A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes dramatize events of record-breaking figures in history, sharing key lessons they learn in persistence, collaboration, and even in scientific findings. Although they give an overall understanding of what these important historical figures went through, the stories in the episodes aren't exact retellings of what each subject went through.
Themes are perseverance, curiosity, and teamwork as a means to success. The tales encourage listeners to reach for their dreams and fight for what they believe in. Listeners are empowered to reach their own goals and aspirations by immersing themselves in the relatable success stories of well-known figures from recent history.
Positive Role Models
Each subject is a role model, achieving great things despite massive roadblocks. One subject fears her older sister will make fun of her for pursuing her dreams, and throughout the episode, listeners find that the older sister instead becomes her mentor. Another subject is laughed at by adults who doubt her ability to successfully pursue her dream to study wild animals in Africa. Subjects accomplish their goals and learn valuable lessons despite naysayers. Negativity from others is shown as an obstacle to overcome.
Many episodes show how subjects defy and overcome gender and racial stereotypes. One episode puts the listener in the shoes of Ruth Bader Ginsberg pushing through sexism in the courtroom. Another helps the listener see through the eyes of Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Puerto Rican performer fighting to create representation in the theatre that breaks negative stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes of tension are brought to life with sound effects, including imagining being chased by a hungry leopard and one subject being bullied and stuffed inside a garbage can.
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Products & Purchases
Credits suggest listening to the show on "Alexa-enabled devices." Ads are largely focused on adults and activities and other media they can share with their kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Whose Amazing Life? is a podcast hosted by Virginia Madsen and Robbie Daymond that dramatizes the lives of impactful people from childhood to success. Episodes focus on a single subject, asking listeners to imagine themselves as that person, persevering through obstacles like bullying and gender and cultural stereotypes. The identities of these remarkable figures are revealed at the end of each episode and include the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda to Misty Copeland. Although struggles and tensions are recognized, the show focuses on how subjects rise above them and succeed with themes of perseverance through teamwork, courage, and hard work.
Is It Any Good?
With strong sound effects and talented hosts, this podcast animates the lives of remarkable people and gives listeners incredible opportunities to imagine accomplishing great things themselves. Whose Amazing Life? not only teaches kids about the important figures of our time, but it also empowers them to envision reaching for their own goals and aspirations. Hosts Virginia Madsen and Robbie Daymond, as well as several guest voice actors, give a lot of care to each of these subjects' stories and honor their challenges and successes in ways that kids can understand and sympathize with. The sound effects bring settings to life, from African jungles to the hallways of a New York magnet school. Each episode hints at the subjects' identities, and while listeners may catch on to the subject's identity early, episodes bring relationships and facets of the subjects' lives to new light.
The show gives kids and grown-ups the opportunity to learn about influential figures together. While the challenges some subjects face might seem very daunting, the show helps listeners imagine and believe in a world in which they too can break records, make an impact, and achieve their goals.
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