Thursday, January 6 2011: The 'X' Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell

The following interviews can be heard starting at 10 pm - 2 am Eastern / 7 pm - 11 pm Pacific (Network 1) 2 am - 6 am Eastern / 11 pm - 2 am Pacific (Network 2) 6 pm - 10 pm Eastern / 3 pm - 7 pm Pacific on The TalkStar Radio Network from our Washington DC Affiliate at or Apple iTunes at or at The 'X' Zone Podcast website at

SEGMENT 1: 10 pm - 11 pm / 7 pm - 8 pm Pacific
SYLVIA ANTHONY - Sylvia's Haven - Meet Sylvia Anthony and follow her trials, triumphs and successes in her new memoir, Sylvia's Haven. Named after the non-profit organization Anthony founded for poor, homeless and abused women and children. Sylvia's Haven serves s a testimonial of her life, faith and efforts to help others. Beginning with her birth in 1929 and continuing to the present day. Anthony recounts a painful childhood, divorce and the struggles she faced as a single mother. Sylvia's Haven candidly details the abuse Anthony witnessed and was subjected to growing up. She married at age 18, "This would prove to be a terrible mistake," she admits. Having been taught that a person should only be marry once, she stayed married for more than twelve years before divorcing. Ten years later, she remarried to a man named Rick, and her life changed dramatically. Anthony experienced what she calls a "miraculous intervention" after a near-fatal car accident and she and Rick became born-again Christians. Together, they were finally able to achieve her dream of opening a shelter for women and children. On January 25, 1987, Life for the Little Ones (LLO), Inc., was itself born. Rick began net-working among other Christian pro-life groups, introducing him and Sylvia, explaining what they planned to do. One of these groups was Pregnancy Help, a referral agency. It was a Catholic outreach group that would talk to desperate pregnant women and offer them a solution to their dilemma. Pregnancy Help would contact shelters that were willing to house and help them through their time of need. One such shelter was Friends of the Unborn. Rick and Sylvia visited the two-year-old operation and spoke at length with the owner. They were also given of the rules and regulations followed by Friends of the Unborn and the occupants of the homes. These would prove invaluable in the future. The foundation for LLO's shelter was now laid. Anthony details the many aspects of founding and maintaining Life for the Little Ones, which changed its name to Sylvia's Haven, Inc. in 1994. She also shares the pain of losing husband Rick to cancer just weeks after incorporating their shelter. Her friend Tony, a man she describes "love of my life," plays an important role throughout the book. Today at age 80, Sylvia Anthony still operates Sylvia's Haven, Inc., and to. date has housed 1034 women and children. For over 23 years, she has devoted her life to helping those less fortunate and overcome numerous obstacles along the way. She still continues her work. Find out more about Anthony and her unrelenting faith, inspiring life and selfless charity in the pages of Sylvia's Haven. -

SEGMENT 2: 11 pm - 12 am Eastern / 8 pm - 9 pm Pacific
JANE MILLER - Healing Companions - Jane Miller works in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist/clinical social worker, with a particular interest in holistic modalities of healing. She currently focuses on educating others about the legal, ethical, and practical criteria of working with Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs). Miller has lectured about PSDs in a variety of settings, ranging from The Cleveland Clinic & MetroHealth Medical Centers' Departments of Psychiatry & Psychology, The International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants Conference (IAABC), The Cleveland Natural History Museum, The Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease Conference (NICABM), The National Association of Social Workers Conference and many other national and local organizations, schools, and dog-training facilities. Miller recently was approached by the VA Hospital to present for their Departments of Psychiatry & Psychology Grand Rounds focusing on PSD's for soldiers returning from combat with PTSD and to speak for the Veteran's Administrations PTSD Consortium. She appeared in the PBS program "Health Visions - Animals As Healers" on the healing power of animals and joined world-renowned veterinarian/author Dr. Allen Schoen to present a workshop on the topic of animals as healers at a national conference for medical professionals (See NICABM). She is also a practitioner of QiGong and Reiki and teaches stress reduction techniques to her clients and their service dogs. Miller earned her BA in psychology and biology from Oberlin College, and her MA in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She has received the Irene Sogg Gross Award for Humanitarian Services and has contributed scholarly essays for professional journals and anthologies in the field of clinical social work. Her professional experience includes serving as a counselor at a battered women's shelter and at a group home supervisor for the developmentally disabled, and as a research assistant in microbiology/immunology at Temple University Medical School. Jane Miller's lifelong passion for healing has emphasized the human-animal connection, culminating in certifications as a Canine Massotherapist and as a Consultant for Therapy and Service Animals by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). -

SEGMENT 1: 10 pm - 11 pm / 7 pm - 8 pm Pacific
JAMES ROLLINS - Altar of Eden - Bestselling author James Rollins uses his medical background and scientific knowledge to write novels that meld cutting edge science and technology with history and religion, and which are as authentic and smart as they are entertaining. In his new stand-alone thriller, ALTAR OF EDEN (on sale 12/29/09), he looks at the brave new world of genetically modifying animals and "human performance modifications," manipulating the human brain to produce better soldiers. A former veterinarian, Rollins looks at "genetic throwbacks" or atavism, the phenomenon where a genetic trait, lost for generations, suddenly reappears. In ALTAR OF EDEN one of the many creatures featured is a python born with reptilian limbs, a throwback to a time before the snake's ancestor lost its legs. Rollins thought he invented the creature but a couple of months ago he stumbled upon an article in a scientific journal that showed a Chinese snake born with a fully functional reptilian limb poking out of its flank. For the curious, a quick Google search will bring up a picture of this snake. -

SEGMENT 4: 01 am - 02 am Eastern / 10 pm - 11 pm Pacific
SHARON SAKSON - Paws and Effect - Sharon Sakson is a journalist, writer and television news producer who has been involved with purebred dogs for 30 years. She is a judge of Hound and Working breeds. She's bred champion Whippets and Brussels Griffons and she's written four books about dogs. Sharon lives in Princeton, NJ. Every dog owner knows there is something special about their dog. Our dogs give us love and support, comfort us, and admire us - but do they also help to heal us? That's the question at the center of Sharon Sakson's new book, Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs. Sharon Her other books are: Paws to Protect: Dogs Saving Lives & Restoring Hope, Brussels Griffons: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual and Paws & Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog, co-authored with Neil Plakcy. -

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