Tune in for regular interviews and features including Surviving and Thriving, The Fountain of Youth, Move Forward. Give Back., Rock Stars of Aging and much more. Health experts, celebrities and role models, all interviewed by award-winning journalists Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer.
Growing Bolder: Underwater Cave Explorer Jill Heinerth; Entrepreneur Robin Wilson; Rock Keyboardist Patrick Moraz
Jill Heinerth has one of the most dangerous jobs there is. As one of the top underwater cave explorers in the world, she’s explored icebergs, volcanic lava tubes and submerged caves. She talks to Growing Bolder about her experiences being the hands and eyes of climatologists, archeologists and engineers, helping them to better understand our earth.
Robin Wilson is an author, eco-warrior, business leader and someone on the front line of fighting racial and gender discrimination. Her story is pretty eye-opening. She’s a Black woman who created her own custom cabinetry line, with more than 400 dealers nationwide carrying her products, yet she still could not get financing, despite the fact the line generated a quarter billion dollars worth of retail sales. She talks to Growing Bolder about her struggles and journey selling her Robin Wilson Home line, a hypoallergenic line of cabinetry and furniture, and offers inspiration for never giving up on yourself.
He’s one of the greatest keyboard players in rock, yet few know his name. Patrick Moraz, who played for Yes and the Moody Blues, was never in it for fame. For him, success is measured in spontaneity, experimentation and improvisation. Learn why he believes the same three ingredients are key to living a full and adventurous life.
Growing Bolder: Journalist Celeste Headlee; Songwriter Jimmy Webb; Journey’s Jonathan Cain
Growing Bolder is all about being able to reach out and to be there for others. Communication may be the most important tool we have to do just that, but for so many of us, that can be a struggle. Long-time NPR host and author Celeste Headlee is here to help. She’s the co-host of “Retro Report on PBS” and the author of two books, “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter” and latest is “Do Nothing: How To Break Away From Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving.”
Then, Jimmy Webb wrote some of the most beloved songs of the 1960s and ’70s, for everyone from Barbra Streisand to the Fifth Dimension to Frank Sinatra. But it was his collaborations with the late Glen Campbell that forever changed him. He reveals how Campbell’s death affected him and what he remembers best about their long friendship and partnership.
And Jonathan Cain, the longtime keyboard player from Journey, shares the kind of wisdom and advice that only comes from facing tough times. Don’t stop believing!
Growing Bolder: Denise Kaufman; Benefits of Daily Walks; Tim Minchin
Denise Kaufman is an important part of rock history but few know who she is. Kaufman is the lead singer and bass player for the Ace of Cups, one of the first all-female rock bands. She and her band opened for Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead in 1967, The Summer of Love. The Ace of Cups were ahead of their time and never got a recording deal.
Eventually, Kaufman moved to Hawaii and became a yoga teacher instructing Madonna, Jane Fonda, Quincy Jones and many others. Today she runs an organic farm near her home on Kauai, eats a plant-based diet, and is finally getting her due as a musician. The Ace of Cups have been rediscovered, and now, in their 70s, will soon be releasing their second studio album. She shares their exciting story, decades in the making.
Tim Minchin’s creativity apparently knows no bounds. He’s an internationally acclaimed actor, comedian, writer, musician and the creator, writer, producer, director, composer and star of the dramatic television series Upright. It’s already a smash hit in Australia, it recently made its U.S. debut on Sundance Now.
Minchin checks in with the Growing Bolder Podcast from his home in Sydney, Australia, to let us know about the trauma of shutting down his international tour due to COVID and how he’s adapting to life at home these days. Plus, he explains why he felt compelled to use his music to celebrate the virtues of monogamy and committed relationships, something that may seem at odds with his life as a touring musician and comedian
Growing Bolder: Rock photographer Henry Diltz; Caregiving on Ice
On this week’s Growing Bolder, we’re taking a trip back in time with one of the most iconic rock photographers in history. Henry Diltz was the man behind the camera for some of the most famous rock photos in history, including pictures of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock; ’60s folk legends like Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell and the Mamas and the Papas hanging in Laurel Canyon; and Paul and Linda McCartney in a field of yellow flowers. He also photographed famed album covers such as The Doors’ Morrison Hotel and James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James.
Diltz joins us to share stories about this unique time in American music history. Plus, discover what gets him excited these days.
Then, we introduce you to a nationwide program called Gliding Stars, which encourages special needs kids to go skating. Paired with able-bodied volunteers, the ice offers exercise, independence and joy in a most unexpected way for both clients and volunteers.
And do you ever feel the “umpys?” Growing Bolder contributor Barbara Hannah Grufferman is a champion for women over 50 and a powerful advocate for positive aging. The best-selling author admits that she, too, has struggled with her self-image, particularly after turning 50. She explains how she learned to deal with what she calls the “umpys” — grumpy, lumpy and frumpy — and found a new mindset for moving forward with confidence.
Growing Bolder: Dr. William Li; Erin Brockovich; A Culture of Health
Whether you or someone you know is fighting cancer, worried about the possibility of dementia or any number of other diseases, it turns out that you may be able to fight back by eating the right foods. That’s the message from William Li, M.D., an internationally renowned physician and scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal Itself.” We’ve all grown up thinking that the only REAL medicine is pharmaceutical medicine. Anything else is just new-agey kind of feel good stuff. Dr. Li offers specific examples of foods that heal, and backs it up with evidence based science.
If you ever thought about making a difference, only to stop in your tracks because you thought you had to be somebody to create change, then we’re here to remind you of one woman who did exactly that. Erin Brockovich‘s story is so bold and so inspiring it was turned into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts (who won an Oscar for the role). But that was just the beginning of Brockovich’s story. She continues to advocate for change and she’s out with a new book called “Superman is Not Coming.” She reveals how an ordinary law clerk like herself inspired extraordinary changes in her community. Get inspired to never stop fighting for what matters to you.
Then, what does it take for an entire community to create a culture of health? Growing Bolder goes to Eatonville, Florida, the nation’s oldest Black-incorporated municipality, to learn what happens when leaders and organizations team up to change the lives of those in the community.
Growing Bolder: Douglas Abrams; John Corse; Jon Anderson
When times are tumultuous, wouldn’t it be something to be able to turn to two of the brightest minds ever for some much needed wisdom? Author Douglas Abrams actually got to do that. He sat down right between Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and his holiness, the Dalai Lama, and moderated a conversation that generated so many eye-opening lessons, he even wrote a book about it. The book is called “A Book of Joy,” and Abrams says the lessons he learned then are even more important now.
After a 10 day-stint in the hospital with COVID-19, 96-year-old Master Swimmer John Corse is home and on the mend. He attributes his recovery to staying active and keeping his body strong enough to fight off the virus symptoms and side effects of the course of treatment.
As the voice of the rock group Yes, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Anderson is the face of progressive rock. His creativity, his passion and his voice have not diminished over the years. At the age of 73, Jon is as energetic, driven and prolific as ever.