This week we welcomed back our panelist, the wonderful Amanda Silber (#AmandaPass) who has been away for a few weeks. She's now officially five months pregnant with a baby GIRL, and during the show we had a chance to see ultrasound photos and hear all about her excitement as a proud new mom to be.
After a little history lesson and opinions about wearing white after Labor Day, we jumped full force into the most talked about hot topics, including the ridiculousness with Kim Davis and the media circus that it has turned into after she was being released from jail for not doing her job. We all also had strong opinions about Ellen's surprising interview with Caitlyn Jenner, her conservative ideals and the seemingly unsupportive or perhaps indifferent feelings Caitlyn has toward marriage equality.
This week, we had the pleasure to welcome back the wonderful Sandy Lyons Rasque as a special guest panelist. Sandy is the founder of The WELLth Center, an organization that helps people take control over their healthcare by connecting them with concierge physicians and practices.
It was very eye opening to learn and discuss with Sandy about this relatively new concept of medial care, especially in the wake of fairly recent changes since the Affordable Care Act and the ongoing healthcare changes we will inevitably continue to see.
Sandy will be on the show again for a deeper dive into this subject later this month, so you if you have anything you'd like to ask her, please visit our website, www.bigdaddyradio.com, click on "contact" and send us your questions.
As we do every week, we also discussed the latest in pop culture and hot topics. This week among a variety of other topics, we covered the amazing return of Celine Dion to her Las Vegas performance residency, Brittney Spears kicking some serious booty in her Vegas residency, as well as the ridiculous back and forth between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).
This week, we all agreed target did a really great thing by announcing changes to how they categorize and label children's toys and clothing in order to limit gender-specific stereotyping. It shows our society is growing and evolving. Kudos to Target who is now going to categorize by interest or theme rather than by labeling them "boys" or "girls" toys that people think historically are only appealing to one gender or the other.
We also discussed Melissa McCarthy's new clothing line and the reasons why she is highly discouraging the label "plus size", as well as Heidi Klum's light-hearted and funny reaction to Donald Trump's ridiculous comments about her looks.
As usual, this week we had so much to talk about in the world of pop culture. First up: Kelly Osborne and her remarks on The View addressing Donald Trump and his controversial comments about Latinos. Many say it reveals her true racist feelings, while others think it was a comment gone awry when trying to prove her point. Whatever she was trying to convey, it didn't go over very well with the general public and the other hosts on The View.
We also addressed all the recent announcements of celebrity couples divorcing in the past few weeks. Quite a few couples that we thought would never separate are calling it quits, which makes us sad, and also begs the question: As a celebrity, is it harder to sustain a healthy relationship or is it just a reflection of how prominent divorce is in our society overall?
This week, as with every week, there was no shortage of hot topics in the media to discuss. We covered quite a bit of ground including the cake shop in Oregon being fined $135,000 for discriminating against a lesbian couple for refusing to bake a wedding cake, Jared from Subway being investigated for possible involvement in a child pornography scandal, Paula Deen in hot water yet again, this time for her social media manager tweeting an offensive photo of her son in 'brownface', and much more.
This week, we were delighted to have the full panel back in the studio to catch up on the latest topics happening around the country. So much has happened and significant progress has been made in the last few weeks, especially with Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, Obamacare, housing, etc. A lot has changed, and it will be very interesting to see what kinds of issues these new laws bring and how they will shift our societal norms.
We couldn't help but also talk about the kerfuffle with Donald Trump and his very negative and insulting comments about Mexican people during his presidential campaign launch speech. We have all our own opinions on that one, but most of us agree, it doesn't bode too well for his business relationships and certainly not for his presidential campaign.
We had a small panel, as both Amanda and Michael were out this week. Despite missing our wonderful panelists, we still had a great conversation addressing current news topics, especially the tragedy in South Carolina and the current debate going on about the Confederate flag.
Bryan and Drew also touched on Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple demanding that the company start paying artists in the three month free-trial for new Apple Music users, which resulted in Apple reversing its policy.
Finally, it's Summer, which means it's not only the hottest time of the year, but also the hottest and most active time to buy and sell your home. Bryan covered the most important tips and advice on buying and selling a home this season that you won't want to miss.
Dr. Christin Ernst from Physiotherapy Associates joined us in the studio this week to chat about physical therapy, the misconceptions out there, as well as the major benefits it can provide to not only heal injuries, but also prevent future injuries, and even in in some cases, having surgery.
As many of you know, our very own host, Bryan Garrity had major back surgery at the end of last year and is still in the process of healing. Without the amazing care, kindness, knowledge and skill of Dr. Christin Ernst and the others at Physiotherapy Associates, he would not be recovering anywhere close to as well as he is today.
We had the pleasure this week of welcoming back onto the show one of the best and most devoted fitness experts we know, Raquel Cordero Perry, AKA The Fitness Stalker. We discussed a variety of topics related to health and fitness, including self-sabotage, as well as body image and how it is affected by the media and society.
We also got reactions from all of the panelists about Caitlyn Jenner revealing herself for the first time on Monday in a stunning Vanity Fair photo spread. It's not far off to say that close to everyone around the world who has seen it, was shocked at how beautiful she looks.
While there are many mixed feelings and opinions about Caitlyn, it seems the world has been more positive, encouraging and supportive. What Caitlyn has done by making this transition so public may not be clear or understood by everyone, but it is very a big step in the right direction to help society understand and treat transgender people with respect and love; just as any human being deserves.
Bryan and the panel this week tackled the "About Bruce" two-part special on Keeping Up with The Kardashians that aired last Sunday and Monday. The special really dove into how the family reacted and is still reacting to Bruce Jenner's transition into a transgender woman.
Everyone on Big Daddy Radio of course has differing opinions about the Kardashian and the show itself, but all agree that Bruce being so candid to the world about his struggle and who he really, as well as having the show as a platform will do a lot of good by helping the transgender community feel more accepted and be better understood by society.