1. If You Can Read, You Should Be Able To Cook 37:11

From braving a grueling transatlantic trip from Poland, to sleeping on the docks in Port Chester, NY, Shirley’s mother and her family never gave up their hopes of becoming American citizens.  Shirley’s parents worked hard and provided for the family by running a General Store.

Luck would have it that a good book in a cozy nook brought pleasure to both women.  At 91, Shirley Gordon reflects back on her mother’s life and all the good fortune she’s had.  Interestingly enough, both mother and daughter aspired to be teachers. Both  were denied entry to the college of their choice because of religious discrimination.

Listen to find out what happened.


Jackie Tantillo loves being on both sides of the microphone –as Voice Over Artist and Producer/Engineer and in front of the camera as an On Camera Talent. She has been featured in National and International On Camera and Voice Over Commercials and Industrials. Over the years, she has mentored students with an interest in production and broadcasting and has volunteered with elementary school aged children in theatre production. Jackie is able to draw from her many years as a spokesperson and radio talent to bring warmth and insight to her many endeavors, including representative for organizations such as D.A.R.E., March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy and Easter Seals. A mom and the youngest of seven siblings, Italian American born in Rota Spain, Jackie or ‘Juani’ as her family and friends call her, comes from a very close knit family. Her knowledge of conversational French, Italian and Spanish has broadened the scope of her work. She lives in New Jersey and loves spending time with her family in the outdoors and traveling.