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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 114 Ratings

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 111 The Final Midlife Mixtape Podcast Episode

    Ep 111 The Final Midlife Mixtape Podcast Episode

    “Make room for something new”: Surprise! Creator and host Nancy Davis Kho on why it’s time to “sunset” the show after almost five years, plus Eight Big Life Lessons from the Midlife Mixtape Podcast.



    * Sign up for Nancy’s email list

    * The Thank-You Project – makes a great holiday present or 2022 project!

    * Drew Barrymore inducts The Go-Gos into the R&RHOF

    * Jimmie Wilson for Alameda County DA

    * List of Voting Rights organizations to donate to, if you’ve enjoyed the Midlife Mixtape Podcast over the years!



    * Fair Fight

    * Arizona: Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

    * Georgia: Asian American Advocacy Fund

    * Michigan: Detroit Action

    * Minnesota: TakeAction MN

    * North Carolina: Advance Carolina

    * Pennsylvania: OnePA

    * Wisconsin: Black Leaders Organizing for Communities (BLOC)





    * The amazing musician behind the podcast music on Midlife Mixtape – M. The Heir Apparent



    The funniest skit I’ve ever seen. Apply medicinally when you are feeling low.

    • 28 min
    Ep 110 “New Map of Life” Cartographers Ken Smith and Karen Breslau

    Ep 110 “New Map of Life” Cartographers Ken Smith and Karen Breslau

    “Stretch the rubber band”: Stanford Center for Longevity’s researcher Ken Smith and co-author Karen Breslau, on conclusions from SCL’s new study that seeks to radically redefine how to live better, when we’re living longer.





    * The New Map of Life from the Stanford Center on Longevity

    * Midlife Mixtape Podcast Ep 52 with Author Mary Laura Philpott – preorder her new book Bomb Shelter now!

    * Alexandra Rosa’s storytelling performance on The Moth, “Call Me The Rock, or Call Me Colombian”



    This is the OLD map. But a damn good song.

    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 110 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on November 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 ***

    Ken Smith 00:00

    What is the thing that makes me want to get up in the morning, and how can I actually orient my life more towards that direction as I get older?

    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 00:33

    The presenting sponsor of today’s episode is Kindra.

    Kindra is a health and wellness company revolutionizing menopause. It is backed by science and made by women, for women, and Kindra’s products help women navigate the most disruptive signs of the change. You all know the deli menu: hot flashes, restless sleep, dryness, brain fog. You may not want to have what she’s having at this particular deli, but isn’t it nice to know that there are products that can help you manage better?

    At their website, OURKINDRA.com, you can figure out exactly which of their products might be in order by taking their 5 minute online quiz. Listeners, both male and female, let me remind you once again that menopause is a natural stage of life for women and it signals the start of what can be the most powerful and impactful times of our lives, as you’ll hear in today’s episode. So shouldn’t we try a little harder to embrace it?

    You can head to ourkindra.com. That’s OURKINDRA.COM and use code MIXTAPE20 all caps to get 20% off your first order or subscription. That’s ourkindra.com and MIXTAPE20 to get 20% off!

    [MUSIC]

    Hi everyone. I’m Nancy Davis Kho, the host and creator of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Especially compared to Thanksgiving 2020 where the four of us were all huddled at home already, everyone just came out of the bedroom again for dinner, this year was wonderful. Our older daughter had a friend in for a visit, and our younger daughter had to actually come home from college to spend the holiday with us, which is a beautiful thing. We headed over to my high school friend’s house for a big gathering, the highlight of which to me was when her son asked me in front of the crowd to share a crazy story of his mom from high school. Oh, I had to crack my knuckles!

    • 48 min
    Ep 109 Animal Policy Expert Mark Cushing

    Ep 109 Animal Policy Expert Mark Cushing

    “From accessory to center stage”: Mark Cushing, founder of the Animal Policy Group and author of “Pet Nation”, on the emotional, physical, and societal benefits of the human-animal bond at midlife and beyond.



    * Pet Nation: The Inside Story of How Companion Animals Are Transforming Our Homes, Culture, and Economy

    * Animal Policy Group

    * From Sandy Hook to the World by Scarlett Lewis, founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement



    New in November from the Grown Ass Lady Squad:



    * Are Women’s Lives Just Someone Else’s Business Model?

    * How I quit the diet cycle and refocused on what really matters in life

    * The Secret to a Happy Life? Friendship!

    * DameMagazine.com

    * Modern GenX Woman Podcast



    Here’s proof that GenX DOES have pets!



    Thumbs up.

    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 109 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on November 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 ***

    Mark Cushing 00:00

    I don’t think there’s a time in your life that the companionship of a pet – by the way, it isn’t limited to dogs or cats – can’t make you feel better.

    Nancy Davis Kho 00:11

    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 00:35

    The presenting sponsor of today’s episode is Kindra.

    Kindra is a health and wellness company that is revolutionizing menopause, backed by science and made by women, for women. Their products help women navigate the most disruptive signs of the change, like hot flashes, brain fog, restless sleep, dryness, and more. At their website, OURKINDRA.com, you can figure out exactly which of their products might be in order by taking their 5 minute online quiz, or simply clicking one of the following statements: I’m Dry, I’m Hot, I’m Tired, I Can’t Sleep, and everybody’s favorite – It’s Complicated. Oh honey. Isn’t it just.

    The change comes for all of us ladies, so isn’t it time we started talking about menopause instead of pretending it’s something that only happens to other people? You can head to ourkindra.com. That’s OURKINDRA.com and use code MIXTAPE20 all caps to get 20% off your first order or subscription. That’s ourkindra.com and MIXTAPE20 to get 20% off!

    [MUSIC]

    Hi everyone and welcome to Episode 109 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast! I’m Nancy Davis Kho,

    • 44 min
    Ep 108 DryTogether Founders Megan Zesati and Holly Sprague

    Ep 108 DryTogether Founders Megan Zesati and Holly Sprague

    “A spirit of curiosity”: Megan Zesati and Holly Sprague, founders of the DryTogether alcohol-free living community for midlife moms, on the benefits of teaming up to cut back on booze, the media messages that boost our consumption, and living AF(AF.)



    * DryTogether.org

    * Harvard Health Article on Women, Alcohol, and COVID-19

    * Outlander #1 –  your gateway read

    * Presenting sponsor Kindra – use the code MIXTAPE20 for 20% off your first order!

    * Unlock Your Life Podcast with Lori A. Harris



    Freedom to make the best choices for yourself at midlife, and to worship George Michael.

    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 108 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on November 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 ***

    Holly Sprague 00:01

    In my life right now, I’ve got so much going on up there that I need some space, and I need some area that is not consumed with how much I drank last night or how much I’m going to drink tonight.

    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.

    00:26

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

    Nancy 00:40

    The presenting sponsor of today’s episode of Midlife Mixtape is Kindra. Kindra is a health and wellness company that is revolutionizing menopause. Their products help women navigate the most disruptive signs of the change, like hot flashes, brain fog, restless sleep, dryness, and more. That’s the cafeteria menu you want none of. Kindra is science backed and it’s made for women and by women, and yeah, I’ll go ahead and say I think it’s probably better to get your menopause support products developed by people who have also whipped off a cardigan sweater and shoved their hair into a messy bun in the middle of a meeting, while fanning themselves off with a sheaf of paper.

    Kindra makes it easy to get personalized product recommendations and educational content with their online quiz. It just takes 5 minutes. Isn’t it time we started talking about the change and embracing it?

    You can head to ourkindra.com – that’s OURKINDRA.COM and use code MIXTAPE20 – all caps – to get 20% off your first order or subscription. That’s ourkindra.com and the code is MIXTAPE20 to get 20% off!

    [MUSIC]

    Nancy 01:48

    Hello to all of you who know exactly who will be there wanting some when you try new soft and juicy Bubble Yum… I’m going to give you a minute… It’s the Flavor Fiend.

    Hi, it’s Nancy Davis Kho. I’m the host and creator of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. I have considered doing an episode where I just have you guys all record yourselves singing your favorite 70s or 80s ad jingles, but that would create earworms that might actually be fatal to us at our ages...

    • 42 min
    Ep 107 Listeners’ Halloween Stories

    Ep 107 Listeners’ Halloween Stories

    “Who’s Slash?”: Listeners – and Nancy – share stories of their memorable Gen X Halloweens past, from decidedly non-sexy costume strategies, to 7th graders on the cusp, to home bat invasions.



    * The Perfect Cocktails for Your Perimenopause Party  by Wendi Aarons, Gloria Fallon, and Marilyn Naron

    * Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how I became a punk rock lawyer) by Juanita E. Mantz, Esq



    Happy Halloween, you grown up goths.

    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 107 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on October 19, 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 ***

    Wendi Aarons 00:00

    We learned our lesson that is probably not a great idea to dress like a ‘60s burnout named Touch Me Don’t Touch Me when we’re trying to get some action at a fraternity party.

    00:11

    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]

    The Presenting Sponsor of Midlife Mixtape is Kindra.

    Kindra is revolutionizing menopause. They are a health and wellness company helping women navigate the most disruptive signs of the change including hot flashes, brain fog, restless sleep, dryness, and more. It’s science backed and made by women, for women.

    And as I’ve said on this show before, it’s probably going to be up to GenX to normalize open discussion of this entirely normal phase of life. Like at this conference I just attended, when I leaned over in front of a group of four women I’d never met before, all younger than me, and pulled out the Take 5 bars out of the stash of fun-sized candy that organizers had dumped in the center of the table. And I said to them, “Back when I still had eggs this was the perfect candy for that monthly salty/sweet craving, but now I can eat them whenever I want!” I’m just normalizing it, ladies.

    You can find your personalized product recommendations and educational content with a quiz that just takes 5 minutes. Isn’t it time we started talking about the change and embraced it? You can head to ourkindra.com and use code MIXTAPE20 (ALL CAPS) to get 20% off your first order or subscription.  That’s ourkindra.com and the code is MIXTAPE20, to get 20% off your first order or subscription from Kindra.

    I also wanted to make sure you guys are aware of a really cool new little chat book, a little tiny pamphlet-sized fiction collection called Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender (or how I became a punk rock lawyer) . It’s by Juanita E. Mantz Esquire – that’s M-A-N-T-Z – and it’s a multi genre chat book containing memoir pieces, social justice, essays and poetry. It describes the author’s love of punk rock and Juanita’s quest to challenge the system of mass incarceration as a deputy public defender. She talks a lot about the intersection between punk rock and public defense.

    • 26 min
    Ep 106 Singer/Songwriter Bob Schneider

    Ep 106 Singer/Songwriter Bob Schneider

    “Something besides yourself to love”: Austin music legend Bob Schneider on his latest album, “In a Roomful of Blood With a Sleeping Tiger”, non-autobiographical songs written with autobiographical emotion, and why he shouldn’t rule the world.



    * BobSchneider.com

    * Bob on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

    * Collective Effervescence essay by Adam Grant – New York Times

    * Contact Nancy to set up Thank-You Project Event this fall!

    * Don’t forget to share your GenX Halloween stories! More here…



    Since we talked about his ’99 song “2002” so much in our convo…here  it is:

    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 106 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast. It originally aired on October 5, 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 ***

    Bob Schneider 00:01

    I want to be Will Rogers at some point in my life, where there’s nobody on earth that’s not a friend of mine.

    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]

    00:32

    Hey there and welcome to Episode 106 of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast, where we have so much going on today. I’m Nancy Davis Kho, and I’m the host and creator of the podcast, and there are two things I want to tell you quickly and then I promise we are getting right into the interview.

    First! We have another Listeners’ Stories episode coming up next time and I need your stories! You know how this works. I give you a topic, you guys write in, record yourselves, drop me a comment, and whatever prompt I give you, and this time it is: GenX Halloween. I KNOW you have something to say: your ‘70s, ‘80s, and ’90s Halloween memories. The kind of stories that our Gen Z kids and our Boomer older siblings just couldn’t relate to. Maybe it was the smell of those plastic masks that your parents bought you at the drugstore. Remember those in the cellophane boxes? Maybe it was the lady around the corner that everybody knew put razor blades in apples. Why would she spend time doing that? She was watching General Hospital. She wasn’t trying to hurt anybody. Maybe you went dressed as a mailbox, because back then being clever or weird was better than being sexy. There were no sexy mail boxes. That was maybe just me. I don’t know.

    Whatever the prompt GenX Halloween brings to mind, we all want to hear it! So you know the drill. You can leave me a voice mail right from your computer! You just go to https://www.speakpipe.com/MidlifeMixtape and you can start recording there with one click. I LOVE when people do this, because then I can incorporate the actual voice of our listeners in the episode.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Amber B CC ,

Gen-X, this is for you!

Like being invited to the cool kids table, Nancy makes aging feel like a gratifying rite of passage! Funny, inspiring, and heart-warming! You’ll press 'refresh' looking for new releases each week! I highly recommend it!

-Amber Beam, Career Coach

Jen near the bay ,

Don’t care for your politics

I was enjoying the podcast until it was clear that the host doesn’t like conservatives/Republicans.

fem80 ,

supremely enjoyable

love the philosophy and format of this show. i'm discovering so many cultural figures, past and present, through the wonderful interviews and the host's experience and interpretations.

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