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
Rank #2: 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!
Rank #3: Ep. 17 Spies!
You'll hear hear Amber Estes-Theineman sing the classic "I'm Confessin'" while you're here, too!
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.
Rank #5: 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.
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.
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.
Rank #8: 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.
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)
Rank #10: 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
Rank #11: 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.
Rank #12: 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.
Rank #13: Ep. 5 Birds: Moon Migration, Cher Ami, Cluck Old Hen and more!
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!
Rank #14: Ep. 22: Play Ball! Jackie Mitchell, Moe Berg, Summertime and more
First, Kelly Moore shares the story of Jackie Mitchell, a young woman who struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Next, Bailey Mazik of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory sheds some light on the baseball playing spy, Moe Berg.
Amber Estes Thieneman and Mick Sullivan perform "Summertime," plus a summery quiz-time!
Episode written and produced by Mick Sullivan
Rank #15: 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.