9 Podcasts for Seniors with Curious Minds

This Is Love - True Stories

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, search no further. In this carefully crafted podcast, creators of the hit true-crime podcast “Criminal” take on a warmer subject: love. Featuring interviews with historians, biologists, artists and everyday people, this well-mixed journalistic podcast examines love in unexpected places, from an Argentinian cat sanctuary to the depths of the Pacific Ocean.  

You Must Remember This - Old Hollywood History

Did Mama Cass of the Mamas and the Papas actually die eating a ham sandwich? And what really happened inside the mysterious mansion of Howard Hughes? “You Must Remember This” dives deep into these questions and more in a heavily researched foray into the secrets of Old Hollywood. Written and produced by top film critic Karina Longworth, this podcast is perfect for history enthusiasts and pop culture lovers alike. 

Super Soul - Spirituality and Religion

Oprah Winfrey brings her classic TV hit, Super Soul Sunday, to the world of podcasts. Tune in for words of wisdom from interviewees sure to pique the interest of a wide range of listeners, from celebrities like Sharon Stone and Viola Davis, to religious and spiritual leaders like Eckhart Tolle and Joel Osteen, to researchers and scientists such as Brene Brown and Gary Chapman.  

This American Life - True Stories and More

What better way to capture the essence of life in America than with a melting pot of interviews, fiction, essays, music, current events and journalism? On air since 1995, this public radio show-turned podcast explores the human experience in a way that is both intimate and universal, appealing to listeners of all ages and walks of life.  

Unlocking Us with Brene Brown - Wellness & Self-Help

Researcher and New York Times bestselling author Brene Brown brings her wisdom to the podcasting world with Unlocking Us, where she discusses experiences, music, books, films and ideas that examine what it means to be human with guests like Dolly Parton, Ibram X. Kendi and more. Episodes cover topics such as stress and burnout, empathy and hope with a unique blend of science-driven research and spiritual wellness. 

The Ramsey Show - Personal Finance

No matter what chapter of life you are in, this classic radio show-turned podcast has financial and life advice for everyone — and it’s entertaining to boot. Bestselling author and radio personality Dave Ramsey takes live phone calls from listeners and dishes out no-nonsense advice on everything from retirement savings and paying off debt to building successful relationships. Whether you’re looking for financial advice or need a laugh, this podcast has something for everyone and is available both in audio and video format.

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend - Comedy

After years of interviewing celebrities on late-night television, Conan O’Brien came to a harsh realization: the only people at his holiday parties were the people who worked for him. This podcast chronicles Conan’s quest for a deep and lasting friendship as he interviews his celebrity guests. In contrast to late-night TV, the podcast format allows Conan to dive deep with his guests in longer interviews that are down to earth and free of network notess. 

West Cork - True Crime 

This list wouldn’t be complete without a true crime podcast, a genre that has proven wildly successful among listeners. “West Cork” is a gripping series about the still-unsolved murder of 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier at her holiday home in West Cork, Ireland. Soulful and carefully crafted, this podcast features never-before heard interviews that paint a portrait of the ways that tragedy can shape a community.  

KCRW’s Left, Right & Center - Current Events

Want to stay up to date on current events, but tired of political spin? Left, Right & Center is a refreshing departure from mainstream news. True to its name, this public radio podcast crosses party lines to give listeners a multitude of perspectives on politics, pop culture and policy. This civilized and thought-provoking show is more than just a daily news fix — it’s an exercise in understanding differing viewpoints.

Looking for More Senior-Friendly Podcasts?

After you finish bingeing this list, check out our round-up of 11 Amazing Podcasts for Seniors

 

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