Air Date: 1/24/17 – Writer and activist Ashton Applewhite has spent the later years of her life railing against ageism, helping mobilize others against discrimination because of age, and fighting for aging fully and gracefully. Ashton is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is the author of several books includingThis Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. In 2016, she joined the PBS site “Next Avenue” (’s) annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?