Satellite Sisters is an award-winning talk show for women created by five real sisters with five very different lives. Hosted by Lian Dolan, Liz Dolan, Julie Dolan, Sheila Dolan and Monica Dolan, Satellite Sisters captures the issues of daily life and the sound of friendship. "News, Talk, Laughs. We tackle the world one cup of coffee at a time."

On today's Satellite Sisters, Julie shares a cautionary tale of organic cherry tomatoes, benign salad-making and an unexpected attack by a killer bee.  Plus FISH FRAUD.  What is this world coming to???

Liz is feeling the post-Olympic blues.  Katie? Allyson?? Simone???  What are YOU doing today?   Special thanks to NBC for deleting Ryan Lochte from every single video highlight reel.  Quick work!  Julie thinks Ryan should get advice form Tyra Banks so that she will be teaching Project You about branding yourself at Stanford Business School.  Liz thinks he might get more useful perspective from from Tonya Harding.

It's college drop-off season so we have many comments and some advice from the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group about how to survive this potentially wrenching transition.  More advice to offer, post it there! 

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Category:2016 -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

On today's show, Liz and Lian are home from Rio with a complete Olympic report.  But first, you aren't going to believe Julie's adventure (or misadventure?) with Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn.  Urban Nana hits the Barclay Center. 

Lian shares the Satellite Sisters Keys to Success in Rio.  Sports cliches are not just for athletes, people! We've got focus.  We overcame adversity.  We ran our race. We don't have a medal to show for it, but we got awesome stamps in our passports and didn't run into a single mosquito. Read Lian's complete post-Rio Random thoughts here.

On the podcast, we talk about our big nights with Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Jenny Simpson, Maya DiRado, Michelle Carter, Lily King, Brazil soccer, Simone Manuel. We were at the Aquatics Center, the Estadio Olympic, Maracana and USA House.  Lian's husband even had his own moment with Ryan Lochte.

Much like Ryan, Liz has an apology she would like to make to a community she may have offended.  Lian awards her own gold medals. We also have a few lingering questions for our friends in Brazil.  But most of all, we want to say thank you to the Olympians, the families and coaches of Olympians and our hosts in Brazil who gave is beautiful, memorable sporting competitions on one of the world's most beautiful cities


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Category:2016 -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Today on Satellite Sisters, Liz Dolan and Lian Dolan fill you (and Julie) in our our trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. We leave in the morning with our flags, close-toed shoes, DSEET and enthusiasm for all things Olympic and all things Brazilian. We are set to be part of the Rio Games and make our mark on Copacabana Beach with Team USA and Ryan Seacrest. 


Before the Olympics, Lian goes to the dentist for her usual pre-travle root canal. hear what happens next. 


Olympic Schedule:

Olympic Packing: our strategies for 8 days and one carry-on

Where will be: in the Barra Zone! near the Olympic Golf Course

What we're seeing: Swimming, Track & Field, Beach Volleyball, Women's Soccer-- we're in! What else should we take in? 

Opening Ceremonies: We loved it! 

Women in Rio-- Killing it! we love watching women from all over the world do their thang! Plus, a defense of Dan Hicks, a top announcer who is getting hammered. 

Plus, Bamboo Keyhole, Booing Athletes and Eating Sushi. 


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Category:2016 -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Here's a special New To You show from August 12, 2012:  Our complete London Olympics recap including our Rio 2016 goals! This show is Monica, Julie and Liz. Don't forget to go to and read all of Lian's Random Thoughts essays on previous Olympics.  Just go to the site and search on Random Thoughts or Olympics to get the whole archive.

Here are our notes from the 2012 show:

Monica has a complete rundown of her favorite Olympic moments and people.  We know those sprint relays are always amazing but who knew platform diving could be so emotional?  What are we going to do now that the Games are over?  Get ready for Rio 2016. 

Julie recommends that EVERYONE watch USA Swimming's cover of Call Me Maybe if you are feeling a little post-Olympic letdown. 

And Liz exhorts the whole Satellite Sisterhood to take up trampoline.  Let's all make the team for Brazil 2016!


Random Thoughts from Lian Dolan


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Category:2016 -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

On today's Satellite Sisters, Liz Dolan and Julie Dolan make a plea for civility online in all things election-related. Comments bring out the worst in people, so we are asking you to think twice before lashing out. Far be it from us to ask you not to express yourself, but start by asking yourself this one question:  Has your mind ever been changed by what someone posted in your Facebook feed?  No? Exactly. So express yourselves freely but no need to be uncivil. Okay, people??  Julie also speaks out on behalf of the potential First Ladies one more time. It won't be the last. 

We are very excited about the upcoming Olympic Games!  Lian and Liz will be attending #Rio2016 starting next week but first we have some comments on the Opening Ceremonies outfits for the USA, the best Olympic sibling story ever and Nastia Liukins beauty tips for the Games.  Can we avoid wedgie picks?  Will our fingernails be expressive enough? And what's our lucky charm?  

Why should we care about doping at the Olympics? Read this fascinating story about Olympic swimmer Shirley Babashoff who was cheated out of Olympic gold medals by East German women at the Montreal Games in 1976. Julie and Liz discuss how it changed her life forever. 

Yesterday was Equestrian Day at Nana Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Julie had a slight saddle situation.  It sound like a cartoon but she survived it. 

On cultural front, we tackle the new Jason Bourne movie and how it compares to the earlier versions, the new production of CATS on Broadway and Harry Potter hits the West End in London.

Listen to our show this Tuesday August 9 because Lian Dolan will be back for our complete Olympic kick-off show.  This is the day before Liz and Lian leave for #Rio2016 so we'll lay out the complete plan.  It's a good time to subscribe.  Lian and Liz will be covering the Olympics via social media so make sure you join the Satellite Sisters Facebook Group and follow us @satsisters on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

On today's Satellite Sisters, Julie and Liz take on the Russian intelligence apparatus.  Vladimir Putin has been a specialty of Julie's for many years since she lived on Moscow, so we had a perspective on two major stories involving him: 1) the DNC hack and 2) doping at the Olympics.  The Russians have been using the code names Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear so Liz believes it's imperative that Julie choose an appropriate bear-related code name for herself.  She has many suggestions in the bear family across television and literature.  Julie also gives fleeting thought to the fact that her grandchildren hold both US and Russian passports so maybe she could train them to step in and fill in for a few banned Russian athletes?? Or maybe not.

Julie also has breaking science news about a new category of women called Super Flashers.  It sounds fun, but we are here to tell you that it is not. Sorry, sisters.  More bad news about menopause. 

Liz introduces our special guest longtime friend, executive producer and sixth sister Corny Koehl.  Corny helped create Satellite Sisters at ABC Radio, then moved on to Harpo Radio to produce both Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey herself.  Now she's on a gap year of her own which happens to coincide with Liz's gap year.  You can follow Corny's life journey with her dog Bitsy on Twitter. @CornyKoehl

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Category:2016 -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

On today's Satellite Sisters podcast, Faith Salie is our special guest.  Faith's new book is Approval Junkie: Adventures In Caring Too Much. You know Faith from her commentaries on CBS Sunday Morning and as a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.  

In our discussion of Approval Junkie, Liz raises three red flags with Faith.  1) Marrying her "wasband", 2) seeking fame as a sitcom star, and 3) coming out against pets on CBS Sunday Morning.  On this third item, we respect her POV and desire to speak her pet truth on this but for God's sake Faith, NEVER read the Comments!  She knows that now.  We re sorry she learned the hard way.  Whether its about the new Ghostbusters or female candidates like Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, the comments section is where it gets ugly. 

Also on today's show, we discuss the fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News after the accusation of sexual harassment brought forward by Gretchen Carlson.  Julie raised this issue on last week's podcast.  It takes a lot for a woman to step forward and accuse a man in power of abusing that power.  Kudos to you, Gretchen.  You know what we have to say on this: #staynoisy.  Here's the New York Times story on the culture inside Fox News that allowed sexual harassment to continue. 

Liz has a lot of explaining to do about the pink booties she bought for Ferris.  He's an old guy now and has trouble standing.  He needed some gripping socks but did they have to be pink?? 

Julie starts Nana Camp in Colorado this week.  Its all about outdoor activities but with plenty of time set aside for naps.  For all.  

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Category:2016 -- posted at: 10:32am EDT

On today's Satellite Sister podcast, Julie Dolan weighs in from the First Ladies Desk.  What the heck is going on with Melania Trump's speech last night?  We don't know and we don't like it.  Did she write it?  Did someone else? Who in their right mind would think they could get away with ripping off Michele Obama's speech?  Oh, brother.  Or as our mother would say "Isabel, feel my heart."

Luckily, Liz has good news about America and has a letter to prove it. We are all going to be fine, people.  On the other hand, Julie went to a lecture by two Brookings Institute experts on Radical Islam.  How do we work this into a Tuesday show?  By adding an excellent palate cleanser about Pippa Middleton, of course!  

Julie has also breaking Olympic news about the Russian delegation.  Will they be banned for doping in Sochi?  Will the IOC act? Once again, we don't know but we don't like it.  There is some good news from Rio all about Super Thursday later this week.

Yesterday in our Facebook Group, Liz asked an urgent question of the Satellite Sisterhood. How should she spend Monday?  Restorative Yoga or a midday show of Ghostbusters?  Well, we have the answer. Ghostbusters! Liz shares her top three reasons to go see this movie.  It's a hoot and a much needed alternative to what's going on in the real world.  

Plus, for the first time ever on Satellite Sisters, Liz does a live taste test of kombucha. She maligned the beverage last week without ever really tasting it, so in the interests of journalism, she sips her first Humm kombucha, mango passion fruit flavor.  

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Category:2016 -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

On today's Satellite Sisters, Julie, Lian and Liz come to you from Steamboat Springs. CO, Pasadena CA and Bend, OR.  It's a jammed packed Tuesday show but we start with Julie's thoughts about being a resident of Dallas in light of the awful violence there last week.  Julie recommends this front page editorial for the Dallas Morning News and reflects on the great leadership shown by Police Chief David O. Brown

Julie also fills us in on her project this week.  She is with her husband and sisters-in-law emptying her in-laws home in rural Colorado.  They both passed away last year after 50 years in this home.  

In other news, Lian is totally down with the new Pokemon Go craze. She explains it to her older sisters.  Here's a starter guide for the rest of you. We are also super-excited about the Olympic Trials and have logged lots of hours watching the Track + Field, Swmming, and Gymnastics Trials.  Rio!  Bring it on!  

Liz and Lian are so on board that they announce today that they are both GOING to Rio for the Games.  Woo hoo!  Despite all the negative advance press, they are rising above the mosquitoes and heading south next month. Lian has become the world's leading expert on Zika and Deet.  It's all about the socks, she figures.  She also got a funny pitch about a new product she is curious about: Nudy Patooty tops.  Whaa??  Liz runs down some tickets that they've already secured and plans for how to get their hands on the rest.  Beach volleyball on Copacabana at midnight.  We are IN!!!

Julie and Lian close season 2 of Outlander with a full-on recap and some looking-forward to next season.  The finale was the episode they've been waiting for all year.  

Finally, a Satellite Sisters Shout-Out to 3 Solid Gold Satellite Sisters who are having a big week: Serena Williams, boffo at Wimbledon this weekend, Theresa May, new Prime Minister of the UK, and Malala Yousefzai on her 19th birthday. Solid work, sisters!

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