Back in March, I asked: Where are all the kidcasts? Podcasts had been proliferating, and children learn by listening, so I wondered why adults weren’t making more podcasts for kids. After chatting with producers, parents, and people in the industry, I learned that the hole wasn’t the result of insufficient interest, but of a dearth of data and lack of precedent.
In the weeks that followed, I received dozens of reader emails from people working to fill that void. One high-school teacher in Minneapolis had started a podcast called How to be a Grownup to provide his students with life advice and adult role models. A husband-and-wife duo from L.A. were well into their first season of Ear Snacks, a playful show for children 11 and under, packed with kid voices, jokes, and original music. I was also alerted to Shabam!, a quirky ‘cast that follows three children using science to solve their problems during a zombie outbreak. Meanwhile, in Roam Schooled, a musician, sound engineer, and intrepid dad named Jim Brunberg ventures out in his ‘91 Winnebago and seeks answers to questions from his twin daughters in the backseat.
The kidcast space is already looking less empty.