1/5/16 RTIR E-zine: Saudi Executions, New Year Resolutions, Ski Vacations

January 5, 2016

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

01. Saudi Executions, Weapons and Influence
02. It’s Not Just Trump Recruiting Terrorists
03. An Iraqi-American’s View of ISIS
04. Talk ‘Concussion’ with Movie Producer Who Lived It
05. Signs You’re About to Be Fired
06. Help! Keep New Year’s Resolutions
07. Why Affirmations Don’t Work
08. 2016: Time for a Bold Career Change?
09. New Year Steps for a Successful Retirement
10. Top Resolution Mistakes
11. Foreign Travel Safety
12. Treason VS. Patriotism – Whistleblowers
13. Everyone Got Engaged Over the Holidays
14. Do You Need an Energy Coach?
15. It’s Ski Season! Life Lessons from Olympians

1. ==> Saudi Executions, Weapons and Influence

Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom
on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or
downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening
a sectarian split across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia
executed Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr and three other
Shias on terrorism charges on Saturday, alongside
dozens of Sunni jihadists. Ali Al-Ahmed knew Nimr for
decades. He says, “Other clerics have been sentenced to
death, but this is the first time a Shia religious
leader has been executed. This will have repercussions
for some time and it will not end well for the Saudi
monarchy.” Al-Ahmed criticizes U.S. political figures
across the political spectrum for not meaningfully
challenging Saudi Arabia and argues that money from
Saudi Arabia and wealthy individuals from there has
purchased influence in U.S. institutions including the
Clinton Foundation. Ali Al-Ahmed is director of the
Institute for Gulf Affairs. Contact him at (202)
466-9500; alialahmedx@gmail.com, @AliAlAhmed_en

2. ==> It’s Not Just Trump Recruiting Terrorists

Some politicians, both Democratic and Republican,
criticized Donald Trump’s advocacy of preventing
Muslims from entering the United States and now that a
news clip of Trump’s proposal has been used as a
recruiting video for the radical Islamist group al-
Shabab in Somalia, he’s getting further criticism on
the campaign trail. But Ivan Eland points out that it’s
been post 9/11 U.S. foreign policy that has actually
generated most of the recent anti-U.S. terrorism. He
says, “The United States spends $110 billion per year
defending only $20 billion in annual oil imports from
the Persian Gulf. The worldwide market for oil will
bring plentiful supplies of oil and the lowest price to
the United States without U.S. military power
needlessly stirring up ‘blowback’ from anti-U.S.
terrorists.” Ivan Eland is senior fellow and director
of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the
Independent Institute. He’s the author of several books
including “No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the
Middle East.”
Contact him at (703) 282-3484 (cell);

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. ==> Talk ‘Concussion’ with Movie Producer Who Lived

Concussions and their impact on football players is a
hot topic, especially with the new movie starring Will
Smith. Talk about the film and the memory-robbing
condition with David Brady, a movie producer who
suffered multiple concussions in an assault that forced
him to change occupations. Best known for the Golden
Globe-winning film Grey Fox, Brady can talk about his
reaction to the new film, why he sees another Oscar in
Smith’s future and whether professional athletes give
up too much for their sport. He can also share his own
remarkable recovery story. Brady is the author of
“Aging With Dignity, Living with Grace.” Reach him at
(613) 484-9675; david@davidbradycommunications.com

5. ==> Signs You’re About to Be Fired

Everyone can have a bad day at work, but are you really
about to get the boot? Maybe you’re just being
paranoid, right? Dr Lillian Glass, a body language
expert, says there are definite, sometimes subtle,
things that could give you an indication you should be
looking for a new job. “You should be nervous if your
boss doesn’t maintain eye contact when he or she talks
to you. Throat clearing is another warning sign and if
you’re suddenly getting messages via an underling,
consider yourself in danger.” Invite Dr. Glass to share
other body language signs that could indicate an
upcoming pink slip and what your own body language is
saying to your employer (and everyone else.) Dr.
Lillian Glass is a communication expert, media
personality and the author of “Toxic People: 10 Ways of
Dealing with People Who Make Your Life Miserable.”
Contact Ryan McCormick at (516) 901-1103.

6. ==> Help! Keep New Year’s Resolutions

Most people will fail to keep the New Year’s
resolutions they made last week, 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

7. ==> Why Affirmations Don’t Work

The New Year has a lot of people giving affirmations a
try. They’re 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.
Reach her at 778-558-5110; kindi@kindigill.com

8. ==> 2016: Time for a Bold Career Change?

Every single day, 86 percent of U.S. workers grudgingly
wake up, get dressed, grab some coffee, and shuffle off
to a job they can’t stand. Many do so because they feel
stuck. But they really aren’t, says Tom Scarda. He 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;

9. ==> New Year Steps for a Successful Retirement

The start of the New Year is a great time to address
the issue of retirement planning. Invite financial
advisor Rodger Alan Friedman on your show to share five
things your listeners should do right now to boost
their chance of a successful retirement. Friedman says
many people don’t get the right kind of retirement
advice, no matter how much money they make. He’ll
discuss the biggest risk facing retirees today, why
being your own financial adviser is a big mistake, and
how to make sure your relationship with your adviser is
a truly beneficial one for you. Listeners will also get
access to a free 17 page special report on retirement
planning. Rodger Friedman is the author of “Forging
Bonds of Steel.” Contact him toll free at 1-844 -3- my-
plan or 1-844-369-7526; Rodger@ForgingBondsofSteel.com.

10. ==> Top Resolution Mistakes

How many of your listeners have decided to lose weight,
change jobs, find a new relationship or improve their
present one in 2016? It’s the time of year for
resolutions and self-improvement. Invite Tami Gilbert
on your show to share what she’s learned about
overcoming obstacles and reaching your goals. Gilbert
is persistence personified and an unstoppable force.
She was abandoned by her father at age eight and lived
for a time in a relative’s dank basement. Despite her
disadvantages, Gilbert worked three jobs at the same
time to put herself through college, earning a master’s
degree in nursing and an MBA. Tami will detail why and
how things like institutional racism and bullying can
be overcome, her strategy of not taking no for an
answer, and why she knows for certain that anything is
possible. Her book is “Courage to Persevere: A
Compelling Story of Struggle, Survival and Triumph.”
Contact her at (312) 218-1744; info@tamigilbert.com

11. ==> Foreign Travel Safety

Recent terrorist attacks have travelers suddenly
thinking twice about travelling abroad. Invite Russell
Hannon to put travelers’ concerns into context. He’ll
discuss the most dangerous areas as well as the safest
places to travel and share ways to educate yourself
about potential risks abroad. You’ll learn how to
protect yourself once you’re on foreign soil, and
suggest websites you should visit before booking a
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;

12. ==> Treason VS. Patriotism – Whistleblowers

Steeped in controversy, 2015 was 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;

13. ==> Everyone Got Engaged Over the Holidays

About a third of engagements take place from
Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. That means that no
sooner does the engagement ring get placed on a woman’s
hand then the search is on for everything wedding
related, including the perfect wedding gown. Rani St.
Pucchi, creator of the world-renowned St. Pucchi
Fashion Design House in West Hollywood will discuss the
growing trend toward risqué wedding gowns and why nude
is the new white for brides. She’ll share tips for
finding the best gown for your body type and discuss
veils, colored wedding gowns and tiaras. Despite having
no formal training in fashion, Rani St. Pucchi is
famous for designing the wedding dress worn by “Phoebe”
on the finale of the hit television show Friends. Rani
is the author of several upcoming books including
“Unveiling: A Celebrity Fashion Designer’s Story.”
Contact her at 310-990-3912; rani@ranistpucchi.com

14. ==> Do You Need an Energy Coach?

Many people want to live healthier lives, have more
fulfilling relationships and be successful in their
careers. But for some, the goals remain elusive, no
matter what they try. Cathleen Miller says it may be
time to try a different path to achieve your goals.
Cathleen is an intuitive energy counselor who began an
alternative life path from a very young age due to
early health issues and gifted intuitive abilities.
Today she combines her innate intuitive gifts with 16+
years of professional alternative therapy training with
top leaders in energy medicine. She’ll explain how
intuitive and holistic energy healing can improve
relationships, aid in cancer recovery and bring soul
career success, alongside joy in everyday life. From
distance alternative energy therapies and life
energy/career coaching, Cathleen can read and shift
magnetic and electrical frequencies in and around the
body to assist in illness or addiction recovery and
activate energies to create more of the life you were
meant to live. Cathleen also has extensive media
experience. Contact her at (913) 499-8514;

15. ==> It’s Ski Season! Life Lessons from Olympians

With hundreds of snow-sports areas open across the
county, how can families make the most out of their
time on the snow? Wellness expert Kathryn Kemp will
share wisdom from Olympians that is simple yet
profound. She’ll tell you how to turn your time on the
snow into teaching moments for success in life and in
wellness and have the happiest and healthiest New Year
ever! Kathryn Kemp Guylay 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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