Presented in story format with a soothing narration and musical backdrop, these 10-minute episodes focus on inspirational current-day and historical figures (including Malala Yousafzai, Maya Angelou, Ada Lovelace, Abraham Lincoln), current and historical events, and amazing feats of engineering. Vocabulary is defined and context provided. All Ages.
In this podcast, a trio of middle school students talk about a popular middle-grade or YA book, how it impacts their lives, and offer book suggestions. Public radio host Kitty Felde oversees the discussion, and episodes include a celebrity reading from the book and Q-and-A with the author. Visit the website for more information including photos of the participants and book-related curriculum. Ages 10 and up.
Hosted each week by Molly Bloom and a different kid co-host, this award-winning offering from American Public Media tackles a variety of science-themed questions and concepts, such as “Why do siblings annoy each other?” or “What makes gross things gross?” Fact-filled and kid-relevant, this podcast is like a ready-made science lesson. Ages 8 – 12.
“Why Can’t Kids Vote?” “Why Are Whales So Big?” Kids have a knack for asking questions that have surprisingly complex answers. Based around a theme, each show tackles kid-submitted inquiries with help from the experts. Go to the website to listen and to download learning guides designed to help kids deepen their understanding to the concepts addressed. All ages.
Buttons & Figs is a fun literacy program for kids, parents, educators, librarians, anyone, everyone who values wordplay. Buttons & Figs introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs as a way to give them permission to play with words. These great works of art inspire kids to read, write, sing, talk and play with the words.
Created by moms who are also veteran broadcast journalists, this newscast covers “today’s top stories, current events, politics, science, entertainment, sports and more—all nonpartisan and age-appropriate.” Each five-minute podcast focuses on kid-relevant topics and is followed by a quick quiz. Check out the website for learning resources. All ages.
What would it be like to listen in on the conversations at National Geographic’s headquarters? Hosted by Peter Gwin and Amy Briggs, this podcast follows explorers, photographers, and scientists as they explore our world. Ages 13 up.
This engaging podcast delves into fascinating, often little-known stories from history, with a focus on lively presentation and humor, as well as entertaining musical interludes and brief quiz segments. Kids can learn about Leonardo da Vinci and a painting that was not famous until it was stolen or the rip-roaring adventures of Stagecoach Mary (Mary Fields). All ages.
From the website: "Eleanor Amplified is an adventure series for the whole family. Listen together as our hero, the world-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified, foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story… Like all the public media shows you love, Eleanor Amplified is entertaining and informative. Eleanor will spark laughter and conversation the whole family will enjoy, while preparing kids to appreciate journalism and make smart media choices in the future.
Eleanor Amplified is a production of WHYY in Philadelphia. It was created by John Sheehan, Manager of On-Demand Audio & Podcasts at WHYY, and formerly a producer of Fresh Air with Terry Gross. It is appropriate for kids of all ages and recommended for kids ages 8-12."
Join host Ira Flatow to explore a wide variety of complex science and technology topics, presented in a listener-riveting format. Visit the website to access podcasts (full episodes or shorter segments), and explore an array of related articles, videos, STEM activities, lessons, and resources. The content is also divided into subject areas. Ages 10 up.
Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On! Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and lets you decide which is best.
In each episode of this imagination-stirring podcast, an award-winning children’s author interviews a kid with an idea for a story, and then writes and shares aloud a tale inspired by that child’s idea. Visit the website for information about the featured authors and how to submit a “story seed.” Ages 6-12.
This website offers hundreds of free audio stories, helpfully organized into categories (original, fairytales, classic authors, myths and world stories, poetry, and more). The narration is appealing, and the text for the tales is included at the website.
Although not created for kids specifically, this podcast focuses on little-known but fascinating historical events, forgotten stories, and intriguing individuals. Also, check out This Day in History Class (listennotes.com/podcasts/this-day-in-history-class-iheartradio-WHprbx82uDd/0), from the same producers, for short episodes that quickly recount a tidbit from global history. Access through this website to search by people, places, or topics. Ages 12 and up.
Hosted by Lindsay (a science journalist) and Marshall (a teacher), this podcast covers a fascinating array of topics, discoveries, and research projects and features interviews with real scientists. A great way to encourage a love of science! Ages 8 up.
he Two Princes stars Noah Galvin (Booksmart, Dear Evan Hansen), Ari’el Stachel (The Band’s Visit), Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black, The Handmaid’s Tale), Ali Stroker (Tony award winner for Oklahoma), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple), Tonya Pinkins (Madam Secretary, Fear the Walking Dead, Tony Award for Jelly’s Last Jam). The Two Princes was written by Kevin Christopher Snipes and directed by Mimi O’Donnell.
In this podcast, host Eric O’Keefe takes a wacky “what if” question (submitted by young listeners) and develops into an entertaining story. “What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world?” Join Mr. Eric to find the answers, and the pen your own “what if” tales. Ages 5-8.
Produced by National Public Radio and hosted by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, this engaging and informative podcast explores the latest advances in science and technology, from the physics of basketball to the adventures of a scientist who collected poop for an entire year. All ages.
This audio drama brings history to life by exploring the escapades of 14-year-old Ben, a boy living in Colonial Boston who has “an adventurous spirit, a curios mind…and a penchant for getting into trouble.” Listeners are drawn into the moment as events unfold, and Ben and his friends solve problems and take on the world. Ages 8-12.