Little News Ears

Little News Ears

Little News Ears is a podcast and video show for parents and teachers who want young children to learn about the news. Far from a kiddie show, it was made for kids (and adults) who want to laugh! BoxerBlu and Bram (now on hiatus) is geared for 4 year-olds, but all ages should be able to enjoy the show. The newest episodes are always on https:/littlenewsears.com!During the summer we have headline news from Kiki, Paxton, Chooki, and Pleep! News for 0-3 year olds can be found on YouTube: Little News Ears - Cuddly News. Little News Ears hits the big issues in news with sensitivity toward different points of view. First time listening? Please be aware that Little News Ears aims to be positive, inspiring, challenging, funny, and educational--but it is something quite different than typical media for a 4 year old and up. Complex concepts are broken down whenever possible. War, violence, and generally nightmarish things are de-emphasized, if not ignored completely.... Show More

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July 9, 2020 2 min

Chooki and Pleep are here to give you the kidlines about science and sports! Today they talk about scientists studying the paradise tree snake, the Toronto Blue Jays being ready to play, the 'map' inside planarian worms that allows them to regenerate, the NFL playing 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' during all Week 1 games, and great white sharks eating off the ocean floor.

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It's July 1, 2020. Paxton 'kidifies' world headlines about koalas becoming extinct, Kenyan balcony singing with the Rev Paul Machira, a ferry crash in Bangladesh, The King of Belgium, and a Saharan dust storm affecting The Caribbean.

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It's June 30, 2020. Paxton 'kidifies' world headlines about a swarm of locusts, a Women's World Cup announcement for 2023, budgets for British schools, female representation in Burundi, and how Covid-19 is affecting shopping in Japan.

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It's June 29, 2020. Paxton 'kidifies' world headlines about an earthquake in Mexico, a China-India territory dispute, telemedicine in Cameroon, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen delaying her wedding, and Hadi Damien (an activist in Lebanon who can finally celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride because of Covid-19 regulations.

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In this episode of Little News Ears from April 28, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn how the federal government is not likely to help artists during the Covid-19 pandemic and how creative people are duplicating famous works of art on a Russian Facebook group. They also learn how hugging trees may help Icelanders cope with the pandemic, how First Book is trying to distribute books for those who need them most, and how Neanderthals ate s...

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June 27, 2020 13 min

In this episode of Little News Ears from April 23, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram celebrate Earth Day and World Book Day! They learn about the modern style of the late William Bailey and Plato's cave allegory and why people are having unusual dreams during Covid-19. They also learn about a terrible Russian submarine explosion and why rent-own hybrid homes are troublesome. They learn about a bridge in Brazil built for tamarins because ...

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In this episode of Little News Ears from April 19, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn that the money the government is sending families because of Covid-19 is borrowed and that experiences with the bubonic plague has helped Russia fight the coronavirus. They also learn that Donald Trump is encouraging protests against some state governments and about John Horton Conway's Game of Life. They also learn about an auction to benefit comi...

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In this episode of Little News Ears from April 14, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about the contributions of the late Mort Drucker on satire and Mad Magazine and how people are buying more jigsaw puzzles and less comic books during the Covid-19 pandemic. They also learn about the possibility of Katharine the Shark re-emerging and how one salon gives virtual haircuts.

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In this very special episode of Little News Ears from April 11, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram plan to travel through caves so that BoxerBlu can see his long lost wife in Zoocenia. They learn how a Brazilian organic chemist has created blue dye from beets and a velociraptor fossil found in New Mexico was named. They also learn about xenobots and how phytoremediation is helping a Superfund site remove toxins from plants. And baths seem to ...

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In this episode of Little News Ears from April 7, 2020 BoxerBlu and Bram learn how consumers who pay for live sports are demanding money back from cable companies due to Covid-19, about a worldwide 'bear hunt' for families, and a weekly Zoom meditation event. They also learn about a sloop discovered in Maine from the late 1700s and learn why a grazing fireball from 2017 was visible for so long.

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In this episode of Little News Ears from April 1, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about the US military dropping bombs into a volcano in Hawaii to save a city, how Russian troll tactics have changed toward the 2020 US election, and how people shouldn't ski during the Covid19 pandemic. They also learned about how Pablo Escobar's hippos may be helping an ecosystem and that vampire bats share blood with family and 'friends.&...

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It's June 25, 2020. Kiki 'kidifies' headlines about Asian American doctors being spit on, MLB coming back, Madison Cawthorn, The EU, and Dove Soap.

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It's June 24, 2020. Kiki 'kidifies' headlines about protesters in DC taking down a Confederate statue and a stinky durian fruit causing trouble in Germany. The Hajj to Saudi Arabia is strongly affected by Covid-19 and though the US is opening, Covid-19 tracking apps aren't ready. Should we defund the police? Some cities are already doing it.

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It's June 23, 2020. Kiki 'kidifies' headlines about Brazil's rising Covid-19 rate, a k-pop TikTok prank on Donald Trump, Trump's desire for AOC to become a senator, a wandering bear in White Plains, NY, and a possible second wave of Covid-19 in the fall.

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It's June 19, 2020. Kiki 'kidifies' headlines about DACA, The Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Facebook, Tulsa, and the unemployment rate.

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In this special episode of Little News Ears from June 8, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram explain and denounce systematic racism in light of George Floyd's death. They discuss perspectives of Pat Robertson and Laura Ingraham and call for a kids' petition to Donald Trump against systemic racism and violence. In other news, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about the successful launch of a SpaceX spaceship and a 7 year-old who creates a 'pr...

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In this episode of Little News Ears from March 30, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about how Covid-19 causes some people to suffer from anosmia and animals in certain vacant tourist destinations to become restive. They also learn about a rolling ant, a family in Utah that has recreated Pirates of the Caribbean, and Ikaria Wariooti being a distant ancestor of humans.

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In this episode of Little News Ears from March 22, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about an Economist article that discusses how gay rural families are larger than gay urban families. They also learn about skijoring in Leadville, Colorado and about Richard Burr being accused of insider trading. BoxerBlu is especially sad that Kenny Rogers has died. They also learn that scientists are trying to find out where monarch butterflies go be...

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In this episode of Little News Ears from March 19, 2020 BoxerBlu and Bram learn how soap works and about an earthquake that happened near Salt Lake City, Utah. They also learn about Alfred Word's achievements as an astronaut and about the new recipients of the Abel Prize in math: Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis. They also learn that thiophenes have been found on Mars, hinting that maybe life once existed on the planet.

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In this episode of Little News Ears from March 17, 2020, BoxerBlu and Bram learn about how the Far East of Russia is a bit like the Wild West in the US, how yoga is now mandatory for students in Nepal, and why birds are great engineers. They also learn about Russia's top court approving Vladimir Putin to remain as president until 2036 and that squatting is much better for you than sitting.

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