Airdate: Monday, January 14, 2013
Ricki celebrates selfless individuals who have gone to great lengths to help others in need… often doing so with little recognition or fanfare. Ricki speaks with a woman who donated a portion of her liver to save a stranger’s infant daughter. Also, a man whose poor judgment left him a quadriplegic has chosen to use his situation as a cautionary tale to help others make wiser choices. And, Alison Thompson, an Australian-born woman who left her high-paying job on Wall Street to become a volunteer at natural disasters all around the world. Her work became the subject of a documentary titled “The Third Wave” which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and subsequently presented by Sean Penn at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
“A CRY FOR HELP”
Airdate: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Today’s guests have one thing in common…they’ve all turned to Ricki looking for ways to help mend their broken relationships. Ricki introduces Melissa from TLC’s “My 600 Pound Life” who continues to struggle with her weight and her husband’s previous bout with infidelity. Also, a couple who cannot get past the loss of their son at only two weeks of age and another couple on the verge of divorce because she does not feel worthy of her husband’s love. Dr. Mike Dow, psychotherapist and co-host of VH1’s “Couples Therapy,” offers expert advice.
Airdate: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Ricki explores women’s love for their hair – she’s among them! – and knows there’s almost nothing off-limits: perms, straightening, highlights, lowlights, extensions, weaves, etc. The very entertaining and outspoken Tamar Braxton of the reality hit show “Braxton Family Values” and “Tamar and Vince” joins the conversation to discuss her most prized possessions – her closet full of wigs. Also, “Indique Virgin Hair Extensions” co-founder Ericka Dotson stops by with some of her finest hair collections and actress Nicole Ari Parker shows off her revolutionary head wrap that allows women to exercise without ruining their hair. And, with so much time, effort and money involved, Ricki wants her viewers to know what’s safe, what’s necessary and which harmful products and dangerous chemicals to avoid.
“HOW TO SURVIVE A KIDNAPPING”
Airdate: Thursday, January 17, 2013
According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children – 2,000 children in the United States are reported missing every day. Meet a mother on a desperate search for her missing daughter. Her disappearance hasn’t received a lot of media attention. Is race a factor? Our experts weigh in. Elizabeth Shoaf, a courageous survivor - held hostage underground for 10 days – shares her miraculous escape at the age of 14. And, life saving tips parents must know to help keep their children safe. Also, a new GPS watch for kids that allow parents to know their whereabouts at all times.
Airdate: Friday, January 18, 2013
The face of addiction has changed over the last decade. Studies are proving that more and more seemingly successful stay-at-home moms are silently suffering from some form of addiction. Dr. Drew Pinsky, American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist and television and radio personality (VH1’s “Rehab,” syndicated radio show “Loveline”) joins Ricki to shed some light on the alarming increase in full-time homemakers who have severe addictions to, among other things, prescription pills and compulsive shopping. Ricki introduces Dr. Drew to a modern-day “Carol Brady” – a woman with three lovely girls and three lively stepsons – who seems to have it all, but is secretly suffering from a crippling addiction to prescription pills. Will Dr. Drew be able to convince her to go straight from the show into rehab? Dr. Drew also counsels a woman who is addicted to shopping at her local 99¢ Only Store.