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Lian Dolan is back with her weekly take on Modern Mother, life, news, culture and more:


Wed, 30 October 2013

The Chaos Chronicles returns! back behind the mic with:

Building better Classroom Environments for Boys from Here’s a link to : Chisitina Hoff Sommers: 3 Things Schools can do to help Boys Succeed

Kid, Parents and Online Obligations

Willow Wonder: Why Do I Worry: a new book about childhood anxiety and OCD with author Kristin Beckstrom Radcliffe. For more information, click here:

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Category:2013 – posted at: 5:31 PM


Fri, 30 August 2013

On this episode:

Lian goes to the County Fair and breake her vow never to eat a Blooming Onion

Updates on Happiness and School Books for Teacher Mona and Prayers for Pastor Jill

Gap Year Growing Pains and To Do List

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Category:2013 – posted at: 7:46 PM


Fri, 9 August 2013

On the show today:


Lian’s novel Elizabeth the First Wife zooms up the charts at Nook and Kindle!

An Update on Lessons Learned at BlogHer 2013: Guy Kawasaki; Steamy Kitchen; Producing your own podcast; selling your blog

Book Tour Last Stand at The Book Stall in Chicago

Family Vacation: Block Island, East Hampton, Wesport

My friend’s Inn:

Back to School Survey: Who is more excited? You or the kids? according ot Land’s End, the answer is…  

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Category:2013 – posted at: 9:48 PM


Fri, 12 July 2013

On this week’s Chaos Chronicles:

Lian’s Royal Baby Predictions: A Boy named James

Surprising Mood Boosters from O Magazine: Peppermint, Sleep and Surprises

Media Recommendation: ESPN’s Nine for IX series. Don’t miss Pat XO about Pat Summit. For all of the documentaries in this series, please consult ESPN.


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Category:2013 – posted at: 4:59 PM


Thu, 9 May 2013

Lian is back with the Chaos Chronicles:

The College Decision is made for her son. Now what?

The Elizabeth the First Wife Book Tour begins. Hear about the Summer with Shakespeare Sweepstakes

Mother’s Day Reflections

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Hoew I spent my Spring Break: In the Hospital on an IV

Not-so-Newsworthy News: New CEO at Amex; Justin Beiber in a Bubble; and why I don’t like “Bones.”

To Do List: Community Service and Design help needed

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Category:2013 – posted at: 4:56 PM


Mon, 18 March 2013

Lian is back for a full hour of Chaos:

The Joy of Volunterring

News Nuggests: Cookie Crimes; Oz at the Box Office; Glitter Bombs

The Case of Sheryl Sandberg and Lean In

What to learn from Steubenville

Plus, To Do list

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Category:2013 — posted at: 8:51 PM


Fri, 8 March 2013
Chaos Chronicles 703:An update on Lian’s excellent trip to Dallas and her scary flight homeWhat’s happening with College Admissions at Lian’s houseRelated Link: The College Bound ChroniclesMartha Stewart back in court with some fantastic testimonyA tribute to a Satellite Mister and the power of the communityRelated Link: The Satellite Sisters Facebook Group
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Category:2013 — posted at: 7:25 PM
Sat, 23 February 2013

An update on Lian’s father’s death and her advice for those who are caregivers. Plus, an update on her new book, Elizabeth the First Wife.

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Category:2013 — posted at: 12:20 AM
Mon, 28 January 2013

Lian Dolan’s weekly podcast is back for 2013. This week, an update on life, her new book and some thoughts on changes in the year to come.

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Category:2013 — posted at: 10:30 PM


Sun, 16 December 2012

Lian Dolan on the last few months of her mother’s illness, death and funeral. With thanks.

Second upload attempt wih MP3

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Category:2012 — posted at: 6:02 PM
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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:20 PM
Mon, 12 November 2012
Lian welcomes her sisters Julie Dolan and Liz Dolan, two of the five Satellite Sisters,  to the Chaos Chronicles. A Chaos Chronicles/Satellite Sisters: A Panini Generation update on our parents, our lives and Gen. Petraeus

Julie, Liz and Lian reconnect to fill listeners in on the turn of events in the lives  of their parents:

Julie reports on how her dad with Alzheimers is adusting to Dallas, Texas

Liz reports on our mother’s cancer diagnosis and what’s happening at Care Central in Santa Monica

Lian reports on her two root canals

and all the Sisters need to talk about Gen. Petraeus

Thanks to The weepies for use of their song “You can’t go back now.”
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Category:2012 — posted at: 5:01 AM


Saving for College, Space Shuttle Sighting, Financial Advice: Chaos Chronicles 604

This week on the Show:The Panini Generation RollercoasterThe Space Shuttle comes to PasadenaCollege Savings Plans and ScholarShare30 Things you should know about Money before age 30Random Acts of PoetryHappy Birthday, Lisa from Connecticut!
Direct download: chaos_604.mp3
Category:2012 — posted at: 7:27 PM

Tue, 11 September 2012

Lian is back with a few thoughts on:

The Back to School Night Panic has set in. Let the grade checking begin.

Plus, in the news:

Is Motherhood REALLY the Hardest job?

What’s Life on Mars like for a family in California

Does Sweet food make you sweeter? Do butter foods make you harsh? A new study says yes.

Plus, To Do List. You vote! Dorky or Not Dorky

Direct download: Chaos_603.mp3
Category:2012 — posted at: 9:52 PM
Fri, 24 August 2012
The Chaos Chronicles: Stop me before I apply to College for my son!Plus, what a news week! Naked Prince Harry! Lance Armstrong!  LL Cool J  and The Coffee Cup MurderPlus, My To Do List
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Category:2012 — posted at: 8:07 PM
Fri, 17 August 2012

Lian Dolan starts her sixth season behind the microphone. This week, Back to School advice for New High School Parents. Plus, Lian identifies a major shortage in the BTS supply chain: Dockers Shorts. Plus, A Panini Generation update.

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Category:2012 — posted at: 7:46 PM
Tue, 24 July 2012

On this week’s show, Lian takes on :

The Colorado Shooter: Is he mentally ill? Let’s hope so. But maybe not. For an interesting perspective, read this story from The New York Times Magazine by Scott Anderson. He profiles a man in prison for shooting his parents 19 year ago. He’s sorry, he’s reformed, should he go free?

Women in the news: Suri Cruise and Ann Curry

And The Summer of Nagging: Hello, my name is Lian and I’m a nagger. Please help me as I nag my 17 year old son the summer before his senior.

Plus, To Do List

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Category:2012 — posted at: 6:19 PM
Mon, 16 July 2012

Lian is back from vacation! And she got news, opinions, stories and an audio book give-away!

Lian breaks down her three weeks off: Funerals, Fun and Mulch

New Rounds-up: American Idol opportunity; Katies Holmes; Ralph Lauren’s Olympic gaffe and Why does the New York Times hate Mothers?

Plus, women and sports, the Penn state scandal and why does the NCAA hate Caltech?

Lian’s To Do List

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Category:2012 — posted at: 12:21 AM
Sun, 24 June 2012



Lian explains why half the Chaos Chronicles is actually a Satellite Sisters! More chaos:

Plus, TV News, How to be an Emcee and why would anyone buy Reille Hunter’s book


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Category:2012 — posted at: 11:57 PM

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Fri, 15 June 2012

On the show this week:

Panini Generation Update: transition not so smooth, thanks.

Middle School Graduation Observations and What I Learned in Middle School

In the news: The Sandusky trial

To Do List: Father’s Day Gift Items

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:15 PM


Mon, 11 June 2012
On the show this week:Teens on Academic Steroids: Students taking stimulants for Good Grades and High SAT scores. From the New York Times article.Sex, Lies and Money: Self Magazine’s shocking survey on how we deal with money and spending in relationshipsBag build-up: The impending Plastic Bag Ban has Lian hoarding grocery bagsPlus, The Panini Generation: More on Aging Parents
Direct download: Chaos_516.mp3
Category:2012 — posted at: 9:02 PM

Fri, 1 June 2012

On the show this week:

The Panini Generation: Living with Alzheimers

Olympic Fever: I want Dara Torres’ Flat Belly

Parents of Average Children Unite

Plus, To Do List

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:38 PM

Fri, 18 May 2012

This week on the show:

The Chaos Chronicles: Goodbye and Thank you for all the dishes. Donna Summer

News Round-Up: Coffee makes you live lonbger; Facebook IPO; John Edwards Trial

Advice for Getting through Graduations, from Pre-school to College

To Do List: Battleship & Barefoot Contessa

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Category:2012 — posted at: 4:07 PM


Thu, 10 May 2012

On the show this week:

Lian reaches her breaking point and declares a Volunteer Sabbatical!

Communication News: How to get what you want; Smartphone tech for home use; and we like twitter more than what?

Plus, Mothers Day Give-away and  To Do List

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:51 PM


Thu, 26 April 2012

On the show this week:

The Chaos Chronicles: Or how i nearly starved to death  in a 5 star hotel.

John Edwards Trail vs. The Tv Show Scandal: Which one is more unbelievable

The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger

The To Do List: Please don’t give me your old stuff

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Category:2012 — posted at: 10:20 PM
April 20, 2012

Lian is back from Spring Break! On this show:

Medical tests! College Tours! or what I did on my Spring Break

Plus, news from the last two weeks: Mommy Wars; 50 Shades of Grey; Let’s Run for Mayor!

To Do List: Take my survey

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Category:2012 – posted at: 9:07 PM
Fri, 30 March 2012

On the show this week:

The Chaos Chronicles: the Unberable Lightness of Taxes & a Pap Smear

The Pile-On Moms: Alicia Silverstone, January Jones and the Vogue Diet Mom Dara-Lynn Weis

Crowdsourcing Fashion Tips and College Tour planning

The To Do List

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Category:general — posted at: 5:30 PM

Fri, 23 March 2012

On the Show this week

The Chaos Chronicles: DIY Fallout

Plus, The Good and Not So Good of Social Media: The Trayvon Martin Case and Kony 2012 Meltdown

Women and Time management survey from Real Simple; and My Review of The Hunger Games

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:22 PM
Thu, 15 March 2012

This week on Chaos Chronicles 508: The Chaos Chronicles: Planning the multi-generational family vacation;Brands & Branding: Dads demand apology from Huggies; Adweek’s  3 new female consumers; All Hail, Ocean Spray and To Do List: Stay Away from meat

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Category:2012 — posted at: 11:36 PM
Fri, 9 March 2012

This week on the show:

The Chaos Chronicles: More emergency trips to the doctor’s and one emergency trip to Chico’s. News items: Beware the Sun Flare Storm and Feel-Good Story of the Week; From the Community: No Gifts Etiquette and School Project Haters ; To Do List: Buy Mantyhose

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Fri, 2 March 2012

The Posion Oak Chronicles: What Dr. Google sez I should try on my Poison Oak

Mailbag: Yarn answers and No Gift Party Policies

News: Cupcakes and Big, Lazy Misogynist Pigs

To Do List: World Read Aloud Day

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:55 PM

Thu, 16 February 2012

The Chaos Chronicles: Where was Lian last week?News Riled Up: Chris Brown; Downton Abbey; Valentine’s Day; Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Isssue Do the Work: Re-adjusting Goals and Timelines plus, To Do List

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Category:2012 — posted at: 8:13 PM
Fri, 3 February 2012

Lian emcees the ltdLIVE conference for Women Entrepreneurs. Insights on starting a business from CEO/Founders of; Plum District; glassybaby; and Kate Somerville How to Thrive, according to one thriving specialist And the Chaos Crew does the work!

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:36 PM
Mon, 30 January 2012

The Chaos Chronicles: Lian debates whether she is a “Debate Mom” or not; Plus, an update on 2012′s theme: Do the Work; Fun facts to know for The Big Game plus one Super Bowl promotions that’s a Stretch; What’s happening at the Mall; Modern Art meets Modern Life: Pacific Standard Time

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Category:2012 — posted at: 9:05 PM
Fri, 20 January 2012

Umprecedented Married Life Victory! Lian wins a DIY Project. Plus, The Golden Globes; Paula Deen; SOPA and PIPA; Interview: College Bound and Gagged with author Dr. Nancy Berk

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Category:2012 — posted at: 2:19 AM




January 11, 2012

Lian’s Theme for 2012: Do The Work

  • Parenting news: New studies of Teens and arguing and pre-schoolers and activities
  • Vegetable News: Year of the Potato and Veggie Up your Life
  • To Do List: Don’t be awful
  • Plus, Give-aways and more

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