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Why Life Gets Better After 50

Around our 40s, there's a feeling of malaise and discontentment that can hit us all, even when we're at the top of our game. It turns out it is part of a natural cycle and life gets better after 50. (Rebroadcast)

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Journalist Jonathan Rauch was in his 40s when it hit him. It wasn’t really the so-called mid-life crisis. Rauch defines it as a malaise. He was at the top of his game career-wise, but he simply wasn’t happy. And that feeling sent him on a journey to ask why that should be the case and whether that feeling would ever go away. What he found was that it’s a natural part of the human experience, and it sets us up for a big comeback. He joins us to explain why life gets better after 50. (Rebroadcast)

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and the author of six books. His latest is called The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50. [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Take the survey Rauch conducted about life satisfaction while researching his book.

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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