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Born on this day!! Actress Eileen Atkins (“The Crown,” ″Doc Martin”) is 86. Actor Bill Cobbs is 86. Country singer Billy “Crash” Craddock is 82. Songwriter Lamont Dozier of Holland-Dozier-Holland is 79. Singer Eddie Levert of The O’Jays is 78. Actress Joan Van Ark is 77. Actor Geoff Pierson (“Splitting Up Together,” “Designated Survivor”) is 71. Singer James Smith (The Stylistics) is 70. Singer Gino Vannelli is 68. Actress Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” ″Norm”) is 65. Actor Arnold Vosloo (“The Mummy”) is 58. Actor Danny Burstein (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 56. Model-actress Jenny Shimizu is 53. Actor James Patrick Stuart (TV’s “The Closer”) is 52. Rapper MC Ren of N.W.A is 51. Actor Clifton Collins Junior (“Westworld”) is 50. Actor John Cho (2009′s “Star Trek,” ″Harold and Kumar” movies) is 48. Actor Eddie Cibrian (“Third Watch”) is 47. Actor Fred Koehler (“Kate and Allie”) is 45. Actress China Shavers (“Boston Public”) is 43. Actor Daniel Bruhl (“Captain America: Civil War”) is 42. Actress Sibel Kekilli (“Game of Thrones”) is 40. Actress Missy Peregrym (“Rookie Blue”) is 38. Actress Olivia Hack is 37. “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo is 33. Bassist Ian Keaggy of Hot Chelle Rae is 33. Broadway actress Ali Stroker is 33.


1487 – The Battle of Stoke ended the Wars of the Roses.
1858 – Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln declared, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”
1904 – Events in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses took place on this day, which is celebrated as Bloomsday, for the main character, Leopold Bloom.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Industrial Recovery Act.
1963 – Valentina Tereshkova of the USSR became the first woman in space.
1996 – Russia voted in its first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin eventually won in a runoff.
2004 – The 9/11 Commission determined that Saddam Hussein had no strong links to al-Qaeda, contradicting White House beliefs.

Today Is: Bloomsday, Fudge Day, Ladies’ Day (Baseball)

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – NCIS  /  9:00 – FBI  /  10:00 – FBI Most Wanted
NBC – 8:00  – America’s Got Talent  /  10:00 – World Of Dance
ABC – 8:00 –  Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992  /  10:00 – The Genetic Detective
FOX – 8:00 – Hell’s Kitchen  /  9:00 – Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell and Back
CW – 8:00 –  Stargirl /  9:00 – Marina Franklin

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Mark Ruffalo
Jimmy Fallon: Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Quinto, Alec Benjamin
Stephen Colbert: Hasan Minhaj, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Seth Meyers: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Black Pumas
James Corden: Kevin Bacon, Rita Wilson
Lilly Singh: Chrissy Metz, Marlena Rodriguez (R 3/10/20)
Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
Conan: W. Kamau Bell (R 6/3/20)
Watch What Happens Live: Jimmy Buffett, Debra Messing
The Talk: Terry Crews, Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirripa
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Matt Bomer, Padma Lakshmi
Ellen DeGeneres: Matthew MacFadyen, Avett Brothers
The Real: KJ Smith, Mignon, Ebony Obsidian, Novi Brown, Kel Mitchell, guest co-host Amanda Seales (R 10/22/19)
Kelly Clarkson: Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Lawrence Zarian
Tamron Hall: Prison inmates, their families and those working within the system respond to the potential release of select prisoners to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. (OAD: 4/15/20)


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

QUESTION: Are we back to SQUARE ONE with pro sports?? NBA may have cold feet… and several NFL players have tested positive for the virus!!! Say it aint so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


QUESTION: Thinking about going to a NATIONAL PARK this summer??? Here’s some GOOD NEWS! They’ve spent big on COVID protocols, and they’re ready!!


QUESTION: Trying to schedule your week?? Well.. a new interpretation of the Mayan calendar says the world will end in FIVE DAYS!!! So get it done NOW!!!!!!


QUESTION: Why are these sunbathers not wearing MASKS? And.. why aren’t they wearing PANTS??? And… why aren’t there any WOMEN in the park with them?????


QUESTION: Think a NEW iPHONE might be just the thing to lighten your mood right now?? By the end of the year, you may have FOUR new iPhone 12’s!! Take a look!!
Alleged 3D render of the iPhone 12 and its notable flat edge - a feature last seen with the iPhone 5

No Time To Die Gets New Release Date

The next James Bond film — No Time to Die — will open in theaters five days earlier than expected.  It was originally slated to open on Nov. 25, but will now debut on Nov. 20, according to a Saturday tweet on the franchise’s feed.  Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the film stars Daniel Craig, Lashana LynchRami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright and Naomie Harris.  No Time to Die was initially scheduled for an April release, but was postponed when theaters around the world were shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.
********They’re putting it up against Godzilla Vs. King Kong!! (true) If anyone can beat a dinosaur breathing radioactive fire, it’s Bond!
********By the time this comes out, they will have filmed two more Bond movies!!
********Can he save the world from a virus??? Will he be wearing a face mask all through the movie?? Stay tuned!!
****The new title is “No Time to Die at the Box Office!!”
****The Queen sends him to rescue her grandson, who’s been kidnapped by a power-mad American!!

Kim Kardashian Afraid To Be At BDay Party

Kim Kardashian West is opening up about how she felt while attending Scott Disick’s 37th birthday party last month.  She took to Instagram over the weekend to share snaps from Disick’s bash, which featured the birthday boy’s ex, Kourtney Kardashian, as well as Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner.  Wearing a baby blue look that featured pants and a crop top, Kim looked happy as she posed for pics with her family while holding an ice cream cone. While all appeared well in the pics, Kim revealed in the caption that it wasn’t a completely care-free event.  “We celebrated Scott’s bday a few weeks ago with just family and it was really my first time being around a group of people( small group),” Kim wrote, referencing the recent quarantine due to the coronavirus. “It was kind of nice but kind of scary too. How is everyone feeling about being out and about?”  One person who made her feelings about the party totally clear was Khloe, who, according to DailyMail, defended the bash in a series of comments on Instagram.  “[It] drives me wild when people act as if they know,” Khloe reportedly wrote in the comments section.  “We know how they have been quarantined and there’s less than 10 people with us. It’s literally what the governor states is perfectly OK to do in the state of CA.”
*******With THAT crowd, she should be worried about catching an STD!!
*****If you go on social media, you gotta expect everyone else to judge you and throw shade!!
TOPIC: Have you noticed that some people have become unglued?? Screaming at people who don’t have masks??

“Jeopardy” Has Run Out Of New Shows

Jeopardy!” revealed its broadcast plans for the summer now that it’s reportedly out of new episodes to air after shutting down production due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Like many TV projects, the show shut down production in March out of concern for its staff and audience amid the ongoing pandemic.  Fortunately, it had enough episodes in the can to keep airing new ones until now.  As a result, the show announced it’s kicking off its “Big Champions and Big Wins” summer event on June 15 that will show reruns of past champions before rebroadcasting its 2019 “Tournament of Champions” in July.  The show will look back at 15 players who previously won and the wins that led them to compete in the 2019 tournament. Included on that list will be revisiting James Holzhauer’s record-breaking 32-game winning streak as well as his eventual defeat at the hands of fellow champion Emma Boettcher. It’s unclear what the show plans to do after it re-airs its 2019 tournament.
*******The producers plan to pray and throw up a lot!!
*******We’ll take “Up a Creek” for $100, Alex!!!
********They can play new episodes or old episodes… we still can’t answer most of the questions!! Or… have questions for most of the answers!!

New Meghan And Harry Tell-All Coming

On June 25th, Simon & Schuster publishes “Meghan and Harry: The Real Story.” Author Lady Colin Campbell says Meghan wants to run for president of the US someday and that “England doesn’t do it for her.” She describes her as “an operator… a fame addict”… who’s “had a series of men.”  Page 261 states “Meghan’s whole life is an act.” Harry? “was desperate to meet someone”… “he’s not the swiftest”… “he’s a prop.” Page 217 calls him “pathetic.”  The author knows about scandals. She’s bounced through a few in her life. She says: “I know the lot. The royals. The courtiers. They’re friends. I’ve attended their parties. Been to their homes. And I’ve taken care to be positive and even handed, although Meghan’s thrown the whole British family under the bus.”Top of Form  She also says: “This person is no more suited to royal life than Angelina Jolie would be to competitive boxing. She has inflated herself beyond natural entitlement. Since she always wanted to be a star, she has this propensity for exaggeration.  “As for Harry, he should have been instructive. This nonsense that she didn’t at first know so much about him… I mean, please. She’d looked him up in books. And she pats him like, ‘good boy.’ She even answers for him.”
********It’s the same way Angelina wrangled Brad Pitt!!
****Harry is starting to wonder why he has to wear an ankle bracelet at all times!!
****The author should have someone else start her car from now on!!

Bachelorette Rescues Man From Rafting Accident

Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown rescued a man in the Ocoee River during a white-water rafting outing with her family in Tennessee.  Over the weekend, she pulled a man to safety into her family’s raft after his raft flipped over, according to his girlfriend, who detailed the ordeal on Twitter.  “She was on the river with us our raft flipped and her and her family were on the trip with us she ended up pulling my bf onto their raft after the current took him,” the user @quintnugget wrote Saturday. “I didn’t know who she was but her mom said she had just won DWTS and that she was the bachelorette!”  When a fan passed along her well-wishes, the man’s girlfriend clarified his condition during the incident.  “Thanks! I was being dramatic when I said drowning. He wasn’t suffocating or anything just being taken downstream and she pulled him onto their raft!” she continued.
*******Even though he wasn’t drowning, she gave him mouth-to-mouth for about 30 minutes!!
*******She turned to her friend and said, “Look what I caught!!”

Gone With The Wind Back On HBO Max

Gone with the Wind” is coming back to HBO Max.  It will again start streaming the controversial slavery-era movie — with a lecture about the racial themes that first got it pulled, according to the scholar providing the intro.  “I will provide an introduction placing the film in its multiple historical contexts,” cinema professor Jacqueline Stewart wrote in an op-ed for CNN, confirming the movie’s return to the streaming service.  “For me, this is an opportunity to think about what classic films can teach us,” insisted Stewart, a 50-year-old host on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
*****New title: “Back With the Wind!!!”
*******Great… now we get to hear about “the world according to Jacqueline Stewart,” whoever she is!! It had better be good!! 


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Dancer Julianne Done With Hockey Hubby Brooks!-(National Enquirer)

It takes two to tango, and former “Dancing with the Stars” pro Julianne Hough and hubby Brooks Laich revealed they’re through, nearly three years after they tied the knot.  The “Footloose” actress, 31, and the retired NHL pro, 36, had been social distancing separately, as she spent her quarantine time in California while he was in Idaho.  But on May 29, they announced they’d decided to split.


Candice Bergen’s a first-time grandmother at 74!  Her only child, Chloe Malle, 34, and husband Graham McGrath Albert welcomed son Arthur Louis.  The babe’s named in part after Chloe’s dad, French film director Louis Malle, who died in 1995.

Gwen & Blake:  Here Comes the Bride!-(Us Weekly)

Nearly five years later, Gwen Stefani is finally ready to say ‘I do’ to her country star beau.  Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been living life to the fullest during quarantine.  While hunkering down on Shelton’s sprawling ranch in Tishomingo, Okla., the adorable duo have shared a virtual performance of their sweet duet, “Nobody But You,” while making goo-goo eyes at each other.  They’ve fed baby pigs with Stefani’s youngest son, Apollo, and celebrated his brother Kingston’s 14th birthday with a funny video of Shelton giving the teen a big, sloppy kiss.  They’ve posted gushing messages to each other to celebrate their joint track hitting the tip of the charts.  “Not bad for your first try!” tweeted Shelton, with Stefani replying, “Trying to wrap my head around the fact that I even get to know Blake Shelton let alone be on such a beautiful classic duet with him.”  It’s clear they’ve become closer than ever.  And sources say that Stefani, 50, and Shelton, 44, want to take their relationship to the next level-and are planning to tie the knot as soon as possible!

Priyanka & Nick’s House Party-(Star)

Even while self-isolating at home, Nick Jonas and his wife, Priyanka Chopra, are keeping the good times rolling.  The couple, who recently splurged on a sprawling, $20 million estate in Encino, Calif., threw a housewarming bash on Zoom with a small-but impressive-guest list:  brother Joe and his wife, Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, and brother Kevin and his wife, Danielle.  “It was like a virtual triple date,” a source says.  “Priyanka said a Hindu prayer, and everyone joined in.”

Throwback!  Shania Twain-(Life & Style)

Glitzy gowns and glam squads don’t impress her much!  Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Shania spent her summers working for her stepfather’s reforestation company.  “I’m not afraid of being physical, working hard,” the Grammy winner’s said.  “I walked smiles and miles every day and carried heavy loads of trees.”


“That George Clooney, he makes a mean tequila.”-Wanda Sykes, on posting after consuming the actor’s Casamigos liquor.

“He let me cut it.  He was like, ‘I guess it will grow back.’  But I did a great job!”-Jessica Alba, on giving her husband Cash Warren a quarantine haircut.

“When we send them into the world, they’re going to be formidable, opinionated, kind, morally compassed women.”-Kristen Bell, on having difficult conversations with her two young daughters.

On-Screen Dad of the Week-(In Touch)

J.K. Simmons

“My career plan now is to play the father of every handsome, blue-eyed movie-star stud named Chris.”

-After already doing so with Chris Pratt and Chris Evans.



97 Year Old Class Ring Found

An Illinois man walking with his metal detector in a public park found a class ring dating back 97 years underneath the soil.   Steve Aimone of Godfrey said he was using his metal detector at Rock Springs Park in Alton when he found the 10-karat gold ring at the top of a steep hill.  He said he does not think the ring was intentionally buried.  “It was only about 3 inches below ground,” he told The Telegraph newspaper.  The ring, a 1923 class ring from Western Military Academy in Alton, was engraved with the name of its owner, Mervin E. Volle.  Aimone said his research indicated Volle served in World War II and moved to California, where he later died. He said he was able to contact a distant family member who said Volle had a child before he died.  The metal detector hobbiest said he is now hoping to identify and contact Volle’s child so he can give them their father’s ring.  “I think the family would be grateful to have the ring back,” Aimone said.
*******They’d probably rather have their dad back… but whatever!!
*****Now the family can fight over who gets the ring!!
TOPIC: Ever use a metal detector?? Or do you have a life???

Man Asks “What Did I Miss” After Retreat

One man won over a legion of fans when he revealed he had been on a solitary retreat for 75 days, only to return in May with a triumphant tweet. Daniel Thorson cut himself off from society in a remote cabin in northwestern Vermont as part of a Buddhist monastic community back in March.  Thorson, a podcaster and philosopher, was completely disconnected from the outside world and free from 75 news cycles, when he finally logged back onto Twitter as the world was struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.  His story went viral as many wondered what would be his biggest questions and reactions to news that occurred while he was meditating, sleeping, walking, and eating alone in a rural space.  Many joked that nothing had changed but others said he “missed history on steroids.”  The 33-year-old staff member at the Monastic Academy has been compared to Rip Van Winkle, the fictional character who falls asleep in the Catskills and wakes up 20 years later to find the United States is no longer ruled by Britain.
*******Hey… a 75-day retreat sounds good about right now!!
*****Maybe we can switch places with him. Let him come back to real life, while the rest of us go up to the mountains!!
*****Should we fast-forward to 2021, or should we ask for a “do-over” on January 1st??

Coin Toss Decides Election

The winner of a deadlocked Idaho race for precinct committeeman came down to heads vs. tails on Wednesday.  Last month, Republican contenders Carol R. Davey and Brock Frazier each received 36 votes for the position in Ada County’s Precinct 1915. The results were officially counted on June 2.  Idaho law has stipulated that tied votes in either primary or general county elections will be decided before the county clerk by “a toss of a coin.” The law dated back to 1970.  Davey called heads when given the option by Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane, but the flip came up tails, indicating a Frazier victory.  The public was permitted to observe the coin toss, which also was posted to the county’s elections Facebook page.
*********That gives us an idea for the presidential election…
*****Actually, we’d like to see a UFC match between Trump and Biden!! We’d pay to watch that!!
******Is there any way to play “heads I win, tails you lose?”








What’s ‘Safe’ — And Not — For Kids This Summer

Huffington Post


Going to the beach

Beach lovers, rejoice! All of the experts HuffPost spoke to for this story agreed that hitting the beach is a relatively low-risk activity — if you stick to a few guidelines.

First, don’t go to a crowded beach. And before you go, make sure your kids understand that while other kids might be there — and they might be really eager to play — they have to stick to your family unit.

Lastly, yes, you should all wear masks, or at least have them with you.

“If you’re at the beach and it’s relatively sparsely populated, I would have the mask there with you and whip it out if a whole throng of people come and circle you, or whatever,” said Dr. Susan Coffin, clinical director of the infectious diseases division with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “I don’t think it necessarily needs to be on the whole time.”

The same principles generally hold true about heading to a public pool, particularly if it is outdoors and you can maintain social distance. But a pool does have more high-touch surfaces, from railings to chairs, which could make transmission more likely. And in some parts of the country, it’s a moot point as public pools are staying closed this summer. (The CDC’s considerations for public pools during the pandemic raises some interesting points that are worth checking out.)



Camp is a relatively high-risk activity, but the experts were surprisingly split as to why. Coffin said she believes that in many ways, day camp is less risky than sleep-away camp.

“The most challenging setting to go to would be an overnight camp,” Coffin said. “Any sort of kind of congregant living — residential, dorm-style living — is going to be fraught with substantially more risk than most other experiences.”

Day camps, on the other hand, can be creative about limiting risk, she said. Virtual camp is obviously the lowest risk option, but in-person camps can keep groups small, keep kids together throughout the day, and keep them outdoors as much as possible — all of which might help. Of course, they’ll have to get kids to wash their hands constantly and clean surfaces all the time, Coffin said.

But Dr. Sandra Kesh, an infectious disease specialist with Westmed Medical Group, basically argued the opposite: that sleep-away camp, with certain measures in place, is probably less risky.

“If you do it the right way, you are really reducing the risk,” Kesh said. “Day camp is a lot harder to control because kids are coming in and out, they’re going home, you don’t know who they’re having contact with at home — and who they’ve had contact with.”

“The right way” to open overnight camps, in her book, means taking precautions like having everyone arrive on the same day after having strictly social distanced for at least two weeks. Camps can prevent counselors and employees from leaving for the duration, Kesh said, and restrict all visitors. “It becomes a doable thing, but it takes a lot of planning and a lot of forethought,” she said.

Of course, many parents might take on the risks associated with camp simply because they need the childcare — and all of the experts acknowledged that should absolutely be a part of the equation. Call ahead of time to have a detailed chat about what your kid’s camp is doing to keep everyone safe. (Again, the CDC’s guidance around camps is a good resource.)


Having a playdate

Kids are really, really eager to see other non-adults at this point. And the experts say there are a few ways to do that with relatively low risk.

The first is to have a candid conversation with whoever your kid is playing with about what your family has been doing and who you’ve seen in the past few weeks. To keep the risk low, it should be a one-on-one playdate with a trusted family, Coffin said, and you should be honest about what stay-at-home has meant for you.

What your kids do together matters.

“Being active and moving in space is probably a good thing rather than, you know, playing cards,” Coffin said. But don’t make yourself crazy trying to keep kids physically distant, she said. Just assume that whatever that kid or family has been exposed to, your own kid and family are now exposed to as well.

So again, outdoors is best.

“Kids hanging out in a park, outside, with masks on, the risk there is pretty low even if there’s COVID-19 circulating in the community,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice chair of the AAP’s committee on infectious diseases.


Playing sports (and other extracurriculars)

“Contact sports, I think, are going to be one of the more risky scenarios — certainly indoor, but also outdoor,” said Caserta. “Because you’re unable to keep your distance from other people, and usually with sports people are breathing heavily.”

If you know the children your kid is playing with and know the types of exposures they’ve had, and if you live in an area with very little or no spread, your kid will probably be OK, Caserta said. But she quickly added that the problem at this point is that you just can’t know.

Other indoor extracurriculars — like in-person art classes, non-contact sports or music practice — also carry a relatively high level of risk because your kid is in an enclosed area with other children for a set amount of time.

“I think choir practice is out this summer,” O’Leary said. He pointed to the news that in March, 52 people came down with COVID-19 after a choral practice. They were adults, but the same basic risks still apply.


Sharing a meal

Coffin said parents may be paying close attention to things like camp and playdates while overlooking the risks of getting together for a cookout or eating outdoors at a restaurant with another family.

“It’s important to be deliberate about eating together,” Coffin said. “Sharing of food is something that carries with it risk.”

The experts advocated having a clear conversation about recent exposures with anyone you plan to share a meal with. At this point, many of the decisions parents make should center on a shared comfort level for risk tolerance.

Eating together means you’re going to be with other people who aren’t wearing masks, where you’re talking and eating and likely touching your faces, all over the course of a few hours. Caserta said that can make meals a potent opportunity for transmission.


A few things to keep in mind…

First, researchers are still learning more about COVID-19 as well as about pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which has dropped out of the news cycle a bit but is still very much a thing.

“That disease has not gone away. That disease is still happening in children across the country every day,” said Caserta.

All of the experts emphasized how important it is for families to stay on top of the news as much as possible, and to pay particular attention to the guidelines coming from their state and local health officials.

Each expert also reiterated how much face coverings can help mitigate the risk associated with all of these activities this summer.

“We are getting more and more data that masks really matter, and it’s frankly tragic that wearing a mask has become kind of a political statement,” O’Leary said. “Because at the end of the day, they have the potential to save a lot of lives.”

Of course, getting kids to wear masks can be a real battle, and the CDC does not recommend it for kids 2 and under. But for older kiddos, it’s worth the effort, especially because it’s probably a practice that’s going to be with us for a long time.

Lastly, all of the experts emphasized that parents have to weigh the risks of exposing their children to COVID-19 against the benefits of letting them get outdoors and finally interact with other kids. We don’t know how long all of this will go on. We’re playing the long game right now, and it’s about reducing risk, not avoiding it altogether.

“There are a lot of tolls that this strange couple of months has taken on many people and on kids,” Coffin said. “That needs to be in the equation, too.”


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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