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Pod City: 14 Podcasts Your Kids Will Like (And Won’t Drive You Nuts)

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I listen to podcasts mostly while driving—alone. When my toddler is in the car, she’s guaranteed to either scream while I’m trying to hear Radiolab or pay a little too much attention to, say, WTF

This week, I round up a few podcasts that entertain the kids without grating on our nerves. For more podcast recs, visit the archive, and please send any suggestions via Twitter or in the comments. 

FOR PRESCHOOLERS 

Sesame Street
Parents of preschoolers may want to subscribe to this video podcast, which releases a short ‘n’ catchy video each week. Recent highlights include "Grover Can Do It" (indeed, he still can) and "Best of Bert and Ernie." 

StoryCub
Each short episode features a video version of a notable picture book, making it ideal for the crawling set as well as early readers. 

FOR TEENS 

Kid Friday
What apps, games and other tech are kids into these days? On this show, a dad and his teen daughters share their latest obsessions.

Radio Rookies from WNYC
Even though new episodes haven’t been produced in years, this show is still a standout. In each episode, New York City teenagers share compelling stories about their lives, like what it’s like to have a parent serving in the Middle East and what it’s like to be a gay teen in Harlem. 

FOR YOUNG READERS

Storynory
This British podcast shares a new family-friendly story each week.  Diverse selections include original pieces, poems, and fairy tales, and the full text is posted online.

Kids on Comics
Don Garvey loves comics, and so do his two young sons. In each episode, the guys chat about what they’ve been reading and doing (like going to Disney World). They haven’t posted an episode in a few months, but I’m hoping it’s just because they took a summer break.

Book Club for Kids
This charming new podcast appeals to my inner Reading Rainbow fan. Each episode features kids chatting about their favorite books and celebrity guests like a real-life FBI agent and a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. 

MuggleCast
As you may guess by the title, this podcast addresses everything related to Harry Potter and, miraculously, has continued to churn out new episodes years after the series ended. 

Poem of the Day
Want to get your kid curious about poetry? Episodes of the Poetry Foundation’s daily podcast are short and appropriate for all ages. 

FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS 

Brains On!
This podcast may be aimed at kids, but grownups can also learn from its succinct lessons about gravity, space, germs, fossils, and just about any other scientific subject. 

FOR SUPERHEROES-IN-TRAINING 

The Old Time Radio Superman Show
This is one of several podcasts that rebroadcasts classic radio shows. Each episode features a thrilling, G-rated 1940s Superman adventure that lasts about 20 minutes. 

FOR KIDS, STARRING KIDS 

Podcast Kid with Jenna and James
This father-daughter podcast touches on kid-friendly pop culture, but it also addresses important topics like changing schools and dealing with mean girls. In one notable episode, James and his daughter discuss depression and how it affected their family. 

Five Minutes with Dad
How does Nick Pavlidis connect with his 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter? In each five-minute installment, the family chats about their latest adventures, projects, and favorite things. 

Radio WillowWeb
This podcast ended several years ago, but it remains a shining example of how schools can incorporate podcasting. Episodes feature students at an Omaha elementary school talking about what they’re learning and even making up jokes. (A sample: “What is a dent in the White House called?” Answer: “A Presi-dent!”)

Here's What the Elaborate Maze From S-Town Looks Like

John B. McLemore created a world of wonders in the middle of nowhere. The protagonist of the popular S-Town podcast was famous in his hometown for his loud mouth and regular diatribes about tattoos and climate change. Elsewhere in the world, he was better known as a master craftsman and a genius.

Much of McLemore’s income derived from his extraordinary work as a horologist, or clockmaker, but his property in Woodstock, Alabama, is littered with other inventions and projects—including his legendary hedge maze.

Photo courtesy of Imgur

Photo courtesy of Imgur

Reddit users report that the maze has recently begun to fall into disrepair, news that upsets the S-Town listeners who have grown so fond of the clockmaker and his complicated, beautiful creations.

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Serial Creators Announce Release Date for S-Town, Their New Murder Mystery Podcast
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Serial Productions/iTunes

It has been more than two years since the creators of Serial captured listeners’ attention with season one of their investigative podcast. Now USA Today reports that the team behind the true crime sensation is returning this March with a brand-new story.

Titled S-Town, the new podcast from Serial Productions will center around murder rumors that have been percolating in a small Alabama town. It starts when a Serial listener reaches out to S-Town host and This American Life producer Brian Reed about a wealthy resident who has reportedly been boasting about committing the crime. From there, news of more death, a feud, and treasure add further intrigue to the mystery.

Executive producer Julie Snyder promises that S-Town will be more than just another true crime story. “It’s a story that goes beyond any expectations,” she told USA Today. Following three years of reporting, all seven chapters of the podcast will be released at once on March 28. You can get a taste of what’s to come in the new preview, available now on iTunes.

[h/t USA Today]

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