New Podcast “Unretirement” Inspires Reimagining the Second Half of Life

Host and economics journalist Chris Farrell presents stories of workers who dared
to imagine a new kind of ‘retirement’

(NovAPM-0131-16-Unretirement_St2 (1)ember 16, 2015)—Saint Paul, Minn. — Today, American Public Media launches Unretirement, a new podcast for adults reimagining the second half of life, hosted by journalist and author Chris Farrell. Unretirement will introduce listeners to people who are redefining the traditional retirement years. They are finding meaning and money by pursuing entrepreneurship, working flexible hours and at part-time jobs. Chris also interviews experts who offer practical advice on how others can take a similar path.

“The word ‘unretirement’ represents a grassroots movement that is rethChris Farrell3948inking and reimaging the second half of life,” says Farrell. “It means figuring out how we as a society and as individuals can take advantage of more vigorous aging to make the world a better place for us and for future generations.”

Over the inaugural season’s eight episodes, listeners will be introduced to people such as a Taiko drummer who left her stable music director job to form her own ensemble, grandparents who moved from California to Washington D.C. to create a multigenerational household and a recently retired Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice (and former professional football player) Alan Page working more deeply with his foundation that mentors students and provides scholarship opportunities.

“The podcast isn’t only targeted at aging boomers.  Unretirement is part of a
larger conversation about aging and work, purpose and a paycheck,” says Farrell. “Whether you’re a twentysomething recent college graduate or a sixtysomething worker, these unretirement stories should inspire you to reimagine work and aging.”

Unretirement will be available each week on Tuesdays. Listeners can download it on iTunes. It can also be streamed at


About Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. His latest book is Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. (Bloomsbury Press, September 2014)

About American Public Media Group

American Public Media Group (APMG) is the largest station-based public radio organization in America, combining multi-regional station operations, national programming creation and distribution as well as innovative digital, social and mobile services in one organization. 19 million listeners tune in weekly to APMG’s national programming and regional stations on nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. American Public Media (APM), the national production and distribution arm of the organization, is one of the largest in the world with a portfolio that includes A Prairie Home Companion®, BBC World Service, Marketplace®, and the leading classical music programming in the nation. Supported financially by contributions from individual donors, sponsors, philanthropic foundations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), APMG’s regional operations include Minnesota Public Radio, a 45-station radio network serving nearly all of Minnesota and parts of surrounding states and Southern California Public Radio, a four-station network serving Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County and the Inland Empire. Launched in 2014, the Infinite Guest podcast network includes diverse offerings from best-selling authors to the best food, culture and comedy shows featured on public radio. APM’s lifestyle classical music stream, YourClassical, packages classical music in an unconventional and innovative way with streams suited for life’s biggest moments and everyday situations. Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio. Data are estimates only.