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We Are Your Children Too – P. O’Connell Pearson

 (Sept 25, 2022) Catherine Read talks with author P. O’Connell Pearson about her newest book We Are Your Children Too: Black Students, White Supremacists, and the Battle for America’s Schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia, to be published in January 2023. This is Patty Pearson’s third non-fiction history designed for young readers. Her 25…

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Gender and Policy Center – Bonnie Stabile

(Sept 19, 2022) Catherine Read talks with Bonnie Stabile, Founder of the Gender and Policy (GAP) Center of George Mason University’s Schar School of Government & Policy. The GAP Center was established in 2017. Areas of research include Gender, Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Bioethics, and Ethics in Public Policy. Bonnie is an Associate Professor at…

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Holly Seibold – Founder of BRAWS

(Aug 22, 2022) Catherine Read talks with Holly Seibold, Founder of BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters, a non-profit established in 2015. BRAWS started as a direct services organization to meet the needs of women in area shelters with menstrual supplies, new bras, and underwear. Recognizing the lack of basic supplies to manage monthly…

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Tickets for Kids on Your Need to Know

(Aug. 10, 2022) Catherine Read speaks with Rachel Simon, Regional Relationship Manager in the DC area for Tickets for Kids Charities. The mission of Tickets for Kids is to provide at-risk children with experiences that inspire hope, dreams, and achievements for a lifetime. For children from low-income families, tickets for in-person events are often out…

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Walk In My Shoes Program (WIMS)

 (May 25, 2022) Catherine Read talks with Margaret Behrns, Founder & Director of the Walk In My Shoes Program (WIMS). She started the program in 2015 at the elementary school her daughter attended in Herndon. The program offers fun and interactive activities that teach children ages 4 to 14 about specific disabilities and conditions….

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Robin’s Robot – Author Mary D. Gauthier

(Feb 2, 2022) Catherine Read talks with children’s book author, Mary D. Gauthier. This long-time resident of Fairfax City was inspired to write a children’s book about the robots that roamed the streets of the historic downtown of this small city making food deliveries. Mary is a former kindergarten teacher who retired from a long…

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GrandInvolve – Dorothy Keenan

(Dec 8, 2021) Catherine Read sits down with Dorothy Keenan, Founder & Executive Director of GrandInvolve, a program that places active older adults in the classrooms of Title I elementary schools in Fairfax County. This program grew out of an initiative by the Fairfax County Council on Aging to address social isolation among seniors. The…

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A Question of Freedom – Wm G Thomas III

(Oct 2021) This book landed on my radar because it’s written by historian William G. Thomas III, brother of my husband’s law partner Sandy Thomas, who is the global managing partner for Reed Smith LLP. It’s a tremendous work of scholarship. It is also a story well told with plenty of plot twists. The meticulous…

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League of Women Voters Virginia

(Jan 30, 2021) Catherine Read interviews Debora “Deb” Wake, President of the League of Women Voters – Virginia. The League was founded in Virginia Nov. 10, 1920 and currently has 14 chapters across the Commonwealth. LWV-VA is involved in voter education and forums under their 501(c)3 and advocacy under their 501(c)4. Issue advocacy is an…

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Laura Jane Cohen on Your Need to Know

(September 11, 2019) Catherine Read interviews Laura Jane Cohen, candidate for the Fairfax County School Board in the Springfield district. Cohen is a former FCPS teacher, parent of two FCPS students, and former PTA president. This November Virginians will head to the voting booth to elect almost all of our local officials across the commonwealth,…

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Trio 111 – Jake Sizemore

(Sep 9, 2019) A special edition of Inside Scoop featuring the band Trio 111: Jake Sizemore, Kevin Bull, and Shane Woldow. Trio 111 performs 4 original songs. In between performances, Catherine Read talks with Jake’s parents, Rachna Sizemore Heizer and Craig Heizer, about the role his autism diagnosis has played in the development of his…

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Elaine Tholen on Your Need To Know

(September 4, 2019) Catherine Read sits down with Elaine Tholen, Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and candidate for FCPS School Board. Soil and water conservations districts were established after the dust bowl by the US Department of Agriculture to create local teams of people working on the ground with private…

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