05/22/17 RTIR E-zine: Spring Festivals, Trump in Saudi Arabia, New Business Trends

May 22, 2017

01. Trump’s Doublespeak in Saudi Arabia
02. The Ugly Truth behind Saudi’s Love for Melania
03. Nat Geo – Hell on Earth: Syria and the Rise of ISIS
04. HBO’s Wizard of Lies
05. Sunday Night is Worst for Sleeping
06. Memorial Day – Has America Let Down War Dead?
07. Are Statins to Blame for Trump’s Erratic Behavior?
08. China Loves this Canadian Singer
09. May is Small Biz Month – 3 Simple Marketing Tips
10. How to Profit from New Business Trend
11. Dangers Facing New Grads
12. Is Your H.S. Grad Ready for College?
13. Celebrate Amazing Resilience of Women
14. Summer is the Best Time to Adopt a Dog
15. Weird Spring Festivals

1. ==> Trump’s Doublespeak in Saudi Arabia

According to Sahar Aziz, “If there’s one thing we’ve
learned about Donald Trump, it is that he has no qualms
about contradicting himself to get what he wants. In
Saudi Arabia, he wanted a $110 billion arms deal — not
to promote peace and tolerance, as he later proclaimed
in his Sunday speech.” She says, “His speech will not
‘be remembered as the beginning of peace in the Middle
East,’ as he loftily put it, but rather a boost to the
war that is ravaging it.” Invite her to discuss Trump’s
specific contradictions and how they can predict what’s
in store for American foreign policy in the Middle
East, as well as for the treatment of Muslims in the
United States. Sahar Aziz is an associate professor at
Texas A&M University School of Law and nonresident
fellow at Brookings Doha Center. She is the author of
“Rethinking Counterterrorism in the Age of ISIS.”
Contact her at (817) 212-3830; saziz@law.tamu.edu

2. ==> The Ugly Truth behind Saudi’s Love for Melania

Donald Trump’s first major trip overseas may be fraught
with diplomatic land mines, but the Trump
administration can comfort itself with the clear hit
that Melania Trump has been with the Saudi press.
Anushay Hossain says her intense appeal makes sense,
considering the first lady represents so much that
Saudi citizens find familiar and can relate to,
especially visually. “Melania walks behind her husband,
is quiet and reserved, does not make obvious demands
(at least not ones we can hear), and most importantly,
she looks beautiful and polished.” She adds, “Melania
projected a glamorous image for a country where women
live under male guardianship, cannot drive, still do
not have the full vote, and cannot travel or seek
medical attention without male permission. In Melania,
the Saudi press and the Saudi government found the
perfect spokeswoman, who projects a glamorous image
that glosses over one of world’s most autocratic and
oppressive regimes.” Anushay Hossain is a Bangladeshi
writer and media personality based in Washington, DC
whose work is published on CNN, Forbes, The New York
Times/WITW, The Daily Beast and more. She has appeared
as a policy analyst and women’s rights expert on BBC
World News, CNN, MSNBC, CBS News and other major news
outlets. Contact her at (202) 834-7840;

3. ==> Nat Geo – Hell on Earth: Syria and the Rise of

Sebastian Junger’s new documentary on Syria, ‘Hell on
Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS,’ got
rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this
month and will make its TV debut on Nat Geo on June
11th. ‘Hell on Earth’ chronicles Syria’s descent into
the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of ISIS.
Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested (he was on
the ground in Syria and did all of the filming. He was
also arrested by Iraqi police.) Both filmmakers have
won numerous awards for their documentary work. Quested
is also an award-winning music video director who has
worked with such artists as Dr. Dre, Nas, Puffy, Sting,
Master P, Cash Money and Trick Daddy. Contact Johanna
Ramos-Boyer at (703) 646-5137; johanna@jrbcomm.com

4. ==> HBO’s Wizard of Lies

HBO’s Bernie Madoff movie, Wizard of Lies, premiered
this past weekend. Starring Robert De Niro as Madoff
and Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife, the movie provides
the perfect opportunity to update your audience on
avoiding the proliferating scammers out to cheat them
of their money. There are few individuals better to arm
them than Bill Francavilla, author of the upcoming book
“The Madoffs Among Us: Make Better Financial Decisions
and Protect Your Future.” Engaging, entertaining and
informative, Bill spent 30 years in the financial
services industry; he’s a CFP and former senior vice
president, director of Wealth Management for Legg Mason
who has extensive media experience. He can talk about
common threads that link fraudsters like Madoff, Carlo
Ponzi, Kenneth Lay and Bernie Ebbers; why smart people
fall prey to scams; keeping greed and fear in check;
and the seven financial concepts you need to understand
to avoid being taken. Reach him at (757) 870-4590;

5. ==> Sunday Night is Worst for Sleeping

According to a new report, Sunday is by far the
cruelest night of the week for those who have trouble
sleeping. Three times as many of us have the worst
night of sleep on Sunday according to a survey of
Americans and Britons conducted on behalf of the
meditation app Calm.com. “Sunday may be the day of rest
but it seems the night of restlessness,” says Michael
Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, which many users rely
on to help them sleep. “Thursday, in contrast, seems
the true night of rest.” Invite Smith to discuss Calm’s
recently launched natural sleep aid, in the form of
bedtime stories for grown-ups. Calm’s 30+ sleep-
inducing tales mix soothing words, music and sound-
effects to help adult listeners wind down and drift off
to dreamland. Smith will share tips to help people
battle sleep issues on any night of the week. Contact
Todd Brabender at (785) 842-8909;

6. ==> Memorial Day – Has America Let Down War Dead?

Memorial Day is meant to honor America’s war dead who
sacrificed everything they had for their country, the
freedom of its people and the American way. As the
holiday approaches, James Stuber suggests it’s time to
reaffirm that these brave men and women did not
sacrifice in vain by making sure we don’t squander
their legacy—and America’s. He’ll discuss how trade
morphed into globalization, three billion people joined
the world economy creating the ‘age of oversupply,’ and
China changed everything by adopting just enough
capitalism to become the ‘world’s workshop.’ James
Stuber began his career as a legislative assistant to a
member of the U.S. House of Representatives, focusing
on matters before the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
He subsequently practiced legislative and
administrative law in Washington, D.C. Stuber founded
Made in America Again, a movement of consumers
dedicated to creating jobs in communities across
America by buying things made in those communities. His
latest book is “What If Things Were Made in America
Again: How Consumers Can Rebuild the Middle Class by
Buying Things Made in American Communities.” Contact
him at (610) 608-5074; jstuber@miaa.us

7. ==> Are Statins to Blame for Trump’s Erratic

According to Dr. Jim Roach, President Trump’s
disclosure of highly classified information is
consistent with, and can be fully explained by, his use
of statin cholesterol medicine (disclosed when he
revealed his health information before the election).
He says, “Much of Trump’s behavior could be explained
by the early stage of dementia, which has many causes
from genetics, to B12 deficiency, to excess lead or
mercury, to testosterone deficiency (statin cholesterol
medicine lowers testosterone 20% in my male patients),
to “Grain Brain.” Dr. Roach says statins are the most
common cause of dementia/cognitive impairment in his
office and that according to a published study, 75% of
people on statins have cognitive impairment. The good
news is that it’s reversible 90% of the time when the
statin is stopped. Jim Roach, MD, a leading integrative
practitioner who has appeared on numerous radio and TV
programs, is a speaker, consultant, educator,
researcher, and widely sought clinician with patients
from across the country His latest book, “Vital
Strategies in Cancer,” will be released this fall.
Contact him at (859) 846-4453 (office); jproach@aol.com

8. ==> China Loves this Canadian Singer

Ever heard of Carlo Aspri? Chances are you haven’t, but
in China he’s a huge hit! The talented Aspri is new to
North American audiences but well known in China where
he once performed for more than 62,000 people at the
Nanjing Olympics. Give a listen to his latest single
“Without You,” (he’ll send you a copy when you contact
him) and we bet you won’t be able to get it out of your
head. Aspri, 31, can talk about where he gets his ideas
for his songs, share his inspirational life story of
overcoming poor eyesight and bullying and surviving
cancer and how he came to be big in China despite
growing up in Canada. Contact him at (514) 608-8610 or

9. ==> May is Small Biz Month – 3 Simple Marketing Tips

According to a new Allstate/USA Today poll, nearly two-
thirds of small business owners agree that there has
never been a better time to own a small business. But
amid the small business optimism, the survey of more
than 2,700 small business owners found that one of
their biggest concerns was handling sales and marketing
and finding new customers. Invite award-winning
marketing expert Claudia Newcorn to share three
“stealth marketing” tips small businesses can use to
maximize their marketing with a minimal investment.
From creating smarter business cards to utilizing
storefront windows and creating a company uniform, her
simple, low-cost tips can be used by any small business
to increase visibility and profits. Claudia Newcorn is
a strategic marketing consultant and the author of
“Zipline to Success.” She has written articles for
hundreds of publications and websites and appears as a
frequent radio talk show guest. Contact her at (209)
204-0502 or claudia@acornmarketing.com

10. ==> How to Profit from New Business Trend

There’s a sweet new trend going on in C-suites, the
executive offices of CEOs, CFOS and COOs. Your
listeners will want to know about it and Spunk Burke is
the right man to share it with them. Upper-level execs
are increasingly comfortable using contractors to get
work done that they used to do in-house. The idea has
spread beyond IT and engineering to many other
departments and it presents many opportunities for baby
boomers and other people who are willing and able to
work by the project to meet these business needs. Spunk
is a staffing veteran who links companies to
contractors who can address their needs and helps
individuals get started with this kind of work. Being
able to address the topic from both sides makes him the
perfect guest. Spunk can be reached at (978) 801-9010;

11. ==> Dangers Facing New Grads

Graduation season is coming and a flock of millennials
will be seeking their fortunes. The problem is, we
aren’t doing enough to protect them from their own poor
judgment, suggests Akram Alashari, a 31-year-old trauma
surgeon known as the Peak Performance Doctor. Akram is
saddened by seeing young people arrive at his hospital
with life-threatening injuries because they texted and
drove, got in a car with a drunk driver, car surfed,
dove out of a tree and did other immature things simply
because they thought they were invincible. Akram, who
became a doctor at 23, wants to reach young people’s
parents to help them better prepare their graduates for
a safe future. He’ll reveal what parents can do to
ensure that their children will be goal oriented and
less likely to be swayed by peer pressure. His views
make up the “graduation speech” today’s graduates and
parents need to hear. He is the author of “The Power of
Peak State: Massively Enhance Your Personal Potential.”
Contact him at (407) 617-4795 or

12. ==> Is Your H.S. Grad Ready for College?

Did you know, that according to HigherEducation.Org,
over 60% of college bound students need some level of
remediation courses? These courses cost extra money
that you probably didn’t take into account when
estimating tuition costs, and the courses will delay a
timely, 4-year graduation time. Adrian Ridner, CEO and
co-founder of Study.com, has some sure-fire ways you
can get your child college ready, ensure they don’t
spend thousands more on remedial courses, and help them
to graduate on time! 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 Krystal Alvarez at (510)
517-5107; kalvarez@study.com

13. ==> Celebrate Amazing Resilience of Women

Strength, courage, and resilience are attributes women
have in great abundance when confronted with some of
the worst circumstances that life has to offer,
concludes female empowerment expert and entrepreneur
Connie Rankin. Invite her to share the compelling and
inspiring stories of women like Oprah Winfrey and Keo
Chan, a Laotian girl who traveled over 10,000 miles to
find her life’s purpose. Rankin says it’s her desire
that all women identify their own hidden strengths as
they overcome their fears that hold them back. Her new
book “God Gave Us Wings” features the stories of nine
very different women whom Rankin interviewed and drew
inspiration from as well as her own story of how she
overcame childhood injury, abandonment by her father
and even homelessness to become a commercial realtor,
entrepreneur and founder of Bridge Literacy Now, a
nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and
children. Rankin is an experienced media guest who has
appeared on CBS, Fox 26 News, and on the cover of
Business Today magazine. Contact Megan Salch at (713)
864-1344, ext. 1; MeganSalch@TellYourTale.com

14. ==> Summer is the Best Time to Adopt a Dog

They don’t call them the dog days of summer for
nothing. Summer is a great time to spend more hours
outdoors and away from social media. Add in the
season’s slower pace, kids being off from school,
readily available vacation time for adults and a wider
selection of pets available for adoption from shelters
and you can see why summer is the perfect time to adopt
a puppy or dog, says Lisa Overcash, a wellness coach
and author of “My Fur-Ever Family.” She can discuss how
to make the most of long summer days to establish new
routines, offer tips on how to introduce a new pet to
your family, and share how to prepare children for
their role in taking care of their new four-legged
friend. Lisa was inspired to write her book after
adding a Yorkshire terrier to her pet family of three
dogs and two rescue cats. Contact Lisa at (919)
308-8889 or lfovercash@gmail.com

15. ==> Weird Spring Festivals

For whatever reason, the merry month of May is home to
some of the world’s strangest festivals. Amuse your
audience by letting Susanna Janssen share some of the
more outrageous ones. For example, did you know that
people in India celebrate Buddha’s birthday with
drumming, fireworks and a procession of elephants that
goes on for 36 hours? Or that revelers in Hong Kong
celebrate the Cheung Chau Bun Festival by climbing 60-
foot towers covered with sacred buns that can be eaten
for good luck? (Quick, someone tell Homer Simpson.)
Across the pond in England hundreds of people will be
chasing five seven-pound wheels of cheese down a very
steep hill, all for the chance to keep them. While it
sounds ridiculous and funny, this race for the cheese
routinely sends people to the hospital with serious
injuries! Susanna isn’t making this stuff up. She is
the author of “Wordstruck!: The Fun and Fascination of
Language.” The book contains a chapter on May
festivals. Reach her at (707) 272-1351 or

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