July 26, 2017: TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

New York City Councilman Corey Johnson’s demands to be heard during the healthcare showdown got him arrested outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office.  He’ll be here to give us the inside story. Is there a way to completely ‘rethink’ New York’s failing transit system?  We’ll hear from our guest Jim Venturi, the Founder and Principal Designer of ReThinkNYC.  A new program ensures on line threats to our children do not escalate into actual tragedy. Who says it’s downhill after 40?  We talk to New York psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig about her book Your Best Age is Now, where she shares how midlife doesn’t mean the glass is half-empty, but overflowing with tremendous growth.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS.'

WE'RE HERE.

GETTING ARRESTED INSIDE THE CAPITOL BECAUSE WE WANT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HEALTH INSURANCE.

PEOPLE WITH CANCER.

PEOPLE WITH HIV AND AIDS.

PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA.

PREGNANT WOMEN.

WE'RE HERE IN SUPPORT OF THEM.

THIS IS UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT IT'S NOT LIKE TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.

WHAT IT'S LIKE TO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE?

HE WAS ARRESTED OUT OF MITCH McCONNELL'S OFFICE.

IN A MOMENT HE'LL BE HERE WITH THE INSIDE STORY.

> IS THERE A WAY TO COMPLETELY RETHINK NEW YORK'S FAILING TRANSIT SYSTEM?

WE HAVE A GUEST WHO SAYS YOU BET.

> A NEW PROGRAM ENSURES THAT ONLINE THREATS TO OUR CHILDREN DON'T ESCALATE INTO TRAGEDY.

> FIND OUT WHY YOUR BEST AGE IS NOW.

ALL THAT AND MORE WHEN

> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

AS THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE CONTINUES TO RAGE ON CAPITOL HILL OUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN RALLY AGAINST TRUMP CARE ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL.

AMONG THEM, NEW YORK CITY CITY COUNCILMAN COREY JOHNSON.

I HAVE A SISTER WHO AHEAD A BABY.

I HAVE A MOTHER WHO TAKES MEDICATION.

I TAKE LIFE SAVING MEDICATION EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF MY HIV STATUS.

THIS BILL IS CRUEL.

THIS BILL IS INHUMANE.

THIS BILL IS SICK.

THIS BILL IS DERANGED.

THIS BILL IS NOT COMPASSIONATE.

IT IS FOUL, AND IT IS IMMORAL AND EVIL.

THAT IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS THE CONCERTED EFFORT TO DISMANTLE THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET IN AMERICA.

LAST WEEK COUNCILMAN JOHNSON NOT ONLY TOOK HIS MESSAGE TO WASHINGTON, HE GOT ARRESTED IN THE PROCESS.

WE'RE HERE GETTING ARRESTED INSIDE THE CAPITOL BECAUSE WE WANT TO STAND UP FOR PEOPLE WHO PEOPLE WITH CANCER.

PEOPLE WITH HIV AND AIDS.

PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA.

PREGNANT WOMEN.

WE ARE HERE IN SUPPORT OF THEM.

THIS IS UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT IT'S NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT IT'S LIKE NOT TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.

THAT IS WHY WE DO THIS.

THIS IS IMMORAL.

THIS IS UN-AMERICAN.

IT'S AGAINST THE VALUES THAT WE HOLD DEAR.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT SO MANY AMERICANS.

COUNCILMAN JOHNSON JOINS US NOW.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

NOW THIS VOTE HAPPENED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS LEGISLATION, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN.

IS IT THE REPEAL, THE SECRECY, WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM?

THE BIGGEST ISSUE HERE IS THAT MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE GOING TO LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT EVERY TYPE OF AMERICAN.

THE YOUNG, THE OLD, THE SICK, THE DISABLED.

THE HEALTHY WHO MAY NOT BE HEALTHY FOR LONG.

THIS BILL IS A TRAVESTY IN MANY WAYS.

THIS IS THE REPUBLICANS ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY AND DISMANTLE THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET IN AMERICA.

I'M HIV POSITIVE.

I TAKE MEDICINE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I WOULD NOT BE ALIVE IF I DIDN'T TAKE THAT MEDICINE.

I'M LUCKY.

I HAVE GOOD HEALTH CARE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE THAT.

OBAMACARE HAS HAD ITS PROBLEMS BUT SUCCESSES ARE A LOT MORE OVERWHELMING.

OVER TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS NOW HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE BECAUSE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

THERE ARE TWEAKS IT IS MAKE.

REPEALING THIS BILL OR REPLACING THIS BILL IS NOT THE ANSWER.

YOU DID MENTION YOUR OWN PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND ON TOP OF THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN THAT SENATOR McCAIN WHO HAS GOVERNMENT FUNDED HEALTH CARE LIKE YOURSELF VOTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS LEGISLATION.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HIS ACTIONS?

FIRST OF ALL, I HOPE SENATOR McCAIN GET BETTER.

I PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

I WOULD SAY WE'RE LUCKY.

I'M LUCKY THAT I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE.

SENATOR McCAIN IS LUCKY.

IT'S ABOUT THE GOLDEN RULE.

TREAT PEOPLE HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED.

THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, THIS WAS REALLY A TAX CUT WRAPPED INTO A HEALTH CARE BILL.

THIS IS ABOUT GIVING TAX CUTS TO THE WEALTHIEST AMERICANS AND HURTING THE POOREST AMERICANS.

THIS IS ABOUT DISMANTLING MEDICAID, ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL SAFETY NETS AMERICA HAS SEEN.

MY HOPE IS PEOPLE WILL SEE THIS IS GOING TO HURT AMERICANS AND IT'S GOING TO KILL AMERICANS.

WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE CAN DO?

YOU MENTIONED CALLING YOUR SENATORS AND CALLED OUT SENATOR SCHUMER FOR BEING SO SUPPORTIVE OF BEING AGAINST THIS LEGISLATION.

WITH YOUR ARREST, WITH RALLIES LIKE THIS, THIS DOESN'T SEEM TO BE STOPPING THE CONGRESS.

I WOULD LET EVERY STENO THAT POLITICIANS ARE NOT THE ONES THAT LEAD.

IT'S CITIZENS.

IT'S AMERICANS.

IT'S EVERY DAY PEOPLE WHO RISE UP AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

AMERICAN HISTORY, WHETHER IT'S THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT OR WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE.

IT WAS LED BY CITIZENS WHO ROSE UP AND SAID ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

PROGRESS IS NOT GUARANTEED.

NEITHER IS JUSTICE.

IT COMES DOWN TO WHAT WE DO TO BEING ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS.

ONE LAST QUESTION.

WHAT IS IT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN?

YOU DID SEE OBAMACARE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ACKNOWLEDGE IT HAS ITS PROBLEMS.

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN?

I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM IN AMERICA.

I THINK THAT EVERY ONE SHOULD BE QUALIFIED.

WE SHOULD HAVE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE FOR ALL.

DOCTORS SHOULD MAKE DECISIONS, NOT HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES, NOT PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.

HEALTH CARE IS A CIVIL RIGHT, A HUMAN RIGHT.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN UNDER THIS CONGRESS.

WE NEED STOP THE REPEAL AND ENSURE THEY DO NOT MOVE AHEAD WITH THIS HORRIBLE BILL THEY PUT FORWARD.

I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR YOU SPEAK AND STOP AND SPEAK WITH US.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

> WITH ITS FREQUENT DELAYS AND SEEMINGLY NEVER ENDING REPAIR, PENN STATION HAS BECOME A THORN IN THE SIDE OF COMMUTERS.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY.

THAT'S THE VIEW OF THE PEOPLE BEHIND AN URBAN TRANSPORTATION FIRM THAT SAYS IT HAS PLAN TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY PEOPLE GET IN AND OUT THE CITY.

RETHINK WANTS TO OVERHAUL THE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND SAYS IT CAN TRANSFORM THE NEW YORK METRO REGION INTO A WORLD CLASS TRANSPORTATION HUB.

AT THE CENTER OF THE PLAN IS A REVAMP OF PENN STATION.

THE BUSIEST IN THE COUNTRY AND THE SOURCE OF SO MANY DAILY HEADACHES FOR THOUSANDS OF COMMUTERS.

CAN THIS RADICAL PLAN REALLY SOLVE THE AREAS TRANSIT WOES?

JOINING ME IS FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL DESIGNER BEHIND RETHINK NYC.

US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

LET'S START OFF WITH THE PROBLEM.

WHY DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE SUBWAY SYSTEM AND THE RAIL SYSTEM, WHY, AND ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, HAS THIS BECOME A DIFFICULT THING AND OFTENTIMES PEOPLE REFER TO IT AS A DISASTER?

I THINK THERE'S TWO SEPARATE COMPETING INTERESTS.

ONE IS TO SPEND MONEY TO MAINTAIN THE SUBWAY SYSTEM WHICH IS SOLVING A PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T EXIST AT THE TIME YOU'RE SPENDING THE MONEY AND THERE'S A DESIRE TO PROVIDE MORE SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE USING THE SYSTEM.

I THINK PREVIOUSLY, THIS BALANCE WAS SLIGHTLY OFF AND NEW PROJECTS SUCH AS THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY OR PROVIDING JERSEY TRANSIT WITH MIDTOWN DIRECT SERVICE EXPANDED THE SYSTEM WITHOUT CREATING THE INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO SUPPORT IT.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, RETHINKING, ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT JUST GOING ON OUT THERE NOW FOR CHANGE AND FOR FIXES.

ARE YOU TALK ABOUT ALMOST DOING AWAY WITH THAT COMPLETELY AND LET'S TAKE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND NEW APPROACH TO THINGS?

I THINK BOTH TO A CERTAIN EXTENT.

OUR PLAN IS BUILT ON EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE AND BUILT ON THE BUDGETS TO BE PRACTICAL.

WE'RE ALSO RETHINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE UNDERLYING PREMISES IN NEW YORK.

ROBERT MOSES WHO REALLY CONTROLS CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY IN THE 20th CENTURY HAD CREATED A SYSTEM WHERE THE CAR WAS DOMINANT OUTSIDE MANHATTAN.

WE THINK THAT PREMISE NEEDS TO BE RETHOUGHT.

A LOT OF TRANSPORTATION PROPOSALS OUT THERE STILL KEEP THAT OLD THINKING.

THE NEW HUDSON RIVER TUNNELS, THE PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL AND SOME OF THE SECONDARY PROJECTS LIKE THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY EXTENSION ALL COULD USE A RETHINK TO SEE OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NOT AS A COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEM TO GET INTO MANHATTEN BUT FUNCTION AS A TRANSPORTATION REGION.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINKS YOU WOULD FOCUS MOST ON ESSENTIALLY INITIALLY?

I THINK THERE'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY WITH GATEWAY LIKE IN LONDON.

IT CONNECTS TRAINS FROM THE EAST WITH TRAINS COMING IN FROM THE WEST.

WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE SAME.

THE PROGRAM FOR GATEWAY DOESN'T DO THAT.

IT BUILDS A NEW TERMINAL SOUTH OF THE EXISTING PENN STATION.

THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO UNITE LONG ISLAND AND NEW JERSEY WITH THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S ALL SORTS OF ISSUES INCLUDING COST AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

PEOPLE HAVE SAID ONE OF THE MAYOR HURDLES IS GETTING EVERYBODY TO WORK TOGETHER.

YOU HAVE THESE VARIOUS ENTITIES AND THEY ALL HAVE THEIR OWN TO CERTAIN EXTENT, AGENDAS.

HOW DO YOU GET PAST THAT?

ALL THE MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNERS OUT THERE SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF THROUGH RUNNING.

IT JUST WORKS.

THE EFFICIENCY ON THE TRACK LEVEL AND TRAIN LEVEL AND CUSTOMER LEVEL IS FAR GREATER.

THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT.

YOU MENTION THE COST.

WE'RE SPENDING MONEY ANY WAY ON PROJECTS LIKE AMTRAK'S GATEWAY PROJECT OR THE PORT AUTHORITY BUS TERMINAL, WE CAN DIRECT IN A WAY THAT'S IN THE CONTEXT OF A MODERN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

WE CAN DEAL WITH THE COST.

ONCE YOU HAVE DEALT WITH THE COST AND THE REASON WHY, NEED TO BE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER BECOMES MUCH MORE APPARENT BECAUSE THE OTHER ISSUES HAVE BEEN SOLVED FIRST.

LAST QUESTION.

THIS SOUNDS SO REASONABLE.

IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.

ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC THAT YOU COULD SEE THE POLITICAL WILL TO GET THIS DONE AND ALSO THE ABILITY TO WRITE THE CHECKS TO GET THIS DONE?

YES AND NO.

I THINK IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO GET CHECKS WRITTEN.

THE PRESENT GATEWAY TUNNELS ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH THAT.

THAT'S A PRECURSOR FOR OUR PLAN.

I DON'T WANT TO BE UNREALISTIC ABOUT THAT.

THE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS ALREADY ALREADY THERE IN PLACE ARE DIFFICULT.

IN TERMS OF WILL, WE HAVE A GOVERNOR WHO HAS MADE HIS CAUSE SOLVING THESE TRANSPORTATION PLANS ON A LONG TERM BASIS AKIN TO ERA OF FDR AND ROBERT MOSES.

HE'S TALKED ABOUT NEED FOR HOLISTIC THINKING AND DOING THINGS.

HIS FATHER WAS WONDERFUL.

I THINK HE CAN SURPASS HIS FATHER WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF THINKING BIGGER ABOUT THIS.

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THEY MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.

ALL VERY ENCOURAGING IDEAS.

SOME PEOPLE WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND MIGHT SEE SOME PROGRESS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US AND TALKING TO US.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

> HERE IS AN INTRIGUING CONCEPT.

STOPPING YOUTH VIOLENCE BEFORE I HAPPENS BY LOGGING ONTO FACEBOOK.

IT CAN GO FROM THE VIRTUAL WORLD TO THE REAL ONE.

LAST YEAR IN NEW YORK CITY ALONE AT LEAST 240 SHOOTINGS AND 24 MURDERS BEGAN AS ONLINE ARGUMENTS.

LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS, AN OBVIOUS FIX WAS NEEDED.

THE SCHOOL ALONG WITH THE CITIZENS CRIME COMMISSION, WHICH IS A NONPROFIT GROUP THAT FOCUSES ON CRIME PREVENTION LAUNCHED THE PILOT, E-RESPONDERS.

IT FOCUSES ON DEESCALATING ONLINE FIGHTS As A RESULT OF YEARS OF RESEARCH.

IT'S SO EFFECTIVE, IT'S NOW BEING ROLLED OUT ACROSS THE ENTIRE CITY.

JOINING US WITH DETAILS IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY AT NYU AND PRESIDENT OF THE CITIZEN'S CRIME COMMISSION.

WELCOME TO BOTH OF YOU.

THANK YOU.

LET ME ASK YOU TO EXPLAIN THIS PROGRAM TO US.

HOW IS IT SET UP, AND WHAT'S THE PURPOSE?

LET ME START WITH THE PROBLEM.

THE PROBLEM WAS, AS YOU SAID, WE WERE SEEING A LOT OF VIOLENCE GOING FROM THE VIRTUAL BACK INTO THE REAL WORLD.

THE PROCEEDING STEP IS WE WERE SEEING VITRIOL STARTING ON THE STREETS AND TRANSFERRING TO FACEBOOK AND COME BACK.

THE FIGHTS START ON THE STREET.

THEY WOULD SWITCH TO FACEBOOK AND THE TAUNTS WOULD START AND THE TAUNTS WOULD RESORT TO PEOPLE KILLING EACH OTHER.

LOOK LIKE A STORM BUILDING AND BREWING AND GETTING STRONGER AND GETS BACK OUT.

LOTS OF MURDERS AND SHOOTINGS.

THE QUESTION BECAME WHAT DO WE DO?

WE KNEW WE HAD PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITIES WERE WE WORKING WITH ON VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

WE KNEW THERE WERE METHODS TO INTERVENE IN PERSONAL VIOLENCE.

WE THOUGHT WHY NOT TAKE THOSE AND CREATE A CURRICULUM TO TRAIN THESE VIOLENCE PREVENTION SPECIALISTS TO WORK ONLINE, TO GO RIGHT ONTO FACEBOOK AND INTERVENE ON THE GROWING VIOLENT ACT ON FACEBOOK.

WE DID THAT WITH NYU AND THE E-RESPONDERS IS THE RESULT.

LET ME TALK TO YOU ABOUT THIS.

PART OF YOUR FOCUS HAS BEE AS A SCHOLAR OR SCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR, WHAT IS THE SCIENCE TELLING US?

NOT MUCH TO DATE.

ONE OF THE REALLY FASCINATING PART OF THIS, THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN TO REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA.

PARTLY BECAUSE WE AS A SOCIETY HAVE NOT YET DEFINED THE PARAMETERS OF COMMUNICATION WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

WHAT WE DID KNOW IS PEOPLE ARE COMMUNICATING ABOUT VIOLENCE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER VIOLENCE HAPPENS.

IT'S NOT SIMPLY AN ISOLATED ACT THAT HAPPENS AND GOES AWAY AND DISAPPEARS.

IT'S SOCIAL MEDIA AMPLIFIES THE FACT THAT IT LIVES ON INTO FOREVER.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA, DO YOU THINK, THAT SEEMS TO ENHANCE THIS NOTION OF TALK ABOUT IT BEFOREHAND.

I THINK IT IS THE PARADOX BETWEEN ANONYMITY AND HAVING AN AUDIENCE.

I THINK IT'S POSTURING THAT GOES ON.

ONE GANG MEMBER WILL CON FRONT ANOTHER GANG MEMBER.

SHOW HOW TOUGH THEY ARE, SEEK RETRIBUTION FOR A PERCEIVED WRONG.

ONCE THEY SEEK THE RETRIBUTION, THAT WILL BE RESPONDED TO BY THE OTHER SIDE AND THEN IT'S PERMANENT.

YOU HAVE TO CARRY OUT THE ACT OR ELSE YOU'LL BE SHAMED.

YOU'LL LOSE YOUR SENSE OF MANHOOD.

THAT PROCESS PLAYS ITSELF OUT IN THE STREET.

THESE ARE KIDS.

THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE SITTING BACK AND CONTEMPLATING THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

THEY ARE ACTING OUT DEEP EMOTIONAL TRAUMA AND GRIEF.

WE TRY TO DEESCALATE THOSE EMOTIONAL STATES.

BRING THEM DOWN A LITTLE BIT.

WE TRY TO GET THE PERSON TO TAKE THE POST DOWN AND COME INTO ONE OF OUR SITES AND WORK ON THE ISSUE.

NEW YORK CITY HAS VERY WISELY FUNDED 20 CURE VIOLENCE SITES ABOUT THE CITY.

IT UTILIZES CREDIBLE MESSENGERS.

THEY HAVE WALKED THE WALK.

THEY HAVE BEEN IN GANGS, BEEN IN PRISON.

THEY WORK IN THESE CURE VIOLENCE SITES THAT ARE COMMUNITY BASED IN SOME OF THE ROUGHEST COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK.

THEY INTERACT WITH KIDS.

THEY GOT THE CREDIBILITY, THE CONTACTS, THE THINGS THAT MAKE THEM RELEVANT.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE A FANTASTIC PORTAL INTO THESE COMMUNITIES.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GETTING THESE GOOD RESULTS.

WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT, TALK ABOUT THE RESULTS.

WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?

ABSOLUTELY.

I HAVE TO SAY AS A RESEARCHER, THESE RESULTS BLEW MY MIND, TRULY.

THIS WAS JUST A PILOT ROLL OUT.

THE FIRST THING THAT REALLY BLEW MY MIND WAS THE CURE VIOLENCE SITES THAT HAD VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROFESSIONAL TRAINED IN THE E-RESPONDER MODEL.

THEY INTERRUPTED ALMOST 200 ACTS OF VIOLENCE.

MORE THAN YOU ANTICIPATED?

ABSOLUTELY.

VASTLY MORE.

THE FOLKS THAT DID NOT RECEIVE THIS TRAINING BUT HAD TRAINING IN THE CURE VIOLENCE MODEL BECAUSE THESE ARE ALL CURE VIOLENCE SITES INTERRUPTED ALMOST NONE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

TO MAKE THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE HERE, THE TRUTH IS A LOT OF THESE KIDS DON'T WANT TO BE IN THESE GROUPS.

A LOT OF THESE KIDS WANT A WAY SAYING I'M LENDING YOU A HAND.

COME IN.

LET'S DISCUSS THIS.

LET'S GET YOU OUT THIS LIFESTYLE.

THAT'S WHY IT'S WORKING.

THE CITY IS SMART TO INVEST IN THIS METHODOLOGY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE A FABULOUS CONCEPT AND THE FACT IT'S WORKING IN PRACTICE IS GREAT CAUSE FOR OPTIMISM.

WE HAVE IDENTIFIED A PROBLEM AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD LUCK.

WE'LL GET YOU BACK IN AND TALK ABOUT IT DOWN THE ROAD A LITTLE BIT AND SEE HOW WELL IT'S BEEN DOING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

TAKE CARE.

> WELL, IT'S TIME FOR THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH TO GET A MAKEOVER.

ALLOW ME TO EXPLAIN.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORDS MIDDLE AGE, YOU MY THINK OF OLD, OVER THE HILL OR MIDLIFE CRISIS.

THE REALITY IS WOMEN IN THEIR 40s, 50s, 60s ARE LIVING FULL, ENGAGED LIVES BECAUSE OF THEIR RENEWED PERCEPTION OF THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH SHOWING THEM THE GLASS IS NOT EMPTY.

A NEW BOOK IS SHOWING WOMEN HOW TO LIVE THE LIVES THEY HAVE DREAMED OF.

WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

YOU KNOW THIS IS DANGEROUS TERRITORY FOR MAN TO VENTURE INTO.

TALK ABOUT HOW A WOMAN PER RECEIVES HER OWN AGE.

RIGHT.

LET ME TIPTOE INTO THERE AREA.

ARE WOMEN SENSITIVE ABOUT BEING 40, 50 OR 60 TO THE EXTENT THEY USED TO BE?

I DEFINITELY NOTICE THAT IT'S KIND OF A TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT IT.

MAY MAY FEEL REALLY GREAT ABOUT THEMSELVES.

THEY FEEL YOUNG.

THEY FEEL YOUNGER LONGER.

THERE'S A CONCERN ABOUT HOW OTHER PEOPLE WILL PERCEIVE THEM.

IN PART BECAUSE CULTURALLY WE REALLY HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED TO BELIEVE THAT ONCE WOMEN HIT A CERTAIN AGE, THEY ARE TO BE IGNORED OR NOT AS VALUABLE AS THEY ONCE WERE.

WOMEN ARE STRUGGLING WITH THE TWO IMAGES.

IT'S WHAT THEY FEEL INSIDE AND THE DISCONNECT OF WHAT OTHERS FEEL ABOUT THEM?

RIGHT.

IT'S ALMOST LIKE IN THEIR OWN BODY, IN SOME CASES THEY FEEL THEY HAVE LOOKED BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE.

THEY ARE MORE FIT.

THEY ARE MORE SELF-CONFIDENT, MORE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN BUT THERE MAY BE A CONCERN ABOUT WHAT THEIR AGE MEANS TO SOMEONE ELSE.

EITHER IN THE DATING WORLD OR THE WORK WORLD.

THERE'S STILL A FEAR THAT IT WILL CREATE SOME PREJUDICE.

IN SOME CASES THAT'S TRUE.

IT'S NOT WITHOUT SOME DEGREE OF TRUTH BECAUSE WE TEND TO BE AN AGEIST SOCIETY.

RIGHT.

PART OF THE REASON I WANTED TO WRITE THIS BOOK IS I LOOKED AROUND NEW YORK CITY AND I SAW ALL THESE AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, SUCCESSFUL, BRILLIANT WOMEN AROUND ME WHO WERE IN MID LIFE.

IDEA OF MIDLIFE WAS.DOWDY.

I INTERNALIZED IT AND I WOULD INTERVIEW FOR JOBS AND PEOPLE WOULD ASK HOW OLD WAS I.

WHICH THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO ASK YOU.

WHAT YEAR DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL.

IT WAS MORE DIRECT.

HOW OLD ARE YOU.

I DON'T MIND SHARING MY AGE BUT IS IT GIVE TO HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT.

ARE THEY GOING TO ELIMINATE ME TALKING TO A YOUNGER AUDIENCE.

I DIDN'T WANT TO FEEL THERE WEREN'T POSSIBILITIES OUT THERE FOR ME.

I LOOKED AT ALL THE BOOKS ON MID LIFE.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOSS.

HOW TO HANDLE NOT BEING NOTICED.

WHO WANTS THAT?

HOW TO HANDLE NOT REMEMBERING.

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR BODY NOT BEING IN GOOD SHAPE.

I WAS LIKE THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HERE.

I LOOKED AT THE SCIENCE.

THE NEW SCIENCE IS SHOWING SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

WHAT IS IT SHOWING?

OUR BRAINS ARE REALLY DOING VERY WELL IN MID LIFE.

WE'RE NOT FORGETTING.

WE CONTINUE TO MAKE NEW NEURONS, ESPECIALLY IF WE EAT RIGHT.

OUR PERSONALITIES CAN CHANGE ALL THE WAY INTO OUR 60s.

WE'RE NOT DONE.

WE'RE ACTUALLY NOT.

WE'RE MORE ARTISTICALLY INTUITIVE AT THIS TIME.

WE KNOW OURSELVES.

SINCE WE'RE LIVING LONGER, WE WANT TO FEEL AND LIVE YOUNGER.

IT'S HORRIBLE TO GO THROUGH HALF OF YOUR LIFE OR MORE THINKING YOU'RE NOT WHAT YOU WERE AND THAT NOBODY REALLY CARES ANYMORE.

EXACTLY.

WHAT DOES THAT DO TO YOUR PSYCHE?

WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT THERE?

ANY RECOMMENDATION IS THERE WERE A LOT OF SIMILARLITIES BETWEEN ADOLESCENTS AND MIDLIFE.

SHE WROTE IT WHEN SHE WAS AT 35 YEARS OLD.

THINK ABOUT IT.

I CAN CLEARLY REMEMBER IT.

SCIENCE IS REALLY GAME CHANGER IN TERMS OF CREATING THIS NEW SPACE IN LIFE WHERE USED TO BE AT MIDLIFE YOU'D LOOK AT RETIREMENT.

NOW WE'RE LIVING SO MUCH LONGER THAT WE'RE NOT RETIRING IN SOME CASES.

WE REALLY NEED TO LOOK AT THE OPTIONS.

I SAID OKAY.

THERE'S SIMILARLITIES IN HORMONE CHANGES.

THERE'S SIMILARITIES IN BESIDE CHANGES.

THERE'S SIMILARITIES IN TERMS OF LOOKING INWARD.

WE'RE NOT AS HOPEFUL AS TEENS ARE.

TEENS ARE CREATIVE.

THEY ARE IN THE MOMENT.

THEY'RE IMMORTAL IN THEIR OWN MINDS.

THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE.

THAT'S SOMETHING WE LOSE A LITTLE BIT DURING MIDLIFE.

I WANTED TO REBOOT THAT EXCITEMENT.

ABOUT A MINUTE LEFT.

THE CORE FACTS THAT SOMEBODY, A WOMAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS AGE AND RETRIEING THAT SENSE OF ENTHUSIASM FOR WHAT'S TO COME?

GREAT QUESTION.

YOU NEED TO ASK YOUR YOUNGER SELF.

WHAT WOULD YOUR YOUNGER SELF TELL YOUR OLDER SELF.

WHAT WOULD YOUR YOUNGER SELF REMIND YOU ABOUT YOUR PASSIONS, WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU, WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

WE NEED TO LEARN TO SAY YES TO OURSELVES MORE.

SET BOUNDARIES AND ALSO LOOK TO ROLE MODELS.

THESE ARE ALL THINGS THAT ADOLESCENTS DO.

THEY HAVE AN INNER MOXY OF I'M NOT GOING TO LET SOMEBODY ELSE DEFINE ME.

MIDLIFE WOMEN NEED TO GET BACK INTO THAT.

I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT.

I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU TELL ME IT'S OVER FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S NOT.

THEMES MEN COULD LEARN FROM AS WELL.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE BOOK IS FASCINATING.

WISH YOU MUCH LOOK WITH IT.

THANK YOU.

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