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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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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 they do, and her own journey to self-acceptance.  Most of us have heard the phrase “being comfortable in your own skin,” but what does that really mean? Correspondent Alejandro Alba explains how knowing who you are, is the first step to loving yourself.  We want to hear from you! Send us an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Born This Way Foundation
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 Michaela Goade and Carole Lindstrom, about what inspires their activism, how families can get involved in preserving our planet, and their book, We Are Water Protectors.  What does it mean to be Indigenous? Correspondent Luria Freeman explains, as well as why conservation is so important.   We want to hear from you! Send us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Michaela Goade Carole Lindstrom We Are Water Protectors
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 Community Fridge: an outdoor refrigerator full of free food for families in need. Plus, how she got into volunteering and the importance of helping her community.  You don’t have to do huge things to help your community – Correspondent Luria Freeman explains how even small acts of kindness can go a long way.  We want to hear from you! Send us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Clinton Hill/Fort Greene Mutual Aid Fort Greene Community Fridge Tiffany Baker - the artist who painted the fridge
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 Am” – a nonprofit organization that spreads awareness of homelessness and helps those in need.  What is a “home” to you? Correspondent Aljendo Alba explains that it’s a lot more than just four walls and a roof, plus different ways you can help fight homelessness. How can you make a difference? Let us know by sending an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Project I Am Jahkil Naeem Jackson
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 help them understand what they’re thinking, and why emotional health is so important. Sometimes it can be tricky to give what you’re feeling a name, so correspondent Alejandro Alba breaks down some emotions you may be feeling and what they mean. You can also join in with our 5-step exercise to help you feel less anxious and reconnect with your surroundings.  We want to hear from you! Get in touch by sending an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Bob Roth David Lynch Foundation
Can’t agree on what movie to watch or what to have for dinner? Voting among friends and family is a great way to decide those small things, but it’s also the way most places choose their leaders like mayors, senators, and even the president! This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about voting: how it works, why it matters, and how we can make sure that everyone has their voices heard.  We speak to Ashley Jorgensen who is a part of Kids Voting USA an organization that teaches kids all about voting, all about the importance of getting involved in your elections. You may have heard of democracy – but what is it? Correspondent Alejandro Alba explains how democratic elections work.  We want to hear from you! Get in touch by sending an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Kids Voting USA
Sometimes, people get stuck thinking that only one type of person can do something. These biases can make you think you can’t be who you want to be when you grow up.  This episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler is talking about bias and diversity in one of the most important fields there is: science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We speak to Yamilée Toussaint Beach, founder of STEM from Dance, which encourages Black and Brown girls to get involved with STEM, and Makeda Neavill who is pursuing her passions in the program.  Correspondent Alejandro Alba explains why assumptions aren’t always helpful, and why having people from all walks of life working together can create better solutions to the world's problems.  Do you know what you want to be when you’re older? Get in touch by sending an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba STEM from Dance
This year the coronavirus changed everything. It might have made you feel anxious or scared – and that’s okay. This week on NowThis Kids, we’re talking about COVID-19, how it can make us feel and some ways to stay safe.  Host Naomi Wadler speaks to four best friends who have created a COVID-19 coloring book to help kids have fun and be creative while learning how to stay healthy and happy. How can you look after yourself and your loved ones? Correspondent Alejandro Alba shares some simple tools to prevent the virus from spreading. Plus, we encourage listeners to create a mask that reflects who you are on the inside.  Did you make your own mask? Show us by sending an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Be The Change Coloring Co website Be The Change Coloring Co Instagram
Imagine moving to a different country, not because you want to but because you have to – this episode on NowThis Kids, we’re talking about refugees. Host Naomi Wadler talks us through the difference between an immigrant and a refugee. We speak with Mohamad Al Jounde, winner of the Children’s Peace Prize, who created a school in his refugee camp after fleeing Syria. Mohamad tells us how education not only helps us learn and grow, but also helps build community. How does someone become a refugee? Correspondent Alejandro Alba explains, and why we should welcome them with an open heart. We want to hear from you! Get in touch by sending us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Mohamad Al Jounde Mohamad’s School - Gharsah Sweden
People come in a variety of beautiful shades, shapes, and sizes. But when we’re used to seeing one body type or skin color on TV, online, or in books, it can be hard not to compare ourselves to others.  This week on NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler talks about body positivity, and the ways we  can learn to love ourselves no matter what we look like. We speak to model and author, Leah V about her journey with body positivity. What is representation? Correspondent Luria Freeman explains why it’s important to see people who look like you in the media.  What unique parts of yourself do you love the most? Let us know by sending us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Leah V
Can you imagine opening your refrigerator and nothing was there? That’s a reality for many kids and families in the USA. A lot of people  don’t have access to the food they need to grow and be healthy. This episode we’re talking about food accessibility and how you can help people who are hungry. Host Naomi Wadler tells us where you can volunteer and donate to make a difference, and Correspondent Luria Freeman explains why doing our part to not waste food can help the millions of children who go hungry. We also speak to the Silverman family, where brothers Gabe, Riley and Jackson founded I Heart Hungry Kids, a non-profit devoted to ending childhood hunger. How did you cut back on waste or make food accessible to another person? Let us know by sending us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman I Heart Hungry Kids FeedingAmerica.org
Schools are places to learn, make friends, and discover the world around us. However, some schools in the United States can’t afford the books or technology that students need to learn. That’s why today we’re talking about educational equity. This week, we talk to Tiffani Tores and Sophie Mode, who are part of youth-led organization Teens Take Charge. They saw that the people in their city with the most money had access to better education, and are now working hard to make sure that everyone has equal access to the education they need. Host Naomi Wadler walks us through what inequity looks like and Correspondent Alejandro Alba explains the goals of educational equity, and how you can help in your community. How can you make a difference? Let us know by sending us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Sophie Mode Tiffani Tores Teens Take Charge
Each family is made differently. Some people are born into their family, while others are adopted or fostered. On today’s episode we’re talking about chosen families and how to talk about them in an uplifting way. Host Naomi Wadler was adopted at 7 months old and tells us about her found family. We speak to Peter Mutabazi about how his own adoption fueled him to foster over 13 kids. Then his son Anthony joins us to talk about their found family. Correspondent Luria Freeman teaches us how to talk about and celebrate adoption within our families. Did you draw your Tree of Life? We want to see them! Send us an email at kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Peter Mutavazi  Example : Tree of Life  Peter’s story on how he adopted Anthony
Bullying is something that’s hard to talk about, and kids and grown ups both know that it’s still a problem today. Host Naomi Wadler reminds us why preventing bullying isn’t about fighting back, but rather spreading positive change. What do you do if you find yourself in a situation with someone who bullies? Correspondent Luria Freeman has helpful advice. Plus, we chat with Natalie Hampton who created the app Sit With Us to help other kids feel less alone.  Want to share your ways to practice kindness with us? Send an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Naomi Wadler   Luria Freeman Natalie Hampton Sit With Us app
Every family is built differently, but they all have one thing in common – love. In our very first episode of NowThis Kids, host Naomi Wadler lets us in on what makes her family unique! We speak to TikTok influencer Rocco Forgoine, about his LGBTQ+ family and what it’s like to share their life with people who may not know families with same-sex parents. What does LGBTQ+ really mean? NowThis correspondant Alejandro Alba breaks down the queer alphabet and why it’s important to celebrate our differences.  Want to share your drawings or conversations with us? Send an email to kids@nowthismedia.com Links: Rocco Forgione Instagram Rocco Forgione TikTok Naomi Wadler   Alejandro Alba Resources for LGBTQ+ Parents Resources for parents with LGBTQ+ children
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NowThis Kids: Trailer

2020-08-0701:41

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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