About the Series

Longer lives are, at once, among the most remarkable achievements in all of human history and the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Whereas most discussions about aging societies are premised on the assumption that older people are frail and infirm, our premise is that problems of older people demand solutions so that the substantial increase in life expectancy can ultimately benefit individuals and societies. The mission of the Stanford Center on Longevity is to accelerate and implement scientific discoveries, technological advances, behavioral practices, and social norms so that century long lives are healthy and rewarding.

We are a center on longevity, not old age, because building a world where the majority of people thrive in old age requires attention to the entire life span. Research shows clearly that education, exercise, nutritional habits, financial decisions, and social choices early in life have substantial implications for quality of life at advanced ages. Increased longevity demands that we reconsider traditional models of the life course which will necessitate new norms and practices for education, work and families that span multiple generations.

We created the Century Lives podcast to provide a platform for informed discussion on a wide range of topics, between leading experts in academia, business and public policy. These conversations will foster a better understanding of the state of current research, and provide fresh perspectives on how best to optimize longer lives.

Century Lives is hosted by Marie Conley Smith, Social
Science Research Professional at the Stanford Center
on Longevity.

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INTRO | (1:15)

Welcome to Century Lives!

Welcome to the Stanford Century on Longevity podcast, Century Lives. Join host Marie Conley Smith in conversations with leading experts in academia, business, and public policy to discuss longer lifespan, and how we can stay mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure in these new Century Lives.


EPISODE 1 | (28:04)

Pizza, Profiles and the Hyperpersonal Model with Dave Markowitz

Our host Marie Conley-Smith, social science researcher at the Stanford Center on Longevity, interviews David Markowitz, recent graduate of Stanford’s Communication Department and Assistant Professor at University of Oregon. He discusses the nature of social media, perceptions surrounding it, and its effects on wellbeing and expectations. His findings about social media and technology may not be what you expect!

EPISODE 2 | (22:44)

The MORE Design with Steve Vernon

Guest interviewer Marti DeLiema, research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, sits down with Steve Vernon to discuss the MORE Design, a new strategy to help both employers and employees work together to provide the optimal plans for health and financial security. It brings together psychological science and behavioral economics to provide a comprehensive approach that will be more effective in enacting long-term changes to employees’ finances. Steve is a consulting research scholar for SCL and currently writes for CBS MoneyWatch, with recent work including the MORE Design and the Spend Safely in Retirement Strategy.

Hosted by Marti DeLiema
Research Scolar, Stanford Center
on Longevity


EPISODE 3 | (38:32)

Status and Stereotypes with Cecilia Ridgeway

This week, Century Lives talks to Professor Cecilia Ridgeway, the Lucie Stern Professor of Social Sciences in the Sociology Department at Stanford University. She discusses concepts in her upcoming book, such as status and stereotypes in culture, with examples including perceptions of different genders. The concepts about such perspectives and status could be applied to views on aging and longevity.

EPISODE 4 | (27:34)

Economic and Health Policy with Victor Fuchs

Century Lives sits down with Professor Victor Fuchs, the Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Economics and Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. He joins us today to discuss his latest book,Health Economics and Policy, which is a compilation of his selected public lectures, articles, papers, and op-eds during the past 50 years. We explore health policy and potential health care reform, as well as his career, family, and inspirations.


More episodes to come!

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