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Episode 179: The best podcasts for kids, teens, and adults

We've gathered together, in one awesome episode, all of the best free podcasts for kids, teens, and parents! Whether your kids are into Harry Potter, history, game shows, story time, or so many other topics, this episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast has quality shows that will have the whole family learning new things and having fun at the same time. #podcasts #podcastsforkids

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We’ve gathered together, in one awesome episode, all of the best podcasts for kids, teens, and adults! Plus, some amazing headphones for listening to your podcasts, from our sponsor, AfterShokz.

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Are you looking for the best podcasts for your kids, or for yourself? Or maybe something that you can listen to together? We’ve gathered together a great selection of podcasts for all ages, including lots of podcasts for kids that you just might get hooked on yourself!

Plus, we’ve been trying out some innovative headphones from AfterShokz that use bone conduction technology, which allows you to hear your music or podcast without plugging up your ears! You can immerse yourself in sound while still being aware of your environment, whether walking, jogging, biking, or just hanging out in your house. And we’ve got a special discount just for our listeners: Use code PB50 to get $50 off of a Trekz Bundle!

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This Week’s Links

Intro (00:00:11)

Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz

Amy Oztan, Amy Ever After

Andrea Smith, technology guru extraordinaire

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AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones (00:01:16)

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The Best Podcasts for Kids, Teens, and Adults (00:10:27)

Podcasts for Kids:

Book Club for Kids

But Why?

KidNuz

Pants on Fire

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 – unabridged audiobook

Short and Curly

Story Pirates

Wow in the World

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Podcasts for Teens and Adults

The History Chicks

Serial

This American Life

Slate Political Gabfest

The Waves

The Daily, with Miachael Barbaro

Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher

Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway

Stay Tuned with Preet

(Death Penalty episode was February 28th, 2019, with Bryan Stevenson)

Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham

Still Processing: M.J. episode

Modern Love

The Bowery Boys

West Wing Weekly

Joshua Malina on Twitter

Slow Burn with Leon Neyfakh

You Must Remember This

Believed

Making Oprah/Making Obama

Services

Amazon Prime

Spotify Premium

Google Play Music

Bytes of the Week (00:35:25)

J.K. Rowling found out her books helped save this baby’s life. Her response was magic. by Jekkey Benham French – UpWorthy

Pocket Casts on iTunes

Pocket Casts for Android

Sonos Beam Soundbar

Good Trouble on Freeform

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We've gathered together, in one awesome episode, all of the best free podcasts for kids, teens, and parents! Whether your kids are into Harry Potter, history, game shows, story time, or so many other topics, this episode of the Parenting Bytes podcast has quality shows that will have the whole family learning new things and having fun at the same time. #podcasts #podcastsforkids


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Amy:
This episode is brought to you by AfterShokz.

Rebecca:
Hi welcome to Parenting Bytes. This is Rebecca Levey of KidzVuz. I'm here today with Amy Oztan of Amy Ever After.

Amy:
Hi.

Rebecca:
Hi Amy, and Andrea Smith, our technology guru extraordinaire. Hi.

Andrea:
Hello.

Rebecca:
Hi Andrea. Today on the show we are doing all things audio and we're really excited to have a new sponsor, AfterShokz, who makes these really cool headphones that use bone conduction technology. We'll get into what that is in a bit. But we are also going to stay on our audio kick and recommend the best podcast for kids and teens and also for parents. We get this question all the time which is what do you guys listen to which listen to the show long enough you know that especially Amy and I are like crazy podcast fans but also kids and there is an audio revolution going on for kids. I think spurred even more by the smart home devices like Alexa and Google home. So we're going to dive into that but we want to talk about these headphones first. So today we have a new sponsor, AfterShokz. Who makes these really cool bone conduction headphones which we're going to talk about because we actually tried them out we tried out the tricks air and the Trekz Titanium Mini. All three of us have been walking around with our bone conduction headphones on and I of course made everyone in my family also try them because what. You know it's just my opinion doesn't count obviously. But these are really cool. I don't know what you guys thought when you were trying them but I am a walker so I walk everywhere in the city and it was so different to be listening to podcasts or music while I was walking and hear what was around me at the same time.

Amy:
Yeah that's a thing like these these are really cool because they use bone conduction technology which basically there's nothing covering your ear there's nothing in your ear like an earbud it sits right in front of your ear so everything is going through your your bone structure in your cheeks. And I've actually been using AfterShokz headphones for a couple of years. I met with them at CES a couple of years ago so I was using an older version I was using the Trekz Titanium and in comparison the Trekz Air, they are so much lighter and so much sleeker. I love them. I've been living in them for the past couple of weeks

Andrea:
Isn't that the title. I mean that titanium frame is really light.

Amy:
Yeah.

Andrea:
It's it just you know sometimes I'll put headphones on and I feel like I can feel them. They're heavy on my head. I'm the kind of person that if I put my head in and my hair in a ponytail I get a headache or bobby pin in my hair. I get a headache. I've always been like that. And so I need very lightweight headphones and you know when you talk about the bone conduction it's the coolest thing because it's actually vibrations like the vibration of the sound is going through your cheekbones into your inner ear and it gets translated as sound and like the whole scientific part of it is awesome to me how it happens but as you said Rebecca walking around being able to hear both it's like you've got your own little mixer right there because you can listen to the street noise and know if a car is coming and also listen to your podcast and your music

Amy:
Yeah I listen. I use them when I jog or when I'm out for a walk because I used to take one earbud out so that I could hear what was going on around me. I don't want anybody sneaking up on me I don't want to miss hearing a car coming as I'm crossing the street. So these just make me feel a lot safer when I'm out because I can hear everything going on around me. And I also wear them inside the house too because if I'm like washing dishes or cooking I'm always listening to something. And this way I'm not tuning my family out. I can hear my podcast and I can hear what my kids are asking me.

Andrea:
Or maybe sometimes you want to tune your family out.

Amy:
Well that's that's a whole

Rebecca:
And

Amy:
Different podcast

Rebecca:
Then she puts the ear plugs in

Andrea:
Right.

Rebecca:
That come with them because you

Andrea:
I can't

Rebecca:
You do

Andrea:
Hear

Rebecca:
Have that

Andrea:
You

Rebecca:
Option right but you have that option if you're sort of on a plane or on a train where you they do come with these little foam earplugs. So if you want to also block out the noise around you you can do that. It's kind of nice because it makes it optional but it's funny my daughter tried them out in her gym class and she her high school is on a college campus so their gym is actually like this big giant college gym. And because she had ACL surgery she gets to workout in like the real gym like on the treadmill on the elliptical and everyone else has to go play dodgeball you know with the horrible gym. But she said what was great about it she could wear these and she could hear her gym teacher like she could hear what was going on in the gym. So first Well she don't look like she was tuning them out and rude and with her earbuds in. But also she kind of knew when class was ending she could get herself ready and get off and not look like she was you know higher and mightier than everyone else in her own little gym. But it was definitely a better system for her. And I think also not being tethered with the core the fact they were Bluetooth. My daughters are notorious classes. And so I think they're constantly like one of those you know shows where you're still you forget your tether to the cord and you pull away you know like what

Andrea:
I do that on the treadmill.

Rebecca:
Right. That's everything. So like she didn't have that worry which that's all I need is her like you know tearing her other ACL from doing that. But both my daughters I don't know about you Amy but my girls go through so many pairs of earbuds because they lose the

Amy:
Oh

Rebecca:
Little

Amy:
Yeah.

Rebecca:
Like plastic knobby thing. It makes me crazy. So that was the other thing

Amy:
Not only that but. But they they just stopped working because the cords. You know it just wears out inside. Yeah. My daughter's terrible about that.

Rebecca:
Yes. So I appreciate that and also that they don't get gross and gunna keep it like people's earwax like that's a girl. Oh it's just a disgusting things about earbuds that these don't do because they just are on the outside on your cheekbone like it's so it's such a different thing than having that little plastic knobby thing

Andrea:
That's true

Amy:
It's an excellent feature that I hadn't thought of. But I want one thing that I love them for is using with my bicycle like I can fit them underneath my helmet like like under the bottom of my helmet. And they're not illegal in New York City anyway it's illegal to bike with two earbuds in. So again I used to just have one earbuds in which was annoying but with these on I can listen to google maps directions I can listen to a podcast I can listen to music I can make phone calls while I'm biking and I can still hear everything that's going on. So especially if you exercise. These are just amazing

Andrea:
Right. And also for exercise or even for outside I mean sweat. Not a problem there. IP 55 certified which in geek speak means basically they can withstand sweat they can withstand extreme heat extreme cold so if you're biking outside on a really really cold day they're good for that and the battery life is about six hours which is not bad. You know it's really not bad for these kinds of headphones. A lot of people use these for talking on the phone so they also have noise canceling mikes so you can walk on the street have a conversation on the phone like most of the world does these days. But again still hear traffic and make sure that your conversation is heard as well because it kind of cancels out what's going on around you.

Rebecca:
Yeah. I like that

Amy:
And they sound good. Especially with with bass and stuff because like you're you're hearing it and feeling it. It's really cool

Andrea:
Yeah the feeling thing is really interest. It's the kind of thing you really have to try it. Feeling the audio is a very cool thing. And so there's two right there's the titanium. The tracks air and the tracks titanium Mini. So the mini I don't know Rebecca about your girls. I mean the only difference really is that the Mini has a shorter band for smaller heads

Rebecca:
I preferred the Mini actually for me. I guess I have a small head but I also prefer I prefer them. I found the other one was a little too big for me my husband loved them. But the Mini I think you kind of have to measure like you have to know what's comfortable for you. But to me they were like perfect the Minis were and my daughters use the minis too and it's not like I mean they're teenagers it's not like they're five. So I think their heads are fully grown. But that's a good point. We actually have a deal for our listeners if you would like to try these. They are very cool. It's an amazing thing if you live in a city or if you commute regularly and you really should be aware of your surroundings are parenting bites listeners can get fifty dollars off Trekz Air or Trekz Titanium Titanium Mini Bundles at WWW dot AfterShokz dot com which is A-F-T-E-R-S-H-O-K-Z dot com with code PB50. That's like Parenting Bytes 50. And again this is for a Bundle so it's not just the headset by itself. What comes in the bundle

Amy:
Oh it's cool like they're different Bundles to choose from it depends on how you're going to use them like there's some bundles that come with exercise accessories there's a bundle that comes with like a portable battery charger which you can use for your phone or for your headphones so you can just look at the bundles and see what accessories you would use. And you're basically getting those accessories for free

Rebecca:
Yeah. So again you can go 50 dollars off go to AfterShokz dot com and use code PB50. And if you get them let us know. Let us know how you like them let us know what you think and we hope you check them out. We thought they were really cool and we think you will too. We'll be right back with our segment on everything audio, podcast, music, what we love to listen to. For kids teens and adults.

Rebecca:
We are back with our second segment here on the best audio shows for kids teens and adults. We're actually just going to tell you what we listen to which is I think the question we get all the time. We really do get this question a lot on Facebook and in real life from people about great podcasts for kids. I think it's become a much bigger thing because of Alexa and Google home. I think people are listening to a lot more podcasts at home like or have their kids listening to a lot more podcasts. And I know that the car commute to school to after school activities for school has become a huge space for listening to audio books and podcasts together rather than your child's music which I highly recommend. I think I always thought that would be the worst part about being a parent in the suburbs was having to listening to Radio Disney all the time. I think I would have just lost my mind.

Andrea:
Speaking as someone who wrote for Radio Disney I agree 100 percent.

Rebecca:
So you know it's it's funny but there is a lot of really really great material out there for kids that parents will want to co listen with right. Like that is the goal is things that work on those two levels like the Muppets used to get appeals to the kids but the parents find things in it too that are fabulous. So I know Amy you have a list of kids podcasts

Amy:
Yeah. I've got some great kids podcasts and I can honestly say that each of these are ones that I would not mind listening to. I'm not going to say that I just listened to them myself as an adult but they're all really really good to listen to. So the first one is called Book Club for Kids and each episode is about 20 minutes. They cover a book and there's even a number a phone number on the website if you want to be on the show because they have actual listeners on each episode to talk about the book. And so the guest leads that discussion. Each episode has a celebrity reader to read parts of the book and then they do a short interview with the author so they pack a lot into that 20 that 20 minutes and that's it. Book Club for Kids dot org. The next one is I would say it's for teens called The History chicks and it's not specifically like made for teens. I just think that teens would get a lot out of it and it's profiles of women in history and these are long episodes. Each episode is like hour and a half ish and the one that I listen to about Anne Frank came in at well over two hours but that allows them to go really in-depth and just amazingly produced the next one is called. But why. And this one is definitely geared towards younger kids. But I learned a lot from it.

Rebecca:
I heard but why on my list to

Amy:
Oh no. We totally didn't consult each other right. You can talk about that one then.

Rebecca:
No no go ahead. Go

Amy:
Well

Rebecca:
Ahead

Amy:
It's it's just if if you scroll through the titles and you like you'll see how many questions they're talking about that as an adult you have no idea what the answer is.

Rebecca:
Right. You don't have to be the one to answer your kids questions anymore

Amy:
Right and you

Rebecca:
Or

Amy:
Can

Rebecca:
Google

Amy:
Learn something. Yeah. So that's from Vermont Public Radio and it's it's a really really great

Rebecca:
One

Amy:
Podcast

Rebecca:
Of the things I love to is that they crowdsource from kids so they kids can submit questions using the voice memo feature on your phone like you can record your kid asking the question and submit it right from your phone.

Amy:
Oh that's great. The next one is called Kid news and it's news and yousee and these are just little 5 minute episodes that are produced daily. And like you listen to that in the morning and you've got a really good it's kind of like that one that the New York Times does for adults. You've just got a really good little capsule of important things happening in the news and stuff that you can talk about with your friends and you can sound smart like you know what's going on. And there's a quiz at the end to make sure that you're paying attention. But they're fun like the the episode that I listened to when I was doing this research. It had a piece about the girl who wrote to Steph Curry about shoes not being the student girl sizes. It had a little thing about the the first all film female spacewalk. It had a piece about the Queen of England getting on Instagram. They talked about the new Star Wars land they cover like newsy stuff that's going to be interesting for kids. The next one is called pants on fire.

Rebecca:
This isn't

Amy:
It is so much fun. It's. Each episode has a kid contestant that asks two adults questions about the topic that they're supposed to be experts in but only one of them is actually an expert. So they're trying to figure out like which one is the liar in which one is actually the climatologist or whatever. And it's it's fantastic. And this lake for elementary school age I think because that's that's like the age of the contestants. So I think that's

Rebecca:
Right.

Amy:
A good age. Listen this next one is not one that I would listen to because don't hate me but I only read the first Harry Potter book. I know

Rebecca:
Hey

Amy:
I know

Andrea:
That's

Amy:
I should.

Andrea:
Blasphemy

Amy:
I know I should. Especially with this podcast you'll see why I read the first one. I liked it. I started the second one never finished it. I should probably try them again now. But this podcast is called Harry Potter and the sacred text and it basically treats the Harry Potter books like they are sacred texts. And each episode takes a chapter and uses it to discuss an overall theme. Sometimes they integrate it with real life events. They take questions at the end. One big warning is that for somebody like me who hasn't read the books the show does have spoilers because you know they're discussing

Rebecca:
All right.

Amy:
The books.

Rebecca:
Well they have to talk about

Amy:
Yeah

Rebecca:
The book.

Amy:
Exactly like they. They don't keep anything. You know they they talk about everything but if you're a kid or you are really into Harry Potter is it's just an amazing idea. So I thought that was really cool.

Rebecca:
I have to say in conjunction with that if you haven't listened to the audio book series like the actual Harry Potter books on audio book you are missing out.

Amy:
Maybe that's what I should do.

Rebecca:
Yes.

Andrea:
That that's actually how I read all the Harry Potter books. I think I read the first one and then I loved it so much. I got all the books on audio I would just get him from the library and convert them and put them on my phone and listen in the car on my way to work. And it was such a wonderful way to listen because you kind of hear the characters come alive. And Amy you should probably try it that way you might

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Andrea:
Really enjoy it.

Rebecca:
And it's Jim Dale who.

Amy:
Oh I love him.

Rebecca:
Yes. So for those of you who don't know Broadway. But he's a legendary he's it's just unbelievable that's how we started reading the books as well. I read them before I had children so my husband I had a trip to Vermont and we put on the first Harry Potter and we got to our hotel and we kept driving like we can't stop. And then we went to borders because this is how long ago was and bought the second book for their drive home like it was so good

Amy:
Ok. I definitely need to try again.

Rebecca:
Yes

Amy:
And my very last kids one is called short and curly which

Rebecca:
Boy

Amy:
I think

Rebecca:
That's a terrible

Amy:
Yep

Rebecca:
Name.

Amy:
It's it's an unfortunate name for a great podcast. I think maybe it's because it's Australian. Maybe the term means something different there. I don't know. But it's an ethics podcast for kids and it's just fascinating. Each episode tackles a moral dilemma and each episode has the two hosts who are a lot of fun and a professional ethicist and they have kids weigh in on whatever the dilemma is and you get to listen to Australian accents. So.

Rebecca:
This is what you do.

Amy:
Except for the name a total win

Rebecca:
That's awesome. I love that idea. Kids need ethics more than ever now. So go for it. I love so I had some personal favorite one is story pirates and I'm very biased because they're a new york based troupe who we've seen a mill you know for is when my kids were little and now they're my girls are all grown up. But story pirates is not. So basically what they do is kids suggest original stories and this bunch of actors and sort of their comedians whatever they act out the story. It's hilarious because it's totally participatory. You know when you see them live. But on the podcast they've sort of completely captured that that spirit. And I just love the idea that the kids come up with the story and the adults have to figure out what on earth they're going to do with it. So it's really fun. The other one is I think actually the most popular children's podcast. I think it's number one and it's been number one since it launched which is wow in the world. If your kids are radio Disney fans Mindy Thomas she's the host and so every kid knows Mindy from Radio Disney and then she's with Guy Raz who's an actual journalist but they kick off with real news stories and then they start to you know and sometimes facts but a lot of times are handling news stories and running down almost like NPR style of like the day's news or a big question and they put it in a way. Kids can understand but it's not terrible for parents to listen to it's not so dumbed down. So I'm a big fan of that. And then my last one is a series which we may have talked about before but the unexplainable disappearance of Mars Patel which is I will say a friend of mine's husband.

Rebecca:
He's an actual real writer. This is a scripted drama series. It's there it's an adventure story basically and it centers around Mars Patel and his friends who are on a quest to find their missing friends. So it is like a Nancy Drew ish mystery. It has a very concrete season but it has great cliffhangers at the end of each section it's the kind of thing like your kids will be excited to get back in the car a coat where they're going next. Or as a treat. You know every night they can listen to an episode after they brush their teeth or take their bath or did their homework whatever you need them to do. But it's kind of fun I think to have a real serialized podcast like that that kids can listen to and obviously you can listen to these things on Alexa or Google home. So it doesn't just have to be in your car and then that's what I've got for kids for teens. I think teens can be listening to mostly everything adults listen to so there are teens that love cereal. This American Life you know if you've got kids they're super into politics certainly the Slate Political Gabfest is a great one. If you've got budding feminists in your home what used to be called the Double X podcast is now called the waves which I can't stand that name but that's what it's called. There's no reason for your teenagers to listen to like quote unquote kid podcasts.

Amy:
For teens definitely

Rebecca:
You know they can do the Daily Show podcasts like there's just great there's just great podcasts out there

Amy:
That's actually a nice feature of a lot of TV shows that you know especially ones that are that are topical. They just turn the show into a podcast and it's a great way to get it if you don't have time to watch all that TV.

Rebecca:
Right. Like Rachel Maddow how's her. I mean there's a ton of great you know Marc Maron WEF podcast. If your kid's really into interviews like you can. What I like about podcasts is you can dig down into that library and just listen to the people you want to listen to being interviewed. You don't have to listen every day to see you know to every podcast that you subscribe

Andrea:
That's what's so

Rebecca:
To

Andrea:
Great. You look you look at different episodes and you say this interests me this doesn't interest me so

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Andrea:
You don't have to listen every day or you can. Sometimes when I go to the gym and I'm listening to a you know an all Talk podcast I put it on double speed.

Rebecca:
Yes.

Andrea:
So it just like I can still understand it but it's a little bit faster and I get through you know I can get through it. Although sometimes if there's more left then I'll stay on the treadmill. So in one sense it works against me I would say. I do like putting it on double speed

Amy:
I can't do it.

Rebecca:
I do time and a half for certain people like the daily podcast of the New York Times because he speaks really slowly.

Andrea:
Yeah. That was my first one the daily one that was on my list

Amy:
I can't even do it. Unlike one point too there's something

Andrea:
Really

Amy:
In my brain where I'm like I don't know. I think I I savor the pauses. I even tried the podcast program that I use which is actually going to be my bite. It actually has a setting where you can just take out the pauses and I even turn that off because I kind of savor the way people naturally talk.

Rebecca:
Oh that's nice of you.

Andrea:
I save her time.

Rebecca:
Andrea what are some podcasts you listened to that you'd recommend

Andrea:
Well the deal. So I mostly I listen to news I can say I don't listen to a lot of kid podcasts so I do news and tech shows so I listen to Kara Swisher. She had recode for a while and now she has a new one that I really love and she really talks to Silicon Valley people and digs deep into tech. I listen to the Daily of course from the New York Times and I really really like stay tuned with Preet

Amy:
I love him

Andrea:
The former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara I think is how you say it talks about you know justice but he also really breaks down like my favorite one of his was the week after the cabinet hearings he's delved into the opioid crisis he's done. You know American Civil Liberties Union just really really good things Mom. Moms demanding action for gun control

Amy:
He just had one eye camera with the guest name but it was the best interview hands down that I've ever heard about the death penalty. It was

Andrea:
Oh

Amy:
So good

Andrea:
Huh. I haven't heard that one yet. So that's that's one of the ones I will listen to at the gym. Mm hmm. Also from the New York Times there's something called still processing so many years ago one of their who I think one of their top writers Jenna Wortham she was a tech writer and I used to go to tech events and shows with her. She's kind of moved on to pop culture now which is something that I have to say I might be lacking in a little bit since I don't have teenagers and I'm not working in a newsroom anymore. So she and another writer Wesley Morris host still processing and it's kind of like you know what's going on in pop culture what's going on in race in America what's happening in history and social conversation. So I do enjoy that a lot.

Rebecca:
They did that right. They think it was them they listened to last week. They did an exceptional podcast about Michael Jackson.

Amy:
Huh.

Rebecca:
I think that was them. But I'm

Andrea:
That

Rebecca:
Pretty

Andrea:
Might

Rebecca:
Sure

Andrea:
Have been

Rebecca:
We're still

Andrea:
Them.

Rebecca:
Processing.

Andrea:
Yeah

Rebecca:
I think it was

Andrea:
That

Rebecca:
Them

Andrea:
Might

Rebecca:
But

Andrea:
Have been

Rebecca:
Coming

Andrea:
Them

Rebecca:
To terms with sort of loving him and having him be such a pivotal part of your childhood and then a hundred percent believing that these two men that have come forward and finding Neverland and just trying to reconcile what that is like just how

Andrea:
Right.

Rebecca:
How

Andrea:
Well kind

Rebecca:
You

Andrea:
Of

Rebecca:
Reconcile

Andrea:
Like Bill Cosby.

Rebecca:
That.

Andrea:
You know it's

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Andrea:
The whole Bill Cosby thing loved

Rebecca:
This was

Andrea:
Him

Rebecca:
Worse.

Andrea:
Part of my childhood. Yeah

Rebecca:
This was

Andrea:
It's

Rebecca:
Where

Andrea:
Michael

Rebecca:
I think.

Andrea:
Jackson

Rebecca:
And then not just that but everyone kind of knew even like the public. You don't I mean like everyone looked the other way.

Andrea:
Probably even the parents who let their kids stay their

Rebecca:
We'll know for sure. Did you watch it.

Andrea:
Yeah

Rebecca:
Oh oh I mean it's I it's heartbreaking. But yeah. So anyway I think they do an exceptional job of breaking down I agree with you sort of pop culture and the intersection with society and race and everything.

Andrea:
Yep. Yeah. And then there's one more that I've started. Well two one also modern love. If you read the Modern Love column in The New York Times. They have actors and actresses reading some of them

Amy:
Huh.

Andrea:
And turn it into a podcast. And so sometimes just hearing an article read to you in this lovely female British accent just makes it so much more magical. You know because

Rebecca:
Uh

Andrea:
It's really about the audio. Right. It's the podcast. So I like listening to things that way. I also listen to a lot of my tech tech podcast that way because again and being able to hear something as a radio producer and writer is very different for me than sitting down and reading it. I know my attention span is just not there anymore. But if someone is reading to me I love it so much more

Rebecca:
I agree. I agree with all your choices. What do you got Amy

Amy:
I've got I listened to so many grown up ones. I'm just going to mention a few. But first of all one that Rebecca hooked me on early in this podcast because it was her bite like first season or something. The Bowery Boys they are so good each each week they take a different New York City based topic and you don't have to live in New York to find it interesting. It's just great history and they're really good storytellers and it's you know it's scripted and it's well researched and well produced. The West Wing weekly they're kind of wrapping it up there like midway through Season 6 and

Rebecca:
Oh my God finally

Amy:
I know West Wing only had seven seasons so not much longer. And I think when it's done I'm just going to have to go back and listen to the whole thing again because I'll be so sad. But you know

Rebecca:
Oh

Amy:
They just they pick apart every episode they have great guests and they're not afraid of criticizing Aaron Sorkin when he needed criticizing and I just I love them so much and they're funny and they're smart and they make fun of your grammar on Twitter if you tweet them with bad grammar or at least Josh Molina does both seasons of slow burn. We're so amazing

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Amy:
The first season dealt with Watergate the second season dealt with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky and they I knew I didn't know anything about Watergate. I knew that that was all going to be regulatory. And it was so interesting I thought I knew everything about the Lewinsky scandal and I so did not. So that's a really good listen. And then last is you might remember. You must remember this which you guys listen to that

Rebecca:
I can't listen to her. I I love the topic so much and I can't listen

Amy:
That

Rebecca:
To

Amy:
Was

Rebecca:
Her

Amy:
Actually going to be my caveat her pronunciations are so bad and she her diction is so

Rebecca:
I

Amy:
Weird

Rebecca:
Can't I can't do it.

Amy:
But the stories are so good

Rebecca:
I

Amy:
And

Rebecca:
Know

Amy:
The research is so good that I I grit my teeth and listen and I feel bad criticizing the way she talks. But like I've heard her talk in interviews and this is definitely something that you just puts on for the podcast. So I don't understand why she does it. I don't understand why she talks that way when it's not her natural voice those are natural voice that I might you know. OK well it's her voice but it's not.

Rebecca:
I can't do it. I just can't. It makes me crazy.

Amy:
But the stories are great she's got all these great

Rebecca:
You know

Amy:
Really well researched stories about old Hollywood and they're fascinating and you know that the series that she did about the Manson murders. Oh my God it was riveting. But yeah so

Rebecca:
That's

Amy:
That

Rebecca:
The caviar

Amy:
That's the caveat with that one. But such good stories. So I do listen to everyone.

Rebecca:
Yeah. I mean I think I mostly listen to what you guys are talking about. I had a couple I like I have like my weekly things I subscribe to and I. I kind of look at them every week and decide whether or not the topics interest me. I used to just listen to it regardless and I've gotten much pickier with my time. But I've come to really like short podcast series that are like kind of episodic like TV shows. And I think was on my bike one week but believed no if we talked about that but it's all about Larry Nasser and

Amy:
Now

Rebecca:
The

Amy:
I don't think so

Rebecca:
Gymnast it is phenomenal it's two investigative reporters in Michigan. I think one of them is one who broke the story and it's how he got away with what he got away with for so long both with from the parents point of view like what happened with parents. But it's again I thought I knew what happened but the real story of how he was really busted is unbelievable. And then how Michigan State tried to cover it and what they knew. It's you walk out of there and you're like that whole university should be like disbarred from the NCAA forever. But it is phenomenal and I think I think a must listen for parents period and maybe end for girls in general maybe boys too. But like the whole idea of how we were just talking about Michael Jackson how pedophiles get away with what they get away with it is phenomenal and how the justice system fails them and everyone else fails them. That was phenomenal. I think I've mentioned being Obama and being Oprah before. Those are two series and actually if you do like being Oprah it then became being Obama like it was in the same feed. They're both I'd remember how many episodes on maybe seven also phenomenal like it's not Oprah's life story like I know Oprah story. It's not that it's the making of the show

Amy:
Who

Rebecca:
And how the show became what it was. It is spectacularly amazing

Andrea:
Now that would be interesting. That's different

Rebecca:
Yes. It's totally different. It's the making of the Oprah show.

Amy:
I'm literally

Rebecca:
Really

Amy:
Adding all of these to my podcast app as you're telling them.

Rebecca:
It is so good. And then the same host reporter who is phenomenal. Did being Obama. And again you think you know about Obama. It's not about Obama President it's how Obama rose to become who he was in Chicago. So it is the very beginning. Barack Obama. So it has all of this knowledge and detail and background on Chicago politics. It is so phenomenal.

Amy:
Okay. I'm not finding that one is it by any chance making Obama

Rebecca:
Oh making

Amy:
Ok.

Rebecca:
Obama that's it it is making Obama so those to the making Oprah making Obama are 100 percent like you gotta listen to them and they're short and they're just full of all this other knowledge. So those are my those are my additions to what you guys said. That's it for me I have started listening to a lot more music and a lot less. So I recommend Spotify Premium. My other thing. And I actually really do for your family although we all find the family playlists that Spotify generates hilarious when it tries to combine our music it's the funniest thing ever. But I do love Spotify and I'll end up listening to a lot of podcasts through Spotify and on my echo all the time.

Andrea:
It's funny you say that because so I pay for Netflix and I pay for you know Amazon Prime and all that stuff and my son for over the holidays. He pays for Spotify. He's been having his own Spotify account since forever and keeps telling me how stupid I am that I don't have Spotify. So over the holidays he actually upped his plan to a family plan and included me on his family

Rebecca:
That's awesome.

Andrea:
Plan.

Rebecca:
Well you

Andrea:
It's

Rebecca:
Should

Andrea:
Not

Rebecca:
Use

Andrea:
Nice.

Rebecca:
It because it's amazing

Andrea:
I do

Rebecca:
And you can download it. So what's nice about Spotify Premium is you can download the music to listen to offline

Andrea:
Yeah.

Amy:
We do we have the family plan of Google play music and it's the same thing you can download it all

Rebecca:
It's great.

Andrea:
Yeah I can take it in a car with me it's great.

Amy:
And just

Rebecca:
That's

Amy:
For

Rebecca:
Awesome

Amy:
Anybody who's looking for the making Oprah. It's not a separate feed. Like you said it's like it's still it's just the beginning of the making Obama feed

Rebecca:
Yeah. It's sort of like cereal like if you want to listen to seasons like it's all in one feed. So yeah making Oprah and making Obama

Amy:
I'm

Rebecca:
There

Amy:
Excited

Rebecca:
Just just oh it's so good. I want to read listen to it. So that's it. That's all of our. Oh my God was a lot of recommendations ladies. I don't know for good links to everything we mentioned.

Amy:
I'll

Rebecca:
Amy

Amy:
Put

Rebecca:
That's

Amy:
Links

Rebecca:
Up to you.

Amy:
To everything we might we want to make it easier

Rebecca:
I

Amy:
Easy for our listeners.

Rebecca:
Know

Amy:
But you can also just you know look for them in your in your podcast app.

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Amy:
You don't need to go

Rebecca:
And

Amy:
To their

Rebecca:
If

Amy:
Websites.

Rebecca:
If you have a favorite podcast like let us know let us know what we should be listening to because I'm always looking for something new I really have sort of like worn out on a lot of the things that I listen to a lot. So I've been getting a little tired of the same people and the same opinions. So let us know and we will be right back with our bites of the week which I can't believe I can recommend more things. But we are. We'll be right back. We are back with our bites of the week. Amy what you got

Amy:
I have to. They're both related to the main topic. The first one is just this really really charming article not even charming. I was solving by the end.

Rebecca:
No

Amy:
It's about this premature baby that was not expected to live and the debt turning up thinking about it. The dad started reading the Harry Potter books to the baby and every time he would stop the heart rate would would start going crazy and the breathing would be bad and the nurses would be like No Keep reading keep reading and it's just an amazing story about how the Harry Potter books books got these parents through this time with their with their really sick baby. And then J.K. Rowling found out about it and I'll just leave that to the article

Rebecca:
Now. She's

Amy:
About.

Rebecca:
Amazing

Amy:
Yeah. So it's it's so it's just such a sweet story.

Rebecca:
No

Amy:
My other one is about my favorite podcast app because I think that so many people just use whatever podcast app comes with their phone which is such a mistake because if you listen to a lot of podcasts you want the features that come with a really good podcast app and I use Pocket Casts and I think it cost me four dollars. However many years ago I bought it best four dollars ever. Aside from having great features that we touched on before like being able to speed up and slow down podcasts and cut out pauses and all that sort of thing. The great thing about Pocket Casts is how it arranges your feed because I don't like to like pick and choose. Like I just want everything to keep going. So like if I'm in the shower or I'm biking or I'm driving I just want the next podcast Come on. And what you can do is you can prioritize each podcast so if it's something like like Stay tuned with Preet or a political gabfest that's topical that that's kind of now that's prioritized first and then if it's something like The Bowery Boys that I definitely want to listen to but it doesn't have to be like today that goes farther down in the feed which is my absolute favorite thing about Pocket Casts.

Rebecca:
No

Amy:
So

Rebecca:
It's cool.

Amy:
Yeah check

Rebecca:
I love

Amy:
It out

Rebecca:
That.

Amy:
It's fantastic.

Rebecca:
All right. ANDREA

Andrea:
I will have to try that. So I always thought that I didn't need a sound bar because I have these awesome Sono speakers in the house where I listen to music and then I have my TV in the living room and it's not very big but I've noticed as I'm not even going to blame my age that I need help but I do have you know a TV where the speakers are in the back and so the sound bounces off the back and I I can't hear the dialogue and I've wound up putting on a lot of closed captioning for four shows especially shows with accents. So I have finally gotten this so nose beam sound bar and it has seriously changed everything. It's you know so small not so small but it's not huge like you know sound bars. I was worried that it wouldn't fit on my mantle. Let's

Rebecca:
Yeah.

Andrea:
Put it that way. It's comes in white so it blends right in and it's a smart sound bar. So

Amy:
Oh

Andrea:
First of all

Amy:
Wait.

Andrea:
It it's white. It comes in. That was a key thing for me. It's white. It will work of course with my Sonos in my kitchen. My son is in my bedroom all the ones I already have. So when I'm using my music app or Soto's app I can designate which speakers I want the audio to come out of. But it's also got Amazon built in so I can ask Miss ay to turn on my TV.

Rebecca:
And Susan

Andrea:
It automatically paired with my remote. The dialogue is so much clearer that I actually can understand the TV. It's louder and it's clearer. It looks great and I don't even know how many good things I can say about it. It works. You know obviously with everything with your Amazon and the only thing that threw me. And I'm curious if you guys knew this. I know obviously HDMI ports. I did not know if my TV had an arc port HRC

Rebecca:
Oh

Andrea:
Which

Rebecca:
I've

Andrea:
Is

Rebecca:
No idea.

Andrea:
How you connect the music. You basically take an HDMI cable and put it in that port new TV and then put it into the smart sound bar but it turns out that there is one port on most TV's that's both arc and HDMI and arc is where the high resolution audio comes out of. So that's something I learned and it was easy as anything to set up all I had to do is google out to see if my TV had it and it's three ninety nine which I think for a sound bar is not a bad price at all.

Amy:
Nice

Rebecca:
That's really

Andrea:
Yeah

Rebecca:
Nice. Yeah that's great. We do have the same problem. So I'm glad to know it's actually just my TV speakers and not me.

Andrea:
It's not your ears. It is your speakers. And the other thing is with sonar is when I set up a speaker they do this. I think it's called tune to play. And so I actually had to walk around my living room with my phone waving my hand you know so it could sense the perimeter of the living room so it knew kind of where to send the proper sound to.

Amy:
It's been

Andrea:
Yeah. Yeah it was it was really good. It's designed well it works well and I'm happy with it. And I

Rebecca:
Cool.

Andrea:
Can hear my show's

Rebecca:
That's awesome.

Amy:
I have like a 20 year old receiver where I have to like actually measure the distance it

Rebecca:
Oh

Amy:
All

Rebecca:
My

Amy:
Up

Rebecca:
God.

Amy:
In the big I can't just walk around with an app and wave I need to upgrade

Rebecca:
Time to upgrade

Amy:
Yeah

Rebecca:
Amy's least favorite thing on my bike. This week is a TV show that I have been watching with my daughters that we love so much. And I said something today. I think there might only be two left and we cried. It's called good trouble. It is a spinoff of the Fosters which was an ABC Family show which ABC Family became Freeform. The Fosters is also great it's on it's probably on Netflix. I think it's on Netflix on Hulu or Netflix and you can go back and watch all however many seasons there was the Fosters was about a lesbian couple whose last name was the Fosters. But of course they also had a slew of foster children because hello. That's how freeform shows work so they foster children were for a family show. It was just every character was like incredibly well done incredibly well drawn but they got just nothing but trouble. All these kids like every week my daughter's like don't they ever learn anything. But but they were all really fabulous and the show was great. So when the Fosters were off the air and was sad but they took two of the main characters the two sisters and they have a spin off of them post college. So the Fosters ended they're basically graduating from high school and then they had a little like wrap up episode where you saw them a few years later this show good trouble takes. Actually it's past college past law school. So one of them graduated from M.I.T.

Rebecca:
one of these graduate from law school. She's clerking for a judge and the other one is at a startup and they live in L.A. and they live in like like a we work but for living like a communal living space I mean it's so millennial that you could almost pass out but it is so good. It's such a good show. It's a fabulous show to watch with your teenagers. It is just probably your teenage girls will appreciate it more than teenage boys. But you never know. It's just so so good and highly recommended. And again the characters are so oh well done and they touch on you know black lives matter and of course unlike you know fluid sexuality because it's a millennial show but body positivity like it just does all that in a very very non preachy way. Again like they are constantly getting into trouble or constantly sort of halfway disaster. No one's perfect but it's so good. And I highly highly recommend it. It's like a very evolved Melrose Place for a new generation but not so soapy actually dealing with much harder issues. But I love it. My daughters love it. We look forward to it every week it's like our highlight. We we tape it and we watch it on the weekend we get like our treat. So highly recommend good trouble on Freeform or the freeform app. Your children might already be watching it on their computers and you don't even know

Amy:
I was going to say like I whenever you recommend something that you watch with your daughters I always say oh I'm gonna tell my daughter about that and then every time I do she's already watched the entire thing

Rebecca:
It's so good. It's so good. So watch it without her. I would say it's my new like folding laundry show I always have a show that I watch while folding laundry but it's too good for that. You actually want to watch it. It's not just background so that's it for this week. We will have links to every we talked about on this episode. Be sure to check out AfterShokz dot com and put in code PB50 for fifty dollars off a Trekz Bundle. Let us know what you think. We really enjoy them we'd love to hear what people think of these Trekz headphones. It's it's a totally different really cool experience. We have information on Parenting Bytes dot com and Facebook dot com slash Parenting Bytes. Please continue to rate review share and let us know what you think of the show on our Facebook page. Until next week happy parenting

Amy:
By.

Andrea:
Have

Rebecca:
By.

Andrea:
A good week.

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