12/22/15 RTIR E-zine: Resolutions that Stick, Teens in 2016, Healthy Habits for the New Year

December 22, 2015

FR: Lauren Healy and Chris Morabito, Editors, Radio-TV
Interview Report Magazine

01. Hillary, the Temporary Populist
02. Terrorism Expert on Personal Escape Plans
03. An Iraqi-American’s View of ISIS
04. Concussion – The Truth Behind the Movie
05. 2015 – The Year of Whistleblowers
06. Is it Safe to Travel Abroad?
07. Pull Up a Chair: Prime-Time Family Drama
08. Holiday Relationship Survival Tips
09. No Gift, No Money, No Problem!
10. How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick
11. Blaze a New Path in 2016
12. Why Affirmations Make Things Worse
13. Make Parenting Teens Easier in 2016
14. Inspiring 2016 New Year’s Health Show
15. A Jedi Approach to the Holidays

1. ==> Hillary, the Temporary Populist

ABC News’ Democratic primary debate is scheduled to air
on Saturday night. Doug Henwood, author of “My Turn:
Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency,” says, “It’s
been fun to watch Hillary Clinton turn into the
Temporary Populist for the primary campaign. Given her
long history ‘representing Wall Street,’ as she put it
in an earlier debate, anything she says now should be
taken very skeptically. Her Wall Street proposals may
sound tough and detailed, but they’re merely
technocratic tweaks that don’t get to the heart of the
vast increase in the power of Big Money over the last
35 years. And her many supporters on Wall Street know
this. There’s a reason that Goldman Sachs paid her
$400,000 in speaking fees in October 2013 alone — and
it’s not because she utters profundities like ‘You
can’t win if you don’t show up.’ It’s because it’s
their vote of confidence in the fact that she shares
their fundamental worldview.”

2. ==>Terrorism Expert on Personal Escape Plans

Terrorist attacks in offices, concert venues and
stadiums in the U.S. and internationally have made it
clear that no one’s personal safety is guaranteed.
While we cannot live in fear, it is wise to live with
caution and prudence, says Robert Sholly, a retired
army colonel who is experienced in both counter-
terrorism and performing security assessments for
companies internationally. He’ll explain how to keep
your family safer in movie theaters, malls, restaurants
and other public places, particularly during the
holidays. He’ll reveal why you need a security plan
before you enter a mall, what to do if shots are fired
in a crowded movie theater and the physical signs to
watch for that could identify a potential shooter on
public transportation. As a counter-terrorism
specialist, Sholly evaluated and designed security for
dams, tunnels, ports, airports and international
boundaries. Sholly has designed security plans for
family homes, corporate buildings, compounds and large
infrastructures. He speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dari and is a
Middle East security specialist. He was also a member
of the United Nations international peace keeping
forces that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. Contact
him at (281) 482-8887; robert@robertsholly.com

3. ==> An Iraqi-American’s View of ISIS

Born in Baghdad, Iraq as a minority Christian, Weam
Namou says she had a magical childhood even before she
came to America at the age of ten. Invite her to talk
about what it’s like to be an Iraqi-American today, and
how she and other Iraqi immigrants view Iraq and the
Islamic State. She’ll discuss watching from afar the
destruction and devastation befalling her birth country
and how most of her relatives have fled the region
because of religious persecution. But, she says, it’s
not just Iraqi Christians being targeted. Since January
2014, more than three million Iraqis of different
ethnic and religious backgrounds have been displaced
because of the conflict. Weam Namou is the author of
several books including “Witnessing a Genocide,” a
collection of personal stories about the situation in
Iraq. Contact her at (586) 212-4490; weamn@hotmail.com

4. ==> Concussion – The Truth Behind the Movie

Concussion, the Will Smith drama based on the true
story of head trauma in football opens in a few weeks,
shedding even more light on the issue of traumatic
brain injury and the NFL. Invite Carol Shifflett to
talk about this issue and explain why the subject is
bigger than just pro football. She says it’s not only
athletes who suffer from the disease, but children,
military members and even some abuse victims can suffer
from concussions and brain injuries. Invite her to
share the subtle and sometimes surprising symptoms of
traumatic brain injury (TBI), how it affects sufferers
and proven ways to treat it and help the brain heal.
Carol Shifflett and Dr. Mary Lee Esty are the authors
of “Conquering Concussion: Healing TBI Symptoms with
Neurofeedback and Without Drugs.” Contact Shifflett at
(412) 741-7286 (PA); NewFiddler@hotmail.com

5. ==> 2015 – The Year of Whistleblowers

Steeped in controversy, 2015 has been a banner year for
whistle-blowing in the United States. Whistleblowers
and their advocates scored the first U.S. Supreme Court
victory under the newly enacted Whistleblower
Protection and Enhancement Act (WPEA) and Senators
Charles “Chuck” Grassley and Ron Wyden organized the
first Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus on Capitol
Hill. Invite Michael McCray to discuss the issue and
why, despite the victories, the Obama Administration
has still prosecuted more whistleblowers and
journalists than all other Administrations combined. He
says, “Whistleblowers have become America’s newest
political prisoners (and exiles).” He’ll discuss Laura
Poitras’ Academy Award win for “Citizen Four,” the
Edward Snowden story, and investigative journalist
Glenn Greenwald’s launch of The Intercept online
magazine and how whistle-blowing has intersected
American pop culture and politics. Federal
whistleblower and leading public interest advocate,
Michael McCray, Esq., CPA, hosts the Whistleblower
Summit for Civil and Human Rights, the largest and most
prestigious whistleblower conference on Capitol Hill.
He is the author of “Race, Power and Politics—the
Inside Story of ACORN.” Contact him at (703) 743-0565;

6. ==> Is it Safe to Travel Abroad?

Recent terrorist attacks have travelers suddenly
thinking twice about travelling abroad. Invite Russell
Hannon to put travelers’ concerns into context. He’ll
offer ways to educate yourself of potential risks
abroad, how to protect yourself once you’re there, and
what websites you should visit before you book your
trip. Russell Hannon is a travel expert who has been
featured by Johnny Jet, CNBC, FOX, America Tonight,
CTV, ShopSmart, Yahoo Finance, and Around the World
Travel TV. He is the author of “Stop Dreaming Start
Traveling: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling More and
Spending Less.” Contact him at (403) 354-0349;

7. ==> Pull Up a Chair: Prime-Time Family Drama

Running from store to store, managing our finances,
dealing with overindulged children and communicating
with parents, in-laws and stubborn family members all
contribute to rising holiday stress levels. And between
the in-laws, ex-laws, and step-laws, just deciding
which family to spend the holidays with can send us
over the edge. Thomas Gagliano says sometimes,
returning home and rekindling the family dynamics we
grew up with can be the most stressful of all. “No
matter what identity we have tried to shape for
ourselves in the outside world, many of us are forced
to face the roles we were set up to play in childhood
when we go back home.” Tom will explain the inner voice
that commands us to play these roles, why we listen,
and how to change so you can be who you want to be.
Thomas Gagliano returned to school to receive an MSW at
age 51. He’s a life coach and the author of “The
Problem Was Me: How to End Negative Self-Talk and Take
Your Life to a New Level.” Contact him at (732)
266-4952 (NJ); tom@thomasgagliano.com

8. ==> Holiday Relationship Survival Tips

This time of year is brutal on relationships. Everyone
is stressed out and family obligations, dynamics and
traditions can easily become angst-ridden and
overwhelming. Invite Dr. Claudia Six to share ways to
handle holiday visits, parties and traditions that will
help strengthen your relationship and keep you
connected. She says, “Do what you need to do to keep
yourself sane! Make sure you set aside time for just
the two of you and talk to one another. If you’re doing
an overnight, try to get your own sleeping space and
don’t give up on sex just because you’re under the same
roof as your mother!” Dr. Claudia Six has an M.A. in
counseling psychology and a PhD in clinical sexology.
Her upcoming book is “Erotic Integrity: How to be True
to Yourself Sexually.” Contact her at (415) 453-6218;

9. ==> No Gift, No Money, No Problem!

It’s crazier every year! The holiday stress and debt
with people spending money they don’t have on gifts
that people don’t need. Sherry Richert Belul says
people want less stuff and more connection.”I want to
change the way we view gift giving and celebrations. I
want to put the focus on gifts with imagination and
impact. And on spending quality time with the people we
love!” Invite Sherry to share easy-to-implement ideas
for no-stress holiday gifts that deepen relationships
in ways that are imaginative and fun. We’re not talking
about homemade soap! Invite listeners to call in and
talk about the best one-of-a-kind gift they ever
received. Everyone will get a free Love List they can
print out, fill out and give out this holiday season.
Sherry’s company, Simply Celebrate, offers one-of-a-
kind Celebration Tribute Books and other gift ideas, as
well as programs and practices to help celebrate
everyday life. She’s the author of “Present Perfect:
127 Creative, No-to-low Cost, Wow-’em Gifts They’ll
Never Forget.” Contact her at

10. ==> How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Most people will fail to keep the New Year’s
resolutions they make each January, a grim reality that
results in shame and disappointment. People know what
they should be doing to lead healthier and happier
lives, but Dr. Kyra Bobinet says the way they set their
resolutions is flawed. A specialist in behavior
neuroscience, Dr. Bobinet says people will only be
successful if they match their resolutions to how their
brains work. She’ll explain how to apply brain science
to eating healthier and exercising more. Kyra Bobinet,
M.D., M.P.H., is a physician-turned-designer in
behavior neuroscience and the author of the new book,
“Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science &
Design Thinking for a Mindful, Healthy, and Purposeful
Life.” She has been featured on NPR and ABC-7 and in
the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Fast Company
and Experience Life. Contact Dr. Stephanie Shorter at
(413) 854-3626; sshorter@engagedin.com

11. ==> Blaze a New Path in 2016

On Monday, January 4th, 86 percent of U.S. workers will
grudgingly wake up, get dressed, grab some coffee, and
shuffle off to a job they can’t stand. Many will do so
because they feel stuck. But they really aren’t, says
Tom Scarda, a man who made a big change in his own life
14 years ago when he quit his decade-long job working
for the New York Subway system and Long Island Railroad
to buy a smoothie franchise. Scarda did very well,
selling his franchise five years later with enough
money to retire, and now he offers advice to others who
are dissatisfied with their lives but don’t know where
to turn. Scarda says fear holds most people back from
making changes to their lives but the same fears hold
the key to finding what you are meant to do. A former
on-air reporter for PBS, Tom is a franchise expert who
has hosted his own radio program in NYC. Contact him at
(516) 322-1435; tom@tomscarda.com

12. ==> Why Affirmations Make Things Worse

With the New Year upon us, a lot of people will be
giving affirmations a try. They’ll be repeating aloud
“I can attract abundance,” “I am lovable” and the like.
They should save their breath, says Kindi Gill. In her
charming English accent the chartered accountant and
former CEO will explain that affirmations are worse
than useless because they fool us into believing we are
doing something to fix our problems when we are not.
Gill will explain how to go about getting to the root
causes of our weight, relationships or money problems
so that lasting change will really be possible. Gill is
now a relationship expert, blogger and author of an
upcoming book on family leadership. She will soon be
giving a talk to members of the Human Resources
Management Association. Contact her at (778) 558-5110;

13. ==> Make Parenting Teens Easier in 2016

The teenage years are often difficult for parents. But
according to author, parenting coach and family
sociologist Laura Reagan-Porras, we make it a lot
harder than it has to be. Invite her on-air to share
the New Year’s resolutions parents of teens should be
making. In an interview that can be conducted in
Spanish or English, Reagan-Porras can explain why
parents need to stop trying to limit their teen’s
friends, ways to prevent them from getting bad grades
and why they should adopt a more robot-like attitude.
She’ll cover where to draw the line-in-the-sand, and
how to get a grip on teen culture without your teen
thinking you’re a dork. Reagan-Porras is a parenting
expert, speaker, experienced media guest and author of
the upcoming book “How to Raise Respectful Parents.”
Contact her at (956) 250-3689;

14. ==> Inspiring 2016 New Year’s Health Show

69-year-old Joe Pinella is in excellent shape. He can
do things he couldn’t even do in his 20s, despite being
told he would be a quadriplegic when he was in his 40s.
Pinella worked his way back from a 1991 car accident
that left him paralyzed from the neck down following a
broken neck and back. He now specializes in using tai
chi and qi gong, Chinese martial arts, to help people
with Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, sore
joints and balance problems live more flexible and less
painful lives. Even better, he can help anybody live a
healthier life in 2016 by blasting commonly held
harmful fitness myths. Joe Pinella is the developer of
the Healing Movements System. Contact him at (520)
343-3523; Joepinella@gmail.com

15. ==> A Jedi Approach to the Holidays

Everyone is excited about the new Star Wars movie,
including wellness expert Kathryn Guylay. A huge fan of
the movie franchise, Kathryn will share ways to deal
with the stressful holiday season using a Jedi
approach. She’ll discuss how to keep up your energy
during busy, harried times so you don’t feel burned out
and exhausted by sharing lessons from Olympic athletes,
CEOs and Jedi Knights. Kathryn is the author of
“Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the
Slopes.” She’s a certified nutritional counselor and
management consultant and the founder of Nurture, a
national nonprofit that provides nutrition and wellness
education to tens of thousands of children and parents.
She also hosts her own Healthy Kids Corner radio show.
Contact her at (847) 687-3838; kathryn@guylay.com

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