Show Notes for Friday, May 26, 2023

Today we visit with bestselling author, Craig Nelson about his new book “V Is For Victory: Franklin Roosevelt's American Revolution and the Triumph of World War II” AVAILABLE NOW:

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May 26

National Paper Airplane Day

National Road Trip Day

National Cooler Day

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Don’t Fry Day

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Which is better? Planning a trip long in advance, carefully creating a “must-do” list, and counting down the days until departure, or just taking off one day on a totally spontaneous adventure? The answer? Door #2, according to more than 3 in 5 people. In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, 67% said they enjoy trips more if they happen on a whim. One in 5 (22%) even base their travel on spontaneous decision-making. The OnePoll survey, on behalf of Motel 6, also showed that many of us don’t seem to care where, they just want to go. And 73% said they’d be willing to take a trip to a surprise destination. Three-quarters agree with the old saying that when traveling, the journey is just as much fun as the actual destination.

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Remember when Coca-Cola started letting us mix our own flavors with its Freestyle fountains? Now, Kraft Heinz wants to do the same for dipping sauces. A prototype of a new dispenser, called the Heinz Remix, was showcased at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago over the weekend. Sauce “bases” include Ketchup, Ranch, 57 Sauce and BBQ Sauce. Customers can pick one and mix it with flavor “enhancers,” including jalapeño, smoky chipotle, buffalo and mango (or all of the above). Kraft Heinz will start running pilot programs with the product in restaurants late this year. The base options could change over time, a relief for those already concerned that mayo isn’t included.


American Idol” hit a high note with the help of some guest judges this month. The May 7 episode, which featured guest judges Ed Sheeran and Alanis Morissette (who also performed), drew an audience of 7.7M people after 7 days of delayed viewing, according Nielsen. That’s up 3% from the week prior and 13% year-over-year, marking the competition series’ largest audience of the season. In terms of the 18-49 demographic, the episode held even with previous episode’s season-high 1.1 rating, showing a 22% improvement year-over-year.

Reba McEntire is spilling all “The Voice” tea. Speaking ahead of the new “One-on-One with Reba McEntire” special, the country icon, who is joining The Voice as a coach next season, is currently serving as an advisor alongside coaches Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, Blake Shelton and Chance the Rapper. Asked which of the coaches causes the most trouble on set, McEntire didn’t hesitate before saying, “Oh, Blake. Blake, hands down.” But despite him being a troublemaker, McEntire also admires the way Shelton has “changed the attitude of concerts for country music.” She pointed out that “Whether he brings a drink on stage or says something (and everyone’s like) ‘Oh, that’s Blake.’ He can get away with anything.”

Jamie Foxx has reportedly entered a top physical rehabilitation center after being released from hospital. TMZ says he has been receiving medical care in Chicago since April — a few weeks after suffering an unknown medical emergency, reported to be a stroke. His daughters Corinne Foxx and Anelise Foxx have flown in to be by his side and seemed to be in great spirits while visiting their father over the weekend. The facility specializes in stroke recovery, traumatic brain injury rehab, spinal cord injury rehab and cancer rehabilitation. An insider told the outlet that Foxx is “recovering well.”

Martha Stewart is shooting down speculation that she’s undergone plastic surgery following her appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. After making history at 81 as the oldest woman to model for the cover, she told Variety she’s had largely “very good” feedback on social media, except for “a few naysayers saying, ‘The pictures are over-retouched.’” The businesswoman called them “incredibly accurate pictures” and said she “was really pleased that there was not much airbrushing.” Stewart also shut down speculation that she’s gone under the knife, saying she has had “absolutely no plastic surgery whatsoever.”

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A study claims that by adding green plants into the workplace, employee satisfaction and productivity increases by up to 15%.

The next time you accidentally let a spoiler slip about a show or movie, just explain to your disappointed friend that it’s OK…because science. Yeshiva University psychology professor Anna-Lisa Cohen wrote of a study by her and others published in Applied Cognitive Psychology. The researchers showed an Alfred Hitchcock TV episode called “Bang! You’re Dead” to 2 groups of people—one group was clueless about how things turned out and the other was told what happens. It turns out that knowing the ending didn’t stop people from becoming fully engrossed in the story and enjoying it. According to her, we are still just as likely to get caught up in a story even when we know what’s coming, because we are still drawn into characters’ stories, and have essentially “hitched our mental state to theirs.”

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In baseball’s early years, umpires officiated while reclining in a rocking chair, 20 feet behind home plate.

People who regularly use computers type between 5,000 and 10,000 keystrokes per day.

Growing a beard has health benefits such as preventing allergies, asthma attacks and rashes, and protecting your skin from the sun.

At first, penicillin was called “mold juice”.

The can opener was invented 48 years after the can.


Question: Stats say THIS happens to 90% of people — at least once in their life. What is it?

Answer: An automobile accident

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A company is offering up free 55-inch 4K TVs to those who don’t mind being exposed to continuous display ads on a secondary screen. The startup “Telly” says that as long as you’re willing to accept those ads (or are able to tune them out), and share data, you won’t have to pay anything for the TV. The smaller display also shows news, sports scores and other useful data. The set has its own camera, microphone, sensors and voice assistant, enabling video calls and motion-captured fitness apps. The secondary screen is a slender display positioned underneath the TV. The company is taking reservations now in the US for the first 500,000 TVs, which are expected to ship this summer.

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Here are the movies being released to theaters this summer that are vying to be “THE” blockbuster of the year, à la “Jaws” or “E.T.” or “Independence Day”, etc…

✪ “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3” (released May 5): What better way to kick off the season than with the gang of Marvel-ous misfits known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Millions already agree…

✪ “Fast X” (May 19): This installment will not only welcome back Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris, it’ll welcome Jason Momoa, Rita Moreno and Brie Larson into the furious fold. Jason Statham, John Cena, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are also back from earlier adventures.

✪ “The Little Mermaid” (May 26): There’s quite a buzz for this latest Disney live-action “reimagining”. But one thing’s for sure – people will turn out to see it in droves.

✪ “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2): This sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” will expand upon the story of Miles Morales — with Spider-Gwen’s help.

✪ “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (June 9): We can only hope that the latest in this franchise, featuring animal-like Transformers known as Maximals, doesn’t run too long, and makes at least the tiniest bit of sense.

✪ “The Flash” (June 16): This one just might be the one to beat this summer, with DC bringing its universe of superheroes to an emotional and action-packed crescendo, led by embattled star Ezra Miller’s Flash.

✪ “Asteroid City” (June 16): Wes Anderson takes on the sci-fi genre. The film follows stargazers who are visited by aliens in a place in the desert called, you guessed it, Asteroid City. Incredible cast, too.

✪ “The Blackening” (June 16): This slasher comedy-horror hybrid looks like it will be a crowd-pleaser and then some, featuring an all-Black cast and hinging on the premise that, as the tag line says, “We can’t all die first.”

✪ “Elemental” (June 16): An original story from Pixar, featuring a world in which the elements must learn to live together in the same crowded urban environment.

✪ “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (June 30): This 5th adventure from Indy (Harrison Ford) brings back John Rhys-Davies of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” fame, and also welcomes “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and “Legion’s” Dan Stevens.

✪ “Joy Ride” (July 7): This takes the girls’ trip idea, and tells the story from an Asian American perspective, letting some gifted actresses, including Ashley Park and Stephanie Hsu, have what looks to be the best and wildest time ever.

✪ “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One” (July 14): Tom Cruise is back as ‘Ethan Hunt’, faced with yet another impossible task that, somehow, you know he’ll be able to pull off. (We just hope the movie isn’t as dense, or as long, as the title.)

✪ “Barbie” (July 21): NOW we’re talkin’. Everything we’ve seen about this makes it look huge…including Ryan Gosling’s hilarious observations on harnessing his “Ken-ergy” at CinemaCon. The movie’s tongue-in-plastic-cheek feel surely has a lot to do with its director and co-writer Greta Gerwig.

✪ “Oppenheimer” (July 21): If Barbie’s subject matter is a bit light for you, try this very serious film from the very serious Christopher Nolan, who promises the movie – about the inventor of the atomic bomb – captures the story of “the most important person who ever lived.” (Bono disagrees…)

✪ “Haunted Mansion” (July 28): Disney continues its” let’s-turn-our-theme-park-rides-into-movies” tradition, after the successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and somewhat less-explosive “Jungle Cruise”. This adaptation follows a 2003 version with Eddie Murphy.

✪ “The Meg 2: The Trench” (August 4): For those looking to get their creature feature needs met, hopefully this sequel improves on the strangely lackluster first film from 2018 about an insanely large prehistoric shark.

✪ “Gran Turismo” (August 11): This flick, based on the auto racing game, stars David Harbour, who pointed out at CinemaCon that that the game is essentially a racing simulator and that there was no real storyline to work with. Oh, no…

✪ “Blue Beetle” (August 18): Initially meant for streaming platforms, this flick marks the cinematic arrival of DC’s first Latino superhero, played by Xolo Maridueña of “Cobra Kai” fame.

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