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Journalist Linda Grasso hosts candid conversation with fascinating women about the things that matter most: happiness, health and purpose. SheSez is a master class for the modern woman.

In her signature unabashed style, the well-known TV broadcaster showcases her seasoned interviewing skills, fueled by a keen sense of what women want to know. With thoughtful cadence and saucy humor, Linda peels back the layers on each guest, giving equal time to successes and failures.

Interviewees come from many stages and walks of life, ranging from Fortune 500 executives to forward thinkers to illuminating women who just have it down. Each 30-40 minute episode offers tangible takeaways for the listener: the secrets to living as healthy as possible, getting what you want out of life and achieving success on your own terms.
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Laurie Gerber, head coach at the Handel Group, shares insight on how to make love in a long-term relationship last. The relationship and marriage coach shares some her counsel to couples and, with candor, she also talks about own her near divorce experience. Laurie was about 10 years into her relationship with her husband when she discovered, although it looked great from the outside, the two had grown apart and were really just going through the motions. Laurie realized the love affair she was really having was with food—sugar in particular—and that she had to stop pretending and look at how her actions had helped cause the rift and how she needed to change to repair the relationship. Laurie has done a TEDx talk and appeared on shows including A&E’s The Marriage Test, the Dr. Phil Show and The Today Show. She also hosts monthly dating and relationship webinars on Match and JDate. The Handel Group is offering a $75 off coupon to SheSez listeners for coach Lauren Zander’s step-by-step online course on achieving and maintaining a successful love match. Use coupon code: SheSez75        
We may be in the tech age but cultural anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey believes we are starved for wisdom—about everything from the way nature works to how we should view self-worth. And she believes that—in a culture that's obsessed with youth—that wisdom can be found by turning to our elders, found in some of the most remote parts of the earth. Dr. Lindsey, the first Polynesian explorer and female Fellow in the history of the National Geographic Society, has spent her career traveling to the world’s most inaccessible regions documenting indigenous mastery and science. She has studied a tribe of South Pacific way finders (celestial navigators) who sail thousands of miles without the use of maps or instruments as well as a group of sea nomads who averted danger during the 2004 tsunami.  In this episode, the former Miss Hawaii (yes, you heard us right…) shares what she has learned, including an impactful lesson about beauty, after she visited a small island off Micronesia and met a group of tribal women who had never seen a mirror.  
Exploring the use of Human Growth Hormones or HGH for anti-aging with female sexual health expert and urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman (The Doctors). Although not approved by the FDA for anti-aging, some women are injecting HGH to improve skin tone, build muscle, reduce fat, sleep better, and to increase sexual desire and energy. The benefits and risks; when and for whom it works best; and some of the other anti-aging treatments Dr. Berman is prescribing for her patients (including Emsculpt). Also, some of her recommendations for cutting edge over-the-counter supplements and other products that can help offset the negatives of aging.
Chef and cookbook author Gaby Dalkin on how she turned her love of California-inspired cooking into the successful blog and brand, What’s Gaby Cooking? And how being her authentic self, rather than trying to assimilate a picture-perfect social media star, was the key that unlocked her success. Plus, some farm fresh, simple summer recipes that are great for entertaining—from Gaby's famous Bruschetta Bar to to her chicken parmesan meat- balls. Gaby’s 3rd cookbook, Eat What You Want: 125 Recipes For Real Life, was released in spring 2020.
Heather Askinosie, an expert and educator in the field of gemstones and crystals, on how to use the stones for health and wellness. From rose quartz, which is used to connect with your feminine side to selenite which promotes purity, honesty and good sleep, Heather believes crystals help us tap the energy of the earth. Heather is also the co-owner of Energy Muse and a two-time author. Her latest book Crystal365 is a full-color guide to 52 crystals and practices aimed at enhancing life.
Feeling tired all the time despite getting your normal amount of sleep? If you take a functional—rather than conventional—medicine approach, one of the first things that practitioners will examine is the health of your gut. In this episode, functional health coach Mary Brooks explores the link between gut health and fatigue. Plus, a simple, new home test that can pinpoint a gut health issue, and ultimately boost energy. For more on Mary, her practice, workshops and events, go to fuelbetterformula.com.  
The Covid pandemic has left summer travel plans in a tangled mess with what appears to be a new set of rules on cancellations, refunds and credits. Covering everything from airline reservations to property rentals, Lux Voyage travel concierge Virgi Schiffino (who happens to be a former lawyer) offers insider advice on the best way to cancel without penalty, get your money back and or a credit that you can use in the future. 
Linda interviews four thought leaders on what they believe the long-term impact of Covid-19 will be on society. Liz Pryor, Sabina Brennan, Colette Shelton and Angella Nazarian also share how the pandemic has changed them personally.
We all know how this trying time of Covid-19 and home quarantine is making us feel. But what is the stress and isolation doing to our brains? Neuroscientist Sabina Brennan offers insight on how this challenging period is impacting our brain, which ultimately causes changes to our behaviors and emotions. And perhaps most importantly: Sabina shares what we can do to offset the negative impacts of Covid life to keep our brain healthy. Sabina is the author of 100 Days To A Younger Brain and host of the Super Brain podcast.
A room by room approach to organizing, resetting and refreshing  the home from Anna Marshall that's do-able—even for procrastinators. The LA-based interior designer has been hired by Hollywood A-listers from Madonna to Beyonce to Tom Petty to organize homes in ways that are attractive, yet create good feng shui or energy, enabling the homeowner to feel a sense of calm and be productive. From the master bedroom to the garage, Anna shares the how-to on what to part with and what to keep; how to settle disagreements with your significant other about that; and special organizational devices and items that will make the job easier and faster.   Anna is the author of Dream Home: Detox Your Space, Transform Your Life.   
As we enter our second month of Covid-19 quarantine, many of us are grappling with family fatigue, sleeplessness, ill humor, a lack of focus/ motivation—and I'm just gonna say it: we're boozin' way more than normal. Therapist Melissa Brohner-Schneider discusses some of those feelings and behaviors (ok? not ok? normal? not normal?) as well as some of the more unusual ones that have cropped up for some of us like craving human connection but —for some odd reason—withdrawing when opportunities to interact with others arise. Zoom call? No thanks! Plus, what Melissa believes will be the most impactful silver lining of the pandemic.
Obstetrician Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz shares what it's been like in the delivery room during the Coronavirus outbreak and how she is counseling and treating concerned, expectant moms before, during and after birth. And the LA-based physician's own rigorous efforts to stay healthy and virus-free. Plus, a basic tutorial on how to remove elastic gloves (for those who have been reusing them) and why she believes not wearing gloves at all is a safer bet for most of us.
In this episode, days after the country shut down due to Covid-19, Linda talks with 38-year-old Aimee Ostick, an internist who is married to an Emergency Room doctor with whom she has three children. Aimee takes us inside her upended life, sharing the couple's concerns and plan for when one or both of them gets the Coronavirus and explaining how, as a concierge doctor on call 24/7, she is treating her patients amidst the constantly evolving situation. Plus, how the couple is managing caring for and home schooling their kids
In this episode we tackle the challenges of parenting during coronavirus with Dr. Aliza Pressman. Dr. Pressman is a developmental psychologist, parent educator, assistant clinical professor, and co-founder of both Mount Sinai Parenting Center and SeedlingsGroup. She is also the host of the podcast Raising Good Humans and she’s a mom with two kids of her own. Topics covered include dealing with kids who already suffer from anxiety, how to handle media and looping conversations from younger kids, how to cope with fear and social isolation and how to reassure kids but still be honest about all the unknowns. 
Women who experience incontinence know, it’s a bummer—and it feels shameful. Sports medicine physical therapist Julie Wiebe wants to change that. She is one of the world’s foremost experts and advocates for women’s pelvic health—particularly how it relates to sports. In this episode, Julie shares innovative ways of preventing leakage and her evidence-based, integrative approach to treating patients. The LA-based PT believes that whether you’ve had multiple pregnancies, hit middle age or enjoy a strenuous work-out, incontinence does not have to be simply accepted. From proper breathing to analyzing what else is going on with the body, Julie shares the state-of-the-art ways she is treating her patients, mostly “busy moms,” and dispels some of the myths surrounding incontinence. For more in Julie and her Los Angeles area practice, go here. To find a professional in your area, go here.
We all want the best education for our kids – but sometimes accessing it is a puzzle. Magnet schools, charter schools, public versus private etc. LA-based educational consultant Jamie Bakal joins Linda on this episode to distill the school selection process. In addition to covering the pluses and minuses of each type of school, Jamie also shares the importance of getting—not just the right academic—but the right social fit; how some colleges are putting the breaks on considering a plethora of AP classes, which they see as purely about memorization; and the rise of progressive, project-based or "hands on learning." Plus, why we need to rewire our kids' brains to teach them that success (and the ultimate goal) is not about money.  Jamie worked for 6 years as an elementary school  teacher and during that time she became keenly aware of how important selecting the right environment plays into getting an excellent education. Today Jamie counsels families so that they can select schools where their child can succeed both academically and socially. 
On the eve of her 70th birthday, Linda talks with the still saucy actress Cybill Shepherd about her dramatic life—from experiencing overnight fame after acting in The Last Picture Show to dating and breaking up with Elvis to making her comeback with the TV show Moonlighting with co-star Bruce Willis. The 3-time Golden Globe winner also discusses her own challenges with sexual harassment in the pre Me Too era, keying in on the CBS executive who she believes cancelled the Cybill sitcom after she rebuffed him. Plus the twice divorced mother of three on why she makes no apologies and has no regrets—about anything. 
Sherly Soleiman, a board certified physician and injectables expert who Allergan (makers of Botox) hires to teach others how to use their products, explains to Linda how to get natural results. Topics covered: avoiding the angry eyebrow with Botox (and other muscle relaxers) and how to prevent that bulbous, overly-inflated look with fillers. Also covered: the latest injectable products and the microneedling procedure. Dr. Soleiman owns and operates Cosmetic Injectables Center in the LA suburb of Sherman Oaks.
Anita Sands traces her journey from a small town on the east coast of Ireland all the way to Silicon Valley where she is a highly-respected global technology and business leader and advocate for the advancement of women. When it comes to career, Anita is a master of the pivot. She has gone from physics into public policy, from academia into financial services, and then from technology to the corporate boardroom. Today Anita serves on 3 public boards and she is a director on 2 private boards. In this episode Anita shares how she radically changed her life and found her "life sweet spot" just before her 40th birthday, quitting her unsatisfying job in finance, moving to Silicon Valley and crafting a "portfolio career" in technology that would allow her to cultivate a fulfilling personal life. She ultimately married a widower with five children and had a "honeymoon" baby. When it comes to her board work, Anita does not refrain from talking about motherhood in front of other board members. In the interest of creating gender parity on corporate boards, she makes a point of talking about her kids. She wants all the men she works with to know that women can be mothers AND be effective board members. Anita also shares some insightful advice for professional women who are interested in being on a corporate board—essentially key networking steps for snagging a seat.
Whether it is brought on by menopause or you simply experience chronic dryness, progressive OB GYN Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz shares some state-of-the-art ways to eliminate pain during sex. Plus, even if you've had breast cancer or you have a history of it in your family, why topical estrogen should be considered.  For info on Dr. Gilberg-Lenz's menopause "bootcamps" in Los Angeles, go here.
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