Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 29th, 2014

The Humor Code11:39AM (PST) – Peter McGraw and Joel Warner, Authors, “The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny”

What do you get when a madcap scientist and a crackerjack writer cross the globe? You get not a punch line, but the extraordinary new book THE HUMOR CODE: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner (Simon & Schuster Hardcover, on sale 4/1/14, $26.00).

Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, THE HUMOR CODE details McGraw and Warner’s epic quest to discover the secret behind humor.

Dr. Peter McGraw, founder of the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) at the University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with award-winning journalist Joel Warner on a far-reaching search that spanned the globe, from New York to Japan, from Palestine to the Amazon. Meanwhile, the duo conducted their own experiments to test out McGraw’s “Benign Violation Theory,” which posits that humor only occurs when something seems wrong or unsettling but simultaneously appears acceptable or safe.

In their quixotic search, they questioned countless experts, from comedians such as Louis C.K. to rat-tickling researchers, and answered pressing (and not-so-pressing) questions such as, “What’s the secret to winning The New Yorker cartoon caption contest?” and “Who has the bigger funny bone—men or women, Democrats or Republicans?” As a final test, McGraw uses everything they learned to attempt stand-up—at the largest comedy festival in the world.

Equipped with little more than a scientifically validated theory about humor, Peter McGraw and Joel Warner adventure across the world to ask a deceptively simple question: What make things—jokes, cartoons, satire, stories, pratfalls—funny? The results of their experiments will forever change the way you see the world. From how we read literature and understand the appeal of certain stories, to how we process jokes and seek to construct comedy of our own, to how we use humor in our working lives and use it command attention, THE HUMOR CODE is a revealing exploration of humor, society, and an unusual friendship.

Peter McGrawPeter McGraw, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder where he directs HuRL (the Humor Research Lab), is a leading expert in the interdisciplinary fields of emotion and behavioral economics. His work has been covered by NPR, Nightline, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, The New York Times and the BBC. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.





Joel WarnerJoel Warner, an award-winning former staff writer for Westword, Denver’s alternative newsweekly, has written for Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Boston Globe, Slate, Grantland, and other publications. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 28th, 2014

Jowita Bydlowska9:39AM (PST) – Jowita Bydlowska, Author, “Drunk Mom” – a gripping, brutally honest memoir of motherhood in the shadow of alcoholism

After the birth of her son, Jowita Bydlowska found herself celebrating with a glass of champagne. Just like that, her three years of sobriety were a distant memory and she began the rapid slide back to full-blown alcoholism. In Drunk Mom (A Penguin Paperback Original; On sale May 27, 2014; 9780143126508; $16.00), a bestseller in Canada, Bydlowska tells the brutally honest story of her fight to stop drinking while facing the daunting reality of becoming a mom.

When Bydlowska became a mother, she was as overwhelmed as any new mom—overwhelmed with love for her son, overwhelmed by the changes in her life, and overwhelmed with the idea that she was now in charge of a tiny person’s entire world. Before and during her pregnancy, her drinking problem had been under control, but that one celebratory drink revealed that the boundless and consuming love she felt for her child was competing with an equally strong force—the greedy and relentless desire for another drink. Soon, Bydlowska was hiding bottles of liquor in the diaper bag and drinking glass after glass of wine once her boyfriend and son fell asleep. Aware of how her family and friends would react to her relapse, Bydlowska attempted to conceal her alcoholism. She bought copious amounts of formula so she would be able to feed her baby after nights of drinking. She researched recovery options even as she deceived herself about the severity of her problem. And—like many addicts—she lied, believing that her denials and secret stashes of booze were successfully hiding the depths of her addiction.

Like Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom reveals the inward and outward struggles of someone battling addiction. Bydlowska also gives voice to the anxiety that characterizes life with a new baby and the difficulty of saying good-bye to a childless lifestyle. Ultimately, is a hopeful story of the transformative power of love, and the triumph of an individual over a debilitating dependence.

Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland and moved to Canada as a teenager. She has written for The Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, ELLE Canada, Salon, and The Huffington Post. She lives in Toronto with her boyfriend and son. Drunk Mom is her first book.

Laura Geller10:39AM (PST) – Laura Geller, Founder, Laura Geller Beauty

From an early age, Laura Geller has had a love affair with beauty. Her passion led her to become a successful make-up artist, working under the bright lights of Broadway and behind-the-scenes with celebrities and socialites. But it was Laura’s devotion to making make-up work for real women that led her to create her own beauty brand and launch it on QVC over 20 years ago.

With her unique combination of expertise, warmth and fun, Laura has created a brand that is dedicated to helping women become their most beautiful self – happy and confident from the inside out! Today, Laura Geller Beauty is known around the world for the highest quality products in a range of universally flattering shades and formulas that are incredibly easy to use.

Laura was a pioneer in bringing primer into every woman’s make-up routine and the Spackle® collection of primers has become iconic. Laura is also famous for her Baked collection of powders – cult favorites of women for over fifteen years. Baked products begin as liquid pigments that are baked for 24 hours on terracotta tiles and are then hand-finished in Italy. Unlike traditional powders, Baked products are made without additional binders, so the colors are more vibrant and deliver better coverage, while feeling creamy yet weightless.

Laura’s beauty philosophy is simple. It should be easy, inviting and fun – in a word, HappifulTM! The perfect combination of happy + beautiful.

Laura Geller Beauty continues to be available at QVC in the US and in the UK, Italy and Germany – and at Ulta Beauty nationwide, Beauty Brands and online.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Blair Thornburgh9:39AM (PST) Blair Thornburg, Author, “Stuff Every College Student Should Know”

The newest addition to Quirk’s best-selling series of how-to guides, this pocket-size book is chock-full of useful tidbits that will keep students from drowning in book fees and succumbing to the Freshman 15. Learn how to avoid the common pitfalls of dorm drama, survive final exams, and enjoy four successful years of meeting cool people, taking interesting classes, and having tons of fun!

When teenagers head to college, they may be thrilled at their newfound independence or they may feel overwhelmed by the academic, financial, and social challenges of their new environment. Either way, it is a major transition. Now, with our next guest’s book, “Stuff Every College Student Should Know”, students (and their parents) can rest assured they’ll survive and even thrive at college. Finally—a cheat sheet for campus life!

Blair Thornburgh is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in medieval studies and delivered a pretty good commencement speech. She lives in Philadelphia.

Nelson Dellis10:39 AM (PST) NELSON DELLIS, 3-time USA Memory Champion

Nelson is one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a Memory Consultant and Keynote Speaker. A three-time USA Memory Champion, mountaineer, and Alzheimer’s disease activist, he preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement. Born with an average memory, Nelson was inspired by the passing of his grandmother from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009 to start training his memory so that he could keep his mind strong and healthy throughout his lifespan. In a short period of time, he transformed into one of the leading memorizers in the world, claiming two U.S. titles along the way, as well as two U.S. memory records for:
1. Memorizing the most digits in 5 minutes: 310 digits.
2. Memorizing a deck of cards in the fastest time: 40.65 seconds in international competition.
3. Memorizing the most Names in 15 minutes: 193 names.

Nelson is the Founder & CEO of Climb For Memory, a non-profit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research through mountain climbs all around the world. Nelson has climbed numerous peaks for this cause, including twice on Mt. Everest.

A graduate and part-time professor from the University of Miami in Physics and Computer Science, Nelson strives to teach the world how to memorize properly and how people can use more of their brains to become better and healthier versions of themselves.

He has been featured on The TODAY Show,, The Dr. Oz Show, The Science Channel, and National Geographic Magazine, among many other media outlets.

Originally born in Wimbledon, UK, Nelson was brought up between Miami, London, and Paris and graduated high school from Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, FL.

Camp Experts11:39 AM (PST) Debbie Rosen-Alfonso, consultant with The Camp Experts & Teen Summers, The Camp Experts has been in business for over 25 years guiding families. Debbie has been with the company for 13 years.

Debbie Rosen-Alfonso, consultant with The Camp Experts & Teen Summer. The Camp Experts has been in business for over 25 years guiding families. Debbie has been with the company for 13 years.

The Hurt Artist: My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman – Shane Niemeyer, Gary Brozek

10_22_HurtArtist_coversWith troubles beginning as early as childhood, the trajectory of Shane Niemeyer’s life seemed to have only one direction: down. His struggles with heroin addiction led him to jail, and he eventually hit rock bottom. Soon, his two pack a day cigarette habit was the healthiest thing he did. One dark night in jail, his suicide attempt failed. What happened next transcends the term recovery.

The Hurt Artist is the searing yet luminous travelogue of Shane’s powerful journey from suicidal addict to Ironman. He vividly depicts the landscape of pain in which he’s lived his life—emotional and physical pain inflicted upon him and that he inflicts upon himself, pain that pulls him down, and, in detailing his training, the pain he harnesses to lift himself up. Ultimately, Shane’s story is one of redemption and triumph, a lesson in the value of second chances and a clear reminder that nobody, regardless of how seemingly desperate their circumstances, is beyond the reach of salvation.

From inmate #71768 to Ironman Triathlon World Championship competitor #1419, Shane paints a stirring self-portrait in this hilarious, horrifying, and hopeful account that is sure to hook readers of edgy sports biographies.

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The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 23rd, 2014

Independent Financial Planning9:39AM (PST) – Mike Garry, Independent Financial Planner, and author of the book, “Independent Financial Planning: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Choosing the Right Financial Planner”


Independent Financial Planning: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Choosing the Right Financial Planner by Michael Garry, a Certified Financial Planner and attorney specializing in estate planning. Garry knows that the right financial advisor is your best ally you can have as you build your wealth and secure your future, and wants to help readers clear a path to finding an individual that fits with your needs and goals.

“Many assume that you have to have a lot of money to need the help of a financial planner, but that is simply not the case,” says Garry. “Everyone, no matter where you stand financially, can benefit from the advice and guidance that a qualified financial planner can offer. They meet you where you’re at financially – and understand where it is you want to go.”

Independent Financial Planning walks you step-by-step through the process of finding and choosing the right financial advisor. If you’re ready to take control of your financial future and start planning for success, you need this straightforward, user-friendly, and no-nonsense guide. You’ll learn how to find and vet financial advisors, discover the six steps to financial planning, and determine which financial products best suit your needs. And, you’ll find out how to distinguish between a financial advisor and a salesman—and why that distinction can make a huge difference in your financial security.

Michael Garry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a NAPFA-registered Financial Advisor.  He is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA). He is a frequent expert contributor to financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s,,, and Consumer Reports Money Advisor, among others.

Cynthia Clark10:39AM (PST) – Cynthia Clark, President, Career Quest Coaching, Inc.

Established in 1998, Career Quest Coaching is a career coaching boutique dedicated to providing career coaching to in-transition individuals, with a focus on resume design, job search, interview preparation, and job assimilation strategies (i.e., surviving the first 60 days in a new job). Working closely with clients, we design dynamic, innovative solutions specifically tailored to each client’s job search. Our solutions are realistic, straightforward, and customized to each client’s particular situation.

Cynthia Clark is an experienced Recruiter and Career Coach specializing in coaching individuals in career transition.

Prior to establishing Career Quest Coaching, Ms. Clark held HR and Recruiting management positions at Deloitte Touche and served as a Vice President of JP Morgan Chase. While at Chase, Ms. Clark served as the Head Coach for the Metropolitan New York retail branches.

Ms. Clark’s firm, Career Quest Coaching, is a career coaching boutique specializing in working with individuals in transition, with a focus on resume design, job search, interview preparation, on-boarding strategies, and executive coaching.

In addition to her coaching practice, Ms. Clark was previously an adjunct professor of Management at Baruch College, City University of New York., a summa cum laude graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ, and holds her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Most recently, Ms. Clark was named one of Baruch College’s “2012 Phenomenal Women.”

Ms. Clark is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional by the Society for Human Resources Management and is a Myers-Briggs practitioner.

9780399166174_large_The_Big_Tiny11:08AM (PST) -Dee Williams, author of “The Big Way: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

THE BIG TINY: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams is a graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self—in just 84 square feet. And while 84 square feet may not be the dimensions by which most people imagine their lives unfolding, there is something universally appealing about the way author Dee Williams lives: simply and efficiently, with awareness of the community and environment, and with an open mind. She has slowed down, scaled back, and spends more time with family and friends. Without escaping to the wilds or going “off the grid,” she’s achieved a happy balance of the normal and the radical, and created a model for simple, practical living.

Her decision wasn’t made lightly. Ten years ago, Williams collapsed in the grocery store and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. After returning from the hospital, she initially threw herself headlong back into her old life, which included an expensive three-bedroom house, overtime hours to cover repairs and maintenance, and spending all of her free time doing the upkeep: a “mindless rotisserie of work and projects.”   But the newly-implanted defibrillator in her chest was making her feel chaotic and ungrounded.

Soon thereafter, Williams happened upon an article about Jay Shafer, who had built a tiny house. In the wake of her health problems, and considering the burdens of homeownership, Williams began fantasizing about a simpler life. “I… imagined that building a little house would be the best challenge ever. It would put all my home repair and remodeling skills to the test, and I’d have a chance to build something perfect; something warm and kind.”   Williams felt real pride in her home and the improvements she’d made, but following her diagnosis, she was questioning her lifestyle. “How would it feel,” she wondered, looking at Jay’s tiny house, “to live so light?”

THE BIG TINY bounds enthusiastically through the ensuing process of researching, planning, and finally building a tiny house. Williams’s voice is charming and candid; she confides about the time she glued her own ponytail to a wood beam during construction, and reflects on the community of friends who supported her and showed up (sometimes lured by pizza and beer) to help with the heavy lifting. Williams reflects on these experiences with humility and fondness, and along the way explores an evolving definition of “home.”

Williams has lived in her tiny house for a decade now. There is a small kitchen, a miniature “great room” with a sitting area and heater, an elevated sleeping loft, and a little bathroom. There is no plumbing. There is some electricity. Mostly, there is Williams and her dog. She built the house around her physical body, measuring how much space she needed to do dishes, or where her knees extended when sitting down, or how high the ceiling would be so she wouldn’t hit her head upon waking. Williams spends $8 a month on utilities and ten minutes on cleaning, and the rest of her money and time is her own. She did have to downsize, and reflects thoughtfully and with some sadness about the paintings, books, and mementos she gave away during the move, but now “everything has a purpose or tells a story (or both).”

Says Dee, “If more people understood how nice it is to have a sense of home that extends past our locked doors, past our neighbors’ padlocks, to the local food co-op and library, the sidewalks busted up by old trees —if we all held home with longer arms—we’d live in a very different place. We wouldn’t feel so alone. We would see that each minute counts for something timeless and, if we want, we can all find our way inside these big, tiny moments.” Part how-to and part why-to, THE BIG TINY is a charming meditation on what it means to build the good life and the right life, every day.

Dee Williams is a teacher and sustainability advocate. She is the co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings (, where she leads workshops focused on tiny houses, green building, and community design. Her story has been featured on Good Morning America and NBC Nightly News, and on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, and CBC. She has also been profiled or featured in hundreds of online blogs and articles, and in print media including Time, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. Williams lives in Olympia, Washington, with an overly ambitious Australian shepherd, in the shadow of the house of dear friends.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Hacking Happiness9:39AM (PST) John C. Havens, Author, “HACKING H(APP)INE3SS: Why your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World”

“Hacking H(app)iness” offers an in-depth look at the benefits that can be plumbed from our increasingly tech and data driven society. In addition to explaining how to protect our digital identity, Havens argues that by analyzing our habits and preferences, charted through wearable devices or smartphones, we can gain insights into our personal and global wellbeing.

Combining his innate knowledge of the technical realm with a wish to make the world a better place, Havens offers a glimpse of what our future may look like, and how our digital footprint can be used for greater good.

Every time you click to read an article, tweet about your breakfast, or use an app to record the details of your morning run, you are building a digital portrait of your daily activities and interests. The more you track your activities, the more valuable you become to companies like Google and Amazon. Why? Because these companies make money by selling your “self” to marketers. The man you are about to meet says you should decide the price of your data and how it is used, and he’s here to tell you how.

John C. Havens is a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. He is the founder of The H(app)athon Project, a non-profit organization “connecting happiness to action, one phone, one heart, and one city at a time” through the use of interactive, sensor-based smartphone surveys. He is also the author of Tactical Transparency: How Leaders Can Leverage Social Media to Maximize Value and Build Their Brand.

A former EVP for a top-ten global PR firm, he has counseled clients such as Gillette, HP, and Merck on emerging technology and social media topics, and has been quoted on subjects relating to technology, business and well-being by USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., PR Week, Advertising Age, and BBC News.

Shane Niemeyer10:08AM (PST) Shane Niemeyer, author of “The Hurt Artist” – My Journey from Suicidal Junkie to Ironman

Shane Niemeyer is motivational speaker, author, and full-time strength and endurance coach. Shane is also an elite age group triathlete racing Ironman and 70.3 distance triathlons.

In 2003, Shane Niemeyer was an overweight, homeless drug addict. For the better part of a decade, Shane’s battle with alcohol and drugs had destroyed his relationship with his family and over time, his life. Like many addicts, Shane’s attempts to quit had failed over and over.

It was fall 2003, and Shane had just been arrested, again. Feeling no hope for the future, he made the decision to act on the only aspect of his life he felt he could control. He tried to commit suicide.

When he woke up in the medical unit of the Ada County Jail, his foot was broken from the fall, and he was restricted by a ”security blanket” that would keep him from hurting himself again. But in that concrete cell, his new life began. When Shane awoke, he wanted to quit drugs. He wanted to live. One of the guards tossed him a magazine to stave off his boredom, and in it was an article about the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

Enthralled by the concept of human beings swimming 2.4 mile miles, biking 112 miles, and finishing with a 26.2 mile marathon; Shane saw a route to recovery through the rigorous demands of triathlon. He set an impossible goal that day: when he got out of jail, he would train for and race Ironman, and one day qualify for Kona. That day ushered in the most formative period of his life.

During the following year in prison, Shane got back in shape lifting weights and running laps in the prison yard. He read voraciously about philosophy and behavioral science, cultivating positive thoughts and constructive behaviors. He was released in late 2004, and went almost immediately to a local bike shop. The owners of that bike shop were among the first people to give Shane a second chance in his new life, allowing him to borrow and work off the cost of his first triathlon bike. That winter, Shane trained doggedly, commuting to his new job by bike and on foot through snow, wind and rain.

Six months after his release he competed in his first triathlon. His time was nothing to write home about. But he stuck with it. Despite failures, setbacks, and injuries; Shane persevered with his triathlon training and racing. For a few years, he came close to qualifying for Kona but would just miss the mark. He didn’t give up.

In 2009, Shane finished 18th overall at Ironman Wisconsin, qualifying him for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. He has since raced at the World Championships every year thereafter.

Since his early races, Shane has evolved as an athlete and a human being. He emphasizes, “It’s not the training and racing that are important. It’s our thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors…The quality of our lives is directly proportional to the quality of our being, to our conduct, and the way we treat one another.”

Today, Shane is a motivational speaker and full-time triathlon and strength coach. He’s the author of training articles as well an autobiography to be published April 2014. As an elite age group triathlete, he competes against the top 1% at Ironman and 70.3 races. In 2012, Shane married pro triathlete Mandy McLane, and the two live and train in the endurance sports mecca of Boulder, Colorado.

As a motivational speaker, Shane shares lessons from his own experiences to identify the thought patterns and attitudes that lead us astray, as well as the scientific and philosophical principles that can change our lives.

As a triathlon and fitness coach, Shane leverage his experiences as an athlete and a strength and conditioning expert to help others achieve their true ambitions and live healthily and happily.

11:08AM (PST) KRISTIN NEWMAN, author of WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING is a veteran television writer who has worked in Hollywood for almost twenty years and written for hit comedies like That ‘70s Show, Chuck, and How I Met Your Mother. She is currently a co-executive producer for ABC’s The Neighbors.

The woman you are about to meet spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, she instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed. Ultimately, her adventures led her to a better understanding of what she was actually running away from at home and why every life hurdle seemed to put her on a transatlantic flight to the unknown.

Like Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg, Kristin Newman grew up in Long Beach, California in the eighties. Cameron and Snoop pretty much sum it up: there were a lot of blonde people riding bikes around in bathing suits with surfboards, and drive-by shootings. She still loves hip hop. She then headed to Northwestern in Chicago, froze, and gained twenty pounds.

Like all twenty-two-year-olds, she decided that unlike the rest of the world, she had it all figured out: where you lived and the person you were with was more important that what you did for work. She moved to Vail, Colorado with her first love, and waited tables and tuned skis, for what she thought might be forever. She left after six months of answering the same questions all day every day, and started working on a career that she might enjoy.

She has been writing for Hollywood for fifteen years, on shows like “That 70s Show,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Chuck,” and “The Neighbors.” She loves her job. She sometimes wonder if TV is gross, and if she should be doing something that makes the world a better place, but one time a hospice nurse told her that on the nights that her patients’ comedies are on, they use half the pain medication. So that made her feel better. That being said, she was getting her body hair lasered off by that nurse when she told her that story, so that might bring her back around to gross again. The life of a TV writer allows 3-12 months a year “off,” so she started traveling when her friends started breeding, so she wouldn’t be the creepy aunt in the backyard with the happy families quite so often. She got addicted to the fun of that life, and so wondered if she might never want to be one of those happy families in the backyard.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 21th, 2014

Dr. Sanjay Jain9:39AM (PST): Dr. Sanjay Jain is a US trained, board certified physician with more than 15 years of clinical experience. He’s also the author of “Optimal Living”—a Program for Making the Most Out of the Present and Future

Dr. Sanjay Jain is a board certified physician and author of the New York Times and USA Today best-selling book Optimal Living 360: Smart Decision Making for a Balanced Life. Dr. Jain represents a new wave of thought leadership and expertise developed not only from his medical (MD) and financial (MBA) education, but also his life experiences. Among other distinctions, Dr. Jain’s notable career includes serving as a speaker, consultant, innovator, and advisory board member for various medical organizations. He is passionate about helping those who are searching for a way to live a balanced and fulfilling life.

DHudginsPic11092615194110:39AM (PST): TV writer and Exec Producer, David Hudgins

David Hudgins is an award-winning screenwriter and Executive Producer of multiple television series.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Mr. Hudgins is a graduate of St. Mark’s School and Duke University. He began his career in the United States Senate, as a Staff Assistant to Sen. Al Gore. He then obtained his law degree from S.M.U., and spent eight years working as a trial lawyer with the firm Touchstone, Bernays, Johnston, Beall & Smith in Dallas.

In 2001, following the untimely death of his sister from breast cancer, Mr. Hudgins made a radical life change. He quit the practice of law, and moved to the hills of Tennessee to pursue screenwriting full time. Two years later, after the sale of his first feature screenplay Scottsboro, Mr. Hudgins continued his journey by moving to Los Angeles to begin working in television.

His first job was as a Staff Writer on the WB television show Everwood. Mr. Hudgins spent three seasons writing for the production, rising to the rank of Co-Producer. He then moved to the NBC drama Friday Night Lights, where he served for three seasons as a writer and Co-Executive Producer.

In 2009, Mr. Hudgins created and ran Past Life for Warner Brothers Television, a one-hour drama that aired on the Fox Broadcasting Network. He then returned to Friday Night Lights, serving as showrunner and Executive Producer on the show’s fifth and final season, before moving on to Parenthood, where he spent four seasons as a writer and Executive Producer.

In March 2014, Mr. Hudgins moved his overall deal to Sony Pictures Television, where he is currently developing a number of new series for both cable and network.

For his work in television, Mr. Hudgins has received multiple Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award nominations, including Best Drama Series for Friday Night Lights. He is also a recipient of the Peabody Award For Excellence in Broadcasting.

Mr. Hudgins is President of The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation, a breast cancer charity he founded in 2012 in honor of his late sister. A frequent guest speaker and industry panelist, Mr. Hudgins also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Humanitas Foundation and the Austin Television Festival.

Mr. Hudgins lives in Brentwood, California with his wife Meghan and their four sons Jackson, Brooks, Reid and Owen.

dr_shunney11:08AM (PST): Women’s Health and Heart Expert, Dr. Aimée Shunney — May is National Women’s Health Care Month

Dr. Aimée Shunney, spokesperson for Nordic Naturals, is a Naturopathic Physician in private practice in Santa Cruz, CA where she blends conventional medical diagnosis and treatment with the use of natural therapeutics. Dr. Shunney specializes in women’s health, functional endocrinology, and family medicine.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday May 19th, 2014

2012 Writers Guild Awards9:08AM (PST) – Carol Leifer, is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on such shows as Seinfeld, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, The Larry Sanders Show and seven Academy Awards telecasts.  She has starred in five of her own comedy specials which have aired on Showtime, HBO, and Comedy Central.Currently, Carol is Co-Executive Producer of Devious Maids on Lifetime, which returned for a second season on April 20th. She’s here with us to talk about her new book, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying”

10:08AM (PST) – Arnie Wexler is a compulsive gambler in recovery for 40 plus years, and is a nationally known expert on gambling addiction and helps others to “quit the bet”.

Arnie Wexler’s compulsive gambling spiraled out of control . . . now after forty-plus years in recovery he is a nationally known expert on gambling addiction and helps others to “quit the bet.” Wexler’s life as a gambler began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York, flipping cards, shooting marbles, and playing pinball machines. At age fourteen he found the racetrack, a bookie to take his bets, and started playing the stock market. His preoccupation with gambling accelerated until a fateful day in 1968 when it all came crashing down. Wexler’s gripping story leads us through the dungeon of a compulsive gambler’s world—chasing the big win and coming up with empty pockets—and how his addiction drove him and his wife, Sheila, to the edge of life. With help, they managed to escape, and together they have devoted themselves to helping others with the problem they know so well.

Arnie Wexler has provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and has written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, he, along with his wife Sheila, has worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presenting educational workshops nationally and internationally and has provided expert witness testimony.

Dr. Travis Stork11:39AM (PST) – Dr. Travis Stork is a board certified emergency medicine physician and the Emmy-nominated co-host of the Emmy-award winning syndicated daytime talk show “THE DOCTORS”. Dr. Travis is passionate about living the healthiest life possible, and equally passionate about helping others do the same. He’s here to talk to you about his new book, “The Doctor’s Diet”.

Dr. Travis Stork is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and the Emmy®-nominated co-host of the Emmy award-winning syndicated daytime talk show “The Doctors.” He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia. Dr. Travis is passionate about living the healthiest life possible, and equally passionate about helping others do the same. He takes tremendous pride in teaching people how to avoid preventable illnesses both on “The Doctors” and in his practice.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 16th, 2014

Heidi Waldorf9:39AM (PST) – Renowned dermatologist, Dr. Heidi A. Waldorf, M.D.

As Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Heidi A. Waldorf, M.D. is a respected expert in the field of dermatology, including skin rejuvenation, soft tissue augmentation, cosmetic use of botulinum toxin and laser technology, as well as skin cancer prevention and treatment.

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Dr. Waldorf received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing her internship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and residency in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard University School of Medicine, Dr. Waldorf completed a fellowship program in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery.

As Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at Mount Sinai, Dr. Waldorf is contributing to the advancement of laser treatment in cosmetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery. In her position as Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Waldorf is educating and training the next generation of dermatologists. Dermatologists from around the world come to Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Dermatology to participate in Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery fellowships from one month to one year under her tutelage.

Among other distinctions, Dr. Waldorf’s notable career includes serving as an investigator, speaker, consultant, advisory board member and trainer for major industry producers of medical devices and products, allowing her to participate in the development of treatment protocols and to offer her patients the latest treatments. These companies include Allergan, the makers of Botox, Latisse and Juvederm; Medicis, the makers of Dysport and Restylane; Merz Aesthetics, the makers of Radiesse, Belotero and Asclera; Solta, the makers of Fraxel and Thermage; Valeant, the maker of Sculptra; as well as numerous cosmeceutical companies.

Dr. Waldorf has been published extensively in professional journals and books on laser surgery, dermatologic surgery and general dermatology, is Co-Chief Editor of Modern Aesthetics and of Dermatology Focus, and is on the editorial boards of Cutis and Cosmetic Dermatology. She is the author of twenty onearticles, fifteen book chapters and wrote a regular column for regarding varied health and beauty issues. Dr. Waldorf is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher and lecturer. She is a highly sought after speaker for major aesthetic meetings in Europe, Asia and the Middle East as well as the United States. Dr. Waldorf has served as Director of various symposiums on aesthetic dermatology and dermatologic surgery including serving as Director of the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Symposium, the Sclerotherapy Symposium and the Soft Tissue Augmentation Course at the annual American Academy of Dermatology meetings. Her research includes her clinical investigations involving the use of lasers, botulinum toxins, filling agents, lipolytic agents and cosmeceuticals for the treatment of various skin conditions.

In September 2003, Dr. Waldorf was selected by the Rockland Economic Development Corporation and the Rockland Business Associates as one of Rockland County’s Best Forty under Forty. Dr. Waldorf is listed in the Castle Connolly Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Area 2008-2013, Castle Connolly Guide to America’s Cosmetic Doctors & Dentists 2004, has been selected as one of The Best Doctors® in America 2003-2013 and as a “Top Doctor” by Westchester Magazine in 2003. Dr. Waldorf was chosen as one of NEW YORK MOVES Magazine’s 2006 Power Women. Quoted in magazines such as VOGUE, ALLURE, ELLE, O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE, INSTYLE, PEOPLE STYLEWATCH, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING and REAL SIMPLE among others, Dr. Waldorf is also a member of the Health Advisory Panel for BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS. She has also appeared on various morning shows, evening news programs and the Dr Oz Show.

Dr. Waldorf’s extensive professional accreditations include Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, Fellow of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Member of the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Fellow of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and an elected Member of the prestigious American Dermatological Association. She is a Board Member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and the Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League.

In addition to her positions at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Heidi A. Waldorf, M.D. has private practices in both New York, NY, at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and in Nanuet, NY, at Waldorf Dermatology & Laser Associates, P.C.


Despite medical evidence of the existence of statistically unexpected, or “spontaneous remission,” from cancer, Kelly Turner, Ph.D., a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to learn that no one was studying these cases of people who recovered from cancer against all odds, without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine had failed. Her dissertation research included a year-long trip to 10 countries to interview 50 alternative healers and 20 Radical Remission cancer survivors about their healing techniques. Since then, her ongoing research has led her to interview more than 100 survivors and analyze over 1,000 cases of radical remission to learn if there were commonalities behind these cases, and discovered that there in fact were. Dr. Turner’s experience and evidence is presented in her book, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds (HarperOne; March 18, 2014).

Dr. Turner’s research initially identified more than 75 different factors that may play a role in radical remission. After tabulating the frequency of each factor, she cites the nine most prevalent factors involved in documented cases of radical remission, which are:

  • Radically changing your diet
  • Taking control of your health
  • Following your intuition
  • Using herbs and supplements
  • Releasing suppressed emotions
  • Increasing positive emotions
  • Embracing social support
  • Deepening your spiritual connection
  • Having strong reasons for living

Turner_RadicalRemissioncoverWhether one is in the midst of receiving cancer treatment, recently diagnosed and seeking other options, or has been told that conventional treatment is no longer an option, RADICAL REMISSION seeks to inspire, give comfort, and to help people to optimize their health.

Dr. Kelly A. Turner, Ph.D. is a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in the field of Integrative Oncology whose specialized research focus is the radical remission of cancer. Dr. Turner holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in New York City. More at and


Since 2006 more than one million people have participated in the Spartan Races around the world. In 2014 there will be a race every other day in 15 countries on 5 continents. What do these Spartan know that you don’t.? They know that we all have a fire burning within us to prove ourselves. Joe DeSena has captured that invincible Spartan spirit in his manifesto for bold living.

Dr. Sena’s prescription for life’s insurmountable obstacles is to get off the couch and crush them through hard work and force of will. A legend in the ultramarathon community, he created Spartan Race, extreme obstacle races where no one knows what to expect, but to finish is to be transformed. Spartan Race drives participants to their very limit to learn what they are capable of and to set a new frame of reference; one they can draw upon in the face of life’s harshest challenges. Everyday disappointments and setbacks seem small when you’ve been on the other side of hell and made it back as a victor.

Joseph De Sena, 44, is the founder and CEO of the Spartan Race and has been an entrepreneur since his pre-teens. From selling fireworks at age eight, to starting a t-shirt business in high school, to building a multimillion-dollar pool business in college, to creating a Wall Street trading firm, De Sena is a living definition of the word “entrepreneur.” Currently he is a managing director for ICAP, a brokerage agency.

De Sena knows what it feels like to succeed outside the office, too – and that’s the feeling he seeks to bring to the world’s athletes with the Spartan Race series.  Throughout his lifetime, he’s competed in any extreme sports adventure he could find, testing his mental and physical endurance against nature.

Growing up in Queens, Joe’s mother valued healthy eating and living and passed along that value system. It’s been well-documented that he worked hard growing up and ultimately got to Wall Street, where he made his mark and made himself a small fortune. He moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont, and quickly entrenched himself and his family in the local landscape. Joe moved to Vermont in an attempt to get back to the way things used to be.

It’s also well documented that Joe turned an interest in endurance racing into a passion. His racing resume is the stuff of legends – over 50 ultra-events overall and 14 Ironman events in one year alone. Most of his races are 100 miles or more with a few traditional marathons in the mix. (He once said that running a 26.2 marathon distance was “adorable.”)

To put it in perspective, he did the Vermont 100, the Lake Placid Ironman and the Badwater Ultra… in one week. The elevation climb for the 135-mile Badwater race, which starts hundreds of feet below sea level in Death Valley, is over 8,500 feet up to Mt. Whitney and temperatures soar into the 120’s. Joe also biked cross-country in the Furnace Creek 508 which has been coined “The Toughest 48 Hours in Sport.” It’s no wonder his favorite quote is, “Death is the price we pay for life, so make it worth it.”

Joe’s other athletic achievements:

  • Raid International Ukatak: Canada, January 2001
  • IditaSport: Alaska February, 2001 (1st place)
  • Odyssey Adventure Race: Big Island, Va., March 2001
  • OAR Beast of the East: Clayton Lakes, Va., April 2001 (1st place)
  • Raid The North Extreme: Newfoundland, June 2001 (13th place out of 42)
  • Adrenaline Rush: Dublin, Ireland, July 2001
  • Discovery World Championships: St. Moritz, Switzerland August, 2001

In 2005, Joe decided that the world needed a new race, something that had never been done. And so, together with Peak Races, he created The Death Race, a 24-hour mental and physical test filled with unknown obstacles ( Racers couldn’t and wouldn’t know what to expect. The fear of the unknown would either break or motivate, and all they could do was try to survive. The race waiver includes three words: “I may die.” It doesn’t get any more real than that. No way to train, no way to prepare, just show up and make it to the end. And don’t expect any love from Joe or the volunteers. They want to break these people, make them quit. Joe’s been quoted as saying, “There’s no light at the end of the tunnel. We’re basically holding your hand to help you quit. The same way life does, right?”

Joe, and other racers who came to be called the “Founding Few” wanted to create another event, something that captured the extreme spirit of the legendary Death Race, but was modified and accessible to a much wider racing audience. And so the Spartan Race ( was born in 2010.

Spartan Race has grown dramatically in 2013 over just the year before. The number of competitors now stands at approximately 350,000 racers in 60 races in 2013 in the U.S., Canada and the UK. Over 3 million “likes” are on Facebook, a new e-book is available at, and an NBC Sports TV Special airs on Dec. 7, 2013. Participation in 2014 is expected to grow to 650,000 at events in 22-plus countries.

Spartan intends to wake up the world up and save humanity, one racer at a time if need be. It’s a race meant to challenge, to push, to intimidate, to test and even to break those brave enough to try, and it was designed by seven people who know what that feels like. “Fun run” doesn’t apply here. It’s about being uncomfortable, overcoming obstacles and finding out what’s possible when what you expect of yourself is everything. In the words of Joe himself: “The phrase ‘I can’t’ doesn’t mean anything to me anymore, not because of my ego but because I know anything is possible.”

About Spartan Race

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. With 350,000 participants in 2013 at 60 events, Spartan Race is making this one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at four escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions – with $300,000 in cash and prizes awarded in 2013 alone. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared toward ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors.

You’ll Know at the Finish Line – A Spartan Guide to the Sport of Obstacle Racing, a new e-book from Spartan Race co-founders Joe De Sena and Andy Weinberg that inspires readers to find and unleash their inner warrior, is available for free on the company’s website.

Go to for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 15th, 2014

Barbara Annis9:39AM (PST) – Barbara Annis, Author, “Break Through Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line”.

A world renowned expert on Gender Intelligence, Barbara Annis, asserts it’s time to move beyond politics and fairness and build an economic business case for gender diversity in the workplace.

For too long, companies have played the “numbers game” – attempting to tackle the problem of gender imbalance through affirmative action, numeric standards, and quotas. Yet, since the 1970s, these efforts have produced no appreciable improvement in the percent of women in leadership or measurable impact to the bottom line. Now, a revolutionary and more effective approach has come into focus for men and women leaders that is creating a sea change in attitudes about gender and fundamentally altering the cultures of a number of major corporations leading the way.

Barbara Annis is the founder and CEO of Barbara Annis and Associates. She has advocated the value and practice of Gender Intelligence in Fortune 500 companies and numerous organizations worldwide. She is the Chair Emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School and was recently conferred the International Alliance for Women, Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 3 books: Same Words, Different Language; Leadership and the Sexes, and her latest, Work with Me: The 8 Blind spots between men and women in Business”.

Swoosie Kurtz10:08AM (PST) – Beloved Actress, Swoosie Kurtz, Looks Back at Her Amazing Career and Unique Relationship with her Parents in her book, Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family

From her first appearance on The Donna Reed Show (a part that was whittled down until only the back of Swoosie’s head was shown on-screen) to her Tony Award-winning roles in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July and John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves to her much-heralded turns on television series Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly, Swoosie has been embraced by critics and fans alike for her quirky, heartfelt, and always attention-getting performances.

But her life off-screen has been just as extraordinary.

The only child of Frank and Margo Kurtz, Swoosie shares an incredible bond with her parents—both accomplished, opinionated, and filled-to-bursting with personality. Swoosie’s father was an Olympic diving medalist and later became one of the most decorated aviators in American history. During World War II, Frank flew a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D Flying Fortress called The Swoose (part swan, part goose). Swoosie’s mother chronicled the early years with Frank in My Rival, the Sky, a homefront memoir published by Putnam in 1945. Margo’s book ends with the couple happily anticipating the birth of a baby who will be named after the indomitable Swoose.

Part_Swan_Part_GooseCoverjpegSwoosie’s life and career have been hugely influenced by her close ties to Frank and Margo. Swoosie stayed with her parents during the entire five-year run of Sisters, and after Frank’s death in 1996, Margo moved in to her daughter’s home. Drifting between lucidity and confusion, Swoosie’s 98-year-old mother still lives with her. Margo requires 24-hour care and companionship, but she remains the sweet-natured, loving woman who can delight Swoosie with a witty and well-placed quip or surprise her with an in-the-moment memory of a 1943 bond tour. Swoosie struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating the demands of the entertainment industry.

Part Swan, Part Goose weaves Swoosie’s story with passages from My Rival, the Sky to create a vivid portrait of the mother-daughter relationship and of the very different paths taken by two women of different generations. Here is that rare Hollywood memoir that takes readers behind the curtain, but doesn’t live there. It is endlessly entertaining, but doesn’t pretend to tell all—what it does tell will resonate with millions of Americans caring for aging parents. Part Swan, Part Goose is as endearing, real, and compelling as Swoosie Kurtz herself.

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly.

New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers has collaborated on several celebrated memoirs, including A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth and My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan.

10:39AM (PST) – LuAnn de Lesseps, also known as Countess LuAnn or The Countess, is an American television personality, recording artist, and former fashion model best known for her extravagant necklaces shown on the Bravo show The Real Housewives of New York City.

FrancineShapiro,PhD11:39AM (PST) – Dr. Francine Shapiro, PhD, is the originator and developer of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, which has been designated as an effective trauma treatment by a wide range of organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization. She’s also author of the book, Getting Past Your Past.

Francine Shapiro is a Senior Research Fellow Emeritus at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, Director of the EMDR Institute, and founder of the non-profit EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP), which provides pro bono training and treatment to underserved populations worldwide . HAP is now an international NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and has received an award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Dr. Shapiro is a recipient of the International Sigmund Freud Award for Psychotherapy, presented by the City of Vienna in conjunction with the World Council for Psychotherapy, the American Psychological Association Trauma Psychology Division Award for Outstanding Contributions to Practice in Trauma Psychology, and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology Award, from the California Psychological Association. Her most recent book for the general public is Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy.