Podcasts to Ponder

By | March 1, 2021

March is Women’s History Month, and no doubt our students will be spending time in the classroom learning about brave, innovative, and pioneering women who changed the world.

Yet the classroom can only share so much. There is much more to learn about the many, many women who have made, shaped, and changed, history!

Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids to engage in even more learning, but these podcasts do such a remarkable job that you hardly realize that their main purpose is to inform. If you find yourself on a long ride, or with some unstructured free time that needs a little direction, take a look at the three series highlighted below. You never know what they might inspire!

The Magic Sash is the creation of the National Park Service, hosted by gold-medal gymnast and advocate Aly Raisman. “Join Lotty and Isaiah, two very modern fifth graders, as they meet iconic heroes of the movement for women’s right to vote and experience big moments in women’s suffrage first-hand. They’ll learn that what women (and men) fought for — women’s full political equality — isn’t dusty history at all.”

The Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls podcast is “a fairy tale audio adventure about extraordinary real-life women throughout history. Based on the bestselling book series, episodes are narrated by renowned innovators, creators, leaders, and champions of the Rebel Girls community. Tune in to experience an inspiring spectrum of female excellence.”

And brains on! is an award-winning science podcast for kids (and curious adults) from American Public Media. While they cover all kinds of science, there are plenty of cool opportunities for kids to learn about women in science. Take Umbrellas: The Magic Invention of the Sculptress, for example!