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Podcasts for Parents: Kids' Music, Bullying and Processing the Election

This week: kids learn about instruments and parents discuss bullying and dealing with the election.


As an American (living in Amsterdam), and as a parent, I feel as if my entire worldview has been upended. The realization that the place where I grew up isn't, and probably never has been, what I thought it was has left me reeling. I suppose I'm still largely in denial about what's happened. Thank God for podcasts then, and their ability to transport us somewhere else, even just temporarily.  

In addition to the two regular selections — one for kids and one for parents — I've included an additional pick for grown-up ears that directly relates to this week's election. May you find solace in these stories, and from those close to you as well.


FOR KIDS (all ages)
Ear Snacks: Strings (Part V) (22 mins)
This has not been an easy week to be a parent, as we try to strike a balance between protecting our children from the world while raising them to be aware and conscientious. My wife, Emily, gave me an idea for this week: “Bob Dylan just got the Nobel Peace Prize and Leonard Cohen was a lifelong advocate for peace. What about a podcast for kids about musicians?” Great idea! Here goes: This final episode of Ear Snacks' "Strings" series addresses what it's like to learn to play an instrument, how to play a tune by ear, the importance of practicing, and the background musical accompaniment that runs throughout the show. 


Heavyweight: Julia (38 min)
This week's parent's podcast from Heavyweight is about bullying. As a victim of bullying in junior high, the powerlessness I feel now reminds me of how I felt then. I recovered, but not without scars. I expect the same will be true for our country.

Still Processing: The Reckoning (49 mins)
Given the singular nature of recent events, I wanted to share something that I found cathartic to listen to. This episode, published yesterday by Still Processing, features a conversation moderated by critic, professor and writer Margo Jefferson in which the participants work through their anguish and attempt to process the election of Donald Trump. 


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