The Old Dogs Podcast:

Season Two


In season two we continue our personal musings, odd items from the news, and  more conversations with fascinating boomers and the older generation to ultimately stumble upon the answer to the question: "What the heck happened?"

Episode No. 26: "Where have All the Malls Gone?"


  • Old Dogs reminisce about shopping indoors

  • Malls are disappearing at an alarming rate

  • Big Bird is 50!

  • A money-laundering consultant decides to practice what he knows best

  • Man drives car bananas

  • Did Walmart really mean to sell this sweater?

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PAUL MENZEL, the Dean of the Old Dogs team, describes his early days as a funny man, his middle years as a funny man, and his senescent years as a funny man in this engaging start to Season Two.

Episode No. 27: "I See Dead People!"


  • Old Dogs ponder artificial conversations with the departed

  • Medical procedures: are they all necessary?

  • Cars and coffee grounds

  • Employer hands out whopping Christmas bonus

  • Old Dogs expand into broadcast radio

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JIM CONLAN  gets his turn in the hot seat as partner Paul Menzel probes his past and current life for clues to what makes Jim think he's so darn funny. An in-depth interview full of shallow questions.

Episode No. 28: "The New Normal"


  • Old Dogs ask: what's the new normal for you?

  • The World's Worst Cat

  • Buck Henry has passed away

  • New Emergency Care options for seniors

  • Looking for love in outer space

  • Weinermobile gets a grilling

  • Embracing the New Normal

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BUDDY BARNES in a conversation about engineering - military and civil - and a new career as a corporate mentor.

Episode No. 29: "Cruising Through Retirement"


  • Old Dogs on the ups and downs of living on a cruise ship

  • The Student Loan from Hell

  • Retirement on a Cruise Ship

  • A lawsuit over a $30,000 Purse

  • The World's Worst Smell

  • Doggone Good Advice: Investment Scams

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JACQUIE WHITT in a conversation about her adventures leading tours in South America - and her discovery of a potentially history-changing building process. Look for the documentary this fall.

Episode No. 30: "Running... and Running... for Office"


  • Old Dogs on what we think is wrong with elections

  • A valet key implant?

  • Poster dog dies at 18

  • Get paid for sleeping!

  • 100th birthday in jail

  • A dentist trades his drill for a fry pan

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RICK ANTONSON was a travel writer. But he got tired of seeing the world from fancy hotels. So he started travelling on his own dime - and discovered a brand-new world. Rick talks about his amazing adventures, and the books he's written about them.

Episode No. 31: "The Old Dogs Go Viral"


  • Old Dogs on how we're coping with the pandemic

  • Well dressed... from the waist up

  • Phone-in diagnosis

  • Your smart phone may be spying on you!

  • Drinker alert: It's not the Corona beer virus

  • News of hope and cheer

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We hear from past podcast contributors on how they're doing. A hopeful and cheerful look at lives that are by no means on hold.

Episode No. 32: "Is it Normal Yet?"


  • Old Dogs on finding normal again

  • "Flushing out" the toilet paper shortage

  • Review: Old Man Country by Thomas Cole

  • In memoriam: John Prine

  • Rick Antonson during the pandemic

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MEL FOSTER is an Old Dog who has been an adman, an audiobook narrator and lately reinvented himself as a videographer of other Old Dogs. Sounds like a good idea to do this... before it's too late.

Episode No. 33: "The Lockdown Frees the Mind"


  • Old Dogs on human nature - and natural nature

  • Is Justice Blind to Lawyers with No Pants?

  • Chickens, anyone?

  • Man distributes groceries with newspaper

  • What do spies do during the lockdown?

  • They're here! The 2019 Ig-Nobel Awards!

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DR. THOMAS COLE, PhD has far-ranging interests, including humanities in medicine. A particular focus lately has been his study of famous men as they approach their final years. We talked with Dr. Cole about his book, Old Man Country, and what his interviews uncovered.

Episode No. 34: "You Ain't Missed Nothin' Yet"


  • Old Dogs on what we miss the most

  • Trending fashion: the Tri-kini

  • The Death of the Weekly Newspaper

  • Violinist plays during brain surgery

  • Bob Elder on unregistered investment advisors

  • Draft beer is going down the drain!

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CHARLIE McCARTHY, Sailor, Banjo Player and all-around Tall Tale Teller is a guy who should have been happy as a successful IT wizard but turned to sales, then to the law, and now - who knows - maybe welding.

Episode No. 35: "Relax: You're Not Going Anywhere."


  • Old Dogs on how to communicate when nobody can see your face

  • Mindless Eating

  • Goodbye Eddie Haskell

  • Catching up with Kristin Bartell

  • Car-eating Rats!

  • Productivity is Now Optional.

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JEAN AND JOHN RANAHAN found fulfillment by taking jobs in various locations around the world. They often wondered where they'd end up. As it turned out, it was where they began... in Micronesia.

Episode No. 36: "I Don't Dig Your Slanguage, Dude."


  • Old Dogs chat with a Gen-Z-er about slang

  • Shopping madness moves online 

  • The Ancient Truth about the so-called Weaker Sex

  • Nutty Neologisms

  • Exploring the globe without leaving home

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DIAN GREISEL is author of the Silver Disobedience Blog. She has a million followers who have found a safe space to explore the challenges and opportunties of growing older. She believes that getting to know ourselves with kindness will help us - and help us understand others better.

Episode No. 37: "Some Things Are Meant to be Puzzling."


  • Old Dogs ramble about being resilient

  • Buying books isn't the same as reading them  

  • You don't have to go to the game to hear the music

  • Three Amigas go on fantasy trips

  • A book on being resilient

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JOHN MADDEN is a puzzler. Literally. He makes the most devious, most unique, most expensive puzzles in the world. His company, Par Puzzles, is finding a new market among families who have the means - and the time - to indulge in a custom Par Puzzle.

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