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Add some fun to your day with refreshing meditations on topics such as pickles, tickets and teeth. Experts young and old know that even the little things are “more than” - more funny, more meaningful and more connecting. Join Andrew & Polly and explore the absurdity and wonder of everyday life in this lovable and award-winning podcast that’ll be a hit for everyone in your family.
 
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Explore the science & joy of soap making with Claudia Zanes, a wonderful family musician and soap maker! Then take a deep breath with authors Mags DeRoma & Christine Peck whose book “Too Many Bubbles” helps kids navigate the anxiety of grumpy thoughts that won’t go away. Andrew practices Polly’s game of turning thought bubbles into word bubbles! (G…
 
We talk to Andrew’s mom about making blueberry jam, Amy Dickens from Salt + Sage Catering about keeping foods separate and pickling turnips. Plus, we count all the jelly beans in Polly’s giant jar of jelly beans and reveal the four closest guessers! What are *you* up to with jars this summer? We want to see your jar projects! If you need some ideas…
 
In this brand new episode of Ear Snacks, we share songs from "All One Tribe," a compilation celebrating the rich culture and diversity that Black voices bring to family music. We also discuss the meaning of Juneteenth, the years between the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in Texas, and how recognizing this holiday can help make the…
 
We are excited to announce that Season 3 is on its way, and with it a new format! In this episode *for parents* we discuss advertising on kids podcasts, data on kids listening habits from the non-profit organization Kids Listen, express heartfelt appreciation for our audience and announce upcoming Patreon requests. To kick things off, we could real…
 
This year's Grammy-nominees for Best Children's Album are all artists who are white, but young ears can and should hear a rainbow of identities represented in music. Black and brown children deserve access to music that welcomes, reflects, and celebrates them. In this special episode of Ear Snacks, Andrew & Polly celebrate diverse voices in family …
 
How can we practice anti-racism as a family? We feel a special responsibility to address this topic thoughtfully with you and your children beginning with this episode of Ear Snacks for Parents. In conversation with Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd of Alphabet Rockers, we think aloud about advocacy, parenting, and so much more - including their ant…
 
Dissenters everywhere! Join us in wishing Ruth Bader Ginsburg a very happy 87th birthday! Andrew & Polly find some exceptionally aware kids to go on at length about the Supreme Court and it’s most Notorious justice, along with a new single from the Joanie Leeds joint All the Ladies entitled (you guessed it) “RBG” To find out more or to be on the sh…
 
WHAT IS PIE? What about pi? Can I have 3.1415 pieces, please? Pre-heat your International Pi Day festivities! Andrew & Polly get granular with Molly Birnbaum from America’s Test Kitchen Kids who does all kinds of fascinating kitchen experiments and games on her new kids podcast, Mystery Recipe. Find more at ATKkids.com/mysteryrecipe and earsnacks.o…
 
What's a census? Andrew & Polly dig in with special guests Vicki Glazer from the U.S. Census Bureau and Emily McMillan with the Statistics in Schools program that's hitting classrooms across America next week. Next month, everyone will get a postcard in the mail -- it's your invitation to the party that is the next decade of America...RSVP so they …
 
Do you want 5 more minutes? In our third episode about clocks, Andrew & Polly ask kids how rushing and waiting feel different, challenge Jason Rabinowitz of The Pop Ups to a clock scavenger hunt around Brooklyn, and spin some yarns with Story Pirates co-founder Lee Overtree about how time feels when you're in a story. Thanks to Gimlete Media, The S…
 
Alphabet Rockers make music to make change. Their 2nd Grammy-nominated album "The Love" addresses issues of identity, world news, and politics — the conversation and music you’re about to hear will include those topics. Thanks to Alphabet Rockers for sharing their music and ideas with your family. You can find more about their podcast So Get Me, Th…
 
In this special episode designed for parents (though PG for kids), Andrew & Polly discuss Jon Samson’s music therapy practice, the therapeutic benefits of musical improvisation, and how we as parents can approach creating a supportive mental health environment for our kids. Thanks to Jon for sharing his intricately crafted and emotive music with us…
 
The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! We’re delighted to share this series of 5 Ear Snacks mini-episodes featuring each of the 5 Grammy-nominated artists for Best Children’s Album. Brrrr! Andrew & Polly brave the frigid Santa Monica winter to hear from Joe Mallander of family folk duo The OKee Dokee Brothers about the art of coziness and the…
 
The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! Andrew & Polly spend a rainy day getting to know Tigerlily, Tilda, Tinkerbell, and Nashville-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Daniel Tashian. Daniel and his daughters wax poetic about pistachio ice cream, working with Kacey Musgraves, and share some lovely songs off his Grammy-nominated albu…
 
The 62nd Grammy (TM) Awards are almost here! Andrew & Polly attend a deliciously eclectic picnic hosted by Caspar Babypants! Caspar feeds us millions of peaches, introduces us to some bodacious bugs, and plays some rad tunes off his Grammy-nominated album “Flying High!” Thanks to Chris Ballew for taking the time to goof around with us and let us sh…
 
Clock field trip! Three intrepid Ear Snacks foreign correspondents bring us to jolly old England to find out what makes clocks tick! Eilis has tea in John Kendall’s Number Four clock repair shop. Andrew’s parents visit Johnny Flower, a regulator clock expert who lives in a house full of clocks. And Eliza pokes around the oldest collection of clocks…
 
Our special coverage of Pajamas continues! We ask our friends Gavin, Zoey, Luke, Lucy, Alexander, Sara Chana, Temima, Miriam, and Yitzy Zev about getting good rest for your mind and body, bedtime routines and we sing a song about our favorite pajamas. Special guest Mindy Thomas from NPR's "Wow in the World" and SiriusXM Kids Place Live shares about…
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Andrew & Polly receive an urgent voice message from their friends Kevin & Louise. We learned A LOT about disguises from marine biologist Rebecca Johnson from the California Academy of Sciences and voice actor and composer Greg Chun. Thanks to our pals Sadie A, Sadie E, Grey, Georgia, Zoey, Gavin, Gavin, Devorah, Elliot, Ainsley, …
 
Our brand new album, “Go for the Moon” is here!!! Listen on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, our shop & CDBaby - all the places! You can even listen to some of it in a special episode of Ear Snacks, hosted by some (not-so-random) giraffes. We’re super excited about these songs and we hope you are too. We’re so excited, in fact, that we are giving away…
 
This month on Ear Snacks, we're talking about Pajamas and everything that comes with them. Rest, snuggles and coziness - and lullabies! Our awesome music pals Lucy Kalantari, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Christopher Tin, Tatiana DeMaria, Kaitlin McGaw share the sweet, soft and special songs they sing to their loved ones - and yours! This is a great epis…
 
Fungus farming ants, digital bees, composting worms, metamorphic caterpillars -- how can these all be bugs? In this episode, Avery talks about bugs in computer code and how she built a pollination video game with a Raspberry Pi. Izaiah updates us about the worms in the compost pile on his farm. And our friends at Valle de Niños in San Francisco tak…
 
What’s a bug? Who are The Buggs? Can I be a Bugg? These are the hard-hitting questions Andrew & Polly ask in this exposé on all things buggy. Thanks to entomologist (Entimen-ologist?) Dr. Chris Wheeler for teaching us about moth pheromones and artist, photographer & vegan cookie fan Peter Bugg (peterbugg.com) for introducing us to his awesome exten…
 
We are delighted to share an episode of WBUR's Circle Round called "The Lion's Whisker" about overcoming frustration and impatience with courage, understanding, and a little magic. Andrew & Polly and Cory the Crocodile encounter some frustration of their own. Blackish stars Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, and NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton voice this encha…
 
In which Andrew & Polly interview four kids, an alien, and art legend John Baldessari about the steps involved in making art, sandwiches, and paper airplanes. Many thanks to Malcolm, Jonas, Milena, Sady, Ella, and to Patrick Pardo for arranging our interview with Mr. Baldessari. You can learn more about John Baldessari at baldessari.org or at most …
 
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