As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives. This year, KLRU will present 2nd Half of Life project. Created for one of the best-educated, healthiest, and most privileged generations in American history — the Boomers — the series aims to help people reinvent life after the age of 50. This month KLRU presents new episodes of Growing Bolder starting Jan. 15th. 2nd Half of Life Growing Bolder airs Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU.
January 1st – “Discover Your Future”
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!
January 8th – “Famous Footsteps”
Paul and McCartney and Me – A lot of people love the Beatles, but how many have ever performed as one? Or ever recorded at Abbey Road Studios? Or toured with the cast of Beatlemania. Perhaps the only person in the world who has done it all, is John Babcock! It’s a love affair that began at age five when he was one of the millions who first saw the Fab Four on the Ed Sullivan Show. Six Bullets to the Chest – James O’Connor was not standing at the proverbial crossroads. He was lying there. On a gurney. With six bullets in his chest. On what could have been his deathbed, James was overcome with a single thought, “We’re born to be alive, so we should live.” And so he did. The Boomer Fountain of Youth – Remember when Biketoberfest was for the young and wild? It’s still pretty wild, but the average age will surprise you. More than 200,000 make the annual ride to Daytona Beach, Florida. They come to see the bikes, but often discover the bikers are far more interesting! Wearing a Dream for All to See – Her life was fine the way it was, except for one thing — she had long dreamed of doing something else. So, Diane Shelton gathered up the courage and took a huge chance, never realizing that by creating a whole new cultural clothing business she’d also be creating a new passion for life!
January 15th – “Fun and Funky”
A Mom Who Walks On Water – As a teen, Karen Putz lost her hearing while barefoot water skiing. More than 25 years passed, but her desire to get back on her feet kept burning within. Some family members told her she was too old. But Karen had rediscovered her passion. Keep on Rocking – Meet the Bats, a popular Kentucky group that regularly sells out its gigs and always leaves the audience laughing. See why they’re inspired to keep on rocking the stage, even if they still have day jobs. This WASP Still Stings – Betty Wall Strohfus was one of a handful of female pilots in World War II. After the war, she thought that part of her life was over. She was in her 70s when she felt compelled to honor her fellow WASPs by telling her story. Now at 91, she’s more proud and passionate than ever, and she’s one of the feistiest people you’ll ever meet!
January 22nd – “Better Together”
One Lap at a Time – Susan Helmrich is one of the best swimmers in the world in her age group. She’s also a three-time cancer survivor and a victim of one of the greatest drug tragedies in history. With luck, determination, great medical care, the support of family and friends and the benefits of the sport of swimming, Susan has fought to escape the deadly legacy of a supposed wonder drug turned nightmare. Meet the Hornman! – Bill Nemoyten was a music educator for most of his life. So why would that change when he retired? Instead, he bought an RV, packed up his wife and his collection of 16 different types of horns and set out from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area on a never-ending mission to share his passion for horns with anyone who will listen. Now, he is known far and wide as… The Hornman! The Couple That Sweats Together Stays Together – Triathlons are hard enough, but imagine competing against your spouse! Carol and Joe Neal recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, and their relationship is as strong as their bodies.
January 29th – “Still Having Fun”
Orleans: They’re Still Having Fun – Think you know music? Who sang “Still the One,” “Dance With Me” and “Love Takes Time?” Orleans was the band, but who was the singer? Leave it to Growing Bolder to introduce you to one of the most recognized voices but least-known names in music. In for the Long Haul – Siphiwe Baleka is a one-of-a-kind Yale graduating, globetrotting, God-fearing, truck-driving, fast-swimming family man. And he’s got a new mission — to help long-haul truckers everywhere improve their health, fitness and quality of life. Conversations of a Lifetime – We all have a tale to tell, and that’s the premise of NPR’s Story Corps. We take you inside an amped up Airstream that’s a one-of-a-kind time capsule and it’s helping people across the U.S. leave a priceless legacy for future generations.