My very brilliant and forward-thinking friend Liz has been on a podcast kick for years. Years! She's always been a big radio listener (because she's open to listening to new things and not rigid and freaked out like me). And she's technologically savvy, and a person who has raised excellent children who have since transformed into excellent adults and, well, she always seems to know what she's talking about.
One of her favorite podcasts—and the one she's been after me to listen to with my kids—is Radiolab. Probably everyone reading knows this already, but Radiolab is an NPR show that's (loosely) about science, essentially a sound-effects-filled, super-narrative hour-long series of stories centered around one theme for each hour, whether it's trash or animals or whatever. "Diana would love it," Liz promised me.
"Oh yeah, I should have her listen to it," I might mutter back lamely, instead focusing my considerable energies on…what exactly? I have no idea. It's not like there was tons getting done around here while I was not downloading Radiolab, but there you go.
Anyway, this Thanksgiving we were going to drive up to Boston. I'd just gotten an iPhone. And the night before we left, I finally got it together to download, oh, 3 podcasts.
And? They were excellent. OK? Liz, you were right. Again. Always! Diana loved them, Chestnut loved them (though the one called Lucy, about a chimp who gets raised as a human and it doesn't exactly work out, well, that one made all of us somber and upset). We casually dropped our newfound knowledge into Thanksgiving table conversation a la: "Oh, that reminds me that in ancient Egypt one of their bestselling books was actually pornography," and "Yes, it's true that when Genghis Khan was rampaging through Asia…" and suchlike.
We basically just dug it.
So do I now have a whole big list of podcasts for kids? Of course not, I have come to accept (and I hope you have too) that I will never be that type of useful blogger. But! At least I have this one! And I can tell you, if you have someone 9 or older with whom you want to travel, have great conversational fodder, and just be so engaged that you won't want to swear off the Merritt Parkway permanently, well then this is the podcast for you.
But I know you guys have your own amazing sources: do you have any to offer up? Put them in the comments.