The Mean Show is hosted by journalist and blogger Kristen Philipkoski, who interviews grown-up women who are creative, ambitious, progressive and engaged. You'll hear from women who are diving into the second half of their lives with style. We see you, even though most media don't seem to. Please get in touch if you'd like to be interviewed for the podcast or if you'd like to contribute to the online magazine.
Margo T. Krasne shares perspective at 83 on friendships, quarantine, career and change
Margo Krasne rebooted her life at the age of 50. A dyed in the wool New Yorker, she worked as an actress, an ad gal, a sculptor and started over again at 50 as a communications coach. She is the author of Say It With Confidence, I Was There All Along: A Memoir and What Would I Do Without You.
Now 83, Margo has a perspective on career, midlife, owning your age, living alone, friendship and so much more that we rarely get to hear in today's youth-obsessed culture.
During the pandemic lockdown, she became so convinced she would be felled by Covid-19 that she filled a bag with her medical history, meds, and extra masks for the EMTs who would cart her away. She "hung it by my door almost as an amulet."
But her 2020 turned out to be better than she could have imagined. Listen to hear her story!
Say It With Confidence
I Was There All Along: A Memoir
What Would I Do Without You
Margo's essay at Mean Magazine
Debbie Mink on how to re-ignite and protect your creative life
Debbie Mink is on a lifelong quest to integrate her creative life with the need in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the world, to have two-income family. She started out as a ceramicist, has been a go go dancer (in the podcast I incorrectly say she was a burlesque dancer, apologies!), performs spoken word, and is a curly hair advocate. She has a new online course called How to UnF*ck yourself and co-hosts her own podcast called Talking Smack!
Also don't miss the fun song she wrote, Bangs or Botox. Keep an ear out for it in the podcast.
Last but not least she created an amazing Pussy Quilt out of Blue Bottle coffee bags in response to the 2016 election! You can get a peek at that if you check out the video version (our first ever!) or the podcast!
Check out this episode on YouTube!
Debbie Mink on Instagram
Talking Smack podcast
UnF*ck Yourself digital course
Support the show (https://patreon.com/meanmagazine)
Episode 33: Claire Gill is the PR we needed for menopause
In this episode you'll meet Claire Gill, founder of The National Menopause Foundation. After more than 20 years in marketing and public relations for both nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, Claire founded the organization in September 2019 (can you believe it didn't exist until then??).
Her goal is to help women thrive at every stage of their lives with access to information and networks that help make menopause a positive, inspiring and empowering time in every woman’s life.
When Claire, who is also CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, realized there was no national nonprofit dedicated solely to women’s journey to and through menopause, so she set out to create one. The National Menopause Foundation is working to create a positive change in how people perceive, understand and experience menopause through education, peer-to-peer support, activism, and research.
Check out the foundation's website, The Positive Pause podcast, The Hot Flash newsletter, and its online community, The Menopause Metamorphosis for tons of great info that will make you feel less alone and be more informed on your menopause journey.
The National Menopause Foundation
Episode 32: Barbara Hannah Grufferman is a masterclass on life after 50
Welcome to episode 32! This week we speak with Barbara Hannah Grufferman, 60-something ultra-marathoner, menopause expert, and award-winning author.
Grufferman has written two books focusing on positive aging: Love Your Age: The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life and The Best of Everything After 50: The Expert's Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More. She speaks all over he country—well, she did before the pandemic, but that hasn't stopped her from bringing her pro-age insight to audiences around the world virtually.
Grufferman also publishes a newsletter called The Menopause Cheatsheet, which educates women about that all-too-mysterious time of life.
She is also a wealth of knowledge on over-50 on health, fitness, beauty, fashion, style, relationships and more.
In the podcast, we discuss the AARP's evolving cool factor, how running is not actually bad for your joints, easy ways to avoid osteoporosis and lots more.
Barbara Hannah Grufferman
The Menopause Cheatsheet
BHG on Instagram
Love Your Age: The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life
The Best of Everything After 50: The Expert's Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Episode 31: Celebrate the Gray founder Stephanie O'Dell is a champion of models over 50
It's episode 31! This week we speak to Stephanie O'Dell, founder of Celebrate the Gray, a full service agency for and about the 50-plus woman. Celebrate the Gray works to connect brands with her agency's more than 40 models, bringing to the forefront real faces and authentic stories of what she calls "aging with power."
Women are living longer, healthier lives, and advertising and messaging doesn't reflect that. After speaking with 1,000 of women over 50, she is working to update the age diversity of models that advertisers use. "Women can't be what they don't see!"
If you’re starting to see more women with gray hair in fashion shows and in advertisements, you can thank Stephanie.
Celebrate the Gray
Celebrate the Gray on Instagram
Stephanie O'Dell on Facebook
Joani Johnson for Fenty
Episode 30: Motherhood Later's founder on becoming a mom after 40
This week we feature Robin Gorman Newman, who founded an organization called Motherhood Later… Than Sooner. It’s a group that she started in Manhattan for women who became mothers later in life. I had been looking for something like it for a long time and I was so excited to find Motherhood Later. It has chapters all over the world from the U.S. to Nigeria and beyond.
Little did I know this is just one of the many creative hats Robin wears. She is a Tony Award nominated Broadway producer for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. She was Associate Producer of Motherhood Out Loud, and is a co-producer on forthcoming musicals earmarked for Broadway. Robin authored the books How to Meet a Mensch in New York and How to Marry a Mensch, serving as inspiration for a musical she and her producing partner are developing. She’s been seen on CNN and The Today Show, and has appeared as an author/Love Coach at Off-Broadway shows.
Robin founded LoveCoach.com and works as a Love Coach for singles helping them lead more successful social lives. When she became a mom in her early 40s, Robin launched Motherhood Later to help support other women on the same path. Her organization, as seen in Time, USA Today and beyond, now has in-person chapters worldwide and hosts an ongoing Zoom for later moms across the globe to connect. She is also a Co-Host of 3 WOMEN PRESENT, a new Zoom discussion series she and two other "later moms" launched to have conversations with inspiring game changer authors and experts who resonate with women over 40.
We talk about the pros and cons of becoming a mother later in life, being mistaken for grandmas, our paths to becoming later-life moms and lots more.
Motherhood Later on Facebook
Motherhood Later on Twitter
Robin on Twitter
Email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A true joy listening to Kristen and guests. I deeply appreciate Kristen’s journalism and her point of view. Great subject matter, I feel like I’m always learning with each episode. The Mean Show fills a serious void and it’s wonderful to finally have a space to talk about life for women who aren’t 20. Amen.
This is such a refreshing listen during my daily walks. Thanks Kristen!
Very inspiring. Kristin’s voice is so so soothing and calming ....puts joy to my day during these difficult times. Have loved all the guests so far !!!