I'm curious if anyone listens to NPR with their kids and, if so, what age they were when you started to do it.
I've been listening to NPR in the car with Milo since he was five or six. There have always been stories that I felt uneasy about him hearing (those involving war, rape, other kinds of violence, etc) and sometimes I have turned to another station for a few minutes. But he actually listens pretty intently and if I don't turn the radio on he will ask for it. He would much rather listen to the news than to music. And he loves a lot of the shows, especially This American Life. But he also routinely says he doesn't want to get out of the car until an All Things Considered segment is over.
I have been wondering, though, about how other parents feel about this because I've been driving Milo and one of his classmates (different kid each time) to the park once a week for their school "park day" and when I do it, I always change to a music station. I just have no idea if other parents allow their kids to hear this kind of stuff. There are times that I'm uneasy about it, but I think he has learned so much and the good far outweighs the bad. And maybe he's at okay age to be hearing the bad stuff, too. It would be pretty weird to not know it was out their until you were much older than he is (he's 8 now).
Also, I'm curious, if you do listen to it yourself, how old are you? I'm 41 and I drive a volvo station wagon and I'm afraid that makes me the *perfect* NPR demographic.