It’s the first crossover episode between the Good Stuff Kids Podcast and Menschite: Modern Jewish Dadding. Menschite is a collection of many different authors sharing their authentic stories of fatherhood. It’s for a new generation of Jewish dads who are writing new rules and re-writing some old ones… for lots of different reasons. On that note it was great to talk to KB Whirly, himself a Jewish Dad, about his brand new record ‘Now That We’re Home’. The record is a collection of lullabies and love songs written by a father for his family. You can hear the love flowing from the song ‘Place Called Home’, which you can hear at the end of the episode.
200 episodes. I’ve talked to so many incredible people who are using their talents to create art – music/books/movies/games/podcasts – for families. It’s been an honor and a genuine joy to create so many relationships with people around the world. Truly. The Good Stuff Kids Podcast has gone global. From All over the United States, to England, to Australia and New Zealand.
Episode 200 features Marsha Goodman-Wood from Marsha and the Positrons. We talk science, and so much more. Marsha is the perfect example of why I do this podcast. She’s making good stuff for kids and families and more people should know about it! Listen to her song ‘Positrons’ and I guarantee you’ll learn something and you’ll want to know what else she’s cooking up in the lab!
Want to be a happier parent? Luckily I had a chance to talk to KJ Dell’Antonia about her book, “How To Be A Happier Parent”. I’d really like to be a happier parent, wouldn’t we all? I was so grateful for KJ’s insights and advice. “KJ Dell’Antonia is a writer and a regular contributor to the New York Times, where she wrote and edited the Motherlode blog from 2011 until 2016 and was a contributing editor to the Well Family section from 2016-2017. Prior to this, she was one of Slate’s XX Factor bloggers and a contributor to Slate, where she covered parenting and a broad range of subjects, from legal issues to pop culture.”
I had the amazing opportunity to talk to Ben Rudnick. We talked about family music, the Grateful Dead, and musicals. Some of my favorite stuff! Ribbit Ribbit Croak! “The award-winning music of Ben Rudnick and Friends, Boston-based pioneers of the kindie music scene, has delighted families nationwide for nearly two decades. Propelled by a sonic boom of critical praise crowned by seven Parents’ Choice® Awards and a John Lennon Songwriting Award.” You can hear Ben’s song ‘A Frog Named Sam’ at the end of the show.
Find all of the past episodes at www.goodstuffpod.com !!!
Let’s get to know Ants Ants Ants! “With stylistic nods to 1970’s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, Ants Ants Ants recalls the best elements of a fun and fanciful childhood – the thrill of knocking down a tower of blocks; the fun of imagining what your dog is thinking; a make believe world where nocturnal animals meet in the park at night to play games. With their family friendly lyrics and optimistic instrumentation, this music offers an invitation into that golden childhood we dream of having ourselves and creating for the ones we love.”
Be sure to check out their song “Why Why Why” from their debut album ‘Why Why Why’. Ants Ants Ants will release a new “Robot EP” in July 2019. East Coasters you’re in luck! Ants Ants Ants will be on tour this June. Check their website for details.
Do you know what Toddlerbilly is? Find out now! Matt Heaton is on the show and he’s got some great music to share with you and your family. Matt believes that “Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for both children and their parents. This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a serious sense of fun.” You can hear Matt’s song ‘Hop, Wiggle, Waddle’ at the end of the show. It gives you a real sense of what Toddlerbilly is. You’ll be so glad to have Matt and his music as part of your life!