49 episodes

Anthropologist Veronica Kirin traveled 12,000 miles across the United States interviewing the Greatest Generation to document the high-tech revolution. This podcast shares clips from the interviews with elders and with strangers who are asked "how do you think technology is changing us?" The full study was published in the award-winning book "Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows about Technology that You Don't."

Stories of Elders Veronica Kirin

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Anthropologist Veronica Kirin traveled 12,000 miles across the United States interviewing the Greatest Generation to document the high-tech revolution. This podcast shares clips from the interviews with elders and with strangers who are asked "how do you think technology is changing us?" The full study was published in the award-winning book "Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows about Technology that You Don't."

    Episode 49 - Grace Stinton

    Episode 49 - Grace Stinton

    Worked as a "Rosie the Riveter."

    Grace Stinton passed away on 19 Feb 2024 at 101 years old.



    I met Grace Stinton through friends of friends. They were excited for me to interview her, as she had been a "Rosie the Riveter." She described to me life in the factory, that perhaps what she did for work would not be allowed today due to safety concerns.

    I'm thankful for her family's continued contact. They told me that Grace passed away earlier in 2024 at 101 years old. This episode is in memory of her contribution to this book.

    • 8 min
    Episode 48 - Shirley Tate

    Episode 48 - Shirley Tate

    Used the well to chill butter and milk. 

    Shirley Tate passed away on December 31, 2020.

    • 10 min
    Episode 47 - Douglas Gale

    Episode 47 - Douglas Gale

    Ran a scrap metal drive as a youth during WWII.

    Husband to Thelma Gale.

    • 8 min
    Episode 46 - Sylvia Gutierrez

    Episode 46 - Sylvia Gutierrez

    Had to learn how to use a computer while working at a bank. 

    Sylvia passed away on August 27, 2022.

    • 12 min
    Episode 45 — Thelma Gale

    Episode 45 — Thelma Gale

    Used an icebox throughout their childhood.

    Thelma Gale passed away in 2020.

    Wife to Douglas Gale.

    • 7 min
    Episode 44 — Br. Luke Robert Reddington

    Episode 44 — Br. Luke Robert Reddington

    Grew up in New York City playing "city games" like kickball.

    • 5 min

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The Wisdom of our Elders

As a technology critic, I was excited to find Veronica Kirin’s book Stories of Elders. It’s packed with precious insight and wisdom from so many of America’s elders. If we want insight into how to live our lives around today’s technology, we’d be wise to heed the experiences and stories of those who have come before us. Great to hear the stories first-hand through this podcast too!

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