Story Pirates Podcast
The concept is blow-away creative and educational. Take original short stories written by kids—the most imaginative, odd-ball, whacky, funny stories—and hand them over to a “crew” of upstart and accomplished actors, comedians, and musicians, who turn them into hilarious comedy and musical podcasts.
Founded from the Story Pirates initiative that, in 2004, began performing kids’ wildest ideas on stage in New York City and Los Angeles schools, the podcast aims to “elevate the value of kids’ voices.” And they do. Story Pirates has grown from a weekly radio broadcast to this new podcast with Gimlet Media.
It doesn’t hurt that Story Pirates has attracted major show-biz talent to join in on the fun: Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Ana Gasteyer, John Oliver, and many others. At the end of one show, O’Brien tells the young storywriter it has been a long time since he worked with such a good script. On Story Pirates, the stories are the stars, not the stars, whose credits you can’t even find on the podcast links. Young authors like Nina, the 11-year-old girl from New York who wrote “A Hamster’s Workday,” and Ben, the 7-year-old boy from Virginia who composed a musical B-52’s homage, “Backstroke Raptor,” are the ones interviewed.
Episodes, typically 15-20 minutes long, are released every couple of weeks. And, yes, amid the ha-has and hilarity is some advertising, specifically Mini Babybel cheese snacks. Donations are welcome, too.
Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.