Podcasts That Spark Important Conversations

Sometimes the most important conversations are the hardest to have. How do you talk with kids about divorce? Moving? Racism? Death? How do you talk with teens about puberty? Consent? Losing friends? These podcasts offer a helping hand in getting these necessary discussions started in an inviting, compassionate, productive way. They can alleviate adults' anxiety while giving kids a comfortable, safe space to learn, be heard, and feel understood. For relevant conversation starters, check out the "Talk to your kids about" section in each of our reviews. These conversations can often stir up big emotions, so make sure to check out our other podcast recommendations that can help kids talk about their feelings and discuss their mental health.

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The Emotion Motion Podcast

age 4+

Underwater adventure teaches social-emotional learning.

Host: Megan MacPhee (2020)
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Warrior Kids Podcast

age 6+

Educational & inspiring celebration of Indigenous cultures.

Host: Pam Palmater (2020)
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Stoopkid Stories

age 8+

Stories of family and friendship set in Black communities.

Host: Melissa Victor (2020)
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Hey Black Child: The Podcast

age 8+

Young hosts celebrate Black history-makers past and present.

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A Kids Book About: The Podcast

age 8+

Important relevant topics tackled, some difficult content.

Host: Matthew Winner (2021)
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The Ten News

age 8+

Relevant news topics for kids in easily digestible bites.

Host: Bethany Van Delft (2020)
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American Girl: The Smart Girl's Podcast

age 9+

Talk show for tween and teen girls; promotes book series.

Host: Shay Rudolph, Jess Weiner (2022)
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Toasted Sister Podcast

age 10+

Insightful exploration of Indigenous culture through food.

Host: Andi Murphy (2017)
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Milky Way Underground

age 10+

Dream-like journey mirrors real life issues; heavier topics.

Host: N/A (2021)
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Hold Me Back

age 13+

Father-son debates bridge generational gap; mild language.

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This Teenage Life

age 13+

Teen-led pod offers compassion & advice on relatable issues.

Host: Molly Josephs (2019)
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Worth Noting

age 13+

Current events pod sheds light on inequity and injustice.

Host: Matthew Winner (2021)
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Express Yourself!

age 13+

Relatable teen talks and life skills; some heavy subjects.

Host: N/A (2011)
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The Puberty Podcast

age 13+

Science-based strategies for parenting through puberty.

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Mic Drop

age 14+

Teens tell their real-life stories; challenging topics.

Host: N/A (2018)
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All My Relations

age 14+

Discussions of Indigenous experiences, some mature themes.

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She Persisted: Your Teen Mental Health Resource

age 14+

Teen mental health resource deals with difficult topics.

Host: Saddie Sutton (2019)
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