A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Astronauts, scientists, and engineers from NASA take listeners on an educational adventure discussing the Mars' rover, the forming of blackholes, how galaxies form, the Sun's impact on our seasons, and more. Episodes inform listeners about every aspect of space directly from the experts themselves, making this an educational podcast perfect for those interested in space and STEM. They'll also learn about what the journey of becoming an astronaut can look like.
Curiosity is a central theme to each episode, as the podcast encourages kids to explore what makes them curious and to stay curious about science and the world around them.
Positive Role Models
Each episode brings a new expert and positive role model for listeners to look up to, as real NASA scientists, astronauts, and engineers join the show to discuss their experiences, love for science, and share their knowledge with others. Host Padi Boyd also highlights the impact of education and curiosity through her excitement and passion for space and all STEM fields.
The scientists, astronauts, and engineers brought on come from all walks of life, providing positive, diverse role models for all children. The host, Padi Boyd is a woman astro-physicist. Jessica Watkins, the first Black woman to completed an International Space Station long-term mission, shares her experience as an astronaut and how she became one.
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Violence & Scariness
Younger children may find some discussions of space, such as blackholes, scary.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NASA's Curious Universe is an educational podcast that takes listeners on a tour of the most exciting parts of space and the people who get to explore it. NASA clearly created this podcast with kids in mind, but it's likely to be informative for the whole family as it touches on complex science topics in simple ways through NASA experts. Curiosity is a major theme throughout, as the show encourages listeners to dive deeper into their curiosity about space and what it takes to be and become an astronaut. Host and astrophysicist Padi Boyd gives great insight and has a soothing voice kids will love and the expert guests come from diverse backgrounds and share their unique experiences that help young listeners feel like they too can become an astronaut.
Is It Any Good?
An interesting, informative podcast exciting for all ages. NASA's Curious Universe brings the exciting possibilities of space exploration into bite-sized episodes perfect for family listening in any scenario. Experts brought on are passionate about their work and encourage curiosity in astronomy and STEM in a way that feels natural and conversational. Each episode examines a different aspect of NASA and space exploration as a whole, keeping topics fresh and fascinating.
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