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Afternoon Shift: Can people really find success at any age?

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Can people really find success at any age?

In fields as diverse as science, business and acting, people often hear that if they haven’t found success by their 20s or 30s, it’s not going to happen. And we know society tends to treat bursts of genius as the province of the young. But is this indeed the case? Educator, Pamela Meyer, singer-songwriter, Kathy Greenholdt, and filmmaker, Betty J. Jackson join us for the conversation.


  • Pamela Meyer is an instructor at DePaul’s School for New Learning and director of the Center for Advance Education for Adults.
  • Kathy Greenholdt is a Chicago singer-songwriter.
  • Betty J. Jackson is a documentarian. 

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Guest:  Rob Lentz is co-founder and executive director of Project Onward. 

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Guest: Stanley Bobak is owner of legendary Bobak Sausage Company

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Guest: Jack Gilbert is a microbiologist at the Argonne National Laboratory and an assistant professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago.

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Guest: Chris Hagan is a WBEZ reporter.

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Guest: Susie An is a WBEZ reporter.

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Guest: Mike Puente is a WBEZ reporter.


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