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The Highlights™for Children magazine has been a staple in many a family’s life since it’s inception 72 years ago. Imagine my excitement when I received the email announcing that this iconic magazine is now a Podcast for Kids! HIGHLIGHTS HANGOUT is the latest addition to the screen-alternative kids-podcast movement that comes just in time for summer road trip season.
The Highlights Hangout podcast takes kids and their families on zany adventures, fact-filled science explorations and so much more. From what I understand, this magazine-style show offers a unique audio spin on the stories, characters, puzzles, and jokes that millions of kids dive into each month in the pages of Highlights. Personally, I appreciate Highlight’s “fun with a purpose” approach, and this is just another innovative way to keep keeps engaged with learning during the summer months. Parents and kids can listen free and subscribe on Apple Podcasts athighlights.com/
How the Highlights Hangout came to be
So how did this exciting way to help youngsters experience delight and joyful learning get started? The podcast is produced in partnership with Tinkercast, creators of the award-winning, NPR-distributed podcast, Wow in the World, which is currently the most popular podcast for kids.
“About a year ago, Tinkercast had just launched our first podcast “Wow in the World”, and much to our surprise and delight, it instantly took off like wildfire! ” shared Meredith Halpern Razner, Tinkercast’s Chief Executive Tinkerer. “We knew we had tapped into something families are hungry for— compelling content that gets kids (and their grown-ups) to put down their screens and look up at the world in awe. I wanted to figure out a way to spread this media movement to families that didn’t know there are such things as podcasts for kids. I was thinking about brands and peripheral platforms that reach kids in the same age demographic and then I saw a post on LinkedIn that had to do with podcasts from Kent Johnson, the CEO of Highlights. And it was a for real AH-HA! moment! I messaged him (we had met at a kids media conference a few years ago) and he suggested I talk to the consultant they had just brought on to help them think about new media.”
Highlights Hangout’s Hosts with the Mosts
Hosted by Tim Kubart (Sunny Side Up, Children’s Grammy winner) and Juanita Andersen (Barrel of Monkeys, Theater for Young People), the show features Highlights favorites “Goofus and Gallant”, “Ask Arizona”, “The Hidden Sound Game” (“Hidden Pictures” with sounds!), and listener-submitted “HangMail” featuring jokes, tongue twisters, poems and wow-worthy science questions answered by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz from Wow in the World!