Highlights Hangout is a new monthly podcast that brings Highlights Magazine, an American icon, to life in a whole new way. This magazine-style show offers a unique audio spin on the stories, characters, puzzles, and jokes that millions of kids dive into each month in the pages of Highlights. The new podcast will continue the impressive work of Highlights and its “fun with a purpose” approach, which for the past 72 years has helped children become their best selves by creating content and experiences that engage, delight, and foster joyful learning. The podcast is produced in partnership with Tinkercast, creators of the award-winning, NPR-distributed podcast, Wow in the World, which is currently the most popular podcast for kids.
Hosted by Tim Kubart (Sunny Side Up, Tim and the Space Cadets) and Juanita Andersen (Barrel of Monkeys, Theater for Young People), the show features Highlights favorites “Goofus and Gallant”, “Ask Arizona”, “The Hidden Sound Game” (“Hidden Pictures” with sounds!), and listener-submitted "HangMail" featuring jokes, tongue twisters, poems and wow-worthy science questions answered by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz from Wow in the World!
The premiere episode “Hang Ten” debuts June 4 and sets the new audio format for the familiar content as hosts Tim and Juanita introduce listeners to a new way to “play the Highlights way”. They will reveal the Hidden Sound, a new sonic twist on the classic Highlights’ Hidden Picture Game, and invite listeners to listen for, identify, and count up the Hidden Sounds throughout the show. Other features will include HangMail, a visit to an imaginary amusement park where they play “I Can't Believe this Imaginary Wave Pool Has a Line This Long Game Show!!” and where they learn some pretty amazing things about the sport of surfing. There will be a song about summer camp from Goofus and Gallant, plus listener submitted jokes, poems, and burning science questions from real kids that are answered with the help of friends Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas from the Wow in the World podcast. The episode wraps up with the answer to the Hidden Sound Game plus a riddle to solve by the next episode!