Family Podcasts

At American Public Media, we make podcasts for kids and curious adults alike. Our shows explore new ideas, uncover truths and excite the mind. All of our shows are powered by you, our listeners. Discover your family’s next favorite podcast below.

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Brains On!

Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us. Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.



Julie’s Library

Join beloved icon Julie Andrews for story time! Julie and her daughter, children’s author and educator Emma Walton Hamilton, invite you into their library to read their favorite children’s books. Every story comes to life with sound, music and activities. Authors, kids and other special guests chime in, too! It’s a show that will inspire lively conversations and a lifelong love of reading. Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.



Smash Boom Best

Smash Boom Best is a debate show for kids and families from the makers of the award-winning podcast, Brains On. Every episode takes two cool things, smashes them together and let’s you decide which is best. Cats versus Dogs. Pizza versus Tacos. Super Speed versus Super Strength. Who will be crowned the Smash Boom Best? Our debaters use facts and passion to make their case…teaching listeners how to defend their own opinions along the way. Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.



Forever Ago

Forever Ago is a history show for the whole family. Every episode explores the origin of one thing – like sandwiches, video games and clocks – while teaching listeners to think critically about the past. Produced by APM and Brains On! Visit the website and subscribe to the podcast.