Programs examine important topics and issues impacting all of us through the lens of health and wellness. We highlight the questions, challenges and struggles people typically face in everyday life. In each of our programs we clarify the issues and provide useful information, pragmatic tips, and resources.
End of the year show !!!

Episode 60: “Happy New Year” – 12/27/12 – It’s the last program of the year and Dr Fritz and Melissa are reflecting on what was a packed year of awesome guests and topics covered.  We are joined by author, motivational speaker, and comedian Wali Collins.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_12-27-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

12-20-12 During this hour we are joined by Carol Levine who directs the United Hospital Fund’s Families and Health Care Project, Gail Hunt the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, and Gregory Johnson of Emblem Health.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_12-20-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT


12-13-12 "What do you expect of customer service? Who deserves a tip?" During this hour we're talking with the "Guru of Gratuity" and author of the wildly popular "Waiter Rant" and "Keep the Change", Steve Dublanica!

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_THURSDAY_12-13-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:39am EDT

Family Caregiving Part 5: Legal and Financial

12-6-12 - This is the fifth of a seven part series on family careging sponsored by Emblem Health. During this hour we are joined by attorney Robert Freedman and finance expert Adrian Berg about the legal and financial issues in family caregiving.

Direct download: THE_DR_FRITZ_SHOW_12-6-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

Reading and literacy

11/29/12 - What's your favorite childhood book or story? Were you read to as a child? During this hour we examine the importance of reading to children and we are joined by Sean Reed who is working on a children's series that will excite the imaginations of children and inspire them to explore Science and Math. Support Sean by going to the Milo and Bruno Kickstarter page (

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_11-29-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24am EDT

Family Caregiving Part 4: Maintaining the spiritual

11/22/12 – Caring for someone who is sick or disabled can take it’s toll mentally, physically and spiritually. During this hour we talk with Cynthia Burke and Kate Lamb of Friends in Deed and Rev. Marion Gambardella who is a teacher,Spiritual counselor, Minister and Healing Therapist.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_11-22-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

The Devotion Project

11/15/12 -  We’re talking about the continuing Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts with Paddy Tubz our “Man on The Scene” in The Rockaways and Breezy Point, as well as chatting with filmaker/director Tony Osso about his award winning series, “The Devotion Project.”

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_11-15-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EDT

Recovering from Sandy

11/9/12 - This is a special episode sponsored by WWRL and offered in response to the outpouring of calls we have received from those affected by hurricane Sandy, those offering services, and those leading relief efforts. During the program we are joined by State Senator Marty Golden and Senator-Elect James Sanders who provide information on ongoing efforts within their communities.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_11-9-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

11/8/12 This is part three of a seven part series sponsored by Emblem Health. During this episode we are talking about emotional aspects of being a family caregiver. We are joined by Catherine Thurston,the Senior Director for Programs at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE) and Rev. Robert Chase, the executive director of Intersections International.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_11-8-12_Caregiving_III.mp3
Category:Family caregiving -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Hurricane Sandy - 2 hour special Episode

11/1/12 - From October 28th into the 29th, New York City was hit with hurricane Sandy. The bull’s-eye locally was the eastern shores of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, lower Manhattan and the Jersey Shore. At the height of the storm, water surges flooded whole communities, gutted neighborhoods and took the lives of over 40 people in New York City
alone. In its aftermath, the storm left millions without electrical power and basic services.

Traumatizing events like hurricanes can destroy our sense of the world as safe and predictable. It is common for people to feel grief, sadness, shock and anger. These feelings are then later followed by resignation and a resolve to return to normalcy—the need to get back into the routine of daily life, the desire to rebuild homes and neighborhoods, and restore connections among family and friends- ALL OF THESE ARE PART OF A NORMAL PROCESS.

The notion of a disrupted routine, especially in the midst of a disaster, can wreak havoc on our psychological and emotional
well-being. While we are physically rebuilding, we are also desperate to mentally rebuild. We crave our creature comforts; cell phones, internet, commutes to work. For some of us, these things will be restored quickly. For others, it will take time.

The scope of loss has varied greatly in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Some have lost loved ones, others have lost their homes or have had serious damage, some have lost power, or internet and phone service, and others have been inconvenienced. The widespread, varied damage can lead to feelings of guilt, and leave us wondering why we may have been spared, while our neighbor has lost everything.

It is important to understand that "normal" is not black or white, especially during disaster recovery. Most disaster survivors are NORMAL PEOPLE responding to an abnormal event and we need to avoid pathologizing or viewing people as sick because of their response to the event. How soon is too soon to begin to get back to normal? Go on with planned events? What is the line between resilience and respect?

For more information on how you can help in the relief effort, go to the following websites:

NYC 311 -
Feeding America -
NYULocal -
Disaster Assistance -
American Red Cross -

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_11-1-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT