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Bruce Barber

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For almost thirty years, Bruce has been known to radio audiences for his pop culture commentary and “off-kilter” sense of humor. As half of the the top-rated “Smith and Barber The Morning Show” on WPLR-FM in New Haven, Connecticut (a show he helped create), Bruce entertained thousands of listeners every morning.

These days, Bruce is serious about his work as an independent producer for Connecticut Public Radio. He hosts WNPR’s weeknight and Saturday morning programs, and is the creator of “The Real Life Survival Guide."

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time we’ll be talking about “Parenting College Aged Kids” with an expert in the field, Dr. Alan Kazdin from Yale, and several parents - Duo Dickinson, Susannah Bailin, Susan Jacobs, and Jon Crane.

We met over wood-fired pizza at Da Legna, a new restaurant on State Street in New Haven, and the conversation was almost as good as the pies!

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time we’ll be talking about “Grief and Loss”, an issue we’ve been struggling with since the unthinkable violence in Newtown on December 14th. As you’ll hear in the podcast, grief and loss comes in many different forms - everything from the the sudden death of a spouse or a child to the loss of a job, a pet, a relationship... or sometimes even “all of the above”.

Cindy Papish Gerber

For our 70th "in person"conversation, we’ll be talking about “Germs”, which came to mind because we’re having a really bad flu season, and because experts are now talking about the highly contagious (and extremely unpleasant) norovirus.

Cindy Papish Gerber

As we rounded the corner in to 2013, my thoughts turned from the food I had been eating during the holidays to the food I’ve been eating during the football playoffs, and I figured it was a good time to talk about what we put in our bodies on a daily basis.

For this conversation, I invited Yale Professor Kelly Brownell, writers Mary Elliott and Susan Campbell, Weatherman Matt Scott, home chef Rob Oliver and the formerly huge Duo Dickinson - to join me for a conversation about healthy eating.

Cindy Papish Gerber

I try to be a happy person, and I’m becoming more and more aware of the fact that to be truly happy, you have to look beyond yourself. (This seems particularly true when you consider recent events.) So I decided to pose the question “what role should things like “volunteerism, charity and giving back” play in our lives?

Cindy Papish Gerber

For episode 67 of the RLSG, we decided to talk about “holiday stress”. This was before our perception of the world changed - just two days ago - as the heartbreaking series of events played out in Newtown. There will be more than the normal level of stress during this holiday season, and for too many, life will never be the same.

It is with thoughts of those who are no longer with us, and of those who will never see their loved ones again, that we go forward, hoping for a future in which we can live together in peace.

Cindy Papish Gerber

This time I decided to focus on extreme temperatures and money - two things I have a problem with.

 For this conversation, I invited Duo Dickinson (who happens to be an architect with a passion for such matters), writer Bob Tedeschi, animal rescuer (and farm gal) Kathleen Schurman, travel industry goddess Katie Gerhard, and our resident genius, Harlan Brothers, to talk about how we heat (and cool) our homes for a reasonable amount of money.

Cindy Papish Gerber

The holiday season has me thinking about parties, decorations and family togetherness... and the way people freak out when things don't live up to their expectations. So, in honor of this "emotional minefield" of a time of year, I decided to convene a group of the usual suspects for a conversation about the broader subject of "getting along".

Cindy Papish Gerber

The great paradox of the holiday season for me has always been the way joy and stress walk hand in hand as we traverse the short days of November and December. In our never ending quest to find "joy", our intrepid producer Cindy Papish Gerber suggested we reach out to legendary chef Jacques Pépin to see if he might join us for a conversation about the decidedly joyful subject of "holiday cooking". Not only did Jacques say yes - he graciously invited us to record in his kitchen!

Cindy Papish Gerber

When you look at the degree to which families are worried about money these days, we're talking about something of fairly epic proportions. College tuitions have risen faster than Apple's stock price, while our economy has caused widespread belt tightening across a variety of social and economic lines.

What to do? Go to a fun spot (Duffy's Taven in West Haven) with a group of smart people to identify important topics for the Guide in the category of "family finances".

Cindy Papish Gerber

Out of all the things that confuse me (and there are many), parenting has to be at the top of my list. It's something I really, really, really don't want to screw up... but the correct path often seems so murky.

Gary Choronzy

I've been working on the concept for The Real Life Survival Guide - in one form or another - since the mid nineties. The idea was to create a radio show that was helpful and funny, and to use the Internet to extend the conversation. Having celebrated (and recorded) our 50th Episode, I do believe we're getting somewhere!

Kim Grehn

As we near an important milestone in the evolution of the Real Life Survival Guide, our location selection for Episode 49 - as suggested by Gerry McGuire - was fitting. We gathered around a sunny table with stunning mountaintop views at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford.

Cindy Papish Gerber

This week’s editorial meeting for the RLSG was recorded just before Mother’s day, so OF COURSE we met at chocolate shop!

Big thanks to Jane Tamarkin, Danyel Aversenti, Susan Campbell, and Harlan Brothers for joining the conversation - and to Christian, Fritz, and everyone at the AMAZING Chocopologie in New Haven for hosting us.

Cindy Papish Gerber

It was a pretty raucous discussion at Caseus Fromagerie Bistro as we were joined by Owner (and Cooking Channel star) Jason Sobocinski who treated us to some great insights - and some incredible food and drink. (Mad props to Chuck from Chucklettes as well!)

No less insightful were our AMAZING group of guest editors; Susan Bailin, Janice Christopher, Elizabeth Larkin and Colin Caplan.

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