The Not Old Better Show, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series

Welcome to ‘The Not Old Better Show’, Smithsonian Associates Interview Series on radio and podcast where experience meets innovation in the golden years. I’m Paul Vogelzang, your guide through the fascinating world that surrounds us. Today, we’re venturing into a realm that’s foundational to our daily existence, yet often remains an unsung hero in our stories.

In this episode titled, ‘Unseen Foundations: Deb Chachra on the Infrastructure That Shapes Our Lives,’ we’re set to embark on an exploratory journey. Imagine the invisible networks that power up your morning coffee, bring water to your gardens, and pave the paths you walk on — this is the world of infrastructure, silently supporting every facet of our lives.

Joining us is a special guest, Smithsonian Associate Deb Chachra, author of the enlightening book, ‘How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World.’ Deb’s experience, growing up in India where access to everyday utilities was a challenge, has given her a unique appreciation for these essential systems. She’s here to share her insights and expertise, highlighting how crucial infrastructure is, especially in the lives of our age group.  Deb Chachra will be appearing at Smithsonian Associates coming up, so please check out our website for more detials on Deb Chachra’s Smithsonian Assocaites presentation, titled, How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World.’

But we have Deb Chachra today and today’s conversation goes beyond mere appreciation. We’re diving into actionable insights. How can we, as proactive members of society, contribute to the sustainability and improvement of the infrastructure that underpins our daily lives? What roles can we play to ensure that these systems continue to support not just us, but also future generations, embedded in what Deb Chachra calls networks of mutual care, and how Deb’s own grandmother would not recognize her.

That of course is our guest today, Smithsonian Associate, engineering professor and author Deb Chachra reading from her new book, How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World.’  So, wherever you are, whether settling into your favorite chair or out enjoying a brisk walk, join us for this enlightening journey. Let’s celebrate the unseen, and understand the profound impact of the intricate world beneath our feet and all around us.

Stay with us on ‘The Not Old Better Show’ as we start this fascinating conversation with Deb Chachra, right after this short break.”

As we bring today’s episode of ‘The Not Old Better Show’ to a close, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Smithsonian Associate Deb Chachra for joining us. Deb, your insights and the deep dive into your new book, ‘How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World,’ have been nothing short of enlightening. And for our audience eager to learn more, Deb Chachra’s upcoming presentation at Smithsonian Associates is an event not to be missed! Check out our website for all the details. 🌐

A big shoutout to the amazing Smithsonian team for their support in making these conversations possible. 🌟 And to you, our cherished listeners on radio and podcast, your presence and enthusiasm are what make ‘The Not Old Better Show’ a beacon of knowledge and inspiration. 🎧

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As always, remember our mantra: Talk About Better©. Stay well, stay safe, and let’s continue this journey of discovery and conversation. Be sure to tune in next week for another engaging episode of ‘The Not Old Better Show,’ part of the Smithsonian Associates Interview Series, on radio and podcast. Thanks, everybody, and until next week, let’s talk about better. 🎤👋”

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