Arts, Culture & Media

The Art of Aging

Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

Lifestyle & Belief

An Old Wise Man Once Said

Writer Henry Alford has a new book called How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth). We sent Alford to Washington Square Park to ask strangers to share their hopes and fears about growing old.

Arts, Culture & Media

Duplex Planet

Thirty years ago in Boston, David Greenberger took a job at the Duplex nursing home. Out of his conversations with residents, Greenberger created poetry, prose, stage performances and music. Greenberger tells the story of how he found his own voice by listening to others. This story originally aired as part of the Transom Radio Hour.

Conflict & Justice

Chinese American voters

One third of Chinese-American voters are still undecided about who to vote for, and many of them are older and live in New York and California, states Barack Obama is expected to win easily and where there is little outreach.

Health & Medicine

What we don't talk about when we talk about getting old

Thanks to advances in medicine we are living longer than ever, but society has been slow to adapt to this extended and unprecedented lifespan. Jane Gross has turned these experiences into a valuable resource. Her blog, The New Old Age, addresses the intergenerational challenges of growing old in 21st century America.

Business, Economics and Jobs

India's elderly

The BBC's Tinku Ray reports on legislation in India to protect the elderly from abuse; many families in India are moving away from traditional family arrangements where many generations live under the same roof.