Friday, December 30, 2016

12/30 SUSAN ZIRINSKY, 48 HOURS, WINE WRITER DAVID WHITE, BUT FIRST, CHAMPAGNE: A MODERN GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S FAVORITE WINE, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

SUSAN ZIRINSKY – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, 48 HOURS

SATURDAY AT 9 and 10 PM ET/PT

Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer of the award-winning crime and justice series "48 Hours."

Zirinsky's work and programs have earned virtually every major journalism honor including multiple Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody award, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence, the Christopher Award, The Writers Guild of America award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. And in 2013, she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

In addition to "48 Hours," Zirinsky was the executive producer of the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary "The Spymasters - CIA in the Crosshairs," which featured the only interviews with all 12 of the living former and current heads of the CIA.

Zirinsky was also the senior executive producer of the 2013 documentary series, "Brooklyn DA," and serves as the senior executive producer for breaking news specials for CBS News, such as those done in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, the movie theater shooting in Aurora Colo., the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the Boston Marathon bombings.

Since joining CBS News as a part-time production clerk in 1972, Zirinsky has worked for a variety of CBS News broadcasts and covered national and global news, several presidents, wars, international conflicts, the Olympics and the world of fashion. She also is responsible for the oversight ofCBSNews.com's crime blog, "Crimesider."

In her current position, Zirinsky also served as the co-executive producer of two "Person to Person" interview specials; she executive produced "David Letterman: A Life on Television";she produced "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in The Family", a documentary about the Grammys and the night Whitney Houston died, and "Vanity Fair's Hollywood."

Previously, she was an executive producer of CBS News' award-winning broadcast "9/11" - a documentary on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that included the only footage of the first plane going into the north tower of the World Trade Center and of activity inside the Trade Center before the towers fell. The documentary has been updated for the first, fifth and 10th anniversaries.

Zirinsky has also produced such primetime specials as "The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty;" "Fashion's Night Out" with Vogue and Editor Anna Wintour; "That's The Way It Was - Remembering Walter Cronkite;" "Ted Kennedy: The Last Brother;" "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama" and "Katie Couric's 'All Access' Grammy Special." She also produced the documentary series "The Injustice Files" for ID Discovery; and the CBS News documentaries "The Lord's Bootcamp," "In God's Name" and "Flashpoint."

Zirinsky also produced for Showtime the critically acclaimed documentary, "Three Days in September," which told the story of a school taken hostage in Beslan, Russia. The film was also featured at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She also produced for CBS Entertainment an online companion to the series "Jericho." She was the executive producer of "Elvis by the Presleys," for CBS Entertainment and was the executive producer of two specials for Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model."

Before joining "48 Hours" in 1996, she was executive producer of Campaign '96 (1995-96), managing the daily operations of CBS News' election-year political coverage, and of the primetime CBS News magazine, "Eye to Eye" (1994-95), after having served as the broadcast's senior broadcast producer and senior producer (1993-94).

Zirinsky was the director of CBS News' 1992 political reporting, responsible for coordinating coverage of candidates, issues and events for all CBS News broadcasts, including the presidential election. During that period, she was CBS News' senior producer at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, where she oversaw the CBS News and Sports news desk for the network.

Earlier, Zirinsky served in several capacities for the "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" in New York and Washington, D.C. In New York, she was its senior broadcast producer (1991-92) and senior producer (1989-91). In Washington, she managed all feature stories and oversaw editorial content of daily hard-news events (1986-89). Zirinsky was CBS' White House producer for more than a decade. She first joined the "CBS Evening News" as a producer in 1979.

She also worked on other CBS News broadcasts, including the "CBS Morning News" and "CBS Evening News" weekend editions. Zirinsky worked the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from 1976 through 1988 as a floor producer for Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley and Mike Wallace. In 1992 she was senior producer for all coverage at both conventions.

Zirinsky's international news experience is extensive. She traveled overseas with presidents Carter and Reagan. Her assignments have taken her to Russia, China, Japan, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In 1989, Zirinsky ran CBS News' operations out of Panama during the United States invasion of that country and was in charge of CBS News' operation in Beijing during the Tiananmen Square student uprising and military crackdown. Earlier that year, she was lead producer for CBS News' coverage from Japan of Emperor Hirohito's funeral. She was the senior producer responsible for setting up and overseeing the Network's news operation in Kuwait while covering the first Persian Gulf War, and it was under her stewardship that CBS News was the first network to enter Kuwait, just behind the Allied forces.

Zirinsky was technical advisor/associate producer for writer/director James L. Brooks on the film "Broadcast News," starring Holly Hunter as a Washington network news producer.
Zirinsky was graduated cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.

WWW.CBSNEWS.COM/48-HOURS


WINE WRITER DAVID WHITE – AUTHOR OF BUT FIRST, CHAMPAGNE: A MODERN GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S FAVORITE WINE

ABOUT DAVID:
David White is one of the world’s leading wine writers. A contributor to Grape Collective, David is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com, an award winning wine blog. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Punch. He has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered. His first book, But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine, will was published in October.

AUTHOR OF: 
But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World’s Favorite Wine
Both the region of Champagne and its wines have always been associated with prestige and luxury. Knowledgeable wine enthusiasts have long discussed top Champagnes with the same reverence they reserve for the finest wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But everyday Americans usually keep Champagne way back on the high shelf. It’s for big celebrations, send-offs, and wedding toasts and, more often than not, is bought by the case. The good stuff costs plenty—and frankly, rarely seems worth the price.

Today, though, Champagne is in the midst of a renaissance—no longer to be unjustly neglected.

Over the past decade, an increasing number of wine enthusiasts have discovered the joys of grower Champagne—wines made by the farmers who grow the grapes. Thanks to a few key wine importers and America’s newfound obsession with knowing where food comes from, these shipments have been climbing steadily.

In But First, Champagne, author David White details Champagne’s history along with that of its wines, explains how and why the market is changing, and profiles the region’s leading producers.

This book is essential reading for wine enthusiasts, adventurous drinkers, foodies, sommeliers, and drinks professionals. With a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the region, its history, and its leading producers, But First, Champagne will demystify Champagne for all.

From the foreword:

"Smart, entertaining, and valuable . . . one of those rare wine books that should appeal to people just getting into Champagne and longtime Champagne obsessives." —Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor, Food & Wine

WWW.TERROIRIST.COM


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

12/29 DR. JOE ALTON, HOW TO AVOID/RECOVER FROM A NEW YEAR'S HANGOVER

DR. JOE ALTON - DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EXPERT & AUTHOR - HOW TO AVOID/RECOVER FROM A NEW YEAR'S HANGOVER

For you teetotalers, a hangover is a group of symptoms that occur in many people after a night of drinking. Hangovers vary in appearance and severity, but one thing is sure: You'd rather not have one. Consider these options as you try to pick yourself off the floor:

  • Drink some fluids.   
    • You're dehydrated, and some water, Gatorade, or juice (without alcohol, please) will help you recover faster. Skip acidic juices like orange juice; they won't help your upset stomach.
  • Go back to bed. 
    • The more sleep you can get, the more you'll sleep through some of the worst part of a hangover
  • Take a headache medicine. 
    • Ibuprofen can help your headache, but it can irritate  your stomach. Tylenol might be a better choice, but is associated with liver disease if you're a heavy drinker.
  • Eat something. 
    • You might be nauseous, but a little chicken broth and some crackers will help settle your stomach and give your blood sugar a boost. Some prefer dry toast with a little peanut butter. Pepto-Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) isn't a bad idea to deal with that stomach upset as well.

The above measures are thought to be of medical benefit for hangovers, but there are a lot of home remedies that people swear by. Below are just a few.
  • Ginger: 
    • Ginger root is a time-honored natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, and many people feel seasick when they have a hangover. Ginger Ale is the easiest way to ingest some, but a ginger tea may be even better.
  • Honey and Lemon: 
    • Ingredients of a hot toddy (hold the alcohol), mixing some honey and lemon will boost your blood sugar.
  • Vitamin B6: 
    • A 1973 study found that Vitamin B6, in large doses, can improve a hangover. Later studies, however, found no such benefit and possible risks to the liver and pancreas. Vitamin B-complex, a combination of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6 and B12 has also been proposed as a cure. It isn't, but a dose of a vitamin supplement probably won't hurt you.
  • Exercise: 
    • If you can't even move after a night of drinking, how can you exercise? Some feel, however, that sweating out the toxins will help a hangover. If you do decide to exert yourself, hydrate well beforehand and keep it to low-impact activities or you might be worse off than before. How about trying a walk around the block first?

Hangover Prevention Tips

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is the honest-to-God's truth when it comes to hangovers. Make sure to:

  • Eat before you drink: Drinking on an empty stomach equals big trouble. Beer has calories, but it's not dinner. Having a full stomach before drinking may help you keep your blood alcohol level down.
  • One alcoholic drink, one non-alcoholic: Matching one Old-Fashioned with one glass of water will help keep your alcohol intake down and decrease your chances of a hangover in the morning.
  • Pick the right poison: If you're not picky about your poison, try to stay away from dark liquors like, say, bourbon. These have more congeners and are more likely to cause hangovers than clear liquors like vodka. Clear liquors are less associated with severe hangovers.
  • Be Bubble-Free: Alcohol in carbonated drinks, like Champagne, may be absorbed more quickly and lead to worse hangovers.
  • Head it off at the pass: Take two aspirin with a full glass of water before going to bed. Fatty acids that reduce inflammation in aspirin can avoid a bad hangover.
  • Abstain: Do I really have to say why? If you really don't want a hangover, don't drink. Be the designated driver.

ABOUT DR. JOE ALTON
Joe Alton, M.D. (www.doomandbloom.net ) is a disaster preparedness expert, member of the Wilderness Medical Society, and NY Times/Amazon bestselling author of "The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way" and other books. Dr. Alton has also written the just-released and timely "The Zika Virus Handbook".  Dr. Alton is a well known speaker and host of The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour syndicated podcast.

WWW.DOOMANDBLOOM.NET

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

12/28 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, STEPHEN HAHN-GRIFFITHS, THE REPUTATION INSTITUTE, CATHERINE BLADES, AFLAC

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT

For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


STEPHEN HAHN-GRIFFITHS OF THE REPUTATION INSTITUTE & CATHERINE BLADES OF AFLAC TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
 
ONE IN FIVE CONSUMERS ARE WILLING TO PAY MORE FOR A PRODUCT IF IT COMES FROM A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY 

NEW SURVEY ANSWERS THE QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR REPUTATION WORTH?

Talk to Stephen Hahn-Griffiths of the Reputation Institute & Catherine Blades of AFLAC about the Importance of Corporate Responsibility

Billionaire Warren Buffet famously said that “It takes 20 years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” As we begin approach the promise of a new year, Mr. Buffet’s words provide a reminder for businesses and consumers about the importance of a strong reputation. On December 28th, we have a unique interview about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and reputation that will examine why it really does pay to practice CSR. Recently, Aflac commissioned a unique scientific study on the topic of corporate social responsibility, asking more than 1,400 consumers and investors about their views on corporate integrity, philanthropy and how it might influence their decisions. The results will be shared by two top leaders from the Reputation Institute and Aflac. It’s a unique discussion that will fascinate your viewers and listeners.  
SOME SURPRISING RESULTS OF THE CSR STUDY, INCLUDE:

  • 75% of consumers are likely to take some negative action toward irresponsible companies
  • A company seen as not responsible stands to lose as much as 39% of its potential consumer base
  • 1 in 4 consumers will tell their friends and family to avoid a company that is seen as not responsible
  • 81% of consumers are more likely to purchase products from a company active in philanthropic efforts year-round, rather than just in times of need

WWW.AFLAC.COM/ACSR

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

12/27 GARY CANTER, CANTER'S DELI, HEATHER MURAN, SLO WINE COUNTRY

GARY CANTER – CANTER’S DELI - CANTER’S DELI RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS                  
            
Since 1931, Canter's has been serving up LA's finest deli cuisine. Voted the best pastrami by the LA Times and LA Weekly, Canter's prides itself on delivering the amazing experience that has kept its clientele returning over-and-over again for decades. This culinary landmark is lovingly managed by the third- and fourth-generations of the Canter family, who take a hands-on approach to ensure the highest quality in every aspect of the restaurant. Whether it's the freshly-baked breads, or the famous house-made pickles, Canter's always goes the extra mile to provide the authentic, traditional Jewish deli experience, which helped grow the restaurant from a small storefront to the massive operation that it is today. As inviting as its food, Canter's is also known for its welcoming ambiance, a perfect blend of contemporary comfort with the nostalgic charm of its stylish 1950's decor. Canter's continues to stand out as a unique dining experience that transports patrons back to the golden age of delis.

Canter's Deli is one of California's oldest delis. Located in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile District -the heart and soul of the entertainment industry - Canter's Delicatessen is a third-generation family-run business whose owners have an intense pride in their deli and a hands-on work ethic.

It all began in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1924. After losing a deli in the 1929 stock market crash, Ben Canter and his two brothers moved to California with just $500 in their pockets.Eager to succeed, they opened up a Canter Brother's Delicatessen in 1931 in Boyle Heights, the Jewish center of Los Angeles.

When the character of the neighborhood changed, Ben Canter's daughter, Selmo Udko, and her then husband, Harold Price, partnered with Ben Canter and his wife, Jennie, to purchase a prime location at 439 North Fairfax Avenue. And instead of calling it Canter's Brothers they called it Canter's Fairfax.

In 1953 this new team purchased the old Esquire Theatre at 419 North Fairfax and moved Canter's Deli just up the street to the larger location.

For over seventy-five years now this third-generation family-owned business has served food to locals, tourist, and celebrities alike. With its Art Deco décor and its trademark autumn leaves ceiling, this hangout has hardly changed in its over half century at its current location.

Canter's has also become a favorite whistle stop for hot political contests. Mayor Bradley, Governor Deukmejian, Rudy Giuliani, and Bill Simon have gone from booth to booth introducing themselves to our customers. And with CBS studios just up the block, celebrities frequent Canter's every day. Our catering department caters to many television shows and movies, as well as catering their wrap parties.

Over the years, many celebrities have passed through our doors. In the 50s Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller ate here, as did Jack Benny and Elizabeth Taylor. Other celebrity noshers include Sydney Poitier, Mel Brooks, Wilt Chamberlain, Charlene Tilton, Brooke Shields, Jacqueline Bisset, Catherine Oxenberg, John  Travolta, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Olivia Newton John, Muhammad Ali, Monty Hall, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Rodney Dangerfield, Dick Van Dyke, Shelly Winters, Elizabeth Montgomery, The Cars, Henry Winkler, and Greg Morris. The producer of Miami Vice, Michael Mann, wrote here for hours at a time when he was writing for Vegas. The Neil Simon movie, "I Ought to be in Pictures", with Walter Matthau was filmed here. Many celebrities who prefer to go "incognito" sneak in around 3:00 am for a late night nosh!

Canter's is also part of the larger Los Angeles community having received numerous awards from such institutions as the City of Hope, appreciation letters for outstanding and dedicated service, and letters from Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association thanking Canters for donating food.

Canter's Delicatessen continues to be a Los Angeles landmark and late night hot spot, and, with the 2003 addition of Canter's Deli at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, we are committed to bringing the best delicatessen food to our noshers on the famed Las Vegas Strip and to Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium.

WWW.CANTERSDELI.COM


HEATHER MURAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SAN LUIS OBISPO WINE COUNTRY 


The wineries of SLO Wine Country boast an average distance of just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in prevailing marine conditions that are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California.

SLO Wine Country includes two small adjoining American Viticultural Areas—the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley—and other nearby winegrowing areas.  Each of these areas shares a unifying proximity to the ocean, as well as to each other. Collectively, these growing conditions forge a unifying wine quality that is native to SLO Wine Country:

Cool
The reliable cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean ensures a long growing season, enabling the grapes to achieve physiological ripeness and natural balance. Cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel in the heart of SLO Wine Country, and even the warmest areas benefit from considerable marine influence.  

Consistent
The ocean proximity also exerts a moderating effect on the climate, minimizing temperature swings so that growing conditions are rarely hot or cold. The result is an extraordinarily steady growing season that fosters balanced ripening and consistent quality from vintage to vintage.

Complex
The imprint of the ocean is also evident in SLO Wine Country's uncommonly complex soils, which are frequently riddled with ancient sea fossils. Soil variation enables the winegrower to mix and match varietals to specific soil profiles, or to add more "colors" to the palette of a single varietal, heightening overall quality and complexity.

WWW.SLOWINE.COM

Monday, December 26, 2016

12/26 HEATHER TOM, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT, SUPERMARKET GURU PHIL LEMPERT, FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS

AWARD WINNING ACTRESS HEATHER TOM – TALKS THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIRECTING SHORT FILM CALLED SERENITY

Heather Tom is a Five-time Emmy Award winning actress who currently stars as “Katie Logan” on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful. As the most popular and iconic soap opera queen, she has catapulted to directing episodes on her own show. One of the characters she is directing is her real life son Zane, now 3 1/2 , who has reoccurred on the show since he was born.
Prior to joining The Bold and the Beautiful, Heather spent three years starring as “Kelly Cramer Buchanan” on ABC’s One Life to Live, and 13 years starring as the tempestuous “Victoria Newman” on CBS’s The Young and the Restless.

Heather and her husband James Achor starred in their own Reality-TV Mini-Series for the HGTV Network called Renovation Unscripted. Heather and James bring their unique backgrounds and incredible design taste along as they renovate and design spaces all over Los Angeles. Their work has been featured in InStyle and Elle Decor magazines. Today, the dynamic duo continues to creatively change the scene of décor and home makeovers for some high level clientele.

In addition to directing and hosting her own reality show, Heather recently joined the cast of major network shows including FOX’s Lucifer and A&E’s Unforgettable.

Along with her extensive television work, her Broadway credits include the Los Angeles production of Prymate,  a role for which she received a Robbie Theatre LA Award Nomination for Best Actress. Her New York theatre credits include: “Jenn” in Happy Hour; “Chrysothemis” in Electra with Marissa Tomei, Kathleen Chalfont, David Strathairn and Laila Robins, “Barbara Northrup”/”Marjorie Cameron” in Moonchild, and “Polyxen” in Hecuba.

Outside of the limelight, Heather is devoted to helping others and is extremely active with charities such as Project Angel Food, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Tuesday’s Child. In 2003, Heather created Daytime for Planned Parenthood. She has also enjoyed sharing her passion for acting with people across the country teaching young aspiring actors improvisation, scene study and on-camera work.


MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT - BEER TRENDS HE IS PREDICTING WILL BE BIG IN 2017   
2017 BEER TRENDS PREDICTIONS

  • What we can look forward to in 2017
  • Non-traditional beer drinkers will make their way into the category 
  • Flavored beers are going to become more prominent in the next coming months

Marc Stroobandt is a leading authority in the art and science of food and beer pairing as a Master Beer Sommelier, taking his unique and entertaining approach across the globe. Stroobandt provides beer training and education, presentations, and activations at various outlets in the U.S. and internationally. Stroobandt is an accredited trainer for the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) and has trained through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, in affiliation with the Beer Academy. He has been named to the Honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff in recognition of his professional expertise and services for the promotion of beer and beer culture.

GRABA.BEER


SUPERMARKET GURU PHIL LEMPERT –TOP TEN FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS FOR 2017

Philip Lempert has gained wide acclaim for his marketing savvy and broad experience. A distinguished speaker, he has addressed over 600,000 people over the past ten years, and is a respected analyst with an uncanny ability to identify and explain trends to both industry and consumers in a thought provoking and entertaining manner.

In December of 1985 Phil released his first forecast in The Lempert Report to help retailers and brands understand the opportunities for the coming year…and since then his predictions have been shared on television and in hundreds of publications including USA Today, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune as well as retail and food trade publications

The 2017 Trend Forecast
2017 promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of food and retailing as technology - in food production, retail environments and consumer communication takes the main stage as a new administration in Washington promises to make significant changes to those agencies that will have a direct effect on food production and policies.

www.supermarketguru.com

Friday, December 23, 2016

12/23 SARAH JANSSEN, THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2017, VICTORIA SCIPIONE, TOYS“R”US, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

SARAH JANSSEN - SENIOR EDITOR, THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2017

The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2017
~ The New Edition Features the 2016 Election Results, Year in Sports, Offbeat News Stories, Statistical Spotlight, and More ~

Which moments caused the most excitement for fans at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio? How did the race for the White House play out over the year? While 2016 may be ending, its events and milestones will live on in The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2017, available in print and as an eBook for all platforms on December 6. The newest edition of America’s best-selling reference book contains thousands of facts and statistics that aren’t publicly available anywhere else and will quickly become your go-to source for the upcoming year.

New features include “2016 Election Results,” providing a comprehensive look at the entire 2016 election process, from candidate biographies and notable campaign trail quotes to voting results in presidential, House, Senate, and gubernatorial races; “World Almanac®  Editors’ Picks: The Best Teams That Never Won It All,” taking a look back into sports history for the best teams that fell just short of championship glory; and “Statistical Spotlight,” highlighting statistics relevant to the biggest stories of the year, such as the refugee crisis and a closing look at Obama’s presidency.

Popular sections making their return include “Year in Sports,” “Top 10 News Topics,” “The World at a Glance,” “Time Capsule,” and "Offbeat News Stories."

“So much happened in 2016 that will be seen as touchstone moments for many years. This year's presidential race between the first woman major-party nominee and a non-politician major-party nominee captivated the world’s attention. From Brexit to the developing Zika crisis to the Olympic Games in Rio, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts 2017 documents all of the year’s major developments in one place,” said Sarah Janssen, senior editor of The World Almanac®. “And with The World Almanac®, you will also be able to take on 2017 with all of the information you’ll need in the year to come.”

WWW.WORLDALMANAC.COM


VICTORIA SCIPIONE - TOYS“R”US HELPS PROCRASTINATING HOLIDAY SHOPPERS BY HIGHLIGHTING TOP DEALS ON THE SEASON’S HOTTEST TOYS

NEED SOME LAST MINUTE TOY IDEAS?

Having problems finding a sold out Hatchable? Toys“R”Us® are here to help.  It’s serious business creating a list of last minute must-haves that helps parents and gift-givers stay ahead of their kids’ holiday requests for toys.  Whether scoring deals in-store or online, parents want to make wishes come true.  With an emphasis on play value, how do parents pick toys that will create outstanding play experiences for their kids?

Toys“R”Us® recently debuted its 2016 Holiday Hot Toy List, the company’s annual go-to holiday shopping resource for parents and gift-givers – straight from the toy experts. Comprised of 40 items categorized by age from Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the Toys“R”Us team spent the last year narrowing down thousands of new toy introductions and selecting the items sure to top kids’ wish lists this holiday season.

On Friday, December 16th, right before Super Saturday, Victoria Scipione is available to you and your listeners to talk about the hot toy list for the holidays, the fabulous 15 and what you should know when shopping for the kids (and kids-at-heart) in your life.

WWW.TOYSRUS.COM/HOTTOYS




STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

12/22 CHEF JEFF, SEASONAL RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SOIREE, CANOLI, IAN BLACKBURN, WINE LA, BEEKEEPER CELLARS

CHEF JEFF SHARES SEASONAL RECIPES FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SOIREE

Chef Jeff’s Family Canolli Recipe

Makes approximately 5 dozen canolli

Shells:
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Tbs Cinnamon
3 Tbs Shortening (ice cold)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup White Wine

Think pie crust and pasta making when you combine these ingredients.

Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.  Cut in the shortening very well (can be done in a food processor). Whisk together the eggs and wine and add to dry ingredients.  Combine well, but don’t overdo it.  Place dough in a zip top bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the dry ingredients to hydrate.

This next step helps if you have an assistant working with you: Heat oil (using an electric fryer or heavy pot with a thermometer) to 350.  Lard works best, but peanut oil or some other vegetable oil with a high smoke point is also nice.  Roll out portions of dough to about 1/16” thick.  My trick is I use a pasta machine and work the dough down to the 2nd to last setting.  Use a 4” circle cutter to cut rounds out of your dough.  Wrap the rounds onto canolli forms.  I use wood dowels 3/4” thick*.  You can also purchase metal forms on the internet, but they do not work as well.  Seal the dough with egg wash (50/50 egg and water). Fry until golden.  Remove to briefly cool onto a layer of paper towels.  Once cool enough to handle, but not completely cool, remove the forms carefully.  I do this by holding the end of the form with a paper towel, and holding the shell with another paper towel and gently pulling. Allow to cool completely on wire cooling racks.  Store in zip top bags, in single layers.  I don’t recommend refrigerating or freezing.  They’ll last for several weeks just sealed up in the bags.

Filling (enough for about 18 shells):
1 Lb Ricotta Cheese**
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 & 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
3-4 oz. Chocolate, finely chopped (the finest quality makes a difference here)
1-2 Tbs. “Nuclear Fruit***” finely chopped

Garnish:
Finely chopped pistachio nuts

Mix ricotta on medium speed in a stand mixer until smooth.  Set stand mixer to low and gradually add in powdered sugar, one spoon at a time, until it’s all incorporated.  Turn off your mixer and scrape down your bowl.  Add in the salt, cinnamon, and vanilla, and mix on low until incorporated.  While mixer is going, add in your chocolate and nuclear fruit.  Turn off your mixer and give the bowl a last scrape.  Mix on low once more.  This filling can be stored, usually in the ricotta container, in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

To fill and serve:
Place about 1/2 of the filling in a quart-sized zip top bag.  Cut a small piece off the corner of the bag.  Squeeze the filling out of this hole into the shells.  Dab the ends of the filled canolli into the chopped pistachios.  Dust finished canolli with powdered sugar.

*My grandfather made forms out of a broomstick, which he cut into 6” lengths, and soaked in whiskey for a week.  I’m not sure what the whiskey does to the wood, but that’s the story.

**Not all ricotta is created equal.  You don’t want your ricotta runny or loose.  The thicker the better for this recipe.  No matter which brand I buy, I find that emptying the ricotta into a colander lined with a paper towel, over a bowl, and leaving it in the refrigerator overnight does the trick.

***Nuclear fruit is a term I use for the candied fruit that grocery stores carry around the holidays for people to use in fruitcake recipes.  Unfortunately, it isn’t much good in fruit cake.  Look for the type of fruit that has red and green cherries, as well as pineapple.


IAN BLACKBURN – OWNER/FOUNDER, WINE LA & FOUNDER/CO-WINEMAKER, BEEKEEPER CELLARS TALKS UPCOMING EVENTS AND HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING!

ABOUT IAN BLACKBURN, CSW, JWE ¬‐ LEARNABOUTWINE & WINELA PROFESSIONAL SOMMELIER 

Ian drinks wine for a living and plans 50¬‐100 public and private events a year. Ian stays busy buying collectible wines for high profile clients, planning luxury wine  trips  for  his  audience,  hosting  corporate  events,  and  studying  for  his  Master of Wine. Since  1995,  LearnAboutWine  has  done  the  hard  work  of  building  a  better  culture for fine wine, opening the doors for more quality products to enter the  marketplace  and  has  taught  over  800,000  students.    With  a  reach  of  over 80,000  current  subscribers  and  followers,  LearnAboutWine  now  focuses  on  the  best  quality  events and classes, and wine credential programs which have graduated over 1000 wine students in the last 9 years with a Junior Wine Executive credential (JWE).


ABOUT BEEKEEPER CELLARS
Beekeeper Cellars is the vision of best friends and co-winemakers Ian Blackburn and Clay Mauritson. The two collaborated after adventurous individual careers in the wine business, and at last, decided to work together on a project of their own.

Clay, a 7th generation grape grower, and his family found themselves the owners of a significant slice of the Rockpile Appellation, through an amazing set of historical land transactions. The Mauritson family realized the potential and parented the creation of the ROCKPILE AVA. In 1998, Ian and Clay climbed the hill and watched the Madrone Spring Vineyard get planted, while discussing the future of Rockpile and the dream it represented.

In 2008, Clay saw the fruits of his family's labor taking shape and came to Ian with a unique opportunity to source some of the Rockpile fruit. He told Ian in the difficult days of 2008, “now is the time to get in and build the business and have it take shape as the market improves, and to not wait until business is strong as you will have a hard time getting access to the right quality assets.” Ian took heed of Clay’s wise comment and said "When your best friend is Clay Mauritson and he offers Rockpile fruit and to assist with winemaking…... you make Zinfandel.”

In Los Angeles, Ian operates a specialty wine marketing organization known as wineLA and has pioneered wine education for the past 20 years (since 1995) through www.learnaboutwine.com and www.wineLA.com.  Beekeeper Cellars is also involved in Ian’s Masters of Wine Thesis project and provides him the winemaking training he requires to help pass the difficult Masters of Wine exam...an ongoing pursuit.

WWW.BEEKEEPERCELLARS.COM


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Monday, December 19, 2016

12/19 DR. YAEL VARNADO, WINTER HEALTH WOES, GEOFF NATHANSON, DEE-1 EDUCATES STUDENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING TO COLLEGE

DR. YAEL VARNADO - WINTER HEALTH WOES

Christmas cough? Hanukkah headache? Thanksgiving tummy ache? The holiday time conjures up memories for us all… BUT also some less favorable recollections like that holiday dinner we missed because of strep throat or the office party that our flu chills crashed.

A good defense is the best offense.  Instead of just fighting an illness when you get it, Physician and Health Expert Dr. Yael Vernado is here with prevention tips from the pros to help us keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy this time of year.

Dr. Yael Varnado, known as “Dr. V” is a practicing physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with over a decade of experience.  Dr V is a regular medical guest on CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox, Today, NBC, CBS, Women's Health, Shape and many more.  Dr V's professional medical highlights include conducting and publishing breast cancer research and founding a non-profit organization focused on providing healthcare to undeserved populations, among many other accomplishments. In addition to working as a physician, Dr V is a wife, a mother, and a friend to women and men with questions and concerns about their well being.
 
Among the topics Dr. V will discuss, are:
 •    How you can prevent illness
•    Health myths debunked
•    The best cold & flu remedies
•    And more …


GEOFF NATHANSON - LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

Are you a holiday shopper that hates to deal with crowded malls and retail stores so you end up waiting until the last minute to buy gifts for a friend, family member or that special someone in your life? Or maybe you just realized that you forgot to but a gift for someone on your list? Not to worry! Geoff Nathanson is here today to guide us through the last few days of holiday shopping.





HIP HOP STAR & FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER DEE-1 - EDUCATES STUDENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING TO COLLEGE


SIXTH ANNUAL STUDY SHOWS HOW PAYING FOR COLLEGE HAS CHANGED SINCE THE RECESSION

NEW Study from Sallie Mae & Ipsos Shows How Families Are Paying for College in the New Economy

When educator turned hip-hop artist Dee-1 finished paying off his student loans, he celebrated by writing the hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.” Now, the lyrical master of financial literacy is teaming up with Sallie Mae to help students get on the right track to paying back their student loans. And with recent graduates making their first student loan payment this month, December is the ideal time to officially release the “Pay Off Your Student Loans Playlist,” a set of tips, tools, and resources from Dee-1 and Sallie Mae.  On December 19, the popular rapper is available to discuss the video and what paying off his college loans inspired the video.

You’ll also learn why the Dee-1 and Sallie Mae collaboration on paying back student loans comes on the heels of the recently completed “Dee-1’s Knowledge for College” tour, presented by Sallie Mae, during which Dee-1 and Sallie Mae visited 18 high schools in five states and awarded a total of $95,000 in scholarships.  It’s a unique and informative public service interview.  We hope you’ll book a window!

DEE 1’S WILL SHARE HIS ‘PLAYLIST’ FOR PAYING BACK STUDENT LOANS: 

  • PERCENTAGES–What portion of the college bill is funded by scholarships, grants, savings and loans
  • COSTS OF COLLEGE–How the cost of education has changed since the recession and how families have changed their decision making 
  • PRACTICAL TIPS—How families can afford to pay tuition without breaking the bank

WWW.SALLIEMAE.COM/DEE1 

Friday, December 16, 2016

JOHN SCHNEIDER, JIVE SOFTWARE, AI IS CHANGING THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS, SUPERMARKET GURU PHIL LEMPERT, FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

JOHN SCHNEIDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCT MARKETING, JIVE SOFTWARE - RISE OF THE MACHINES: HOW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) IS CHANGING THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS

Do today’s sci-fi films and TV shows have you worried about a future when androids plot to destroy humanity? In reality, Artificial Intelligence (AI) circa 2016 is far more likely to recommend titles to your Netflix queue than to take over the world.

Today’s AI is working to make our lives and jobs easier, helping organizations manage and streamline workflow. While machine learning is making inroads into the massive amounts of data that's being collected, it's still mostly up to humans to make the tough calls based on the analysis of that information. Expect that to begin to change in 2017.

Jivesoftware.com


SUPERMARKET GURU PHIL LEMPERT –TOP TEN FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS FOR 2017

Philip Lempert has gained wide acclaim for his marketing savvy and broad experience. A distinguished speaker, he has addressed over 600,000 people over the past ten years, and is a respected analyst with an uncanny ability to identify and explain trends to both industry and consumers in a thought provoking and entertaining manner.

In December of 1985 Phil released his first forecast in The Lempert Report to help retailers and brands understand the opportunities for the coming year…and since then his predictions have been shared on television and in hundreds of publications including USA Today, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune as well as retail and food trade publications

The 2017 Trend Forecast
2017 promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of food and retailing as technology - in food production, retail environments and consumer communication takes the main stage as a new administration in Washington promises to make significant changes to those agencies that will have a direct effect on food production and policies.

www.supermarketguru.com


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12/15 MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT, BEER TRENDS, LAURA DELLUTRI, STRESS FREE HOLIDAY, AMAZON’S ANGIE NEWMAN

MASTER BEER SOMMELIER MARC STROOBANDT - BEER TRENDS HE IS PREDICTING WILL BE BIG IN 2017   
2017 BEER TRENDS PREDICTIONS

  • What we can look forward to in 2017
  • Non-traditional beer drinkers will make their way into the category 
  • Flavored beers are going to become more prominent in the next coming months

Marc Stroobandt is a leading authority in the art and science of food and beer pairing as a Master Beer Sommelier, taking his unique and entertaining approach across the globe. Stroobandt provides beer training and education, presentations, and activations at various outlets in the U.S. and internationally. Stroobandt is an accredited trainer for the BIIAB (British Institute of Innkeeping Awarding Body) and has trained through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, in affiliation with the Beer Academy. He has been named to the Honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff in recognition of his professional expertise and services for the promotion of beer and beer culture.

GRABA.BEER


HOME AND LIFE STYLE EXPERT LAURA DELLUTRI - STRESS FREE HOLIDAY: SHOPPING & LAST MINUTE GIFTS 

STRESS FREE HOLIDAY: SHOPPING & LAST MINUTE GIFTS
Energetic, warm, inviting. These three words best describe national lifestyle expert and host Laura Dellutri.

Always equipped with savvy tips and ideas, Laura’s timely messages come from a place of experience and good-old-fashioned midwestern common sense. From parenting to running a household and even running a successful business, she covers the gamut with her wry sense of humor and fun, engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

She is a public speaker, radio and television personality and the author of Four books; Quick Clean Your Home, Speed Cleaning 101, White Couch With KIDS?! and The Overworked Mom's Stress Free Homekeeping. Laura travels all over the country to share her home keeping and lifestyle tips.

Laura has appeared on on many local and national radio and television shows, including ABC’s The View, The Montel Williams Show, CBS New York’s CBS - The Early Show., NBC, FOX, CBS, WB, HGTV, FINE LIVING, STYLE NETWORK.  Her cleaning tips and advice have also been featured in magazines such as Real Simple, Redbook, Women's Day, Reader's Digest and Family Circle.

WWW.LAURADELLUTRI.COM 


AMAZON’S ANGIE NEWMAN - HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE SHOP

GET THE INSIDE STORY OF  THE NEWEST WAY TO SHOP THIS HOLIDAY 

EXCLUSIVE DEALS, &…HOLIDAY SHOPPING USING ONLY YOUR VOICE

Find out How New Technology is Taking the Hassle Out of the Holidays, Giving Customers to Order from Millions of Items Simply by Saying the Word
 
Just in time for the holidays, the future of shopping is here! If your listeners are at all interested in new and innovative technology, they will find it extremely interesting to learn how Amazon is bringing voice shopping to its customers. On December 15th, we have Amazon’s Angie Newman to explain how Voice Shopping with Alexa allows customers to shop for tens of millions of Prime-eligible items. New this holiday, Prime members have access to Alexa exclusive deals and can even voice order last minute gifts with Prime Now delivered in two hours. Listeners will be able to take advantage of voice shopping using any Alexa enabled device by simply asking “Alexa, what are your deals?” If you’re as fascinated by this as we are, book this uniquely interesting interview.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12/14 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, LAURA DELLUTRI, STRESS FREE HOLIDAY TIPS, GEORGE STONE, NATGEO, WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES: PICTURE-PERFECT JOURNEYS AROUND THE GLOBE

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


HOME AND LIFESTYLE EXPERT LAURA DELLUTRI - STRESS FREE HOLIDAY TIPS

Energetic, warm, inviting. These three words best describe national lifestyle expert and host Laura Dellutri.

Always equipped with savvy tips and ideas, Laura’s timely messages come from a place of experience and good-old-fashioned midwestern common sense. From parenting to running a household and even running a successful business, she covers the gamut with her wry sense of humor and fun, engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

She is a public speaker, radio and television personality and the author of Four books; Quick Clean Your Home, Speed Cleaning 101, White Couch With KIDS?! and The Overworked Mom's Stress Free Homekeeping. Laura travels all over the country to share her home keeping and lifestyle tips.

Laura has appeared on on many local and national radio and television shows, including ABC’s The View, The Montel Williams Show, CBS New York’s CBS - The Early Show., NBC, FOX, CBS, WB, HGTV, FINE LIVING, STYLE NETWORK.  Her cleaning tips and advice have also been featured in magazines such as Real Simple, Redbook, Women's Day, Reader's Digest and Family Circle.

WWW.LAURADELLUTRI.COM 

GEORGE STONE IS HERE TO CHAT ABOUT A GORGEOUS NEW BOOK - WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES: PICTURE-PERFECT JOURNEYS AROUND THE GLOBE

For both actual travelers and armchair dreamers, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief George Stone will share NatGeo’s Top 50 most Wild Beautiful Places.  A gorgeous new book full of photos and firsthand accounts from the photographers, Wild Beautiful Places: Picture Perfect Journeys Around the Globe covers every continent, from Antarctica to Point Reyes National Seashore, Bolivia’s Moon Valley to Egypt’s Nile Valley.

WILD, BEAUTIFUL PLACES: 
Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

From national parks and the Seven Wonders of the World to secluded and rarely photographed sites, experience some of the most remote, magnificent, and slowly disappearing vistas of our world in Wild, Beautiful Places. Each image in this 320-page compilation is accompanied by first-hand accounts from the photographers behind the lens as well as useful travel information to help readers’ wanderlust become a reality. Drawing on National Geographic’s extensive archive of photos from around the world, the book brings exotic, picture-perfect locales to life.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

12/13 PATRIK PETR, CRYSTALITE BOHEMIA, KELLY PAGE TEAMS UP WITH KODAK, JOE MINOSO, BE BURN AWARE CAMPAIGN, CHICAGO FIRE

PATRIK PETR - MANAGING DIRECTOR USA AT CRYSTALITE BOHEMIA

Crystalite Bohemia s. r. o. was established in October 2009 and, at present, it owns two production plants. The first one is the glass factory in Světlá nad Sázavou with fully automated production of beverage and decoration glass (the glass factory was established in 1967); the other is the Květná glass factory based in Strání (established in 1794) where glass is still manufactured manually even today and, in addition, the glass is decorated using various techniques. At present, the company has more than 800 employees working in the two production plants, generating a turnover of close to EUR 37.5 million per year. A vast majority of their products are headed abroad, as the company currently exports to more than 72 countries worldwide.

An environmentally friendly crystallite glass melt has been used for many years to manufacture the entire range of products, as it does not contain any lead compounds and, since recently, includes also titanium guaranteeing a greater resistance of the final product. This glass melt offers top-class parameters such as Czech crystal and high lifetime, and can also be washed in a dishwasher without the risk of grey fading. Products made of this material will thus be stronger, more resistant to a higher number of cycles in the dishwasher, with an improved light refraction and the glass is even more abrasion resistant.

Both plants work in synergy nowadays. In addition to the manufacturing, the Světlá plant accommodates also the commercial and administrative base of the entire company, while the Květná plant deals with decorations, engraving or grinding of both beverage and decoration glass not only from Květná itself, but also of glass made on the automatic lines in Světlá nad Sázavou.

WWW.CRYSTALITE.ORG


LIFESTYLE EXPERT AND BLOGGER KELLY PAGE TEAMS UP WITH KODAK TO SHOW PEOPLE SOME LAST-MINUTE WAYS TO PERSONALIZE GIFTS AND CARDS USING A SIMPLE APP
GET CREATIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY TURNING SMARTPHONE IMAGES INTO LAST MINUTE CARDS & GIFTS

Just in time for those last-minute shoppers, Kelly Page will share her passion for creating the perfect customized greeting card, even if you think you’ve run out of time this holiday season. Find out how easy it is to create holiday cards or specialty gifts that will be cherished for years to come simply by using the KODAK MOMENTS App and print to retail option, so busy moms can grab their customized cards on the go.  Kelly is on a mission to help people free up those special pictures from their smartphones by turning them into cards, photobooks, ornaments and more. Discover why this app is the best for turning your memories into customized holiday greetings and gifts.

WWW.KODAKMOMENTS.COM


ACTOR JOE MINOSO - BE BURN AWARE CAMPAIGN WITH SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN

Many Americans Do Not Practice Important Fire Safety Tips in Homes, Despite High Awareness

Shriners Hospitals for Children survey uncovers dangerous habits  that could put families at risk during holiday season

According to an independent survey commissioned by Shriners Hospitals for Children®, many do not follow key fire and burn safety tips during the holiday season, which can be the most dangerous time of year.

The national survey, conducted as part of the Shriners Hospitals for Children annual Be Burn Aware campaign, polled adults across the nation on their fire safety knowledge and practices. Although overall awareness was high, the survey revealed several gaps in action. The largest gap was associated with live Christmas trees, one of the most dangerous fire hazards in homes during this time of year. More than half of those surveyed said they do not water trees daily, even though nearly three-quarters of respondents were aware of the life-saving practice.*

Candle and cooking accidents account for a large portion of house fires and injuries, but the study revealed Americans are not taking simple steps to keep their homes safe. One-quarter of Americans surveyed said they leave lit candles unattended, and slightly more leave them in reach of children. The survey also found that two of the simplest prevention tips are often not followed in the kitchen – turning pot handles to the back of the stove and keeping a cookie sheet nearby to extinguish a fire.

THE SURVEY RESULTS ALSO SHOW:

  • 70 percent are aware that live Christmas trees should be watered daily, but only 45 percent actually do.
  • 25 percent leave lit candles unattended in their homes.
  • 27 percent leave lit candles within the reach of children. 
  • 47 percent do not keep a lid or cookie sheet nearby when cooking to extinguish a fire. 
  • 25 percent do not turn pot handles to the back of the stove and out of children’s reach.

To help reduce fires and burns, Shriners Hospitals for Children is spreading important prevention messages through its Be Burn Aware campaign. Public service announcements, featuring actor Joe Minoso from the NBC hit show Chicago Fire, urge families to take precautions like watering live Christmas trees daily to reduce fire risks. The hospital system also has activity books, tip cards and a five-minute online quiz to help families avoid holiday injuries at beburnaware.org.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Learn more at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

WWW.NBC.COM/CHICAGO-FIRE
SHRINERSHOSPITALSFORCHILDREN.ORG

Monday, December 12, 2016

12/12 DAVE SINCLAIR, HOTWIRE PRESIDENT HENRIK KJELLBERG

“COUNTDOWN TO THE HOLIDAYS” WITH LIFESTYLE EXPERT DAVE SINCLAIR

Countdown to the Holidays
Tips and Tricks to Finally Getting You Ready for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be frantic!  For millions of consumers, last-minute seasonal shopping has become as much of a holiday tradition as trimming the tree and eggnog mustaches.

So what should you do if you’ve waited ‘til the 11th hour to go shopping and the store shelves were bare? We have some good news for all you procrastinators - help has arrived! As we enter the holiday shopping home-stretch, let our Lifestyle Expert Dave Sinclair  give you some “just in the nick of time” gift ideas!

For the past 20 years, Dave Sinclair has been providing insights on the latest lifestyle, consumer and fitness trends on television and radio. He is currently hosting the “New Home Source TV” channel in Raleigh, NC.

Dave has co-hosted the news magazine “No Place Like Home” and is regularly featured as a fitness expert on the Home Shopping Network. On “Entertainment Guide,” Dave profiled Washington DC area entertainment, recreational activities and festivals.

Dave has written, produced and hosted countless TV/radio programs across the country including; WFLC/Miami, FL, WRAL/Raleigh-Durham, KFMB/Shadow Broadcasting, San Diego and WRCY/ Washington DC.

GET.STRAIGHTTALK.COM/HOLIDAY
ROGAINE.COM 


HOTWIRE PRESIDENT HENRIK KJELLBERG - 2017 WILL BE THE “YEAR OF CHOICE” FOR U.S. TRAVELERS

TRAVEL PREDICTION: 2017 WILL BE THE “YEAR OF CHOICE” FOR U.S. TRAVELERS

Your rainy day fund is full.  You’ve arranged for time off from work.  Your new luggage has arrived.  But now what.  Where to go and more importantly, where to stay?  Hotel? Bed and Breakfast? Homestay rental?  Air bnb?  The choices keep growing – and that is a good thing.

The landscape for consumers to book travel lodging is continuing to evolve thanks to online travel agents (OTAs) like Hotwire.com alongside peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay networks, which have risen in popularity in recent years.

Positive experiences with alternate accommodations, like Airbnb,  are becoming more mainstream. This has helped to increase consumer confidence in booking different types of trips. These growing options have also resulted in a greater supply of available hotel rooms.  This surplus is good news for travelers as the rates to secure great lodging will be lower in 2017 than 2016.

In fact, it is expected that 2017 will be “the year of choice” for booking travel lodging. This is exciting news  since it will enable more U.S. travelers to be “slightly adventurous” and allow consumers to take even more trips.

Henrik Kjellberg will talk about the benefits of researching and booking your vacation on-line this holiday season as well as the changes and trends coming up in 2017.
 
HOTWIRE.COM

Friday, December 9, 2016

12/09 NATIONAL PASTRY DAY, ROSE LEVY BERANBAUM, THE PIE AND PASTRY BIBLE, TRAVELGIRL MAGAZINE, STEPHANIE OSWALD, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PASTRY DAY WE HAVE AWARD-WINNING BAKER, COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND BLOGGER ROSE LEVY BERANBAUM – AUTHOR OF THE PIE AND PASTRY BIBLE

The Pie and Pastry Bible is your magic wand for baking the pies, tarts, and pastries of your dreams—the definitive work by the country's top baker.
  • More than 300 recipes, 200 drawings of techniques and equipment, and 70 color pictures of finished pies, tarts, and pastries.
  • Easy-to-follow recipes for fruit pies, chiffon pies, custard pies, ice-cream pies, meringue pies, chocolate pies, tarts and tartlets, turnovers, dumplings, biscuits, scones, crostadas, galettes, strudel, fillo, puff pastry, croissants (chocolate, too), Danish, brioche, sticky buns, cream puffs, and profiteroles
  • All kinds of fillings, glazes, toppings, and sauces, including pastry cream, frangipane, Chiboust, fruit curds, ice creams, fondant, fruit preserves, streusel, meringues, ganache, caramel, and hot fudge
  • A separate chapter featuring foolproof flaky, tender, and original crusts of every kind imaginable. Here are a few: Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust, Flaky Cheddar Cheese Pie Crust, Miracle Flaky Lard Pie Crust, and Flaky Goose Fat Pie Crust; Bittersweet Chocolate, Coconut, Ginger, and Sweet Nut Cookie Crusts; and Vanilla, Gingersnap, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker Crumb Crusts
  • Countless tips that solve any problem, including the secrets to making a juicy fruit pie with a crisp bottom crust and a lemon meringue pie that doesn't weep
  • How to make a tender and flaky pie crust in under three minutes
  • How to make the best brownie ever into a crustless tart with puddles of ganache
  • Exciting savory recipes, including meat loaf wrapped in a flaky Cheddar cheese crust and a roasted poblano quiche
  • Extensive decorating techniques for the beginning baker and professional alike that show you how to make chocolate curls, pipe rosettes, crystallize flowers and leaves, and more
  • Detailed information on ingredients and equipment, previously available only to professionals
  • The wedding cake reconceived as a Seven-Tier Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Tart
  • Pointers for Success follow the recipes, guaranteeing perfect results every time

ABOUT ROSE:
Rose Levy Beranbaum is the award-winning author of 10 cookbooks, including the latest--The Baking Bible (the International Association of Culinary Professional Best Baking Book of the Year) and The Cake Bible, now going into its 54th printing and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 1988. The Cake Bible was also listed by the James Beard Foundation as one of the top 13 baking books on "the Essential Book List." Rose also won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1998 for Rose's Christmas Cookies, and her book, The Bread Bible, was an IACP and James Beard Foundation nominee and was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly and Food & Wine. Her most recent book, Rose's Heavenly Cakes, won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 2010. For multiple years she was a contributing editor to Food Arts magazine and writes regularly for the Washington Post, Fine Cooking, Reader's Digest, and Bride's. Her popular blog, realbakingwithrose.com, has created an international community of bakers where you can visit Rose Levy Beranbaum and join in the discussion on all things baking. While you are there, you can bring the author right into your kitchen as she demonstrates key techniques and shares trade secrets so that you can create perfectly divine cakes. She also has over 155 YouTube appearances demonstrating baking techniques, including her PBS show "Baking Magic with Rose."

REALBAKINGWITHROSE.COM


TRAVEL EXPERT STEPHANIE OSWALD SHARES TIMELY HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

GIVING THE GIFT OF QUALITY TIME

Find Out about a NEW Survey Showing that 81% of People Prefer a Great Vacation Over Most Gifts

The holidays are just a few short weeks away and 2017 is around the corner. That’s why travel expert and co-founder of TravelGirl Magazine Stephanie Oswald believes you might consider giving yourself or a loved one something to look forward to by planning your travel early!  Did you know studies show that anticipating a vacation may just be the best part of the entire experience? In fact, Expedia found that 80 percent of people who plan a vacation regularly report being happier because of it; and 81 percent say they get more pleasure from a vacation than they do possessions. Stephanie said this is really something to consider as we get closer to the holidays. So on December 9th, whether you’re looking to get away with friends, family or just by yourself, the TRAVEL GIRL has some timely tips for planning a great getaway.

ADVENTURE GIRL HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS, INCLUDE: 

  • PLACES TO RECOMMEND: According to AAA, two-thirds of travelers say the most important part of a vacation is the “quality time” they get with their travel companions.
  • MAKING MEMORIES: Why 91% say their best memories are made on vacations
  • THE REAL DEAL: How to find the best travel steals and deals are available


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12/08 RAGHAVAN IYER, SMASHED, MASHED, BOILED, AND BAKED AND FRIED, TOO!, TECH GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS, JENNIFER JOLLY

RAGHAVAN IYER – JAMES BEARD AWARD WINNER/AUTHOR, SMASHED, MASHED, BOILED, AND BAKED AND FRIED, TOO! 

SMASHED, MASHED, BOILED, AND BAKED AND FRIED, TOO!
A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes

The 4th largest crop in the world - potatoes are prized by billions for their versatility. A staple at many meals, some folks like to keep it simple and some folks may be looking for other delicious ideas for your potato!

Master teacher, 2016 James Beard Award winner, and beloved  cookbook author RAGHAVAN IYER is a potato addict. And in his new book "Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked and Fried, Too," Raghavan introduces us to a spirited, mouthwatering , continent- by-continent celebration of  everyone’s favorite ingredient. It's a celebration of potatoes in 75 Irresistible recipes that pay homage to the myriad culinary traditions that place the potato center stage!

Covering the gamut from finger foods  to  soups and salads,  entrees, side dishes, and even desserts,  SMASHED, MASHED, BOILED, AND BAKED — AND FRIED, TOO!  masterfully distills the potato’s  many cultural incarnations into delicious, easy - to - follow recipes for the home cook.  With mouthwatering full - color photographs throughout ,  this collection showcases :


  • Appetizers like Cheesy Tarragon Tots ,  Water Ches tnut Potato Potstickers , and  Sweet  Potato Samosas
  • Mains  ranging from a delectable  Canadian Lamb - Potato Tourtière to  Potato - Stuffed  Chiles Rellenos and  Moroccan Potato Stew with Saffron Biscuits
  • For sides, there’s no resisting Iyer’sUltimate Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable-Filled Potato  Knishes, or Hasselback Potatoes with Cardamom Butter
  • To finish the meal, try Thick-Cut Potato Crisps with Dark Chocolateor a decadent Sweet Potato Pithivier


Meticulously researched, the recipes in SMASHED, MASHED, BOILED, AND BAKED—AND FRIED, TOO! are tied together with stories and anecdotes that weave in the cultural, historical, and socialinfluencesof the potato over its 10,000-year history. Along the way,

The result is a charming, informative, glorious tributeto one of the world’sfavoritecomfort foodsthat’s equally at home on a holiday tableat a summer barbecue,or as part of ahome-cooked weeknight dinner any time of year.

WWW.RAGHAVANIYER.COM


TECH GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS W/ TECH COLUMNIST JENNIFER JOLLY

Americans will spend more than 36-billion dollars on tech toys this holiday season, breaking all kinds of previous records for gadget-gifts as nearly 70% of us plan to put electronics at the top of our lists.

Emmy Award-Winning Consumer Tech Expert Jennifer Jolly is back with the best gadgets for everyone in the family:

TECH THE HALLS WITH THE LATEST
Must-Have Tech Gadgets & Goodies For The Holidays

Alright you procrastinating shoppers, it’s time to find the right gift, but not sure where to go or what to buy? Join USA Today Tech Columnist Jennifer Jolly as she shares with your listeners some of the must-have tech gadgets and goodies hitting store shelves this holiday season. Tech gifts are number one on the gift-giving list, so make it a Holly, Jolly Tech-Mas and whether it’s dad, mom, brother or sis, Jenn will have something for everyone’s list.

Emmy award-winning consumer tech journalist, Jennifer Jolly: hosts two digital lifestyle series; TechNow for USA Today and Tech’s Appeal, with Chip Chick - the largest tech news and information site for women. Both series provide a no-geek-speak go-to for your wired world, giving you the how-to and what-for in a way you can totally understand.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12/07 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, ANN MARIE HOWARD

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT



For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


LIFESTYLE EXPERT ANN MARIE HOWARD - “GIFTS FOR EVERYONE”

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but in some cases it’s challenging to find the right gift for everyone on your list. Life style expert, Anne Howard, is a Host and Actress who has appeared in numerous Films, TV Series and Commercials. She’s been bringing viewers new products to try for over 20 years.

Today she has some wonderful ideas for Christmas!

Anne grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa, and first appeared onstage in the musical, "Carousel", at age 4. She began producing plays in her backyard shortly after that and, at 14, when the family moved to Davenport, Iowa, she starred in every high school play, musical & variety show. At 18, she moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse & the Stella Adler Conservatory. Anne Marie appeared in the NYC Off-Broadway productions "Summertree" (w/Alec Baldwin) & "Baseball Wives" (w/Anne Pitoniak). She played "Nicole Love" on Another World (1964) & "Kimberly Brady" on Days of Our Lives (1965). She works regularly in feature films & television series. Recent TV credits include Private Practice (2007), Desperate Housewives (2004), Criminal Minds (2005), Monk (2002), Nip/Tuck (2003), and Anne Marie is recurring on the ABC Family series, Make It or Break It (2009). Her feature films include You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008), The Weather Man (2005), Shopgirl (2005) and Prince of Darkness (1987), to name a few. She's been seen in hundreds of television commercials and was the spokesperson for the National Association of Realtors, Ditech and Maalox. She can also be heard in numerous voice-overs on the radio, web, & television.

WWW.ANNEMARIEHOWARD.COM

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

12/06 KATELYN ORIORDAN, SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA, ANDREW MELLEN, DR. BRIAN MITCHELL GROSBERG

KATELYN ORIORDAN, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER AT THE SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA CHATS ABOUT SEASONAL HAPPENINGS 

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is where the legend of Ka‘anapali began. Situated on Ka‘anapali Beach at historic Pu‘u Keka‘a, Black Rock, the oceanfront resort is nestled among 23 acres of tropical landscaping with 83 percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites facing the ocean.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa was named the Starwood Hotels & Resorts 2007 “Hotel of the Year” for the Sheraton brand, and recognized in Conde Nast Travelers’ 2012 Top 25 Hawaiian Resorts. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has also appeared in TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine’s World’s Best Awards “Top Resorts in Hawaii” in 2007, 2008 and 2013.

WWW.SHERATON-MAUI.COM



AMERICAN’S MOST ORGANIZED MAN/ BESTSELLING AUTHOR - ANDREW MELLEN AND HEADACHE SPECIALIST DR. BRIAN MITCHELL GROSBERG 

Save Money, Find Time, Get Organized and Debunk Myths about Holiday Stress and Headaches to Ring in a Hassle Free New Year & New Life!

Did you know that Holiday items add up to 25 million tons of trash every year and almost 60% of people receive unwanted gifts?

Americans waste 1 hour a day looking for things they know they own but can’t find.  That’s one year of their lives just looking for lost or misplaced items!   It’s no wonder most Americans say they don’t have time in their day.

While some of us of find the holiday season joyous, almost as many would describe it as nerve-wracking.    In addition to not having enough time, many people spend more than they should on gifts - particularly if they procrastinate.

According to Andrew Mellen “America’s Most Organized Man” and best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life, there is a better way.

In interviews on Tuesday December 6, Andrew Mellen along with Dr. Brian Mitchell Grosberg will teach your viewers how to stay organized, have more time and money, and recognize if they’re dealing with common holiday stresses or more serious headaches, and what they can do about it.

ZEMBRACE.COM

Monday, December 5, 2016

12/5 AILEEN AVERY, AUTHOR OF “GIFT RAP: THE HISTORY AND ART OF GIFT GIVING”

AILEEN AVERY - AUTHOR OF “GIFT RAP: THE HISTORY AND ART OF GIFT GIVING” - SUPER COOL TIPS FOR CHOOSING GIFTS FOR KIDS

HOLIDAY HISTORIAN AILEEN AVERY PROVIDES SUPER COOL TIPS FOR CHOOSING GIFTS FOR KIDS

Find out the Gifts that Should be on Every Kids’ Wish List this Holiday Season

Finding fun gifts that will entertain, educate and inspire is a challenge that can stress out parents during the holiday season. Now, we have the expert with a real ‘history’ for helping people find the perfect gifts for their kids. In fact, Aileen Avery has studied and written about both the psychology and history behind gift giving in her popular book GIFT RAP: The History and Art of Gift Giving. Just in time for the holidays, Avery will use her unique expertise to provide gift suggestions that kids will love and parents can appreciate.

Avery can also share some insight into the history of gift giving. For instance, Christmas honors the birth of Jesus Christ that evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Also, learn how Germany started the Christmas tree tradition, as we now know it, in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. In the past, Avery also co-hosted the HGTV show “I WANT THAT!” which highlighted the hottest “must-haves” products for the home. She is the creator of www.giftexpert.org, which features excerpts from her book and gift advice.

ABOUT AILEEN 
Aileen Avery is a lifestyle and gift expert, tv host, and mom of two boys.  She's hosted several national television shows on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, and HGTV's "I Want That!".  She's also the author of "Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving."  Aileen enjoys finding the truly fun and unique experiences in life and sharing them with friends and family. Why do we give gifts at Christmas? Or for birthdays and weddings? The answer has more to do with history and ritual than mere thoughtful and romantic ideas. Explore the traditions behind gift giving holidays in "Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving." Think outside the box and take the stress out of finding the perfect present!

Friday, December 2, 2016

12/02 HEATHER TOM, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, DR. JENNIFER STAGG, UNZIP YOUR GENES, STEVE EVANS THE MOVIE GUY

AWARD WINNING ACTRESS HEATHER TOM – TALKS THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND DIRECTING SHORT FILM CALLED SERENITY

Heather Tom is a Five-time Emmy Award winning actress who currently stars as “Katie Logan” on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful. As the most popular and iconic soap opera queen, she has catapulted to directing episodes on her own show. One of the characters she is directing is her real life son Zane, now 3 1/2 , who has reoccurred on the show since he was born.
Prior to joining The Bold and the Beautiful, Heather spent three years starring as “Kelly Cramer Buchanan” on ABC’s One Life to Live, and 13 years starring as the tempestuous “Victoria Newman” on CBS’s The Young and the Restless.

Heather and her husband James Achor starred in their own Reality-TV Mini-Series for the HGTV Network called Renovation Unscripted. Heather and James bring their unique backgrounds and incredible design taste along as they renovate and design spaces all over Los Angeles. Their work has been featured in InStyle and Elle Decor magazines. Today, the dynamic duo continues to creatively change the scene of décor and home makeovers for some high level clientele.

In addition to directing and hosting her own reality show, Heather recently joined the cast of major network shows including FOX’s Lucifer and A&E’s Unforgettable.

Along with her extensive television work, her Broadway credits include the Los Angeles production of Prymate,  a role for which she received a Robbie Theatre LA Award Nomination for Best Actress. Her New York theatre credits include: “Jenn” in Happy Hour; “Chrysothemis” in Electra with Marissa Tomei, Kathleen Chalfont, David Strathairn and Laila Robins, “Barbara Northrup”/”Marjorie Cameron” in Moonchild, and “Polyxen” in Hecuba.

Outside of the limelight, Heather is devoted to helping others and is extremely active with charities such as Project Angel Food, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Tuesday’s Child. In 2003, Heather created Daytime for Planned Parenthood. She has also enjoyed sharing her passion for acting with people across the country teaching young aspiring actors improvisation, scene study and on-camera work.


EXPERIENCED PHYSICIAN AND EXPERT IN PRECISION MEDICINE DR. JENNIFER STAGG – AUTHOR, UNZIP YOUR GENES: 5 CHOICES TO REVEAL A RADICALLY RADIANT YOU 

YOUR GENES ARE NOT YOUR DESTINY. 

By understanding your unique gene structure, you can take control of your health and future and bring balance into your life.

UNZIP YOUR GENES: 5 Choices to Reveal a Radically Radiant You (Simon & Schuster; Nov. 15, 2016)
by Dr. Jennifer Stagg provides an actionable plan based on your genomics to radically transform your health.

IN THIS BOOK YOU WILL:

  • Understand how the environment and your genes interact.
  • Learn how to use your own genetic information to your advantage.
  • Create an actionable plan based on your genomics to radically transform your health and improve your vitality.
  • Discover how to improve your health span and lead a productive, happy and healthy life.

Dr. Jennifer Stagg is an experienced physician and expert in Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease prevention that takes into account an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. In Unzip Your Genes Dr. Stagg provides insight on how you can take practical steps that can radically transform the state of your health and well-being.

Care to review a copy of UNZIP YOUR GENES and/or speak with Dr. Stagg for an elaboration of the above?

Dr. Stagg is a practicing naturopathic physician and is the founder and medical director of Whole Health Wellness Center in Connecticut. Dr. Stagg is a sought-after speaker and medical contributor and has appeared on NBC, ABC and CBS.

WWW.DRSTAGG.COM


STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

05/26 KAYLA CONTI, GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT, STEVEN RAICHLEN, BARBECUE SAUCES RUBS AND MARINADES, STEVE EVANS, THE MOVIE GUY

GOOGLE TRENDS EXPERT  KAYLA CONTI  Google’s Top Search Trends program provides a revealing — and sometimes surprising — look at the peop...