Nov 23, 2016|
Tommy talks to Avidan Milevsky, Associate Professor of Psychology at Kutztown University, about the benfits of being thankful.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Now Tommy talker WW LA MI famine dot com well here's the deal they originally headed butterball hotline did you he calls being on for a couple of decades now on your camera first talking about that butterball all assured your way you way back. Time passes doesn't it and urea are still tournament the cop out thing and in. Less. But we'll talk about going on the on the bird known antidote to. Well I don't know would you color hotline for that as well online and always juices. For trouble. You mean there's only me it's only a cell phones popping out of the burners are only belongs and I made it up pop didn't come out in neutral surrogate on the hotline well. Showing up for racial justice and their acronym is surge as URJ. Has started a hotline. Invites anybody did text SOS 282623. To receive a menu of hot button topics including immigration the economy a Muslim man. And when someone says I'm not a races. Then surge rules and a brief talking point on that topic to help guide the conversation. Growth. And it also created discussion guide for starting a responding to political conversations over Thanksgiving but I think that's. Talking points probably for one side and not the other I don't play. I don't think it it would be I don't can't imagine a political conversation as the Thanksgiving table where somebody asserts something. On the conservative side perhaps an and you say oh yeah hang on a minute. Do do do do do did do due to buy up some business news. Okay well of lovable little blah blah blah. I would avoided. Ian allow Thanksgiving discussed and he says it's your table tomorrow. Hole I don't. He's got a big group common I don't think it's an ideal somebody so late accident and said it's and it's your obligation as an American to do it rarely. Mingle. I I think I think you know what the people it cooked have gone to a lot of trouble. So I don't think it's right to ruin it over discussion about an election that already happened. Marty from Thanksgiving morning NATO and go for. Got around Thanksgiving Mardy on WWO about Thanksgiving hey Tiger Woods out. Rather happy Thanksgiving to you re so you know it is. And we're a quick comment I. I usually crow years ago you know one merited it is family and as. Oh in every. Turkey dressing up problem. And I'm gonna complain. Beanie. But. I'm a lot differently and when we hit Thanksgiving and not everybody at some point in Allen cookie would. Why can't come with Tupperware. Yeah. Each issue so we shall act is. A way to empty Tupperware. Top whoever empty. What you know and don't don't cook you know salad and it is street is like getting into that. Sure that is a little bit. No but that's I'm telling you they come with empty Tupperware. Expecting it to be filled when they leave. Stop. It's and urged the system won't mention any. Pay she's important sport in people it's. Got a little wait wait wait all they're. You know so. Well I want to mention that some call it and who's sane. Well I'm sorry who was that saying that. Not a money did you miss out on this problem. It's still. Oh and it's cedar trees under your. Ticket support and make sure they're up in Atlanta and Biddle had like this. But you'd be. What you want to wait eats it would let. Call it happened. And Whipple everybody's. Been so Osama bin Laden. Brittany in the and I can and so. Happy Thanksgiving. Like in and tell you still married. Oh mate yet. Yeah I'm ignorant you've had those same people and the this year known as well. I democratic. Optical out Eackles. Yep our CI tech what I do Marty I would I would purposely inject politics into the discussion and calm things down. And still I think it Marty's phone call port guy and relatives coming over with empty Tupperware and fill in the top Europe before anybody gets hurt themselves and somebody texted in you ought to have Marty on. Every week for a segment to make everybody feel better about their lot in life about it that's not a bad idea. Notes as they Tommy right now is this Xbox calling his wife on the cell phone he residing in the bathroom by the whale oil. Oh my goodness avenue and molest ski joins us right now friend professor of psychology at Kutztown University good morning professor. And I am doing wells are happy Thanksgiving to you. Tell me about dumb O I guess ways it diffuse any. From political talk it's been a very controversy old two years is we know what the presidential election I don't think it's over yet in terms of controversies so. We do we what are some techniques may be to do keep drummed six and client and each other just to keep. Political talk from ruining a family meal. So I can you be at ground rules of the dinner. That there are you know that you currently contentious family. In terms of their politics. That you just let it let it eagle upfront decked out and talk about politics. And someone doesn't know response to. Again not yet yeah ignore any kind of honest discussion. It. Could get you did. And it could really hired dinner you kind of topics to be discussed during that. Would it would be okay edges and this idea while I was on the air this morning and I don't have a big group coming or anything but. If you do and maybe have the kids make their kids especially. Make a little sign that says no politics zone and draw little circle in the and a line through it that kind of thing maybe if they seized from a kid who letter buddy know we're here to have a good time. I like that idea went to come with these kind of create things. I if you do the entire pension about it until the bill comes up there and make that kind of sign someone like you let your politics act. And that's what you're doing that you're right when you being you see that there are a lot of contentious topics but really it's used in that really keeps the order. You know it's hard to say it is but I think if somebody were his were to do that comeuppance you get to get to do that because of this I'd probably show on the door I don't think I'd want in my house anyway. And yet. A lot of us just don't realize the things that we should be thankful for doctor evident the last ski is our guest professor of psychology. A Kutztown University so what are some of the benefits of being thankful knock him taken in time to just sit around and and and and I guess also what is a a good way to get yourself to do that you sit around and decent thanked him. So we know much more now about how important being thankful actually yeah it's coming from the world of psychology. It would call pop psychology. And the debate portion out for the past ten years to study what makes people happier and one of the things that they shall. Stop. Odd you're like for a moment and increasingly that would give them to. Study a lot. That 50% of the lot in our thinking and focusing on the right and genetic. Some that you like circumstance of the job it would mean. But the actual it is came on and in to all who want it to happen. What do you tell somebody that every time they think of a positive staying. Then they think you'll it's all relative it it's and I have a friend like this that says okay well I AA have all of my limbs so I'm better off than somebody that doesn't. Have all of their limbs glide. Not as well losses somebody who has all of their limbs and is a terrible example but I think you under seal wound when I'm trying to say. And a and it corps veteran mas Iran your big Hauser this is that in the other thing I guess and amassed in his for people that find themselves. Never satisfied. Never happy when they find themselves being happy they have to destroy it. What would you tell. Actually it's not natural to be. Well positive. Or whatever and an opera. And naturally. Naturally you what you're describing we on negative light. Well be some sub one person in a negative things about them. We are much more natural why is it not get it figured out why that might people do. The question is genetic child experiences that evolutionary possibly. One. Negative so how do you actually become more positive. Mean so you ought Munich and it was in the morning apartment think about the legal in. The small things. That you might want positive what are some relationships that you. General and special for you the more you do with the between your ma at school that would do every single day. It's gonna be at the beginning because you're describing all the partner green the destructive product complaints he didn't quite know for. On the basis that you do become better at focusing on the positive and really to become happier people a spoiled and we had too much. What. We do they do we search out the about the fact that money does not equal happiness what is certain kind of where you make a certain amount. Bennett that make it much more beyond it doesn't really impact it so that until the that you real that we are. That it does not equal happy it did at least that it actually ourselves and a real helpful at shall we did you. And yours longer. If you thought you would you do that. On the small things in life and appreciate what happened. Yeah I think it's introducing a when it comes time to buy a Christmas present for somebody in Alessio audiences need their answers well. At 260187. Here from out of town title 42601878. It seems like it's getting increasingly more difficult to try to find things. That people don't already have team to get them for Christmas so I I guess. In nine I think it's all somehow become money and people people put a dollar limit on the gifts and they're gonna give each other where. Simien maybe it's a function of where I am in life something handmade it's personal would mean a lot more than something that's 400 dollars an electronic. Lecture about the fact that I described it like this world. Appear to pump in grants for trip to Disney World and compare them to local. Pool. Happy you're he didn't then. She's much more real that it hired an exhaustive. The key to young that the world yet that the virtual. Putting more money into it does not equal to small in the white. Focusing on the small piece that might actually like to. Well I'm glad your friend of ours soccer I'm glad you come on and hope you and your family at a great Thanksgiving. Thank you sir avid animal left ski professor of psychology Kutztown University. Hum do you think you really do take the time to realize everything that you have go one for you. And are you thankful about it and he appreciated are you so busy. Thank you and the next thing that you can't even in and Julie what it is that's going on. In your life there's a sable or parable about somebody with a bag of stones or some and worries looking for jewels and he's at nighttime discarding the the the things in the bay looking for the jewels and from the plan out the whole time it was the duels and it's a metaphor for. You know our life where were so busy trying to get to the next destination are trying to the next thing we don't appreciate what we have. And sometimes when it comes of the kids on Christmas morning it's like that you spend time looking for something and searching for some that it do you think they're gonna love. And they have so much so open that they don't even pay any attention to that negated a half open and they move on. To the next things and I know when my daughter was young we overdid it and she had a actually take a break from opening presents. Now that I think in hindsight is an indication that there was too much. Some of the attacks that are coming in AM morning Tommy thank god every night for my a and my family's blessings lead and insanely busy lives thinking of my blessings each night. As a thank god for them. Always tease me grounded wish I had done it younger happy Thanksgiving. And it is so hard to balance. Providing free family right and not miss in the times that. You really show. Be there yeah. Yeah and broken car conclusion got to make them I mean man it's that their idea and a demonic plan it's time a year where we count our blessings and I'm gonna tell you one of them. In the new lowlands area that I think more and more people are finding out about wall Wal-Mart found out about it and they're very. Picky about who it is that they choose to help with their donations well they help giving hope Nolan died organ. Troy Duhon one of the founders of the joins us right now loans wife. Tracy and eighty some amazing work in the community there was a gala on Friday night and a we're nice not to invite me and I'm honored to be able to talk. About them and talk with Troy right now morning Troy how you doing. And done well tell me about giving hope Nolan because I tried to explain it. And I only have X amount of time and I really went you know let everybody know what angle Nolan is all about especially this time a year. Well done thank you know obviously we operate decades second our pursuit pantry and this year alone will probably give away about two million pounds of Bernard. I looked at many as 40000 people. Will cook about 175000. Hot needles. We took about eight hot meals a day or actually serving the seniors living in Sicily sinners. Stand out feature would give away hundreds of Turkey's. You know so they're that desperate need of food in and people don't realize that evening your well Medicare your own city courtesy owns no preferred little hungry people. Not just which exceed downtown click numbers they're people would basically need to call through the communities. And we don't just you know when anybody comes and is giving. You know giving we also that you can't have it that's what like just yesterday at 500 saintly comfort. You know so in in in just the basic needs is time so that's giving hope no doubt mean to launch area. Is feeding a lot of people that of course we partly to dual mission that we operate giving Oprah. Retreats manner. Outlook cone which is sixty acre rehabilitation facility where we're helped now those people addicted people things like. So a lot of things we do. We actually part with the ankle re entry program which has been a blessing distance business owners will think it is on the desk technicians I have ever hired in my career but don't stories on the years. The young and it came out of angle. And you know economy. This guy shows up every game would work ought to work with a smile that he thinks a good lord some like gave him a second chance so. If you're a bit older and look at your plumber electrician to whatever it is just angle re entry program committees. So tell me about now with the branching off into helping traffic women which he is one of things you know if he had a daughter I don't know how you can't get. Outraged about the existence of this. It's so big you know it's it's it's it's a growing crime industry it's amazing how many people don't know much about it. At the city of New Orleans in the last resurgent right now unionized state for sex trafficking. So what we are working on ethanol mission right now computing now we have about forty women there. We're working on creating in women's pavilion at the beginning of retreats where we're at 100 beds. We want the largest engine itself to help women that'd be good abused physically emotionally sexually. And those who have been and. You know sold in the sex trafficking a lot of these women. That are doing this demand and actually stopped doing it because fear they're doing it because of threats they're doing it because they're scare a lot. So it's amazing. It is it's addictive and so I had it happen for now. It's modern day slavery is what is hello people argue about or at least continued talk about slavery in the United States at its. And I meant trying to does say that that wasn't wrong order shouldn't have been it was a tragedy understand that it's still goes on underneath our noses and a lot of people. They don't realize that and and it's teenage girls that dark. Taken advantage of it and and an early age and and normally kept tech kept captive and threatened with things like blood killing their entire family and things aren't. Yeah that's right this summit has some of the ways they threaten and intimidate these girls really incredible idiot. But it is it is something that have to be addressed and and these girls got to know it is an escape prediction be protected at all at things. At beginning of the trees and talked mission working on protecting. Summon once again involve Troy in and Jews find out Maureen is there any kinda. Seminar anything in any. We'd do it. Anxious to do just that here we we will after an email info call one of the things Tommy that somebody in the local businesses and uncapped one crescent bank. You know we are beginning will come out giving hoped it would realize you're company economy and you can actually prepare the food a suit. Delivered. Some of the food eat the seniors and that's amazing. People related to sometimes we think the blessing someone else. We sometimes still relies upon certain books ourselves because and we give thanks. Looking at the lot of people yesterday. Outside my office did you know without just too much to thank the good lord that I battle these people struggle just basic needs so. A lot of times if you wanna get involved. Just serve it did come out to do in the Alps or the day we do a lot of you know blow high schools where quark. You know hours you know two hours we take the high school students take to you know to link to student threatening to watch their choice they can sponsor. It was getting it's getting old or you can go. And you can reach her Turkey can just inquiry and it will reach out pizza for. Thank you draw I appreciate you time and everything you do I mean that sincerely you know. Your great great. I don't read the right direction I'd Troy do wrong with giving hope Nolan dot org it's where you go I don't want our eyes suddenly realize that suddenly gets me. That while we've been talking about Thanksgiving staples we've not addressed. Dessert. So maybe for the final hours since it would be the last course of the show if you will. It would talk about desserts which you favorite Thanksgiving dessert. Maybe that somebody makes that is something different. That you just have to have an isn't bettered by a dessert from the store make it yourself. If you go to our website Tom Fitzmorris has his recipe up their moral processor really. For making Thomas teens smoked Turkey. It looks like it'll take about two weeks to accomplish. Now Tom is a gourmet. So he knows that is for me. AS a lot easier is guilty get out of line and signs but that that's what's common idea for different guests will be back divinity well.