Let’s have a look at podcasts that are great for the kids as we come to the end of the Easter holidays.
The National Trust Kids Podcast is a new offering, aimed towards those between 5 and 8 years old, features stories to help listeners appreciate more about the world around them. The first episode features Ranger Rae and the Wildlifers looking at the lives of beavers.
Meanwhile, Puffin Podcast: Mission Imagination has recently started a new series. Hosted by Babatunde Aléshé, the series delves into popular Puffin books. The first episode features Tamzin Merchant, the author of ‘The Hatmakers and the Mapmakers.’
Mysteries of Science, which is brought to you by the people behind The Week Junior, looks into whether King Arthur actually existed. Everything Under The Sun recently had a deep dive into what the C in Vitamin C means, whilst Fun Kids Science Weekly looked up to the night sky to explore the solar system.
CBeebies Radio Podcast has a new special adventure with Hey Duggee. Meanwhile the Story Quest podcast asks children to come up with titles for stories which it then writes. It also catches-up with the suggester to ask them what they thought of the story.
NOTABLE NAMES ON PODCASTS THIS WEEK
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- Jihyun Park, who escaped from North Korea’s brutal regime not once but twice, is on Extraordinary Lives this week.
- Author and screenwriter Kit De Waal is on Yours Sincerely with Jess Phillips
- Social media star JaackMaate is on The Tom Grennan Phone-In this week.
- Joe Lycett and Mark Ronson are on Changes with Annie Macmanus
- Baroness Doreen Lawrence is on Snowcast this week on the 30th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder.
Here are our podcast picks for the week ahead
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Year ‘98: The Making of the Good Friday Agreement – The finale of Derry Girls ended with a fascinating sequence looking at the peace process in Northern Ireland. If you’re interested in finding out more, and to mark 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement was signed, this new BBC Radio Ulster documentary series presented by Tara Mills and Declan Harvey looks at how the peace accord was achieved.
The documentary packs a punch, with four episodes only lasting twenty minutes each. The 67 page peace agreement is explored in detail, highlighting the bits that have lasted and never worked and the hurdles overcome. A lot of myths are explained too. Contrary to what you might think, the parties did not negotiate in person, and the agreement was not physically signed either.
“A lot of the commentary about the Good Friday Agreement is how significant it was globally,” says Mills. “A lot of different places have looked at it as a template.”
From Gay to Ze – A podcast looking into queer parenting in all of its forms. It is presented by Lotte Jeffs, a queer parent and Stu Oakley, who is a gay dad through adoption. Topics include being queer parents in the countryside, the future of fertility treatment and parenting crutches.
There’s a great assortment of guests too, from the writer and activist Munroe Bergdorf to the actor Ben Aldridge.
Iraq: Legacy of War – Twenty years on from the Iraq War, this new podcast by Intelligence Squared looks into the legacy of the US-led invasion. It is split into several sections: looking at the special relationship between the UK and the US, the failures of the invasion and the fallout of the invasion for the people of Iraq. There’s also a live episode where Tony Blair is put on ‘trial,’ where his three terms as Prime Minister is evaluated.
Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph – Our final podcast is the return of the hugely popular podcast exploring all aspects of pop culture, presented by Chanté Joseph. The discussions are carefully curated to reflect the big talking points of the week, with recent episodes exploring our obsession with dramas like Succession exploring the super rich nand whether TV dramas and comedies can ever adequately reflect neurodivergency.
Thank you as always for reading (and listening).