Stuff in the ‘baby boomers’ Category

9 January, 2016


Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the Chris Farrelllargest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of several books, including Purpose and a Paycheck:  Finding Meaning, Money & Happiness in the Second Half of Life (Harper Leadership, Feb 2019), Unretirement:  How Baby Boomers are Changing The Meaning of Work, Community and the Good life (Bloomsbury, 2015 and in paperback, January 2016), also available in audio from Audible, and The New Frugality . Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.

Farrell says:  “I’ve spent much of my professional life reporting and writing on economics and helping people make the most of their money. I’m currently senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and personal finance programs. I’m also economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. I write regular columns on economics and public policy for Bloomberg Businessweek and on personal finance for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I’ve written for a number of media outlets, including Kiplinger’s, Next Avenue, Yahoo, Pioneer Press, Frontline,, and Investment Advisor.

I was economics correspondent for American Public Media’s documentary unit, American Radio Works. Among the documentaries I worked on were After the Projects, Pueblo USA, and Japan’s Pop Power. I was host and executive editor of Right on the Money, a nationally syndicated personal finance series produced for 5 years by Twin Cities Public Television.

I got my undergraduate degree from Stanford University. I spent the following four years as a merchant seaman working in the engine room, going through the Suez and Panama canals, steaming past the Rock of Gibraltar under a full moon at midnight, stopping in ports like Athens, Dubai, Damman, Subic Bay, and Yokosuka. The money I saved at sea financed my graduate degree from the London School of Economics.”

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9 January, 2016

UNRETIREMENT, Chris Farrell (Paperback)

The budget battles of recent years have amplified the warnings of demographic doomsayers who predicted that  baby boomers would bleed America dry, bankrupting Social Security and Medicare as they faded into an impoverished old age. On the con9781620401576(1)trary, argues award-winning journalist and American Public Media radio host of Marketplace, Chris Farrell, we are instead on the verge of a broad, positive transformation of our economy and society.  UNRETIREMENT:  How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life, is a must-read for anyone approach the third stage of life–or in it.

The old idea of “retirement”–a word that means withdrawal, describing a time when people gave up productive employment and shrank their activities–was a short-lived historical anomaly. Humans have always found meaning and motivation in work and community, Farrell notes, and the boomer generation, poised to live longer in better health than any before, is already discovering unretirement–extending their working lives with new careers, entrepreneurial ventures, and volunteer service. Their experience, wisdom–and importantly, their continued earnings–will enrich the American workplace, treasury, and our whole society in the decades to come.

Unretirement not only explains this seismic change, now in its early stages, it provides key insights and practical advice for boomers about to navigate this exciting, but unsettled, new frontier, drawing on Chris Farrell’s decades of covering personal finance and economics for Bloomsberg Businessweek and Marketplace Money. This will be an indispensable guide to the landscape of unretirement from one of America’s most trusted experts.


“In Unretirement, Chris Farrell neatly sums up the ordeal that we are said to face . . . One reads the results of his reporting and research almost with a sense of gratitude.” ―The Wall Street Journal

“For older workers at a loss for ideas and eager to postpone the inevitable, Farrell’s how-to-cope book will provide a comforting road map and set of possibilities.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Finally, an author doesn’t think the Baby Boomer generation is going to bankrupt the nation . . . Farrell makes a great case for a longer working career for many people . . . What a breath of fresh air here.” ―

“Carefully researched and articulately presented and backed by an abiding positive outlook . . . [Farrell’s] practical book should occupy prominent shelf space in the business collection.” ―Booklist

“Recommended for those unsure that retirement is for them.” ―Library Journal

“This book is absolutely for Boomers [but] it’s also, surprisingly, something that Gen X’ers should check out, too. If you’ve already retired, are about to, or have worked all your life so you don’t have to work someday, Unretirement is unmissable.” ―Peninsula Clarion

 Chris Farrell is a contributing economics editor for Bloomsberg Businessweek and personal finance expert and economics editor for public radio’s Marketplace Money, Marketplace, and Marketplace Morning Report. He is also the author of The New Frugality and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.