1/2/18 RTIR Newsletter: New Tax Plan, Beatles Guru, New Years Resolutions

January 2, 2018

01. The Problem is the Trump in All of Us
02. Trump Is Bluffing About North Korea
03. Journalist Jake Bernstein on Panama Papers
04. Why New Tax Plan Won’t Create Jobs
05. ‘I Married a Sumo Wrestler’
06. He Met Celine, Mariah, Tom Hanks, Bon Jovi and More
07. Jan 12th-100th Birthday of Beatles’ Guru
08. How to Never Get Sick in 2018
09. Didn’t Make any New Year’s Resolutions?
10. 5 January Health Checks… for Businesses
11. Tax Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make in 2018
12. Wildfires Take Staggering Toll in 2017
13. 2017 Environmental Review
14. Get a Better Relationship with Teens in 2018
15. Got Engaged Over the Holidays? Budget Wedding Tips

1. ==> The Problem is the Trump in All of Us

Journalist James Traub believes Americans have become
decadent and depraved, comparing current culture to the
decadent days of the Roman Empire and Louis XVI’s
France. He says, “Decadence describes a cultural,
moral, and spiritual disorder — the Donald Trump in us.
We currently lack not only a sense of shared citizenry
or collective good, but even a shared body of fact or a
collective mode of reasoning toward the truth.” Traub
cites the new tax cuts that favor the wealthy,
particularly Trump himself. “When Teddy Roosevelt
called the monopolists of his day ‘malefactors of great
wealth,’ the epithet stung — and stuck. Now the bankers
and brokers and private equity barons who helped drive
the nation’s economy into a ditch in 2008 react with
outrage when they’re singled out for blame. Being a
‘wealth creator’ means never having to say you’re
sorry. Enough voters accept this proposition that
Donald Trump pays no political price for unapologetic
greed.” James Traub is a contributing editor at Foreign
Policy, a fellow at the Center on International
Cooperation, and author of the book “John Quincy Adams:
Militant Spirit.” Contact him at @jamestraub1 or Hanna
Berman at hanna.berman@foreignpolicy.com

2. ==> Trump Is Bluffing About North Korea

There’s been several recent reports that the Trump
White House is mulling a military strike on North
Korea. Jeffrey Lewis thinks the Trumpkins are bluffing.
“They are, to borrow a Soviet phrase, just trying to
‘rattle the pots and pans,’ hoping to frighten North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un and China’s Xi Jinping. Of
course, they may still get us all killed.” Lewis says,
“Nobody around Trump — not John Kelly, not H.R.
McMaster, nobody — has the slightest idea how to fix
the problem of North Korea. But they do know what the
boss likes to hear. The most likely scenario is still
that we’ll muddle through without a nuclear war in
2018. And it will only be years later that James Mattis
or someone writes a memoir letting us know that every
day was a battle to stop McMaster from starting a
nuclear war or that Trump kept asking for the launch
codes.” Jeffrey Lewis is director of the East Asia
Nonproliferation Program for the James Martin Center
for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury
Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Contact
him at (831) 647-6616; jeffrey.lewis@miis.edu

3. ==> Journalist Jake Bernstein on Panama Papers

On April 3, 2016, media organizations around the world
began publishing stories drawn from the confidential
archives of a Panamanian law firm. The firm was one of
the largest providers of offshore shell companies, a
key player in a secret economy that fuels trillions of
dollars in tax evasion and criminal activity. The trove
of documents, now known as the Panama Papers, included
evidence touching on everything from arms trafficking
to oil and gas exploration to international soccer.
Jake Bernstein, a member of the international team of
reporters who broke the story, has continued to report
on the documents of the Panama Papers, exposing how
shell companies operate, how the ultra-wealthy use them
to evade taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit
activities on a massive scale. Invite Bernstein to
describe this shadow economy and its link to Wilbur
Ross, secretary of commerce for President Donald Trump.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist,
Bernstein’s new book is “Secrecy World: Inside the
Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks
and the Global Elite.” Contact Johanna Ramos-Boyer at
(703) 646-5137 or Megan Bonomo at (703) 646-5188.

4. ==> Why New Tax Plan Won’t Create Jobs

Republicans argue that the lower taxes for corporations
and wealthy individuals in the newly passed tax bill
will result in new investment in businesses and more
jobs. But Michael Angelo Costa says, “Lower taxes can
create jobs, but not in this case. The only jobs this
will create are for tax lawyers and accountants.” Costa
can discuss the overhaul, what Congress could do to
actually create jobs, and how, in the age of artificial
intelligence and automation, trickle-down economics
won’t create employment. A lawyer, investment banker,
and advisor, Michael Angelo Costa has more than 33
years of international business experience. The author
of “Never Be Wrong Again – Four Steps to Making Better
Decisions In Work and In Life” frequently appears on
radio and TV as an expert in decision-making expert.
Contact him at (760) 238-5087;

5. ==> ‘I Married a Sumo Wrestler’

Lynn Matsuoka, a slender brunette from New York City,
is the only foreign woman to wed one of Japan’s top
sumo wrestlers. Although no longer married to him, she
is one of the top experts on sumo wrestling in the
world and can answer any question about Japan’s
national sport. Ask Lynn: What was it like to be
married to a sumo wrestler? What do sumo wrestlers eat?
How do they gain entry into the sport? What do they
wear in public? Why are many top wrestlers foreigners?
A high-energy storyteller, Lynn gained entry into this
cloistered world through her art: she’s a legendary
reportage artist whose drawings quickly capture details
of hidden worlds, not only in sumo but also in theater,
TV shows and concerts. Well-known worldwide as a sumo
color commentator, Lynn has done hundreds of
interviews. Contact her at (808) 479-5966;

6. ==> He Met Celine, Mariah, Tom Hanks, Bon Jovi and

Meet Ted Larkins, who as co-developer of a leading
entertainment licensing company in Tokyo, represented
such major movie studios as Paramount Pictures, Sony
Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. During his 30-year
career in Japan and the States, he met lots of
celebrities; he has fun stories to share like hanging
out with Bon Jovi, meeting Celine Dion backstage, and
bantering with Tom Hanks. Larkins, who has done
licensing deals with golfer Jack Nicklaus and James
Dean’s executor, can also talk about the wall
celebrities sometimes put up against strangers and how
it can be penetrated and even why American culture was
king in Japan. More than just a fascinating
storyteller, Larkins is a great New Year’s guest who
can share a few lessons featured in his new book, “Get
To Be Happy: Stories and Secrets to Loving the Sh*t Out
Of Life.” For example, he can talk about his “Get To”
principle that helps people find gratitude in even the
toughest things in life they experience because they
“get to” do them. Larkins is the former senior VP of
one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and
brand licensing agencies and a guest lecturer for the
UCLAx Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts
program. Reach him at (818) 261-8262;

7. ==> Jan 12th-100th Birthday of Beatles’ Guru

Before Maharishi Mahesh Yogi arrived in America in
1959, there was no “meditation,” “mantra,” or “yoga.”
Within ten years he single-handedly made these into
household words. His brush with celebrities, such as
the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Deepak Chopra,
Clint Eastwood, Mia Farrow, and countless others, put
him into the spotlight. January 12th is Maharishi
Mahesh Yogi’s 100th birthday. Invite Susan Shumsky to
share her story of following the Maharishi for 22
years, six of which she spent as part of his personal
staff. Susan will share fascinating unknown facts and
dismantle myths about Maharishi and the celebrities who
followed him. She’ll also reveal how the relationship
changed her, and how she broke away to find her own
spiritual pathway. Susan Shumsky is the author of
“Maharishi & Me: Seeking Enlightenment with the
Beatles’ Guru.” Contact her at (917) 992-5175;

8. ==> How to Never Get Sick in 2018

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions concerns
health: how to avoid getting sick or feel better.
Interview Reena Jadhav to learn seven small resolutions
that will have a big impact on your health this year.
Reena learned these changes after she suffered colon
cancer at 35 and a more serious illness at 45 but was
failed by doctors until she took control of her own
health. Among other things, this Harvard-educated MBA
and Wharton undergraduate was told by doctors that she
couldn’t have colon cancer when she diagnosed herself.
They attributed some of her symptoms to aging and said
she should be on steroids for the rest of her life. She
refused to accept that. Some of the changes she
suggests include eating lunch outside in the sun while
barefoot, repairing your DNA while you sleep using the
trick she’ll provide, and having a 20-minute vacation
every day. Reena is the author of “My Heal Journal,” a
book she produced when she was unable to find an
effective journal for healing her illnesses, and the
upcoming “New You,” which reveals small steps for going
from tired, achy and sick to vibrant, energetic and
strong. Reach her at (650) 346-2500;

9. ==> Didn’t Make any New Year’s Resolutions?

You may have thought about making a New Year’s
resolution, but you never did get around to it and it’s
now January. If you are a procrastinator, you know it.
But what you don’t know is what to do about it. How can
you make changes when you don’t realize that your life
is being hijacked by unconscious thoughts? Barbara
Plasker, Ed.D., a procrastinator who turned into a late
bloomer, can help the many people in your audience who
identify with this topic. She can share a four-step
technique that makes for identifying what your limited
thoughts are so you can silence your inner critic.
Barbara can also share why it’s good to be a late
bloomer and her own inspirational story of earning a
doctorate in adult education at age 56 and starting a
new career in her seventies. She also has stories of
other people she helped to live their dreams later in
life. Barbara is the author of the new book Simple Ways
to Transform Your Life: Lessons Learned by a Late
Bloomer.” Reach her at (845) 368-4413;

10. ==> 5 January Health Checks… for Businesses

It’s January and many of your listeners are thinking
about their health and fitness. But those who are in
business for themselves should also be focusing on
wellness checks to keep their company’s competitive
edge. So says marketing pro Claudia Newcorn, who notes
that too many companies fail to check their business’s
pulse opting to react to the market instead of leading
it. Claudia can discuss smart marketing tactics to use
in the New Year to propel business to new heights and
five business health checks to make. Listeners who
don’t have their own business may get ideas to share
with their bosses to make themselves look good (and to
ensure that their jobs don’t go away). Claudia Newcorn,
MBA, is a strategic marketing consultant and the author
of “Zipline to Success: Fast-Track Marketing Strategies
to Accelerate Your Sales & Profits.” A favorite of
media, she once hosted her own TV show. Reach her at
(209) 204-0502; Claudia@ZiplineToSuccess.com

11. ==> Tax Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make in 2018

What does 2018 hold for us in terms of taxes? Find out
now when you bring tax pro and financial expert Abby
Eisenkraft on your show to share the top 10 mistakes
you need to avoid this tax season. Abby, the author of
“101 Ways to Stay Off the IRS Radar,” can also discuss
everything from why the new tax law for 2018 is even
confusing the experts, to IRS red flags for the year,
ways identity theft could affect your tax return and
more. Abby is one of the leading experts on IRS
problems and how to avoid them. Reach her at (347)
598-0111; abby@RealLifeTaxAdvice.com

12. ==> Wildfires Take Staggering Toll in 2017

2017 will go down as one of the worst in California
wildfire history. At least 41 civilians and two
firefighters were killed and more than 10,00 structures
were destroyed or damaged, a higher tally than the last
nine years combined. Dr. James Moseley says a material
used by NASA on the Space Shuttle could provide help to
both firefighters and homeowners desperate to keep
their houses safe. Moseley says, “The aerospace-grade
silicone ceramic coating provides insulation and
reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.” He says
you could hold a penny in your hand and melt the coin
with a blow torch, with only a thin, treated cloth
separating your hand from the flame. Mosely has
developed a range of products using the material,
including flame retardant blankets for fire
firefighters. Invite him to discuss the breakthrough
technology and the many possible applications. Dr.
James Moseley is multi-talented. He was also executive
producer and performer with Roger Williams and the
London Symphony Orchestra for a Grammy nominated CD.
Contact him at (818) 486-4662;

13. ==> 2017 Environmental Review

“2017 featured some major blows to the environment –
and therefore to our health and wellbeing – including
attacks on our climate, public lands, and air, water,
and food quality. However, we’ve also had numerous wins
for the environment this year as people increasingly
push back,” says Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. She’ll review last
year’s good and bad environmental developments and
remind listeners that they have the power to help shape
what happens in 2018. “Though we sometimes forget, you
and I are the ultimate human superpower, because we
vote and we buy things. Our purchases make up two-
thirds of the US economy, and people literally do what
we pay them to do. If we give a little more conscious
attention to what we want people to be doing, we can
use our dollars and votes to steer things toward
greater human and environmental health and prosperity.”
Ellen Moyer is a registered professional engineer with
a B.A. in anthropology, an M.S. in environmental
engineering, a Ph.D. in civil engineering, and 30 years
of environmental engineering experience. A regular
contributor to The Huffington Post, her latest book is
“Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive
While Creating a Sustainable World.” Contact her at
(413) 862-3452; ellenmoyer@em-green.com

14. ==> Get a Better Relationship with Teens in 2018

Many of your listeners wish they got along better with
their teens. The idea of having fewer arguments, better
communication and fewer worries can be more than
wishful thinking when you interview Dr. Kevin Fell and
his son Austin. Kevin is a father-turned-psychologist
who in his first semester of graduate school fielded a
call from Austin asking for help. For the next five
years, they lived as college roommates while Kevin got
his Ph.D. in psychology and Austin transformed from a
high school dropout, felon, and suicidal teen into a
college grad, loving dad, and thriving professional
with a clean record. Today, Kevin and Austin consult
with parents to help them reconnect, repair their
relationships, and solve problems with even the most
difficult teens. Contact Austin at (913) 208-7075 or

15. ==> Got Engaged Over the Holidays? Budget Wedding

According to wedding experts and social media sites,
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the most popular
days of the year to pop the question, followed by New
Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. With the average wedding
costing more than $35,000, doing what you can to rein
in wedding expenses is a priority for budget-conscious
couples and their families. Luckily, internationally
known wedding gown designer Rani St. Pucchi is
available to offer her best tips for spending less
without sacrificing anything. Rani, who has worked with
more than 15,000 brides since launching her St. Pucchi
Bridal House more than 30 years ago, explains how to
reap significant savings by skipping a Saturday
wedding, shortening the height of your wedding cake,
marrying in January or February, charging everything on
a credit card with a reward program and saving on
wedding rings. She’s the author of “Your Bridal Style;
Everything You Need to Know to Design the Wedding of
Your Dreams,” and has dressed countless celebrities.
Reach her at (310) 990-3912; rani@ranistpucchi.com

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