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A Documentary That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

Beauty & Fashion | EntertainmentThe first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives — pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

Older Unemployed Face a Tough Road

Posted on 01/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWhat’s the prognosis for the older long-term unemployed? Grim. That’s the takeaway from “Set for Life,” a new American Public Television documentary underwritten by the AARP Foundation. The hour-long program tracks several primary breadwinners who have lost their jobs, the effect that has on their families and their efforts to land a new one. The program catalogs the dismantling of the American Dream – an informal compact that assured workers of relative job stability, health care, and the opportunity to …

From Lawyer to Chronicler of Jewish History

Posted on 08/1/2013 by | Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeEthan Bensinger is a take-charge kind of guy. When he sees a need, he figures out how to take care of it. And while visiting relatives over the years at a Chicago home for Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors, the retired immigration lawyer decided that the residents’ stories of struggle and resilience needed to be recorded for posterity. He did just that. He bought a video camera and recorded the remembrances of 30 people for the home’s archives. But Bensinger …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

‘Letters to Jackie’ Invites Us to Relive 11-22-63. Where Were You?

Posted on 06/20/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeGet ready. For the next five months, those of us of a certain age will be returned to the Friday afternoon in 1963 when we heard the most shocking news of our young lives. The president had been shot. We’ll tell each other stories about where we were, what we felt and how it changed our world. The premiere of the documentary Letters to Jackie at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington this week invites us to begin that …

Ken Burns, Katie Couric to Tackle Cancer, ‘Emperor of All Maladies’

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentHe’s taken on the Civil War, baseball and jazz. Now, spurred by a personal tragedy, America’s foremost documentarian is tackling cancer. According to the Associated Press, Ken Burns will collaborate with Siddhartha Mukherjee to bring the author’s book The Emperor of All Maladies to PBS in spring 2015. The film is scheduled to run for six hours, over three nights. Burns’ mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 3, and she died 8 years later. “There was never …