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Listen and Learn: Five Podcasts Perfect for Seniors

No matter your age or stage in life, learning should never stop. Thanks to technology and apps, there is an endless array of options to gain knowledge. You can take classes online, find an email pen pal to learn about another culture, or watch how-to videos to learn a new skill.

man listening to iPod, to illustrate article on podcasts for seniors.

One of my favorite ways to learn on an everyday basis is by listening to podcasts. There are so many to choose from, regardless of whether you use the iPhone Podcast app or simply listen through your web browser. I’ve been listening to podcasts for years, but they have become more popular in recent years, with even more shows being created. So give a podcast a chance; you may find something that reminds you of the past while enhancing your knowledge for the future.

To get you started, I’ve picked five podcasts for seniors, perfect to listen to during your day.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

This podcast, from How Stuff Works, is hosted by Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson, pictured above. The show produces two episodes a week, which means there’s lot to learn in several years’ worth of episodes in its archive. As the title suggests, each episode focuses on something you may not have learned in history class. Subjects range from long-lost treasure to little-known rebellions.

Good Job, Brain

This family-friendly trivia podcast focuses on one thing: learning facts so your quiz team can win big. Each episode focuses on some sort of random aspect of life that can be turned into trivia.

There are fun quizzes to test your memory and clever mnemonics to help you remember difficult knowledge. Subjects range from eggs to spies to the Olympics. After every five episodes is an all-quiz episode, which means you can play along with the quiz team!

This American Life

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life."

Ira Glass, host of “This American Life.” Image Credit.

The last two podcast suggestions focus on learning through stories. Knowledge is more than just facts; it’s about understanding your world a little better through the people and places you encounter. This American Life seeks that understanding. Each episode has an overarching theme, and most of the stories told are journalistic, with a few essays and comedy routines thrown in. You may hear authors reading their own stories or find a new storyteller you love hearing. The catalog of episodes is years in the making, giving you a large selection to choose from.

Planet Money

Interested in learning more about economics and life in general? Then Planet Money is for you. Each episode covers something different, from the economy of Birkin bags to how we buy oil to fondue.

Planet Money seeks to explain how different parts of the economy work – but in an easy-to-understand, conversational way. The hosts are easygoing, and although they do change from time to time, each one still has that inquisitive spirit that makes for a good teacher.

Lux Radio Theater

This long-running radio anthology series is back with hundreds of episodes to choose from. The original production took place in the late 1930s to 1950 or so and included more than 900 episodes. Famous stars of the day, including John Wayne, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, can be heard playing parts and telling stories.

The enhancement of the sound is one of the only changes made since the original air dates. Original ads are included, as well as narration from William Knightley, who was the host for seven years. Get lost in a production and find your old new favorite show.

Your turn: Are there podcasts for seniors that you would recommend? Tell us about them in the comments.

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    Anna Horn works on outreach for Providence Place, an independent living and personal care community in central Pennsylvania. Providence Place simplifies retirement living and provides the right amount of care for several life stages.


    1. Vicki Starfire says:

      Hello Anna,
      I wonder if you would be a guest on my podcast, Spectacular Seniors? I interview people in their later years who have done amazing things. I also interview people who work with seniors. I’d love to have some ideas from you to share with my listeners. Here is my URL: Of course I am on iTunes as well. Hope to hear from you soon.
      Regards, Vicki Starfire

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