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The Opening Door- Show 57: Daniel Bergner

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

What does a woman want?  Beyond stereotypes and conventional wisdom, Daniel Bergner shares his extensive research forcing us to reconsider our long held notions about female sexuality. Exploring questions about the impact of intimacy and the delving into the desire to be desired, this provocative conversation about what drives women’s sexual desire will surprise you, challenging long held beliefs and creating a dynamic questioning to your own desire.

dbergDaniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of four books of nonfiction: What Do Women Want?The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo.  In the Land of Magic Soldiers received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage and was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. God of the Rodeo was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In addition to appearing in the New York Times Magazine, Mr. Bergner’s writing has appeared in GrantaHarper’sMother Jones,Talk, and the New York Times Book Review, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. His writing is included in The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction.



The Opening Door- Show 56: Karla McLaren, The Art of Empathy

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Relationship success is dependent on our capacity for empathy which is not only how we literally learn to feel our loved one’s experience but even more deeply know ourselves.  Even though  our empathetic response is hardwired into us, and arguably one of our most basic survival mechanisms, for many of us,  our empathetic abilities remain undeveloped.  Don’t miss Karla McLaren’s life changing insights and easy to learn exercises in how you can become a happier and more feeling person.   Her work in the Art of Empathy is not to be missed.

mclarenKarla McLaren, author of Language of Emotions (June 2010) and the forthcoming book, The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (on sale October 2013). Empathy is the new compassion!  Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, Karla  teaches readers how to identify and regulate emotions and boundaries; how to provide support in a sensitive, perceptive, and healthy way; insights for navigating our evolving social landscape; and ways to expand our empathy to our community and global levels of society and the natural world.


The Opening Door- Show 55: Stanley Siegel, Your Brain On Sex

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Connecting the dots between how our subconscious mind works to heal our most deeply held conflicts and pain through erotic pleasure is a journey to embodying our sexual selves. Stanley Siegel, author of Your Brain On Sex, offers his provocative and unique wisdom that will awaken you to the power of your erotic fantasies and free you to experience the healing power they contain.  Don’t miss this enlightening conversation with one of our favorite sexperts.

Stanley-Siegel-OGStanley Siegel is a psychotherapist, author, lecturer, and former Director of Education and Senior Faculty member of New York’s renowned Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. With nearly 40 years of experience in the field of psychology Siegel has developed an unconventional and tradition-challenging approach to psychotherapy that has led to his most recent book Your Brain on Sex: How Smarter Sex Can Change Your Life. Siegel taught for many years at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Adelphi University, and the University of California, Berkeley; was the founding director of the Family Studies Center in Huntington, New York, and have served as a consultant to hospitals and mental health centers throughout the country.




The Opening Door- Show 54: Charlotte and Chris Rose, The Pleasure Mechanics

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and touch is the first language we learn from birth.  Yet many people freeze when it comes to using our hands for our most intimate moments.  Learning how to touch is the key to experiencing more sexual pleasure. Chris and Charlotte, dubbed the pleasure mechanics bring years of massage and sex education history to the joyful task of creating international best selling videos guides which offer stroke-by-stroke inspiration that make it easy to learn how to touch every inch of your lover’s body with more skill and confidence.

pleasure-mechanics-24Chris and Charlotte, The Pleasure Mechanics, They are both trained massage therapists and sex educators and certified Sexological Bodyworkers through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. They have been full time sex educators for over 10 years. After teaching sold-out workshops across the country, they have now turned their full attention to teaching sex online, so they can reach men, women and couples all around the world. Their video guides are best sellers on Amazon and have reached over 60 countries.

The Opening Door- Show 53: Wendy Plump, Vow

Friday, September 27th, 2013

There is no good side of the fence when it comes to infidelity- whether you are the betrayed or the betrayer argues author Wendy Plump.   She shares her intimate history of a broken marriage and the affairs on both sides that brought about its collapse with deep insight and compassion.  How ever this hot prevalent issue of affairs has touched your life, you don’t want to miss this provocative conversation about what Vows mean and what they have to teach us.

rbk-redbook-reads-wendy-plump-mdnWendy Plump is the author of Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (And Other Affairs), published in February 2013. After the discovery of her husband’s affair and second family, and several affairs of her own earlier in the marriage, Wendy wrote Vow as a way to wrap a thoughtful narrative around the issues of infidelity, love and the challenges of long-term marriage. She has been a reporter and magazine writer for 25 years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and New Jersey Monthly. She reports regularly for The Times of Trenton, and lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


The Opening Door- Show 52: Eliza and Sil Reynolds, authors of Mothering & Daughtering

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The relationship to our mother is our first and it shapes many of our most intimate connections.  When the relationship breaks down as it often does in the teen years,  the cascading impact of disconnection is deep and profound.   Don’t miss the wisdom and heartfelt inspiration of this mother daughter team, Sil and Eliza Reynolds.   Learning how to be proactive about keeping a strong bond through actively “mothering and daughtering” will pay dividends for years to come.

silBioSil and Eliza Reynolds are a mother and daughter team whose workshops and writing have taught hundreds of mothers and daughters how to thrive—not just survive—through the adolescent years. A graduate of Brown University, Sil is a nurse practitioner and therapist in private practice in New York’s Hudson Valley, who has over the past thirty years specialized in family medicine, women’s health, and eating disorders. Eliza attends Brown University where she is studying developmental and social psychology, gender studies, political science, dance, and nonfiction writing. She is a trained sex education counselor for Planned Parenthood and a certified peer mediator.


The Opening Door – Show 51: Sera Beak – Red Hot & Holy – A Heretic’s Love Story

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Where is your Red Hot Sexy? Don’t miss Sera Beak, author and teacher about the deep love that begins inside. She shares her own personal journey of how her own awakening spilled into every aspect of her life. Red Hot and Sexy is a sensuality of the heart. Be prepared for a whole new perspective of what makes us most sexy.
Sera Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions who spent years traveling the world studying spirituality with Sufi dervishes, Tibetan monks, Croatian mystics, shamans, and more. She is the author of The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark and Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story, has appeared in The New York Times, People, and Publisher’s Weekly, and on NPR, The Dr. Oz Show, and Oprah and Friends. She lives in San Francisco, CA. For more, visit


The Opening Door – Show 50: Laura Munson, This Is Not the Story That You Think It Is

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Letting go is a real life choice. Not only a path to authentically stay present to the groundless situations that happen in our relationships, it is also a remarkable courageous surrender to controlling the outcome. The trade off of certainty for a real experience of the present moment is more thphoto_lauramunson_03an worth it as we hear author Laura Munson describe her season of unlikely happiness in This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness Don’t miss the profound wisdom that comes with the courage of letting go and realizing how happiness is really an inside job.


The Opening Door – Show 49: Paul K. Chappell, Waging Peace

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Decades ago, Einstein said “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” Paul Chappell, former army captain and author of 7 books including The Art of Waging Peace, takes Einstein’s thinking to a new level explaining the investment, strategizing and planning that a peaceful world would demand. His is not some pie in the sky dream but rather a thoughtful and compelling argument that war is not our destiny. Don’t miss this provocative conversation about how you can impact a peaceful future

Is-World-Peace-Possible3Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace. Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. His website is


The Opening Door – Show 48: Dr. Sondra Barrett author of “Secrets of Your Cells”

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Discover your body’s inner intelligence with Dr. Sondra Barrett, author of Secrets of Your Cells. Taking her medical training into the mystical world of cellular biology, Sondra explains the fundamentals of cellular intelligence, offering methods to heal ourselves at the deepest levels. Our cellular architecture is actually “a community of trillions of sentient entities working together to create a sanctuary for the human soul.” Don’t miss this unique perspective on how to listen deeply to what your body is telling you and practice sending life affirming messages to create a more healthy you.

SondraSondra Barrett is the author of Secrets of your Cells and a PHd Biochemist who studied childhood cancers during her post doctoral training in immunology and hematology at the University of California Medical School. She teaches and lectures on the science and practice of mind body medicine. She creates cellular art with her electronic microscope.