The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in her deeply intimate and evocative “Famous Father Girl: A memoir of growing up Bernstein”. In addition to the anniversary, the publication of Jamie Bernstein’s affecting memoir coincides with the announcements of two forthcoming biopics of LB (as he was known), starring Bradley Cooper an Jake Gyllenhaal, respectively. In “Famous Father Girl”, Bernstein invites us into her family’s glamorous world, while living under the shadow of the country’s most renowned musician, forms this memoir’s emotional core.

About the Author

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, concert narrator, and filmmaker (her documentary “Crescendo: The Power of Music” is now available on Netflix). Inheriting her father’s passion for sharing and teaching, Jamie has devised several ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music. In addition to “The Bernstein Beat,” a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts, Jamie has also written and narrated concerts for audiences of all ages about Mozart, Aaron Copland, and Stravinsky, among others.

Her reading will be accompanied by pianist C


Episode #235 | Catherine Weser

“To uncover the love that is at the core of your being, is to really become courageous enough to let go of a lot of the ideas of who you think you are.” These are the words of Catherine Weser, who for 36 years has channeled an ascended master named Dwahl Khul,

In this time of great change on the planet, many voices are coming through to help us navigate the turbulent waters, much information coming through channeling, an ancient practice in which a human goes into a trance-like state, allowing another entity to speak.

Catherine Weser is an artist, author, and conscious channel who has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1974. With decades of channeling Dwal Khul, Catherine found that allowing a full integration of this presence requires a deeper understanding of One Life. She has written a book about her experiences called “Diving Deep” and is one of seven channels selected for the Netflix special called “Angels and Aliens” a feature length documentary film.



Episode #234 | Nina Simons, Nature, Culture, & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership

What does women’s leadership look like? And how does that differ from men’s? In her latest book, Nina Simons talks about this, and much, much more. Sandra Ingerman wrote about the book: "Nina listened to the call of her soul and stepped into her role of waking women up to the need to embrace their leadership abilities."

In Nature, Culture & the Sacred; A Woman Listens for Leadership”  Simons replaces the old patriarchal leadership paradigm with a more feminine-inflected style that illustrates the interconnected nature of the challenges we face today. Braiding together essays, poetry and interviews, Simons shares inspiring stories of women around the world who are leading the way towards transformational change by cultivating vibrant movements for social and environmental justice.

Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international public speaker who is passionate about healing our relationship with the natural world, women’s leadership and beloved community. She is Co-founder of Bioneers and its Everywoman’s Leadership program. She brings her infectious vision of re-imagining how to live on Earth and with each other into organizations and training settings. Nina co-facilitates transformative leadership intensives on Leading through Relational Mindfulness at Esalen and elsewhere. 



Episode #233 | Marilynn Preston | “All is Well; The Art (and Science) of Personal Well-Being”

Many spiritual traditions talk about the body-mind connection, but few deliver on the way to make that vital link. In order to embody anything; movement, ideas, information, it is necessary to connect our body to our mind.

Author Marilynn Preston has written a book called “All is Well; The Art and Science of Personal Well-Being,” a timely guide to living your best life—healthy and happy, juicy and engaged.  Marilyn links body and mind to culture and politics, from eating clean to going green, from losing weight to adding muscle. An easy and delightful read, the book is made up of 40 chapters which are short, savvy, lively, opinionated, and often funny.

Marilynn Preston is a journalist, healthy lifestyle expert, Emmy Award-winning TV producer, and the author of “Energy Express” America’s longest-running syndicated fitness column.  She is an ACE-certified Fitness Trainer and certified Wellcoach.




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Episode #232 | Artist | Artist as Traveler

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To enter the studio/home of Gail and Zachariah Rieke is to enter into a visually remarkable universe. With a Zenlike sense of space, and a remarkable collection of art and installations, one can only sense the skill and the years of dedication that make it such a visual delight..

Gail Rieke is an internationally recognized collage/ assemblage/ installation artist and teacher who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, painter Zachariah Rieke. She shows her work at her home/ studio/ gallery by appointment as well as at museums, galleries, and art centers.

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Gail has taught at several universities throughout the US and Canada. Internationally in 2014, she taught Artist as Traveler at Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. She has taught in France, Japan, and Korea, and has received a Western States Arts Federation Grant and a one month residency in Venice from the Emily Harvey Foundation in 2015.

Website: www.riekestudios.com

Episode #231 | Elsie Maio | Soul Branding | Humanity, Inc.

Elsie Maio , a leading business values guru and a sustainable business consultant,  is the founder of her company Soul Branding, which takes companies through a process of spiritual awakening. Their mission is to humanize high performing companies and 'performance-ize' social-mission organizations. In the interview, she talks of the need, in this time of cultural crisis, for the artists to create the new iconography of system well-being to replace the icons of commerce.

Elsie is on a mission – to empower business to profitably align with the web of life. Ms. Maio started her career on Wall Street , and, through her public platform and real time engagement with clients, Elsie has helped usher in the sustainability movement since 1997. She has helped scores of leaders to discover emergent trends in business and society, and to commercialize that advantage. Her business management framework and toolset, The SoulBranding℠ Process, uniquely marries high performance business practices with heart-centered stakeholder empowerment.


LinkedIN @soulbrand

Twitter @soulbrand

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Episode #230 | Zuleikha | The Storydancer Project

Zuleikha is an international performer and educator whose work inspires positive change through unique exercises, movements, and restorative self-care practices shared in an atmosphere of empathy, inclusivity and support. 

Renowned for her global work with women, children and families, “storydance” performances, innovative classes, and collaborations celebrating the poetry of Rumi, she is also the creator of Take a Minute™, an exercise program to increase vitality and resilience.

Founder and Executive Director of The Storydancer Project, an international non-profit organization based in NM that serves girls, women, children and families facing challenging life circumstances, Zuleikha is a recipient of several awards for her outstanding work in the world promoting positive personal and social change, including first place at the Indian International Palliative Care Conference. TSP offers several programs in both NM and Delhi, India.

In partnership with NM Navajo Nation, she developed the Rainbow Bridge Initiative. In Delhi, India, the Palliative Care and Community Renewal Programs, and in partnership with the Esperanza Shelter, The Domestic Violence Programs.

She appears each year in a featured role with the Rumi Concert, dancing and telling enchanting Rumi Stories.

The next Rumi concert will be at the Lensic on October 5.



Episode #229 | Santa Fe Improv | With Ben Taxy and Robin Holloway

Improvization! Making it up as you go along…
That’s life, for some of us. And that’s also a style of theater
with some basic philosophies / tenets/ lessons that also
are pretty cool life lessons.
Like “yes, and..”,
like working collaboratively,
like helping your team,
like committing fully,
like not being afraid to look bad.
Santa Fe Improv teaches and trains in the art of improvisation, a style of comedic theater where scenes and stories are created on-the-spot. Improv is essential training for comedic actors. Learning to improvise is valuable to regular people as well –

We talk with the founder, Ben Taxy and one of the instructors, Robin Holloway about how learning to do imrov makes you a better listener and team player by being more fully present.


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Episode #228 | Nicholas Ballas

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Nicholas Ballas has been an important actor and director in Santa Fe since the Eighties, appearing with New Mexico Rep, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, and Mother Road in Albuquerque. In the mid-Eighties, he founded the New Mexico Actor’s Theater, producing many playsranging from Sam Shepard to Shakespeare, directing and acting, and teaching acting classes.

In this interview, Ballas reminisces about his acquaintance with Sam Shepard, about his connection to the Santa Fe Actor’s Lab, which he acts and directs with. He also talks about Robert Benedetti, this mentor and the founder of the NMAL.

Episode #227 | Christa Obuchowski | "botanical perfumer"

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"Plants are my allies, friends and teachers."

Christa J. Obuchowski is a traditional naturopath, botanical perfumer, distiller, and educator. In 1994, Christa founded the AromaBotanica Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering a full-spectrum approach to healing the body, mind, and spirit through stimulating natural healing potentials. Christa is a licensed educator and massage therapist.

For the last twenty years, she has devoted herself to the art and science of blending plant extracts and healing with scent. Her great love is the creation of scent portraits for individuals using a ‘scent palette’. In recent years Christa has come to work more with raw plant materials, making plant extracts herself through processes of distillation and maceration. The CJO line of rare, exquisite fragrances includes colognes, balms, smudges, oils, hydrosols, and roll-on perfumes.

She teaches classes on plant medicine, the art of perfume making, and self-care. Every month she holds “Aroma Hydro-soul Salons” at her studio, exploring the healing magic of Aroma hydrolates with colleagues and clients.


Episode #226 | Lives Well Lived | Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age

A documentary Produced and Directed by Sky Bergman

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What is a life well lived? 40 people are asked this question, all aged between 75 and 100, with a total of 3000 years of experience. Their responses are documented by Director Sky Bergman in this documentary which celebrates their lives. Santa Fe’s own Ciel Bergman (no relation to the director) is one of the featured 11 people, whose life work as an important American artist is shown. Her views on life and art are clear, concise and articulate.

Episode #225 | Dream Catcher Ranchito

The best and freshest goat cheese I ever tasted was from the Farmer's Market, fromDream Catcher Ranchito. Mary Ann Andrews is the owner / goatmistress and cheese master of Dream Catcher Ranchito, about 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. growing up as a city girl with no background in animal husbandry or cheese making. In a former life, she worked in finance, as a financial planner in Kentucky, which gave her the business smarts to create this thriving business. 

Mary Ann adores her goats, and they love her back. Most are a breed called “Nubian.”She says they are “personable, loving, and very smart.” She started making goat yogurt for dogs, then realized that people would like it as well.Check out the podcast for everything you might like to know about goats.


Episode #224 | Quinn Fontaine | Author | "Hung Like A Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure"


Most of us are comfortable with the gender we were assigned at birth. But transsexuals have the absolute conviction of being born in the wrong body, a severe identify problem causing major suffering from early childhood on.


Quinn Fontaine is a proud TRANS guy who has a background in all things expressive [standup, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work and found object sculpture]. Fontaine’s first-ever one person show, Learning to Stay, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Fontaine’s second solo show, aptly titled Kathleen Fontaine, the Man, the Mystery! played to sold out audiences.

He has just completed his first book, Hung Like A Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy and Recovery.

Website: http://QuinnFontaine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inspirational.speaker.comic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/themanthemystery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/quinnfontaine1

Episode #223 | Scott Harrison | "The Crucible"

Following their critically-acclaimed 2015 production of Death of a Salesman, Ironweed Productions is returning to the world of Arthur Miller with a production of his haunting and electrifying masterpiece, The Crucible. Directed by Ironweed Artistic Director Scott Harrison, this production promises a ride full of suspense, twists and shocking revelations. It opens on Halloween weekend, October 26th, and runs through November 12th at El Museo Cultural, Ironweed's home from 2006-2011.

Based on true events, The Crucible is a powerful reminder of the devastating consequences when fear takes root in a community.

SCOTT HARRISON (Director) is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA. In 2002, he produced and directed his first project, The Roads to Home by Horton Foote at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NewYork. Before founding Ironweed Productions in 2005, he directed The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler in collaboration with PeaceKeepers, a violence prevention organization serving the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, and The Carpetbagger’s Children by Horton Foote as a company member with Theaterwork. As Artistic Director of Ironweed, he has directed productions of ‘Night, Mother, Doubt: a Parable, The Trip to Bountiful, American Buffalo, Our Town and Death of a Salesman. He has also performed in Ironweed productions of Fool for Love, True West, Rabbit Hole, Buried Child and Good People. He studied directing and acting at the Studio Theatre Conservatory in Washington, DC and has studied acting in Santa Fe with Wendy Chapin.


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Episode #222 | Mantality

“Mantality” is a new original play with an all male-identified cast expressing a variety of social, emotional, political and spiritual perspectives on masculinity.
–It was presented on Friday, September 29 at the Railyard Performance Center. The cast spans a diversity of ages, races and backgrounds. Tyger White directs a group of 16 men, each of whom has written his own poem, song, dance, or monologue.

Inspired by the wildly successful, sold-out show, “Fierce Feminine Rising”, performed by an all female-identified cast in April 2017, Tyger White gathered a group of passionate performers to give this one-time gift of music, dance, song, poetry, and theatre to the Santa Fe community.. The show is sponsored by New Mexico Men’s Wellness.

Episode #221 | Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference August 4-6, 2017

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Qigong and Conscious Aging.  What's the connection?  Everything! To age consciously, we must learn to live in, experience, and listen to our bodies.  Sadly, many who age lose contact with their bodies. In this extraordinary first conference offered at the beautiful new Chi Center in Galisteo, New Mexico, Master Mingtong Gu leads qigong exercises and shares what qigong is about.  George and Sedena Cappannelli, the founders of AgeNation and Empower New Mexico, have teamed up with the Chi center to offer inspiring, informative talks by Andrew Harvey, Joan Borysenko, Judith Orloff and other luminaries, as well as a fabulous concert on Saturday night with Robert Mirabal, Consuelo Luz, Tess Yong, and Michael Kott. In this interview, we talk about conscious aging, what it means, and some of the highlights of the conference.

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Episode #220 | Water is Life

Water is Life.  Aqua es vida.  In any language, water is life. Without it, we cannot survive. The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. Three artists will be presenting the Water is Life Festival at the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden to “honor water by inspiring action for clean water.” Dancers, poets, artists, musicians will come together to present an exceptional experience about water. AND a water medicine wheel will be created, as well as a seed exchange and water stories. 

Bobbe Besold is a visual artist, educator, performer and writer who works in all media. Her primary focus is to create art for Earth’s sake by engaging and collaborating with diverse groups.  She was part of the core team that created Flash Flood in the Santa Fe River for 350.org

Hyda Maria is a Native Santa Fean with a background in education, music, storytelling and dance. She is writing and illustrating a Literacy Arts program (soon to be published).  She has taught and participated in water ceremonies, dances, and songs to honor, cleanse, and renew our waters. 

A social practice artist, poet and scholar, Alicia Rencountre- DaSilva has worked with museum institutions, community programs in public schools, and with educational institutions in Santa Fe and in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Episode #219 | Pat Gorman | Roots & Branches | 5-Element Qigong

As a senior teacher and Legacy Holder with the School of Tai Chi Chuan for over 40 years and a 5-element Worseley acupuncturist for 30 years, Pat initiated and developed the Qigong practice called "Roots & Branches" with Gerrie Sporkan, another Worseley acupuncturist and Tai Chi Legacy Holder from Holland.

Pat assisted Patrick Watson, Senior Student and appointed successor of Professor Cheng, to found the international School of Tai Chi Chuan and the Tai Chi Foundation. She participated in setting up a Tai Chi apprentice program that has produced more than 500 Tai Chi teachers worldwide.

Currently she is teaching Qigong, Medical Qi Gong, lecturing on Chinese philosophy and specializing in the treatment of autoimmune issues, depression and the treatment of children.

Episode #218 | Barbara Bentree | Singer | Filmmaker "My Choice"

Years ago, it was expected that if you were a woman, after marriage you were expected to have children. What an assumption!  Clearly a woman’s body is her own, and society pressure is no longer relevant.The rate of women who are childless by choice has increased 100%

Over the past 45 yearsThe singer and entertainer Barbara Bentree has made a documentary called My Choice, a filmed conversation between 5 women ranging in age between mid-40’s to mid 60’s, all of whom made the choice not to have children. In very candid interviews, they explore the surprising reasons why they made their decision. My Choice provides a forum for discussing the role of women on the planet, and reinforces why a woman’s right to choose is so important.

Episode #217 | JOEY WILSON | Singer Songwriter | Consultant

Joey Wilson is an organizational consultant, designer, tinkerer and singer / songwriter. In 1984, Joey's father, Larry Wilson, in what he would later describe as a failed attempt at retirement, purchased a 2000-acre ranch along the Pecos River.

They would christen it The Pecos River Learning Center - a 2000-acre classroom and a learning space so large that it couldn’t hold a small idea. The center became an experiential learning facility where individuals could reinvent themselves, and, in turn, the organizations for which they worked. And the center of that center was a huge and terrifying ropes course.
For Joey, the family business was like a graduate course in organizational development and would later cofound CultureLogic, a consulting firm that continues to help organizations optimize their culture.

With one foot firmly planted in the business world, his other lifelong passion is music and songwriting, a craft he has been tweaking for over 30 years. He says this balance between business and art is what has allowed him to keep his heart engaged in both.