The Gap Year Podcast

By Debbie Weil

Debbie's podcast is about making the most of growing older. It's about reinventing life and work in your 60s and beyond. It's for those in midlife and older who are using this chapter of life to explore, to create, to find meaning, and to make a difference. 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 Next For Me.

  1. 1.
    Author Dorie Clark on Playing "The Long Game” to Get the Most Out of Life and Work
    36:46
  2. 2.
    Season 4 - Trailer
    2:45
  3. 3.
    Debbie Weil on Turning 70, Mortality, and Making the Most of Growing Older
    39:25
  4. 4.
    Steven Petrow on the Stupid Things He Won’t Do When He Gets Old
    37:10
  5. 5.
    Bestselling Author Thomas E. Ricks on His Writing Process
    39:09
  6. 6.
    Debbie & Sam on Getting Calm and Centered in Baja (Yes, Even Sam Felt It)
    16:41
  7. 7.
    Nicholas Christakis on How the Pandemic Will Affect Your Life Until 2024
    55:29
  8. 8.
    Jeff Hamaoui on Changing Mindsets and Navigating the Messy Middle of Transitions
    28:54
  1. 9.
    Island Women Speak About Their Pandemic Year
    18:15
  2. 10.
    Rene Colson Hudson on Fighting the Widespread Phenomenon of Pandemic Fatigue
    29:03
  3. 11.
    Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum on Loss, Love, Preciousness, and Celebrating the Ordinary Moment
    35:19
  4. 12.
    Debbie & Sam on Fasting For Five Days and Why They Were Crazy Enough To Do It
    27:13
  5. 13.
    Encore's Marci Alboher & Aanchal Dhar on Intergenerational Collaboration and Why It’s Important Right Now
    33:01
  6. 14.
    Diane Feldman on Bridging the Political Divide in the U.S., the Problems with Polling, and Contributing to Your Local Community
    35:40
  7. 15.
    Ashton Applewhite on the Ugly Heart of Ageism and How the Pandemic Has Exposed Our Prejudices
    33:20
  8. 16.
    Debbie & Sam on the Beginning of the End of COVID, Reminiscing on Cold Winter Nights, and Shaving Off His Beard as a Birthday Present
    28:01
  9. 17.
    DJ DiDonna on Why Sabbaticals Lead to a Stronger Identity, Increased Happiness, and an Appetite for Change
    27:34
  10. 18.
    Paul Jarvis on Work/Life in the Time of COVID, Why Bigger Does Not Mean Success, and Why Simplicity Drives What He Does
    37:01
  11. 19.
    An 18-Year-Old Reflects on Starting College in Lockdown and What She Will Tell Her Children About the Pandemic
    18:32
  12. 20.
    Screenwriter John Mankiewicz on the New Golden Age of Podcasts and Streaming TV
    28:41
  13. 21.
    Daphne Merkin on Living Through the Pandemic With Serious Clinical Depression
    23:27
  14. 22.
    Debbie’s 90-year-old Dad Talks About the Most Extraordinary Election of His Lifetime
    17:31
  15. 23.
    Kathleen Billings on Steering a Small Town in Maine Through COVID and a Tense Election Year
    29:46
  16. 24.
    Kerry Hannon on Pajama Jobs, the New Age of Remote Work, and Why Older Workers May Benefit
    24:21
  17. 25.
    Juliette Kayyem on the Power of Twitter, Trump's Stochastic Terrorism, and Why She's an Optimist
    21:42
  18. 26.
    The View From London: Alyson Hoggart on Coping With COVID, Speeding Up Relationships, and the Importance of Communicating
    23:51
  19. 27.
    Guy Kawasaki Gets Serious About His Better Normal, the American Experiment, and What History Will Say About 2020
    33:27
  20. 28.
    Season 3 Trailer: Our Collective Gap Year
    3:15
  21. 29.
    Debbie and Sam on The Gap Year For Everyone, Silver Linings, Not Should’ing, and Season 3
    23:42
  22. 30.
    Chip Conley on the Future of Travel, the Journey Within, and Hitting Play After the Pause
    23:54
  23. 31.
    Blanche Colson on Being an Ordinary Person and Getting Comfortable With Death
    28:03
  24. 32.
    Seth Godin on Taking a Gap Year, Changing Your Mindset, and Why He Isn’t Pausing
    29:32
  25. 33.
    Rep. Genevieve McDonald on Stepping Into the Role of Fierce Female Leader During a Pandemic
    21:36
  26. 34.
    Anne Fadiman on Writing: Taking Risks, Improving, and Witnessing History
    40:51
  27. 35.
    Debbie & Sam on the New Normal, Quarantines, Immunity Passports, and Masks & Gloves
    23:12
  28. 36.
    Kim Klaft on a Global Gap Year and Living Without Regret
    38:17
  29. 37.
    Peter Corbett on Mortality, Dying, and a New Life of Service
    28:36
  30. 38.
    Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the Science of Happiness in Times of Crisis
    33:52
  31. 39.
    J-R & Alasdair on Living the Dream (or Winging It) in Guatemala
    33:48
  32. 40.
    Derek Sivers on Slow Thinking, Connecting, and Intentional Living
    38:26
  33. 41.
    Debbie & Sam on the Coronavirus, Magical Thinking, and Aging
    35:23
  34. 42.
    Sean Bailey on Financial Planning For a Gap Year
    33:14
  35. 43.
    Dr. Sam Harrington on End-of-Life, Reinvention, and Legacy
    28:31
  36. 44.
    Kathy Davies on Life Design As a Tool for Women's Midlife Reinvention
    32:04
  37. 45.
    Sonja O'Donnell on the Challenge of a Self-directed Life
    30:15
  38. 46.
    Guy Kawasaki's Life Lessons at 65: Skip the Email, Find Joy, and Speak the Truth
    24:29
  39. 47.
    Debbie's Story: Connecting the Dots Backwards
    8:30
  40. 48.
    An Executive's Story: Taking a Sabbatical With Susan De Cuba
    30:27
  41. 49.
    Aging Myths and Misconceptions and How They Translate Into a Missed Market Opportunity
    27:38
  42. 50.
    Nomadic Matt on travel as a way to reinvent yourself
    22:15

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