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Born on this day!! Movie director Roman Polanski is 87. Actor Robert Redford is 84. Actor Henry G. Sanders (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 78. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 77. Singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 75. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 68. Country singer Steve Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 65. Comedian-actor Denis Leary is 63. Actor Madeleine Stowe is 62. TV news anchor Bob Woodruff is 59. Actor Adam Storke (“Mystic Pizza”) is 58. Actor Craig Bierko (“Sex and the City,” ″The Long Kiss Goodnight”) is 56. Singer Zac Maloy of The Nixons is 52. Musician Everlast (House of Pain) is 51. Actor Christian Slater is 51. Rapper Masta Killa of Wu-Tang Clan is 51. Actor Edward Norton is 51. Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 50. Actor Kaitlin Olson (“The Mick,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 45. Comedian Andy Samberg (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” ″Saturday Night Live”) is 42. Guitarist Brad Tursi of Old Dominion is 41. Actor Madelaine Petsch (“Riverdale”) is 26. Actor Parker McKenna Posey (“My Wife and Kids”) is 25.


1227 – Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died in China.
1587 – Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents born in North America.
1894 – Congress established the Bureau of Immigration, forerunner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
1920 – When Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the three-quarters of the states necessary was achieved and American women got the right to vote.
1936 – Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca was shot and killed by Franco’s soldiers during the Spanish Civil War .
1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published.
1963 – James Meredith became the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

Today Is: Bad Poetry Day, Birth Control Pills Day, Mail Order Catalog Day, National Badge Ribbon Day, National Fajita Day, Serendipity Day

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 – NCIS  /  9:00 – FBI  /  10:00 – National Convention
NBC – 8:00  – America’s Got Talent  /  10:00 – National Convention
ABC – 8:00 –  Modern Family  /  8:30 – Modern Family  /  9:00 – Black-ish  /  9:30 – Mixed-ish  /  10:00 – National Convention
FOX – 8:00 – Hell’s Kitchen  /  9:00 – Prodigal Son
CW – 8:00 –  Dead Pixels /  9:00 – Tell Me A Story

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Stacey Abrams, Chloe x Halle, guest host Kerry Washington
Jimmy Fallon: Hugh Jackman, Lili Reinhart, Buju Banton
Stephen Colbert: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Regina Spektor
Seth Meyers: Russell Crowe, Patton Oswalt, the Lemon Twigs, Thomas Land
James Corden: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Zucker
Lilly Singh: Lana Condor, Sofia Carson (R 2/24/20)
Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
Conan: John Lithgow (R 7/14/20)
The View: Khloe Kardashian, Jacob Soboroff (R 7/15/20)
The Talk: Tichina Arnold, Beth Behrs (R 10/7/19)
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Glenn Close, Yara Shahidi, Katie Brown (R)
Ellen DeGeneres: Steve Carell, Ashley Graham (R 11/7/19)
Wendy Williams: Kenya Moore (R 11/5/19)
The Real: Kron Moore (R 1/21/20)
Kelly Clarkson: Alanis Morissette, Hilary Farr, David Visentin, Sam Jay
Tamron Hall: Paul Reiser, Padma Lakshmi, Emmanuel Acho (R 6/22/20)

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

QUESTION: Watching the VIRTUAL CONVENTION? Why not skip it, and watch this summit meeting between JOE BIDEN and CARDI B???? She nails it!!!!!!!


QUESTION: When do they SLEEP? “Idol’s” Constantine Maroulis confirms he’s hooked up with THREE women from “Housewives of New York!!” Attaboy!!!!


QUESTION: Forgot to turn off your VIDEO?? This couple was caught HAVING SEX during a zoom meeting in Rio de Janeiro!! Boom boom on the Zoom!!


QUESTION: ANOTHER ONE?? A former guest on the Ellen Degeneres show reveals Ellen’s bad attitude and the rules: “Don’t be funnier or smarter than Ellen!!”


QUESTION: Trying to remember your V.P. HISTORY?? Here’s a chart showing every major party vice presidential candidate since WORLD WAR II!! (Dan Quayle, anyone?)

Princess Diana Cast For The Crown

Elizabeth Debicki has confirmed she signed on to play Britain’s Princess Diana in Seasons 5 and 6 of The Crown on Netflix.  “Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from Episode 1,” a statement from the actress posted on the fact-based costume drama’s Twitter account said Sunday.  Debicki, 29, is known for her roles in The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager and The Cloverfield Paradox. She will soon be seen in the film, Tenet. Season 5 of The Crown will feature Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth IIJonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
*****They may have found someone HOTTER than Di!! Nice!!
******Charles is having trouble remembering what she looked like!!
***The episode is called “Stay Out of Tunnels in Paris!!:
Elizabeth Debicki Picture
TOPIC: Do you remember where YOU were when she died?? 

Ewan McGregor May Lose Half His Fortune

Ewan McGregor is losing half of the fortune he’s amassed during his long acting career thanks to a divorce with his ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis.  The split came after the couple had been together more than 20 years amid reports that McGregor was spotted cozying up with his “Fargo” co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The former co-stars are reportedly still together.  According to court documents obtained by People, McGregor and Mavrakis agreed to split their assets, which for him means any earned income from films and TV projects that he worked on while they were together. The couple reportedly called it quits in 2017 and has been locked in a divorce battle ever since.  For perspective, that means that she’s entitled to a chunk of change from such lucrative properties he’s been in over the years as three “Star Wars” movies, “Trainspotting,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” “Angels & Demons” and many more. The outlet notes that half the $3 million he got for the 2018 film “Christopher Robin” will also go to his ex despite it being made after their split date.  In addition to losing half of what he made in the last two decades, McGregor has agreed to pay almost $15,000 per month in child support as well as make a trust fund for their younger daughter’s educational expenses. He’ll also pay almost $36,000 per month in spousal support.
*******He tried the Jedi Mind Trick: “We had a prenup!!” Didn’t work.
*****Why is divorce so expensive? It’s worth it!!
******Now the new one is thinking, “I’ll have to wait a few years until he builds up his fortune… then I get paid!!”

Jeffrey Epstein’s Creep Mansion Had Eyes

More details are coming out on the property of Jeffrey Epstein, specifically his New York mansion, where he invited guests to have sex with girls he would traffic.  Gypsy Gita, who worked with Epstein between 2001 to 2005, described the property worth $71 million as “creepy.” He said that the mansion felt like walking into a “world” that was “weird” and “warped.”  She described Maxwell’s mansion to The Mail on Sunday, saying, “There was this huge wall of prosthetic eyeballs.” He also added there must have been at least 150 of those “eyeballs.”  “Jeffrey would say, ‘Don’t forget you are being watched at all times,’” Gita added.  Epstein’s victims have also claimed that Epstein “monitored everything” in his mansion via a security room, where he could spy on guests while they were in the bedrooms and toilets.
*******They can’t say they weren’t warned!!!
****Those eyeballs weren’t the ONLY balls on display in that house!!
******Finally.. a guest list you DON’T want your name on!!
WE HEAR… there are some names on his guest list that will SHOCK the nation.. if they ever come out!!

Ellen’s Ex Speaks Out

Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend Anne Heche has weighed in on the ongoing toxic workplace scandal.  “I haven’t spoken to Ellen in years. I’d listen to the people who have,” Heche told Mr. Warburton magazine for its cover story.  Heche described their nearly four-year relationship as “a beautiful part” of her life that she wears “with honor” but hinted that there might be something to the complaints surrounding the “Ellen” show, which have prompted many to wonder if it’ll be canceled. DeGeneres’ producers, however, maintain the show will go on.  “If I’m standing someplace and I don’t like what’s going on there and I stay there, it’s my fault,” said Heche, who dated DeGeneres from 1997 to 2000. “So what are the actions that got me there and why can’t I get out of it easily if that’s not something that I want to be engaged in?”  She added, “Ellen is standing where she walks, and that is hers to continue that journey.”
******Anne sounds just as coherent as ever!!
******Kinda sounds like she’s saying it’s all true!!
*****They split up over “irreconcilable similarities!!”

Ben Affleck Gets Motorcycle From Girlfriend

Ana de Armas surprised boyfriend Ben Affleck with a brand-new customized BMW motorcycle for his 48th birthday this weekend. They wasted no time after unloading it from the truck and immediately took it for a ride, with de Armas providing them with matching his-and-hers green helmets.  At one point, de Armas removed her hands from his waist and threw them up in the air while managing to keep her dress under control.  The couple have been dating since March when they took a romantic trip to de Armas’ native Cuba and Costa Rica. They became Instagram official at the end of April.
********When a gorgeous woman buys you an incredible bike… she really wants to seal the deal!!
******It’s not the Bat Cycle, but it’ll do!!

Harry and William Hardly Speak

Prince William and Prince Harry cut off all communication for two months after the latter went rogue and divulged his “Megxit” plans on social media, according to a royal biographer. They still barely speak and their rift will “take time to heal,” said Omid Scobie, one of the authors of “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,” The Sun reported.  “I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider,” Scobie said in an interview on “True Royalty TV” that aired Sunday.  “That’s really going to take some time to heal,” Scobie said.  William was apparently furious that Harry and wife Meghan Markle in January decided to reveal a road map for how they planned to step back from the royal family and become financially independent.  “The statements weren’t discussed internally. That’s really what caused the most amount of hurt to William, because he wears two hats,” Scobie said.  “He’s not just the brother, he’s also future king and he felt that damaged the reputation of the family.”  The royal expert added: “That it put family business out into the public domain when it should’ve been discussed privately and there was a lot of hurt there that continues to this day.”  There also wasn’t much of an effort made to get Harry and Meghan to stay, Scobie said.  He claimed the institution would “stop at nothing to make Meghan’s life difficult,” citing a fight over the Duchess’ wedding tiara.  It prompted Harry to call his grandmother to complain about one of her assistants who apparently wasn’t being accommodating enough to his future bride.  “Harry had to intervene,” Scobie claimed. “He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife.’”  He added: “Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult.”
******Sounds like this book WAS written by Harry and Meghan!!
******These rich people problems ARE fascinating!!
****Harry and Meghan are paying the price!! They’re hiding out in a tiny $14 million house next to Oprah!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Dr. Dre and Nicole’s $1 Billion Divorce War!-(National Enquirer)

Dr. Dre is trying to hold on to his billion-dollar fortune, claiming he and estranged wife Nicole Young did a prenup right before their 1996 wedding!  But Nicole fired back in court papers she was “left with no option” but to sign it “unwillingly,” and how in a gesture of his love, Dre, a.k.a Andre Young, tore it up a few years later!  The court is still deciding.

Could Be Karma For Raging Reese!-(Globe)

Reese Witherspoon won the 2020 Award for Biggest Snub of the year-not receiving even one lousy Emmy nomination for acting in any of THREE starring roles, in “The Morning Show,” “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Big Little Lies!”-while the star’s big-name castmates, Jennifer Aniston, Kerry Washington, Steve Carell, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern, received prestigious nods.

Dax & Kristen:  Riding the Waves-(Us Weekly)

Even the strongest marriages have been tested in quarantine.  Before the pandemic, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell “were a well-oiled machine when we saw each other two and a half hours a day,” the actor and podcast host says, but seeing his wife, 40, “[for] 16 hours a day was an adjustment.”  The pair of six years had a few blowout fights, he admits, but Shepard, 45, wouldn’t change a thing:  “The last couple months [have] been blissful.”

Celine’s Son:  It’s Time To Date!-(Star)

Celine Dion’s son Rene-Charles Angelil doesn’t want his mother to be all by herself.  It’s been four and a half years since the Canadian singer, 52, lost her husband of 22 years, Rene Angelil, to cancer.  Now their eldest child, 19, is hoping she finds a companion (Celine’s also mom to 9-year-old twins nelson and Eddy).  “He tells his mom all the time she’s a great catch,” a friend says.  “He wants her to have someone special in her life.”  Though Celine, who’s also leaned on her backup-dancer pal Pepe Munoz, revealed last year she’s “still in love” with her late husband, she also admitted she’s open to dating.  And Rene-Charles is willing to do his part to help her take the next step.  Says the source, “He’s offered to go on a double date with her.”

Care Packages-(Life & Style)

Sheffield, England, Aug. 4

Public service with a smile!  In an effort to help out Britain’s most vulnerable citizens, Kate Middleton got brands and retailers to donate to 40 baby banks across the U.K.-and happily spent a day unpacking the wares.  Baby banks, which provide food and supplies for infants, have long been a favorite cause of the Duchess of Cambridge, who confessed she “literally burst into tears” after visiting one at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak:  “It can get very emotional.”


“Could this be the glorious day my sweet baby Tia, finally accepts that her daddy is the demigod, Maui from MOANA?”-Dwayne Johnson, on his 2-year-old daughter not believing he starred in the animated Disney film.

“I also smashed through a lot of TV shows.  I would do a season in a day.  I’m not going to have anything left to watch!”-Zendaya, on how she’s keeping busy during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s been great being able to spend more time with them, but it doesn’t mean I want to do that all the time.”-Paul McCartney, on being with family more during quarantine.

Winners of the Week-(In Touch)

Who’s The Boss?  Fans

The classic ‘80s series is coming back, with original stars Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza set to star.



Restaurant Makes You Weigh Yourself

A Chinese restaurant apologized for any offense caused when it placed scales at its entrance and suggested customers weigh themselves to determine what they should order.  The Chuiyan Fried Beef location in Changsha, Hunan province, said the scales and menu suggestions were put in place as a response to President Xi Jinping’s call for the country to reduce food waste.  The two scales were placed at the entrance to the eatery and customers were encouraged to weigh themselves. A guide placed by the scales offered suggestions for food selections and portion sizes for men and women of various weight ranges.  The move sparked criticism on social media from customers who felt the weight-based initiative encouraged fat shaming.  The restaurant said in a post that it was “deeply sorry” for any offense caused by the program.  “Our intention was to advocate not wasting food and for people to order in a healthy way,” the post stated.  The eatery said the weighing was strictly voluntary.
*******There were three weight categories: “Slim,” “Fat,” and “You’re tipping the room!!”
*******A scale is the LAST thing you want in a restaurant!! It would kill your business!!
TOPIC: Do the calorie counts on menus make you order less??

Penguin Escapes!

A penguin escaped from its home on a British farm and was spotted by police when it came “plodding up a village street.”  Broxtowe North Police said the Humbolt penguin had escaped from its enclosure on a farm early Sunday morning when officers on patrol in Strelly, near Nottingham, spotted it “plodding up a village street.”  Police nicknamed the “friendly bird” Po-Po and questioned him “on what he was doing walking down the middle of a road.”  Officers determined the penguin had escaped from a farm about 1 mile away. The bird was safely returned to his owner’s home.
*******No one can figure out why he was wearing a tuxedo!!
******Why would you keep a penguin on a farm?? Somebody for the chickens to look up to??
******This sounds like a Pixar movie!!!

Russian Breaks Underwater Bench Press Record

A Russian athlete broke a Guinness World Record when he went underwater and bench pressed a 110-pound barbell 76 times before coming up for air.  Vitaly Vivchar of Tomsk said he trained for two months before taking on the record Thursday at Lebyazhye Lake.  He said the feat combined his skills as a championship weight lifter with his amateur hobby of free diving.  Vivchar managed 76 repetitions, beating the previous record, set by U.S. man Greg Wittstock, by 14.  See the video HERE.
*******This is how Russia will take over the world!! They’ll march to America via the seabed!!
******This skill lwill come in handy when he needs to lift a shipwreck off somebody!!

Man Punches Shark To Save Wife

A man took matters into his own fists when a great white shark attacked his wife while they were out surfing on an Australian beach this weekend, police said.  Mark Rapley and his wife Chantelle Doyle were spending the day at Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie, New South Wales, when the shark, which was described as being between 6 and 10 feet, attacked Doyle and threw her off her surfboard, according to the North South Wales police. Rapley told the Nine Network he paddled to his wife’s board as she tried to climb back up while the shark grabbed her right calf.  Rapley grabbed on to his wife’s surfboard and began punching the shark until it let her go, the police said.  “When you see the mother of your child, and your support, everything that’s who you are, so you just react,” he told the channel. “Your body reacts to saying get off, get off. So you start punching it, you start thinking amazingly where to punch it and so you’re like, ‘I’ll just attack the eye,’ or whatever. You just start thinking differently.”
*****Great! Now PETA’s after him!!
*******Police are now looking for a shark with an eye patch!!
******A shark can’t even grab a snack without people freaking out!!







6 Ways To Help Your Kid Cope With Back-To-School Disappointment

Huffington Post


  1. Ask them how they’re feeling.

It is such a simple, obvious step, but experts say it’s one that parents sometimes overlook. “We should really be taking the time to ask them: ‘How are you feeling about this?’” Walls urged.

Really let them tell you. Don’t say: “Are you sad? Are you upset?” she cautioned. Instead, pose it as an open-ended question. (Because remember: Some kids are thriving in this new normal!) Then keep asking those open-ended questions once school begins and throughout the year.


  1. Validate those feelings.

Many parents have the urge to fix their children’s problems, but experts say it’s important to fight that impulse. “Let kids know it’s OK to be frustrated. It’s OK to be sad. Lots of adults are frustrated and sad, too,” said Walls.

Research shows that validating difficult emotions can help children work through them more effectively and develop “EQ,” or emotional intelligence. They’re learning to identify what they are feeling and developing coping strategies that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes.


  1. Acknowledge what didn’t work last spring.

If your child had a particularly tough go of it during remote learning last academic year, now is the time to sit down together to make a list of the specific problems he or she faced.

Ask: “How can we make the experience a little more tolerable?” said Melissa Brymer, a psychologist with UCLA Health. Were there younger siblings always interrupting? Did your kiddo feel awkward doing Zoom lessons in front of you or their siblings? Consider things you can control on your end, as well as concerns that your child’s school or teacher can help address on theirs.

It may help to remind your child (and yourself) that teachers have learned a lot about remote learning. Some of the problems they had at first might not be an issue anymore.

“You can highlight that during the summer teachers have been working on different distance learning strategies,” Brymer said. “Can we point out things that are different that would help to excite students?”


  1. Lean on the school.

When schools closed last spring, parents knew teachers and administrators were overwhelmed and may have shied away from burdening them with what was going on at home, Brymer said.

But she argued that parents should feel comfortable about using teachers and school counselors as resources — because they truly can help children process tough emotions and strategize ways to make this a successful year.

“If your kid was struggling during regular school, you’d go to the school counselor or their teacher and start raising issues early. That can still happen in this remote learning setting,” said Brymer. Don’t think you have to go it alone in making this all work for your kiddo logistically or emotionally.


  1. Maintain structure and consistency as much as possible.

If you need to plant your kid in front of a screen for a few hours because it’s the only way you can get work done, that’s one thing. But if you’re being more lax or indulgent about certain things because you think that will help mitigate their disappointment, that is something to pay attention to, Walls cautioned.

“I can’t tell you how many parents I’ve worked with who say, ‘Well, I feel bad, so I’ve let them do X, Y and Z,‘” she said. “But I think that what our kids really need from us right now is this kind of constant, steadfast continuity. There are a lot of unknowns. You want to be the ‘known’ as a parent.”


  1. Sell them on this school year.

Parents are worried about the upcoming school year and the enormous challenges it presents on so many fronts: logistics, finances, health and safety. But Walls cautioned against complaining or venting in front of children, who take their cues from adults.

“We need to look at our school plans, we need to take a deep breath, and then we need to present it to our kids as, ‘Hey, here’s what’s going to happen this year. We’ve talked about how it might be disappointing, but we’re going to get through it. And here’s how we’re going to,’” Walls said.

Ultimately, managing any disappointment your child is experiencing is really about striking a balance. Sure, you want to give them time and space to grapple with hard emotions. But you also want to put a positive spin on the year. You want to model resiliency, particularly because whatever school looks like for them when this academic year begins could be very different later on.

“Whether you’re starting remote or starting face-to-face, there might have to be changes,” Brymer said. “Kids want to know that their routines are still going to be in place, and there are going to be safety measures. The more we can let them know that as parents, we are aware that things might change — and that this is how we’ll get through it together — that helps.”


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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