Hosts: Kathy Bernard and Barbara Kline
Launched: March 2009
Find It: 11 a.m. EST Saturdays on National Public Radio affiliates WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM. Reach covers Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and parts of southern New Jersey. The podcast is available for download at the show’s website and on iTunes.
Why Listen: Conversational talk that flows like you’re talking to a pal over coffee. It’s fun, irreverent and edifying.
Hosts: Tim Carpenter, Bobbee Zeno and Dr. Connie Corley
Find It: 8-8:30 a.m. PST Saturday on KPFK, 90.7 FM in Los Angeles; 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara; streaming live at kpfk.org; distributed by Sprouts and syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica network stations nationwide. Past shows are available on the website.
Why Listen: When the show wraps, you’re wiser and often reflective. This is educational radio. Guests range from musicians to authors to social entrepreneurs and have included The Big Shift author and Civic Ventures founder Marc Freedman; jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison; novelist Russell Banks, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard; and actor Ed Asner.
Host: Leeza Gibbons
Find It: Airs weekly on more than 300 public TV stations covering more than 70 percent of the country. Times vary. Produced by AARP.
Why Watch: It’s got pizzazz. On one hand, it’s spot-on, timely coverage of sober issues, with expert advice on serious topics such as health care and personal finance. On the other, it taps into our insatiable celebrity-hawking culture. You’ll find features with Jane Fonda, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard and Gregg Allman. You’ll watch Joan Rivers don a hairnet and make ham sandwiches for AIDS patients. Learn how Latino actor Jimmy Smits, of The West Wing, is opening doors for the next generation of Hispanic artists through a foundation he started. The show favors upbeat, inspirational stories of volunteering, giving back, reinvention or following a passion.
Host: Jane Pauley
Find It: once-a-month segment on NBC’s The Today Show sponsored by AARP, plus call-in AARP internet radio show
Why Watch: The series profiles people like you. These are noncelebs over 50 who reinvent themselves, their lives and their careers. Aside from Pauley, nary a headliner cracks the line-up. “Baby boomers are going to be healthy and vital people for 30 and 40 more years, and I want them to be inspired to make powerful, positive and realistic changes,” Pauley says. Segments have included a geologist who launched a successful second career as an interpretive guide in a national park and a Broadway dancer-turned-acupuncturist. (SecondAct’s recent interview with Pauley is here.)
Hosts: Celebrities, including Florence Henderson, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joan Lunden, Deborah Norville, Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson.
Launched: September 2006
Find It: National cable network aimed at 50-plus viewers airs 24 hours a day on Verizon Fios and Comcast.
Why Watch: The full-fledged cable network runs a broad range of shows from entertainment to news to reality and game shows. Topics include dating after 50, second careers, empty-nesting and caregiving. The featured hosts are boomers themselves or personalities who will evoke a twinge of nostalgia. Current selections include: one-time Today host Deborah Norville, 53, on the program Making Medicare Work for You; The Brady Bunch’s Henderson and nutritionist Joy Bauer hold forth on Good Food, Good Deeds, a half-hour cooking show where easy, nutritious dishes are prepared in combo with a segment featuring meals served by celebrities, in conjunction with Meals on Wheels. Taking Care is a current four-part series featuring Good Morning, America icon Joan Lunden exploring caregiving options.