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on Talk with Francesca
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How To Spot A Liar With Pamela Meyer

On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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Girls and Sex With Peggy Orenstein

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls today are receiving mixed messages. Girls hear that “they’re supposed to be sexy, they’re supposed to perform sexually for boys,” Orenstein tells Francesca, “but that their sexual pleasure is unspoken.”

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When She Makes More Money Than Him with Farnoosh Tarobi

When she brings home the bigger paycheck the rules are different.
Female breadwinners face a much higher risk for burnout, infidelity, and divorce. Farnoosh Torabi presents a bold strategy that not only addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics, but also how a woman can best manage (and take advantage of) this unique circumstance emotionally, socially and financially.

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Upcoming Guests


Saturday, July 16th

Melanie Berliet will chat with us about taking the leap from journalist to memoirist in a candid, tragic, and entertaining book, Surviving in Spirit: A Memoir About Sisterhood and Addiction. She explores how witnessing her older sister’s prolonged struggle with alcoholism and eventual death informed her own unprecedented choices in life and love.


Saturday, July 9th

Are you dealing with the pain of dealing with derelicts in close proximity? Bob Borzotta is to to folks with nuisance neighbors what Dear Abby is to women with meddling mothers-in-law. Neighbors From Hell: Managing Today’s Brand of Conflict Close to Home,  goes beyond the legal manuals and stories from the front to articulate the suffering and anxiety caused by noisy, in-your-face, trashy neighbors who are multiplying like bunnies, and  present genuinely workable methods for managing these childlike adults by lawful and socially responsible means.


Saturday, July 2nd

Prediction in the stock market is not only difficult but impossible. The problem with most of us is we ARE the problem.  Tune in Saturday morning when Francesca interviews Jay Mooreland, author of “The Emotional Investor” who will spare countless investors a significant amount of pain just by following his investment principles.


How to Spot a Liar, Ted Talk Pamela Meyer


Girls and Sex, Navigating the Complicated New Landscape with Peggy Orenstein


Parental Favorites with Dr. Ellen Libby



Francesca Luca, Talk With Francesca, interviews Dr. Phil about Diabetes Two



Francesca Luca will interview Kevin Weeks, former mobster and long time confidant to Whitey Bulger.


Do you have mama drama? Join Francesca Luca’s interview, host of Talk With Francesca with Gayle Kirschenbaum, emmy award winning filmmaker, “Look At Us Now Mother!”


What made Steve Jobs and others great men such great leaders with David Yoffie


Surviving Female Relationships, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Nicole Zangara


The Last Taboo, Saying No to Motherhood with Rosemary Agonito


The Other Demoulas- George Demoulas on his memoir, “Illegit”


Alicia Munnell, Director of Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and formally senior VP of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and author of  “Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It”


Dr. Mahzarin Banaji- Blindspot, Hidden Biases of Good People


Mastering the Art of Quitting with Peg Streep and When Doctors Don’t Listen with Dr. Leana Wen(How to avoid misdiagnoses and unnecessary tests)


Karyn Polito 2014  Candidate for Lt. Governor


Dr. Ernie Bodai – Creator Breast Cancer Stamp


Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk “The Body Keeps Score”


Highly Sensitive People Dr. Elaine Aron


The Power of Saying No with Dr. Judith Sills

and “Getting Naked Again” Dating in mid-life


Eric Schneider was one of the victims in the notorious Boy Scout sexual abuse case that rocked Boston in the mid-1980s. Not until now have we heard from a survivor of that abuse (all the others except for one committed suicide). Never has there been a more riveting look at the long-term psychological effects of childhood sex abuse.


Want People to Listen? Complain Effectively with Guy Winch Ph.D


How Fathers Affect Daughters with Dr. Peggy Drexler


Marty Walz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, lead sponsor of the 2007 law that created a 35-foot buffer zone discusses Supreme Court Justices’ Decision


You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think with Wes Moss


When She Makes More Than Him with Farnoosh Torabi


How a Mother’s Love or Lack of Affects a Woman’s Confidence-Dr. Karyl McBride, author of “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?”


The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance-What Women Should Know Claire Shipman and Katty Kay



The Porn in Your Head Sexual Fantasies with Michael Gilbert(The Disposable Male)


The Intimate Relationship with Women and Alcohol Ann Dowsett Johnson


Ever wonder why some men just cannot let go of their mothers?  Mamas boys will be discussed withDr. Peggy Drexler (Raising Boys Without Men)


Dan Ariely, author and professor of psychology at Duke University will discuss the predictability of being irrational and the honest truth about dishonesty. A not to miss show!



After The ICU…Emotional Scars Left Unaddressed Dr. Daniela Lamas


“Mom Still Likes You Best”, Unfinished Business  Between Siblings – Jane Isay


Dennis Maher,  With the help of the Innocence Project, a man finally freed after spending 19 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.


The Gallery At Studio 139

 “The Gallery at Studio 139″ in Nahant.  For a private viewing call 978-880-5740. For a sneak preview of some of my paintings visit this…