If you’ve not tried podcasts yet, now is the perfect time. While many of us are getting out of the house to get a walk in, a podcast can make that walk even more enjoyable. For your edification, a podcast is a digital file that is available over the internet for downloading to your mobile device or computer. Most of the time podcasts are original audio recordings but others are broadcasts of lectures, performances or TV or radio programs. The beauty of a podcast is that you can listen whenever or wherever you want. You can pause them or play them through all on your own time. You can choose random podcasts to listen to but you can also subscribe for the most up to date episodes.
The Place to go for podcasts is iTunes. You`ll find a directory which is basically like a library for Podcasts. When you find a podcast you are interested in, click “Subscribe” on that podcast’s page. When you subscribe to a podcast, iTunes will automatically check for new episodes every day. If you want to listen to an individual episode of a podcast, click on the episode number in the episode list.
Using the Podcasts app is the way to access podcasts on your iPhone or iPad. When you are ready to play a podcast, tap on the episode. To manage subscriptions go to My Podcasts. To play podcast episodes, you have downloaded or manage your subscriptions, go to the Podcasts section of your iTunes library.
On an Android device, the best way to download and listen to Podcasts is by using a third-party app, such as Podcast Republic or Podcast Addict, from Google Play.
Mass storage is a second option. This requires that you download the podcast from the website onto your computer. (It will be stored in your Downloads folder.) Using a USB cable, connect your phone to your PC. A prompt will appear. Select Mass Storage. Drag the podcast episodes you want to listen to over to the Android icon on your desktop which will copy your podcast to your internal storage. You will be able to access the podcast through your Android’s default music player.
While some are not exclusively created for women over 50, all of the podcasts below have been recommended by women over 50. Enjoy!
Flipping Fifty The show for women in peri-menopause,
menopause and beyond who want real answers, practical advice and straight talk.
Practical – How To Do Everything From how to avoid quicksand to how to switch hairstylists, no question goes unanswered.
Women in the Middle: Loving Life After 50 – Life coach Suzy Rosenstein shares tools and perspectives to help women “get unstuck,” not waste time and get excited about life again.
Unlocking Us – Author and speaker Brené Brown addresses topics of vulnerability, being brave and gaining strength from shame, as well as day-to-day life.
99% Invisible – Is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
This American Life – A journalistic nonfiction podcast featuring essays and memoirs.
The Moth – A storytelling podcast featuring segments from the Moth radio show. Some funny, some sad; these stories spring from a variety of different life events.
The Takeaway – Tanzina Vega hosts what The Takeaway calls America’s conversations.
Dolly Parton’s America –A nine-part series of nonfiction about Dolly Parton’s life and the way she views the world.
The Successful Encore Career Podcast – Provide you the inspiration and tools to move into your next career.
Ellen on the Go – Pure humor the Ellen DeGeneres way.
Girl Talk: Women, Aging and Sexuality – All things “Sexuality” for the older woman.
Finally, for clarification, a Youtube video can be a podcast, but a podcast cannot be a Youtube video. Youtube videos are meant to be watched while podcasts are mostly listened to. This listening-only option gives podcasts more mobility and versatility in our multitasking world.
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