Rank #1: Ep.19 The Statue Of Liberty!
Four quick, funny, and poignant stories will fill you on on the history of the most American of Symbols.
Featuring Melinda Beck and Mr. Eric (What If World - Podcast)
"New Colossus" poem read by the Kids Listen Players:
Andrew and Polly (Ear Snacks)
Joey Mascio (ImagiNate)
Rebecca Weaver (Cozy Corner)
Chaska, Mirabel, Leilani and Brennan (Book Power for Kids)
Also includes "Lady Be Good" performed by Mick Sullivan.
Episode written by Mick Sullivan
Mar 07 2018
Rank #2: Ep. 17 Spies!
You'll hear hear Amber Estes-Theineman sing the classic "I'm Confessin'" while you're here, too!
Jan 06 2018
Rank #3: Ep. 3 Anne Bonny, The Western Engineer, "Big Ol' Boat" and more
The origin of Port and Starboard
Victoria Reibel reads stories about Anne Bonny, and Stephen Long's unusual dragon-like steamboat, the Western Engineer.
Tamerlane Trio performs original song "Big Ol' Boat" (song recorded by Rob Collier)
Quiz time and more!
Correction: in Anne Bonny, in regards to her death, we say 1881, but we mean 1781, as you'd probably guess from our framing it around the American Revolution - sorry!
Oct 16 2016
Rank #4: Ep. 4: Mail Tales: Pony Express, Air Powered Subway, and more
Alfred Ely Beach kept a secret from New York City and built a Pneumatic Subway underneath it in the 1800's! (read by Jason Lawrence)
This episode also features an original performance of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." All of the instruments were played and overdubbed by Mick Sullivan.
Nov 12 2016
Rank #5: Episode 32: Strange Things
Mr. Eric from What If World tells he's tory of Boston's Great Molasses Disaster and Mick Sullivan tells the story of the Kentucky Meatshower of 1876.
To purchase the book visit www.earlyworkspress.com/shop
May 16 2019
Rank #6: Ep. 10 Underwear: Washington and Charles Lee, Lincoln's Drawers and more
Produced by Mick Sullivan, read by Victoria Reibel and Jason Lawrence. "Long Handle Time" song by Homer and Jethro performed by Mick Sullivan.
Jun 12 2017
Rank #7: Ep. 7: Food Tales - Potatoes, Tomatoes, Ice Cream Cornucopias and Chicken Pie
Victoria Reibel wonders, did George Crumb invent potato chips?
Jason Lawrence imagines a delicious new way to eat ice cream at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Food Network Star, Chef Damaris Phillips joins us for a fun story about everyone’s favorite red vegetable - or is it a fruit?
Chris Rodahaffer and Rob Collier join host and creator Mick Sullivan for a fun old song about chicken pie.
WARNING: You might get hungry listening to this episode.
Mar 09 2017
Rank #8: Episode 35: Polymaths!
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. Georges, was a world class fencer, composer, conductor and musician who spent time in the royal courts of France and tutored Marie Antoinette. He was also the son of an enslaved woman.
Ziryab is a mysterious man from medieval Spain, when Muslim culture dominated the area. He was a musician, scholar, and pioneer of food and fashion. Pretty much a rock star before rock stars were a thing.
You'll hear Ms. Lynn from The Good Words Podcast and music from Mick Sullivan and Todd Armstrong.
Episode written and produced by Mick Sullivan.
Somebody give us a book deal already.
Sep 26 2019
Rank #9: Ep. 12: Shaking Hands with Presidents
Later, Lincoln wishes Jefferson never started the whole "handshake thing."
Also, Quiztime and the old song "Lulu's Back in Town"
Stories written and music performed by Mick Sullivan. Also featuring the voices of Chaska and Mirabel Power (from Book Power for Kids Podcast)
Aug 08 2017
Rank #10: Episode 33: Prairie Dogs and Animal Bands
Heather Funk tells her story about the popular cartoon "Bremenskie Muzykanty" which infuriated the government of the Soviet Union, but captured the imagination of its people and introduced many of them to Rock and Roll.
Also features the gang from our podcast pals "Cool Facts about Animals," and music from Da Da Da and the Dinos!
Jun 20 2019
Rank #11: Ep. 30 Underwater!
Mick Sullivan tells the story of Ezra Lee and the the long lost 18th Century submarine known as the Turtle.
Also features a visit from Dr. Awkward, the Palindrome professor, quiz time and more info about our new book, The Meatshower.
Mar 19 2019
Rank #12: Ep. 23: Hot Dog! A Tale of Kings, Queens, Dead Whales, and Johnny Verbek's Machine
With music by Big Momma Thorazine and featuring the voices of Mr. Eric from What If World, along with AJ Cornell.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #13: Ep. 31 April Fooling!
This episode features Heather Gotlib's original story of the real-life, classic prank called the Berner's Street Hoax, in which an unsuspecting family's home becomes the most popular destination in London. Also featured is Mick Sullivan's telling of Count Fortsas Book Hoax, which began with rare book collectors receiving notice of an incredible auction. Spoiler Alert: not what they think.
Also "Deed I Do," Quiztime, and "You Have 30 Seconds!"
Want more April Fool's fun? Check out our Kids Listen pals Composer Dad and What If World!
Apr 09 2019
Rank #14: Ep. 15 Cartoons!
Gertie the Dinosaur and Winsor McCay read by Amber Estes-Thieneman
Thomas Nast and Boss Tweed read by Jason Lawrence
On the Sunny Side of the Street performed by Mick Sullivan
The Past and the Curious is a history podcast for kids, families and adults created by a professional museum educator with the help of brilliant friends. We are a proud Kids Listen member and dedicated to nurturing curiosity of the past in everyone.
Written and produced by Mick Sullivan. Don’t steal things you didn’t create.
Nov 07 2017
Rank #15: Ep. 27: Toys And Games
Learn the stories of Milton Bradley's Game of Life (with a bit of Lincoln's beard, the Wright family of architects' creation, Lincoln Logs and so much more.
Featuring the many talents of Brigid Kaelin! www.brigidkaelin.com
Dec 05 2018
Rank #16: Ep. 8: Magic? Mesmer, Fox Sisters, Robert-Houdin, I'll See you In My Dreams
Along with Quiz Time you'll hear Tory Fisher, Brandon Johnson and Mick Sullivan perform "I'll See You In My Dreams."
Mesmer and Fox sisters story written and read by Heather Funk; Houdin story written by Mick Sullivan and read by Victoria Reibel.
Apr 10 2017
Rank #17: Episode 34: Museum Tales!
Charles Wilson Peale painted people, but he also created America's first museum - right upstairs from where they signed the Declaration of Independence.
Also features Quiztime, You Have 30 Seconds, "All of Me" and more.
Written and produced by Mick Sullivan. Isabella's story read by Jason Lawrence.
Aug 14 2019
Rank #18: Ep. 16 Up In The Air!
Or about how Bessie Coleman had to go all the way to France to learn how to fly an airplane because no one would teach her in America?
This episode also features the Fred Fischer and Alfred Bryan song from 1910, "Come Josephine In My Flying Machine," which is performed by Mick Sullivan and Suki Anderson.
"Bessie Coleman" read by Kelly Moore (featuring the voice of AJ Cornell)
"Amelia and Eleanor" read by Amber Estes-Thieneman
Production, music and stories by Mick Sullivan
Also featuring incidental music from Squeeze-bot
Dec 07 2017
Rank #19: Ep. 24: Shipwrecks! Ep. 24: Shipwrecks! Ida Lewis, Marquis de Lafayette, Sail Away Ladies
Also features a performance of the song "Sail Away Ladies," Quiztime and more!
Sep 06 2018
Rank #20: Ep. 6 Heights: Ferris Wheel, Charles Blondin, East of the Sun and more!
Victoria Reibel reads a story about the time The Chicago World's Fair had to build something to top the Eiffel Tower.
Jason Lawrence tells the tale of the the world's leading antebellum funambulist.
The Tamerlane Trio performs "East of the Sun and West of the Moon"
Episode written by Mick Sullivan. Steal it and you are lame.
Feb 08 2017