A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes both entertain and educate younger audiences -- e.g., the episode "Spelling Trubble" helps listeners learn to spell new words alongside Arthur as he prepares for the Spell-a-thon. The podcast's website features many activities that listeners can complete as they listen, including coloring pages, games, and DIY crafts. Social-emotional lessons are present in each episode.
Episodes begin with Arthur reflecting on memories or discussing his current troubles. Episodes end with positive resolutions that show how he's learned and often focus on the importance of family and friendship. Others teach healthy communication between friends to foster teamwork and inspire courage and compassion as they face new obstacles. In one episode, Arthur and his friends learn how to stand up for what they believe in when some of their favorite books are banned.
Positive Role Models
Arthur and his friends are still learning themselves, but that doesn't stop them from providing listeners with positive role models who display courage, compassion, and teamwork. Though they face challenges, they don't give up. They find ways to overcome obstacles and learn from their struggles instead of giving in to them. Although some characters get frustrated, are in a bad mood, or reactive negatively toward others, there's always a deep dive into what's causing their behavior, and the situation is resolved in a positive manner.
Arthur, DW, Buster, and friends are unique and celebrate their differences. Although cultural backgrounds and identities may not be explicitly discussed, Arthur provides listeners with a great example of how to treat others with compassion. Episodes approach many relevant topics like book banning and Earth Day.
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Products & Purchases
Some episodes begin with ads targeted to parents, including ads for car dealerships.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that THE ARTHUR PODCAST is based on the hit TV show Arthur from PBS. In this audio series, Arthur has started a podcast where he tells stories and discusses his current situation with listeners. Each episode is meant to entertain and educate kids about friendship, courage, teamwork, compassion, and family. There are many activities on the related website that go hand-in-hand with the episodes, helping kids learn more creative skills. Episodes are sure to be fun for the whole family, as parents will most certainly feel nostalgia when hearing their favorite aardvark and his friends. Situations in episodes are relatable to elementary and middle school kids, as the characters are navigating friendships, school, and growing up. Depending on the platform, some episodes feature advertisements targeted to parents.
Is It Any Good?
PBS strikes audio gold again, taking an established brand and well-known characters and translating this TV success into an entertaining audio series for the whole family. If you were worried when PBS announced the end of the decades-long animated series Arthur, you're in luck, because it's back and better than ever with The Arthur Podcast. And this time it's screen free! Kids will love reconnecting with their favorite aardvark and his friends, and parents who grew up with the beloved TV series are sure to feel a wonderful tinge of nostalgia while listening.
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