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Born on this day!! Actor-radio personality Shadoe Stevens (“Dave’s World”) is 76. Singer Lulu is 74. Actor-comedian Roseanne Barr is 70. Actor Kathy Kinney (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 69. Actor Kate Capshaw (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”) is 69. Comedian Dennis Miller is 69. Singer Adam Ant is 68. Sports commentator Phil Simms is 67. Actor Dolph Lundgren (“Rocky IV”) is 65. Actor Julie Berman (“General Hospital”) is 39. Actor Antonia Thomas (“The Good Doctor”) is 36. Musician Courtney Barnett is 35. Reality show personality and model Kendall Jenner (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) is 27.


1839 – The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
1903 – Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
1952 – Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.
1957 – The Soviet Union sent the first animal, a dog named Laika, into space aboard the Sputnik II. Laika died in orbit.
1986 – A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra affair.
1992 – Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
2004 – Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in Afghanistan’s first presidential election.

Today Is: Cliché Day, International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyber Bullying, National Men Make Dinner Day, Public Television Day, Sandwich Day, SOS Day, Stout Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Young Sheldon  /  8:30 – Young Sheldon  / 9:00 – So Help Me Todd  /  10:00 – CSI: Vegas
NBC – 8:00 – Law and Order  /  9:00 – Law and Order SVU  /  10:00 – Law and Order Organized Crime
ABC – 8:00 –  Station 19  /  9:00 – Grey’s Anatomy  /  10:00 – Alaska Daily
FOX – 8:00 – Hell’s Kitchen  /  9:00 – Welcome To Flatch /  9:30 – Call Me Kat
CW – 8:00 – Walker  /  9:00 – Walker Independence

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Rob McElhenney, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Jimmy Fallon: Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle, Paramore
Stephen Colbert: Bono
Watch What Happens Live: Kyle Cooke, Luke Gulbranson
The Talk: Randall Park
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Danai Gurira, Jake Lacy
Drew Barrymore: Elizabeth Banks, Law Roach
Jennifer Hudson: Alfonso Ribeiro

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

QUESTION: Did WEIRD AL YANKOVICH really have an AFFAIR with MADONNA?? It’s right there in the trailer for his new biopic, and that had fans saying, “Double ewww..”


QUESTION: At WHAT AGE did you say “I’m getting old???” A new survey shows the average age, but for most people it’s “When I heard Outkast on an oldies station!!!”


QUESTION: You mean it WASN’T appendicitis??? This 21-year-old college student was “the skinniest I’d ever been,” went to the hospital, and CAME HOME WITH A BABY!!


QUESTION: Has he “Been Caught Stealing” AGAIN?? This time, it looks like JAMES CORDEN has stolen a joke from fellow Brit NOEL FIELDING, from the baking show!!
After the Late Show aired a fan of Mr Fielding's tweeted: '@JKCorden totally stole the whisper thing from @noelfielding11'. Mr Fielding then replied: 'Yes I believe this is my material'

QUESTION: When you’ve told so many stories, maybe you should tell YOUR OWN?? Steven Spielberg’s origin story is told in his new movie, “THE FABELMANS!!!!!!!!!!!”
A trip to the movies to see The Greatest Show on Earth fueled Spielberg’s lifelong passion for cinema as portrayed in The Fabelmans.

A Christmas Story Sequel

HBO Max released the full trailer for A Christmas Story Christmas on Tuesday. The film premieres Nov. 17.  Peter Billingsley returns as Ralphie, a role he played as a child in 1983’s A Christmas Story. HBO Max had released a teaser announcing the film on Oct. 17.  In the new film, Ralphie brings his children to visit his mother (Julie Hagerty in the role originally played by Melinda Dillon) and pay respects to his father (Darren McGavin in the original). Ralphie reunites with his childhood friends and tries to give his children the sort of Christmas he had growing up.  Ralphie’s friends Flick (Scott Schwartz) and Schwartz (R.D. Robb) return, as does bully Farkus (Zack Ward). The film references many of the classic moments from the original.  See the trailer HERE.
********You’ll cry.. and then you’ll change the channel!!
********Peter also played one of Santa’s little helpers in “Elf!!!!”
TOPIC: Time to start gearing up for the “greatest Xmas movie” topic!!!

How Adele’s Name Is Supposed To Be Pronounced

Adele has turned the tables on her fans, revealing that many have been saying her name improperly for years.  The Grammy-Award-winning singer hosted a happy hour to give a glimpse of her new music video for “I Drink Wine.”  During Q&A session posted online last week, she praised a fan for properly calling out her name. One video question for the pop icon was, “Hi, Adele. I’m Annie from London,” in which the fan asked the artist about her songwriting, before signing off the video with “Cheers babe, love you.”  “Where is she from, Enfield or something? Love that,” Adele pointed out. “She said my name perfectly!”  She then noted that the moderator asked her earlier how to correctly pronounce her name. While fans have been calling her “ah-dell,” the correct pronunciation is “uh-dale.”  To align with her North London accent, Adele said her name for emphasis on the second syllable during the hour-long fan event in Los Angeles.   Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
*****And now that you know how to pronounce her name, we can reveal she’s actually a redneck from Kentucky!!
********We always thought it should be “A-Deal!!!”
*****Or how about “A-Dah-Lay???”

Tom Brady Failed On His Marriage

Tom Brady didn’t put in enough effort to save his marriage with Gisele Bündchen even though he “didn’t want the marriage to end.”  Before they filed and finalized their divorce on Friday, Tom was willing to do “whatever he needed to do to fix things,” according to People Magazine.  Sources told the outlet that “near the end” of their 13-year marriage, Brady wanted to “make things right” because he “didn’t want the kids to have divorced parents.”  He was reportedly “willing to go to therapy, marriage counseling — whatever it took to make things work,” but Bündchen felt it was “too little, too late.” “She gave him a lot of opportunities to fix things, and he didn’t,” they continued, adding that while Brady was “busy following his passion” the supermodel was left to parent on her own.  “This was not Tom’s idea,” the insider said of the split. “This was never Tom’s idea.”  Gisele felt like “he wasn’t hearing what she was saying” when she asked him “over and over” to “be more present” with their children.
**********He couldn’t distinguish between the usual complaining.. and Defcon 5!!!!
******Tom knows there’s always another supermodel around the corner!!!
*******Losing your marriage.. that’ll really deflate your balls!!

New Footage Of The Crown Released

Netflix just released a revealing behind-the-scenes featurette of “The Crown” to excite fans for the upcoming season.  Season 5 premieres Nov. 9, so the streamer dropped a clip on Wednesday introducing the new cast and some compelling behind-the-scenes footage. The clip starts off with a brief glimpse of Queen Elizabeth (Imelda Staunton) giving her famous 1992 speech where she called it her “annus horribilis.”  Her infamous “horrible year” saw a fire at Windsor Castle as well as the breakdown of three out of her four children’s marriages.  Other scenes that viewers will see in full when the season premieres include Prince Philip (Jonathan Pryce) mulling over several harsh headlines about the royal family he’s spotted in the newspapers.  Another hot shot features then-Prince Charles (Dominic West) arguing with his queen mum over when it will be his time to finally become king. The matriarch and her royal offspring also trade barbs about the breakdown of his marriage to Princess Diana. See the video HERE.
*********If it hadn’t been for that year, she might have lived to 100!!!
********Is it just us?? This doesn’t sound like fun!!
********Which one of the princes is her “horrible anus” referring to???

Christina Applegate Opens Up About MS

Christina Applegate says making the third and final season of Dead to Me after her multiple sclerosis diagnosis is the hardest thing she’s ever done.  She was diagnosed with the disease of the central nervous system, which interrupts the flow of information within the brain as well as between the brain and body, while in production on the final season of the Netflix show in the summer of 2021. The show took a five month pause so she could start treatment. She told the New York Times in a new interview that coming back and pushing through to the end took a lot.  “I had an obligation” to finish telling the story, which has earned her two Emmy nominations, Applegate said. “The powers that be were like, ‘Let’s just stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s put a few episodes together [with previously recorded footage]. I said, ‘No. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it on my terms.'”  She didn’t find acceptance either. “No. I’m never going to accept this. I’m pissed,” she said.  When she returned to the set of the dark comedy, her mobility had declined. She needed a wheelchair to get to set. She had trouble navigating the steps to her trailer. Her body gave out while filming, especially in the heat. A sound technician had to hold up her legs, out of camera range, to get shots. She could no longer film establishing shots showing her walking into a room because she couldn’t do it unassisted. She would have to open doors in scenes just to lean against them to keep her up.


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Adele’s Las Vegas Do-Over-(Life & Style)

Just 24 hours before her Las Vegas concert residency was supposed to kick off in January, Adele tearfully announced that she was postponing the shows.  “There was just no soul in it,” she later explained.  “The stage setup wasn’t right.  It was very disconnected from me and my band, and it lacked intimacy.”  But now the British singer, 34, is finally set to make her debut at Caesars Palace in November, promising fans the performance that she really wanted to deliver.  “Adele felt horrible about the first failed attempt, mainly because she disappointed so many people, which is why she’s being even more particular this time around,” says a source.  “She doesn’t care if she’s known as a demanding diva.  Making sure everything runs smoothly is her top priority.”



Monkey Wanders Into Train Station

Commuters at a train station in India were unexpectedly joined by a curious money that wandered into the building and went through a security checkpoint.  The video, filmed by a witness at the Nawada Metro Station in Delhi, shows the monkey walking through the turnstiles and strolling right through a security checkpoint, appearing to escape the notice of station personnel. It was unclear what happened to the monkey once inside the station.  A monkey was previously caught on camera boarding a metro train in Delhi in July.  See the video HERE.
*********And without a ticket!!!!!
********His I.D. said, “George, Curious!!!”
*******Someone sent him out to the “Deli,” and he wound up going to “New Delhi!!!”

Largest Sushi Roll

A pair of TikTok chefs broke a Guinness World Record by assembling a 7-foot, 1-inch sushi roll — and broke another record in the process.  Nick DiGiovanni and Lynn “Lynja” Davis teamed up once again in Boston to assemble the massive sushi roll from 2,000 pounds of rice, 500 pounds of salmon, 500 pounds of cucumbers, thousands of nori sheets and millions of sesame seeds.  In the process, the pair also broke the record for fastest time to fillet a 10-pound fish, achieving the feat in 1 minute and 0.29 seconds to take the record from famed chef Gordon Ramsay.  The pair then broke the record for largest sushi roll (width) when the final product was measured at 7 feet and 1 inch wide. The sushi roll was then donated to a Boston homeless shelter.  See the video HERE.
*********They also brought in 50 pounds of wasabe!!! Mmmmmm…
********Since it’s sushi, they took it to Homeless Yuppie Shelter!!!

Paraglider Saves Florida Woman

Dramatic video captures the moment a Florida paraglider swoops in to help rescue a woman clinging to the roof of her submerged vehicle in a canal — as an alligator swims nearby.  Cristiano Piquet, a Miami real estate agent, was flying his motorized rig above the waterway near Homestead on Sunday morning when he noticed the alligator, the Miami Herald reported.  “I turned around to get a shot of the alligator, and I saw a car under the water. I flew closer to the car and I saw a woman on top,” the 40-year-old man told the newspaper.  His GoPro camera shows Piquet landing in a nearby field and running over to the woman.  “You need help?” he shouts.  “Oh my God! I fell with my car in here,” she replies in anguish as she holds onto the partially submerged yellow car.  Piquet, who had been flying with a friend, told the Herald that he got help from a nearby resident, who used a rope to pull the woman to safety.
*********And this wasn’t even the weirdest thing that happened in Florida that day!!

Fake Americans Created

Larry, a 71-year-old retired insurance broker and Donald Trump fan from Alabama, wouldn’t be likely to run into the liberal Emma, a 25-year-old graphic designer from New York City, on social media – even if they were both real.  Each is a figment of BBC reporter Marianna Spring’s imagination. She created five fake Americans and opened social media accounts for them, part of an attempt to illustrate how disinformation spreads on sites like Facebook, Twitter and TikTok despite efforts to stop it, and how that impacts American politics.  That’s also left Spring and the BBC vulnerable to charges that the project is ethically suspect in using false information to uncover false information.  “We’re doing it with very good intentions because it’s important to understand what is going on,” Spring said. In the world of disinformation, “the U.S. is the key battleground,” she said.  Spring’s reporting has appeared on BBC’s newscasts and website, as well as the weekly podcast “Americast,” the British view of news from the United States. She began the project in August with the midterm election campaign in mind but hopes to keep it going through 2024. Spring worked with the Pew Research Center in the U.S. to set up five archetypes. Besides the very conservative Larry and very liberal Emma, there’s Britney, a more populist conservative from Texas; Gabriela, a largely apolitical independent from Miami; and Michael, a Black teacher from Milwaukee who’s a moderate Democrat.  With computer-generated photos, she set up accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok. The accounts are passive, meaning her “people” don’t have friends or make public comments.
**********The only problem is that what’s called “misinformation” today sometimes becomes “the news” a few weeks later!!
********It’s human nature: everyone wants to be the one who decides what’s true and what isn’t!!!









The Rudest Things You Can Do When Visiting Another Country



Assuming Everyone Will Speak English

“Do not presume that everyone you encounter will speak English,” said Jodi R.R. Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. “Know a few phrases in the local language. Do not speak louder hoping that the other person will suddenly understand you.”  Before your trip, try to learn a bit of the local language and customs to ensure a more pleasant experience.  “Whether you’re in a restaurant or shop, saying ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ in the local language can go a long way,” said Jessica van Dop DeJesus, founder and editor at The Dining Traveler. “I also love using Google Translate to communicate while traveling. It’s a great tool to bridge communication in a foreign country. I recently traveled to Japan, and being able to write what I needed in Japanese at restaurants helped me get around much better.”


Not Doing Your Research

“You’ll have a better time if you know what to expect, so best to brush up on the local etiquette rules before you set sail,” Leighton said. “These etiquette rules are definitely not a secret, and there’s virtually no corner of the globe that hasn’t been covered online somewhere. Just look it up!”  You can avoid awkward or frustrating situations by just doing a little research before your trip.

“Learning about a culture’s etiquette is part of the fun of travel, and you’ll have a richer travel experience if you fully participate,” Leighton added. “A few fun international tips: Don’t cheers with beer in Hungary, be sure to say ‘bonjour’ when entering a shop in France and always hand out your business card with two hands in Japan.”


Being Loud And Rowdy

“One of the things I see a lot, especially living in Europe, is U.S. citizens speaking loudly on the phone, and the whole restaurant or bar can hear the conversation,” van Dop DeJesus noted.  Avoid adding to negative stereotypes about Americans by taking phone calls outside or being mindful of your volume, especially while you’re speaking English. Try to avoid making noise in other ways, like slamming car doors or stomping around.  “Practice vocal level control,” Abbott echoed. “It doesn’t matter your age, be it youth to well-seasoned, ‘thou shalt not yell’ or be obnoxious in any way no matter how tired you are, no matter what ‘everybody else is doing,’ no matter how much alcohol you’ve had.”  She also urged against drinking too much alcohol in a foreign country.

“This isn’t just about turning into that proverbial ‘ugly American’ but also about the increased risk of turning into just another visiting foreigner victim,” Abbott said, noting that drunk tourists are often targets for petty crime. “You would do well both in proper etiquette and keeping yourself out of bad situations to dial it back a bit on the alcohol if you’re so inclined.”


Ignoring Local Tipping Culture

“Know that tipping varies greatly around the world,” Smith said. “Some countries thrive on tips while others will find a tip insulting.”

If you don’t know the tipping protocol in another country, do your research or ask a trusted source to find out the cultural norms before ordering a meal at a restaurant there. Although tipping is standard practice in the U.S., that isn’t the case everywhere.  “Under most circumstances, it would be considered rude to pay for a meal without leaving a supplemental tip in the U.S.,” Trifari said. “In some countries, a tip is only left for exceptional service. It can be a token amount, perhaps one or two dollars in the local currency, if the service is outstanding. In other places, leaving a tip may even be perceived as offensive.”


Forgetting You’re A Visitor

“Perhaps the best way to make sure you are a respectful traveler is by having the mindset that you’re just a visitor in a foreign land,” Lau said. “You’re not there to change things or to do things the way you would do them at home. You’re there to experience the local culture and learn about new customs.”

Rather than insisting things be done your preferred way or complaining about unfamiliar experiences, be polite and humble. Think of yourself as a guest in a stranger’s home. And remember that your behavior reflects on yourself and the U.S. as a whole.  “The beginning and end of proper behavior, be it in the U.S. or most other countries popularly visited by U.S. citizens, be respectful, be gracious and keep in mind that you are ambassadors of this fine country,” Abbott said.


Failing To Adhere To Facial And Spatial Norms

Smith emphasized that cultural differences often manifest in faces and spaces, so do your best to understand the norms around things like eye contact and personal bubbles.  “Some countries have smiles at the ready while others only smile with their nearest and dearest,” she explained. “Eye contact is also culturally specific. The more egalitarian cultures tend to have more eye contact. The more rigid cultures tend to have less eye contact.”  Trifari recommended thinking about common gestures or movements like nodding as well.

“In Athens, I learned that Greeks typically do not nod or shake their heads to communicate the same way Americans are accustomed to,” he said. “In Greece, this gesture can be considered impolite. To indicate ‘no,’ Greeks tilt the head backward once; nodding the head forward to signal ‘yes.’ If you find yourself uncertain, using the local language to communicate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ can help avoid any confusion or fears of sending the wrong message.”  The typical amount of touch and distance between people in public places can also vary.  “Many cooler climates tend to have larger body-space bubbles, whereas many warmer climates tend to have smaller body-space bubbles,” Smith explained. “Even standing in line is culturally specific. Pay careful attention to how others queue before taking your place.”


Dressing Disrespectfully

“Travelers need to make sure they wear something appropriate for the religious sites,” Lauderdale noted. “We all want to look our best on vacation, but something revealing might not be welcomed in a religious place of worship.”

In addition to preparing for different temperatures, take respect for local culture into account when you pack for your trip. Your favorite sneakers, fanny packs and sleeveless shirts might not be the right attire every step of the way. And even if you’re going somewhere very hot, try to pack at least one outfit that provides more cover (in a lightweight, breathable fabric).  “Know what to wear. There are places, from religious sites to entire countries, where modesty is required,” Smith said. “Some locations also ‘dress for dinner.’ This may require formal or semi-formal attire as well as the requisite footwear.”  And on the subject of clothing, make sure you familiarize yourself with the rules around shoes when you enter someone’s home or certain establishments. In many cultures, there’s an expectation that guests will remove their shoes at the door.


Behaving Improperly At Sacred Sites

In addition to dressing respectfully while visiting religious sites and other places of deep significance to locals, you’ll want to show reverence in your behavior. You may not be familiar with the traditions and culture surrounding the religion in question, but always err on the side of being quiet and courteous of others.  “Temples, churches and other places of worship are usually very beautiful and grandiose, which leads to many travelers wanting to capture the perfect photo,” Lauderdale said. “However, when doing so, you could be interfering with people praying or other religious ceremonies.”


Bargaining Incorrectly

“Because you are in a foreign country, you might exhibit rude behaviors or faux pas without knowing. One of the most common ones is actually bargaining,” Lau said.  Of course, many countries and cities have marketplaces where negotiating over prices is the norm, but that isn’t true everywhere. And even if it is, the rules can vary. As always, do your research.

“Bargaining can be disrespectful, especially if you are in a place where bargaining is not acceptable,” Lau explained. “But even in places where bargaining is acceptable, you can still anger the locals by bargaining incorrectly. If the vendor tells you a price and you respond by low-balling him, he might be insulted and kick you out of his shop.”


Not Following Time Norms

Different cultures carry different expectations for timing and scheduling. Smith explained that some places follow more “linear” notions of time, while others are more “circular” or “cyclical,” for instance.

“Linear cultures tend to keep careful time,” Smith said. “It is important that you are right on time ― or early ― for reservations or gatherings. Circular cultures tend to be time fluid. When making plans, the timing is more of a suggestion than the rule.”


Greeting People Rudely

“Greeting a friend can look very different depending on which part of the world you are in,” Trifari said. “Cultural differences can result in a warm welcome being perceived as cold, rigid or otherwise inappropriate.”  Indeed, certain gestures or movements that indicate one thing in the U.S. might have a very different meaning in other countries. “In the Netherlands, it is considered rude to shout a greeting from afar,” Trifari explained. “The Dutch are modest people, and ostentatious behavior is frowned upon. When greeting someone from a distance, it is better to wave.”  In some places, friends and acquaintances might greet one another with a smile or friendly nod, while in others, people might greet with a kiss or two on the cheek.

As Trifari noted, “knowing what to do — whether you shake their hand, bow, offer them a hug or walk together holding hands — can help to avoid an awkward situation for both parties by knowing what the other person may expect.”


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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