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February 24, 2017 08:07 AM PST

EXIT LIVES by Jamel Gross

Exit Lives is a fiction horror story that talks about a deranged man named leather who commits lots of crimes and who became clueless to these crimes.
His world turned upside down when an unexpected thing happen to his life.

About the author Jamel Gross
On a relaxing day, I enjoy a good book to start the day. I hope everyone has an opportunity to purse their dreams in life... Also I like to take time and enjoy life. Sometimes things aren’t as promised, never take loved ones for granted, spending time with family and friends. The Drive is the most intoxicating force. Sometimes I feel as if I’m on a mission. Pray for
World Peace and the lives that were lost???
As a writer, I find people fascinating. It is only the beginning until the clock is up. Precious time, precious few. Make time and savor the moment let no obstacles come between you and the gift... A little robust, a good jolt to start the day.

February 24, 2017 08:03 AM PST

The Healing Power of Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes & Fermented Vegetables
Interview with Susan Smith Jones, PhD

There was a time in the not-so-distant past people didn’t need to take a probiotic supplement daily or digestive enzymes because there were always homemade jars of pickled vegetables such as cucumbers, cabbage, beets, and onions in American kitchens. It was a way to preserve the bounty of the season, making sure extra vegetables didn’t go to waste, and assured that tangy condiments were always on hand.

In America and Europe, cucumber pickles and sauerkraut (cabbage) are two of the most popular fermented vegetables. Fermented veggies can also be found in other cultures around the world. Today our guest, Dr. Susan Smith Jones, will share her vast knowledge on The Healing Power of Probiotics, Fermented Vegetables & Digestive Enzymes, how they revitalize the body, why we should incorporate them into our diets. You’ll be inspired and motivated to upgrade your diet with fermented veggies and probiotics.

February 16, 2017 08:06 AM PST

The Drama Reaches an All-Time High in the Latest Season of WE tv's Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars Fridays 9pm ET/PT

Ric Speaks with 19 Kids & Counting's Amy Duggar King and Husband Dillon King as they Undergo a Unique Brand of Extreme Couples Therapy

In WE tv’s hit series Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars now in its seventh season, returning counselors Dr. Venus Nicolino (“LA Shrinks”) and Dr. Ish Major (“Ex Isle”) have their work cut out for them as they attempt to mend the broken relationships of some of reality TV's biggest stars. Dr. V and Dr. Ish will push these couples to the limit with physically, mentally and emotionally draining exercises to see if their relationships are worth saving or if it's time to call it quits.

Amy King -- formerly of 19 Kids and Counting and cousin of the famed Duggar clan -- shocked everyone when she and husband Dillon King entered marriage boot camp after just seven months after their wedding. Immediately upon arrival, their lack of respect for each other was apparent. Growing up in a huge family, Amy’s worried that she might not want to start her own with Dillon due to his aggressive ways. Since their communication issues have boiled over into resentment, the couple enlisted in Boot Camp to patch up their troubled marriage.

February 15, 2017 11:37 AM PST

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder

“A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.” —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

The Boys in the Boat meets A League of Their Own in this true story of a Depression-era championship women’s team.

In the early 1930s, during the worst drought and financial depression in American history, Sam Babb began to dream. Like so many others, this charismatic Midwestern basketball coach wanted a reason to have hope. Traveling from farm to farm near the tiny Oklahoma college where he coached, Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life: a free college education in exchange for playing on his basketball team, the Cardinals.

Despite their fears of leaving home and the sacrifices that their families would face, the women joined the team. And as Babb coached the Cardinals, something extraordinary happened. These remarkable athletes found a passion for the game and a heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach--and they began to win.

Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, Dust Bowl Girls takes readers on the Cardinals’ intense, improbable journey all the way to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. Lydia Reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced women’s sports as unhealthy and unladylike. At a time when a struggling nation was hungry for inspiration, this unlikely group of trailblazers achieved much more than a championship season.

Lydia Ellen Reeder is the grandniece of Sam Babb, the extraordinary basketball coach featured in Dust Bowl Girls. She spent over two years conducting research for the book and also wrote and narrated a short film about the Cardinal basketball team, currently on view at the Oklahoma Historical Society website: youtu.be/fokmbnWmp50.

As a former associate editor at Whole Life Times in Los Angeles and Delicious Magazine in Boulder, Colorado, Reeder has worked for many years as a copywriter and editor on behalf of corporate and organizational clients and most recently developed e-learning for a national nursing association. She lives in Denver with her husband and enjoys hiking in the mountains of Colorado. Dust Bowl Girls is her first book.

February 15, 2017 09:43 AM PST

Go On Location at the Legendary
Bronx Zoo!

The Bronx Zoo is a World Leader in Wildlife Conservation and Public Education.

For The First Time Ever, Animal Planet Takes Audiences Behind The Scenes to Highlight the Importance of Wildlife and Conservation in the Breakthrough New Series, The Zoo

Ric Talks with Jim Breheny, Director of the Bronx Zoo and WCS Executive Vice President of Zoos and Aquarium Live on Location.

Animal Planet takes audiences on a first-ever, in-depth look behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo, a New York institution and global leader in animal care and species conservation. With full access to the Bronx Zoo’s 265-acre campus, located a mere ten miles from New York’s Times Square, Animal Planet shines a light on a spectacular world of more than 6,000 animals and the 500-plus people dedicated to their care and well-being. THE ZOO, focuses on the stories of dozens of animals and experiences at the Bronx Zoo, and its critical mission to conserve wildlife around the globe. It also highlights the diverse community of people who work at the zoo, and how their expertise and varied skills come together to provide the highest quality care for the animals. THE ZOO premieres Saturday, February 18th at 10PM ET/PT.

Jim Breheny is WCS’s Executive Vice President and General Director of Zoos and Aquarium and Director of the Bronx Zoo, and also responsible for the operation and management of the New York Aquarium, the Central Park, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos. Collectively, the zoos and aquarium house more than 24,000 animals representing 1,400 species.

February 15, 2017 09:40 AM PST

One of the Country's Most Successful Homicide Detectives Reflects with Ric on His Most Notorious Cases in Investigation Discovery's Murder Chose Me Premieres Wednesday February 15th 10pm ET/9CT only on Investigation Discovery.

Rod Demery's Mother was Murdered When he was Three Years Old; The Case Went Unsolved -- Until He Solved it 35 Years Later

Murder has been a part of Rod Demery’s life for as long as he can remember. When he was just 3 years old, his mother was murdered. Then, when Demery was in his twenties, his brother was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Instead of succumbing to the cycle, he resolved to do everything in his power not to repeat the mistakes of the past, and pursued a career in criminal justice. In his 14 years with the violent crimes unit in Shreveport, LA, Demery had a stellar 100% rate in solving the dozens of cases in which he was the lead detective (including the murder of his own mother).

Demery’s impressive clearance rate, coupled with his fierce determination and no-holds-barred approach to get a confession, made him a legend in the department – but also an outsider. Friends, family, and love interests all found themselves playing second fiddle to his detective work. But Demery continues to be driven by his one mission in life: to find justice and resolution for the families of murder victims, just like his own.

In Investigation Discovery's new series, Murder Chose Me, Rod Demery reflects on his years as a homicide detective and some of the most notorious cases of his career. Rod discusses with Ric how murder chose him for the job, his thoughts on race relations, and the interrogation tactics which led him to have a 100% solve rate by way of confession.

February 14, 2017 11:45 AM PST

Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward co-author Adam Hansen

Evolution is killing innovation!

''Just trust your gut'' is great advice when your instincts tell you to run from a lion in the jungle. But when it comes to thinking innovatively about your business, those same instincts can be your own worst enemy. Cognitive biases—the instinctual mental shortcuts we all have in our brains that shape how we see and respond to the world around us—can also be the archnemeses of innovation/innovative thinking. New ideas appear too risky. Data gets discounted if it doesn't match the hypothesis of the researcher. And even like-minded innovation enthusiasts can find that enacting disruptive change is tough when they all see things the same way. It's time to let go and learn a new way to think.

Created by innovation experts, Outsmart Your Instincts cleverly merges behavioral science with business savvy. Using the trademarked Behavioral Innovation™ model, the authors provide an in-depth examination of eight unique biases (Negativity, Confirmation, and Conformity among them) that get in the way of creativity/creative thinking—and show us how we can overcome these barriers and break from the status quo.

With clever, thought-provoking activities, accessible writing, and easy-to-follow advice, Outsmart Your Instincts shows us how and why we react to new ideas the way we do, and then—helps us rethink what-we-think. Once we learn to outsmart our own instincts, we can take on challenges as true innovators who rely on all of our brains' powers—not just our guts—and be equipped to outsmart the competition.

Adam Hansen is VP Innovation/Innovation Process Consultant at Ideas To Go and a career-long innovation leader, student, and devotee. He has served on the board of the Product Development and Management Association and as an innovation and strategy expert with select causes in education and health care. Outside his work, Adam enjoys his family, music, and the woods surrounding his home in northwestern New Jersey.

February 13, 2017 09:46 AM PST

From Secret Underground Passageways Used by Al Capone During Prohibition to a Legendary Network of Complex Escape Tunnels at Alcatraz…

Some of the world’s most confounding archaeological and architectural secrets are located close to home and just beneath our feet. Thanks to new technological advances, get ready to explore these subterranean mysteries and more in an all-new series…

SECRETS OF THE UNDERGROUND Premieres Tuesday February 14th at 10pm ET/PT on Science Channel

Ric Catches up with Emmy® winning science and tech fanatic Rob Nelson, as he travels the country to investigate long lost, subterranean phenomena. ​

With the recent emergence of cutting-edge technologies such as ground penetrating radar (GPR), LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and 3-D imaging, scientists are now able to research fascinating underworlds of secret tunnel networks, ancient structures, and bizarre geological occurrences that offer glimpses into our history like we’ve never been able to see before.

Rob has made a name for himself in outdoor education. If you take a boating, hunting, archery, skydiving, ATV, snowmobile or paddle-sports course in the US, it’s likely you’ll see Rob presenting the material to you through his work with Kalkomey and Skydive Chicago. Rob is the lead director for the Untamed Science Youtube series.

February 13, 2017 09:42 AM PST

089 Filming Days — 117 Shoots
40 Countries — 7 Epic Episodes

Planet Earth II Premieres Saturday February 18th at 9pm ET/8pm CT on BBC America

Get Ready to be Inspired with a New Perspective of our World.

Ric Talks with Executive Producer Mike Gunton about this Landmark Event and Consider What the Future Holds for our Relationship with the Natural World.

Planet Earth transformed how viewers saw their planet when it debuted a decade ago. It was the first natural history series to be filmed in high definition, and captivated a global audience of more than half a billion people by giving them an unprecedented view of life on planet Earth.

Ten years later, this rich subject is being revisited with a new perspective. More than just observing the planet, audiences will be immersed in the most spectacular landscapes and habitats on Earth, bringing them eye to eye with the animals who live there. Advances in filming technology have made it possible for filmmakers to reveal the natural world in entirely new ways. From the highest mountains and the most remote islands, to jungles and the harshest deserts ­ Planet Earth II focuses on the most iconic habitats on land, and seeks to give audiences an experience of what it is like to live in these great wildernesses. A sixth habitat will also be covered ­ cities. Viewers will witness the surprising ways some animals are managing to thrive in the urban jungle, and consider what the future holds for our relationship with the natural world.

Intrepid film crews have tested their limits the past three years, having traveled to some of the world¹s most inaccessible places to bring the audience a new perspective on planet Earth. Narrated by the inimitable Sir David Attenborough and set to a beautiful score from Hans Zimmer and his team, Planet Earth II hopes to inspire and thrill viewers the world over.

Planet Earth II¹s executive director, Dr. Mike Gunton, works for BBC Worldwide and the BBC as creative director of Factual and The Natural History Unit. He¹s overseen rougly 120 wildlife films and critically acclaimed series. Outside of TV, Mike has directed the Emmy® award winning film One Life. He speaks internationally at media, entertainment and scientific gatherings as an ambassador for wildlife filmmaking, the BBC and the natural world.

February 10, 2017 08:26 AM PST


This children's book is the story of a beautiful little girl who, although a charming child, has such bad manners the mothers in her neighborhood band together and forbid their children to play with her. You will learn how Marianna overcomes her dilemma and becomes so well versed in etiquette that she writes her own little book of manners for children.

Edith Vosefski is the retired director of the Etiquette School of Northern Illinois in Downers Grove, Illinois. She has many years of experience teaching both children and adults. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, holds a master's degree in communication sciences from Governor's State University, and a training certificate from the American School of Protocol. Ms. Vosefski believes that etiquette is a subject that can be fun, and conducts her classes accordingly.

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