Living Longer: The Pros and Cons of Aging – “Live to 150” tonight on ABC

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It won’t surprise you to learn that some of the country’s top young comedians draw humor from the topic of aging “” and most often, the audience responds with big laughs. While racist jokes are taboo in this country, ageism is still fair game.

Age never loses its humor. Watch “Live to Be 150 … Can You Do It?,” an ABC News Barbara Walters special, on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

We asked Stephen Dubner, co-author of the book “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,” to examine for us some of the implications of living longer. He concludes that aging may actually become a new barometer of status. “There will be too many older people with too much market power, too much political influence, with too much momentum to create any other kind of situation,” says Dubner.

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