kids http://nhpr.org en 6.11.14: Happy Spending, Tinkering Kids, And The Weird History Of Scarecrows http://nhpr.org/post/61114-happy-spending-tinkering-kids-and-weird-history-scarecrows <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old adage goes, “money can’t buy you happiness”, but maybe you’re just not spending it right. From paying for experiences to spending on others, we'll look at the science of smarter, happier spending. Plus, parents prepare! The end of the school year is nigh. For those looking for ways to get kids off their screens and outside this summer, fear not, we have just the activities in mind. Then, the surprisingly fascinating history of the scarecrow.</span></p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:50:04 +0000 Word of Mouth 50042 at http://nhpr.org 6.11.14: Happy Spending, Tinkering Kids, And The Weird History Of Scarecrows From Rocker To Raffi: Chris Ballew Of "PUSA" And Caspar Babypants http://nhpr.org/post/rocker-raffi-chris-ballew-pusa-and-caspar-babypants <p>The Presidents of The United States of America - the same band responsible for the enigmatic 1995 hit single “Lump” &nbsp;- is releasing their <a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/pusa" target="_blank">6<sup>th</sup> studio album</a> in February, their first since 2008.&nbsp; Since then, PUSA’s frontman <strong>Chris Ballew</strong> has been keeping himself busy making music geared towards an entirely different generation of listeners: the three and four year old set!&nbsp; Under the alias <a href="http://babypantsmusic.com/" target="_blank">“Caspar Babypants”</a>, Chris has released 7 albums of children’s music, including a collection of Beatles tunes.&nbsp; In this interview Chris explains why he started making music for families, how “being a parent is a little like being in a penitentiary in 1887”, and gave us a preview of songs off PUSA’s new record!&nbsp;&nbsp; Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:01:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41826 at http://nhpr.org From Rocker To Raffi: Chris Ballew Of "PUSA" And Caspar Babypants Are Foster Kids Better Off Without Families? http://nhpr.org/post/are-foster-kids-better-without-families <p>Statistically speaking, American foster children face a steep uphill battle. A 2010 study showed nearly 25 percent of foster care children end up homeless at some point after exiting the system, and teen girls in foster care were more likely to become pregnant than to get adopted. One fledgling foster care experiment has done away with the foster family system in favor of a mutually supportive group-home. The <a href="http://www.sanpasqualacademy.org/">San Pasqual Academy </a>is a $14 million dollar nonprofit based in San Diego that houses 180 foster kids. <strong>Natasha Vargas-Cooper </strong>is a freelance journalist who<a href="http://www.psmag.com/pacific-standard-septemberoctober-2013/"> wrote about</a> San Pasqual for <em><a href="http://www.psmag.com/">Pacific Standard.</a></em></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:28:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34403 at http://nhpr.org Are Foster Kids Better Off Without Families? Pre-Camp Preening http://nhpr.org/post/pre-camp-preening <p>Before heading to the great outdoors of summer camp, young girls embark on a pre-camp preening regiment</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:34:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7515 at http://nhpr.org Pre-Camp Preening Remembering they were fathers first http://nhpr.org/post/remembering-they-were-fathers-first <p>We talk with NHPR's Dan Gorenstein about a new summer camp being launched for the kids of state prison inmates.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:00:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott & 3149 at http://nhpr.org Remembering they were fathers first If I were President, I would... http://nhpr.org/post/if-i-were-president-i-would <p>A nine year-old's unexpected (and awesome) response to a classroom writing prompt.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:02:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3008 at http://nhpr.org If I were President, I would... Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That http://nhpr.org/post/daughteryeah-theres-app <p>Eight-year-old Jane Frauenfelder and her dad help us sort through which apps are worth her time.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:50:46 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1941 at http://nhpr.org Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That Legomaniacs Get Their Due... http://nhpr.org/post/legomaniacs-get-their-due <p>A report from the First Lego League competition, where kids get to solve a big problem with a beloved toy.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:30:54 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 604 at http://nhpr.org Legomaniacs Get Their Due...