03/09/17 RTIR E-zine: Putin’s Pipelines, Foreign Language Week, Dream Hits

March 9, 2017


01. Obama: “Trump Said What?!”
02. Trumpcare – What it Means for You
03. Putin’s Ties to U.S. Pipelines
04. Nat Geo’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ Premiere Sunday
05. Women’s History Playing Cards – Real Nasty Women
06. From People Mag – Modern Day ‘Hidden Figure’
07. National Foreign Language Week
08. Tax Advice for the Self-Employed
09. Will Sessions End Medical Marijuana?
10. GOP’s New Target: Transgender Students
11. Art Class on the Chopping Block?
12. Trump’s Age & Hair-Loss Drug = Dementia?
13. Say No and Stop Getting Sick
14. It’s Time to Take a Trip
15. Dream Hits

1. ==> Obama: “Trump Said What?!”

According to numerous sources, former President Obama
is livid over President Trump’s latest accusations of
wiretapping and hasn’t returned the commander-in-
chief’s phone calls since the inauguration.
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley says the
apparently fraught relationship is a break with
tradition. “There are these kinds of things that have
happened in the past, but nothing to the degree where a
sitting president would charge his predecessor with a
felony. It creates a feeling of instability in the
United States.” Trump tweeted on Saturday: “How low has
President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very
sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad
(or sick) guy!” He has since provided no evidence for
his claims. Douglas Brinkley is an author, professor of
history at Rice University and a fellow at the James A.
Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Brinkley is the
history commentator for CNN News and a contributing
editor to the magazines Vanity Fair and American
Heritage. Contact him at (713) 348-6086;

2. ==> Trumpcare – What it Means for You

The GOP’s answer to replacing Obamacare was unveiled
this week but it seems no one is happy with the plan,
on either side of the aisle. While the Trump
administration is keen on selling the health care
package, lawmakers—and the public—are trying to figure
out who wins and who loses in the deal. Invite Robert
Zarr M.D., to discuss the plan and how it could impact
listeners of various ages and economic levels. Zarr is
a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care in
Washington, D.C., where he cares for a low-income and
immigrant population. He is past president of
Physicians for a National Health Program. Contact him
at rlzarr@yahoo.com, @doczarr

3. ==> Putin’s Ties to U.S. Pipelines

President Trump is boasting about his plan to use U.S.
steel in constructing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access
pipelines but investigative journalist Steve Horn says
the executive order will actually put money in a
Russian oligarch’s pockets. He says, “While the pipe
may be made in the U.S., ownership tells a different
story. Enter: TMK IPSCO, a massive producer of steel
for U.S. oil country and a subsidiary of TMK Group.”
Horn, who writes for DeSmogBlog, says he’s found ties
between TMK Group’s Board of Directors and Russian
President Vladimir Putin. Horn writes about the fossil
fuel industry and recently broke the story “Behind
Trump’s Push for ‘American Steel’ in Pipelines, Another
Russian Company with Putin Ties Stands to Benefit.”
Contact him at steve@desmogblog.com; @SteveAHorn

4. ==> Nat Geo’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ Premiere Sunday

The new season of Wicked Tuna premieres this Sunday on
the National Geographic Channel. The show is set in
Gloucester, Mass at the start of the North Atlantic
Bluefin tuna season. Invite Captain Dave Marciano to
take you behind-the-scenes of the show and talk about a
fisherman’s life on – and out of – the water. A life-
long fisherman, he’s been on the water since he was 11
years old and worked in Key West and Gloucester before
buying his own boat, Hard Merchandise. Marciano also
holds the distinction of having survived a 2003
shipwreck when his ship was18 miles offshore and
struggling to get back with thousands of pounds of fish
and a plank in the hull gave way. “We sank in 33
minutes,” Marciano recalls matter-of-factly. Captain
Dave Marciano will be in NYC on March 10 and available
for interviews. Contact Johanna Ramos-Boyer at (703)
646-5137; johanna@jrbcomm.com

5. ==> Women’s History Playing Cards – Real Nasty Women

In honor of Women’s History Month and coinciding with
worldwide activities marking International Women’s Day,
NARAL is relaunching The Gender Cards—a deck of
illustrated playing cards that celebrate trailblazing
American women. “Now more than ever, it’s time to
celebrate the trailblazing women who have always made
America great,” says Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL
Pro-Choice America. “These cards are not only beautiful
to play with, they help us learn more about the women
whose lives help tell the American Story.” Each card is
hand-drawn and unique, and recalls the incredible
women—past and present—who have helped define the
American spirit from Rosa Parks and the women of the
Supreme Court to Michelle Obama and Beyoncé. NARAL Pro-
Choice America and its network of state affiliates are
dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive
freedom for all Americans. Contact Kaylie Hanson-Long
James Owen at (202) 973-3000;

6. ==> 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;

7. ==> National Foreign Language Week

¡Hola! Ciao! It’s National Foreign Language Week and
Susanna Janssen, a retired college professor and
language expert, wants to give you lots of reasons to
celebrate and to take up a second language. For
example, did you know that being bilingual not only
provides an advantage to your brain but also to your
bank account? Oui! She’ll explain that bilinguals—even
infants exposed to a second language—show enhanced
abilities in focus and concentration, memory,
interpersonal skills and problem-solving. Studies also
show bilingualism is a buffer against Alzheimer’s
(awesome news in any language). She’ll demonstrate ways
learning a new language is easier than you would think.
Janssen is a newspaper columnist and the author of
“Wordstruck! The Fun and Fascination of Language”.
Reach her at (707) 272-1351 or sjanssen106@gmail.com

8. ==> Tax Advice for the Self-Employed

Tax day is rapidly approaching and with so many people
becoming entrepreneurs in the sharing economy, many
people wonder how they can be sure they are keeping
track of the right things. Certified public accountant
Lisa London will share how to know what is deductible,
how to automate to save time, and how to use something
most people carry every day to tame the paperwork
beast. London has been a CPA for three decades and
specializes in assisting small businesses, nonprofits
and churches. She’s appeared on numerous radio and TV
programs and is the author of “The Accountant Beside
You” series of resources. Contact her at (919) 770-3746
(NC); lisalondon@lisalondoncpa.com

9. ==> 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

10. ==> GOP’s New Target: Transgender Students

The White House has signaled its intent to roll back
protections for transgender students set under
President Obama. Those protections allow students to
use locker rooms and bathrooms that match the gender
they identify with. Available to comment on this
unfolding story is Seth Rainess, a transgender male and
author of the only book written for transgender teens.
He can discuss why everyone should care about this
rollback as well as Trump’s opposition to marriage
equality, his Cabinet choices’ anti-gay beliefs, and
the effect of potential Supreme Court appointments on
the transgender community. Rainess’ book is “Real Talk
for Teens: Jump Start Guide to Gender Transition and
Beyond.” His mission is to alleviate the still
prevalent fears and misconceptions people have about
the transgender people and he’s been featured in Time
and numerous media outlets. Reach him at (732) 620-4300
(cell); (732) 291-6090 (landline) or

11. ==> Art Class on the Chopping Block?

People who care about education including teachers,
parents, students and taxpayers are concerned about
what may happen to arts education with the Trump
administration and Betsy DeVos as education secretary.
Among them is middle school teacher Red Rohl, who works
with at-risk students and knows firsthand the value art
plays in enhancing the way his students pay attention
and grow into independent thinkers. Even if art
disappears as a standalone class, Red can explain how
it can continue to be part of reading, science and math
classes through the use of a technique called
sketchnoting. He’ll share what is involved in this
purposeful type of doodling and why he encourages his
students to draw on their notes and homework. He’s 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

12. ==> Trump’s Age & Hair-Loss Drug = Dementia?

At age 70, Donald Trump is the oldest man to be elected
a US president. His longtime personal doc recently
revealed to the New York Times that Trump takes
Finasteride to treat male pattern baldness. Side
effects include mental confusion and impotence. Is
Trump on the fast track to dementia or Alzheimer’s?
Invite senior health adviser Janet Rich Pittman to
discuss the president’s age and mental capacity as well
as other risk factors for dementia. Should Trump be
urged to undergo a series of psychometric tests to
prove his mental capacity? A former political operative
and activist, Janet is now known as The Brain Nerd,
specifically a Dementia Prevention Specialist, based on
her years of experience as a Dementia Practitioner and
Dementia Administrator. Janet is author of the upcoming
book “It’s There: 5 Simple Ways to Find Your Memory and
Prevent It from Leaving.” Contact her (251) 648.0325;
Janet @TheBrainNerd.com

13. ==> 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

14. ==> It’s Time to Take a Trip

Overstressed by everything that’s going on in America?
Overworked? Submerged in the winter blues? It’s time
for a vacation! The summer is still 5-months away, but
there’s no need to wait that long. Now is the time to
take a vacation or at least plan for one. And not just
any vacation: because time is our most valuable asset,
we need to use it wisely. Marco Aguilar explains how to
overcome the most frequent and challenging excuses for
not taking a vacation, including financial, airport
hassles and “it’s my job, stupid,” excuses; and shares
awesome ideas on where to go and what to do with your
precious time off. Marco Aguilar, aka The Chief
Vacation Officer®, uses his 25-year experience in the
travel industry to inspire others to claim their right
to time off and live the life-transforming potential of
travel and experiential vacations. His upcoming book is
“The Power of Vacation.” Contact him at (310) 739-4044;

15. ==> Dream Hits

Overnight ‘dream downloads’ have played a key role in
the rise to stardom of Sting, Beyoncé, the Beatles,
Billy Joel, Taylor Swift and many, many more successful
music artists. In fact, Craig Webb says over 20 Grammy
wins can be linked directly to dreams. Invite Craig on
your show and hear how Bono dreamt music that led to
collaborations with Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan
(including Roy Orbison spontaneously arriving at his
door the night after he dreamt music for him), to how
numerous artists received dream help from deceased
family and colleagues including Stevie Wonder whose
just-deceased mother came in a dream to urge him not to
take a year off to grieve her death, as he had informed
his business manager and agent. Webb will reveal the
surprising dreams that have shaped our culture from
iTunes’ most-downloaded song, to life-saving
nightmares, to beloved Christmas carols, as well as how
anyone can benefit from the same powerful process. Webb
has made more than 1,000 media appearances, and
consults for Fortune 500 corporations, A-list
celebrities and feature films. His latest book is “The
Dreams Behind the Music.” Contact him at (514)
990-2113; cw@craigwebb.ca

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