RH 025 Retirement & Its Discontents and Molson Canadian

Show Notes

Retirement Segment

  • Michelle Pannor Silver is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
  • She became interested in retirement during the time that she helped her father retire due to his dementia, i.e. she closed his office. She began to consider retirement in terms of age, mandated and what does retirement mean.
  • She is the author of Retirement and Its Discontents:Why We Won’t Stop Working Even if We Can.
  • In her book she interviews high achieving groups such as doctors, CEOs, educators, elite athletes and home makers.
  • Despite not liking the word “retirement, people still use it.
  • If you can past that, you can realize that you’re still doing important work.
  • She hopes that people learn from the book’s stories and realize that they can still pivot.
  • You can leverage what you’re good at after you move on from your work. You learn that you’re still the same person.
  • Michelle especially likes Claire’s story. Claire was forced to retire when her employer discovered she had cancer. Claire didn’t know what was worse – being forced to retire or receiving her diagnosis.
  • There’s no one right way to retire which the stories in her book demonstrate. It means different to different people. Do not buy into media portrayals of retirement. It doesn’t have to be that way.
  • Retirement is one of life’s top 10 disruptive events.
  • Her next project is tentatively called Rules of the End Game. It’s about the experience of athletes and society’s focus on youth. Yet as we age what is important is different.
  • Her book is available from University of Columbia Press. You can get a 30% discount if you use the promo code CUP30. It’s also available at Amazon.

Beer Segment

The beer segment begins at the 16:40 mark.


  • Michelle agreed to join us for this segment even though she is not a beer drinker.
  • We tasted her choice, Molson Canadian, which is a standard light lager.
  • Molson merged with Coors in 2005.
  • Style: American Lager 
  • Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00% 
  • Availability: Year-round 
  • Michelle’s beer was in a 473 ml can. It contained this inscription: an honest brew makes its own friends. This message is also in French.
  • She got her beer at the “beer store” which only is allowed to sell beer. It you want wine or spirits you need to go to the LCBO.

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