Kid Stew


Kid Stew 206

The kids get inspired by Pablo Picasso, author Peter Brown, Miles Evans’ jazz legacy, Duke Ellington, and a tour of London from Shakespeare to Potter. Plus, art’s impact on the brain, Aztec customs, making time to read, music, Kid Stew Ewws and more.

AIRED: May 29, 2019 | 0:29:16

(lighthearted music)

Greetings your majesties, welcome to the Medieval Manner

where the dark ages never end.

I'm Dork, your servant fool.

This is a very unusual menu.

Indeed my lady, may I recommend

the massive turkey leg with a side of sheep intestines?

Mm, the pigeon pie looks good.

Excellent choice, my lord.

Do you have any kid stew?

Apologies my lady, but due to the health regulation,

children are no longer on the menu.

Actually, Kid Stew's a show by kids, about kids,

and for kids.

It's about books, art, and creativity, and fun.


Forsooth, then we haveth no kid stew.

Well get ready, Well get ready

'cause we do! 'cause we do!

(electricity crackling) (playful music)

♪ Let's go ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ There's a world ♪

♪ For me and you ♪

♪ A lot of things ♪

♪ To see and do ♪ ♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Everyday is something new ♪

♪ It's Kid Stew ♪

♪ It's Kid Stew ♪

(electricity crackling)

[Announcer] Funding for Kid Stew is provided by

the Cornelia T Bailey Charitable Trust.

(playful music)

Hey Milena.

Those are some really cool drawings.

Thanks Caroline, they're clothing designs,

fashion is my passion.

So maybe you wanna be a famous fashion designer one day?

Maybe, if I really challenge myself.

(playful music)

You want a real fashion challenge?

What? Do something about that.

("Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top)

♪ Clean shirt, new shoes ♪

♪ And I don't know where I am goin' to ♪

♪ Silk suit, black tie ♪

♪ I don't need a reason why ♪

♪ They come runnin' just as fast as they can ♪

♪ 'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man ♪

♪ Gold watch, diamond ring ♪

♪ I ain't missin' not a single thing ♪

♪ Cufflinks, stick pin ♪

♪ When I step out I'm gonna do you in ♪

♪ They come runnin' just as fast as they can ♪

♪ 'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man ♪

♪ Kid Stew ♪

("Payphone" by Maroon 5) ♪ I'm at a payphone ♪

David, what are you doing?

I heard this phone booth was actually a time machine.

But I'm gettin' bupkis.

It is a time machine,

you just need the right touch.

♪ Yeah, I'm at a payphone ♪

♪ Trying to call home ♪ Are you sure

you're ready for this?

I was born ready. ♪ All of my change ♪

♪ I spent on you ♪

[Madison] And we're off! (electricity crackling)

(classical violin music)

Hola. Are you the models I sent for?

No, I'm Madison, this is David.

We're just kids from the 21st century.

Interesting, am I still famous then?

Well, that depends on who you are.

Me llamo

Picasso, Pablo Picasso.

Picasso? Amazing!

Sorry, doesn't ring a bell.

You really need to pay more attention in art class.

Every child is an artist,

the problem is how to remain an artist

once he grows up.

What are you working on now?

Well speaking of children,

I'm just finishing up a portrait of this beautiful

young girl with her favorite doll.

Aw, sweet.

Can we take a look?

(dramatic trombone)

Ah, señor

Don't take this personally,

but would you ever consider taking a few painting lessons?

David, zip it!

This is the work of a genius, it's abstract art.

She is correct.

As an abstract artist, I draw what I feel,

not exactly what I see.

Well now that you put it that way.

Mr. Picasso, it's an honor to meet you,

but we have to be heading back.

Say Hola to my future fans.

Will do.


And remember to draw,

you must close your eyes and sing. (classical violin music)

[David] I'd still say

a couple of night classes wouldn't hurt.

My pal Ozzie here loves to have a good time,

but he also loves a good book.

Especially when it's about a dog,

and this one's a classic.

It's called Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.

It's about a girl named Opal who moves to Florida,

and finds a stray dog in a store called Winn-Dixie,

so she calls it Winn-Dixie.

Makes sense, right Ozzie?

(Ozzie barking)

In the beginning, Opal was pretty lonely

which is normal when you move to a new place.

But Winn-Dixie helps her make new interesting friends

because he's charming, lovable, and totally outgoing.

Just like somebody else I know.

The book is Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

recommended by me, and our fellow dog expert, Ozzie.

♪ Kid Stew ♪

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Hey there, really big brain.

[Brain] Hi kids, what's shakin'?

Well, we were thinking your laboratory

could use a little brightening up.

[Brain] Are you saying my lab is drab?

Maybe just a touch of color.

[Brain] Wow, unless my visual cortex deceives me,

that's a genuine Picasso, it's worth a fortune.

We got the friends and family discount

from Mr. Picasso himself.

After he enlightened us about abstract art.

[Brain] Did he tell you all the good stuff

art can do for your brain?

I guess that got lost in translation.

[Brain] Well, it's true.

Creating art stimulates interaction

between different parts of your brain, like so.


[Brain] Art can also reduce stress,

and improve your memory and motor skills.

When you're painting, you're thinking,

and learning, and expanding your potential.

Hey, what did the painting say after it got arrested?


I give up.

[Brain] I was framed.

And on that note--

See you later RBB, enjoy your masterpiece.

[Brain] You know, I feel smarter just lookin' at it.


("Mr. Roboto" by Styx)

Hey, whatcha workin' on?

I'm drawing robots.

I'm Armando. I'm Peter.

Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you too.

How did you get interested in robots?

Well, I've always been interested in robots actually.

Ever since I was a little kid,

I loved watching movies, and reading books

that had robot characters,

and I actually wrote a book about a robot

called The Wild Robot,

and that's what I'm drawing right now.

In your book, The Wild Robot,

a robot gets stuck on wilderness island,

what gave you that idea?

Well you know, the last place you'd ever expect

to find a robot is out in the wilderness,

and so I thought it would be kind of an interesting

story just imagine what would happen

if a robot found itself stranded

out in the wilderness somewhere.

Where did you go to learn about robots,

and how the really work?

Well, I did a lot of reading.

There's some really great books out there

about real robots, robotics, artificial intelligence,

I also went to some robot laboratories.

There's one out in California called

the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

which builds and designs spaceships,

but they also build and design robots.

What's the most interesting thing

that you've learned about robots?

I think the most interesting thing

I learned about robots was actually

what they have in common with the natural world, you know?

Because we think of animals and robots as being

very different from each other.

I can't think of anything less natural

than a robot, and I can't think of anything

more natural than a wild animal.

But as I was doing my research for these books,

I started realizing that animal instincts

are kind of like computer programs, you know?

Animals do the same thing over and over again,

often times not even really thinking about it

because their instincts are telling them

to do those things, and I think robots

are kinda like that too.

Tell me about your very first book.

The Adventure of Me and My Dog Buffy.

(laughs) That's what it's called,

I made it when I was six years old.

Oh. And I was inspired

because I had a real dog named Buffy when I was six,

and one day he ran away,

and I wasn't sure I was ever gonna see him again,

so I was pretty upset, you know?

But I went to bed that night,

I didn't sleep very well,

and then next morning when I woke up,

Buffy was sitting on the front steps,

he had returned, and so I felt much better of course.

But I couldn't stop wondering what he had been doing

all night long outside by himself, you know?

My imagination got going,

and after a while I invented this whole little story

about my dog and I getting lost together,

and having to spend a night away from home together,

and that turned into my first book.

Do you think writers should start young?

(laughs) Well I mean, it's nice that they start young,

but plenty of amazing writers didn't start

until later in life, you know?

It's never really too late

to start taking writing seriously.

Well thank you for your time.

Thank you Armando.

Bye. See ya.

(lighthearted music)

Well I bet my Emmy on that.

Hello, I'm Nicholas and welcome back to Kid Stew Ewws,

the new show where the truth is always gross.

We open today with a sweet story from 2000 BC,

when Egyptian servants smeared themselves

with honey to attract flies away from the Pharaoh.

Ew. Ew.

Gross, but thoughtful. (laughter)

This just in, scientists have discovered that

the vampire moth, native to South America

sometimes drinks human blood.

Ew. Ew.

And now, in late breaking household news,

scientists say that most of the dust

underneath your bed is your own dead skin.

Ew. Ew.

Don't worry, it grows back. (laughter)

And now, a fact from the world of nature,

the Ugly Animal Preservation Society

has named it's official mascot.

The winner,

the deep dwelling blobfish.

Ew. Ew.

Perfect choice if you ask me.

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(spooky music)

And we're back with disgusting news

from the world of scientific exploration.

An Alaskan zoologist made history

by eating meat from a frozen 36000 year old bison.

Ew. Ew.

Now that's what I call aged beef. (laughter)

And that's it for this edition of Kid Stew Ewws.

Until next time, keep it real, and keep it gross.

(lighthearted music)

(trumpet music)

I heard you playing on the streets,

and it was pretty awesome.

What's your name?

Miles Evans.

Miles Evans?

I was just studying about Miles Davis.

I was named after Miles Davis,

I didn't have a name for two days,

and Miles Davis kept calling my mother.

"Did you name that kid yet?"

"Did you name that kid yet?"

"You should name him after me."

You wouldn't happen to be related to Gil Evans, would you?

Yes I am, I'm Gil's son.

How did your dad, Gil Evans ended up working

with Miles Davis?

Gil Evans and Miles Davis

were incredible partners, you know,

making amazing records together.

But one of the things that made Miles Davis so special,

was he was the next great sound on the trumpet

after Louis Armstrong.

He was a great sound innovator.

How did that influence your music?

It made me wanna do the newer stuff

because I felt like Gil Evans and Miles Davis

were always on the cutting edge.

And because of that, it inspired me to go that route.

So you must have known Miles Davis pretty well.

Yeah, he was my godfather.

Did you ever get a chance to play with him?

Yes I did, I was very lucky.

I played with him at the most prestigious jazz

festival in Europe, the Montreux Jazz Festival

with Quincy Jones, and it's just such a blast

to carry on this beautiful legacy of the great

Gil Evans orchestra, and the great Gil Evans arrangements.

And as a matter of fact, if you wanna hear my dad's music,

why don't you head up to New York?

And check out Ryan Truesdell at the Jazz Standard.

That sounds amazing,

so let's see what that thing can do.

(trumpet music)

(soft jazz music)

Hi, I'm Armando.

Hi I'm Ryan, nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you too.

I heard some music being played,

what kind of music is that?

Why don't you have a seat?

I will tell you.

It is called jazz, have you heard jazz music before?

I think so.

Yeah so I have a project,

which you probably heard, was called the Gil Evans Project.

So it's a big band,

and so we play large ensemble jazz music.

Who was Gil Evans?

So Gil was probably most well known

for his work with Miles Davis.

He was an arranger, he wrote all the music for them.

What is exactly an arranger?

So a very simple explanation

is when you have a large group of people,

they're all playing music, notes on a page,

and the arranger is responsible

for putting those notes where they are

on the page, and making everyone sound good

when they play together.

Do you do those funny things

where they go like that,

and then they're like waving their arms?

That's basically exactly how I look, yeah.

(Armando laughing) I do exactly that, yes.

I wave my arms, and I move about like that.

Okay. Yeah, most times in jazz

they don't use batons,

that's a classical thing.

Yeah, hands.

(jazz music)

No, that's something different. (laughs)

How long has jazz been around?

Well, it's probably been around since the turn

of the century.

Well, I guess we're in the second century.

Probably 100, 125 years?

And it's based from, I guess most people

know it's connection through New Orleans.

Why is jazz so much fun to play?

For me personally, I think it has something to do

with that it's always different.

It never is the exact same thing every time you play it.

Armando, I would like to invite you to stay tonight,

and listen to a few of our sets,

and hear what jazz is all about.

Sweet, thank you for being on the Kid Stew interview.


(live jazz music)

(audience applauding)

♪ Kid Stew ♪

(whimsical music)

(David groaning)

(speaking foreign language)

[Girl] David, what are you doing?

I'm trying to figure out a spell

for teleportation to get to England, okay?

You're too young to operate.

If you want to know more about the city of London,

just use a port key.

I heard there's one in the basement

of the British Museum.

Just look for the London cab.

What's a London cab?


try this.

Okay, I'll try it.

But I'm keeping my wand.

If you say so.

The British Museum, you say?


(speaking foreign language)

(spooky music)

I'm using my invisibility cloak

here in London to explore the secret chambers

of the British Museum.

Invisibility cloak did not work too well.

However, the British Museum is the oldest museum

in the world, and it holds very cool stuff.

The museum has Egyptian mummies, Greek statues,

and you can even touch the Rosetta Stone.

Okay, you maybe can't touch the Rosetta Stone,

but you could look at the real one.

Somewhere around here is a port key

hidden in the (mumbles), that allows you

to get an up close tour of London.

And I think it's right here.

(upbeat music)

My name is Tim, and I'm your guide for a day,

and we're gonna do a tour of London.

We're gonna take in the major sites today,

and also hopefully a bit of Harry Potter as well.

And some few here, a couple of hidden gems.

So hopefully, we should have a bit of fun today.

It's different than the rest of England.

It's like a country of it's own,

it's a very diverse city.

(upbeat music)

In the Harry Potter films,

I think it's the Deathly Hallow season or something,

yeah, this is the bridge where the dead thing

is rip up at the beginning of the film.

The is the Globe where William Shakespeare,

his plays were first set,

and it is a living, breathing theater today.

(upbeat music)

Most people think that's London Bridge, but it's not.

The bridge further down is London Bridge.

In the Harry Potter film,

the Half-Blood Prince at the beginning

when the death eaters are comin' along,

you can see, that was the first scene that's been shot,

it's actually Mayor London's room over there.

(upbeat music)

This wall here is 2000 years old.

The Romans first came here in 43 AD.

You can still see that there were the lookout posts

on the round wall there.

So they went by brick layers,

I mean 2000 years, they've done a good job.

Yeah, Horace Jones who built London Bridge,

he also built Leadenhall Market.

It was originally a meat market,

and they've still got the hooks hanging outside

the stores today.

This is Diagon Alley, see the hooks here?

They've done Harry Potter here

when he first come (mumbles).

Okay, I hope you've enjoyed that tour of London,

and see you next time on Kid Stew.

Hi, and welcome to Kid Stew Classics.

That's the big band sound of Edward Kennedy Ellington,

everybody called him Duke.

When he was growing up during the age of segregation,

his eighth grade teacher told him,

"Represent respect, and demand respect."

By the 1920's, Duke Ellington's jazz orchestra

was one of the most popular music acts in the world.

And even before the era of civil rights,

Duke refused to play before segregated audiences.

So for his musical genius, and democratic spirit,

Duke Ellington was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.


♪ Kid Stew ♪

(upbeat music)


Greetings Aztec Academy, class of 1000 BC.

I have good news.

After a series of standardized tests,

you have all been chosen to be human sacrifices.

Yay. Woopie.


It is great, you will off yourselves

to satisfy the gods, and bring glory to your villages.

Question, I'm in the National Honor Society,

can I be excused?

No, no excuses.

Human sacrifices has been part of our belief system

for thousands of years,

it is our highest honor.

Can't we just burn some incense?


I will now explain the ritual of human sacrifice.

Hey, hold this.

First you'll be purified in the Sacred River,

then you'll be anointed by perfumed oils,

and then you will dance.


I don't think I'm gonna be in a dancing mood.

Oh, you will dance.

It is all part of the ritual.

And then you will climb to the top of the temple

where the highest of all priests will--


This human sacrifice tradition

seems primitive and barbaric.

Agree, our culture has developed

sophisticated irrigation systems (mumbles)

even a hieroglyphic alphabet.

Not to mention the beautiful jewelry.

I mean look at that head piece, stunning.

You really think so?

Thousands of years from now,

people will come from around the world

to study Aztec art and architecture.

And I'm gonna say it,

this whole human sacrifice thing,

not a big draw.

People will just go to Disneyland instead.

Well, we can't have that.

So, how about you let us slip out of class,

and disappear into the jungle?

And when they come looking for us,

you just say, "They escaped."

Alright you crazy kids, get outta here.

(drum music)

We're here to collect the human sacrifices.

Oh, sorry they escaped.

They escaped?


According to Aztec law, in the event

of the escape of the human sacrifices,

the instructor of the human sacrifices himself

will be sacrificed.

Come again?

We can do this the easy way,

or the hard way.

Hold on fellas.



human sacrifices are primitive and barbaric.

Tell it to the gods, big guy.

I can't believe I have to read this whole book

by Friday, I'll never get through it.

I know what you mean,

who has time to read?

I've got way too much other stuff to do.

I'll tell you what you guys got.

What have we got?

You've got the no time to read blues.

Wait, are you about to turn into a bluesy musician?

Child, we all are.

Hear me talkin' now.

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Yeah ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Your schedule is full ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ You're all tied up ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Your life is packed ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ With all kinds of stuff ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ So put down that phone ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ And that tablet too ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ 'Cause there's something good ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Just waiting for you ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Make time to read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ That's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Make time to read ♪

♪ Let's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ But you gotta kick back ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ And find your own place ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ And tell everybody ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ That you need some space ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Make time to read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Let's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Make time to read ♪

♪ Let's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ So you got a big part ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ In an old school play ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ That Science project was due yesterday ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ But there's one thing in life ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ That you can't overlook ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ To open your mind ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ You gotta open a book ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Make time to read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Let's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

♪ Oh yeah make time to read ♪

♪ Let's spell R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

♪ Oh yeah ♪

♪ Read R-E-A-D read ♪

(bluesy jazz music)

(audience cheering)

Well that's it for this episode.

Come back next time for another king sized helping

[All] of Kid Stew!

♪ Kid Stew ♪


[Director] (mumbles) But I love you

looking around like.

I'll tell you what you guys got.

What we've, (groans) (friends laughing)

To Picasso himself.

After he enlightened us about (stammers).

Oh you will dance, it is all part of the ritual.

I forgot my line.

(laughs) It's okay,

take it back to the top.



I'm sorry. Don't be.

Kids, about kids, and for kids.

It's about books, art, and creativity, and fun.


Forsooth, then we haveth no kid stew.

Hey, ho.

Hey, ho.

Let's go! Hey, ho.

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

(bright playful music)

[Announcer] Funding for Kid Stew is provided by

the Cornelia T Bailey Charitable Trust.




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