NowThis Kids

NowThis Kids

NowThis Kids, presented by Cheerios, is an original podcast by NowThis that spotlights uplifting news and important issues for children and their families. Each episode is dedicated to exploring the world around us and helping kids quench their curiosity. Through positive news stories of courageous kids, we unpack the complex news cycle and give parents the tools to talk with their children about the stories that matter most today. Look out for new episodes every Wednesday, hosted by activist Naomi Wadler and NowThis correspondents Luria Freeman and Alejandro Alba.

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March 24, 2021 8 min
At 11 years old, host Naomi Wadler organized a walk-out at her school to take a stand against gun violence. When someone takes a stand for fairness and justice it’s called activism. This week on NowThis Kids, we’re talking about what activism looks like and how we can get involved.  Naomi introduces us to her family and talks to them about raising a young activist and what families can do together to inspire positive social change...
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When you’re enjoying your breakfast, lunch or dinner, do you ever stop and wonder where does your food come from? How does it get around the world? This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about farming and why it’s important that everyone has access to quality, nutritious food.  We speak to Chander Payne who founded Urban Beet, which offers marginalized kids in the community the opportunity to learn all about farmi...
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Art can help us fully grasp some of the more complex topics we've talked about on NowThis Kids – it can be a therapeutic way to process our feelings during tough times, like getting sick. That’s why this week, host Naomi Wadler is talking about the different ways people can support each other while facing illness in their family.  We speak to Matt Gerson and Tracy Councill who founded Tracy’s Kids, an organization that uses ar...
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The more we know about what’s going on in the world, the more we’re able to make it a better place. That’s why this week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about journalism and why it’s important to share our stories and listen to the stories of others.  We speak to Jazlyn Guerra, a social media journalist who has interviewed the likes of Lebron James and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez – and she’s also ten years old! We chat ...
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When it comes to climate change, it turns out little things can have a huge impact when it comes to saving the future. That’s why this week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about maybe the biggest issue that faces us all: the environment and what we can do to keep it clean and healthy.  We speak to environmental activist Lucy Biggers, who specializes in teaching people the steps we can take in our everyday lives to re...
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This year we could all use a little more support, especially when dealing with loss. This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about loss, ways to come together as a family and help each other during these times.  We speak to author Patrice Karst about her book ‘The Invisible String’ which helps us understand our feelings around loss and that we are always connected to our loved ones no matter where they may be. She ...
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When we mess up, we might feel sad or embarrassed, but these moments are important learning opportunities to help us grow. This week host Naomi Wadler is talking about resiliency: what it is and how we can bounce back after a fall.  We speak to Olympic Hurdler Sarah Wells, who founded the Believe Initiative, an organization dedicated to encouraging young people to achieve their goals. She talks about the barriers she overcame, and...
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Race is something for us all to understand and not to ignore, because no matter how far we’ve come, race and racism still affects everyone. That’s why this week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about race and what families can do to fight racism together. We speak to Caroline Hu Flexer and Naomi O’Brien, who are part of Khan Academy: a non-profit organization that provides students and teachers with free resources to ...
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For people living with disabilities, accessibility and representation can make a huge difference as they look for acceptance. This week on NowThis Kids, we’re talking about people with disabilities who are fighting for their opportunity to be seen. Host Naomi Wadler chats to Jordan Reeves, co-founder of the Born Just Right organization, about changing attitudes around our physical differences and how the non-profit helps people wi...
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Art can be a way to express our own thoughts and feelings, and understand the feelings of others. As we experience art, we also look to make connections between our own lives. That’s why on this episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking all things art appreciation  and why representation in art is important.  We speak to Keturah Ariel Nailah Bobo, an illustrator who creates work to encourage and inspire young black gir...
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From the annoying fly buzzing around in your room to the huge blue whale diving deep into the ocean, every living plant, animal and insect plays a massive role in making our world work. That’s why this week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler tells us why it’s so important to protect all of the creatures in the earth’s ecosystem.  We speak to Izzy Bee, who works with her veterinarian mom Ali, to care for displaced and injured koala...
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Kindness is a super power you can choose to use every day – one simple act of kindness can have a ripple effect, and impact so many others in a positive way. This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about the small ways we can turn someone's day around.  We speak to Hector Velasco, a UPS driver who surprised Langston Walbuck with a special delivery after Langston would always make time for Hector on his delivery...
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Some people feel like reading is a chore, something we have to do for school or a job – when really it's one of the most enriching and enjoyable hobbies anyone can have! This episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is going to show you just how awesome reading can be.  We speak to Zoe Howlett, who with her mother Tiara Moore, created a virtual book club to motivate herself and other kids to read for just twenty minutes a da...
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Money has a huge impact on our lives – spending it can feel good, saving it can make us feel secure, and it’s great to give to others who need it – but keeping track of our money can be difficult. This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking all things money.  We speak to Evan Leaphart who created Kiddie Kredit, an app that teaches kids all about how credit works. He explains why it’s important to learn about money soon...
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Have you ever wondered why the sky is blue? Or how airplanes can fly? Curiosity like this is the driving force behind science, and this week on NowThis Kids, we’re exploring why science is such an important influence on our world and way of life.  Host Naomi Wadler talks to science educator and mechanical engineer Bill Nye (you know, the science guy!) about how embracing what science has to tell us can help us save the entire plan...
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It’s not always easy to love and accept yourself, but the kinder we are to ourselves, the more likely we are to try our best and be kinder to others. This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about self acceptance and being comfortable with who you are.  Perri Easley is a part of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization that encourages kids to accept themselves for who they are. We speak to her about the work th...
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Like all homes, the earth we live on needs taking care of and protecting – but sometimes we can get so used to things that we take them for granted. If we forget to show the necessary attention and care, then who’s going to protect the things we love most? This week on NowThis Kids we’re talking about environmental conservation. Host Naomi Wadler teaches us about how we can learn from Indigenous Peoples and cultures. We speak to M...
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Chores can be boring, but what if we all stopped doing them? That house would be pretty messy! So what would happen if we all stopped contributing to our community? This episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about being an active part of your community and why it’s important.  We speak to Emma MacDonald, an active member of the Fort Greene Community in Brooklyn, New York, who tells us about The Fort Greene Communit...
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We often take a lot of things for granted because we’re so used to them, like the food we eat or even having a roof over our heads. But too many people lack access to these basic essentials, and it’s time for that to change. That’s why on this episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about homelessness, and how we can all come together to fight it. We talk to Jakhil Naeem Jackon who at 8 years old, created “Project I ...
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Do you ever feel like you have thoughts overflowing in your head? Do you ever take a moment to pause and think about how you’re feeling in that moment?  This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about identifying our emotions, and how to share our thoughts and feelings in a positive way.  Have you ever tried mediation? We spoke to Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation about how people can use meditation to hel...
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