Back when I did stand-up, I had a joke about NPR. I can’t remember the set-up but the punchline revolved around it being for old people. A couple years later and here I am listening to NPR all the damn time. For
A couple years later and here I am listening to NPR all the damn time. For time is truly the cruelest joke….
Anyway, for the first time in NPR’s 47-year history, they’re doing a children’s program. It’s called Wait, Wait, Don’t Break That!
(checks press release)
It’s called Wow in the World.
NPR is thrilled to announce the launch of Wow in the World, a new podcast for kids ages 5-12 that illuminates 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.
“Wow in the World is a place where we can tap into the crazy cool things that are happening all around us, every day!” says Thomas. “We want to help spark conversations between kids and other kids and also with their grown-ups that will ultimately lead to their own big discoveries.”
Each episode begins with a series of questions that lead to an explanation about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding. For example, “How long would it take to get to the closest star outside our solar system?” or “How did we Homo sapiens come to dominate the planet?” or “How do astronauts poop in space?” Through comedy and conversation, along with voices from real kids, Mindy and Guy make the news fun and interesting.
Space poop? I’m sold. Given his love of fecal humor, I’m sure my kid will be just as excited.