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Fourth of July 2012

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus)

Of all the symbols that accompany the Fourth of July, none reaches closer into the hearts of Americans than that of the Statue of Liberty.  She was a gift to the American people from France, but it almost didn’t happen. She took years to design and build, meanwhile, fundraising efforts for the project were interrupted by wars and financial panics on both sides of the ocean.  The contributions came through, often one dollar at a time, and through perseverance and a commitment to complete the project, she was finally dedicated October 28, 1886.  At 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York Harbor, she has stood as a beacon of hope, liberty and freedom for 125 years.  While looking outward welcoming millions to this land, equally as important, yet rarely mentioned, is another symbol in what lies at her feet; a broken chain. Notice had been given to governments around the world that the chains of oppression had been forever broken. Men and women yearning to be free left their homelands and started new futures for their families in America.  Often with just a few dollars in their pockets, their very first glimpse of America was that statue.  On the lower levels of those ships were young families like the Tuccillos, the Espositos, the Valentinos, the Patetes and the Serios.

On this, the fourth day of July in 2012, two of the great-grandchildren of those immigrants came to the very spot that marked the beginning of their American roots… the Statue of Liberty.

Here’s an audio clip from the open of a previous Food Nation Radio Network show broadcast live from New York City:

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Almost every talk show host has the dream of national syndication, Elizabeth Dougherty has accomplished it.  This Bishop Moore High School and NYIT grad grew up listening to Orlando radio and now hosts her own syndicated show "The Dougherty Report."  In 2010, Dougherty created the "Florida Favors Radio Show” and "Food Nation Radio Network" to talk about food, restaurants, trends and evolving food safety policies. Sensing the need to cover more relevant subjects, she changed the name and focus of the program to “The Dougherty Report” and developed an entertaining yet informative show that discusses social issues and public policy.  The show is about people, not politics, and Dougherty breaks down for listeners the collusion between government and big business versus the average citizen.  Having spent years among representatives on Capitol Hill, networking in one of the most private business clubs in D.C. and a former member of Reagan's Presidential Roundtable, Elizabeth brings an insider perspective to share with her audience on "The Dougherty Report."