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Jane Wilkens Michael Show

39 Podcast Episodes

Latest 5 Jun 2021 | Updated Daily

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Sharing Is Caring

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Jordana Brewster on the importance of giving back - Jane’s guest today is the beautiful and highly accomplished Jordana Brewster, whose enormous talent, intelligence—she’s a Yale graduate after all—and natural screen presence have etched her a permanent place in Hollywood in both film and television. Indeed, Jordana is an original cast member of the Fast & Furious franchise at Universal, starring in the role of the dynamic Mia Toretto. In fact, her Fast & Furious 7 smashed every box office record, making it Universal's biggest blockbuster series of all time. And she’ll next be seen in Fast & Furious 9, which will be released this summer. Acting accolades and countless starring roles aside, Jordana is also the mother of two young boys, who she is already indoctrinating with her powerful sense of the importance of giving to those less fortunate, especially in these difficult times. Jordana herself has joined forces with Walgreens on their Red Nose Day initiative. Each year, through the sale of Red Nose Day merchandise and soliciting cash donations, Walgreens, in partnership with supporting vendors and the generosity of their customers, raises funds for nutritious meals, essential medicine, shelter and other vital aid and education-based services that have positively impacted the lives of children in need across America and around the world. In this episode, she talks with Jane about the campaign, as well as shares her beauty, health and fitness secrets. Hear, too, the mantra she lives by every day and her belief in resiliency through all challenges. All in all, learn the multi-pronged approach, courtesy of Jordana, to becoming Better Than Before.

23mins

28 May 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Jane Hearts Billy Gardell

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Speaking health with the star of Bob Hearts Abishola - Jane’s special guest today is the multi-talented television, movie and stand-up comedy star Billy Gardell. Aside from movies such as Avenging Angelo, Bad Santa, You, Me & Dupree and powerhouse comedy specials, we all know Billy from, among other blockbuster hits, My Name is Earl and his breakout role on the Emmy award winning Mike & Molly with Melissa McCarthy. He currently stars in the Emmy nominated Bob Hearts Abishola, which has just been renewed for another season. The series is about Billy’s character, Bob Wheeler, having a heart attack and falling in love with his nurse Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant. The message, which has resonated with viewers nationwide, is heartwarming: If you are lucky enough to find someone you fall for and they fall back for you, size, shape and color doesn’t matter. In real life, however, it isn’t Billy’s heart that’s an issue, it’s his Type 2 diabetes. To that end, on this segment he and Jane not only talk about his stellar career but also his partnership with Novo Nordisk on the revolutionary “My Type 2 Transformation” campaign. Indeed, it is through Billy’s personal adherence to this innovative yet practical program that he has learned to manage his own Type 2 diabetes by prioritizing his diet and lifestyle, enabling him to look slimmer and trimmer and feel Better Than Before.

17mins

20 May 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: An (i)Heart to (i)Heart Talk with Z100’s Skeery Jones

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Skeery Jones, Jane’s special guest, is not only an on-air personality on iHeartRadio’s super popular Elvis Duran Show, which broadcasts live each day on Z100, he is also the Executive Producer. And he does so much more. He is also the co-host of the weekly Brooklyn Boys podcast that was nominated—and won 2nd place—for Best Comedy Podcast at this year’s iHeartRadio's Podcast Awards. There is, however, a serious side to the multi-talented Skeery, and that is his involvement with Novartis and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) community. Indeed, last month Skeery was the host of A Night for MS Awareness, a virtual event on iHeartRadio that celebrated the resilient spirit of those living with MS. To that end, iHeartRadio and Novartis continue this mission by recently launching a new platform—MS Vibes—which is the first and only free, on-demand streaming station that, through music and the MS Journey podcast, is designed to uplift and recharge those impacted by MS, and serve as a place of empowerment, learning and understanding. In this episode, Skeery discusses how he started in radio, how he works hard to make his life hassle, drama and worry free. Furthermore, he talks about the effect of MS on his loved ones and shares his tips and tools on how those experiencing any life-altering event can still learn to live Better Than Before.

26mins

6 May 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: JUST BE YOU

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An inspirational talk with Mallika Chopra - Jane’s very special guest today is media entrepreneur, best-selling author and world-renowned public speaker Mallika Chopra. In addition to all of her own remarkable and extensive achievements, Mallika has joined with her legendary father, Deepak Chopra, and also extremely accomplished brother, Gotham, to found the YouTube channel The Chopra Well, to provide fun yet thought-provoking videos about healthy living, wellness, and spirituality. But most important for her, she is a mom of two teenage daughters, Tara and Leela. To that end, among her blogs and many books, including the recent Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, is her "Just Be" series—Just Breathe, Just Feel, as well as her latest, Just Be You, which she and Jane will talk about in this segment. Mallika will also discuss what it was like growing up as the daughter of Deepak, the four questions he asked her to explore which became the basis of her new book, and how meditation changed all their lives. She also leads listeners through a breathing exercise which will achieve calmness and serenity, even in the face of uncertainly and stress. In all, Mallika’s books and advice provide simple steps to understand and support social and emotional intelligence, resilience, meditation, mindfulness, purpose, balance and self-reflection. And we can certainly use every one of those disciplines on our journey to feeling Better than Before, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

30mins

8 Apr 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Doctor on Call

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Dr. Drew on feeling Better Than Before after COVID - Jane’s guest today is the world-renowned internist and addiction specialist, best-selling author, and prolific television, radio and podcasting host, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Dr. Drew, who has appeared on virtually every national and cable network, and hosted such award-winning shows as Loveline, Dr. Drew On Call, Lifechangers, Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew, The Dr. Drew Podcast, This Life with Dr. Drew, and the digital #AskDrDrew and Dose of Dr. Drew, has informed and inspired generations of patients and devoted fans alike for decades. On this segment, Dr. Drew discusses, among other topics, his fascinating career and how COVID-19 has impacted addiction in general and his own personal experience with recovering from the virus and its lingering aftereffects. To that end, he also shares advice for how listeners can restart their lives, even during the pandemic, and use the time wisely to better themselves. Furthermore, Dr. Drew talks about his personal health and wellness regime and why he chose to get involved with Aditext and AditexScore, a revolutionary new technology which provides a personalized comprehensive profile of our immune systems and how it responds to various diseases and therapies.

36mins

4 Mar 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Staying Quit with Ross Mathews

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Don’t let your New Year’s resolutions go up in smoke - In this unprecedented pandemic, we are all tempted to increase–or at least stay with–comforting yet bad habits. For example, there's Beaujolais—or is it Rosé—all day. Or the newly popular “Quarantini!” But perhaps the most detrimental addiction of all for our health is smoking. Jane’s guest today, Ross Mathews, one of television’s most delightful hosts, has triumphantly succeeded in quitting—and, more importantly, staying quit! On this segment, Ross, a judge on the Emmy Award–winning show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, author of bestsellers including, Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self, and the host of the weekly pop culture podcast, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews, tells us how he did it. To that end, he recently partnered with Nicorette to share his journey to quit smoking and help others “stick with the quit.” Hear, too, what encourages him to stay motivated each day and the advice he gives to others who are struggling to kick the habit. And while many are dealing with the “Quarantine 15,” Ross also talks about how he achieved his recent 50-pound weight loss. Furthermore, he shares both his personal tips for anti-stress and his lifestyle advice to encourage those seeking to become Better Than Before, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

25mins

7 Jan 2021

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: You Glow Girl

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LaVerne Cox on life and beauty - Jane’s guest today is the extraordinarily talented and glamorous—not to mention, gorgeous— LaVerne Cox. Indeed, LaVerne, an icon of icons, is a four- time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy winning documentary film producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate. While her groundbreaking role in the Netflix drama, Orange Is the New Black, first brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world, LaVerne, in fact, has had a multitude of firsts over the years. She is the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy, the first to appear on the cover of Time, Cosmopolitan and Essence magazines, and even the first to have a wax figure at Madame Tussaud. Recently, she has also partnered with Gold Bond, the creator of celebrated lotions and creams, on their Champion your Skin Campaign that gives back to the Trans Wellness Center, a ground-breaking organization that supports transgender and non-binary people in feeling comfortable and confident in their own skin. LaVerne is both an artist and an advocate with an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically. And she is inspiring our listeners to do just that. To that end, on this segment, she and Jane talk about her career, her new campaign, and her lifelong dedication to raise awareness about the needs of the transgender community. In addition, she shares her tips and tools on beauty, health and fitness, and advice on how we all can become Better Than Before, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

21mins

26 Nov 2020

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Modern Health and Wellness

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Julie Bowen discusses her new docuseries - Jane’s guest, for an encore performance, is the fabulous Julie Bowen. After 11 years and two Emmy wins from her role as the hilarious Claire Dunphy in Modern Family, Julie is pursuing new and exciting opportunities. In addition to starring in critically acclaimed movies and an upcoming TV sitcom, Julie is also the narrator of a powerful new 4-part docuseries called “Population Health.” Produced by Attention and Rally Health, the series examines consumer perceptions, concerns and challenges related to preventive care in general and the impact of COVID-19. In four parts, the shows cover such diverse topics as heart health and mental well-being, and why taking small steps is essential even while taking a holistic approach. On our episode today, and joined by noted physician Dr. Elmo Agatep for his medical perspective, Julie opens up about her own heart issues and gives us a peek into the health-conscious lifestyle that she shares with her three young sons. Listeners will learn how to best prevent disease in the future and be motivated to manage all aspects of their health to look and feel Better Than Before.

26mins

12 Nov 2020

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: The Return of the King

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Cousin Brucie is back on 77WABC Radio - Jane’s guest today is the legendary radio personality Bruce Morrow, known by his legions of fans worldwide as Cousin Brucie. Inducted into both the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, this acclaimed and beloved broadcasting icon, who first introduced fans to The Beatles, The Stones, 60’s Soul and Surf music, to name but a few, has just returned to the airwaves at the station he helped build decades ago. Until recently, Morrow’s weekly Sirius/XM Satellite Radio programs, “Cruisin’ with Cousin Brucie” and “Cousin Brucie’s Rock & Roll Party,” have been heard by hundreds of thousands of every age in the US and around the globe. But now, everyone’s favorite Cousin can be heard live from 6 to 10 pm ET every Saturday night hosting Cousin Brucie’s Saturday Night Rock & Party. On this segment, Jane and Bruce will discuss such diverse topics as where his love of radio all began, the difference between satellite and terrestrial radio, how he balances his work and personal life, his secrets for career longevity, the best tips to follow to have a thriving career in broadcasting and his exciting move to WABC. For those of us who have counted on Cousin Brucie to provide the soundtrack for our lives, just hearing his unforgettable voice makes us feel Better Than Before! You can listen to his show live on 77WABC, New York, sister station WLIR-FM 107.9, Hampton Bays, NY, and streaming across the country on the WABC App, and on www.wabcradio.com.

31mins

15 Oct 2020

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BTB: Jane Wilkens Michael Show: Love is Grand(parents)

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Debbie Allen on celebrating the ones we love - Jane’s guest today is the multi-talented Debbie Allen, a Tony and Golden Globe award-winning director, producer, actress, dancer and choreographer. Debbie rose to fame in the 80's series, Fame, and currently stars on, and is also an Executive Producer of, ABC's Grey’s Anatomy. She plays the formidable Dr.Katherine Avery, a brilliant, vibrant, sexy, 60-something world-class surgeon. And she especially enjoys being the guiding light to thousands of young, would-be dancers and choreographers through her world renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Debbie is, in fact, one of the most respected, relevant, and versatile talents in the entertainment industry. But with all that she does, the role that she is most proud of is being a grandmother—Ma D’ as she is called—to 17-month-old Shiloh. To that end, and to celebrate today’s active, vibrant grandparents for who they really are, Debbie has teamed up with Aspercreme on its new Love is Grand campaign. Aspercreme has a long track record of effectively relieving minor aches and pains. And we all know that as we get older, it is precisely those aches and pains that tend to slow us down, not to mention prevent us from keeping up with our grandchildren. Hear, too, Debbie’s lifestyle secrets for anti-stress, stamina, and staying physically fit, as well as her favorite mantra passed down from her own amazing mother: Be True, Be Beautiful, Be Free. And that is what being Better Than Before is all about.

25mins

24 Sep 2020

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