YAK ABOUT TODAY
David and Stephanie Tell Thanksgiving Stories

David and Stephanie Tell Thanksgiving Stories

November 25, 2020

Join Stephanie and David on a special Thanksgiving Yak About Today. David begins with a brief history of the holiday and Stephanie gives us her thoughts on what it means to her. In between, they  share remembrances of Thanksgiving  sharing their funniest and favorite stories from childhood right through the present.

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Post Election Stress, The Year 2008, David was a Poll Watcher

Post Election Stress, The Year 2008, David was a Poll Watcher

November 16, 2020

This weeks show was recorded a few days after the election and David & Stephanie discuss post election stress and try to put it all in perspective. They both conclude that whichever way the results fall, "It's going to be alright". Stephanie discusses gender roles throughout history from ancient times right through today. The focus year this week is 2008 which was also a monumental election with the Democratic party choosing between two firsts, an African American or a woman to be their party's standard bearer. David continues the theme of the election relaying how after the long election and serving as a poll watcher in his county , the whole process has left him feeling numb. Stephanie concludes  with something good, which is sitting on her back deck in a gentle mist, observing nature and her Spanish Oak which makes her feel good.

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Are the Wiser and More Mature of us all successful, The decade 1975-1985, Stephanie Shares here lifetime love of Poetry.

Are the Wiser and More Mature of us all successful, The decade 1975-1985, Stephanie Shares here lifetime love of Poetry.

November 9, 2020

Stephanie & David's conversation this week ranges from baby boomers who are not all at a place that they had envisioned, a discussion of the cultural, newsworthy events and musical highlights of the decade of 1975-1985 to Stephanie sharing her lifetime love of poetry featuring a current poet she has recently found.

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Stop this Political Anxiety, TheDecade 1965-1975 and Stephanie is Positive About our Future

Stop this Political Anxiety, TheDecade 1965-1975 and Stephanie is Positive About our Future

October 31, 2020

With this week's show being just a few days before the election, both Stephanie and David have decided that it is time to disengage from the constant political anxiety. David discusses being a poll watcher in his community during the early voting and Stephanie has decided to get involved in local grass roots state politics after the election. This week we look back at the decade of 1965-1975 and a discussion of the similarities between then and now. David talks about his recent physical and how he found it amusing how his doctor told him he is basically healthy with a great future. Stephanie agrees that we all constantly need to think about our future at all stages of our lives. Stephanie concludes with positive thoughts about all the joyful things about being thankful.

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Stephers Halloween, David talksTech, and the Year 2000

Stephers Halloween, David talksTech, and the Year 2000

October 24, 2020

This week's conversation begins with Stephanie telling David about her pre-Halloween fun experience of socially distancing with friends on paddle boats all wearing witches hats, around Lake Austin, which leads to a discussion of retail stores pushing holiday decorations  earlier and earlier each year. David brings back "Yak About Tech" to talk about this years newly introduced  iPhones as well as his Apple Ecosystem. The look back is to 2000 and the fear of computer systems  crashing. It was the year that PlayStation 2 was introduced and the year that the presidential  election  between George W. Bush and Al Gore was heard in the Supreme Court in December. Stephanie concludes this week's program back on the subject of Halloween and how she gave out candy in past years rather than healthy treats but not this year, due to the pandemic.

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Political Exhaustion, TheYear 1978, How filling a Pill boxTells Time

Political Exhaustion, TheYear 1978, How filling a Pill boxTells Time

October 18, 2020

This week's ongoing conversation between two friends begins with David and Stephanie discussing their exhaustion with current politics, and how the early voting has finally begun as the political season  draws to a close. The look back is to 1978, the start of video games, and an early version of personal computers. It was the year of Jim Jones and his cult in Guyana and the year that Saturday Night Fever dominated the box office and the music scene with the Bee Gees soundtrack. They both agree that the song of the year was Lionel Richie's Commodores with "Three Times A Lady". This week David reflects on the different perception of time from when back in Junior High School, time seemed to take forever and how today refilling his two week pill box seems to happen every day. They both agree that one childhood year feels like ten adult years. Stephanie concludes with a  discussion of her lifelong love of little things that fit in the palm of her open hand from childhood right through today.

A birthday, Social Media, 1933 Germany and 1975

A birthday, Social Media, 1933 Germany and 1975

October 4, 2020

 

This week, David celebrates a big birthday and Stephanie thinks that David may have stumbled upon the secret to aging well.  The discussion turns to a re-examination of social media after Stephanie gets locked out of Instagram and decides to take a break. The year is 1979, the introduction of the Sony Walkman and the Knack with "My Sharona", Michael Jackson's, "Off the Wall", and Stephanie recalls rollerskating in Venice Beach while David was living an artsy and decadent life, directing a play in London. We conclude this week's conversation with David thinking about history and the possibility of history repeating itself, while Stephanie is looking for something good coming out of the pandemic.
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Culture or No Culture,The Year 1974, Who is Mr. Sheets

Culture or No Culture,The Year 1974, Who is Mr. Sheets

September 27, 2020

 

Today's never ending conversation starts with David and Stephanie both agreeing that they had good weeks when not watching or reading the news on a daily basis. David laments how the pandemic has forced the cancellation of performing arts in New York City and elsewhere. Today's look back is on 1974, the year that Gerald Ford became president after the resignation of Richard M. Nixon, and Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavy weight title when he refused to take the step forward at his local draft board. Stephanie's commentary this week reflects on the lack of reporting of a family life and the lack of humanity in today's White House, unlike any administration in recent memory. And David finishes by expressing his joy at doing the show each week with Stephanie.

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Climate Change, 1946 and David doesn’t Know What To Do with Himself!

Climate Change, 1946 and David doesn’t Know What To Do with Himself!

September 19, 2020

David and Stephanie talk about the fires in Oregon and the underlying issue of climate change, and how both sides of the political spectrum should listen to each other. The year is 1946 at the beginning of the the baby boomer generation, a year that introduced the bikini, UNICEF,  Tupperware and MENSA. David is approaching a milestone birthday and Stephanie concludes with a thoughtful poem.

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Stressed Out by the Political Crisis and Health Crisis?, 1977, Ethel Merman Tells David he’s a Star

Stressed Out by the Political Crisis and Health Crisis?, 1977, Ethel Merman Tells David he’s a Star

September 12, 2020

Today's conversation begins with David and Stephanie sharing their frustration of being stressed out by both the health crisis and the political climate, and the lack of civility. Stephanie proposes a re-imagination of the drive-in of her youth as a venue for concerts, while keeping our social distance.  We look back at 1977, the year Jimmy Carter was inaugurated and Roots was the most watched and talked about television series. It was also the year that Elvis Presley died and one of the great New York City blackouts. Stephanie began a short career as a singer in a rock band and David was a bartender in a New York City theatrical bar, and he shares his stories of his encounters with legendary stars Ethel Merman and Richard Burton. And we finish with both David and Stephanie discussing the best way for wisdom to be shared with the younger generation.

 

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One Diverse Convention the other…, the Year 1968, Stepher’s Finds A Ray of Sunshine in today’s Environment

One Diverse Convention the other…, the Year 1968, Stepher’s Finds A Ray of Sunshine in today’s Environment

September 5, 2020

This week’s conversation begins with David and Stephanie agreeing that the Democratic Convention was a success with many well-delivered speeches, highlighted by those of former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. David discusses the importance of exercise, particularly during the pandemic lock-down. 1968 is the featured year including the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. It was also the year that Star Trek debuted on television and the Broadway show, Hair was at the vanguard of the hippie movement. Stephanie wraps up by wondering about how the current turbulence and divisive politics of today will affect the younger generation growing up during these troubled times.

 

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Shirley Chisholm, 1984 and The Box that had David’s Life

Shirley Chisholm, 1984 and The Box that had David’s Life

August 30, 2020

Today's conversation begins with Stephanie's  recognition of Shirley Chisholm, and other female political pioneers who paved the way to the nomination of Kamala Harris as the first African American/Asian American woman to run on a national ticket. This weeks retrospective is on 1984 which also included women leaders around the world, as well as the movie "Ghost Busters" and Tina Turner's big hit, "Whats Love Got to Do With It?" And David discusses finding a box of articles reminding him of his accomplishments from the middle part of his life.

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Senior’s Are Lonelier than Ever. The Year is 1975 And Stephanie on forgiving, healing and new awakenings.

Senior’s Are Lonelier than Ever. The Year is 1975 And Stephanie on forgiving, healing and new awakenings.

August 22, 2020

Stephanie and David's journey today starts with the a discussion about the ramifications of dealing with isolation in the COVID era we live in today. The look back this week is to 1975, the year of mood rings, eight tracks, discos and the music of Paul Simon and & The Captain & Tennille. It was also the year the Vietnam War ended, but most memorable to our hosts was the beginning of Saturday Night Live. And we wrap up this week with Steph's inspirational thoughts on forgiving, healing and a new awakening.

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9 - Who is Sadio Manet, TheYear 1965, And aren’t Liberals more pro-life?

9 - Who is Sadio Manet, TheYear 1965, And aren’t Liberals more pro-life?

August 15, 2020

Today's provocative conversation weaves a thread between current events from the philanthropy of European football star Satio Monet, back to the year 1965's musical influences and political turbulence, including a journey to David's childhood summers in a bungalow colony in New York's Catskill Mountains, and Steph's teen aged crush on The Beatles and The Monkeys. And we finish with a discussion of a recent Supreme Court decision, and  the definition of "right to life".

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8 - Stepher’s Feels a Bit Down; TheYear 1982, David’s Been Thinking about What he was Thinking About.

8 - Stepher’s Feels a Bit Down; TheYear 1982, David’s Been Thinking about What he was Thinking About.

August 8, 2020

Stepher's Feels a Bit Down; TheYear 1982, David's Been Thinking about What he was Thinking About.

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