ruby's exquisitely painful memories and persevere her efforts to reach out to a new life.


The Latest On Collaborative Family Law Practice 

Show Guest: Gerry Maggio 

According to Gerry Maggio, there are attorneys who adopt a one-size-fits-all, scorched-earth approach to divorce cases that amounts to being overly-aggressive when many cases do not justify such an approach. Maggio believes that, although aggressive representation is sometimes necessary, protecting a client's interest may be better served by achieving a non-adversarial environment. Join us as he shares his successes in helping couples achieve outcomes that both parties can live, while also promoting the interests of their children and establishing cooperative parenting for the future.

February 2015


"Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle and the Journey Home" 

Show Guest: Brad Reedy 

According to Brad Reedy, Co-Founder of Evoke Therapy Programs, healthy parenting leads to a healthy life for the whole family, and his new book, The Journey of the Heroic Parent,teaches readers how to find peace and security in their skills as a parent, and even if they think they've made mistakes and failed, they still have the power to be a great parent. Join us for a up-close and 'very' real discussion as we explore how children and their parents can experience positive interactions based on sound actions and principals they can apply every day to their lives.


"Love Cycles, My Ability to be Me and Still Stay Connected to You" 

Show Guest: Linda Carroll 

The notions that passion always peters out, that there's a "seven-year itch," and that the honeymoon is over as soon reality sets in have some truth to them. But, Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love promises that long-term, wholehearted love is still possible. Author and veteran couples therapist Linda Carroll explains that love is cyclical and comprised of five distinct stages: the Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, Decision, and "Wholehearted Loving". Join us as Carroll describes how love's more challenging stages are part of genuine intimacy, rather than signs of its demise.


"How Balanced is Your Life?" 

Show Guest: Dr. Marissa Pei 

Are you tired? Are you tired of being tired? Are you hoping for the Happily Ever After? Dr. Marissa Pei believes that if you nodded to any of the above questions, you are not alone. Statistics show that even though we are living at higher rates of affluence than we were decades ago, Americans (and other "first world" countries) are at our highest rates of Life Dissatisfaction...what I call the Dis-Ease or Unhappiness with Life.Tune and step up to Dr. Marissa's Life Balance Bar and order a lemonade ... No...she's not trying to make you drink the Kool-Aid, but she can help you make a refreshing menu out of life's lemons.


"Eye to Eye, Connect and Engage in Effective, Joyful Parenting" 

SHOW GUEST: Dr. Gloria Walther 

As the title suggests, Dr. Gloria Walther's new book, Eye to Eye, advocates the benefits of respectfully interacting with children at their own level, both physically and emotionally, by viewing situations in terms of their young perceptions. Parents can refer to the Eye to Eye for guidance to constructively modify immediate behavior problems. You will not want to miss this discussion, as Walther illustrates her methods by sharing actual stories from her preschool work that successfully (and often humorously) convey the undesirable behavior or emotional struggles of the child, the methodical response from the adult and the thought process that leads the children to improved behavior.

January 2015


"What Does It Take to Get Our Children to Read: Perhaps a Captivating Novel Like the Pillars of Fire!"

Show Guest: Laurice Molinari

According to the Huffington Post, in some cities, illiteracy among 4th and 8th graders is as high as 73 percent. This sad state of affairs will never improve until students develop a love for reading. Until they begin to read solely for pleasure. Our guest, Laurice Molinari author of Pillars of Fire and the best-selling book and movie, My Girl, providing books that pique their interest can be the beginning of a lifelong interest in reading. She states, "The only reward our children need to get them to read is to give them a book they will love. Hopefully, a book with a story, such as Pillars of Fire, that continues, where they can look forward to the next installment."


Encore presentation of installment 01/20/2014
"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.


"An Upward Spiral: A Developmental Approach to Parenting Your Teen"

Show Guest: Rick Johnson

My child is on a downward spiral! According to Rick Johnson, co-founder of Summit Preparatory School and author of An Upward Spiral, this is a common response by many parents when they see troublesome behavior in their teen. They worry that this means their teen is becoming psychologically unstable. An Upward Spiral is written to parents, and explains what is going on developmentally for their teen. It allows parents to recognize that their child is not on a downward spiral, but instead is at the cusp of developing a new level of maturity.


Parenting with a Story: Real-Life Lessons in Character for Parents and Children to Share 

SHOW GUEST: Paul Smith 

Tell a young person what to do-play fair, be yourself, stick to the task at hand-and most will tune you out. But show them how choices and consequences play out in the real world, with real people, and the impact will be far more profound. 

Parenting with a Story gathers 101 narratives from people around the world and from all walks of life, reflecting unexpected moments of clarity about who they are and how they should treat others. Don't miss this powerful interview in which Paul explains how stories help shape who we are and who we aspire to become. Share these stories, discuss them, and watch your child grow into the adult you'll be proud of.

December 2014


Encore presentation of installment 08/18/2014
"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!


"Football Safety and Its Impact on Youth Sports"

SHOW GUEST: Steve Wright

Football is one of the most popular sports played by young athletes. Unfortunately, its popularity sometimes comes with a price. In 2012, over 900,000 young athletes under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and clinics for football-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Former NFL lineman Steve Wright believes that improved safer football equipment must be developed to keep up with the bigger, faster and stronger players of today. Tune in as Steve and our host, Marvin Smith, tackles this controversial issue that affects every level of the sport, starting with the NFL and moving all the way down to junior leagues.


"BEYOND ADDICTION - Part 2 How Science and Kindness Help People Change" 

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

Addiction impacts 1 in 4 families in the United States. Yet when parents, children, spouses, friends, grandparents and significant others search for ways to help their struggling loved ones, traditional wisdom often tells them that they can't. Beyond Addiction, is a powerful new book that offers an alternative eschews the theatrics of interventions and tough love. Join our listeners for the next installment of this exciting new therapeutic approach, learning about the practices what really work in therapy and in everyday life. Also, discover many different treatment options along with tips for navigating the system.


"FAREWELL, ALEPPO - Syria Of The Past When Jews, Muslims & Christians Lived In Peace"

SHOW GUEST: Claudette Sutton

When we hear the word Syria, we think perpetual civil war, ISIS, and a death toll nearing a quarter million. Most of us aren't aware of the Syria described in journalist Claudette Sutton's new memoir, Farewell Aleppo, which explores Syria in her father's day, just prior to World War II, a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived side by side as they had for centuries, attending school together, living and practicing what they believed. At the heart of Claudette's book are values passed down from her elders that could help recreate that peaceful existence once again, embracing the commonalities we all share, while simultaneously preserving the history, resilience and legacy of her family.


"Literary Thrillers: Building Empathy, as well as Suspense" 

SHOW GUEST: Dennis Palumbo 

Researchers at The New School in New York City have found evidence that literary fiction improves a reader's capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling. Dennis Palumbo's novels weaving together of his clinical training at a psychiatric facility and his current experience in private practice treating the Hollywood elite. His popular series of mystery thrillers include: Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors and his recently released Phantom Limb. Join us for a memorable interview with Dennis Palumbro and learn why so much of the population enjoys thrillers, and how to identify the those that do us harm and ones that are beneficial to the human psyche.

November 2014


"Second Chances For Young Offenders & The Documentary: Lost In Life" 

SHOW GUESTS: Hassan Latif & Sean Ahshee Taylor 

Second Chance Center, located in Denver Colorado, is implementing different approaches to the criminal conduct-driven young people and their unique needs and circumstances. In Hassan Latif's book, Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison, he describes the steps designed to impact this uniquely challenging population. Our other special guest, Sean Ahshee Taylor discusses the documentary in which he was featured, called "Lost for Life". This outstanding film explores whether juveniles who commit murder can be rehabilitated. The film is available on iTunes.


"It's About Time! Transforming Chaos Into Calm, A To Z"

Show Guest: Mitzi Weinman

Mitzi Weinman takes the complexities of figuring out how to get things done to a new level. Her philosophy is simple: When you maximize your most valuable resource - time - you stay focused on your personal and professional priorities, This fresh approach dissolves the myth that you can manage time. Managing time is an impossible task, but we can manage ourselves and how we approach situations that arise throughout your day. We invite our listeners to "get back on track", as Mitzi helps all of us re-evaluate our approaches to work and life, with suggested actions that produce positive results that will impact each and every day.


"Wild Creative: Igniting Your Passion and Potential in Work, Home and Life"

Show Guest: Tami Lynn Kent

In Wild Creative, Tami Lynn Kent, award-winning author of Wild Feminine, shows you how to tap into your creative center. Tami reveals that the energy framework of the human body is a creative interface between physical form and spirit. By understanding our own creative currency, we can realigning the creative field, transform our use of creative energy and changing the shape of our lives.


Encore presentation of installment 10/29/2012
"Getting and KEEPING Kids Sober, Healthy and Happy"

Show 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.

October 2014


Champions, Defending Children's Rights In Adult Court

Show Guest: Kim Dvorchak

According to the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington DC, as many as 250,000 youth annually are prosecuted as adults. Research suggests that the prosecution of children as adults does little to deter crime or reduce recidivism among youthful offenders.  In Colorado, Kim Dvorchak, the executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC), said that since these new laws have taken affect, the number of young people put directly into the adult system in Colorado has dropped by nearly 85 percent and that the rate of adult jailing of minors has fallen by 92 percent, with no increase in juvenile crime. Join us to explore the issues and learn about a powerful movement that is spreading across the nation thanks to the hard work of organizations such as the CJDC .


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.


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.

September 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!


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.


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..

August 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!


"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!


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.


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.

July 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.


"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.

June 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.


"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.


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!


"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!


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.

May 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!


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!


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!

April 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.


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!


"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.

March 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!


"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.


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.  Bulliedwon a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom's Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, which is the highest honor offered.


"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 CodeHappy 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.


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?"

February 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..


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.


"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.


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.

January 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.


"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.


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.


"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.

December 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.;


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!


"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.


"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!


"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!

November 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!


"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.


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!"


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.

October 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.


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.


"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!


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.

September 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.


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.


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!


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.

August 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."


"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.


"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.


"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.  Bulliedwon a National Parenting Publication Award and a Mom's Choice Award, both at the gold medal level, which is the highest honor offered.

July 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.


"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?


"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.


"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.

June 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.


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 foundedThe 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.


"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.


"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!

May 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.


"CARRY ON, WARRIOR: Thoughts On Life Unarmed"

Guest: 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


"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.


"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.

April 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.


"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


"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.


"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.


"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!

March 2013


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

Guest: 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

February 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.


"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.


"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.


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

Guest: 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.

January 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!


"Where is Ben Franklin When We Really Need Him? "  

Guest: 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?


"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.


"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.

December 2012


"So Good They Can't Ignore You"

Guest: 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 theWashington Post and Wall Street Journal.


"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.


"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, andJournal 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 andJournal of Counseling Psychology.

November 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.


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.



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 Seriesand contributor on


"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.

October 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.


"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.


"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 calledBrainetics, 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.


"The Birchcreek Secret To Total Health"

Guests: 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.


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.

September 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


"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


"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.


"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.

August 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

July 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.


"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 bookHow to Be a Good Divorce Dad.


"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 andValues Shift, Izzo shows businesses how to create an engaging, positive workplace environment.


"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, 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


"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.

June 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'sBBC 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.


"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 DayTwins Magazine, The Martha's Vineyard GazetteMom 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.


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.


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™.

May 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

April 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


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

March 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.


"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 discussYellowstone 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.


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

Guest:  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.

February 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".


"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.


"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.


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.

January 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

December 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

November 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.


"Unconditional Love Will Transform Your Way of Thinking"

Guest: 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.


"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.


"Coach Your Family to Win - Setting Intentions Instead of Goals"

Guest: 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.

October 2011


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

Guest: 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!


"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.


"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.


"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.


"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!

September 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.


"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.


"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.


"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.

August 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.


"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.


"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.


"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!

July 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.


"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.


"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.


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.

June 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.


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.


"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.

May 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.


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.


"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!


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.

April 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.


"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.


"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.

March 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.


"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.


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.


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!

February 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!


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.


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”!


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".

January 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.


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!


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!


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.


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!

December 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.


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.


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.

November 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..


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!


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.


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!


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.

October 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."


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.


"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.


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

Special GuestPaula 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.

September 2010


Keepers of the Children: Native American Wisdom and Parenting.

Special Guest: Laura RamirezPsychologist 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!


“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.


"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.


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.

August 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.


"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.


"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..


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.

July 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.


"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!


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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.


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.


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.


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.

May 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.


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.


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"


"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.

April 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.


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.


"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"

March 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.


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.


"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.


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.


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.

February 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.


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.


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.


"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.

January 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.


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.


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.


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.

December 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.


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.


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.


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.

November 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

October 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.


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!


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.


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.


"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.

September 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.


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!


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!


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.

August 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

Co-HostLogan 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!


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.


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.


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.


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

Special GuestBlaise 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.

July 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…


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…


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.


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.


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.

June 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.


How to discipline your Kids without yelling spanking, nagging, or time outs!?
Special Guest: Special GuestsRick & 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".


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.


"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.


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.

May 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”.


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!


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.


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.

April 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 leaderDave Munoz discuss school violence in America.
Rick Phillips is founder of "Community Matters" and is the leadauthor 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.


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!


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!


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.

March 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.


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.


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.


Guests Shawn Brooks, Heather Green LCSW and Steve Schultzdiscussing the rise of teenage porn addiction and the positive outcomes for adolescents in residential treatment.


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.

February 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.


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!


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.


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!

January 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.


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.


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.


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!

December 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.


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!


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.


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!


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!

November 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!


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!


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.


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!

October 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!


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!


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.

September 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!


Teens in crisis all face very different situations, each case takes special care to decide the next step of action. Douglas Bodin andKevin 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.


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.


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.


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.

August 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!


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.


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.


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

July 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.


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.


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!