Category Archives: Social Issues

Internet Safety with The Puddle People on BlogTalkRadio

Studies show that 1 in 5 youth using the Internet receive an online sexual solicitation in a 1 year period, and 29% of children will freely give out their home address if asked.

Today at 1pm ET (click to listen), Jacalyn S. Leavitt, founder of Internet Keep Safe Coalition, joins Co-hosts Mary Beth Marino and Pam Sargant discuss Internet Safety, what parents and kids should know during The Puddle People Hour Show.

ikeepsafe The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.

The land of Puddle People Hour is where you will find many resources for children and parents alike, from interview authors of children’s books, to fun crafts, and it’s been said, even parents love the storytelling as much as the kids do!

Tom Farley Jr., Author of The Chris Farley Show

Chris Farley was a star of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and movies such as TOMMY BOY and BLACK SHEEP. Tom Farley, Jr., Chris’s older brother, is president and managing director of the Chris Farley Foundation, which educates young people about substance abuse and addiction.

ChrisFarleyShow Today at 1pm ET (click to listen), Mr. Media welcomes Tom Farley, Jr. to BlogTalkRadio for an engaging, exclusive interview about Chris Farley the man, the book “The Chris Farley Show,” and Chris Farley the legend.

“The Chris Farley Show” is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction, a father forced to bury a son, and a gifted and kindhearted man ultimately torn apart by the demons inside him.

Rewind: Former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell Forced to Relive Ambush Horror as Dog Is Slain

(Editor’s Note: In light or recent news events surrounding Marcus Luttrell, this April 9, 2009 post replaces the original May 13, 2008 post.)

Last week, in the early hours of April Fool’s Day, four teenage boys in Marcus Luttrell‘s Walker County, Texas, hometown, approached the former Navy SEAL’s property and fatally shot his beloved Labrador retriever, Dasy, with a .357 Magnum.

It was a horrific “prank” that, to date, has led to the arrest of one of Dasy’s assassins, Alfonso Hernandez, while another, Michael Edmonds, turned himself in – only to get walk away hours later upon posting bail.

CAPTION: "It was like shooting fish in a barrel," Marcus (above) told us last year of his Taliban attackers' ambush.

"It was like shooting fish in a barrel," Marcus (above) told us last year of his attackers' ambush.

Even more horrific is the fact that Dasy had been given to Marcus to help him recover from the wounds he suffered during a dramatic 2005 battle in Afghan- istan – during which all three of his fellow SEALs dispatched to kill or capture high- ranking Taliban leader Ahmad Shah were themselves killed.

Each letter of the name “Dasy” represents one of the fallen members of his sniper team: Daniel “Danny” Dietz, Matthew “Axe” Axelson, “Southern Boy” Marcus and Michael “Yankee” Murphy.

In the hours after Dasy’s killing, Marcus pursued the four punks for 40 miles in a high-speed car chase that crossed three counties, according to the Houston Chronicle. All the while, he “stayed on the line with a 911 emergency operator as he tried to catch the car.”

CAPTION: Marcus' late yellow Lab, Dasy.

Marcus' late yellow Lab, Dasy.

“I told them, ‘You need to get somebody out here because if I catch them I’m going to kill them,’” Marcus – reliving the horror of his Taliban battle – told the paper of his conversation with the operator.

In June 2007, Marcus pub- lished Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, a critically-acclaimed account of his ill-fated mission.

Eleven months later, he appeared on BlogTalkRadio’s Now Is the Time to discuss the impact that mission – and his book – had had on his life.

“There’s a lot of guys out there that are pretty well trained. They’re pretty good at what they do,” Marcus told hosts Alan Levy and Marla “The FlyLady” Cilley of the Taliban soldiers who cornered and slew his comrades in the Hindu-Kush mountains in eastern Afghanistan.

CAPTION: Marcus (right) with fellow SEAL Danny Dietz, who perished in the ambush.

Marcus (right) with fellow SEAL Danny Dietz, who perished in the ambush.

“The next day, I must’ve stepped off the mountain two, three times and fell hundreds of feet,” he adds while recounting his harrowing flight to safety.

To hear Marcus’ full May 2008 interview – during which he also discusses his Navy SEAL “buzz training”; how he was rescued by the Green Berets; how his Texas hometown rallied around his family in the wake of media reports that he’d been killed in Afghanistan; and how his twin brother, Jim, never believed that Marcus was dead – click here.

To read the Houston Chronicle‘s lastest in Dasy’s killing – including how Marus reacted to the horrific incident – click here.

Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac – Find Out Why

Bruce Goldstein’s poignant memoir of how a dog really becomes man’s best friend comes to life tonight on BlogTalkRadio.

Puppy Chow Tonight at 7pm ET (click to listen), Your Mental Health welcomes Bruce Goldstein author of “Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac,” for an exclusive in-depth look at the man and the story. As one review states:

“From the opening sentence…to the last…readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. Four paws up…Joining the recent wave of memoirs about dogs and their owners, Goldstein’s book differs in that it focuses on the ability of canines to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress.”

Goldstein and Jackie will discuss the book and the lessons learned. Join them tonight.

The Pentagon Welcomes Elmo and Military Health System Information

Today two of the Pentagon’s BlogTalkRadio shows provide in-depth information for military families regarding deployment and the military health system.

Elmo Discusses Deployment
Elmo Today at 2pm ET (click to listen)
ASY LIVE brings you an exclusive interview with Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop for Elmo Discusses Deployment: A Talk with Sesame Street. Betancourt will discuss the recent unveiling of the second phase of its military outreach initiative, Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes. This initiative is designed to help military families experiencing deployments and challenges when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury.

Then, Understanding the Military Health System
Today at 3pm ET (click to listen) The newly launched Pentagon channel BlogTalkRadio show “Dot Mil Docs” discusses the military health system. What’s an MHS and what does it do for me? – Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, Deputy Director, Force Health Protection, gives a view of how broad the Military Health Service is and how many ways it reaches out to help service members.

Dennis Miller LIVE on BlogTalkRadio

USA Cares official spokesperson, Emmy award winner and four-time Writers’ Guild award winner, DENNIS MILLER, joins Navy Homefront Talk on BlogTalkRadio for a live, exclusive interview.

Dennis Miller Called “one of the premiere comedy talents in America today,” Miller will talk about USA Cares (www.usacares.org), a non-profit organization serving military service families of all ranks and branches with direction, advice and grant assistance for quality of life issues caused by military service – and why he’s involved. He’ll be live with host and taking your calls on Wednesday at 9pm ET (click to listen).

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue, acclaimed journalist, beloved personality, and producer and director of the film Body of War (www.bodyofwar.com) will join Movie Geeks United on BlogTalkRadio for a live exclusive interview about the film.

Phil Donahue Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in Iraq for less than a week. Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man. Donahue will be LIVE and taking your calls on Wednesday at 10pm ET (click to listen).

BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Jack LaLanne Grandfather of Fitness

10 years ago BlogTalkRadio host Connie Bennett kicked sugar and became “reborn,” and she’s celebrating with Part II of her Gab-With-Gurus health extravaganza featuring the one and only Jack LaLanne.

Jack LalanneToday at 3pm ET on Stop Sugar Shock, Connie brings you Part II of her unique radio event that brings you heath experts to reboot, rejuvenate and rev up your life. Today’s featured health experts featured include:

Remember to check out Gab-With-Gurus Part I, to complete your healthy dose of inspiration and knowledge.