Father/daughter road trip podcast recs
July 21, 2019 8:37 PM   Subscribe

I’m taking my 12yo daughter to sleep away science camp! It’s a four hour drive. What are some good podcasts we can listen to on the way? Anything geeky & fun that you’d recommend?
posted by ericbop to Media & Arts (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Science Vs (woman hosted, considers the evidence around hot button and current event issues) and Transistor (no longer running but a great backlog).
posted by wellifyouinsist at 8:44 PM on July 21, 2019 [2 favorites]

I think my 12 year old daughter was just at the same camp!

We listened to Bill Brysons a brief history of everything on audio book one year, it was awesome and very science-y. Most recently we have been listening to a thriller series for kids: 6 minutes, which is broken up into 6 minute segments, and had been a lot of fun.
posted by blahblahblah at 9:12 PM on July 21, 2019

Radiolab, Invisibilia?
posted by Beardman at 9:27 PM on July 21, 2019

Radiolab is great! An overall sciencey bent but they often expand into social stuff as well. One of my favorites is from a few years back about how trees communicate with each other.

I think Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History also gives some great lessons and food for thought. He jumps topics and disciplines but tends to stay in the social science realm. I always have great conversations with high schoolers about things I learn from that series.
posted by lilac girl at 9:50 PM on July 21, 2019

The Infinite Monkey Cage is wonderful!
posted by kalimac at 10:10 PM on July 21, 2019

If you'd do an audiobook, The Martian could be perfect.
posted by slidell at 10:12 PM on July 21, 2019 [2 favorites]

I just finally got into the wildly popular The Adventure Zone podcast. It’s been a transcendent experience: so funny, so nerdy. It has been a blast on road trips and the creativity is really fun. It’s nerdy as heck but not at all scientific. It would be up to your discretion if you mind swearing and some sex-adjacent jokes, I think a 12-year-old can handle it but you know your kid and your own beliefs!

On the non-fiction, scientific side, I love the Hidden Brain podcast. Easily digestible and tons of topics to explore and discuss.
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 10:25 PM on July 21, 2019


Description from iTunes: "Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life."
posted by SuperSquirrel at 3:50 AM on July 22, 2019 [3 favorites]

It's less general science and more specific to infectious diseases, but I enjoy This Podcast will Kill You. It's two women in science talking about a specific infectious disease each episode, and listening to them get so adorably excited about super geeky stuff is pretty awesome.
posted by thejanna at 5:41 AM on July 22, 2019 [1 favorite]

If she's into music, I recommend Sneaky Dragon Listening Party, which is a father/daughter podcast about music - some of it is pretty obscure, some is really catchy, the dad tells lots of fun interesting stories about the artists featured, and the father/daughter dynamic is delightful.
posted by nuclear_soup at 6:18 AM on July 22, 2019

Warning: Oologies has a bit of off-color language, not by personal choice to listen to with a 12 year old although probably not worse than she might hear at a public middle school.
My suggestions would 99% Invisible. More about design than science but well done story telling.
Hidden Brain is also good for psychology type stuff.
posted by metahawk at 1:05 PM on July 22, 2019

Reply All is great, although not all episodes are 100% kid-appropriate.

How I Built This features in-depth, really interesting interviews with entrepreneurs (including a lot of tech companies).

My 9-year-old son and I are listening to Welcome to Night Vale and we both love it. Here's the description: "a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events." (Note that some of the "Weather" segments are not kid-appropriate, but you can skip those without missing anything relevant.)
posted by trillian at 11:15 AM on July 23, 2019

Not to be eponysterical but this is a great opportunity for either the audiobook or radio show of Hitchhiker's Guide. I listened to the audiobook in a similar situation with my mom (to be fair this is before podcasts existed) and it's a cherished memory.
posted by babelfish at 7:57 PM on July 23, 2019 [1 favorite]

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me...
Ask Me Another...
And old issues of Good Job, Brain...

...make for good family listening. Enough current events, humor, pop culture, and celebrity to keep young ones involved.
posted by cross_impact at 11:11 AM on July 24, 2019

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