How We Explore
By Lakshmi Hutchinson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Inspirational journeys of diverse women in STEM.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Listeners will hear from explorers and scientists who talk about how they got into their respective fields. Hosts provide background on the careers and explain vocabulary like "freshwater spring" or what it means when an elephant charges. The guests and hosts give advice to young listeners about what steps to take if they're interested in a certain career.
Take initiative and persevere to reach your goals. Don't let people underestimate you (especially if you're a woman). Friends can be a support system. Let your curiosity inspire you to explore, even in your own backyard. If you see an opportunity to do what you love, take it, if not, create your own opportunity. Messages of resilience and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Listeners hear from women in science fields who've persevered despite challenges. We hear from a researcher whose male peers doubted she could handle the job at a conservation park in Mozambique. We learn about the many setbacks an Egyptian archaeologist faced getting to where she wanted in her career, but nevertheless she succeeded. All guests were curious about the world around them, and their stories are inspiring. Encouraging women to take up space in fields that have historically been dominated by men.
This podcast showcases National Geographic Explorers who are women. Women of different nationalities and ethnicities are represented. Guests include an Egyptian archaeologist and a Mozambican ecologist. One of the hosts, Munazza Alam, is South Asian and Muslim. Munazza has spoken out in interviews about her experience as a Muslim woman of color who wears a headscarf in the astronomy community. She's been honest about harassment she's faced, but also about wanting to create opportunity for women who look like her to feel empowered to enter into STEM career fields. The other host, Gabby Salazar, discusses growing up poor and figuring out how to follow her dreams.
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Products & Purchases
At the end of each episode listeners are encouraged to learn more about the scientist featured by purchasing the book "25 Women Explorers and Scientists Share Adventures, Inspiration, and Advice" written by one of the co-hosts.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How We Explore is an educational podcast from National Geographic that answers the questions "How do you become an explorer?" and "What does an explorer do?". The show specifically spotlights women in STEM who are National Geographic Explorers. From an Egyptian archeologist to a Mozambican ecologist, guests come from many diverse backgrounds and experience, including a linguistic anthropologist and a volcanologist. Listeners will learn how each of these women got to where they are today, and hear how they overcame challenges along the way. They share advice on persevering even when people tell you "no" and letting your curiosity and passion lead you. Kids, tweens and teens with a strong interest in science and exploration are likely to be inspired by this podcast, and adults are sure to learn something new as well.
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What’s It About?
In each episode of HOW WE EXPLORE, the hosts Gabby Salazar and Munazza Alam interview women from the National Geographic Explorer program in order to dive deeper into what they do and how they made it in their careers. We hear from a Mozambican ecologist studying elephants, whose colleagues doubted her strength and courage yet she proved them wrong. A conservation photographer (and cave diver) talks about how she went from studying snails in a lab to nature photography and communications. A common theme of many of the stories is that everyones path to reach their dreams and goals looks different. The stories help educate young listeners about scientific fields while also inspiring them to take initiative and persevere if they really want to do something. This is a great introduction into the different career paths for older elementary schoolers and middle schoolers, and is likely to be inspirational for tweens and teens. Adults will also find the interviews and insights information, which makes this a great show for co-listening.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast does a great job of introducing kids to science and exploration through interviews with people working in these fields. The hosts of How We Explore offer important context, definitions and insight, as they're also National Geographic Explorers like their guests. Don't expect a lot of bells and whistles — the episodes rely heavily on interviews and commentary and less on audio effects — but the friendly hosts do inject age-appropriate humor into the episodes.
How We Explore is perfect for curious listeners who want to learn more about hands-on science careers. There is a lot of good advice about how exploration can happen anywhere, even in your own backyard. And by providing diverse women in STEM as role models in fields like astronomy, archaeology and volcanology, this podcast can inspire others to not only reach for the stars, but past them.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how many of the explorers interviewed on How We Explore faced challenges along the way. Does hearing about how they didn't give up help you face your challenges? Do you always have to face challenges to reach your goals?
Who do you picture when you hear the words "explorer" or "scientist"? How do you think shows like this can help young women interested in science or other fields once dominated by men?
This podcast promotes curiosity and perseverance. Why are these important character strengths?
- Release date: June 9, 2022
- Genre: Science & STEM
- Average Run Time: 12 minutes
- Hosts: Munazza Alam, Gabby Salazar
- Publisher: National Geographic Kids
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: Activism, STEM, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Perseverance
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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