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The Imagine Neighborhood

A show where we use our imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

Episodes

  • Imagine Equity Trailer

    Jan 26 2021

    The Imagine Neighborhood returns next week with six new episodes!  Subscribe to our newsletter for new activities and to know when the episodes are live! https://www.imagineneighborhood.org/contact

  • Cardboard Boxing Day

    Dec 14 2020

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, special guest narrator Cardboard Scotty reads the fantastical tale of the first Cardboard Boxing Day. While everyone in the Neighborhood busily prepares for different holidays, Princess Donnasaurus has a case of the end-of-year blues . . . which she decides to fix by buying up every toy she can get her claws on! But when her friends don’t come over to play with all her loot, Princess Donnasaurus learns that happiness doesn’t come from toys. The greates...more

  • December Listener Questions

    Dec 07 2020

    Hey, everybody! Do you ever have questions for your friends in The Imagine Neighborhood™? This week on the show, we’ve got answers! Listeners had questions about what makes Macho Supreme so strong, how Doctor Apocalypso spends her morning, and whether we ever fly paper airplanes in the Neighborhood. One listener even had a question about sharks! If you have a question for us, you can find us on Stitcher or Apple Podcasts and put your question into a review (and while you’re there, you can ...more

  • Friendsgiving

    Nov 23 2020

    It’s almost Friendsgiving in The Imagine Neighborhood™! Scotty and Vac have been working on their thank-you jar all year: every time they feel thankful, they put a penny into the jar. And every year on Friendsgiving, a mythical yeti collects everyone’s jars and donates the money to help the Neighborhood—unless Tantrumus Maximus gets his way . . . This year, Tantrumus Maximus is determined to ruin Friendsgiving. If nobody has anything to be thankful for, maybe everyone will pay attention to h...more

  • November Listener Questions

    Nov 16 2020

    Hey, everybody! Do you ever have questions for your friends in The Imagine Neighborhood™? This week on the show, we’ve got answers! I got to hang out with Macho Supreme, Princess Donnasaurus, and Count Vacula, and answer questions from listeners all over the country. If you have a question for us, you can find us on Stitcher or Apple Podcasts and put your question into a review (and while you’re there, you can let us know what you think of the show). Or you can email your questions to kind...more

  • Blurghsday 2: The Blurghsening!

    Nov 09 2020

    It’s Blurghsday AGAIN in The Imagine Neighborhood™. On any given Blurghsday, we get a new rule that changes everybody’s plans for the whole day—usually we can just “Blame it on Blurghsday.” But when too many Blurghsdays happen in a row, Scotty and Doctor Apocalypso start to feel stressed. They need to “get small to deal with it all,” which means taking a break so they’re ready to tackle the next challenge. But when a tidal wave of deli meats threatens the Neighborhood, they realize it’s time to ...more

  • Macho and The Worrycane

    Nov 02 2020

    It's Macho's time to shine at the Space Marines Annual Smelling Bee! But there's just one problem: Macho is full of worries. And when Macho's worries get out of control, they become worrywarts that get bigger and bigger! Macho needs Scotty's help to calm down, talk about his worries, and prepare for the things he's worried about—before the worrywarts turn into a worrycane that blows away his chance to win the Smelling Bee! Sometimes we worry about everything at once—even the things we can't c...more

  • Talking to Kids About Cyberbullying

    Oct 28 2020

    Dr Kelly Mendoza from Common Sense Education, drops by to talk about what grown-ups can do about cyberbullying.  We'll talk about resources and tools grown-ups can use to help keep their kids safe and kind online.  For more information about Common Sense Education's amazing programs, hit the link and visit their website.

  • Macho is Cyberbullied

    Oct 26 2020

    Today in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty is inside a video game called BrineBlox. It’s a place where you can build castles, dance studios, koi ponds, or whatever you want—all out of pickles! Everyone’s having a good time . . . until a malevolent bird starts blowing up other players’ creations and leaving mean comments. That’s no way to be a friend—not in a world made out of pickles, or in any game, or in real life. Macho and Scotty decide to get to the bottom of this bullying behavior—and find...more

  • Alakazambra's Halloween Party

    Oct 19 2020

    It’s Halloween in The Imagine Neighborhood™! Scotty and Vac have built a super-spooky haunted house, and they can’t wait to scare the socks off of everyone. But when Alakazambra stops by, there’s just one problem: she doesn’t feel scared.   Alakazambra invites Scotty and Vac over to her house for a truly terrifying time, where she conjures the scariest creature in the universe! But this time, Scotty and Vac aren’t scared. It turns out that different people can feel differently about the same ...more

  • Talking to Kids About Racial Identity

    Oct 14 2020

    Bonus Episode.  Dr Aisha White from the University of Pittsburgh's P.R.I.D.E. program joins us to talk about different ways to discuss racial identity with kids. She mentions some great resources in the interview which can be found below. Raising Race Conscious Children Embrace Race PBS Kids: Talking About Race  

  • The Very Best Robot

    Oct 12 2020

    Today in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty and Vac visit a robot wrestling championship. Vac is so excited that he decides to be exactly like his new hero, the intergalactic robot wrestling champion Destructivir! It sounds like fun . . . until things get a little out of hand.   Vac decides to switch his robot code to change how he acts, and he builds himself a new robot body to change how he looks. But it turns out that being just like his favorite battling robot makes Vac miserable! It takes ...more

  • October Q and A

    Oct 05 2020

    Listeners write in with questions, we have answers!   Got a question for Scotty or any one on the show?  Send it in to Kind At Imagine Neighborhood.org.

  • Goodbye Giganticus

    Sep 28 2020

    It’s a sad day today in The Imagine Neighborhood™. Doctor Apocalypso’s motorcycle, Giganticus, has gone kaput. He really meant a lot to her; she built him from scratch and they had so many epic adventures riding through the Wasteland together! In a lot of ways, he was her best friend. At first, Doc doesn’t know how to feel. She wants to be happy, but she really feels angry and sad. She wants to celebrate Giganticus’s life, but she is so upset that she decides to quit her band. Scotty, her fa...more

  • Alakazambra!

    Sep 21 2020

    This week, in the The Imagine Neighborhood™, a powerful wizard comes searching for Count Vacula. It’s Alakazambra the Demon-Hunter! To complete her magic spell, she needs the teeth of an angry vampire. But . . . Vac’s not angry. In fact, he’s usually hungry and a little bit nervous. Alakazambra needs some help figuring out how other people are feeling. This skill can come in handy, whether you’re making a new friend, trying to figure out what someone else needs or wants, or finding angry vampi...more

  • The Nose Stealers!

    Sep 14 2020

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty needs a little help learning to use his assertive voice with the dreaded Nose Stealers. Have you ever had someone play a game of “got-your-nose,” but you really didn’t want to play? Or did someone tickle you or pinch your cheek when you’d rather not be tickled or pinched? When you don’t want to play anymore or don’t want to be touched, that’s totally okay. You can strike a confident rock star pose and say, “No, thank you,” or “I’m done playing,”...more

  • Bonus: Listener Questions from the Postcard Hotline!

    Sep 07 2020

    Next week we're back with a brand new episode, but this week we wanted to answer questions from our listeners. If you have a question you'd like answered,  have your grown up go to ImagineNeighborhood.org, or ask them to call 206-438-6528  (206.4.FUN.LAVA).  You can leave us a message there!

  • Shake Your Monkeys

    Aug 31 2020

    It’s Take Your Scotty to Work Day at Princess Donnasaurus’s castle! Princess Donnasaurus has a productive workday planned . . . until the messenger monkeys show up. They all have messages that need her attention right away! How can Princess Donnasaurus choose just one monkey to focus on when the rest are wreaking havoc?! Fortunately, Scotty’s got an idea for a way to help her pick one and get it done. In this episode, we learn about focusing attention. Life is full of fun ideas, and it can be h...more

  • Macho and the Toucan't

    Aug 24 2020

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty and Macho Supreme are taking on a dangerous creature: the Toucan’t! I’m sure you’ve heard of toucans before, but what about the dastardly Toucan’t? Have you ever had a voice in your head telling you that you’re no good at something? Maybe you’re trying something new or doing something really hard? A Toucan’t is that voice in your head telling you that you’ll never get it. But never fear! Macho and Scotty find a great way to shut that Toucan’t down...more

  • Talking to Kids About Back to School 2020

    Aug 17 2020

    In this episode of The Imagine Neighborhood, our friendly emotion scientist, Dr. Sherri, P!H!D! drops by to discuss some back-to-school questions and concerns. With school districts still making decisions about the safest possible plan for students and teachers, there are a lot of unknowns. What can you do to help prepare your kids for more remote school this fall, and/or for going back to the classroom only a couple days a week? And how can you help your kids handle big emotions if everything...more

  • Blame it On Blurghsday

    Aug 17 2020

      Welcome to The Imagine Neighborhood! We’re back after a nice summer break to talk about how it feels when things don’t go according to plan. Every once in a while in The Imagine Neighborhood, we get thrown an extra day in the middle of a normal week when everything is topsy-turvy: that’s Blurghsday! There’s no right way to prepare for it, so you’ve just gotta roll with the punches. Scotty and Cap’n Marion both have a lot of adjusting to do and flexibility to practice when this week’s Blurghsd...more

  • Re-run: The Pixie Pandemic with Audio Postcard responses!

    Aug 10 2020

    As many people are getting ready for back to school, we know that school might look very different than we're used to.  Maybe you'll be in a smaller classroom, or maybe you'll be doing online school again.  We're bringing back our Pixie Pandemic episode right before our next season starts. Plus, this episode has special shoutouts to some of our amazing listeners who called our audio postcard hotline.  If you have a question about the show, you can ask your grown up about calling 206.4.FUN.LAVA ...more

  • Summer Slow Breaths

    Jul 27 2020

    In our final summer short episode we hear from the entire Imagine Neighborhood gang about how they take slow breaths.  Special Guest Host, Dr Sherri P! H! D!   If you want to share how you take a slow breath, call our audio postcard hotline at 206.4.FUN.LAVA

  • Doctor Apocalypso's Summer Postcard

    Jul 20 2020

    Doc Apoc saved up enough in her summer job to get an awesome new instrument.  Hear how it sounds in this week's Summer Audio postcard!   If you'd like to send us a postcard, have your grown up go to ImagineNeighborhood.org, or ask them to call 206-438-6528.  You can leave us a message there!

  • Princess Donnasaurus' Summer Postcard

    Jul 13 2020

    This week, Vac is SUPER excited to get a postcard from Princess Donnasaurus.  She tells us what he's been up to this summer, and it sounds like a lot of hard work.       If you'd like to send us a postcard, have your grown up go to ImagineNeighborhood.org, or ask them to call 206-438-6528.  You can leave us a message there!

  • Summer Postcard From Macho Supreme

    Jul 06 2020

    Everyone in the Imagine Neighborhood is on summer vacation.  Count Vacula likes to stay in touch by getting audio postcards from his friends.  This week, Macho Supreme tells us what he's been up to this summer.  Generally he's been having a good time, until that interrupting cockatiel shows up.   If you'd like to send us a postcard, have your grown up go to ImagineNeighborhood.org, or ask them to call 206-438-6528.  You can leave us a message there!

  • Imagine Neighborhood: Assemble!

    Jun 14 2020

    Scotty’s feeling a little sad today – and his friends are determined to change that! Vac sounds the alarm, bringing the whole gang to the rescue with exercise, music, and royal decrees. But sometimes when you’re sad, you need time to feel your feelings, to talk it out… and to remember that your friends have your back. Educational Goals: In this episode, Scotty’s friends try several strategies to help Scotty feel less sad: exercising, playing music, and asking what Scotty’s sad about. If you or ...more

  • Bonus: How to Start the Conversation about Racism

    Jun 10 2020

    Hey, everybody.  So, we have a little bit of a different kind of episode ready for you.  We’re going to talk to an expert named Dr. Jasmine, PhD.  And we're going to learn about how kids, and their grown-ups, can have some important conversations about what’s going on in the world right now.Which can be hard, and maybe a little scary.  But if we’re going to make our neighborhoods more like the Imagine Neighborhood, and make things right... we have to start having these conversations now.  And ke...more

  • Tantrumus Maximus!

    Jun 06 2020

    In this episode of The Imagine Neighborhood, we’re wrapping up our first season by talking about all the skills we’ve practiced and discussed over the last few weeks. Scotty and Count Vacula are going to need their wits about them when they encounter Tantrumus Maximus, an evil hamster who’s determined to cause as many tantrums as possible. Even though he throws every possible frustration, disappointment, and confusion their way, Scotty and Vac’s problem-solving skills prevail! In this epis...more

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Brings It All Together

    Jun 06 2020

    Mister Music Man, Lindsay Jones, is back for another Music Day! This week, Scotty and Mister Music Man talk about how to put lots of ideas together to create something new.

  • Macho Needs an Oven

    May 30 2020

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Macho Supreme need to find a solution to their problem: Macho needs an extra oven to bake a humongous batch of cookies for Nana Supreme’s birthday. But Scotty needs this oven to stay in his house because... well, because it's his oven! But when Macho comes over and rips the oven out of the wall, he and Scotty will need to talk about different ways to ask for the things you want and what happens when you don’t get them. Macho finds a great way to ...more

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Musical Conversations

    May 30 2020

    Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones is back on Wednesday to explore both music and social-emotional learning! He and Scotty have a great conversation and jam session to learn all about how to ask for what you want – through music! We’ll also get to hear some great ideas from our listeners! Each week on Music Man Jones, we put a question out to our listeners and read through some of the responses. Tune in to hear how your idea can be featured on the show!

  • Doc Apoc on Making Things Right

    May 23 2020

    This episode is about how to make amends when you’ve made a mistake. In it, an imaginary monster “smashes” an imaginary village. It was written many months before the recent acts of violence and related protests. It is in no way intended to be a commentary on those events.   This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty starts out having a pretty rough day. When Doc Apocalypso swings by to tell him there’s a giant monster on the loose who’s smooshing villages, the day gets even rougher! Scotty...more

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Makes Things Right

    May 23 2020

    we’re back with Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones to explore how music and social-emotional learning fit together. Music can be a great way to communicate things that are sometimes hard to say. We’ll find out how musicians communicate with each other—sometimes without saying a single word! We’ll also get to hear some great ideas from our listeners. Each week with Mr. Music Man, we ask our listeners a question and read some responses on the show. Tune in to hear how your idea could be featured on The...more

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Tries Out Ideas

    May 16 2020

    Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones is back on Wednesday to talk about the link between social-emotional learning and music. This week, we’re talking about how important it is to try out different ideas until you find the one that’s right. This is true in problem-solving and in writing music! Sometimes you just need to try lots of different things and see what works. Each week on Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones, we put a question out to our listeners and read some responses on the show. This week, you can w...more

  • If You Steal Socks, THEN Sock Goblins!

    May 16 2020

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus have a big problem to solve: Sock goblins have stolen all of the socks in the neighborhood, right before the Sock Puppet Festival! To save the festival and return everyone’s socks, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus need to track down those tricky sock goblins and find a way to recover their missing socks—without any sock goblins biting their toes. They explore a few different ideas and those ideas’ consequences before finally...more

  • Switcheroo!

    May 09 2020

      This week, Scotty and Count Vacula get backstage passes to see Doctor Apocalypso’s band, the Dreadnaughts! Doc loves being onstage, hearing her fans cheer and seeing their flamethrowers. But to Count Vacula, this world is big, loud, and scary. When a bolt of lightning strikes the stage, these two switch bodies and can finally understand how the other person sees the world. In this episode, we talk about perspective-taking: looking at the world through another person’s eyes. Sometimes it can...more

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Empathy Music

    May 09 2020

    Mister Music Man, Lindsay Jones, is back for another Music Day episode! This week, Mister Music Man chats with Scotty about how music can help you take someone else’s point of view. And he’s brought some songs along to help! Plus, Lindsay and Scotty have a new challenge for the listeners.

  • Bonus: Mr Music Man Lindsay Jones Calming Music

    May 04 2020

    Wednesdays are for exploring feelings with music! In every episode of the Imagine Neighborhood, we use music to help us talk about how we’re feeling. Once a week, we’ll be joined by a special guest, Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones, a Broadway sound designer and composer. He’s created music for movies, plays, TV shows, and documentaries. Sometimes his music is very soft and quiet; other times it’s loud and excited! Together, Scotty and Lindsay will take a deeper dive into music and learn more about...more

  • Solving Problems With the Fire Pirates

    May 02 2020

    Captain Marion and her band of merry Fire Pirates have a big problem: their eternal feud with Fieryous George the Lava Monster is keeping them from reaching their greatest treasure, cheeseburgers. With a little help from Scotty, the Fire Pirates and Fieryous George learn to stop fighting, calm down, name the problem, listen to each other, and find a solution that works for everyone. In this episode, we talk about conflicts. Sometimes it feels like the same argument comes up again and again, a...more

  • Princess Donnasaurus Waits for her Birthday

    Apr 27 2020

    Princess Donnasaurus’s birthday is coming up soon, but not soon enough! She wants her birthday party NOW! In fact, she wants one every day, forever. When Scotty runs out of cake ingredients and Vac runs out of battery, Princess Donnasaurus learns that waiting is difficult… but sometimes necessary. She and Scotty discuss how to make waiting easier – and maybe even fun. In this episode, Princess Donnasaurus learns that it’s difficult to wait, but that there’s just no way around it. She learns ab...more

  • Macho's New Spaceship

    Apr 20 2020

    Macho Supreme takes Scotty along on an intergalactic bird-delivery mission! Scotty’s a little nervous, and Macho’s distracted by the chattering cargo. Fortunately, Scotty remembers the self-talk technique. Thanks to self-talk, Scotty calms himself down, Macho finds the blastoff button, and the grumpy cockatiel doesn’t crash-land. In this episode, Macho and Scotty use self-talk to help them focus, and calm down when they’re nervous. Whether you’re at home, at school, or on a spaceship, anyone c...more

  • Crossing Lava Avenue

    Apr 13 2020

    To get to the library, Scotty has to cross the most dangerous street in the neighborhood… Lava Avenue. Luckily, he runs into Princess Donnasaurus along the way. Together, they brave rolling boulders, hot lava, and singing Fire Pirates – and learn to cross the street safely.   In this episode, we talk about crossing the street safely. Scotty shows us how to avoid obstacles by using “SPEW” (stop, pay attention, use your ears, and wait) before crossing the street. And Princess Donnasaurus shows u...more

  • Bonus Episode: How to Talk About Quarantine Frustrations

    Apr 07 2020

    Frustration and disappointment are powerful feelings, and Scotty needs a little help talking about them while he’s stuck indoors. In this bonus episode, we call up Dr. Sherri for some tips on how grown-ups and kids can talk about frustration and disappointment, and how to tell the two feelings apart. It’s important for grown-ups and kids who are stuck at home to talk about how they’re feeling… and it’s a great time to find new ways to show the people you love that you care about them! You migh...more

  • The Pixie Pandemic: Macho Has To Stay Inside

    Apr 06 2020

    It’s pixie season in the Neighborhood. Everybody has to stay inside – even Macho Supreme. Macho was really looking forward to the Glamour Flex contest, and now he can’t go! Scotty and Macho discuss feeling frustrated, why we sometimes need to stay in to help everybody out, and tons of stuff you can do while you’re stuck inside. In this week's episode, Scotty and Macho discuss how it feels to be frustrated, and why it’s disappointing when you can’t do the things you were looking forward to. Feel...more

  • The Phone Gremlin

    Mar 30 2020

    What happens when it’s time to finish up screen time and switch to something new? Does it ever turn you into a scaly little monster? Scotty and Doctor Apocalypso are about to find out! When Doc’s dad turns into a naughty gremlin, it takes a lot of weird ideas (and some awesome tunes!) to get him to take a deep breath and put down the phone.   This week, Doctor Apocalypso’s dad has so much trouble putting his phone down that he turns into a gremlin! Scotty and Doctor Apocalypso explore coming u...more

  • Macho Supreme Has an Accident

    Mar 23 2020

    Macho Supreme, the toughest space marine in the galaxy, is at Scotty’s door – and he can’t get out! Can he make it through the doorway and boldly go inside for a playdate? With a little help from Scotty, Macho learns that accidents happen to everyone, and that it is totally macho to ask for help.   In this episode, we talk about accidents. Sometimes things happen even if you didn’t mean them to – like Macho Supreme getting wedged into a doorway. Scotty helps Macho Supreme learn that accidents ...more

  • Talking to Kids About Corona Virus Fears

    Mar 17 2020

    In this special bonus episode of The Imagine Neighborhood, we meet Dr Sherri PhD.  She's a developmental psychologist, and gives us some tools to help parents talk to kids about feeling anxious about the news.  With a lot of kids home from school due to Corona Virus concerns, we hope this episode helps you talk to your smaller persons about changes in their schedule, or fears about the world at large. For more information, head over to CfChildren.org.

  • The Clouds are Made of Cake

    Mar 16 2020

    Getting excited can feel great! And cake is SUPER exciting. But how excited is TOO excited? This week, the neighborhood’s grown-ups make a cake mistake so exciting that they run wild! Only Scotty’s pal Doctor Apocalypso can save the grown-ups from themselves (and the dump) by helping them calm down. In this episode, we talk about feeling excited and calming down. Scotty and Doctor Apocalypso discuss what it feels like to be super-duper excited, and why it’s important to learn to calm down so th...more

  • Count Vacula Feels Afraid.

    Mar 13 2020

    How do you feel when you’re scared? Does your heart pound? Does your tummy feel tight? Today, Count Vacula feels a tiny bit scared. But with some help from Scotty, plus a couple of heart-pounding songs, Vac (and you!) will learn to talk about how being scared feels in your body.   In this episode, we talk about feeling worried about the babysitter. Vac and Scotty talk about how being scared feels in your body, and about how talking about those feelings can help you feel better.   Practic...more

  • Episode Zero: The Imagine Neighborhood

    Feb 28 2020

    Has your child ever been so angry that they wanted to smoosh something? Have they ever been scared of the babysitter? Have they ever had a hard time putting the phone away? The Imagine Neighborhood is the show for you, and your kids.   Each episode tells a story that’s amazing, fantastical, and maybe a little bananas, while it tackles the big feelings that come with growing up. And the Imagine Neighborhood gives you and your kids fun activities to do at home, in the car, or anywhere you talk t...more