Little News Ears is a podcast for parents, teachers, and anybody who wants to learn about the news in a simple and different way. With 10 different shows and counting, it is made for kids to improve their critical thinking skills and ultimately increase their understanding of democracy. Kids are free to make any type of news as long as it is based on the truth! All episodes are curated (and occasionally written) by Dan Buck, a school leader at an independent school in Texas with 20 years of experience as a teacher and school leader around the world. There are several types of show, including longer and more in-depth shows (e.g., BoxerBlu & Bram and Dragon Ranger Owl) and shorter headline shows that focus on many different types of news, including the black community, LGBTQ issues, and a favorite for many kids: weird and gross news! Little News Ears hits the big issues in news with sensitivity toward different points of view. First time listening? Please be aware that Little News Ears aims to be positive, inspiring, challenging, funny, and educational--but it is something quite different than typical media for a 4 year old and up...
It's June 1, 2021. Cherry, Bird, and Cow teach us about Cirque du Soleil's comeback as the Covid-19 pandemic abates, Italians getting angry about a pizza vending machine, animated dads seeming to be getting more attractive, chimps putting grass in their ears as possible fashion statements, and British cooking show experts teaching people to eat the banana peel.
It's October 1, 2022. BoxerBlu and Bram teach us about Anela Analeigh, the youngest black person to go to medical school in the US; the amazing story of Frank Oz's father's Hitler puppet; the life of Adam Wade, America's first African American game show host; Putin's efforts to use propaganda in schools; and the effects of what scientists are calling The Anthropause.
It's May 18, 2021. Cherry, Bird, and Cow teach us about Dinosaur Day, the Lakota Sioux Tribe wanting US medals rescinded for the Wounded Knee Massacre, women synthesizer pioneers, kids in NYC who protested pesticides and won, a 6th grader who tests to see if a cat's anus touches everything in a household, and archaeologists thinking they discovered where the alphabet comes from.
It's September 26, 2022. Precious is back to teach kids about directing. Precious covers 3 types of directors: film, TV, and theater. She explains the job and gives some examples of day-to-day tasks. Stay tuned for a round of trivia! And she updates the audience on the latest breaking news.
The Cherry Bird Cow Marathon continues. It's April 27, 2021. Cherry, Bird, Cow teach us about the life and death of Bernie Madoff, accusations of racism in a Captain Underpants book, how poverty affects babies' brains; UFO sightings increasing during the pandemic, and Raul Castro stepping down.
The Cherry Bird Cow marathon continues. It's April 13, 2021. Cherry, Bird, and Cow teach us about Dyngus Day, Major League Baseball pulling out of Georgia because of their changes in laws for voting, the life and death of Beverly Cleary, astronauts' shrinking hearts, divorces that involve frozen embryos, and Amazon admitting its drivers have to pee in bottles
It's September 15, 2022. America's favorite rhino/tiger-rabbit dad, half vampire girl are back with some news for kids! Jasper, Jarvis, and Clementine learn about the popularity and dangers of pickle ball, people who recycle their urine, an engineer at Amazon who wants people to bring dead people's voices to Alexa, studies on whether one's sense of smell helps you choose friends, and a study about music lessening pain.
The Cherry, Bird, Cow marathon continues. It's March 30, 2021. Cherry, Bird, and Cow teach us about World Bipolar Day, a Dutch inventor who has created a place to scream in order to test for Covid-19, a South Carolina scientist who wants us to eat sea beans, the winners of the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, the life and death of Lou Ottens, and a new map that aims to help us see a less distorted map of our world.