Monthly Archives: December 2013

Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Wendy L. Patrick

Wendy L. Patrick

Wendy Patrick, Deputy District Attorney

Wendy Patrick is the Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego County District Attorney’s office and the National Chief Instructor and Director of Sex Crimes Training Operations for the National Law Center for Children and Families.  She is dedicated to training attorneys and law enforcement on the methodology utilized by sexual predators and stalkers.  She is the San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, recently named as one of the top ten criminal attorneys in the city by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Of her 135 completed trials, 86 were criminal jury trials including stalking, sex crimes, torture, and first-degree murder.  She is the chair of the County Bar Association’s ethics committee and an accomplished public speaker on the topic of ethics both nationally and internationally.

Liv Larsson

Liv Larsson

Liv Larsson, Author of Anger, Guilt, and Shame – Reclaiming Power and Choice

Liv Larsson, is a CNVC-certified trainer and passionate mediator. Based in Sweden, she has worked internationally, sharing leadership, communication and mediation skills for the last 20 years. Her special interest is in seeing mediation in the context of social change towards more life-serving structures. She has written 12 books on NVC including two for children.

Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Monday December 30th, 2013

Dr. Andrea Brandt

Dr. Andrea Brandt

10:11am PST – Dr. Andrea Brandt, Psychotherapist, Speaker and Author

Dr. Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, M.F.T, brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the role of psychotherapist, speaker, and author.  She is a recognized expert in treating a full range of emotional issues, including anger, aggression, anxiety, aging, relationships, work-life balance, workplace, and women’s issues.

Dr. Brandt has worked with a broad spectrum of people in extreme situations from all walks of life.  In addition to being skilled in numerous orientations, methodologies, interventions and treatment plans, she is also trained in somatic approaches that heighten awareness and intuition.  In her workshops, patient sessions and presentations, Dr. Brandt reveals positive paths to emotional health that teaches people how to reinvent and empower themselves.  She emphasizes the mind-body-heart connection as a key to mental, physical and emotional wellness. Within her practice and beyond, she helps bring joy, understanding and enthusiasm into all aspects of her patients’ lives.

Upon pioneering a new approach to emotional healing, she directed her attention to the study of anger and aggression.  In her book 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness (October 2013), she examines strategies for overcoming a common yet debilitating response mechanism.  In her second book, Mindful Anger: Unlocking the Lessons of a Key Emotion (Spring 2014), she explores methods to better understand and manage the powerful emotion of anger.

As a featured media authority, Dr. Brandt has been interviewed by national, regional and local news media that have included Larry King Live, The Michael Jackson Radio Show, The Love Connection,, Los Angeles Times, and Parenting Magazine, among many others.

Dr. Brandt earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Goddard University, and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Psychology from Pacific Western University. Her doctoral dissertation, “An Exploratory Study of the Role of the Father in the Daughter’s Development and Her Ability to Have Healthy Adult Relationships” investigated the complex effects of the father’s role on the daughter’s emotional development. Most recently she completed training with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Training Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Brandt lives with her husband of 20 years in Santa Monica, California.  For more information, visit




Matthew and Staci Bergemann11:42am PST – Matthew and Staci Bergemann

US Marine Corp Iraqi Veteran and his wife are on the show today to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how families can cope.


Today on The Marilu Henner Show – Monday December 23rd, 2013

Ike Lassater

Ike Lassater

10:42am PST – Ike Lasater

Ike Lasater is a recovering trial attorney who was for 20 years the co-founder of a thriving San Francisco law firm. In 2002, Ike and his friend John Kinyon made a peacemaking journey to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The trip forged a remarkable period of collaboration between Ike and John, and eventually produced the Mediate Your Life training program. The two men spent over a decade developing their unique mediation method, which combines conflict resolution techniques with the science of habit formation and the human stress response. Ike has taught thousands of individuals in the U.S., in Europe, in South Korea, in New Zealand and Australia. In 2012, he relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, to oversee his growing business and to live in the same city as two of his three grown children and his grandchildren. A prolific writer, Ike will see the publication early next year of Volume 1 in his “Mediate Your Life” book series. Ike is also the author, with Julie Stiles, ofWords That Work in Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace.


Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

11:39 am PST – Jasmin Singer, Our Hen House Executive Director & Mariann Sullivan, President of Our Hen House

Jasmin Singer (Our Hen House Executive Director) is a writer and activist living in New York City. In addition to her work for Our Hen House, which she co-founded in January 2010, Jasmin is a contributing writer for VegNews Magazine, and was named by VegNews as one of twenty standout stars of the animal rights movement. She has written for numerous magazines and dozens of blogs, and recently wrote a chapter in the anthologyDefiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat [Lantern, 2013]. Jasmin has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, HuffPo Live, and can be seen in the documentaries Vegucated(for which she was also the Creative Consultant) and The Ghosts in Our Machine. From 2007-2010, she was the campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary. Her workshops have been presented at conferences, universities, law schools, and VegFests around the globe. Jasmin has been featured in media outlets such as CNN,Freakonomics, The Atlantic, and the New York Observer. Prior to her animal activist career,Jasmin was an actor-educator with an AIDS-awareness theatre company. As an actor, she has also performed in (and produced) the show Mortified, and was last seen on stage in the lead role of Exhibit This at the NYC Midtown International Fringe Festival.

Mariann Sullivan (Our Hen House Board President and Program Director) is a lawyer and an adjunct professor of animal law at NYU Law School, Cardozo Law School and Columbia Law School. She found her way into animal law through the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the New York City Bar Association and eventually served as chair of that committee. She is also the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee. With David Wolfson, she is the author of a trilogy of articles on farmed animals and the law: “Foxes in the Henhouse: Animals Agribusiness and the Law, A Modern American Fable” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions; “What’s Good for the Goose… The Supreme Court of Israel, Foie Gras, and the Future of Farmed Animals in the United States,” in the 2007 volume of the Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems; and “If it Looks Like a Duck: New Jersey, The Regulation of Common Farming Practices, and the Meaning of ‘Humane,’” in Animal Law and the Courts. Mariann is also the author of “The Animal Welfare Act: What’s That?” which was published in the New York State Bar Association Journal. She has spoken at various conferences and animal law related events throughout the country, as well as Animal Rights Africa’s Animal Law Review Consultation Workshop in Johannesburg. Mariann has served on the board of directors of Farm Sanctuary and The Animals Agenda, and currently serves on the board of Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Welfare Advocacy. She was a visiting professor of animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies in the Fall 2012 semester, and is a former adjunct professor of animal law at Brooklyn Law School. Email her at

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CNN Entertainment: REO Speedwagon cancels SeaWorld gig because of ‘Blackfish’ backlash

131216074031-01-mcbride-1216-horizontal-gallery(CNN) — Add REO Speedwagon to the list of musical acts canceling SeaWorld shows because of the documentary “Blackfish.”

“Due to concerns regarding our February 16 appearance at SeaWorld, we have chosen to cancel the performance,” the rock band said on its Facebook page on Friday.

A promoter could put together a great concert series with the acts who have canceled SeaWorld shows in the past several weeks, including Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Heart and Barenaked Ladies.

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VegNews: Elementary School Cancels SeaWorld Field Trip

childrenStudents and parents of Point Dume Marince Science Elementary school say “no” to another field trip to SeaWorld.

SeaWorld continues to experience a decline in business as the documentary Blackfish sways public opinion of the animal entertainment theme park. Recently, numerous bands, ranging from country legend Willie Nelson to female-fronted rock group Heart, nixed their upcoming gigs at SeaWorld, and now an elementary school in Malibu has cancelled its annual field trip there. Rebecca Johnson, the principal at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School told CNN that the students’ parents convinced the school to cancel its trip, but the news source also notes that one particular student, 10-year-old Kirra Kotler, also played a significant role in the school’s change of heart. Kotler saw Blackfish and was adamant about sharing it with her friends and insisting that the school plan a different location for this year’s field trip. She’s very shy,” Kirby’s father told CNN. “But she finally found her voice.”

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GlamSlam: Top 5 Style Trends For 2014 (Glam Slam)

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Miley Cyrus dominated the headlines this year for everything from her Twerk-tastic performance at the VMAs to her risqué fashion choices. Was Miley’s style on-trend or just plain ol’ outrageous?

Leslie Fremer, who has worked with Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon, weighs in on the style trends of the year and what we can expect for 2014.

Leslie was named The Most Powerful Stylist by The Hollywood Reporter and let me tell you, she knows what she’s talking about. She teamed up with and its 100 million users compile a list of what’s hot and not as we head into the New Year and she’s sharing this awesome fashion forecast with Glam Slam readers.

The Top Five Style Trends Going Into 2014:

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HuffPost: 6 Unexpected Reasons Why You’re Angry

1. You Snacked on Microwave Popcorn


No matter what’s irking you—your partner’s tap-tap-tapping foot, a snarky comment, a printer jam—the wrong type of popcorn may play a role in turning annoyance into full-blown rage. Other culprits can include frozen pizza, crackers, canned frosting, coffee creamer…or anything else that contains high levels of trans-fatty acids (partially hydrogenated oils— see this list). There’s a strong association between anger issues and the consumption of trans fats, claim researchers at the University of California at San Diego, who surveyed people’s eating habits and moods. The theory is that trans fats may inhibit absorption of healthy omega-3 fats, which are known for tamping down hostile behaviors and making us feel calmer.

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Shut It Down: A Digital-Detox Plan for the Holidays

155298661Two Thanksgivings ago, I turned off my phone — for five days. My social life and academic deadlines were stressing me out, and I decided to reboot. I’m the kind of person who considers her phone an extension of her hand, so losing text and e-mail was a bit like having an adult time-out. I felt phantom buzzes. I dreamed about my friends cutting me off forever for not responding to their messages. But in the end, I felt refreshed (and very popular) when I turned my phone back on and saw dozens of texts and e-mails from people who apparently missed me.

While I finished my college thesis, I set a blocker that kept me off social-media sites for eight hours. And once I even asked a friend to change my password when I went through a breakup and didn’t want to see what my ex was doing on Facebook.

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ABC News: Hottest Deals on 5 Most Searched Items for Christmas

ABC News’ Becky Worley reports:

I’ve analyzed search data, Twitter trends and what’s gotten your attention in the mall. Here’s my hot list on how to find what’s scarce, and how to find a deal on those must-have gifts:

1) Gadgets

– iPhone 5c: Normally $99, but starting Sunday, it’s $30 at Target and you get a $30 gift card. But if you need it right now, it’s $50 with a $50 Target gift card. (Fine print: In-Store only offer thru 12/21/13. Price requires new or eligible renewal 2-year Verizon wireless voice agreement.)

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UpWorthy: 2 People Described The Same Person To A Forensic Artist And This Is What Happened

Your self-confidence shouldn’t be dependent on how attractive other people find you, but … because I know I would have reacted the same way if I’d been part of this project, I’ll get down off my high horse just long enough to say, “Ladies, we really need to stop being so hard on ourselves!”

Chances are, you’ll take a second look in the mirror after you watch this. Or maybe you’ll just ditch your mirror altogether. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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