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

Author: Mick Sullivan

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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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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!
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!
Episode 35: Polymaths!

Episode 35: Polymaths!

2019-09-2600:33:242

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.
We’re sharing this special episode with our friends from Tumble, A Science Podcast for Kids.First you’ll hear Mick’s telling of the discovery and disagreement about Otzi the Iceman. Then we turn it over to Lindsay and Marshall from Tumble for a story they produced called Underground Astronauts. Enjoy!
Episode 34: Museum Tales!

Episode 34: Museum Tales!

2019-08-1400:28:371

Isabella Stewart Gardner was a very unusual lady who created an incredible museum in Boston. Unfortunately some of her paintings have gone missing.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.
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!
Episode 32: Strange Things

Episode 32: Strange Things

2019-05-1600:31:563

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
Ep. 31 April Fooling!

Ep. 31 April Fooling!

2019-04-0900:30:51

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!
Ep. 30 Underwater!

Ep. 30 Underwater!

2019-03-1900:35:242

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.
Patty Hill (with the help of her sister Margaret) did much more than just write Happy Birthday, but that'd be achievement enough. Story by Heather GotlibTheir Friend Enid Yandell happened to be a world-class Sculptor. and in our telling of the tales, we'll weave in the Mars Rover, Athena's birth, and the coolest Bon Voyage Party ever!Incredible song courtesy of Dan Saks, from one of our favorite podcasts, Noodleloaf!
Ep. 28: Trains And Movies!

Ep. 28: Trains And Movies!

2019-01-1400:27:43

In this episode, Mr. Eric of What If World  joins us to share the story of early moving pictures, including an often told (but probably untrue) story of the first train on film. The Lumiere Brothers revolutionized our world, find out why!Also, funny man Buster Keaton did some amazing things in his life, but nothing quite like a spectacular train crash that was the most expensive scene of the Silent Film Era.We debut our new "You Have 30 Seconds" segment with the help of our young friend Lucy, and Mick sings "Bringing in The Georgia Mail."And Quiz Time!
Ep. 27: Toys And Games

Ep. 27: Toys And Games

2018-12-0500:25:561

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
The people of the late 1930's saw some fun music made by some remarkable women. Lily May Ledford and her band from Pinchem Tight Holler, KY (YEOW!!) play for President Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor and the King and Queen of England. She almost hugs the queen. Clara Rockmore almost gives up music entirely until she meets Leon Theremin and literally writes the book on a new instrument. Featuring the voices of Julia Purcell, Mick Sullivan and sounds by Todd Hildreth.
Ep. 25: Fakes And Frauds!

Ep. 25: Fakes And Frauds!

2018-10-0800:29:30

Some people just can't be honest, and some try to pass off something phony as something real. This episode is about a would-be Shakespeare named William Henry Ireland, and a gang of body snatchers who try to pilfer a president's dead body - gross!Featuring Rhea Pechter, Jonathan Messinger, and more. Written and produced by Mick Sullivan.
Join host Mick Sullivan and friend Hanna Zimmerman of Locust Grove as we share the stories of Marquis de Lafayette's steamboat shipwreck, and Rhode Island lifesaver Ida Lewis. Also features a performance of the song "Sail Away Ladies," Quiztime and more!
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.
You don't have to like baseball to like this episode!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
The history podcast for kids and adults joins the Kids Listen Sweeps party and tells two stories about two great adventures. Melinda Beck tells the tale of Horatio Jackson and the first drive across the country (and his dog Bud), while Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy shares the story of John Ledyard - who would've made it around the globe if it wasn't for that touchy queen, Catherine the Great. Also features quiz time and a performance of "Long Journey Home" by Mick Sullivan. Stories written by Mick Sullivan. Someone hire him to write stuff, please.
Join us for two tales connected by bridges. First, Emily Roebling winds up as a lead engineer in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the first American woman to find herself in such a position. Second, Sonny Rollins, one fo the greatest saxophonists in history isn't happy with his playing, despite the fame he receives. His days on a bridge change his life. Also quiz time, and a new segment with Dr. Awkward, the Palindrome Professor. Featuring Mick Sullivan, Meg Samples, Graeme Gardiner, and Lani Powers.
Ep.19 The Statue Of Liberty!

Ep.19 The Statue Of Liberty!

2018-03-0700:26:102

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
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