01/03/17 RTIR E-zine: Holiday Divorces, Healthier 2017, Bad Bosses

January 3, 2017

01. Will Donald Make America Great Again?
02. What Kind of Resistance to Trump?
03. Immigrants: What Will Trump Do?
04. Is Roof Mentally Competent to be on Trial?
05. The Truth about Gun-Free Zones
06. Resolutions: The Key to Real Change
07. Keep Your Resolutions: No Willpower Needed
08. Divorce Filings Soar after Holidays
09. Have a Better Brain in 2017
10. Stop People-Pleasing for a Healthier 2017
11. Go from Out-of-Whack to Back-On-Track in 2017
12. Make 2017 Your Year to Live Fearlessly
13. The Benefits of Smoking Will Ruin Resolutions
14. High Anxiety Everywhere!
15. Good News about Bad Bosses

1. ==> Will Donald Make America Great Again?

In just a few short weeks, Donald J. Trump will be the
next president of the United States, winning the
election with a campaign promise to “Make America Great
Again.” But will he? Can he? “Not if he runs the White
House like he ran his campaign,” says Michelle Deen.
“If our goal is to create a better America, it has to
start with sound character—of our leaders who serve to
guide us, of our citizens who create our society, and
of parents who are molding our children and through
them, our future.” Deen will discuss the breakdown of
character that’s been festering in politics and
culture, with the election of Trump bringing it all to
a head. She’ll challenge conventional assumptions about
moral values, explain why the “culture war” hasn’t
worked to create a more moral society, and suggest a
new solution to get our culture back on track. An
experienced media guest, Michelle Deen is an expert in
human development and family relations Her latest book
is “Saving America’s Grace: Rethinking Family Values,
Moral Politics and the Culture War.” Contact her at
(805) 679-3084; mmdeen42@gmail.com

2. ==> What Kind of Resistance to Trump?

Kathy Kelly says it’s important for people to unite in
refusal to compromise with President-elect Trump’s
terrifying campaign promises. She says, “The
frightening truth that our society is a train hurtling
toward an abyss must be faced. We surely can’t expect
leaders that have already made compromises with
militarists and greedy corporate elites to stop the
train, help people disembark and then pull up the
tracks. We must continually build alternative
institutions and, as much as possible, stop paying for
institutions that commit mayhem and murder. We need
unions willing to strike and activists willing to
refuse payment of war taxes as I’ve been perhaps
specially privileged to be able to do since 1980. We
need voters able to see the full bleak vision of where
our species has arrived.” Kelly is co-coordinator of
the group Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She just
wrote the piece “Steer Your Way into Love and
Resistance.” Contact her at kathy@vcnv.org,

3. ==> Immigrants: What Will Trump Do?

Aviva Chomsky says Donald Trump’s election left many
immigrant rights activists in a panicked thought loop.
“What did he actually say he would do? Could he really
deport 11 million people? Would he really eliminate
President Obama’s signature successful pro-immigrant
action, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) program, which granted temporary legal status to
hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth? If he did,
what would happen to these young people?” Invite
Chomsky to discuss what’s likely to happen to
immigrants under the Trump Administration, and why.
Chomsky is professor of history and coordinator of
Latin American Studies at Salem State University in
Massachusetts. Her books include “They Take Our Jobs!
And 20 Other Myths about Immigration” and
“Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal.” Contact
her at achomsky@salemstate.edu

4. ==> Is Roof Mentally Competent to be on Trial?

A federal judge has ruled a second competency hearing
for convicted church shooter Dylann Roof will be closed
to the public, despite the objections of several media
outlets. Roof has opted to represent himself during the
penalty phase of his death penalty hate crimes trial
for the nine black parishioners he shot and killed at
Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Experts
theorize Roof has decided to represent himself during
the sentencing phase to prevent his attorneys from
introducing evidence that questions his mental
competence at the time of the slayings. Invite forensic
psychologist Dr. John Huber to discuss the issue and
why it’s important. A mental health professional for
over twenty years, Huber is chairman for Mainstream
Mental Health, a non-profit organization, and a
professor at Texas State University. Contact Mark
Goldman at (516) 639-0988.

5. ==> The Truth about Gun-Free Zones

With Donald Trump’s opposition to gun-free zones and
Dylann Roof currently on trial for killing nine church
members in a gun-free zone in Charleston, now is a good
time to visit the issue of whether gun-free zones
encourage or discourage gun violence. That’s a
discussion Chris Bird, former British Army Officer,
former San Antonio Express-News crime reporter and
author of “The Concealed Handgun Manual” now in its
sixth edition, is primed to lead. Bird will tell you
that the biggest problem with gun-free zones is that
they are not free of guns and are favorite targets of
terrorists and killers. He can touch on slow police
response times, the corrosive effects of political
correctness and what to do if you ever find yourself on
the wrong end of a gun. Bird’s latest book is
“Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage: When Seconds Count,
Police Are Still Minutes Away.” The book has been
endorsed by a retired Texas Ranger captain and retired
CIA officer. Reach him at 210-308-8191 or

6. ==> Resolutions: The Key to Real Change

The start of a new year is synonymous with change.
Countless people contemplate what they’d like to change
in their lives and then ‘resolve’ to make that happen.
Psychologist Frank Farley says that while change is
ultimately inevitable, it can be hard. Invite him to
share ways to initiate positive changes and improve
your life in innumerable ways. From simple things like
list-making and sharing your plans with supportive
friends and family, to staying optimistic and
evaluating your progress, Farley’s tips can help
listeners embrace change. “Learn to thrive through
changing things in your life. We are in a century of
enormous change. Be part of it in your own life. As
Charles Darwin said, ‘It’s not the strongest of the
species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the
ones most responsive to change.’” Frank Farley, Ph.D.,
is a former president of the American Psychological
Association. He is a professor at Temple University.
Contact him at (215) 668-7581 (cell);

7. ==> Keep Your Resolutions: No Willpower Needed

Year after year, people make New Year’s resolutions
they’ll never keep. Akram Alashari, M.D., says the
problem isn’t with the resolutions, it’s the way people
approach them. “Every year people are faced with the
same dilemma,” Dr. Alashari says. “Making New Year’s
resolutions is supposed to be fun and exciting, but
more often than not the process turns into an
additional stressor, headache, and hassle.” Invite the
author of “The Power of Peak State” to share a few
simple tips that will make all the difference and help
listeners accomplish their New Year goals. Akram
Alashari became a physician at 23 and did his surgical
residency training at the University of Connecticut. He
completed fellowship training in trauma surgery and
surgical critical care at the University of Florida.
Alashari is the youngest double board-certified surgeon
in the United States. He is the author of The Power of
Peak State and creator of the upcoming program, “Peak
Performing Parents: How to Get Your Children to Achieve
Straight As.” Contact him at (407) 617-4795;

8. ==> Divorce Filings Soar after Holidays

The holidays are over and apparently so are many
marriages. Lawyers say January is always the busiest
season for break-ups, with more couples filing for
divorce than at any time of year. Want to avoid an
unpleasant break up or to stop dating—or marrying—the
same type of person over and over again? Many people
want to know why their relationships aren’t more
satisfying but don’t know where they are going wrong.
Christine B.L. Adams, a psychiatrist and coauthor of
“Living On Automatic: How Emotional Conditioning Shapes
Our Lives and Relationships,” can help. She has
identified the most common mistakes people make that
send them to her office and will share them on your
show. They include making snap decisions about others,
applying double standards for themselves and their
mates, and projecting onto others the characteristics
they want them to have. Reach her at (502) 473-0093;

9. ==> Have a Better Brain in 2017

Everyone’ talking about New Year’s resolutions right
now so why not do a show on ways to have a better brain
this year? Dr. Stacey Robinson, a functional medicine
physician, will share ten steps for optimizing your
brain for better memory, better health and a better
chance of avoiding dementia down the road. Dr.
Robinson, author of “Road Map to Health,” will explain
what you should be eating, which daily supplements to
take, why your toothbrush type matters, and what
special blood tests to ask your physician about. She’s
an experienced guest on TV and national radio. Reach
her at (727) 329-8859 (office): md@robinsonmed.com

10. ==> Stop People-Pleasing for a Healthier 2017

Want to have less stress, sleep better, get fewer colds
and flus and avoid headaches and heartburn? Doing so
may be as simple as saying no to obligations, chores
and social commitments you agree to just to make other
people happy. Find out why people-pleasers get sick
more often from Dr. Don (MacDonald). He’s a recovering
people-pleaser and chiropractor who realized that many
patients were coming into his office because of stress-
related conditions fueled by their own excess worries
and inability to say no for their own good. Dr. Don
will explain ways moving your body, deciding in advance
what you will and won’t do and defining your purpose
can lead to a healthier and happier New Year. Dr. Don
is the bestselling author of “The Underdog Curse.” He’s
an experienced radio and TV guest who can be reached at
780-983-5102; drdon@shaw.ca

11. ==> Go from Out-of-Whack to Back-On-Track in 2017

Imagine what it would be like to spend the next year
living life to the fullest, making a difference in
other people’s lives and moving past any setback that
comes your way. With Don Armstrong as your guest, your
listeners will stand a good chance of doing that. Don’s
wake-up call came from a leukemia diagnosis more than
ten years ago but he says no one needs such a diagnosis
to learn to reevaluate their priorities as he did. Don
will share lessons about adversity, purpose, goal-
setting and taking action as well as his incomparable
journey. Since his health was restored he ran five
marathons and five half-marathons in one year,
cofounded a nonprofit that raised more than $135,000
for blood cancer research and has dedicated himself to
helping others change their priorities. Don is the
author of “Finish YOUR Race: Empower Your Life with
Strategies from a Cancer Survivor.” Reach him at (817)
917-5919; ftwortharmstrong@yahoo.com

12. ==> Make 2017 Your Year to Live Fearlessly

If there’s one thing Sue Pighini will encourage your
audience members to do in the New Year, it’s to “say no
to the status quo” by breaking out of the safe but
small mentality that keeps most of us from leading
joyful, exciting lives. She’ll walk your listeners
through the steps for taking calculated risks to make
their dreams come true. She’ll cover such things as
trusting your intuition and conquering fear of the
unknown. Sue will also share her own story of a life
transformed after she was struck by lightning, held up
by gunpoint and survived cancer. She’ll convince
listeners that their best lives are yet to come, no
matter how old they are or what challenges they
currently face. An experienced talk show guest, Sue is
the author of “Expect the Extraordinary.” Reach her at
(941) 685-7159; sue@SuePighini.com

13. ==> The Benefits of Smoking Will Ruin Resolutions

Quitting smoking – it’s one of the biggest New Year’s
resolutions every year. The CDC says 7-out-of-10 adult
smokers want to quit for good but sadly, only 4 – 7%
will be successful. But Carol Rickard says it’s not
their fault, they don’t know the benefits that are
holding them hostage to smoking. As a therapist working
in hospitals for 25 years, Rickard got tired of seeing
so many of her patients fail. In 2011 she became a
Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Combining science with
practical strategies, and surprising, highly relatable
visuals (M&Ms, screwdrivers, and duct tape), Carol
provides an engaging discussion and offers “tools” to
help people quit for good! She is the author of 13
books on stress & wellness including “The Benefits of
Smoking: WHY It’s So Hard to Quit & WHAT You Can Do
About It!” Contact Carol at (609) 462-7643;

14. ==> High Anxiety Everywhere!

Have you noticed how celebs, friends and colleagues are
all of a sudden sharing how they feel? Even an
embarrassing thing like anxiety! Are more people
getting anxiety or are more people talking about it?
Psychotherapist Jodi Aman says anxiety is now an
epidemic in our culture. She’ll explain what to do if
you have it, how to know if you need help, and what you
need to know to understand, prevent and stop suffering
from anxiety and stress. Afraid of flying? Dread
holiday parties? Need help setting personal boundaries?
Jodi can share ways to deal with anxiety triggers and
talk with friends and colleagues about anxiety that
will make everyone feel better. Jodi Aman is the author
of “You 1, Anxiety 0.” Contact her at (585) 233-8979;

15. ==> Good News about Bad Bosses

If your audience members have a bad boss, as many
people do, they often fail to see the good news; short
of leaving for another job, there are ways to make your
situation much more tolerable. So says Cindy Hochart,
whose three decades of corporate experience includes
time spent as vice president and regional director for
a large health insurance organization. Having worked
for both good and bad bosses, Hochart can explain what
you can say to a bad boss that can turn things around,
the difference between employment and slavery and how
to rewrite your brain to have a better day at work.
Hochart is the author of “Find Your Burning Bush.”
Reach her at (816) 588-8735;

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