Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome Back to Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital!

What began as The Heather Taylor Show, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital on AM radio moves in a new direction in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to my new show, which launches this fall. For archives of the show, click onto

Thanks for your continued support.

Heather Taylor

Sunday, July 13, 2008


The Heather Taylor Show, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital moves from AM to iTunes beginning September 1, 2008! Stay tuned for updates. Email the host at

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Food: For Thought, For Seniors and for South Central LA

On Wednesday's edition of The Heather Taylor Show, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital, we're celebrating our one year anniversary! Thanks for tuning in to find out about how to live our middle years to the fullest!

"Rising Gas Prices Are Hurting Nonprofits"

After reading "Rising Gas Prices Are Hurting Nonprofits," a recent article by Lyneka Little from the financial website,, I realize that the next time I'm tempted to groan about the high price of gasoline, I'll have to do it only after reminding myself that nonprofits groups that are trying to help other people are having a much tougher time than I am. In some cases, help from nonprofits can make the difference between life and death for those who depend on them. Journalist Lyneka Little writes, "Gas prices are not only hurting millions financially, but it may be costing some seniors their lives." Enid Borden, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels Association of America, says "sometimes volunteers are only able to go out once a week, or once every other week." Lyneka Little and Enid Borden join me to talk about the challenges the nonprofit now faces and ways the rest of us can help.

Spike Lee. General Wesley Clark. And 108 films representing 63 countries, selected from 1,861 submissions: It must be Silverdocs 2008.

"An international film festival, taking place June 16 through June 23, 2008 [Silverdocs] honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world. It's now in its sixth year. Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy and featured actress, Rufina Juarez, join me to talk about making the documentary, The Garden. The film "explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us."

Reconsidering the Glass Ceiling: How Much Has Changed for Women in the Workforce Over the Past Three Decades?

-- Senator Hillary Clinton was the first viable female contender for the presidency of the United States. Carly Fiorina was the first woman to run a Fortune 20 company in 1999. The Wall Street Journal recently featured 50 Women to Watch. Does this mean sexism is gone from the workplace? Harriet Rubin, journalist, author and founder of the prestigious Doubleday business imprint Currency joins me to talk about her compelling cover story, "Sexism in the Workplace", in the May 2008 issue of Conde Nast's Portfolio Magazine. (Originally broadcast in Spring 2008.)

Be sure to tune into The Heather Taylor Show, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Or better yet, call me at the studio, (866) 369-1160, or email me at

Have a great week!

Heather R. Taylor
Host and Executive Producer
The Heather Taylor Show
Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Rewriting the Midlife Script: Finding Satisfaction in Work & Play

Boomers in midlife continue to rewrite the script for how to live life to the fullest. As we live longer than previous generations, it probably comes as no surprise that the 78 million of us--nearly three million in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area alone!--are finding a whole host of new ways to do it.

On today's edition of The Heather Taylor Show, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital, we explore three ways Boomers are doing just that:

Back to School?

Once upon a time, if you were employed, but wanted to improve your job prospects by getting a degree, it meant carving out time--sometimes at night or at weekend classes--at a bricks and mortar institution. Not anymore. The rise of online colleges and universities has grown over the past several years, including Ivy League offerings. Join me in a conversation with Josh Fischman, Senior Editor for Science & Technology at The Chronicle of Higher Education (, as we discuss one of the newest trends in education: online courses.

Success in a Tough Market: Advice From a Pro at Work & in the Community

Scott Egloff has won top producer awards for sales during his successful 22 year career, many of those years as sales consultant for Sport Automotive, a General Motors company in Silver Spring, Maryland ( At the same time, he's remained very involved in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit group, Shepherd's Table. Join me as I interview him live in the studio about how he approaches his job selling cars in a tough economic market and the keys to maintaining life balance through voluntarism in the community.

DC Wine Bars: "A Capital Idea"

Wall Street Journal "Tastings" columnists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher were already respected, veteran journalists back in 1998 when they were first asked to write a wine column in their "spare time." A decade later, their immensely popular column is one of the first pages to read in the newspaper. The two join me to talk about one of their recent columns, A Capital Idea, D.C.'s Wine Bars Catch Up With a National Trend Well Worth Following, and about what's new (or old) and exciting in the world of wine. (Rebroadcast from May 7, 2008)

Tune intoThe Heather Taylor Show,Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital at 12 noon on Wednesdays. And drop us a line at We'd love to hear from you!

Have a great week!


The Heather Taylor Show
Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital
Wednesdays at Noon

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Healthy Midlife: It IS About You...

"When you've got your health..."

How often do we take good health for granted? Probably far too many times to count. Well, on this week's edition of The Heather Taylor, Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital, we're going to take steps to help change that. We're going to focus on what it takes to stay healthy--from helping your kids to eat well, to exploring sophisticated, effective solutions for Boomer hearing loss, and getting expert advice on great ways of making the most of our bonus decades. I'll be joined by the following three guests:

Abigail Trafford, Washington Post Health Page Columnist, longevity activist and author of Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, and My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades After 50.

Author, journalist, Washington Post health columnist and longevity activist Abigail Trafford joined me to talk about her most recent book, My Time. In My Time, Trafford makes the case that increased longevity means that "the period after midlife [presents] Americans with opportunity for a new stage of growth and productivity." She argues that these "bonus decades can be an unprecedented phase of vitality for most men and women."

Blending the latest research and expert opinion with compelling personal narratives, her interviews include poignant, instructive stories from individuals throughout the U.S. Trafford suggests that later life can offer enriching experiences and great fulfillment, and encourages "public and private institutions to support and engage this generation, because the energies and efforts of its members can benefit society as a whole.” (from My Time)

Howard J. Bennett, MD, Washingtonian Magazine's Choice for One of the Area's "Top Docs"

When it comes to getting your teens, tweens and little ones to eat healthy, nutritious food, does the term "food fight" best describe the relationship you have with the dependents in your house? Is getting nutritious, healthy food your kids will eat a daily challenge? Well, help is on the way. DC area pediatrician and author Dr. Howard Bennett joins me to talk about how to find peace at the dinner table, no matter the degree of pickiness in your family members. With over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Bennett routinely makes the "Top Doctor" listings in Washingtonian magazine, and has appeared national TV shows, including NBC Nightly News, World News Tonight and CNN. His new picture book is, "Lions Aren't Scared of Shots."

Lisa Nelson, AuD., of Hearing Professionals

Dr. Nelson finished her masters of Audiology degree in 1989 from Gallaudet
University, and she is fluent in sign language communication. After a decade
of providing services in the area, she continued her studies and received
her Doctor of Audiology degree from Arizona School of Health Sciences in
2001. Dr. Nelson began private practice in 1995 in Laurel, MD, with a mission to "provide personalized, professional hearing and balanced health care services."

Dr. Nelson's patient, Lore was frustrated with her hearing abilities, particularly at work and in noisy environments. It also became an issue when she communicated with her teenage children. Dr. Nelson fitted Lore with a hearing device that made all the difference.

Join me today to be part of the conversation from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. It would be great to hear from you. Be sure to email me at Or call the station at (866) 369-1160. Have a great week!

Heather R. Taylor
Host and Executive Producer
The Heather Taylor Show
Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"; and Getting Back in the Game After an Unexpected Layoff


The Washington Post Magazine writer, T. M. Shine, wrote an amusing, but ultimately disheartening story of his layoff experience. In the latest news cycle, the numbers of Americans experiencing layoffs have only grown. Even if it hasn't happened to us personally, more and more frequently, we learn about someone whose job has suddenly disappeared.

In Wednesday's edition of The Heather Taylor Show, we'll be taking layoffs head on as I talk with David Heffernan of 40 Plus of Greater Washington, a "nonprofit, self-help, volunteer organization offering a proven system of hands on training, peer support, networking opportunities, volunteering, and talks by experts on topics of interest to professsionals in job and career transition." The Washington, DC Chapter of 40 Plus was founded in 1953.

"Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"

When it came out on the Broadway stage in 1982, it had to weather some fiercely negative reviews, including one from the New York Times' Frank Rich. Despite its poor run, it made it to the screen with an all-star cast, including Sandy Dennis, Karen Black, Kathy Bates, Marta Heflin and Cher--whose performance made a lot of people pay attention. As we move into the summer months, those of us in the DC metropolitan area have a wonderful opportunity to take a second look. The Silver Spring Stage presents the Ed Graczyk comedy-drama, beginning May 30th through mid-June, directed by Michael Sandner. Mr. Sandner and one of the stars, Natalie Tucker, who plays Joanne join me to talk about the play and about the theatre group.

Be sure to tune in at 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. for some great conversation. And next week, Wednesday, June 4th, I'll be joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and columnist, Connie Schultz. She'll be talking about her book, ...And His Lovely Wife, which has been updated, and is now in paperback.

It would be great to hear from you. Be sure to email me at Or call the station at (866) 369-1160. Have a great week!

Heather R. Taylor
Host and Executive Producer
The Heather Taylor Show
Boomer Radio in the Nation's Capital

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pulitzer Prize Winner Connie Schultz June 4th Interview

In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary as a biweekly columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer/Creators Syndicate. Her recent book, ...and His Lovely Wife is now out in paperback. Connie Schultz joins me for our June 4th edition of The Heather Taylor Show. If you've got questions for her, email me at