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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Is A Generation Anyway?

Monday, October 06, 2014

And who decides when they begin and end?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

I Belong to the Blank Generation

Monday, October 06, 2014

What does it mean to be a Gen-Xer? As part of our 25 Years in 25 Days series, we look back at 1994, the death of Kurt Cobain, and the generation lost between the Boomers and Millennials.

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Soundcheck

How Well Do You Know Your Middle-Aged Pop Stars?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Weird Al" did it. So did Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Test your knowledge of middle-aged artists who hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

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The Takeaway

Shunning Retirement for Start Ups

Monday, January 20, 2014

Older Americans are increasingly shunning retirement to start companies. Liz DiMarco Weinmann is 61-years-old and started Dare Force Corporation, which helps women over 40 to start new careers. Susan Price is 54-years-old and was laid off in 2008. Losing her job prompted her to go back to school for an MBA. She now works full-time and has also started her own side-business as a career coach. Together these two women explain how they made their career transitions and what the process was really like.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

P.J. O'Rourke's Generation

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

In his new book,The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again) , author P.J. O'Rourke turns his scathing wit on himself and his demographic cohort -- boomers.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Port Authority; Women Online; Baby Boomers; Predictions for 2064

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

With names still emerging in the Bridgegate scandal, is the structure of the Port Authority partially to blame? WNYC's Andrea Bernstein breaks down the chain of authority at the Port Authority. Then: writer Amanda Hess explains why women aren't really welcome on the internet. Plus: a look back at the Baby Boom generation with P.J. O'Rourke, and a look ahead to the future inspired by Isaac Asimov.

On The Media

JFK and Self-Absorbed Baby Boomers

Friday, November 15, 2013

Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and countless books, articles, television specials and made for TV movies will no doubt commemorate the event. Bob speaks with Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie about how the media fascination with the fallen president has less to do with his impact on the country and more to do with the Baby Boomer generation's feeling of self-importance.

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The Takeaway

Baby Boomers Squeeze Savings to Support Parents and Children

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

According to a new survey from Ameriprise Financial, just one in four baby boomers are saving for their retirement. Instead, many are putting their money towards helping their aging parents and adult children. Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, explains the pinch boomers are finding themselves in. Takeaway listener Mark Niedt in Denver explains why he has been helping support his adult children.

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The Takeaway

Should Baby Boomers Get Out of the Workforce?

Thursday, June 16, 2011

There are around 70 million people born between 1946 and 1964 — known widely as Baby Boomers. Around 65 million of those people are in the workforce today and of those, 28.7 million are over the age of 55. What if those positions were suddenly freed up? How many jobs would that mean for the nearly 11.5 million people under the age of 55 currently unemployed? What economic benefits are there for companies, who would get cheaper insurance premiums with a younger staff? And what kind of stress would this put on Medicare and Social Security?

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The Takeaway

Should We Bring Back Mandatory Retirement?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Well before the era of social security, most Americans could only dream of a life where retirement was possible. But by the early 1900s U.S. companies started mandating a retirement age. The practice of imposing a retirement age was outlawed by Congress in 1986. But some are suggesting that maybe it’s time to bring it back — all while many baby boomers are out of work and looking to get back into the labor force. Should we go back to mandatory retirement?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Baby Boom vs. War Boom

Friday, January 07, 2011

Jim Von Schilling, professor of English and humanities at Northampton Community College and the Baby Boomer Area chair for the Popular Culture Association, compares the lives of postwar baby boomers to those of a lesser-known "War Years" boom—the millions who were born during World War II. Plus, how some people misuse the phrase "Kabuki Theater."

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