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Entertaining & Inspirational Podcasts for Seniors

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Entertaining & Inspirational Podcasts for Seniors

The media landscape of today is constantly changing and offering new ways to connect with content that matters to you. While our Autumn View Gardens assisted living community in Creve Coeur provides no shortage of stimulating events, no doubt there will be quiet times when you'll want some listening material to inspire, inform or entertain you. One great way of accessing that kind of material is known as the podcast.

Podcasts are audio programs like talk radio, but they’re available through subscription on the internet. They tend to be focused on a specific theme or type of content, and the sheer variety of podcasts available online is staggering. They're also a lot more than adapted radio content. They can be any length, take on any topic and assume any format, and they are generally uploaded anywhere from daily to monthly. With so much variety to offer, it can be hard to know where to start.

Educational Podcasts

There are plenty of podcasts that focus on providing the inspiration you need to tackle challenges, live better and accomplish your goals. These are just a few of the most popular examples for seniors.

TED Talks

The TED Talks brand is famous for giving a platform to thousands of in-depth talks by thinkers and doers of every kind on almost any topic you can imagine. From art to quantum biology, artificial intelligence to the forgotten magic of the zoetrope, there's bound to be something in the TED Talks catalog to fascinate and engage you. Their podcasts update every weekday, ensuring a constant stream of intriguing content.

Planet Money

This long-running economic podcast makes the world of finance comprehensible for the layperson and covers a myriad of money-related topics. If you want to know how reliable the adage "you get what you pay for" actually is, the market implications of paying a hostage-taker or the real meaning and implications of national debt — to name just a few topics treated in the podcast's hundreds of episodes — Planet Money is for you. It's educational, fun and accessible all at once, with episodes uploading every few days.

Entertaining Podcasts

Plenty of podcasts recall the glory days of radio theatre or take the audio medium in entirely new directions. Whether you're in the market for a rich source of entertainment that furnishes something novel or something that offers up a sweet dash of nostalgia, there's something for everyone.

You Must Remember This

For anyone who loves the glamor and gossip of Hollywood's golden era, You Must Remember This is an enlightening stroll down memory lane, providing new takes on forgotten stories of Tinsel Town's first century. Journalists, actors and a range of other silver screen professionals guest on the show to provide their perspectives, covering tales of silver screen luminaries ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Frank Sinatra . The unique mixture of fresh storytelling and timeless subject matter provides a near-perfect blend of novelty and nostalgia.

Lux Radio Theater

One of the first radio anthology shows ever broadcast was Lux Radio Theater, adapting everything from Broadway stage material to popular films and staging original live productions all in a one-hour radio format. Hosted by none other than the legendary Cecil B. DeMille, it ran from 1936 to 1945, and this podcast is like an audio time capsule that lets you revisit authentic episodes at your convenience.

Inspiring Podcasts

Podcasts can provide information and entertainment, but they can also provide inspiration and guidance that helps listeners cope with the realities of a fast-moving, often-confusing world. Look below for just a couple of the most prominent and popular examples of the many inspiration-focused podcasts you can find online.

On Being with Krista Tippett

A Peabody Award-winning podcast and radio show, On Being is all about the big questions like the meaning of being human and how we want to live and interact with each other. Tackling the immensity of life from a wide variety of perspectives, and in some episodes taking on questions from the listening community, the show enjoys an enthusiastic following and has been downloaded hundreds of millions of times.

The Bible Recap

One of the most popular faith-based podcasts online, the daily Bible Recap was founded in 2019 with the goal of covering the scriptures in their totality in the space of a few years. Each episode focuses on a few Bible verses, discussing them in context and drawing relevant insights. Wherever you are in your Bible-reading journey, there is virtually guaranteed to be an episode available that covers what you're studying and offers new insight.

Ask N.T. Wright Anything

A fortnightly podcast that features New Testament scholar N.T. "Tom" Wright, Ask N.T. Wright Anything takes on a broad variety of question about the Bible, faith and everyday life. Topics range from current events like the Coronvirus pandemic and maintaining spiritual health in isolation to timeless subjects like marrying outside the faith or struggles with disappointment in the spiritual leadership of one's church. No matter the topic, you can rely on Wright for a perspective that's both scholarly and practical.

Whatever your needs and interests, these are just a few of the countless podcasts that can satisfy them. Make use of this amazing audio content to enhance life in an assisted living community like Autumn View Gardens.

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