In this hour, David Greenberger transforms the words of elderly people in his series of "Duplex Planet" zines, comic books, spoken-word performances and radio plays. The latest is a CD called Cherry Picking Apple Blossom Time which features music by singer/songwriter Paul Cebar and focuses on artistic ideas about memory loss developed during a three month residency Greenberger spent at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Center on Age and Community. Greenberger talks with Steve Paulson about the CD and the people who helped him make it.
Next, Henry Alford is the author of How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth.) He talks with Anne Strainchamps.
Then, Greg Critser is a veteran science and medical journalist. He's the author of three critically acclaimed books, most recently, Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging. He tells Jim Fleming about the scientific progress against aging and the several varieties of snake oil you can buy trying to stay young forever.
Finally, Meghan O'Rourke wonders if there's a better way to be bereaved in an essay called "Good Grief" which recently appeared in The New Yorker. She's also working on a book about grief for Spring 2011. O'Rourke is the culture critic for Slate and a poetry editor of The Paris Review. Meghan, whose mother died in December 2008, talks with Jim Fleming, whose father died in January 2010. [Broadcast Date: February 24, 2010]
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