Guide to Podcasts for Seniors [2023 Edition]

Radio may be dead but its spiritual succesor, the podcast, is thriving. In fact, Americans now have over 500,000 podcasts to choose from!

That’s going to make it tough to find the ones that are relevant and interesting to you as a senior, but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

We’ve got our top podcasts for seniors and they’ve been hand picked from the best-of-the-best podcasts to be informative and entertaining. Enjoy. 

Stuff You Should Know: Practical Perfection

Stuff You Should Know is an intensely practical podcast that examines everyday objects and phenomena and asks the important questions, “What, when, who, how, etc.”? 

And then it answers them. The hosts Josh and Chuck bring humor and charism to the task in hand and it makes for a compelling listen. 
Check it out here.

Best Podcasts for Seniors Stuff You Should Know: Practical Perfection

Criminal: For True Crime Fans

If you love true crime stories and can’t get enough of them then Criminal is probably the show for you. 

They offer the opportunity to examine crime both from the perspective of the victim and the perpetrator. 

By asking hard questions such as “what happens when someone gets life based on terrible evidence?” They draw the listener into complex and interesting dilemmas too. 

Check it out here.

Freakonomics Radio: Funny And Informative Economics

Freakonomics is one of our favorite blogs and the podcast is just as good. It is run by two world class economists with one thing on their mind.

To explain odd and unusual things in the world around us using economics to do so. It might sound dry but, in fact, it’s often hilarious and it’s always interesting. 

Check it out here.

This American Life: American Pride

This is one of the biggest podcasts in America with millions of listeners and Ira Glass is the host. It’s a simple examination of aspects of life in America today. 

Some weeks it might make you cry, some it might make you laugh but it will always make you think and you will always learn something new about this land that we all love. 
Check it out here.

Good Job Brain: Trivia Brilliance

Good Job Brain is a podcast with a difference – it’s also an interactive quiz show and that means you can participate!

There are nearly 200 episodes of this podcast, so you’ll have plenty of time to show off your mental muscles (and there are benefits to brain games for seniors as we explored recently). 
Check it out here.

Planet Money: Financial Wizardry

If you want your money to work harder for you or you have specific financial concerns then NPR’s Project Money has your back.

It’s run for nearly 1,000 episodes now, so that you know they’re doing something right. 

If you want more money – after you’ve applied for our high paying jobs in retirement or our favorite low-stress retirement jobs, you could do worse than visit Planet Money. 
Check it out here.

99% Invisible: Design Excellence

This is a super clever show that examines the brilliance of modern design and how so much of that design simply goes by unnoticed by everyone. 

It might sound a little obscure, but after just one episode, we think you’ll be hooked, it’s so interesting. 
Check it out here.

Radiolab: Science Meets Philosophy

Radiolab brings together science, human experiences and philosophy and then examines the questions that arise at the intersection. 

It’s brilliantly informative and does a great job at getting you to ask the important questions about the world around you too. 
Check it out here.

Stuff You Missed In History Class: History For The Ages

History fans are going to love Stuff You Missed In History Class as it focuses firmly on the bits of history that they don’t teach in school. 

You’ll meet a whole host of interesting historical characters and get completely under their skin, as you go in search of the past and how it influences the present. 
Check it out here.

The Allusionist: Language Buffs Delight

If you’re fascinated by the English Language and all its peculiarities then The Allusionist is going to be hugely entertaining for you. 

There’s so much to be learned here and it’s all delightful.
Check it out here.

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