Money is Love
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Anger, hurt feelings, greed, and simmering resentment all lurk within the Pandora's box labeled "money." And in most families, no one wants to talk about it. Life (Part 2) host Robert Lipsyte opens the discussion of this hot potato subject with his own story: His 100-year-old father willed the family home to Robert's sister. It wasn't the financial stuff that bothered him, but his feelings were hurt. .
So why does money feel like love? Lipsyte dives into a frank talk with the experts. Social psychologist Jane Adams, author of When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us, explains why families would rather discuss anything other than money. Ross Levin, a financial planner and columnist for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, offers techniques for opening a dialogue on seemingly impossible topics like family wills. And public radio "personal finance guru" Chris Farrell explains that the "Boomer generation does not want to appear greedy." For Farrell, the tension isn't really about the money. "Your parents' gardening tools" are more important to you than their bank account, he says. With LP2's help, you may finally sit down for that conversation about money with your kids or parents.
Next, Lipsyte talks with Marianne Legato, M.D., author of Why Men Die First, and explores the different ways that women and men age. A professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and founder of Columbia's Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine, Dr. Legato tells Boomers what they need to know about the facts of life for the second half, including who loses their sex drive first and when the sexes start looking alike.
Finally, Life Part 2's co-executive producer Ron Fried-who writes novels when he's not producing TV shows-explains why middle age is one of the most difficult fronts in his lifelong war against becoming a cliché.