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January 18, 2019 09:48 AM PST

The KIDZ BOP Kids Announce International Tour

All New Show Coming To A City Near You

The #1 Music Brand for Kids, KIDZ BOP,
Just Announced Their First-Ever World Tour.
Their Latest Album, KIDZ BOP 39, Is Out Friday, January 18th.

Ric Talks with The KIDZ BOP Kids - Julianna, Olivia, Isaiah & Jacob -
About Their KIDZ BOP World Tour in 2019.

he first-ever KIDZ BOP World Tour 2019 will see The KIDZ BOP Kids touring internationally. The World Tour will kick off in London in April, then travel to 50+ cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico hitting major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Denver, and more. The announcement comes hot on the heels of KIDZ BOP's 2018 tour -- its most successful tour in franchise history.

The brand-new show is an interactive experience for the whole family. The KIDZ BOP Kids will be performing some of today's biggest hits "sung by kids for kids," with engaging new set design, exciting choreography, and more! Additionally, KIDZ BOP’s latest album, KIDZ BOP 39, will be released Friday, January 18 including pop hits “Girls Like You,” “In My Feelings,” “I Like It,” and more.

KIDZ BOP is the #1 music brand for kids, having sold more than 20 million albums and generating 2.7 billion streams since the family-friendly music brand debuted in 2001. KIDZ BOP has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. KIDZ BOP surpassed 1 million subscribers on YouTube this year.

The KIDZ BOP Kids were just named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artist” for the ninth consecutive year. The KIDZ BOP Kids sing on the KIDZ BOP albums, perform live on tour, star in TV commercials and music videos, create content for KIDZ BOP’s YouTube channel, and host KIDZ BOP Radio on SiriusXM (Channel 77).

The KIDZ BOP Kids are Julianna (from Houston, TX), Olivia (from Los Angeles, CA), Isaiah (from Los Angeles, CA) and Jacob (from Baltimore, MD).
For more information about The KIDZ BOP Kids, the KIDZ BOP World Tour in 2019 & the KIDZ BOP 39 Album, visit: https://kidzbop.com/

January 18, 2019 09:44 AM PST

Winter is Hotter Than Ever with the Return of
MTV’s Hit Series…

Siesta Key

Ric Catches Up with Fan Favorites Juliette and Chloe
as They Dish about Season Two.

Cozy up this winter with the return of the highly-anticipated series. Viewers will see the cast pick up where they left off, confronting issues of love, heartbreak and volatile friendships. Also on the scene are new arrivals who quickly add fuel to the fire. Season two will premiere with back-to-back episodes Tuesday January 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

Siesta Key is the ultimate sun-filled series that follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak and looming adulthood. From the executive producers of MTV’s Laguna Beach, the cameras follow this group of friends in their beautiful Florida hometown, while they come of age and try to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

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January 18, 2019 09:40 AM PST

Investigation Discovery Delves into the
Twisted Truth Behind Real Estate Tycoon and
Murder Suspect Robert Durst

Ric Speaks with Investigative Journalist Diane Dimond about the Bizarre Case, Which Was Also the Subject of HBO’s The Jinx

ROBERT DURST:AN ID MURDER MYSTERY Premieres Monday January 21 and Tuesday January 22, at 9pm ET/8pm CT only on Investigation Discovery

Money, privilege and power – millionaire Robert Durst had it all. But behind closed doors, Durst was more than a mogul... he was wanted for murder. The latest installment in Investigation Discovery’s top-rated ID Murder Mystery franchise, ROBERT DURST: AN ID MURDER MYSTERY, delves into the twisted truth behind one of New York’s most infamous real estate heirs. From the suspicious disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen, to the execution-style murder of his confidant, Susan Berman, and the brutal killing of his neighbor, Morris Black, this two-part special event pulls the curtain back on this 40-year saga.

While Durst maintains his innocence, many suspect he killed Susan Berman to prevent her from telling police the truth about his wife Kathleen’s suspicious disappearance in 1982. ROBERT DURST: AN ID MURDER MYSTERY builds on the explosive news coming out of HBO’s The Jinx to bring viewers a comprehensive, 360- degree exploration into the case starting from the beginning to new information from the present day.

One of the subjects interviewed for the special is Diane Dimond, an investigative journalist who provided extensive coverage of the Robert Durst case for publications such as 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.
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January 18, 2019 09:35 AM PST

It’s Working for A-List Celebrities,
Will a Keto-Friendly Diet Work For You?

South Beach Diet is Launching a
New Keto-Friendly Program For 2019!

The New Program Delivers Legendary
South Beach Diet Principles While also Meeting the
Rising Consumer Demand for Keto-Friendly Meal Options.

Ric Talks with Renowned Cardiologist and Creator of the Program,
Dr. Arthur Agatston.

Sixteen years ago, cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston introduced the world to the South Beach Diet®, a heart-healthy and revolutionary high protein, low sugar, low carb approach to dieting. The South Beach Diet principles have stood the test of time and the program is a trusted choice of millions. There are more than 23 million copies of The South Beach Diet and its companion books in print worldwide.

In 2019, South Beach Diet® is launching the new South Beach Diet Keto-Friendly program designed to be a low-carb, high-fat dietary pattern consistent with a “keto” diet. This new program was inspired by the growing trend toward health-conscious consumers pursuing keto lifestyle and products, which have been associated with health benefits, weight loss and performance. The keto-friendly program option offers consumers the ability to adapt the proven South Beach Diet to make it more “keto.”

The existing and proven South Beach Diet program, which is high in lean protein and low in carbohydrates and added sugar, remains available for those who do not wish to follow the keto-friendly option. Customers on the South Beach Diet program can expect to lose up to seven pounds in the first seven days on the program, a motivating start to a healthier lifestyle.

Additionally, South Beach has increased its menu by over 30% for 2019, including 24 new foods, and boasts a menu of more than 100 meals and snacks with globally-inspired flavors.

Also new is the launch of South Beach’s new nutrition pledge that includes commitments to provide foods that are free from the following items:

* No artificial flavors or sweeteners
* No colors from artificial sources
* No high fructose corn syrup
* No artificial trans fats (No partially hydrogenated oils)
For more information about the new South Beach Keto-Friendly program,
visit: www.SouthBeachDiet.com

January 17, 2019 11:06 AM PST

Anyone Can Be Rich!: A Psychiatrist Provides the Mental Tools to Build Your Wealth by Mark Tobak, MD

Psychiatrist and attorney Mark Tobak, MD, has discovered most of his patients one thing in common: anxiety about money. Fears and doubts about their financial future and day-to-day financial needs.

Tobak is determined to relieve some of that weight with this accessible guide to the realities of money and finance. His simple analogies from movies, TV, and popular songs will make the principles of money management and wealth building come alive for everyone.

In Anyone Can Be Rich!,Dr. Tobak shows how

Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe can teach you the lessons of compound interest;
It’s a Wonderful Life can explain compounding in work, love, friendship and;
the tale of the “incredible shrinking dollar” can help you understand inflation.
the realities of fiat currencies can affect your ability to save without investing;
James Bond and Goldfinger can teach you luck and probability;
Star Trek and Big Bang Theory can explain our gambling compulsions;
the financial profiles of extremely successful investors, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, and Jack Bogle, can help you improve your investing results; and
other important money matters.

Tobak uses examples from Darwin, Einstein, medicine, math, psychiatry and law, from Star Wars to Casablanca, to demonstrate these concepts and ideas. By reading his book, you are empowering yourself to take control of your financial future. Don’t let financial security pass you by. It is all within your reach!

Mark Tobak, MD, is a general adult psychiatrist in private practice. He is the former chief of inpatient geriatric psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Harrison, New York, where he is an attending physician.

Dr. Tobak graduated the University at Buffalo School of Medicine after receiving a pre-medical certificate from the Columbia University School of General Studies. Before pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Tobak received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law and was admitted to the New York State Bar.

Dr. Tobak’s work has been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Times, and the American Journal of Medicine and Pathology. He is the author of Anyone Can Be Rich! and Audio Alternative: The Definitive Guide to High Fidelity.

January 17, 2019 09:17 AM PST

Polar Bear: An Endangered Species by Ejaz Ahmed
This book is about polar bears which are an endangered specie.

Climate change in the Arctic sea is damaging the environment in which the polar bears live.

The polar bears habitat is slowly warming up and they have less ice on which to sit and hunt.

The polar bears have to travel a longer distance to find solid for resting.

All of these changes are making life for the polar bear difficult.

About the Author
Ejaz Ahmed resides in Sacramento with his wife and two children. He works in the computer laboratory at Folsom Lake College. “Polar Bear” is his first book.

January 17, 2019 09:14 AM PST

WHISPER IN MY EAR by John Henry Hardy

Whisper in My Ear is a story of two loving couples--with ordinary desires and passions--who are called on to bear witness to an extraordinary time as they serve in the US Marine Corps and the US Navy, and strive to fulfill their duties and follow their orders, whether they agree with them or not, while a gruesome and bloody war rages all around them.

This novel also emphasizes the courage of the American Marines, soldiers, and airmen, as well as the important role women play in all wars, whether they remain at home or serve abroad, and the debt of gratitude the wounded owe to the critical and angelic care of a combat nurse.

John Henry Hardy was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and served more than thirty three years in the US Marine Corps. At the end of his first stint, he attended Rutgers University and was awarded a bachelor's degree there, and later a master's degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. As a Public Affairs Officer for the Marine Corps, he wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles that were published throughout the United States. One of his published articles earned him the George Washington Honor Medal by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and for another press release he was awarded the Freedoms Foundation Honor Certificate.

John is the author of several novels including; Whisper In My Ear-a romance/historical story of the Vietnam War; The Place Where The Giant Fell-a romance/historical novel about prejudice in pre-statehood Arizona; When Brothers Meet-a romance/historical premonition of what would happen to the United States and the rest of the globe if China continues its quest of controlling the world's oil supply; The Day God Played Baseball-a fictional account of a small town bully who wants to dominate the county's Little League Baseball title, even if he has to cheat to do so; The Legend of the Phantom Effect-an exciting science fiction tale.

Mr. Hardy also taught college for several years and now lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife Lucy, and is continuing to enjoy his writing career.

Author web site: jhhardy.com

January 17, 2019 09:11 AM PST

Sunken Spanish Treasure Quest by Richard Joseph Johnson
This novel is not the typical story about a sunken treasure hunt conducted by a cadre of experienced and adventurous men seeking their fortunes under the sea. These four men were just regular guys with no knowledge whatsoever of underwater treasure hunting with its many pitfalls and perils. These were close friends, who had finally reached a point in their rather tedious and somewhat boring lives, where they wanted to do something daring and exciting and, at the same time, provide them with a rare opportunity to become fabulously rich.

In a determined effort to keep their activities a total secret from everyone, a thick layer of intrigue caused them many unnecessary hardships and almost turned each of them against the others. Unfortunately, some of their earlier important decisions were totally misguided, and they eventually learned that doing the right thing is always the best way to go.
This story is about the day-to-day experiences of those men and how they were able to overcome each of the obstacles they encountered to finally reach a fair and successful conclusion.

About the Author
Spanish Sunken Treasure Quest is the fourteenth titled book by Richard Joseph Johnson and his eleventh fiction novel. His books include a mix of psychological thrillers, horror, mysteries, political intrigue, and exciting tales of adventure. In 1994, he cowrote an autobiography titled A Call to the American People-about the life of the late Hector Charles Borghetty, a scholar, world-renowned chemist, and historical revisionist.

In 2008, the author completed his own autobiography titled Looking Backward, which is yet to be published. In past years, the author has written country-western songs, children's fables, and poetry. Born and educated in Chicago, Illinois, he now resides in Largo, Florida, with his wife, Alice, who is his personal editor and a nonfiction writer herself.

January 17, 2019 09:07 AM PST

ENERJETTICS: Your New Energy It's Free, It's Clean, Its Everywhere by Jeremy Gorman

Man’s outrageous energy demand is destroying the very atmosphere in which he lives. It is poisoning our oceans. If we continue on today’s path, he will make the world uninhabitable in 100 years. We must change our energy resources and eliminate fossil fuels—the source of our profligate practices. Most of us don’t know how to change our energy sources to the clean energy that assails us every day. The task in enormous, but there are 7 billion of us, and if we Do It Together (DIT) the task will not only be easy, but fun. Enerjettics is your guide to enjoy saving money by saving the earth.

About the Author
A depression child, Jeremy Gorman was fascinated by the way things affect our every day lives. He began by helping to devel lean air practices in Cleveland Ohio's Air Pollution Control Department. He then helped develop the budding new art of fiberglass construction materials (Glastic Corp.). He was a leader in developing adhesives that cured chemically instead of by evaporating solvents into our atmosphere (Loctite Corp.) and glued your fingers together with Superglue. Recognizing that we are literally destroying our atmosphere and oceans by our profligate use of fossil fuels he developed clean energy alternatives. Enerjettics is your guide to saving money by saving the earth. Doing it together (DIT) will make it fun.

January 17, 2019 09:04 AM PST


Of all the biblical doctrines to be searched out, eschatology is, by far, the most complex. There are seven principal views, five involving a rapture at some point and two rejecting the idea altogether.

This book is written from the pre-tribulation rapture viewpoint. It is not so much a defense of this view as it is an assessment of the multitude of events and meanings (or purposes) of these events.

It is the author's persuasion that there should be many corrections made, not the framework but to the many corrections and alterations to some long-held views. The reader is urged to search the Scriptures without bias to see whether these things are so.

This is the author's first (and maybe last) book written at a time in life when most people are either in retirement or anticipating it.

But with well over 57 years of searching Scripture with his graduation from the evening school division of Philadelphia College of Bible (now CAIRN University) over thirty years ago, he felt that the accumulated knowledge of those years should we shared with others.

It is left up to reader to decide whether this "elder" has been led astray by evil powers or perhaps by his own imagination, or whether the Spirit of God has illuminated (not inspired) his mind in his search for truth.

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