Navigate nerves, Covid conversations & more with these first-day-of-school specials

The new school year is swiftly approaching, inciting feelings of excitement, nervousness, new beginnings, and uncertainty. Across multiple channels, SiriusXM is shining a spotlight on the varying elements of the back-to-school season so students and parents alike can feel prepared and encouraged, while even enjoying some laughs along the way. Don’t miss the specials in music, business, comedy, and more below.

Hoda’s Back-to-School Special

TODAY Show Radio (Ch. 108) host Hoda Kotb is dedicating her show to providing both reassurance and advice with the help of some special guests in an all-new special. On August 30 at 1pm ET, hear Hoda along with actor Henry Winkler, journalist and TV host Vicky Nguyen, and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer as they share words of wisdom for parents, suggestions for talking to kids about Covid precautions, adapting to changing school environments, and more.

Your Back-to-School Soundtrack

Both kids and parents can get excited for the new year with an hour-long playlist of Kids Place Live’s (Ch. 78) favorite songs about school. From conquering first-day-of-school jitters to making new friends, this playlist has the perfect music for the morning drive from artists like the Beach Boys, The White Stripes, and beyond.

Back to School Comedy Block

Shake off any back-to-school nerves with side-splitting stories from comedians who have experienced it all during a special Raw Dog Comedy (Ch. 99) block. Kelsey Cook, Robert Schimmel, Robby Slowik, John Cullen, Andy Woodhull, Adam Sank, Ester Steinberg, Jim Florentine, Otto & George, April Macie, Jim Norton, Pete Davidson, Jo Koy, Jim Breuer, Gary Gulman, Brian Regan, Adam Carolla, and Mike Bocchetti will all join in with some of their most memorable school moments and laugh-out-loud jokes to make for a seamless transition from summer. Stream with laughter when it airs on August 20 at 6am and 6pm ET.

Going Back to School

Even if your school years are far behind you, you can still enjoy some of that sweet, awkward back-to-school nostalgia when Laugh USA (Ch. 98) airs some favorite themed comedy tracks. Hosted by Caitlin Gill, celebrate the end of the summer and start of the school year with jokes from classic comedians that offer up the same feeling of making everyone laugh at your lunch table. Get in on the joke when the special airs on August 20 at 12pm and 3pm ET.

After-School Comedy

Join comics Bo Burnham, Matthew Broussard, and Noah Gardenswartz on Comedy Central Radio (Ch. 95) for some after-school laughs. After the bell rings, the first episode of Burnham’s Bo Fo Show airs on August 23 at 5:30pm ET. Then, hear half-hour specials from Broussard and Gardenswartz on August 24 at 5pm and 5:30pm ET. Finally, enjoy a Back to School Comedy Hour on August 25 at 2pm ET featuring a variety of comics talking about school.

The Business of Education

Dan Loney hosts a special back-to-school episode of Wharton Business Daily on Business Radio (Ch. 132) as the pandemic makes for another challenging start to the academic year. Hear from executives in the education space and leadership at universities, including Miguel Cardona (United States Secretary of Education), Jenny Rickard (President and Chief Executive Officer of The Common Application), Sanjay Gupta (Dean at Michigan State University), Kristen DiCerbo (Khan Academy’s Chief Learning Officer), and Joan Steinberg (President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and CEO of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health Advisory Board).

Back to School with Randi Zuckerberg

On a new episode of Randi Zuckerberg Means Business, hear special guests speak on the unique state of back-to-school in 2021. Guests include Dan Rosensweig (Chairman, President, and CEO of Chegg), Dr. Sonja O’Leary (Chair of The American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health), Kevin Donahue (Co-Founder at Epic), and Dr. William Hite (Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia).

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