Santa says technology is high on the family wish list this holiday season but what is the right tech for your family? Technology editor, James Oppenheim (, says that biggest tech trend he sees for 2016 are gifts that encourage creativity, social interaction, and learning.


For the past nine years, in partnership with Rebuilding Together, a leading national nonprofit organization in safe and healthy housing, Sears has helped raise more than $20 million to assist America’s veterans and military families.


This holiday season, the Sears Heroes at Home for the Holidays campaign, will raise funds to support immediate home accessibility upgrades for low-income veterans. Members can donate to Rebuilding Together when they check out at any Sears store or online via a link at


How One Major Retail Bookseller is Doing It's Part To Help Close The Tech Job Skills Gap

Ft. Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games, Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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Barnes & Noble and Maker Media, creator of Make: Magazine are teaming up for the second year to give children and adults in communities across the country the permission to explore, learn, make mistakes and have fun while building their tech literacy skills. 


Barnes & Noble stores throughout the U.S. will once again be transformed into a fun and interactive education space featuring “Make” Space where customer can interact with Makers, get hands-on with some of the latest materials for building and constructing and be introduced to some of the newest innovations using virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, robotics, coding and programming and more! Guests of all ages will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experiences around the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing, in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork.

About Kathleen:

Kathleen Campisano is an award-winning business leader with a 20+ year record of driving multimillion dollar growth. Her areas of expertise include marketing, branding, ideation, P&L management, merchandising, experiential retailing and innovation in both product and content development.

Campisano has been the Vice President of Toys & Games for Barnes & Noble since 2009. She is a longtime contributor to the toy industry and currently serves on the TIA Board.  Campisano has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Mega Brands, as SVP of Design, Product Development and Marketing, pre/post IPO, at LeapFrog Enterprises, along with key marketing brand positions at Fisher Price and Century Baby Products. Ms. Campisano has guest lectured at Toy & Game Conferences across the country, Haas Business School of Management at UC Berkeley, and has served on several retail panels representing the specialty toy market.  She holds an Executive MBA from the SUNY School of Management in Buffalo, NY, and a BS in Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.


The NFL Puts Together Winning Game Plan Against Prostate Cancer

Ft. Michael Haynes – Pro Football Hall of Famer and Prostate Cancer Survivor and Benjamin Lowentritt, M.D. - Director, Prostate Cancer Care Program, Chesapeake Urology Associates

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Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. On any given Sunday 1 in 7 men watching an NFL game will be diagnosed with this disease, but the odds increase to 1 in 5 if they are African American and 1 in 3 if they have a family history. These are stats that no one wants to see up on a scoreboard.

An estimated 181,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2016 – that’s one father, brother or loved one being told every three minutes that they have prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men, and there are often no symptoms. 

Early detection for prostate cancer is key, which is why, for the eighth year, the National Football League has teamed up with the Urology Care Foundation—the official foundation of the American Urological Association—on the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer® campaign, an initiative to encourage men to know their prostate cancer risk and to talk to their doctor about whether prostate cancer testing is right for them. The campaign is led by Pro Football Hall of Famer and prostate cancer survivor, Michael Haynes.

About Michael HaynesMichael is a former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. His professional football career began when he was selected in the 1976 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He is elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Haynes, a prostate cancer survivor, is the spokesperson for the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer® campaign and speaks on their behalf to educate and encourage men to be proactive about their prostate health.


About Benjamin Lowentritt, M.D.: Dr. Lowentritt has been at the forefront of robotic urology procedures and was the first surgeon in Maryland to perform robot assisted surgery for bladder cancer. He has authored numerous articles and chapters on subjects including robotic surgery, erectile dysfunction, pediatric urology, female urology and the urological management of patients after renal transplantation.

Dr. Lowentritt has been selected as a "Super Doctor" by his peers in The Washington Post magazine and as a "Top Doctor" in Baltimore magazine. Dr. Lowentritt serves on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore City Medical Society.

Understanding the Risk Factors for one of the Deadliest Cancers in the World
Ft. Thomas F. Nealon III, National Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, American Liver Foundation (ALF) and Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD, Medical Oncologist and Liver Disease Specialist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City
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A cure for Hepatitis C. Liver transplants becoming more commonplace. New therapies against liver cancer.  During the 40 year history of the American Liver Foundation great progress has been made.

Unfortunately, liver cancer is one of the few cancers on the rise, with 40,000 new cases expected to be diagnosed this year. According to the ALF, being properly screened, avoiding risky behaviors and understanding risks associated with liver cancer, like chronic viral hepatitis, heavy alcohol abuse, obesity, type 2 diabetes and anabolic steroid use are among the most important steps a person can take.

About  Ghassan K. Abou-Alfa, MD

Dr. Ghassan K. Abou-Alfa is an appointed physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and associate professor of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Abou-Alfa specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and completed his post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine field. Dr. Abou-Alfa serves as the chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Task Force for Hepatobiliary Cancers and the chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) Non-AIDS Defining Malignancies (NADC) Liver/GI Task Force. He also co-chairs the hepatobiliary group of the Alliance cooperative group, and is a cadre member of both the gastrointestinal cancers and pharmacogenomics and population pharmacology committees. Dr Abou-Alfa who has lectured worldwide on the subject of cholangiocarcinoma, biliary cancers and hepatocellular carcinoma, is also a strong advocate for raising awareness and support for improving the outcome of patients with this disease, and enhancing oncologic education worldwide.


About Tom Nealon

Thomas F. Nealon III, National Board Chair and CEO of the American Liver Foundation. Mr. Nealon joined the ALF Board in 2009 and was elected National Board Chair in 2012. Under his direction, the American Liver Foundation has become the country's leading resource for patients and families living with liver disease, and a trusted voice for liverhealth, disease prevention, research and advocacy. He has helped further ALF's mission to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.Mr. Nealon is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center.



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Energy and the Election: What Voters Think on Energy Issues

Ft. Jack Gerard, CEO of the American Petroleum Institute

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Energy is that rare issue achieves broad support across the political spectrum. A recent poll found that 73 percent of all voters – including 67 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Independents and 79 percent of Democrats – support establishing a national energy policy that ensures a secure supply of abundant, affordable and available energy in an environmentally responsible manner.

The poll makes clear that when it comes to energy the American people expect their political leaders to set aside political posturing and focus on doing what’s best for consumers our economy and our environment.


Going into one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history - what are the major energy issues on voters’ minds and what do elected officials need to do to get policy in line with constituents needs?

About Jack: Jack N. Gerard is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Gerard has led API since November 2008, expanding its membership and influence in all 50 states and globally, adding offices in Dubai and Singapore to its operations in Beijing, enabling API to better inform the public and policymakers on important energy issues. API's Washington presence is the foundation for the oil and natural gas industry's advocacy and outreach at state, federal and global levels on public policy, standards and certification programs, and as the source for information on industry best practices.

Retro Gaming Turns Family Time Modern
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This holiday season, Nintendo is turning back the clock to give parents the excitement they felt more than 30 years ago. And that same excitement can now be shared with their entire family. Families can share memories playing the NES Classic Edition or make new memories playing the hottest new games for Nintendo’s current Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems – games like Pokémon SunPokémon Moon and Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U.

About Krysta Yang – Manager, Public Relations at Nintendo

Since joining Nintendo in 2007, Krysta Yang has worked on a host of notable campaigns for the Wii and Wii U console, and the Nintendo 3DSfamily of systems, including The Legend of Zelda, The Windwaker HD, Super Mario Maker, Splatoon, Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Yang has made TV appearances on HSN Network and the Food Network’s Cake Wars. Yang also appears regularly on the Nintendo Minute web show.

HGTV DIY Star Chip Wade's Tips for Fall Home Maintenance
Chip Wade,
Producer/Host/Designer/Craftsman/Real Estate Expert for HGTV
Co-Founder of Wade Works Creative

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Any homeowner knows that maintaining, improving and protecting your home is a year-round project that can bring stress and uncertainty. In fact, according to a new survey by Liberty Mutual Insurance, more than half of Americans are worried that an unexpected issue will arise in their house, and even planned home improvement projects bring lots of concerns.


In this interactive and visual segment, follow celebrity designer and contractor Chip Wade on a tour through his beautiful Atlanta home while learning how he’s used smart technology around the house to alleviate worries, and maintenance steps to take now to avoid bigger problems.


Whether you are tackling a big project or making small upgrades, there are certain tasks that are best completed by the fall, before the colder, rainier months set in.


About Chip Wade

Atlanta native Chip Wade has building in his blood. Coming from a long line of experienced carpenters and woodcraftsmen, Chip began working with his father at an early age – and over the years developed an interest in carpentry, landscaping and renovation. Chip transitioned into media in 2007, lending his carpentry skills to the Atlanta team of HGTV’s Designed to Sell. Since then Chiphas appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, HGTV’s Showdown, HGTV’s Design Star, HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge, Oprah, and CNN. As the host, designer and contractor on his upcoming series, Elbow Room, Chip is there from concept through construction to show HGTV and DIY viewers how to customize their spaces and transform houses into homes that perfectly suit their lifestyle

Fall Car Maintenance Tips Every Driver Needs To Know
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®
Automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host
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October is Fall Car Care Month. The perfect time to get under the hood now before the harsh winter takes effect. A little time to be car care aware now means you’ll be ready for winter weather and road ahead!


Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Coach recommends four proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving.


In this episode, Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, will make sure your car is ready for the road ahead. Lauren has motor oil in her veins. Born and raised in Detroit, Lauren is from a family of auto professionals and began working on cars at the age of 10. It wasn’t long before she was totally immersed in the car culture, restoring and driving her own beloved rides. Today, Lauren’s passion is to educate drivers across America and in this episode she will also discuss:


-           What is the number one thing we should check in our cars for fall?

-           What else can we do ourselves to ensure safe driving?

-           When should we see an expert?

-           Where can we go for more car maintenance tips?

About Lauren:

Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. A trusted car expertLauren provides an insider’s perspective on a wide range of automotive topics, CAR SMARTS® and safety issues for both the auto industry and consumers. Lauren’s broadcast experience includes Oprah, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Good Morning America, The View, TODAY, 20/20, The Early Show, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, and NPR among others.

How To Make Your Business Recession-Proof
Brett Reizen, President/CEO at Entertainment Benefits Group
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Having started his business in the midst of 9/11 and enduring through a housing crisis and recession, Brett's Entertainment Benefits Group is now celebrating 15 years of astounding growth. On the show, he looks back over the past 15 years and shares his tips on how to build a recession-proof business.

About Brett:

Brett D. Reizen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG), a leading provider of travel and entertainment worldwide. As the original co-founder of the company in 2001, Reizen has been President and CEO since inception. Reizen led the transition of EBG from a tech start-up venture into a thriving travel and entertainment business with both a major online and growing in-market presence. Achieving double and triple digit year-after-year growth, EBG now operates 8 brands, has more than 400 employees and serves 60 million customers annually.  In addition to other multiple EBG sales channels, Reizen has led the way in growing and developing the most comprehensive corporate benefits programs, including TicketsatWork, Plum Benefits and Working Advantage. To date, EBG maintains client relationships with over 40,000 corporations that reach over 50 million employees.


About Entertainment Benefits Group: 
Entertainment Benefits Group (EBG) is one of the largest privately held travel and entertainment providers in the United States. Headquartered in Miami with offices in Orlando, New York and Las Vegas, the company features the largest and most comprehensive corporate benefits program for travel and entertainment. With a network of consumer and B2B businesses, EBG has a proven track record of establishing successful and innovative website portals and partnerships. Owning 100 percent of its technology, EBG has developed a customized point-of-sale ticketing and administration system that reaches more than 60 million users and supports a continuously growing infrastructure. EBG also operates two customer service call centers, more than 45 retail locations in Las Vegas and Orlando’s largest Premier Ticket and Operations Center – located near Universal Orlando Resort and minutes away from Walt Disney World. EBG brands include:,,,,,, and Tickets & Tours.


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