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When a 10-year old Sussex spaniel won 'best in show' at Woodminster, the world applauded. After all, if 60 is the new 40 for humans, then 10 is the new 7 for dogs. Author Ted Kerasote contends that we can prolong the lives of our dogs and keep them both sharp and agile by working them physically and mentally, just as we do ourselves. His forthcoming book, "Why Dogs Die Young and What We Can Do About It" charges inbreeding, environmental pollutants, commercial dog foods, and vaccinations as factors which cut short our dogs lives by giving them, among other diseases, cancers.

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Charles William Tanner (born July 4, 1929 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a former left fielder and manager. After spending five seasons as a special assistant to the general manager of the Cleveland Indians, Tanner was named a senior advisor to new Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington in the autumn of 2007.

A left-handed batter and thrower, Tanner signed his first contract with the Boston Braves. He played for eight seasons (1955 – 1962) for four different teams: the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels, as well as the Braves (then based in Milwaukee) and the Indians. In 396 games played, Tanner batted .261 with 21 home runs.

In 1963 he began managing in the Angels' minor league system, where in 1970 he led the AAA Hawaii Islanders to 98 wins in 146 games and the Pacific Coast League pennant. He then received his first major league managing assignment in 1970 with the Chicago White Sox.

With the White Sox, Tanner managed such star players as Wilbur Wood, Carlos May, Bill Melton, and the temperamental Dick Allen. His most successful season with the Sox came in 1972, when he managed them to a close second-place finish in the American League Western Division behind the eventual World Series champion Oakland Athletics. Tanner managed the Sox until 1975, when he was fired and replaced by Paul Richards.

In 1976, Charles Finley hired Tanner to manage the Oakland Athletics. With speedy players such as Bert Campaneris, Bill North, and Don Baylor, Tanner made the A's into a running team, stealing a major league-record 341 bases. The A's, however, lost out in the division race to the Kansas City Royals.

Before the 1977 season, the A's were in the process of trading off many of their stars of the great team that won three straight championships from 1972-74. Part of the sell-off was the trading of Tanner's services to the Pittsburgh Pirates for an aging Manny Sanguillen. This was the second instance in major-league history where a manager has been part of a baseball trade (Joe Gordon and Jimmie Dykes were traded for each other in the 1960s; Lou Piniella of the Seattle Mariners was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays almost 30 years later).

He reached the pinnacle of his managerial career in 1979 as the skipper of the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Tanner was well known for his unrelenting optimism, which permeated his teams. The Pirates were able to win in 1979 after falling behind, three games to one in the World Series. Tanner left Pittsburgh after the 1985 season and finished his managerial career with the Atlanta Braves.

He is the father of former major league player and coach Bruce Tanner. In 2006, he was invited to be a coach in the 2006 All Star game by NL manager Phil Garner, who played for the Pirates during Tanner's tenure as Manager. Prior to the start of the game, Tanner threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tanner rejoined the Pirates organization in 2007 as a special advisor to general manager Neal Huntington. Tanner had previously been an advisor in the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians organizations. He continues to live in his home town of New Castle.

This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in August 1987.

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Michael "Mickey" Hatcher was, most notably, Kirk Gibson's replacement for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series, batting .368 (7/19) with two home runs and five RBI. He is from Mesa, Arizona.

He is admired for his fun-loving approach to playing baseball, particularly on the World Champion 1988 Dodger team, and was featured in various presentations to the tune of the "Mickey Mouse Club" song. He would sprint to first base after drawing walks, like Pete Rose, and garnered a lot of media attention in the 1988 World Series by hitting a first-inning home run in Game 1 and sprinting full-speed around the bases instead of jogging. This prompted NBC broadcaster Vin Scully to say "He's a Saturday Evening Post character!" and "He's running like he's afraid they're going to take it off the board!" Hatcher had only hit one home run in that 1988 season, but hit two in the World Series.

He is currently the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, with whom he won his second World Series title, in 2002. The Angels are managed by Mike Scioscia, Hatcher's teammate from the 1988 World Championship team.

This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in April 1987.

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Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is well-known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing. During his 17-year career, he helped lead the New York Mets to one World Series championship in 1986 and the New York Yankees to three World Series championships in 1996, 1998, 1999.

A popular player during his career, Strawberry was voted to the All-Star Game eight straight times from 1984-1991.

In 1985, despite missing 40 games due to an injury to his right thumb, he hit 29 home runs but the Mets fell 5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL East.

In 1986, Strawberry hit 27 homers and had 99 RBIs as the Mets won the 1986 World Series.

Strawberry signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1991, inking a lucrative five-year $22.25 million contract. In California, he was named Big Brother of The Year for that year. After hitting 28 home runs and bringing in 99 runs batted in a successful first year for the Dodgers, injuries and personal problems kept him sidelined for much of the next two seasons, hitting five home runs in each season.

William Hayward "Mookie" Wilson (born February 9, 1956) played with the New York Mets (1980–89) and Toronto Blue Jays (1989–91). He was a switch hitter, known for his impressive speed and positive attitude. Fans would frequently chant "Mooooo-kie" in appreciation of him.

Born in Bamberg, South Carolina, Wilson played college baseball at Spartanburg Methodist College and then the University of South Carolina. Later, in 1996, he earned a bachelor's degree from Mercy College in New York.

In twelve seasons, Wilson was a .274 hitter with 67 home runs, 438 RBI, and 327 stolen bases in 1403 games. Wilson held the Mets record for career stolen bases (281) and career triples (62) until Jose Reyes broke both marks during the 2008 season.

Wilson is the batter who, in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, avoided being hit by a wild pitch, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 10th. His ground ball later in the same at bat went through the legs of Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, allowing the winning run to score. The ball that rolled through Buckner's legs is now housed in the Seth Swirsky baseball collection.

When the Mets decided to rebuild, Wilson requested a trade. The Mets accommodated him by trading him to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jeff Musselman and Mike Brady on August 1, 1989.

Wilson was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2005, Wilson managed the single A team Brooklyn Cyclones. Previously, he managed the Rookie League Kingsport Mets team and was a coach for the New York Mets from 1997 to 2002.

In 1999, Wilson obtained a license to drive tractor-trailer trucks and began hauling freight in the offseason, a job he stated his intention to keep if and when he left professional baseball.

This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in October 1987.

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Pitcher Mike Krukow had a solid, if unspectacular career in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round of the 1973 draft and Krukow played Major League baseball for the Chicago Cubs (1976–1981), the Philadelphia Phillies (1982) and the San Francisco Giants (1983–1989).

Krukow's best season was in 1986, posting a record of 20-9 with a 3.05 ERA pitching for the San Francisco Giants. Giants fans can not argue Krukow should have won the Cy Young Award in 1986 as he finished third behind Mike Scott and Fernando Valenzuela, each of whom had better statistics on the season. Krukow was selected to the National League All-Star team that season. He was awarded the Willie Mac Award in both 1985 and 1986 honoring his spirit and leadership. In 1987, Krukow helped lead the Giants to their first division championship in 16 years. His final game was June 4, 1989.

Krukow is currently a broadcaster for the San Francisco Giants. He is a five-time Emmy award winner. "Kruk," who was named as the starting right-handed pitcher to the 1980s Giants All- Decade Team in a vote by Bay Area media in 1999, is noted for his deep knowledge of the game and tremendous sense of humor

This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode originally was broadcast in April 1987.

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Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider played in his first Major League game in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was also the first big league game he ever saw. That day was also important in American History, and he tells why.

George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia), a third baseman, was the youngest of four sons of a sports-minded family which included his oldest brother Ken, a major-league pitcher who had pitched in the World Series in 1967 at 19 years old. Brothers John and Bobby had brief careers in the minor leagues. Although George was born in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, the Brett family moved to the Midwest and later to El Segundo, a suburb of Los Angeles, just south of Los Angeles International Airport. George grew up hoping to follow in the footsteps of his three older brothers. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1971 and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round (29th overall) of the 1971 baseball draft. His high school teammate was pitcher Scott McGregor.

His 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history, and 15th all-time. Baseball historian Bill James regards him as the second-best third baseman of all time, trailing only his contemporary, Mike Schmidt. Brett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, with what was then the fourth-highest voting percentage in baseball history (98.2%), trailing only Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Ty Cobb. In 2007, Cal Ripken Jr. passed Brett with 98.5% of the vote. His voting percentage was higher than all-time outfielders Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. That same year, he ranked Number 55 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Brett is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average (the others are Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron). Most indicative of his hitting style, Brett is sixth on the career doubles list, with 665 (trailing Tris Speaker, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Ty Cobb, and Craig Biggio). Combining his superior hitting skill with his great defensive ability and team focus (and humility), George Brett is arguably one of the most complete baseball players of all time.

Following the end of his baseball career, Brett became a vice president of the Royals and has worked as a part-time coach, as a special instructor in spring training, filling in as the batting coach, and as a minor league instructor dispatched to help prospects develop. In 1998, an investor group headed by Brett and his older brother, Bobby, made an unsuccessful bid to purchase the Kansas City Royals. He also runs a baseball equipment company, Brett Bros., with Bobby and, until his death, Ken Brett. He has also lent his name to a restaurant on the Country Club Plaza.

In 1992, Brett married the former Leslie Davenport and they currently reside in the Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, KS. The couple has three children: Jackson (named after the ballplayer's father), Dylan, and Robin (named for fellow Hall of Famer Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers).

This data was drawn from Wikipedia.

This episode was originally broadcast as a national radio syndication in July 1987.

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Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947) is a former American right-handed pitcher who played in a major league record 27 seasons for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers, from 1966 to 1993.

Ryan, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher, threw pitches that were regularly recorded above 100 mph, even past the age of 40. The media tagged him, or more specifically his pitching, as "The Ryan Express" (a reference to the 1965 film Von Ryan's Express).

Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history. He leads the runner-up by over 1,000 strikeouts as of early in the 2007 season. The pitcher in second place as of early 2007 varies between Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson, who are both active and who are both over the 4,600-strikeout mark. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in Major League history.

Ryan is also the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters.

This episode originally aired September 11, 1987.

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Roger Clemens big league debut with the Boston Red Sox was May 15, 1984. In this interview conducted during Spring Training of 1987, he recalls a cold night against Cleveland.

This episode originally aired May 12, 1987.

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"A ballpark is an empty place until you put people in it." Warren Spahn loved the sounds and anticipation of Opening Day and shares his memories of his 21 seasons.

This episode originally aired the first week of the 1987 baseball season.

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Whitey Ford pitched for the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series. One of the most famous pieces of historic footage of that game was when the Dodgers' Jackie Robinson stole home, Whitey remembers that moment.

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Hall of Fame Shortstop Pee Wee Reese was from Louisville, Kentucky and never knew a black person until Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Pee Wee remembers that day and his teammate fondly.

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“A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine — it literally keeps children healthy,” says Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Principal Investigator at Children’s Health Watch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health at Boston University Schools for Medicine and Public Health; and Medical Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. In this month’s episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Dr. Sandel joins host Joanne Greene in a lively and informative discussion on the impacts of what Dr. Sandel calls “housing insecurity”– overcrowded conditions, frequent moves, unsafe or unsanitary conditions, and inability to keep up with rents–on the health of children, particularly those between the ages of zero and three.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
* ChildrensHealthwatch.org
* Medical-LegalPartnership.org
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Jennifer Peck, founding member and Executive Director of the Oakland, CA based Partnership for Children & Youth joins Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene to discuss this organization’s services and accomplishments that started in 1997. Their primary goal is to connect schools and their community partners in underserved Bay Area communities with available public and private resources. They’re also committed to improving the effectiveness of funding streams and services for low-income children so that all children have the learning, health and social support they need to succeed in school and in life.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing’s website.
* For more information on Partnership for Children & Youth, please visit PartnerForChildren.org.
* For resources on back to school services you may also visit SummerMatters2You.net
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

Larry Minnix, President and CEO of Leading Age, a Washington, D.C. based association dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. LeadingAge focuses on advocacy, education and applied research, promoting adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, and Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, known as PAC. Host Joanne Greene invites Larry to discuss their work on senior housing, assisted living, continuing care communities, & nursing homes as well as technology solutions and practices that support the health and well-being of seniors, children and those with special needs.
LeadingAge members comprise 6,000 not-for-profit organizations, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach more than 30 countries.
Eden Housing has promoted senior housing and aging in place throughout its history.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing’s website.
* For more information on Leading Age, please visit LeadingAge.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) returns to discuss the challenges and opportunities of inclusionary housing in California. Creatively implemented by cities and counties throughout the Country, inclusionary housing policies are an innovative solution to fund the development of greatly needed affordable housing for lower-income residents. These policies, tailored by local jurisdictions to meet their unique community needs, require developers to offer lower-priced units in otherwise market-rate developments, or encourage their inclusion through incentives.

NPH has gained a national reputation for many of its capacity building initiatives including the areas of technical assistance and training, inclusionary zoning, housing element campaigns, community acceptance strategies planning and other groundbreaking approaches to boosting the supply of affordable housing production.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing’s website.
* For more information on Inclusionary Housing, please visit www.nhc.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

When California’s redevelopment agencies were eliminated, affordable housing took a crushing blow. Advocates throughout the State are mobilizing to create a new dedicated funding source for affordable housing through the California Homes and Jobs Act. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to our guest California Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee and sponsor of SB 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act. SB 391 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 9, 2013.

As chair of Transportation and Housing, Senator DeSaulnier has fought for greater accountability on the state’s transportation infrastructure projects. Through other committee assignments Senator DeSaulnier has been a strong advocate for California’s more vulnerable populations, introducing legislation to support underserved, homeless and foster youth.

In late 2011 – early 2012, the California Supreme Court rendered a set of decisions that resulted in the elimination of redevelopment agencies. That effectively eliminated a billion dollars a year that local governments were using to help create and preserve affordable housing. Senator DeSaulnier was a leader in efforts to save housing funding.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing’s website.
* For more information on SB 391, please visit www.cahomesandjobsact.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes.

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Severely wounded American Veterans are returning home from years of service to our Country and facing huge challenges with housing, employment, and support services. Our guest on this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast is Mike Conklin, founder of the nonprofit organization Sentinels of Freedom. Mike, the father of three Army Rangers, describes to host Joanne Greene how Sentinels of Freedom connects permanently disabled Veterans with caring community volunteers who pool their resources to provide four years of housing, an accessible vehicle, a suitable job, ongoing community support, and self-sufficiency services.

For information on how to get involved, please visit http://SentinelsOfFreedom.org

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For more information on the Affordable Housing Podcast, and to access our archives dating back to 2008, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast kicks off our sixth year of podcasting with a look at the current state of federal housing policy and the challenges we face now and in the future. Our guest is David Gasson, Executive Director of the Housing Advisory Group, an organization founded in 1993 to advocate on behalf of affordable housing issues in Washington, D.C. Federal housing programs such as those administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the mortgage interest deduction, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) are discussed. Gasson is also the VP and Director of Corporate Communications for Boston Capital, a diversified, real estate investment and advisory firm, serving clients nationwide and internationally.

For more information on how you can help protect and preserve the Housing Credit, visit http://rentalhousingaction.org.

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The National Housing Conference (NHC) has helped to ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all people in the United States since 1931. This episode features a conversation with the new NHC President and CEO, Chris Estes. Chris speaks with host Joanne Greene about his new role, the current state of housing issues and challenges, and how we can all work toward more effective housing policy and improved federal funding.

http://www.nhc.org

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The world has gone digital, and like everything else, access to digital technology and adoption isn’t as accessible in low income communities. It is becoming increasingly imperative for educational advancement, health improvement, employment, and well-being to have access to a computer and the Internet. Nearly three of four California households have broadband Internet connections at home, which represents a 33 percent increase in home adoptions since 2008. California is leading the nation, but there is more work to do to connect unserved and underserved communities.

This special edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast brings you a panel discussion that highlights critical efforts and bold successes in bridging the digital divide. Guests include Luis Arteaga, Director of Emerging Markets of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF); Rachelle Chong, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast’s California region; Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing; and host Joanne Greene.

RESOURCES

· Learn more about CETF at CETF.org

· For more information about Internet Essentials which provides affordable Internet access, a low-cost computer, and free Internet training for eligible families,

o Call 1.855.846.8376 or visit internetessentials.com

o For Spanish speakers, call 1.855.765.6995 or visit Internetbasico.com

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we travel back down under for part 2 of “Affordable Housing in Australia”. We welcome back Ken Marchingo in a engaging discussion with host Joanne Greene about the Australia’s housing landscape, the cost of not providing affordable housing, and how Haven; Home Safe partners with the government as a solution in affordable housing. Ken, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe, is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia’s only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information, visit:

www.ahuri.edu.au
www.haven.org.au
www.powerhousingaustralia.com

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On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, David Smith, founder and Chairman of Recap Real Estate Advisors shares his insights on current and potential initiatives to improve the health of affordable housing in the U.S.A. Smith is also founder of the global non-profit Affordable Housing Institute, which develops sustainable housing financial ecosystems worldwide.

For more information, visit:

* Recap Real Estate Advisors
* Affordable Housing Institute

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In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast we travel down under to learn about affordable housing in Australia. Joining us is Ken Marchingo, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe. Marchingo is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia’s only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information about affordable housing in Australia, visit www.ahuri.edu.au.

To learn more about Haven; Home, Safe, visit haven.org.au.

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Buildings account for 42% of all U.S. GHG emissions. Reducing occupant energy consumption through behavior change can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Behavioral changes have little to no cost and require no regulation to achieve. Recent studies show that simply giving office building occupants a web page where they can track their energy usage can lead to a 15% reduction in individual usage. Also, it has been shown that when given feedback, college students reduce their energy usage by between 12-40%.

The Climate, Buildings, and Behavior (CBB) Project, a component of the Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program at the Garrison Institute in New York, helps real estate developers, managers and owners to utilize knowledge from the neuro, behavioral and social sciences to design effective energy consumption behavior change programs. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Ph.D discusses the work of the CMB with host Joanne Greene.

For more information on the CMB, visit:

http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cmb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cbb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/ccb-video

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In February 2012, President Obama submitted a $3.8 trillion budget to Congress with $4 trillion in long-term deficit reduction measures that included spending cuts, tax increases and other measures of tax reform. The President called for $44.76 billion to be spent on programs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a 3.2% increase over the previous year’s budget.

Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene discusses the potential impact of these budgets with Ali Solis, Senior Vice President and Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners.

For more information, visit http://EnterpriseCommunity.org or http://RentalHousingAction.org.

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Homelessness is one of the sadder outcomes of our economic crisis. Child homelessness is, perhaps, the most tragic result. According to America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report by The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), more than 1.6 million American children, or one in 45 children, are homeless each year – a 38% increase in child homelessness from 2007 to 2010.

On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we welcome back Dr. Ellen Bassuk, founder and president of NCFH and discuss highlights from this groundbreaking report, including trends in child and family homelessness across America and state and federal policy priorities for 2012.

For more information, visit
http://www.familyhomelessness.org.

Download a copy of the report and details regarding each state
http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/reportcard.php

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As part of its effort to balance the budget in 2011, the Governor and the State Legislature voted to eliminate local Redevelopment Agencies throughout the State of California. The legislation passed two trailer bills along with the budget – AB 1×26 eliminated redevelopment agencies and AB 1×27 would have allowed them to continue to exist if they made payments to the State to help balance the budget in this fiscal year and future years. The Redevelopment Agencies sued the State of California in an effort to strike down both pieces of legislation. On December 29th, the Supreme Court ruled that AB 26, the bill to eliminate redevelopment agencies is legal and struck down AB 27, ruling that under Proposition 22, it is illegal to force the localities to pay the State. This is the worst possible outcome for affordable housing because 20% of Redevelopment Funding, nearly $1 billion a year, was dedicated to affordable housing production in 400 jurisdictions throughout the State.

The Affordable Housing podcast has been following this issue closely and we have invited back Lynn Hutchins, a partner at Goldfarb and Lipman LLP, a leading redevelopment law firm in California, to discuss the short and long term implications of the Court’s decision.

Previous Affordable Housing Podcast episodes on this subject can be listened to on Eden Housing’s website at http://www.edenhousing.org/podcast.asp.

For more information, visit:

· Senator President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg’s website http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/,
· Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California http://nonprofithousing.org,
· Housing California http://www.housingca.org, or
· Goldfarb and Lipman LLP http://goldfarblipman.com

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Earlier this year, California passed two pieces of legislation – ABX 126 and 127 – that could have major consequences for affordable housing. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we focus on the pending State Supreme Court decisions on the legality of these bills and, more generally, how the future looks for redevelopment agency financing. Host Joanne Greene speaks with Michael Kiely, a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Groups of the firm Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. Michael has extensive experience in real estate development transactions with a public/private emphasis, including redevelopment, relocation, mixed-use and transit-oriented development projects, and public finance, including tax increment financing.

Michael is a regular blog contributor at http://SheppardMullin.com

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Since 1968, NeighborWorks America has been a national leader in affordable housing and community development with a great track record of creating opportunities for lower income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, NeighborWorks Chief Executive Officer Eileen Fitzgerald discusses the organization’s history, the housing challenges around the country, and how NeighborWorks is helping to revitalize and strengthen communities.

NeighborWorks America can be found at http://nw.org

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Since 1975 California Housing Finance Agency (Cal HFA) has served first-time homebuyers by creating loans that meet the needs of lower income buyers and financing multi-family housing. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast from Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks with Cal HFA Executive Director Claudio Cappio, recently appointed by Governor Brown, about the Cal HFA’s programs, the housing challenges in California and her views on the current administration’s thoughts on moving forward in the State’s housing policies.

Visit http://calhfa.ca.gov.
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The State of California approved a budget that eliminates redevelopment agencies throughout the State. Agencies can “opt” to stay alive by making payments to the State that help fill the budget deficit. Lynn Hutchins of Goldfarb and Lipman, one of California’s leading real estate law firms in affordable housing and redevelopment, joins host Joanne Greene to discuss the details.

For more information, visit http://www.calredevelop.org/, or http://goldfarblipman.com/.
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This month on the Affordable Housing Podcast, we’d like to bring you the majority of a panel discussion sponsored by Eden Housing, Enterprise Community Partners and StopWaste.org in coordination with the East Bay Housing Organization’s Affordable Housing Week and the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development. The topic of this panel recorded on May 13, 2011 us “Greening the Affordable Housing Portfolio: Upgrading Multi-Family Housing and Encouraging Tenant Involvement”.
The Keynote address and panel moderation is provided by Ophelia Basgal, HUD Regional Director. Panelists included Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing. Maryann Leshin, Director, Northern California Programs of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and Karen Kho, Senior Program Manager for StopWaste.Org.

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It is difficult to address affordable housing without considering the issues of poverty and unemployment. They’re inextricably connected and, often, the most successful programs are those that address more than one aspect of the vicious cycle that prevents so many people from being able to attain the dignity and security that make for a productive life. This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast features a conversation with Carla Javits, President of REDF – Roberts Enterprise Development Fund- which has pioneered a model to employ individuals who are overcoming chronic poverty, homelessness, criminal history, substance abuse or mental illness. REDF helps to create and grow “double bottom line” enterprises that earn income while employing people with high barriers.

For more information about REDF, please visit http://www.redf.org.

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In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy for Consumer Federation of America, addresses President Obama’s call for the unwinding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the future of Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs).

For more information, visit the Housing page at http://consumerfed.org .

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EH#45 As we work to protect housing funding here in California, the Federal Government is working on the budget for Federal Housing Programs, many of which will also face cuts in the coming year. The ripple effects on affordable housing production look to be severe. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barbara Burnham, Vice President of Federal Policy for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Washington DC, offers an overview of the 2011 and 2012 Federal Housing budgets being proposed by the House of Representatives and the Obama Administration.

More information can be found at LISC.org. A list of helpful websites can be found at http://edenhousing.org/library/helpfulwebsites.pdf

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EH#44 How can we shift people’s behavior in buildings to be greener? Three of the nation’s leading experts in the field of affordable housing and green building, Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing; Dana Bourland, VP of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners; and Jonathon Rose, CEO and Founder of the Jonathon Rose Companies join host Joanne Greene for a lively panel discussion on engaging residents and staff to change their behavior to create healthier and greener buildings.

More information can be found at GarrisonInstitute.org and EnterpriseCommunity.org

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The nonprofit National Housing Conference helps ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all by advocating for effective housing policy solutions at the local, state and national levels. Its research arm, the Center for Housing Policy, develops solutions. Keith Wardrip, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Housing Policy discusses with host Joanne Greene a recent report, “Building California’s Future”, that analyzed housing construction and its economic impact in California. The findings overall, indicated that California’s economy benefits substantially when a new home is built even with the economic downturn and declining home values. For more information or to access the full report, visit the National Housing Conference website at www.nhc.org.

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Ophelia Basgal, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Western Region, talks to host Joanne Greene about HUD’s mission and HUD’s priorities in the SF Bay Area and country, including sustainability, foreclosure prevention, and affordable housing preservation. For more information, go to www.HUD.gov.

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Executive Director of On Lok, Robert Edmondson, talks with host Joanne Greene about the PACE program which provides comprehensive care for low income elderly including medical, social and supportive services to frail seniors. Eden Housing is partnering with On Lok Lifeways on Peralta Senior Housing, a new community in Fremont that will provide 98 new affordable apartments for seniors. The project will also include 9,035 sq. ft. of clinic and day center space for On Lok Lifeways where the PACE program will be offered.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Chris Gouig, Executive Director of the Alameda County Housing Authority and host Joanne Greene discuss PETRA- the Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act – as proposed by the Obama Administration. Through PETRA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to preserve and renovate thousands of public housing units throughout the country For more go to www.HUD.org/petra.

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Kevin Zwick, Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County (HTSCC) discusses with host Joanne Greene how HTSCC has invested over $33 million and leveraged more than $1.7 billion to create more than 7,800 housing opportunities. HTSCC’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), funded by a $25 million federal grant, is helping to stabilize neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis and helping low to moderate income earners purchase a home. Find out more at http://housingtrustscc.org/

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The downturn in the economy has created significant strain on many non-profit organizations, including non-profits that develop affordable housing. The economic situation that non-profit affordable housing developers face nationally and in the State of California is unprecedented. The single largest program that developers use, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, has seen a drop in investment from $9 billion to $4 billion and the State’s primary funding program Proposition 1C is scheduled to run out of bond funds by year end. In the fall of 2009, Citizens Housing, a Bay Area based housing developer that owned more than 2,000 apartment units looked out at the challenges in the funding environment and decided that the long-term prospects for expansion were limited.

Rather than shrinking its operations to subsistence level or waiting for crisis, the Board made a difficult decision to go out of business while at the same time meeting the ultimate goal of assuring the long-term affordability and quality of their portfolio. They reached out to two local non-profits, Eden Housing and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) to help with the transition.

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, leaders from Citizens Housing, Eden Housing, and TNDC join host Joanne Greene in a panel discussion regarding Citizens’ recent transition that preserves over 2,000 affordable homes. They include:

-Noreen Beiro, Former Interim CEO for Citizens
-Don Falk, Executive Director of TNDC
-Dan Lopez, Interim CEO for Citizens and served 15 years on the Citizens Board, with the last 10 years as Board Chair
-Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is investing in a program that will help facilitate the adoption of solar technology in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Host Joanne Greene speaks to Andrew Yip, Supervisor of PG&E’s Solar and Customer Generation Group about MASH, an acronym that stands for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program. For more information on MASH, visit http://www.pge.com/csi/.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Years ago, California voters wisely passed two ballot initiatives – Props 46 and 1C – and the result was aa $4.1 Billion of affordable housing production. That funding is scheduled to run out at the end of 2010. This episode’s guest is Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, talks with host Joanne Greene about efforts to create another funding program.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

The proposed FY2011 Obama Administration’s budget include strengthening the housing market, meeting affordable RENTAL housing needs, improving quality of life, continuing the Choice Neighborhood’s Initiative, and transforming the way HUD does business. Paul Weech, Senior Vice President for Policy, at the Housing Partnership Network and Stewards of Affordable Housing joins Joanne Greene of the Affordable Housing Podcast to help decipher what the new budget has in store for affordable housing advocates and nonprofit developers like Eden Housing. Paul is a federal housing policy advocate with more than 25 yrs of experience in housing & financial services. He was a consultant for Innovative Housing Strategies, served as VP for mission strategy & execution at Fannie Mae, chief of staff at the Small Business Administration, & staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing & Community Development for the Senate committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. For more information on the budget go to http://www.budget.gov or http://www.hud.gov

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The American Dream as defined by Chinese immigrant Bailin Zheng consists of educating your children and having your own home. Scholarships have enabled Miriam Torres to graduate college and contribute enough for her family live in a safe environment. 94 year old Josephine Lopez believes that affordable housing has been a blessing to help her maintain independence.

These are a few of the Eden Housing residents you’ll meet in this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast.

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We are pleased this month to bring you an interview with Carol Galante, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carol is also the former President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing and served as the second Executive Director of Eden Housing from 1982 to 1987. In this edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Carol talks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote and preserve affordable housing, the improvement of existing programs and new programs on the horizon.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Bruce Mast, Program Director for Build It Green <http://BuildItGreen.org> joins host Joanne Greene to talk about this membership supported, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, energy and resource-efficient building practices in California and beyond.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing <http://EdenHousing.org>

Affordable housing for moderate income workers, including teachers, nurses, firefighters, government workers and police officers affects about 40% of the population in high cost cities like Washington D.C, Boston, and San Francisco. Janine Cuneo, VP of Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing discusses their research on the relationship between the transportation costs and housing in the Washington DC area. They invite you to try the Terwilliger Housing + Transportation Calculator, which is a new tool designed to calculate combined housing and transportation costs in the greater Washington, D.C. region. <http://www.uli.org/CostCalculator>

California’s Redevelopment Agencies quietly and effectively revitalize neighborhoods and are a vital tool for creating thousands of affordable housing units in California. Redevelopment Agencies stand to lose more than $2 billion over the next two years under the latest state budget. Host Joanne Greene talks to John Shirey, Executive Director of the California Redevelopment Association about the long term impact of these budget cuts on California’s residents and communities.

Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of EveryOneHome shares the results of the 2009 Homeless Count for Alameda County with Joanne Greene. 200 volunteers surveyed over 1,200 individuals in January to update local data on how many people and the characteristics of those who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Their findings also examine housing situations ranging from on the streets, in shelters, at imminent risk of eviction, staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis, and in permanent housing using local safety net services.

The negative impact of substandard housing on children and the frail elderly is tremendous. On the is episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dr. Sandra Newman, Director and Professor of Policy Studies at John Hopkins University about her research on affordable housing and its impact on these two important elements of society.

The federal economic recovery bill, also known as the Stimulus Package, provides unprecedented funding for building energy retrofits. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dvora Lovinger, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Enterprise Community Partners, about the specific programs that will help to rehabilitate public housing units, provide grants or loans to owners of “HUD-assisted” housing, help low income homeowners to weatherize their homes, and more.

Partnerships are key to the development of affordable housing and lenders like Wells Fargo Bank play an indispensable role in insuring that projects are completed and services are provided to residents. These days, banks also play an important role in helping customers to understand their options when they’re unable to make payments on their mortgage loans. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, host Joanne Greene speaks with Eden Housing Board member Tim Silva, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank, who explains what the bank is doing to assist customers in avoiding foreclosure.

Internet access and computer education are key components to the services provided to residents of affordable housing developments. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Alan Greenlee, Vice President of One Economy California, an organization that helps to provide broadband access to low income individuals and other underserved populations. Alan speaks about the funds allocated to broadband in the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress.

There’s much to be learned from the current housing crisis, according to Wellesley College Economist Karl Case. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, he and host Joanne Greene discuss how we can move forward and take advantage of some of what’s happened to create more affordable housing. Case say the primary lessons are that markets don’t solve all problems, housing prices don’t always go up, and the use of leverage must be controlled.

California ranks 48th in the new state report card on child homelessness, “America’s Youngest Outcasts”. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Council on Family Homelessness, about the new study, how homelessness impacts children adversely, and what is being done throughout the country to address this growing problem, particularly in view of the increased number of home foreclosures.

Though credit has been extremely tight, there has been plenty of activity of late in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with David Stark, Public Affairs Director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, a trade association serving over 5000 real estate professionals throughout the Bay Area. With a special focus on central and southern Alameda County, Stark assesses the market, what we can anticipate in the months to come, and the impact of foreclosures on the sale of homes.

Ever wonder why it's OK to bring your dog to dinner in Paris but not in any American city? There's no federal law prohibiting pets in restaurants and, recently, dining establishments with outdoor seating have been growing increasingly tolerant of our furry friends. Hear all about pet-friendly restaurants in this episode of the "Good Dog" podcast with Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant hosts of the podcast "Stuff You Should Know" and writers/editors at www.howstuffworks.com.

Details of President Obama’s foreclosure relief plan have been announced and on this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, George Duarte, Vice Chairman of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, explains how the plan will assist some homeowners in avoiding foreclosure. From his vantage point as both a mortgage and real estate broker, Duarte offers an assessment of where we are in the credit crunch and how things are moving.

There’s much that can be done on the county and city level to aid those who face foreclosure. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia talks about counseling to help residents to maintain their homes as well as efforts to deal with the numerous homes that have been lost in the crisis and are now empty. Supervisor Gioia addresses short term as well as long term solutions to the problem and shares his optimism that things will improve in the new presidential administration.

Chloe's Bill, before the Illinois state legislator, would set standards for dog breeding facilities and require pet stores to provide consumers with the full medical history of dogs that are for sale. The ASPCA and Humane Society strongly favor the bill, yet the American Kennel Club (AKC) is among those who feel the bill is unnecessary and too restrictive. Hear both sides of the argument on this episode of the "Good Dog" podcast as Joanne interviews the bill's author, Jordon Matyas, Director of the Illinois Humane Society and Sarah Sprouse, Government Relations Manager of the AKC.

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In her work leading the Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, Dr. Lauren Smith, Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has uncovered many links between safe, appropriate affordable housing and children’s health. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Dr. Smith explains the ways in which children’s health suffers when they’re denied stable housing and how connecting the dots will hopefully inform policy to improve access to acceptable affordable housing for low income families.

Substantial investment in affordable housing constitutes economic stimulus that would create not only housing but jobs. In California alone, there are more than 32,000 shovel ready affordable homes that could be started this year, leading to the creation of an estimated 37,000 badly needed jobs. Matt Schwartz, President of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, explains the provisions in the stimulus package that would be most beneficial for affordable housing and asks all advocates to contact their representatives and senators as soon as possible to ask that these funding measures be included.

While an increasing number of families face foreclosure, Santa Clara County’s Blue Ribbon Commission to End Homelessness is doing all it can to provide coordinated services to get people into transitional and permanent housing. Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage describes how they’ve made significant progress is getting access to free transportation for homeless community members, lowering the turnaround time for getting food stamps, and providing job counseling and assistance. Visit destinationhome.ning.com to learn more.

If you really desire to improve your golf game, in addition to making changes in your life, you have to embrace the notion that everyday is a new beginning.Today is a gift and it’s up to you to make things happen for tomorrow. In golf you have to play one shot at a time, and every shot is a new beginning, with a new attitude and a new opportunity to play better from this shot and beyond.

In an effort to end America’s affordable housing crisis, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has set an ambitious goal: to build, rehabilitate and preserve 1.5 million affordable rental units. Its president, Sheila Crowley, shares the history of the affordable housing crisis in America, her perspective on the progress made in addressing the problem, and ways in which her organization plans to help the incoming Obama administration develop housing trust fund regulations and protect Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as initial sources of funding.

One of the most important things in putting is being able to successfully predict where the ball is going to roll. Geoff Mangum, of PuttingZone.com, gives tips and tricks to do that on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

With all of the information, tips, tricks, and instruction out there to improve your swing, Kirk Jones, of The Golf Institute of Technology, is one of the best and easiest to understand. On this episode of Golf Smarter Tips, Kirk gives a summary of his swing technique.

Have you noticed that Kirk has more energy than usual? That’s because of Ageless Extra, a supplement and great-tasting drink that has golf pros everywhere raving. For information or to order products, visit us.univera.com, and use the ID number 1345520.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

The lessons that Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” lists are simple when you think about them, but following the process can get complicated. On this episode of Golf Smarter Tips, Michael says that whatever your skill level on the golf course, the mental keys may help you become better than you ever imagined.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Once again, Geoff Mangum of PuttingZone.com reiterates that your putter doesn’t make putts, you do. However, you do need a putter that feels right, and on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips, Geoff gives some tips on how to decide which putter is right for you.

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

With your set-up complete, you now have to transition into the forward part of your swing. Kirk Jones of The Golf Institute of Technology explains that most golfers do not know that the transition involves more than just your upper body on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

Have you noticed that Kirk has more energy than usual? That’s because of Ageless Extra, a supplement and great-tasting drink that has golf pros everywhere raving. For information or to order products, visit us.univera.com, and use the ID number 1345520.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

When a vet recommends a serious and costly medical procedure, it often makes sense to seek a second opinion. How to ask and whom to ask are issues worthy of discussion, which is what we do on this episode of "Good Dog" with veterinarian Dr. Nancy Kay. We also explore when it's appropriate to purchase medical insurance for dogs and how to determine which policy is best for your needs.

The subprime and foreclosure crises are clues to the deep-rooted housing crisis that has plagued our nation for decades. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Andre Shashaty, founder and editor for 15 years of Affordable Housing Finance, shares the advice given to the Obama administration about housing and HUD, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Shashaty concludes that HUD needs to be made a much higher priority and be overhauled in order to address fundamental issues. He addresses the Low Income Tax Credit program and the need for more rental and affordable housing in the U.S.

To develop a more aggressive style on the golf course, you have to be honest with yourself, take more risks, and try to tamp down your fear of failure. Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” explains how on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Look beyond all the hype, empty promises, and rhetoric and what have you got? Metal on the end of a stick. Indeed, picking the perfect putter is easier than you think, as Geoff Mangum of PuttingZone.com explains on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

The back-swing is the powerful wind up of the core muscles and it is the most physically demanding part of the swing. Kirk Jones of The Golf Institute of Technology explains the necessary steps to take to maximize your effectiveness on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

Have you noticed that Kirk has more energy than usual? That’s because of Ageless Extra, a supplement and great-tasting drink that has golf pros everywhere raving. For information or to order products, visit us.univera.com, and use the ID number 1345520.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

While it is true that learning a new skill, like hitting a golf ball, requires some thought, Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” says that whether or not you get proficient at it, being “in the zone” is actually a natural state. Michael explains how to get there and stay there on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Reiterating that it is the person, not the putter, that determines success on the golf course, Geoff Mangum of PuttingZone.com explains that computer software still has a place in teaching golfers about putting on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Geoff to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

During the winter, when you’re not out on the golf course, you may rusty with your golf game. On this episode of Golf Smarter Tips, Kirk Jones of the Golf Institute of Technology, gives indoor practice tips that may make you stronger than ever.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Close your eyes & go into your imagination: Picture your golf game and ask yourself “What could I have done better?” By talking to yourself, you may improve your game during the off-season. Visualization, coupled with Michael Anthony’s “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” is a great way to stay in shape during winter.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

The conclusion provided by 30-odd design features that are tested repeatedly by scientists is that the putter doesn’t matter — what matters is the person, as Geoff Mangum of PuttingZone.com explains on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Geoff to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Repetition is the name of the game, as Kirk Jones of the Golf Institute of Technology gives specific drills on and off the golf course on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

As we enter the wintertime, Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” reminds us to take an honest look at our goals and expectations for our game — and learn to live with the amount of time, energy and effort that you can dedicate to your golf game on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

When you watch the pros on tour, you may notice that there are as many putting grips as there are players. Is there a “best” grip? Geoff Mangum answers a question from a listener about the physiology of putting and what your arms, shoulders, head and entire body should be doing when you putt, not just your hands.

If you have any questions that you’d like Geoff to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

100% uncoiled, standing over your left leg, facing the target. These are the elements that create the perfect balance point to finish your swing. Kirk Jones of the Golf Institute of Technology describes how to get there and get the best results from your full swing.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Getting prepared before you play, especially when it’s a competitive round is critical. Warming up your swing to find the groove is one thing, but warming up your psyche is also really important. Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” answers a listener’s concern about what to do when there’s no driving range on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

With proper guidance and assistance, many homeowners can avoid foreclosure even when all signs point to losing their homes. Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, supports a network of more than 240 affordable housing and community development organizations serving over 4,000 communities. In this podcast episode, he addresses the state of the housing crisis in the U.S. and what’s being done, with the help of $4 million in grants from HUD, to help existing and prospective homeowners understand the mine fields and navigate their way through to successful home ownership.

Putting has so many elements involved that great results can only be obtained by working a a variety of skills. Geoff addresses each of those issues and what kind of time you should invest to get there.

If you have any questions that you’d like Geoff to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

A still energetic Kirk Jones of the Golf Institute of Technology completes his lessons of the complete golf swing by talking about the transition from the back swing to the forward swing.

Kirk has a new Golf School. This may be the most golf effective and cost effective program you’ll find anywhere. You’ve heard what Kirk has to say on the podcast, sign up now to get your lessons face to face.

If you have any questions that you’d like Kirk to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.” If we use your question on the podcast, you will receive a free copy of Kirk Jones’ DVD, “The Fundamental Golf Swing Modernized and Simplified.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

Learning to train and care for a dog is a plus for most any child. For inner city kids, rarely if ever exposed to well cared for pets, it's a tremendous opportunity. Lynn Loar, PhD., got a 3-year grant to bring shelter dogs to tough SF neighborhood apartment buildings to teach children to train dogs. The program was a great success and two of the students went on, with Lynn's help, to write and publish a book entitled "Good Dog". Hear the full story on this week's episode of the "Good Dog" podcast.

There is a balance for how relaxed you should feel on the golf course — Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” answers a listener’s concern that he is too relaxed by going through his four steps on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

During every putt, there is a specific lie that your ball takes that requires you to compensate with an optimum lie of your own. On this episode of Golf Smarter Tips, Geoff Mangum of PuttingZone.com, answers a listener’s question by going through precisely what you have to do with your putter to make the most of every shot.

If you have any questions that you’d like Geoff to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

If Geoff answers your question on the air, he’ll send you your very own hardback copy of his book, “Optimal Putting, Brain Science, Instincts, and the Four Skills of Putting.” The book is also available in “.pdf” form on PuttingZone.com

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

You’re not going to believe how excited Kirk Jones is this week on his episode of Golf Smarter Tips. He’s recently discovered a line of natural, holistic products that have him feeling better and more alert. He’s also seen a huge change in his golf game. Both his swing speed and distance have increased.

We invite you to research the line of Univera Products for yourself and let us know what you think. To be introduced to their line of products, go to mynetimpact.com and enter your name and email address and this ID# 1345520 to log in. (You may want to lower the volume on your computer when you log in because music starts immediately.)

There are also a lot of videos about this company on YouTube, and there is also a website dedicated to technical and clinical information for medical practitioners at UniveraScience.com.

We’d really love your honest feedback on this, your emails will go to both Kirk and me. We promise to get back to Kirk’s normal golf instruction next week, but he was so excited about the how much Ageless Xtra has improved his game, that I thought it would be fair to share it with you.

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

The game of golf contains more than one Catch-22: If you want it, odds are you cannot have it, and if you don’t care, it’s yours for the taking. Michael Anthony, author of “The Mental Keys to Improve Your Golf,” answers a listener’s question about the expectations that golfers set for themselves on this episode of Golf Smarter Tips.

If you have any questions that you’d like Michael to answer on the show, please go to GolfSmarterTips.com and click on the button labeled “Ask The Experts.”

Questions or comments for Fred Greene are welcomed. Click on the button labeled “Hey Fred” at GolfSmarterTips.com

One of the major policy tools to address the affordable housing crisis is inclusionary housing, also called inclusionary zoning. These ordinances require or encourage market rate developers to include a percentage of homes in their projects – often 10-20% – that will be affordable to low and moderate income households.On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne speaks with Dianne J. Spauling, Executive Director of the NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), about the history of inclusionary housing, what works and what doesn’t, and how it is helping to increase the supply of affordable housing in California.

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