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Teaches important moments in American pop culture and some American music history. Addresses issues of acceptance and sexism in the music industry.
Stories inspire kids to think for themselves and embrace their imagination. Following your dreams and overcoming adversity to do what you love are major themes reflected in the stories of some of the biggest stars in music.
Positive Role Models
Artists can make a social and cultural impact on the world through their music. They stand by their values and ideas, despite the industry pulling them in different directions. One episode focuses on how Madonna fought hard to build her career by making her own choices and marching to the beat of her own drum. An episode about Bob Dylan highlights his journey going from looking up to folk protest musicians to becoming one himself and how his activism led to him becoming the first musician to win Nobel Peace Prize in Literature.
Episodes are all in Spanish, but mostly highlight Western culture and musicians. Features Black artists like Bob Marley, BB King, Aretha Franklin, and Nina Simone. Although the show is in Spanish, no Latino artists are featured.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ídolos is a Spanish-language series highlighting true stories behind some of the biggest artists in pop and rock music like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, John Lennon, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse. The show serves as a crash course for young listeners -- whether fluent in Spanish or advanced learners -- to learn about these recognizable artists and their impact on the music world. Themes center around perseverance, ambition and following your dreams. Though the show is all in Spanish, there are no mentions of Latino artists and it mostly focuses on American pop culture. Episodes sometimes make non-explicit mentions of these artists' wild rockstar lifestyles, but are still appropriate for kids to listen to on their own and fun for parents to listen in as well.
Is It Any Good?
Ídolos is a great way for younger listeners to learn about some of music's biggest stars and how and why their music stands the test of time. The show does a wonderful job getting us into the mind of these boundary-pushing artists, dramatizing their lives in a way that feels genuine. Instead of providing too much biographical detail, the episode's narrator narrows the scope of their personal lives into a few key points to keep the story engaging. As a bonus, each episode plays actual audio snippets of the artists' most recognizable songs as each story progresses.
Each gives insight into how each artist made a significant impact on popular culture. It's hard not to root for someone as iconic as Madonna, who longed for empowerment and the confidence to be herself while music executives tried to control her every move. John Lennon's story is also inspiring in how he actively pursued music starting at a very young age and excelled in the arts, but was also rebellious and defied authority. The way each story develops is inspiring and heartfelt without being overly sentimental. Success comes in many different shapes and forms, and the podcast stays true to each of their stories and simplifies them in a way that encourages listeners to dig deeper if they wish to do so.
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