The Experience Talks award-winning team has many years of experience in radio production, journalism, issues of older adults and Baby Boomer trends, and has made a pact to notice that stories come in all ages.
TIM CARPENTER, PRODUCER/HOST
Tim Carpenter is the Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE and host/producer of the Experience Talks radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that changes aging and the way people think about aging by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building, and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California. Tim catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. He serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world, and in 2011 he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of a Durfee Foundation 2016/17 Stanton Fellowship. [Interviews by Tim]
DR. CONNIE CORLEY, MSW, MA, Ph.D., PRODUCER/HOST
Dr. Corley is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Corley’s 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse. She has been a mentor in Geriatric Social Work Initiatives funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and also a mentor in the New Ventures in Leadership program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), a recipient of the AGE-SW Leadership Award, and in 2004 was the Inaugural recipient of the West Coast Gerontological Social Work Career Award from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work. Cal State LA named Dr. Corley a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.” Visit Dr. Connie Corley’s website. [Interviews by Connie]
CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB, PRODUCER/HOST
In addition to producing/hosting, Cynthia promotes Experience Talks and its non-profit producer, EngAGE, in the public eye through online updates, posts and tweets on social media. She has also contributed to our “In My Experience” segments where she waxes poetic about the value of experience and how we might want to listen to and learn from it now and again. Cynthia’s career includes many years as a writer of children’s television shows and family feature films, and she the author of the humorous self-help book, Sorting It Out: How One Disorganized Woman Solved the Problem of Too Much Stuff. She is also a regularly exhibiting fine artist showing paintings, drawings, and digital art. She has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Denver. For more information, visit Cynthia Friedlob’s website. [Interviews by Cynthia]
JOHN SEMPER JR., PRODUCER/HOST
John is an Emmy-nominated writer, story-editor, and producer with thirty years of Experience in the entertainment industry, focusing primarily on animation and children’s television. His many credits include producer/story editor/writer of the Fox animated TV series, “Spider-Man,” and the PBS animated pre-school series, “Jay Jay the Jet Plane;” writer of the English language scripts for the Hayao Miyazaki feature films, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Laputa: Castle in the Sky;” and writer of the Warner Bros. live-action feature film, “Class Act.” He is currently writing the “Cyborg” comic book for DC Comics. John has a B.A. from Harvard University. Read more at John Semper JR.’s website. [Interviews by John]
CHRISTAL SMITH, PRODUCER
Christal has more than twenty years of experience as a broadcast journalist with experience as a producer, editor and reporter. She was the senior producer of NPR affiliate KPCC’s “Talk of the City,” a daily public affairs program, from 1999-2006. As a freelance producer, she has worked on NPR’s “Day to Day” and “Weekend America,” and the NBC Nightly News. She was also senior producer of the monthly public radio news magazine, “The Tibet Connection,” heard on the Pacifica Network’s KPFK-FM. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communications & Journalism from NYU. She was part of the “Kitchen Sisters” team, which won a Peabody Award in 2002 for the Sonic Memorial Project, plus she won a Golden Mike Award for Best Series in 2003 and numerous other journalism awards.
BOBBEE ZENO, FOUNDING PRODUCER/HOST (1953 – 2014)
The late Bobbee Zeno studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at California State University in Fresno. He received a BA in Metaphysics while undergoing concurrent graduate studies in Transpersonal Metaphysical Counseling at the University of Metaphysics in Sedona. He also received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from Stephens Seminary College for his exemplary work in arts communities throughout Los Angeles. His concern for designing transformational, optimal, real life, intergenerational creative programming for elders in their second prime of life informed his passionate community work with older adults. Bobbee received a U.S. Congressional Award for his Community Service to Seniors through his radio work. Bobbee’s legacy will live on in the community he loved and served. Click here to listen to a special 1-hour KPFK-FM tribute show from May 3, 2014. [Interviews by Bobbee]
Hosts and Producers Bobbee Zeno and Tim Carpenter with Ed Asner, Dick Van Patten, and the Chambers Brothers.
Experience Talks Founding Host and Producer Bobbee Zeno with Host/Producer Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, Inc.
Our radio show launched in 2003 on 90.7 KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. It was originally entitled “Good for Life,” then got its new name, “Experience Talks,” in 2006. We’re still part of the KPFK line-up and we’re expanding our online presence so that more listeners can enjoy hearing stories and insights from our talented guests.
Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.