Why studios, streamers and audio platforms are doubling down on children's programming.
Inside Wow in the World, the juggernaut she built with Guy Raz.
The astonishment-prone host (Wow!) has turned a pure zeal for business (It’s amazing!) into a juggernaut podcast. (What is that like?!)
Capable and charming co-hosts Mindy Thomas and NPR podcaster Guy Raz lead each 20-30 minute, weekly, audio episode investigating factual and fascinating real-world phenomena. Part radio comedy, part scientific research, this podcast is all high-energy and jam-packed with so much sneaky snuck-in science that the learning is almost subliminal.
Wow in the world is the #1 podcast for kids and families. Produced by Tinkercast and distributed by NPR, hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas weave a character driven, humor heavy story around a new scientific discovery happening in the world right now. Teachers, parents and kids can extend the “wow” with hundreds of hands-on science, STEAM, ESL and ELA activities. Eyes Up. screens Down. Jaws Dropped.
The good news is that science education has been shifting in the past few decades away from an emphasis on being lectured about science so that students “know science,” and more toward students discovering by “doing science.”
School's out, but many kids—and their parents—are still stuck at home. Wow in the World's Guy Raz joins Manoush Zomorodi on Ted Radio Hour, or rather Ted Radio WOW-er for an hour packed with TED talks for curious kids (and curious kids at heart)!
This is the golden age of podcasts, and the selection for kids has never been better! The best podcasts for kids will spark imaginations, or teach new ideas, or make kids laugh so hard they snort apple juice out of their nostrils. Sometimes, a podcast like Wow in the World will accomplish all three!
The subgenre also has its own veritable blockbuster Tinkercast and NPR’s Wow in the World, which is hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, he of How I Built This and TED Radio Hour (not to mention All Things Considered) fame. Recently, that operation also launched its own spinoff podcast called Two Whats and a Wow! This one’s a science-based game show, sporting a slight interactive element to the proceedings.
Kids can soak up STEM learning from the comfort of the couch or the backseat of a car with this public radio podcast that features daily challenges (Two Whats!? And a Wow!) in addition to full-length weekly episodes of about 25 minutes each. The high-quality educational content is science-driven with each episode exploring either an area of inquiry (think: how birds evolved to fly) or a scientific discovery (like the recently revealed fact that bees can do math).
Our love of podcasts runs deep. And now that we’re two months into producing The goop Podcast, we have that much more respect for the time, sweat, and occasional tears that go into delivering solid episodes week after week.
Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They’re screen-free. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.
Raz noted that podcasts spark the imagination in a way that screens don’t. “Every single person experiences Wow in the World differently,” he said. “When you watch a cartoon, for example, the images are given to you. Your brain doesn't have to work. When you're listening to Wow in the World, it's like when you have a dream. Your mind is your television screen. It fires up all kinds of connections in your brain.”
Mindy Thomas, co-host of NPR’s Wow In The World podcast talks with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about a recent episode that explored spacesuits and how they’ve changed with time.
This might sound like a load of hipster garbage, but trust me on this one: get your kid into podcasts. No, I’m not suggesting that your kindergartener start listening to Serial or anything like that. We’re well into the 21st century, and just like…
Apple has unveiled its Off the Charts 2017 lists, celebrating the year’s most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts.
Entices Families to Put Down their Screens and Look Up at the World Together
Whether you’ve got kids that love science or not, they will dig the fun chemistry (ha, see what I did there) between Mindy Thomas and NPR veteran Guy Raz, not to mention the fantastic, well-researched content. Our kids are in love with this podcast. In fact, Kristen’s son listens to it all night long. (Which means Kristen listens to it all night long).
Since the NPR podcast for kids “Wow in the World” debuted in May, he’s listened to every episode three times. “It’s a little funner” than television, James said. “My brain works better.”
Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas are two parents who want all kids to put down their screens and engage in the exciting world around them.
At some point this summer, you’re probably going to have to get your kids into the car for an extended period of time. Maybe it’s a trek to the grandparents, maybe it’s a full-blown road trip. But wha…
NPR’s ‘Wow in the World’ features a demolished piñata. Of course there are dinos, too.
Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas co-host the science program.
This half-hour dose of science and technology has endless energy and a whole lot of fact-based fun
Take a break from screens and perk up your kids’ ears with these entertaining (and shhhh….educational!) podcasts for young listeners.
There’s a new podcast out from NPR, something the network has never done before – a children’s program. It’s called “Wow in the World” and it targets
Harkening back to the ideology of our favorite entertainment mogul, Walt Disney, Wow in the World intrigues and entertains its audience while educating them.
The show will be focused on science, technology, discovery and inventions.
The new podcast will encourage kids ages 5-12 to find the “wow” in the world and also serve as a great alternative to screen time.
As most of us adults know, podcasts are basically the best thing ever. When you’re out for a walk, cooking dinner, or just need a moment to unwind sans screens, listening to a good podcast can be just the thing you need. And now, your kids can unwind
Parents already know how addictive a good podcast can be (Serial, anyone?). Now our kids will too, thanks to NPR’s first ever podcast for children.
NPR’s first kid-focused podcast is taking some narrative lessons from its adult counterparts » Nieman Journalism Lab
Like S-Town and Serial, Wow in the World wants to make listeners feel like they’re helping to solve the show’s mysteries.
Designed for kids 5-12, the NPR podcast is called Wow in the World and looks at the wonders of science, technology, discovery, and inventions. Starting May 15, NPR’s Guy Raz and SiriusXM’s Mindy Thomas will take kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week.