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The New Mid is a frank, funny look at women in mid-life and their day-to day-struggles and successes, as well as the big stuff - questions about meaning, fulfillment and happiness. It’s a place where women in their 40’s and up are breaking societal boundaries and expectations, while still dealing with real life issues such as caring for aging parents or restarting their careers.  You’ll get real talk with nothing held back about the topics you care about, with experts weighing in on health, sex, finances, relationships and everything in between.

Sep 5, 2020

When we first went into lockdown for the pandemic the only thing I could compare it to was the tragedy of 9/11. It's hard to believe that we are coming up on the 19th Anniversary. I was looking for some inspiration and came across this book called "No Better Time," about the most likely first victim of 9/11 Danny Lewin the unsung hero. He was on American Flight 11 and tried to stop the terrorist on the plane. Unfortunately he was killed and the plane crashed into the World Trade Center. His life of perseverance and never giving up even when the odds are against you is a guiding light for all of us.  I contacted the author Molly Raskin and had a wonderful conversation about her inspiration for writing the book and what projects she's working on now. 

Here's what you'll learn from this episode: 

  • Molly Raskin is an author, journalist and TV Producer. She currently has a docuseries on Netflix called "(Un)well."
  • She first learned about Danny Lewin's story ten years after 9/11. 
  • She flew to Israel to speak with Danny's parents to see if she could tell his story. They had not wanted to tell his story but realized his life is so inspiring they agreed to let Rachel write the book. 
  • Thinking she would have publishers lining up to publish the book, she had a bit of a surprise to find out that wasn't the case. Her perseverance finally got her a publisher. 
  • We learn how Danny's life work his company Akamai Technologies kept the communication of our government and our media outlets going during 9/11 and the days after. 
  • How to keep your dream alive when you face rejection.
  • Danny's life philosophy that kept him going. 
  • Molly's wellness routine and the reason behind her doing her the docuseries on Netflix called "(UN) Well."

To Contact Molly Raskins:

Twitter @mollyraskin

Book: No Better Time

This episode was co-produced by Fran Harvey. Contact Fran Harvey at

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