OURGENPOD is a bold, irreverent, intelligent podcast about life in America, how we got here, and how we can make things better, from the perspective of people 55 plus -- like us. All ages are welcome. Join the conversation, but remember to be civil!
"Julian and Rob provide such a great service for the 55 Plus demographic. It is so under-served with good, cool, hip information and opportunities, and they do just that.”
Musician, Drummer for Santana at Woodstock ‘69
Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Guest on Episode 9
“I just want to let you know that the most recent episode of the podcast really knocked it out of the park.Dr. Shrand’s cure for incivility is indeed an excellent prescription for some of what ails our society.
Julian’s interviewing skills are excellent. He truly LISTENS to his guests and responds with thoughtful examinations and questions. Your podcast is always enlightening and makes me stop and think about matters that underly the angst that many of us feel daily. Solutions to big problems are not easy to find. But episodes such as the one with Dr. Shrand and the earlier one with CATHERINE RYAN HYDE certainly gives us all food for thought. Keep up the good work, gentlemen. We, your audience is listening. And remember, kindness is contagious.”
The State of Civility in America Series
“Civility is a value I care about. It’s the heart and soul of the original “Pay It Forward” idea,and is a central theme in my other 43 novels as well. We hear a lot today about the decline of civility in America, but what I feel we need is a more positive approach. How can we do better?
So I was honored to be the first guest on talkin’ ‘bout Our Generation’s’ series on “The State of Civility in America.” My interview with Host Julian Simmons was positive, friendly and thought-provoking, and I look forward to hearing future episodes. I believe this podcast is serving a very valuable service, the kind I envisioned when “the Pay If Forward Movement” first took hold. I encourage everyone to listen and lend their support to this timely and important podcast.”
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Author of the NYTimes Best-Selling Book,
“Pay It Forward”
Guest on Episode 11
My readers often tell me that my characters make them think more about how we treat others, and how they can be a better person. Of course I’m thrilled if I can nudge my readers toward a kinder, more caring way of treating one another.
I love the podcast. You did a great job. I love the way you edit it in the music with the references.
It actually took me back to that moment when I watched Richie Havens walk out on that stage -- nobody even knew if the sound system would work -- and then he hit the first notes of “Freedom,” and it... sounded ... amazing.
Head Chef, Woodstock ‘69
Founding Member of “The Woodstock Nation” Guest on Episodes 1 & 3
And I knew then everything was going to be okay. You actually let me relive my experience with Woodstock and made me celebrate it all the more. Thank you!
Wow I just finished the podcast with Carol Green and Richie Havens. I’m just leaving this message because I want the producers, directors, to understand how awesome it was for me to betaken back to that time — you know, peace, love and freedom — which I hadn’t thought about in so many years. It’s kinda relevant to today…so I’m feeling…good! It reminded me that we can still hope, and believe, and have faith that it’s all gonna turn out okay in the end. So — thanks! Lookin’ forward to the next podcast.
“I just finished listening to podcasts three and four. Each podcast is getting better and better. It's great. Although not a hippie, my friends and I were all about the music in college. My kids cannot believe that I loved Hendrix and Santana as well as John Sebastian and Lovin’ Spoonful. There was a real sense of community and caring for one another, and caring for the earth as well. I clearly remember the very first Earth Day. Thank you for your efforts to promote community and a sense of camaraderie among us,Julian and Rob. This podcast reminds us how being gentle with each other is a good thing.
“I love this series, this podcast. It was fascinating meeting people that were in the background at Woodstock, and made it happen. It reminded me of the good old days when it was about peace and love and coming together. Thanks a lot for doing it guys. I really liked it. And. It's great. Thank you!”
"I just want to say in support of your podcast ... the fact that you guys are taking on civility that, in a historic moment and liminal moment that has allowed rampant incivility to take over so much, think what you're bringing to the conversation is important. And just as importantly, I think what you're bringing to the conversation will be fresh and that you, that you are finding ways and finding people to come on to talk about civility is something that is going to be fresh, because we're swimming in so much of its opposite and people will hear this and, and hopefully it will stimulate a movement to create civil spaces in our society."
Dr. Shepherd Siegel,
Author of "Tricking Power Into Performing Acts of Love"
and "Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture."
Guest on Episodes 14 & 15