Show Notes for Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Today we visit with the world famous director, Renny Harlin (DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, DEEP BLUE SEA) We will visit with him about his brand new film THE BRICKLAYER


TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY! (A special thanks to

January 17th

Betty White Day

Cable Car Day

Ditch New Years Resolutions Day

International We Are Not Broken Day

Kid Inventors Day

National Bootlegger’s Day

National Classy Day

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

National Hot Heads Chili Day

National Judgment Day

Popeye Day

Printing Ink Day

Rid The World Of Fad Diet And Gimmicks Day

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A new study says that many of us feel we had trouble sleeping last year. A survey by the US Sleep Foundation found that 37% adults slept ‘somewhat’ or ‘much worse’ in 2023 than in previous years. And members of Gen Z (those born 1997-2012) are at the top of the list for sleep challenges. The report also noted that Google searches for “sleep” reached an all-time high in 2023. Doughy-eyed adults tried many hacks to improve their sleep, including: showering before bed (45%), using a weighted blanket (26%) and keeping a bedroom window open (26%). 27% of respondents said they exercised more to improve sleep, 27% said they woke up earlier, and 25% said they limited or avoided caffeine in the evenings — and 19% even took the “drastic” measure of turning off their phone at bedtime. By the way, it seems that some celebs don’t share the same concern: Actor Rob Lowe was quoted this week as saying he gets “tons of sleep”, and “if there’s ever 12 [hours] to be had, I’m taking it.” And last month, actress Dakota Johnson went viral for saying she can “easily” sleep for 14 hours a day.

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Potatoes may soon no longer be a vegetable. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is considering reclassifying potatoes, moving them from “starchy vegetables” into the “grains” category alongside rice and other carbs. If this doesn’t make sense to you, just hold on. Recent stats show that the veggies most-often eaten by Americans are potatoes – closely followed by (ahem!) tomatoes. As you may be aware, tomatoes are actually a fruit. This re-classification would make (ahem!) tomatoes the most popular vegetable in the US.


The nominations for the People’s Choice Awards are out, spanning movies, TV, music and general pop culture during 2023. Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce are both nominees, woth Kelce up for athlete of the year, and Swift nominated in 5 categories. Seven of the 8 nominees for pop artist of the year are women, with Jung Kook the only male. And 7 of the 8 nominees for social celebrity of the year are women, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson the lone male nominee. MCU star and “Barbie” actor Simu Liu will host the ceremony on February 18, live on NBC, E! and Peacock.

Selena Gomez has signed on to play Linda Ronstadt in a biopic. The pop singer and “Only Murders in the Building” star teased the role on Instagram, posting a picture of Ronstadt’s 2013 memoir “Simple Dreams”. Ronstadt’s social media accounts posted a news story about the movie, with the message, “It all started with a simple dream.” The biopic is currently in pre-production, with producers including Ronstadt’s manager, John Boylan, and James Keach, who produced the 2019 documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” Ronstadt and Gomez are both of Mexican descent. LINK:

We finally have our first real look at the most anticipated “Walking Dead” spinoff yet. The official trailer for “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” has been released by AMC, and it is full of heroes ‘Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) and ‘Michonne’ (Danai Gurira) slicing, dicing, and taking down walkers. Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that Rick appears to be working for the Civic Republic Military. The Ones Who Live premieres February 25. LINK:

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According to a survey conducted by, a cash back site, over three-quarters of Americans (76%) plan to shop end-of-season sales this year. The survey polled a cross-section of 2,040 US-based adults, aged 18 and over. And since over a third of Americans (36%) do not feel financially confident heading into the new year, finding ways to save money on your shopping is more important than ever. To help you navigate post-holiday shopping, here are five tips on finding the best deals from Samantha Landau (she/her), consumer expert at TopCashback:

Know the sales. “With store inventories being turned over from holiday goods, now is the best time to save on gift sets, holiday-themed products, winter clothing and more. Before making a purchase, research retailers and compare prices for everything on your list to see where you can get the deepest discount.

Pro-tip: “Expect sales from popular retailers after Christmas and leading into the new year. Sephora hosts an after-Christmas sale with an extra 20% off; Adidas is offering up to 60% off during their end-of-year sale through December 31; Nordstrom has their semi-annual sale through January 2 with deals up to 60% off; and more. Make sure to do your research before heading to the store to determine the best time to shop.”

Stick to your list as much as possible. “While it may be tempting to buy every great deal you find, try not to shop outside of your list – your wallet will thank you later! Look for rarely discounted items that you use on a regular basis or have been interested in trying for a while. These items also may sell out quickly and may not be restocked, so you’ll want to secure these first.”

Read the fine print. “Major markdowns are enticing, but before you place an online order always read the fine print. Look at the return policy for each item. Sometimes, significantly discounted items are marked as ‘final sale’ and will not be eligible for return.

Pro-tip: “Avoid returns by reading the reviews before completing your purchase. The item should be exactly as described on the website and if it’s not, the reviews will tell you. It’s also important to buy from a trusted retailer.”

Layer on discounts. “To save the most possible, look at all of your discount options. Subscribe to emails and join loyalty programs for retailers you often shop at to receive special coupons and extended sale periods. Use those discounts along with a credit card that gives you cash back or rewards points on your shopping. And if you shop online, you can save even more by shopping through a cash back site, like TopCashback. which guarantees the highest percentage of your money back on qualifying purchases from over 7,000 stores nationwide, like Macy’s, Best Buy and more.

Pro-tip #1: “Download the free TopCashback Browser Extension to be notified when you’re shopping on a site offering cash back and coupons so you’ll never miss out on any potential savings.

Pro-tip #2: “If you can’t find applicable rewards with your payment method, look for savings on TopCashback Gift Cards, which offers cash back on digital gift cards from over 300 retailers, including Target, Sephora and Bath & Body Works. You can use the gift cards on your upcoming purchases, or even as a last-minute gift idea.”

Beware of scams. “In today’s digital world, you want to be careful when shopping online or via social media. Always check the seller’s profile and look for verified accounts before purchasing through social media. Be cautious if the seller is new or has no feedback from previous customers. You’ll also want to beware of offers that seem too good to be true, especially if a high-demand item is extremely discounted (which can be a red flag). Make sure you’re using a secure payment method and avoid clicking on unsolicited links.

Pro-tip: “Go directly to the URL by typing it into your browser or shopping through a reputable cash back site, like TopCashback. These websites partner directly with retailers to create secure links directly to the partner retailer so you can be confident you’re not getting scammed. Plus, you’ll get some money back in the process, so it’s a win-win!”

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Answer: An argument

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An Ontario woman’s unusual talent earned her a Guinness World Record when she blew a 44.1-decibel whistle using her nose. LuLu Lotus of Mississauga, who learned she could whistle using her nose at the age of 7, earned the record for “loudest nose whistle” when she visited Aercoustics Engineering Ltd. and had her whistle loudness measured in a specialized room designed for precision recording. The nose whistler said her 5-year-old son is following in her footsteps after recently discovering his own nose-whistling ability. LINK:

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It’s a New Year, when we try to start or stop doing things in order to improve our lives. A Reddit thread asked people to share their best, most impactful positive changes. Here are the best…

☞ “The habit of following through. What you start, finish. What you set out to learn, become the master.”

☞ “Set a timer for 10 minutes every day and clean. Once the timer ends, you’re done. You’d be surprised how much cleaning you can get done in 10 minutes.”

☞ “Deleting TikTok and watching movies without distraction…it helped my ADHD so well — (also) not littering my brain with social media seconds after waking up.”

☞ “Avoiding drinking sodas and drinking more water.”

☞ “Putting yourself first. Saying no, and setting boundaries are all worthwhile habits and NOT selfish.”

☞ “I separate my laundry after I’m done wearing it instead of after it’s been on the floor or in the closet for days. Nothing is more annoying than having to flip all my socks back when I do laundry.”

☞ “I treat my savings account like a bill. No matter what is happening, I put the same amount of money in it every week.”

☞ “When I make a mistake, I try not to generalize it and say things like ‘I’m so stupid’ or ‘I can’t do anything right.’ It’s one mistake. I do hundreds of things correctly every day.”

☞ “Every time I sign up for a new food place’s app or rewards program, I put in a random birthday so the rewards are spaced out through the year and I get random enjoyment instead of feeling pressure to choose which birthday rewards I want to use.”

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