Pollution is a problem around the globe, but there are ways to un-pollute dirty and contaminated places. How we do that is explained by chemist and journalist Dr. Marina Philip, and we check in with mycologist Peter McCoy from the world’s first school for mycology, Mycologos about how mushrooms can transform some of our most toxic pollutants into building materials and more. We also hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the problem of plastic pollution worldwide. Kids can help solve this international crisis and we learn how. This show is mixed with great music from the Beat BudsZee AviMister GOne More SongEllis PaulEarthworm Ensemble and more.


Dr. Marina Philip’s article about cleaning Las Vegas Nevada’s drinking water is here!

Find tools and resources for kids to learn more about pollution at Science Explorers – Click Here!

Check out Zen’s amazing stop motion video of his drawings by clicking on this link:  ZensDrawing


The Children’s Hour is supported by the Cultural Services Department and the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund at the City of Albuquerque, city councilor Pat Davis, as well as Bernalillo County, New Mexico’s Commission. 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.


durationtitleartistalbumlabel
03:23I Have A VoiceThe Beat BudssingleThe Beat Buds
04:24Colors of the WindZee AviZee Avi's Nightlight2014 Little Monster Records
01:53NaturalezaMister GChocolalala2012 Coil Records
03:31No Such Thing As GarbageThe Missoula Coyote Choir & FriendsAsk the Planet2009 The Biomimicry Institute
03:01PlasticOne More SongGimme That Music!2020 One More Song
04:41Reduce Reuse RecycleEarthworm EnsembleBackyard Garden2015 Earthworm Ensemble
02:50DownstreamBill Oliver, Glen Waldeck & The Otter Space BandHave to Have A HabitatBill Oliver
02:56Million Chameleon MarchEllis PaulEllis Paul-The Dragonfly Races2008 Blackwolf Records