Sliding in just under the wire, it's time for a September look at the nebulously-ranked world of podcasts. This month's list differs slightly from last month's list of top-ranked kids and family podcasts. For the most part, the order is the same, and the rankings of these particular podcasts within the "kids and family" charts in the iTunes and Stitcher kids and family charts are generally in the same range as last month.
On the downside, none of the podcasts here ranked within the "all podcasts" chart, which is a change from past months, when they sometimes did. But the number of podcasts on one of the two lists ticked up to 29, an all-time high, up from 22 in June.
As always: this is a blunt instrument, combining pure rankings from two fairly opaque charts, and for a variety of reasons has only marginal value as a measure of quality. (Results compiled from Top 100 podcasts on iTunes and Stitcher "kids and family" charts on Wednesday, September 29, 2016. Podcasts that appear on both charts are listed with numbers; remaining podcasts only appeared on one list.)
Two other reminders:
1. If you're looking for a list that has most (or all) of these podcasts, check out my comprehensive list of podcasts for kids.
2. If you're interested in the future of podcasts for kids, you might be interested in Kids Listen, a grassroots organization of podcasters and folks like me interested in helping high-quality audio for children thrive. We're looking for other interested folks -- producers or otherwise -- to join in!
With that out of the way, let's get to the chart.
1. Stories Podcast
2. Brains On
3. Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified
6. Story Time
7. (tie) The Cramazingly Incredifun Sugarcrash Kids
7. (tie) Story Pirates
9. The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
Others (listed alphabetically): 1001 Classic Short Stories and Tales, Activated Stories, Bedtime History, Book Club for Kids, But Why, Children Stories and Joyful, Children's Fun Storytime, Ear Snacks, Family Folk Tales, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Little Stories for Tiny People, Molly and the Sugar Monster, Official Adventures in Odyssey, Podcast Kid, Porters Podcast, The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous, Short & Curly, Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, Sparkle Stories, The Story Home, That Story Show