Parents' Guide to

The Children's Hour

By Molly Jackel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Radio variety show is educational, musical, inclusive.

Podcast Kids & Family KUNM Average run time: 60 minutes
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age 4+

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We love the work we do on The Children's Hour!

The Children's Hour is a public radio staple in New Mexico, being on the air on KUNM for over 20 years. Now it's a national program, and the podcasts reach thousands of ears every week. We love the work at The Children's Hour which gives kids an authentic voice in creating the media they consume. Plus the music is second to none. This is a family friendly podcast that will teach everyone listening something new.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This long-running variety show does a great job exposing kids to many sorts of topics and especially to a diverse array of music. The tone of The Children's Hour is friendly, curious, and educational. Host/creator Stone wants the show to fill educational gaps, and it does that well -- bringing in a lot of the arts through performance, diverse guests and topics, and representation (for local Indigenous people of New Mexico, the nearby Mexican culture, women performers, the neuro-diverse, and more).

The format is relaxed, partly because each episode is an hour long and also because it's a show that began -- and still airs -- on the radio, many years before podcasts gained popularity and became so slick. So it's got a nice old-fashioned radio show feel to it, with high quality sound because it's mostly done in studio and by audio professionals. It's a bit of an odd duck, though, because it's so music heavy (typically more than half of the content of each episode). Many folks choose to listen to either music or words. But for Prairie Home Companion lovers, this might be a perfect family-friendly option.

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