Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
Pod-Crashing Episode 64
In Modern Ruhles, NBC News correspondent and MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle brings her characteristic curiosity, empathy and insight to some of today's thorniest, most complex conversations.
Whether it's a discussion about privilege, political correctness, the limitations of feminism or the possibilities for a non-toxic masculinity, Stephanie brings to the table intelligence, unflinching honesty, and a genuine willingness to listen, probe and reflect.
In Modern Ruhles, these topics aren't always comfortable, but they are always compelling.
Each episode invites a small handful of carefully chosen guests to Stephanie candid, authentic conversations. She approaches each of them one on one, and it's the unguarded moments they share that make this show unique.
Jim DiBattista (or "Coach") is a father of three boys and coach of a local youth football team in his native Philadelphia, PA. Having lost both of his parents much too soon, Jim knows he needs to urgently lose weight and lead a healthier life in order to continue inspiring his family and his team for years to come. Jim decided to go on The Biggest Loser at 385 pounds in order to prove to himself, his family, and his team that he's willing and able to tackle his weight and fight for a healthier future. Jim succeeded - he was the final winner of last season's competition!
Hard work with trainers Erica Lugo and Steve Cook and inspiration from host Bob Harper,saw his final number on the scale at 241, for a total loss of 144 pounds. "That final moment on stage - when I knew I was The Biggest Loser winner - I looked over at my wife, my three sons and my trainer, Erica, and I had a feeling of accomplishment that I had never felt before in my life. I am so proud that I was able to get it done for ALL of them; they sacrificed so much for me."
Debt collectors French and Sue get to work doing what they do best - cracking skulls and breaking bones - as they chase down the various lowlifes who owe money to their boss, Tommy. They're summoned to Las Vegas to collect from a dirty casino owner, who happens to be a vicious ex-lover of Sue's. Meanwhile, a notorious drug kingpin is on the warpath to kill French and Sue to avenge his brother's death. Facing danger from all angles, the pair will have no other choice but to fight their way out of an explosively dangerous situation.
Here's the trailer:
Friday, July 10, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hey it’s Arroe. This is Play It Forward. A look at the unexpected changes endured by entertainers, writers, camera people and all others affected but not infected by the global invasion of the Coronavirus.
Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward.
Bootsy Collins has dropped his latest single “Stars.” It’s an all-star collaboration with American philosopher Dr. Cornel West, drummer Steve Jordan, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and featuring EmiSunshine and Olvido Ruiz.
All proceeds from downloads and streams benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Bootsy has partnered with BMI and the Recording Academy for this single release to help benefit artist in need.
That’s Play It Forward. You can listen to the full conversations with these artists on three different podcasts. Like Its Live, Unplugged and Totally Uncut and View from the Writing Instrument found on all digital platforms.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Nickelodeon's hit preschool series Blue's Clues & You!, a remake of the groundbreaking and wildly popular series Blue's Clues, has a whole new generation of preschoolers searching for clues with beloved puppy Blue and new live-action host Josh (Josh Dela Cruz). In a brand-new special episode, "Blue's Sing-Along Spectacular," airing July 14th at 9 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, it's Bluestock -- the Blue's Clue's music concert -- so Blue and her friends, pop star Ally Brooke, the sun (voiced by gospel sensation Yolanda Adams), Mailbox, Tickety Tock, Magenta, Josh, and Joe (Donovan Patton) take to the stage to perform show-stopping songs.
Additionally, this summer will see the launch of brand-new Blue's Clues & You! toys that incorporate key elements from the show. The toys reinforce problem solving and creative play, and allow fans to interact with Blue and Josh in all-new ways. Podcast listeners will be also able to join in on the Blue's Clues & You! fun with the upcoming original podcast series, Blue's Clues & You!: Bedtime Stories (10 episodes), narrated by Dela Cruz, which wil let listeners skidoo with Josh and Blue into storybooks where sleepy-time adventures await.
Raised in New Jersey, Dela Cruz was inspired to become an actor after watching the original Blue's Clues series. Josh recently appeared in Disney's Broadway production of Aladdin, as well as CBS' Bull, and ABC's Time after Time.
July 8, 2020
I talk to myself. A lot! Sometimes it’s good. Other times outside people might think a military sergeant lives within the making of the mind body and soul. If you really want to get serious, sitting on this computer pouring thoughts onto a screen is no different than giving your inner voices a reason to be seen, heard and experienced. On this podcast episode we talk about how your greatest tool is that person we all talk to. You! When I was a child people always warned me, “Talking to yourself is the first step toward insanity.” Awesome! What I don’t have is a split personality. Toni Collette on the Showtime series United States of Tara does though! Wow! A brilliant binge watch on HULU! No split personality for me. I do though have the awareness of knowing of what’s taking place in the presence of Now. Which project will get what personality of their own? A voice, a say, the strength, a willingness to accept challenge and change defeat and new growth. Walking into any moment should come with a requirement. An expectation. You should be held accountable. I will not jump off a cliff. Which is pretty weird because as that crazy teen I had no problem jumping off our house into the dirt. No cliffs for me. And yet throughout my forty one year broadcast career more radio decision makers felt they needed to tell me “To get where you want to be you need to leap. In order to go up. You have to go down.” The question will always remain “What are you willing to give up?” If you give up too much. You’re going back down. Sitting alone inside a radio station studio for all these years is probably why I’ve built up that relationship with the inner voice. We’re all doubters. We all have fear, guilt, shame and whatever else is moving through us during these endless Covid-19 days and nights. 60,000 new cases were reported in the United States yesterday. 60,000! A seventeen year old girl in Florida passed away. She attended a church event packed with 100 people. Her mother was a nurse! How about that voice in your head? Doesn’t always match the voice in your heart. What about the voice in your stomach? Now add every single voice around you in human form. One of the main reasons why people don’t stick with meditating on a daily and nightly basis is due 100 percent to that damn voice that won’t go away! Yep. The Real Monsters of America should be a Netflix drama series. Why on earth would I want you to put energy in developing a relationship with something totally invisible but unbelievably loud? Because that voice also has the ability to invite calm. Get to know that voice. Understand why it has to look like a pissed off Pennywise from IT. What makes that voice happy? What are the signs of it reaching out to punch you hard? Calm… When you make friends with that voice it treats your relationship with love. That voice only wants attention. It’s no different than you. Because on the outside of your skin your voice is a lot of noise to other. Walking in peace begins with self. Enjoy the journey…
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
One of the familiar faces seen on the show is Lil Twist. Lil Twist is a homegrown, hip-hop child prodigy born in Dallas who broke into the scene with the local hit “Texas Twist.” After being discovered by Lil Wayne while performing as an opening act for Wayne's tour, Lil Twist became a star amongst hip hop's newest school of teen sensations. As the youngest signee to Young Money Records, Twist has hit it big with hit singles like "Love Affair" and "Little Secret" and collaborated with his friend Justin Bieber.
July 7, 2020
I love looking up words in the dictionary. Not to be a “know it all” but to see if we’re using them the way they were meant to be. I love the adventure the dictionary provides by way of how a word began and moved from country to country. I study the different definitions a single word can have. Not because I’m a book worm! I love words! On this podcast episode we look up the word forest. Seriously! In 2020 a lot of building is taking place in cities around the world. What defines a modern forest? The dictionary says is a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth. I’ve lived in a forest for twenty eighty years. Being the forest farmer I agree with the description. I have a large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth. But that’s not what this is about. Ballantyne, North Carolina. Huge corporate complex. Millions of Carolinian’s drive by it a year. Building after building. Larger than life streets. When I arrived in 1985 it was a collection of trees. Today, from an outsider’s point of view it looks to have been ripped from its roots. Not only am I a daily writer but I walk every day as well. During these Covid-19 days it’s not going to be on the overcrowded yet beautiful greenways that Charlotte has masterfully designed. I need nobody around me. So at 6:00 in the morning Jazzie and I hit the five unforgettable parks inside the corporate park of Ballantyne. What? Large lakes, trees, waterfalls, wild animals and everything else the dictionary says it must have in order to be a forest. I don’t want this to be a commercial for Ballantyne. The goal is to open your thoughts to the idea of something living and breathing beyond what you are assuming. What looks to be tall buildings where decision makers are trying to save their businesses is physically and mentally connected to a forest that which provides peace. The greatest storyteller’s of all time are trees. Followed by rocks. They know the way. They’ve been here longer than you and ultimately it’s your choice not to hear how to survive the bad storms, hot summer days, wicked nights or the avalanche of bugs that creep into Carolina. Trees know the way. Make today that moment where you just listen. Don’t say anything. Stand next to a tree and just listen. Pay attention to the amazing amount of life around the tree. From the birds to the spiders, squirrels and so much more. Watch as the summer breeze lightly provides the music for the leaves to dance. Feel how the tree provides shade to keep you cool. Be amazed at how the tree doesn’t judge who you are or where you are from. Your front and backyard may actually have one or two trees. Use your imagination and turn it into a forest. Belong to a new atmosphere of peace and Love.
Monday, July 6, 2020
The critters of Mount Olympus are back and on the quest of a lifetime! Leap into the world of Zeus the hamster and his gang of fellow pet store friends as they solve the mystery of the labyrinth in this hilarious modern-day take on the Greek myth of “Theseus and the Minotaur.” Zeus the Mighty: The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur is the second book in the action-packed Zeus the Mighty fiction series by Crispin Boyer. Entertaining and heartwarming, these middle-grade stories are inspired by the timeless myths of ancient Greece. Young readers join Zeus the overconfident hamster, Athena the wise cat, Ares the treat-loving pug, Poseidon the proud pufferfish and Demeter the loyal cricket in a laugh-out-loud adventure through their very own version of Mount Olympus.
About The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur:
Their Mount Olympus is a pet supply and rescue center that sits high atop a hill in Athens, Georgia. Under the cover of nightfall, Zeus and his cohorts spring free from their cages and pursue quests bestowed upon them by the magical and all-knowing Oracle of Wi-Fi. In this adventure, there is a threat in Mount Olympus Pet Center, and the heroes are going to need guts, smarts and strength to triumph. The cast of characters must brave a mysterious maze (the pet center’s duct system) said to house a menacing monster. Deep in the labyrinth, the pets discover something terrible, ancient and big — much bigger than a hamster. Soon, all who live on Mount Olympus are in danger. Can Zeus the Mighty save the day?
There's something magical about the musical marriage of a timeless song and a compelling voice, and nowhere is that more evident than on Louise Mandrell's new album Playing Favorites. The 15-song collection includes her take on such well-loved country classics as "Crazy Arms," "He Thinks I Still Care," "You Don't Know Me," "Tennessee Waltz" and "Today I Started Loving You Again." Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon, Time Life is set to release the new album on October 4, 2019.
Playing Favorites is a return to the spotlight for Mandrell, who hasn't released a new album in over 30 years. "A lot of people have asked if I've retired and I'd say, 'No, I've been on hiatus' because with my family if you say retired, they expect you to stay that way," says the vivacious brunette, who became an international star working with siblings Barbara and Irlene on the television variety show "Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters."
Longtime friend Clint Higham encouraged her to record the new album. With Playing Favorites, Mandrell brings a lifetime of experience to the project, infusing each song with a unique blend of passion and professionalism cultivated by years in the spotlight. With one listen, it is obvious her voice has retained all of its sultry warmth, and the relationship she has with these classic songs imbues the project with a soulfulness and emotional weight that resonates with listeners.
Working on this album was a labor of love for Mandrell because these songs are old friends with warm memories attached. Among the standards Mandrell puts her stamp on are the Conway Twitty classic "Hello Darlin'" and Johnny Cash's staple "Ring of Fire." Her friendships with both men and with other artists represented on the album make each song that much more special.
These days, Mandrell is enjoying a unique moment in her career. She's both an established veteran with a wealth of experience