09/21/17 RTIR E-zine: America’s Waterways, Post-Harvey, World Heart Day

September 21, 2017

01. Will the Equifax Breach Cost You Your Tax Refund?
02. Ivanka Trump’s Power Over Her Father
03. Protecting America’s Waterways
04. What Should Lady Gaga Do Now?
05. Millennials’ Surprising Views on Recycling
06. World Heart Day, Sept. 29
07. Post-Harvey: A Fossil-Free Railway System?
08. Save the Life of a Woman You Love
09. Solve Any Problem in Your Life for Good
10. Are We too Hard on Crying Babies’ Parents?
11. Lend a Hand to America’s Vets
12. Why We Need More Coffee Breaks
13. Talk about Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War
14. Homework Help for Parents
15. If Dogs Could Talk

1. ==> Will the Equifax Breach Cost You Your Tax

In all the discussions about the Equifax data breach
there’s one danger you probably haven’t heard about
yet; it’s one that won’t hit you until you file your
income tax return and learn that your filing has been
rejected because identity thieves have already filed a
fraudulent return in your name—and pocketed your
refund! As tax and financial expert Abby Eisenkraft
will explain, this situation is a double-whammy: your
identity has been stolen and soon the IRS will be
coming to you for the money. Let Abby guide you through
the signs of tax-related identity theft, and what you
have to do to fight back. Frequently quoted by the
press, she is one of the leading experts on IRS
problems and how to avoid them. Contact her at (347)
598-0111; abby@RealLifeTaxAdvice.com

2. ==> Ivanka Trump’s Power Over Her Father

Have you ever noticed that the only child to officially
join the president in the White House is his daughter,
Ivanka? Did you ever wonder why? Award-winning
behavioral expert James I. Bond says the answer can be
found by examining a rarely-mentioned quirk about men.
Bond says, “From Donald Trump to Barack Obama, Winston
Churchill to Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain to
Paul McCartney, even Supreme Court justices and CEOs of
major corporations, the influence of daughters on their
fathers is often more profound than most people
realize. But the real reason daughters have so much
influence may surprise you.” Bond is the author of “The
Secret Life of Fathers” (second edition), an unexpected
guide to understanding men and fathers. He has written
for Forbes.com and appears as a frequent radio talk
show guest. Contact him at (805) 405-9899;

3. ==> Protecting America’s Waterways

Recently, researchers from the Virginia Tech College of
Engineering announced that Detroit’s water levels had
returned to normal, with average lead readings of 8.3
parts per billion, well under the federal limit for
what is acceptable. But according to the group Food and
Water Watch, any level of lead is unsafe. In a recent
statement, the group said: “Our elected officials
should not be celebrating this improvement in water
lead levels as the end to a long-established crisis. We
need to make sure that all lead pipes in Flint and
across the country are replaced, and we need a major
federal investment in our public water infrastructure
with money prioritized to struggling communities like
Flint.” The advocacy group supports The Water
Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability Act
(HR 1673), which it describes as “the most
comprehensive approach to improving our water systems.
This visionary piece of legislation will help address
the water crisis in Flint and the water issues we face
across the nation.” Contact Jackie Filson, (202)
683-2538, jfilson@fwwatch.org

4. ==> What Should Lady Gaga Do Now?

Superstar Lady Gaga recently announced that she was
cancelling an upcoming tour due to chronic pain. She
subsequently ended up in the hospital. In order not to
end up like fellow superstars Prince and Michael
Jackson, who died from their chronic pain treatment,
what should Lady Gaga do now? Chronic pain expert Cindy
Perlin has some answers. Cindy is an expert in helping
pain patients find safe and effective alternative
treatments. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
certified biofeedback practitioner, chronic pain
survivor and the author of “The Truth About Chronic
Pain Treatments: The Best and Worst Strategies for
Becoming Pain Free” and the upcoming “Pot for Pain
Relief: How to Safely Use Medical Marijuana to Feel
Better.” Cindy, a frequent media guest, is in private
practice where she has been helping her clients achieve
their health and wellness goals for over 25 years.
Contact her at (518) 439-6431; cperlin@nycap.rr.com.

5. ==> Millennials’ Surprising Views on Recycling

As a generation, millennials are known for their strong
environmentalism. But new research on their personal
habits yields some unexpected results. A report from
The Shelton Group, a marketing communications agency
focusing on energy and the environment, reveals that
just 34 percent of the 1,000 millennials it surveyed
recycle paper and aluminum cans. (Compare that to 46
percent of the overall population.) But the big
takeaway, according to Suzanne Shelton, president and
CEO of The Shelton Group, is that millennials place
more emphasis on patronizing corporations that do right
by the environment. She calls this “crowdsourcing by
consumerism.” Suzanne Shelton can share more survey
results as well as ways companies that want
millennials’ business can earn it by helping the
planet. Contact Mark Pankowski, (301) 260-9250;

6. ==> World Heart Day, Sept. 29

Every minute of every day a man or woman suffers a
heart attack and yet over 80 percent of them can be
prevented. Sudden first-time heart attacks claim the
lives of many men with no apparent risk factors. Men
who have healthy cholesterol levels, normal blood
pressure, active lives and no family history of heart
disease may still be at risk. Victoria Dupuy’s husband
Dean died at 46 of a heart attack even though he was a
runner and had been proclaimed in excellent health
during a routine physical just months before his sudden
death. In time for World Heart Day, Sept. 29th,
Victoria wants to tell your audience about a simple,
noninvasive, affordable test that detects heart disease
in its earliest, most treatable stage. It’s called a
Coronary Artery Calcium Scan (CACS) and it detects
calcium buildup in arteries. She’ll explain why your
physician is unlikely to suggest you have this test,
how to demand that he or she order it for you or even
how to arrange for the man in your life to have the
test. Victoria heads the nonprofit No More Broken
Hearts, whose mission is to promote awareness of the
CACS. Reach her at (408) 981-1744; vdupuy@sbcglobal.net

7. ==> Post-Harvey, A Fossil Fuel-Free Railway System?

Could Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects on
domestic oil and gas production—and anticipated price
spikes—finally prove a catalyst to the approval of an
electrified rail system, especially one that’s powered
almost exclusively by solar and wind power? Introduce
your listeners to Solutionary Rail, a cleanly powered,
carbon emission-free railway system that’s been lauded
by some of the top names in transportation and
environment as a critical answer to America’s transport
of people, freight and food. The project is part of the
Backbone Campaign, a grassroots effort to embolden
citizens and elected officials to stand up for
progressive values. Started in 2003, the group teaches
artful activism and creative strategies to make protest
bold, fun, visible, and effective. To arrange an
interview with the nonprofit project’s authors at
Backbone Campaign, contact The Zephyr Group at (505)
466-2770, info@groupzephyr.com

8. ==> Save the Life of a Woman You Love

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Each year, 14,000 American women die of ovarian cancer,
succumbing to a disease that is frequently misdiagnosed
or diagnosed too late. Having lost her mother to the
often silent disease, comedian and author Jennifer
Coken is making it her mission to teach women how to
identify its symptoms early. They include persistent
bloating; feeling full even while eating less;
persistent back and abdominal pain; unusual fatigue or
bleeding, and changes in bladder and bowel habits.
She’ll discuss how to download two free symptom
trackers that encourage women to pay attention to
symptoms that on their own might not seem troubling.
Jen Coken is a life coach and stand-up comedian. She’s
the author of “When I Die Take My Panties: Turning Your
Darkest Moments into Your Greatest Gifts.” Contact her
at (303) 859-9081; jencoken@gmail.com

9. ==> Solve Any Problem in Your Life for Good

What would your listeners give to learn how to solve
every problem in their lives with no exceptions? Master
problem solver Eldon Grant swears he can teach them to
do exactly that and while he expects you to be
skeptical he’s prepared to make good on his promise.
Put Eldon to the test when you interview him and bring
up any problem you can think of to learn how to solve
it for good. He will also explain how you can
eventually reach the point where you have no more
problems if you adopt the principles he’ll share. Among
the topics he’ll cover in his lively discussion will be
the difference between knowledge and real wisdom, the
four components of wisdom and why he believes personal
responsibility in America is on life support but
capable of being revived. Known as “America’s Wisdom
Mentor,” Eldon is the author of “Solve Every Problem In
Your Life: Secret Ancient Principles Guaranteed to
Grant You Wisdom.” Reach him at (704) 765-8348;

10. ==> Are We Too Hard on Crying Babies’ Parents?

A screaming baby is nearly impossible to ignore whether
you are the parent or someone stuck in close proximity
like on that dreaded airplane ride or in a restaurant.
But how much do your listeners really understand about
babies who are incessant criers and their desperate
parents? You’ll find out when you have scientific
researcher Kristine Smith on your show. The author of
the upcoming book “The Essential Crying Baby Book” and
the parent of a formerly colicky baby (now a happy
grade school kid) can touch on such topics as: Are we
too hard on parents of crying babies? What percent of
babies cry relentlessly for hours for no apparent
reason? Are there reliable shortcuts for stopping the
crying? How does parenting a fussy baby really affect
new moms and dads? What is the Purple Crying Curve?
Kristine’s topic is an important one as excessive
crying is the No. 1 reason parents take their babies to
the pediatrician in the first year and, in extreme
cases, can lead to maternal depression, developmental
delays, and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Reach her at (818)
209-0132 or kristinesmith22@gmail.com

11. ==> Lend a Hand to America’s Vets

Every day in the U.S. 50,000 military veterans
experience homelessness and 21 vets commit suicide.
These are men and women who have given their all for
their country and deserve a better, smoother process
when they transition from the armed forces to civilian
life. To help them (and their families) take advantage
of all the services that are available to them
interview Jennifer Hammond. She wrote “101+ Resources
for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide” with
participation from the nonprofit group A Hero
Foundation. Jennifer is passionate about helping
veterans, having been adopted as a teenager by a
military family. A SiriusXM radio host, Jennifer has
brought veterans issues to light while interviewing
seven congressmen on Capitol Hill for the Veterans
Legislative Forum, the Veterans Homelessness Forum, and
the Military Family Housing Forum. She can discuss
organizations all military families should know about
and what we need to do to end homelessness among
veterans. Reach her at (202) 345-2343;

12. ==> Why We Need More Coffee Breaks

In time for International Coffee Day, Sept. 30, Émile
Odback, a Swede living in Santa Barbara, wants to
introduce Americans to the Swedish concept of Fika
(pronounced fee-kah) as an antidote for loneliness and
divisiveness. The Swedes enjoy multiple 15-minute
coffee breaks a day in which no work is discussed, no
one checks their cellphones and everyone talks to each
other—all while enjoying coffee and delicious baked
goods. He says, “We want to make International Coffee
Day a day that celebrates coffee and connection. On
this coffee day, as we celebrate something so
universally-loved, what better way is there to show
your enthusiasm than by buying somebody else a cup of
coffee, or inviting somebody to share a Fika and a nice
chat?” The 23-year-old can explain how to incorporate
Fika into your life, share interesting coffee facts and
reveal the role Fika plays in making Swedes among the
happiest people in the world. Émile is a recent
graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara
where he edited the newspaper and served as a
commencement speaker. His new book is “Fika Fix: How a
New Take on the Coffee Break Can Cure the Loneliness
Epidemic.” Reach him at (805)

13. ==> Talk about Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

As a result of Ken Burns’ new 10-part PBS documentary
The Vietnam War, which debuted Sunday, Americans will
once again be talking about the only war they ever
lost. As we revisit what we forgot or never knew about
this divisive 34-year war, Wanny Huynh, who was born in
Vietnam, can offer an insider’s perspective on the
price South Vietnamese soldiers paid for working with
the Americans. From 1970 to 1972, his father helped to
train South Vietnamese soldiers. But after the war,
that cooperation made him no longer welcome in the
country. The Viet Cong moved to retaliate against him
and the family was forced to flee for their lives.
Wanny can share what he thinks of Burns’ documentary,
the hazardous journey he and his parents underwent to
leave Vietnam and the impressions he formed when he
revisited Vietnam 20 years after his escape and
reconnected with lost relatives. Wanny’s latest book is
”Hope.” Reach him at (651) 398-4677; Wannyh27@msn.com

14. ==> Homework Help for Parents

Are you smart enough to help your kid with their
homework? Can you explain the Pythagorean theorem or
recite the details of the Battle of Bunker Hill? Maybe
you don’t have to. Adrian Ridner, CEO and co-founder of
Study.com, has some ideas on how parents can use online
resources for homework help, and how to avoid the
pitfalls of “fake news” by ensuring your sources are
credible. Fed up with the high cost of education,
Ridner started Study.com in 2002 with the mission of
making education affordable, effective and engaging.
Today, the company helps over 25 million students a
month, from middle school through college, with short
video-based online courses. Contact Chandni Brunamonti
at cbrunamonti@study.com

15. ==> If Dogs Could Talk

If your dog could talk, what would he say? Most of us
think we know what our best friend is thinking but a
Los Angeles-based dog products company is going one
better. Smarty Paws has a new line of “talking” leashes
that the company believes express the fun-loving nature
of dogs and puppies. Interview a company spokesperson
to learn how they came up with their clever campaign to
have eight dogs reveal their innermost thoughts through
leashes that proclaim I’m the One in Charge (so true),
My Mom’s Single and Ignore the Squirrel … Seriously?
and more. Could be a fun way to counteract all the
serious topics that dominate the news. Contact Marnie
Tenden, (310) 775-1490; 177202@email4pr.com

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