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Born on this day!! Singer Bob Seger is 77. Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore is 77. Singer and comedian Lulu Roman (“Hee Haw”) is 76. Actor Alan Dale (“Lost,” ″Ugly Betty”) is 75. Actor Ben Masters (“Passions”) is 75. Actor Richard Cox (“Alpha House,” ″American Tragedy”) is 74. Host Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars,” new “Hollywood Squares”) is 67. Singer John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants is 62. Actor Julianne Phillips is 62. Actor Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) is 62. Actor George Clooney is 61. Child actor turned rodeo star Clay O’Brien (“The Apple Dumpling Gang”) is 61. Singer-bassist Tony Scalzo of Fastball is 58. Actor Leslie Hope (“24”) is 57. Actor Geneva Carr (“Bull”) is 56. Guitarist Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish is 55. Guitarist Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters is 51. Actor Stacey Oristano (“Bunheads,” ″Friday Night Lights”) is 43. Actor Adrianne Palicki (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 39. Actor Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) is 39. Comedian Sasheer Zamata (“Saturday Night Live”) is 36. Rapper Meek Mill is 35. Actor Naomi Scott (2019’s “Aladdin”) is 29.


1889 – The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, marking the completion and dedication of the Eiffel Tower.
1882 – Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act over President Chester A. Arthur’s veto.
1937 – The German airship Hindenburg blew up and burst into flames at Lakehurst, N.J.
1941 – Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
1954 – British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4).
1994 – The Chunnel between England and France officially opened.
1999 – Scotland elected its first separate parliament in three centuries.

Today Is: Child Care Provider Day, Dandelion Day, International Management Accounting Day, Joseph Brackett Day, Martin Z. Mollusk Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, National Public Gardens Day, National Provider Appreciation Day, No Diet Day, No Homework Day, Nurses Day or National RN Recognition Day, Russel Stover Candies Day, School Lunch Hero Day, Space Day, Tuba Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Come Dance With Me  /  9:00 – Magnum PI  /  10:00 – Blue Bloods
NBC – 8:00  – Blacklist  /  9:00 – Dateline NBC
ABC – 8:00 –  Shark Tank  –  9:00 – 2020
FOX – 8:00 – Friday Night Smackdown
CW – 8:00 –  Charmed  /  9:00 – Dynasty

TV Talk Shows

Stephen Colbert: Chris O’Donnell, Elvis Costello
James Corden: Adam Scott, Joachim Trier, Maria Bamford (R 3/10/22)
The View: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Jane Fonda, guest co-host Lindsey Granger
The Talk: Montell Jordan
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Elizabeth Olson, Steve Patterson
Ellen DeGeneres: Cynthia Erivo, guest host Tiffany Haddish
The Real: Marla Gibbs, Jo Marie Payton
Kelly Clarkson: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong
Tamron Hall: BeBe Winans
Drew Barrymore: Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, Benny Drama, Aly Raisman

WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!



The Queen Has Mobility Issues

Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her 96th birthday in April, will not participate in this year’s royal garden party events due to mobility challenges, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.  The mobility issues have hindered the Queen from appearing at several recent events, but she’s participated in certain visual engagements and carried out other royal duties.  The garden parties are a royal social event held each year. Three are scheduled for Buckingham Palace this month — on May 11, May 18 and May 25. Another is scheduled for Holyroodhouse, the queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 29.  “Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the royal family at this year’s garden parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course,” Buckingham Palace said, according to Sky News.




Tom Cruise Helicopters Himself To Top Gun Premiere

Tom Cruise arrived to the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick” on Wednesday via helicopter.  His helicopter touched down on the retired USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California. The helicopter was emblazoned with Cruise’s name and the “Top Gun: Maverick” logo.  Cruise, dressed in a suit and wearing the infamous aviators, waved to fans as he disembarked the helicopter.  Cruise explained to the cameras that it was “an honor” to be at the movie premiere following coronavirus lockdowns.  “But to be here to see you all,” Cruise said on the red carpet. “This is the first time I’ve been on a movie set for years in lockdown and shooting. I’m seeing faces again and this is humanity back, you know. It’s an honor to be here for me.”  Cruise also noted the difference he wanted the audience to get between “Top Gun” and “Top Gun: Maverick.”  “I wanted to let the audience know you’re in safe hands,” Cruise explained. “But it’s also, how do you measure how much is too much? We’re not going to do a cover of the first one. It has to have its own story.”  “I think about it on a shelf. If you pull off ‘Top Gun,’ the DVD or whatever in your TV, and then you pull off ‘Maverick,’ they have to be chapters. Not something that is visually and story-wise the same character and same kind of world.”



Bradgelina Hamptons Home On The Market

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s former Hamptons Home has sold for $13.6 million.  The seller is broker Dolly Lenz and her husband Aaron. Designer Tory Burch lives across the street, at 500 Ox Pasture Road, and she’s currently doing quite a bit of landscaping, her neighbors note.  The eight-bedroom, 7½-bath home is 8,500 square feet and sits on 2.23 acres.  Built in 1995, the property includes a pool, a pool house and tennis court. Inside, the home opens to a foyer with sweeping staircases.  The bedroom wing features a large main bedroom with a private terrace and skylit ensuite bath.  Downstairs, there’s a finished rec room and a yoga studio.



Steve Urkel Threatened Violence On Family Matters

Jo Marie Payton — who played Harriette Baines Winslow on the sitcom Family Matters from 1989 to 1997 — has alleged that Steve Urkel himself, Jaleel White, tried to get violent her during filming.  “There was one time he actually wanted to physically fight me,” the 71-year-old told Entertainment Tonight, claiming the former child star’s quick ascent into the spotlight affected his attitude on set.  She said the altercation occurred during the season nine episode “Original Gangsta Dawg,” in which White, now 45, also portrayed Urkel’s gangster cousin, OGD.  “[There was a scene where] I said we can’t do that, standards and practices will not let that pass, it’s not gonna happen,” Payton said. “He wanted to do it anyway … He was so mad, he started kicking and screaming and stuff.”  That’s when she revealed she “she walked off” the set. As she started to leave, she overheard White make a comment. She then asked costar Darius McCrary to clarify what White had stated.  “He said something about, ‘She must want to melee.’ I said, ‘What’s a melee?’ He said, ‘a fight.’ I turned around — if he wanna fight, I would,” she added. “Darius grabbed me. I was gonna whip his behind.”  However, Payton explained she understood that White was “just a kid” at the time and doesn’t give him “all the credit” for his actions.  Payton said, “I give some of those adults credit too. Letting him run wild and do whatever he wanted to do, thinking he can say what he wants to say, you know, and hurt people’s feelings and all that.”



“Maverick” Director Had Doubts About Lady Gaga Song

“Top Gun: Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski had his doubts about Lady Gaga contributing to the soundtrack for the upcoming action film.  She released a ballad Tuesday — titled “Hold My Hand” — for the sequel to “Top Gun.”  He recently confessed that he wasn’t too keen on having the slow, heart-thumping track as a part of the project.  “It was nerve-wracking to hear that song for the first time,” Kosinski told Insider, adding that he heard a demo of the track while sitting next to producer Jerry Bruckheimer.  “We went over to the record label [offices], and you’re almost afraid you’re not going to like it, because how do you say ‘No thank you’ to Lady Gaga?” the filmmaker continued.  However that changed.  “As soon as we heard the song, it was like, ‘Wow, that is a classic melody. That is fantastic,’” Kosinski recalled. “Even in demo form.”


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Bunny Invades Walmart

A shopper at a Walmart store in Colorado made an unusual discovery in the garden section — a wild rabbit feasting on the plants.  A video captured at the Walmart Garden Center in Colorado Springs shows the bunny blissfully snacking on plants displayed on a shelf.  The filmer said the rabbit encounter occurred on April 28th.  “After I took the video, I left him there to finish his snack,” the filmer wrote.  See the video HERE.



Taxidermy Rat Found At Airport

An unusual piece of property in a Utah airport’s lost and found was returned to its owner nearly a year later when she recognized her taxidermy rat in a TV news report.  Brett Christensen, supervisor of the lost and found at Salt Lake City International Airport, said the taxidermy rat was one of the most unusual items staff had come across. He said workers dubbed the rat “Stuart” and adopted it as an office mascot.  “We started getting hats for him. He’s got a cowboy hat, and a black top hat,” Christensen told KSL-TV.  A KSL-TV report on the unusual items at the lost and found came to the attention of Carrie Poulsen’s husband.  “My husband called and he said you’re not going to believe it,” she said. “You know that rat you’ve been mourning?”  Poulson said she returned to Utah from New York in August after attending a taxidermy class. She said she was dismayed when she arrived home and realized she had lost her rat.  See the video HERE.



Dog Ends Up Being Coyote

Animal rescuers in Massachusetts said a family who rescued a “lost puppy” found on a busy road were shocked to learn the animal was actually a baby coyote.  The Cape Wildlife Center in Cape Cod said in a Facebook post that a family spotted the small canine wandering alone at the side of a busy road.  The family took the animal home when they “mistakenly identified him as a lost puppy,” the post said.  Family members soon started to suspect the “puppy” was actually a wild animal and contacted the Cape Wildlife Center, which confirmed the canine was an Eastern coyote pup.  The wildlife center said the pup tested negative for rabies and will now be raised alongside another orphaned coyote pup until the animals are old enough to be safely released back into the wild.



Zorro Takes Down Suspect

A 20-year-old man drove a stolen Mercedes SUV as fast as 178 mph during a chase Monday night through six counties along Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 95, authorities said.  Deputies deployed stop sticks to flatten the vehicle’s tires and a K-9 named Zorro then helped secure the fleeing suspect, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. The driver ran from the vehicle and into a wooded area.  “Multiple deputies followed along with K-9 Zorro,” the release said. After he ignored multiple commands to surrender, deputies unleashed the dog “into the woods ending this dangerous criminal joyride.”  The South Florida suspect faces multiple charges including grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing with a disregard for safety, and obstruction. His 28-year-old passenger was also arrested.











What Therapists Personally Do When They Feel Powerless



Schedule an appointment with a therapist

They practice what they preach. Wright said therapy is a core component in mental health hygiene, and she’s not alone in this belief. Dr. Paul Poulakos, a board-certified psychiatrist in New York, pointed out that therapy can help in situations when you’re feeling hopeless and are struggling to navigate that.

“If you are not coping with your own mental health, it makes being empathetic very difficult, as well as burnout being more probable,” Poulakos said. “More specifically, [therapy] can assist us in reframing our circumstances and the negative thinking that often leaves us feeling hopeless or powerless.”


Say no to anything that is going to add to your emotion right now

Poulakos said he cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have boundaries when you’re feeling hopeless. “Learn how to say no and make sure you are doing it once in a while,” he said. “If I ever even start to feel selfish for saying no to things, this reminds me to take inventory and question whether I’m setting boundaries.”

These boundaries can be as simple as taking a few moments to yourself in the middle of the day, or taking some time off work. “Whether it be for a day or for a month, taking a vacation does not always need to be an extreme and costly trip ― sometimes closing the laptop and unplugging is all you need,” Poulakos said.


Establish your “core four”

Identify four activities that help you to feel “grounded, connected and happy,” said Forrest Talley, a clinical psychologist based in California.

For example, yours could be cycling, interior design, fostering dogs and traveling. One of his personal tools is building something, like home projects.

Terri Cole, a licensed psychotherapist and author of ”Boundary Boss,” said her core activities include mindful movement like yoga, baking, journaling and getting out in nature.

Therapist Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of The AAKOMA Project and host of the ”Couched in Color” podcast, also finds that spending time in nature is therapeutic and calming, and says this is one of her first lines of attack against feelings of powerlessness. “I set my intention on being positive, and find activities for the remainder of the day that help me maintain my peace,” she said.


Find a way to burn off anxious energy

“Exercise is so helpful in blowing off steam,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified psychiatrist and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

Talley said intensive exercise is one of his “constant go-to” stress relievers. “When things even begin to feel over the top, I’ll put extra intensity into my workouts,” he said. Think: heavy weight training, HIIT or judo (some of his favorites).

If that’s not your thing, try some gentle movement, like walking, biking, swimming or yoga. Moving your body may help expel some of the stress that’s physically building up inside.


Go somewhere calming without your phone

It can be easy to doomscroll into oblivion when there are events happening in the world that you have no power over. Breaks are necessary for survival. Try spending some time in a relaxing place where you don’t have access to constant information.

Dimitriu personally enjoys sitting in a steam room or sauna. “These are becoming [some of] the few places you can sit without access to your phone,” he said. “I’ve had some amazing insights, peaceful meditation, and mind relaxation in the quiet silence of a steam room. The heat helps, too.”


Spend a few moments focusing on something that makes you feel uplifted

This could be practicing a skill you know you excel at, leaning into your spirituality or faith (which means something different to everyone), or reading a book or poem that speaks to you.

Breland-Noble uses mantras. Simple phrases with powerful messages, these short sentences provide meaning and hope. “Phrases like ‘The cream always rises to the top,’ ‘Remember who you are,’ ‘You come from a long line of proud people who overcame tremendous odds,’ and ‘You are equipped with everything you need,’” are some that allow her to find footing, she said.


Lean on loved ones

Whether it’s your partner, immediate family, best friend or a wider community, nearly every therapist recommended talking to and spending time with loved ones.

“Spending time with family is important,” said Talley, who noted that he becomes even more conscious of the need for time with his wife and children when times are particularly tough.


Find something you can do

“Personally, when I feel powerless or hopeless ― usually about the state of the world as opposed to the state of my life ― I focus on what I can do,” Cole said.

This can include sharing resources for people, donating to organizations that make a difference in the world, advocating for causes you care about, posting your thoughts on social media, and engaging in thoughtful conversations with others.  Another thing you can do? Take care of your basic needs. “I try to eat a little better, sleep a little better, move a little bit more, and talk with that small circle of people that help me see more clearly and accurately,” said Kevin Gilliland, a clinical psychologist based in Texas.

You do have control over something, no matter what: yourself and your actions.


The preceding material was compiled and edited by Brandon Castillo.  The Editor-In-Chief is Gary Bryan.  The Radio Genius Show Prep Service is licensed for use on-air only by subscribing radio stations.  Other means of redistribution is forbidden.
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