There’s something special in your inbox today.
I have a special announcement to make.
Today The EndGame is expanding to include a regular podcast.
In addition to the weekly email that you receive now, you’ll be able to listen to two podcasts each month. The current format (subject to change, based on your suggestions) is an interview with one guest who has something valuable to say on a subject related to aging. In addition, each podcast will include an essay or poem by a writer in our age cohort, to add to its literary quotient .
By the way, this is a “soft” launch, a sneak preview. Before I launch the podcast on an unsuspecting world, I wanted you, who have been reading the newsletter regularly, to get the first look. I’m also counting on you to tell me what you think.
If all the right buttons have been pushed, the planets are aligned, and all’s well on the digital woo woo, you should receive two additional emails from me today, each linking you to one of the two new podcasts available for your listening pleasure and feedback.
One is an interview with Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and a passionate advocate against Ageism in all its forms. The second is with David Lereah, author of The Power of Positive Aging, who has developed a practice for staying positive in our later years (with a special guest appearance by a riding mower).
I’d be so grateful if you would listen to either or both and let me know in the next few days:
- Do you like the interview format?
- What’s the ideal length for a podcast (for you)?
- Is the technical quality acceptable or distracting?
- Would you want to listen to two podcasts per month on positive aging?
- Who are some guests you would really like to hear from?
- What topics do you really need to know more about?
You May Ask Yourself…
Why am I doing this? I ask myself all the time. But the answer is, I keep publishing information about why we must constantly challenge our brains to learn new things. I would feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t follow my own good advice. So I am learning a new language: audio technology. It’s pretty obvious when you listen that my learning curve is still steep. Also, keep in mind that this is a guy who never scored higher than a C in any college course that ended in -ology. But another thing I’ve learned lately is that it’s more important to take your project for a test drive than to wait until it’s perfect.
Heartfelt thanks to Ty Ford and Gavin O’Leary for sharing their technical expertise (though they are not responsible for what you hear), to Moxie Design (Bob and Maureen Lindler) for the cover art, and to Ron Nierman, Suzanne Rackl, and Elizabeth Leik for volunteering to test out the recording software.
So that’s the story. Please check out these two podcasts. Please send me your thoughts on what’s good, bad, ugly, and how to make it better. With your help, I’d like to make the podcast (like the newsletter) a tool that helps you live longer, live better, and live happier as we continue this journey together.
Thank you! Please let me know what you think.