Episodes
Published 12/14/21
Before 70 Over 70 goes on hiatus, Max sits down again with the person who inspired the show, his dad Marty, to talk about what he has learned from these conversations and what he hopes will stick with listeners.  Thank you to the more than 70 people over 70 who helped make this show possible:  Alice Waters, André De Shields, Anna Fisher, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Arlene Heyman, Arthur Russell, Austin Sarat, Barney Frank, Bertha Riley, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, Betty Goedhart, Beverly...
Published 12/14/21
Paul Price shares what he has learned about how to make the most of the time we have left. Then Max talks with Dr. Diane Meier, a geriatrician and founder of Mount Sinai’s Center to Advance Palliative Care, about what she has learned from helping so many people make meaning of their lives, how to have hard conversations with people we care about, and why 70 feels exciting and unknown. Special thanks to Agnes Frith and The Golden Wattle Cafe, “a regular cafe event for people living with...
Published 12/07/21
Greg O’Brien shares how a terminal diagnosis revealed his purpose in life. Then Max talks with Judith Light about how her career opened up when she started to focus on what she could give rather than what she could get, and how that transformation has helped her think about death in a “real, conscious and alive way.” --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email...
Published 11/30/21
This week we’re going back to our first interview of 70 Over 70 with Sister Helen Prejean, who has dedicated her life to ending the death penalty in America. Sister Helen’s interview helped set the tone for our show, and as 70 Over 70 comes to an end—yup, we’ve only got a few episodes left—we wanted to revisit this first conversation and share Sister Helen’s thoughts on what it really means to be present, how to show up for others, and why gratitude is so important at any stage of...
Published 11/23/21
Diedre Wolownick tells the story of how she became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Then Max talks with Twiggy about her career as an international supermodel, how she thinks about that time in her life now, and why getting older doesn’t faze her.  --  If you want to hear more from Twiggy and her friends, check out her podcast, Tea with Twiggy. Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of...
Published 11/16/21
Phyllis Irwin and Lillian Faderman share the story of how a legal loophole allowed them to create the life they had always dreamed of. Then Max talks with Lilly Ledbetter about the amazing story behind the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, how a single moment in her 60s led her to become a prominent activist in her 70s and 80s and why her fight for equal pay is far from over.  --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of...
Published 11/09/21
Konai Helu Thaman explains how teaching high school English deepened her appreciation for her native language. Then Max talks with David Crosby about why he feels incredibly lucky to still be alive at age 80 and how he’s starting to plan for a future where he’s no longer able to make music.  --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or call...
Published 11/02/21
Krishnamurthy shares what it feels like to accept new limitations. Then Max talks with Russell Banks about why writing comes more easily now than ever before, how he learned to let go of the anger that drove him for so long, and what it really means to be alone. -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or call 302-659-7070 and tell us your...
Published 10/26/21
Sid and Miriam Moss explain why their 67 year-long marriage has been so successful. Then Max talks with Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk about his life-long pursuit to understand the nature of trauma: how the pandemic has reshaped his definition of trauma, how he applies his experimental research to his own life and how we can make peace with our past at any age. -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To...
Published 10/19/21
Jackie Batson shares why she hasn’t given up hope on finding the man of her dreams. Then Max talks with actress Susan Lucci about what playing the same role for 41 years — Erica Kane on the soap opera All My Children — taught her about herself and about getting older.   -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or call 302-659-7070 and tell...
Published 10/12/21
Michelle Drappi and Father Joe Carey share the story of their unlikely friendship. Then Max talks with Congressman Barney Frank about how the world has changed since he started in politics and how, after a career dedicated to helping others, he has learned to accept help in his own life today.  --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or...
Published 10/05/21
Donalda MacGeachy shares how she is still learning to overcome new challenges at age 101. Then Max talks with Lois Lowry about how writing books for young adults has helped her prepare for her own death.  -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or call 302-659-7070 and tell us your name, age, where you’re from and what you want to talk...
Published 09/28/21
Arlene Heyman reads an excerpt from her short story collection Scary Old Sex. Then Max talks with Dr. Joycelyn Elders about her time as Surgeon General under Bill Clinton, what happened after she was forced to resign, why she will forever be known as “the condom queen,” and why older and younger generations should know how to have good, safe sex.   — To read more about Arlene Heyman’s work, check out Scary Old Sex in the New Yorker and The New York Times and her debut novel, Artifact.  Know...
Published 09/21/21
Carolyn Doelling tells the story of how she rebooted herself as a fashion model at age 74. Then Max talks with Diana Nyad about her epic, record-breaking swim from Cuba to Key West at age 64, how her relationship to her body has changed since then, and how she continues to reckon with the physical and emotional process of aging. --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone...
Published 09/14/21
How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surprising, and surprisingly funny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world. A teenager gets caught up in an out-of-control conspiracy theory that he helped start. A Pakistani business owner...
Published 09/09/21
George Pettigrew explains how a deep dive into his family’s untold history changed his life. Then we’re doing something a little different this week: sharing a conversation from 2016 that helped inspire 70 Over 70. Max interviewed the writer Renata Adler for the Longform Podcast and they talked about how her relationship to her work has changed over time, why she continues to write, and what she still hopes to accomplish.   -- Listen to the full interview with Renata Adler and other great...
Published 09/07/21
Lucia DeRespinis explains why empathy — and knowing how to throw a good party — is the key to success. Then Max talks with Dr. Anthony Fauci about what these last 540 days have been like for him: how he has taken care of himself throughout the pandemic, how his 37 year career as the director of NIAID has prepared him for this last year and half and what “getting back to normal” will look like for him personally.  --  Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of...
Published 08/31/21
Shirley Ross and Scott Kaylin share the joy, the little annoyances, and the responsibilities that come with having a good roommate. Then Max talks with artist Maira Kalman about how she discovered a newfound sense of herself during the pandemic and why she’s no longer looking for answers to life’s biggest mysteries at age 72.  -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else,...
Published 08/24/21
Liliana Weisbek reveals why she’s not interested in writing a will. Then Max talks with actor James Hong about playing more than 600 roles over the course of his Hollywood career, why he thinks the entertainment industry will never give Asian actors the support they deserve, and why he continues to pursue his dreams of playing the lead role in a movie despite having given up hope that it will ever come true. -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories...
Published 08/17/21
Dr. LaVerne Ford-Wimberly shares her advice on how to look your best no matter your age.Then Max talks to activist Dolores Huerta about where she finds the motivation to keep fighting for civil rights at age 91 and the one simple act we can all take to change the world.  -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email [email protected] or call 302-659-7070 and tell...
Published 08/10/21
Darryl Cox explains why he’s not ready to retire from his 43-year-long career as a London taxi driver. Then Max talks with Madeleine Albright, the former US Secretary of State, about what she calls “the human part” of that job—the great friendships she made over her career and the importance of empathy in that role—and why she hates being 84 years old.  -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate...
Published 08/03/21
Deanna Gobio tells the story of getting her first tattoo when she was 79 years old. Then Max talks to Raffi about his musical roots, how he learned to embrace his career as a children’s musician, and how it feels to keep playing songs like “Baby Beluga” to thousands of adoring kids and their families after all these years. -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else,...
Published 07/27/21
Anna Lee Fisher reflects on her career as an astronaut and how traveling to space helped her define her priorities. Then Max talks with Bob Iger about the impact he has had on the world as the CEO of Disney, how he has balanced personal relationships with the demands of that job, and how he plans to move on when he retires at the end of this year.  -- Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate...
Published 07/20/21
Howard Kakita explains how surviving the atomic bomb has impacted his perspective on aging. Then Max talks with Nikki Giovanni about why she thinks getting older is a good idea, how she decided to let the next generation of activists take the lead, and why her only goal at age 78 is to find someone to love. -- Learn more about Howard Kakita’s A-Bomb survival story and about his work with the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70?...
Published 07/13/21