Midlife (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
Midlife This week on The Infinite Mind: What do we mean when we talk about "midlife"? It depends on who you ask. Short of being that span of time between adolescence and old age, "midlife" can be the years of greatest contentment -- then again, they may be times of unrelenting stress and discomfort. From songwriters to sociologists, poets to psychologists and even to comics, midlife offers an unusually vast panorama by which to witness and explore the human experience as we begin, in singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III's happy phrase, "to crunch the numbers." Joining Dr. Peter Kramer this week are members of the Mid-Life Crisis Comedy tour. Dr. Ronald Kessler from the MacArthur Foundation Midlife Network tells us that midlife can be the best of times and the worst of times -- it just depends on the gender, the class, and the age of the person you're talking with. Dr. Margie Lachman, a psychologist at the Lifespan Lab at Brandeis University explains that even as mid-lifers start to experience some loss in "the mechanisms of cognition," years of knowledge make them invaluable additions to the workplace. Singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III offers a brand-new song touching on the "ancients" at your high school reunion. The Infinite Mind's Jackson Braider tells anxious midlifers that it's okay to worry -- the world of work is indeed fraught with change, with very little benefit to the midlife employee. Finally, centenarian and former Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz offers a vision of midlife from the vantage point of a lifetime of experience. Hosted by Dr. Peter Kramer and produced by the Peabody Award winning Lichtenstein Creative Media .