A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Throughout each experiment, both human and animal participants share details about their occupations or species. Characters are fictional but give listeners opportunities to learn interesting details about various careers and animal life, including the strange shape of wombat poop and why moths flutter.
Episodes promote themes of interspecies connection, empathy, and teamwork. The premise of the show is that two unlikely pairs can learn from one another and become connected, reinforcing that differences are what make others interesting and unique.
Positive Role Models
Characters learn to listen to each other and be curious about their similarities and differences rather than jump to judgment or fear. They learn facts together and often share with one another to help the other learnThe adult main character prioritizes his own goals over other people's needs and consistently complains that his research has not been publicly recognized and received awards.
Professionals in a wide array of occupations are featured, from mother to video game designer, and animals from all around the world are characterized. Depictions tend to be stereotypical: a mother being nit-picky, a guitar repairman being groovy, and a midwife only eating sustainably raised meat.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nice to Meet You is an entertaining podcast about a scientists' bizarre experiment to bring humans of various occupations and creatures from around the world together to unite through empathy and understanding. The premise of the show is that two unlikely pairs can learn from one another and become connected, reinforcing that differences are what make others interesting and unique. Kids can pick up fun new facts about animals and insects as well as different career paths. The characters on the show are fictional and can sometimes be depicted stereotypically, however references to these stereotypes are mostly intended as an aspect of humor for adult listeners. Themes include curiosity, empathy, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
Full of wild characters and fun animal facts, this show encourages listeners to learn about the creatures and people around us and listen to what we may share in common. Nice to Meet You is short, witty, and sure to entertain. It will be especially interesting for kids who love animals and science. With animated voice actors and high-quality audio, the show imagines the characteristics of various creatures, bringing them to life with style while also peppering in factoids.
While chock-full of fun facts, this show educates more through entertainment than structured teaching. It's a fun and easy to listening experience for both kids and adults, but it does tend to rely on stereotypes to characterize the subjects. Sometimes this comes across humorously and well-natured, such as a mother and red panda discussing nitpicking their kids before the mother communicates with her son and sharing that this is a way to show her love. At other times the animal-human comparisons come off awkward and almost inappropriate, such as the implication that a moth being like a butterfly might be offensive and "insect-ist." Overall, this podcast is a fun show that promotes empathy, connection, and curiosity.
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