The Who Was? Podcast
By Mary Field,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A quirky and fun game show about notable historical figures.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Provides biographical information about the lives and accomplishments of noteworthy historical figures. The show is based on the Who Was? children's history and biography series from Penguin Workshop. Humor is added to make learning about historical figures fun. Website offers free lesson plans for educators and activity sheets to go along with the figures listeners are learning about in the episodes.
Highlights the importance of telling stories of history, people and events accurately. Teaches how the past affects our future by showcasing the impact of historical figures on society today. Makes learning fun and lighthearted, encouraging curiosity about history and historical figures.
Positive Role Models
The series includes stories of trailblazers, legends, and innovators. Their accomplishments often paved the way or created a vision for others to follow. Many stories feature historical figures who demonstrated perseverance and courage to overcome obstacles and create impactful change. Each episode features two kid contestants chosen to learn about each figure and who go head-to-head in a friendly competition to see who learned the most about their historical figure.
Historical figures presented in the show represent diversity in race, ethnicity, age, class, and gender. There are episodes featuring Mahatma Gandhi, Maria Tallchief (the first Native American prima ballerina), Maya Angelou, Bruce Lee, and many more. Of note is that each sketch-comedy like episode features two historical figures and more diverse figures are often paired with a White historical figure. Many highlighted figures achieved accomplishments in the areas of social justice and equality.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Who Was? Podcast is fun and engaging way for kids and even adults to learn about impactful historical figures. It takes a comedy game show approach at history to make it fun and digestible for kids. The show encourages curiosity through its unique educational approach. Many of the historical figures featured embody courage and perseverance in their journey to overcome obstacles and often change the course of history. The Who Was? Podcast highlights how our past has a lasting impact and effect on our future. Catchy music, silly puns and clean content make this a great listen for the whole family.
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What’s It About?
THE WHO WAS? PODCAST is a comedy quiz show based on the children's books from the popular Who Was…? history and biography series. Two contestants, ranging in ages from 8-12 years old, are asked to read and study the biographies of two notable historical figures before putting their knowledge to the test through a variety of games. Co-hosts Elliott Kalan and Meghan O'Neill provide the questions, add additional biographical facts, and occasionally help historical figures come to life through guest appearances paired with silly voices and funny accents. The winner of the friendly competition receives a set of Who Was? book series for both themselves and their school's library.
Is It Any Good?
This cute and entertaining show provides a non-traditional and enjoyable way for kids to learn about notable historical figures and their impacts on the world today. While The Who Was? Podcast features silly puns, comedic guest cameos, and kid-friendly jokes that keep the show light and funny. The hosts often make a point in each episode to prompt listeners to reflect on their own lives, accomplishment, and impact on others. It's sure to be both educational and entertaining for the whole family.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how The Who Was? Podcast teaches the importance of historical figures. Why do we listen, read, and watch about people's lives from history? How have certain accomplishments from these historical figures affected your life today?
This show uses humor and silliness to teach history. How is this different than the way you learn about history in the classroom? How does humor help you learn?
Why is it important to consider diverse representation when thinking about historical figures?
Many of the historical figures mentioned in the podcast used courage and perseverance to become and important and impactful part of history. Why are these important character strengths?
- Release date: May 16, 2022
- Genre: History
- Average Run Time: 28 minutes
- Website: https://www.whowasbookseries.com/
- Hosts: Elliott Kalan, Meghan O’Neill
- Publisher: iHeartPodcasts
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: History
- Character Strengths: Courage, Curiosity, Perseverance
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 27, 2023
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