Award-winning children's music duo Andrew & Polly connect ordinary things with extraordinary ideas. Ear Snacks is a radical musical podcast for kids (target age: 2-7) featuring songs, stories, and interviews with our friends (kids, scientists, authors, musicians) around the world.
What does a seed need to grow? A kid? An idea? Andrew & Polly ask many different people about growing many different things. How does bird poop bring the world together? With peppers, of course! Uncle Fred tells us about germination, the first World's Hottest Pepper (Bhut Jolokia), and BIRD POOP. If you aren't a dragon and like spicy stuff, you can check out the Sparkling River Pepper Company's smoke dried peppers, sauces and spice blends at sparking-river.com Our neighbor Miriam takes us to visit the Peace Garden, an urban garden space at Peace4Kids in South Central Los Angeles for youth in the foster care system. Zaid started the garden, Alex tends it, and a blue-bellied lizard named Tom visits it. Miriam, Alex, and Zaid talk about the garden, their experience with youth in foster care through the non-profit Peace4Kids (celebrating 20 years! 🎉), what nature means to them, and what seeds - and ideas - need to grow. You can learn more and support their work at peace4kids.org and see Miriam's artwork at miriamcortez.com. We'll post photos of the Peace Garden (and Tom!) at instagram.com/andrewandpolly Many thanks to Fred Gray, Miriam Cortez, Alex Zalder, Zaid Gayle, and our friends Amelia, Bennett, Charlie, Sam and Kalinga for talking to us about growing all kinds of things. We hope you like listening and thinking with us - consider giving us a review to help Ear Snacks grow! And if you'd like to know more or be on the show, visit earsnacks.org.
Summer's heating up, and so is Ear Snacks! We're cooking up a bunch of new episodes that pick back up this week and will take you through your summer adventures, whether they are home or away! In this bonus, we (finally) reveal Polly's superhero name (hint: it involves lasers) and share your birthday wishes! Thank you to Sady, Betula, Sammy & JJ, Riley, Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy. If you've sent us anything else in the last couple months, we're getting to it very soon -- thank you so much for your patience! If your child would like to send us something or be on an episode, visit earsnacks.org.
Tell me: what do you know about seeds? Andrew & Polly's friends from Austria, Australia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts invite you into their homes and gardens to discover what kinds of seeds there are where they live. We also welcome Chanel Tsang from Toronto, Canada who shares a lovely meditation from her podcast Peace Out called "Ready, Set, Grow!" inviting listeners to move their bodies and imagine what it might be like to be a seed. You can find more mindful listening at bedtime.fm, an independent UK-based podcast producer. Thanks to Chanel and founder/producer Rob Griffiths for sharing their wonderful show with us. To find and support other podcasts for kids, visit kidslisten.org. And many thanks to Amelia, Bennett, Charlie, Kalinga, Sam and their families for sharing their seeds with us! We'll hear more from them about growing and planting next week, and if your child has something to say about seeds, visit earsnacks.org.
When we last left our heroes, Super George was saving the feet fish from Lima Bean Lunch with Super Polly, ahem, Super-Hero-Waiting-for-a-Name! Thank you so much to Ainsley, Lucy, Savannah, Adeline, Bela & Izzy for their suggestions for Polly's superhero name. So what should Polly's super-hero name be? Let us know at http://earsnacks.org
Andrew & Polly's Bad Guys game continues. When they can't figure out WHY they are having fun scaring fish and serving them their least favorite foods, they call up a Bad Doctor to find out! Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas from the Greater Good Science Center tells us about what brains have to do with Bad Guys & Superheroes. If your kid wants to share their idea for Polly's superhero name and super-powers, visit this link: http://bit.ly/earsnacks-badguystwo Here's a great article from the Greater Good Magazine: "How to Help Gratitude Grow in Kids." Thanks again to Sadie, William, Wesley, Adalyn, Grey, Amelia, Kohler, Roland, Betula, Orion AND voice actor Morla Gorrondona for digging deep into Bad Guys with us. It was a long haul, but we made it! To be on the show or find out more, visit earsnacks.org
Andrew & Polly play an imaginary space game that evolves into a game of Bad Guys. Sadie, William, Westley, Adeline, Grey, Amelia, Kohler, Roland, Betula & Orion share what they know about Bad Guys and learn how to make Bad Guy voices from voice actor Morla Gorrondona. When Andrew gets a little too carried away with his Bad Andrew voice, the two try to figure out - how can they keep playing together?
We know playing “Bad Guys” is an integral part of early childhood development — but, as some older kids who are more exposed to the media know, real people can do bad things, too. We had planned to release a “Bad Guys” episode of Ear Snacks on Valentine’s Day, but first we wanted to explain to you, their parents, how and why we are approaching such a difficult topic, especially in light of last week’s tragedy in Parkland, Florida. This episode is not intended for kids. Jane Lindholm hosts Vermont Edition and But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids from Vermont Public Radio (www.butwhykids.org). Like Ear Snacks, But Why usually speaks to kids directly about the real world, but last year they released an episode for parents entitled “How Do You Talk to Kids About Violence in the News?” We spoke with Jane about about creating this episode, how media creators can address difficult topics with kids, and about her own experience as a parent of two young children. http://digital.vpr.net/post/special-episode-how-do-you-talk-kids-about-violence-news#stream/0 We share an excerpt from an interview with an older kid (Grey, 8) that won’t be included in next week’s “Bad Guys” episode, but it illustrates how older kids begin to understand the distinction between pretend evil-doers and people in the real-world who treat others in scary, unkind ways. We reference Dr. Robin Gurwitch (child psychologist at Duke University), Teacher Tom Hobson (early childhood educator & author), and Eric Hoffman’s book “Magic Capes, Amazing Powers: Transforming Superhero Play in the Classroom” — oh, and we also feature a visit from 9-month-old guest percussionist, Gertie. As always, you can contact us about this episode or find out more at www.earsnacks.org
Happy Chinese New Year! It's the Year of the Dog and Andrew's thinking about the word "metamorphosis" - what a perfect time to sing some dog songs and take a closer look at caterpillars with our friends at Valle de Ninos in San Francisco!
Happy Valentine's Day! Polly plays a funny trick on Andrew in this special secret bonus episode and she shares their brand new song - a cover of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." We hope you like the new tune - if you do, we hope you'll share it with a pal! Get it on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube & Google Play.
Happy Valentine's Day! Next week, we'll be celebrating by releasing a new song - but this week you can hear some of our favorite Ear Snacks segments about all kinds of love. So what do you love? Let us know! Connect with us at earsnacks.org, on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter! PS - If you like the song "Please Be Mine," check out this sweet music video Polly made of animals who love each other. https://youtu.be/yL_ViPWs0wc This episode is a part of Kids Listen sweeps. Kids Listen is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the community of people creating and enjoying podcasts for kids. Check out more great podcasts for kids at kidslisten.org like Little Stories for Tiny People, one of our favorite podcasts for pre-schoolers.
We were honored to have all five of this year’s Grammy-nominated kids artists drop by on this episode of Ear Snacks to goof around with us and share their awesome music with you. NYC friends can catch all five acts live at Symphony Space this Saturday January 27th at 11am or right here on Ear Snacks! Check out more from these artists and show them a little love! Lisa Loeb | Feel What U Feel Gustafer Yellowgold | Brighter Side Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Songs of Peace and Love for Kids and Families Around the World Justin Roberts | Lemonade Alphabet Rockers | Rise, Shine, #Woke
Sarah Calloway from The Music Box, a podcast for kids about classical music from WUOL in Louisville, Kentucky, teaches Andrew & Polly how to make music with glasses & Andrew, who is legally blind, talks about his magnifying glass and how he sees differently. We love The Music Box! Check out & listen to the first two episodes of this great new podcast here. For more information about Stargardt's disease, or to support scientific research on blindness, visit the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Andrew & Polly talk to Guy Raz about his glasses and something that the guests on his podcasts all have in common. Juli Berwald tells us how jellyfish sense the world and our friends help think about why we all see the world a little differently. Thanks to Blythe, Adeline, Hadley, Victor & Robbie for being on Ear Snacks for the very first time! If you'd like to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org At some point, kids finally realize that others have their own thoughts and feelings. The path to empathy is a long one, but thinking about how animals and people see the world differently is a great first step. If you'd like to hear more of Guy Raz, check out his great podcasts! Wow in the World is a wonderful new science podcast for kids. To learn more about jellyfish, check out Juli Berwald's new book, Spineless. To read more about the development of empathy in children, check out this great article from Zero to Three. We have a few favorite picture books about empathy - here's one! They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel depicts how all animals see the same thing in their own way.
We know that things crack and break, but what can we do after that? Andrew & Polly talk to Paul, James & Allison Pulstelnik about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery. Then we visit Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center and talk with Executive Director Nina Silver about Noah's Ark and why it's important for us to share stories about our problems For more on the Pustelnik's art, visit Kintsugi Gifts. For more about Noah's Ark or to visit, check out skirball.org.
Andrew & Polly talk a little bit about Toenails. Like, do we need a reason? But here it is we have been thinking about toenails a lot since Dr. Earthquakes (Elizabeth Cochran) shared a super-fun fact with us: the San Andreas Fault moves about 2-inches per year, which is the same rate as your nails grow. WHA!?!? For more information about Ear Snacks or to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org.
What do you do when something cracks? Andrew & Polly talk to Everett (from Australia), Henry & Saul, Jackson & Beanie and Ainsley about things that break. Elizabeth Cochran from the US Geological Survey, aka Doctor Earthquakes, talks about seismology and Everett (from Los Angeles) shares a special story about what happened when he cracked the bones in his arm. Some things crack by design - like eggs! But it can be really surprising for kids when something breaks, especially if that thing can't be repaired. In this episode, we think about what to do about the unpredictable - breaking something by accident and preparing for earthquakes.
Andrew & Polly talk to Refe & Susan Tuma, authors of "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series about how the toy dinosaurs came to life in their house during the month of DINOVEMBER. Bella and her dad share their song about puzzles. For more information on the "What the Dinosaurs Did" picture book series or how to pull off a Dinovember in your house, visit dinovember.com - and for more about Ear Snacks or how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org And that's a puzzles wrap!
Andrew & Polly talk with Danny Weinkauf about how to pretend to be a paleontologist and pull off a great caper - a puzzle exchange! Danny has to guess who has the other half of his puzzle (spoiler alert, it's Kenny Curtis & Tori Kerr from SiriusXM Kids Place Live) and what is even on that puzzle?!? If you'd like to participate in the Ear Snacks Puzzle Exchange, visit earsnacks.org to find out how to get on the list. To hear more of Danny's music visit dannyweinkauf.com and here's where you can check out what Kenny & Tori are up to on Kids Place Live.
Will Shortz eat your heart out! Andrew & Polly talk to some real puzzlemasters - Devin, Westley, Bela, Lane & Lucy - about what it feels like to be puzzled. Matthew Inabinett, paleontologist-in-training at the Beneski Museum of Natural History, helps us piece together how dinosaurs, birds and continental drift are all part of the same puzzle. Plus, a new song about when you don't the word for that thing. You know, the thing. Kids can go bananas when there's not enough for them to do but they meltdown in an entirely different way when they are overwhelmed. Confusion is a really natural thing for kids to encounter and it can be frustrating when they don't know the solution to a problem. What's more, kids go about solving problems many different ways. "But you just gotta put things together - to put one piece, one piece, the next piece, until you get the whole thing done. When you get the whole thing done, you'll be pretty proud of yourself, especially if it's big." - Westley, age-8
Lilah gives us a lesson in how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors and Jazzy Ash visits Andrew & Polly in the studio to share some hand-clapping games and songs from her new record, Swing Set. E-mail pics of your funny review to email@example.com to win that dope hand puppet craft. For more information about Ear Snacks, visit earsnacks.org For more information about Jazzy Ash and her music, visit http://www.jazzyash.com/
What can hands do? What shouldn't hands do? Andrew & Polly ask Frankie, Ellie, Matteo and Palmer all about those wriggly things at the end of their arms and talk to a professional stunt woman about what it feels like when you get hurt. Kids are physical. Whether they are bouncing off the walls, roughhousing or even hitting, children use their bodies to connect to the world around them. This episodes asks kids what to do when you hurt someone or someone hurts you. Also, fun games for hands to play. To be on the show or for more information about Ear Snacks, visit earsnacks.org. Rate & review Ear Snacks in your podcast app by November 1 and send your review to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll pick one reviewer at random to receive this awesome sock puppet kit! For more information: Jessica Erin Bennett is a stunt woman and fight choreographer. Fore more information about Jessica, grown-ups can go to jessicaerinbennett.com Jessica's Stunt and Circus Camp can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Stunt-and-Circus-Camp-715793651806114/ "We Can Make It" by Andrew Barkan & Polly Hall (ASCAP). For more information about the music on this show, visit andrewandpolly.com If your child is hitting, you might be interested in: The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony T. DeBenedet & Lawrence J. Cohen - https://www.amazon.com/Art-Roughhousing-Anthony-T-DeBenedet/dp/B01L97OCC4 or this great episode from Janet Lansbury's podcast: https://soundcloud.com/janet-lansbury/aggressive-toddler-behavior-hitting-biting-spitting If your child is being hit by a peer, you might be interested in these other great episodes from Janet Lansbury's podcast: https://soundcloud.com/janet-lansbury/dealing-with-your-childs-aggressive-playmate & https://soundcloud.com/janet-lansbury/no-tolerance-for-bullying
People keep asking us, what is Ear Snacks? If you don't already know, this should help. Season 2 starts back up October 18! Get excited! Thanks to Lucy & her mom, Frankie & her dad and Alex & his dad for reminding us why we do what we do. Thanks to all the Ear Snacks kids and guests who have participated so far If you want to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org to find out how. Ear Snacks is a radical podcast for kids making car rides more awesome one episode at a time.
Eliza Gregory interviews Andrew & Polly about how and why they make Ear Snacks, a radical podcast for kids. We discuss media from our childhood, how our parenting style plays a role in the design of the show and our plans for season 2. Get excited for the new season of Ear Snacks starting next Wednesday, October 18. For more information or to find out how to be on the show, visit earsnacks.org About Eliza: Eliza Gregory is an artist and educator. Her work illuminates diverse experiences in a given community using images, relationships, interactions, interviews, events and many other media. Her work asks questions about how to build healthy communities; the role of cultural adaptation in contemporary society; and how family relationships shape our lives. Trained as a fine art photographer, a creative writer and a social practice artist, Eliza lives and works in northern California. Her solo exhibition Testimony opens at the Asian Art Museum on April 5, 2018. For more about Eliza, visit: www.elizagregory.org
Herein lies an audio time capsule! Andrew & Polly asked their friends to collect audio of their expectations for, experience of, and reflections on The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017.
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We heard from three kids who were in the Path of Totality (Morgan in Oregon, Anika in Wyoming, and Elion in Nebraska) as well as kids in Southern California (Alex, Izzy, Lilah, Griffin and Gertie)who saw about 62% and Virginia (Elsa) who saw 80%. And longtime Ear Snacks veteran Gavin interviewed his mom Theana about a total solar eclipse she saw growing up on the big island of Hawaii.
Thanks so much to all the adventurous parents (Mike, Bryce, Jon, Kimmy, Tristan, and Inga) that made this happen. Aloha Eclipse, see you in 2045!
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Are you ready? Are you excited? Because we TOTALLY ARE.
The Great American Eclipse is almost here, and we’ve been thinking about it for a whole year…but some people have known about it MUCH LONGER. Mat Kaplan from the Planetary Society told us about it last year, Molly Bloom from Brains On tells us about total eclipse science, and Mick Sullivan from The Past & The Curious talks total eclipse history through the ages.
Oh, and our friend Kimmy? She tells us about her eclipse viewing plans. That she made 20 years ago.
In Eclipse! (Part II) we’ll be sharing an audio time capsule recorded on August 21, 2017. If your family will be in the Path of Totality, email us at email@example.com and we’ll let you know how you can participate and share this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Andrew & Polly have spent the past two years writing original underscores for their interviews with scientists, artists, and kids. We thought removing the interviews and just leaving the instrumentals would leave a lot to the imagination. We find the window panes of planes, trains, and automobiles to merit their own soundtrack, so here it is.
Hit the Road! An awesome playlist of songs (from our friends!) about traveling around town, around the world, or around the solar system in your imagination. Buckle up, tune in, rock and roll!
"Trail of Hearts" by Underbirds (Gustafer Yellowgold & Todd McHatton) ; "Lighten Your Load" by The Okee Dokee Brothers ; "Sunshine Family" by Mista Cookie Jar & Aaron Nigel Smith ; "Camp Songs" by KB Whirly ; "Mr. Spaceman" by Randy Kaplan ; "City of Hills" by Frances England ; and "Hey Hat" by us, Andrew & Polly.
Thanks so much to our amazing musician friends for sharing these eclectic tunes with hungry ears everywhere!
Find more awesome family podcasts to #hittheroad with at app.kidslisten.org
June is Aquarium Appreciation Month! Do YOU appreciate aquariums? We do!
Andrew & Polly talk biodiversity with 7-year-old Nate from The Show About Science, marine camouflage with nudibranch aficionado Rebecca Johnson from Cal Academy, and seahorses with Jenn (who just likes them a lot.) We appreciate The Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Shedd, Aquarium of the Bay and The California Academy of Science, and so many more. Plus aquarium joke.
To celebrate Earth Day, we're talking about TREES with a TREE FAMILY!!! Thanks to Betula, Phoebe, Jacob & Grandpa John for being part of this Ear Snacks Extra.
This episode is part of the Kids Listen Family Tree Sweeps! For more information about Kids Listen and the other great kids podcasts out there check out kidslisten.org -- Sparkle Stories, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, The Past and The Curious, Book Club for Kids, Book Power for Kids, Tumble and Brains On all did Family Tree episodes too!
It's National Love Your Robot Day! What's YOUR favorite robot? Ever built a robot? Ever seen a robot make toast? Ever heard a robot SING? ROBOTS!
Andrew & Polly ask their friends Beebop and Jonathan from The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian (finncaspian.com) and Kurt from the Thacher School (thacher.org) what they love about robots, as well as revisiting robots from Ear Snacks past (Disguises, Beeps, Boxes) and we threw in a computer-MC-ed Fur Elise just for kicks. Beep boop!
In this Ear Snacks Extra: Brady, Frances, Joe, Jack, and Skidoo share some of their Grammy-nominated tunes with our listeners.
We are so so so excited that all of the Grammy-nominated Children's Music Albums this year are by independent artists. If you dig the tunes you hear in this episode, please support their work and spread the word!
(And if you're looking for more information about our music or how to be on the show, visit andrewandpolly.com)
“Chain Reaction” from PRESS PLAY by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (http://www.bradyrymer.com/)
“City Don’t Sleep” from EXPLORER OF THE WORLD by Frances England (http://www.francesengland.com/)
“Saddle Up” from SADDLE UP by the Okee Dokee Brothers (https://www.okeedokee.org/)
“Piggyback” from NOVELTIES by Recess Monkey (http://www.recessmonkeytown.com/)
“Glimmer” from INFINITY PLUS ONE by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (http://secretagent23skidoo.com/)
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Andrew & Polly kick off the Year of the Rooster by learning all about caterpillars. Go figure!
Last fall, we got to sing at a lovely school in San Francisco called Valle de Niños, and our friends Ainsley, Dominic, Ada and Teacher Zoe gave us a private tour of their temporary pet caterpillars! We also learned some songs in Spanish, and our friends Aoife and Sajan wish us Happy New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese.
DNA, RNA! Tune in to The Ellen Show this Tuesday to see our pal Nate from The Show About Science! In honor of Nate's big news, we're re-broadcasting our interview with him about the Periodic Table of Elements from Letters! (Part II)
Andrew & Polly make a top five list of their favorite moves and wonder - what's it like to move your home to a new place? They ask Ruby, Lilana and Gavin about their experiences moving and talk about zip lines in Costa Rica with their director pal, Kat. Maria shares about her favorite movements - capoeira, sign language and political protests. Thanks also to Mista Cookie Jar (mistacookiejar.com)for dropping hot sriracha knowledge in our song, "Dancing Pants."
And that's it from us for a while... Ear Snacks is taking a break! We'll be back in the spring of 2017 with brand new episodes but until then, stay tuned for Extras, encores, listener questions & answers. Visit andrewandpolly.com for more information on how to be on the show, listen to archives and find out where you can catch us in person!
Andrew & Polly share a holiday message and finally print a retraction regarding patatas bravas.
Thanks to Betula for announcing the show! If you like the music you heard in this Ear Snacks Extra, you can find "A Mapmaker's Song" on our holiday EP - Other Days. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1NgAkuh
Andrew & Polly talk to their friends about moves! Andrew shows off his tap-dancing moves, Polly explains stereophonic sound, and Ramona, Bela, Colon John Wagner, Desmond, Hank, Willa & Charlie tell Andrew & Polly about things that move and how they do it. Plus, Bruce Perelman tells us about his amusement park rides and driving a big rig all around the country. Honk honk!
We give a special shout out to Winona & the Conner family for supporting Ear Snacks and a hello to Al, who is making his Ear Snacks debut in this episode! If you want to be on Ear Snacks or find out more, just visit http://andrewandpolly.com.
Stay tuned for Moves: Part II - we'll be talking to kids and grown-ups who have had to move to a new place and to our pal Maria, who does CAPOEIRA moves (!) and uses moves to communicate through American Sign Language.
Andrew & Polly receive letters from their friends and find out what they have to say about letters. Andrew's dad, John, talks about Post Office Bay in the Galapagos Islands. Plus, we write a letter to our listeners.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing: we are glad to know you. We feel lucky and thankful to know you. You are special. You’re special to us and everyone who knows you. We love to hear what you’re thinking about! Whether you’re thinking about where you are, what you’re eating for lunch, or something that's big and heavy on your mind… Your thoughts are an important part of what makes you special and we’re proud of you for thinking and sharing - and caring and growing and, most of all, just being Y - O - U.
Love from us,
Andrew & Polly