Friday, February 15, 2019

Amalia Andrade

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17051930" data-resource="episode_id=17051930" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="false" >Listen to "Amalia Andrade Releases You Always Change The Love Of Your Life" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>




“As the great existential philosopher Cher once postulated, ‘do you believe in life after love?’ In my own personal experience, after my breakup, the answer was a resounding NO,” bestselling writer and illustrator Amalia Andrade writes in her beautiful, hand-lettered book YOU ALWAYS CHANGE THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE (For Another Love of Another Life). Born out of a devastating breakup with her long-term girlfriend, the illustrated and interactive book combines a painful experience we can all relate to with advice we desperately need. Her book -- already a sensation in Latin America -- is a seamless blend of witty quips, pop culture references and heart-felt prose, and offers heartbreak advice you won’t find in a stodgy self-help guid. Hilarious and refreshingly honest, it highlights the stages of grief and the lessons that Andrade learned from them.

Brian Ray




<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17052789" data-resource="episode_id=17052789" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="false" >Listen to "Brian Ray Releases The Tears Of A Clown" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>


Brian Ray's arrangement of The Tears of a Clown has been a staple of his live shows for years.  He says he's  been fascinated with the song, its lyrics and its impact on me as a kid. I was a big fan of Smokey’s ever since I first heard him singing through the earpiece of my new transistor radio as a kid, singing’ Shop Around. 
Openly he admits that he feels privileged beyond words that Smokey offered to sing nearly 1/2 of the song with him on the new version of The Tears of a Clown. This recording is his way of celebrating Smokey and to thank him for making his song, One Heartbeat, a hit just as he was getting off drugs and alcohol at age 31.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Loretta Swit

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17042332" data-resource="episode_id=17042332" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="false" >Listen to "Lorretta Swit&#39;s Big Swit Heart For Saving Dogs" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Loretta Swit, a true champion of the animal kingdom, is an animal activist, artist, and award-winning actress, known for her iconic starring role on TV's most honored series, M*A*S*H, for which she won two EMMYs and worldwide acclaim.
Few actresses can capture the imagination of generations of television viewers with the certainty and charm of Loretta Swit. As quick-witted, impassioned Major Margaret Houlihan of M*A*S*H, Ms. Swit became an American icon. And with its popularity now in worldwide syndication, new fans continue to enjoy her lavish portrayal of the sensuous, sensitive, comedic Major Houlihan.
Ms. Swit has been honored with such recognition as two Emmy Awards, the People's Choice Award, The Genie Award, The Silver Satellite Award, The Jean Golden Halo Award, and the Pacific Broadcasters Award. With ten Emmy nominations and four nominations for the Golden Globe, she most recently has received her third Career Achievement Award. Loretta has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.
She has been teamed with some of the most memorable names in the world of television, film, and theater. Her television career boasts over 25 movies, including the original Cagney and Lacey, in which she created the role of Chris Cagney (obligations to M*A*S*H prevented her from shooting the series). Her films include Stand Up and Be Counted with Jacqueline Bisset, Freebie and the Bean with James Caan and Alan Arkin, Race With the Devil with Peter Fonda, Beer opposite Rip Torn, S.O.B. with Julie Andrews and William Holden, Whoops Apocalypse with Peter Cook and Herbert Lom, Forrest Warrior with Chuck Norris, and BoardHeads with Bronson Pinchot.
Ms. Swit's wildlife series, Those Incredible Animals, was shown twice weekly on the Discovery Channel for an amazing five-year run, as well as being aired in over 30 countries. Throughout her career, Ms. Swit has graced the stage in numerous plays including The Vagina Monologues in New York, Chicago, and the West End in London. She is currently performing in regional theaters or on tour in plays including 'Eleanor-Her Secret Journey', 'Me and Jezebel', and 'Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks'.
She has devoted decades to animal-related causes and is a prominent advocate for animals and animal rights. What many fans may not know about the multi-talented thespian is that Ms. Swit has been an artist from age six. A new book by Mies Hora SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit, documents Loretta's lifelong compassion through her soulful animal portraits as well as anecdotes about them and her extensive philanthropic work.
SwitHeart includes 65 full-color paintings and drawings, and 22 photographs. Proceeds from the book will be donated to charities and programs that are as dedicated, as Ms. Swit is, to ending animal suffering and cruelty.
"I'm thrilled to see my passion for animals and my passion for art merge in a book that will help benefit and protect the animals on our planet." - Loretta Swit
Loretta has worked relentlessly and tirelessly through donations, live appearances, endorsements, interviews, and documentary footage to support a wide variety of the best and most effective animal support groups and programs including The Humane Society, Bide-a-Wee, The Farm Sanctuary, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, among many others.

Adam Higginbotham

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17041990" data-resource="episode_id=17041990" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" data-hide-download="false" >Listen to "Adam Higginbotham Releases Midnight In Chernobyl" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



In 2006-the twentieth anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl-Adam Higginbotham, then a reporter on assignment, traveled to Russia and Ukraine, searching for surviving witnesses to the accident. He discovered that the version of events widely accepted in the West was incomplete, often incorrect, and colored by misinformation and propaganda. The real story, he found, was more complex, human, and terrifying than the myth.
Based on research conducted over the course of more than ten years, Higginbotham's MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster (February 12, 2019/$29.95 hardcover) provides the first complete account of the catastrophe that encircled the world and helped precipitate the fall of the Soviet Union. Higginbotham draws upon recently declassified documents, letters, unpublished memoirs and material from the archives of the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, as well as scores of original interviews with participants in the events of 1986. These include former Soviet ministers, state investigators, KGB officers, pilots, and soldiers, as well as the scientists, nuclear engineers, plant workers, and ordinary citizens whose lives were changed forever. Many of these have never before spoken to a Western journalist. The result is the definitive account that breaks through the propaganda, secrecy, and myth to reveal the truth about one of the twentieth century's greatest disasters.
Higginbotham's exhaustive reporting allows the reader to experience the incident through the eyes of those who lived it, from the ambitious young station director who first envisioned the power station in a snow-covered field in rural Ukraine, to the control room engineers who unwittingly prompted its destruction; from the city officials and government ministers who oversaw the mass evacuation and cleanup, to the ordinary citizens who struggled through it all to keep their families safe. It is a story of heroics and incompetence, hubris and ingenuity, institutional weakness and human resilience.
Higginbotham also positions Chernobyl as a key event in the destruction of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. victory in the Cold War. For Moscow, it was a political and financial catastrophe as much as an environmental and scientific one. With an estimated final cost of 18 billion rubles-at the time equivalent to $18 billion-Chernobyl further strained the teetering Soviet economy and revealed to its population a state built upon a pillar of lies.
MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL also carries echoes for our own time. With tensions rising among the world's nuclear powers, and a vigorous ongoing debate about the role of nuclear power in the world's energy future, Higginbotham's account serves as a parable for how we should think about our ability and our will to control the world through potentially dangerous technologies.

Jesse Colin Young

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17041773" data-resource="episode_id=17041773" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Jesse Colin Young Releases Dreamers" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



With songs like Darkness, Darkness, Lightshine, Sunlight, Sugarbabe, Songbird and The Youngblood's version of Get Together, Jesse Colin Young has influenced and shaped the character of American music for over 50 years. Discovered in 1961, Jesse Colin Young had a serious solo career, showcasing his vocals and guitar work, with 2 records, Soul of a City Boy ( Capitol) and Youngblood ( Mercury), before he formed his folk rock band The Youngbloods in 1965. The Youngbloods made 5 records on RCA (Sony BMG ) and 5 records on Warner Brothers before Jesse went on to make 16 more records (Warner Brothers, Electra, Polygram ) in his expansive solo career. Jesse has always responded to the world around him with a clear voice and focus that touches on our humanity. His style is now considered Americana, but in fact it's his unique fusion of folk, rock, jazz and blues with an emphasis on his extraordinary voice that makes his signature sound.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rita Rudner

<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17031530" data-resource="episode_id=17031530" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Rita Rudner The Longest Running Solo Comedy Vegas Show" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



Rudner has performed over 3,000 solo shows in Las Vegas since the MGM Corporation built a theatre for her twelve years ago.  She’s been named “Comedian of the Year” nine years in a row.

Rita’s first solo HBO special, Rita Rudner’s One Night Stand, was nominated for several awards, as was her eponymous English BBC television show that later appeared in the USA on A&E.  Rudner’s two one-hour specials for HBO, Born To Be Mild and Married Without Children, were ratings standout and she starred in PBS’s first ever stand-up comedy special, Rita Rudner: Live From Las Vegas.  Rita’s most recent special A Tale Of Two Dresses premiered in September 2018.

Rita Rudner has written five books, including such bestselling non-fiction titles as Naked Beneath My Clothes and Rita Rudner’s Guide to Men and the novels Tickled Pink and Turning the Tables. The audio version of Tickled Pink received a Grammy nomination. Her most recent book was a latest collection of essays, called I Still Have It...I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It.

In the early ‘80s, Rudner took a full-time leap from chorus lines to punch lines and was soon a regular guest on both Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.

Rudner is a frequent collaborator with her writer/producer husband of twenty years, Martin Bergman. The couple’s first produced film script was Peter’s Friends. The film, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Fry, and Rita, won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy and was nominated for the Goya Award for Best European Film of 1994.  The couple’s play –Tickled Pink had its world premiere at the Playhouse.

Rita has performed to sold-out audiences everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Universal Amphitheatre, but one of her proudest accomplishments was being asked to perform alongside Bette Midler and Sheryl Crow at a fundraiser for President Obama.

Rita Rudner lives in California, with her husband and daughter. For more information on Rita, log on to her website at www.ritafunny.com.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jodi Benson


<a class="spreaker-player" href="https://www.spreaker.com/episode/17021351" data-resource="episode_id=17021351" data-width="100%" data-height="350px" data-theme="dark" data-playlist="show" data-playlist-continuous="true" data-autoplay="false" data-live-autoplay="false" data-chapters-image="true" data-episode-image-position="right" data-hide-logo="true" data-hide-likes="false" data-hide-comments="false" data-hide-sharing="false" >Listen to "Jodi Benson Celebrating 30 Years Of The Little Mermaid" on Spreaker.</a><script async src="https://widget.spreaker.com/widgets.js"></script>



"The Little Mermaid" Dives Into the Walt Disney Signature Collection On Digital, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on Feb. 26
For the first time ever in sparkling 4K Ultra HD and featuring a fin-tastic sing-along mode along with over 45 minutes of exciting new bonus features for new and old fans alike to enjoy
In honor of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song "Under the Sea," 1989) "The Little Mermaid," dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel - along with loveable sidekicks Sebastian and Flounder, and the love-to-hate sea witch Ursula - is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 12, and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ra on Feb. 26.
The Signature Edition of "The Little Mermaid" showcases its award-winning musical score and iconic songs such as "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" with a sing-along mode allowing you to accompany this beloved cast of characters on their journey. Never-before-seen bonus features bring legendary composer Alan Menken and some of Disney's most recognizable leading ladies together around a piano to reminisce, sing and celebrate "The Little Mermaid." The latest installment of "Stories from Walt's Office" compares Walt and Ariel's love of collecting treasures. Viewers will also receive an inside look at the "The Little Mermaid" cast in their original recording sessions, explore hidden treasures and fun facts from the film, and enjoy a special performance of "Part of Your World" by a cappella singing sensation DCapella. Plus, fans will have access to hours of additional classic bonus features!
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, "The Little Mermaid" was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements ("Aladdin"). It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson ("Toy Story 2," "Toy Story 3") as Ariel, Pat Carroll ("Laverne & Shirley") as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway's "The Lion King") as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes ("The Brady Bunch Movie") as Eric, Kenneth Mars ("Young Frankenstein") as Triton, Buddy Hackett ("The Music Man") as Scuttle, Jason Marin ("Back to the Future") as Flounder and René Auberjonois ("The Patriot") as Chef Louis. The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance.
"The Little Mermaid" is the seventh title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pinocchio," "Bambi," "The Lion King" and "Lady and the Tramp."