Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3/31 - Terrie S. Rouse, Ted Sikora, Dr. Rick Niece, Clinton Kelly

Terrie S. Rouse - CEO - Visitor Services - US Capitol Visitor Center
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center expects to welcome more than 200,000 visitors, nearly one-tenth of the annual visitation number, during the upcoming two-week Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Terrie S. Rouse, CEO for Visitor Services at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, announced a series of measures that the Capitol Visitor Center is undertaking to prepare for the annual blitz of visitors during the spring season.“The best way that you can prepare for visiting the Capitol is to go to , where you can make a free advance reservation to tour the Capitol,” Rouse advised tourists. She also said that the Website includes important logistical information that visitors need to read before they visit the Capitol. Since opening in December 2008, the Capitol Visitor Center has welcomed more than 2.5 million people to the Capitol. This figure is double the number of visitors who came to the Capitol in the previous year. The Capitol Visitor Center’s central space, “Emancipation Hall,” tells the story of the contributions of the enslaved laborers who helped build the U.S. Capitol and provides visitors the opportunity to do a self-guided tour of the statuary collection in the Visitor Center.

First time writer-director Ted Sikora's DIY Indie film “Hero Tomorrow,” is a Worldwide Film Festival Hit. This trippy comic shop romance with a superhero twist made it's world premiere at Comic Con International and has wowed audiences everywhere from New York and Montreal to Rome, Santa Fe and Sydney.  Ted Sikora is a Cleveland based Cinematographer, director and editor who has created numerous works for hire in the realms of independent film, fashion, and commercials. His experience as a writer, lyricist, storyboard artist, and composer give him rare insights into every job he takes on. Other services include FInal Cut consulting and tutorials in the Akron Cleveland area. 

Dr. Rick Niece - "Side Yard Superhero"
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me?” We’re all told to believe this as children but, the truth is, the names some children are called can be the most hurtful of all. Bullying has become a national issue of concern after children and young teens who have been the victim of incessant bullying have taken their own lives. Bullying has been taken to such extremes recently that Massachusetts lawmakers are considering making bullying a crime. Not only would the assailants face prosecution of some sort but the parents and guardians could be punished as well. Dr. Rick Niece, a university president and tolerance advocate says, “Bullying is not acceptable. As adults, we need to impress upon children that bullying others, in person or online, will not be tolerated. It is wrong. If confronting bully-ism does not start with us, it will not end with children."

Clinton Kelly - Host of "What Not to Wear" 
Clinton Kelly is best known for the warm humor and stylistic flair he brings each week to TLC’s top-rated show, What Not to Wear. Since 2003 he has appeared in nearly 250 hour-long episodes of the series, in addition to several specials for TLC including Fashioning a Home with Clinton Kelly, Mind Your Manners, and Redo My Spouse.
Some women have legs that seem to extend forever, while others have the perfect hourglass figure. Whether you are a size 2 or a 22, it’s important to love the skin you are in. The key is being able to dress according to your body type & making the most of what you already have. Whether you are curvy or petite, there’s a look that’s right for you.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

3/30 - What's Cookin' Today with Erik and Jack

Live Mon-Thu 7-8 AM PT CRN Digital Talk The Nation's Premiere Food, Wine, Travel, Entertainment Show Erik Hines and Jack Roberts share sixty minutes of exciting discussion, pop culture, politics, news, and anything else that may be on their minds. A Boston bred conservative joins with a left coast liberal, but they are really friends .. honest!

Monday, March 29, 2010

3/29 - Ellen Sendbeck, Green Barbarians, Jason Bergen, Omar Cantu, Ben Roache,Jack Kosakowaski

Ellen Sandbeck - "Green Barbarians"
THESE DAYS, WE WORRY ABOUT EVERYTHING: pandemic flu, global warming, contaminated toys, the purity of our foods and other products. The abundance of contradictory information out there can make you crazy. In Green Barbarians, Ellen Sandbeck delivers necessary knowledge and sounds a clarion call to arms, urging us to step forward and make informed decisions in order to live happier, safer, and more environmentally responsible lives. Ellen Sandbeck is an organic landscaper, worm wrangler, writer, and graphic artist who lives with (and experiments on) her husband and an assortment of younger creatures — which includes two mostly grown children, a couple of dogs, a small flock of laying hens, and many thousands of composting worms — in Duluth, Minnesota.

Jason Bergen - "10 Things I Hate About Christianity"
Who's going to Hell? Why do bad things happen to good people? Does praying work? Are miracles even happening today? The #1 book featured on ABC News and described as "fascinating and rather risky," 10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith is geared to help all types of people explore and work through the frustrations of faith. It is an excellent resource for the spiritually curious, new followers of Jesus, and seasoned Christians struggling with disillusionment. We can all feel hate. Even in the good, productive, and meaningful aspects of life, there's frequently a level of frustration that overwhelms us when we are faced with trying to achieve certain goals--like getting in shape, making the grade, or straightening out our finances. This is where I got stuck in my spirituality. Within these pages are the 10 things I've hated about Christianity over the years and how I've worked through my frustrations. I call it the intersection of real life, simple faith, and raw emotion. And I am confident it can help in your own spiritual journey.

Homaro "Omar" Cantu and Ben Roche  "Future Food"
Take Willy Wonka, put him on the set of “MythBusters” and you have the concept of “Future Food.” But it goes a little deeper than blowing stuff up, which Cantu admits to enjoying.  The show tracks the antics of the two technology-obsessed chefs, who run the avant-garde Moto restaurant in the Fulton Market area of Chicago. They seek to change the world from their unorthodox kitchen.  We’re opening people’s eyes to what food could be,” Roche said. “We’re trying to solve problems with very creative solutions in the food world.”  In the pilot, the two address the environmental issue of overfishing by attempting to create seafood dishes - with no fish. They concoct tofu disguised as sea bass and watermelon fashioned into seared tuna. All the while, the two and their team laugh and enjoy the challenge with nary a berating, stressed, belittling celebrity chef in sight.  “It’s about having a good time while we’re doing it,” Cantu said

Jack E. Kosakowski is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JA Worldwide and President of Junior Achievement USA. Starting as a student in the Junior Achievement program in Toledo, Ohio, he attended the University of Toledo on a Junior Achievement scholarship and has since served in a variety of staff positions with increasing levels of responsibility over the past thirty-five years. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JA Worldwide in 2003 and then given additional responsibility as President Junior Achievement USA in 2007. Kosakowski was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve a two-year term on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy in 2008.

Friday, March 26, 2010

3/26 - Doug Brode, Robert Culp, Jesse James, Sandra Bullock, Judge Eugene Hymen, Phyllis Pellmam Good

 Doug Brode - "Remembering Robert Culp"
DOUGLAS BRODE is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian, and multi-award winning journalist. Born and raised on Long Island, he traveled upstate to attend SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and never really left. After graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University, he and his wife Sue (Johnson) Brode stayed on and raised a family. Brode became the coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College and then an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is the author of over 30 books on film and the mass media including Films Of The Fifties, Films Of Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington (a biography), Sinema (Erotic Films), Shakespeare In The Movies (for Oxford University Press), two books on Walt Disney for University of Texas Press, From Walt To Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the mouse. Also, Elvis Cinema And Popular Culture for McFarland Press.  Doug recalls the career and life of Robert Culp who passed away on Tuesday.

Phyllis Pellman Good  "Fix It  and Forget It"
Which cookbook author has outsold Ina Garten, Giada Laurentiis, and Jamie Oliver combined? Which cookbook author, despite not having her own television show, consistently ranks in the top two or three bestselling cookbook authors, year after year? The answer may surprise you—Phyllis Pellman Good. Her slow cooker Fix-It and Forget-It® series has sold nearly 10 million copies, with no end in sight. But the reasons for this phenomenal success should not be surprising. Fix-It and Forget-It® recipes are famous for being delicious, easy to make, economical, and geared to everyday cooks from all parts of the country.

Judge Eugene Hyman  -  California Superior Court Judge
Comments on child custody matters embroiling Sandra Bullock's biker husband, Jesse James, and his porn star ex-wife. Judge Eugene Hyman can give tips for families facing child custody battles from his long experience as an advocate for children and families Judge Eugene M. Hyman is a judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara (San Jose) where, for 18 years, he has presided over cases in the criminal, civil, probate, family, and delinquency divisions of the court. He has presided over an adult domestic violence court and in 1999 presided over the first juvenile domestic violence and family violence court in the United States. Judge Hyman has spoken to both national and international audiences and has published articles on issues surrounding domestic violence in the criminal and family courts--especially with co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health. He has a special interest in domestic violence as it affects children in the home and in the family court setting. He has special understanding of sexual abuse, stalking, and strangulation, as they intersect with domestic violence.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

3/25 - The Male Brain, Pain Management, H&R Block, Seth Stevenson

 Dr. Louann Brizendine  " The Male Brain"
Why is that men and women are so different? Well it turns out their brains are actually to blame! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Female Brain, the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the male brain! An article about Dr. Louann Brizendine and her research in her first book The Female Brain in a July 2006 issue of Newsweek started a media frenzy. Now, Brizendine, founder of the country's first clinic to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female's in every phase of life, from babyhood to old age. In THE MALE BRAIN: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think  - The male brain is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. o The male brain thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough, and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. o The male brain has an area for sexual pursuit 2.5 times larger than the female brains, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

Dr. Robert Bonakdar, MD - American Academy of Pain Management
What Do Yoga, Acupuncture, and Massage Have in Common? They Can All Help Relieve Chronic Pain
Robert Bonakdar, MD, of the American Academy of Pain Management Explains How to Use an Integrative Approach to Manage Chronic Pain. Many people who take medications for chronic pain sometimes wonder, ‘Is there more that I could be doing to better manage my condition?’ Increasingly, research is showing that the answer is yes. While medication is a common and useful way to treat chronic pain, it can often be enhanced by using an integrative approach to care that combines traditional Western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies.  Integrative care can include a variety of methods such as yoga, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, biofeedback, tai chi and meditation. Many experts agree that integrative care must be individualized – not every treatment will be effective for everyone. Each patient requires a plan tailored to his or her needs.

Amy McAnarney -  Executive Director, The Tax Institute at H&R Block
Amy McAnarney is the executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block, a national leader in providing unbiased research, analysis and interpretation of federal and state tax laws impacting taxpayers. As head of The Tax Institute, McAnarney collaborates with enrolled agents, CPAs, attorneys and industry organizations to provide industry expertise and a leading voice for matters related to taxes and the professional tax preparation industry. McAnarney began her career with H&R Block in 1997. Since then she has held several
accounting/finance and leadership positions with the company and remains engaged in a wide range of company initiatives related to tax information dissemination. She spends a significant amount of time speaking to national consumer and finance media on behalf of The Tax Institute and H&R Block related to tax matters and their implications to taxpayers. A former City Councilwoman and Treasurer, McAnarney’s previous work experience  includes Deloitte & Touche, as well as various industry controllerships and a regional tax firm. Active in the community, she serves on numerous professional, academic and civic boards.

Seth Stevenson  "Grounded" 
I’m a contributing writer for Slate. My work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and other publications. I’ve received multiple Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, been excerpted three times in the Best American Travel Writing series, and won the 2005 Online Journalism Award for commentary. I graduated from Brown University and live in Washington, D.C. My first book, Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World, is about my attempt to circle the planet without using any aircraft. I rode on cargo freighters, trains, buses, bicycles, ferries, cruise ships, and rickshaws, with adventures at every turn. From the American Library Association's Booklist review: "This entertaining account manages to combine a hip modern approach with a charming nostalgic feel. A must for armchair travelers."

3/24 - Ellen Rakeiten, US Mint, Rabbi Kula, James Tupper

Wednesday March 24, 2010
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 Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle   "UNDATEABLE"
Did your date show up wearing socks with sandals? Are tighty-whities a deal-breaker for you? Do fanny packs make you want to run for the door? Now, for the very first time, we’re revealing the secret list of things that so many perfectly eligible guys manage to wear, say, or do to make themselves completely undateable. With an essential rating system that ranges from minor red-flag offenses all the way to the irreversible kiss of death, this hilarious handbook exposes the many common mistakes that can turn an otherwise acceptable man from a “maybe” into a “no way.” From pleated shorts and soul patches to ordering girly drinks and owning more than one cat, the evidence is painfully funny to behold. No more double denim, corporate swag, or exclaiming “Booya!” No more jogging in place at stoplights, and definitely no more “going dutch” on the first date. This book is for every woman who’s ever wondered where to draw the line, and every guy who’s ever asked, “What did I do wrong?”  Ellen Rakieten is currently President of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment. For over twenty- three years, she was a key force in creating, developing, writing, and producing The Oprah Winfrey Show, helping to make it one of the most successful television shows in history. She has also launched and promoted hundreds of bestselling products, books, movies, and careers. Her razorsharp instincts on “what sells” make her one of the most highly acclaimed and sought- after executive producers in the entertainment industry. Ellen recently partnered with Jerry Seinfeld to create The Marriage Ref for NBC.

Ed Moy - Director U.S. Mint

Edmund C. Moy was sworn in as the 38th Director of the United States Mint on September 5, 2006. As Director of the United States Mint, Mr. Moy leads the world’s largest manufacturer of coins, medals, and numismatic (coin) products. Like the 50 State Quarters program that came before, beginning in April 2010, the United States Mint will issue 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring designs depicting national parks and other national sites as part of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program.  Initiated as part of the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, five coins will be issued sequentially each year, in the order in which the featured site was first established as a national park or site. The five quarters to be released in 2010 will honor Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Yosemite National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Mt. Hood National Forest in

Rabbi Irwin Kula
Irwin Kula, the host of Simple Wisdom, is not your typical rabbi. Known as both a provocative religious leader and a respected spiritual iconoclast, Irwin Kula has inspired thousands nationwide using Jewish wisdom in ways that speak to modern life. A renowned thinker, teacher, and rabbi, he is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life  Today we talk about Passover/Easter.

JAMES TUPPER ("Dr. Chris Sands" on NBC's "Mercy")
From creator/executive producer Liz Heldens (NBC’s "Friday Night Lights"), executive producers Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts ("Pushing Daisies") and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun comes "Mercy," a new medical drama about the lives of the people who work at Mercy Hospital seen through the eyes of those who know it best – its nurses. Nurse Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling "Dark Matter") has just returned to Mercy Hospital from a tour in Iraq and knows more about medicine than all of the residents combined. Together with fellow nurses Sonia Jimenez (Jaime Lee Kirchner, "Rescue Me"), who turns the heads of everyone in the hospital and Chloe Payne (Michelle Trachtenberg, "Gossip Girl"), a naïve newcomer who learns to deal with the difficulties of working in a challenging and sometimes unsettling profession, they navigate the daily traumas and social landmines of life and love both inside the hospital and out in the real world. With his ruggedly handsome, all-American good looks, James Tupper is topping the lists of Hollywood’s hottest men in record time. From the soft spoken heartbreaker’s starring roles in “Men In Trees” and “Samantha Who?” to being declared one of TV Guide’s Sexiest Stars and US Weekly’s Sexiest TV Men.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

3/23 - Andy Serraglio, Franes Moore Lappe, Natalie, Peter Krause

Tuesday March 23, 2010
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Randy Serraglio  - "Endangered Species Condoms"

Through a network of more than 5,000 volunteers, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms in all 50 states to highlight how unsustainable human population growth is driving species extinct at a cataclysmic rate.  At 6.8 billion people, the human race is not only the most populous large mammal on Earth but the most populous large mammal that has ever existed. Providing for the needs and wants of this many people — especially those in high-consumption, first-world nations — has pushed homo sapiens to absorb 50 percent of the planet’s freshwater and develop 50 percent of its landmass. As a result, other species are running out of places to live.  To help people understand the impact of overpopulation on other species, and to give them a chance to take action in their own lives, the Center is distributing free packets of Endangered Species Condoms depicting six separate species: the polar bear, snail darter, spotted owl, American burying beetle, jaguar, and coquí guajón rock frog.
Frances Moore Lappe -  "Getting a Grip 2"

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. She is the cofounder of three national organizations that explore the roots of hunger, poverty and environmental crises, as well as solutions now emerging worldwide through what she calls Living Democracy. With her daughter Anna Lappé, she co-directs the Small Planet Institute based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Her most recent book is Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want (2010), which Barbara Kingsolver describes as a "new pair of glasses" through which "the world is more comprehensible, more manageable, even more beautiful."  Lappé is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared on MSNBC's Hardball and Fox News' Fox and Friends, the Today Show, PBS NOW, the Diane Rehm Show, BBC, CBC, NPR and other media. Her articles and opinion pieces have also appeared in publications as diverse as The New York Times, O Magazine, and Christian Century.
NATALIE (Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club")

A spunky self-proclaimed socialite, Natalie enjoys cruising in her sugar daddies’ expensive cars and painting the town red with her cool celebrity friends. With a degree in Sociology, Natalie operates her own fashion boutique in Northern California. This flamboyant rebel proclaims to “run LA.”  "Bad Girls Club" - Part 2 of reunion special airs Tues., 3/23 at 10pm on Oxygen (hosted by Perez Hilton)

Peter Krause - NBC's  "Parenthood"

"Parenthood" is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Media Studios/Imagine Television production introduces audiences to the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.   Peter Krause portrays Adam Braverman on NBC's new drama series "Parenthood." Adam is the first-born Braverman and, in many ways, the glue that holds this large and colorful family together. An executive for a sneaker and apparel company, Adam is constantly overburdened at work, but his greatest challenge will always be at home as he and wife, Kristina (Monica Potter), struggle to raise their son, an eight-year-old with Asperger's syndrome, and Haddie, their independent teenage daughter. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Krause is best known for his work on HBO's acclaimed drama "Six Feet Under," starring as Nate Fisher. Krause began to act in high school, and although he started college as a pre-med student at Gustavus Aldophus College in St. Peter, Minn., he graduated with a B.A. in English literature. He then decided to pursue acting and received an M.F.A. from New York University, where he starred in productions of "Macbeth," "Uncle Vanya" and "Arms and the Man." Two months after graduation, Krause made his television debut as a regular on Carol Burnett's hit variety show, "Carol and Company," followed by a stint on the hit series "Cybill." He first gained attention for his role as Casey McCall on the critically acclaimed "Sports Night." Krause has been nominated for three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two SAG Awards for his performance on "Six Feet Under." He has also received two SAG Awards as part of the "Six Feet Under" ensemble.  In 2004 he made his Broadway debut starring in Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" for director Michael Mayer. He then starred opposite Naomi Watts and Mark Ruffalo in "We Don't Live Here Anymore." Krause was last seen starring in the ABC series "Dirty Sexy Money," the Syfy miniseries "The Lost Room," and the independent feature "Civic Duty." Krause currently resides in Los Angeles.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

3/22 - Sharon Cooper, Tommy James, Grace Schireson, Anoop Desai, Catherine Cardinal

Monday March 22, 2010
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Georgia State Rep. Sharon Cooper -  Taxpayers’ Tea Party Activist
Georgia State Representative Sharon Cooper says it has never been more urgent that voters stand up, take an interest in the process of how ideas become law, and make their voices be heard. "Americans need to pay attention to what is happening in their government, to let their elected officials know how they feel about it and to hold them accountable for their actions," said Cooper, author of The Taxpayers' Tea Party: a Manual on How to Take Back Your Government. Our founding fathers wrote the ‘establishment clause’ of the First Amendment to the Constitution to ensure all Americans the right to speak their minds to the government. Far too often, we’ve ignored that right because it was too much trouble, or we just didn’t care that much about what was going on in Washington. Now is the time to take an interest and make your feelings known.

Tommy James  - "Me, the Mob  and the Music"
The music of Tommy James is played continuously, everyday, in every country in the world, and has been for more than a generation. His songs are so ingrained in modern culture, it's difficult to go for more than a day or so without hearing one of them on the radio, TV, or a film soundtrack. To date, Tommy's sold over 100 million records and has been awarded 23 gold singles, and nine gold and platinum albums. He was born Thomas Jackson on April 29, 1947 in Dayton, Ohio, his family finally settled in Niles, Michigan, which he still regards as his hometown, where he made his first stage appearance as a child model at age four. In 1959, at the age of 12, he formed his first rock band, "The Tornadoes", and began playing local gigs around the area, developing a sizeable following along the way. In 1964 a local DJ asked Tommy and the group to sign with his new regional label, "Snap Records". Among the four sides they recorded was an obscure song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich called "HANKY PANKY". The group changed their name to "The Shondells" and released it as a single. It was an instant local hit but didn't break nationally and was soon forgotten. Tommy then added producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell to the team who, over the next two years, produced seven more back-to-back gold singles: I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, MIRAGE, I LIKE THE WAY, GETTIN' TOGETHER, OUT OF THE BLUE, GET OUT NOW, and the party rock rave-up, MONY MONY. In 1968, Tommy James and The Shondells became one of the first acts to experiment with Music Videos of their hits, creating a mini-film around "Mony Mony," thirteen years before MTV hit the airwaves. After spending three months on the road with Vice President Hubert Humphrey's Presidential campaign, TJ and company took over the creative reins of their career by writing and producing their next record, the groundbreaking CRIMSON AND CLOVER album. Released in early 1969, it went multi-platinum, and spawned three more monster hits for the group: DO SOMETHING TO ME, CRIMSON AND CLOVER, and CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION. A fourth song on the LP, SUGAR ON SUNDAY, rose high on the charts in a cover version by The Clique. Tommy did so as a solo act, writing and producing the million selling single TIGHTER, TIGHTER for the group Alive 'N Kickin". Over the next four years Tommy scored an additional twelve chart singles including: COME TO ME, BALL AND CHAIN, I'M COMIN' HOME and DRAGGIN' THE LINE.

Grace Schireson, PhD - "Zen Women"
While there have been a few other books on this topic, and while you can read the stories of these women on the Zen Women blog, this book is the first to examine the human beings behind mythology and stereotype. In so doing, Grace Schireson offers a view of a more balanced view of our shared tradition. Grace Schireson is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and the Suzuki Roshi lineage of Soto Zen. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, abbot of Tofukuji in Kyoto. Grandmothers shower young children with kind words, candy, and unwavering love. Ch’an masters frequently refer to “grandmotherly kindness” and sometimes describe the “compassion of a grandmother’s heart.” Those who live near a grandmother in a three-house hamlet may feel especially fortunate as a result of the many blessings the granny bestows upon them.

Anoop Desai - "American Idol Finalist"
Anoop Desai (born December 20, 1986) is an American singer who was a contestant on the eighth season of American Idol, placing 6th. Desai has credited his decision to audition for American Idol to the death of a friend, Eve Carson, who was murdered. During the broadcast of the wild card round on March 5, 2009, he gave a "shout out" to his alma mater and mentioned Eve, as it was the first anniversary of her death. Desai is the second Indian American to advance to the final stages of the popular reality show, the first being Season 6's Sanjaya Malakar. On December 31, 2009, he announced that he will be releasing his first single in March 23rd 2010, and an album/EP release in May 4th 2010. On January 22, 2010, he announced that his first single, titled "My Name," is co-written by Brandon Rogers and Desai, and will be released in March 2010.

Catherine Cardinal  "Men to Run From"   (Jesse James/Tiger Woods?)
Catherine Cardinal, Ph.D. is an Internationally Certified Relationship Coach and a member of Resource Realizations, a certified Hypnotherapist, Movement Expression therapist and an Anger Management Facilitator. She has dedicated her work to helping clients achieve success and happiness. Her client base is composed of people from all professions and backgrounds, from celebrities to teachers to homemakers. Her trademark is an integrated approach which yields positive results in short period of time. She has also found that as a published author, she has been able to utilize mass media to reach and help vast numbers of people. Magazines and television have also offered her the opportunity to educate and inform on topics, which positively influence individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Since appearing on television and radio, she is frequently contacted by corporations and community groups to deliver talks on topics that are of concern to them. She is also an expert at addressing a broad range of issues that affect individuals private and professional lives.

Friday, March 19, 2010

3/19 - Sandy Hackett, Ed Achorn

Friday March 19, 2010
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Sandy and Lisa Hackett  “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show”
Direct from Las Vegas, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” kicks off its National Tour at San Francisco’s Marines Memorial Theatre (609 Sutter St., 2nd floor) for a limited engagement beginning Thursday, April 15, 2010. Opening night is scheduled for Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre box office, by phone at (415) 771-6900 and on the web at  Marking a half century since the original Rat Pack’s legendary Las Vegas performances at the Sands Hotel, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” takes audiences on a journey back to the days of highballs, hi-jinks and happy hour with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin. Produced by Sandy Hackett - son of the late, great comedian and actor Buddy Hackett - and Lisa Dawn Miller - daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller – “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” features the classic songs everyone knows and loves such as “For Once in My Life,” “My Way,” “Mack the Knife,” plus original, never-before-heard songs written by the late Miller.  Directed by Billy Karl, “Sandy Hackett’s Rat” Pack Show stars Sandy Hackett as Joey Bishop, David DeCosta as Frank Sinatra, Doug Starks as Sammy Davis, Jr.,Tony Basile as Dean Martin and Lisa Dawn Miller as ‘Frank’s One Love.’ Buddy Hackett himself is the voice of God, thanks to a voiceover recorded before his passing in 2003. Music Director Maestro Christopher Hardin leads the show’s fine tuned orchestra, conducted by Joseph Spraker. Technical Director, Mark Matson, and Art Director, Jeanne Quinn, round out the artistic team.

Ed Achorn - ""Fifty-Nine in '84"
Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had
In his first book, Achorn, an editor at the Providence Journal, takes an in-depth look into the game of baseball when it was still in its infancy, especially the hard-nosed players rarely seen in today's incarnation of the national pastime, including one of the greatest pitchers that most of today's fans know nothing about. In the 1884 season, pitching for Providence, R.I., Radbourn—the son of English immigrants—endured one of the most grueling summers imaginable in willing his team to the pennant. The stress on his right arm, which caused such deterioration that he couldn't comb his own hair, also gave him a baseball record of 59 wins that will never be broken, in a year of unparalleled brilliance. Achorn wonderfully captures this era of the sport—when pitchers threw balls at batters' heads, and catchers, playing barehanded, endured such abuse that some would need fingers amputated. It's no wonder that, in some circles, as Achorn writes, baseball was thought to be one degree above grand larceny, arson, and mayhem, and those who engaged in it were beneath the notice of decent society. From the early stars of the game to archaic rules that seem silly by today's standards, there's plenty to devour (and learn) for even the biggest of baseball savants.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

3/18 - Rachell Allen, Yvette Nicole Brown, Terra Wellington, Roni Deutch, Julio Morataya - PLAY NOW

Thursday March 18, 2010
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Rachel Allen - Celebrity Irish Chef
Rachel Allen was brought up in Dublin and left home at eighteen to study at the world-famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. Rachel is now a busy TV chef, author, journalist and mother, and still teaches at Ballymaloe. Rachel is the author of four bestselling cookery books, which include Rachel's Favourite Food at Home and Rachel's Food for Living. Her extremely popular television series for RTE and the BBC have been broadcast internationally and she frequently appears on BBC's Saturday Kitchen. Her charming manner and effortless style make her a delight to watch. Rachel is columnist and contributor to a number of Irish publications, including the The Sunday Tribune magazine, and is often featured in articles and interviews in the media. Rachel's style of cooking is above all practical - simple but delicious food, ideal for family and friends. Her influences are both regional and global. The BBC describe her as an "Irish cooking queen" and Good Food magazine believe she "has put Irish cooking on the map in recent years". Rachel has a devoted fan base both in the UK and Ireland, and the popularity of her television programmes continues to rise. Rachel lives in her seaside home in County Cork with her husband Isaac, sons Luka and Joshua and their dog Buddy

YVETTE NICOLE BROWN ("Shirley" on NBC's "Community")
Yvette Nicole Brown will play Shirley, a sassy middle-age divorcee, on NBC’s new comedy series “Community.” As a young girl growing up in East Cleveland, Ohio, actress Yvette Nicole Brown dreamed of a career on-stage and screen. She began her entertainment career as a vocalist while still in her teens, when after an impromptu audition for Michael Bivins (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) she was signed to Motown Records as a part of the East Coast Family, a group of new talents that included Boyz II Men. Brown was featured on the Motown album, The East Coast Family Vol.1, which included the Top 20 single, “1-4-All-4-1.” As a part of the East Coast Family, Brown appeared on MTV, Showtime at the Apollo, Vh1 and BET, while simultaneously completing coursework that led to a Bachelor of Fine & Applied Arts degree from the University of Akron. Following graduation, she packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles. In just a short time, Brown has emerged as one of the most sought-after character actresses in Hollywood, highlighted by memorable appearances on numerous hit TV shows, including: “House,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “7th Heaven,” “Fat Actress,” “Til Death,” “That’s So Raven,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Privileged” and “That ‘70s Show” among others. In addition, she has had recurring roles on “Boston Legal,” 

Terra Wellington is an actress and author and has been a popular television guest due to her advocacy of healthy living and environmental topics. An active supporter of ocean conservation and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, Terra's book The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green: Saving the Earth Begins at Home (St. Martin's Press) is a comprehensive real-person's guide on how to help the planet and protect your family. Her eco-blog covers information about healthy living and the environment. Terra is the former wellness editor of Fit Body and Real national women magazines, previously contributed at and Aisle7 (formerly Healthnotes), and wrote the syndicated column Terra Wellington’s Balanced Living.

A Professional Tax Corporation is the nation’s largest tax resolution law firm. We have been helping clients resolve their tax liabilities for over 19 years and have saved our clients millions of dollars along the way. We know how horrible it can be to face IRS debts, but our highly experienced attorneys will fight the IRS on your behalf. Since Roni Deutch first opened her firm it has been an ongoing goal to provide competent and professional services to the millions of innocent taxpayers that find themselves in trouble with the IRS. Roni Deutch opened the firm from a small one-bedroom condo but with her drive and hard work, she was able to build her firm into the nation’s largest tax resolution firm, occupying a twenty thousand square foot building in North Highlands, CA

Julio Morataya  "March Madness"
The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 65 college basketball teams, both conference champions and at-large selections. The tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was the brainchild of Kansas coach Phog Allen[1][2] Held mostly in March, it is informally known as March Madness or the Big Dance; the national semifinals (the Final Four) have become one of the nation's most prominent sporting events.  Since its inception, the tournament bracket has included conference tournament champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data. The two lowest-seeded teams compete in the "opening round game" to determine which will join the other 63 teams in the first round of the tournament.  A Most Outstanding Player award is given by the Associated Press at the end of each tournament. At 11 national titles, UCLA holds the record for the most NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships. The University of Kentucky is second, with 7 national titles, while Indiana University and the University of North Carolina are tied for third with 5 national titles.The tournament is televised on CBS in the United States, except for the opening round.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3/17 - Chris Campion, Marshal Vian Summers, Doug Brode, Trevor Traina

Wednesday March 17, 2010
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Chris Campion -  "Escape From Bellvue"
Christopher John Campion is the lead singer of the indie rock band Knockout Drops and is the creator, playwright, and star of the hit off-Broadway rock musical Escape from Bellevue. Indie rock raconteur Chris Campion—one of the few patients ever to escape from Bellevue’s locked ward—recalls his band’s tumultuous ride, his plummet into addiction, and the strange road back to sobriety. Chronicling more than twenty years in the life of a Long Island kid who became a hardcore fixture of Manhattan’s indie rock scene, Escape from Bellevue is a coming-of-age tale like no other. As the lead singer of New York–based indie rock band Knockout Drops, Campion got a taste of fame (but, alas, no fortune) on a wild ride that lasted from the early 1980s through the 1990s. The author is #5 out of 6 children in a big, loud, boisterous Irish-Catholic clan. He and his book are getting big buzz now in Irish press like New York City's Irish Echo and Irish Voice (which called him "one of the funniest men alive.")

Marshall Vian Summers -  "The Great Waves of Change"
Marshall Vian Summers is the award-winning author of Steps to Knowledge: The Book of Inner Knowing (Year 2000 Book of the Year Award for Spirituality in the United States) and Greater Community Spirituality: A New Revelation. His message emphasizes that humanity is a greater community that must establish a new unity and cooperation in the face of great change if it is to survive and advance in the times ahead. His message presents a new vision of humanity s future in a larger Universe of Intelligent Life and an urgent call to prepare individually and collectively for the Great Waves of change; a converging set of challenges which include economic hardship and instability, catastrophic climate change, resource depletion and escalating conflict around the world. His writings contain a spiritual preparation which focuses on the deeper intelligence within each person called Knowledge; which each of us will need in order to navigate the difficult and uncertain times to come. As nations, cultures and religions clash and become more unstable, men and women everywhere will need this deeper authority to determine their actions, to assist one another and ultimately to forge a new way for the human race.

Doug Brode - Irish Movie Picks
DOUGLAS BRODE (b. 1943) is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, film historian, and multi-award winning journalist. Born and raised on Long Island, he traveled upstate to attend SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and never really left. After graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University, he and his wife Sue (Johnson) Brode stayed on and raised a family. Brode became the coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College and then an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is the author of over 30 books on film and the mass media including Films Of The Fifties, Films Of Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington (a biography), Sinema (Erotic Films), Shakespeare In The Movies (for Oxford University Press), two books on Walt Disney for University of Texas Press, From Walt To Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the mouse. Also, Elvis Cinema And Popular Culture for McFarland Press. Most recently, he and Carol (widow of Rod) Serling have completed Rod Serling And The Twilight Zone: The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute for Barricade Books. Brode wrote the screenplay for Midnight Blue, which one critic called "the best of the low-budget erotic thrillers. His produced plays include Heartbreaker and Somewhere In The Night.

Trevor Traina  -
Trevor Traina is a San Francisco-based technology entrepreneur. He has founded four companies and is currently Chairman of two. His latest venture is -– a website with tools and data for assisting anyone who owns or leases a vehicle. He began his career as a brand manager at Seagram’s and has since sold companies to Microsoft and Intuit. Worried that your car may be affected by Toyota's recent recall? Here is everything you need to know. Close X Recalls. Such a dreaded word. We hear about them all the time. Automobiles, with their many working parts, are susceptible to faults, and now more than ever we have become aware of the seriousness of their nature. What is a recall? A recall occurs when a manufacturer or third party decides that a product has a fault serious enough to cause harm to consumers. It is then barred from distribution until the problem has been fixed and tested.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

3/16 - Florina, William Peter Blatty, Troy Dunn

Tuesday March 16, 2010
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Florina – Staten Island, NY  - "Bad Girls Club"
With her tough talking, “born to be bad” style, this bisexual party girl refuses to be the Albanian Muslim ideal of a passive, obedient female her family would hope for. Florina always encourages women to stand up for themselves and is prepared to fight for the underdog at the drop of a hat.  "Bad Girls Club" - Part 1 of Reunion Special hosted by Perez Hilton airs 3/16 at 10PM ET/PT on Oxygen .  Season four brings seven new self-proclaimed “bad girls” together in a beautiful mansion in Los Angeles. These women recognize that their outrageous behavior has hindered their relationships, careers and lives. They have issues with anger, trust and control. In a house full of women with similarly explosive personalities, clashes erupt between roommates and housemates over everything from who’s on cleaning duty to where they should go out at night. Will these bad girls, faced with the mirrored image of their own behavior, learn to moderate and control their bad girl energy or will they spin out of control and flee this opportunity for change?

William Peter Blatty - "Dimiter "
William Peter Blatty is an American writer and filmmaker. The novel The Exorcist, written in (1971), is his magnum opus; he also penned the subsequent screenplay version of the film, for which he won an Academy Award.  William Peter Blatty has thrilled generations of readers with his iconic mega-bestseller The Exorcist. Now Blatty gives us DIMITER. DIMITER opens in the world’s most oppressive and isolated totalitarian state: 1970s Albania , an officially atheistic state. A prisoner suspected of being an enemy agent is held by state security. He maintains an eerie silence even while being subjected to unimaginable torture—before killing four guards in his escape, en route to fulfill a mysterious mission…the prisoner is Dimiter, the American “agent from Hell.”

Troy Dunn  "The Locator" (WeTV)
For over 20-years Troy Dunn has made it his purpose to reunite “half the world with the other half.” He grants wishes to people who want to reconnect with loved ones. In his fourth season of the WeTV hit series, The Locator, Troy has all-new compelling stories of people searching for a part of their life that is missing. Each episode profiles a new case, selected from thousands hoping to find a missing link to their life. Each family member wants answers to questions that have haunted them for years. Troy knows from personal experience that exploring the “why” is just as important as finding the “who.” The series will tug at your heart and help you understand the importance of family. Troy has located over 40,000 “unfind-able” men, women and children through his business, created in 1990, after he was inspired by searching for his mother’s biological parents. THE LOCATOR cases are adoptee's seeking their biological parents, siblings separated at birth, unique situations where people have been separated from loved ones by a divorce, a move, a tragedy and other life circumstances.

3/15 - John Rendall, Deana Martin, Dr. Susan Biali

Monday March 15, 2010
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John Rendall - "Lion Called Christian"
In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free’s George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild.  A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London’s King’s Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up--fast--and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn’t large enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of “the father of lions” George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.

Deana Martin - "Volare"
The legacy continues as Deana Martin follows iu the path of her famous Dad. Just returning  from Las Vegas where she accepted a Star on the Las Vegas Strip for Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra, she also has a great CD out, "Volare" , a best selling book "Memories are Made of This" (Soon to be a Movie, and so much more.On September 9, 2009, world-renowned Capitol Records opened its doors to Studio 'A’ to host in conjunction with Big Fish Records, a star studded party for Deana Martin’s new CD “Volare.” 'Fun times, great music and good friends' was the order of the day with exquisite food, outstanding gifts and “The Deana Martini.” Over 200 of Hollywood’s finest turned out to celebrate the CD, topping the Billboard and iTunes charts. “I just love her music – the talent comes full circle – from father to daughter,” said Dennis Farina. Joe Mantegna added, “Just like Justin Timberlake brought ‘Sexy Back’ Deana Martin brought ‘Coolness Back.” “Deana has such a wonderful voice and is a perfect fit for the standards. Her music puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good! Her Dad would be very proud,” said Ed Lauter.

Dr. Susan Biali, M.D - Depression and How to Handle it
With the deaths of Corey Haim and Marie Osmond's son, we are asked, once again, to review what is causing the rise of depression, suicides and drug dependencies. Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States among teens and adults. About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood a number which has increased steadily in the past 5 years. Dr. Susan Biali, MD, health nutritionist and wellness counselor would like to address this issue and other nutritional and fitness issues. Dr. Biali speaks from not only an academic perspective but also from her own personal struggles with foods, diets and depression. Dr. Biali understands the biological and lifestyle causes of depression and the drug-free ways to heal your mind and life. She urges individuals to create a customized "full-bodied" wellness plan which addresses not only the common themes of exercise and nutrition, but focuses on the root causes of unhappiness and speaks to the psychological and spiritual components

3/12 - Elvis Newseum, Peter Paul and Mary

Friday March 12, 2010
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Susan Bennett Newseum VP/Collections Exhibits
“Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story” tells the story of Presley as he was portrayed in the news media and explores how his music and physicality pushed the boundaries of mainstream taste and free expression during a time when America was experiencing deep generational shifts. “Elvis!” will open on March 12, 2010, in what would have been the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s 75th birthday year. Produced in collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the Newseum exhibit includes a number of rare objects from the Graceland vaults that have never before been publicly displayed. See private telegrams, letters and scrapbooks that chronicle Presley’s rise as a music and media sensation, as well as his death and his enduring legacy. 

Noel Paul Stookey - "Peter Paul & Mary"
The trio of Peter, Paul and Mary were launched during an unusually creative period in popular music. Peter Yarrow, who had come to Greenwich Village with a psychology degree from Cornell, recalls that, "The Village in the early 1960s was a crucible of creativity. Involvement in music was a matter of joyous discovery, not a business. We knew that Folk music was having an enormous impact in the Village, but was a couple of years away from being embraced on a national scale."  At the same time, the Village was a starting place for Noel Paul Stookey, a fledgling stand-up comic from Michigan State University. He met up with Peter and independently, Mary Travers, who was already known for her work in the "Song Swappers", a Folk group that had recorded with Peter Seeger. Having grown up in the Village, the flaxen-haired singer was a familiar figure at the Washington Square Sunday singing event. The three decided to work together, encouraged by the Folk impresario, Albert Grossman, who became their manager. After rehearsing for seven months in Travers' three flight walk-up apartment, Peter, Paul and Mary premiered at the Bitter End in 1961, and then played at other seminal Folk clubs like the Chicago "Gate of Horn" and San Francisco's "Hungry I". Following their appearance at the famed "Blue Angel" nightclub in New York, they embarked on a rigorous touring schedule that lasted nearly ten straight years.  1962 marked the trio's debut on Warner Brothers Records with "Peter, Paul and Mary" which brought Folk music to the vast American public and to the top of the charts. As Billboard Magazine noted, "It became an instant classic. The album was in the Top 10 for ten months, remained in the Top 20 for two years, and did not drop off the Hot 100 album chart until three-and-a-half years after its release." The trio's version of "If I Had A Hammer" was not only a popular single from this LP, it was also embraced as an anthem of the civil rights movement. This success marked the beginning of an incredibly influential time for Peter, Paul and Mary, and for the contemporary urban Folk tradition which they personified. In the third week of November 1963, they had 3 albums on the Billboard Top 6. Also in '63, their recording of "Puff, The Magic Dragon" written by Peter Yarrow and Leonard Lipton won the hearts of millions, while their recording of "Blowin' In The Wind" helped introduce a fellow Village songwriter named Bob Dylan. It was Folk music that was to spark the imagination and the passion of a generation intent on social change. The song, "Puff, The Magic Dragon" was actually the center of controversy when it was first released. At the time, the drug culture was making headlines and some radio stations mis-took the lyrics and refused to play the song. Years later, Paul Stookie laughed as he explained that the song is the story of a little boy growing up and had nothing at all to do with marijuana.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

3/11 - Jennie Garth, Susan Bennett, Carol Leifer

Thursday March 11, 2010
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Jennie Garth  "90201"
Star of one of the most successful television series ever produced “Beverly Hills, 90210” who recently made a comeback to the new “90210” television series and also competed on “Dancing with the Stars” after co-starring opposite Amanda Bynes in the comedy series “What I Like about You”, is also a mother of three children and knows first-hand that is can be a dinnertime struggle to convince picky eaters to touch the vegetables on their plates.   Actress Jennie Garth also serves as a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, working to raise awareness not only about heart disease, but preventive measures to reduce risk factors. Jennie’s dedication to a healthy heart is crucial to women throughout the world as heart disease is the number one cause of death among women. Jennie continues to contribute her time through numerous national media outlets. In her latest role, Jennie is hosting an online weekly web series entitled “Garden Party” through which she visits a farm, children’s cooking class, and farmers’ market gathering and sharing flavorful ideas from veggie experts and teaching parents fun and exciting ways to convince their children to love their veggies. Each month, the series highlights a different vegetable and shares fun veggie facts and creative tips with your listeners. Jennie and husband, actor Peter Facinelli, have 3 daughters Luca Bella, Lola Ray, and Fiona Eve. Her family enjoys spending time at their home in Los Angeles and ranch in Santa Barbara and brings fresh from the farm flavors and vegetables to their table to share meals together. Jennie is a native of Urbana, Illinois where she lived before moving with her family to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 13.

Susan Bennett  Newseum VP/Collections Exhibits
“Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story” tells the story of Presley as he was portrayed in the news media and explores how his music and physicality pushed the boundaries of mainstream taste and free expression during a time when America was experiencing deep generational shifts. “Elvis!” will open on March 12, 2010, in what would have been the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s 75th birthday year. Produced in collaboration with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the Newseum exhibit includes a number of rare objects from the Graceland vaults that have never before been publicly displayed. See private telegrams, letters and scrapbooks that chronicle Presley’s rise as a music and media sensation, as well as his death and his enduring legacy. Relive some of the top headline-making moments from Presley’s career, including:
• The breakthrough recordings that made music history.
• Smoldering performances  a symbol of youthful rebellion a target of censorship.
• The early television appearances that generated controversy and news coverage.
• His White House meeting with President Richard M. Nixon.
• His shocking 1977 death, which dominated the news as no entertainer
Hailed by The Washington Post as "refreshing" and "one of the best comedic minds of our time," Carol Leifer (pronounced LEE-fur) is an acclaimed stand up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer. Currently, Leifer's first book of humorous essays for Random House, entitled "When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win" is now a bestseller. In her recent press tour in support of her book, Carol appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," The Late Show with David Letterman," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "The Howard Stern Show," and "Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR." Leifer is also now a featured author of The Jewish Book Council's Jewish book network. Leifer was recently featured in the Adam Sandler film "Funny People," playing herself. And Leifer just guest-starred on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and contributed as a writer and performer to Carrie Underwood's FOX holiday special