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
Discover Your Future (Episode #201H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Discovery of a Lifetime - Joanie Schirm always knew there was more to her family history than what she had learned from her parents. When they passed away, she made a remarkable discovery in an old desk. It was a discovery that sent her on the adventure of a lifetime revealing a world of survival, loss and suffering during World War II. A 5-Minute Masterpiece - Brian Olsen is as much a work of art as his pop culture portraits. He's a blur of brushes, hands, color and energy. There's only been one other like him. But his mentor's untimely death sent Brian on a profound journey to inspire others to find outlets for creativity and self-expression. Welcome, Wendy Chioji - A television anchor, breast cancer survivor and competitive athlete, Wendy Chioji has traveled the world and collected stories from people of all walks of life. As she joins the Growing Bolder team, we take a look at what makes Wendy such a Growing Bolder story herself!
Take Second Chances (Episode #313H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 23, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Famous Face - His life was one of abuse and rejection. The more he suffered, the stronger his resolve. No one believed in him, until a chance meeting with a fledgling talk show host changed everything. Now, after 20 years as Oprah Winfrey's personal makeup artist, Reggie Wells is set to soar. Roderick Sewell - Just a few years ago, Roderick Sewell was a homeless teenager with no legs who was failing school. Today, he's a world-class athlete, attends college and he's set his sights on a big goal -- making the Paralympics team. His life started turning around when he got involved with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, an organization that not only provides running legs for disabled athletes -- it provides a pathway to a successful life. Second Chance at Life - At age 68, Larry Pontius had a life expectancy counted in single-digit days. Even the smallest things reminded him of his own mortality -- commercials for a football season he might never see; pictures of places he might never get to visit. Then came a life-changing call.
Born to Dance (Episode #312H)
KQED Life: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
With the Greatest of Ease - 67-Year-Old Joe Johnston is a champion at track and field, and the pole vault is his specialty. He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, but he's no circus performer. Joe says he has the secret to life, and he's sharing it with Growing Bolder. So She Thought She Could Dance - Thanks to the popularity of dance shows on network TV, dance studios around the country are busier than they've been in decades. Many more people would love to take lessons but worry about embarrassing themselves. By all accounts, Quin Bommelje was so bad when she first started, her teacher and even her husband couldn't bear to watch. She had a hard time to keeping time to the beat. Now, her younger dance partner has a hard time keeping up with her! Final Resting Place - It's art. It's a memorial. It's grandma's cremated remains! We're all about living and normally wouldn't cover the National Funeral Directors Convention, but we heard the industry is changing rapidly. We promise, this story isn't depressing. A little weird? Yeah, we'll give you that. From launching your loved one's ashes into space to tucking them into the barrel of a hunting fan's shotgun, we'll give you unusual ideas for a final resting place.