WBUR Presents First Ever Children’s Podcast Festival

WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, presents the first-ever children’s podcast festival April 28-29, 2018 at Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate features some of today’s most popular “kidcasts” including WBUR’s Circle Round, Gimlet’s Story Pirates, WHYY’s Eleanor Amplified, Minnesota Public Radio’s Brains On!, Vermont Public Radio’s But Why and National Public Radio’s Wow in the World.

To kick off screen-free week, The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdatewill feature live performances with actors, musicians and podcast producers that delve into a wide array of topics such as the science of where dreams come from or why animals hibernate, the excitement of the International Space Station, the adventures of a young radio reporter, the lessons of international folk tales and the joy of kids' comedy sketches.

“Like so many parents, I’m always trying to find alternatives to screen time,” said Jessica Alpert, managing producer for program development at WBUR who is organizing the festival with Amy Macdonald, WBUR’s Director of Community Engagement. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with some of today’s most popular kids podcasts to bring the audio experience to the stage in front of a live audience. With a great diversity of topics, themes, and formats, we’re looking forward to providing an awesome experience for kids—and their grown-ups!”

Each performance will be recorded live for an upcoming podcast episode. Nearly 4,000 kids and their caregivers will have the opportunity to see the performances over two days.

The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate Schedule:

Story Pirates

Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

The Story Pirates aren’t your typical swashbuckling sailors. They don’t steal gold, pillage villages, or claim land; they’re searching for a different kind of treasure: kids’ wildest, most imaginative stories.

Eleanor Amplified

Saturday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Eleanor Amplified is an adventure series for the whole family. Listen together as our hero, the world-famous radio reporter Eleanor Amplified, foils devious plots and outwits crafty villains, all in pursuit of the big story…

Brains On!

Saturday, April 28, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Brains On! is a science podcast for curious kids and adults. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, they ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats.

Circle Round

Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Circle Round, a storytelling podcast for kids ages 4 to 10, adapts global folktales for a modern audience. Featuring top talent and original music, each episode uses these unique stories to explore universal topics such as kindness, generosity, and compassion.

But Why

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

But Why is a show led by kids! They ask the questions and adults find the answers. It's a big interesting world out there. But Why tackles topics large and small, about nature, words and even the end of the world.

Wow In The World

Sunday, April 29, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The Wow in the World Pop-Up Party brings this insanely popular science-themed podcast out in the world, weaving short interactive games and foley-infused comedy skits between science themed songs from The Pop Ups, two-time Grammy nominees and creators of the Wow in the World theme song.

The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate is produced by WBUR. To learn more and to register to attend, visit or the Coolidge Corner Theatre website. For updates on the festival, follow Circle Round on Facebook and Twitter.


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