9 episodes

Hosted by Benjamin Wong, 14-year old self-proclaimed “news-iac”, Fireflies explores the hottest topics of today’s political landscape from the perspectives of everyday teens. From the Black Lives Matter movement to anti-trust laws, Ben and two new weekly debaters will keep kids informers and entertained with bipartisan and relevant ideas, because even though we may come small, we have bright minds, and big ideas

Fireflies Kidfinity Studios

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Hosted by Benjamin Wong, 14-year old self-proclaimed “news-iac”, Fireflies explores the hottest topics of today’s political landscape from the perspectives of everyday teens. From the Black Lives Matter movement to anti-trust laws, Ben and two new weekly debaters will keep kids informers and entertained with bipartisan and relevant ideas, because even though we may come small, we have bright minds, and big ideas

    Police Reform: Is Systemic Racism a Major Issue in American Policing?

    Police Reform: Is Systemic Racism a Major Issue in American Policing?

    With the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake, of many,  many are calling for significant changes to the traditional American Police Force. New host Benjamin Wong, joined by 15-year olds Donovan Zagorin and Alexis Salen from Upland High School will be discussing the numerous factors of reform, including defunding, reallocation of police budgets, a potential ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, and lastly, racial profiling and systemic racism. 

    *Sources for this episode include NPR.org, Vox.com, theHill.com, among others. Please reach out directly to the Fireflies team with any concerns,

    *The views expressed in this episode are personal and do not represent those of the people, organizations, or institutions related to the Fireflies podcast.  

    • 28 min
    The New Host of Fireflies...

    The New Host of Fireflies...

    Recently, we've been doing a lot of work to find a new host for the acclaimed Fireflies podcast. We've narrowed down our search and are proud to reveal Benjamin Wong, also the host of Kidfinity Studios' Kid CEO!

    • 1 min
    Noah's News Update: California Fires and HOW TO VOTE

    Noah's News Update: California Fires and HOW TO VOTE

    *initially recorded on August 26th, 2020*

    *Edit: States differ on their requirements for how to vote, so some might allow you to register to vote earlier*

    In this episode, Noah discusses the recent California fires, including the underlying issues behind these disasters. In addition, he talks about how to vote in the upcoming election, whether through mail or in-person, and also covers the importance of participating in the voting process. Unfortunately, we were not able to release episodes for the past few weeks, and this week only a news update; we apologize for this inconvenience, and we will do our best to continue regular debates in the future.

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    • 17 min
    Play or Stay: How Will Youth Sports Reopen this Coming School Year?

    Play or Stay: How Will Youth Sports Reopen this Coming School Year?

    *initially recorded on August 11th, 2020*

    Welcome back to the show! In this episode, Noah (still the host) is joined by 15-year-old Andrew Left and 15-year-old Benjamin Germann to discuss the future of youth sports in the United States. They will share their own experiences with the pandemic and use examples from professional sports to support their thoughts on the reopening of youth athletics this coming school year. 

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    • 22 min
    Noah's News Update: The Beirut Explosion and Tech Antitrust Hearing

    Noah's News Update: The Beirut Explosion and Tech Antitrust Hearing

    *initially recorded on August 4th, 2020/ Beirut data from the date of recording* 

    *Edit: Some states allow you to register to vote before you are 18, but you cannot vote until after you turn 18*

    Welcome back to the show! In today's episode, Noah Golder will provide a news update and discuss the tragic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, and last week's antitrust hearing featuring CEOs from Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple. We still haven't finalized a new host yet, and this episode will unfortunately not include two kid debaters. But don't worry! Regular episodes will continue next week! 

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    • 11 min
    The Real Test Question: Should Colleges Be Allowed to Require Standardized Test Scores for Admission?

    The Real Test Question: Should Colleges Be Allowed to Require Standardized Test Scores for Admission?

    It's time to settle the score. In this episode, Noah Golder is joined by 17-year-old Grace Marchant and 15-year-old Savannah Keller to discuss the future of standardized testing in the United States.  They will debate whether or not colleges should be able to require standardized test scores for admission, possible alternatives to this system, and how the debate with state testing fits into the standardized testing discussion.


    *initially recorded on July 23rd, 2020*

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    By the way, we were recently featured in a local news article by Steve Scauzillo over at the Daily Bulletin! We would love it if you checked it out! At, Fireflies, we are doing our best to stay engaged in society's pressing issues and are still growing and developing. Please feel free to send any constructive feedback, and we will take it into account for future episodes!

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

taliarahaman ,

Compelling!

The Fireflies Podcast is an interesting listen. It’s always great to hear young people’s opinions on relevant topics. Kids featured on this show are well educated and make some very strong points!

fw8425 ,

Great platform for kids to speak their mind!

I love how this podcast encourages kids to speak their minds rather than suppress them. Hopefully, this can help in ensuring the next generation of leaders work together instead of apart, to find solutions to this world’s issues.

Benjaminjwong ,

Great addition to the Kidfinity Studios lineup!

Love how the debaters are so professional in their speaking. In comparison to the polarization of US politics, the kids show that when we enter a discussion with an open mind, we can really find bipartisan solutions. First time I’ve seen something like this and I’m impressed!

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