New Tricks for Old Dogs

New Tricks for Old Dogs

Why are we howling at the moon? In the 60's and 70's our generation led a cultural revolution. Now that we are in our 60's and 70's we see another cultural revolution led by folks like us who refuse to act their age. We may be Old Dogs, but we can still learn New Tricks. This podcast celebrates that revolution. It features offbeat news items, social observations, adventure tips, shameless humor, and interviews with contemporaries who are still engaged with life.

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September 26, 2022 24 min

The Old Dogs ramble about the concept of ashes to ashes… we report on a cryptocurrency blunder that made one lady a lot richer… we say farewell to Nichelle Nickols in her final journey to space… we announce the new butter sculptor at the Minnesota State Fair… we lament the release of a new slasher movie featuring, yes… Winnie the Pooh… and we tell the story of a starving artist who traded his paintings for dinner. The Old Dogs conv...

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The Old Dogs philosophize about political advertising. We introduce the concept of tree-mail. We bring you another edition of old doggerel. We hear from our Chief Aging Officer about how time seems to be gaining on us. And we amuse you with some medieval cures for common ailments. The Old Dogs Conversation is with Jim Martinez, a guy who has made it possible for thousands of sight-challenged listeners to enjoy the printed word. 

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The Old Dogs reminisce about the good old three-ring circus. We bring you another Ads and Fads. We  celebrate a postal worker, on the job since 1952. We invite you retire to your very own Scottish island. We familiarize you with familiar scenes from the movies. And we wonder about a modern circus that has no lions, tigers or bears... oh, my! The Old Dogs Conversation is with Allen Roth, a Hollywood audio engineer for over four deca...
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The Old Dogs Ramble about THE HEAT... Driving for Two... A note from Sandra Cavallo Miller...  Breaking in the Royal Shoes...  Old Doggerel #13 – Password Purgatory...  A Really Cold Case Murder...  A big Payday for Expert Witnesses. The Old Dogs Conversation is with Michael Hernan of Inishmore Island, County Galway, Republic of Ireland.

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The old dogs ramble about the price of gasoline - is it affecting you? We have breaking news about an old bust. We present another commentary from our Chief Aging Officer. We explore the history of knock-knock jokes. We praise the wisdom of Swiss laws governing guinea pig ownership. And we talk... about listening. The old dogs conversation is with Lynette Ross. A pastor who has taken a winding but sure-footed path to the ministry. 

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The old dogs discuss some of their favorite peeves about crutch words. We follow that with a podnugget on the same theme. There's also another of our beloved Old Doggerels, a celebration of the great jazz bassist Ron Carter, and an edition of Stump the Older Old Dog . The Old Dogs conversation is with Deirdre Virvo, a real-estate specialist who has been pioneering a boutique approach to assisted living. 

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In this episode the Old Dogs happily dwell on the subject of happiness. We bring your attention to the world’s very first speeding ticket. We take you back to a time when not all warriors were men. We introduce another bit of Old Doggerel. We share some practical ways in which you can improve your happiness. And we explain why it’s so hard for older folks to learn a language. The old dogs conversation is with Stanley Santire, who a...

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In this episode the Old Dogs speculate on the possibilities of aging in place. We marvel at the mystery of marrying in the metaverse. We bring you another Ads n Fads. We enlighten you with archeological discoveries that have change our view of the world. We coin another bit of Old Doggerel. And we report on the latest opinions about aging in place. The Old Dogs Conversation is with Ted Swindley, a prolific producer of prodigious pr...

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The Old Dogs ponder the legal and ethical ramifications of using genetics to help solve cold cases. We follow that with a piece on crowd funding genetic research. We present another bit of Old Doggerel. We list five things you may not know about airline cabins. We encourage you to avoid clichés... like the plague. And we acquaint you with a gentleman who can speak 24 languages. The Old Dogs conversation is with Steven Mikita, a tir...

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The Old Dogs ramble about... rambling - that is, the tendency for many of us to let our minds wander. We discuss the true definition of that everyday word, "jiffy." We get our latest report from Kathleen O'Brien, our Chief Aging Officer. We present another Old Doggerel. We marvel at the research people are doing on the language of pigs. And we dig into the phenomenon of the wandering mind. The Old Dogs Conversation is w...

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The Old Dogs speculate on hiring a stranger to sit with us and do nothing. We report on the odd ways people have defaced works of art. We find something all US Senators can agree on. We present another edition of Old Doggerel. We give you a lesson on how not to shoplift a crossbow. And we give an in-depth look at the Japanese practice of hiring strangers to do nothing with us. The Old Dogs conversation is with KATHLEEN SINCLAIR - a...

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The old dogs ponder why some people get goldfish... and then get rid of goldfish. We bring you another edition of Ads 'n Fads. We ask the question all America is asking, namely, where is spell check when you need it? We report on the growing problem of goldfish in Minnesota lakes. And we acquaint you with a few weird state laws still on the books. The Old Dogs conversation is with MARLIN MURDOCK - a gentleman who has learned wh...

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The Old Dogs are feeling vulnerable about online scammers. We're pulling for an Olympic tug-of-war event. Old Doggerel No. 5: The Cane Mutiny. Christopher Walken: still quiry at 78. Internet scammers are targeting seniors. A hundred ways to improve your life without really trying. 

GEOFF CAMERON came rather later to the podcasting game when he started experiencing issues with his eyesight. Rather than sit around and mope, Geoff ...

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More Old Doggerel, more Stump the Older Dog (he wins), much puzzlement about goldfish that are taught to drive, and not much help understanding the Metaverse. Our conversation is with comedian Rich Shydner, who proves that he can be hilarious both standing up - and in front of a computer.

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The Old Dogs ramble about the gimmicks we’re buying to improve our memory.  We report on what economics students think the average wage is in America. We urge you to always check your spam folder – you never know what you’ve missed. We acquaint you with words you won’t use… because they’re obsolete. And we discover the shortest workout to extend your life. The Old Dogs conversation is with David Born,  who has applied his many gift...

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The old dogs ramble about all the benefits of the Covid pandemic – betcha didn’t expect that. We bring you another Ads ‘n Fads. We wonder why somebody would steal a non-fungible token. We present our second installment of Old Doggerel. We experience getting drunk with a hamster. And we give you 99 reasons why Betty White was special. The old dogs conversation continues the dialogue we started last time with Kathleen O’Brien, Suzann...

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January 25, 2022 24 min

The Old Dogs reminisce about the past three years of podcasting. Also a special Conversation with Kathleen O'Brien, Suzanne Savoy and Kathy Biehl about the problems women face as they age. 

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The Old Dogs ramble about friends new and old, and their importance as we age. We reveal the truth about Canada’s strategic reserves… of maple syrup. We explain what’s happening when you lose the memory of where you have just been… and it isn’t alien abduction. We tell the tale of a guy who joined a search party that was looking for… him. And we quietly whine about movie dialogue we can’t hear, dammit! The Old Dogs conversation is ...

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In this episode the Old Dogs ramble about Ghost writers – are we getting cheated? We discuss the feasibility of teleportation and other sci-fi concepts. We enlighten you with another obscure word. We present four inventions that changed the world. And we dig into the concept of ghostwriting. The Old Dogs conversation is with EJ Nolan. A former DJ, disco king, sports announcer, voice talent, music entrepreneur and funnyman.

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The Old Dogs ramble about higher education – is it all that necessary? We learn about an actor who is still actively acting… at age 97. We get the latest musings from our chief aging officer. And Paul tries to stump me with a dictionary quiz. The Old Dogs conversation is with Paul Rosene, a music educator with too many accomplishments to list – still going strong at 92. 

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