Media Monday: Locals we love

Did you Buy Local for your Halloween pumpkin this year? Are you giving out local Lamme’s next week—or at least buying some for yourself? Good. Now, how about some local video and audio fun for you and your kids?

Here are two truly terrific homegrown, certified local, and maybe even organic things to try this week:

ARTtv is a YouTube channel that wants your kids to do just one thing: MAKE SOME ART! The channel is the brainchild of Ron Pippin, an Austinite with 25 years of experience in film and video production. The topics on this vast channel of mostly kid-made videos include mini lessons on all sorts of skills and projects, from drawing faces to writing poetry about bats to making an automaton. Plus lots and lots of great music by and for kids.

ARTtv is connected to Outside Voice, a creative community for kids that you can help fund through Indiegogo. You can find out more about Outside Voice on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.


Tumble is a podcast for kids ages 8 to 12 about every aspect of SCIENCE! But honestly, I’m five times older than that target demographic, and I’m adding it to my playlist today. The hosts are partners in life and on the podcast. Lindsay Patterson and Marshall Escamilla love trivia, cool and gross stories, and dumb puns.  But mostly they love science.

In episodes that last about 15 minutes each, Lindsay and Marshall share fascinating facts about salamanders, electricity, and exploding stars.  As with most podcasts, the thing that will keep you coming back is the chemistry (!) of the hosts, who ask sharp, interesting questions of their scientist guests and do a lot of giggling. And if you end up loving it like I do, there’s also a newsletter you can subscribe to and a way to support the podcast through Patreon. Follow Tumble on Facebook and on Twitter.

Shelley Sperry