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.

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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 #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 #182 | Marney Makridakis | Author | "Hop, Skip, Jump"

Marney Makridakis is the founder of Artella Land, an online creative community, which has been inspiring artists, writers and creative spirits, and supporting them in following their dreams, since 2002.

Her book, Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life, focuses on how to positively blend work and play together in a new route to joy-filled success. The techniques in this text guide the reader to be more playful and productive as they move through three vital processes of the manifestation process: dreaming (hop), experimenting (skip), and taking action (jump).

Episode #157 | Timothy McLaughlin | Poet | Spoken word artist

Tim McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He is the editor of the award-winning book Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School and the producer of a poetry album and documentary film, both titled Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Nature Storytelling through Performance Poetry.

In this interview, i ask Tim what makes a song a medicine song.  Hisresponse is "it is whispered up from the water or land to rekindle a dialogue between ancestral and contemporary man." He is a master of the magic of language.

Episode #143 | Stephen Karcher | I Ching Master | "Total I Ching: Myths for Change"

Dr. Stephen Karcher is an internationally recognised scholar ,intellectual, translator and initiated diviner who has taught and lectured on the I Ching and Tijing all over the world. His book, Total I Ching; Myths for change Is Karcher’s Taoist version of the I Ching, rather than the more familiar Confucion version.

Episode #138 | Ramona Ausubel | Author | "No One Is Here Except All Of Us"

Ramona Ausubel is an author, teacher and lecturer whose work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” the “Green Mountains Review” and “The Paris Review”

No One is Here Except All Of Us is about Jewish Romanian families feeling the pressures of impending war in 1939. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world. History and time are forgotten, jobs, husbands and children are reassigned. 

Listen to Ausbel's 2012 interview here.
Listen to Ausbel's 2013 interview here.

Episode #124 | Wayne Muller Author | "A Life of Doing, Being, and Having Enough"

Wayne Muller is an executive leadership mentor, therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and bestselling author. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey, an organization that empowers people who are passionate about improving their community, one financial gift at a time. 

Muller's book, A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough, offers healing for the perpetually stressed. It teaches that by learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and by recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, we can gain the self-acceptance, so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, it is wholly enough.

Episode #117 | Dr. Stanley Hordes | Author | "To The End of the Earth: A History of Crypto-Jews of New Mexico"

Stanley Hordes was appointed as the New Mexico State Historian in the 1980s. He began work in Santa Fe and immediately received visitors in search of family records regarding the history of Sephardic Judaism in New Mexico.

In To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, Hordes explores the story of crypto-Jews and the tenuous preservation of Jewish rituals and traditions in Mexico and New Mexico over the past five hundred years.

Episode #107 | Tom Pinkson | Author | "Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichols"

Dr. Tom Pinkson has studied indigenous wisdom ways across the world while keeping up with western psychology, wellness practices, brain sciences, and quantum physics, which he has used to help people wake up, remember and live from the truth of who and what they are. He developed a wilderness treatment program for heroin addicts in the early 1970s, helped begin the first at-home Hospice program in the US, worked with children and adults facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as leading vision quests and creating meaningful rites of passage ceremonies at various stages of life. Pinkson has authored a number of books including: Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years, and founded the non-profit organization WAKAN, which is committed to restoring the sacred in daily life.

Episode #104 | McKenzie Magee | Author | "A Guide for Midlife"

McKenzie Magee is a counsellor, award-winning author, teacher and facilitator of psycho-spiritual integration. She conducts her professional practice at Higher Ground Inc. where she counsels and guides clients in their personal growth and life purpose through holistic healing practices, astrology, transpersonal psychology, and Eastern Western spiritual traditions.

Her book, A Guide for Midlife: Navigating the Six Universal Crises, guides the reader through the six passages of midlife: Authenticity, Power, Clarity, Stature, Balance, Beliefs, and Contribution. Drawing from the “life is timing” cycles of the astrological birth chart, she leads you on your midlife journey.

Episode #90 | Tony Simons | Author: "The Integrity Dividend" | Firewalking Coach

Tony Simons is a teacher, firewalking instructor, author and seminar leader. Simons is a Professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he teaches organizational behavior, negotiation and leadership. He has spoken and trained executives in negotiation skills and leadership at Northwester University’s Kellogg School, Cornell University and in seminars across the US and Europe.

Simons’ book The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word, published in 2008, shows that personal integrity drives the profitability and overall success of their organization. The book is based on research, revealing the businesses led by managers of higher integrity enjoy deeper employee commitment, lower turnover, superior customer service, and substantially higher profitability.

He has been offering Firewalking workshops in Ithaca, NY, and Santa Fe, NM. Called "Life Courage Workshops", Tony says " You will become a firewalker and you will learn bone-deep that you are unstoppable. You will witness and experience incredible moments, you will deepen your connection with the people you came with, you will heal deeply, and you will have a whole lot of fun."

Episode #89 | Noel Bennett | Artist | Author

NOËL BENNETT’S art has gained depth and definition through life experience . She lived and wove with the Navajo for eight years and later authored nine books on Navajo weaving, culture, and history. She has devoted her art training (advanced degrees from Stanford University including graduate study with Richard Diebenkorn) to encompass a variety of media and to explore cross-cultural dialogue. Her Infinite Moment series manifests the Navajo spiritual essence of hozhoji.

Noël has served on the art faculties of the College of Notre Dame and the University of New Mexico. She is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.

Exhibitions include Stanford University, University of New Mexico, College of Notre Dame, Museum of Northern Arizona, Denver Museum of Natural History, and the rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol.


Episode #82 | Maggie Macnab | Author, Book "Decoding Design"

Maggie Macnab is a designer, author and educator. She is a lover of nature, symbols, and the human spirit. She founded Macnab Design in 1981, and her design work has received international recognition for over 30 years.

Her book, Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication, reveals how common symbols and shapes resonate at a gut level and can lend greater meaning to a design.. She talks about how to uncover how philosophy, math and physics influence great design. .