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April 05, 2017 08:14 AM PDT

Investigation Discovery Rips Open One of the Most Controversial Cases of All Time in the Special Three-Night TV Event, Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery Premieres April 9th for three nights at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.

Ric speaks with Investigative Journalist Diane Dimond about New Information on One of the Biggest Murder Mysteries in History

Investigation Discovery takes viewers deep inside the murder case of two-year-old Caylee Anthony to shed new light on this tragic crime and shocking verdict with CASEY ANTHONY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY. In a special three-night television event, ID rips opens the explosive case to reexamine the key players, puzzling actions and questionable motives behind one of the most captivating and controversial cases of all-time. Featuring new evidence, insight from those closest to the Anthony family, and never-before-seen footage of Casey, CASEY ANTHONY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is the definitive look at every angle of this heartbreaking case and whirlwind legal showdown.

One of the subjects interviewed for the special is Diane Dimond, an investigative journalist who provided extensive coverage of the Casey Anthony case for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Diane takes viewers behind the headlines through her nationally syndicated newspaper column, her best-selling books, and her appearances on TV outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Today Show and more.
https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/casey-anthony-an-american-murder-mystery

April 04, 2017 01:35 PM PDT

Paul Kirchoff

EPX is an invite-only group of pioneering entrepreneurs experiencing incredible adventures around the world. The community combines adventure travel with accelerated business success through greater social/business networking, peer-to-peer teaching and mutual experiences.

The EPX Worldwide community is powered by the first data-driven experience software platform enabling each member to teach and assist each other in an active format while also experiencing the world's greatest adventures.

Paul Kirchhoff is an avid entrepreneur, investor and global adventurer. He is founder and CEO of EXP Worldwide.

Before EPX, Paul was founder and CEO of SaleAMP, an eight-year old Austin, Texas based pay-for-performance digital marketing agency before successfully exiting the business, now serving in an ancillary role. He is one of the youngest people to attend business school at the University of Texas, was an early employee at Dell Computer Corporation where he pioneered several lines of business including Inspiron (zero to $1.5B in sales in 11 months), built and sold a marketing software company and has advised many large and small companies on digital marketing, operational innovation and disruptive product development.

Paul recently became a member of The Explorer's Club, the private, legendary exploration and scientific society.

He has directed and produced a film about racism, sold thousands of copies of corporate-thriller novels and DJ's deep house. Currently involved in a multi-national effort to bring internet connectivity and banking to the poor and is building another software venture that will accelerate social good for humanity's most pressing needs.
www.EPXWorldwide.com

April 04, 2017 08:55 AM PDT

David Morse

The Veteran Film & TV Star Continues His Run as the Most Powerful Man on the Mountain in
WGN America’s Outsiders. Tuesdays 9pm ET/PT

David Morse first came to national attention on television as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in the medical drama series St. Elsewhere, and later for his Emmy®-nomiated role as a detective in the medical drama House and as an honest police officer in a corrupt New Orleans police department in Treme. His numerous film credits include Concussion, The Green Mile, The Rock, Disturbia and 12 Monkeys. Morse nabbed his second Emmy® nomination portraying George Washington in the HBO miniseries John Adams.

WGN America’s hit series Outsiders is in the midst of it’s second additive season. The Appalachian-based drama tells the epic struggle of the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for more than 200 years, and their battle to defend their way of life, and their land, from the town below. David Morse stars as “Big Foster” Farrell VI, the leader of the clan and the most powerful male on the hill.

Ric catches up with the veteran actor about his varied career and the cliff-hangers to come in this second season of Outsiders.

For more information, visit:
www.wgnamerica.com/series/outsiders/

April 04, 2017 08:49 AM PDT

Revisit the Case that Captivated the Country:

Casey Anthony:
An American Murder Mystery Debuts April 9th at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery

Investigative Reporter Steph Watts Goes In-Depth to Shed New Light on this Controversial and Tragic Case in a Three Night Television Special on ID

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery is much more than an expose into one of the biggest murder mysteries in recent history, it’s a definitive and revelatory look inside the epic case that delivered more twists and turns than any Hollywood blockbuster and riveted the nation.

On July 15, 2008, Orlando police dispatchers receive a bizarre and stunning 9-1-1 call. The caller, Cindy Anthony, is frantic – her granddaughter has been missing for more than one month. Desperate to locate two-year-old grand-daughter, Caylee, police begin an intense investigation… but authorities cannot overlook a key player in the case, Caylee’s own 22-year-old mother, Casey.

Leading true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID), with reporter Steph Watts at the helm, takes viewers deep inside the investigation into the murder of Caylee Anthony to shed new light on this tragic crime and shocking verdict. The three-night television event, beginning Sunday, April 9th, opens the explosive case to reexamine the key players, puzzling actions and questionable motives behind one of the most captivating and controversial cases of all-time.

Steph Watts is an investigative journalist specializing in unique and compelling True Crime and Justice Television with an emphasis on missing persons cases, unsolved murders, cold cases and high profile crimes. Steph began his career at Court TV. Throughout his career, he has covered high profile stories such as OJ Simpson’s trial, Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, Anna Nicole Smith’s investigation, and Casey Anthony’s trial for multiple major news networks. With a firm understanding of the law and the justice system, Steph is the go-to-guy for crime and justice and a known voice for the missing, murdered and misunderstood.
For more information, visit:
https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/casey-anthony-an-american-murder-mystery/
http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/stephwatts.mp3

April 03, 2017 07:55 AM PDT
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David Morse

The Veteran Film & TV Star Continues His Run as the Most Powerful Man on the Mountain in
WGN America’s Outsiders. Tuesdays 9pm ET/PT

David Morse first came to national attention on television as Dr. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in the medical drama series St. Elsewhere, and later for his Emmy®-nomiated role as a detective in the medical drama House and as an honest police officer in a corrupt New Orleans police department in Treme. His numerous film credits include Concussion, The Green Mile, The Rock, Disturbia and 12 Monkeys. Morse nabbed his second Emmy® nomination portraying George Washington in the HBO miniseries John Adams.

WGN America’s hit series Outsiders is in the midst of it’s second additive season. The Appalachian-based drama tells the epic struggle of the Farrell Clan, who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for more than 200 years, and their battle to defend their way of life, and their land, from the town below. David Morse stars as “Big Foster” Farrell VI, the leader of the clan and the most powerful male on the hill.

Ric catches up with the veteran actor about his varied career and the cliff-hangers to come in this second season of Outsiders.

For more information, visit:
www.wgnamerica.com/series/outsiders/

March 23, 2017 10:55 AM PDT

High Level Wellness Through Simple Detox

Whether it’s the New Year, Springtime, the first of the month, the new moon, or you simply want to shed some extra pounds, look younger, boost your energy, or say good-bye to depression and fatigue, any time of the year is the best time to put yourself on a simple detox/cleanse program. It can be a simple 1-3 day cleanse, or a more deep 21 to 30 day detoxification program. However long you choose, it will benefit your body and your outlook on life.

Join my special guest, Dr. Susan Smith Jones, PhD and me as we discuss what lifestyle choices and foods contribute to a detoxified (or toxic) body and what you can do today to start the process. Susan will also share her wealth of information on the foods and lifestyle practices to help with weight loss, immunity, energy and more. In her latest book, The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle, she discusses customizing cleanses and detox programs for people around the world for over 30 years, and she first learned about the importance of keeping the body detoxified from her grandmother when she was a teenager.

Dr. Susan Smith Jones has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, optimum nutrition and balanced living. For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty at UCLA how to be healthy and fit for 30 years! Susan is the founder and president of Health Unlimited, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm dedicated to optimal wellness, health education and human potential. Susan travels internationally as a frequent radio and TV talk show guest and motivational speaker; she’s also the author of over 25 books, including The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle; Living on the Lighter Side; Health, Happy & Radiant…at Any Age; The Joy Factor; and Walking on Air: Your 30 Day Inside and Out Rejuvenation Makeover.

March 22, 2017 08:40 AM PDT

Nat Geo WILD’s #1 Series Celebrates 100 Episodes…

The Incredible Dr. Pol Season 10 Finale and 100th Episode Premieres Saturday March 25th at 9pm ET/PT

Dr. Jan Pol Will See You Now…
If You Have Four Legs and Fur!

The 75-year old veterinarian has become a global sensation thanks to his passion, charm and old-school, no-nonsense approach to animal care. The Incredible Dr. Pol, follows the doctor on his routine 14-hour workdays treating both pets and livestock. After 10 seasons, over half a million animals, record-setting ratings and countless prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic patients, it’s time to celebrate 100. The 100th episode, which will air as the season 10 finale, follows a reflective one-hour special that highlights the series’ top moments and most memorable cases.

Dr. Jan Pol was born in the Netherlands and raised on a family dairy farm. With more than 40 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Pol is a pioneer in treating animals. He began his career working for a local veterinarian in Harbor Beach, Michigan. However, eager to begin their own practice, in 1981 Dr. Pol and his wife, Diane, started their own animal clinic out of their home. The business continued to grow, and they have serviced over half a million animals since their doors opened. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. A true friend of the farmer, he works tirelessly to ensure that the diminishing population of family farmers remains in business. He plays an integral role in keeping farmers’ livestock healthy and their businesses profitable. Dr. Pol is also an advocate for affordable veterinary care.
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/the-incredible-dr-pol/

March 21, 2017 12:21 PM PDT

Dueling with Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi

As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively Fifth Street did for poker players, Daniel Barbarisi does for Daily Fantasy Sports fans in this leap down the rabbit hole of America’s latest obsession.

Daniel Barbarisi quits his job as the New York Yankees beat writer for The Wall Street Journal and begins a quest: to join the top one percent of Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) players, the so-called “sharks,” and figure out whether DFS is on the level—while maybe cashing in along the way.

DFS is fantasy sports on steroids. It’s the domain of bitter rivals FanDuel and DraftKings, online juggernauts who turned a legal loophole into a billion-dollar industry by allowing sports fans bet piles of cash constructing fantasy teams.

Yet as Barbarisi quickly realized, what should have been a fun companion to casual sports viewing was instead a ferocious environment infested with sharks, a top tier of pros wielding complex algorithms, drafting hundreds of lineups, and wagering six figures daily as they bludgeon unsuspecting amateur “fish.” Barbarisi embeds himself inside the world of DFS, befriending and joining its rogue’s gallery as he tries to beat them at their own game.

In a work equal parts adventure and rigorously reported investigation, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic industry at the very moment its existence is threatened by lawmakers sick of its Wild West atmosphere and pushy advertising. All their money made FanDuel and DraftKings seem invincible; but, as Barbarisi reports, they made plenty of dubious—perhaps even scandalous—moves as they vied for market supremacy.

In Dueling with Kings, Barbarisi uncovers the tumultuous inside story of DFS, all while capturing its peculiar cast of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros living an endless frat party of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit them all and make it to the top?

Daniel Barbarisi is a longtime sports and news journalist, having published over five thousand pieces in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Providence Journal, and appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs over the course of his career. Most recently, he was on staff at The Wall Street Journal, serving as the Yankees beat reporter. He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a Master's Degree from Brown University. He and his wife reside in Boston, Massachusetts. Dueling with Kings is his first book.
www.danielbarbarisi.com

March 17, 2017 09:43 AM PDT

From the Critically-Acclaimed A&E Drama
BATES MOTEL…
Ric Catches up with Actor Nestor Carbonell and Executive Producer Carlton Cuse

Carbonell is back for the haunting fifth and final season as Alex Romero (Norman Bates’ Stepfather) who is currently incarcerated for perjury, hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson and avenge the murder of his one true love, Norma Bates.

This contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho has provided fans with an intimate look into the unraveling of Norman Bates’ psyche throughout his teenage years. Fans watched as Norman’s dangerous transformation came full circle when he methodically murdered his beloved mother, Norma, in the final gut-wrenching episodes of season four. Season five of Bates Motel picks up almost two years later and finds Norman (Freddie Highmore), a grown man now, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home Norman struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as ‘Mother’ (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. In addition, eight-time Grammy Award® winner and series super fan Rihanna checks in to play the role of ‘Marion Crane,’ putting a newly reimagined and contemporary spin on the iconic character.

Nestor Carbonell is perhaps most famous for his roles as Richard Alpert in ABC's drama series Lost, and Mayor Anthony Garcia in the films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He is also known for his regular roles as Luis Rivera on the sitcom Suddenly Susan, and Batmanuel on the live-action sitcom The Tick.

Carlton Cuse is an Emmy® Winning producer, writer and show runner. He is currently working on four drama series: Bates Motel (A&E), Colony (USA), Jack Ryan (Amazon) and The Strain (FX). He was also the screenwriter for one of summer of 2015’s biggest movies, San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson.
http://www.aetv.com/shows/bates-motel

March 16, 2017 11:44 AM PDT

Digital Selling: How to Use Social Media and the Web to Generate Leads and Sell More
by Grant Leboff

With an increasing volume of customer time and attention being devoted to mobile and social channels, sales teams need to ensure that they are visible and available online. Until now this has been an area largely left to marketing, but as disciplines converge, sales people need to add digital skills to their existing skillset and how to translate core selling expertise into online business development.

Digital Selling cuts through the abundance of information to help guide salespeople in acquiring the core digital skills needed to understand the new models of consumer behavior. It also explains how to build a brand that is relevant, visible, and has value for the consumer. Author Grant Leboff reveals why embracing the social web is vital, how sales roles change in a digital environment, how to build an online network, how to create structure and time for your lead generation, how to get noticed, and how sales and marketing can work together.

Grant Leboff is the founder of Sticky Marketing Ltd., a consulting firm that advises clients on sales and marketing strategies, building their brand and positioning it as market leader in their particular sector. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, he is also a contributor to many business magazines and newspapers including The Financial Times. He is also the author of Sticky Marketing and Stickier Marketing.
www.StickyMarketing.com

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