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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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Feelings of loss can intensify over the holidays. Whether the loved one passed several years ago or more recently, we can feel melancholy and even stressed out at the prospect of putting on a face of "good cheer." Sometimes we feel like breaking down and crying, yet we feel guilty if we do; explore the pain or ignore the pain? Licensed therapist Melissa Brohner-Schneider expects that, for some of us, this year grief will expand to all the losses due to the pandemic: freedom, jobs, connection etc. Melissa analyzes those feelings and the resulting isolation that often occurs and she offers several coping strategies—things you can do to feel better as well as ways to grieve in a healthy manner. She and Linda also discuss David Kessler's "sixth stage of grief" from his book Finding Meaning, which imparts meaning and peace to loss. 
With the holidays approaching (peak movie watching season), a re-run of Linda's 2017 interview with chick flick movie producer extraordinaire Suzanne Farwell (It's Complicated, The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give).  Listen in on some of the behind-the-scenes action on those classics—plus Suzanne's inspiring story of how she suddenly found herself unemployed at the age of 40 and  overcame her fears, refusing to fall victim to all the ageism in Hollywood—ultimately taking the reins of her career and future.
For many people who suffer from depression, it's a challenge finding a medication that provides on-going relief. In this episode we zero in on the FDA-approved medical procedure Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in which a magnetic field is used to cause electric current at a specific area of the brain. TMS is prescribed for patients who have not responded to traditional depression pharmaceuticals. It is also used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and smoking cessation. Dr. Sarah Lisanby, a psychiatrist and medical researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health, was instrumental in getting FDA approval in 2008. She addresses when TMS is most effective, why most of us have never heard of it, side effects, how it differs from ECT, why depression is so prevalent in our society and what the next big thing is for treating it.    For more info on TMS: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/brain-stimulation-therapies/brain-stimulation-therapies.shtml https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/brain-stimulation-therapies/brain-stimulation-therapies.shtml#part_152879 https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03289923?term=lisanby&recrs=abc&draw=2&rank=4 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28541649/  
Because of COVID-19, many of us have postponed elective procedures this year—and that includes mammograms. In this episode, LA-based oncologist Natasha Banerjee discusses the alarming drop in breast cancer screenings since March—and the ramifications. Plus an update on the latest treatments like immunotherapy which utilizes antibodies to boost immunity; who should be getting ultrasounds and or MRIs to screen for breast cancer; how you can tell if you have dense breasts and should be getting ultrasounds; and a rare cancer that has been linked to one type of implants.
Most children with autism are diagnosed before they are 5 years old. But for some kids, particularly high achieving ones, the signs are subtle and parents don’t realize their child has the disorder. In this episode, LA-based licensed therapist Gina Kilberg, who specializes in helping kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their parents, shares some of the nuanced signs of the autistic adolescent. Gina, who has an autistic child herself, also addresses some of the complexities of diagnosing and treating teens with ASD.
A must listen to anyone who is afraid to “go under.” Anesthesiologist Sasha Shillcutt shares what you can do to make sure your experience is as safe as possible, the different types of anesthesiology, what exactly happens when a patient is anesthetized and possible side effects. Plus, the story of how a few years back the physician hit a wall, feeling like—between work and motherhood—she’d lost her sense of self, realizing she didn’t have any friends. Sasha ultimately founded Brave Enough, an organization that provides a platform for women to connect. She is also the author of Between Grit and Grace, in which she shares the stories of 30 formidable women and how they found the confidence to be successful and leaders—but also retain their vulnerability and compassion.
Los Angeles attorney Angela Reddock-Wright has been bridging differences her entire life. As a young girl in the 1970s, she marched in Alabama with her grandmother for better wages from her nursing home employer. Raised by her mother in economically-challenged Compton, Angela crossed town every day to attend The Brentwood School, an elite high school located on LA’s posh westside and attended by children from the city’s wealthiest families. It’s not surprising that Angela ultimately became one of LA’s most well-respected employment and mediation attorneys. Today, at the helm of her own firm, Reddock Law Group, Angela is hired by lawyers to help their plaintiffs mediate workplace violations including wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment. With the Me Too and Black Lives Matter movements—coupled with the pandemic— Angela’s phone has been ringing off the hook. In this episode, she shares some of the new challenges people are facing and her passion for what she views as her life mission: to bring about meaningful change in the workplace.
Lorilyn Bridges shares her experience of having a transgender child—from the steep learning curve involved to grappling with her own intense feelings. When Lorilyn’s son Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Teddy Geiger was 29-years-old, he told Lorilyn that he had always felt he was a woman. For the mom of three, the revelation came as a shock. And, as a mother who prided herself on being deeply involved in her kids’ lives, she felt guilty at what she perceived as an integral maternal oversight. How could she not have known? Lorilyn shares how she coped with her guilt and—something many moms will relate to—failed expectations: when our kids turn out differently than we anticipated.
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.
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