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Bonnie Bruckheimer began her cinematic career at Columbia Pictures and became known as one of Hollywood’s most successful producers. In 1985 she formed All Girl Productions, with partner Bette Midler, and made her debut as a film producer on Beaches. She is known for her work on Big Business, Hocus Pocus, Beaches, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to name a few. She has worked with some of the best in Hollywood and has been nominated for two Emmys. She is currently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she teaches. She has also been a long-time volunteer and grief counselor at Our House and is the mother two.  When I asked Bonnie if it took luck to succeed in show business this is only a part of what she believes it takes..."there is definitely a bit of being in the right place at the right time, but it’s much more about hard work and determination and deciding it’s something you want to do and nothing’s going to be able to stop you, and I tell my students now that if you are not passionate and you don’t have the feeling that you’ll die if you don’t get to do this, you won’t get to do it. Success is about determination."  Bonnie is full of insight and wisdom.  I hope you will join us for this weeks interview.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Peter S. Cohan is a millionaire with poet’s heart.  He has very insightful ideas and is the kind of person who continues to question things.  For instance, he questions how money and the pursuit of money can be a futile kind of activity and that success may just be controlling how we spend our time.  In our interview Peter discusses what standing still will get you.  He says, “Don’t be afraid to act, because you’re not going to get it right the first time. Just make your best shot. Have enough confidence to accept the fact that your first try might not work. Your second try might not work. But also be intellectually curious enough to want to learn the lessons from what worked and what didn’t work and apply them and try again. And you’ll get closer and closer.”  Those insights and many more are a part of this interesting interview that will not only keep you thinking but encourage you to move forward.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

Dr. Jill Suttie is a writer, researcher, and book review editor for the Greater Good Science Center.  She writes about research on psychological and social wellbeing--in particular, research on altruism, compassion, resilience, happiness, awe and empathy.  In this episode we discuss her articles about the latest findings by neuroscientists and researchers that are "discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of it's real emotional and social power." "Music impacts us in ways that other sounds don't, and for years now, scientists have been wondering why."  Please join us for those answers and an interesting discussion about how and why music makes us feel better and even heal. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Joe Kowan believes that saving up "little pieces of advice" has helped him to not only help himself but many others.  He has learned that doing something unexpected with your life, staying off the beaten path or simply taking care of others have been only some of the nuggets worth saving.  Joe has some serious stage fright and still managed to complete a  TedTalk that has gone on to resonate with millions.  He has that innate ability to inspire others.  We hope you will tune in and see if Joe will inspire you to try something again that you may have otherwise given up on.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

William D. Cohan does not take anything at face value.  If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes on Wall Street or in major Universities then you will want to listen to his interview.  Heis a business writer with a solid pedigree, and a former high-level investment banker on Wall Street who has written four New York Times best-selling nonfiction narratives about Wall Street. They are: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, The Last Tycoons and The Price of Silence.  He doesn't shy away from scandal and isn't afraid to speak up. He is also a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a columnist for the DealBook section of the New York Times. He writes for the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Atlantic, the Nation, and Fortune, to name a few. He also appears regularly on MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and the BBC TV. He has been a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, and too many numerous others to mention, and now he's here to join us.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

Vanessa Van Edwards believes that the primary purpose of her business is to help people.  She runs an organization called the Science of People.  Their organization takes all of the latest research that has come out of academic institutions and peer-reviewed journals and turns it into applicable tips.  She calls it "science-based self-help."  Vanessa is the lead investigator at Science of People, a human-behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author who wrote Human Lie Detection and Body Language 101.  Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week, and USA Today.  She has written for CNN, Fast Company, and Forbes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

Jordan Harbinger is a lawyer-turned-social-dynamics expert who is the owner and cofounder of the Art of Charm, which is a dating and relationships coaching company. He is also the co-host of the lifestyle and entrepreneur podcast called The Art of Charm and the co-host of Game On, a Sirius XM Satellite Radio talk show devoted to the art of meeting and attracting women.  Jordan is one of the most sought-after relationship coaches and social-dynamics experts and we have him here for you today for a lively and fun discussion that is filled with information you can use. I know that some people cringe a little when they hear about the newest "self-help" trends promising a deeper authenticity in relationships.  But, this is exactly what our guest, Jordan Harbinger does, and reviews concur that he does it quite remarkably, in fact.  Jordan is about teaching men how to create relationships and learning networking skills that focus on the longer term becoming more authentic in the process.  What about you?  Are you interested in any of these things?  We hope so because you have a front row seat.  Please join us.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

Have you ever seen someone dance like a warrior and you could not take your eyes off of them?  Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant is such a woman.  This woman is also someone you may not be able to "take your ears" off of.  She is poignant and noted as one of the five Greatest Ted Talks by Indians "You Need to See" according to the Huffington Post, and, may I add, she is listed as number one.  She has earned it.  She is inspirational, funny, self deprecatingly original and thought provoking.  She is also one of India's most eminent and renowned dancers and is celebrated as one of India's leading classical dancers, choreographers, and dance scholars who is guaranteed to make you question how you think about things.  I invite you to challenge your thinking with Ananda Jayant. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

This is a two part series.  Part 2:  Monty Roberts was not only curious about horses.  When he studied at Cal Poly (almost sixty years ago) he was not only interested in animal behavior, he was interested in understanding the brain and why we do the things we do.  An advisor of his set him on a course he would ultimately return to and receive countless awards for.  Monty began working as a first responder with Veterans who had returned from war but eventually left that job because he could not stand what "these kids were going through."  However, before he left he had already taken some of the "chosen" ones down to his farm because he believed even back then that animals could teach human beings something.  Please join us to hear what Monty was taught and what he has to teach us as a result.  Please do not be fooled by thinking Monty is a one trick pony.  What he has to offer benefits everyone.    

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31pm EDT

This is a two part series.  Part 1:  Monty Roberts is known as the man who listens to horses.  He has led an extraordinary life as an internationally recognized, award-winning trainer and rider of championship horses.  In 1948 at the age of thirteen he discovered a way that horses communicate to one another.  He became convinced that what he saw that day would change how people treated, trained and communicated with horses.  Part 1 is about Monty's consistent message of non-violence and the journey he has taken to share this message with others and the hardships, obstacles and uphill battle he continues to experience even today.  In 1996 he was invited to Windsor Castle to meet with the Queen of England who was curious from the beginning about what Monty Roberts was teaching and ultimately convinced him to write one of his first best selling books that sold over 5 million copies.  That book was "The Man Who Listens to Horses."  Please join us and find out it's about way more than good horse sense.  It's good people sense.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29pm EDT