Wow in the World
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Wow in the World is a narrative podcast designed to stimulate children's interest in science, technology and the world around them. Through colorful characters, humorous situations, and -- of course -- lots of science, listeners discover new and interesting things about outer space, the animal kingdom, and even themselves. There's a sense of adventure about the show, which focuses making learning fun and engaging. The inclusion of audio messages from listeners sharing their own scientific observations encourages more interaction. There is some potty humor at times, but it's usually related to the episode's lesson. The fun relationship between quirky and determined Mindy and logical and cautious Guy mixed with surprising fun facts about the world make this podcast a great listen for both kids and adults.
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What’s It About?
WOW IN THE WORLD is a fun and engaging podcast that incorporates science education into exciting adventures lead by Mindy and Guy. Mindy is quirky and inquisitive while Guy is more hesitant, but both compliment each other and share a passion and curiosity for science and the world around them. Together, the pair and their friends often find themselves wrapped up in experiences that teach them about science, technology and how the world works . The clear, crisp production value along with Mindy's silly sound effects and playful music makes each episode a smooth listen for an audience of all ages. The show's focus on characters and story make it feel like a science podcast mixed within a sitcom. This distinctive approach will likely keep listeners more interested in the scientific topics covered. New episodes release every Monday. "Two Whats?! And a Wow!" mini-episodes are posted in between full episodes of the main show and create a game show format around listeners' own scientific observations. Other special episodes -- such as the "Camp WeWow Magic Week" and "Back to School WeWow" runs -- keep the listening experience fresh week to week. Kid listeners are encourage to join in the fun by submitting voicemails of their favorite scientific fun facts, which are featured on each episode.
Is It Any Good?
Finding a podcast that both adults and children can enjoy in equal measure is often a tall order. However, Wow in the World strikes just the right balance between educating listeners and being a ton of fun to listen to. In addition to its crisp audio, whimsical music, and top-notch voice talent, the show's silly characters -- including the fan-favorite pigeon Reggie -- and surprising, high-energy stories make it an easy podcast to recommend. In fact, these aspects set it apart from other, more straightforward science podcasts for kids.
Wow in the World feels more like a science-focused kid's sitcom. It emphasizes making the listening experience enjoyable and its scientific lessons are easy to digest. Children won't feel like they're learning until they're already invested in the characters' antics. The show's goal isn't to complete a lesson plan but to encourage kids' natural curiosity about the world around them. It certainly doesn't hurt that adults will likely find themselves chuckling and learning right alongside their little ones.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how each of the Wow in the World characters react to science. What is the value in having different perspectives on the same situation?
The show encourages taking a closer, more active look at the world around you. What are everyday things or occurrences you often wonder about? How can you learn more about these things?
Can you find some fun facts about science, technology and how the world works you'd like to share on the show?
- Release date: May 15, 2017
- Genre: Science & STEM
- Average Run Time: 20 minutes
- Website: https://tinkercast.com/shows/wow-in-the-world/
- Hosts: Guy Raz, Mindy Thomas
- Publishers: Tinkercast, Wondery
- Pricing structure: Free (Episodes are generally free but are available one week earlier and ad-free with a subscription of $4.99/month.)
- Topics: STEM, Adventures, Friendship, Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: June 17, 2022
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