Season 6: Underground Rising, Digital version from Brinkman Adventures: A TOS Crew Review

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Our girls have been listening to radio drama since they were born. We love stories and I love the imaginative way radio dramas incorporate kids. This wonderful form of entertainment and storytelling has its roots in the Golden Age of radio during the 1930s and 1940s. When television became all the rage, many thought radio would lose its appeal. It did to some extent, but there has been a resurgence in recent years within the Christian community, especially homeschoolers. Still, not many shows have included homeschool characters so we are always excited to listen to the stories from Brinkman Adventures! This time we had the chance to review the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising. Previous seasons have been a little longer, but this one is in their new 6-episode release structure. 
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The last season we reviewed were all stories about the family, which the kids really loved. This season also included some historical adventures! I love that while the stories are scripted and dramatized, they are based on actual events from history past and present. Some are more fun and others more adventurous. There is really something for everyone and the entire family can enjoy it together! 
I would encourage parents to preview the episodes about the Dutch Underground. While I felt they were tactfully handled without too much of the violent details of what happened to those who were captured by the Nazis, they are very intense and definitely have some moments which could be quite frightening to younger listeners. I chose to have our girls listen to those particular stories during the day. They have listened to the others at night some as well as all of us together in the car. 

The digital version was a great fit because I used my phone or the girls their tablets to listen. Sometimes I would hear the girls listening to the stories while making their beds or folding laundry. They also like to listen during mealtimes as well as in the car! We would often start the story on a short drive and finish up at home so having digital content was a great way to go. You can see the girls enjoying one of the stories via the tablet in the middle of the table while eating cauliflower and fried macaroni and cheese! This was a fun meal and we like listening to an audio drama during lunch after the girls’ science classes on Wednesdays. They are often worn out and have already talked about their day on the 30 minute drive home, so this is a relaxing time for us all. 
My girls really like the Real Stories webpage for this season! Seeing the historical photos of the story of Dutch Underground and photos of the actual family who inspired I Wonder Why? gave a deeper impact and meaning to the stories. They had heard they were based on true stories, but those in particular were quite meaningful. While my daughter is not as severely allergic to wheat as the young boy in the story, she has needed to change her diet due to a reaction to gluten. This story in particular impacted me as well as her. 
I love that the family reflects biblical values and present gospel truth in every story. While the family is not exactly like ours, I know that the content is “safe” and going to glorify God in every way. Scripture is always included and a true-to-life lesson in living out faith in real-life the central theme. So much media available to kids in the world is negative and ugly, portraying parents as naive and uplifting values contrary to Scripture. Brinkman Adventures is a wholesome form of entertainment I highly recommend to all families. 
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Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures: A TOS Crew Review

Brinkman Adventures  Our girls love to listen to audio drama. They almost always listen to one when they go to bed at night and many times in the car, even on short drives. We just pickup where we were the next time we hop into the car. They will even choose to listen to wonderful audios during their free time. We have never heard any of the Brinkman Adventures but they were so excited to have a new series and thoroughly enjoyed listening to Brinkman Adventures Season 4!
 Brinkman Adventures  These modern, and true, missionary stories are brought to life through the Brinkman family. The family approaches life with a biblical worldview. It is always nice when a source of entertainment will reflect our own family’s worldview. My younger two girls especially enjoyed their adventures. Beth, age 10, wanted to listen to them over and over!  

Twelve episodes are included in this season. The girls listened to all of them within just a couple of days! There are a variety of mission fields represented and also a variety of types of mission work. The girls liked the story, “Remember Nhu,” which dealt with child slavery in Cambodia. I very much appreciated that while the story highlighted a wonderful ministry to help girls escape from sexual slavery, the story only referred to the horrors as “slavery.” My girls are not aware of this particular evil in he world and I liked that they were able to experience this story of redemption and hope without having to bear the weight of the atrocities of child sex slavery.

While the girls often listened at  bedtime, we also enjoyed them in the car! One of my favorite episodes was “The War of the Racoons.” While this particular show was not based on an actual situation it was quite humorous and kept us laughing! I also liked the way the story portrayed repentance and restoration. There were also some interesting themes about marriage and relationships. While we are not in that season with our girls yet, it was nice to have a more biblical viewpoint on relationships presented as opposed to what the world presents.  

 The episodes are about twenty-five minutes long. This is a great length for trips around town. We usually are able to listen to one on the way to and from wherever we are running our errands. It was the perfect length for a one-way trip to their science class on Wednesday mornings! The girls really enjoyed these stories. They have asked if we can listen to more. In addition to the Brinkman Adventures there is another series called The Time Chroniclers which looks intriguing!  Don’t forget to check out what my Crewmates have to say! Brinkman Adventures Season 4Crew Disclaimer