This series targets people who believe, "it's not about age, it's about attitude." It finds and celebrates the men and women who smash stereotypes, promote lifelong learning and act as role models for active lifestyle and healthy aging. The co-hosts, veteran journalists Marc Middleton and Bill Shafer, bring a wealth of broadcast experience. In each episode, they introduce inspirational, optimistic and life-affirming segments about athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, actors, politicians, health experts, as well as ordinary people - all of whom share a common goal of growing bolder, not older.
Growing Bolder Previous Broadcasts
Small Actions: Big Impact (Episode #208H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Hey, Your Nose is Growing! - There are very few full-time marionette theaters in the country. One of them, Pinocchio's Marionette Theater near Orlando, Florida, is dedicated to keeping the vanishing art alive. See why they believe puppetry is not only still relevant but even more necessary in these high-tech times. Andy's New Bike - Andy was born with fetal alcohol syndrome 40 years ago. His adoptive and loving parents have always encouraged him to get involved in life and he has. He has a job, a lot of friends and gets all around town on his beloved bicycle. So, imagine his despair when it was stolen. And imagine his surprise when the very people he thought were a nuisance turned out to be some of the best friends he ever had. Restore Your Passion and Pass it On - The mission was gratifying yet overwhelming. But isn't taking on projects that are way too big the key to great accomplishment? JT Thompson had such a bright vision for an old, run-down historic home that he never had time to consider failure. And against all odds, he far exceeded even his own expectations. Be the Maestro of Your Mind - It may be music to your ears but it's actually fuel for your brain. Many studies concur -- one of the best ways to exercise your brain is by learning to play a musical instrument. As you'll see, you don't have to be Mozart to be the maestro of your mind!
No Limits (Episode #207H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
How World Records are Broken - Motivated by the stories we do every week, Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton got back in the pool for the first time in 35 years. That was two years ago. Today, Marc is a member of Rowdy Gaines' Blu Frog Masters Team and now, the Froggers have something to croak about. World War II's Fading Memories - There aren't many people like Bill Coleman. There used to be, but World War II vets are vanishing. It's why their stories are so important. Not just for their first-hand accounts, but also to ensure the lessons they learned don't just fade into history. Come Play With Us - From fast cars to talking water -- yes, you read that right -- we're showing you the coolest new games and rides at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo. You won't see this stuff anywhere else ... yet! Triathlete Tony Handler Tony Handler isn't supposed to be here. Twenty-five years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and given two years to live. That same year, he completed his first triathlon. After that, the cancer attacked his liver, prostate and thyroid glands but he's beat them all back. His story will inspire you to keep on fighting, no matter what life throws your way.
Quiet Confidence (Episode #206H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Discover Your Inner Sex Symbol - The expression "less is more" has never been more true. Women are taking it off, to turn it back on! Boudoir photography is hot, in more ways that one! And it's not just those young, skinny 20-somethings, it's women in mid-life and beyond who are giving their all, well, just about, to prove that age is irrelevant! Celebrating 50 Years of Skydiving History - On August 16, 1960, Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger rode a helium balloon to 102,800 feet -- the very edge of space -- and jumped. Fifty years later, to commemorate man's longest leap, Kittinger became the first inductee into the National Skydiving Museum Hall of Fame. Tracing Your Family Tree - Ever wonder where you came from? Digging up your family tree's roots can help you see a more clear future. We'll take a look at how technology is making it easier than ever to find out who you really are! Bobby Goldsboro: Musical Colors - In 1968 while Joplin, Hendrix, the Doors and Jefferson Airplane were singing about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Bobby Goldsboro was singing about "Honey." After a career in which he sold more than 35 million records, hosted a national TV show, wrote six best-selling children's books and produced a national PBS show, you'd think the soon-to-be 70 Goldsboro would be winding down. Think again.
Mind Over Matter (Episode #205)
KQED Life: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Family, Friends and Pancakes - We spend our days talking to or in search of ordinary people living extraordinary lives. And what we've learned is that anyone can do it. All it takes is passion. And the best thing about passion is that it's contagious. Dr. Jack Beattie has it. And his family and friends have caught it. Mind Over Matter - Jennifer Field was 17 when a car accident left her comatose with a severe brain injury. Few expected her to survive. But she did. Fewer expected any kind of recovery. And it HAS been a battle, step by agonizing step, for nearly 20 years. Now, she travels the country, performing a one-woman show, re-living her story so that others who've suffered traumatic brain injuries never lose hope. The Veterans of Motocross - It's the ultimate motorized highwire act, requiring lightning-fast reflexes, incredible strength and stamina, and nerves of steel. For decades, motocross has been a young man's extreme sport. It's still extreme, but suddenly there's gray hair everywhere. How Tuppperware Helped Women Grow Bolder - The plastic bowl with the airtight seal helped transform American society and advance the women's movement worldwide. Today, a Tupperware party is held every 2. 5 seconds. Women go home with new containers and a new dream for a better future. Most likely, none of it would have happened if it wasn't for a man named Gary McDonald.