A show where we use our imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.
Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up, you probably know a lot of rules. Rules can help us stay safe, use good behavior, and make sure that everyone is treated fairly. But have you heard of “hastabees”?. . .In this week’s episode, Scotty and Count Vacula are having a great time playing in their pillow fort until the famous blankie castle architect Jill Koy (the very funny Carly Ciarrocchi) shows up. Jill thinks that a pillow fort “hastabee” a certain way—but when she tries to change their fort to h...more
“ANYONE CAN PLAY” Earlier this year, The Imagine Neighborhood™ released the limited series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right, which empowers listeners to take pride in their own identities, celebrate diversity, and stand up against discrimination. Thanks to the generous support of The Allstate Foundation, this week, we're revisiting the Imagine Equity episode "Anyone Can Play"! When Macho Supreme and Count Vacula find a big cardboard box and decide...more
Hey, everybody! It's me again, your good pal Count Vacula—bringing you a brand-new No Filter! My guest this week is the very kind and very smart Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. He’s a podcaster like me—but he’s also a professor, and a National Book Award winner, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of really terrific books like Antiracist Baby and Stamped (For Kids)! We talked about playing basketball, and cardboard creations, and how when the people you care about are happy, it can make you feel ...more
In this week's bonus episode Dr Leslie Walker-Harding joins us to discuss ways to help kids who are afraid of getting shots. Dr Walker-Harding is the chair of pediatrics at Seattle Children's hospital and she's had to give, and get, a lot of shots. We'll talk about how she helps kids and grown-ups who are nervous to get a shot, and has some great tips for dealing with those big emotions.
Going to the doctor can be scary, even if you’re as macho as—Macho Supreme! This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty needs to get his Merman Measles shot, but Macho is so afraid something bad might happen to Scotty at the doctor’s office that he yoinks Scotty away in the Mach Billion! Will Scotty get back in time for his appointment with Dr. Alexander Camelguy, or will he . . . (apologies) . . . throw away his shot? Will Macho overcome his fears before he and the rest of the Neighborhoo...more
Welcome back to The Imagine Neighborhood™! Next Monday we’ll return with an all-new episode, but today, we’re revisiting “Blizzards and Wizards” from our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right, funded by The Allstate Foundation. Released earlier this year, the Imagine Equity series helps young people recognize prejudice and injustice, take pride in their own identities, celebrate diversity, and stand up against discrimination. Allstate and the...more
Hello, friends! It’s me, your pal, Count Vacula! I’m really happy because today, I get to share a brand-new No Filter with Count Vacula! -- with you! Meeting all kinds of different people is one of my favorite things to do, and on No Filter, you can meet them too. How cool is that?! This week, you’ll meet my new friend Jad Abumrad! We have a lot in common—like, we both make podcasts, although . . . my podcast doesn’t have a Peabody Award, and Jad’s podcasts Radiolab and Dolly Parton’s Amer...more
This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty takes a pirate internSHIP (ahem) aboard the Burn Voyage, and finds out there’s a lot that a Second Mate needs to learn to do—especially the all-important ARRRt of treasure-buryin’. But Cap’n Marion keeps getting distracted, and the gold is just lying on the deck where anyone can steal it! Will Scotty be able to help Cap’n Marion focus on what’s important before it’s too late, or will she lose her doubloons, her jewels, and even her mint-condition ...more
Hi everybody! It's no secret that we love hearing from our listeners, or that we get really excited when you send in questions about things going on in The Imagine Neighborhood™, because then we get to do a Q&A episode! So, if you’ve ever wondered how Dr. Apocalypso got her name, what species of dinosaur Princess Donnasaurus is, or how many relatives Count Vacula has (lemme tell ya, that family cookout requires a LOT of crumbs!), this week’s episode has all the answers you’re looking for! ...more
Hey, everybody . . . guess who? It's me again, your pal Count Vacula! That's right—I get to bring you a new No Filter with Count Vacula for the second week in a ROW! How amazing is THAT? And it's extra good news because my guest this week is the amazing Carly Ciarrocchi. You might know her from her Emmy-nominated work hosting The Big Fun Crafty Show and Snug's House for Universal Kids, or as host of Sprout's The Sunny Side Up Show, or from Weird But True! on Disney+, or from her terrific...more
Hi again, friends! It’s me . . . your pal, Count Vacula! I’m really excited because this week I get to share with you a brand new episode of my brand new show, No Filter with Count Vacula! On No Filter I get to practice making new friends and getting to know all kinds of people. This week I got to meet a very smart and kind person named Brittany Murlas. She's a mom who started a really cool book club called Little Feminist. They find terrific stories with all different sorts of heroes i...more
This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, our own magical maven Alakazambra Tyesha Morganis is getting ready to hold the world’s biggest wizarding festival! But planning something as amazing as the San Diego Conjure-Con isn’t easy... The bat wings are missing, the cauldrons are filthy, no one has any idea when the Port-O-Whiz delivery will happen, and the Wizards are getting restless. Alakazambra’s feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and she might even be about to throw a tantrum! What’s the great...more
This month we got some very important questions for our friends in The Imagine Neighborhood™, and it’s time to answer them with a Q&A episode! Stay tuned next week for a new episode of The Imagine Neighborhood. And keep listening the week after that for more No Filter with Count Vacula! If you have a question for us, or a suggestion for someone for Vac to interview, you can ask it in a review (and while you’re there, tell us what you think of the show)! Or you can email your questions to...more
This week in the The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty and Vac can’t wait for the All-Town Hand-Me-Down! Everybody in the Neighborhood collects clothes and toys they’re not using anymore, and they send them all down a chute so that someone new can use them. It’s a really fun way to be kind—plus, everyone gets a new hand-me-down in return! But this year, something’s not right. The chute is malfunctioning, and all the toys are piling up outside Princess Donnasaurus’s castle. Princess Donnasaurus h...more
Hi, listeners! It’s me again . . . your pal, Count Vacula! As you may have noticed, we’re now bringing you a new episode of The Imagine Neighborhood™ every other week. And on some of those in-between weeks, you can hear me, Count Vacula, on my very own show! It’s called No Filter with Count Vacula. On No Filter, I’ll practice making new friends and getting to know all kinds of people. This week, I’m chatting with Biz Ellis from the podcast One Bad Mother. Biz and I talk about how being “b...more
This week in the Neighborhood, it’s Count Vacula’s 1,000th birthday! For his big day, Vac gets a visit from his Great-Uncle Vacstradamus (or “Gruncle Vaxie”), and an official Seven-Day Trial Period. With big birthdays come big new responsibilities: Gruncle Vaxie gives Vac one week to tackle cooking eggs for breakfast, and doing the laundry. Vac is feeling overwhelmed by his new tasks, and Scotty is swimming in dirty laundry. How will Vac deal with an interdimensional portal and an eggy mess...more
This month we got some very important questions for our friends in The Imagine Neighborhood™, and it’s time to answer them with a Q&A episode! We’ll answer questions about Vac’s digestive system and what inspires Doctor Apocalypso. Plus, we’ve got special guest Dr. Jasmine with us! She’ll talk with us about the food on her spaceship and about the best ways to stay kind to everyone, even when someone like Rick Fryer is being unkind or unjust. Stay tuned next week for a new episode of T...more
Oh, hey. Hey, listeners? It’s me! It’s your friend, Count Vacula. This season, we’re switching things up in The Imagine Neighborhood™. We’re going to keep bringing you new episodes every other week for the whole rest of the year! And on some of those in-between weeks, I’ll be filling in with a little project I like to call: No Filter with Count Vacula. No Filter features me, Count Vacula, chatting with all sorts of interesting people. And this week is our very first episode! To help...more
This week in the Neighborhood, Macho Supreme is off to the Space Marines’ Space-Cademy summer camp. To keep the Pixie Pandemic at bay, the camp has made a whole lot of changes—but Macho liked things better the old way! Luckily, I’m around to help him learn to “get bendy.” “Getting bendy” means using your imagination to think about something in a different way. When Macho learns about the safety changes at the Space-Cademy, he expects a disaster. But then when Macho “gets bendy,” he manages to...more
Helloooooooo, listeners! It’s me, Doctor Apocalypso, live from the Wasteland! My buddy Scotty is busy rounding up stories for a new season of The Imagine Neighborhood™. He’ll be back with new episodes next month, so keep your ear to the feed! Some of you out there in Imagine Neighborhoodland sent in questions for me. So today, Cyclopia and I are rollin’ up to answer them in a Q&A episode! I’ll talk about how it feels to still miss Giganticus, and how to get out of bed like a rock star...more
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
We have a special episode for the grown-ups this week—it’s a little different, but a lot of fun! Have you ever wondered who comes up with a dinosaur princess, Cardboard Boxing Day, pirate food fights, or Big Bot Burgers? Well, here’s your chance to find out! We gathered the team members who helped create our latest series, Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right, for a candid conversation about what happens behind the scenes. In this episode, you’l...more
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 ...more
This is the last episode in our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. It picks up where the previous episode left off and addresses the big topics of discrimination, injustice, and activism. It might be a good idea for you to listen together with your child (or your grown-up). When we last left our heroes, Scotty and Doc were on a mission to stop discrimination at Big Bot Burger. But it turns out the injustice isn’t just at one location—it’s at AL...more
This episode is the fifth in our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. This episode starts to address the big topics of discrimination, injustice, and activism, so it might be a good idea for you to listen together with your child (or your grown-up). This week, a new restaurant called Big Bot Burger is coming to The Imagine Neighborhood™. Doc and Scotty are super excited to try it . . . until they find out that Big Bot won’t take Doc’s order. I...more
This episode is the fourth in our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. This week in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Macho Supreme and Count Vacula are using their imaginations to turn a cardboard box into the spaceship from their favorite movie, Nebula Trek! But every time Vac tries to jump in and help Macho save the galaxy, Macho won’t let him play. Macho thinks that Vac can’t play as his favorite characters from Nebula Trek—because in the movie...more
This episode is the third in our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. Today, The Imagine Neighborhood™ gets a surprise visitor from Alakazambra’s past! The young wizard Preston Changeo arrives, played by our very special guest star Tom Lenk, ready to learn all of Alakazambra’s tricks and spells for battling monsters . . . and is upset to learn that Alakazambra and her old nemesis Count Vacula are now good friends. Preston doesn’t think tha...more
This episode is a collaboration with the Stoopkid Stories podcast. It’s the second episode in our series Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. Today, Princess Donnasaurus stumbles out of The Imagine Neighborhood™ and into the neighborhood of Princess Tia from the Stoopkid Stories podcast! At first, neither princess thinks the other looks the way a princess should, but Princess Tia and Princess Donnasaurus talk it out and team up. Together, they embar...more
This episode is the first in a series of new adventures, called Imagine Equity: Six New Stories About Race, Identity, and Making Things Right. Today in The Imagine Neighborhood™, Scotty and Vac are pirate-sitting the Fire Pirates while Captain Marion is off at the dentist. Everything is shipshape . . . until Burn Voyage is attacked by the troublesome Captain Deen! Captain Deen takes over the ship, and immediately insults everyone’s lunches. She thinks that pirates should only eat gross ...more
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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’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 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
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
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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
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