Whether I’m busy reading my favorite longevity books, watching new life extension Ted Talks, or scrolling through the best anti-aging blogs, I’m always looking for ways to stay updated on how science can extend human lifespan.
I’ve found that podcasts are a great resource to keep the info flowing.
I mean, how else would I learn about the link between methylation and telomere length while driving? Or the impending class problems that are sure to come with citizen-scientist gene editing while I’m busy getting swole?
If you don’t have the time to sift through the 5,000+ available podcast options to find which ones are actually worth a listen, you’re in luck. Here’s how I filtered through what’s available to bring you the top longevity podcasts available to-date.
The best longevity podcasts in 2020
I narrowed down this list to the best radical life extension podcasts using the following set of requirements. To make this list, each podcast must:
- Focus explicitly on life extension. A few good interviews with longevity influencers does not make it a life-extension podcast.
- Have an Apple Podcasts rating of at least 4.5.
- Offer a high-quality audio experience.
- Have published shows for at least one year.
- Be active and update at least once a month.
With those criteria in mind, here are the top longevity podcasts for 2020! They are ordered alphabetically by show title.
Apple Podcasts rating: 4.9
Anthony DiClementi, a clinical nurse specialist, NCSF-accredited personal trainer, and author of The Biohacker’s Guide to Upgraded Energy and Focus, hosts interviews focused on “upgrading” one’s being—and he has a heavy emphasis on longevity and disease prevention. He is particularly interested in unorthodox “hacks” to improving one’s health and the science behind his interviewers’ recommendations.
As a heads up to our readers, sometimes DiClementi can veer into fringe territory (like with his concerns over 5G), but the quality of his interviews secure his spot on this list.
Check out this episode: How to Lengthen Your Telomeres and Lower Your Cellular Age with Steve Maitlin [Sic]
Air Date: March 2020
2. Future Grind
Apple Podcasts rating: 4.7
Every month, host Ryan O’Shea publishes an interview with one of the best-known names in the longevity and futurist community like Nikola Danaylov and David Pierce. His balanced approach, coupled with high-quality guests, easily makes for a top longevity podcast that is worth waiting for every month. Each episode runs just shy of an hour. If you’re also interested in transhumanism, this podcast is probably your best option, as it heavily features innovations in robotics and A.I.
Check out this episode: The Business of Life Extension with Chip Walter
Air Date: March 2020
Apple Podcasts rating: 4.6
As a top anti-aging podcast, hosts Dr. Jeffrey R. Gladden and Mark Young provide an almost unwavering focus on longevity (I say “almost,” as some spring 2020 episodes were more COVID-19 centric than radical life extension). Living Beyond 120’s episodes range in length, with some as short as 12 minutes and others as long as an hour and forty-five minutes. They upload irregularly but always provide a handful of shows per month. The podcast tends to feature the work the hosts are doing to increase their lifespan and interviews with scientists looking to explain their latest research like Dr. Greg Fahy and Dan Sullivan. This fact-based podcast is essential for anyone looking closer at the hard science that could drive the expansion of human lifespans.
Check out this episode: Bringing Together the Best Minds for Longevity
Air Date: January 2020
Apple Podcasts rating: 4.8
I couldn’t create a list of the top radical life extension podcasts without including Peter Attia’s prolific weekly show. Dr. Attia, a practicing physician and top anti-aging blogger, interviews top longevity influencers—mostly researchers, scientists, and doctors—and uses his background to ask challenging, relevant medical questions. With that said, he’s particularly careful to pair his technical queries with explainers for the layman listener, without talking down to those of us without a relevant PhD.
Check out this episode: Ned David, Ph.D.: How cellular senescence influences aging, and what we can do about it
Air Date: June 2020
Apple Podcasts rating: 4.8
The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) produces a monthly life extension podcast through their Lifespan.io site that summarizes life extension research and news from the month prior. Each episode is short, clocking in at under 20 minutes each, and features brief interviews, research summaries, and longevity-related did-you-knows, along with occasional updates from LEAF as an organization.
Check out this episode: Rejuvenation Roundup – September 2020
Air Date: October 2020
Other top longevity podcasts?
There are a handful of anti-aging podcasts that came close to making this list but published too irregularly to truly be considered one of the best. Those podcasts, siphoned off as I narrowed my list, are still of high value and worth mentioning to those who can go a month or more between updates:
There are also a number of podcasts that might not have a longevity focus, but still host incredible, relevant interviews. I recommend giving the following episodes a listen:
- David Sinclair (The Joe Rogan Experience)
- Dr. Aubrey de Grey | How We Can Avoid Aging (Art of Charm)
- mTor Signaling & Cell Growth: Targeting via Ketogenic Diet & Fasting ft. Dr. Keith Baar (Health Via Modern Nutrition)
- Living to 156 Years (Exponential Wisdom)
- Peter Attia, M.D. — Fasting, Metformin, Athletic Performance, and More (The Tim Ferriss Show)
Even more of the best life extension podcasts?
As interest in longevity research and anti-aging solutions become more mainstream, new podcasts will earn their rightful spot on this list. Do you listen to any of the shows that I’ve mentioned? Is there a top life extension podcast that should have made the list, but didn’t? Let your fellow readers and me know in the comments!