A pod cast is basically an audio version of your favorite blogs, shows and topics that you can download and listen to whenever you want, wherever you want. Podcasts started as a way for individuals to spread their message and build a community of people with similar interests. Topics cover just about everything you can think of from news, to economics, to religion to comedy. The best part is most podcasts are free! You can easily listen to shows from your phone’s web browser utilizing an app such as RadioPublic, Sticher and Google Podcast. Podcasts can also be accessed via a computer. Below you will find a list of our 10 Favorite podcasts for seniors.
1. Stuff You Should Know
This is a fascinating biweekly podcast from the HowStuffWorks team. A unique dose of education and entertainment. Topics include: How sweepstakes work, how the escape from Alcatraz worked and the great American coin shortage of 2020.
2. Lux Radio Theater
Lux Radio Theater, one of the genuine classic radio anthology series (NBC Blue Network (1934-1935); CBS (1935-1955), adapted first Broadway stage works, and then (especially) films to hour-long live radio presentations. It quickly became the most popular dramatic anthology series on radio, running more than twenty years. The program always began with an announcer proclaiming, "Ladies and gentlemen, Lux presents Hollywood!" Cecil B. DeMille was the host of the series each Monday evening from June 1, 1936, until January 22, 1945.
3. Planet Money
Helping you make sense of our rapidly changing global economy. NPR's Planet Money highlights high rollers, brainy economists and financial experts to keep you up to date on the fiscal world. Money makes the world go around, so listen on demand with two podcast episodes each week.
4. Ask Me Another
Packed with trivia, comedy and celebrity guests, Ask Me Another is like an amusement park for your brain. Host Ophira Eisenberg and musician Jonathan Coulton take brilliant contestants on a roller coaster that'll make you laugh and scream out the answers.
5. Better Health While Aging
A doctor's podcast for older adults and family caregivers, hosted by practicing geriatrics specialist Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH. Learn what really works, when it comes to improving health and wellbeing while aging. Dr. K and her guests discuss common health problems that affect people over age 60, the best ways to prevent and manage those problems, and they also often address common concerns and dilemmas that come up with aging parents.
6. How I built this
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built. One reviewer said, “These are riveting stories of people from startlingly diverse backgrounds whose energy, ideas, persistence and... often...humor has vaulted them to extreme success in businesses that matter deeply to them. It's a revelation that the world of business can be entertaining, emotional, and inspirational”.
7. Stuff You Missed in History Class
Join Holly and Tracy Wilson as they school you in Stuff You Missed in History Class. Get caught up from these history buffs as they explore the most fascinating events in the world. This podcast covers the spaces left out of most history classes. You will hear about a range of topics including royalty, crime, war and more.
Ty Strahl is the Spokane areas leading Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Her job is to help navigate the many aspects of aging and to help seniors who are in transition to find the right solutions for their individual needs.