RICKI LAKE Show Listings: Week of April 15

By FOX50.com

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

Today’s guests are women whose significant other is currently serving time behind bars.  Ricki first speaks with women attached to members of “The Black Mafia Family” (aka, the BMF), a notorious American drug ring.   Two years ago, Janell began dating ‘Big Meech,’ (co-founder of the BMF) and lived a glamorous lifestyle until it imploded when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug-trafficking and money laundering.  Despite his conviction, Janell is standing by her man and plans to marry him when he is released in 2032. 

Lisa married PJ, another member of the BMF, whose life also came crashing down after his conviction.  Suffering from depression, she has decided to divorce and move on with her life.  Toni was not only married to a convicted member of the BMF, she also served four years in prison on a money laundering charge.

In addition, Ricki sits down with Kristen, a woman who says she met the love of her life online, although he’s a convicted felon who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for murder.  And, Ramona Rizzo, star of VH1’s “Mob Wives,” shares details about her upcoming nuptials to Joe, her incarcerated fiancé who she plans to wed over the phone.  Joining the conversation is Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a licensed psychologist and associate professor at Pepperdine University, who sheds some light on this attraction to men behind bars and men who lead criminal lives.  


Today’s guests bucked tradition methods of medical treatment and chose to keep searching beyond conventional remedies to find alternative cures for their ailments.  Actor Kevin Sorbo battled warriors on his television series, “Hercules,” but his most Herculean effort was personal.  At 38 years-old, he suffered an aneurysm and three strokes which left him with permanent neurological damage.  Sorbo recovered in secret and, with help from therapy and alternative medicine, achieved a complete recovery and has released his intimate memoir, True Strength

Chris was just 26-years-old when doctors diagnosed him with Stage III colon cancer.  After surgery, he defied doctor’s orders and chose to forgo chemotherapy.  Instead, he did extensive research on nutrition and then proceeded to eat his way to being cancer-free with a vegan diet consisting of mostly raw foods. 

And, Jennifer suffered a massive stroke on her 21st birthday that left one side of her body completely paralyzed.  With help from some mind-blowing advanced technology, Jennifer learned to walk again and is regaining the use of her arm. 


Ricki sets out to show viewers that being green is a lot easier and a lot more fun than people probably think.  It can also save hundreds -- even thousands -- of dollars…not to mention the planet we call home!  Actor Ed Begley, Jr., one of the most well-known eco-activists since participating in the very first Earth Day in 1970, visits Ricki and rates the green efforts of her staff and crew.  He is also joined by his wife of 20 years, Rachelle, who has long referred to herself as “The Reluctant Environmentalist.”  They discuss how they make their relationship work and how she’s learned to adapt to their eco-friendly lifestyle.  They also introduce the latest product, “Begley’s & Bill’s Soda,” from their earth-friendly company.  In addition, Ricki introduces viewers to “The Greenest Family in American” and takes a tour of their ultra-ecofriendly home on wheels.  And, Ricki enlists her experts to help a family that does not bother to recycle and demonstrates how they are throwing away money they desperately need.   Also, every day products made out of natural ingredients.   


Ricki spends the hour discussing how our body image can affect our minds.  While society preaches that beauty comes from the inside out, it’s undeniable that we live in a culture where outside looks often determines how the inside feels.  While studies show that almost 70 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, it is unclear how many of them are suffering from a crippling sense of worthlessness. 

Ricki’s first guest, Jennifer, is living this struggle every day.  She is a single mom with a loving family and a satisfying career, but she has put her life on hold because she’s ashamed of her weight.  Anna is happily married to her soul mate, but was surprised when she discovered that the biggest conflict in her marriage hasn’t been over money, politics or religion—but over their difference in weight.  This revelation led her to pen an article for The Huffington Post about her “mixed-weight marriage,” and was amazed by the overwhelming response from women who related to her frustration. 

Also, Nancy posed for outrageous photos and entered a plus-size modeling contest in an effort to start a conversation about something she felt was disrespectful to women of her size.  To her shock, she won the contest!  Ricki sits down with Nancy to find out what happened next. 

Joining the conversation is Geneen Roth, world-renowned body image expert and author of the #1 The New York Times bestselling book Women, Food and God.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

Ricki’s guests tell their horrifying stories of encounters with sociopaths who lived within their communities…some of them family members and friends.  Mary Jo Buttafuco, who was shot in the head by her husband’s teenage mistress, tells why she believes her now ex-husband is a classic sociopath. 

Also, one woman recounts being drugged, beaten, bound and assaulted by her personal trainer. 

Candice DeLong, a former FBI profiler and host of Investigation Discovery’s “Facing Evil,” shares startling insights about sociopaths and mentally unstable criminals.


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