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Author: Grace Aldrich & Emma Redden

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What could it sound like to talk with a four year old about gentrification? What about police brutality? What about medical racism? Freedom Means... is a podcast hosted by storyteller and mother Grace Aldrich and preschool teacher Emma Redden. Grace and Emma use each episode to model what conversations related to race, racial violence, and colonialism could sound like. They role play different scenarios based on their own and listener’s experiences discussing and navigating this beautiful and devastating world alongside young people. Our intention is to engage with our listeners. If you have scenarios you’d like us to try to role play, reflections on what you hear, or are interested in working with us, please find us at thefullstoryschool.org.
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This mini episode, our fifth installment of Language Ideas, focuses on the historical and current conflict between Palestine and Israel. This is Part 2.UPDATE: This episode includes death tolls that have changed since the recording. The death toll in Gaza as of November 15, 2023 is over 11,300, including over 4,600 children. The updated death toll from Israeli from the attacks on October 7, 2023 are 1,200. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If...
This mini episode, our fourth installment of Language Ideas, focuses on the historical and current conflict between Palestine and Israel. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.comPlease consider becoming a m...
This is an epilogue episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Seven includes Emma reflecting on name pronunciation.Pronunciation of Wampanoag & Massasoit.If you are interested in learning more about an indigenous organizing & decolonizing project visit LANDBACK and LANDBACK University. T...
It's our final episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Six talks about the National Day of Mourning, and current indigenous resistance to Thanksgiving.To watch a live stream of the National Day of Mourning, click here.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. ...
It's our fifth episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Five continues the story into 1637 and 1863.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated and retold this ...
It's our forth episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Four continues the story of 1621.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated and retold this history imp...
It's our third episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Three continues the story into 1621.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated and retold this history ...
It's our second episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Two continues the story in 1620.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated and retold this history imp...
Welcome to our very first episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode One introduces this history, beginning in 1620.This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated an...
This final episode of Season Two is very special to us. We have the incredible opportunity to interview David Robertson, the author of one of our very most beloved books When We Were Alone. David role plays with Emma and Grace, as well as talks about his work, and reads a part of a book. We are so thankful he shared time with us. To learn more about his work you can visit his website. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are intere...
In this episode Grace and Emma wrap up the conversation with each other as children and try to tie together these long analogies of The Deal and Seatbelt and Slippery Ice Safety. We then spend much of the episode reflecting on this series. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.t...
In this episode Grace and Emma move into the third of a four episode series. This episode explores engaging with children's beautiful and imperfect rendering of the stories we tell them. We talk about the harm of dividing white people in categories of "mean" and not "mean" and the complexity of safety. We continue to explore Heather McGhee's work and her reflections on the truth and myth of the Zero Sum. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If y...
In this episode Grace and Emma continue onto part two of this four part series, responding to a white child expressing relief for being white. We expand on the idea that white people can get "slippery ice safety" IF they make a deal to hurt people of color, in active and passive ways. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you ...
In this first episode of Season Two, Grace and Emma begin a four part series responding to a white child expressing relief for being white. We introduce the idea that to get safety as a white person, white people need to make a really hurtful deal. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: w...
In this very special episode, we are publishing an audio story featuring the brilliant ideas and stories from three young people in Washington, DC. They are ages 6-9 and have attended The Freedom Community School for the last couple of years. They talk about freedom, the history of Black people, abolition, slavery, police, jails, reading, revision, consent and so on. The Full Story School publishes Freedom Means. Most episodes include Grace and Emma roleplaying a conversation related to ...
This mini episode, our third installment of Language Ideas, focuses on the massacre of ten Black people at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.comPle...
This mini episode, our second installment of Language Ideas, focuses on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gm...
This mini episode, our first installment of Language Ideas, focuses on Russia's war against Ukraine. Unlike our regular episodes, this doesn't include role play or reflection, but simply offer small language ideas about different elements and dynamics around this war. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can co...
In this final episode of Season One, Emma and Grace revisit a conversation Grace had with her son in the spring of 2020. They re-enact the discussion of emotions that come from imagining a loved one being killed as a result of racial violence. Then Emma and Grace role play this conversation to show how it might change if held between a Black child and an unrelated, loving, white adult in their life. In the reflections, they discuss the emotional and physical toll of racial v...
This week we role play conversations around this question. We begin with a brief body grounding practice to share one way to support our nervous systems before tackling a hard question. We briefly talk about Ahmaud Arbery in his life and share some of the things his friends and family wanted the world to know about him. We talk about what happened the day he was killed and the immediate aftermath. We also share the determined effort put forth by thousands of people see...
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