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Solving History with Olly Steeds
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series includes scenes of traditions and rituals (like mummification and animal sacrifice) that may be confusing or upsetting to kids and tweens with little knowledge of other cultures. Although the act itself isn’t shown when animals are killed, the bloody body is, so sensitive viewers of all ages may have trouble with this content when it arises. But for older tweens, teens, and adults, the show offers a fascinating journey through history and an intriguing glimpse at people and places that rarely make the front page.
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What's the story?
In SOLVING HISTORY WITH OLLY STEEDS, independent journalist/adventurer Oliver \"Olly\" Steeds crisscrosses the globe hoping to unravel some of history’s most intriguing unsolved mysteries. Using centuries-old folklore, modern archaeological evidence, and high-tech computer graphics, the ever-curious Steeds pieces together clues to attempt to locate elusive finds like lost Nazi treasures, the Ark of the Covenant, and the mythical city of Atlantis.
Is it any good?
If you’re striking out on a treasure hunt -- even a virtual one -- a lot rides on the appeal of your guide, and Steeds’ enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for his work makes the journey a real treat for viewers. He leaves no stone unturned in his quest for the truth, and his travels take him all over the world and introduce him to an array of people from little-known cultures. In other words, there’s no shortage of educational content here.
But don’t be misled by the show’s title. Steeds rarely uncovers any definitive evidence to put historical mysteries to bed -- though he does make some new discoveries and interpret existing clues to pose intriguing theories. For teens and adults, Solving History is an exciting, Indiana Jones-like tour of history, but the heady material and potential for confusing and sometimes violent cultural practices ensures that it’s not for young kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cultural diversity in the media. Do you think TV shows and movies give an accurate portrayal of lesser-known cultures and religions? Are certain shows or types of shows better or worse than others about treating differences respectfully?
Have you ever noticed any stereotyping in the shows you watch? If so, when? Is stereotyping any less problematic when it’s delivered by a representative of the group being singled out? Why or why not?
What historical mysteries would you like to see solved? What knowledge do you have of them? How would scientists and researchers work together to get answers?
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