Marianne Pestana Joins the Emmy Nominated The Whitney Reynolds Show on PBS

Delighted to announce that I’ve joined the Emmy nominated Whitney Reynolds Show on Chicago PBS as a producer for Season 10!  Now airing in six states on PBS:  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Florida!  Tune in for a show that educates, motivate and makes a difference, one topic at a time!

What started as an online talk show, the program gained momentum quickly and moved to NBC within its first year. In 2012 the show made strategic changes, which included a move to PBS Stations in Chicagoland, The Quad Cities, Peoria and Jacksonville, FL. The Whitney Reynolds Show is currently in season nine and recently released it’s first book, “Beyond The Interview, A 52 Week Guide of Inspiration.”

You can learn more about The Whitney Reynolds Show at https://www.whitneyreynolds.com 

The Grocery Story with Jon Steinman
Sunday, June 30th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jon Steinman has studied and worked with all things food for over two decades. He was the producer and host of the internationally syndicated radio show and podcast Deconstructing Dinner, once ranked as the most-listened-to food podcast in Canada. Jon. Jon coordinates and curates the annual Deconstructing Dinner Film Festival of compelling food documentaries and was an elected director from 2006-2016 of the Kootenay Co-op – Canada’s largest independent retail consumer food co-op. https://grocerystory.coop 

The Honey Bus with Meredith May
Friday, June 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Meredith May spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She is co-author of I, Who Did Not Die, about a child soldier who risked his life to rescue a wounded enemy fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. She is a fifth-generation beekeeper and lives in San Francisco, where she keeps several hives in a community garden. https://meredithamay.net 

Make Your Own Damn Cheese with Dr. John Chuback
Thursday, June 27th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

John A. Chuback, M.D., is Board Certified in General Surgery and Cardiovascular Surgery. He received his MD from Rutgers University and has been in private practice in Paramus, New Jersey, for 16 years. Dr.Chuback is also a successful entrepreneur: he is the founder and Chief Medical Officer at Chuback Medical Group, founder and managing member of Elant Hill, LLC, and the nutraceutical company BiosupportMD. He is the recipient of the Patient’s Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition amongst many other honors. http://chubackeducation.com/

Career ReCharge with Beth Benatti
Monday, June 24th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Enter Beth Benatti Kennedy, an internationally-recognized leadership coach and trainer who provides an achievable, authentic, and accessible path to increasing workplace resilience. The book leads readers step by step through her proprietary Benatti Resiliency Model, five key strategies that will enhance their career resilience and ability to recharge. https://bethkennedy.com

How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed with Jessica Gimeno
Sunday, June 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jessica Gimeno is a health activist, speaker, and blogger best known for her TEDx Talk, “How to Get Stuff Done When You Are Depressed.” Healthline named her TEDx Talk, ‘One of the Best Depression Videos of the Year,’ for two consecutive years.  Jessica’s blog, ‘Fashionably ill ®,’ and eponymous YouTube channel chronicle her journey living with five chronic illnesses: bipolar 2, myasthenia gravis, endometriosis, psoriasis, and asthma.  She has been featured in NBC News, BuzzFeed, everyday, HEALTH, MSNBC, Huffington Post, and HealthCentral.  https://jessicagimeno.com

American Sutra with Duncan Williams
Friday, June 21st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Ordained Zen priest Duncan Ryuken Williams’ AMERICAN SUTRA: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War (Harvard University Press; February 2019) described by George Takei as a “must read.”  This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom. The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. https://www.duncanryukenwilliams.com/american-sutra

an Invisible Thread with Laura Schroff
Thursday, June 20th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Laura Schroff is a former advertising executive who helped launch three of the most successful start-ups in Time Inc. history— In StyleTeen People, and People Style Watch. Schroff has also worked as the New York Division Manager at People magazine. Since the release of An Invisible Thread, Schroff has been a keynote speaker at over 300 schools, libraries, charities and bookstores, encouraging people to find for their own invisible thread connections and appreciate the power of small acts of kindness. http://lauraschroff.com 

The Lady From The Black Lagoon with Mallory O’Meara
Monday, June 17th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Mallory O’Meara is an author, screenwriter and genre film producer. Every week, she co-hosts the literary podcast Reading Glasses. Whether it’s for the screen or the page, Mallory seeks creative projects imbued with the weird; horror and monsters are her passion. www.malloryomeara.com

The Heat with Mike Lee
Sunday, June 16th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Recording artist and MMA trainer Mike Lee has released an epic new music video for his single, THE HEAT. The song features the band VONDI, which is a Canadian-American music and production duo consisting of Stephen Von HeyKing and Cody Norris.  https://www.mikeleemusic.com

From Suffering to Peace with Mark Coleman
Friday, June 14th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Mark Coleman is the author of From Suffering to Peace, Make Peace with Your Mind, and Awake in the Wild. He is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has an MA in clinical psychology. Mark has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide. He lives in Northern California. Visit him online at www.MarkColeman.org

Limitless with Laura Gassner Otting
Thursday, June 13th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Laura Gassner Otting’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. https://lauragassnerotting.com 

Living a Life of Harmony with Darren Cockburn
Monday, June 10th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Darren Cockburn has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years, studying with a range of teachers from different religions. As a coach and teacher, he has supported hundreds of people in meditation, mindfulness, and finding a connection to spirituality, with a focus on applying spiritual teachings in everyday life to cultivate a peaceful mind. The author of Being Present, he lives in Bournemouth, UK. www.darrencockburn.com

African Samurai with Thomas Lockley
Sunday, June 9th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Thomas Lockley is Assistant Professor at Nihon University College of Law in Tokyo, where he teaches courses about the international and multicultural history of Japan and East Asia. He has published several dozen research papers and articles, including the first in the world regarding the life of Yasuke. He is currently Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He and his family live in Chiba, Japan.

Ghosted and Breadcrumbed with Dr. Marni Feuerman
Friday, June 7th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Dr. Marni Feuerman is the author of Ghosted and Breadcrumbed. She is a licensed social worker and marriage and family therapist with a private practice counseling those with relationship issues. She also trains therapists to do couples therapy and writes about love relationships for a number of online media. www.TheTalkingSolution.com

The Question Authority with Rachel Cline
Thursday, June 6th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Rachel Cline, author of the novels What to Keep and My Liar, has written for the New York Times, New York, More, SELF, and Tin House magazines, and is a produced screen and television writer. For five years, she was a screenwriting instructor at the University of Southern California and has taught fiction writing at New York University, Eugene Lang College, and Sarah Lawrence College. She has been a resident at Yaddo, a fellow at Sewanee, and a Girls Write Now mentor. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, a few blocks from where she grew up. https://www.rachelcline.com 

Panic Free with Tom Bunn, LCSW
Monday, June 3rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Tom Bunn, LCSW, is the author of Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety, and Claustrophobia, which is the result of his many years addressing flight panic in his role as an airline pilot. He is also a licensed therapist, regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a former U.S. Air Force captain who flew the Air Force’s first supersonic jet fighter, the F-100.  http://www.panicfree.net.

It’s Not Your Life, It’s You! with Jason Kendrick
Sunday, June 2nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jason B. Kendrick is a Communications and Transformation Specialist, Author, Speaker, Reiki Master, Heart Core Communications Trainer and Heart Centered Living Practitioner. He offers himself to the world in Love and Service to cultivate Peace, Love and Joy within all he works with.  https://www.jasonbkendrick.com

The Road to Power with Barbara Berger
Friday, May 31st at 8pm ET/5pm PT

American-born Barbara Berger is the best-selling author of 15 self-empowerment books, which have been translated into 30 languages.  Her books can be ordered on Amazon.com and other online sites or on her Web site. Barbara lives in Copenhagen, Denmark and works as coach, helping people around the globe come into alignment with their own true power. www.beamteam.com

Do You Have Kids? Life When The Answer Is No with Kate Kaufmann
Thursday, May 30th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Kate Kaufmann embarked on her life as a non-mom when she abandoned fertility treatments, quit her corporate job, and moved from the suburbs to a rural community to raise sheep. Since 2012, she has talked with hundreds of women ranging in age from twenty-four to ninety-one and advocates for better understanding of the childless/childfree demographic. Kate received an MFA in creative writing in 2016 from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and has a professional background in corporate staffing, training, and consulting.  www.katekaufmann.com 

Unstoppable Teams with Alden Mills
Monday, May 27th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness. He is also a longtime entrepreneur, with over 40 patents, and has over 25 years of experience working on high-performance leadership, sales, and team-building. https://alden-mills.com 

Soul Cyphers with Robert Clancy
Sunday, May 26th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Robert Clancy is a creative visionary, #1 bestselling author, spiritual teacher and co-founder of Spiral Design Studio, LLC. At age nineteen, Robert had a divine spiritual experience that altered his life in profound ways. He is a sought after speaker, presenter and guest. Robert is also a regular contributor and weekly guest on Los Angeles KABC Radio’s syndicated Late Night Health Radio show. https://www.soulcyphers.com 

The Life-Changing Power of Sophrology with Dominique Antiglio
Friday, May 24th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Dominique Antiglio is a globally sought-after Sophrologist specializing in stress management, self-development, and birth preparation. After studying with Professor Alfonso Caycedo, the inventor of Sophrology, she founded BeSophro, a London-based clinic and consultancy with an online platform to help people find a better life through the practice of Sophrology. https://be-sophro.com 

The Code Journey with Jesse An Nichols George
Thursday, May 23rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Jesse An Nichols George is a Coding Interpreter who has authored 6 books and is a collaborator on the International multiple   bestseller “Embraced by the Divine:  The Emerging Woman’s Gateway To Power, Passion, and Purpose”.  Her work is founded in the principles of Compassion and how to use it to bring joy to all areas of life; so that you can live your passion and manifest a life filled with joy and fulfillment.  Jesse An is a 13+ generation spiritual healer, energy tuner, life/relationship/spiritual and wellness coach, holistic and natural lifestyle advisor.  www.compassioncodes.com

Freedom’s Detective with Charles Lane
Monday, May 20th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Charles Lane is an editorial writer for The Washington Post. A former editor of the New Republic and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, he has also covered the Supreme Court of the United States. https://charlesmarklane.com

Developing Prosperity with Spirituality with Alan Cohen
Sunday, May 19th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Alan Cohen, M.A., is the author of 27 popular inspirational books, including the best-selling The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the award-winning A Deep Breath of Life, and the classic Are You as Happy as Your Dog? He is a contributing writer for the New York Times #1 bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul, and his books have been translated into 25 foreign languages. His work has been featured on Oprah and in USA Today, The Washington Post and 101 Top Experts. Alan’s radio program Get Real is broadcast weekly on Hay House Radio, and his monthly column From the Heart is featured in magazines internationally. https://www.alancohen.com 

Three Breaths and Begin with William Meyer
Friday, May 17th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

William Meyer has long taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools, where he has also taught meditation in a variety of forms. He has worked with fellow educators in workshops and professional development courses, is the author of two published middle-reader novels, and is currently working to augment his MA in education from Harvard with a PhD from NYU.  www.BillPMeyer.com  

Park Avenue Summer with Renee Rosen
Thursday, May 16th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Renee Rosen is the bestselling author of historical fiction. Her novels include Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What the Lady Wants and Dollface as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. http://reneerosen.com 

The Way of the Simple Soul with Catherine Landry
Monday, May 13th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

The Way of the Simple Soul by Catherine Grace Landry, an ethereal, mesmerizing read about one woman’s journey of soul loss, soul retrieval, and how she came home to her own inner Self.  This deeply moving gem is a “pearl of great price,” according to one of our thousands of readers. http://catherinegracelandry.com 

The Way of the Simple Soul with publisher Karen Stuth
Monday, May 13th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Karen Stuth is the co-founder of Satiama Publishing, offering the ‘best-in-class’ mind, body and spirit books, wisdom cards, audiobooks, and board games. Karen is also President of the Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR), a not-for-profit trade association for the mind, body, and spirit marketplace.  https://www.satiama.com  https://covr.org

A Tiny Home to Call Your Own with Patricia Foreman
Sunday, May 12th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Pat Foreman is a pharmacist, sustainable agricultural activist, local foods advocate, and popular speaker. She was a class A contractor in Virginia and co-owned the United States’ first tiny-house construction company. Pat has been widely published in major national magazines including Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and BackHome Magazine, and is a popular guest on local and national radio and television talk shows.

Find Your Soul's Agenda with Ani Anderson
Friday, May 10th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Ani Anderson, MS, OT, LMT, CEMP, SBMC is the creator of the Find Your Soul’s Agenda process and co-creator of Sensation-Based Mindset coaching. In the year 2000, after graduating with her masters degree in Occupational Therapy, Ani quickly found that the constraints of the western medical system did not offer her the creativity or freedom to be able to deliver complete and meaningful treatments to her clients. So she left to pursue private practice, helping people heal using energy medicine practices. http://findyoursoulsagenda.com  

Repentance with Andrew Lam, MD
Thursday, May 9th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Andrew Lam, M.D., studied history at Yale before becoming a retinal surgeon. His previous books include Saving Sight, about his career as an eye surgeon, and Two Sons of China, a novel of WWII that won a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award in 2014. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and at Tufts University School of Medicine.  www.AndrewLamMD.com 

The Good Night with Dr. Sunita Puri
Monday, May 6th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and studied Modern History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. She completed medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and fellowship training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Stanford University. https://sunitapuri.com

Heal The Body, Heal The Mind with Susanne Babbel, PhD
Sunday, May 5th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Susanne Babbel, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing with a trauma specialty in her private practice in San Francisco, CA. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), as well as the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). A contributing author for nearly a decade to the Psychology Today online blog, Babbel also writes for magazines and newspapers, appears on radio shows, creates CDs for healing, and co-taught the UC Davis Extension online course on trauma bonding.  https://www.drbabbel.com 

Find Freedom Fast with Robert London, MD
Friday, May 3rd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Dr. Robert T. London is a well-known psychiatrist, educator, and writer. A practitioner for 40 years, he is founder and former head of the short-term psychotherapy unit at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a pioneer in consumer health care radio and TV programming. His articles and columns appear in his own newspaper columns, as well as in leading medical journals and popular magazines, and he is a frequent source to national TV, radio, and print outlets. www.findfreedomfast.com

Radical Mindfulness with Daniel Gutierrez
Thursday, May 2nd at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Once a high-powered executive and in-demand consultant who graced the covers of Latin Business, Cypen and Color Magazines, Daniel realized that there was more to success than a 7-figure earning potential. As President of PRIMER, a prestigious national leadership organization and an advisor to the Department of White House Personnel for the Obama Administration, Daniel was a highly regarded and deeply revered leader. Though Daniel was listed as one of the “Top 100 Hispanics in America” along extraordinary individuals such as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actor Edward James Olmos and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, something was still missing.  https://www.danielgutierrez.com

 

Celtic Stories with Ayn Cates Sullivan
Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Ayn Cates Sullivan, MA, MFA, Ph.D. obtained her BA with honors at Hollins University and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. After co-owning and running the Healing Center of Santa Monica in the mid-1990s, she moved to Santa Barbara County where she continued to offer private consultations and workshops for people interested in the Heroine’s Journey. http://ayncatessullivan.com

The Lost Girls of Paris with Pam Jenoff
Monday, April 29th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including her most recent, The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan’s Tale, both instant New York Times bestsellers, and The Kommandant’s Girl, which received widespread acclaim, earned her a nomination for the Quill Awards and became an international bestseller. http://www.pamjenoff.com

Seven Practice of a Mindful Leader with Marc Lesser
Sunday, April 28th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Marc Lesser is a CEO, Zen teacher, author, and leads trainings and talks worldwide. He has led mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and organizations including Google, SAP, Genentech, and Kaiser. He is currently CEO of ZBA Associates, a company providing mindfulness-based leadership trainings and creating community by supporting ongoing groups. https://www.marclesser.net