Goldie Hawn

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Academy Award-winner Goldie Hawn talks about her days as a dancer, her acting career, taking on the roles of producer and director, and her interest in meditation and the mind. Her latest book, 10 Mindful Minutes  is about the Hawn Foundation’s MindUP program, which teaches children social and emotional skills. She explains the positive effects of mindfulness, compassion, and kindness.

War correspondents Janine di Giovanni has spent most of her career—more than twenty years—in war zones recording events on behalf of the voiceless. From Sarajevo to East Timor, from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, she has been under siege and under fire. Her memoir Ghosts by Daylight: Love, War, and Redemption is an account of her time reporting on war around the world. Along the way she meets Bruno, a French reporter whose spirit and audacity are a match for her own. Their love affair spans nearly a decade and a dozen armed conflicts before they settle in Paris to raise a family. But Janine soon learns that a life lived in war is inevitably haunted. Bruno struggles with physical and emotional pain, and Janine, a new mother and wife in Paris, is afraid both for Bruno and herself and for the work that they do—and doubtful that she can hold their lives together. 

* Prison and criminal justice consultant and coach Wendy Feldman talks about working with people to prepare for incarceration, alternative sentences and, re-entry into society. She is the only woman in her field and the only ex-offender who now works in collaboration with different law enforcement agencies. In 1986 Wendy began a Wall Street career, but by 2001, through a series of poor choices, bad business decisions and domestic abuse in her home, she landed right in the middle of a Federal investigation. She served time in a federal prison camp and halfway house and knows first hand the journey that awaits a person whose choices have landed them in our criminal justice system. She believes that prison should be a transformational experience and the ultimate equalizer. Currently, she and Custodial Coaching have collaborations with Las Encinas Hospital, The Ranch, Elements Treatment Centers, Promises and others. She is a member of the Pasadena Police Department’s mental health advisory committee and also runs a legal wellness program with the department.


* Born in St. Kitts and brought up in the UK, Caryl Phillips has written about and explored the experience of migration for more than 30 years through his novels, plays, and essays. In Color Me English: Thought About Migrations and Belonging Before and After 9/11 he reflects on the shifting notions of race, culture, and belonging before and after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The book opens with an inspired story from his boyhood, a poignant account of a shared sense of isolation he felt with the first Muslim boy who joined his school, then turns to his years living and teaching in the United States, including a moving account of the day the twin towers fell. We follow him across Europe and through Africa while he grapples with making sense of colonial histories and contemporary migrations—engaging with legendary African, African American, and international writers from James Baldwin and Richard Wright to Chinua Achebe and Ha Jin who have aspired to see themselves and their own societies more clearly.


Goldie Hawn

Comments [15]


what a bunch of pathetic cynical posters. you guys are both sad, and stupid.......
this is such important and useful info,you fools.

Sep. 29 2011 01:52 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

@Maude from office

Yes meditation doesn't cost anything. But the program has other components to it that require some kind of training. How would public schools pay for that?

Sep. 28 2011 01:32 PM
Maude from office

tough crowd.
Sounds to me like the program she outlined could be cheap, simple and helpful for lots of kids. Meditation doesn't cost anything.

Sep. 28 2011 01:12 PM
frank from Newark

This woman is going to turn me into a conservative if I keep listening to her, please Leonard, can you put her out of her misery. She's awful.

Sep. 28 2011 12:54 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Oh well, didn't learn much. She wanted to talk about her foundation and Lenny wanted to talk about acting. Overall a boring interview.

Sep. 28 2011 12:31 PM
Anne from NYC

Goldie, what to you recommend for someone who has been job hunting for 2 years, doesn't have financial security and is experiencing a very high level of stress?

Sep. 28 2011 12:30 PM
GBS from Oceanport, NJ

Would like to know if there is a foundation supporting the Newark schools that are using her techniques. Is there a teacher training program? Have they looked across the disciplines to see how students do in general after using her techniques.

Also - thank you for your brilliant work and contributions.

Sep. 28 2011 12:29 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Life is a WHOLE lot less stressful with a big pocket full of money.

Sep. 28 2011 12:27 PM
john from office

Len ask her is she is middle class and how can average Joes travel to India yearly for enlightenment.

Sep. 28 2011 12:25 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

And another question, which I'm sure will not be answered:

How much does this program cost? And how can struggling school districts afford it?

Sep. 28 2011 12:24 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Are any public schools implementing this program? And if so, where? And with all the mandated testing and tight time schedules during the day, where and when is the time found to implement any of these techniques?
During gym...if the is a gym class?

Sep. 28 2011 12:23 PM
CL from NYC

What an insufferable bore this woman is.

Sep. 28 2011 12:21 PM
pete from uws

acting career on hold...dag, I was really hoping for Overboard II...oh well

Sep. 28 2011 12:18 PM
john from office

Wow, Len is taking this seriously. Next Tom Cruze on pychology. Another "star" with too much time on her hands.

Brad Pitt will be on next on Marxism.

Sep. 28 2011 12:18 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Is your foundation tied in with The Church of Scientology?

Sep. 28 2011 12:11 PM

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