16 episodes

What could it sound like to talk with a four year old about gentrification? What about police brutality? What about medical racism? Freedom Means... is a podcast hosted by storyteller and mother Grace Aldrich and preschool teacher Emma Redden. Grace and Emma use each episode to model what conversations related to race, racial violence, and colonialism could sound like. They role play different scenarios based on their own and listener’s experiences discussing and navigating this beautiful and devastating world alongside young people. Our intention is to engage with our listeners. If you have scenarios you’d like us to try to role play, reflections on what you hear, or are interested in working with us, please find us at thefullstoryschool.org.

Freedom Means..‪.‬ Grace Aldrich & Emma Redden

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

What could it sound like to talk with a four year old about gentrification? What about police brutality? What about medical racism? Freedom Means... is a podcast hosted by storyteller and mother Grace Aldrich and preschool teacher Emma Redden. Grace and Emma use each episode to model what conversations related to race, racial violence, and colonialism could sound like. They role play different scenarios based on their own and listener’s experiences discussing and navigating this beautiful and devastating world alongside young people. Our intention is to engage with our listeners. If you have scenarios you’d like us to try to role play, reflections on what you hear, or are interested in working with us, please find us at thefullstoryschool.org.

    BONUS EPISODE: Young People Talk About Freedom

    BONUS EPISODE: Young People Talk About Freedom

    In this very special episode, we are publishing an audio story featuring the brilliant ideas and stories from three young people in Washington, DC. They are ages 6-9 and have attended The Freedom Community School for the last couple of years. They talk about freedom, the history of Black people, abolition, slavery, police, jails, reading, revision, consent and so on. 

    The Full Story School publishes Freedom Means. Most episodes include Grace and Emma roleplaying a conversation related to race and racism. We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations to further explore many of the ideas brought up on the episode here. 

    • 20 min
    Language Ideas: Massacre in Buffalo, New York

    Language Ideas: Massacre in Buffalo, New York

    This mini episode, our third installment of Language Ideas, focuses on the  massacre of ten Black people at the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York. 

    We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com
    Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at www.thefullstoryschool.org/monthly-donors. It helps us reach more people if you share, follow or subscribe and leave us a review! Thank you. 
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations here. 

    • 13 min
    Language Ideas: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

    Language Ideas: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

    This mini episode, our second installment of Language Ideas, focuses on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and her nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

     We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com
    Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at www.thefullstoryschool.org/monthly-donors. It helps us reach more people if you share, follow or subscribe and leave us a review! Thank you. 
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations here. 

    • 7 min
    Language Ideas: Russia's War Against Ukraine

    Language Ideas: Russia's War Against Ukraine

    This mini episode, our first installment of Language Ideas, focuses on Russia's war against Ukraine. Unlike our regular episodes, this doesn't include role play or reflection, but simply offer small language ideas about different elements and dynamics around this war. 

     We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com
    Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at www.thefullstoryschool.org/monthly-donors. It helps us reach more people if you share, follow or subscribe and leave us a review! Thank you. 
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations from this episode here. 

    • 7 min
    "What If That Happened To Grandpa?" Episode Ten

    "What If That Happened To Grandpa?" Episode Ten

    In this final episode of Season One, Emma and Grace revisit a conversation Grace had with her son in the spring of 2020.  They re-enact the discussion of emotions that come from imagining a loved one being killed as a result of racial violence.  Then Emma and Grace role play this conversation to show how it might change if held between a Black child and an unrelated, loving, white adult in their life.  In the reflections, they discuss the emotional and physical toll of racial violence. Grace relays an experience of a reluctant conversation about race led by a non-black person of color in a problematic setting and Emma shares about her process of navigating this complicated talk as a white person.

    Freedom Means... will be back a few weeks into 2022 with Season Two.  We will be joined by some special guest experts to help us tackle new conversations. Happy New Year! 

    We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com.
    Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at www.thefullstoryschool.org/monthly-donors. It helps us reach more people if you share, follow or subscribe and leave us a review! Thank you. 
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations from this episode here. 

    • 29 min
    "Who is Ahmaud Arbery?" Episode Nine

    "Who is Ahmaud Arbery?" Episode Nine

    This week we role play conversations around this question.  We begin with a brief body grounding practice to share one way to support our nervous systems before tackling a hard question.  We briefly talk about Ahmaud Arbery in his life and share some of the things his friends and family wanted the world to know about him.  We talk about what happened the day he was killed and the immediate aftermath.  We also share the determined effort put forth by thousands of people seeking justice over many months until the details of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder was heard in court.

    We are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us, want to give feedback, or submit scenarios from your own lives for the podcast, you can contact us through our website: www.thefullstoryschool.org or by sending us an email at thefullstoryschool@gmail.com.
    Please consider becoming a monthly supporter at www.thefullstoryschool.org/monthly-donors. It helps us reach more people if you share, follow or subscribe and leave us a review! Thank you. 
    The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.
    You can find the book and resource recommendations from this episode here. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

26976422 ,

Yes!!!!

What a truly beautiful podcast. This is important work and has quickly helped me so much in finding kid friendly language for these big conversations that come up all the time in my own classroom. I find myself relistening and taking notes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Grace and Emma.

friedfree ,

Transformational!

I wish I had had this resource when my children were young. I didn’t have the words I needed to feel confident talking about racism with young children. Emma and Grace model that thoughtfully, compassionately, and patiently.

dee-ellen ,

Yes!

Such amazing teachers and humans! I’m so grateful for these conversations, explorations and healing opportunities.

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