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

"Maintaining the physical"- 10/25/12 - Are YOU a Family Caregiver? If you provide regular and unpaid care to a loved one, YOU are a caregiver. We are joined this week by Sheila Warnock author of "Share the Care" and Dr. Robin Finley from the Department of Aging in a conversations that focuses .  This is the second of a seven part series sponsored by Emblem Health focused on caring for the family caregiver.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_10-25-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

10/18/12- During this hour we talk about pedophilia, child molestation and what we can do protect our children. We are joined by expert special guest Paula Felps who is the founder of the Sexual Abuse Resource Network -

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Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

LOU FERRIGNO brings it to The Dr. Fritz Show ComicCon style!. Then were joined in the studio with BRAND NEW SINGLES from Brooklyn Band, The Energy!

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show__THURSDAY_10-11-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We are joined this week by Gregory Johnson of Emblem Health ( to talk about family caregiving. This is the first of a seven part series sponsored by Emblem Health focused on caring for the family caregiver.

Direct download: Family_Cargiving_10-4-12.mp3
Category:Family caregiving -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

9/27/12 - Psychological resilience is the process of coping with stress and adversity. It is the process of regaining control, finding meaning, and moving forward with your life despite and in spite of stress, trauma, and loss. Resilience is generally understood as a process. It is not a specific set of traits. It is skills that can be learned and developed. Friedrich Nietzsche said, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." During this hour we are talking about resilience through the narrative of a very special guest, Zoey Mendoza. This episode may change the way you see your current challenges and if there was ever an episode you didn't want to miss this is the one.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_9-27-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Have you ever been bullied, witnessed someone being picked picked on, or have been the bully yourself? Bullying is a social drama requiring three characters; the bully, the bullied and the bystander. During this episode, Dr Fritz and co-host Melissa Nicoletti explore this dynamic and are joined by martial arts expert Sensei John Mirrione who is traveling the country to share with school children his inspiring story and teach them about building inner strength through meditation and philosophy.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_9-20-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

9/11 - The psychology of remembrance

This September marks the 11th year since our lives were indelibly changed on a sunny Tuesday morning. Although it has been over a decade, we still remember that day like it was yesterday. We tend memorialize tragic events, disasters, death and loss. Why do we actively try to remember tragic events, disasters, and significant loss? What is the role of memorials, anniversaries and days of remembrance in our process of healing?

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_9-13-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 7:48am EDT

Have you ever made a 'New Year' resolution that you did not keep? Did you expect that willpower alone would carry you through to personal success? Is there something in your life you would like to change but are not sure where to start?During this hour we talk with Kerry Patterson, the author of Change Anything: The new science of personal success. We focus on the "six sources of influence" that once understood can give you the road map needed to you help reach your goals. 

Direct download: Dr_Fritz_Show_-_Change_Anything_9-7-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Embrace Life

You have heard the cliche that enjoyment in life comes from being able to "smell the flowers." You have also heard about "being present" or "being in the moment" as a way to fully take in life. During this hour we explore these concepts as well as how to put them in to practice. We are joined by the CEO and founder of Le Grand Courtâge (, Tawnya Falkner to talk about "embracing life, dreaming big and accepting all invitations."

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_8-30-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Everyday we encounter situations that challenge us. These situations are not limited to what happens in our immediate lives. They extend to what we are exposed to in our communities as well as via the media and Internet. What is the impact of all of this on our psychological well being. During this our we distiguish between stress and trauma. Joining Dr Fritz Galette and Melissa Nicoletti is Psychiatrist Dr David Brody.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_THURSDAY_8-16-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

What is humor? What are the cognitive processes involved in getting a joke? What are the benefits of laughter? What makes something funny? Special guests include Walli Collins, Jimmy Failla, and Saranne Rothberg, CEO and Founder of Comedy Cares.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_8-9-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Dr. Fritz Galette and Melissa Nicoletti are joined by Bruce Knotts of Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and Reverend Jerry Troyer. During this episode we talk about free speech and how the Chick-Fil-A controversy, as well as other media side-shows, distract us from deeper issues. Where do we draw the line on free speech? Is there a line? What is selective indignation? Where does free speech go to far? How do we defend those rights?

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Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

How to find our your life’s purpose, if you don’t already know it? How to keep moving forward in your purpose when life presents you with challenges? Dr Fritz is joined by Klay Williams the author of There is only plan A. Listen in as they talk about how self awareness, beliefs, self love and persistence can help you reach your life purpose.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show__THURSDAY_7-26-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Psychology of (M)otherhood

Dr. Fritz Galette and co-host Melissa Nicoletti delve into the psychology of motherhood. Is motherhood something intrinsic to all women? Do women naturally know how to parent? Why do we let men off the hook so easily? Joining Dr Fritz & Melissa are Joy Rose, founder of the Museum of Motherhood in NYC, comedian/actress/writer Sherry Davey and writer/blogger Varda Steinhardt.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show__THURSDAY_7-19-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Psychology of Superheroes

Why are people so attracted to superheroes? Are superheroes only what we think of in comic books, and the movies? Are there any real living superheroes among us? During this episode we are joined by Lou Ferrigno, Thor Parker, Howard Latting, Robin Rosenberg, and Danny Fingerroth for an interesting conversation. Who is your favorite superhero?

Direct download: drfritzshow7-12-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Finding your health and wellness sweet spot

How do you stay committed to your health? How do you set sustainable goals? How do you make exercise more enjoyable? We talk again with health coach Lisa Priestly about commitment to health and wellness and the three Circles of Health:

  • Fitness - daily movement to maintain health and body function
  • Fuel - whole food eating, organic healthy choices to provide energy and vitality
  • Focus - Focus the mind on creating what we want to achieve - focusing on the can dos and giving our selves the quiet and reflective time to be introspective, connect our higher self and our ability to know what is needed

During this podcast we also explore ways to find comfort beyond 'comfort foods/eating' and pointers on how to structure our health and fitness programs for success.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show__THURSDAY_7-5-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 5:09am EDT

Rev. Jerry Troyer and comedian Jeffrey Lawrence join us for a lively discussion about pride, acceptance and coming out to the self.  For more information on discovering and accepting our true selves, check out and read Jerry Troyer's book Coming Out to Ourselves.  This book is for anyone motivated and ready to break the bonds keeping us from living our most optimal lives.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show__THURSDAY_6-28-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is generally described as an ability to recognize emotion in the self and others and use that information adaptively. During this hour we seek to better understand this concept as well as how to apply it in every day life.


John Pellitteri, Ph.D. - Associate Professor & Director, Graduate Program in Counseling Queens College, City Univ of New York, Licensed psychologist with a private practice in Brooklyn and also licensed music therapist

Natalie Loeb (founder), Gordon Loeb and Alec Loeb from Loeb Consulting Group LLC: a management and leadership development company dedicated to cultivating high potentials in law firms, businesses and student and community leadership.

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_6-21-12.mp3
Category:Growth and well being -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

Special episode - Interview with students artists from

During this episode we hear from middle school students from New York City public schools representing each of the five boroughs. These students took part in the largest student art exhibition in the history of NYC parks. Administered by, the students in ten different schools transformed lunchroom tables into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing important social issues in their communities.

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Category:Psychology and education -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

Dr. Fritz and Melissa Nicoletti are talking about sleep...Do you get enough? What happens if you don't? We are joined by medical sleep specialist Dr. Maynak Shuckla of Madison Sleep Center. Air Date 6/7/12  

For more on sleep see:,,

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_6-7-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 4:51am EDT

Dr Fritz Galette attended the 2012 GLBT Pride Parade in Staten Island and was able to interview State Senatore Diane Savino, Mathew Tutone, Citycouncilwomam Debbie Rose

Direct download: live_pride.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We are talking to Ila Lane Gross the founder of LEAP, an organization that has been providing art and music education in the schools since 1977 and has directly taught over two million students and counting. During this episode we talk about the need for art and music education in our school systems and the psychology of how this inclusion can facilitate the learning of other subjects including math and science. Air Date 5/31/12

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Mindful Eating - Interview with Joy Pierson, Bart Potenza and Sten Ulfsson

Dr. Fritz and Melissa are focusing "MINDFUL EATING" and the effects of food on our mood and behavior. Our guests include Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson of the internationally known and celebrity frequented Candle Cafe (, and Vegetarian Swedish Comedian Sten Ulfsson. We are treated to a call from Dr. Susan Albers author numerous books on the topic mindful eating (

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:33am EDT

Living a Regretless Life - Interview with Wali Colins

What happens when two comedians and a psychologist enter the studio? A lively conversation about the psychological benefits of humor and encouragement. Listen in as we are joined by motivational speaker and author, WALI COLLINS ( as we explore the psychology of comedy his book, "Y'NEVANO, Living a Regretless Life". Air Date 5/17/12

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_5-17-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Fitness, 1000 Steps and Holistic Running

We all know that exercise, fitness, and healthy eating are good for our physical well being but the psychological benefits are often overlooked. During this episode, we highlight some of the mental benefits of exercise and fitness and the transformational opportunities of ultra running. Guests include Lisa Priestly, Health Coach, master trainer and yoga instructor ( and ultra runner Adam Gerber who will share his experiences having completed 50 and 100 mile runs. Air Date 5/10/12

Direct download: DrFritzShow_5-10-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth, running -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Special Episode - Disconnected Youth

Students filmmakers from the Educational Video Center ( visit the WWRL studios and talk about how EVC is teaching them how to make documentary films. They also discuss their work on this semester’s important documentary topic: “Disconnected Youth” which will premiere June 6th at Lincoln Center.  Air Date 5/3/12

Direct download: Disconnected_Youth.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Live Show - Infertility~ Dealing with the Inconceivable.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approaching, Dr. Fritz & Melissa talk about the psychological impact and treatment process of infertility as well as the related legal issues. They are joined by Zoey Mendoza an INCIID ( scholarship recipient, Scott Brown, California Cryobank ( , and Melissa Brisman, Esq., Reproductive Possibilities, LLC ( Air Date 4/26/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Resilience is the process of adapting, coping, and recovering from the challenges, stresses and traumas of life. During this episode we are joined by legendary jazz musician Pat Martino who was struck down in his prime by a near fatal aneurism in 1980. Listen in as we talk about his remarkable recovery and philosophy on life. Air Date 4/19/12

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW_4-19-12_a.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

Getting taxes done on time can be a stressful experience. Dr Fritz along with co-host Melissa Nicoletti and guest Sean Reed talk about why we have so much trouble getting it done. Dr Fritz offers some tips on how to break the procrastination habit and Sean talks about what can be done with the refund.  Air Date 4-12-12

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_RADIO_SHOW_4-12-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Live Show - Hypnosis

We are hypnotized on the daily basis by the multitude of stimuli that direct our attention. From internal thoughts to commercial advertisements, we go in and out of hypnotic trances frequently. Dr. Fritz and co-host Melissa Nicoletti along with live callers explore the prevalence of hypnosis in everyday life.
Episode 22 - 4/4/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Live Show - Holistic Health

A healthy mind requires a healthy body. Dr Fritz is joined by holistic lifestyles coach Lisa Priestly. Listen in as they discuss the importance of a lifestyle approach to healthy mental and physical well being with practical tips presented.

Episode 21 - 3/28/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

Live Show - Music: The Energy Band

Dr. Fritz is joined by the Brooklyn based rock band "The Energy." The discussion focuses on the band's musical journey, creative processes, and use of music to communicate a positive and progressive message. Episode 20 - Air Date 3/21/12

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_show_WED__3-21-12_EDIT.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 4:22pm EDT

Live Show: About Dr. Fritz

The tables are turned as co-Host Melissa Nicoletti interviews Dr. Fritz about how he first got into psychology, differences between helping professions and his thoughts on how to help people. 

Episode 19 - Air Date 3/14/12

Direct download: DR_FRITZ_SHOW__3-14-12.mp3
Category:Psychology, health, wellness -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Live Show: The Devotion Project

Dr. Fritz interviews Antony Osso, the director of The Devotion Project: “a series of short documentary films celebrating LGBT couples of all stripes.”

Episode 18 – Air Date 3/7/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Dr Fritz along with co-host Melissa Nicoletti and special guest Jerry Troyer explore the psychological benefits of charity, giving, and volunteering.

Episode 17 – Air Date 2/29/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Live Show - Dealing with loss

During this live show we reflect upon the loss of Whitney Houston and how we typically deal with death.

Episode 16 – Air Date 2/22/12

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Category:Psychology, health, wellness, growth -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT