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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Nature is powerful, capable of both beauty and destruction. The natural world deserves to be respected. Everyone has their own trauma to overcome, regardless of how they may portray themselves externally. Some responsibilities can't be escaped. Growing up involves developing an understanding of the adults in your life and perhaps embracing the parts of them that live in you. Climate change is real and a major concern that requires immediate action.
Positive Role Models
The main character Chloe is initially portrayed as moody, rude and flippant to those around her. Other characters consistently call this behavior out as inappropriate and try to hold her accountable. Over the course of the story, we get a greater understanding of why she acts like this and keeps people at a distance. This arc provides context to people's behavior and how sometimes it's caused by their own trauma and fears. It doesn't use this as an excuse for negative behavior, but as a source of empathy and deeper understanding of why it's important to focus on always working to heal ourselves.
The main character is a 12-year-old girl and most of the principal characters are female. The story centers on Chloe's relationship with her grandmother, and the perspective shift from one generation to the next. It also explores the difference between being a "city girl" and connecting to nature.
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Violence & Scariness
Becoming Mother Nature opens with a storm sequence where a young boy encounters a tornado, though he emerges unharmed. Other sequences similarly depict the destructive power of nature. Chloe is verbally bullied at school and initially responds by pushing another girl. Characters respond aggressively and sometimes by lashing out when they experience emotional distress. They're almost always regretful when this happens. The mortality of an elderly character becomes key to the storyline, with talk of how much time she has left.
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A school bully calls another girl "weird" and persistently mocks her family's connection to the natural world and animals in particular. One character tells another that her mother sent her away because she doesn't want her around, in order to hurt her feelings.
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Products & Purchases
A short ad at the end of each episode promotes the ad-free version of the show on the Wondery+ app and Amazon Prime, which require a paid subscription.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Becoming Mother Nature is a podcast geared toward tweens that isn't afraid to confront the emotional turmoil of adolescence. Intergenerational connection, generational trauma and climate change are all major themes centered in the story. The main character, Chloe feels emotionally isolated and disconnected from her mother, and her mother and grandmother also have a resentful relationship. In addition, the story centers on the power of nature to inspire awe and terror in equal measure. The podcast highlights the need to protect and respect our environment. Courage, humility and self-control are all lessons learned by many characters within the story that shows the parallel of healing the Earth, ourselves and our relationships. Some discussion of natural disasters and bullying behavior may be disturbing to younger listeners.
Is It Any Good?
A combination of supernatural adventure and emotional tween drama, this podcast is a character-driven story about discovering who you are versus who the world wants you to be. Becoming Mother Nature might have more to say than some listeners are expecting, but considering its target audience of tweens, it delivers the right messages at just the right time. Chloe's journey is sure to be relatable to tween listeners and their parents, offering a great spark for post listening conversation. The compelling story emphasizes the beauty and might of nature itself in a way that will make a positive impact on impressionable listeners. In addition to its rich story and themes, Becoming Mother Nature features stellar voice performances and immaculate production across the board.
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