Whether you have a long road trip ahead of you or a car pool pickup to sit through each afternoon, you will likely be listening to something on your radio while in the car. Finding a “safe” station for the whole family can be a real challenge. Whether it’s the content of the news, the topics the morning radio hosts are discussing, or the songs on popular radio you are worried about exposing to young ears, there are plenty of alternatives you can consider. Podcasts, recorded broadcasts that cover just about any topic you can think of, are one such option and there are plenty of them that are both family friendly and easily accessible in the iTunes store.
Sesame Street Podcast (2-8) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sesame-street-podcast/id264537349?mt=2)
Think Sesame Street for the radio when you consider this podcast. Songs and stories are told and shared by everyone’s favorite Sesame Street characters, like Elmo and Abby.
Storynory (8-11) Myths, fairy tales, and stories (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/storynory-stories-for-kids/id94571049?mt=2)
This podcast is populated with the stories, myths, and fairy tales of all of our childhoods. Skilled narrators bring each story to life and will entertain your little ones each time.
Stuff You Missed In History Class (8-99) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history/id283605519?mt=2)
This podcast will entertain the entire family and after each podcast you will be excited for the next. Topics range from the history of women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read to the origins of knitting. These podcasts explore not just accounts of the history, lives and accomplishments of their subjects, but also discussions of how history is researched and told.
But Why? (5-99) (http://www.npr.org/podcasts/474377890/but-why-a-podcast-for-curious-kids) An NPR podcast that is especially suited for the youngster who is constantly asking WHY? WHY? WHY? The subjects broached come direct from those kids and endeavor to answer questions like: Why don’t bicycles fall over? Who invented words? And how do you make paint?
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified (8-99) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-adventures-eleanor-amplified/id1125007560?mt=2) In this podcast, world famous radio journalist Eleanor’s adventures are shared. The adventure series will not just entertain, but also set ground for conversations about media, points of view, access to information, and the value of quality reporting.