What is a podcast?

A podcast is basically an audio file (MP3 or wav) that resides on the internet so people all over the world can access it. It is similar to a radio show. It can have one voice, or many voices, or anything in between. Often, it has episodes, like a TV show would have, and it’s usually in audio-only format, although video podcasts do exist. The length of a podcast can vary, anywhere from two minutes to two hours. Some producers of podcasts post episodes on a regular schedule, and others create them whenever they are inclined to do so. Listeners will typically subscribe to their favorite podcasts and new episodes are delivered to them on their listening devices, such as phones, mobile devices or computers, through an app or computer software, such as iTunes, TuneIn Radio, or Google Podcasts.


The Podcast category of GSMF is defined as "a digital audio program that can be downloaded and played on a computer or digital audio player. A podcast can be a stand-alone item or one of a series, though only one of the series should be submitted. Files should be in mp3 or mp4. RSS files are not required."

Sample GSMF Winners

The Random Planet Podcast: Halloween Candy

Nice Clean Rippy-Dippy

The School Solver

The Struggles of Immigrant Families

Value Every Moment of Your Life

Our American Dream

The Great Homework Debate

Too Much Screen Time?

2014 2015 2017

8 Best Podcasts for Kids in Elementary, Middle, and High School

Eleanor Amplified

Listen as world-famous radio reporter Eleanor foils devious plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story. Eleanor’s pursuit of truth takes her into orbit, out to sea, and even to the halls of Congress! Her adventures are entertaining and informative.

Short and Curly

A fun-filled podcast for kids all about ethical questions that get kids and adults thinking. “Do you have to love your sibling?” “Are some lies actually okay?” “Is it ever okay to fight back against a bully?”

The Show About Science

Hosted by second grader Nate Butkus, The Show About Science is an awesome adventure into the wondrous world of scientific research and discovery! Each episode is filled with fascinating information from scientists and educators around the globe.