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. 

March 2020 Classes

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

Senior Tech Time (iPhone) – St Anthony Community Services March 23 2-4 pm

Stay Safe with your iPhone. This class will review the basic security and safety setup for your iPhone and iPad. This includes Touch ID, Face ID, Emergency SOS, Driving with your iPhone, Setting up Medical ID, Blocking TeleMarketers and general recommendations about avoiding phishing and malware.

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

Senior Tech Time (Android) – St Anthony Community Services March 25 2-4 pm

How to Make your Android SmartPhone Smarter. This class explores the features of the Android smartphone that are most useful for older adults. This includes bringing widgets to the home screen, managing notifications, using Google assistant and activating do not disturb.

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


Contribute to Medical Research & Get an Apple Watch for $49

iPhone users who are 65+ are invited to join the Johnson & Johnson Heartline Study and receive an Apple Watch for $49.  This is not only a great price for an Apple Watch but an opportunity to learn about heart health and participate in medical research.  

See the eligibility requirements, application and frequently asked question on the Heartline website. 

Magical Ending to Disney World Trip

A fun and heart-warming story from this past week involved the family of an iPhone 11 user from Montana.  They were visiting Disney World with their six-year old girl.  It was a dream of her short lifetime.

Starting with the iPhone 7, our iPhones have become increasingly waterproof.  The iPhone 11 is the most waterproof iPhone Apple has manufactured.  But dropping your iPhone into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World is not in the specifications.  And certainly having it submerged for nearly two months is beyond belief.  It survived!

You can read the story at the MacRumors web site and then take some comfort in knowing that your iPhone is capable of surviving a dunk in a pool, ocean or lake.  But don’t ever submerge your phone to wash it.