The Past and The Curious

The Past and The Curious

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24: Shipwrecks! Ep. 24: Shipwrecks! Ida Lewis, Marquis de Lafayette, Sail Away Ladies
Sep 5 • 27 min
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!
23: Hot Dog! A Tale of Kings, Queens, Dead Whales, and Johnny Verbek’s Machine
Jul 16 • 25 min
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…
22: Play Ball! Jackie Mitchell, Moe Berg, Summertime and more
Jun 12 • 24 min
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…
21: Journeys! Horatio and Bud, John Ledyard and more!
May 20 • 25 min
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…
20: Bridges - Emily Roebling, Sonny Rollins and more!
Apr 5 • 29 min
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…
Ep.19 The Statue Of Liberty!
Mar 6 • 25 min
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…
18: Music! Marian Anderson, The Great Caruso and more!
Feb 6 • 22 min
Episode 18 of the most engaging history podcast for kids! Did the invention of the record player make an opera singer named Enrique Caruso the first superstar of music? It might just have. What did Marian Anderson do when she was denied the stage at a…
17 Spies!
Jan 5 • 27 min
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…
Christmas Special 2018 - Mummies and Bladders!
Dec 15, 2017 • 20 min
Christmastime means two things to us: mummies and bladders. Join us as we meet a young William Clark, an accidental and enterprising watch salesman named Sears, and the hottest gift of the 1971 holiday season. Featuring “Kashmir of the Bells” by…
16 Up In The Air!
Dec 6, 2017 • 28 min
Have you ever heard about the time Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt ducked out of a dinner to take a flight over Washington DC? 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…
Bonus Episode: Curious Names
Nov 23, 2017 • 18 min
There are a lot of really great names in the past - like, just really cool sounding names. So we’re picking a few of our favorites and telling a story or two about them. This episode features American Revolution figure Button Gwinnet and Harlem…
15 Cartoons!
Nov 7, 2017 • 24 min
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…
Bonus Episode: Ghost Ships! A Kids Listen Halloween Sweep
Oct 23, 2017 • 17 min
Have you heard of the Mary Celeste? If you’ve heard of a ghost ship, this is probably the one. In 1872 it was found under sail in the Atlantic Ocean but with absolutely no one on board. What gives? And was this completely unique? It wasn’t, but it is…
14 Nature Pokers & Women of Science
Oct 5, 2017 • 27 min
Women of Science! Join us for some 19th Century STEM stories. Heather Funk tells you about Mary Anning and the origins of “She Sells Sea Shells.” Mick Sullivan shares the story of Mary Somerville and the origin of the the word “scientist.” Both ladies did…
13 The Cheesiest
Sep 5, 2017 • 28 min
Your favorite history show for the whole family is back and we’re bringing the cheese! First, Graham Shelby reads “Andrew Jackson’s Big Cheese,” while Mick Sullivan shares some fun stories of hardtack, followed by the Civil War parody song “Hard Tack Come…
12: Shaking Hands with Presidents
Aug 7, 2017 • 26 min
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…
11 Hittin’ the Road: Niagara
Jul 5, 2017 • 21 min
It’s time for the July Kids Listen Sweep! This episode features the story of Annie Edson Taylor, who was the first person to successfully survive Niagara Falls in a barrel. Also, how’d they even start building the first suspension bridge over Niagara? You…
10 Underwear: Washington and Charles Lee, Lincoln’s Drawers and more
Jun 12, 2017 • 26 min
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…
9 On The Move: Nelly Bly, Henry Box Brown, All Around this World
May 9, 2017 • 28 min
Nelly Bly decides to travel around the world in less than 80 days, much like Phileas Fogg, the fictional character from Jules Verne’s “Around the Wolrd in 80 Days” Also Henry Brown escapes enslavement in a dramatic way, earning the nickname “Box” Brown,…
Kids Listen Sweep Episode - Family Trees
Apr 12, 2017 • 14 min
Family Trees sure seem daunting, don’t they? Once you get past your grandparents or great-grandparents it can quickly get confusing. Rae Anne Sauer from the Sons of the American Revolution National Headquarters in Louisville, KY has seen tons of people…
8: Magic? Mesmer, Fox Sisters, Robert-Houdin, I’ll See you In My Dreams
Apr 10, 2017 • 29 min
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…
7: Food Tales - Potatoes, Tomatoes, Ice Cream Cornucopias and Chicken Pie
Mar 9, 2017 • 30 min
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…
6 Heights: Ferris Wheel, Charles Blondin, East of the Sun and more!
Feb 7, 2017 • 24 min
Episode 6 is all about Heights! 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…
5 Birds: Moon Migration, Cher Ami, Cluck Old Hen and more!
Jan 4, 2017 • 22 min
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 Past And The Curious Holiday Short 2016
Nov 30, 2016 • 10 min
In this quick Holiday Short, we explore a few of the stories people offer as explanations for the unusual Christmas Pickle Tradition. We also found a Christmas Pickle recipe you probably won’t want to try, and you’ll love our 2016 Holiday gift pick. And…
4: Mail Tales: Pony Express, Air Powered Subway, and more
Nov 11, 2016 • 29 min
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…
3 Anne Bonny, The Western Engineer, “Big Ol’ Boat” and more
Oct 16, 2016 • 31 min
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…
2: Barnum, Banvard, Paper Moon and more
Oct 14, 2016 • 22 min
Victoria Reibel tells the story of P.T. Barnum and an Egress. Also featured is the tale of John Banvard and his Mississippi Panorama, which was the longest painting in the world. The Tamerlane Trio performs their version of “It’s Only a Paper Moon” (song…
1 The Past and The Curious: An Introduction
Oct 6, 2016 • 8 min
Teachers, parents, adults who love good stories: check us out. This is just so you know what we’re about, who we are and what we’re planning to bring you. The real good stuff will follow, but you might appreciate knowing what we do and why we do it. We’ll…