Radio Fairfax Channel 36 3-19-2019

Our guest today is Barbara Hong, the author of FAILING UP: A Professor’s Odyssey of Flunking, Determination and Hope, they often conclude that her life must have always been enriched. They assume she had loving, successful parents and all the support she needed to reach her goals. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Hong’s path to an Ivy League university and beyond started in a filthy tenement in Singapore where she lived with an abusive father and an illiterate mother. Even as a child of six, she worked in her sweatshop home to help with extra money, which her father often wasted on alcohol. As she endured his drinking and abuse, she feared that the pain she internalized could shatter her.

Barbara Hong received her doctorate from Columbia University in Special Education in addition to three master’s degrees in Instructional Practices, Policy & Leadership, and as a Learning Specialist from the same institution. She was a three-time recipient of the prestigious Senior Fulbright Scholar award, and the First Honorable Visiting Scholar to Taiwan Municipal University of Education.

Hong has been a professor for more than sixteen years at the time of this publication and has taught in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Hawaii. In 2014, Hong was appointed by the US State Department, Bureau of International and Information Programs, as a Speaker Specialist and Expert on Disability where she consults with governmental agencies around the globe.

Hong is a recipient of the national Teacher-of-Honor award by the international honor society in education and her University Exemplary Faculty Award. Currently, Hong is a Professor and Program Coordinator of Special Education at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. For more information, visit  FAILING UP is her first book.


Our next guest is Dr. Mary Dale Peterson, President of American Society of Anesthesiologists . Dr. Peterson will discuss how parents can safely manage their children’s use of pain medications and how physician anesthesiologists can help guide parents to reduce the risks. She will also be giving the results of a New Survey on The Crisis of Children and Opioid Addiction.



Our last guest is Charles Davidson, MD, Clinical Chief of Cardiology at the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Davidson is and an interventional cardiologist, will discuss how valve and/or coronary disease is diagnosed, and what to look for in a doctor or hospital to get evaluated and treated. He’ll also discuss how you can take steps to halt the progress of heart disease by understanding your risk factors and modifying the ones you can that can to lengthen and improve the quality of your life. For more information please visit

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