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We're hitting back at the pervasive problem of AGEISM, in a no-nonsense episode featuring ASHTON APPLEWHITE, Author of "This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism,"   opening up an ongoing series that affects everyone over 40 in America. 

At the same time as we tackle Ageism,  we're chucking out the notion that America can be divided into generations like Millennials and that obnoxious appellation, "Baby Boomers," and the way we've been conditioned to blame one another for the serious challenges facing our nation.   We'll be talking with the man who shattered that divisive notion, London Sociologist Bobby Duffy, about his new book, "The Generation. Myth." 

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 We're also talking with  some experts and some people who have seen the  extremes of incivility, too -- like when it crosses the line into crime.  We're working on a sobering episode with Federal District Judge Marc Treadwell of Georgia, one of the leaders in an effort to restore civility to the legal profession -- where we used to just assume propriety was par for the course.  But who judges the Judges?   


We also touch on the tragic consequences when a young person picks up a gun.   Judge Treadwell has started some very promising efforts to discourage kids from taking that fateful step. 

 

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We're also going to be talking about Technology Run Amok, and how mastering today's Internet and all the associated gadgetry is more and more maddening to those of us who weren't born with a smartphone in our crib. 
 

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The tech world has brought wonders unimagined in our parents' time, but we've also been sucked into a synapse-singing nightmare of ever-changing  "forgotten" passwords, the  

Machiavellian algorithmic maze of  confounding "Captcha" word jumbles and picture puzzles, two-factor authentication, rude robots demanding that we prove we are actually ourselves human...not to mention the tortuous  ordeal of typing on those tiny keyboards with our aging eyes and declining dexterity.  

We're planning episodes on Family -- how we grew up, and how the notion of family has changed in our lifetime.  So much of what is happening in our society "begins at home," we have to ask if there is a breakdown in the family and what effect that is having.  We'll also be looking at some different ideas about what "family" means to different people, like the LGBT community, where LGBTQ kids were rejected by their parents  have formed new families with friends.  

There's no end to what we might talk about.  We'd really love to hear your suggestions -- what would YOU like to hear?  Let us know!