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The Past and The Curious: A History Podcast for Kids and Families

A History Podcast for Kids! Parents love us, Teachers love us, and most importantly, kids do too!History can be amazing, inspiring and relevant to anyone. We love to share the stories of Spies, funny foods, George Washington's foibles, early advancements in cartooning and ballooning and much more! A professional music score and important songs accompany nearly every themed episode. Proud Kids Listen Member @pastandcurious

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Ep.19 The Statue Of Liberty!

The Statue of Liberty could have wound up in Egypt, Philadelphia, or the bottom of the ocean. Once she wound up in New York she had to wait for America to raise a lot of money - which they did in many different ways. 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


7 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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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!


16 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Ep. 17 Spies!

Kate Warne saved Abraham Lincoln's life on the way to his inauguration. John Honeyman may (or may not)have been a double agent who helped George Washington's famous Crossing of the Delaware. We'll hear these stories and much more!You'll hear hear Amber Estes-Theineman sing the classic "I'm Confessin'" while you're here, too!


6 Jan 2018

Rank #3

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Ep. 4: Mail Tales: Pony Express, Air Powered Subway, and more

The Pony Express lives in legend, but didn't last long. Find out what it took to be join the team. (read by Victoria Reibel)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.


12 Nov 2016

Rank #4

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Ep. 10 Underwear: Washington and Charles Lee, Lincoln's Drawers and more

George Washington's frenemy Charles Lee, who you might remember from Hamilton, gets caught in his skivvies, the guy who built the Brooklyn Bridge remembers seeing Abraham Lincoln's undies, Mick sings a song about long underwear 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.


12 Jun 2017

Rank #5

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Ep. 7: Food Tales - Potatoes, Tomatoes, Ice Cream Cornucopias and Chicken Pie

This episode is fast paced and broken into small bites! We’ve squeezed in THREE great stories along with a song and quiz time! Really packed it in there - like sausage in a casing!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.


9 Mar 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 36 Mechanical Monsters!

Mary Shelley didn't just create one of the most memorable characters and important books in history, she also pretty-much invented science fiction. Heather Gotlib tells her original story on the author of Frankenstein.Have you ever heard about the chess playing robot that beat Napoleon in chess? The automaton shocked the world in many ways! written and told by Mick SullivanAll this and more!


29 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 32: Strange Things

The long awaited episode to coincide with the release of our book "The Meatshower!"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


16 May 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 37 Sewer Water and Water Water

John Wesley Powell is the first American of European descent to conquer the Grand Canyon, and he did it with one arm!Also, Paris was a pretty stinky place until they upgraded the sewers. Learn about poop, nightmen, and a couple of clever civil engineers who eventually got people to dress their best as they toured the stinky sewers in boats. All this and more!


30 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 38 Store Windows and Old Underwear

L. Frank Baum, an author of a classic book (which became a classic movie) was also partially responsible for our love of fancy holiday shop windows. Also, Meriwether Lewis gives his pal William Clark a re-gift he probably could've done without.


19 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Ep. 27: Toys And Games

We're digging through the inductees of the Toy Hall of Fame to find great stories that span Abraham Lincoln to Frank Lloyd Wright and beyond. 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


5 Dec 2018

Rank #11

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Ep. 23: Hot Dog! A Tale of Kings, Queens, Dead Whales, and Johnny Verbek's Machine

From the electric bathers of Coney Island to the King of England, no food has been as satisfying as a hot dog. You won't believe it as we weave a tale of dead whales, muckrakers, publicity stunts, and President Roosevelt. Who knew the hot dog was so interesting?With music by Big Momma Thorazine and featuring the voices of Mr. Eric from What If World, along with AJ Cornell.


17 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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Ep. 12: Shaking Hands with Presidents

When Washington first became president, no one knew what to call him, and he certainly didn't want to shake EVERYONE'S hand. There were some growing pains in Presidential cordiality. 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)


8 Aug 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 33: Prairie Dogs and Animal Bands

Mick Sullivan tells a story of the Prairie Dog who wound up on the Lewis and Clark Journey and had one of the most eventful lives imaginable. 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!


20 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 30 Underwater!

Celebrate the big 3-0 with us as we head underwater. Brian West tells the story of Garrett Morgan, an inventor and brave man who created some really important things which are still around today.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.


19 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 15 Cartoons!

Everyone loves cartoons! So we’re taking an unusual look at two big moments in cartoon history – when a vaudeville performer and comic-strip writer made animation history on a cold Chicago night, and also the time a cheeky political cartoonist brought down one of the most crooked politicians in history.Gertie the Dinosaur and Winsor McCay read by Amber Estes-ThienemanThomas Nast and Boss Tweed read by Jason LawrenceOn the Sunny Side of the Street performed by Mick SullivanThe 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.


7 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Ep. 31 April Fooling!

It's Kids Listen Sweeps Month and we're joining the April Fool's fun (though pretty late).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!


9 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Ep. 5 Birds: Moon Migration, Cher Ami, Cluck Old Hen and more!

In honor of National Bird Day, this episode features some great bird stories from history.Victoria Reibel reads the story of Charles Morton, a man who tried to explain the mystery of bird migration with an otherworldly hypothesis.Jason Lawrence reads the tale of Cher Ami, one of the bravest little birds the world has ever known.Mick Sullivan performs the traditional folk song Cluck Old Hen. All this and more!


4 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 35: Polymaths!

A polymath is a person of wide ranging knowledge or ability, and in this episode we're telling the stories of two unsung 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.


26 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 8: Magic? Mesmer, Fox Sisters, Robert-Houdin, I'll See you In My Dreams

Join host Mick Sullivan for some true tales of magic, or at least what appeared to be magic. Learn Franz Mesmer's gift to your vocabulary, hear about some young sisters who fooled America, and discover how a French Magician stopped a rebellion with his magic tricks. 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.


10 Apr 2017

Rank #20