Welcome to Day 3 of the A-Z Challenge. This year I am reviewing podcasts. Day 3 is the letter C, and the podcast I will be reviewing is Civics 101.
This is the first podcast that I had to actively research to find. Unlike a few of the letters coming up, I found the letter C easily, and loved it from the start.
Virginia Prescott is the host of Civics 101, the study of the ins and outs of how our government works. Civics 101 calls itself a "refresher course," but every time I listen to an episode Virginia teaches me things that don't even seem familiar. She does it in a way that is engaging and memorable. I have a real longing to be better educated about the world I live in, and this podcast helps me do just that.
The iTunes store categorizes this podcast as News and Politics, and for the first time, I agree!
The episodes come available about twice a week, and most episodes are 15-20 minutes. A few special ones are longer.
Each episode is tied to a real life news story. She uses it as a scaffolding--activating your prior knowledge, (that's teacher talk) so that you have something on which to hang all the new information you are being given. If you, like me, want to know a lot more than you know about our government and don't want to be bored while you are learning it, this is the show for you. Our world would be a better place if more people took the time to understand civics.
You can listen to it here or wherever you listen to your podcasts.