“Retirement Revolution” to be Televised: WTTW, Chicago’s public broadcasting affiliate, has tapped television news anchor Paula Zahn to host its new series on retirement, “Retirement Revolution.” The two-part documentary premieres Monday, March 31, at 10 p.m. EST (check local listings). Here’s an excerpt from the release:

Retirement Revolution and host Zahn will lead audiences across the U.S. on an exploration of the financial challenges and solutions facing America’s largest generation, explaining the origins of the retirement concept and how it has evolved over the past several decades. The documentary offers practical considerations that can help prepare for a retirement on one’s own terms. Revealing anecdotes from “real people” will be coupled with expert perspectives to educate and empower viewers to take control of their financial futures.

“For Colored Girls” Revival: Whoopi Goldberg will co-produce
a summer Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s 1976 play “For Colored
Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” reports Variety. Goldberg is also part of the production team behind “Bricktop — Queen of the Night,” about a cabaret owner in the 1920s and ’30s.

The “Double Hit” on Women’s Salaries: Scott Jaschik, editor of InsideHigherEd.com, discusses a new study on gender equity in college faculty salaries (PDF):

The results in short say that — even using the most sophisticated possible approach to take into consideration non-sexist reasons for pay differentials — a pay gap remains, based on gender. And while this can’t be definitively tied to sexism, there aren’t a lot of likely alternative explanations.

But the study also found that some of the explanations that do exist — in particular based on disciplines and the types of institutions where women are more likely to find jobs — suggest that the salary gaps may be here to stay, unless higher education thinks very differently about reward structures.

Mixed MRI Scans: “Lumps detected in women at a high risk of breast cancer using hi-tech MRI scans overwhelmingly turn out to be false alarms, a Dutch study suggests,” reports the BBC. “But while researchers found five out of six scans which suggested a problem were wrong, they were nonetheless very effective at spotting invasive cancers.”

The findings were published in the Annals of Oncology. Breast Cancer Care clinical director Dr Emma Pennery said: “While MRIs can result in false positive findings, this is far outweighed by their ability to detect tumours earlier in their development compared to mammography in high risk groups.”

On Getting Older: “Old women, to paraphrase a witticism, have to do everything old men do backward and in high heels — including getting older,” writes syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, as she humorously outlines the ways in which society’s attitude toward aging is less kind to women. Johnson also entertains some “what if” thinking in presidential politics:

For instance, why not Katherine Hepburn instead of Ronald Reagan as a seasoned, mediocre actor to rule the land?

Barbara Jordan had the moral timber of a Jimmy Carter, plus more authority. And, if the fates had been much kinder, we might have seen Texas Gov. Ann Richards in the Oval Office instead of Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

I can’t say exactly where a President Richards would have spent trillions of dollars, but betcha it would not have been in Iraq. It might have been on health care, or schools, or infrastructure, or all of the above.
Instead of rebuilding a country we’d obliterated, a President Richards might have rebuilt the Katrina-devastated coast.

That’s the kind of womanish thinking that often gets me in trouble. Daydreams, like everything else, get more outlandish with age. Then I wake up and smell the coffee.

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