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March 30, 2018 07:58 AM PDT

Mining The Mineral Mountains by Clem Masloff

The writer Dey Skull visits the country of Landia to investigate his family roots, but becomes involved in the bitter national miners’ strike. His interest is drawn to the Xarti, a minority group persecuted, slaughtered, and expelled fifty years before. He meets the leader and founder of the miners’ union, Dr. Garen Slyn and flees into the mountains with him.

Dey discovers the doctor is a relative of his, and shares Xarti ancestry with himself. Together, they find a solution to the miners’ and Landia’s problems.

The author has been involved with science fiction and speculative literature since teaching himself to read in 1941-42. He served in the Army as a linguist and translator in four Balkan Slavic languages. For several decades he taught sociology in Ohio after graduate research in Russian social history. In his years of retirement he has been writing Science Fiction, a return to dreams of the early 1940s”

March 29, 2018 01:17 PM PDT

It's Time to "GET UP" with
ESPN's Brand-New Morning Show

Ric Speaks with Former Sportscenter Host and
Longtime Sports Radio Personality, Mike Greenberg

For almost two decades, sports fans woke up with Mike Greenberg (or "Greeny" as he's often called) as half of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, with co-host Mike Golic. Beginning April 2, Mike will be seen each morning on ESPN's new morning show, Get Up, along with Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose. From a new studio in New York City's South Street Seaport, Get Up will feature all the latest sports news, opinion and analysis from three unique personalities.

Mike Greenberg first joined ESPN more than 20 years ago as anchor for ESPNEWS before becoming the long-time host of SportsCenter. In 2016, Mike - along with his radio partner Mike Golic - was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Mike is also the best-selling author of Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot, Mike & Mike's Rules for Sports & Life, All You Could Ask For and My Father's Wives.

Speak with Mike about Get Up on ESPN as well as his new children's book, MVP: Most Valuable Puppy (written with his wife Stacy Steponate Greenberg). Proceeds from the book will go to Heidi's Angels, the foundation Mike and Stacy founded to fund cancer research and help fight pediatric cancer.

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March 28, 2018 11:16 AM PDT

Stem Cell Revolution: Discover 26 Disruptive Technological Advances in Stem Cell Activation by Joseph Christiano ND, CNC, CNHP

Addressing chronic back pain, diabetes, joint replacements, osteoarthritis, neurological issues, and more, Joseph “Dr. Joe” Christiano reveals
how this cutting-edge therapy can rapidly replace damaged cells in the body with no side effects or allergic reactions.
If you have been disappointed by ineffective treatments, the answer to improving your health may be in your stem cells. Dr. Joe explains
how adult stem cell therapy and activators are two of the new technologies in regenerative medicine that will be game changers in medical history.
Adult stem cell therapy is disrupting and revolutionizing the way we think about our health.
Stem Cell Revolution features testimonials of people who have seen their pain disappear, COPD reversed, and kidney function
restored, among other benefits.

Joseph Christiano, ND, CNC, CNHP, is a naturopathic doctor, a certified nutritional counselor, and a certified nutritional health professional through Trinity College of Natural Health. Dr. Joe has spent more than fifty years, both personally and professionally, in natural health, including exercise/diet, pain management, and antiaging and stem cell therapies and treatments. He is the president and founder of Body Redesigning by Joseph Christiano and the best-selling author of Bloodtypes, Bodytypes, and You, among others.

March 23, 2018 09:29 AM PDT

Open Up to Vitality, Prosperity & Equanimity
by Susan Smith Jones, PhD

For a woman with three of America’s most ordinary names, Dr. Susan Smith Jones has certainly made extraordinary contributions in the fields of holistic health, longevity, 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 30 books, including The Curative Kitchen & Lifestyle; Invest in Yourself with Exercise; and newly released, and the discussion of our program today,
CHOOSE TO THRIVE: Open Up to Vitality, Prosperity & Equanimity.

Who doesn’t want to have more Vitality, Prosperity and Equanimity, as you say in your book’s subtitle? We all do! Today’s show is for you if you would like to enjoy life more and live with more enthusiasm, youthful vitality, high self-esteem, success and a positive attitude. Everything we discuss today can be found in much more detail in her new book which is available at Amazon and also her website in 5 different formats, including an autographed copy by Susan with a note card and bookmark. You can read the entire Foreword and Afterword for the book, as well as view aSampler of the contents, on Susan’s website.


March 23, 2018 08:34 AM PDT

Flight of the Valkyrie a novel by Arthur Cantrell

Based on the real events at the end of World War II this thrilling military novel has increased relevance in today's climate of terrorism. Flight of the Valkyrie centers on an attempt by Heinrich Himmler, member of the doomed Nazi hierarchy to infiltrate the Manhattan Project and capture the newly developed atomic bomb intending to use it as leverage to mitigate Germany's surrender terms. Receiving classified intelligence of the project's progress from a mole within the Russian spy network a top-secret team of German commandos lands on the coast of Maine and launches a ruthless campaign of blackmail and forgery. The gripping story is inspired by real-life intrigues of Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, who instigates a special underground organization in a desperate attempt at self preservation at the time of Germany's surrender in 1945. All the hallmarks of a great espionage thriller are here, enhanced by the cast of endlessly complex characters, the fresh and distinctive voice of this first-time novelist, and the note of authenticity of the best historical fiction.

Arthur Cantrell is an oncologist making his home in Arkansas. A retired member of the National Guard, he served for over two decades achieving the rank of Colonel. His decorations for distinguished service include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. While he previously published in a medical journal, Flight of the Valkyrie is his first novel.

March 23, 2018 08:31 AM PDT

Friction And Fantasy by Ramon Pinon Jr.

Human sexuality resists simple or facile evaluations and no generalization can do justice to the vast inventory of sexual feelings, practices, or behaviors. Our sexuality is not only a source of joy, wonderment, emotional release, and happiness, but also of frustration, revenge, intimidation, and deadly power. Coming to grips with our sexuality is no easy task, for our attempts to understand ourselves, to distinguish between reality and illusion, are mired in mythologies of the past, misinformation, moral and religious imperatives, lack of scientific knowledge, and wishful thinking. By tracing the development of our understanding Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box presents a historically informed way of trying to make sense of one of the most emblematic aspects of our humanity. Beginning with the seemingly simple query what is sex, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box provides for the general reader a wide ranging exploration of the complexities and mysteries of our multidimensional sexual universe - sexual fantasies, why we have sex, the mythologies of our sexual anatomy, love, sexual desire and arousal, orgasm in females and males, the taboo subject of solitary sex, the controversies regarding erotic preference and gender diversity, unusual sexual practices, sexual violence (rape, pedophilia and child sexual abuse), and the dilemmas of sexual discontent. Blending scientific and historical perspectives with literary commentaries, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box offers a wealth of information not easily available to the general reader in a stimulating and thought-provoking manner.

Ramon Piñon Jr was born in El Paso, Texas in 1939. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1966. He now holds the title of Emeritus Professor, Division of Biology, University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has taught a wide variety of classes spanning a broad area of modern biology. He developed the first Human Reproduction course in the UCSD Biology department in 1973 and taught it for many years. Out of that experience came his textbook Biology of Human Reproduction published by University Science Books in 2002. His transformation of his textbook into a form more suitable for the lay reader has led to his latest books, Friction and Fantasy: Opening Pandora’s Box, a historical and scientific exploration of human sexuality, and a companion volume, How We Become Female and Male: Our Extraordinary and Perilous Journey, which focuses on the biological aspects of our reproductive system.

March 23, 2018 08:27 AM PDT

Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars: Your GPS in an Era of Hyper-Change by Jeff Piersall and Eric Wright

Some attribute it to Aristotle, but whether the great Greek philosopher said it or not doesn’t affect its timeless truth. “If you want to avoid criticism, all you have to do is say nothing, do nothing and be nothing.” If on the other hand, you decide your life is purposed for something worthy and being on the playing field is preferred to sitting in the stands, there is something you are sure to encounter; what Jeff Piersall and Eric Wright call “barking dogs.”

Dogs Don’t Bark at Parked Cars illustrates this encounter as the voices that find fault, who don’t think it’s possible, who are unable to see a future alive with opportunities waiting to be seized. They are the ones governed by fear instead of faith. Unfortunately, many times the loudest of these barking dogs are kenneled right in most people’s own heads. For Jeff and Eric, that priceless quality is wisdom. It goes beyond knowledge or aptitude and transcends this era of cultural and technological hyper-change, with principles that are timeless.
About the Authors

Jeff Piersall – CEO and Founder of SCB Marketing, former high school and college basketball coach, Piersall is a wealth of knowledge of people and live experiences and at all levels. He has published over 130 articles over the past decade on business leadership and vision. He resides in Melbourne, Florida.

Eric Wright – former pastor and an author who has published over 200 articles and his experience brings an entire lifetime of human experience. Their combined human knowledge and experience brings wisdom to the reader. He resides in Melbourne, Florida.
www.Jeff Piersall.com

March 20, 2018 09:27 AM PDT

Make Dreams Come True this Prom Season

Ric Catches Up with Style Guru Monte Durham from
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta

He’ll Share His Prom Tips and Tell You
How to Empower Deserving High School Students in Your Area with the 7th Annual

Say Yes to the Prom Initiative
The initiative will help 1,000 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country find the perfect prom look. In addition to gifting students with prom dresses, tuxedos and accessories as well as one-on-one style sessions with Monte Durham, TLC and premier editorial partner Seventeen magazine teamed up this year to bring the prom of a lifetime to one deserving high school as part of the initiative’s inaugural “Win A Dream Prom for Your School” contest. This is the first year a school has won not only formal wear, but a prom itself. TLC’s Say Yes To The Prom special will capture the winning school’s entire experience from shopping for their dream looks to their unforgettable prom.

Designed to go beyond the dress and tuxedo to prepare students for college and careers, this year’s SAY YES TO THE PROM will feature scholarship, internship and mentorship opportunities as part of educational and youth workforce partnerships with The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative and The Emma Bowen Foundation. Students at each event also will meet and be paired with professional mentors from the fashion and media industries. These mentor-mentee relationships will extend beyond the event and offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.

The 2018 Say Yes To The Prom Special premieres on TLC on March 24th at 9/8c

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March 20, 2018 09:11 AM PDT

Twilight Sparkle’s School of Friendship is in Session!

Get Your Kids Ready for New Adventures, Original Songs and
New Characters in the New, Magical Season of…
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Premiering Saturday March 24th at 11:30am ET/PT on Discovery Family

Ric Catches Up with Actress Tara Strong, the Iconic Voice
of Lead Pony "Twilight Sparkle," As Well as
the Voice of Many Other Well Known Animated Characters.

Launched in 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic follows the magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and her trusted assistant Spike, who live in Ponyville in the enchanted land of Equestria, along with her colorful pony friends – honest Applejack, generous Rarity, kind Fluttershy, loyal Rainbow Dash and fun-loving Pinkie Pie. Together, they teach one another valuable lessons about the most powerful magic of all – the magic of friendship.

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the My Little Pony franchise!

Following the events of the My Little Pony movie, in the season eight back-to-back premiere episodes, Twilight Sparkle and her friends discover that the Friendship Map has expanded to show the world outside Equestria. Through two exciting original songs, Twilight Sparkle learns that friendship needs to spread beyond the limits of the kingdom and decides to open her very own School of Friendship. But things come to a head when the new non-pony students ditch class on Friends and Family day, putting the entire school in jeopardy!

Tara Strong is an Emmy® nominated actress for her role as “Twilight Sparkle.” Her career has spanned both TV and film but it’s her voice work that has landed her some well known roles including; “Bubbles” in The Power Puff Girls, “Timmy Turner” in The Fairly Odd Parents, “Dil Pickles” in Rugrats, “Raven” in Teen Titans, and “Melody” in The Little Mermaid 2. She is also Miss Collins on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and the current voice of “Harley Quinn.”
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March 20, 2018 09:03 AM PDT

More to Love with
Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard & Priscilla Faia

The trio is reprising their roles in the popular
polyamorous romantic comedy You Me Her. Season 3 premieres March 20th at 10PM ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. They talk about it with Ric

Television's first polyromantic comedy is back for a third season on AT&T AUDIENCE Network. What begins as an impulsive date between suburban husband Jack (Poehler) and neophyte escort Izzy (Faia) spins into a whirlwind three-way affair including Jack's wife Emma (Blanchard), who's been keeping secrets of her own. Over a span of just 10 days, their arrangement becomes something else entirely: A real romance with real stakes involving three real people.

In Season 2, the complex realities of polyamory and "throupling" set in, and Jack, Emma, and Izzy find out what happens when this peculiar rom-com fades to black. They find it's harder than they anticipated to prove their best, truest, happiest lives really are together, especially when more conventional alternatives beckon.

Now in Season 3, it's the day before Jack and Emma’s divorce signing. Circumstances reunite the t​hrouple, forcing them to confront what drew them together and what tore them apart. Will Emma return to her lesbian dream life in Seattle and leave suddenly heteronormative couple Jack and Izzy to start a family? Or will the trio realize being together may be complicated but being apart is unbearable? Most importantly, can all of them really live their best, truest, happiest lives in polyfidelity, a committed three-person union? Can each of them hold onto the “me” in You Me Her?

After finding success as a stand-up comedian, Greg Poehler left his day job as a lawyer to pursue a full-time career in show business, in large part influenced by his older sister, Amy Poehler. Greg is best know for creating and starring in the Swedish sitcom Welcome to Sweden, where he currently resides.

Rachel Blanchard is best known for playing the part of Cher Horowitz on the television series Clueless. She also played Roxanne on the television series 7th Heaven; and has had recurring roles in the British sitcom Peep Show, HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and FX’s crime series Fargo.

Canadian actress and writer Priscilla Faia is best know for her roles in Rookie Blueand Method.

AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

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