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This Week in America with Ric Bratton

This Week in America is about issues that matter to you. This Week in America is informative, educational and entertaining. Hosted by veteran broadcaster Ric Bratton.


Episode 2995: 2024-26seg3 Weekend of June 22
2024-26seg3 Weekend of June 22
07:55 6/14/24
Episode 2994: 2024-26seg2 Weekend of June 22
2024-26seg2 Weekend of June 22
16:35 6/14/24
Episode 2993: 2024-26seg1 Weekend of June 22
2024-26seg1 Weekend of June 22
29:30 6/14/24
Episode 2992: 2024-26 Weekend of June 22
2024-26 Weekend of June 22
29:30 6/14/24
THE LAST TRIAL by Scott TurowTwo formidable men collide in this "first-class legal thriller" from New York Times bestselling author Scott Turow: a "brilliant courtroom chess match" about a celebrated criminal defense lawyer and the prosecution of his lifelong friend -- a doctor accused of murder (David Baldacci).At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.In a case that will be the defining coda to both men's accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend's dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko's many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend, and -- no matter the trial's outcome -- will he ever know the truth?Stern's duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart.Full of the deep insights into the spaces where the fragility of human nature and the justice system collide, Scott Turow's The Last Trial is a masterful legal thriller that unfolds in page-turning suspense -- and questions how we measure a life.Scott Turow is the author of many bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.www.ScottTurow.com  
24:22 6/14/24
Entrepreneur Me – You Too: Your Dream Business Doesn't Need to Fail by Tom SowdenWell-thought-out ideas and projects can go together successfully and make our lives better. The game changer in our life has been the internet, which has opened the door for entrepreneurial projects like no other development in history. FAILURES DON’T NEED TO HAPPEN if one follows some fundamentals that promise success. I have tried to point these ideas out in this book based on my lifelong experience as a small businessperson. Hopefully reading about my successes and failures will help you understand the principles that helped me and my family live comfortably. Yes, there were stressful times brought on by paranoid thoughts, which never materialized.About Tom SowdenNorthwestern School of Business BS Investment Management, Standard & Poor’s Corporation New York – Standard Planned Investments (Trainee) , US Navy Assigned Mine Sweeper MSO 427 – Lieutenant Junior Grade Executive Officer – Vietnam Deployment, Vice President General Manager New Era Milling Company – Family owned business in Kansas, President Young Millers Miller’s National Federation, Vice President ADM (Milling Division), - Kansas City and Decatur Illinois, Chairman Episcopal Social Service – Kansas City Missouri, Board member and Financial Director Hass Avocado Board Orange County California, Owner and President of Kansas City Bag Company – now in its 33rd year. 
34:42 6/6/24
Chasing Happiness in an Imperfect Life by Xiomara AlvarezThis is a story of survival against the odds. It is meant to show the reader that a person can triumph regardless of the circumstances not because of hardship but in spite of it. Although Xiomara's life was scarred by violence and abuse, she learned to translate fear and shame into inner strength. Her memoir speaks to those who seek forgiveness, happiness, and love regardless of the odds.Raised in Havana, Cuba, during the revolution, author Xiomara Alvarez migrated to the US with herfamily as a political refugee and moved to New Haven, Connecticut. At eighteen years old, she becamea single mom and, lured by the hippie movement, moved to San Francisco. It was there that she joineda commune called the Good Earth for three years. Later she went on to obtain a business degree andjoined Fortune 500 companies, including Firestone Tire Company and American Express. Uponretirement, she established Asking Mara Events & Entertainment, focusing on music and festivals.Currently, spends her time between Phoenix and Mexico.    
31:10 6/6/24
Gestation Seven: One Was Black and One Was White by J. Stewart WillisIn this novel, two dead babies are found in a trash dumpster off U. S. 1 south of Alexandria, Virginia. A young reporter and the Alexandria Police follow clues leading to three government scientists who have gone rogue and conducted an experiment to reduce the gestation period of the human race from nine to seven months. The experiment has gone terribly wrong, producing ramifications to all who are involved.J. Stewart Willis is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the graduate school of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the army, he served in Taiwan and later in Vietnam as the signal officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He spent sixteen years of his military career as a Professor of Physics of Physics at the Military Academy. Following retirement from the army, he worked for twelve years with TRW Inc. as a manager on the Department of Energy's Nuclear Waste Project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. He later served as the Town of Washington, Virginia's elected mayor for nine years. He now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.   
21:52 6/6/24
Episode 2987: STAND UP OR SIT OUT by Anthony R. Candela
Stand Up or Sit Out: Memories and Musings of a Blind Wrestler, Runner and All-around Regular Guy by Anthony R. CandelaStand Up or Sit Out: Memories and Musings of a Blind Wrestler, Runner and All-around Regular Guy is a memoir exploring the unpredictability of life and the universal imperfections we all deal with. Anthony's life as a person with poor eyesight and progressive trek toward blindness provides an informative and entertaining example. This book also includes how people cope with their disabilities. It features how Anthony dealt with his blindness through participating in sports, such as wrestling and long-distance running.Anthony R. Candela is semi-retired from a professional career in the field of blindness and visual impairment, spanning more than 40 years. He is also a “retired” wrestler and long-distance runner. He is interested in enhancing the success of blind people who wish to work and live fully in society. Anthony has a passion for movies, sports, reading, writing, and music. He is a Steven Garff Marriot Awardee for his lifetime achievement from the American Foundation for the Blind.    
30:11 6/6/24
Episode 2986: 2024-25seg3 Weekend of June 15
2024-25seg3 Weekend of June 15
05:45 6/6/24
Episode 2985: 2024-25seg2 Weekend of June 15
2024-25seg2 Weekend of June 15
18:45 6/6/24
Episode 2984: 2024-25seg1 Weekend of June 15
2024-25seg1 Weekend of June 15
29:30 6/6/24
Episode 2983: 2024-25 Weekend of June 15
2024-25 Weekend of June 15
29:30 6/6/24
Episode 2982: GOD'S STORY MADE SIMPLE FOR KIDS by Sally Breeze Green
God's Story Made Simple for Kids by Sally Breeze GreenIn the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5 New Living Testament)All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. (Words: Cecil F. Alexander, pub.1848; Music: "Bright and Beautiful" by William H. Monk, 1887. Public Domain)Sally Breeze Green has become a published author of children’s books late in life. After attending a year of college, she was married for nearly 65 years until her husband passed away in June of 2021. They worked together in their Petroleum Engineering company for 40 years until retirement in 2019. She holds a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA and has served several times as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church denomination during which time she also preached as a lay pastor. She spent many years writing articles for church newsletters and as choir Chaplain, writing Clef Notes as encouragement to choir members. She is in process of editing “In Search of Wholeness”, a Memoir of her own spiritual journey with possible hope of publishing. She has completed a study guide on prayer, “In Quest of Prayer”, recently published in 2024 by Trilogy/TBN Publishing. She remains actively engaged in her church in Prayer Ministry and mentoring others in their faith and remains devoted to her family of two sons and spouses, five grandchildren and spouses, and four great grandchildren.   
21:46 5/30/24
Marshall Ever After: Beyond The Plane Crash, Untold Stories by Craig T. GreenleePut yourself in the shoes of a Marshall football fan on the night of November 14, 1970. Picture the camaraderie, the excitement, the dreams of the 75 people on the return flight from East Carolina. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens. That deafening silence wasn't just about a plane crash; it felt like our entire world crumbled. You're probably thinking, "I've heard this story before." Sure, it made the headlines, and the media had its say. But trust me, they just scratched the surface. I was so close to being on that plane, and only a choice I made one year prior changed my fate. Now, walk with me a bit. I'm Craig T. Greenlee, who once played in Marshall's secondary. I've got a gripping story to share that's been buried beneath the big headlines. "Marshall Ever After" isn't your typical retelling-it's an intimate journey into a college community's hardest times and the strength that saw us through. If you think you know the whole story, buckle up. Dive in with me and experience the real heart of Marshall University football.Craig T. Greenlee is a former defensive back for Marshall University, who made a seamless transition to journalism. His career includes positions as Sports Editor at UPSCALE Magazine and correspondent for industry stalwarts like Black Issues in Higher Education and DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education.  
28:32 5/30/24
Episode 2980: GOD'S POSTS: TRUTH LIVES IN US ALL by Russell Harper II
Gods Posts: Truth Lives in us All! by Russell Harper IIThis, to me, was like a Paul moment in Acts 9:3. Not that dramatic, but It felt like it. Two things drove me to this book, not just to write, but to get these words into your hands and those out there that think or feel they are not worthy, those that feel they have wronged GodJesus by doing something they cannot be forgiven for. He is still standing there beside you, He knows what the temptations of this world are, and he is still there with open arms. I wrote these words in this book while being prompted by the Holy Spirit when he said to me in a way I cannot describe except to say a convicting whisper, "You need to write this, and later after the other Story I wrote, I feel it is time you publish a book to reach even more people.I grew up in the country of Ohio and was raised in a Christian atmosphere and attended Church and went to Church Camp for 3 or 4 years. It was there that God made sense to me, that was where I got a young but meaningful Ah Ha moment. I could not get enough of the Bible and sermons.I joined the Navy before I graduated in 74 and enlisted a month after. When I did my 4 active I knew it was time to settle down with my childhood sweetheart but during a layoff I returned to the Naval Reserves and retired from steaming boilers after 24 years as well as from my current civilian job at Mansfield Plumbing Products at 22 yrs. We moved from Ohio to Arizona where my parents are and I worked with a Defense Company, Nammo Talley INC. for 20 and I am now happily retired as is my wife. I am a Prayer Warrior at Central Christian Church of Mesa, we have 3 grown Children of which two served in the Navy Wesslee, Desiree, and one Crystal who has been a wonderful foster family for children in Ohio. 
24:41 5/30/24
Episode 2979: WE CAME IN LIKE THE WIND by Andrea Fahselt
We Came In Like The Wind by Andrea FahseltBook synopsis: All people are individuals with their own thoughts, ideas, and dreams. What we share are feelings-How we process them and deal with their effect. Even though our situations may differ and circumstances may have different outcomes, we all share the same emotion, love, and passion. The way we miss someone, the heartbreak of loss. They are universal that everyone can understand. Each poem I write is real, raw human emotion. The reader will be able to take my experiences and relate them to his/her own experiences.Andrea Fahselt was born and raised in a small town in Ontario Canada. Growing up she was surrounded by a tight knit community with a small family. Her live affair with writing began at an early age when she was asked to write a short story at age 8. It became enjoyable hobby and a creative outlet. Her inspirations came from classic poetry she would collect such as Poe and the Brontë sisters. We came in like the wind is a collection she had been writing for over 10 years. It soon became a book and was published in 2019. Andrea continued writing throughout the pandemic and quickly wrote another book, Full moon survivor that was published in January of 2024. 
24:39 5/30/24
Episode 2978: LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES by Dana Jetey
Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Dana JeteyThe book is a set of three stories about a girl at three different stages of her life. Her dreams as a child and her aspirations on the way to achieve her goals turned out somewhat different from what she had ever wished and expected. In Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates, you never know what you are going to get, this is relative to all three stories. Then, there is that banal life, in which she finds herself with kids, a husband, and all the problems that overwhelm and distract her from doing what she always wanted to do. So, one day, there comes a realization, but in a very foreboding way.Dana Jetey is the author from Kazakhstan whose teen years came to a period of great changes for the country – independence.She has a degree in Teaching English (Kokshetau University, Kazakhstan), an MBA in Marketing (KIMEP, Kazakhstan), and another MBA degree in Business Administration from Conley University in the USA.She had been married to her university friend for twelve years and had three children with him – two girls and a boy.She started translating books in 2009 and published her first translated book in 2010. Since then, she has had four books published and a dozen books translated for different authors from different countries.   
24:06 5/30/24
Episode 2977: 2024-24seg3 Weekend of June 8, 2024
2024-24seg3  Weekend of June 8, 2024
06:45 5/29/24
Episode 2976: 2024-24seg2 Weekend of June 8, 2024
2024-24seg2  Weekend of June 8, 2024
17:45 5/29/24
Episode 2975: 2024-24seg1 Weekend of June 8, 2024
2024-24seg1  Weekend of June 8, 2024
29:30 5/29/24
Episode 2974: 2024-24 Weekend of June 8, 2024
2024-24 Weekend of June 8, 2024
29:30 5/29/24
Episode 2973: IN THE DARK OF THE NIGHT by LeRoy Schuring
 In The Dark of the Night by Leroy Schuring                     After the death of his father, eighteen-year-old Terry Wheelington travels from Canada to Utah to live with his uncle Ted Wheelington, Aunt Cora, and two ranch hands--Burt Foster and Jed Wolfe--on his uncle's cattle ranch. Receiving a chilly reception from his estranged uncle, Terry wonders if perhaps the move had been a big mistake. Then during a stormy night, Jed is found dead in the garage, and a pistol once belonging to Terry's father is discovered not far from the body. Suddenly, dark secrets long buried slowly rise to the surface with shocking revelations, and Terry is caught up in the middle of a sinister web.Author LeRoy Schuring worked at the University of Utah Hospital in the environmental and linen services departments as a data entry specialist for thirty-eight years and is now living a leisurely life with his little Chihuahua, Tinkerbelle. He enjoys traveling when he gets the opportunity, solving puzzles of all kinds, trying out new experiences, and spending quality time with family and friends. “In the Dark of the Night” is his first novel. He is presently working on a new suspense story 
19:57 5/23/24
Episode 2972: DOWN BY THE HOLLOW CREEK by Adrian Candelaria
Down by the Hollow Creek by Adrian CandelariaEighteen-year-old Mark is the loner in his high school. His only joy comes in the form of drawing his own manga, and the beautiful, popular Elisa. As a new loner enters the school, Mark and his new friend Tim quickly become friends, bonding over their lonely experiences. With some convincing from Tim, Mark enters the mysterious, abandoned Cooper home. As their teenage adventure quickly turns into a nightmare, Mark and Tim decide to burn down the house, so no one ever has to face the horrific creature inside. What they don’t realize is that the evil resides in the rubble, waiting inside a mask for someone to pick it up, and unleash it unto the world.A gripping horror, Down by the Hollow Creek is a nightmare-inducing mystery with twists and turns around every corner.Adrian Candelaria, thirty-one, is currently attending their local community college to receive a degree in Elementary Education.When not studying or writing horror, Candelaria enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and reading horror books and manga.  
21:15 5/23/24
Episode 2971: SIDE EFFECTS ARE MINIMAL by Laura Essay
Side Effects Are Minimal: A Novel by Laura EssayWhen ambitious attorney Claire Hewitt is asked to represent the Satoris, one of Philadelphia’s most prominent families, in a lawsuit over the death of their daughter, she is thrust into an opioid nightmare with deadly impact—and not for the first time. Claire’s guilt for not saving her sister, Molly, has not subsided in the twenty years since Molly’s almost certainly opioid-related death. Now, with this new assignment, her guilt comes full circle. Who was really at fault in Molly’s death? And who is at fault now?What begins as a quest for truth becomes infinitely more complicated as Claire struggles to balance her desire for justice with the Satoris’ thirst for revenge. She knows she needs to expose the greed that transforms legal opioid production into illicit fabrications and the neglect that is the breaking point between physicians and their patients. But there are powerful people who will seemingly stop at nothing to prevent these truths from seeing the light of day, and she is sabotaged at every turn. Can she push past the obstacles in her way to build a winning case?Based on true events, Side Effects Are Minimal is about a corrupt pharmaceutical industry, the guilt of physicians prescribing the opioids that kill, and the pain experienced by families who’ve lost loved ones to an epidemic that has brought the United States to its knees.Laura Essay attended the University of Nebraska and obtained a law degree from Creighton University School of Law. When her three grown children moved on to graduate programs in other cities, writing became her passion. Side Effects Are Minimal is her debut novel. Her knowledge of the opioid crisis stems from her penchant for research and innumerable hours spent searching for the truth about opioids in America. She also has devoted a great deal of time to working with youth programs in her state, assisting the homeless, and setting up new homes for refugees relocating to Nebraska. In 2016, she launched a fundraiser that provided hundreds of car seats to infants in need and served as a court-appointed special advocate for foster children. In her leisure time, Laura enjoys cooking, music, running and travel. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and Australian shepherd, Riley.  
27:20 5/23/24
Episode 2970: "WET MY HANDS" and "THIS TO ME" by Dr. A. H. Yurvati
WET MY HANDS by Dr. A. H. YurvatiLife is a precious adventure that we are privileged to experience. But it comes with multiple variables, many beyond our control. I was at the pinnacle of my career as a professor of surgery, skilled surgeon and dedicated medical educator. Then I hurt my back lifting a riding mower onto a pickup bed. After three weeks of relentless back and leg pain, I acquiesced to an MRI. I suspected a ruptured disc. Wrong diagnosis, doctor! I had sustained a pathological fracture of my third lumbar vertebra, meaning cancer! The Fates had snipped a portion of my life thread. I underwent a 5 1⁄2- hour spinal stabilization, and the biopsy proved cancer in the bone marrow — multiple myeloma. You can’t cure this disease, only sequester it by chemotherapy, powerful doses of steroids and perhaps a stem cell bone marrow transplant. I have experienced all of these indignities and more while at the same time trying to help my wife recover from a stroke.Albert H. Yurvati, DO, PhD, DFACOS, FACOS, FICS, FAHA, is an emeritus professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and left for the US Army, where he met his soul mate, Sharon. After medical school, he completed two residencies and was an academic cardiothoracic surgeon of national and international renown. When Sharon suffered an acute thrombotic stroke, he transitioned to become a caregiver. In 2020, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow, and he transitioned yet again, this time to a patient.   THIS TO ME by Dr. A. H. YurvatiFollowing up on his memoir "Wet My Hands" by Dr. A. H. Turvati, book two, "This to Me", is a continuation of the influence the Fates have had on weaving, cutting, and tying the threads of his life. The book resonates with humor, history, and passion. Dr. Yurvati lives in Texas with Sharon and their Scottish Fold kittens.
28:15 5/23/24
Episode 2969: FOOT SOLDIER IN THE CIA by James T. Williams
Foot Soldier In The CIA by James T. WilliamsAny writing concerning espionage must necessarily center on the case officer and the operations they control. While the members of the Office of Technical Service provide the best of technical service to the directorate of operations, they are rarely afforded significant recognition. Their concern is that the technical aspect of every operation is as nearly perfect as possible. This story is an account of the way they approach their daily activities with high morale, unrivaled expertise, and the best sense of humor in all of CIA.About The AuthorI grew up in the small NC town of East Bend, near Winston-Salem. I attended EB elementary and high school.I earned a degree in chemistry at Wake Forest College (now; University). I took a job working in a paper mill in western NC, near Asheville, but quit the mill after seven years and was out of work for almost two years looking for a more interesting career.Finally, I got the addresses for FBI and CIA out of the governmental section of the local phone book and sent each a resume. Incredibly, I was hired by the Agency and spent 20 years as a tech in OTS.After I retired I embarked on a 23-year second career as a docent for 3 historical properties in Old Town Alexandria. During that period, I had time to write the story of my time with the Agency.  
22:45 5/23/24
Episode 2968: GOLDEN MEN: THE POWER OF GAY MIDLIFE by Harold Kooden, Ph.D.
GOLDEN MEN: The Power of Gay Midlife (2022) by Harold Kooden, Ph. D.The coming-out process has taught a gay man many lessons that are useful throughout his life. This book details the depth and range of these lessons which in combination with many of the unique life experiences, the gay man is actually well-prepared to successfully deal with his entrance into middle age and beyond. The sequential exercises facilitate a focused path for successful aging in comparison with other books on this topic. This book is unique in its exploration of the coming-out process and its relevance for a lifetime of successful aging. Though originally written and published in 2000 for gay men, the subsequent public response has shown that the exercises and the principles of aging are applicable to all people.Harold Kooden, Ph.D., is an openly gay, white clinical psychologist in private practice and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). In the APA, he was chair of the Task Force on the Study of Lesbian and Gay Psychologists and founder and board member of APA division of LGBTQ issues. He was a founder and board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Education Foundation, governor appointed member of the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence and founding member and community activist of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE). He was also the North American Male Representative of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. Besides having authored many articles and chapters in books, he coedited Different Paths Towards Becoming a Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist.   
25:18 5/23/24
Episode 2967: 2024-23seg3 Weekend of June 1, 2024
2024-23seg3  Weekend of June 1, 2024
06:05 5/23/24
Episode 2966: 2024-23seg2 Weekend of June 1, 2024
2024-23seg2  Weekend of June 1, 2024
18:25 5/23/24