33 Kid-Friendly Edutainment Podcasts to Stay Sharp

A curated podcast list by Sean Allen
Creation Date March 23rd, 2020
Updated Date Updated March 29th, 2020
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Cooped up inside from all this social distancing? Kids going nuts because schools and daycare are closed? Have them check out these podcasts so they can learn cool things and have fun too! Some of these are a bit more on the "entertainment" side of "edutainment" but hey! Nothing wrong with that!

Science!

Join us, Christian and Ellen Weatherford, while we review your favorite species of animals and rate them out of ten in the categories of effectiveness, ingenuity and aesthetics. Transcripts can be found at justthezooofus.com 😊 Got a species you want us to review? Submit your animal friend to us at ellen@justthezooofus.com and when we review your animal we'll give you a shoutout 😊 Cover art by Taylor Gordon Art!
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Ratings for animals and cool animal facts! What kid wouldn't love this?
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If you're on this planet, plants have a HUGE impact on your life. Whether you're a vegan, a carnivore, or somewhere in between, plants are the basis of the food you eat, the clothes your wear, and the air you breathe. We don't intend just to teach you plant facts (though we'll do plenty of that), but to give you some insight into the cool people who work with them. From the soil to the plate to the climate, dive into the anthropology of plants (get it?) and learn a little more about why you should care about the world around you from the people who care about it the most.
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Interviews about plant facts -- great for kids that are interested in all things green, especially for kids a bit older that can appreciate them plants!
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Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.
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NPR podcast on all kinds of science topics geared specifically toward kids!
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The Varmints! podcast is an education/comedy podcast that's all about animals! Every week two nerds name Paul and Donna do a whole bunch of research to bring you a mix of science, education, pop culture and comedy about all things that creep, crawl, slither, fly, jump, hop and swim on this planet one animal at a time.
But Why is a show led by kids. They ask the questions and we find the answers. It’s a big interesting world out there. On But Why, we tackle topics large and small, about nature, words, even the end of the world. Know a kid with a question? Record it with a smartphone. Be sure to include your kid's first name, age, and town and send the recording to questions@butwhykids.org!
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Kids love "why" questions, and this podcast is all about them.
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Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions and go wherever the answers take us.
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A science podcast for kids supported by the National Science Foundation? Sign me up!
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Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.sciencepodcastforkids.com for more information and educational content.
The educational series highlighting the wonders of the animal kingdom. Featuring fun and insightful facts about the world's most fantastic animals.
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Documentary-style narration about animal facts!
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Immerse yourself in birdsong in this relaxed pace acoustic exploration of natural spaces in mid-western and southern Ontario. Whether you're an emerging or veteran birder looking to test and build upon your birdsong identification skills or someone who appreciates the natural world, this unique series will bring you as close as you can get to birding in the field without going anywhere. Season 1, "The Bruce Peninsula" was recorded in July of 2019, in the peak of songbird breeding season. Season 2, "Midsummer" was recorded in July and August of 2019, in southern Ontario. Season 2 of this podcast updates bi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays in March and April 2020. For those with high-frequency hearing loss, please search for "Songbirding Under 5kHz" The Bruce Peninsula (also known as the Saugeen Peninsula) is the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties, with the exception of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation which is unceded territory. Credits Recorded, engineered, narrated and created by Rob Porter.
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Calming and potentially hobby-inducing podcast that teaches you about songbirds and their songs.
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Hi kids, if you think that animals are amazing, this is the show for you! Join host Earth Ranger Emma as she travels the world to discover the wildest animal facts out there and solve nature’s biggest mysteries. With top ten countdowns, an animal guessing game, conservation conversations, and epic animal showdowns, this is a journey you won’t want to miss! To learn more, visit earthrangers.com/podcast
Animal Sound Safari takes your ears around the world to discover the weird and wacky histories us humans have with animals. Each episode is jam-packed with cool stories, kooky facts and ‘pawsome’ puns. From celebrity sloths in Costa Rica to greyhounds going to war in Germany, hop on board with Animal Sound Safari.
This is a podcast by and for kids giving you the coolest facts about the coolest animals. We research our episodes carefully, distilling the information into manageable segments, focusing on the things that really make these animals unusual. Thanks for listening!
One to Grow On is a podcast where we dig into questions about agriculture and try to understand how food production impacts us and our world. One to Grow On is hosted by resident expert Hallie Casey and her very own dad.
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Have your kids learn where food comes from and how that impacts the world! A little bit geared toward older kids.
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History!

Bedtime History is a series of educational, relaxing stories for kids. Learn about inspirational characters such as Neil Armstrong, Sacajawea, George Lucas and J.K. Rowling. Other topics include space exploration, current events, and great feats of engineering such as The Transcontinential Railroad. Be sure to subscribe to be notified of new episodes! Check out our videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/bedtimehistory Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!
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Historical biographical stories geared toward kids (and short! ~4-9 minutes)
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Two women. Half the population. Several thousand years of history. About an hour.
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Check the episode description to make sure it is age-appropriate, but this great show focuses on one woman per episode!
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Microcast feed for ykyz.com user Life in Ancient Egypt
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Little mini-episodes about life in ancient Egypt for burgeoning Egyptologists or young history buffs!
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The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes.
Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Host Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers. Available every weekday morning.
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Covers a lot of topics, 5-10 minutes per episode. Some history stuff is more age-appropriate than others, so check the episode descriptions first!
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Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and let's you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case...teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way. Produced By American Public Media. @smashboombest
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Fun competition between two *things* and you learn a lot about them in the process!
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The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.
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For older kids that like history, this podcast takes a deeper multi-episode dive into different events throughout US history.
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A History Podcast for Kids! Parents love us, Teachers love us, and most importantly, kids do too! History can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone. We love to share the stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more! A professional music score and important songs accompany nearly every themed episode. Proud Kids Listen Member @pastandcurious
Unspookable is a family friendly look at the histories and mysteries behind your favorite scary stories, myths and urban legends. Each week host Elise Parisian discusses such topics as Bloody Mary, Charlie Charlie, and Ouija Boards to find the stories behind the scares. Season 4 coming Spring 2020. (Recommended for ages 8+)

Audio Drama!

The Ventura twins are yanked into another dimension where they meet a distant cousin who gives them an extraordinary mission: travel through time to preserve their culture’s true history. Along the way, they meet people from Africa, Europe, and the Americas who have left their mark on Puerto Rican heritage. In the twenty-first century, Alexa and Beni navigate school, friendship, and family while keeping their time-traveling quests a secret. When a natural disaster devastates islands across the Caribbean, the twins understand what’s at stake for their ancestral homeland. As Puerto Rico faces an uncertain future, the twins do all they can to witness, find, and remember its past. Timestorm is produced by Cocotazo Media with support from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. Series creator / writer / producer: Dania Ramos. Audio engineer / sound designer / producer: Michael Aquino. | Podsite: TimestormSeries.com | Members of KidsListen.org | Support Timestorm at ko-fi.com/K3K0HZPU
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Audio fiction mixed with real Puerto Rican (and world) history!
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Since November 7, 2004 - The first, and longest running, professionally produced audio drama podcast! This family friendly new twist on "old time radio" features the adventures and exploits of the World's Most Brilliant Scientist, Dr. Floyd! Join Dr. Floyd as he tries to thwart the plans of his evil arch nemesis, Dr. Steve, all the while learning about the people and events that shaped the history of the Earth. If satirist Stan Freberg and Jay Ward, creator of Rocky & Bullwinkle, had created Mystery Science Theater 3000 mixed in a little Time Bandits and gave it an educational spin, the result would have been...The Radio Adventures Of Dr. Floyd! The Podcast for Gifted Children and Adults!
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Audio fiction, a little Rocky and Bullwinkle mixed with a dash of science and sprinkle of history!
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Flyest Fables brings you anthology style and critically acclaimed hopepunk fables for the 21st century. Created by Morgan Givens.
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Education isn't just science and history! Fables are entertaining and contain great life lessons.
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A podcast full of fun kids’ stories! Listen to a tale, then stick around for some fatherly wisdom. His style isn't flashy, but it's always comfortable!
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Reading fairy tales and stories, aimed toward younger kids! Mostly on the entertainment side, but these old fairy tales do have some gems of wisdom in them sometimes...
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The Story Seeds Podcast celebrates creativity and imagination. On each episode, we capture the magic that sparks when kids 6-12 and best-selling authors meet up in person to collaborate and grow original stories inspired by children's story seeds! Hosted by kidlit maven, author, and librarian Betsy Bird. Theme music composed and performed by Andrew VanWyngarden, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/musician and co-founder of MGMT. A Literary Safari Production!
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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee meets storytime read aloud in this podcast which shows kids and authors collaborating in real-time and gives an inside peek into the creative and writing process.
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Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.
What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world? Join Abacus P Grumbler, Randall Radbot, and Whendiana Joan as they help Mr. Eric tell wacky stories inspired by your questions! Call to leave a voicemail at 205-605-WHAT and be featured on the show. More at www.whatifworldpodcast.com
Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Visit www.storypirates.com for more information on Story Pirates and how you can bring our live show to your school or town!
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Audio dramas adapted from stories written by kids -- hey maybe this falls more heavily on the "entertainment" side of "edutainment", but whatever!
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Other!

In the era of fake news, kids need to learn to be able to tell what’s true from what’s false. And what better way to do that than a game show that puts kids in the driver’s seat, adults on the hot seat, and a sound-effects robot strapped to the roof? Each week, a kid interviews two experts in a particular topic, one of which is a genuine, credentialed expert, the other a liar. Hilarious and fast-paced, the show teaches kids to ask insightful questions, weigh the evidence before them, and trust their guts. For more great Gen-Z shows, visit http://bestrobotever.com
The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The show includes a celebrity reader and an interview with the author. The host is award winning public radio journalist Kitty Felde. Book Club won the California Library Association Technology Award and the DC Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Humanitites. Named one of the top 10 podcasts for kids by THE TIMES of London.
KidNuz: Kids deserve a daily newscast all their own. Kickstart their morning with 5 minutes of timely, unbiased, and age-appropriate stories from politics, entertainment, science, health, and sports. Professionally written, professionally delivered by 4 Emmy winning journalists who also happen to be moms. Listen in five days a week, starting at 7 am.

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