Summertime Listening and Learning with Podcasts

by | Aug 2, 2019

This summer might be a good time for you to explore podcasts and put this world of knowledge and entertainment in your hands. 

Podcasts are perfect for your summer road trip or relaxing vacations.  Or, on the flip side of relaxation, a podcast is a great diversion from traffic delays due to summer road construction. 

Or if if you already listen to podcasts, summer might be the perfect time to  explore new topics and new voices.

Podcasts are audio programs that are made available on the internet. They are downloaded to your computer or iPhone or iPad for playing anywhere or anytime.  They are great for learning and staying engaged with all kinds of topics.

Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular.  Why?

They are convenient and fit easily into our busy lives, especially portable using your iPhones.  Even if you only have a few minutes.  

They are personal by providing information of interest to you.  Prefer news? Documentaries? Hobbies? Politics? Comedy?  You’ll find a podcast that matches your interest.  

  • Over 60% of podcast listeners spend more time listening to podcasts than watching TV every week.

Because Apple is one of the major distributors of podcasts, using the Podcasts app on your Apple device is easy and convenient.   Simply launch the Podcasts app, browse or search for a podcast and play.  It’s easy  And the Podcasts app even works nicely with Siri.  “Hey Siri, Play podcast American Life.”

And best of all, podcasts are FREE and have limited commercial interruption.

This week’s feature Recipe will not only get you started but will also suggest a handful of popular, award-winning podcasts to get you started.  

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News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information. 

IOS & iPadOS 13.3 – Recommended

IOS 12.4.4 for Older Devices – Recommended.

There was a flurry of IOS and iPadOS updates on December 10 and after letting the marketplace test it, we now recommend these updates.

Also, with the release this fall of iPadOS specifically for the iPad, we wanted to update our IOS Version Recommendation page so that you can see all of the current recommendations without having to scroll down several pages.

The current recommendations can be found on tabs.

You can always learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

2020 Focus on Learning

The Senior Tech Club is all about learning and helping older adults master their technology.  With the new year, Senior Tech Club members will be able to participate in our 2020 Focus on Learning program.   2020 Focus will help you learn through a personalized plan delivered with email.  Stay tuned for more details!

January 2020 Events & Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of January along with links where you can receive more information.

Woman’s Club of Minneapolis – January 7 – 1-3 pm Drop in Q&A Session

Woman’s Club Members can bring their iPhone or Android questions to the January 7 Drop-in Q&A Session.  More information is available on the Woman’s Club website.

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 13 2-4 pm

iPhone App to Help you Live your Life.  Topics cover  those iPhone & iPad apps that help you stay connected and effective including Contacts, Calendar, Notes & Reminders.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time – St Anthony Community Services January 15 2-4 pm

Android Essentials – Covering topics like managing your phone, simplifying your home screen, silencing the ringer, making phone calls and basic text messaging.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website