By Nancy Davis Kho: Gen X humor writer and '80s song lyrics over-quoter
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A podcast to celebrate GenXers at midlife, with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In each episode, writer Nancy Davis Kho of MidlifeMixtape.com interviews fellow GenXers about how they're thriving in the years between being hip and breaking one. From discussing the first concert each guest ever saw, to what’s easier and harder than they expected at midlife, to what piece of advice they'd give their younger selves, the conversations will inspire, entertain, and maybe even make you feel stoked to be caught in the middle.
||ExplicitEp 38 Listeners’ First Concerts||“Hooked on live shows from that moment on”: From Metallica to Manilow, parking lot panic attacks to pretend roadies, Cow Palace to CBGB’s, Midlife Mixtape listeners answer the question: “What was your first concert, and what were the circumstanc||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 37 Journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty||“The bear is dinner”: Barbara Bradley Hagerty, author of “Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife” on two big secrets to midlife happiness, balancing a short- and long-term life outlook, and a French concert that wasn’t.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 36 Author Rob Sheffield||“10,000 conversations about Prince”: Rolling Stone columnist and author Rob Sheffield on how how shared music and memories temper our losses, the benefits to practicing adaptability, and the enduring genius of Disco Naps.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 35 “Listen To Your Mother” Founder Ann Imig||“You, Again”: Ann Imig, founder of the "Listen To Your Mother" national staged reading series, on knowing when the time has come to move on, making friends with fear, and why lozenges and jumpsuits are so complementary.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 34 Designer Lesley Evers||“Problems into opportunity": Women’s clothing designer Lesley Evers on the wholesale nightmare she turned into a retail renaissance, how she makes her brand more inclusive, and that time Grace Jones set the stage on fire. Literally.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 33 Original MTV VJ Martha Quinn||“Lightning in a bottle”: MTV VJ and IHeart80s radio host Martha Quinn on her crazy audition for the job of a lifetime, why there’s so much nostalgia for the ‘80s, and learning not to overload her “plate.”||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 32 Singer/Songwriter Jeffrey Foucault||“There’s no shortcut:” Along with sneak previews from his new album Blood Brothers, Americana musician Jeffrey Foucault shares his thoughts on impersonation becoming truth, the music economy, and the magic triad of luck, hard work, and talent.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 31 Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp||“Trust my feet:” Nature hacktivist Rue Mapp on her non-profit’s work to reconnect and strengthen the relationship between nature and communities of color, the healing qualities of outdoor time at midlife, and trail (music) mixes.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 30 Democracy Defenders Isabel Kallman and Jeannine Harvey||“That next first step:” FeedOurDemocracy.com co-founders Isabel Kallman and Jeannine Harvey on the need for civic and civil engagement, the power of scale, and how all those years of therapy finally pay off at midlife.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 29 Humorist Wendi Aarons||“My time to call them out:” Award winning humorist Wendi Aarons on the power of protest humor, her admiration for the next generation’s ability to speak up, and her nascent career as a Barry Manilow fanfic writer.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 28 Feminist Writer Peggy Orenstein||“I really stand by my work:” Bestselling author and journalist Peggy Orenstein on three decades of covering issues affecting girls and women, the persistence of the assault on women’s rights, and her curious predilection for offbeat adventure trav||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 27 Empathy Expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe||“Trusting my special sauce:” Grief and empathy specialist Dr. Kelsey Crowe on concrete ways to convert compassion to action, seeking joy in midlife grief, and outgrowing her own fear of making mistakes when loved ones undergo difficult times.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 26 Resistance Genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn||“My voice is worth hearing:” Journalist Jennifer Mendelsohn on turning her genealogy hobby into a powerful means of combating disinformation, her midlife confidence, and that time she was Mariah Carey’s backup singer at summer camp.||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 25 Hip Hop Choreographer Corey Action||“It’s ok to say no:” Bay Area hip hop legend Corey Action on the power of putting your wishes into the Universe, working with the next generation of hip hop activists, and freestyling through unexpected midlife transitions.||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 24 Chainstitch Wrangler Kathie Sever||“This weird zig-zagging mishmash:” Custom embroidery designer Kathie Sever on being grateful for her circuitous life path, the sustainability trade off between customization and efficiency, and how craft keeps the humanity in a digital world.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 23 Musician Kathy Valentine||“I really like to be scared:” The Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine on the band’s legacy and upcoming “Head Over Heels” musical, her thirst for lifelong learning, and the magic that comes from following those interests that tug at your heart.||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 22 Decluttering Expert Dana White||“Turn that creativity wheel:” Decluttering expert Dana White unpacks why less stuff means more creativity, how GenXers can help downsizing parents and kids leaving home, and the challenges and payoffs of living in the now.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 21 Maternal Health Advocate Sera Bonds||“Reach over the divide:” Sera Bonds, founder/CEO of Circle of Health International (COHI,) talks about the power of transformative conversation, inherent racism in poverty work, and her changing definition of success at midlife.||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 20 Band Manager Amber Buist||“Know your worth:” In this year-end supersize episode, Amber Buist, manager of indie-folk sensations The Accidentals, talks generosity and serendipity on tour with the band. Plus updates and musical surprises to wrap up 2017!||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 19 “Maxed Out” author Katrina Alcorn||“It starts with compassion:” Katrina Alcorn, author of “Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink,” on structural changes needed to help GenX women at the breaking point, a reminder that change is inevitable, and her rocker flock of urban chickens.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 18 Girl Advocate Lynn Johnson||“Not the secondary characters:” CEO of Spotlight: Girls, Lynn Johnson, on how the theater camp she co-founded to help put girls’ stories center stage is going nationwide, her midlife leadership shift, and a concert that was even cooler in retrospe||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 17 Travel Writer Lavinia Spalding||“Enough sky for everyone:” Travel writer and editor Lavinia Spalding on why taking a writer’s perspective can make you a better traveler, the importance of keeping journals, and the virtues of karaoke diplomacy.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 16 Author Neal Pollack||“An infinite number of hobbies”: Author and polymath Neal Pollack on his father/son educational podcast from Audible called “Extra Credit,” how to be a cool dad of a teen (hint: ignore the teen’s opinion,) and poker’s power to unite.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 15 Celebrity Makeup Artist Aliesh Pierce||“Take a seat within your soul:” Makeup artist, esthetician, and entrepreneur Aliesh Pierce talks about her early career in music videos, midlife as a time to turn inward, and what made her cry when she met the Obama family. Bonus: ode to skin masks!||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 14 Environmental Entrepreneur Jeff Kirschner||“Meet people where they are:” Environmental entrepreneur Jeff Kirschner on how his Litterati project grew from an Instagram photo of a cigarette butt to a global community clean-up, and how data (and vanilla creme cookies) can drive sustainability.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 13 DJ Misbehaviour||“Something that’s born in us:” DJ Misbehaviour on the reaction she gets as a white, middle-aged woman dropping sizzling hip hop beats, the method to her vinyl-filing madness, and the beauty of human connection on the dance floor.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 12 Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar||“Disproving them by your actions:” Military hero/progressive Congressional candidate Major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar on her role in opening jobs for women in the military, her decision to run for office, and life as a Warrior Mom.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 11 NPR Music Critic Ann Powers||“It’s always in the hips:” NPR music critic Ann Powers discusses her latest book, “Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Rock and Roll in American Music,” why we need women at the center of “Best of” music lists, and her ear plug hind||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 10 Filmmaker Jordan Brady||“Rug burns on my character:” Filmmaker Jordan Brady learning (and re-learning) humility, his new documentary “I Am Battle Comic,” which follows comedians who entertain US troops in the Middle East, and how to handle incriminating llama pix.||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 9 Artist Isabel Samaras||“Wave a magic paintbrush:” Artist Isabel Samaras talks about applying Old Word painting techniques to Gen X myths, what happens when you’re no longer “the new thing” in the art world, and how Samantha ended up naked inside Jeannie’s perfume||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 8 Happiness Expert Dr. Christine Carter||“The U-curve of happiness:” Sociologist and happiness expert Dr. Christine Carter talks about meaningful vs. happy lives at midlife, how an outward focus boosts inner happiness, and the U2 concert that helped her see her dad in a new light.||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 7 Pixar Storyteller Scott Morse||"Be open to wonder:" Pixar storyteller Scott Morse talks with Nancy about growing older without growing up, the Beastie Boys as role models, and why Pixar's Cars 3 might just be the perfect movie for midlifers.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 6 Digital Pioneer Jory Des Jardins||“A series of cycles:” Digital pioneer Jory Des Jardins on the benefits of midlife collaboration, realizing life may not be linear, and why Nancy needs to suck it up and try Virtual Reality and Snapchat||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 5 TV Critic Tim Goodman||"Tear up the road map:" Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic, talks about the art of the midlife pivot, using music to bond with the next generation, and his Elvis Costello dream date.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 4 Author/Amoeba Music co-founder Yvonne Prinz||"Jazz cigarettes now available in the Jazz Room": Nancy and guest Yvonne Prinz, YA author and co-founder of Amoeba Music, talk personal and retail reinvention and taking time to percolate at midlife||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 3 Comedian Karinda Dobbins||Oakland comedian Karinda Dobbins on why Gen Xers are so good at rolling with it when it comes to work/creative balance.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 2 Writer/musician Michelle Gonzales||Nancy and her guest, perimenopunk author and musician Michelle Gonazales, discuss why midlife is the perfect time for Gen Xers to start something new (or revisit something old!)||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 1 Welcome To the Midlife Mixtape Podcast||Welcome to the Midlife Mixtape podcast, where we'll celebrate Gen X at midlife with humor, heart, and a really good beat.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
This Gen Xer loves it!
I've always loved Nancy's writing and her blog but it's so fun to hear her "come to life" and I'm looking forward to being inspired by her guests who are also finding their way through this mid-life reinvention. It's the perfect podcast for my morning walks!
Nancy Davis Kho knows her stuff
Nancy is a great interviewer, she knows her subject matter. She's also very funny. Really enjoyable listening!
Smart funny validating
Nancy Kho is a terrific writer with sharp insight and a fabulous sense of humor. She brings her warmth and curiosity to her interviews, and her mission of celebrating midlife rings true by the fun she has with her very cool and interesting guests.
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