The new podcast will encourage kids ages 5-12 to find the "wow" in the world and also serve as a great alternative to screen time.

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On May 15, NPR will launch its first podcast targeted at kids ages 5 to 12. "Wow in the World" is described on as, "a new way for families to connect, look up and discover the wonders in the world around them."

The program will be hosted by Mindy Thomas of Sirius XM and NPR's own Guy Raz. It intends to "guide curious kids and their grown-ups away from their screens and on a journey."

There can be no doubt that podcasts are a great alternative to screen time, which we are constantly reminded to limit for our kids. And as parents are encouraged to listen to "Wow in the World" with their kids, it will most certainly spur conversation and connection. In a press release, Thomas confirmed, "We want to help spark conversations between kids and other kids and also with their grown-ups that will ultimately lead to their own big discoveries."

Raz added, "As parents and caregivers, many of us grapple with screen-time. This show is not just an alternative to screens but a show about celebrating the spirit of inquiry and encouraging kids to ask even more questions."

The online description of the program adds more about what families can expect from the program: "Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, we'll go inside our brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology."

We can't wait to hear the first episode! Listen to it at

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.