100 Best Podcasts for Women over 50, Seniors, and Other Adults

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100 Best Podcasts for Women over 50, Seniors, and Other Adults

Have you ventured into the territory of podcasts yet?  Beware!  Once you start, you’ll quickly get drawn in!  If you’re brand new to podcasts, check out The Complete Guide to Podcasts for Women Over 50:  Who, What, and Why.  If you are an experienced listener, I’m betting you’re here because you’re looking for something new.

Great news!  Whether you’re an experienced listener or a brand-new listener just discovering what’s out there, this list of the best podcasts has something for you!  Think of a podcast as a radio show or a series of Ted Talks that speak precisely to your interests and exactly when you want to listen!  Check out my top 100 best podcasts for women over 50, seniors, and other adults!  I’ve broken these top-rated podcasts into categories for your convenience!  The description under the title is taken directly from the Podcast Description on Apple iTunes.

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Education – Stretch Your Brain with These Podcasts

Once you hit a certain age, you realize how much fun it is to continue to expand your knowledge.  Sometimes personal development includes hearing other people’s perspectives on subjects; these top podcasts for women over 50 are a great place to do that!  In many podcast episodes, the host will interview experts in their field and a good podcast will keep you interested as you hear from people you might never have known. 

Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis Dreyfuss

“Julia Louis-Dreyfus wants to know why the hell we don’t hear more from older women, so she’s sitting down with Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett, Amy Tan, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Allende and Fran Lebowitz (and more!) to get schooled in how to live a full and meaningful life. Join the Emmy award winning-est actress of all time on her first-ever podcast, where each week she has funny, touching, personal conversations with unforgettable women who are always WISER THAN ME.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS: This podcast’s first special guest is the incomparable Jane Fonda.  I love that Julie Louis Dreyfus leads candid conversations with women that can lead us all to personal growth through this platform.

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50 Women Over 50

“A podcast for women whose personal confidence is born of experience. Interviews with 50 women to learn how they see the world; what lessons they’ve learned; what advice they have for us all.”

Midlife Mixtape

“A podcast to celebrate GenXers at midlife, with humor, heart, and a really good beat. In each episode, writer Nancy Davis Kho of MidlifeMixtape.com interviews fellow GenXers about how they’re thriving in the years between being hip and breaking one. From discussing the first concert each guest ever saw, to what’s easier and harder than they expected at midlife to what piece of advice they’d give their younger selves, the conversations will inspire, entertain, and maybe even make you feel stoked to be caught in the middle.”

Women in the Middle:  Loving Life After 50 – Midlife Podcast

“Women in the Middle® is a podcast for midlife women who are ready to hear some good news about being over 50! Suzy Rosenstein, MA, and Master Certified Life Coach, shares the good, bad, ugly, and sometimes downright hysterical about growing older and making the changes you want to make so you don’t have regrets in your second chapter. As a life coach for women, Suzy shares an upbeat perspective along with coaching & guidance about health, career boredom, happiness, mindset, empty nest, aging, and life transitions with a mix of guests, humor, and no-nonsense.

Midlife Matters

“From parenting teens to aging gracefully, Midlife Matters covers all the topics keeping women in the middle years up at night. Join us to be encouraged and entertained on this journey through the middle years of life!”

For Women Over 50

“Stories, experiences, and reflections for women over 50.”

Fearlessly Facing Fifty

“Are you ready for more? Are you ready to hear inspiring stories of people that have moved the needle on their journey because they pushed play instead of pause? Come join me and grab a seat at the table. You won’t be disappointed.”

TeaTime Midlife Edition

“Teatime Midlife Edition Podcast is for women in midlife that want a community and friendship and not do midlife alone. We have expert advice, self-awareness, and ideas for fun challenges while bridging the gap in who you can be during the most transformative time in your life. Teatime Midlife Edition will have some of the best flavors of conversations one teacup at a time. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back and relax, It’sTeatime Midlife Edition.”

Happy Place

“Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.”

Code Switch

“What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food, and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.”

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Join hosts Anney and Samantha to listen to Stuff Mom Never Told You, continuing the conversation of what it is to identify as female through research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life.

Smart Sassy Seniors

“Smart Sassy Seniors is a space to learn, connect and engage with others who are out to redefine what it means to age in today’s world.  We are rocking the second half of our lives.  We are drawing wisdom from our experiences; we are sharing that wisdom, setting intentions for our next great stages in life, and we are flourishing.”

For the Love with Jen Hatmaker Podcast

We believe women living in freedom are the answer to all that ails society. When we are exactly who we are, how we are, where we are, as we were always meant to be, women are the 8th wonders of the world.

For the love of all that is good, right, wrong, hard, fun, perplexing, wondrous and thought-provoking, Jen’s here for it all with eye-opening conversations with some of the best people on earth.

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Brunch with Besties Podcast

“Chanel and Sherry Renee are besties on a mission to heal and help others as they heal and help themselves through purpose-driven conversations. They embark on weekly conversations around purpose as it relates to: love, life, purpose, career, and anything in between.”

HillTalks Midlife

“Chanel and Sherry Renee are besties on a mission to heal and help others as they heal and help themselves through purpose-driven conversations. They embark on weekly conversations around purpose as it relates to: love, life, purpose, career, and anything in between.”

Modern Gen X Woman

“We’re changing the rules and changing the conversation around Gen X Women.  No longer are we, as Gen X women, going to blend in the background, wait to be promoted, or cringe when having to talk about our rates for our services.We are going to declare the life and success we want and go after it, without apology. Modern Gen X Woman, it’s your time. Jackie Ghedine + Mimi Bishop are top career and business coaches for Modern Gen X women who want to make an impact, leave their mark and increase their success and wealth.”

Windowsill Chats

“Windowsill Chats is a podcast for artists and creatives who are curious about what it’s like to live, work & walk a creative path. You’ll find honest stories, refreshing tips, artistic business advice and real conversations with global artists & makers just like you. Host Margo Tantau, a 30+ year Creative Director, Product Designer & maker, is a cheerleader for your success. Come grab a cuppa & join her in her sunny windowsill.”

Squeeze the Day

“Squeeze the Day captures the stories of older adults to inspire and encourage all of us to seek a meaningful and purpose-driven second chapter of life.”

Original Syndrome

“This podcast examines gender equality topics through humor. Our guests are movers and shakers, creatives, standup comedians and others who are pushing the debate on gender equality forward every day. We’ve got brains, stories and fun produced by your favorite spot for feminist humor and women’s empowerment, The Syndrome Mag.”

Making Space with Hoda Kotb

“Where do you draw your strength? Join TODAY’s Hoda Kotb as she continues on a journey of self-discovery and exploration of the resilience of the human spirit. Hoda hears from some of the people she admires most, and whose testimonies of compassion provide lessons for how to make space for whatever it is you may be seeking in life right now. Like Hoda, you’ll leave these talks stronger than when you started and inspired to make space for growth and change in your own life.”

The Chris Harder Show

“Giving you every tool you need to be unapologetically successful, these episodes will share the secrets, tips, and incredible stories of how wealthy entrepreneurs, celebrities, and people of influence have risen to the top, and what they’ve done to make this world a better place as a result of their success. Host Chris Harder pulls out the best in people, proving that when good people make good money, they do great things! As a successful entrepreneur himself, he believes that everyone has the right to an abundant lifestyle and the responsibility to help others have the same. Money’s most important role is that it gives options and solves problems and there are way too many stories of successful individuals doing GREAT things with their wealth that go unreported.”

Next Question with Katie Couric

“Katie Couric is back on the mic with a whole new season of intimate, urgent and unexpected interviews. And she’s brimming with questions. Find out who’s on the receiving end of Katie’s rapid-fire curiosity. New episodes drop every Thursday.”

Travel Podcasts for Women Over 50 and Seniors

Are you looking for some inspiration for your next vacation?  Traveling solo? Are you concerned about safety?  Check out this list of the best travel podcasts.  These podcasts will take you on a journey around the world, from the bustling streets of New York City to the remote villages of Africa. Whether you’re looking for tips on where to go, what to see, or how to get there, these podcasts have you covered.

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Women Who Travel

“Each week, host and Condé Nast Traveler editor Lale Arikoglu shines a light on some of those stories, interviewing female-identifying guests about their most unique travel tales—from going off-grid in the Danish wilderness to country-hopping solo—sharing her own experiences traveling around the globe, and tapping listeners to contribute their own memorable stories. This is a podcast for anyone who is curious about the world—and excited to explore places both near and far from home.”

Travel Chicks – Solo Female Travel, Female Group Travel, Travel & Tourism Updates

The #1 Leader in Travel Updates, Industry News and Post Pandemic Travel Planning & Inspiration.  We talk Travel. Transformation. Inspiration.

The Amateur Traveler

“Since 2005 Amateur Traveler has been talking about a different destination every week. It covers destinations all of the world with an emphasis on culturally rich travel. Learn more about your world.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Listen to the episode released on May 20, 2023, for details about what makes West Michigan a great place to visit!  That’s right!  Chris invited me to guest on one of his recent episodes and to share personal stories and information about living in Holland and visiting West Michigan.

The Solo Female Traveler

“Welcome to The Solo Female Traveler podcast! Our show is dedicated to empowering and inspiring women to embrace the unknown and travel on their own terms. Through a mix of solo episodes and guest interviews, we share stories and insights from women around the world who have embarked on their own solo travel adventures.

At the core of our show is the belief that travel can be transformative and empowering. We’re here to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to embark on your own solo travel adventures.”

Solo Travel Adventures:  Safe Travel for Women Preparing for a Trip, Overcoming Fear, Travel Tips

Equipping Women over 50 to Safely Travel in Confidence.  Is fear holding you back from traveling because you don’t have anyone to go with? Are you concerned about being a woman traveling alone? Not sure how to prepare for a solo trip? Do family and friends think you are crazy for even considering solo travel in this day and age?

In this podcast, you will become equipped to travel safely by yourself. You’ll learn things like tactical travel tips and how to prepare for a trip, and how to overcome the fear so you can discover the transformation that travel can bring. My mission is to see more women over 50, empty-nesters, discover how travel can empower them. If you want to enjoy your next travel adventure solo, then start your journey here.

Podcasts to Support Health and Wellness

Are you looking for ways to improve your physical health and wellness?  Here are some of my favorite health and wellness podcasts.  These great podcasts cover various topics, from nutrition and fitness to mental health and self-care.  Whether you’re looking for new ways to find motivation, information, or inspiration to lead you to better health, these podcasts can help you as you embrace a healthier lifestyle in your middle years.

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown

“Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is a quirky, informative, and interactive podcast breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about mental health and emotional well-being. Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik combines her academic background with vast personal experience to provide listeners with valuable practical advice focusing on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging an understanding of the mind-body connection. Nothing is off limits as Mayim breaks it down with an amazing collection of guests.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  This entertaining and educational podcast will make you think and laugh.  I love how Mayim brings on so many experts in the field of mental health, along with stars you already know and love.  They discuss new ideas concerning mental health in a good way, at least, in a way that feels good to me, without placing blame on anyone, but acknowledging the importance of a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally!

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Dhru Purohit Podcast

“Exploring the inner workings of the brain and the body with the brightest minds in wellness, medicine, and mindset.”

The Flipping 50 Show

“The podcast for women in menopause and beyond who want to change the way they age. Fitness, wellness, and health research put into practical tips you can use today. You still got it, girl!”

Make Menopause Easy

“Missing sleep? Thinking about making smarter food choices for hormone balance? Need help in understanding what’s happening with your hormones? Lack of information isn’t just inconvenient; it can be dangerous. Stop getting lost in the Google abyss or just scrolling through social media following random advice that’s doled out to all women no matter what their hormone deficiencies might be.  Join functional medicine and lifestyle coach Kiran Ram each week as she shares her rules to sail through menopause. Get ready to make sense of your changing hormones and elevate your health, wellness, relationships and happiness to a whole new level as you redefine your midlife.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Taking care of yourself at this time of your life is so important.  If you don’t know what hit you with menopause, you may be in the same boat I was in and need someone to give you some straight talk about hormones, sexual health, and how to handle your changing body.  This is a great podcast to do all of that and more!

The Over 50 Health & Wellness Podcast

“Our mission is to inspire men and women in their fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond to live their strongest, healthiest, most fulfilling lives. In this podcast we share stories of amazing people who are doing just that, to help motivate you to become the healthiest version of yourself, regardless of your age.”

Rebellious Wellness Over 50 Podcast

For women over 50 who want to beat the conventional wisdom that says aging equals low energy, weight gain, loss of vitality, disease, and a life that gets smaller and smaller. BS! The RWO50 podcast takes on all the myths of aging–body, mind, spirit–with science-based information so you can worry less about getting older and more about getting through that bucket list.

The Happy Vagina

The Happy Vagina with host Mika Simmons is a podcast dedicated to celebrating those who have made a difference in women’s health, equality and relationships. Each week we chat to an inspiring human being as they explore the experiences that completely changed their outlook – promising not only to educate but also entertain and enlighten.

My Aloof Vagina, A Cheeky Guide to Perimenopause

Unprepared for perimenopause? (Same!) Felt misunderstood or alone during it all? (Yup.) Feel too young for this? (Me, too!) So I’m on a quest with my friends (and my aloof vagina) to understand what other “surprises” to expect AND to get a handle on all this midlife stuff, from sex & relationships to the weird stuff happening to our bodies. (The stuff nobody wants to talk about.) Warning: Like to laugh and sometimes pee your pants when you do? This podcast was designed to serve you. Grab leakage protection & join us for some fun.

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  I wasn’t sure if I should include this in the Health and Wellness or humor lists.  Good news!  It qualifies as both and is girl talk at its best.  One of the best things about this show is that it will give you new perspectives on the human experience.  After all, we all must deal with this thing called Menopause in one form or another.

Feisty Side of 50

Celebrating baby boomers fifty and better who are on the move and transforming the spirit and style of aging!

Sleep Magic

Sleep Magic is a brand-new podcast from the creators of Sleep Wave that harnesses the power of Sleep Hypnosis and Meditation to help you fall asleep easily every night, hosted by hypnotherapist Jessica Porter.  Alongside helping you drift off into a deep sleep, we’re also going to spend time talking about all the different things that go into being, well, human!  From releasing worries to building self-love, we’ll dive deep into how we can improve our relationship with ourselves, as well as our sleep, one night at a time.

Pursue Your Spark

“Your host Heike Yates, a Fitness and Nutrition coach, helps empty-nester moms over 50 reclaim their health and fitness goals and thrive in their second half of life.”

Women Living Well After 50 Podcast

‘Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us ‘Inspiration, motivation, support, and information for Women Over 50 who want to Live Well. Health and Wellness in mind, body, and spirit are the foundations for living well but there is so much more to a life well lived. Each week through conversations with my guests, I’ll be presenting topics that will help us all to live well, embrace life and enjoy life every day.

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A Certain Age

“A Certain Age is an age-positive podcast that helps you live your best, evolving midlife. We know the only constant is change. Kids grow. Jobs come and go. What it takes to be fit, healthy, happy, and fulfilled looks waaaay different than it did in our thirties and forties. Amp up your midlife with expert tips, tools, and resources to help with the hard stuff and light you up about what’s next. Pop in your AirPods and spend time with women just like you who are knocking it out of the midlife park and who share real-life blueprints for navigating speedbumps and setbacks.”

Chicken Soup for the Soul

“Start your days with inspiration and motivation from the best of Chicken Soup for the Soul and editor-in-chief Amy Newmark. There’s nothing like learning from other people’s personal, revealing stories. Amy shares her favorite stories and the wisdom, advice, and easy-to-implement tips that thousands of people have shared in 25 years of Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Tips and advice on Mondays and Wednesdays, and interviews with fascinating writers and influencers on Friend Fridays. It’s Chicken Soup for the Soul to go!”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you like short snippets, this one’s for you.  The short episodes will inspire you; it is my favorite podcast when I have a few minutes to listen.

Self Care IRL

“Join Ty Alexander, wellness blogger and best selling author of Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died, as she explores strategies and ideas for becoming your best self. This podcast will inspire you to take life by the horns and enjoy the ride despite your traumas or circumstances.”

To 50 and Beyond

“A podcast to help you find joy and confidence in going and staying alcohol-free later in life.”

Entertaining & Funny Podcasts

Are you looking for a good laugh?  Some of the most popular podcasts you’ll find on your podcast app will be those that make you laugh!  Check out this list of the best entertaining and humorous podcasts. These podcasts are full of real people and diverse topics.  They will keep you entertained with their funny stories, interviews, and sketches.

Literally! with Rob Lowe

This is literally a podcast where people I love, admire, and know well will be in a safe space to really let their hair down (assuming they have any). I will cover the thoughtful to the extremely random. So join me and my guests from the world of movies, TV, sports, music, and culture for fun, wide-ranging, free-wheeling conversations.

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you were lucky enough to see his show or read his book, “Stories I Only Tell My Friends,” You’ll love listening in on this weekly podcast!

Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey & David Spade

“Be a “Fly on the Wall” as Saturday Night Live alumni Dana Carvey and David Spade take you behind the scenes to reminisce about the most memorable stories and moments with friends of the show. In each episode, you’ll hear from your favorite cast members, hosts, writers, and musical guests as they share never-before told stories about their careers; including how they made their way to the show and how being a part of SNL’s cultural history has impacted their lives beyond the show.”

Smartless

“SmartLess with Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, & Will Arnett is a podcast that connects and unites people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. A nice surprise: in each episode of SmartLess, one of the hosts reveals his mystery guest to the other two. What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  These three dudes have a great time yakking, or yukking, it up each week on this show.  Listen for the classic “bye” at the end of each episode, and be prepared for men interrupting and lovingly roasting each other throughout each episode.  You’ll hear as much from the three hosts as from the guest each week.

Funny Cuz Its True

“Hello, and welcome to my podcast. I first went viral on TikTok after telling the story of how I got stuck buying 100 tacos on a first date. Since then, it’s been a wild and crazy ride. I now have millions of eyeballs watching my videos on a daily basis (which is just a terrifying number of eyeballs, honestly).

Each week on my podcast Funny Cuz It’s True, I’ll be sitting down with my favorite creators, friends, and comedians to find the stories that have stuck with them and changed their lives in small ways. Not-so-funny moments that have become funny over time. I want to know how they handled these situations and learned to laugh about them years later. How do they do it? Great question, I’d love to tell you (but you have to listen to find out).”

The Drew Barrymore Show

“Known worldwide for her infectious brand of humor and positivity, host Drew Barrymore shares her undeniably relatable point of view while celebrating every part of humanity along the way. Drew’s creating a movement to march in the army of optimism with a multi-topic format, elevating, inspiring, and entertaining in every segment, from human interest stories to happy news to lifestyle segments and celebrity guests. Hear full episodes of The Drew Barrymore Show adapted for your ears every day.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Drew Barrymore has been part of our American Life since we were children.  As a fellow over-50 woman, she has come into full bloom with her TV show and sharing her perspective on life in the middle years.  This is one of my favorite shows, and I bet it’ll become one of yours, too.

On Fire with Jeff Probst

“Grab your torches and join Emmy Award-winning host and showrunner Jeff Probst to go behind the scenes of the Emmy Award-winning reality series Survivor like never before. “On Fire with Jeff Probst” is your ultimate companion to Survivor season 44 whether you’re a superfan or new to the show. Each week Jeff will go inside the latest episode and share some of the secrets for HOW they make the show and WHY they do the things they do. He’ll also answer your questions and one lucky fan gets to tell him why he sucks!”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  I have watched every episode of Survivor from the very first show.  Over the years, I have had so many questions about how this show all comes together season after season.  FINALLY – Jeff Probst gives us a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes!

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

“After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  I never stayed up late enough to catch Conan’s show, but I have enjoyed listening to him here.  His sense of humor makes me giggle, and his honesty and transparency with guests is compelling.  Give it a listen!  I bet you’ll be delighted.

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Office Ladies

“The Office co-stars and best friends, Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, are doing the ultimate The Office re-watch podcast for you. Each week Jenna and Angela will break down an episode of The Office and give exclusive behind the scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.”

GenX Are We Adults Yet?

“Gen X Are We Adults Yet? is a podcast that follows the journey of two friends as they navigate adulthood. Both born and raised in central California, they met in high school and have stayed friends ever since. Now in their 50s, they are facing new challenges and triumphs in this stage of life.”

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

“Awaken, discover, and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Oprah’s Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions, and help bring you one step closer to your best self.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you’re not living your best life yet, tuning into Oprah Winfrey and listening to her stories from fit, strong women, you’ll be one step closer. 

Sounds Like a Cult

“A podcast about the modern-day “cults” we all follow. Hosts Isa Medina and Amanda Montell ask the culty questions we’re all wondering… Do you think SoulCycle is a cult? What about Elon Musk stans? Or the Royal Family? What about spiritual influencers? Is Instagram itself a cult? We’re Sounds Like A Cult, a podcast that analyzes a different zeitgeisty group every week to try and answer the big question: This group sounds like a cult, but is it really? And if so, how bad is it?”

American Hysteria

“American Hysteria explores how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture – moral panics, urban legends, hoaxes, crazes, fringe beliefs, and national misunderstandings. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history and examines the forces that create the reality we share, and sometimes, the reality we don’t.”

Podcasts with Storytellers

I’ve got you covered if you’re looking for a good story.  These podcasts feature a wide range of stories from various voices.  You’ll be entertained, informed, and maybe even inspired when you tune in to one of these!

The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe

“In The Way I Heard It, Mike Rowe gives a different take on a variety of topics—from pop culture to politics, history to Hollywood; each mystery is a true-ish tale about someone you know, filled with facts that you don’t. Delivered with Mike’s signature blend of charm, wit, and ingenuity, these stories are part of a larger mosaic—full of surprising revelations, sharp observations, and intimate, behind-the-scenes moments drawn from Mike’s own life and career.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you are a history buff or fan of “The Rest of the Story” with Paul Harvey, then you’ll probably like this show.  And who doesn’t love listening to Mike Rowe’s velvety voice?  That’s just the bonus!

Dolly Parton’s America

“In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-episode journey into the Dollyverse.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Be prepared to binge this one!  Dolly and her message have so much to say to us in today’s world.  And the host of this podcast is delightful!

Finding Fred

“Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children’s show can tell us about how to get by in today’s chaotic world.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you enjoy Fred Rogers or know nothing about him, you will leave this podcast with a new respect for the man and his work.  I wish I would have watched him more as a child and have purchased some DVDs to watch with my grandkids.  What a brilliant man!

The Michelle Obama Podcast

“The Michelle Obama Podcast features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones—family, friends, and colleagues—on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.”

Armchair Expert Umbrella with Dax Shepard

“Armchair Expert Umbrella is a media/podcast network comprised of all shows produced by Armchair Expert.”

Ear Hustle

“Ear Hustle brings you the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. The podcast is a partnership between Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, and Earlonne Woods, formerly incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and was co-founded with former San Quentin resident Antwan Williams. The Ear Hustle team works in the San Francisco Bay Area, both in San Quentin State Prison’s media lab and from offices on the outside, to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.”

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

“A fairy tale podcast for kids about real life extraordinary women from all over the world. Based on the bestselling series Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, each episode explores the lives of women from the books, encouraging young listeners to ask questions and explore their interests.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy this podcast!  You will find it educational and entertaining for all ages.  This one is a perfect listen with your grandkids – boys or girls – because it is not only entertaining, but educational. And this Grandma loves that!

The Moth

“Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country.”

American History Tellers

The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life – the words you speak, the ideas you share – can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator).

Family Secrets

“Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.”

I Survived

“What is it like to face death and make it out alive? Based on the groundbreaking A&E television series, I Survived documents harrowing stories of human endurance. In their own words, survivors recall how they overcame unbelievable circumstances that changed their lives forever.”

Beta by Wisconsin Public Radio

“BETA” features playful and provocative profiles of the people and works changing our world through arts, pop culture and technology. The program is hosted by Doug Gordon.”

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Stuff You Should Know

“If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.”

The Grand Scheme:  Snatching Sinatra

“Hosted and narrated by John Stamos, The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra is a complicated, nuanced story of one imperfect man trying to redeem himself by pulling off the perfect crime. Did you ever feel like everything’s broken, and it’s your job to fix it? That’s how Barry Keenan was feeling back in 1963. He was broke, unemployed, hooked on booze and pills, and his family was falling apart. Barry needed a miracle. And against all odds, he got one. One day the voice of God came over the radio in Barry’s car and told him there was a simple solution to all his problems: all he had to do was kidnap Frank Sinatra, Jr. For the first time ever, Barry Keenan shares his version of the bizarre story in his own words, from beginning to end.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Although this is a limited production with just ten episodes, who doesn’t love listening to John Stamos as he tells the story of the 1963 kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr?  Thank goodness we are gaining awareness of mental illness in today’s world.  Perhaps this never would have happened had Barry Keenan been diagnosed and under treatment.

Keep Up-to-Date with These News & Politics Podcasts

Is politics in your blood?  Do you want to stay informed about the latest news?  Check out this list of news and politics podcasts.  These podcasts cover a wide range of topics, from current events to policy analysis to interviews with newsmakers.  Whether you’re a political news junkie or want to stay informed, these podcasts are a great way to get your news fix.  

The View

Called “the most important political TV show in America” by the New York Times, “The View” is a priority destination for celebrity and political guests with up-to-the-minute Hot Topics and invaluable conversations with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro.

Verdict with Ted Cruz

“Join Senator Ted Cruz and co-host Ben Ferguson as they break down the most important news stories of the day and reveal what they mean for you. On “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” you will go behind the scenes of the political debates that define our country.”

Socially Democratic

“Socially Democratic is your weekly center-left politics and campaign podcast hosted by Stephen Donnelly, founder of Dunn Street – a campaign agency bringing change by organizing from the ground up. Each Friday, Stephen and guests break down the issues shaping Australia and the rest of the world and the social democrats leading them.”

First Ladies:  In Their Own Words

“Eight First Ladies from Lady Bird Johnson to Melania Trump talk about the role of the First Lady and their time in the White House. Using material from C-SPAN’s award-winning biography series, First Ladies, and original source material from C-SPAN’s video library, you’ll listen to these first spouses addressing issues important to them and to the country.”

Podcasts for True Crime Lovers

True crime podcasts are all the rage these days and for good reason. They’re captivating, informative, and can be downright chilling. If you’re a fan of the genre or just looking for something new to listen to, check out our list of the best true crime podcasts. These podcasts cover various cases, from unsolved mysteries to notorious serial killers.  So, whether you’re a true crime junkie or just dipping your toes into the genre, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

20/20

“Unforgettable true crime mysteries, exclusive newsmaker interviews, hard-hitting investigative reports, and in-depth coverage of high profile stories.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  If you like watching Dateline or 20/20, you’ll love these podcasts, where they take the audio from each TV episode and turn it into a podcast.  Yup.  All the fun of the episode with no bother of watching it on tv!

Murder With My Husband

A true crime podcast that ventures into the darkest crimes with a wife who loves it and a husband who hates it.

My Favorite Murder

“Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.”

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Dirty John

“Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.”

The Thing About Pam

“Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russ Faria came home from game night to find his wife, Betsy, dead. He was soon charged and convicted of her murder. But Russ Faria insisted he did not kill his wife. Betsy’s brutal murder set off a chain of events that would leave one man dead, another man implicated, and expose a diabolical scheme. It would also see Dateline NBC—the true-crime original—become a part of the never-ending saga that proves the old adage: Truth is stranger than fiction. This original series from Keith Morrison and Dateline defies all expectations.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Both Dirty John and The Thing About Pam are limited episodes and are a couple of years old, but they are still worth a listen.  These podcasts were so popular that they were made into series on Netflix.  Listen to the podcasts first, and then enjoy the shows!  I loved them both!

Morbid

“It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.”

Chasing Cosby

“For nearly half a century, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laughter into hearts across the country, cementing his image as “America’s Dad.” But he also led a dark, secret life preying on women. The comedian carefully coaxed each one into feeling safe and cared for, then left them to pick up the pieces of their lives. It all started with Andrea Constand. She carried the burden of being the only one of the 60-plus accusers whose case could be tried in a court of law. Now, she’s telling her side of the story, along with firsthand accounts from more than a dozen survivors, jurors and prosecutors. From the Los Angeles Times, and hosted by investigative reporter Nicki Weisensee Egan, “Chasing Cosby” is the definitive take of the rise and fall of Bill Cosby.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  I sure didn’t want to believe that America’s dad, the very man I grew up watching every Thursday evening, was guilty of these crimes.  But once I listened to this series, sticking my head in the sand was no longer an option.  Listen with caution.  If you are a Cosby fan, you likely won’t be after hearing this.

Affirmative Murder

“Affirmative Murder is the true crime comedy podcast hosted by Alvin Williams and Francel Evans. Each week they swap murder stories from marginalized communities, while trying not to rant about anything from fast food, to what is actually buried in graveyards…Follow them as they shed a light on the darker side of true crime, pun intended.”

The Girl in the Blue Mustang

“When 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe is found murdered in her shiny new blue Mustang in a California park and ride, investigators encounter a confusing crime scene and a witness who seems to know too much. In Dateline’s latest original podcast series, Keith Morrison takes us to the High Desert outside Los Angeles for a story featuring twists, turns and a sharp-eyed Dateline viewer who steers the case in an entirely new direction.”

Gone South

“Starting in the sixties, a loose-knit confederation of traveling criminals known as the Dixie Mafia terrorized every state from Georgia to Oklahoma. Its hundreds of members, unofficially headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, specialized in scams, heists and murder. Their alleged leader — the estranged son of a prominent Oklahoma politician — was a skilled and charismatic outlaw named Kirksey Nix.

When Nix was sentenced to life in prison at Angola for a murder he committed in New Orleans, the Dixie Mafia was thought to be extinct. But fifteen years later, a sitting criminal court judge named Vincent Sherry and his wife Margaret, a mayoral candidate for the city of Biloxi, were assassinated. As the case ran cold, authorities were forced to confront a disturbing reality: the Dixie Mafia was not done yet.”

National Park After Dark

“Hosted by two friends who share a passion for the outdoors and a fascination with what can go wrong there, National Park After Dark is a podcast for the morbid outdoor enthusiast. Tales of death, dark history and tragic events is what NPAD is about, but through the darkness – is light. National Parks have storied histories including epic survivals, inspiring humans and serve as physical reminders of the importance for protecting the planet. Time to lace up those hiking boots and take a walk into the wild. Welcome, to National Park After Dark.”

Crime Junkie

“If you can never get enough true crime… Congratulations, you’ve found your people.”

Foodies Love These Podcasts

Do you love food?  I sure do!  Do you love hearing stories about the people who make and eat it? Then look at this list of the best food podcasts.  These podcasts cover a wide range of topics, from cooking techniques to restaurant reviews to interviews with chefs and food writers.  Celebrate everything you love about food with these great options for foodies everywhere!

Eating Out with Eric & Steve

Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Travelers) and Steven Weber (Chicago Med, Wings), pals since the Must See TV days, have spent twenty years laughing, singing, arguing and Eating Out! Each episode, Eric and Steven yack and snack with their favorite show biz friends to share behind-the-scenes stories of their lives in entertainment. So grab your favorite drink and a snack and join us for Eating Out with Eric & Steve!

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  This podcast will make you laugh!  Light on food but heavy on stories, the food is used more as a basis to begin conversations about everything else.

The Sporkful

“We obsess about food to learn more about people. The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman, who’s also the inventor of the new pasta shape cascatelli.”

The Pioneer Woman

“Ree Drummond shares her comforting home cooking from her kitchen on the ranch. With direct audio from her hit Food Network TV show, you can now enjoy Ree’s company as she cooks up meals for every occasion, from last-minute family suppers to elegant celebrations.”

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio

“Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio travels the world to find the most fascinating food stories—including children who harvest cod tongues after school in Norway and a detective who tracks down food thieves. And on Milk Street Radio, you can always find the unexpected: a visit to the Museum of Failure, the joys of eyeball Jell-O and how to eat your way through Italy.”

Savor

“Savor digs into how people live and how they eat – and why. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, exploring the science, history, and culture of food and drink, all with a key question in mind: Why do we like what we like, and how can we find more of those things?”

Table Manners

“Jessie Ware hosts a podcast about food, family and everything in between, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing guaranteed.”

Relaunch

“Join transitional coach and award-winning entrepreneur Hilary DeCesare as she shares and sets in motion your possibilities with inspirational stories, research, and extraordinary experiences that show how to find silver linings in order to have a life you love.”

Romance & Relationship Podcasts for Women Over 50

Are you looking for love or advice on relationships after 50?  Many women start over in the dating world in the second half of life.  So first, know you’re not alone.  Second, be safe!  And third, tune in to some of these podcasts that cover a wide range of topics, from dating and relationships to sex and intimacy.  Whether single, married or somewhere in between, there’s something for everyone on this list.  

It’s Never Too Late | Dating Advice for Women & Dating Tips for Women Over 50+

“Our host, Suzanne Oshima, Life & Love Transformational Coach at Your Next Amazing Story, covers a variety of topics for women who are dating in mid-life: dating advice, dating tips, relationship advice help you create your next amazing love story.”

Love and Relationships with Debra Fileta

“Get ready to talk about love and relationships in a way you never have before.

Why is there always drama in your relationships? How do you deal with your raging sex drive while you’re single? What do you do when trust has been broken in your marriage.  Join licensed professional counselor, popular relationship blogger, and author, Debra Fileta, as she takes listener calls and questions and answers them with her candid yet practical approach that’s grounded in psychology and rooted in faith.”

Podcasts With a Christian Focus

If you are looking for ways to grow your faith and get closer communication with God, look at this list of Christian Podcasts.  Some on this list were explicitly chosen to speak to the woman in her middle years.  The others are solid podcasts meant to help you grow in your faith, whether you are a new Christian or a seasoned believer.

The Christine Caine Equip & Empower Podcast

“We live in a world that whispers that you’re not enough. That you are defeated. That you are disqualified because of your past. These lies are everywhere, everyday. You read about them, hear about them, and interact with them. But Christine Caine is here to speak above that noise with the truth of how God sees you, and who he’s created you to be, so you can make his name famous! She will equip and empower you to create change in this world and live out your God given destiny! If you desire to bring hope, create change, and see yourself the way God sees you, this podcast is for you.”

Made For This with Jennie Allen

“Short, fun, truth.  Real conversation about the struggles we are facing and the God that sets us free.”

The Jada Edwards Podcast

“Influential Conversations with Jada Edwards.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Jennie Allen, Jada Edwards and Christine Caine are all regular speakers at the IF: Gathering that takes place each winter from Dallas, Texas, and is broadcast worldwide.  Check the IF Gathering website for information on the next event!

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Engedi Church Podcast

“Engedi Church exists to advance the kingdom revolution of Jesus worldwide.”

HIP GRANDMA SAYS:  Engedi Church is my current home church.  The teachings we enjoy every Sunday are relatable, honest, and delivered in a clear and applicable way.

The Church Politics Podcast

The “Church Politics” Podcast is where you can get in-depth political analysis from a Christian worldview.”

Wrapping It All Up

I hope you enjoyed this list of 100 podcasts for women over 50 and seniors.  With so many great options, you will surely find something to add to your playlist.  Whether you’re looking for inspiration, information, or just a good laugh, these podcasts are sure to keep you entertained.

If you still can’t find something you like after studying this entire list, then do some searching on any of the podcast networks available in the app store on your phone or mobile device and including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.  You can even ask your Amazon Alexa to give you a recommendation!  If I missed your favorite, share it in the comments! 

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