04/06/17 RTIR E-zine: Terror Attack, Mental Spring Cleaning, Underemployed Boomers

April 6, 2017
01. Russian Terror Attack: A View from St. Petersburg
02. Steve Bannon Booted but Not Gone
03. Pepsi Pulls Plug on Protest Ad
04. It’s International Fun at Work Day!
05. Sesame Street, Power Rangers-New Faces of Autism
06. Is Trump Making America Great?
07. Boomers Still Underemployed
08. What Mae West Taught This Guest
09. Spring Clean Your Brain
10. Will AG End Medical Marijuana?
11. The Great Debate Over Saying “Hello”
12. Do Doodlers Get Better Grades?
13. How Failure Can Make You Fitter
14. A College Degree Isn’t Enough Anymore
15. Namaste – Kids’ Yoga Day Tomorrow!

1. ==> Russian Terror Attack: A View from St.

Currently in St. Petersburg, Gilbert Doctorow is a
Brussels-based political analyst. “Russia’s reaction to
Monday’s terror attacks on St. Petersburg’s subway
system stands in stark contrast to what we have seen in
public behavior in Paris, Berlin and Brussels following
similar attacks over the past 18 months. “Putin
delivered no maudlin speech to the nation and Russian
state television coverage was not dominated by images
of tearful and shocked citizens lighting candles and
reaffirming their faith in a free, open and pluralistic
society — the dominant themes of the media in France,
Germany and Belgium. “In St. Petersburg, the official
reactions were more down to earth and practical.”
Doctorow just wrote the piece “Russians Take Terror
Attack in Stride” for Consortium News. Contact him at

2. ==> Steve Bannon Booted but Not Gone

White House sources say Trump’s chief strategist Steve
Bannon has been removed from the National Security
Council as part of a larger NSC shake-up, but Alex Ward
says he remains a top adviser with strong views.
“Bannon still has immense interest in national security
and he’ll still offer advice,” says Ward, an analyst at
the Atlantic Council think tank who closely watches
Trump’s foreign policy. “Bannon still cares deeply
about Iran and ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ He will
still offer his advice on how to curb Iran’s regional
rise and defeat [the so-called Islamic State], among
other terror groups. He’ll also offer more dovish
recommendations regarding Russia.” The Atlantic Council
is a Washington think-tank/public policy group focusing
on international affairs. Contact Alex Ward at (202)
778-4993; press@atlanticcouncil.org

3. ==> Pepsi Pulls Plug on Protest Ad

Even before it’s official release, Pepsi’s
controversial new ad, set at a protest march, was
quickly called out for being tone-deaf and offensive.
The ad, starring Kardashian sister Kendall Jenner, was
slated for a worldwide release but Pepsi has now pulled
the plug on the spot. Reputation management specialist
Ryan McCormick says Pepsi should apologize for
upsetting people and then begin writing big checks to
organizations that were most offended by their
commercial. He adds, “Pepsi’s controversial ad should
be lesson for all corporations to never, ever hawk
their products using national strife & tragedy as the
backdrop.” In the end, he says, “The American public
has a short term memory and an even shorter attention
span. The crisis will be a forgotten footnote a month
or a year from now.” McCormick is cofounder of Goldman
McCormick PR. Contact him at (516) 901-1103; (919)

4. ==> It’s International Fun at Work Day!

Did you know today is International Fun at Work Day?
Ask your listeners if they have fun at work and share
ways to make the workplace a better atmosphere when you
interview leading workplace fun expert Nick Gianoulis.
International Fun at Work Day commemorates the
importance fun should play in the workplace. Invite
Nick on air to explain why fun is serious business: it
boosts innovation, productivity, sales and employee
retention and is one of the leading ingredients in why
companies become leaders in their fields. He’ll explain
how fun (belly laughs, engagement, and friendly
competition) can easily be had at companies of all
sizes without large budgets by using stimulating mind
games, physical challenges, creative contests and more.
Nick is the co-author of “Playing It Forward: Because
Fun Matters for Employees, Customers and Bottom Line.”
He’s also the founder of the Fun Dept. and developer of
a new Box of Fun concept —similar to Blue Apron and
Bark Box—that makes having fun at work easier than
ever, particularly for small teams. Contact Nick at
(302) 463-3819; nick@thefundept.com

5. ==> Sesame Street, Power Rangers-New Faces of Autism

Sesame Street producers say they created Julia to help
explain autism spectrum disorder to millions of viewers
and present accurate portrayals of the condition on
screen, countering decades of stereotypical depictions
of autistic people. Many households nationwide with
autistic family members are hoping Julia, along with an
autistic Power Ranger revealed in a new movie earlier
this month, will change the way next generations of
children view autism. Invite Jeanne Beard, founder of
the National Autism Academy to answer listeners’
questions and help them understand what autism is.
Jeanne Beard is the mother of a 20-year-old autistic
son and the author of “Autism and the Rest of Us: How
to Sustain a Healthy, Functional and Satisfying
Relationship with a Person on the Autism Spectrum.” The
National “Autism Academy provides on-line education and
support to parents of children with autism. Contact her
at (630) 542-1191; jeanne@nationalautismacademy.com.

6. ==> Is Trump Making America Great?

Donald Trump pledged to “Make America Great Again.” But
three months into his presidency, is he doing that?
Michelle Deen says, “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;

7. ==> Boomers Still Underemployed

While the numbers may suggest that more Americans are
working today, many business professionals over 50
still struggle with long-term unemployment, under-
employment, lower pay and traditional job search
techniques that produce nothing. Good reasons why more
boomers are turning to the gig economy, notes Spunk
Burke, author of “The GIG Solution.” Spunk will explain
how boomers are learning to target prospects whose
problems they could solve as a contractor or on a
project basis. He’s a staffing veteran who provides
coaching to help boomers build rewarding gig practices.
He also helps companies link to contractors who can
address their immediate needs. Spunk can be reached at
(978) 801-9010 or spunk@thegigsolution.com

8. ==> What Mae West Taught This Guest

Back in the day, Mae West was one of America’s sexiest
film stars about whom one famous actor once opined,
“She stole everything but the cameras.” Known for her
sexual innuendos, tight dresses and distaste for
censorship, West remains a Hollywood legend. In 1970,
when the two worked on the pioneering gender-bending
film Myra Breckinridge, Lenay (Marie) Rogus got to know
West. Rogus can reveal what was behind West’s unusual
walk, her tendency to refer to herself in the third
person, the unusual privilege West had written into her
contract and what life was like on the set of
Breckinridge, which Rogus describes as “the first X-
rated movie before there were X-rated movies.”
Breckinridge also starred Raquel Welch and was Farrah
Fawcett’s first film. Her anecdotes about the movie are
among the Hollywood stories she shares in her upcoming
memoir: “Grief Comfort Guide: A Personal Journey from
Loss to Light,” which also details her experience of
losing seven of her loved ones. Contact her at (858)
349-4917 or rogus3@att.net

9. ==> Spring Clean Your Brain

It’s spring and that means a new beginning often
preceded by cleaning like nobody’s business. Before
your audience members begin on the garage, basement,
cupboards or even their wardrobe, Andro Donovan says
they should start with their brain. The author of the
new book “Motivate Yourself: Get the Life You Want,
Find Purpose and Achieve Fulfilment” says people should
take their cues from big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. He
famously said, “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live
between your own ears.” To do that, Andro advises
making friends with your inner rats—a clever way for
remembering “rational mind scripts.” These saboteurs
are our need for being perfect, hurrying up, trying
harder, being strong and needing to be liked. She’ll
explain how to be conscious of them and avoid self-
sabotage. Andro is a leadership development specialist
known for her life-changing retreats that take place
around the world. Contact her at+4407711238410;
andro@trend.co.uk; andro@androdonovan.com; Skype:

10. ==> Will AG End Medical Marijuana?

Donald Trump has 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

11. ==> The Great Debate Over Saying “Hello”

No one thinks about it but why do we answer the
telephone by saying “hello” and greet people on the
street using the same word? And while we are at it, why
do we say “goodbye” when we are about to hang up or bid
farewell to the person we just ran into? Word lover
Susanna Janssen, a newspaper columnist and former
college professor, has thought about this and has the
answers. She’ll cheerfully trace the origins of “hello”
back to the 1400s and will also reveal why if Alexander
Graham Bell had gotten his way we’d be saying “ahoy.”
She’ll also share the back story for goodbye, which
dates from the 1500s, and why parting used to include a
reference to God. If there is time, she can also share
the origins of some other popular expressions that we
take for granted. Janssen is the author of
“Wordstruck!: The Fun and Fascination of Language”
Reach her at (707) 272-1351 or sjanssen106@gmail.com

12. ==> Do Doodlers Get Better Grades?

Getting kids to pay attention has always been a
challenge for teachers. But this is even more true
today when most students own multiple devices that
divert their attention. Teacher and illustrator Red
Rohl believes he has found the answer to engaging,
inspiring and exciting students, thereby creating a
classroom of energetic learners. Rohl will explain how
sketchnote inspired art engages students and improves
their comprehension. He says, “It works especially well
for students who are visual learners and those who
learn by hands-on activities, which typically fade
after middle school ends.” You’ll learn how this cross-
curricular approach helps students with math, social
studies, science, and writing skills. A lifelong
illustrator, Red Rohl has 20 years of experience
teaching at-risk students. He is the author of “Heavy
Sketches,” a collection of 30 years’ worth of his own
sketchnote-inspired art combined with creative
literacy. Contact him at (828) 284-1973;

13. ==> How Failure Can Make You Fitter

Just about everyone has messed up when it comes to
eating healthfully and exercising. In fact, according
to world-class athlete and chiropractor Tim Warren,
it’s perfectly normal. Warren says people inevitably
feel overwhelmed by what is going on in their lives and
screw up now. “The problem lies not in the failing but
in not restarting sooner. Cut down the reboot time, do
more healthy than unhealthy stuff, and guess what? You
win.” Warren, who climbed Mount Everest at age 48 and
has cared for more than 10,000 patients in his 30-year
medical career, doesn’t believe in dieting, having iron
willpower or living life in the gym. His approach is to
encourage daily mini-improvements. Warren has been
featured on dozens of radio and television shows and in
numerous print interviews. He’s the author of “Feet,
Fork and Fun,” written after years of experiencing
frustration trying to influence patients to improve
their level of fitness, nutrition and mindfulness. Tim
Warren’s first book was “Lessons from Everest.” Contact
him at (401) 374-5067; tim@drtimwarren.com

14. ==> A College Degree Isn’t Enough Anymore

University students are facing unique challenges today
– rapid economic changes, an evolving job market, and
the need to become the employee employers want to hire
and keep. How can they create the needed adaptability
skills, along with the mobility and fluidity essential
for today’s hires while still in college? Invite Jason
Ma, America’s chief millennial mentor, to discuss the
challenges common to students and Millennials, and
share ways to help them be successful in their careers
– and life. From clarifying direction to becoming more
pragmatically skillful (and street-smart) to finding
quality internships to managing stress, failure and
conflicts and to rising up the ranks, Jason will
address the many issues facing students and young
professionals today. Jason Ma is founder, CEO & chief
mentor of ThreeEQ, Inc., a success coaching and
consulting service for high-end families and companies.
He’s an international speaker and the author of “Young
Leaders 3.0.” Contact him at (408) 823-7768;

15. ==> Namaste – Kids’ Yoga Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., thousands of
schoolchildren around the world, including those in all
50 U.S. states, will put down their books and let their
imaginations run free as they mold themselves into
trees, flamingos, kites and other kid-friendly yoga
positions. They will be joined by children at home and
other locations, all led by more than 200 official
ambassadors to raise global awareness about yoga for
kids. It’s all part of the second annual Kids’ Yoga
Day, created by Theresa Power. An internationally
recognized children’s yoga expert and author of “The
ABCs of Yoga for Kids” series, Power says yoga teaches
skills that help kids focus, regulate their emotions,
and better respond to stress. “Today’s ‘typical child’
is stressed out, under-nourished, and sedentary. A
simple yoga practice is an ideal way to naturally
unwind while getting physical activity and building the
foundation for a lifelong tradition of health and
fitness,” she says. Contact Diane Elder at 310 430
3953; delder70@gmail.com

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