08/25/16 RTIR E-zine: Flood Victims, Empty Nest Syndrome, Overdose Awareness

August 25, 2016

01. Time to End ‘Welfare as We Know It’
02. Help Louisiana Flood Victims
03. Labor Day Show – Employees Just Want… Fun!
04. Shark Tank Alum – Labor Day BBQ Ideas
05. College Success – There’s an App for that
06. Stanford University Bans Hard Liquor
07. How to Survive an Empty Nest
08. The Science of Raising Brilliant Children
09. Last-Minute, Cheap Getaway Tips
10. Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Lives His Legacy
11. International Overdose Awareness Day 8/31
12. Why Do Politicians Make Lousy Leaders?
13. How to Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice
14. Get Paid for Who You Are… Even as a Radio Host
15. The Politics of Spirituality
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1. ==> Time to End ‘Welfare as We Know It’

This week marked the twentieth anniversary of the day
President Bill Clinton signed the Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act,
which replaced the income safety net for poor single
mothers and their children. Felicia Kornbluh says
“While this so-called reform of welfare did reduce the
welfare rolls, it did not stanch the poverty of single
mothers or improve the well-being of their children.
The failure of 1990s welfare reform to enhance economic
security and opportunity is reason to dedicate this
anniversary to rethinking and revising our national
approach to poverty.” She adds, “It would be a shame if
the progressive energies unleashed in the 2016 election
cycle landed us in the same old masculinist, middle-
class rut of tying family wellbeing to the conditions
of breadwinning alone.” Kornbluh is the author of “The
Battle for Welfare Rights.”
She and Gwendolyn Mink are co-authors of the upcoming
“Ensuring Poverty: The History and Politics of Welfare
Reform.”  Both were members of the Women’s Committee of
One Hundred, a feminist mobilization for welfare
justice. Contact her at fkornbluh@gmail.com,
@vtfeminist

2. ==> Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Officials say the recent flooding in Louisiana is
likely the worst natural disaster in the US since
2012’s Superstorm Sandy. With 13 people dead and 60
thousand homes damaged, the cost of the natural
disaster is estimated at $30 million dollars—and
rising. Invite C. Naomi Covington, a Louisiana native
and survivor of Hurricane Katrina, to talk about the
current needs in the area, and how your listeners can
help. Covington knows firsthand the pain of suddenly
losing everything and the gaps that can occur in
getting. She’ll discuss her new Indiegogo campaign to
raise $5 million to assist families worldwide who are
victims of natural disasters like the Louisiana floods.
Contact Covington at (214) 530-0648;
info@texasdisasterrecoveryandrelief.com

3. ==> Labor Day Show – Employees Just Want… Fun!

Labor Day marks more than just the official end of
summer. It’s also a good time to take look at what
makes a good workplace. Nick Gianoulis says regardless
of the industry, there is a common thread running
through the highest performing companies: the inherent
or stated culture of fun. “A Building brief, consistent
and engaging activity into the corporate culture is
more important than ever thanks to the presence of
millennial. They want flexibility and fun. If you want
to employ the best and the brightest, you need to pay
attention to the culture at work and fun is one
component of that.” He points out that by 2025
millennial will account for 75 percent of the
workforce, and this younger generation places a greater
priority on fun and work culture than salary. Invite
Nick to share how he created The Fun Dept, a consulting
and training company, and why he’s now “Playing it
Forward” and sharing his playbook, model and science on
how to create a winning workplace culture. Contact him
at (302) 463-3819; nick@thefundept.com

4. ==> Shark Tank Alum – Labor Day BBQ Ideas

Whether you’ve got a big outdoor kitchen or a little
hibachi, Labor Day weekend is grilling time! Not only
is it too darn hot to turn on the stove, but it’s prime
season for getting outside and socializing. Invite
Julie Busha to share some great ways to up your BBQ
style and wow your guests with easy, creative recipes
and tips for everything from appetizers to brunch
ideas. Julie is the inventor of Slawsa, and was
featured on Season 5 of ABC’s Shark Tank. She may not
have walked away with a deal on the show, but she’s
since been named Progressive Grocer’s Top Woman in
Grocery and is killing it! She can talk about Slawsa (a
cabbage relish with a salsa twist that’s getting rave
reviews), her experience on the show, and how she took
an old family recipe and turned it into a business. If
you want an interactive show, Slawsa samples are
available for hosts to try and listeners can call in
with their favorite—or craziest—hot dog and burger
toppings. Contact Julie Busha at (704) 756-3661 (cell);
(704) 879-4411 or jbusha@slawsa.com.

5. ==> College Success – There’s an App for that

Roughly 2 million high school graduates are entering
college this fall but 4-in-10 will never graduate and
only 40% of those who do graduate, will do so in 4
years. So many students are so unprepared for the
college experience—and overwhelmed when they get
there—the most commonly prescribed drugs in college are
antidepressants. But Émile Nelson says it doesn’t have
to be this way! Émile Nelson graduated this year with
straight As and a University Award of Distinction from
UC Santa Barbara, where he gave the graduation speech
and served as the editor-in-chief of their nationally
ranked newspaper. Emile has coauthored the interactive
journal “Nailed it! Your Pocket Coach to Student
Success” to help students graduate on time, stress
less, enjoy their college experience and get more out
of it than just grades (but also grades!) Contact him
at (805) 551-4455; info@feelgoodpress.com

6. ==> Stanford University Bans Hard Liquor
Stanford University has banned hard liquor from campus
parties in response to the Brock Turner rape case.
Undergraduates will be banned from drinking any spirits
on campus while graduate students will only be
permitted a stronger drink if it is consumed with a
mixer. Invite Attorney Matthew Green to discuss the
Stanford ban, binge drinking, and the law. Matthew also
represents George Huguely, a University of Virginia
Lacrosse player who was convicted of murder (binge
drinking played a significant role in the
circumstances). Green can talk about the impact of
alcohol bans on campus, the issue of binge drinking and
what happens when intoxicated students break the law.
Contact Mark Goldman at (516) 639-0988

7. ==> How to Survive an Empty Nest

College is an exciting time—both for students and
parents—but it can also be disorienting and sad when
you find your home a little bit quieter than you’d
like. Millions of parents are getting used to the
childless-life this fall, and some are dealing with it
better than others. Invite transition expert Brenda
Reynolds to share ways to embrace this new time of
life. From career issues to marriage dynamics, she’ll
discuss ways empty nesters can rediscover old passions
and find new interests that will help ease their
transition into the next phase of life. Brenda is an
organizational development expert and the founder of
BKR Consulting. Her upcoming book is “How to Find
Clarity and Confidence in Uncertain Times.” Contact her
at (610) 639-5722;
brenda@bkrconsult.com

8. ==> The Science of Raising Brilliant Children

Does ‘how’ you answer a child’s question make a
difference? Some scientists say it most certainly does.
Two distinguished psychologists are putting forward a
new framework, based on the science of learning and
development, to help parents think about cultivating
the skills people really need to succeed. Leeza
Steindorf says it’s no surprise that the first – and
most important—part of the formula involves
collaboration. Leeza, an expert in parenting and
communication, will explain what that means in terms of
day-to-day interactions with kids, how it changes as
kids age, and why teaching kids to collaborate is such
an integral part of raising them to become happy,
successful adults. Leeza Steindorf is a communications
and conflict resolution expert, international
consultant and speaker. She’s founder and director of
CORE Success, a training program that uses proven,
practical tools and insights to achieve one’s goals, no
matter the circumstances. She’s the author of
“Connected Parent, Empowered Child: Five Keys to
Raising Happy, Confident, Responsible Kids” and “CORE
Success® for Schools: The Practical Guide Book for a
Positive School Climate.” Contact her at (541) 550-
0451; Leeza@CoreSuccess.com

9. ==> Last-Minute, Cheap Getaway Tips

Tick, tock, summer is almost over and you’ve got
vacation days but no money to use them. Or do you?
Invite Russell Hannon to share ways to travel while
still being able to pay rent and not put it all on your
credit card! This is not couch surfing, Russell say
there are lots of ways to travel large on a small
budget. Russell Hannon is the founder of Break the
Travel Barrier and author of “Stop Dreaming… Start
Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and
Spending Less.” Once feeling unable to afford to
travel, Russell applied lean principles he learned at
work to travel more and spend less. He has since
visited many of the world’s most expensive cities for
less than his every day cost of living. Contact him at
(403) 354-0349; russell@breakthetravelbarrier.com

10. == > Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Lives His Legacy

Gord Downie is the lead poet and songster of the band
Tragically Hip. In May he announced he had incurable
brain cancer. On Saturday night 11 million people
watched Gord on TV sing and ‘dance’ thru the last
concert of the Hip’s Man Machine Poem Canadian tour.
Robb Lucy says, “Thousands were there because they knew
Gord won’t be coming back. This was it. And he gave it
his all. He’s creating his legacies, enjoying them, and
communicating them. And in that there’s a lesson for
all of us. Instead of leaving our legacies, I argue we
should be living our legacies.” Robb will discuss what
a legacy is, why it’s not just packaging up all your
wealth and divvying it up to the kids, and how anyone
can write their own legacy letter that tells the world
the values you lived by, and the story of how you lived
each value. Robb Lucy is the author of ‘Legacies aren’t
Just for Dead People!’ Contact him at (604) 874-7700;
rlucy@yourlegacysmile.com

11. ==> International Overdose Awareness Day 8/31

Seventy-eight Americans are still dying every day from
opioid overdoses.  Most of these individuals started
out as pain patients with legitimate prescriptions for
painkillers.  According to chronic pain treatment
expert Cindy Perlin, “Government efforts to address
this problem to date have been woefully inadequate.
They have failed to address the underlying problem—lack
of access to safer, more effective pain treatments.”
Perlin has concrete proposals for how to address this
problem.  With International Overdose Awareness Day
approaching on August 31, it’s the perfect time for a
segment on this issue. Perlin, a chronic pain survivor,
is a licensed social worker, and certified biofeedback
practitioner 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

12. ==> Why Do Politicians Make Lousy Leaders?

Many Americans are frustrated and angry about the lack
of quality candidates on the ballot. Why are we so
disappointed with those who choose to run for office?
Jackie Freedman says, “The characteristics and
strategies of politicians are inconsistent with those
of great leaders. For instance, politicians are often
motivated by the desire for power and recognition while
great leaders desire neither. Politicians often like to
show us who to blame for problems while great leaders
don’t, for several reasons. They recognize that blaming
divides rather than unites us and that it focuses us on
the past rather than on solutions for the future.”
Jackie Freedman is a leadership expert, consultant and
facilitator. She’s the author of “Updraft: The
Aerodynamics of Great Leadership.” Contact her at (908)
996-1003; jfreedman@deltavstrategies.com.

13. ==> How to Talk to Your Kids about Prejudice

Recent events have left US citizens 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;
gags17285@aol.com

14. ==> Get Paid for Who You Are… Even as a Radio
Host

Your advice comes from who you are but often is
received without a thank you much less a reward.
However, when you give your advice online, you can get
paid for it! Lee Romanov, who has made millions of
dollars online by sending $5 leads to companies she
recommended, can explain how simple this is for your
listeners to do and for you. If you’re a radio host,
Lee suggests you could feature people you interview on
your website, along with a referral form to generate
leads that you can get paid for. After all, isn’t that
why people want to be interviewed, to get business?
And leads aren’t cheap, lawyers can pay Google up to
$400 per click, for a lead. From now on, when someone
gives you their business card, don’t throw it away
because it’s like tossing money. Instead, create your
own online directory that can make you money. Lee is
chock full of easy money-making ideas you’ll find
nowhere else. Reach her at (949) 877-01723 or
Lee@IncomeActivator.com

15. ==> The Politics of Spirituality

How can one person’s lie be another person’s truth?
With accusations of being a “liar” at an all-time high
in the current presidential campaign, and with two or
more versions of the “truth” floating around on the
airwaves and the internet, we might wonder: How do
human beings arrive at such different understandings of
the truth? Rev. Carol “Anandi” Richardson, M.Div., MPH
offers insight into human understandings of reality by
combining ancient Eastern understandings of human
nature with contemporary Western understandings of
human world views. “Perception of the facts of a
situation depend largely on a person’s level of
spiritual development, because any fact which feels
threatening to individuals at their stage of emotional
and spiritual development will seem ‘wrong,’ and
therefore also be assumed to be untrue.” Rev.
Richardson is a life coach, stress reduction
specialist, healer, and hypnotherapist at the National
Integrated Health Associates in Washington, DC. She’s
the author of “Mornings with the Masters:  Mystical
Journeys in a Postmodern World.” Contact her at
269-365- 8939; carol.dodson.richardson@gmail.com

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