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The Booming Business of Kids’ Podcasting: “It Has Absolutely Exploded”
Why studios, streamers and audio platforms are doubling down on children's programming.
How Mindy Thomas Became Your Kids’ Favorite Podcast Star
Inside Wow in the World, the juggernaut she built with Guy Raz.
How Guy Raz Built ‘How I Built This’
The astonishment-prone host (Wow!) has turned a pure zeal for business (It’s amazing!) into a juggernaut podcast. (What is that like?!)
Wow in the World is a Parents' Choice Gold Winner!
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 a 2020 ADS Editors’ Choice awardee!
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.
Overcoming Fear of Science with Our Favorite Kids' Podcast
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.”
TED Radio Wow-er
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)!
Best podcasts for kids of all ages
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!
18 Great Podcasts for Kids to Get Your Family Through the Quarantine
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.
The Best Educational Podcasts for Kids, for Every Age
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).
The Podcasts We’re Listening to Now | Goop
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.
The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids
Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They’re screen-free. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.
Finding the Wow in the World | Kid Reporters’ Notebook | Scholastic Inc.
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.”
In Second Season, ‘Wow In The World’ Looks At The Future Of Spacesuits
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.
Welcome To The 21st Century: ‘Highlights’ Magazine Is Now A Podcast For Kids
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 reveals 2017’s most popular apps, music and more
Apple has unveiled its Off the Charts 2017 lists, celebrating the year’s most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts.
NPR’s Breakout Podcast for Kids, ‘Wow In The World’, Returns With New Episodes
Entices Families to Put Down their Screens and Look Up at the World Together
Wow In the World podcast | Editors Top 10 of the Year on Cool Mom Picks | Cool Mom Picks
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).
The New Bedtime Story Is a Podcast
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.”
‘Wow in the World’: Why NPR started its first podcast for kids
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.
The Best Kids’ Podcasts To Turn Time In The Car Into A Pleasure
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…
How to entice your kid away from a screen — with a podcast
NPR’s ‘Wow in the World’ features a demolished piñata. Of course there are dinos, too.
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Wow in the World: a kids’ podcast with plenty for parents, too
This half-hour dose of science and technology has endless energy and a whole lot of fact-based fun
11 Podcasts Your Kids Should Be Listening To
Take a break from screens and perk up your kids’ ears with these entertaining (and shhhh….educational!) podcasts for young listeners.
New NPR Podcast Has Fun For Kids & Parents – Away From Screens
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
The Podcasts Inspiring the Scientists of Tomorrow
Harkening back to the ideology of our favorite entertainment mogul, Walt Disney, Wow in the World intrigues and entertains its audience while educating them.
NPR Is Launching Its First Podcast For Kids | HuffPost
The show will be focused on science, technology, discovery and inventions.
NPR Is Launching Its First Podcast for Kids | Parents
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.
NPR Launches A Kids Podcast & It Promises To Be Amazing
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
NPR Is Launching A Podcast For Kids And It Sounds Freaking Awesome
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.
Wow! New Podcast For Curious Kids – Radio Ink
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.