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Steve Mencher

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Steve writes about culture, politics, the news, and other subjects for AARP. He's also a jazz musician with the Willis Gidney Quintet. He has worked for Carnegie Hall, NPR and the Library of Congress as an audio, video and multimedia producer.

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Bye-Bye Windows XP: What You Need to Know

Posted on 03/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyPlanned obsolescence. You expect it with your cellphone and your TV. You’re used to it with your car. But your computer operating system — the software that determines what you see on the screen and how you make the hardware work —  has nearly always allowed you to upgrade and stay connected and productive. Now, if you’re among the hundreds of millions of computer users running Windows XP, it’s the end of the road. After April 8, Microsoft is cutting …

This Week in Boomer History: John and Yoko … AZT … Who Shot J.R.?

Posted on 03/16/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is released March 19, 1962. The album contains only two original Dylan tunes. In response to Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announces on March 21, 1980, a U.S. boycott of that summer’s Olympics in Moscow. On March 19, 1987, the Food and Drug Administration approves the antiretroviral drug AZT to treat AIDS. It’s the first drug to slow the development of the disease and opens the way to new therapies. Who shot …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Two artists in Brooklyn are living in a giant hamster wheel. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. A simple blood test predicts 9 times out of 10 who will develop dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Elephants can tell men from women and friends from foes by listening to their voices. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. Rolling Stone Keith Richards has written a children’s book about his first guitar. (Learn more at AARP) 5. William …

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Posted on 03/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

Dalai Lama Opens Senate Session With a Prayer

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, opened the U.S. Senate session on March 6 with a prayer, which Senate Historian Don Ritchie believes to be a first for a Buddhist. Also known as Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama, 78, spoke first in the Tibetan language, then in English. “With our thoughts we make our world,” the prayer began. “Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The latest food fad, this one in Milwaukee: Mac and Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco. (Learn more at Gothamist) 2. The latest quest for the fountain of youth: A DNA sequencing company called Human Longevity. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. Saturated fats (butter, bacon, beef) make your belly bigger, while other fats (fish, nuts, olive oil) help build muscle. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Stethoscopes are germier than doctors’ hands. (Learn more at NBC News) …