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A podcast to celebrate GenXers at midlife, with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In each episode, writer Nancy Davis Kho of MidlifeMixtape.com interviews fellow GenXers about how they're thriving in the years between being hip and breaking one. From discussing the first concert each guest ever saw, to what’s easier and harder than they expected at midlife, to what piece of advice they'd give their younger selves, the conversations will inspire, entertain, and maybe even make you feel stoked to be caught in the middle.

Midlife Mixtap‪e‬ Nancy Davis Kho: Gen X humor writer and '80s song lyrics over-quoter

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A podcast to celebrate GenXers at midlife, with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In each episode, writer Nancy Davis Kho of MidlifeMixtape.com interviews fellow GenXers about how they're thriving in the years between being hip and breaking one. From discussing the first concert each guest ever saw, to what’s easier and harder than they expected at midlife, to what piece of advice they'd give their younger selves, the conversations will inspire, entertain, and maybe even make you feel stoked to be caught in the middle.

    Ep 95 Nonprofit/FinTech Founder Tracey Milligan

    Ep 95 Nonprofit/FinTech Founder Tracey Milligan

    “Shouldn’t take a miracle”: Tracey Milligan, whose foundation provides services for victims of domestic violence, on hard work, serendipity, and “angels” along the way, plus her recent pivot as groundbreaking founder in the financial tech field.

    Find Tracey’s work online:

    Website: TheMilliganFoundation.org

    Twitter:  @milliganfound1

    Company: Term Payments

    Here’s Carlos Santana playing in a slightly larger park…

    >Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 95 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on April 13, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

    Tracey Milligan 00:00

    So I decided, you know what? I’m going to solve this problem. I’m going to create an organization specifically to help victims of violence get to safe places, get to where they could be safe.

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:14

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

    Nancy 00:38

    Happy April and happy book birthday to TWO new books from the Midlife Mixtape Inner Circle. First up is The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, by Jess Lahey. Jess was on the show in Episode 74 talking about her NYT bestselling parenting book “The Gift of Failure”. In her new book, Jess shares her own experience of addiction and long-term recovery, seamlessly weaving together rich storytelling with compassionate, evidence-based analysis. The result is a supportive, life-saving resource for parents and educators to understand the roots of substance abuse, identify who is most at risk, and employ the most effective prevention measures.

    Born into a family of alcoholics and drug abusers, Jessica Lahey spent her early adulthood trying frantically to thwart that multi-generational genetic legacy. She ultimately failed; descending into alcoholism in her thirties, she didn’t find her way out until her early forties. After years in recovery, Lahey was determined to protect her two adolescent sons from their most dangerous inheritance.

    Written from a place of compassion rather than shame or judgment, The Addiction Inoculation is a thoughtful and indispensable guide to understanding the roots of substance abuse. It helps identify who is most at risk for addiction and offers parents, educators, and other caregivers practical steps for prevention.

    And another book birthday shout-out to Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, aka one of the most generous writers out there, for HER new book “Broken (In the Best Possible Way)”. Jenny is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and her new book is deeply relatable book filled with humor and honesty about depression and anxiety.

    As Jenny’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

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    Ep 94 Geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan

    Ep 94 Geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan

    “Practice a certain acceptance”: Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH and founder of the Better Health While Aging website and podcast, on how adult children can ask better questions and accept suboptimal choices with grace when caring for aging relatives.

    Find Dr. Leslie online:

    Website: BetterHealthWhileAging.net

    Podcast: Better Health While Aging

    Book: When Your Aging Parent Needs Help

    Recommended reads and other resources:



    * How to Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris

    * Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

    * Geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Sudore’s website, Prepare For Your Care

    * Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone et al

    * We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers from The Hartford (free download)

    * Dementia and Driving: resources from The Hartford (free download)

    * Ep 84 Therapist Mazi Robinson – on the importance of giving yourself permission to feel ALL the feelings



    A-b-b-bye bye, b-b-b-b-bye

    Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 94 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on March 30, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

    Dr. Leslie Kernisan 00:00

    There’s really this whole other aspect which is how are you going to transition into this change in your relationship?

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:09

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:34

    Hey, listeners. Before we get into today’s episode, I want to acknowledge that the past few weeks have been particularly hard on people in the Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. I know from hosting this show how critical it is to listen to diverse stories and voices as a means of building empathy, connection, and understanding. If you follow @midlifemixtape on Instagram, you know that last week I participated in boosting the signal for AAPI writers and musicians in my posts. So just to balance out the three-legged stool, I wanted to take a moment to shout out a few AAPI-hosted podcasts you might also want to check out.

    I love “By the Book.” It’s half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment hosted by comedian Jolenta Greenberg and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might ...

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    Ep 92 Play Expert Jeff Harry

    Ep 92 Play Expert Jeff Harry

    “The opposite of play is perfection”: Jeff Harry, positive play coach, on using play to navigate hard conversations and relationships, the inspirational power of boredom, and why the pandemic is the perfect time to connect with your inner goofball.



    * Find Jeff Harry on the web:



    * Website: RediscoverYourPlay.com

    * Instagram: @jeffharryplays

    * Twitter: @jeffharryplays

    * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-harry-6991a94/

    * Medium: @jeffharryplays

    * YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jchuche

    * TikTok: @jeffharryplays





    * Thanks to our sponsor, AmateurMusic.org/workshops!

    * Join us Thursday, March 4 at 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET for an Alternative ’80s Dance Party – Midlife Mixtape and San Francisco’s iconic Cat Club are hanging out on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/dj_damon !



    You betta kill it. YOU BETTA KILL IT

    Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 92 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on March 2, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

    Jeff Harry 00:00

    This is not about you. This is about you doing it to give permission for other people to start to show up.

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:08

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

    Nancy 00:33

    Hi, listeners. In today’s episode, you’ll hear a LOT of talk about dancing and dance floors and just tearing it up to great music. If that makes you wish you could hit the club, there’s good news! It’s time for another Alternative ‘80s virtual dance party with Midlife Mixtape and San Francisco’s iconic Cat Club! This Thursday night, March 4th, DJ Damon will be playing your favorite Alt-80s dance hits on his Twitch channel for two hours, starting at 5 pm Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, and 8 pm Eastern. All you have to do at the appointed time is go to twitch.tv/dj_damon. That’s twitch.tv/dj_damon – don’t worry, I’ll leave a link in the show notes – and you’ll be at the party along with Bowie, Violent Femmes, the Clash, and more.

    Turn your speakers ALL the way up and dance wherever you’re listening! There’s a chat function on Twitch and I’ll be hanging out there starting at 5 o’clock so I hope you’ll drop in and say hello. Lesson learned from when we did this back in December – if you’re going to use an alias in Twitch, at least give me a clue so I know who I’m chatting back to!

    Damon and I have also decided that as long as we have some cool people like you together for a little dance party on Thursday night, we’ll try to do some good – we’re hoping you’ll make donations to Bay Area food banks, or food banks where you live, if you hear a song you love! During the dance party,

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    Ep 91 “Share Your Stuff” Author Laura Tremaine

    Ep 91 “Share Your Stuff” Author Laura Tremaine

    “Weird, quirky circumstances”: Author and “10 Things to Tell You” podcaster Laura Tremaine on her new book that encourages readers to share more stories to deepen relationships, foster understanding, and connect us more closely, even during a pandemic.



    * Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. 10 Questions to Take Your Friendships to the Next Level

    * LauraTremaine.com

    * Laura on Instagram @laura.tremaine

    * 10 Things to Tell You Podcast

    * Kate Davis – Strange Boy



    Hear me out: this, but with an actual taxi

    Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 91 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on February 16, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

    Laura Tremaine 00:00

    No, all opportunities do not go away any second. You do not have to seize every moment. It’s gonna take a long time and you need to just settle in.

    00:09

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:30

    Hi, listeners. This is Nancy Davis Kho, host of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, and author of The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time. I’m also a frustrated fan of live music at a time when going to a concert could kill you. So since I can’t recommend any concerts to you, I thought I would at least start out today’s show with a music tip. Check out the brand-new album Strange Boy by Kate Davis. And before you ask, yes, indeed, this is nepotism play. Kate’s the daughter of my sweet cousin Jim. However, she also happens to be wildly talented, and this is a brand-new album and it’s so great. It’s a cover album of the late great Daniel Johnston’s project, Retired Boxer.

    Kate has teamed up with Daniel’s charity, the  Hi, How Are You Project for the release, with a portion of the proceeds from sales and streaming going to the charity. As part of this partnership, Kate was part of the Hi, How Are You Mental Health Day Fundraiser and performed over live stream with Jeff Tweedy, Bully, Molly Burch, Lucius, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, and a bunch of other folks.

    If you’re thinking about Kate Davis music, you’re thinking about Sharon Van Etten, Phoebe Bridgers, Feist…if you like that music vibe, check out Strange Boy on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music and other streaming services, or you could order some choice blue vinyl. Strange Boy, by Kate Davis – give yourself the gift of a midmonth music refresher!

    [Music – I’ll Do Anything But BreakDance For Ya, Darling, from Strange Boy by Kate Davis].

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    Ep 90 Reconciliation Activist J. Christopher Collins

    Ep 90 Reconciliation Activist J. Christopher Collins

    “A sense of endless possibility”: Different Together founder J. Christopher Collins on his new book, “Mending Our Union,” why face-to-face conversation by people with differing viewpoints can foster hope, and practical tips for tense talks.



    * J Christopher Collins’ website

    * Mending Our Union

    * Different Together

    * Glide Memorial Church

    * Living Room Conversations

    * Braver Angels



    I could be wrong. I suppose it’s possible. (I could be right)

    Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 90 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on February 2, 2021. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

     

    J Christopher Collins 00:00

    I’ve asked some of the Different Together participants, why do you keep on coming back here? And I commonly hear that, “it’s because I’m more hopeful. I’m less dismissive of people’s opinions.” And that is a starting point that is hopeful.

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:16

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent].

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:38

    Hi listeners – This is Nancy Davis Kho, host of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, and author of The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time. Valentine’s Day is coming and if you’re thinking, “Oh great, yet another holiday in captivity,” may I suggest a way to make it stand out from every other Sunday since last March? Write your Valentine, your Galentine or your Bacchanal-entine a gratitude letter for all the ways they’ve improved your life, and hand it over along with a copy of my book! You can find The Thank-You Project in bookstores, online, or for audio download and here’s some incentive – if you buy the book and you’re planning to give it to your Valentine, email me at dj@midlifemixtape.com tell me who you’ll gift the book and letter to and I’ll mail you a personalized bookplate to stick inside! Valentine’s Day SOLVED. Now let’s get back to real romance by which I mean, rewatching Bridgerton.

    [MUSIC]

    Hi everyone, and Happy 2021! You know if you listened to Episode 89 at the end of last year that I needed to take a bit of personal time off after the death of my mom in December. And I just wanted to start off this episode in this year by thanking all of you who reached out to check in on me and express condolences. It was a rough go as, frankly, was appropriate, and even once I started feeling better, I really couldn’t really exhale until after Inauguration Day.

    But I found once January 20th was behind me, I was actually feeling inspired and excited about the chance to talk to someone for the podcast and in particular today’s guest, J.

    • 38 min.
    Ep 89 Listeners’ 2020 Grief and Gratitude

    Ep 89 Listeners’ 2020 Grief and Gratitude

    “I grieve and thank Time for all of these reasons”: In this special year-end episode, a compendium of listeners’ stories of the losses they’re grieving and something they’re grateful for in 2020, and a tribute to the most wonderful mom in the world.



    * Midlife Mixtape End of Year Virtual Dance Party with DJ Damon – Dec 22 at 6 pm PT

    * Wendi Aarons’ humor writing on McSweeneys

    * Wendi Aarons’ humor writing on the New Yorker



    Thanks as always to M. The Heir Apparent, who provides the music behind the podcast – check him out here! ***This is a rough transcription of Episode 89 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on December 22, 2020. Transcripts are created using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and there may be errors in this transcription, but we hope that it provides helpful insight into the conversation. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email dj@midlifemixtape.com ***

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:00

    I have more memories of this year than most. I understand how life can change in an instant and I will always be thankful for 2020, for it has truly made me stop and smell the roses.

    00:12

    Welcome to Midlife Mixtape, The Podcast. I’m Nancy Davis Kho and we’re here to talk about the years between being hip and breaking one.

    [THEME MUSIC – “Be Free” by M. The Heir Apparent]

    Nancy 00:37

    If you’re hearing this episode on the day it publishes – that is, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – I’d like to invite you to a celebration of the final Midlife Mixtape Podcast episode of the longest year in the history of print calendars. I’ve asked my friend DJ Damon, who in normal times spins ‘80s alternative dance music at the Cat Club in San Francisco, to host Midlife Mixtape listeners on his Twitch channel tonight for two hours, starting at 6 pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, and  9 pm Eastern. All you have to do at the appointed time is go to https://www.twitch.tv/dj_damon – that’s https://www.twitch.tv/dj_damon – don’t worry, I’ll leave a link in the show notes – and you’ll be at the party along with Prince, Bronski Beat, Depeche Mode and more.

    Obviously NOT like an in-person dance party but you can still turn your computer speakers all the way up to 11 and dance around your living room. There’s a chat function on Twitch and I’ll be hanging out there so I hope you’ll drop in and say hello.

    As you’re going to hear at the end of the episode, I’m haven’t been able to put together my normal OCD playlist for this one, so I’m relying on you guys to add your requests to the chat tonight and Damon will get them spinning. No matter how you’re feeling today -sad, angry, disappointed, grateful, optimistic, lucky – dancing is always the right answer. I mean, we’ve all seen the solo Kevin Bacon anger dance scene in Footloose, right? Dance out those feelings. I hope you’ll join in for a single song or for a couple of hours tonight, Dec 22 at 6 pm PT at https://www.twitch.tv/dj_damon. I’ll buy the first round!

    [MUSIC]

    Nancy

    Welcome to the final episode of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast of 2020. I’m the host and creator of the show, Nancy Davis Kho, and I’m so glad you’re joining us.

    I hope if this show has brought you laughter, good memories,

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