Friday, May 22, 2020

COVID 19—THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFERS VIRTUAL CARE AS FAMILIES GRIEVE UNLIKE EVER BEFORE

We are joined by JONATHAN MCNAMARA, Virginia’s Red Cross Communications Director and National Spokesperson.

The organization has launched THE Virtual Family Assistance Center WHICH  provides resources to those struggling with loss and grief due to the pandemic

People can visit redcross.org/VFAC to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to community resources provided by partners in their area. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but especially for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19,” said Valerie Cole, Ph.D. Manager, Individual Disaster Care for the Red Cross. “Not only have these families experienced the unexpected passing of a loved one, but they are also facing additional challenges caused by this public health emergency. We want them to know that the Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support as they grieve.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

TEAM OF FIVE: THE PRESIDENTS CLUB IN THE AGE OF TRUMP, by Kate Andersen Brower (Author) 

Publisher: Harper (May 19, 2020)

Jim Bohannon talks with the New York Times Bestselling author KATE ANDERSON BROWER.

WEBSITE: http://www.katebrower.com

“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Residence and First Women—also a New York Times bestseller—comes a poignant, news-making look at the lives of the five former presidents in the wake of their White House years, including the surprising friendships they have formed through shared perspective and empathy. After serving the highest office of American government, five men—Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama—became members of the world’s most exclusive fraternity. In Team of Five, Kate Andersen Brower goes beyond the White House to uncover what, exactly, comes after the presidency, offering a glimpse into the complex relationships of these five former presidents, and how each of these men views his place in a nation that has been upended by the Oval Office’s current, norm-breaking occupant, President Donald Trump. With an empathetic yet critical eye and firsthand testimony from the Carters, Donald Trump, and the top aides, friends, and family members of the five former presidents, Team of Five takes us inside the exclusive world of these powerful men and their families, including the unlikely friendship between George W. Bush and Michelle Obama, the last private visits Bill Clinton and Barack Obama shared with George H.W. Bush, and the Obamas’ flight to Palm Springs after Donald Trump’s inauguration. Perhaps most timely, this insightful, illuminating book overflows with anecdotes about how the ex-presidents are working to combat President Trump’s attempts to undo the achievements and hard work accomplished during their own terms. Perhaps most poignantly, Team of Five sheds light on the inherent loneliness and inevitable feelings of powerlessness and frustration that come with no longer being the most important person in the world, but a leader with only symbolic power. There are ways, though, that these men, and their wives, have become powerful political and cultural forces in American life, even as so-called “formers.”

“Team of Five includes 16 pages of color photographs.”

Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller THE RESIDENCE and the New York Times bestseller FIRST WOMEN, and FIRST IN LINE. Her latest book TEAM OF FIVE looks at the relationships between members of the Presidents Club and includes an Oval Office interview with President Trump. Her book THE RESIDENCE had been optioned by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix. She has written for Vanity Fair, Time, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She covered the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband, their three young children, and their Wheaten Terrier.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO OUR TROOPS ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

JOE MANTEGNA. Tony-winning actor and Veteran’s advocate is our guest.

WEBSITE: http://joemantegna.com/

The National Memorial Day Concert.

Co-hosted by Joe and Emmy-winning actor Gary Sinise, the 31st annual special will pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, with special segments honoring those heroes waging the war against COVID-19.  This year’s line-up includes past and present guests General Colin Powell, Cynthia Erivo, Renee Fleming, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, Trace Adkins, Mary McCormack, Esai Morales, CeCe Winans and Kelli O’Hara with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Chicago native JOE MANTEGNA has a strong background in both theater and film. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s musical of Studs Terkel’s Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Closely associated with Mamet’s work, Joe starred in the theatrical premiere of A Life in the Theater, The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theater, and in the Broadway production of Speed the Plow with Ron Silver and Madonna. In addition, Joe directed a critically acclaimed stage production of Mamet’s Lakeboat, starring Ed O’Neil and George Wendt, in a successful Los Angeles theatrical run. Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Once the Chicago PBS affiliate picked it up for production, the play both earned Joe an Emmy Award and gave him the opportunity to direct an updated version in a successful run at Chicago’s Organic Theater. Joe also appeared in The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and Cops, along with taking two European tours with the Organic Theater Company. SHOWTIME has produced yet another version of Bleacher Bums that premiered in 2002.  Joe made his feature film debut in 1985 as the womanizing dentist in Frank Perry’s Compromising Positions, based on Susan Isaacs’ best-seller. His early films include co-starring roles in The Money Pit, Weeds and Suspect. He also starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet films House of Games (now a cult classic) and Things Change, for which he and co-star Don Ameche both received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Joe starred in the highly praised police thriller, Homicide.

JIM BOHANNON’S COMMENCEMENT SPEECH TO THE CLASS OF 2020