63 episodes

Debbie's podcast is about making the most of the collective gap year we've all been living through. It's aimed at those in midlife and older who are using this global timeout to find meaning and purpose and to figure out what comes next.

Guests include well-known authors and experts like Nicholas Christakis, Seth Godin, Daphne Merkin, Guy Kawasaki, Kerry Hannon, Chip Conley, Juliette Kayyem, and Marc Freedman. As well as inspiring individuals like Debbie's 90-year-old father; the 56-year-old manager of a small town on the coast of Maine; and a 67-year-old woman who decided to get comfortable with death.

Why is Debbie qualified to be the host? She and her physician author husband, Sam Harrington (also a recurring guest), took a gap year at age 61. After leaving a comfortable life in DC, they’ve been living a non-retired gap life ever since on an island off the coast of Maine.

More at https://debbieweil.com/podcast

MEDIA PARTNERS: Encore.org, Modern Elder Academy and Next For Me.

The Gap Year Podcast Debbie Weil

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Debbie's podcast is about making the most of the collective gap year we've all been living through. It's aimed at those in midlife and older who are using this global timeout to find meaning and purpose and to figure out what comes next.

Guests include well-known authors and experts like Nicholas Christakis, Seth Godin, Daphne Merkin, Guy Kawasaki, Kerry Hannon, Chip Conley, Juliette Kayyem, and Marc Freedman. As well as inspiring individuals like Debbie's 90-year-old father; the 56-year-old manager of a small town on the coast of Maine; and a 67-year-old woman who decided to get comfortable with death.

Why is Debbie qualified to be the host? She and her physician author husband, Sam Harrington (also a recurring guest), took a gap year at age 61. After leaving a comfortable life in DC, they’ve been living a non-retired gap life ever since on an island off the coast of Maine.

More at https://debbieweil.com/podcast

MEDIA PARTNERS: Encore.org, Modern Elder Academy and Next For Me.

    Steven Petrow on the Stupid Things He Won’t Do When He Gets Old

    Steven Petrow on the Stupid Things He Won’t Do When He Gets Old

    Debbie Weil talks to award-winning journalist and author Steven Petrow about our ambivalence about getting old, the long list of stupid things old people do (that he vows NOT to do), and how to talk about the hard stuff with our elders. A fun, easy listen about hard topics.

    • 37 min
    Bestselling Author Thomas E. Ricks on His Writing Process

    Bestselling Author Thomas E. Ricks on His Writing Process

    Debbie talks to bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks about his writing process, what really goes into writing a book, and what drives him to write. He's working on his eighth book. The last five, including "Churchill & Orwell" and "First Principles," have been New York Times bestsellers.

    The Gap Year Podcast is about making the most of the collective gap year we’ve all been living through. As it is Debbie's show she also gets to talk to cool people about things she really cares about. High on that list is the topic of writing.

    • 39 min
    Debbie & Sam on Getting Calm and Centered in Baja (Yes, Even Sam Felt It)

    Debbie & Sam on Getting Calm and Centered in Baja (Yes, Even Sam Felt It)

    Why Debbie forced her husband to go to Mexico's Baja peninsula for a retreat and renewal on the idyllic Modern Elder Academy campus.

    • 16 min
    Nicholas Christakis on How the Pandemic Will Affect Your Life Until 2024

    Nicholas Christakis on How the Pandemic Will Affect Your Life Until 2024

    Debbie talks to bestselling author Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, about the predictable phases of plagues and what this means for our current pandemic, about herd immunity and vaccines, about public health messaging and more. This special 55-minute episode of the podcast is fascinating.

    • 55 min
    Jeff Hamaoui on Changing Mindsets and Navigating the Messy Middle of Transitions

    Jeff Hamaoui on Changing Mindsets and Navigating the Messy Middle of Transitions

    Debbie talks to Jeff Hamaoui about transitions during this time of global transformation, messy middles (a real term), mindset management, and the pattern-interrupting power of physical retreats.

    • 28 min
    Island Women Speak About Their Pandemic Year

    Island Women Speak About Their Pandemic Year

    Island Women Speak, the popular multi-generational women's storytelling event that Debbie produces, could not take place this winter. In this short episode, Debbie invites three past performers onto the show to offer a taste of the intimacy and wisdom that the live audience has loved in the past.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Emanuel Rosen ,

Intelligent and relevant

Listening to this podcast is like sitting with Debbie and her guests in her living room and hearing an intelligent conversation about issues I care about. Anything from fasting-diets to ageism to dealing with this “collective gap year”. I guess I fit the demographics, but it’s more than that: I love the overall tone, her down-to-earth approach and the insights (from both Debbie and her guests). I met Debbie years ago at a conference and I’ve been observing her on social media, sometimes with envy when I see the beautiful pictures from Maine she posts. This well produced podcast added a soundtrack to these pictures.

Renee from MEA ,

Debbie has a way!

I met Debbie at this wonderful place called MEA, Modern Elder Academy, in Baja California Sur. She and I quickly connected and I was able to see her in Houston where her husband was speaking. I learned about her podcast at MEA and started listening. She has such a way of drawing her listeners into the interview, whoever she is speaking with. They’re interesting, funny and really vary. I’m sorry I’m missing her and Sam down in Baja! Take a listen. I think you will enjoy.

Maurice Frank ,

Interesting, Timely and Down to Earth

Debbie Weil's podcast is interesting, timely (especially during a pandemic), and always very down to Earth.The topics and guests are worth listening to and learning from, and the host is a fine interviewer. Very personal too. Highly recommended for anyone trying to find themselves again in later life.

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