Monthly Archives: February 2013

2013 February 19, Featuring Phoebe Baker Hyde, Author of The Beauty Experiment, and Cynthia Helms, Author of An Intriguing Life

Guest: Phoebe Baker Hyde, author of The Beauty Experiment: How I skipped lipstick, ditched fashion, faced the world without concealer and learned to love the real me

Could you swear off makeup, new clothes, salon haircuts, and jewelry for an entire year? That’s exactly what author Phoebe Baker Hyde did as part of her quest to find self-acceptance. Hyde holds up a mirror to all women and shows how perfectionism can keep us from achieving what we really want: happiness, confidence, and serenity.

Phoebe Baker Hyde started her beauty experiment in 2007 while living in Hong Kong. She holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of California, Irvine. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and two children.

Guest: Cynthia Helms, author of An Intriguing Life: A Memoir of War, Washington, and Marriage to an American Spymaster

From wartime England to Nixon’s America and beyond, Cynthia Helms was witness to some of the seminal events of our time—Vietnam, Watergate, and especially the demoralization of the CIA in the 1970s for political purposes. Opening with her feminist “epiphany” in 1968 (the annus horribilus as she describes it) that led her to end her first marriage of 24 years, her memoir reveals a world where appearances always had to be questioned, where rumors and gossip carried the weight of intrigue.

Helms grew up on a farm in Maldon, England and served as one of the original Boat Crew Wrens during World War II. She came to the United States after the war with her first husband. Her later marriage to Richard Helms introduced her to a world previously known only to her in books, not just the physical world from Mexico to Fiji to Iran, but also the world of a spymaster who enjoyed the confidence of some of the most important leaders of the late twentieth century.

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2013 February 12, Featuring Dr. Harriet Lerner Author of Marriage Rules, and Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, author of Heart Book

Guest: Dr. Harriet Lerner, clinical psychologist and author of Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up

Marriage Rules offers new solutions to age-old problems (“He won’t talk”/”She doesn’t want sex”) as well as modern ones (your partner’s relationship to technology). It is packed with practical advice to help you navigate your couple relationship with clarity, courage, and joyous conviction. If one person in a couple follows ten rules of his or her choice, it will generate a major, positive change. All that’s required is a genuine wish for a better relationship and a willingness to practice.

Dr. Harriet Lerner is best known for her scholarly work on the psychology of women and family relationships, and for her many best-selling books. Feminism and family systems theory continue to inform her writing. She has dedicated her writing life to translating complex theory into accessible and useful prose, and has become one of our nation’s most trusted and respected relationship experts.

Guest: Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and author of Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. A cardiologist with a specialization in women’s heart disease, Dr. Steinbaum has dedicated her career to combating this alarming statistic, using the observation that patients who seem to be at the peak of their lives are also often at the peak of their stress levels. Dr. Steinbaum’s program helps readers shift from stress-focused and mind-centered living to heart-centered living. Covering the traditional risk factors of heart disease, she also demonstrates how emotional awareness and self-image play key roles in heart health.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum is an attending cardiologist and the Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention.

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Warm up the winter chill!


You have 18 square feet of skin on your body. It is important for your entire immune system and your well being to be touched. It’s cold out there! Snuggle up and stay warm together.

2013 February 5, Featuring Congressman Jim Himes on Gun Laws in CT, and Mary Dobson LMFT and Jessica Walther from The Center for Discovery

Guest: Congressman Jim Himes, talking about reasonable gun laws.

Congressman Himes recently praised President Obama’s signing of a number of executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence and echoed his calls for Congress to act on “common sense” reforms that will help keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. Himes is a cosponsor of numerous gun violence prevention measures and urged House Leadership to take swift action on the pending legislation President Obama recommended.

Jim Himes represents Connecticuts 4th District in the United States House of Representatives. He is currently serving in Congress and is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.

Guest: Mary Dobson, LMFT, and Jessica Walther, talking about National Eating Disorder Awareness Month and The Center for Discovery.

The Center for Discovery New England in Southport, CT is an adolescent eating disorder residential treatment program. It is dedicated solely to the treatment of adolescent females and males, ages 11 to 17. The residential treatment program is both individualized to each resident and intensive. Center for Discovery New England is exceptionally effective at understanding the destructive behaviors and underlying emotional issues of binge eating, bulimia, anorexia and other complex disordered eating. Every member of the Center for Discovery team has a deep commitment to the well-being and healing of adolescents and their families.

Mary Dobson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT.) Mary became passionate about issues pertaining to adolescent development during her time in research with the Connecticut Women’s Health Project at Yale University. Ms. Dobson is now Program Director for Center for Discovery New England. She is devoted to helping teens find their voice, and is thrilled to be a part of the talented team spearheading Center for Discovery New England.

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2013 January 29, Featuring Nikhil Goyal, Author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessement of School, and Edwin Sprague, author of the Z Factor

Guest: Nikhil Goyal, 17-year-old author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessement of School

Every nine seconds, a student drops out of school. Why? For a majority, school was not relevant to them. The education system isn’t broken – it’s doing exactly what it was intended to do so – create compliant cogs in machines. It’s outdated. It’s dangerous. And it’s suppressing millions of children around the country.

Every nine seconds, a student drops out of school. Why? For a majority, school was not relevant to them. The education system isn’t broken – it’s doing exactly what it was intended to do so – create compliant cogs in machines. It’s outdated. It’s dangerous. And it’s suppressing millions of children around the country.

Guest: Edwin Sprague, author of the Z Factor: How to Get the Life you Dream of With The Law of Extraordinary Effort

Author Edwin Sprague’s The Z Factor is a must read for the entrepreneur and established businessperson alike.  His no-nonsense approach to achieving success empowers his readers with the courage and insight necessary to turn aspirations into action and ideas into assets.

Committed to living all of his dreams, Edwin J. Sprague once accepted a $20,000 trial job offer and, in less than five years, became the corporation’s president, managing high-profile, celebrity-endorsed product distribution for direct merchandising titans QVC and American Telecast Corporation. Taking one of those little ideas we all get but don’t know what to do with, he became an award-winning inventor, selling nearly 2 million units around the globe. He also signed an NFL free-agent player’s contract with the New York Jets and fulfilled his dream to become a published author.

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2013 January 22, Featuring Teenage Food Blogger Asher Zelson, and Meg Staunton, a founder of March for Change

Guest: Asher Zelson, 14-year-old founder of the blog AsherZeats, an adventure in food!

At such a young age, Asher Zelson is already making a name for himself as a food critic with his popular and highly publicized food blog, AsherZeats. Asher’s blog is filled with mouthwatering reviews and pictures. Asher reviews anything from a hole in the wall dive, to a 5 star elegant restaurant. It doesn’t matter if it is funky or fancy, there is fine food to be found everywhere.

Check out a video of Asher’s interview here!

Guest:Meg Staunton a founder of March for Change

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Meg Stauton and Nancy Lefkowitz have founded March for Change. This group is a coalition of activists supporting the enactment of safer gun legislation in CT. This is legislation that will be sponsored by CT Against Gun Violence. March for Change is the “noise” that will support the legislative efforts of CAGV.  This noise will force our legislators to listen and take action.

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