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The Big Middle

43 EpisodesProduced by Susan FloryWebsite

Journalist Susan Flory's podcast exploring the big issues of longer, healthy midlife, rethinking ageing in a world obsessed with youth.Stereotypes are smashed, mindsets are moved in interviews with the world’s biggest thinkers on all aspects of the longevity revolution.<< Longevity Work Age… read more

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Sergey Young

November 28th, 2019

35:12

Longevity science and economics to the fore once more on The Big Middle.

Or should I be calling it the science and economics of mission-driven …

Lizzie Penny + Alex Hirst

November 14th, 2019

36:36

The fast-changing world of work is explored this time on The Big Middle.

I used to spend far too much of my early mornings jumping on and off trains to get to a TV news desk in an open-office incubator of noise and …

Sir Michael Marmot

October 31st, 2019

47:29

For this episode, I’m in the central London office of Sir Michael Marmot, a legend in public health and social justice.

He's been waging international battle for a fairer, healthier society for 40 years. Sir Michael …

Dr Phil Webb

October 18th, 2019

25:29

Susan Flory here with the second episode of The Big Middle’s look at the transformative power of artificial intelligence in health.

Going online for …

Nik Sehgal

October 18th, 2019

24:04

A whizz-bang techno edition of The Big Middle for you this time - a two-parter.

I am fascinated - but often confused - by the hype about the potential of AI in health. It and other tech innovations are touted as the …

Kay Scorah

October 3rd, 2019

43:07

We in the so-called rich world are grappling with how to recast our societies to move beyond the obsolete learn-earn-retire-in-your-prime model of …

Peter Mangan

September 19th, 2019

35:38

There's a silent but alarming epidemic of loneliness and social isolation across the rich world across all ages. The World Health Organization now …

Martin Hyde

September 5th, 2019

33:41

This time on The Big Middle, we’re homing in on the intersection of rapid population ageing and globalisation - the two biggest social …

Jeremy King

August 1st, 2019

51:39

A trailblazing effort to attract older workers to the restaurant trade is why this episode of The Big Middle sees me happily installed in the …

Margaret Morganroth Gullette

July 25th, 2019

43:21

You're about to hear from an anti-ageism voice most powerful, with a reach that’s truly global.

Margaret Morganroth Gullette's many books and essays …

Stuart Lewis

July 19th, 2019

39:48

There is an ocean of statistics swishing around these days on the degree of takeup in rich countries of the renewable asset of mature workers.

In the UK, the adjective miracle is attached to articles about the rise and …

Carl Honoré

July 11th, 2019

1:16:33

On this episode of The Big Middle, a big thinker and crusader against evil ageism and racing through life instead of actually living it.

Carl Honoré …

What it means, how it feels to grow old

June 20th, 2019

41:20

You will love the learning and sharing and raw emotion in this episode of The Big Middle.

For this look at the big issues of longer midlife, I’ve …

Adrian Juric

May 30th, 2019

32:58

The politics of longevity and the need for global action against evil ageism are much discussed on The Big Middle. Across the life course of my …

Tina Woods

May 16th, 2019

44:44

You may well have missed the birth here in the UK of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on longevity.

The announcement coincided with our first glimpse of a certain baby Archie. Safe to say, the newest member of the …

Richard Eisenberg

May 2nd, 2019

40:41

This week on The Big Middle, a podcast postcard from the five Blue Zones. You likely know it was journalist Dan Buettner who first put these five pockets of longevity on the world's radar with his piece in National …

Stephen Burke

April 25th, 2019

31:57

The UK is among the world's most age-segregated societies. Generations seldom mix outside of families. We've sorted ourselves into age silos, keeping …

Lucy Kellaway + Katie Waldegrave

April 11th, 2019

43:11

So many of us hit a career wall at halftime. Circumstances force change or we actively seek it. Even when chucked out due to retrenchment or evil ageism, many fiftysomethings experience an irresistible urge to do …

Marc Freedman

March 28th, 2019

38:09

Search How to Live Forever online and you’ll get one billion 30 million hits - most about conquering disease and death, the mind-blowing efforts of longevity scientists. My guest is a leading expert on longevity but his …

Jeanette Leardi

March 21st, 2019

54:32

Reasons to be cheerful about global efforts to stamp out ageism across the generations on this week's The Big Middle.

Jeanette Leardi is a social …

Ryan Child

March 14th, 2019

41:06

One of the biggest issues or our time, across all ages, across much of the world, is the silent epidemic of loneliness. In our click + connect age, real life disconnection dominates. We’re living longer but too many of …

Deborah Garlick

March 7th, 2019

23:47

These days, we openly talk about virtually everything. So why oh why are some shtum when it comes to menopause? Too many barely whisper the word when it’s a life transition that can be debilitating for so many women, …

Aubrey de Grey

February 28th, 2019

49:30

My third and final guest from the recent Longevity Leaders conference in London is a superstar of the longevity space. Biomedical gerontologist …

Wilf Blackburn

February 19th, 2019

23:36

This is the second episode from this month’s Longevity Leaders conference in London - the first of its kind. Think of the conference as the equivalent of the World Economic Forum's Davos for the rising industry borne of …

James Peyer

February 14th, 2019

27:29

Something completely different on this episode of The Big Middle, a fascinating foray into the science of the future of ageing from the first-ever Longevity Leaders conference in London.

My guest’s vision of a future …

Elizabeth White

February 7th, 2019

41:22

When my job disappeared in my 50s, I didn’t worry. I’d been a good saver, the future was exciting, unknown - let the next adventure begin. I hadn’t …

Marci Alboher

January 24th, 2019

21:28

"What if we looked at our ageing population not as a problem but as an army of experienced social problem solvers"

That quotable quote is from my …

David Sinclair

January 17th, 2019

46:39

Will 2019 be the year we get closer to reaping a longevity dividend? How do we make the most of our ageing society when inequality, inertia and ageism skew the experience of living healthy, longer lives? I put these …

Karen Wickre

January 10th, 2019

36:56

Happy New Year, happy new episode of The Big Middle. The first month of every new year heralds a blizzard of resolution listicles - 10. 20, 50 ways …

Jonathan Rauch

December 13th, 2018

40:59

Subscribers to The Big Middle will have heard just about every guest mention the U-curve of happiness. Along the life course, social and brain science shows the curve is happy-miserable-happy not - as you might have …

Chip Conley

December 6th, 2018

38:23

Hotelier. Author. Social Alchemist. Disruptor. Student. Sage. Modern Elder. That’s how my guest Chip Conley introduces himself on his website. Click into it and you find this quote: “Young enough to take up surfing. …

Nadia Tuma-Weldon

November 29th, 2018

46:56

Changing mouldy mindsets is no small order in a world full of media messages that reinforce arbitrary judgements based solely on age.

If you’re …

Dr Chris Ball

November 15th, 2018

41:20

Not every government and every company are asleep at the switch as healthspans lengthen, birth rates fall, migration slows, and the hard-stop age of retirement disappears. Some are blazing new trails, making big moves …

Ashton Applewhite

November 8th, 2018

44:55

Longevity is here to stay. There’s no disputing that. Retirement as we concocted it in the 50s is all but dead. It’s the age of the 100-year life …

John Tarnoff

October 25th, 2018

43:44

Time was, as recently as 1900, you were a heartbeat away from your coffin if you were lucky to make it to 50.

Now, even a rare, fantasy retirement on a cushy pension loses its lustre when you might live another 30, 40 …

Andrew Scott

October 18th, 2018

41:06

Patchy at best, must do better - the report-card phrases that fit when assessing how government and big business are responding to the social …

Prof Tim Noakes 2

October 4th, 2018

39:53

This is our second look at the low-carb high-fat lifestyle being adopted by so many of us over-50s these days. Those of us who’ve examined the science behind it after years of calorie-counting deprivation and disordered …

Prof Tim Noakes

October 4th, 2018

37:16

He’s a polarising figure, vilified by medical and dietetics professionals for challenging the orthodoxy of conventional healthy eating. But there’s …

Tricia Cusden

September 27th, 2018

25:18

Even when you’re 70, society keeps dishing unsolicited advice about how you should behave, what you should do, how you should look. Bright red lippy …

Shirley Cramer

September 27th, 2018

33:01

Ageism is biting harder than ever in the West, lazy language and attitudes are reinforcing outdated practises and thinking about the presentation and capabilities of people over 50. The negativity across the …

Lord Geoffrey Filkin

September 27th, 2018

27:28

It may have escaped your notice in this age of information overload but there’s a social revolution happening across the West. The fortunate among us …

What's it about?

September 6th, 2018

2:34

We're living healthy longer but how do we do it well in a world that pretty much casts us aside after we hit 50?
Join Susan Flory and guests in …

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