“What is the Meaning of Hoax?” - Climate Change - Ep. 5

December 14, 2016

The news about President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, got our 10-year-old curious about what Trump meant when he said climate change was a hoax. We also talk about what climate change is, what's causing it and what people can do about it. Pop quiz at the end, courtesy of the EPA's website


“And So, Why Did This Person Do It?” - The Ohio State Attack - Ep. 4

December 1, 2016

The kids heard us in the car discussing the violent attack on the Ohio State campus that happened on Nov. 28. Like many people, they asked questions. In this episode, we explain to our 10-year-old what it means to be a Muslim, why many of them in the U.S. are afraid, and what to do if you are ever in a scary situation like this one. So much for starting out with light, easy topics.  


“The Truth is, There’s No Way to End Concussions in the NFL.” - Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman - Ep. 3

November 28, 2016

The Carolinas Panthers star linebacker suffered a concussion Nov. 17 in at Thursday night NFL game against the Saints, which got our family talking about the serious injuries players suffer while playing the game. Jeff Pearlman, author of the new book, Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbably, Iconic Life of Brett Favre, discusses with us how NFL players have described to him what it's like to take those hits on the field, his thoughts on why NFL ratings are declining, and what Uncle Mike would do if Jeff showed up for the family Thanksgiving touch football game. 


“Come on, This is The Onion!” - Media Expert Carol Ann Riordan on Fake News - Ep. 2

November 18, 2016

Google and Facebook made front page news this week about their efforts to address the rampant fake news stories on their websites. Veteran reporter and former American Press Institute executive Carol Ann Riordan speaks with our teenager about why everyone needs to fact-check before believing or sharing stories and how to spot bogus articles. Our elementary school student asks the real burning question: Is Riordan related to the author of the Percy Jackson series?


“At Least He’s Not a Serial Killer.” - Reaction to the Election - Ep. 1

November 14, 2016

Mom and 10-year-old Mallory discuss who ran for president, the reaction Mallory and kids at school had to Donald Trump's win and what it was like as an adult to vote in this historic election. We also talk about why Hillary Clinton lost her bid to be President. 


“This is Probably the Only Time You’ll Hear Me Monologue.” - Official Introduction

November 7, 2016

What prompted this podcast, what you can expect when you tune in, and why it's legit.