12/21/17 RTIR Newsletter: Healthier 2018, Rankin Bass Puppets, Being Happy in 2018

December 21, 2017

01. Tax Overhaul: Senators’ Special Tax Breaks
02. New Tax Plan Won’t Create Jobs of the Future
03. US-Supplied Weapons & Pakistan Massacre
04. Next for Harassment Cases: Local TV News?
05. He Met Celine, Mariah, Tom Hanks, Bon Jovi and More
06. $10M for Rankin Bass TV Puppets
07. It’s Not Too Late: Find the Holiday Magic
08. Buone Feste! – Have an Italian New Year’s Feast
09. Winter Solstice & Christmas Spirits
10. How to Never Get Sick in 2018
11. New Year’s Resolutions for Procrastinators
12. 5 January Health Checks… for Businesses
13. Should You Buy a 2017 Leftover Car?
14. How NASA Material Could Help in Wildfires
15. 100th Birthday of Beatles’ Guru

1. ==> Tax Bill: Senators’ Special Tax Breaks

The GOP’s newly passed tax bill includes a special
provision that will give lawmakers a new tax cut
through their real estate shell companies, according to
federal records reviewed by International Business
Times. Journalist David Sirota says, “The provision was
not in the original bill passed by the Senate on Dec.
1. It was embedded in the final bill by Sen. Orrin
Hatch of Utah, who is among the lawmakers that stand to
personally benefit from the provision. In response to
Democratic lawmakers who have slammed the provision as
a lobbyist-sculpted giveaway to the rich, Republican
Majority Whip John Cornyn promoted on Twitter a column
by Ryan Ellis, a registered bank lobbyist who has been
working to influence the tax legislation and who has
defended the provision.” David Sirota is a journalist
at International Business Times. Contact him at
d.sirota@newsweekgroup.com, @davidsirota

2. ==> New Tax Plan Won’t Create Jobs of the Future

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;

3. ==> US-Supplied Weapons & Pakistan Massacre

According to Bhawal Mengal, spokesperson for the World
Baloch Organisation, “Tens of thousands of Baloch
people have been murdered or disappeared by Pakistani
security forces. The killings are happening right now,
the American weapons that were given to Pakistan to use
against the Taliban are being diverted and misused to
attack the secular Baloch people, including F-16
fighter jets and Cobra attack helicopters.” Balochistan
was annexed by Pakistan against the people’s will in
1948 and has been under military occupation ever since,
with mass kidnappings, torture and executions by the
Pakistan army. The World Baloch Organisation has
launched a campaign to raise awareness among the
American public about the ethnic persecution and gross
human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied
Balochistan. Contact Mark Goldman at (516) 639-0988;

4. ==> Next for Harassment Cases: Local TV News?

The late Roger Ailes no longer runs Fox News and Bill
O’Reilly is gone from the anchor chair, but according
to Nita Wiggins, who worked for the Fox affiliate in
Dallas for a decade, inferior assignments and poor
video quality control limited how far she, as a woman,
could go in the organization. Wiggins can share her
personal discrimination story of sabotage by a male
colleague and the inaction by her bosses to correct the
behavior she reported to them. Wiggins says her health
and career, as well as that of other female TV
employees, were adversely affected by institutionalized
gender bias and racial discrimination. Today Wiggins is
a journalism professor at ESJ-Paris (l’Ecole Supérieure
de Journalisme de Paris in France). Her upcoming book,
“Civil Rights Baby: My Story of Race, Sports, and
Breaking Barriers in American Journalism” is the story
of her 20 years in American television. Reach her at
nitadallas@yahoo.com or @MsNitaWiggins

5. ==> 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;

6. ==> $10M for Rankin Bass TV Puppets

Rankin/Bass produced many seasonal shows over the
years, but their “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
remains the longest-running holiday special in
television history. Now, fans of the 1964 holiday-
cartoon classic have a chance to snag the Rudolph and
Santa puppets from the show. Currently listed on eBay
for $10M, Rankin/Bass expert Rick Goldschmidt says the
price is ridiculous and it makes him sad to see them
listed on eBay. “People love to see them. It’s
something that’s a treasured part of Americana,” he
said. “I’d like to see it in a museum — not in
someone’s briefcase.” Invite Goldschmidt to share
trivia about the Christmas specials including who made
them and how they did it. Goldschmidt is the author of
several books including the new, 20th Anniversary
Edition of “The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass.” Rick
is also the lead singer and guitarist for the band The
Starving Artists and has recorded with members of Gin
Blossoms. Contact him at (708) 476-1964;

7. ==> It’s Not Too Late: Find the Holiday Magic

The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy,
peace, and love, yet all too often, that couldn’t be
further from the truth. For many people, this is a
season of stress, anxiety, over-indulgence and
frustration leading to exhaustion. Invite Craig and
Jenny Dumnich to show your listeners’ how to find the
magic of the holiday season again. This husband/wife
team says you shouldn’t just try to survive the season
when you can actually thrive and enjoy it. From
learning to say no to setting realistic expectations
and letting go of perfection, they’ll share ways to
stay healthy, focused and able to really connect and
celebrate with family and friends. Craig and Jenny
Dumnich are business owners and parents to five
children. Former corporate managers, they now teach
customized solutions for clients using movement,
nutrition and mindset techniques. Contact Jeff Lazarus
at strutt3081@aol.com

8. ==> Buone Feste! – Have an Italian New Year’s Feast

Italians love their celebrations and they always
involve food! You may have heard of Christmas Eve’s
Feast of the Seven Fishes, but Italians also celebrate
the New Year with a spread that ensures success and
prosperity for the year ahead. If you want to celebrate
the holidays Italian-style, invite food blogger and
author Dominic Condo to discuss the many ways Italians
incorporate their traditions and culture into holiday
dishes and how you can include them in your own
celebration. Dom’s got some great ideas for feeding a
crowd Italian-style and promises no one will leave
hungry! Dom shares traditional (and personally updated)
Italian American recipes and the family stories that go
along with them on his blog, Cucina Domenico, and his
podcasts. His new book is “A Little of This and Some of
That.” Contact him at (484) 680-2176 (PA);

9. ==> Winter Solstice & Christmas Spirits

The Winter Solstice is today and Christmas is less than
a week away. Holiday songs are playing on the radio,
and there’s a chill in the air and a shiver running
down your spine. But is that chill from the winter air
or a ghostly spirit passing by? From Charles Dickens’
‘A Christmas Carol’ to modern day films like ‘The
Nightmare Before Christmas,’ there is a long history of
telling ghost stories during the holiday season.
Psychic medium Vincent Genna is available for a live
psychic reading and to discuss why dead relatives might
very well make an appearance at your holiday gathering,
and why the season is so filled with spirits. Genna is
a triple power psychic – a psychic with the knowledge
and experience of a licensed psychotherapist, and the
personality of a showman. He’s appeared on Coast to
Coast AM, Hay House Radio, and many other radio shows
around the country. Contact Emily Maloney at (661)
255-8283; emily@steveallenmedia.com

10. ==> 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
you can make that will have a big impact on your health
next 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 people make include eating
lunch outside in the sun while barefoot, repairing
their DNA while they 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; reena1892@gmail.com

11. ==> New Year’s Resolutions for Procrastinators

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; barbaraplasker@live.com

12. ==> 5 January Health Checks… for Businesses

With January approaching, 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

13. ==> Should You Buy a 2017 Leftover Car?

Thinking about buying a 2017 leftover? The end of
December—and even New Year’s Eve—are known as prime-
time to buy a new car, with dealerships offering high
incentives to move last year’s models. But how do you
make the most of this opportunity? Find out from
Patricia Davis, author of the new book “Going Broke Is
No Joke.” Davis can touch on ways to get pricing and
performance information, discuss under what
circumstances it is better to pay cash, finance or
lease a car and whether it is better to take a cash
rebate or lower interest rate. She holds an MBA from
Stanford, a master’s degree in personal financial
planning from Golden Gate University and a certificate
from Georgetown University’s Stonier Graduate School of
Banking and Finance. Reach her at (301) 249-2261 or

14. ==> How NASA Material Could Help in Wildfires

Wildfires continue to destroy homes and property in
both Northern and Southern California, and promise to
be an ongoing, devastating problem. Firefighters are
battling extreme heat and flash-over events and
homeowners are desperate to protect their houses. Dr.
James Moseley says a material used by NASA on the Space
Shuttle could provide some help to both. 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;

15. ==> 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;

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