24 episodes

A half-serious podcast about children's media, parenting, and the nature of childhood. We're a couple of parents who analyze and discuss books, TV shows, movies, games, and other media for kids, both past and present. Hosted by Denise and Kurt Schiller.

Parents Just Don't Understand Kurt & Denise

    • Kids & Family

A half-serious podcast about children's media, parenting, and the nature of childhood. We're a couple of parents who analyze and discuss books, TV shows, movies, games, and other media for kids, both past and present. Hosted by Denise and Kurt Schiller.

    COPS (feat. Andray Domise)

    COPS (feat. Andray Domise)

    We're joined by writer and journalist Andray Domise to talk about depictions of cops in kids cartoons and their role in normalizing police violence against black, indigenous, and other marginalized communities. We also discuss parenting in times of social and political change, the late-80s sci-fi cartoon COPS, the sci-fi western Marshall BraveStarr, and anti-drug PSAs.

    Andray on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andraydomise
    Andray's writing at Maclean's: https://www.macleans.ca/author/andray-domise/

    • 53 min
    BONUS: Kurt & Denise on This Might Be A Podcast

    BONUS: Kurt & Denise on This Might Be A Podcast

    Kurt & Denise went on This Might Be A Podcast to talk about the They Might Be Giants song "I Am A Paleontologist!", parenting, dinosaurs, science, and a whole bunch of other stuff. This is a great podcast and you should check them out!

    https://www.patreon.com/ThisMightBeAPodcast

    • 1 hr 46 min
    BONUS: How to Talk to Kids About Illness & Health

    BONUS: How to Talk to Kids About Illness & Health

    After recording our Hobbit episode, Chris was kind enough to stick around to share his perspective on a topic a lot of parents are grappling with as a result of the COVID-19 crisis: talking to kids about illness, health, and medical care.

    • 15 min
    The Hobbit (feat. Chris Woodward)

    The Hobbit (feat. Chris Woodward)

    We're joined by fellow parent and friend of the show Chris Woodward to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy classic The Hobbit, as well as the 1977 animated version from Rankin-Bass.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    School's Out Forever (feat. Ben Udashen)

    School's Out Forever (feat. Ben Udashen)

    Podcaster and childcare worker Ben Udashen of the Unpopular Front podcast returns to talk about parenting and childcare during a pandemic, the political economy of childrearing and household labor, universal childcare, and the swift changes in parenting norms we're seeing as a result of COVID-19.

    Ben's Twitter: https://twitter.com/marxistmanny?lang=en
    Unpopular Front: http://unpopularfront.com
    "The Coronavirus is a Disaster for Feminism," Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/feminism-womens-rights-coronavirus-covid19/608302/
    "Red Diaper Babies," Jacobin: https://jacobinmag.com/2017/12/red-diaper-babies

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Star Wars... You Know, For Kids! (feat. Jack Allison)

    Star Wars... You Know, For Kids! (feat. Jack Allison)

    This week, we're joined by Jack Allison of JackAM and Struggle Session to answer the question: "When's the right time to talk to YOUR kids about The Force?" We discuss the Star Wars Forces of Destiny children's web series, why and how kids have connected with Star Wars throughout the years, and what they can (and can't) learn from it.

    Jack on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackallisonLOL/
    JackAM: https://www.twitch.tv/jackam
    Struggle Session: https://www.patreon.com/strugglesession

    • 52 min

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