MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
“THE PERILS OF IDENTITY THEFT”
All of today’s guests are victims of the insidious and devastating crime of identity theft. More than nine million Americans had their identities stolen in 2012, and that number is expected to climb this year. Andorie lived her worst nightmare when a drug addict hijacked her identity, gave birth in a hospital and then abandoning the child. Unfortunately, the falsified medical paperwork led authorities to Andorie and she almost lost custody of her actual children. Candice spent two years trying to clear her teenage daughter’s name after an ID thief spent two years destroying her credit -- and almost lost her house in the process. Karen fell victim to someone who stole financial records from her mailbox and then repeatedly emptied her bank account and destroyed her lines of credit. When authorities proved less than effective, she took matters into her own hands and single-handedly caught her identity thief. Eva Velasquez, President of the Identity Theft Resource Center, also weighs in with steps you can take to protect your identity and the hi-tech ways thieves are using to assume your identity.
TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
“COMING OUT OF THE DARKNESS”
Ricki takes this opportunity to bring the topic of suicide out of the shadows and into the light. Mark Ballas (ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”) and his mom, Shirley, explain how the suicide of Mark’s uncle led to the creation of the Ballas Foundation which raises awareness for suicide prevention. Ricki sits down with Jill Bialosky, The New York Times best-selling author of History of A Suicide, who lost her sister to suicide. Also, Jordan was diagnosed with depression at age sixteen and, two years later, tried to end his life by plunging 90 feet out of his bedroom window. He miraculously survived and wants to share his story in hopes of saving lives. Also, Saydi recounts her heartbreaking story of losing her mother, and later her grandmother, to suicide. Plus, Dr. Kita Curry, psychologist and C.E.O. of the renowned Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services, joins the discussion to help family members identify the difference between angst and depression.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
As a Hollywood actress and filmmaker, Angela Shelton was living a charmed life, but also hiding a dark secret. Starting at age three, Angela endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother. In an effort to find healing and regain pieces of her stolen childhood, she set-off cross country to make a rather unusual documentary which became “Finding Angela Shelton.” As her process of healing continued, she teamed up with the Baby Einstein Team to create safety videos for children and wrote Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment. Ricki also introduces Carissa who, by age twelve, had run away from an abusive home, dropped out of school and became involved with drugs and prostitution that ultimately landed her in a juvenile facility. It was there that she met Ron Jenkins, a teacher who helped turn her life around and made her believe she could grow up to be happy and successful. Ricki sits down with this inspiring duo to revisit her story and the circumstances that led to Runaway Girl, Carissa’s brutally honest memoir about her life on the streets.
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
“HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT MATCH”
Outspoken dating maven from “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” Patti Stanger joins Ricki to discuss the most common dating issues and giving “dating makeovers” to two audience members who need to improve on their first impressions. Ricki also sets out to demystify the scary world of dating with the help of a panel of straight-talking men -- Mike Catherwood (“Loveline with Dr. Drew”), author Maxwell Billieon (“Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know About Men Who Stray”) and relationship expert/author Steve Santigati (“Code Of Honor”) -- who are ready to reveal the down and dirty truth about dating. And, Ricki plays matchmaker with her own version of “The Dating Game.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013
“I SURVIVED A CULT”
Ricki sits down with individuals who were once imbedded in cults but managed to escape and live to tell their stories. Ricki’s first guest, Laura Kohl, is the author of Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look. She is one of only 11 members to survive the infamous 1978 ‘Jonestown Massacre,’ led by cult leader Jim Jones, at The People’s Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ricki’s second guest, Lesley Cathay (author of Slavery of Faith), also escaped Jonestown at the age of 18, but lost her husband and seven additional family members who refused to leave the compound and subsequently perished after being convinced to “drink the Kool-Aid.” Ricki also speaks with Alexa, a woman whose worst fears came true when her brother’s body was found in the desert while participating in a questionable three-year-long silent yoga retreat. And, Kay Hawkins, author of The House of Yahwey: My Side of the Story, was a single mother of three when she married Bill Hawkins and helped him co-found the “House of Yahwey,” a budding religious group. Unfortunately, everything changed the day he insisted their new religion required him to take additional wives and she subsequently walked away from her husband and their religion-turned-cult. Rick Ross, executive director of The Rick A. Ross Institute (an organization dedicated to educating people about the dangers of cults), joins the conversation to give valuable advice on how to avoid the trappings of a cult.