We Choose Respect Podcast

We Choose Respect is dedicated to giving parents the information they need to help their kids grow to be happy, healthy and respectful. The show features interviews with authors and parenting experts from around the World. The show's host is Jed Doherty, also known as Jedlie, a former licensed, certified social worker who has been presenting motivational magic shows at schools, churches and public events throughout the US and Puerto Rico since 1983.
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Providing Parents With The Information & Tools They Need To Help Their Kids Grow To Be Happy, Healthy & Respectful


Jun 20, 2016

Today's featured guest is Jennifer Schmid, MSN, RN, CNL. Jennifer believes your body is a miracle. You can put it through hell, feed it terribly or suffer long-term disease, and it will bounce back full of life and energy again – simply with the right tools.

Jennifer and her team at Oasis Wellness have created a system that will do just that. At Oasis, they believe healing for good is possible. They have watched too many people suffer and not be able to live their lives freely and to the fullest because they just didn’t have the information or the tools to do it.
Jennifer is on a mission to teach 1 million people how to honor this incredible physical, emotional, and spiritual body we have been given.

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We are also joined by up and coming music artist MARi and the title track from her new album Treasure.

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Jun 17, 2016

I think this is one of the all time greatest Family Fun Friday episodes we have published. It certainly is jammed packed with great guests and music. Our featured guest is up and coming country music star T J Leonard from Stockholm, Sweden. You are going to love TJ's music, but you are also going to love TJ. He is a real, down to earth parent who has his priorities in the right place.

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Veeg Mama Stephanie Dreyer is here with her classic Soba Noodle Recipe.

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Peter & Ellen Jarret talk about helping our kids think and be creative.

Get Creative With Your Kids

And our friend Chris Hardy is here with his song The Year of Love.

Chris Hardy World is a wonderful place to visit

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Jun 16, 2016

This is a special edition of the We Choose Respect ParentCast created especially for Dyslexic and Unstoppable

Jun 15, 2016

In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Doug and Luccie Curtis, authors of the book Dyslexic and Unstoppable, who help us explore dyslexia. One of the first things we discover is that kids with dyslexia think and learn differently. This posses a problem in schools because most classroom teachers do not have the training and resources to help these kids learn in a way that is natural for them. It is a fascinating look into this often misunderstood topic.

First Lucie & Doug's Web Site, The First Place To Go To Help Your Dyslexic Child

We are also joined by country music star Richard Lynch.

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It's Happenning This Weekend - See Jedlie @ The Northeat Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza!!!

Jun 13, 2016

Today's Parentcast is a continuation of a past show discussing how we can better connect with our kids, especially our teens. Susan Shafffer is the co author of the book How To Connect with Your Iteen. How To Connect With Your iTeen is the lifeline every Twenty-First century parent or educator needs. This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework.

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We are also joined by up and coming Christian Pop Music artist Mari. Mari will be a featured guest on the show in just a few weeks. Today we have a chance to experience Mari's beutiful voice and infectious pop beats.

Be Inspired & Dance with MARi!!!

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Jun 10, 2016

Aaron Marcus has been a full-time actor and commercial model for over 3 decades.
He has been cast in over 1,200 TV and radio commercials, corporate films, feature films, television and print ads. Along with Aaron’s acting and modeling work, he is also America’s Premier Acting and Commercial Modeling Career Coach. In 1984, Aaron was a full-time college student when he began working as an actor and commercial model on a part-time basis. Without knowing anything about or anybody in the industry, Aaron had to teach himself how to succeed as an actor and commercial model completely on his own. He learned how to get work through trial and error. Without having a mentor or someone to guide him, he learned that having success can be a long, hard and expensive process. He is the author of the great book How To Become A Successful Actor & Model.

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We are also joined by our Family Fun Friday friends VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer & Chris Hardy

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Jun 8, 2016

This episode of the We Choose Respect Parentcast is very important as today we will be discussing the sad realities of divorce. People go through a lot of trouble and embarrassment during this period and we will discuss more civilized way to deal with divorce and how to be together without hurting each other and your family. Our featured guest today is Rosalind Sedacca, a certified Divorce coach who will share with us more pleasant ways to deal with the pain of divorce and how we can learn to continue to parent together and to be respectful to one another so that children can be happy, healthy and respectful.

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Our musical guest today is Trevor Hager with his lovely song called Breathe the stars.

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Jun 6, 2016

Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that not only can turn a happy retirement into a time of misery, but also leads to a wide range of health problems. Depression increases the rate of disease such as stroke, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease and worsens the course of others such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, and cancer. It also contributes to avoidable disability and premature death.

Beat Depression to Stay Healthier and Live Longer alerts readers to this untold story. It challenges beliefs that depression is normal in old age because old age is depressing, instead helping readers see that depression is a serious brain disease, often related to changes in the brain associated with the aging process. Gary S. Moak clearly and compassionately explains depression as a physically destructive state, in which a brain on overdrive runs the body ragged, accelerating age-related wear and tear. Depression is not a harmless condition older adults can live with, and Dr. Moak addresses the impact of depression on specific geriatric health problems. Case stories, taken from the author’s experience practicing geriatric psychiatry for thirty years, are used to illustrate the physically and mentally harmful effects of depression and the road to recovering well.

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We are also joined by up and coming country music star Richard Lynch

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Jun 3, 2016

Birgitte Rasine is an award-winning author, journalist, producer, and entrepreneur whose work marries sustainability with storytelling, mobile apps with print books, and art with technology. She is the author of numerous literary works and articles, and has spoken on topics ranging from media to sustainability on three continents. If you liked "The Golden Compass" and "The Chronicles of Narnia," be prepared to fall in love with mythic fantasy all over again. The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree pulls you into a mesmerizing world that blurs the lines between science, mythology,and the hidden magic of nature most adults find all but impossible. One of the world's authorities on chocolate, the C-Spot, calls the book "a strong contender for the best [chocolate] title in the last 5 years."

When American-born Max and Maya-born Itzel open the pods of the Sacred Cacao Tree one night, they unwittingly unleash forces that threaten the past and future of the world's most desirable food--and awaken two mythic beasts guarding the very DNA of chocolate.

This book is perfect for book club discussions. A sequel, a coloring book, and an interactive game are all in the works for fans.

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Nutritional expert Jennifer Schmid joins us to share her home made sports drink recipe.

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And our friend Chris Hardy is our musical guest.

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See Jedlie Live At the NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza


Jun 1, 2016

It is hard to believe, but our guest today, author Nancy hartwell, tells us there are over 60 million human beings today caught up in human trafficing, sentenced to live a life of slavery. This is an outrageous and disturbing reality that we must not turn away from.

To Learn More Please Visit Nancy's website

We are also joined by up and coming country music star TJ Leonard. T J will be a featured guest in an upcoming show. Today we get to hear TJ's song The River.

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See Jedlie Perform Live At The Northeast Comic Con & Collectables Extravaganza

May 30, 2016

In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Nancy Virden, a suicide attempt survivor who is passionate about sharing hope with those in emotional pain. Diagnosed with Major Depression Recurrent in 2005, and closely related to people with the same disease, Nancy has been on two intense sides of the spectrum as the patient and as a key support. Her goal is, through the telling of her story, to encourage those who struggle with depression or despair, and to help supports be effective without becoming overwhelmed.

​Nancy is also an author, a Mental Health and Recovery Advocate, and Founder of Always the Fight Ministries. ​She has shared her experiences and knowledge from the East Coast to Chicago, in interviews for
national and international publications, websites, radio​, and podcasts, and via her ​books and Compassionate Love blog​.​
Nancy offers insights into major depression and recovery as only one who has been there can. Her books​ titled​ Called to Live: A Chronicle of Recovery After Attempted Suicide, and Always the Fight: A Living Testimony of What Only God Can Do, inspire readers to relate and find hope.

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We are also joined by musical guest The Jo Petty Band and their song Hold Tight.

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See Jedlie Live @ NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza

May 27, 2016

It's time for another Family Fun Friday Edition of the ParentCast/ Today our feautred guest is Bridgette Alexander, author of Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery. This book series helps in getting kids excited about going to art museums, especially given defunding of art education in our schools; the book and series also introduces and explores the often rarified world of art, including museums, auction houses, galleries; and individuals such as art collectors and patrons; the series will engage and inspire kids to reach beyond their boundaries to discover new worlds and in a lot of cases with Celine Caldwell, the protagonist in the series, have the courage to right wrongs.

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We are also joined by our favorite chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer. Thsi week we will learn how to make Vegan Beef and Cheese Tacitos.

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And our good friend Chris Hardy is here with his song Energy Moves.

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May 25, 2016

Born of Spanish, Asian, Italian, and other Meditteranean ancestry, award-winning author Debbie Roppolo grew up in the Blackland Prairie region of Texas, where miles of grassland and her horse were her best friends.

Roppolo's stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her children's book series, Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving Imagination, is published by Dancing With Bear Publishing, where she is now the editor-in-chief.

Cooking is her second passion, and Roppolo holds the honor of being a six time award-winning baker, and the author of an award-winning cookbook.

Married for over twenty-two years, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and two children.

Get your copy of The Toilet is Overflowing & The Dog is Wearing My Underwear

We are also welcoming back one of our favorite musical guests Kim Krenik. Kim is here to share her song The Promise.

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May 23, 2016

Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University (holding a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science), a Core Essentials Graduate from Coach U, a Certified Law of Attraction Advanced Practitioner, a member of the National Speakers Association, and volunteers with several organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Locally she is also much sought after for her advice and understanding of Social Media Marketing. Shenandoah Chefalo is also the author of an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals, and is currently working on another book called Hiking for Stillness. After spending nearly 20 years as a Law Office Administrator, Shenandoah became unsettled by the ever-revolving door of the criminal justice system, and set out to find a way to change it. She attended Coach U and became a certified life coach. Working through that program, Shenandoah began to understand her childhood in a way she never had before.

She began researching, and learned that there are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system each day in the United States. Out of those children, nearly 61% age out of the system without having a place to live; nearly 50% end up incarcerated within two years of aging out; and almost 80% of people on death row are former foster alumni. These (and other statistics) made Shenandoah realize that she had to do something.

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Our musical guest today is one of our most popular guests of all time, up and coming Country music Star JessLee. JessLee shares her story of struggling with body image issues and shares her song She's Me.

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May 20, 2016

In this Family fun Friday edition of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Lance Allred. Lance Allred is Deaf, with a 75–80% hearing loss. He is the first legally Deaf player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. He is also the author of Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, his memoir/autobiography published by Harper Collins. The book was critically acclaimed and featured in several sports publications.[4] In summer 2015, Allred retired from professional basketball, after a successful 10-year career around the world, established his own company, L Squared Productions LLC and transitioned into keynote motivational speaking and sports commentary in both television and radio. 


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Our favorite chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer is here to teach us how to make delicious Baked Gluton Free Onion Rings, mmm!

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And Chris Hardy is here with his song Making Tea from his brand new album.

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May 18, 2016

In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Linda Pearlman Gordon. Linda is the author of How To Connect With Your iTeen. This book is the lifeline every Twenty-First century parent or educator needs. This realistic guide shows adults how to reopen communication with “silent” teenage boys and cut through the drama of teenage girls. Written in clear, straightforward language, it offers successful techniques for navigating everything from socially complex issues surrounding sexting and bullying to such everyday challenges around school and homework.

Click here to connect with "How To Connect with your iTeen"

In this episode we also meet the associate producer of the ParentCast Fatima Kahn. Fatima is with us to share her research into the best ways to show appreciation to teachers.

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May 17, 2016

Find out why this is our most popular episode to date!!! In this family fun episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we celebrate young people. Jedlie begins the show by sharing fun moments from a recent performance. We then have a chance to meet two incredibly talented young adults. Our featured guest is up and coming country music artist JessLee. We have featured JessLee in our musical guest spot in the past. Today we delve deeper into JessLee's personal story, discovering how she overcame body image issues, learn helathy eating and exercise habits and what it is like being a young artist in the competitive country music business.

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We also meet Coach Nachi, a talented and inspiring counselor and coach. She shares with us some great tips on how we can use some simple questions to begin meaningful dialogue with our kids.

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May 16, 2016

This episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast features Akilah Thompson. Akilah is the Founder & Lead Coach of I AM BEAUTY. She is passionate about helping participants fall in love with themselves to discover their passions and purpose and reach their fullest potential. She coaches with rigor, compassion , love and her commitment to using her light to light others. As a teenager and young adult, Akilah experienced low self-esteem, colorism, bullying, physical abuse , suicidal ideation and molestation. She was fortunate to have the support of women who mentored and allowed her to realize that her past did not have to define her future. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina A&T State University where she earned Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Business Economics. She spent six years in corporate america working for two of the largest public accounting firms in the world PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte & Touche LP.

In late 2011, Akilah realized she wanted to use her trials as a teen and great success as an adult to support girls and women in reaching their fullest potential. She left a six-figure career and founded ACT Inspires, Inc., in which she uses her talent as a motivational speaker, life coach, fitness guru, actor, model, singer, and author to encourage others to "Release The BEaST...become the BEST you." By doing so, she believes anyone can achieve his or her own unique version of success and happiness.

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We are also joined by our musical guest Helga Kaefer and her song Beautifully Human.

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May 13, 2016

On this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Lucy Ravitch. Lucy is the author of the book The Pancake Menu. Want your kids to have a fun educational experience while they play? This fun and interactive book does just that as kids play restaurant! There's the option of bringing it to life using the tasty pancake recipes. Kids and their teachers or parents print play money and order sheets from to play with! Kids ages 4-10 are sure to have hours of fun! Children as young as 2 enjoy pretending with the book too! With sturdy laminated pages a dry erase marker or smudges can be wiped away! It's a great educational resource and activity for play dates, math centers, or free time with family and friends. Order today for loads of hands-on math play!


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Our favorite vegan chef VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer is back to teach us how to make Matzah Pizza.

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And our music guest is the Boston band Blue Moon Harem.

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May 11, 2016

On this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet Brian Schriner. Brian has over 25 years of higher education teaching and transformative experience, and is Dean of the Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA). Under Brians leadership and the faculty members expertise, the Colleges academic programs have ascended to national prominence with a united mission to deploy the power of architecture + the arts to engage the global corporate community to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems locally, nationally and internationally.

CARTA has emerged as a forward-thinking college that has effectively partnered with public, private, and non-profit institutions; strategically expanded its footprint to Lincoln Road on Miami Beach; and enthusiastically been embraced and financially supported by its alumni and members of the community.

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We also welcome back our musical guest Melanie Devaney and her song Sink or Swim.

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May 9, 2016

Today on the We Choose Respect ParentCast we welcome Kevin Hall, author of Black Sails, White Rabbits, Cancer Was The Easy Part. Young sailor and aspiring Olympic competitor Kevin A. Hall's biggest dream was to raise a family. But within the space of three years, he was diagnosed with both testicular cancer and bipolar disorder, putting his family and Olympic dreams on hold. He soon found that surviving cancer was the easy part.
At the age of twenty, Hall began experiencing the exhilarating highs and terrifying lows of bipolar disorder--along with delusions that could make his reality seem like a waking nightmare. And in what could have been a final blow, after four years of struggling to provide love and support, his soul mate chose self-preservation and walked away.
Now a renowned Olympic and America's Cup sailor with a wonderful wife and family, Hall shares a behind-the-scenes look at his struggles with mental illness in the riveting memoir Black Sails White Rabbits. In the face of crushing ups and downs, hospitalizations, and family drama, Hall has learned to weather the ever-changing tide of health struggles and personal woes, achieving success despite seemingly impossible odds.
A courageous look at a life filled with overwhelming challenges, this frank and fierce memoir also contains a surprising love story at its core, a tribute to the woman by his side.

Get your copy of Black Sails, White Rabbits Here

We are also joined by one of our favorite musical guests Kim Krenik. Kim is back in the recording studios. While we are waiting for all the beautiful new music she is working on to debut we can enjoy her great song Infinity Deep.

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May 6, 2016

In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we meet one of the most versitile and talented actors in Hollywood, E G Daily. Currently is EG is best known for her work as the voice behind some of your most beloved characters including Tommy PIckles on the Emmy award-winning “Rugrats” She can also be heard as the voice of Buttercup in “The Powerpuff Girls” animated series, as Babe in “Babe – Pig in the City”, and as Rudy Tabootie in Nickelodeon’s “Chalkzone”. EG has also had a great acting career having appeard in Valley Girl and Friends. She has recently released her one woman show Listen Closely and an incredible voice actors seminar through Amazon.

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We are also joined by our Family Fun Friday Favorites Veeg Mama Stephanie Dreyer and Chris Hardy.

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May 4, 2016

Dr David Simonsen has been in practice helping families for over 15 years. We know that parenting is hard. From the moment children take their first breaths, parents are faced with decisions and choices that no manual could ever fully explain. And the way you parent is constantly changing: babies need protection, toddlers need direction, and teens need influence. We as parents are simply expected to do it and do it well. David and his co author Daniel Bates, who have a combined 25 years of experience working with families have created a new kind of parenting book. This book doesn’t focus on technique, a discipline scheme or parenting style. This book focuses on the parent themselves, specifically the kind of thinking that makes parents effective or ineffective. In "When Parenting Backfires" examines 12 thinking errors commonly made by parents.

Check out When Parenting Backfires

We are also joined by Jonas Woods who will be a part of the Evening of Mystery & Music to benefit the St Mary of the Hills Shattuck Shelter Ministry.

Join us for an evening of Mystery & Music to Support the Homeless

May 2, 2016

In this episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we welcome Bethanie Nonami. Bethanie is a wife, mom, and active youth mentor in Junior Acheivement. Bethanie is passionate about educating people on the importance of keeping their digital memories safe. With 25 years experience in technology, she is building a software company to help families have a safe and accessible place to store their digital assets. After being a caregiver for her Mom, Bethanie struggled to find a way to keep her Mom's legacy safe to pass on to her own children. Bethanie quickly found that it is not only hard to do but not protected by law if something happened to her. Bethanie is going to share ways to help you keep these invaluable memories safe in case something tragic happens to ensure your life is safe and accessible for your family.

Click here to access all of great resources available on Bethanie's web site

We are also joined by one of our favorite musical guests Jonas Woods. Jonas will be a part of a special evening of mystery and music to support the homeless ministry of St Mary of the Hills Church in Milton, MA

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Apr 29, 2016

In this Family Fun Friday episode of the We Choose Respect ParentCast we welcome our featured guest Patricia May. Patricia is the author of the ten-book collection, A Seashell Meditation for Children. Patricia's books offer a new and exciting way to introduce children to the world of meditation, using a short story rhyme in the form of a guided meditation while the child holds a seashell up to their ear, as a tool for focus and fun.

Find out more at Patricia's Web Site

Our favorite Vegan Chef, VeegMama Stephanie Dreyer is here with another totally delicious & totally interactive recipe for us to create with our kids.

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And our buddy Chris Hardy returns as our musical guest.

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