About (boldly) reinventing life and work.
We’re at 100+ episodes! Each one is a frank 30-minute conversation with a best-selling author, expert, or exceptional individual on a topic related to aging. For host Debbie Weil, 71, it’s real-time. She asks the hard questions about how to use this later stage of life to create, to find meaning, and to make a difference.
In her podcast Debbie delves into all the current topics related to aging: the unretired (or non retired) life, reinventing work, finding purpose, combatting ageism, making new friends, grownup gap years, grandparenting, elderly parents, adult children, intergenerational collaboration, slowing down, Long Covid and the pandemic, grief and widowhood, surviving cancer or other serious illness, and more. As well as other stuff that piques her interest; for example, the craft of writing. As the host is 71, the podcast is also a real-time exploration of growing older. But Debbie’s not embracing old old age just yet. She’s still (boldly) figuring things out.
Her husband, physician author Sam Harrington, is a popular recurring guest. The Debbie & Sam shows feature his dry humor and medical expertise.
The podcast is now in Season 5 with 100 episodes published. All the episodes from the first four seasons are below. Or subscribe via your favorite podcast app.
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S1-EP1: Why Gap Years Are NOT Wasted on the Young (Debbie’s Three Children, and her Dad)
S1-EP2: Debbie & Sam on Deciding to Take a Gap Year at Age 62
S1-EP9: Island Women Speak: Connection, Truth and Storytelling in Maine
S1-EP12: Marc Freedman on How to Live Forever (It’s Not What You Think)
S2-EP21: Seth Godin on Taking a Gap Year, Changing Your Mindset, and Why He Isn’t Pausing
S2-EP22: Blanche Colson on Being an Ordinary Person and Getting Comfortable With Death
S3-EP1: Guy Kawasaki Gets Serious About His “Better” Normal and What History Will Say About 2020
S3-EP4: Kerry Hannon on Pajama Jobs, the New Age of Remote Work, and Why Older Workers May Benefit
S3-EP6: Debbie’s 90-year-old Dad Talks About the Most Extraordinary Election of His Lifetime
S3-EP13: Ashton Applewhite on the Ugly Heart of Ageism
S3-EP17: Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum on Love, Loss and Celebrating the Ordinary
S3-EP21: Nicholas Christakis on How the Pandemic Will Affect Your Life Until 2024
S3-EP23: Bestselling Author Thomas E. Ricks on His Writing Process
S3-EP24: Steven Petrow on the Stupid Things He Won’t Do When He Gets Old
S3-EP25: Debbie Weil on Turning 70, Mortality, and Making the Most of Growing Older
S4-EP1: Author Dorie Clark on Playing “The Long Game” to Get the Most Out of Life and Work
S4-EP2: Emily Moore on Vulnerability, Life, and Becoming a Cancer Survivor
S4-EP6: Debbie & Sam on Entering the Land of the Old: Plans & Challenges For Their Eighth Decade
S4-EP7: Oliver Burkeman on Embracing Finitude and Completing a Few Meaningful Things
S4-EP8: Tom Peters on [B]OLDLY Turning 80: His Childhood, His Passion, His Outrage, His Mission
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S4-EP21: Debbie & Sam Wrap Up Season 4: What’s Next, the 100-Year Life, and Traveling With Grandchildren
S4-EP13: Nicholas Christakis With a COVID Update and the Historical Connection Between Pandemics, War, and Climate Change
S3-EP15: Encore’s Marci Alboher & Aanchal Dhar on Intergenerational Collaboration and Why It’s Important Right Now
S3-EP14: Diane Feldman on Bridging the Political Divide in the U.S., the Problems with Polling, and Contributing to Your Local Community
S3-EP11: DJ DiDonna on Why Sabbaticals Lead to a Stronger Identity, Increased Happiness, and an Appetite for Change
S3-EP9: An 18-year-old Reflects on Starting College in Lockdown and What She Will Tell Her Children About the Pandemic
S3-EP3: Juliette Kayyem on the Power of Twitter, Trump’s Stochastic Terrorism, and Why She’s an Optimist
S2-EP19: Anne Fadiman on Writing: Taking Risks, Improving, and Witnessing History During the Pandemic
S2-EP1: Katie Tremper’s Year of Wellness: taking care of yourself after a lifetime of working full-time
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Season 4 started on Oct. 1, 2021.
We’ll focus on making the most of growing older. That includes reinventing life and work in your 60s and beyond, creating a post-career identity, living purposefully in order to find purpose, facing death in order to embrace life, and much more. As in previous seasons, you’ll hear from inspiring individuals as well as bestselling authors and experts.
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Season 3 is about making the most of the collective gap year we’ve all been living through — the gap year we’ve been forced to take because of the pandemic. You’ll hear from ordinary individuals in midlife and older as well as from bestselling authors and experts like Nicholas Christakis, Guy Kawasaki, Daphne Merkin, Thomas Ricks, Juliette Kayyem, Seth Godin, Kerry Hannon, Chip Conley, Stuart Kestenbaum, and Marc Freedman. Her physician author husband Sam Harrington is a recurring guest. Topics include adapting to change and transition, confronting the fear of aging, making the most of an uncertain time — and things that Debbie cares a lot about (like writing and writers).
The term gap year symbolizes more than taking a time out. It is a frame for examining reinvention, a new purpose, aging with wisdom, trying new things, bucket list travel, a new approach to health and well-being, and more. Debbie’s guests in SEASON 2 were a mix of inspiring individuals who are taking or have taken grown-up gap years along with well-known authors and experts. SEASON 3 coming this fall!
The first season of the podcast was about gap years for grown-ups. Why shouldn’t grown-ups be able to step out of their default life and take time to reflect on where they are, what comes next, and how they might like to live differently? The first episode is a conversation with Debbie’s three adult children on the student gap years they took. She was surprised to learn how they viewed the significance of their respective gap years as they looked back almost 20 years.
We are looking for a like-minded sponsor or podcast network.
If you are interested in reaching a smart and thoughtful audience of midlife GenX / Boomer listeners who are active, open to change and new possibilities, and who think differently about lifestyle, finances, and (non)retirement, contact Debbie Weil.
What Listeners are Saying
Raw, real and engaging: I love Debbie’s honesty, interviews and topics. Thanks for giving words to times that can be surrealistic at best. 🙂 – Aug. 5, 2021Apple podcast reviewer
Listening to this podcast is like sitting with Debbie and her guests in her living room and hearing an intelligent conversation about issues I care about. Anything from fasting-diets to ageism to dealing with this “collective gap year.” But it’s more than that: I love the overall tone, her down-to-earth approach and the insights from both Debbie and her guests. I met Debbie years ago at a conference and I’ve been observing her on social media, sometimes with envy, when I see the beautiful pictures from Maine she posts. This well produced podcast added a soundtrack to these pictures. – April 9, 2021Emanuel Rosen
Debbie’s Gap Year concept was tailor-made for the Great Pause that has befallen us this year. Always some good ideas on how to approach reinvention, whether big or small, young or not.Reviewer on iTunes
Debbie’s podcast is interesting, timely (especially during a pandemic), and always very down to Earth.The topics and guests are worth listening to and learning from, and the host is a fine interviewer. Very personal too. Highly recommended for anyone trying to find themselves again in later life.Reviewer on iTunes
So approachable and inspiring. I’m not yet 50 but I just love the approachable, inspiring advice this podcast offers. It makes me look forward to becoming increasingly inventive as I age.Reviewer on iTunes
I love this show. As a 39 year-old dude, I am not the target audience. But I learn something in every episode. Debbie’s style as host brings out great specifics and details from her guests.Reviewer on iTunes
Thanks to our media partners
Encore.org, our newest media partner, is an ideas and innovation hub tapping the talent of those 50+ as a force for good. Founder and CEO Marc Freedman is an award-winning social entrepreneur and author, most recently, of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Looking for a great gap-year transition program? Check out Encore Fellowships, which match skilled, seasoned professionals with social-sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments.
Modern Elder Academy is a program dedicated to navigating mid-life transitions. MEA, based in Baja California, Mexico, provides the place and the tools to start reframing your lifetime of experience. Grow whole, not old. Founder Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning hospitality entrepreneur and a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. His newest book is Wisdom @ Work: the Making of a Modern Elder.
Next For Me is an important new resource for the 50+ crowd focused on rewriting life. Taking a gap year or timeout may be the best way to figure out "what's next" when you're in this stage of life. Founder Jeff Tidwell explains, Next For Me "connects and inspires our generation to evolve our post-50 lives through new work, a new purpose, or a new social contribution."