Worth Noting

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A Kids Podcast About Current Events. We know the news can be heavy. World events can be confusing. But no one should miss out on history as it’s being made. It’s not always easy to know how to talk about what’s going on in the world or even to know where to start. Join us each week for a look at what’s going on in the world and how it impacts you and others. From scientific breakthroughs to historic achievements. From political upheaval to social justice. It’s all worth noting.

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It’s a Heat Wave

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed how very hot it is! Across the northern hemisphere, countries like the United States, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and many others are experiencing hotter temperatures than ever before. This global heat wave is Worth Noting.  SOURCES CONSULTED: US HEAT WAVE:  NBCUniversal News Group. (2022, July 24). NBCNews.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/record-breaking-temperatures-forecast-heat-wave-blasts-us-rcna39728 Thompson, A., & Huynh, A. (2022, July 25). . BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/07/24/metro/boston-queues-up-another-scorcher-heat-wave-rolls/#:~:text=Boston%20hits%20100%20degrees%2C%20setting,the%20state%20%2D%20The%20Boston%20Globe   EUROPE’S HEAT WAVE:  Cutts, E. (2022, July 25). VOA. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.voanews.com/a/why-are-heat-waves-becoming-so-common-in-europe/6673184.html Fountain, H. (2022, July 18). . The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/19/climate/europe-heat-wave-science.html  https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/19/climate/europe-heat-wave-science.html Guardian News and Media. (n.d.). . The Guardian. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/jul/26/how-europe-has-been-hit-by-record-fire-damage-and-temperatures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2022/jul/26/how-europe-has-been-hit-by-record-fire-damage-and-temperature Taylor, A. (2022, July 21). . The Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/20/europe-uk-air-conditioning-ac/  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/20/europe-uk-air-conditioning-ac/ CLIMATE CHANGE:  A Kids Book About Climate Change -   https://akidsco.com/products/a-kids-book-about-climate-change Dahlman, R. L. A. N. D. L. A. (n.d.). . NOAA Climate.gov. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature United Nations. (n.d.). United Nations. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/what-is-climate-change#:~:text=Climate%20change%20refers%20to%20long,like%20coal%2C%20oil%20and%20gas YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE:  Fortson, A., & Johnson, L. A. (2022, April 22). . NPR. Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2022/04/22/1092847883/how-young-people-are-taking-action-against-climate-change Fridays For Future. (2022, July 22). Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://fridaysforfuture.org/ . UNICEF. (n.d.). Retrieved July 28, 2022, from https://www.unicef.org/stories/young-climate-activists-demand-action-inspire-hope

Aug 06
On the Topic of Mass Shootings

In the first 6 months of 2022 alone, there have been over 250 mass shootings in America—in schools, at grocery stores, in churches, and as people were going about their everyday lives. No matter how sad and scary they are to talk about, these mass shootings are Worth Noting. SOURCES CONSULTED: . NMVVRC. (n.d.). Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://www.nmvvrc.org/learn/about-mass-violence/ James Densley Professor of Criminal Justice, & Jillian Peterson Professor of Criminal Justice. (2022, June 10). . The Conversation. Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-mass-school-shootings-in-the-us-and-the-gunmen-who-carry-them-out-183812 Magazine, S. (2021, March 12). . Smithsonian.com. Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1996-dunblane-massacre-pushed-uk-enact-stricter-gun-laws-180977221/ Martin, M., & Bowman, E. (2021, March 27). . NPR. Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2021/03/27/981803154/why-nearly-all-mass-shooters-are-men . Rockefeller Institute of Government. (2022, June 8). Retrieved July 12, 2022, from https://rockinst.org/gun-violence/mass-shooting-factsheet A Kids Book About School Shootings -   https://akidsco.com/products/a-kids-book-about-school-shootings

Jul 16
Roe v. Wade Overturned

On Friday, June 24th, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling on women’s reproductive rights that has stood for nearly 50 years. The implications of this decision are Worth Noting. SOURCES CONSULTED: Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (n.d.). . Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/event/Roe-v-Wade . POLITICO. (n.d.). Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/24/thomas-constitutional-rights-00042256 Saad, L. (2022, January 11). . Gallup.com. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://news.gallup.com/poll/350804/americans-opposed-overturning-roe-wade.aspx . Center for Reproductive Rights. (2022, June 29). Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://reproductiverights.org/case/scotus-mississippi-abortion-ban/ Totenberg, N., & McCammon, S. (2022, June 24). . NPR. Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://www.npr.org/2022/06/24/1102305878/supreme-court-abortion-roe-v-wade-decision-overturn Center for Reproductive Rights. (2022, June 30). Retrieved June 30, 2022, from https://reproductiverights.org/maps/what-if-roe-fell/

Jul 02
Casting Expectations on Adaptations

In early May, 2022, Disney announced the cast  of the highly anticipated series adaptation of . The overwhelming reaction to one particular casting choice, as well as the author’s response, are Worth Noting. LINKS: “Leah Jeffries is Annabeth Chase https://rickriordan.com/2022/05/leah-jeffries-is-annabeth-chase/” Published May 10, 2022. https://rickriordan.com Accessed May 18, 2022. SOURCES CONSULTED: “‘Percy Jackson’ author slams backlash to TV show’s casting: ‘Friends, that is racism’ https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-05-11/percy-jackson-leah-jeffries-annabeth-rick-riordan” (Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2022) “‘The Little Mermaid’ Star Halle Bailey Opens up About ‘Black Ariel Backlash’ https://insidethemagic.net/2020/06/halle-bailey-speaks-out-kc1/” Published June 14, 2020. https://insidethemagic.net Accessed May 18, 2022.

May 21
The Kids Are (Not) Alright

On March 31, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of its first nationally representative survey of high school students during the pandemic. The findings of this survey are Worth Noting. LINKS: “New CDC data illuminate youth mental health threats during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0331-youth-mental-health-covid-19.html#:~:text=Youth%20who%20felt%20connected%20to,12%25).” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mar. 31, 2022) “AAP-AACAP-CHA Declaration of a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health https://www.aap.org/en/advocacy/child-and-adolescent-healthy-mental-development/aap-aacap-cha-declaration-of-a-national-emergency-in-child-and-adolescent-mental-health/” (American Academy of Pediatrics, Oct. 19, 2021) “Poem 133: The Summer Day https://www.loc.gov/programs/poetry-and-literature/poet-laureate/poet-laureate-projects/poetry-180/all-poems/item/poetry-180-133/the-summer-day/” (Library of Congress, consulted Apr. 20, 2022) SOURCES CONSULTED: “‘A cry for help’: CDC warns of a steep decline in teen mental health https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/03/31/student-mental-health-decline-cdc/?utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=wp_main&crl8_id=9ab6d91e-38f6-450c-81ae-b8c510ee9beb” (The Washington Post, Mar. 31, 2022) “Children’s mental health is in crisis https://www.apa.org/monitor/2022/01/special-childrens-mental-health” (American Psychological Association, Jan. 1, 2022) “The Kids Are Not All Right: How the Pandemic Is Affecting Their Mental Health https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-the-pandemic-has-affected-children/” (Cleveland Clinic, Feb. 11, 2022)

Apr 23
The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Passes in Florida

The Florida Senate passed the Parental Rights in Education Bill on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in a 22-17 vote. The implications of this bill are Worth Noting. LINKS: “Florida Senate passes a controversial schools bill labeled 'Don't Say Gay' by critics https://www.npr.org/2022/03/08/1085190476/florida-senate-passes-a-controversial-schools-bill-labeled-dont-say-gay-by-criti” (NPR, Mar. 8, 2022) “'Don't Say Gay' bill passes Florida Senate https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dont-gay-bill-passes-florida-senate/story?id=83301889” (ABC News, Mar. 8, 2022) “‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill: Florida Senate passes controversial LGBTQ school measure https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/dont-say-gay-bill-florida-senate-passes-controversial-lgbtq-school-mea-rcna19133” (NBC News, Mar. 8, 2022) SOURCES CONSULTED: “2021 Slated to Become Worst Year for LGBTQ State Legislative Attacks as Unprecedented Number of States Poised to Enact Record-Shattering Number of Anti-LGBTQ Measures Into Law https://www.hrc.org/press-releases/2021-slated-to-become-worst-year-for-lgbtq-state-legislative-attacks” (Human Rights Campaign, Apr. 22, 2021) “Legislative Tracker https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/” (Freedom for All Americans, consulted Mar. 9, 2022) “The Parental Rights in Education Bill https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=_s1834__.DOCX&DocumentType=Bill&BillNumber=1834&Session=2022” (Florida Senate, accessed Mar. 9, 2022)

Mar 12
Florida, Texas, and Ukraine

Anti-LGBTQ legislation is on the rise and political leaders behind landmark bills in Florida and Texas claim these actions are to protect children. Meanwhile, Russia has launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Behind each of these actions lie reasons that are Worth Noting. Links: “Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill advances in the House https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/florida-s-don-t-say-gay-bill-advances-house-n1289600” (NBC News, Feb. 23, 2022) “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders state agency to treat gender-affirming care as child abuse https://amp.statesman.com/amp/6898869001” (Austin American-Stateman, Feb. 24, 2022) “Russia invades Ukraine live updates: Biden announces new sanctions https://www.npr.org/live-updates/russia-invades-ukraine-putin” (NPR, Feb. 25, 2022) Sources consulted: “Ukraine conflict: What we know about the invasion https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60504334“ (BBC News, Feb. 24, 2022) “Ukraine crisis: Is Russia waging an information war? https://www.bbc.com/news/60292915” (BBC News, Feb. 23, 2022)  “In the latest flare-up of the crisis in Ukraine... https://www.instagram.com/p/CaV4OJ_OjYH/” (@NPR on Instagram, Feb. 24 2022)   What news is worth noting where you are? Write to us or record a message and email us at listen@akidspodcastabout.com.  And check out other podcasts made for kids just like you by visiting akidsco.com https://akidsco.com/collections/all-products.

Feb 26
The Tonga Undersea Volcano Eruption

The Kingdom of Tonga in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, east of Australia and Fiji, is made up of around 170 islands. On January 15, 2022, several islands were impacted by the massive eruption of an undersea volcano. The effects this volcano had on the islands as well as on the people of Tonga are Worth Noting. LINKS: “Tonga undersea volcano eruption released up to 18 megatons of energy https://www.space.com/tonga-volcano-eruption-18-megatons” (Space.com, Jan. 26, 2022) “Tonga Needs Rain and More Brooms After Volcano Eruption Spewed Ash https://www.wsj.com/articles/after-volcano-eruption-spewed-ash-tonga-needs-rain-and-more-brooms-11643200347” (The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 26, 2022) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/149367/dramatic-changes-at-hunga-tonga-hunga-haapai“ (Earth Observatory, Apr. 10, 2022) “NASA researchers have an estimate of the power of a massive volcanic eruption that took place on Saturday near the island nation of Tonga.⁠ https://www.instagram.com/p/CY7t5aygqBq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link” (@NPR, Instagram, Jan. 19, 2022)  “Tonga https://www.britannica.com/place/Tonga” (Britannica, accessed Jan. 21, 2022)“Before & after images reveal impact of undersea volcano eruption and tsunami in Tonga https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/world/2022/01/18/before-after-images-tonga-volcano-eruption-and-tsunami/6561258001/” (USA Today, Jan. 22, 2022) “NASA Says Tonga Eruption Was More Powerful Than an Atomic Bomb https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-says-tonga-eruption-was-more-powerful-than-an-atomic-bomb-180979454/” (Smithsonian Magazine, Jan. 25, 2022) “Satellite images show the aftermath of Tonga volcano's eruption https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/01/26/1075621526/satellite-images-show-the-aftermath-of-tonga-volcanos-eruption” (NPR, Jan. 26, 2022)

Feb 05
Love for Others (A Kids Mindful Moment)

Introducing A Kids Mindful Moment, supporting healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. In this preview, we share “Love for Others”, a big picture meditation. Access A Kids Mindful Moment through the A Kids Co app in the App Store and on Google Play. You get a 14-day free trial with the app. Learn more by visiting akidsco.com https://akidsco.com/. 

Jan 29
Unplugging from Tech (A Kids Mindful Moment)

Introducing A Kids Mindful Moment, supporting healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. In this preview, we share “Unplugging from Tech”, a situational meditation. Access A Kids Mindful Moment through the A Kids Co app in the App Store and on Google Play. You get a 14-day free trial with the app. Learn more by visiting akidsco.com https://akidsco.com/.  

Jan 22
I Am Love (A Kids Mindful Moment)

Introducing A Kids Mindful Moment, supporting healthy minds, bodies, and spirits. In this preview, we share “I Am Love”, an affirmations meditation. Access A Kids Mindful Moment through the A Kids Co app in the App Store and on Google Play. You get a 14-day free trial with the app. Learn more by visiting akidsco.com https://akidsco.com/.  

Jan 15
Voter Access and the January 6th Insurrection

On January 6, 2021, and for the first time in our nation’s history, the U.S. Capitol was invaded. The results of this insurrection and the impact on voter access to millions across our nation is Worth Noting.  LINKS: “How one of America’s ugliest days unraveled inside and outside the Capitol https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/interactive/2021/capitol-insurrection-visual-timeline/” (The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “All the President’s Tweets https://medium.com/swlh/all-the-presidents-tweets-e7d31fd1dbc6” (Medium, Nov. 24, 2020) “America's long history of Black voter suppression https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/05/politics/black-voting-rights-suppression-timeline/“ (CNN Politics, May, 2021) “Here’s where GOP lawmakers have passed new voting restrictions around the country https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/06/02/state-voting-restrictions/“ (The Washington Post, June 2, 2021) “19 states enacted voting restrictions in 2021. What's next? https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/19-states-enacted-voting-restrictions-2021-rcna8342“ (NBC News, Dec. 21, 2021) “The Road to Jan. 6: A Year of Extremist Mobilization https://www.splcenter.org/news/2021/12/30/road-jan-6-year-extremist-mobilization” (Southern Poverty Law Center, Dec. 30, 2021) “One Year After Jan. 6, the Hard Right Digs In https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2021/12/30/one-year-after-jan-6-hard-right-digs“ (Southern Poverty Law Center, Dec. 30, 2021) “Top Trump tweets since Election Day 2020 https://stacker.com/stories/6057/top-trump-tweets-election-day-2020“ (Stacker, Dec. 30, 2020) “PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS: Joe Biden wins election to be the 46th US President https://www.cnn.com/election/2020/results/president#mapmode=lead” (CNN Politics, consulted Jan. 3, 2022) “How does this end?: Where the crisis in American democracy might be headed. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/22814025/democracy-trump-january-6-capitol-riot-election-violence“ (Vox, Jan. 3, 2022) “2020 United States presidential election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_presidential_election“ (Wikipedia, consulted Jan. 3, 2022) “This is what Trump told supporters before many stormed Capitol Hill https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-told-supporters-stormed-capitol-hill/story?id=75110558“ (ABC News, Jan. 7, 2021)

Jan 08
The Harm in Historical Reenactments

Historical reenactments can be a way to bring history to life for students as well as for sightseers visiting historical landmarks. But the harm and the trauma that can be reintroduced in doing so is Worth Noting. LINKS: Ending Curriculum Violence https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2020/ending-curriculum-violence (Learning for Justice, Spring 2020) SOURCES CONSULTED: “High School Under Fire For Project Reenacting Slavery https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/09/18/high-school-under-fire-for-project-reenacting-slavery/’” (KAL9, September 18, 2017) “What It Felt Like https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/05/history-classroom-role-playing-games-slavery-holocaust.html’” (Slate, May 20, 2019) “Despite calls to hear from students and staff, Newberg school board approves ban on Pride and Black Lives Matter flags https://www.opb.org/article/2021/08/11/despite-calls-to-hear-from-students-and-staff-newberg-school-board-approves-ban-on-pride-and-black-lives-matter-flags/’” (OBM News, August 11, 2021) “Newberg High School students participated in virtual 'slave trade' https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/nerberg-high-school-virtual-slave-trade/283-56462efe-4f35-47b1-a4ee-6670b2754dec’” (KGW8, September 14, 2021) “Newberg teacher's aide explains why she wore blackface https://katu.com/news/local/newberg-teachers-aide-explains-why-she-wore-blackface’” (KATU2, September 23, 2021) “All eyes on Newberg school board as vote banning political symbols looms https://www.opb.org/article/2021/09/27/newberg-school-board-political-symbols-flag-ban/’” (OBM News, September 27, 2021) “Newberg school staff member who wore blackface to protest vaccine mandate reportedly fired https://www.kgw.com/article/news/education/newberg-staff-member-blackface-fired/283-3a2272a6-3894-4b4c-8511-f5af772ee0ea’” (KGW8, September 24, 2021)

Oct 08, 2021
Are Banned Books the Problem?

Last October, the all-white school board of the Central York School District in York, Pennsylvania, unanimously banned a list of educational resources. The books included on this list are Worth Noting. LINKS: List of diversity resources banned in Central York schools https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21052525-list-of-diversity-resources-banned-in-central-york-schools (accessed September 22, 2021) Equity Book Resource List https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bIdOmyjGMx6HHAzI5aYXroA_4qohkA-YJXMqfTrk_Dk/edit#gid=1840709098 (accessed September 22, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “STUDENTS PROTEST BOOK BANS IN PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL DISTRICT https://bookriot.com/student-book-ban-protest/’” (Book Riot, September 9, 2021) “SCHOOL DISTRICT MAINTAINS BAN OF ANTIRACIST BOOKS DESPITE STUDENT PROTESTS https://bookriot.com/central-york-book-ban-update/’” (Book Riot, September 15, 2021) “School district bans books on Rosa Parks and Malala. Now students want answers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_txZZH9i_8’” (CNN, September 16, 2021) “Students fight back against a book ban that has a Pennsylvania community divided https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/us/book-ban-controversy-pennsylvania/index.html’” (CNN, September 16, 2021) “Central York school board votes unanimously to rescind book ban: ‘It has taken far too long https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2021/09/20/central-york-school-board-rescinds-banned-book-list/5784084001/’” (York Daily Record, September 20, 2021) “Central York School District reverses diversity book ban https://www.fox43.com/article/news/local/central-york-diversity-book-ban/521-232f3e57-0fee-4012-a4bb-a5f13166cd8b’” (Fox 43, September 20, 2021) “In Central York, kids rose up to save books on MLK, Rosa Parks from their parents | Will Bunch Newsletter https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/york-county-book-ban-critical-race-theory-masks-20210921.html’” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 2021)

Oct 01, 2021
S.B. 8 and Losing the Right to Choose

Earlier this month, Texas legislators passed Senate Bill 8, making abortions illegal after the sixth week of pregnancy. How this bill was written and the implications it can have on abortion rights throughout the country is Worth Noting. LINKS: Statement by President Joe Biden on Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Law SB8 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/09/02/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-supreme-court-ruling-on-texas-law-sb8/ (The White House, September 2, 2021) Roe v. Wade https://www.britannica.com/event/Roe-v-Wade (Britanicca, accessed September 15, 2021) “What you need to know about Texas’ new abortion ban effective Sept. 1, 2021 (SB 8) https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-texas/senate-bill-8” (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc., accessed September 15, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Texas’s radical anti-abortion law, explained https://www.vox.com/2021/8/31/22650303/supreme-court-abortion-texas-sb8-jackson-roe-wade-greg-abbott” (Vox, September 2, 2021) “Is Abortion Banned in Texas Under S.B. 8? https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/is-abortion-banned-in-texas-under-s-b-8” (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc., September 1, 2021) “Why Do Women Have Abortions? https://www.verywellhealth.com/reasons-for-abortion-906589” (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc., September 1, 2021) “How far along can you be to get an abortion? https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/how-far-along-can-you-be-to-get-an-abortion” (Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc., July 1, 2021)

Sep 24, 2021
Can Schools Require Masks?

The Delta variant is spreading quickly across the United States, and COVID cases are on the rise. So why are some schools requiring all students wear masks while others are banning such mandates? The answer is Worth Noting. LINKS: Tracking Coronavirus in Maryland: Latest Map and Case Count https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/maryland-covid-cases.html (The New York Times, accessed September 8, 2021) School mask tracker: Who is and isn’t loosening the rules https://districtadministration.com/track-school-mask-rules-requirements-state-by-state/ (District Administration, accessed September 8, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “10 States Have School Mask Mandates While 8 Forbid Them https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/08/10/10-states-have-school-mask-mandates-while-8-forbid-them” (Pew Trusts, August 10, 2021) “The constitutional issues related to Covid-19 mask mandates https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/the-constitutional-issues-related-to-covid-19-mask-mandates” (Constitution Daily, August 20, 2021) “Which States Ban Mask Mandates in Schools, and Which Require Masks? https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/which-states-ban-mask-mandates-in-schools-and-which-require-masks/2021/08” (Education Week, August 20, 2021) “Education Department to Investigate Five States That Ban Mask Mandates in Schools https://www.wsj.com/articles/education-department-to-investigate-five-states-that-ban-mask-mandates-in-schools-11630356349” (The Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2021)

Sep 17, 2021
The 20th Anniversary of the September 11 Attacks

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, a major event happened in the United States in New York City, the effects of which we are still confronting today. That event is Worth Noting. LINKS: 9/11 Memorial and Museum https://www.911memorial.org/ (accessed September 1, 2021) “Talking to Children about Terrorism https://www.911memorial.org/learn/youth-and-families/talking-children-about-terrorism“ (9/11 Memorial & Museum, accessed September 1, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “September 11 Attacks https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-attacks” (History.com, accessed September 1, 2021) “9/11 Timeline https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-timeline” (History.com, accessed September 1, 2021) “Never Forget (Political Phrase) https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Never_forget_(political_phrase)” (Military.Wikia.org, accessed September 1, 2021) “Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/08/09/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/“ (Pew Research Center, August 9, 2017) “New estimates show U.S. Muslim population continues to grow https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/03/new-estimates-show-u-s-muslim-population-continues-to-grow/“ (Pew Research Center, January 3, 2018)

Sep 10, 2021
At the 2020 Paralympics

The 2020 Paralympics are currently underway in Tokyo, following the 2020 Olympic Games. What sets the Paralympic Games and their athletes apart from the Olympic games? The answer is Worth Noting. LINKS: International Paralympic Committee https://www.paralympic.org/ (accessed August 30, 2021) Paralympics History https://www.paralympic.org/ipc/history (accessed August 30, 2021) Paralympic Sports https://www.paralympic.org/sports (accessed August 30, 2021) Goalball https://www.paralympic.org/goalball (accessed August 30, 2021) Get To Know the Refugee Paralympic Team https://www.paralympic.org/refugee-paralympic-team (accessed August 30, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Ten teen stars who can light up Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games https://www.paralympic.org/feature/ten-teen-stars-who-can-light-tokyo-2020-paralympic-games“ (Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, August 13, 2020) “Paralympics powerhouses: 10 global stars to follow in Tokyo https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/aug/21/paralympics-powerhouses-10-global-stars-to-follow-in-tokyo“ (The Guardian, August 15, 2021) “Paralympic swimmer Abbas Karimi, born without arms, poised to be first refugee medalist at Tokyo Games https://news.yahoo.com/paralympic-swimmer-abbas-karimi-born-132044293.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGV-BohvgIcIyqkaE76xqGLLYa_y3ifa1JFhqNZkQF-eZWy3SDEDSJwJefdmxIvpRsUYDa6pKdL1Fv8i0eOYnrxz3tBuakykVNolanEYJpAT-BByt4YvkOI0JoRbI6ePWVwN_ZBUyFV1I5PAASWIBhofLf2QAbcRJJJMgPVIe817” (USA Today, August 23, 2021) “Tokyo 2020 sets the record for most athletes and women at a Paralympic Games https://www.paralympic.org/news/tokyo-2020-sets-record-most-athletes-and-women-paralympic-games“ (Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, August 24, 2020) “Abbas Karimi: "It means everything to compete here https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/paralympics/news/abbas-karimi-it-means-everything-to-compete-here” (Olynpics.com, August 27, 2021) “Ibrahim Hamadtou, without arms, impresses in table tennis | Tokyo 2020 Paralympics | NBC Sports https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM-Mn1fjCCc“ (NBC Sports, August 27, 2021) “Paralympic Games https://www.britannica.com/sports/Paralympic-Games” (Britannica, accessed August 30, 2021)

Sep 03, 2021
Rethinking Mascots

The Cleveland baseball team, known for over a century as the Indians, is getting a name change for the 2022 season. The reason behind the decision is Worth Noting. LINKS: Change the Mascot https://www.changethemascot.org/history-of-progress/ (accessed August 23, 2021) Twitter thread from @ChangeDCMascot https://twitter.com/ChangeDCMascot/status/1423644251318104072?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3AChangeDCMascot%7Ctwgr%5EeyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19%7Ctwcon%5Etimelinechrome&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.changethemascot.org%2Fhistory-of-progress%2F (accessed August 23, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Study finds only harmful effects from Native-themed mascots https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/study-finds-only-harmful-effects-from-native-themed-mascots“ (Indian Country Today, June 15, 2020) “Mascots honor an Indian who never was https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/mascots-honor-an-indian-who-never-was“ (Indian Country Today, July 13, 2020) “Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/clevelands-baseball-team-goes-from-indians-to-guardians” (Indian Country Today, July 23, 2021) “Cleveland Indians and 14 Other Sports Teams That Dumped Racist Names and Mascots (Photos) https://www.thewrap.com/sports-teams-dumped-racist-names-mascots-indians-redskins/“ (The Wrap, July 23, 2021) “The long road to a reckoning on racist team names https://www.vox.com/first-person/22596477/cleveland-indians-racist-name-change” (Vox, July 28, 2021)

Aug 27, 2021
Climate Change Forcing Tribal Relocation

Rising sea levels are affecting tens of thousands of lives along the coasts across the globe. How is climate change impacting the people of the Quinault Indian Nation, located on land now called the state of Washington, and other tribes along the coast? The answer is Worth Noting. LINKS: Global Warming of 1.5 °C https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/ (IPCC, accessed August 14, 2021) AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/ IPCC, accessed August 14, 2021) 2021 State of Indian Nations https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=268267178144665 (video) Quinault Indian Nation Plans for Relocation https://www.epa.gov/arc-x/quinault-indian-nation-plans-relocation (EPA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, accessed August 14, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Tribes have up close perspective on climate change https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/tribes-have-up-close-perspective-on-climate-change/“ (The Seattle Times, April 23, 2016) “Disparities faced by Native Americans 'a national disgrace', Quinault president says https://www.kuow.org/stories/disparities-faced-by-native-americans-a-national-disgrace“ (KUOW, February 23, 2021) “Feeling the Heat of Climate Change https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/feeling-the-heat-of-climate-change” (Indian Country Today, March 12, 2021) “5 Takeaways From the Major New U.N. Climate Report https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/climate/un-climate-report-takeaways.html” (The New York Times, August 9, 2021) “Native American communities confront painful choice - move away, or succumb to rising waters? https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/300276203/native-american-communities-confront-painful-choice--move-away-or-succumb-to-rising-waters” (Stuff, April 14, 2021) “Climate Action Must Progress Far Faster to Achieve 1.5 C Goa https://www.wri.org/insights/climate-action-must-progress-far-faster-achieve-15-c-goall“ (World Resources Institute, accessed August 14, 2021)

Aug 20, 2021
Not In My Class

It’s back-to-school season for many of the nation’s 73 million children, but in Texas—and in other parts of the country—what’s being taught in the classroom about our nation’s history is under question. What’s being left out and why? The answer is Worth Noting. LINKS: “Students Say Teach the Truth https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/students-say-teach-the-truth” (Learning for Justice, July 6, 2021) Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/ (Center for Racial Justice in Education, accessed Aug 10, 2021) SOURCES CONSULTED: “3 Myths About Critical Race Theory That Parents Need To Understand https://www.romper.com/life/what-is-critical-race-theory-in-education” (Romper, July 21, 2021) “Texas Senate Bill Drops Teaching Requirement That Ku Klux Klan Is ‘Morally Wrong https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-senate-education-bill-white-supremacy_n_60f50cf6e4b01f11895b2dc3’“ (Huffpost, July 19, 2021)

Aug 13, 2021
Simone Biles, GOAT

The rhinestone-emblazoned leotard worn by Simone Biles boasts GOAT, greatest of all time, and if you have any doubt about the 24-year-old gymnast or the path that led her to where she stands today, well, stick around because it’s Worth Noting. LINKS: “Simone Biles lands Yurchenko double pike vault at U.S. Classic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NESV8eu6k18“ (NBC Sports, Youtube, May 22, 2021) Evelyn Talks About Sexual Abuse https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/evelyn-talks-about-sexual-abuse (A Kids Book About: The Podcast, episode 11) SOURCES CONSULTED: “Olympic gymnastics updates: Simone Biles wins bronze on beam in last day of event finals https://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/31928593/olympic-gymnastics-updates-simone-biles-wins-bronze-beam-last-day-event-finals“ (ESPN, August 3, 2021) “Simone Biles https://www.biography.com/athlete/simone-biles” (Biography.com, accessed August 3, 2021) “Gymnastics elements named after Simone Biles https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnastics_elements_named_after_Simone_Biles“ (Wikipedia, accessed August 3, 2021) “Simone Biles withdraws from vault and uneven bars finals https://www.cbsnews.com/news/simone-biles-withdraws-from-two-more-olympic-events/” (CBS News, July 30, 2021) “This is the most GOAT thing Simone Biles has ever done https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/27/opinions/simone-biles-shows-she-is-human-at-olympics-bass/index.html“ (CNN, July 27, 2021) “How Simone Biles went from foster care to Olympic great https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2021/07/23/2021-olympics-how-simone-biles-went-foster-care-olympic-great/7931081002/“ (USA Today, July 23, 2021) “Simone Biles makes history with Yurchenko double pike vault at US Classic https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/22/simone-biles-yurchenko-vault-us-classic“ (The Guardian, May 22, 2021) “Why Simone Biles is even better than her scores tell https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/oct/08/simone-biles-skills-scoring-world-championships“ (The Guardian, October 8, 2019) “Simone Biles says she was molested by gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/simone-biles-says-she-was-molested-gymnastics-doctor-larry-nassar-n837806“ (NBC News, January 16, 2018)

Aug 06, 2021
Introducing Worth Noting

Introducing Worth Noting, a kids podcast about current events. Join me, Matthew Winner, each week for a look at what’s going on in the world and how it impacts you and others. From scientific breakthroughs to historic achievements. From political upheaval to social justice. The news can be heavy. World events can be confusing. But no one should miss out on history as it's being made. It’s not always easy to know how to talk about what’s going on in the world or even to know where to start. The more we understand the history that’s taking place in front of our eyes, the better we can see where we stand in it.  My name’s Matthew, and this is Worth Noting.

Jul 25, 2021
BONUS: Swimming Caps for All

This bonus episode is presented by A Kids Podcast About. Matthew talks about a recent decision by FINA, the International Swimming Federation, against the use of Soul Cap swimming caps and the impact of the decision against the inclusion of Black swimmers in the future. Resources mentioned: Soul Cap https://soulcap.com "Swimming caps for natural black hair ruled out of Olympic Games" (The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/02/swimming-caps-for-natural-black-hair-ruled-out-of-olympic-games-alice-dearing)  Jelani Talks About Racism (Episode 01 https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/racism-with-jelani-memory) Jordan Talks About Systemic Racism (Episode 03 https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/jordan-talks-about-systemic-racism) Charnaie Talks About Diversity (Episode 19 https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/charnaie-talks-about-diversity) Ben Talks About White Privilege (Episode 20 https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/ben-talks-about-white-privilege)

Jul 22, 2021
BONUS: Evelyn Talks About Sexual Abuse

Evelyn Yang, author of A Kids Book About Sexual Abuse, talks in the newest episode of about speaking up in any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable. In it, I also tell my abuse story for the first time with my voice on a public and recorded forum. I know that many, too many of you were also affected by sexual abuse. I want to give you some of my strength. I also want others to know how you can help to give strength to all of us victims and survivors. Because we cannot break down the taboo and stop this cycle from happening over and over if we’re not willing to discuss this issue aloud.  Find more episodes of  by visiting https://a-kids-book-about-the-podcast.simplecast.com/

Apr 19, 2021
We'll Be Back

This is the Children’s Book Podcast. I’m Matthew Winner. Your host, guide, and companion. I started this podcast in July of 2013 and have since published over 700 episodes on this RSS feed. I’ve spoken with authors, illustrators, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, kids, and fans. But the one thing I’ve never done in these past 8 years is take a break. And so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ve learned over so many years that I find it quite natural to put others needs and voices first, and very unnatural to prioritize my own mental health needs. So I know you’ll excuse me if even this language doesn’t come naturally to me. Enjoy listening through the archives, or to recent episodes you may have missed, and I’ll be back when it’s the right time for me to come back. Take care of yourselves. And I promise to do the same.

Apr 08, 2021
Carole Boston Weatherford - Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Today, with a full and grateful heart, I am welcoming back to the podcast Carole Boston Weatherford, author of , illustrated by Floyd Cooper. May 31st, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre, a horrific event that devastated the wealthiest African American community in the entire nation. What provoked the event, beyond that elevator ride where Dick Rowland, and African American teen, either stumbled or stepped on the foot of Sarah Page, a young white elevator operator in a downtown office building, resulting in Rowland being jailed on assault charges… what provoked the event was Black advancement. As Carole reminds us in this interview, Black advancement is the single greatest threat to White Supremacy. Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store. * Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/matthewcwinner or on Paypal at paypal.me/childrensbkpod

Apr 05, 2021
Ilyasah Shabazz - The Awakening of Malcolm X

Today I am joined by Ilyasah Shabazz, author of , written with Tiffany D. Jackson. Bryan Stevenson said “We are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” And yet our criminal justice system might have us thinking otherwise. Ilyasah illuminates the humanity of inmates while also discovering the truth about who Malcolm is in this exceptional young adult novel. I myself listened to the audiobook adaptation and highly recommended it as well. There is so much in this book and in this conversation, that the best way I can think to share is, as in many cases, for me to get out of the way and let the stories be heard. If you are not yet acquainted with Ilyasah Shabazz, I hope that this discussion serves that introduction well.  Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store. * Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/matthewcwinner or on Paypal at paypal.me/childrensbkpod

Apr 01, 2021
Jason June and Lori Richmond - Porcupine Cupid

Jason June and Lori Richmond share . Jason June talks of the magic we create when we’re connected and this story laces that magic throughout. Much like Porcupine Cupid, Jason June is in love with love and works throughout this story to ensure not to define what it means to be in love. Lori’s illustrations are laced with love and hearts and connection throughout and it was just so wonderful to be in conversation with them both, I never wanted it to end. Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store. * Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/matthewcwinner or on Paypal at paypal.me/childrensbkpod

Mar 29, 2021
Archaa Shrivastav - We Are Little Feminists: Families

Archaa Shrivastav is the author of , , and , three delightful board books in the series. And is the 2021 recipient of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. This is an award given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience and the committee made history by selecting a board book as their winner. But not just any board book. This one… this whole series… is truly like nothing you’ve seen before. Exceptionally crafted, designed, and brought into this world to shine a light on and hold up a mirror for all families. families. Get a copy of this book and support independent bookstores (and this podcast) by visiting our BookShop Store. * Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/matthewcwinner or on Paypal at paypal.me/childrensbkpod

Mar 25, 2021