Podcasts today can be compared to what radio programming was like during the 30s-50s during the Golden Era of radio. Gripping narratives, situational comedies, wonderful story telling and so much more. While younger generations are no stranger to the world of podcasts, they are something that many older adults and seniors are typically not familiar with.

For those who are new to the word or concept, podcasts are basically a modern version of talk radio that you can listen to anytime, anywhere. Typically, a general theme is laid out in a series of stories. Shows, discussions, storytelling and more can be dowloaded for free allowing you to listen while relaxing at home, taking a road trip or just walking the dog. While not all podcasts are created equal, there are endless amounts of truly inspiring, entertaining and educational options out there on almost every subject imaginable.

How can I listen to a podcast?

Do you have a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer? Any of these devices can stream podcasts for your listening pleasure. You can download podcasts on your computer through their website or download the app of the podcast(s) you choose. For those who are not comfortable navigating through apps, websites etc., recruit your tech savvy friend or family member to set you up with the podcasts of your choice so they are ready to go with the touch of a button or click of a mouse.

Below are 5 top rated podcast favorites:

1. This American Life

This American Life features journalistic storytelling, essays, memoirs, old found footage and more. Most weeks, this show is the most popular podcast in the country, with approximately 2.5 million people downloading each episode. There are literally hundreds of “shows” to choose from, each uniquely their own.

2. Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio hosted by Stephen J. Dubner, is one of the top rated podcasts for adult and senior listeners. Weekly episodes are based on an array of topics each typically spanning 30 minutes to and hour in length. You can find episodes on relationships, sports and just about anything related to human nature and the riddles of everyday life.

3. Lux Radio Theatre

Ladies and gentlemen, let the Lux begin! Lux Radio Theatre features radio versions of broadway plays and re-creations of popular hollywood films produced during the golden era of radio. With a simple download, sounds of classic stars such as, Cary Grant, Fred MacMurray, Loretta Young, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert will be ready to dazzle your ears taking you on a theatrical journey.

4. Radiolab

You never knew philosophy, science and the human experience could be such an interesting and easy listen! For those who are curious by nature and enjoy pondering the world and all of it’s mysteries, this may be the perfect series for you. The mixture of charm and mind blowing content continues to propel Radiolab to the front of the podcast line.

5. The Moth

Simple. Interesting. Touching. True stories are recorded live, no notes, no edits, no fuss. Storytellers stand on stage baring their life experience allowing listeners to peek into a corner of their world. If you enjoy raw truths of the human experience, try listening to The Moth.

We hope you enjoy our top 5 podcast picks! Do you have a favorite podcast or particular episode you would like to share with others? Tell us your favorites in the comments below.

3 Comments

  1. Hethre Honna

    Podcasts are great for seniors to get in touch with the latest news and happenings in the world. I personally like Freakonomics Radio, those guys are amazing and discusses exceptional views and perspectives on different topics. Thank you for the suggestions.

    • Kristin Angulo

      Hi Hethre, Thank you for reading, I’m glad you enjoyed the suggestions! Have a great week!

  2. Daniel Bisett

    Kristin,
    We love what you are doing!
    We also offer a podcast for seniors called Aging Insight which revolves primarily around typical senior and elder law issues.
    For example, a few of our most recent podcasts were titled:
    The Caregiver Act – how wartime veterans can afford a home care provider

    The Impact of Long-Term Care and the Family Farm

    A Will is Arguably the Worst Way to Plan Your Estate

    Estate planning, Elder Law and the Bible

    What you shouldn’t have done – what you did and how badly it went wrong

    Just to name a few!

    Thanks again.

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