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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
The Magic Sash takes listeners on a journey through the evolution of the women's rights movement. By taking two modern kids back through time, it asserts the role past activists have played in shaping how we live today. It's also an effective way to introduce kids to some of the most prominent feminist heroes such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Working together, a committed group of people can create lasting change. A single movement can cause a trickle-down effect echoing throughout history. Sometimes, idealism will be rewarded. Today's generation enjoys the progress their ancestors struggled to achieve. Learning one's past is the key to understanding their legacy. Strong themes of perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Lotty and Isaish are initially skeptical about their adventures, but are soon awestruck at the progress they're witnessing firsthand. Likewise, they encounter historical figures and others – including Lotty's ancestors – who support equal rights for women. Some characters vocally oppose this movement, and the story regards this as the wrong side of history.
The story centers entirely around women and their fight for equality throughout history. The two main characters, Lotty and Isaiah are a young girl and young Black boy, respectively. The latter's inclusion opens the doors to some social commentary regarding racism and Black history, such as abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
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Violence & Scariness
Systemic racism and sexism play key roles in the show. Characters in the past openly oppose giving women the right to vote. Protestors – including the show's young heroes – are arrested. A young Black boy expresses worry about going back in time due to racism. A child appears to be falling out of a tree but isn't seriously hurt.
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Kids make sarcastic comments to each other. Adult men make sexist comments about women's place in society, saying they shouldn't be allowed to vote.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic Sash is a time-travel adventure unafraid to directly address the racist and sexist side of American history. The story sees two young children journey through the history of women's suffrage. As such, our heroes befriend revolutionaries and meet historical figures like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Because the podcast deals with the fight for women's rights and the history behind it, there are moments of negative feelings and expressions toward women -- like when the two main characters encounter men in the past who don't think women should vote. Strong themes of perseverance are present throughout each episode. Host Aly Raison provides relevant context for the story, which functions as both an educational tool and a fun adventure story. Adults should be prepared to have some deeper discussions about real-life history after episodes.
Is It Any Good?
The Magic Sash takes an uncompromising but kid-friendly look at women's suffrage, informing modern listeners of the story behind the 19th Amendment, which secured women's constitutional right to vote. Through the lens of two time-traveling fifth-graders, the show takes listeners on a tour through this particular facet of American history. It serves as a good reminder of how today's citizens shouldn't take for granted the rights they currently enjoy.
Even with its important message, the show doesn't feel like an educational lecture. The voice acting and musical score add a suspense element and the time travel gives it a breezy feel like the Back to the Future films or Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Some young listeners might get so caught up in the fun of it all they won't realize how much they're learning. That's the best kind of educational program for kids, infusing knowledge and heart into an accessible package. The Magic Sash aims to remind listeners of the legacy preceding them and the destiny ahead.
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