Facing the Rest of Your Life

October 5, 2008
(was 10.07.2007)

Maybe it hits you the first time you get a mailing from AARP – all of a sudden, getting older isn't just about other people. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we spend time with some people who've chosen to face the rest of their lives in some unusual ways. Poker columnist James McManus takes himself off to the Mayo Clinic for an Executive Physical. Guitarist Glenn Kurtz rediscovers the joys of practicing, after abandoning his concert career. And sixty-something Michael Gates Gill says getting a job at Starbucks saved his life.

  1. Michael Gates Gill on "How Starbucks Saved My Life"

    Michael Gates Gill was born into privilege and handed a job at the country's most prestigious advertising firm. Much to his own surprise, he went to work behind the counter at Starbucks and has never been happier.

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  2. James McManus on "Physical: An American Checkup"

    James McManus got his editor to pay for the Executive Physical at the Mayo Clinic. He tells Jim Fleming what it was like.

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  3. Glenn Kurtz on "Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music"

    Glenn Kurtz was a child prodigy of sorts and headed for a big concert career as a classical guitarist.  But it didn't happen.  Now he's playing again but for the joy of it.

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  4. Joanna Trollope on "Second Honeymoon"

    Novelist Joanna Trollope reads from "Second Honeymoon" and talks about why the empty nest syndrome is particularly difficult for women.

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  5. Carl Klaus on "Letters to Kate"

    Carl Klaus is the author of "Letters to Kate."  It's a collection of the letters he wrote to his wife in the first year after her death.

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