Wow in the World
Hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas lead listeners through a conversation around the most incredible kid-friendly news stories of the week. Each episode kicks off with a series of questions about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding which are answered through comedy and debate. For example, “How long would it take to get to the closest star outside of our solar system?”
Circle Round selects folktales from around the world. They do really mean all around the world. This podcast is meant for kids ages 4-10. It’s released weekly and features some famous voices that you’ll definitely recognize.
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
“Why do the leaves change color?” “Who invented words?” The topics are crowd sourced from actual kids who can submit questions using the voice note feature on your phone. So if you ever find yourself in a pickle with a particular subject matter, feel free to delegate.
What If World
There is no question too silly for this storytelling podcast hosted by Mr. Eric O’Keefe. What if sharks had legs? What if a tiny dragon lived in your closet? What if the Seattle Seahawks gave Marshawn Lynch the ball at the end of Super Bowl XLIX? These topics are all fair game, making for an incredibly entertaining listen.
The Past and The Curious
Don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t a kids podcast about supercars, and unfortunately, Vin Diesel is not the host. The actual show is pretty great though; featuring comedic actors performing little-known stories from history is a playful manner. Stay tuned for the quiz segment. Just to be clear, we wouldn’t mind if a Vin Diesel road tripping podcast became an actual thing.
The Story Pirates (not actual pirates) are a bunch of actors, comedians, and improvisers who act out original stories created by kids. Sometimes they hold together — and sometimes it devolves into silly madness.
.The Unexplainable Disappearance Of Mars Patel
TUDOMP (as it will one day be acronymed) centers around Mars Patel and his pals who are on a quest to find their missing friends. The series was voted one of the best of 2016.
This is basically Radiolab for kids. In each episode, science is brought to life (figuratively, because nobody has that technology yet) through creative stories. Season 2 blasts off with geologist on how we silly humans actually tried to drill to the Earth’s core. Turns out we can’t get past the Earth’s crust, no matter what Hollywood says.
Book Club For Kids
This podcast is meant for kids who can comfortably read chapter books ranging from James and the Giant Peach to YA novels like Beautiful Creatures. Book Club for Kids does release episodes regularly, but you can choose which episodes appeal to you the most. Maybe you don’t want to read Beautiful Creatures, but you are really interested in reading Al Capone Does My Shirts.
The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd
There are lots of evil cartoon geniuses that try to take over the world that kids can model themselves after: Dexter, Brain, the creepy kids in Little Einsteins. Add Dr. Floyd to the list. Kids will become obsessed learning how he plans to fend off his nemesis Dr. Steve while learning about history in the process. The series is officially wrapped for good, but there are nearly 10 years worth of fun as either giant downloads or you can relive old episodes with week-to-week
Spare The Rock Spoil The Child
It’s the NPR All Songs Considered of kids radio shows, complete with the soothing intro, interjected commentary, special requests, and familiar tunes (like the Schoolhouse Rock smash single “3 is the Magic Number”). Get ready for fresh tunes from They Might Be Giants, and pretty much no one you ever heard of.
Like a podcast version of Mr. Wizard, Brains On! teaches you a different science lesson in every episode. Hosted by “kid scientists” with enough excitement and enthusiasm to keep all ages engaged and informed ranging from the origins of language, the history of boogers and farts, why we sneeze to why seas turtles live so long.
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified
Eleanor is like Nancy Drew, if Nancy had been a famous radio reporter. Eleanor embodies the best values of journalism while stopping the plots of evil villains in all sorts of dangerous places. Eleanor goes from space to the jungle to Congress. Not only does she empower young girls, but her adventures are also thrilling for the entire family. This podcast skews a little older for kids ages 8-12. There are three seasons of this WHYY podcast so far.
This radical podcast combines informational teaching with an infectious soundtrack, and is the perfect antidote. Award-winning musical duo Andrew & Polly bring their talents and comedy to this podcast which tackles a variety of topics in a way that bridges any age gap.
Ear Snacks Podcast
KiDNuZ is a weekday, nonpartisan news podcast created just for kids. Listen in for today’s top stories, from current events and politics to entertainment, sports, science and more!