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Holiday Season Morning Interviews

Monday, Dec. 12th @ 9:45 AM:  Charles DeSimone, Community Business Development Manager with Barnes & Noble of Kingston.

Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the country. The company operates 640 retail stores (as of January 1, 2016) in all 50 U.S. Charles DeSimonestates.

Barnes & Noble operates mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores and the company’s headquarters are at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District in Manhattan in New York City.

After a series of mergers and bankruptcies in the American bookstore industry since the 1990s, Barnes & Noble stands as the United States’ last remaining national bookstore chain. Previously, Barnes and Noble operated the chain of small B. Dalton Booksellers stores in malls until they announced the liquidation of the chain. The company is known for large retail outlets, many of which contain a café serving Starbucks coffee. Most stores sell books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, graphic novels, gifts, games, toys, music, and Nook e‑readers and tablets.

~~~  Barnes & Noble has provided gift cards as listener giveaways along with this interview  ~~~

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Tuesday, Dec. 13th @ 8:45 AM:  Karen Nicastro from Build-A-Bear Workshop.

What exactly happens when you step into a Build-A-Bear Workshop store? You bounce, skip and giggle your way through our interactive bear-making stations, creating your very own personalized stuffed animal. With more than 30 furry friends to make and hundreds of outfits and accessories to choose each Build-A-Bear experience is a new one.

Karen NicastroOf course, our stuffed animals aren’t just for kiddos. They’re happy, thoughtful gifts for the grown-ups (adults who are kids at heart) in your life, too. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, birthday, wedding or baby shower or just because, there are warm, personal ways to celebrate events big and small.

Build-A-Bear is proud to focus its giving efforts on providing opportunities for children of all ages to better their communities and share their heart with others.  With the help of our guests, Build-A-Bear has donated more than $46 million dollars in grants and furry friends to organizations all over the world!  We are also proud to partner with Save the Children, Petfinder Foundation, and Barnardo’s.

Visit them and shop online here

~~~  This interview will feature listener prize giveaways from Build-A-Bear.

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Also on Tuesday morning @ 9:10:  Lindy Deal, with Holiday Favorites from Cheryl’s Cookies.

In 1981, Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate, Caryl Walker, opened the very first Cheryl’s Cookies® in Columbus, Ohio. The modest storefront sold six kinds of cookies, along with soda pop. Within just seven years, the company broadened its offerings to include gifts and desserts, and with this growth came a new name–Cheryl’s®

As the company grew, new desserts were added: gourmet brownies, cakes and fancy cookies, including seasonal cut-out cookies topped with a signature buttercream frosting. Cheryl’s also expanded its gift business by producing seasonal catalogs filled with gift Lindy Dealideas for every occasion, and adding a customer-focused business gift department to better serve medium and large companies.

Today, Cheryl’s is a multi-faceted business comprised of retail stores in Ohio, a high-traffic Internet business and a successful Business Gift Division, all headquartered in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio. A 2005 merger enabled Cheryl’s to become a part of the 1-800-Flowers Family of Brands., while maintaining the company’s mission to provide the finest freshly-baked gifts and desserts. The company’s four divisions (Retail, Catalog, Business Gift Services and Internet) can be found at Cheryls.com.

Our Mission is to provide the finest freshly-baked gifts and desserts for all of life’s moments, delivered with warmth and backed by our guarantee of excellence.

~~~  Cheryl’s has provided listener cookie giveaways with this interview  ~~~

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Next up on Tuesday morning @ 9:30:  Michelle Casper, VP of Public Relations at Land’s End Retailers.

Gary Comer wasn’t a fashion plate. He was a sailor. An independent thinker. But his appreciation for what’s hardworking‚ handsome and well-made turned his modest yachting supply company into one of the world’s most recognizable fashion brands. And his downright passion for treating people right turned generations of Lands’ End customers Michelle Casperinto true friends and family.

That guiding principle continues to heighten our standards and deepen our customer relationships to this day – proving that Gary Comer’s legacy will always live on at Lands’ End. Guaranteed. Period.

~~~  Giveaways from Land’s End have been provided as listener giveaways with this interview  ~~~

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Wednesday, Dec. 14th @ 7:35 AM:  Sports segment with Al Yellon, author of “A Season for the Ages: How the 2016 Chicago Cubs Brought a World Series Championship to the North Side.”

No doubt, you’ve heard about the Cubs’ decades-long run of futility. They hadn’t won a pennant in seventy-one years or a World Series in a record 108 years. To the frustration of Cubs fans everywhere, the team often missed chances with soul-crushing defeats.

But after a complete teardown that resulted in a 100-loss season in 2012, Theo Epstein Al Yellonand his baseball staff reversed that with the Cubs of 2016, a team that was not only supremely talented, but cared nothing for all the media narratives of losing. They did things during the regular season that no Cubs club had done in more than a century, including earning the most wins for the franchise since 1910. The club went on to defeat the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League playoffs before beating the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series.

Anthony Rizzo, MVP candidate Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, manager Joe Maddon, and fan favorites like Javier Baez and David Ross are the heroes of the 2016 Cubs’ story. Told by Al Yellon, managing editor of SB Nation’s Bleed Cubbie Blue, A Season to Remember chronicles not only the 2016 Cubs’ rise to the top of the baseball heap, but the team’s—and the fans’—long journey to get there.

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Later on Wednesday morning @ 9:30:  New York Times Bestselling authors Dr. Daniel Amen & Tana Amen, introducing “The Brain Warrior’s Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose.”

When trying to live a healthy lifestyle, every day can feel like a battle. Forces are destroying our bodies and our minds. The standard American diet we consume is making us sick; we are constantly bombarded by a fear-mongering news media; and we’re hypnotized by Daniel & Tana Amentechnical gadgets that keep us from our loved ones. Even our own genes can seem like they’re out to get us. But you can win the war. You can live your life to the fullest, be your best, and feel your greatest, and the key to victory rests between your ears.

Your brain runs your life. When it works right, your body works right, and your decisions tend to be thoughtful and goal directed. Bad choices, however, can lead to a myriad of problems in your body. Studies have shown that your habits turn on or off certain genes that make illness and early death more or less likely. But you can master your brain and body for the rest of your life with a scientifically-designed program: the Brain Warrior’s Way.

The Brain Warrior’s Way is your arsenal to win the fight to live a better life. The Amens will guide you through the process, and give you the tools to take control. So if you’re serious about your health, either out of desire or necessity, it’s time to arm yourself and head into battle.

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Next up on Wednesday morning @ 9:45:  National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief George Stone shares “Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe.”

From national parks and the Seven Wonders of the World to secluded and rarely photographed sites, experience some of the most remote, magnificent, and slowly disappearing vistas of our world in Wild, Beautiful Places. Each image in this 320-page George Stonecompilation is accompanied by first-hand accounts from the photographers behind the lens as well as useful travel information to help readers’ wanderlust become a reality. Drawing on National Geographic’s extensive archive of photos from around the world, the book brings exotic, picture-perfect locales to life.

George will discuss:

– Some of National Geographic’s photographers’ favorite shots from around the world and how they got them
– Some of the historical photos culled from National Geographic’s hallowed image archive, which highlight old Society explorations in rugged, distant locations, and give a glimpse into the bygone days of these exotic places
– Some of the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers
– His favorite of Earth’s most pristine, scenic locales

ABOUT George Stone, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel and National Geographic Traveler Magazine, provides an expert and inspiring forward to the volume, touching on the importance of travel as a means of discovery, to learn both about oneself and the planet.

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Thursday, Dec. 15th @ 9:10 AM:  Diana Mendes, Senior VP and national transit/rail-practice leader with HNTB Corporation says that even though the landscape of public transportation is quickly rearranging, first- and last-mile options can still increase transit ridership.

Support of public transportation unites people from all walks of life—and, on November 8th, urban voters signaled that they want more public transportation.  Specifically, voters approved 33 of 48 local and statewide public-transit measures—a 69-percent passage rate.  At the same time, the landscape of public transportation is quickly rearranging, with the likes of Uber, Lyft, and other private shared-mobility companies filling service gaps—and perhaps cannibalizing transit ridership.

Even though some might argue that investing in traditional, publicly funded rail and bus systems is the way of the past, HNTB Corporation believes that the victory of these ambitious measures signals that there are large concentrations of voters who believe in government investment—and who are willing to tax themselves to pay for it.  Providing a transportation system that both is convenient and gets passengers to their destinations—from start to finish—hasn’t yet been achieved in many areas around our country.

ABOUT With 30 years of comprehensive experience in transportation and public transit, Diana Mendes, is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, project development, service delivery, and client satisfaction, as HNTB’s national transit/rail-practice leader.

Prior to joining HNTB, Ms. Mendes worked as Americas transit/rail director for another consulting-engineering firm.  She was responsible for leading the largest transit-consulting practice in North America—which encompasses the full spectrum of client services, including planning, design, construction, and operations.

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Also on Thursday morning @ 9:30:  Find out how Amazon has created a totally new voice-activated way to shop with Amazon’s Angie Newman, explaining the Amazon Alexa products.

The future of shopping is here, and if your listeners are at all interested in new technology, they will find it extremely interesting to learn how this revolutionary system works.  On Thursday, we have Amazon’s Angie Newman to explain how the first-ever voice shopping works using the Amazon Alexa products.

The new service will also offer exclusive deals on some of the most popular gifts this holiday season, or it can also make gift suggestions.  Consumers will be able to take advantage of voice shopping exclusive deals on their Alexa enabled devices by simply asking “Alexa, what are your deals.

ABOUT Angie Newman is an energetic executive with many years of experience successfully launching program and working on important events for top technology organizations like Facebook and xBox.  As the Communications Manager for Amazon, Newman’s tech background allows her to work closely helping journalist around the world.

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Closing out Thursday morning @ 9:45:  Douglas Abrams, Co-Author of “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World .”

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama invited his dear friend, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to Dharamsala, where he lives in exile. For one historic week, the two men spoke candidly to each other about their lives, their philosophies, the state of Douglas Abramsthe world, and of the inherently human trait we call JOY. These conversations became THE BOOK OF JOY, written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams.

His Holiness and the Archbishop, both Nobel Laureates, have only met a handful of times. Yet, their particular backgrounds and positions have helped them to forge an unusual and unique friendship. The intention of their historic weeklong conversation was to give the world a lasting legacy: the teaching that one must not seek happiness, which is fleeting, but to instead approach every moment of our lives with a deep joy, which is lasting.

In THE BOOK OF JOY, they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.

The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

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Friday, Dec. 16th @ 9:50 AM:  Jackson Morris, with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative of New York:  an innovative and successful program  that has helped cut pollution in 9 states in the northeast and mid-Atlantic by more than 37 percent, while creating tens of thousands of good, local jobs, saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars on their energy bills, while also significantly improving public health.

New Yorkers rely on a reliable and affordable electricity system to power their lives. They also want that power to be clean and safe.

Unfortunately, New York still relies too heavily on dirty fuels like gas for our electricity. Pollution from burning dirty fuels jeopardizes our climate, increasing the risks we face from extreme weather, from heat waves to flooding to events like Hurricane Sandy. Pollution from dirty fuels also jeopardizes human health through heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart disease, shortened life spans, and childhood asthma. These impacts impose costs far above and beyond what we pay on our utility bills.

New York is moving forward in retooling its energy system for a modern age. Governor Cuomo has set a goal of cutting global warming pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. By the same year, he is aiming for half of New York’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources of energy.

Right now, the state is in the process of reviewing a program that can help New York – and the whole region – to reach those goals. The program – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative –limits pollution from power plants across nine states from Maryland to Maine. These states are currently deciding how fast to cut pollution through 2030, with a decision potentially coming within the next month or two.

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