Listen to a radio show about curiosity.
Radiolab asks great questions. Each show explores a single idea through story, interview, and inquiry. The lushly produced hour is usually split into three acts that explore the idea from unique angles to try to get to the center of the question being asked. The episodes can be heard on public radio, as a podcast, and through an app. But perhaps the best experience of Radiolab is via the show’s website which—in addition to the shows—houses a blog, videos, and other stories that supplement each episode.
While Radiolab is not specifically geared towards children, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to introduce kids to big ideas. Some episodes will not be appropriate for children, but those that are —about zoos, the gut, cities, or time—will be richly rewarding for young curious listeners. We like to play Radiolab shows during long car rides. Almost invariably the kids will tune in and start asking questions.
Start with these episodes: