About the Hosts

Growing Bolder Radio is a fast-paced, entertaining hour that will leave you excited about the possibilities in your life. Our guests include big name celebrities, masters sports stars, active centenarians, rock stars, health, wellbeing and longevity experts and ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Every episode of Growing Bolder will prove to you that it’s never too late to chase your dreams and create a life filled with passion, purpose and adventure. Each week, we’ll deliver an inspirational, informative and educational hour-long show to your feed.

Marc Middleton

Founder and CEO of Bolder Broadcasting and Growing Bolder, Marc is a media entrepreneur, television journalist, author, filmmaker, speaker, activist, and consultant who focuses on the changing culture of aging. A multiple Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, Marc is the host of Growing Bolder TV, co-host of Growing Bolder Radio, Executive Producer of Surviving & Thriving TV, Editorial Director of Growing Bolder Magazine, and director of the Emmy Nominated documentary film, Conquering Kilimanjaro. Marc is a 7-time Masters Swimming world record holder and a 10-time U.S. Masters Swimming national champion. His new book, Growing Bolder, Defy the Cult of Youth, Live with Passion and Purpose, is available now.

Bill Shafer

Bill is an award-winning broadcast veteran considered one of America’s best feature storytellers. Bill is co-host of Growing Bolder TV and radio. Editorial feature director for Growing Bolder Magazine. He has won numerous awards for his work as an anchor, reporter and producer including multiple Emmy nominations.

Elissa Epel, Ph.D

Elissa Epel is a world-renowned expert on stress. We all know it’s bad for us, but did you know it has a direct effect on how we age? She explains why it is so harmful, and has useful tips for how to reduce it in our lives.  

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Richard Leider

Richard Leider is a pioneer in the global purpose movement and the founder of Inventure, a company dedicated to helping people unlock the power of purpose.

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Tracey Gendron, PhD

Tracey Gendron is a nationally recognized gerontologist who believes everything you think you know about aging is wrong! She explains the changes you can make in your outlook on life that will result in your best chance at good health and happiness in the coming years.

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Speed Skater Apolo Anton Ohno

Something we all have in common is our fear of change, yet change is something we all face. One of the biggest changes happens when our careers come to an end. Then what? This is true whether you’re an ordinary person or the most decorated US Winter Olympian of all time. Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno hasn’t been in the Olympics since 2010 but he’s still making an impact, this time by empowering you to make your life’s transitions be the best they can be.

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Todd Kashdan

Psychology Professor at George Mason University Todd Kashdan believes sometimes it’s good to be bad. He talks to Bill Shafer about his book “The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Def Effectively.”

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