The next generation of podcasters may come out of the coronavirus outbreak, and Pineapple Street Studios may have something to do with it. It has today announced Stuck at Home, a creative podcast experiment for kids around the world who find themselves at home due to the coronavirus restrictions.As part of this experiment, kids are encouraged to create their own podcast featuring the content of their choice.With their parent or guardian’s permission, kids can record their podcast using a smartphone voice recording app or laptop, give the show a name, and then send to it Pineapple Street Studio.
What could kids talk about? In a dedicated web page offering suggestions, Pineapple Street says there are plenty of options, including some a teacher would love – like making a podcast about a historical event. Other ideas include making an advice show, reviewing movies or doing an interview show – an idea that comes with a list of sample questions to help kids get the ball rolling. The company is recommending kids keep their podcast between two and ten minutes. Once the show has been recorded, kids will email their recording to Pineapple Street, where Senior Producer Eric Mennel will collect the shows for a project that’s still being developed. “We probably won’t be able to use all of the podcasts, but we’re going to try our best to make something really fun,” the website says. It’s a big switch for Mennel, who just wrapped production on The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow.
“So many of us are home with kids right now, isolated and trying to make sense of this deeply uncertain moment while watching our children process it too. Even after just a few days it seems clear that they have as much to teach us about how to get through this as we do them,” said Jenna Weiss-Berman and Max Linsky, co-founders of Pineapple Street Studios. “But it’s not just about adults. Kids are missing school, missing each other. And we hope this project will be one small way for kids all over the country to connect,” they said in a joint statement.