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Video/Childhood & Adolescence

What to make of a Riot Grrrl? A snapshot of feminism and high school in the 1990s

18 minutes

Video/Life Stages

Harlem’s over-55s synchronised swimming team thinks ageing is better in the pool

4 minutes

Video/Love & Friendship

From a 77-year relationship to a first date – a brisk, cheery survey of love

3 minutes

Video/Life Stages

Ageing to the beat of their own drums – from one to 100 years old

3 minutes

Video/Love & Friendship

Fighting the tide: a Louisiana bayou couple’s 70 bittersweet years of marriage

13 minutes


Pressing the ashes of the dead onto records: odd novelty or tender remembrance?

10 minutes


Having a backup plan might be the very reason you failed

Chris Napolitano

Idea/Life Stages

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Daphna Oyserman

Video/Old Age & Death

Of humming birds and burgers: how old cans pay for a simple 90th-birthday treat

16 minutes

Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Why playing peekaboo with babies is a very serious matter

Caspar Addyman

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

From crawling to flying, the agony and ecstasy of trying to learn something new

5 minutes

Video/Life Stages

A deaf couple’s candid conversation shows what love looks like

6 minutes


Final words

Writing my father’s epitaph, I realised love of food trumped love of grandchildren – should his headstone reflect that?

Todd Pitock

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

End of story

I am an atheist, and suspicious of sugar-coated evasions. So how can I explain death to my son without fudging the truth?

Cormac James

Video/Meaning & the Good Life

How long does it take to recover from a tragedy?

3 minutes


A moving argument for one woman’s right to choose when and how she dies

3 minutes

Essay/Demography & Migration

Against generations

Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world

Rebecca Onion


Pain, relief, pleasure, and despair: what do we convey with our breath?

3 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

The power of story

Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains

Elizabeth Svoboda


Final independence

Nobody wants a protracted, dehumanised death: why is it still so easy for doctors to ignore a dying patient's wishes?

Jeanne Erdmann

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

My daughter, myself

Storms of doubt and change I expected as the parent of an adolescent, I just thought they would be hers, not mine

Marina Benjamin

Video/Life Stages

Imperceptible and unstoppable: the ageing process comes to life

5 minutes

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence


Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Video/Life Stages

Nearing death, a grandfather bequeaths a profound secret to his grandson

16 minutes


Night life

Back on the islands of my childhood, I’m clinging to sobriety, searching for a rare bird that’s also on the brink

Amy Liptrot

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

Get your kicks

No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike

Guy Claxton

Essay/Life Stages

Kids these days

Millennials are as hard-working as anyone else – so why does pop culture pretend that all we do is party?

James Somers


The Death Café

Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again

Clare Davies

Essay/Life Stages

Awaiting renewal

I’m 43 years old now, damn it, and my life is amazing. So why am I comparing myself to some styled professional?

Heather Havrilesky

Essay/Demography & Migration

The balinghou

Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough

James Palmer