Dating While Gray Millions of older people are dating — for some, it's because they're recently divorced after having been married for a long time. In fact, the divorce rate among older Americans has exploded since the 1990s. It even has its own nickname: gray divorce. And it's happening all over the world, including South Africa, Japan, Australia and England, where it's called silver splitting.Laura Stassi is a writer who was married for almost 30 years before her divorce. Newly single, she turned to friends and relationship experts for advice on navigating the dating scene. On Dating While Gray, Laura shares the lessons she's learned and speaks with others who are searching, finding and choosing love later in life. Everything's on the table, including sex, money and family.
Dating While Gray

Dating While Gray

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Millions of older people are dating — for some, it's because they're recently divorced after having been married for a long time. In fact, the divorce rate among older Americans has exploded since the 1990s. It even has its own nickname: gray divorce. And it's happening all over the world, including South Africa, Japan, Australia and England, where it's called silver splitting.Laura Stassi is a writer who was married for almost 30 years before her divorce. Newly single, she turned to friends and relationship experts for advice on navigating the dating scene. On Dating While Gray, Laura shares the lessons she's learned and speaks with others who are searching, finding and choosing love later in life. Everything's on the table, including sex, money and family.

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Sage Advice

Sage Advice

Laura talks with writer Sophy Burnham, who offers romance insights based on her decades of personal experience. Then Laura gets relationship advice from Leora Hoffman, an attorney-turned- matchmaker who built her business while finding a partner for herself. Listeners phone in with their own advice about love before Laura speaks with marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas. Her books "Calling In The One" and "Conscious Uncoupling" help people make romantic connections, or lovingly end them. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

This Is Me

Laura talks with Rev. Joani Peacock, who made a personal discovery around the time her marriage ended. She's confident in herself — but that doesn't mean it's easier to date. Then Laura sits down with Giselle, who found acceptance only after letting go of a long-held secret. Finally, while we're all social distancing, Laura checks in with Ann, who's found a creative way to be her true self and keep the spark alive in a long-distance romance. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Brand New Day

Laura talks with Maxine, who lived most of her life as a self-described "alpha male" until the day things just clicked. Then Laura sits down with The Naked Truth author Leslie Morgan Steiner. Leslie describes how she reclaimed her sexuality after her gray divorce, and teaches Laura how to open her eyes to the possibilities of making romantic connections. Laura also learns about making connections despite physical distancing from listeners like Robert, who gave virtual speed dating a go. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Custom-Built Commitment

Laura talks with legendary women's college basketball coach Elaine Elliott, whose commitment to her partner endured long after the romance was over. Then, Norm and Jeanne share the story of how they built a solid partnership without mentioning the "C" word. Finally, Laura sits down with public radio icon Diane Rehm, who put her own modern spin on a traditional choice. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Money Talk

Laura talks with Ken, who's reluctant to date after feeling financially burned in his marriage; accountant and financial planner Colette Kolanko, who says we can find creative and loving ways to talk about money with a future partner; and Bob and Marge, who merged their lives without blending bank accounts. Note: In response to COVID-19, the Dating While Gray team is working from home. New episodes of the show will be released every other Thursday for the foreseeable future. Stay safe and wash your hands! Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

The Pursuit Of Love

Laura talks with Evamarie about the discovery that leads her to try online dating; Mark, whose search for love after devastating loss feels more urgent and also, elusive; and Girard, who gains romantic clarity after a health crisis. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Sex Talk

Laura talks with Sandy, who shares how communication set the stage for her second 'first time,' and Dr. Jen Gunter, author of The Vagina Bible, and a leading advocate for communicating about women's sexual health. Then she debunks myths about male sexual health with Dr. Arthur Burnett, a surgeon and scientist whose research led to the development of Viagra. Finally, Laura learns about communication, intimacy and adult toys with Kathryn Ellis, an occupational therapist and sexuality counselor. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Things We Do For Love

Laura talks with Steven, who tries bonding with his partner's vicious dog even as their marriage hits the rocks; Jamie, who offers to share her home with an unlikely housemate; and Jenevieve, who throws practicality aside to summon the online dating spirits. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member.

Flying Solo

Host Laura Stassi talks with New Yorker Dennis, who doesn't want to give up the single life. Maybe he's waiting for the perfect woman to finally become available? Then there's Michele in Washington, D.C. Despite successfully connecting people in her large professional and social circles, she hasn't made a romantic connection for herself. Finally, life coach Amy Schoen says people who want to couple up need to be intentional in thought and actions. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Contact Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org or 202-895-GRAY (4729). Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

Starting All Over Again

Host Laura Stassi attends her 40th high school reunion, where her former classmates open up about their own love lives and dating strategies. Then, she revisits a man she went on a date with to get schooled on online dating as well as the "three-date" rule. Finally, she gleans inspiration from a couple who met at the apartment building where they both live. Like the show on Facebook and follow Laura Stassi on Twitter. Read a transcript of this episode. Email Laura with your stories and questions at datingwhilegray@wamu.org. Support Dating While Gray by donating to WAMU, or becoming a member: wamu.org/donate.

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