Today on “Let’s Just Talk!” with Kathryn Raaker

Kathryn Raaker hosts “Let’s Just Talk!” a nationally syndicated magazine format radio program on AM/FM, Internet streaming, and her free iTunes App. The show features topics for today’s audience. Whether it is a guest talking about the newest technology, politics, health, or other topics, it is all about informing her listeners. Kathryn has been in broadcasting for over 30 years and is featured on the Wilkins Radio Networks, Fairfax Public Radio, Dan Perkins Media Network, W4CY & W4Vet Networks, and WCVG 1320AM “The Voice” in Cincinnati. So Tune Into Let’s Just Talk! to be informed and entertained!

Fairfax Radio 2-20-2024

Charlie Young Discusses His New Book

Charlie Young, Author of Houdini's Last HandcuffsOur first guest today, Charlie Young, joins us to discuss the new book that he and his sister, Cheryl Young, co-authored. They bring their childhood fantasies to life in their new historical fiction novel,
Houdini’s Last Handcuffs. This book brings the famous magician Harry Houdini to life.Houdini's Last Handcuffs by Charlie Young

In real life, Houdini’s handcuffs were displayed as part of Young’s home magic library. These are the inspiration for a part of this tale. Morris Young, the father of Charlie and Cheryl, related that story in his April 1992 article for The Linking Ring titled The Last Handcuffs. The Young siblings draw from real-life people, places, and objects to shape the story, and their passion and enthusiasm pour from every page. For more information about his sideline adventures and his life’s endeavors can be found on his website: musicmagicandmore.com.


Gerald Everett Jones Discusses His Fourteenth Novel

Gerald_Everett_Jones author of the Evan Wycliff MysteriesOur second guest today is Gerald Everett Jones, a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, California. Today, he discusses “Preacher Stalls the Second Coming,” his fourteenth novel. He has been a long-time board member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) and host of GetPublished! A Radio Podcast. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University, where he studied under novelist Peter Boynton (Stone Island). F.D. Reeve. (FILM) Fellow.Preacher Stalls the Second Coming

Gerald’s newest novel and the most controversial Preacher Wycliff mystery yet! Fourth in the multiple-award-winning mystery series. It starts with a crazed scientist who knocks on Evan’s door with a bizarre warning – the Deep State may be planning to fake the Second Coming of Christ with advanced virtual-reality technology. Meanwhile, a faith-healing evangelist is luring poor and homeless people to a religious retreat with promises of ample food, then urging them to prepare for the End Times by starving themselves to death. Evan can’t ignore these unbelievable stories when a young woman from his church disappears inside the cult leader’s farm. Previous novels in the Evan Wycliff series have won 9 book awards, including Mystery Gold and Silver in the New York City Big Book Awards in the same year. For more information, visit his website, geraldeverettjones.com.


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Laurie Elizabeth Murphy Discusses Her New Novel

Laurie Elizabeth Murphy, author of Dream Me HomeOur first guest is Laurie Elizabeth Murphy, a full-time author of both non-fiction and fiction books. Today, she discusses her newest Novel, “Dream Me Home,” A Story of Betrayal, Infidelity, and Love. Can you remember your first love? Have you ever wished for one more chance to experience those feelings and turn back time? Dream Me Home by Laurie Elizabeth MurphyPeggy Prescott, the main character, lives a seemingly perfect life, but destiny is closing in. What begins as a whodunnit mystery immersed in a love story soon transforms into an adventure where anything is possible. Peggy’s path winds in two directions, but which will she choose? Which would you choose?

Laurie has published many nonfiction books, co-authoring with her late husband to write “In the Best Interest of the Child: A Manual for Divorcing Parents,” “Eight Strategies for Successful Step-Parenting,” and “You Don’t Know Anything: A Manual for Parenting Teenagers.”

She has also written and self-published “Satori,” “Wherever the Wind Blows Me,” and “Cellophane Memories.” Additionally, she writes a bi-monthly column for “My Living,” a local magazine. “Dream Me Home,” is her debut fiction novel, it is a psychological thriller drawing from her own career as a therapist. She is currently writing a sequel to “Dream Me Home. For more information to purchase her books go to: www.amazon.com.


Dr. Leandris Liburd Heart Health for Black Women Campaign

Dr. Leandris LiburdOur second guests today are Dr. Leandris Liburd, the Acting Director for CDC’s Office of Health Equity (OHE) and Tara Robinson, Founder and CEO, of the Black Heart Association. Did you know that heart disease is the number on killer of Women in this country and the odds of dying from it are even higher if you are an African American Woman? Today’s discussion is about New Campaign to help Black Women protect their Heart Health.

 Dr. Leandris Liburd, served as the Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Equity for CDC/ATSDR since 2011. In this capacity, she leads and supports a wide range of critical functions in the agency’s work in minority health, health equity, and women’s health.

She plays a critical leadership role in determining the agency’s vision for health equity, ensuring a rigorous and evidence-based approach to the practice of health equity, and promoting the ethical practice of public health in communities vulnerable to health inequities. Dr. Liburd has been instrumental in building capacity across CDC and in public health agencies to address the social determinants of health, and in identifying and widely disseminating intervention strategies that reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

Tara Robinson, Founder and CEO, Black Heart Association

Tara Robinson, CEO and Founder Black Heart AssocTara Robinson is Founder and CEO of the Black Heart Association. After Tara suffered three heart attacks over the course of one week, with the last nearly claiming her life, Tara Robinson discovered that she was in a fight for her life. She would later realize that the black community was silently losing that same fight against heart disease, so she decided to fight back!

Together with her husband, The Black Heart Association (BHA), was created through their survivor story, to fight for the thousands of minority men, women and children, and their loved ones, who will experience the negative impact of heart disease or stroke each year.

Tara believes there’s no one better to take up the mantle of reaching and awakening the hearts of the black community as it pertains to defeating heart disease and stroke than a survivor. As the CEO and Founder, Tara Robison strives to lead an organization that will be the conduit between the black community and heart health. For more information visit, LiveToTheBeat.org/Heart2Heart.


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