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The 8 Best Podcasts About the Science of Aging – Endpoints

The Peter Attia Drive

Longevity expert, TedMed alum, and self-experimenter Peter Attia, M.D., got his start at the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins Hospital and worked under immunotherapy and gene therapy pioneer Steven Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D. So it’s no surprise that, on his weekly podcast, now entering its second year, Attia expertly navigates the winding roads of topics in aging science that he says consume him — like endocrinology, fasting, rapamycin, autophagy, and mTor, with the help of the foremost experts in those fields.

Start with: David Sinclair, Ph.D.: Slowing aging — sirtuins, NAD, and the epigenetics of aging

FoundMyFitness

Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D. knows a thing or two about aging science. In her post-grad years Patrick investigated the link between mitochondrial metabolism, apoptosis, and cancer, and the effects of micronutrient inadequacies on metabolism, inflammation, DNA damage, and aging. She later went on to study the role of insulin signaling in protein misfolding, which is commonly found in neurodegenerative diseases, at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences. On FoundMyFitness, Patrick distills the central biology behind healthspan-promoting strategies that most headlines barely scratch the surface on — time-restricting feeding, ketogenics, saunas, psychedelics, and much more.

Start with: Judith Campisi, Ph.D., on Cellular Senescence, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Cancer & Aging

Get Over Yourself

If your approach to healthy aging centers around slowing down and rejecting FOMO, you’ll likely enjoy the Get Over Yourself, hosted by Brad Kearns, a former professional triathlete and an author on the The New York Times Best Seller list. As Kearns explains, hyperconnectivity is a certain path to disappointment and burnout, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, “results happen naturally when your motivations are pure” rather than attached to self esteem. The twice-a-week episodes are not exclusively dedicated to taking deep breaths and setting intentions: Kearns regularly interviews heavy-hitters in personal growth and peak performance, like longevity expert Peter Attia, author and entrepreneur Seth Godin, and former pro volleyball player Gabby Reece.

Start with: Dr. Elisha Goldstein: Mindfulness In The Age Of Distractibility And Hyper-Connectivity

STEM-Talk

If you’re curious about the backstories of some of today’s top minds in science and engineering, STEM-Talk, hosted by Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition biomedical researcher and longtime diver, Dawn Kernagis, Ph.D., is worth a download. For a moment imagine you regularly have scientists over for dinner and the conversation moves casually between how they found their calling to talk of circadian rhythms, cognitive development, optimizing human performance, and ketogenic nutrition. That’s STEM-Talk.

Start with: Satchin Panda Discusses Circadian Rhythms and Time-Restricted Eating to Improve Health and Even Reverse Disease and Peter Attia on How to Live Longer and Better

The Rich Roll Podcast

A former entertainment lawyer, Rich Roll gained widespread notoriety in 2012 after the release of his memoir, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, which documents his rise from drug and alcohol addiction to endurance athlete and plant-based wellness advocate. With his self-titled podcast, Roll says his goal is to help listeners become their best, most authentic selves mainly through nutrition and fitness. Along the way, he explores the science of NAD+, fasting, and lifestyle changes, with the likes of Valter Longo, David Sinclair, Ray Cronise, and Dave Buettner.

Start with: Fasting for Longevity with Valter Longo, Ph.D.

Live Long and Master Aging

On Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA), BBC news correspondent Peter Bowes, through interviews with leading scientists, biohackers, and futurists, takes a detailed look at what we know so far about the science of the aging process and how we might use that information to “master” it. What sets LLAMA apart from the other longevity-focused podcasts out there are its heartening personal stories told by people who have mastered the art of aging, including discus thrower and Olympic gold medalist Olga Connolly (age 86), triathlete and author Larry Senn (age 83), and animator and writer Floyd Norma (age 83).

Start with: Nir Barzilai — Scientist Researching the Genetics of Exceptional Longevity and Drugs That Could Target Aging and James Hamblin — Embracing Modern Media and Rebuffing News Cycles for Better Health

Exponential Wisdom

In Exponential Wisdom, Peter Diamandis, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and one of Fortune Magazine’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” and Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach, deconstruct how robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, biotechnology, and other rapidly-developing technologies are giving individuals the power to lead more centered lives and transform the world. As Diamandis puts it, exponential technologies are “the most important thing in the world for anyone who is aware, awake, and wants to do something significant.”

Start with: Living to 156 Years and Next Sexual Revolution

Bulletproof Radio

Entrepreneur and Silicon Valley investor Dave Asprey is perhaps best known for his books on weight loss and boosting brain power, and his controversial “butter coffee” recipe. In his long-running podcast, Asprey enlists the help of doctors, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts, biohackers, and even monks on his crusade to “radically rewire the human body and mind” and answer the question: What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything? Along the way, he also debunks common health myths about drinking alcohol, eating carbs, and performing aerobic exercise.

Start with: The Unusual Brain of Dr. Eric Kandel and Age Backwards by Hacking Your Telomeres with Stress — Dr. Elissa Epel

Do you have a favorite science podcast? Tell us about it in the comments.

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