Did you know that podcast listening is on the rise, with millions of people tuning in to their favorite shows every day? Despite this, many members of the over 50 generation have yet to discover the joys of podcast listening. Perhaps they find the technology daunting or prefer more traditional forms of media. However, there are many reasons why you might enjoy listening to podcasts, and the process is easier than you might think.
One of the reasons I love listening to podcasts is that you can do it while you’re doing other things. Unlike watching TV or videos, you don’t have to be glued to a screen. You can listen while you’re driving, cooking, exercising, or just relaxing. It’s a great way to multitask and make the most of your time.
Additionally, listening to podcasts can be a more immersive experience than watching videos or reading articles. You can really get lost in the conversation and the stories being told, without the distraction of visual elements. And, unlike with live radio, you can pause, rewind, and fast-forward as needed to truly customize your listening experience. If you fall asleep, like I often do, I can listen to it again the next night!
If you’re new to podcasts, you might be wondering where to start. If you are reading this, you are smart enough to figure out podcasts. First, you’ll choose a device that can connect to the internet, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. From there, you can download a podcast listening app such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts. Many of these apps are free and user-friendly, with a search function that makes it easy to find podcasts on any topic you’re interested in. Remember that you can often listen to the same podcast from multiple devices, such as Spotify is available on your phone, your computer, and on smart TVs.
See the photos at the bottom of this article to see what the Apple Podcast app looks like, or just go to your phone and explore. See the captions on the photos for more info.
Once you find a podcast you like, you can subscribe to it and receive notifications when new episodes are available. Many podcasts also have a back catalog of episodes, so you can catch up on previous content at your own pace.
So why should Boomers give podcasts a chance? For starters, podcasts offer a unique blend of entertainment and education that can be difficult to find in other media. Whether you’re interested in history, politics, or pop culture, there’s a podcast out there that caters to your interests. Plus, podcasts are a convenient way to stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends, all while going about your day-to-day activities. I love that I can choose the specific topic that I want to think about.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few podcasts that you might enjoy:
News and Religion Podcasts
Here are some popular Conservative news show podcasts:
- The Daily Wire
- The Ben Shapiro Show
- The Dan Bongino Show
- The Glenn Beck Program
- The Mark Levin Show
- The Laura Ingraham Show
- The Michael Knowles Show
- The Buck Sexton Show
- The Steven Crowder Show
- The Rubin Report
There are thousands of Religious podcasts. This is just a sample.
- The Bible Project
- The Daily Bible Reading Podcast
- Catholic Answers Focus
- Pray the Word with David Platt
- Joyce Meyer Radio Podcast
- The Holy Post
- Relevant Podcast
- Radical with David Platt
- The Village Church Podcast
- Revive Our Hearts with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
- And don’t forget mine! https://open.spotify.com/show/4lqwZrAXZRPIQosPseds5V?si=d227634bc411417d
I haven’t listened to any of the following, but they are in the top list.
- Stuff You Missed in History Class – a podcast that delves into fascinating stories from the past, with a focus on lesser-known events and figures.
- The Moth – a storytelling podcast that features real-life stories told by ordinary people with extraordinary experiences.
- Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! – a comedy news quiz that pokes fun at the week’s top stories and current events.
- NPR Politics Podcast – a deep dive into the world of politics, with analysis and commentary from NPR reporters and experts.
- AARP’s The Perfect Scam – a podcast that exposes scams and frauds targeting older Americans, and provides advice on how to avoid them.
Hobbies and Relaxation Podcasts
If you’re into cooking and gardening, you might enjoy podcasts like “The Splendid Table” or “The Joe Gardener Show”. If you’re a sports fan, there are plenty of podcasts that cover everything from football to fishing to women’s sports. And if you’re looking for something more relaxing, there are podcasts that specialize in white noise, rainforest sounds, guided meditations and sleep stories, like “Sleepy” and “Meditative Story”.
In addition to these hobbies and relaxation podcasts, there are also plenty of fiction podcasts that you might enjoy. These can range from classic radio dramas like “The Shadow” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, to modern audio dramas like “Homecoming” and “Limetown”.
Listening to podcasts can be a very enjoyable and relaxing experience. Many people find that they can really get lost in a podcast, whether it’s an entertaining story or an informative discussion. Plus, unlike with TV or movies, there’s no need to worry about visual distractions or eye strain. You can just sit back, relax, and let the podcast take you away. And with so many different types of podcasts out there, from comedy shows to true crime investigations to meditation guides, there’s really something for everyone to enjoy.
So why not give it a try? You might find a new favorite podcast that you look forward to listening to each week.
Well done, well said! I share your enthusiasm about podcasts. They really are a bit like old time radio. The Shadow is one of my favorites.
Thanks. It’s funny because until recently I had not made the mental connection with my lifelong habit of listening to sermons on the radio with my new habit of listening to podcasts. But it’s the same thing, just improved!
I enjoy Council of Trent Horn for Catholic and Gavin Ortlund for Protestant. I’m really into apologetics and not much else as time goes on.
I’ll check those out .