Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thu Oct 01, 2009

On Today's Show:

Kurt Busch "Nascar Operation Homefront "
Championship driver and current Chase-eligible racer Kurt Busch. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2000, Busch moved to NASCAR’s top series full time in 2001, and posted his first Cup victory at Bristol in March 2002. He won three more races that season, finished in the top-10 in 20 of the 36 races and was third in the final point standings. Two years later, Busch celebrated a championship by winning NASCAR’s inaugural Chase for the Nextel Cup. Busch made the Chase in 2005, his last year with Roush Racing. During the season he signed with Penske Racing South to drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2006. After a disappointing 2006 season, Kurt bounced back in style during the 2007 season to post two wins, six top five finishes and 14 top 10’s. Using a big boost from the attention of new crew chief Pat Tryson, who joined the team in June, he mounted a charge to make it into the Chase for the third time in four years and finished seventh in the final point standings. He is on pace to make the Chase in 2008 He did not make Chase in ’08 but is on pace for ’09. Kurt Busch knows a thing or two about racing cars, evidenced by his current sixth place position in the Sprint Cup standings. A third-generation race car driver, Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in 2004, the first season using the Chase for the Cup points format. During this year’s Chase, capturing top-10 finishes will not only help Busch contend for a championship but he’ll also be helping our nation’s veterans thanks to a partnership between his sponsor, Miller Lite, and Operation Homefront. In this radio interview, Busch will talk about his quest for his second Cup championship and what he will do to capture the top spot in the Chase. He’ll also discuss his latest involvement with Operation Homefront and how listeners can support our veterans by simply enjoying Miller Lite.

(William Morrow; On Sale: September 8, 2009), New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane’s highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s “no-holds-barred thriller” (Publishers Weekly), TWISTED. Carefully crafted from her extensive knowledge of the inner workings of the FBI and their renowned Art Crime Team, Kane takes us on a worldwide treasure hunt, where nothing is as it seems: friends become traitors, lovers become strangers . . . and the battle lines are DRAWN IN BLOOD. Former FBI Special Agent Sloane Burbank has seen her share of danger. She's faced down a serial killer and survived life-threatening injuries . . . but she never expected that danger to invade the lives of her family. When her mother is viciously attacked in the posh Manhattan apartment her parents share and it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary robbery. The thieves were too clever, too knowledgeable, and so obviously after something of her father's. But what could a respected art dealer have done to merit such violence? When a mysterious message is left for him, Sloane knows her father's in over his head. Determined to find out the truth, Sloane discovers a deadly secret buried in his past that has made him the target of a power-hungry mobster with a lethal agenda and nothing to lose. Sloane is desperate to save her father, but to do so she must hold on to secrets of her own—especially from FBI Special Agent Derek Parker, the man she has grown to love deeply. She knows she must tell him everything, but how can she betray her father's confidence? Can a couple who's faced so much survive this ultimate test of trust? Will they survive at all? As the decades-old secret claims the lives of her father's oldest friends and the killer closes in on him, Sloane finds herself in foreign territory: alone, facing escalating personal danger, and hunting a moving target in a world where memories are long and loyalties are drawn in blood.

DANNY PUDI ("Abed" on NBC's "Community")
Danny Pudi stars as Abed, a pop culture junkie, in the new NBC comedy series "Community." Pudi, an actor and comedian originally from Chicago, graduated from Marquette University. He was the first Chris Farley Scholarship Award winner, and completed the Second City Chicago's Conservatory program. On the small screen, Pudi’s credits include NBC’s "ER," "The Bill Engvall Show," as well as recurring roles on "Greek" and "Gilmore Girls." He can also be seen in the upcoming films "Road Trip 2: Beerpong" and the independent film "Thunder Geniuses" directed by Michael Clancy. Pudi’s Los Angeles stage credits include "Huck & Holden," NBC's Diversity Showcase, "Token City" and the staged readings "Loyalties" and "Air Guitar High." He is also a founding member of Siblings of Doctors, a trio of Indian-American comics that perform sketch comedy and improv at various comedy festivals around the country. When he’s not working, Pudi is an avid runner and enjoys playing Yahtzee, vacuuming and drinking coffee. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Dr. Debra B. Luftman Dermatologist
Dr. Debra B. Luftman is a board-certified dermatologist and member of the American Board of Dermatology. Luftman recently co-wrote the book, The Beauty Prescription, which emphasizes her personal philosophy that beauty is more than skin deep. She brings 11 years of broadcast experience, including appearances on “Good Morning America”, “EXTRA TV” and National Public Radio. Dr. Luftman received her undergraduate degree at the University of California San Diego and graduated medical school from Tufts University. She completed residency in internal medicine and dermatology at UCLA and also retains an academic association, teaching skin surgery and general dermatology at UCLA. Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Luftman has always felt that there is an important link between overall health, skin health and emotional well being. Her mission is offering cutting-edge medical care while retaining the art of medicine—always communicating with her patients."We should be concerned and aware of what is happening to our skin because it is the largest living organ of the body," comments Dr. Luftman. "Our overall health is reflected in the condition of our skin." Dr. Luftman began developing her interest in science and aesthetics while an undergraduate at the University of California San Diego, where she majored in biology and minored in art history. She then traveled to Europe to pursue her artistic interests and study under a fellowship at St. Andrew University in Scotland. After returning to this country, she attended and graduated medical school at Tufts University and completed her residency in internal medicine and dermatology at UCLA. She has been board certified in Dermatology since 1996.

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