Friday, February 12, 2021


Senior commentary writer and editor for the Washington Examiner, QUIN HILLYER, is our guest.


Hillyer is a nationally recognized authority on the American political process. He has won mainstream awards for journalistic excellence at the local, state, regional and national levels. He has been published professionally in well over 50 publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, the San Francisco Chronicle, Investors Business Daily, National Review, the Weekly Standard, Human Events, and The New Republic Online. He is a former editorial writer and columnist for the Washington Times, the Mobile Register, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and a former Managing Editor of Gambit Weekly in New Orleans. He has appeared dozens of times as a television analyst in Washington DC, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and as a guest well over a thousand times on national and local radio shows. Hillyer also has worked in professional or volunteer capacities in dozens of political campaigns, and served for five years as press secretary for U.S. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston of New Orleans. He was an original executive board member of the internationally acclaimed Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, formed to halt the then-meteoric political rise of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Hillyer also has volunteered in leadership roles for numerous church, civic, and educational organizations. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, and is a Fellow of the Loyola University (New Orleans) Institute of Politics and of Leadership Coastal Alabama.


Lawyer, nationally recognized expert in scams, identity theft and Cybersecurity STEVEN WEISMAN joins us, once again, to bring us up to date on some of the latest scams: COVID-19 scams, unemployment compensation scams, incomes tax identity theft, etc.


Weisman, is Of Counsel to Margolis & Bloom, focuses his practice on estate planning, probate and identity theft scams.  A graduate from of Boston College Law School, Steve is presently a senior lecturer at Bentley University.  In 2013 he received the Gregory H. Adamian Award for Excellence in teaching at Bentley University.  He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Curry College, and Boston University. Steve is the legal editor and a columnist for Talkers Magazine and has received a Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association for excellence in legal journalism. He has also authored numerous articles on legal matters for various periodicals including The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Playboy Magazine, Bottom Line Magazine and US Air Magazine.  Steve has appeared as an expert on scams on the Dr. Phil Show, CNN, Fox, and NBC.  He is a frequent contributor to NECN. Steve is the author of A Guide to Elder Planning50 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Your Credit50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age, Boomer or BustThe Truth About Avoiding ScamsThe Truth About Buying Annuities, and The Truth About Protecting Your IRAS and 401(k)s. Steve is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


More on this with MARTA ZARASKA, Canadian-Polish science journalist. 


Zaraska also talks about her book:


Publisher: Random House (June 16, 2020)

“What to do to live long? From fountain-searching Ponce de Leon to pill-popping Silicon valley techies humanity has been trying to pinpoint the answer for centuries, often fixating on all the wrong things: miracle diets, miracle foods, miracle supplements. We skip gluten and invest in exercise gadgets. We swallow vitamins. We obsess about BMI. Yet even though healthy nutrition and physical activity are indeed important for health, there are things that can weight on our centenarian potential even more, things that we all too often sacrifice while we chase fad diets and the newest cardio workouts. Friendships. Purpose in life. Empathy. Kindness. Science shows that these “soft” health drivers are often more powerful than diet and exercise. Consider the numbers: Studies show that building a strong support network of family and friends lowers mortality risk by about 45 percent. Exercise, on the other hand, can lower that risk by 23 to 33 percent. Eating six servings of fruits and veggies per day can cut the danger of dying early by 26 percent, while following the Mediterranean diet by 21 percent. For volunteering, it’s 22 to 44 percent. Of course, such numbers should be taken with caution, coming as they are from studies with varying methodology and as such not straightforward to compare, but they do underline some important general trends.  ​  We, humans, are social apes. Over the course of evolution we’ve developed several intertwined systems that regulate our social lives on one hand and our physiology on the other. The amygdala and the insula in the brain, the social hormones oxytocin and serotonin, the vagus nerve, the HPA stress axis — all these link our bodies and our minds, contributing to our centenarian potential. We feel safe when we are surrounded by friendly others. The nervous system, the gastrointestinal system, the immune system — all these function properly when the tribe is there for us and when we are there for the tribe. Involved in a group, we flourish. Marta Zaraska based Growing Young on hundreds of research papers and on interviews with dozens of scientists from fields as diverse as molecular biochemistry, epidemiology, neuroscience, Asian studies, cyber psychology, marketing and zoology. The book’s research took her to rather unexpected places, too: catching wild mice in the woods of central England (to check how relationships impact gut microbiota), chatting about Zulu dancing with professor Robin Dunbar in his Hogwarts-like office at Oxford, sipping super-smoothies at a longevity bootcamp in Portugal and arranging flowers with octagenarians in Japan. In the end, all the studies, the interviews and the travels brought her to a simple conclusion: self-improvement, commitment to growing as a person, can also help us grow younger.”

Zaraska has written about nutrition and psychology for the Washington Post, Scientific American, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, and several other publications. She is the author of Meathooked: The History and Science of Our 2.5-Million-Year Obsession with Meat (Basic Books, 2016), which has been translated into Japanese, Korean, simplified Chinese, Spanish and Polish, and chosen by the journal Nature as one of “the best science picks” in March 2016. Meathooked has also been praised in The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Natural History Magazine, etc. She has also contributed a chapter to the recently published The Reducetarian Solution (TarcherPerigee, 2017) alongside Mark Bittman, Michael Shermer, and Peter Singer. –This text refers to the paperback edition.