The Kids + Podcast

Listen. Learn. Grow.

Co-hosted by Dr. Todd Wolynn and Communications Director Chad Hermann, the Kids + Podcast is an evidence-based, family-focused look at health, wellness, policy, and advocacy for children.

In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and the rampant, dangerous spread of medical misinformation. we’re here to keep it real, to make you think, and to take science back — one episode at a time.

The Kids + Podcast is available on all top podcast platforms, including iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Or you can listen below…

Episode List (So Far)

1. Parenting & Child Development (w/ Diana Schwab), 9/27/19
A wide-ranging conversation with child development expert Diana Schwab about stages of development, potty training, separation anxiety, fussy eating, tantrums, biting, and other “things you can’t control.”

2. Ticks & Lyme Disease (w/ Dr. Andy Nowalk), 10/15/19
Infectious disease expert Dr. Andy Nowalk talks about the spread, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme Disease.

3. Flu & Flu Vaccines (w/ Dr. Don Middleton), 10/31/19
Disease prevention and immunization expert Dr. Don Middleton talks about the flu and the importance (and safety) of the flu vaccine, and also shares a few thoughts on shingles and the shingles vaccine.

4. Child Care & Play (w/ Cara Ciminillo), 11/18/19
A conversation with early education expert Cara Ciminillo about the value of high-quality child care, what to look for (and what questions to ask) when evaluating a child care facility, how to make the best child care choice for your family, and the importance of play in early learning.

5. Nutrition & Food Choices (w/ Andrew Wade), 12/3/19
A conversation with registered dietitian Andrew Wade about general nutrition, different types of fats, the importance of balance, the myth of “healthy vs. unhealthy” foods, how to craft a complete meal, and his #1 tip for how to enjoy holiday eating (including sweet treats).

6. Games & Gameplay (w/ Kylie Prymus), 12/17/19
A conversation with Kylie Prymus, owner of Games Unlimited, about the pleasures of “old-fashioned analog entertainment,” some great kid and family games you probably don’t know (but should), and recommendations for different ages and game genres.

7. Picky Eating & Parenting Philosophy (w/ Matt Bittner), 1/6/20
Occupational therapist Matt Bittner offers tips, insights, and strategies for how to deal with picky eaters, and for how to handle mealtime (and other time) negotiations with your kids.

8. Technology & Family Health (w/ Professor Illah Nourbakhsh), 1/23/20
Carnegie Mellon University professor Illah Nourbakhsh talks about air quality, environmental health, productive use of screen time, and training kids for a technological future.

9. Addiction & Opioid Use (w/ Ryan and Valerie Homanics), 2/10/20
Author Ryan Homanics, now more than 5 years clean after a long battle with drug addiction, and his mother, Valerie Homanics, tell their story with incredible power and clarity, to offer a glimpse at the ways addiction can devastate a life and an entire family.

10. Working & Breastfeeding (w/ Wendy Eson and Beth Ricciuti), 2/28/20
International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Wendy Eson and Beth Ricciuti share insights, tips, and strategies to help Moms transition back to work while breastfeeding their babies.

11. Allergies & Misinformation (w/ Dr. Dave Stukus), 5/15/20
Nationally renowned pediatric allergist/immunologist Dr. Dave Stukus talks (and busts myths) about seasonal allergies, food allergies, allergy treatments, the immune system, medical misinformation, and the Coronavirus “infodemic.”

12. Sex Education & Teens (w/ Samantha Bushman), 5/29/20
Samantha Bushman, founder and CEO of Talk, the New Sex Ed, talks about her research on how and where tradition sex education  approaches miss the mark, her wildly successful alternative approach that evolved from that research, and insights on the subject for both teens and parents.

13. Car Seats & Safety (w/ Dr. Ben Hoffman), 6/15/20
Dr. Ben Hoffman, a nationally renowned expert on child injury prevention, talks about the use, installation, safety, and science of car seats for kids.

14. Infant Soothing & Sleep (w/ Dr. Harvey Karp), 6/29/20
Internationally renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp talks about research, techniques, strategies (including The 5 S’s), and products (including SNOO) for soothing babies and helping them to sleep.