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Ep 19 “Maxed Out” author Katrina Alcorn

“It starts with compassion:” Katrina Alcorn, author of “Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink,” on structural changes needed to help GenX women at the breaking point, a reminder that change is inevitable, and her rocker flock of urban chickens. Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink The New Midlife Crisis for Women on […]

Duration: 00:35:25

Ep 18 Girl Advocate Lynn Johnson

“Not the secondary characters:” CEO of Spotlight: Girls, Lynn Johnson, on how the theater camp she co-founded to help put girls’ stories center stage is going nationwide, her midlife leadership shift, and a concert that was even cooler in retrospect. Spotlight: Girls website Act Now: A Retreat for Women Leaders, Creatives, and Entrepreneurs Shop With […]

Duration: 00:37:22

Ep 17 Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding

“Enough sky for everyone:” Travel writer and editor Lavinia Spalding on why taking a writer’s perspective can make you a better traveler, the importance of keeping journals, and the virtues of karaoke diplomacy. Lavinia’s website “How Korean Karaoke Changed My Life” Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology Volume 11 Lavinia’s TedX talk “To the One Who […]

Duration: 00:34:05

Ep 16 Author Neal Pollack

“An infinite number of hobbies:” Author and polymath Neal Pollack on his father/son educational podcast from Audible called “Extra Credit,” how to be a cool dad of a teen (hint: ignore the teen’s opinion,) and poker’s power to unite. Neal’s website Follow Neal on Twitter and Instagram Extra Credit from Neal’s interview on The […]

Duration: 00:36:22

Ep 15 Celebrity Makeup Artist Aliesh Pierce

“Take a seat within your soul:” Makeup artist, esthetician, and entrepreneur Aliesh Pierce talks about her early career in music videos, midlife as a time to turn inward, and what made her cry when she met the Obama family. Bonus: ode to skin masks! Aliesh’s website Respect The Process podcast interview with Aliesh Pierce and […]

Duration: 00:36:32

Ep 14 Environmental Entrepreneur Jeff Kirschner

“Meet people where they are:” Environmental entrepreneur Jeff Kirschner on how his Litterati project grew from an Instagram photo of a cigarette butt to a global community clean-up, and how data (and vanilla creme cookies) can drive sustainability. Litterati web site Dan Zanes (formerly of the Del Fuegos) – kids’ music you can listen to […]

Duration: 00:32:38

Ep 13 DJ Misbehaviour

“Something that’s born in us:” DJ Misbehaviour on the reaction she gets as a white, middle-aged woman dropping sizzling hip hop beats, the method to her vinyl-filing madness, and the beauty of human connection on the dance floor. DJ Misbehaviour on Instagram and Facebook Nancy’s grandma’s recipe for Yorkshire Pudding – bookmark it for the […]

Duration: 00:37:00

Ep 12 Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar

“Disproving them by your actions:” Military hero/progressive Congressional candidate Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar on her role in opening jobs for women in the military, her decision to run for office, and life as a Warrior Mom. MJ’s campaign website, MJ For Texas More on Texas District 31 from Wikipedia MJ’s book, SHOOT LIKE A […]

Duration: 01:16:23

Ep 11 NPR Music Critic Ann Powers

“It’s always in the hips:” NPR music critic Ann Powers discusses her latest book, “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Rock and Roll in American Music,” why we need women at the center of “Best of” music lists, and her ear plug hindsights. Ann Powers bio on NPR Win a copy of Good […]

Duration: 00:36:07

Ep 10 Filmmaker Jordan Brady

“Rug burns on my character:” Filmmaker Jordan Brady on learning (and re-learning) humility, his new documentary “I Am Battle Comic,” which follows comedians who entertain US troops in the Middle East, and how to handle incriminating llama pix. Here’s a reel of Jordan’s commercials – I’m a particular fan of the Iced Coffee spot […]

Duration: 00:44:46

Ep 9: Artist Isabel Samaras

“Wave a magic paintbrush:” Artist Isabel Samaras talks about applying Old World painting techniques to Gen X myths, what happens when you’re no longer “the new thing” in the art world, and how Samantha ended up naked inside Jeannie’s genie bottle. Isabel’s website Snag some goodies: Or here Nuthatches With Attitude, Baby Thanks as […]

Duration: 00:35:48

Ep 8: Happiness Expert Dr. Christine Carter

“The U-curve of happiness:” Sociologist and happiness expert Dr. Christine Carter talks about meaningful vs. happy lives at midlife, how an outward focus boosts inner happiness, and the U2 concert that helped her see her dad in a new light. Christine’s website Christine’s books, The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (paperback in […]

Duration: 00:37:08

Ep 7: Pixar Storyteller Scott Morse

“Be open to wonder:” Pixar storyteller Scott Morse talks with with Nancy about growing older without growing up, the Beastie Boys as role models, and why Pixar’s Cars 3 might just be the perfect movie for midlifers. Scott’s filmography courtesy of IMDB Scott’s cool Instagram feed TRICKSTER Gallery Berkeley Whoops, on the podcast I said […]

Duration: 00:38:56

Ep 6: Digital pioneer Jory Des Jardins

“A series of cycles:” join Nancy and digital pioneer/BlogHer co-founder Jory Des Jardins as they discuss the benefits of midlife collaboration, realizing life may not be as linear as expected, and why Nancy needs to embrace Virtual Reality and get over her FOS (Fear of Snapchat.) Read more about Jory Virago – a strategic advisory […]

Duration: 00:39:05

Ep 5: TV Critic Tim Goodman

“Tear up the road map:” Tim Goodman, chief television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, talks with Nancy about the art of the midlife pivot, how music can be a bonding activity with the next generation, and his three-part Elvis Costello dream date. Tim’s TV Talk Machine podcast The Bastard Machine blog at The Hollywood Reporter […]

Duration: 00:37:47

Ep 4: Author/Amoeba Music co-founder Yvonne Prinz

“Jazz cigarettes now available in the Jazz Room”: join Nancy and her guest Yvonne Prinz, YA author and co-founder of Amoeba Music, the world’s largest independent music store. They talk personal and retail reinvention, finding time to take your foot off the gas at midlife, and what happens to you if you’re a Canadian who […]

Duration: 00:34:03

Ep 3: Comedian Karinda Dobbins

Oakland comedian Karinda Dobbins joins Nancy to talk about why humor is so vital in helping audiences step into someone else’s shoes, her comedy inspiration Moms Mabley, and why Gen Xers are so good at rolling with it when it comes to work/creative balance. Karinda’s website Karinda’s upcoming appearances Thanks as always to M. The […]

Duration: 00:39:45

Ep 2: Writer/musician Michelle Gonzales

Join Nancy and her guest, author and musician Michelle Cruz Gonzales, as they discuss Michelle’s life as a drummer in ‘90s punk band Spitboy, what it’s like to reunite with a band after a thirty-year break, and what Michelle’s learned about the benefit of just getting started with your creative goals at midlife (instead of […]

Duration: 00:37:16

Ep 1: Welcome To the Midlife Mixtape Podcast

Welcome to the Midlife Mixtape podcast, where we’ll celebrate Gen X at midlife with humor, heart, and a really good beat. Join writer and host Nancy Davis Kho for an honest look at the ups and downs of midlife for the generation that came of age alongside MTV, and find out why “Whatever, nevermind” isn’t […]

Duration: 00:22:06