A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Kids will learn about Greek gods and goddesses, plus many of the myths that they might encounter in school. A lot of new vocabulary is introduced and defined in kid-friendly terms.
The stories retold in this podcast include themes of bravery, resourcefulness, and loyalty. At the same time, these wouldn't be Greek myths without storylines involving betrayal and vengeance.
Positive Role Models
Jason is a hero who manages to outwit and overcome obstacles like a dragon, the Sirens, and an army of soldiers. Atalanta overcomes her beginnings as an abandoned infant to become a valiant warrior. Of course, some characters -- particularly the gods -- embody negative characteristics such as vanity and jealousy.
Goddesses and other powerful female characters are major players in these myths. Artemis and Aphrodite are just two of the goddesses who can grant good fortune and assistance to those who pray to them, but can also take that away if they feel disrespected. Medea helps Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece, even saving his life on more than one occasion. The episode featuring Atalanta, a female warrior, explains how the men in the story underestimate Atalanta's strength and wits. While the majority of the myths are Greek in origin, there is also an episode about Egyptian gods Aset and Usir (Isis and Osiris) as well as a Mesopotamian legend.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of the hand-to-hand combat, war, and killings that Greek myths are known for, but toned down for kids. One character is killed and ripped into pieces. Mythical monsters like dragons attack the heroes. A baby is abandoned in the woods by her father. Some of the stories take place in the underworld.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters fall in love and their actions are often motivated by love or the desire to marry. Cupid and Aphrodite sometimes intervene to help win someone's heart.
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Products & Purchases
Midway through each episode is one advertisement, usually for a related National Geographic product.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Greeking Out is a lively podcast from National Geographic Kids that retells classic Greek myths and features gods, monsters, and plenty of battles. Brave heroes go on epic quests, gods and goddesses fly into jealous rages, and warriors seek revenge when they're betrayed. Whether your kids are mythology buffs or are new to the genre, Greeking Out offers fast-paced and exciting adaptations of ancient dramas that will keep them engaged. Greek myths are known for their violence, but the depictions of fighting and warfare in Greeking Out have been toned down for kids. Characters are frequently killed but there are no descriptions of bloodshed. Very sensitive young listeners should be prepared for some of the fantastical violence -- when the Egyptian pharaoh Osiris is killed, his body parts are spread across Egypt, only to be reassembled and mummified to save his soul for the afterlife. Kids will learn a lot about Ancient Greece and mythology, all while picking up some new vocabulary words.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will find a lot to like about this podcast, as it's a well-told, exciting, and often humorous introduction to Greek mythology. Greeking Out will especially appeal to kids who love action and adventure, history, or mythology. As a podcast, it's pleasant to listen to and the limited incidental music and sound effects add to the drama but don't overwhelm. The banter between the host and the Oracle of WiFi does break up the story a bit, but it also ensures that kids won't lose interest. Without seeming like an overtly educational podcast, Greeking Out teaches some vocabulary and history, and provides a good background for kids who want to explore mythology further.
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