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Summary: Oana and Monica are two authors who felt the need for an outlet for new books yet make a difference to the world. They delve into a diverse variety of topics each week from Pet Abuse, Sexual Abuse,Audio Books,Homeless,Pet Psychics and so on. If it needs to be discussed, we will ask the tough questions.

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 Piltdown Man & Other Hoaxes with guest Jonathan Maxwell - Aug 10,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:00

Jonathan Maxwell is an Atlanta-based writer and editor. He holds a BA in English from Berry College in Rome, Ga., along with a psychology minor. In addition, he possesses a Paralegal Certificate from North Metro Technical College in Acworth, Ga. Awarded the 2011 Allbooks Review Editors Choice Best Nonfiction Book Award for, Murderous Intellectuals: German Elites and the Nazi SS, Maxells second book Piltdown Man and Other Hoaxes, documents scientific frauds through history. Amazon link: He is the veteran of about 120 radio interviews and forty speaking engagements. Aside from reading and writing, Maxwell‘s interests include biking, cinema, dining-out, and cooking. His current project Tragedy at Altamont: A Tale Concerning the Rolling Stones, the Hell's Angels, Death, and Sympathy for the Devil, a work which chronicles the Rolling Stones‘ disastrous 1969 tour. Join us as we speak of Evolution, Creationism, Hoaxes and true scientific discoveries. 9PM ET, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT - visit via the chat room or call in to speak with our guest @ 213-769-0952

 Operation Just One Can founder Tony Marren Speaks of Hunger - Aug 03,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

Too many people are hungry-families in the street starving. Tony Marren, has created Operation Just One Can. Find out how this could change so many others lives. Sometimes extraordinary lessons are taught in only a few moments of time. Having witnessed individuals dumpster diving for food, seeing single mothers holding signs asking for money while their kids stand next to them crying, or scanning articles and reading how food banks across the United States are running out of resources - we are in trouble. The news reports related hundreds of thousands of Americans per month recently losing employment opportunities. I cannot easily erase these experiences. These memories have burnt into my brain a painful message that individuals are suffering and I should do my bit to create a realistic contribution to this scenario If you are tired of the poverty, the lack of jobs and casting your eyes away from the less fortunate, call in and let us know your views, ideas or concerns. 213-769-0952 or via the chat room. 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT.

 4 Authors Speak of History-Special Guest Robert Rubenstein - Jul 27,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:00

History buffs unite! It Matters welcomes back author Robert Rubenstein for a round table discussion of The Civil War, The Depression Era, World War II and Samuel Dewey. Joining him will be Jean Rodenbough, author of the WW II novel Rachels Children, C.D. Phillips, author of the Civil War Novel Sharp Shooters and Charles Rodenbough, author of Stealing Andrew Jacksons Head. A Jewish Book Council, Book-of-Note author, Mr. Rubensteins first novel was included in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum library. His latest release, The White Bridge, is a parody of the transformation of a young woman in a time of eugenics, baby farms, Hitler, the Klan, and the culture of lynching. The SHARPSHOOTER 1862-1864 is C.D. Phillips first novel after writing short fiction for a number of years. His short fiction was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, The Best of the Web, and Story Souths Million Writers Award. He is a native Texan, born and raised in Abilene. Jean Rodenbough's novel Rachels Children: Surviving the Second World War, a collection of stories related by those who were children during that war, Jean is a retired Presbyterian minister, and Past President of the NC Council of Churches. She writes letters to the media and articles on matters of peace and justice. Charles Rodenbough, a retired businessman has been associated with historic research and preservation for many years. His creative non-fiction work, Stealing Andrew Jacksons Head is based on the life of Samuel Dewey, Listen via the Chatroom or call in @ 213-769-0952 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT.

 Inside the Mind of Horror & Humor Author Glenn Parkhurst - Jul 20,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

Glenn Oliver Parkhurst, author of Bled Out, takes his audience on another gripping tale with the release of The Ulasiga. He has used the mountains of Salt Lake City as the setting for this tale. The steep rocky trails, hiked often by Glenn, became the perfect place for this gripping thriller pitting man against monster. Glenn never intended to write. When his sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wrote her poems as a way to alleviate his fear and express how deeply he loved her. Months later, his children lost their mother and the poetry continued. This sparked a desire he never imagined. Glenn has altered his whole life and continues to do so as a way to feed his wanderlust. He loves to volunteer and has a soft spot for the less fortunate. From September 2000 through September 2001, Glenn traveled to every state and performed volunteer work as a way to promote volunteerism. This adventure led to his carrying the Olympic torch for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Glenn not only writes thrillers but has published Bled Out and the Ulasiga, supernatural thrillers. He has also published humor and has written romance and Christmas stories. Glenn has 3 other wonderful sisters, both his parents, four sons,11 grandchildren, and a host of family to which he is known as Uncle Glenn. To read more about Glenn visit his web-site Laugh At Horror. The Ulasiga can be found at this link: Amazon Join us as we delve into the mind of a horror writer and speak of things that go bump in the night. 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT - You may call in to speak with Glenn Parkhurst @ 213-769-0952

 Open Chat with Chizoma Cluff of Esteem Yourself Magazine - Jul 13,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

Its time to stop criticizing yourself and start embracing who you are. Easy to say, yet how can we begin on this path of self-love, self-worth? Find out as It Matters speaks to Editor In Chief of Esteem Yourself E-Magazine, Chizoma Cluff. Chizoma Cluff specializes in empowering youth and women and inciting community change. Chizoma has been working with women for over 20 years in assisting them in building esteem, confidence, and self-worth. As a former model and actress, she has taught self-confidence, character, acting, public speaking, image, and esteem classes to children and adults. She is an energetic, passionate, and impeccable workshop creator and motivational speaking professional in the areas of positive empowerment, self-esteem, confidence, self-love, self-worth, fear, relationships, and self-help. She drives client success through customized large-group seminars, conferences, and workshops. Chizoma has provided her clients, readers, and listeners with the tools to build their confidence and esteem, and revamp their lives in order to maximize their potential. Chizoma founded and is Editor-In-Chief of Esteem Yourself E-magazine and other sister companies, including Esteem Yourself Organization, a womens service project based organization Join us for a stimulating, informative interview with a wonderful, poised and self-assured woman who has learned the secrets of letting the world see you at your best. 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT via the chat room or call in to speak to our guest @ 213-769-0952

 A Jew In Jail, with Gary Goldstein - Jul 06,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:00

In 1981, Jack Henry Abbott, a con with a history of burglaries and a murder while incarcerated walked out of prison a free man thanks to the efforts of the author Norman Mailer. Upon release, Abbott murdered Richard Adan who was working as a waiter at a restaurant over Abbotts request to use the washroom.In 1998, Gary Goldstein, a habitual abuser of narcotics and alcohol, held up a string of dry cleaning establishments in Manhattan. Under the influence he used a toy gun and in this inebriated presence of mind, confessed to the cops who promised him leniency if he cooperated without the presence of a lawyer. Unfortunately, Goldstein wasnt seen as meshuganah high on pills and alcohol, but rather as a danger to society and was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Gary born in 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, obtained a BA in Journalism from Long Island University in 1983. Hes a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi and Whos Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. Before Garys conviction, he worked for both CBS News and Sports, and NBC Sports as a journalist and has worked at other media outlets and sports production companies. Gary resides in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where he is currently working on his next book project, while also focusing on his motivational and inspirational speaking career Join us @ 9PM EDT 8CDT 6PDT

 Meet Personal-Business Marketing Guru - Brenda Brown - Jun 29,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

BBE is currently owned and operated by Brenda Brown and John Mates. Combined, the two owners have years of both industry and business experience that forms the basis of BBE. It is also the premier Apple I-Tunes & I-books content provider. BBE can get artists & authors live Worldwide in 24 hours. Brenda Brown-Personal Management and Social Marketing Many of BBE's clients refer to Brenda as Queen B, the Queen of Social Marketing and Promotion. Brenda is one of those unique individuals that lights up a room the moment she enters and almost every professional she meets wants to associate with her outgoing personality and BBE. With that ability, Brenda has surrounded herself with some of the best professionals and names in the industry as well as an endless list of many friends and associates that she can call on anytime for immediate assistance and guidance. She has been in the music industry for over 20 years, as well as worked in outside sales from owning 5 car dealerships in California to a Mortgage company in Las Vegas. She has personally managed several artists, is on a consulting retainer with many others and is always giving her vast array of marketing savvy and ideas to those that are serious about going to the next level. Brenda works tirelessly practically round the clock, lives to be of service to others and treats everyone like they are her only client. Join Monica & Oana as we speak with Brenda of Marketing - Promotions - Music, The every changing industry, and a very important project she is currently getting underway to support our troops, aptly named, DownloadOurTroops. Get the inside scoop! Join us live by calling 213-769-0952 or via the chat room. PM 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT

 Funny, the Book - with Comedy Writer David Misch - Jun 22,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:00

After graduating from Pomona College, David moved to Boston, where his song “Somer­ville” was re­leased nationally by Philo Records. He was named “Best Come­dian In Boston” by Boston Maga­zine. Funny: The Book is an entertaining look at the art of comedy, from its historical roots to the latest scientific findings, with diversions into the worlds of movies-Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), television-The Office, prose-Woody Allen, Robert Benchley, theater-The Front Page, jokes and stand-up comedy-Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, as well as personal reminiscences from the authors experiences on TV programs such as Mork and Mindy. With allusions to the not- always-funny Carl Jung, George Orwell and Arthur Koestler, Funny: The Book explores the evolution, theories, principles, and practice of comedy, as well as the psychological, philosophical, and even theological underpinnings of humor. Join us as we speak with David of his life long journey to bring humor into our lives. Call 213-769-0952 to speak with David or visit the chatroom 9PM EDT 8PM CDT 6PM PDT

 Full Frontal Tenudity with Actress & Comedian Judy Tenuta - Jun 19,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:00

Judy Tenuta is the most famous person who has ever lived...and if you dont believe it, just ask her. Judy is a triple threat in the sense that she has strong stage, television, comedy and film credits with a large fan base. She has appeared in" The Vagina Monologues," "Menopause the Musical" both in LA and Chicago, and shes had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime. Judy was the first female stand-up comic to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee for her comedy CDs. The self-described "Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite of the Accordion" now offers her own unique take on life in a new book entitled "Full Frontal Tenudity." A collection of recipes for food, friends and fun! A kind of “chicken soup for your crotch,” declares Judy. Judy divulges her deepest secrets, helpful tips, and poignant stories. Judy says, "You will be transformed from your pupa/larva stage of loneliness, into a great goddess gourmet of ganja. You will spread your wings and be a knoshing nymph, not just in the kitchen, but in every room of your trailer, and maybe even in a Walmart produce section." * Advice: Dear Love-Slaves, in Hollywood, no one ever says what they really mean, so I have broken down some frequently used phrases, so you know what the BITCHES REALLY MEAN! * Cookbook: Attention all Atoners & non Stoners who snack like Stoners: * Religion: Following Judyism * Sex: 40 Ways to breed a love slave *Memoirs: The History of Judy, From "My Big Fat Secret" to "Sassy in Seattle" This book will change your life and the lives of your family that you haven't seen or spoken to since the boxer rebellion ...It could happen! Join us @ 9PM EDT,8PM CDT, 6PM PDT

 Songs For My Father - A Look Inside author Ken Weene - Jun 08,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:00

One of or favorite guests is author and psychologist Kenneth Weene. He is an individual always willing to share his experiences, knowledge and expertise in the writing field. Tonight we will take a personal look at the man along with his first published book of poetry, short stories essays and plays, Songs For My Father. A bit about our guest - A New Englander by upbringing and inclination, Kenneth Weene is a teacher, psychologist and pastoral counselor by education. Having retired to Arizona, where he lives with his wife of forty-five years, Ken took decided to fulfill a childhood passion and become a writer. Kens poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous publications - both print and electronic. Tales From the Dew Drop Inne is Kens third novel, following Memoirs From the Asylum and Widows Walk. With two other novels and a novella waiting in the wings and a movie script currently under construction, Ken feels more creative now then he has ever been. Join us this as we speak of writing, marketing, and of Kens personal journey as an author June 7th, 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PD Call in @ 213-769-0952 to listen live or speak to our guest or visit our chat room

 White Bridges - Historical Fiction - Guest Robert Rubenstein - Jun 01,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:00

After ready author Robert Rubensteins 1st historical fiction novel Ghost Runners I was in doubt he could pen anything equal to this superbly written account of the Olympic Runners experiences WWII era. Was I pleasantly surprised. A Jewish Book Council, Book-of-Note author, Mr.Rubensteins first novel was included in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum library. Companion pieces:The White Bridge, a parody about the transformation of a young woman in a time of eugenics, baby farms, Hitler, the Klan, and the culture of lynching. Rob continues his inquiry to understand the hatred the horror,and the heroics needed to defeat fascism here and abroad. He teaches advanced topics in psychology, the psycholopgy of racism at a local college. A former special educator in the New York Public Schools. Rob raised two children as a single parent. He still loves the southwest, especially Navajo country, and gets his feet wet on the Coney Island shore. Call in to listen to the show live @ 213-769-0952 or visit via the chat room 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT

 Dave Riggler-Life in a Wheelchair with Author Brian Hartman - May 25,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:00

Oana and I are thrilled to welcome author Brian Hartman as a guest on our show. Not only is Brian a gifted writer but one who has selected a topic most authors would shy away from - living with a disability. Having read the,aptly titled "Dave Rigglers Stories", which comprise of many shorts surrounding the life of the wheelchair bound Dave Riggler, I found it refreshing and so insightful and what a wonderful journey. Brian Hartman was born in North Arlington, New Jersey. He graduated from Ramapo College in 1992 with a BA in English Literature, and in 2000 from Rutgers University with a Masters degree in Library Science. "First Steps" is his first nationally published work. He also has a short story collection, "Dave Rigglers Stories." Mr. Hartmans website is He can be reached by email at Join us as we speak with author Hartmann on his own writing process, living life as we call it disabled and take a look into the highs and lows of Mr. David Riggler. You may speak with our guest or hosts when we open the call lines or listen to the show live by calling 213-769-0952 or visit and chat with others via the live chat room. 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT.

 A Poets Point of View with Salvatore Buttaci - May 11,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:00

Poetry lovers unite? Are you in for a treat as we speak openly with renowned poet and author Salvatore Buttaci. A humble, caring man who shrugs off his talent, being the true professional he is, takes time out of his busy schedule to assist upcoming writers. We are proud to call Sal a friend and moreso, pleased to have this opportunity to chat with him about our love,of poetry. Retired from teaching, Salvatore Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive author who writes everyday. His work has appeared widely. He was the 2007 recipient of the $500 Azsacra International Poetry Award for the Taj Mahal Review. His poems, stories, articles, and letters have appeared in The New York Times, The Writer, U. S. A. Today, Cats Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Wind, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters, A Cup of Comfort for Fathers, and many other publications here and abroad. He has conducted countless writing workshops and is often the featured poet at various poetry readings. An activist for Sicilian-American pride, Buttaci has lectured widely on “Growing up Sicilian.” He is the author of A Family of Sicilians available Some of his poetry collections include Coming-home Poems: Stops & Pauses on the Scrapbook Express (New Worlds Unlimited 1974); Promising the Moon (Buttaci Publishing 1998); Two Can Play This Game: The Saturday Afternoon Poets (with Paul Juszcyk; Cyber-wit Publications, 2004); A Dusting of Star Fall: Love Poems (Cyber-wit Publications, 2006); If Roosters Don't Crow, It Is Still Morning: Haiku and Other Poems (Cyber-wit Publications, 2012). Listen via the chat room or call 213-769-0952. 9PM EDT,8PM CDT,6PM PDT

 His Name is Pathfinder - He Speaks of Urban Lit - May 04,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:00

It Matters is pleased to have as our guest this broadcast the talented author known to his fans and readers as "Pathfinder". The Pathfinder is a writer, author, proofreader, poet, reviewer and contributing writer for the Urban Book Source. An avid reader, he developed a love of writing, and authored over 200 poems before parlaying his interest in writing into a passion for story-telling. He currently has three novels available (Fair Game, False Pretense and Deadly Consequences) on amazon and He's a graduate of Queens College and resides in the tri-state area. Tonight we wil be discussing Urban Literature as we glimpse into his Suspense Thriller, "False Pretense". Join us via the chat room or call in to speak with Pathfinder himself @ 213-769-0952 9PM EDT, 8PM CDT, 6PM PDT.

 A Journey into Fantasy with Guest Author, Melissa Studdard - Apr 27,2012 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:00

Melissa Stud­dard is the author of the newly released best­selling novel Six Weeks to Yehi­dah and its companion journal My Yehidah. She is the winner of a first place Forward National Literature Award (for Six Weeks to Yehidah). Her poetry, fic­tion, essays, reviews and arti­cles have appeared in numer­ous jour­nals and antholo­gies, includ­ing Boule­vard, Con­necti­cut Review, Pleiades, Gradiva, Amer­i­can Book Review, Poets and Writ­ers, and The Smok­ing Poet. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence Col­lege and is a Cre­ative Writ­ing and Eng­lish pro­fes­sor for a com­mu­nity col­lege in Texas. She cur­rently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for The National Poetry Review and Con­tribut­ing Edi­tor for The Cri­te­rion and Tiferet, as well as the host of Tiferet's blogtalk inter­view pro­gram, Tiferet Talk. Melissa Studdard weaves a dreamscape for her main character Annalise -- a true Heros Journey in the Joseph Campbell sense. The story is delicate and poignant -- a far cry from the usual fare for young adults. The theme is universal, the writing is skilful, poetic and memorable. Dr Ian Prattis, author Visit the authors web-site: Melissa Studdard Join us 9P EST 8PM CST 7PM M 6PM PST or call in to speak with Melissa at 213-769-0952


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