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 48 - Shirley Tate
Used the well to chill butter and milk.
Shirley Tate passed away on December 31, 2020.
Episode 47 - Douglas Gale
Ran a scrap metal drive as a youth during WWII.
Husband to Thelma Gale.
Episode 46 - Sylvia Gutierrez
Had to learn how to use a computer while working at a bank.
Sylvia passed away on August 27, 2022.
Episode 45 — Thelma Gale
Used an icebox throughout their childhood.
Thelma Gale passed away in 2020.
Wife to Douglas Gale.
Episode 44 — Br. Luke Robert Reddington
Grew up in New York City playing "city games" like kickball.
Episode 43 — Jim Hayes Jr.
Grew up cooking on a wood-burning stove.
Jim's interview is featured in the Stories of Elders Documentary that you can stream at www.storiesofelders.com.
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!