Aging shamefully: Miriam Margolyes turns out to be the perfect podcast host
This is the first of two picks this week that will focus on podcasts that themselves focus on people over 70, which was not a deliberate choice, but was certainly a reminder that podcasts certainly have some age bias, for the most part.
Anyway, rambling aside: Aging shamefully is hosted by actress Miriam Margolyes (I hate reducing her to that role because she’s done so much other amazing work, but you’ll probably recognize her as Professor Sprout in the Harry potter films), and she finds her interviewing people over 70 who are living their most authentic lives to the fullest.
This is another Audible original, so you’ll have to sign up to listen to it, but I promise it’s worth it: the first episode features an interview with a dominatrix named Sherry, and Margolyes invites her to share the details of the her late marriage fueled her career change. This is an example of how Margolyes treats her interviewees with respect; While the podcast’s title is a bit of a joke, the show is more about how one person can live multiple lives and the beauty of someone finding their true self later in life.
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70 of 70
When I was 20, I think I really thought there was a possibility that I might one day make a 30 under 30 list; now I’m 25, and I’m just proud of myself if I can cook dinner at least three times a week.
That is to say: enough with 30 under 30 lists. 70 of 70 is a new podcast that basically does what it says on the tin: the show will feature 70 interviews with people over 70, with each guest sharing their life stories and reflecting on choices, regrets, health , love, family, death and more.
Host Max Linsky is a brilliant interviewer, and the very first episode is a short prologue in which Linsky interviews his own father and touches on topics that will likely be covered in every interview in the series.
Only three episodes are available to date, and the guests are already from very different backgrounds: Sister Helen Prejean, one of America’s leading activists against the death penalty; award-winning actor André De Shields; and television producer Norman Lear.
The interviews are moving, enlightening and stimulating, which is not surprising: Linsky’s own blurb states that the interviews will ask the big questions such as, “What are we looking for again?” And how do you learn to let go?
Normal people Fans, rejoice: While star Paul Mescal has worked on a number of films, which are slated for release in the next few years, his mellow tones can be heard on this fictional new podcast.
It is a series of Irish anthologies which presents itself as “Pulp Fiction-meets-In Bruges”. Each episode will be a standalone story, and the first is a feature film about two Dublin brothers who find themselves embroiled in a life of crime.
The Mescal episode will be released on June 15, while other Irish stars include Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers) and Peter Coonan (Love-hate).
Creator Fionntán Larney says he was inspired to write stories reminiscent of classic crime thriller stories, and he said to Independent Irish: “It’s stacked with some of the best in Ireland, and they all give roaring performances.”