Finding Raffi

Finding Raffi

Raffi Cavoukian is a magical musician. His songs, like “Baby Beluga” and “Down by the Bay,” have wordplay and rhyme schemes that are as crowd-pleasing as they come — sweet, silly sing-alongs for kids and adults alike. But his work is anything but simple. Much like the folk singers who inspired him, a radical philosophy underscores all that he does. In "Finding Raffi,” comedian, writer, and podcaster Chris Garcia takes us on a journey through a 10-part series tracing Raffi’s life from aspiring folk singer to international kids’ superstar to outspoken activist for climate action and a child-centric world. Produced in partnership with Rococo Punch.

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October 15, 2019 2 min

Are you a good neighbor?

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On bad days and bathtubs. On assassination and puppetry. On the mad that you feel. 

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October 29, 2019 30 min

On kiddie pools and racism. On sharing a towel with Officer Clemmons. On how to say, and not to say, I love you.

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November 5, 2019 35 min

On not talking about it. On jocks. On talking about it. On religion. On feeling feelings.

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November 12, 2019 24 min

On phone calls with King Friday. On commencement speeches. On where to find answers. 

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November 19, 2019 29 min

On playing to the peanut gallery. On make believe. On what is essential, and where to find it.

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November 26, 2019 24 min

On making TV that matters. On being vulnerable on screen. On doing the actual work.

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December 3, 2019 26 min

On failure. On trying again. On doing enough.

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December 10, 2019 24 min

On growing up in the USSR. On loneliness and magic. On seeing and being seen.

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December 17, 2019 32 min

On being your best self. On the least of these. On the virtues of a cup of tea.

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December 24, 2019 41 min

On roller skating. On neighbor-hood. On love.

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January 11, 2022 4 min

Do you feel respected for who you are and what you believe in?

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January 13, 2022 4 min

Raffi is a captivating performer with the ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hands — even when it’s a roomful of distractible, temperamental kids. This clip from an upcoming episode of “Finding Raffi” offers a sample of this artist in action.

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January 18, 2022 31 min

Meet Raffi: Singer, philosopher, children’s champion, and fierce advocate for peace, happiness, and lifelong respect. From Fatherly and iHeartRadio, in partnership with Rococo Punch.

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January 20, 2022 32 min

What do you owe your parents? What do you owe your country? What do you owe yourself?

Guests in this episode: 

  • Dr. Shushan Karapetian, University of Southern California’s Institute of Armenian Studies
  • Chris Bohjalian, best-selling author
  • John Lacey, steel guitarist

  • From Fatherly and iHeartRadio, in partnership with Rococo Punch.

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    January 25, 2022 29 min

    How a musical experiment became the most iconic kids’ album of all time.

    Guests in this episode:

  • Ken Whiteley, award-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer
  • Bert Simpson, senior associate at Troubadour Records
  • Dr. Patricia Shehan Campbell, University of Washington School of Music
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    February 1, 2022 31 min

    When fame and fortune aren't enough, Raffi commits to protecting his innocent audience.

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  • Susan Linn, psychologist, author of Consuming Kids, and founder of Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood
  • Michael Creber, Grammy-nominated musician and composer
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    February 8, 2022 33 min

    Meet David Suzuki and Severn Cullis-Suzuki, the father-daughter duo who opened Raffi’s eyes to the greatest crisis of our time.

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    February 15, 2022 32 min

    What happens when Raffi takes a break from making children’s music and rolls out a protest album for adults? 

    Guests in this episode:

  • Dorian Lynskey, author of “33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs”
  • Philippe Cousteau, conservationist, filmmaker and co-founder of EarthEco International
  • M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International
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    February 22, 2022 23 min

    What if we didn’t put adults first? What if our policies and laws and individual actions were all for the kids? Raffi and Dr. Sharna Olfman describe a utopian vision. 

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