Acclaimed Guests

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Dr. Phil

Perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the #1 daytime talk show Dr. Phil. Now in its 14th season, this trailblazing and award-winning show continues to provide the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television.

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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 addresses how income imbalances affect relationships and family dynamics.

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Christiane Northrup

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, which includes the unity of mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Internationally known for her empowering approach to women’s health and wellness, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life. Dr. Northrup has spent her life as an advocate for women’s health and wellness. Her books have been translated into 24 languages.
She knows that the key to vibrant health on all levels is within us—our inner wisdom. “When we find the connection between our thoughts, beliefs, physical health, and life circumstances, we find that we are in the driver’s seat of our lives.

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Dr. Craig Malkin

Craig is a Lecturer in Psychology for Harvard Medical School and licensed psychologist with over two decades of experience. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and has called his blog Romance Redux“an essential read.” He is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. Most recently he was featured on the cover of Psychology Today. He is the author of Rethinking Narcissism. Dr. Malkin addresses the “narcissism epidemic,” by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, identifying ways to control the trait, and explaining how too little of it may be a bad thing.

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Ann Dowsett Johnston

Winner of five National Magazine Awards, a Southam Fellowship and the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, Ann is a gifted author and public speaker.

She is co-founder and co-chair of the National Roundtable on Girls, Women and Alcohol, a pan-Canadian advocacy group launched in 2013.

As a journalist, her most recent work was as the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. She wrote a 14-part series on Women and Alcohol, appearing in The Toronto Star.

At Maclean’s, she was best known for pioneering the magazine’s system of ranking Canadian universities.

Articles & Stories from Talk with Francesca

Upcoming Guests


Confidence. We know it when we see it or think we do. And we want it for ourselves. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint to bring more of it into our lives. Francesca interviews Katty Kay, co-author of The Confidence Code


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.


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.


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


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!”


The Last Taboo, Saying No to Motherhood with Rosemary Agonito


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

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


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


The Power of Saying No with Dr. Judith Sills


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

When She Makes More Than Him with Farnoosh Torabi


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


The Intimate Relationship with Women and Alcohol Ann Dowsett Johnson


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!


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…