On this episode of The Children’s Hour, we explore balloons! We learn what makes the drifting hot air balloons stay afloat in the sky, and we learn the history of how balloons came to be a mode of transportation. We also hear the Balloonist’s Prayer, and we take a trip in a hot air balloon with one of our Kids Crew members. Plus, we visit with the artists behind Airigami, who make giant sculptures and even clothing out of latex balloons. The kids in the Extinction Diaries talk about what happens when people release helium balloons into nature. Finally we find out about those mysterious white balloons that appear all over the world every single day, high in the sky.  All of this is mixed with great music from Steve Pullara, They Might Be Giants, Roger Day, Tom Paxton, Bill Oliver, Frances England, Elena Moon Park and Poi Dog Pondering.

The Children’s Hour is supported by the Cultural Services Department and the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund at the City of Albuquerque. This project is supported in part by an award from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. We also have support from Electric Playhouse and numerous foundations also support our work including the Infinite Gesture Fund, The Limestone Fund, and The Laughing Buddha Fund. Thank you to our listeners who contribute to us through the Paypal Giving Fund, Paypal, and by subscribing to our podcasts on Patreon.


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10-03-2020 09:00:2010-03-2020 09:04:4104:21Big BalloonSteve Pullara And His Cool Beans BandSpinning Tails2003 Cool Beans Music
10-03-2020 09:06:2610-03-2020 09:09:0602:40Where Do They Make Balloons?They Might Be Giants (For Kids)No!2013 Idlewild Recordings
10-03-2020 09:13:0610-03-2020 09:15:3602:30Big BalloonRoger DayReady to Fly2001 Roger Day
10-03-2020 09:15:5110-03-2020 09:19:2003:29Jimmy's Big BalloonDave RudolfWestward Whoa!2005 Moneytree Records
10-03-2020 09:19:2010-03-2020 09:20:0000:40Up Up and AwayHugh Masekela20th Century Masters: The Best of Hugh MasekelaThis Compilation 2006 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
10-03-2020 09:24:1710-03-2020 09:27:4103:24Any Way The Wind BlowsSeth Hoffman2009 Class CD2009 Seth Hoffman Music
10-03-2020 09:27:4110-03-2020 09:29:5102:10Balloon-Alloon-AlloonTom PaxtonI've Got a Yo-Yo2019 Pax Records
10-03-2020 09:37:2710-03-2020 09:40:1502:48Toribio the Clown Gets His Groove BackHip Hop HoodiosAgua Pa' la Gente2004 Jazzheads
10-03-2020 09:41:1510-03-2020 09:43:5502:40Don't Release That BalloonBill Oliver, Glen Waldeck & The Otter Space BandHave To Have A HabitatBill Oliver
10-03-2020 09:43:5510-03-2020 09:45:5401:59The Balloon SongLittle Blue Globe BandIt's a Toddler's World2018 Ameiva Media
10-03-2020 09:49:2910-03-2020 09:51:4602:17Red BalloonFrances EnglandMind of My Own2010 Frances England
10-03-2020 09:51:4610-03-2020 09:54:4803:02Flying StarfishElena Moon ParkUnhurried Journey2020 Elena Moon Park
10-03-2020 09:55:3910-03-2020 09:59:2903:50FallingPoi Dog PonderingPoi Dog Pondering2008 Platetectonic Music