Bear with me, it’s a long list, as there’s a little something for everyone, depending on ages and maturity levels! As parents, we know that technology can have a major impact on our children's lives, and we’re looking for the positives! It's important to ensure that our tweens and teens are using technology in a productive way, and one way to do that is by introducing them to amazing podcasts.
We tend to think of Podcasts as something for adults (my husband always has one going while getting ready, in the car or while taking his lunch break), but they are a great way for tweens and teens to learn new things, explore different interests, and be inspired by others (one of my teens loves The Daily).
Here are some amazing podcasts that your kids will love:
"Wow in the World" - “Join hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas on a journey away from your screens, inside your brain, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science, technology, and innovation.” This science-focused podcast from NPR is perfect for curious kids who want to learn about everything from the human brain to outer space.
"Brains On!" - Another science-focused podcast, "Brains On!" explores questions from curious kids about everything from how the internet works to why we cry.
"How to Do Everything" - Hosted by two former producers of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" This podcast explores everything from how to fix a flat tire to how to survive a zombie apocalypse. *check episode’s content depending on the age of your tween/teen.
"Stuff You Missed in History Class" - This podcast explores fascinating stories from history that may have been overlooked in traditional history classes. *check episode’s content depending on the age of your tween/teen.
"The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel" - This serialized mystery podcast is perfect for tweens and teens who love a good story and enjoy trying to solve a puzzle. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a high-quality serial mystery story for middle graders, performed by actual kids.
"But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids" - This podcast is all about answering the big and small questions that kids have, from "Why do we laugh?" to "Why is the sky blue?"
"Teenager Therapy" - Hosted by five high school seniors, this podcast explores the challenges and joys of being a teenager. *high school content, decide if you feel like it's appropriate for your own child’s level of maturity.
"99% Invisible" - This podcast explores the unnoticed design and architecture of the world around us, from the design of airports to the history of elevators.
"Science Vs" - This podcast takes a deep dive into controversial topics in science and separates fact from fiction. *highschool level IMO
"Radiolab for Kids" - Uncover the strangeness right here on Earth with a family-friendly podcast from your friends at Radiolab. Hosted by Lulu Miller. *There’s also a Radiolab for older teens/adults.
"Planet Money" - This podcast explores the economy in a fun and engaging way, with episodes on topics like the history of the dollar bill and why shipping a package costs what it does.
"Story Pirates" - This podcast features stories written by kids, performed by professional actors and comedians.
"The Daily" - This New York Times podcast offers a daily deep dive into the top news stories of the day. *check episode’s content depending on the age of your tween/teen.
"The Anthropocene Reviewed" - Hosted by author John Green, this podcast offers reviews of various aspects of the human-centered planet, from Super Mario Kart to hot dog eating contests. *check episode’s content depending on the age of your tween/teen.
"Myths and Legends" - This podcast explores folklore and mythology from cultures around the world, retelling classic stories in a way that is accessible and entertaining.
"Ologies" - Hosted by science journalist Alie Ward, this podcast features interviews with experts in various fields of study, from entomology to linguistics. *Ages 16+