Dating While Gray: Older Bodies and Brains in Love

Young adults don’t have exclusive rights to romance and sexual desire. But the brains and bodies of older people remain under-represented in narratives about love, so it’s easy to forget that intimacy doesn’t end after 50. While older people contend with all kinds of physical and mental changes, gray daters also are driven by spontaneous emotions and primal urges -- sometimes manifesting in behavior that proves no, we aren’t always old enough to know better.

In this special hour of audio, you’ll hear from single people 50 and older dealing with these issues as well as experts including noted anthropologist Helen Fisher; sex journalist Michael Castleman, author of “Sizzling Sex for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Maximize Erotic Pleasure at Any Age”; Dr. Arthur Burnett, whose original research helped lead to the development of Viagra; and sexuality counselor Kathryn Ellis, who developed the Occupational Therapy Sexuality and Intimacy Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Content Advisory: This program covers topics of sexual nature in an informative, educational manner and the host and guests will be talking frankly about sex and intimacy.  As such, your audiences may want to be aware of who is listening along with them.  We encourage stations to listen to the full preview and 13:40-18:40 mark of Segment 3 on ContentDepot.


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Preview audio available: December 17, 2021
Promo spot available: December 27, 2021
Program rundown available: December 19, 2021
Date content will be uploaded: December 29, 2021


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January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Broadcast Rights

Available to all APM affiliates; subscription to the APM Presents package is not required for carriage. Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before April 1, 2022. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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Laura Stassi

Laura is a longtime journalist and author of several nonfiction books for young readers. When her marriage ended after nearly 30 years, she asked friends and relationship experts for advice on navigating the dating scene. She created the public radio podcast Dating While Gray to share everything she’s learned. Hint: Finding love doesn’t necessarily get easier with age.

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