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