The Yak About Today broadcasts deliver on-air and online conversations, interviews and stories engaging the Baby Boomer Generation and beyond with discussions, tips and information.
Hosted by an authentic conversationalist's, intuitive listeners and a boomers themselves, David Yakir Stephanie Raffelock brings a genuine, down to earth and disarming personality that talks with their audience without talking at them.
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Stephers Halloween, David talksTech, and the Year 2000
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.
Political Exhaustion, TheYear 1978, How filling a Pill boxTells Time
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
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.
Culture or No Culture,The Year 1974, Who is Mr. Sheets
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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.
Climate Change, 1946 and David doesn't Know What To Do with Himself!
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.
Stressed Out by the Political Crisis and Health Crisis?, 1977, Ethel Merman Tells David he's a Star
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.