02/28/17 RTIR E-zine: Trumpcare, Free College, Hidden Figures

February 28, 2017

01. The Truth about Russia’s Hacking
02. Senators to Ukrainian Troops – Break Cease Fire
03. Oscar Flub brings Out the Real Winners
04. From People Mag – Modern Day ‘Hidden Figure’
05. Celebrate the 20th Read Across America Day
06. Top IRS Red Flags for 2017
07. What’s Next for NAFTA?
08. Will Sessions End Medical Marijuana?
09. Reduce Climate Change Despite Washington Policy
10. ObamaCare vs. TrumpCare
11. Still Not Adjusting to a Trump Presidency?
12. Say No and Stop Getting Sick!
13. What’s this about Free College?
14. Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice – Here’s How
15. Bummer: Millennial Women Really Depressed

1. ==> The Truth about Russia’s Hacking

Stephen Cohen says there’s little evidence to support
the claim that Russian intelligence officials ran a
covert operation that hacked into and leaked emails
from the Democratic National Committee, with the
purpose of hurting Hillary Clinton. Cohen, an expert in
Russian history and politics says, “The bipartisan,
nearly full-political-spectrum tsunami of factually
unverified allegations that President Trump has been
seditiously ‘compromised’ by the Kremlin, with scarcely
any nonpartisan pushback from influential political or
media sources, is deeply alarming.” He says, “The crux
of the allegations against Trump was, and remains, that
Putin ordered the hacking to put Trump in the White
House. A summary of these ‘facts’ was presented in a
declassified report released by the ‘intelligence
community’ and widely discussed in January. Though it
quickly became axiomatic proof for Trump’s political
and media enemies, almost nothing in the report is
persuasive.” Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian
studies, history, and politics at New York University
and Princeton University. His most recent book is
“Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to
the New Cold War.”

2. ==> Senators to Ukrainian Troops – Break Cease Fire

There’s been an? uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine
in recent weeks, caused by what many have described as
a ‘creeping offensive’ by Kiev to take and hold rebel-
held territory along the cease-fire line. James Carden
says the offensive came almost immediately following a
trip to the war’s front lines by none other than
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. “In the
presence of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko,
Graham told a brigade of Ukrainian soldiers: ‘Your
fight is our fight… 2017 will be the year of offense.’
For his part, McCain told the troops, ‘I believe you
will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do
everything we can to provide you with what you need to
win.’ One could be forgiven for wondering if there is
any precedent for such an incitement to violence by two
sitting U.S. senators?” James Carden is executive
editor of the American Committee for East-West Accord.
His articles and essays have also appeared in The
American Conservative and The National Interest.
Contact him at editor@eastwestaccord.com

3. ==> Oscar Flub brings Out the Real Winners

Moonlight – not, as it turned out, La La Land – won
best picture at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar
upset and an unprecedented fiasco that saw one winner
swapped for another while the La La Land producers were
in mid-speech. Poppy Spencer says the whole thing was
surreal and uncomfortable, but the most refreshing
aspect was how well everyone reacted in the awkward
moment. “The real Oscar goes to Jimmy Kimmel who fell
on his sword to take the fall for an event with which
he had no culpability. In a culture that is quick to
point fingers, we found it refreshing that Kimmel took
blame out of the equation, so people could move on to
more productive behavior.” Poppy and her husband,
Geoff, are relational experts and licensed, specialty-
certified New Life Story Wellness coaches. The couple’s
book, “1 Billion Seconds,” is based on years of
research on hundreds of people and offers a formula for
a flourishing relationship by developing exceptional
communication. Contact them at (941) 586-2911;

4. ==> From People Mag – Modern Day ‘Hidden Figure’

Your listeners may have read this story in People
Magazine with a nod to the Oscars and the movie ‘Hidden
Figures.’ Olympia LePoint began working as a rocket
scientist for Boeing in 1998 at the age of 21. Although
nearly 40 years had passed since women like Katherine
Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the
scientists whose lives are chronicled in Hidden
Figures, helped launch John Glenn into orbit, LePoint
experienced many of the same adversities and challenges
her predecessors had during her tenure at NASA. Invite
her to share her inspiring story and hear how she
failed math until an 11th grade teacher took her under
her wing and taught her how to perceive her own
intelligence and think differently. She was then hired
at Boeing three months after graduating, at the age of
21, and became the youngest scientist in the company.
Olympia LePoint is the author of “Mathaphobia,” a book
on how to overcome your fear of math and is currently a
popular college math professor and motivational
speaker. Her inspiring story just came out in People
Feb 22nd. Contact Erin Dean at (661) 255-8283;

5. ==> Celebrate the 20th Read Across America Day

March 2nd is Read Across America Day, the 20th annual
celebration that marks the fun and importance of
reading. In schools across the country, volunteers read
to children while wearing Dr. Seuss hats. Mark the day
and its spirit by interviewing middle school teacher
and big Dr. Seuss fan, Red Rohl. Red will share why
even adults can appreciate the late Dr. Seuss’s books
and ways his drawings influenced Red’s own lifelong
love of drawing—a talent he uses to keep his students
focused on learning amid a world of distractions. In
addition to everything Seussian, Red can talk about a
powerful technique called sketchnoting that engages
children and adults, making what they learn more
memorable. He is the author of “Heavy Sketches,” a
collection of 30 years’ worth of his own sketchnote-
inspired art combined with creative literacy. Red
appeared on WLOS-TV to discuss his new book. Reach him
at (828) 284-1973 or redrohl9@gmail.com

6. ==> Top IRS Red Flags for 2017

It’s almost March, and time to start thinking about
taxes. This year the IRS is back in full force,
looking for scams and tax cheats. Of course, that’s not
you, (or your listeners), but what will the IRS be
looking for this year? Join tax pro Abby Eisenkraft in
a fun discussion about the latest targets for the IRS.
The author of “101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar,”
Abby will help your audience steer clear of IRS
problems. She can also enlighten your audience on IRS
scams so new you’ve never heard of them and how to stay
safe. Frequently quoted by the press, Abby is one of
the leading experts on IRS problems and how to avoid
them. Contact her at (347) 598-0111;

7. ==> What’s Next for NAFTA?

We live in interesting times, as disruption is the new
normal for most businesses —from Brexit to President
Trump’s challenging the value of free trade, including
revisiting NAFTA. Will leaving or changing NAFTA really
help bring manufacturing jobs back to America? While
this sounds logical, international trade is more
complex than most people realize. Customers expect low
prices and want a huge range of products to choose
from. Can we redesign the principles of free trade and
still keep customers happy? Robert Martichenko brings a
valuable perspective as a Canadian American business
owner and leading expert on supply chain management. He
can discuss the big questions surrounding the current
discussions on trade agreements and why global supply
chains may be here to stay. Martichenko is CEO and
founder of LeanCor Supply Chain Group, an award-winning
business author, novelist and international speaker.
Contact Marcia Jones at (859) 308-8689;

8. ==> Will Sessions End Medical Marijuana?

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said his
administration would “do” medical marijuana and let
states decide about legalization for themselves. But US
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear he
opposes marijuana legalization. “Good people don’t
smoke marijuana,” he’s on record saying. So many are
now wondering what Sessions will do about marijuana
policy and whether he’ll enforce federal marijuana
laws. Chronic pain expert Cindy Perlin says many will
suffer without access. “Twenty-nine states and the
District of Columbia now have medical marijuana access
and millions of chronically ill patients are getting
relief for the first time from this miracle plant.”
Perlin will discuss how medical marijuana works and
what type of conditions it treats, as well as the
current political climate and what can be done to
protect and increase access. Perlin is a licensed
social worker, certified biofeedback practitioner and
chronic pain survivor who has appeared on numerous
radio and TV programs. She’s the author of “The Truth
About Chronic Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst
Strategies for Becoming Pain Free.” Contact her at
(518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com

9. ==> Reduce Climate Change Despite Washington Policy

The Senate resumes work on confirming President Trump’s
Cabinet nominees this week, including two in the energy
and environment sphere. Both men profess to believe in
climate change, but think there’s room for debate over
the impact of humans. Meantime, Trump’s new budget
reportedly calls for a 24-percent cut in EPA spending
and people who care about the environment are rightly
worried about the future. Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., a 30-year
career environmental consultant, wants Americans to
understand that the choices they make and how and where
they spend their money can have a tremendous impact on
the world around them. Moyer will also discuss how to
reduce the impact your family makes on climate change
with the foods you buy and the way you heat and cool
your home. Dr. Ellen Moyer is a registered professional
engineer with 30 years of environmental consulting
experience. She’s a regular contributor to The
Huffington Post and has presented more than 100
seminars in North America and Europe. Her new book is
“Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive
While Creating a Sustainable World.” Contact her at
(413) 862-3452; ellenmoyer@em-green.com

10. ==> ObamaCare vs. TrumpCare

President Barack Obama tried to unify the country’s
health care under one roof, yet by many accounts, he
failed to properly organize and successfully
orchestrate the Affordable Health Care plan. Invite
senior health advisor Janet Rich Pittman to discuss
what we can expect under President Trump. With a
billionaire business owner/entrepreneur now tackling
our nation’s health problems, what changes are in the
wind? How will Trump’s proposed changes affect not only
the health of Medicare beneficiaries and health for
seniors but health for all Americans?” Pittman will
talk about the benefits seniors gained through the ACA
(Obama Care), and discuss some of the Trump
Administration’s proposed plans and what the changes
would mean for seniors. A past political marketer and
activist, Janet is now known as The Brain Nerd,
specifically a Dementia Prevention Specialist. She’s
author of the soon-to-be released “It’s There: 5 Simple
Ways to Find Your Memory and Prevent It from Leaving.”
Contact her (251) 648.0325; Janet @TheBrainNerd.com.

11. ==> Still Not Adjusting to a Trump Presidency?

Many Americans are deeply depressed and worried about
the country’s future. Though understandable, Devadas
Chelvam says the depression and worry makes the
situation even worse. Chelvam says people need to
choose to be happy—right now! “Find a way to love Trump
and the members of his administration unconditionally,
to visualize Americans being reconciled and the country
as peaceful and prosperous.” He says, “Depression and
worry are energy spent to create exactly what is
feared. And that is a rather risky attitude to adopt at
this juncture.” Born in Sri Lanka, Devadas Chelvam
spent nine years as a priest before embarking on a 20-
year career in child protective services in New York
City. He has master’s degrees in theology and sociology
and conducts workshops on the healing power of love.
His latest book is “From Fear to Limitless Love: Your
Path to Finding Self-Worth, Harmony and Bliss.” Contact
him at (610) 882-1032; dc@limitlesslove.net

12. ==> Say No and Stop Getting Sick!

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 life. 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

13. ==> What’s this about Free College?

There has recently been a lot of buzz about NY Governor
Andrew Cuomo’s free college proposal, but who will
actually benefit? Adrian Ridner, CEO and Co-founder of
Study.com says the idea of providing free college is a
noble one, but to realistically make it happen, we need
to make college less expensive and make the experience
more flexible for students, particularly those who are
juggling school, work and family. Invite Ridner to
discuss how alternative credit can be used to cut the
cost of a degree in half, and in some cases get the
total cost of a Bachelor’s degree under $10k. He can
also talk about a unique free college model being used
in Mountain View, CA that leverages a combination of
discounted course and tuition fees, low-cost
transferable credit, local workforce development funds
and corporate sponsorships, to make college free for
any resident. Fed up with the high cost of education,
Adrian started Study.com in 2002 with the mission of
making education accessible. Today the company helps
over 25 million students a month, from middle school
through college, with short video-based online courses.
Contact Jennifer McHam at (650) 288-2381;

14. ==> Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice – Here’s How

Recent events have left many Americans frightened,
angry, and divided. In this day and age, it’s
impossible to shelter our children from the constant
influx of information from the media. Influences from
television, magazines, newspapers, social media and the
internet are so ubiquitous, even the most vigilant
parent may not be able to completely shield their child
from disturbing, adult-appropriate news. So how do
parents talk to their kids about the frightening,
violent, and prejudiced acts flooding our media?
Parenting expert Thomas Gagliano can discuss how to
talk to your kids about the violence and prejudice in
the media and what an age-appropriate discussion should
include. Tom will also touch on whether we should – and
can – limit a child’s exposure to the Internet and
media, and share ways to ensure your children feel safe
and not overly fearful. Tom Gagliano, MSW, is a mentor,
speaker and author. Contact him at (732) 266-4952;

15. ==> Bummer: Millennial Women Really Depressed

Millennials report higher rates of depression than any
other generation and are now the biggest sector of the
workforce, creating new challenges in work culture and
mental health treatment. A growing body of research
suggests that young workers are increasingly adding
mental health days to their personal days, and young
women are particularly at risk. Frieda Birnbaum, Ph.D.,
says a generation of depressed teen girls are now young
women in the workplace, and that makes mental health
issues work issues. Dr. Birnbaum will discuss the role
of social media and overstimulation in Millennials’
problem adapting to a structured 9-to-5 workday and
offer suggestions for young adults experiencing
depression or anxiety at work. Dr. Frieda Birnbaum is a
research psychologist, psychoanalyst and author of ”
Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage,
and Reinventing Ourselves.” She’s an expert on
depression and women’s issues. Contact Ryan McCormick
at (516) 901-1103; (919) 377-1200 or

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