Weekly Radio Program Aims to Help Listeners

Americans are living longer than at any time in history, and yet extensive research conducted by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) indicates that Americans are ill-prepared for long-term retirement and unaware of their need for action, as well as the range of practical steps available to them to begin planning for their financial security.  At the same time, people are looking to increase their quality of life during both their working years and in retirement. The Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) educates Americans about issues related to their longer-term health and well-being since good health is the vital component to a person’s productivity and enjoyment throughout life.

To assist listeners in their quest for both health and financial security, WYPR and Transamerica Institute have a weekly program, ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth, which airs on Mondays during NPR’s popular All Things Considered. The program is underwritten by the Transamerica Institute, as part of its mission identify, research and educate the public about retirement, health coverage, and other relevant financial issues facing Americans today. 

Program host Greg Tucker will engage Catherine Collinson, the Transamerica Institute’s founding president who also leads TCRS (a foremost expert on the state of retirement readiness in America), and Hector De La Torre, who leads the Transamerica Institute’s TCHS (and is a former California State Assembly member), on the broad range of issues related to financial literacy, retirement, and health care and well-being. 

One-Hour Special – Improving Women’s Retirement Security

This special one-hour edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth will offer insights into the unique challenges women face that put them at greater risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement, compared to men. Special guests Cindy Hounsell and Mary Beth Franklin will offer clear-cut steps that women can take to improve their retirement outlook and share their expertise on women’s financial well-being, retirement planning and preparations, and Social Security. Listen at WYPR 88.1, Baltimore's NPR station,; it is also be available as a podcast on iTunes, or download here. For additional information read the Press Release.

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January 8, 2018 - Automatic 401(k) Plan Features

December 11, 2017 - The Financial Implications of Caregiving

November 27, 2017 - Employee and Retirement Benefits in the Open Enrollment Season

October 30, 2017 - Roth or Traditional 401(k) Retirement Plans

October 16, 2017 - Juggling Caregiving and Work

October 2, 2017 - Beware Retirement Plan Loans and Withdrawals

August 28, 2017 - Healthy Aging Key to Successful Retirement

August 14, 2017 - How to Successfully Retire Early

July 31, 2017 - Retirement Milestone Ages You Need to Know

June 12, 2017 - Basics of a 401(k) Retirement Plan

June 5, 2017 - Taking the Guesswork Out of Retirement Savings Goals

May 15, 2017 - Tips for Working Past Retirement Age

May 1, 2017 - Financial Implications of Living Longer

April 17, 2017 - The Imperative for Emergency Savings

April 3, 2017 - What to Do With Your 401(k) When Changing Jobs

March 26, 2017 - One-Hour Special: Improving Women's Retirement Security

March 20, 2017 - Three Retirement Mistakes to Avoid

February 13, 2017 - Self-Employed Retirement Savers

January 30, 2017 - Creating a Retirement Backup Plan

January 16, 2017 - What is an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

January 2, 2017 - Four Financial Resolutions for the New Year


November 21, 2016 - Holiday Financial Discussions

November 7, 2016 - Retirement Security Priorities for the New President and Congress

October 31, 2016 - Millennials: The Digital DIY Retirement Generation

October 17, 2016 - Baby Boomers: Trailblazer of the New Retirement

October 3, 2016 - Generation X: Struggling Retirement Savers

September 26, 2016 - Testimony Before U.S. Senate Committee on Aging - Part 2

September 12, 2016 - Testimony Before U.S. Senate Committee on Aging - Part 1

August 8, 2016 - Nudges for Retirement Savings

July 25, 2016 - Benefits of Lifelong Learning

July 11, 2016 - Financial Wellness Programs at Work

June 13, 2016 - Aging in Place

June 6, 2016 - Realities of Travel During Retirement 

 May 23, 2016 - Volunteering in Retirement

April 18, 2016 - What is Retirement Really Like for Current Retirees?

April 3, 2016 - Prioritizing Retirement Savings

March 14, 2016 - Improving Women's Retirement

March 1, 2016 - IRS Free File

February 9, 2016 - Saver's Credit Tax Credit for 2016

January 5, 2016 - The New myRA 


December 22, 2015 - Wisdom from Retirees

December 7, 2015 - Year-End Financial CheckUp

November 17, 2015 - Where to Live in Retirement

November 3, 2015 - Retirement Planning for Homemakers

October 21, 2015 - GenX - It's Time to Get Serious About Retirement

October 6, 2015 - White House Conference on Aging

September 21, 2015 - Your Nest Egg Is Ready to Hatch - Now What?

September 14, 2015 - Candid Conversations to Have with Aging Parents

August 24, 2015 - Elder Abuse and Elder Fraud Warning Signs

August 10, 2015 - 60 Somethings and Retirement Issues
July 27, 2015 - 50 Somethings and Retirement Issues

July 13, 2015 - 40 Somethings and Retirement Issues

June 29, 2015 - 30 Somethings and Retirement Issues
June 15, 2015 - 20 Somethings and Retirement Issues

June 8, 2015 - Habitual Savers 

May 25, 2015 - Get Your Financial House in Order 

May 4, 2015 - Phased Retirement  

April 20, 2015 - How Much Do I Need to Save for Retirement?

April 6, 2015 - The Fundamentals of Retirement Investing

March 16, 2015 - Important Milestones on Your Way to Retirement

February 23, 2015 - America Saves Week
January 26, 2015 - IRS Saver's Credit Facts

January 18, 2015 - One-Hour Special: Getting Ready to Retire

January 25, 2015 - One-Hour Special: Health & Wealth for Millennials

January 12, 2015 - Savings Limits Increase in 2015


December 29, 2014 -- Employer Retirement Benefits

December 7, 2014 -- Baby Boomers Changing Retirement

October 27, 2014 -- Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Catch-Up Contributions

October 6, 2014 -- Make a Backup Plan

September 15, 2014 -- Millennial Retirement Update

September 1, 2014 -- Caregivers' Conundrum

August 25, 2014 -- Marital Retirement Matters

August 4, 2014 -- The Downside of 401(k) Loans

July 21, 2014 -- Conversation Starters for Retirement

July 7, 2014 -- Generation X and Their Retirement Challenge 

June 23, 2014 -- Retirement Readiness of Small Business Employees

June 9, 2014 -- Calculating Your Retirement Needs

May 19, 2014 -- Baby Boomer Reality Check

April 28, 2014 -- Women's Retirement Outlook

April 14, 2014 -- Journey to Healthy Aging - Travel Survey

March 31, 2014 -- Unemployed Workers and Their Retirement Planning

March 17, 2014 - Retirement Power Planners

March 3, 2014 - Millennial Retirement

February 10, 2014 -- Saver's Credit Show

February 3, 2014 -- Introductory Show with Greg Tucker and Catherine Collinson

One-Hour Special - Getting Ready for Retirement

Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day in the U.S. and have either entered retirement or are preparing to do so. A special one-hour edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth will offer unique insights and clear-cut advice to them about Medicare and Social Security benefits. Most Baby Boomers will be relying on Social Security and Medicare benefits in retirement, yet relatively few are aware of the wide range of choices that can positively or negatively affect their level of long-term benefits. This special edition of the show features prominent guest experts Mary Beth Franklin of InvestmentNews, and Nicole Duritz of AARP. Listen at WYPR 88.1, Baltimore's NPR station or, or download here. For additional information read the Press Release.

One-Hour Special - Health & Wealth for Millennials

Millennials represent the largest, most diverse and educated generation in the U.S. and face opportunities and challenges unlike any generation before.  What they do – or don’t do – with regard to their eventual retirement security will have a significant impact on the U.S. economy in the years to come according to leading economists. A special 1-hour edition of ClearPath – Your Roadmap to Health & Wealth, will highlight Millennials and what they are doing to prepare for their eventual retirement security, and respond to the significant changes in health care policy. The program features special guest experts Kimberly Palmer of US News & World Report and Erin Hemlin of the nonprofit, Young Invincibles. Listen at WYPR 88.1, Baltimore's NPR station or, or download here. For additional information see the Press Release.

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