If you’re searching for ways to cut back on your kids’ – and your own – screen time, podcasts may be a great alternative. Podcasts can be helpful learning tools in everything from science and history to ethics. And they’re free and portable (listen in the car, on the bus, or at home). Check out a few family-friendly podcasts recommended by the folks at Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology
Listen in as 7-year-old Eva Karpman and her mom interview celebrities, award winners, and experts in a range of fields each week. Their goal? Help young people find their passion and follow their dreams. With great banter between mom and daughter and A-list names, this is a perfect podcast for adults and kids to listen to together.
Wow in the World
NPR’s first show for kids! Hosts Guy Roz and Mindy Thomas bring a joyful curiosity to the latest news in science and technology in a way that boy kids and adults will enjoy.
Book Club for Kids
Twice a week these savvy middle schoolers talk about popular middle-grade or YA books and share their favorite book recommendations. Public radio figure Kitty Felde leads the discussion, and each episode includes a passage of that week’s book read by a celebrity guest.
This American Life
The most downloaded podcast in the US, hosted by Ira Glass, combines personal stories, journalism, and even stand-up comedy. With his one-of-a-kind voice, Ira Glass hooks listeners with “acts” beautifully together around a big, relatable theme. Best for teens and adult listeners as many episodes address mature concepts and include swearing.