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A Manifesto Against Ageism

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Activist Ashton Applewhite says aging is mostly framed as a disease that can be cured. But the process begins the moment we’re born and she joins us to explain why being older is something to embrace.

RadioWest divider.

How old are you? If that sounds intrusive or just plain rude, the writer and activist Ashton Applewhite says that’s because our culture is full of messages that say getting old is a problem. She says aging is often framed as a disease that can be cured if you’d just buy the right pill or procedure to “fix” it. But Applewhite calls aging a process that begins the moment we’re born, and she joins us Monday to explain why being older is something we should embrace rather than fear.

Ashton Applewhite blogs at This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is This Ageist? Her book is called This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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