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It's Not a Trip Unless...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For you and your family, what signifies vacation? Is it not a trip unless your work email is ignored for an entire week? Or until you’ve tried a new kind of food? Give us a call and fill in the blank: "It's not a trip unless ______"

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Take Us On Your Trip

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If you're traveling this week, give us a call and take us on your trip! Wherever you are in the world, we want to hear from you. Call in or leave a comment below with the details of your vacation...so those of us who are stuck in the office this week can dream. 

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#VacationFail

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tell us your best-slash-worst vacation fail story. Maybe you were mugged, or the camper broke down on a lonely interstate. Did it bring your family closer or force you to have fun in less than desirable circumstances? Give us a call and tell us your story. 

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The Modern-Day Pilgrimage

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage, 2012), talks about her experience hiking more than a thousand miles - alone - along the Pacific Crest Trail as her life was falling apart and how it helped her put herself back together. Plus: Your calls on your own modern-day pilgrimages and quests: Where did you go? What did you do? And did you discover anything important about yourself?

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Race Plus Travel

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Are you "black" in this country but then something else when you've travelled abroad? Tracey Coleman of the blog Brooklyn Travel Addict talks about how race influences the travel experience in different countries and cultures.

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Please Trip Responsibly

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Martha Honey is the co-director of the Center for Responsible Travel and author of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?. She talks with us about what happens when your vacation meets your ethics. We discuss the latest thinking and give advice on how to travel in a way that's environmentally sustainable, culturally sensitive and economically beneficial.

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What's Your Retirement Destination?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Are you planning to move for retirement, or was that part of your plan? Where do you see yourself retiring to? Some surveys say New York City has great amenities for retirees. Others say it's too expensive and chaotic for seniors. What's your take on New York City as a retirement destination? What's your calculation? And if you moved or want to, tell us where to. 212-433-9692.

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Retirement: Can't Wait or Quit Pushing

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where are you on the spectrum between “I can’t wait” and “Don’t make me”? Have you been polishing your shuffleboard skills or filling out your PeaceCorps application? Or are you planning to stay working as long as you possibly can, out of passion or financial necessity? Call and share your feelings about retirement.

 

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Making Sense of the Dollars

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In the age of DIY pension plans, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, personal finance journalist and the founder of AskTheMoneyCoach.com, and Robert Brokamp, personal finance expert at The Motley Fool, offer advice to listeners of all ages on money and retirement.

 

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The Social History of Retirement

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Retirement hasn't always meant to the same thing to all people. Tom Jankowski, associate director for research at Wayne State's Institute of Gerontology, discusses how the concept of "retirement" is really a product of the industrialization, and how the Baby Boomers are changing the economics -- and idea -- of taking it easy in old age. Plus: The story of retirement as told through your family history. Who's been your model for retirement? How did you parents, grandparents and other family members retire, and what lessons has that taught you?

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How to Retire Abroad

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Kathleen Peddicord, founder of the Live and Invest Overseas Publishing Group and the author of How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad, talks about retiring abroad. Are you planning to retire in another country to save money? Have you found you can get more house for your money, inexpensive healthcare or other perks as a retiree somewhere else? Are there lifestyle or cultural benefits, too?

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If I Can Make It Here

Friday, June 06, 2014

Does the song lyric have it right?  Is "making it" in New York, New York different from success elsewhere?   

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Glory Days? The Mid-Life Divide

Friday, June 06, 2014

Janet Taylor, community psychiatrist in New York City and a contributor to AARP's Life Reimagined project, talks about the challenges people face after age 50 and whether their early ideas of success have held up and how life has changed their plans along the way.

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Money, Marriage, and Making It

Friday, June 06, 2014

June Carbone, professor of law, science and technology at the University of Minnesota, and co-author of Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family [Oxford] and Naomi Cahn, professor at George Washington University Law School, and co-author of the book talk about how ideas of success and stability inform marriage, partnerships, and inequality in our society -- and how those forces have changed over time.

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What Does It Mean to Make It?

Friday, June 06, 2014

What does it mean to you, right now, to be successful? What's your criteria at this very moment? Don't think about it too much. Just tell us the first thing you think of as we kick off this special two-hour family meeting on "Making it" and success.

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What Makes a Successful Ten Year Old?

Friday, June 06, 2014

KJ Dell'Antonia, lead writer and editor on the Motherlode blog on NYTimes.com, explores the measures of success parents have for kids - is it getting good grades and excelling at sports, or cleaning up after dinner, unprompted? Is it the effort, or the achievement? Parents, can you separate your child's success from your own?

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John Hodgman Judges Your Jokes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

You think you have a funny joke. Author, actor and humorist John Hodgman will judge it on its merits. Plus: he'll talk about the Ragnarok Survival Kit he has put together.

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Improv Life Lessons, "Yes and" and Beyond

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Improvisational comedy relies on team work, thinking creatively on your feet, and being open to new ideas. Charlie Todd, founder of the prank collective Improv Everywhere and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, talks about the lessons you can learn from improv that apply in real life.

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When It's Okay To Laugh

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some of the best jokes are about difficult subjects, like politics. Lizz Winstead, a comedian, writer, and co-founder of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Hari Kondabolu, a comedian whose debut album is called "Waiting for 2042," talk about making political topics funny and where to draw the line, from immigration to abortion.

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Why Are We Laughing?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Scott Weems, who has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA and is now the author of Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, kicks off our "family meeting" on laughter by explaining why we laugh and discussing what a sense of humor means from a scientific and personal perspective.

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