Though I’ve lived this life every day, the significance of the thought finally hit me during my interview with PBS’ “Retirement Gamble” producer Martin Smith.

There I was, speaking to an accomplished journalist, with my journalist cap fully on, wondering how someone so experienced could get it so wrong. I generally conduct my interviews via email. It allows the interviewee to really think about the answers, it allows me the luxury of not trying to interpret what the interviewee said and it allows the readers to avoid suffering from my attempt to interpret what the interviewee is saying. This was not the case with Martin Smith. I had to interview him live, on a cell phone, while sitting in my car waiting for a client meeting.

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