Episode Info:

According to a few research done by AARP, 64% of older adults in the United States have seen or experienced age-based discrimination. Unfortunately, it’s no longer a problem that’s prevalent in the United States alone. In fact, ageism is now regarded as the most wildly experienced form of discrimination in Europe.

Ageism also exists in social platforms like Facebook groups. In addition, the median age of employees at Apple, Google, and Facebook are 33, 31, and 26 respectively.

Today’s guest is Ashton Applewhite. Ashton is the author of the book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.” Ashton is an internationally recognised expert on ageism. She has spoken on the topic at various venues including the TED main stage and the United Nations.

Ashton has also written for Harper’s, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Ashton is also the voice of “Yo, Is This Ageist?” Ashton is considered the leading spokesperson for the emerging movement against discrimination on the basis of age.


  • What ageism is
  • Why ageism was reported as the top form of discrimination most people encounter
  • Why age is a real number
  • Negative messages about asking for help
  • Why she started “Yo, Is This Ageist?”
  • On her TED Talk Seeing ageism’s effect in different parts of the world
  • Her take on the issue of climate change
  • When she started becoming an activist for ageism


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