Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular. Everyone can find something to suit their interests, and listening is almost always free (though you can donate to your favorites to help them out).
Now that the medium is well up and running, podcasts aimed toward kids are taking off, too. We’ve found two in our family that we can’t get enough of. And when I say we, I mean all four of us, not just the kids. These are quality shows that even parents can enjoy. So, next time you’re packing for a road trip, make sure to download a few episodes of these great shows. It’ll make the ride way more fun.
If you have podcasts that your kids or teens like, let us know. We’re always on the lookout for more. Email [email protected] with your recommendations.
Wow in the World
Hosts Mindy Thomas (Sirius XM’s Kid’s Place Live Channel) and Guy Raz (Ted Radio Hour and How I Built This) have created a truly compelling podcast with Wow in the World. Each episode takes kids and their grown-ups on a journey through one of the world’s mysteries. Raz plays the voice of reason to a goofy Thomas, who leads curious kids through exploring science, tech, animals, innovation and other cool things going on in the world today. “We take these hard science topics and mix the facts with fantasy,” Thomas explained in a Today.com article. And it works. Episodes like Let’s Flamingle, Invasion of the Sea Pickles, A Dog’s nose Always Knows and Brain Freeze! are just a few of our favorites; they will all make you laugh, and you’ll learn a thing or two.
This Podcast Has Fleas
If podcasts could be cartoons, This Podcast Has Fleas would dominate your kids’ Netflix time. It’s a fun, goofy, and totally meta show about Waffles the dog (Emily Lynne) and Jones the cat (Jay Pharoah), who live in the same house and each start their own podcasts. Day-to-day life for the animals gets in the way of their podcasting of course, and we get a glimpse into the lives of our pets. I now have a mental image of a dog trying not to chew a microphone, and can imagine what it would be like if a cat had access to autotune. Along with Benny the gerbil (Eugene Mirman from Bob’s Burgers) and Mr. Glub the goldfish (Alec Baldwin) the animals get into all sorts of predicaments, from dealing with the cone of shame to encountering a stalker dog to a wildly fun caper about escaping from the vet. Listening to just one episode will have you singing Waffles’s “Dog Talk” theme song in no time.