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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Shows are accessible, age appropriate and interesting introductions to topics that listeners can choose by reviewing the episode titles. It answers many of the everyday questions kids have like "why do you get car sick?", "where are memories stored" and "how was tennis invented?".
The show teaches curiosity and openness to new things. It encourages learning and reminds kids that learning can be fun and engaging. d
Positive Role Models
The characters in the show are not really developed enough to offer either good or bad messages. Some playful conflict between the narrator and Doctor Schadenfreude adds interest but doesn't leave a lasting impression. Characters lead with curiosity.
Topics covered include some culturally specific information -- "why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo", "did the ancient Aztecs, Incas and Mayans invent salsa?", "is it impolite not to sip Ramen?". The show uses guest characters from the specific cultural groups as experts to explain the topic. These types of episodes make up a small percentage of all episodes of the podcast.
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Some potty humor, but not much.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Who Smarted is an engaging, informative and all around fun podcast that's sure to make learning fun for kids. Episodes are fast-paced and silly in tone, but the content is tame, with the exception of mild potty humor. Parents can select episodes based on their child's interests and will find the 15-minute length to be a perfect screen-free filler for those in-between moments when kids need a distraction. The pacing may be too quick or complex for some younger listeners to catch everything, but there's enough going on that kids will find something to latch on to. Multiple choice questions sprinkled throughout the episodes offer kids a chance to be active participants and parents might just find themselves learning something new right along with them.
Is It Any Good?
From the team who created the beloved show Brainchild on Netflix, this podcast is both fun and enlightening. Who Smarted? brings the sensibilities of fast-paced educational shows like Bill Nye the Science Guy into an audio format. Lots of sound effects, silly voices, and a steady stream of jokes will keep kids engaged even as they are barraged with tons of information and fun facts. The show takes the more is more approach, and while some of the content will likely fly over younger listeners' heads, older kids and grown-ups will find themselves thoroughly entertained and learning things they never knew. This show is co-listening at its best. Topics covered are wide-ranging and it's a great listen for kids who are more reluctant when it comes to academics.
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