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ROSIE AND PHIL DONAHUE TALK AT NYU
Rosie started today's broadcast discussing her talk she gave yesterday at NYU with Phil Donahue! Rosie really enjoyed the afternoon. She and Phil talked about many things including corporate owned media and how media has changed over the years. Rosie said it was a very interesting class and if she had had a class like that when she was in college she might have stayed. Shoshana assured her that not all college courses were that interesting. Shoshana went to NYU and Mark Crispin Miller, the professor of the class Rosie spoke to, is one of Shoshana's favorite professors! Shoshana highly recommended his books to the listeners. Rosie said they also talked about what's happening to collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio. During the talk Phil and Rosie discussed how Donahue's MSNBC show was cancelled in 2003. The reason MSNBC gave for the firing was ratings but later a memo was leaked and it was revealed that he was actually the highest rated show at the time. Internal memos later revealed that the reason MSNBC actually fired Donahue was because they believed he was too "delighted" in his anti-war stance. Rosie was the last guest on Donahue's show. She went on his show with "No War" painted on the back of her jacket the day it was cancelled. The professor believes that the dismantling of the unions is the beginning of class warfare and Rosie agrees. They also discussed the draft, war and privileges that wealthy people get.
Rosie then took a call from a listener in Ohio who is a retired state employee. She said they worked hard under collective bargaining and is horrified by the sham of the vote that happened in Ohio yesterday. Rosie said it's a scary situation for the country and feels they were able to pass the bill in Ohio because everyone is paying attention to what's happening in Wisconsin. She hopes the people of Ohio will come out in protest as the people of Wisconsin have.
Rosie said she enjoyed the talk yesterday but felt very old in comparison to the people they were talking to. One student asked Rosie what they can do about the "radical Muslims" in Palestine. Rosie spoke about the documentary To Die In Jerusalem and what a beautiful story it was and recommended it to the audience. The student she was talking to was Jewish and had been to Jerusalem and Rosie spoke to him about demonizing and removing our perceived enemies humanity in order to justify our thoughts about them. She said he really didn't get her point however. They also talked about White House correspondent Helen Thomas and the huge price she paid for saying what she did and supporting who she chose to support.
And Rosie recognized one kid in the audience last night who was on her television show 14 years ago!
Rosie talked about her own disappointment with Obama as President and how social media has changed the way the younger generation feels they can participate in politics. Janette spoke about her own frustration with America's politics and how it really hit a boiling point when exit polls, which have traditionally been 100% accurate with the exception of one time in Florida, showed 49 states saying John Kerry won the Presidential election and then Bush ended up winning. Because of this, Janette was totally disillusioned with politics and didn't vote in the last Presidential election.
Rosie said overall it was a very interesting afternoon!
TWITTER AND CHARLIE SHEEN
Rosie talked again about how much she loves her Twitter. She mentioned a student who tweeted about her during her talk with Donahue who she's now following! It also seems Charlie Sheen has set a world record for the fastest time to reach 1 million Twitter followers! Rosie wondered why Charlie's rants have taken hold of the public the way that they have. Shoshana thinks it's because some of what Sheen has to say is pretty funny! Janette said Sheen's situation has become a titillation to some people watching him go down the crapper. She also said people are interested in the thought that he's actually living a "rock-star life." Rosie asked Pete if every man's dream is to have two porn stars at their beck and call. Pete admitted that it kinda is (especially because he was up with screaming little girls last night at 3am.) Lou said it sounded like a fun life for a weekend but not for forever. Janette thinks it's a double-standard because no one is saying, "Way to go, Lindsay Lohan!" when she acts crazy. She said if you're a woman, there's something terribly wrong with acting crazy like that. The staff talked about "trending topics" on Twitter and how many of Sheen's phrases have been trending topics lately. Janette and Rosie recalled the odd-colored drink Charlie has been seen drinking in his latest interviews and Janette thinks it could be a drink called Omni that detoxifies the body of illegal substances during a drug test. She said it's exactly the same color. When Rosie heard Charlie say he's "found a spot in his brain where he doesn't need sleep" she thought, "Please someone help him." She worries for his family too. Janette said there's very little a family can do if a person is unwilling to participate in their own sobriety.
Rosie went to a Rosie's Theater Kids fundraiser following her talk with Phil Donahue last night. Rosie's Theater Kids "is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. Using professional teaching artists, Rosie's Theater Kids provides instruction in dance and music and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity." [source: www.rosiestheaterkids.org] Rosie said it was a lovely evening and she was happy she got to see the kids perform again. Because she was at the dinner she missed American Idol.
MEREDITH BAXTER ON OPRAH, THE AMERICAN IDOL GIRLS AND ICE CREAM TALK
Rosie then discussed yesterday's Oprah with Meredith Baxter. On yesterday's show, Baxter talked about how she was horribly abused by her ex-husband. Meredith Baxter's new book entitled Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering was just released on March 1st and she will be on Rosie Radio next Tuesday. Overall, Rosie commented on how very touched she was by the interview and how sad it was to hear about Meredith's painful past. Rosie took some callers about the interview who agreed about how sad yesterday's show was. Rosie said she had an image that everything was fine with Baxter's life when in reality, it was the total opposite. One caller who is a grief counselor talked with Rosie about how grief and loss continues even after a divorce and how we all revisit the grief we experience in our lifetimes.
Rosie mentioned a woman who's selling her ex-boyfriend's belongings on Ebay. The woman's boyfriend cheated on her and then broke up with her and for revenge she's selling all his stuff on eBay. When they were dating he told her she shouldn't dress as sexy and she did so the woman is also posing half nude with everything she's selling! Rosie thought it was funny and Bobby said, "You go girl!"
Bobby caught Rosie up on last night's American Idol. He said he was a little disappointed at the girls overall and didn't think any one particular girl stood out. His favorites were Lauren Turner, Pia Toscano and Thia Megia. They played the audio from these three performances for Rosie. Rosie took some callers who shared their favorites. Pete liked Rachel Zevita but thought most of the performances were boring. Janette agreed and said she could barely handle an hour and a half of ballads!
Going back to Twitter, Rosie said her two favorite people she's following right now are Steve Martin and Jimmy Fallon. Except, today Jimmy tweeted about this new vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered potato chips in it! Rosie said she immediately wanted to go out and get it and said that is exactly the kids of ice cream she loves! Bobby suggested she not deprive herself and said it would be okay if she got a little taste of it. Janette said that depends because sometimes a little taste of something can create you to go completely off track. Then there was a big debate over which brand of ice cream was best.
Rosie mentioned how Ashton Kutcher's Twitter got hacked at the TED conference. She said she wanted to post a picture of her and Phil Donahue to her Twitter feed last night but she didn't know how. So, Pete showed her how to do it and they posted a picture together during the show! See below....
NUMBERS RIDDLE GAME
During the first round the player gets a clue and has to guess a thing that comes in a group of four, the second round is things that come in groups of five and the third round is things that come in groups of six.
ROUND ONE (GROUPS OF FOUR)
Bobby (right here!): The nickname of the group that changed the world of pop music and brought the British invasion to America. He guessed The Fabulous Four which was correct. 1 point.
Shoshana: If you've been to church at all you know all about Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. She didn't know it was The Four Gospels. 0 points.
Rosie: A legendary singing group known for hits I Can't Help Myself and Baby I Need Your Loving. She guessed The Four Tops and was correct. 1 point
Pete: You don't want to see one of them because if you do it signifies the end of the world. He guessed The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse which was correct. 1 point
Janette: This controversial caffeine induced malt liquor has been banned in many states. She didn't know it was Four Loco for 0 points.
ROUND TWO (GROUPS OF FIVE)
Bobby: Without them it would be impossible to experience the world around you. He guessed The Five Senses and was correct. 1 point.
Shoshana: The word "gypsy" doesn't have much use for these. She guessed The Five Vowels and was correct for 1 point.
Rosie: You usually see this symbol every two years alternating between the summer and the winter. Blue, Yellow, Black, Green and Red is a hint. She guessed The Five Olympic Rings which was correct for 1 point.
Pete: You've been working really hard and you need a break or a Hershey's candy bar. He guessed Take Five for 1 point.
Janette: One of the world's most favorite perfumes created in 1920. She guessed Channel Number Five for 1 point.
ROUND THREE (GROUPS OF SIX)
Bobby: In the 12 days of Christmas, they were a-laying. He guessed Geese for 1 point.
Shoshana: The lead singer of this group that he featured as his (James) worst song a few weeks back, also known for their hit "Nasty Girls." She couldn't guess it. It was Vanity Six. 0 points
Rosie: Philadelphia's own NBA team. She guessed the 76ers for 1 point.
Pete: Their popular advertising campaign mascot features a guy in a tuxedo with thick black-framed glasses. He guessed Six Flags for 1 point.
Janette: The co-founder and bassist of heavy metal group Motley Crue. She didn't know it. It was Nikki Sixx. She got 0 points.
TIE-BREAKER: THINGS THAT COME IN SEVEN TRUE OR FALSE
Bobby: Cotton is the gift traditionally associated with the 7th wedding anniversary. He said True! That was False it's wool. 0 points
Rosie: The heptagram, or seven-point star, is the traditional symbol for fighting off evil. Also the symbol of most of America's sheriff's badges. She said False. It was True. 0 points.
Pete: Churchill described the Seven Years War which took place from 1756-1763 as the first world war. He said True which was correct! 1 point.
PETE WAS THE WINNER!!!!!
Rosie closed the show.
and that's what you missed - kw