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Discovering Ancient Egypt: The 100th Anniversary of Discovering King Tut's Tomb

I always assume that everyone loves to listen to podcasts all of the time, like me. But if you're here because you are just learning how awesome kids' podcasts are, you are in for a huge treat. Today, we are sharing all of the podcasts that were created as part of the ๐ŸŽ‰ National Geographic Kids Podcast Party. ๐ŸŽ‰ This round-up of kids podcasters created some really great content to help Nat Geo Kids and Greeking Out celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. This may be the first time the Nat Geo team has hosted a podcast party, but it certainly won't be the last. I spoke to Emily Everhart, the genius behind gathering all of these incredible creators and curating a group of awesome episodes about Ancient Egypt and King Tut. Emily is the Editor of Podcasts and Audiobooks at Disney Publishing Worldwide (Disney owns National Geographic), and the producer of Greeking Out, Nat Geo's first kids' podcast. To say her work has been a smashing success would be an understatement.

Before I dive into the shows, I want to share something cool we have created in Storitopia that will help kids discover shows just like this. In the Explore section of the app, there's an interactive map that allows kids to discover new content by its location. In this example, all of the shows are based on or around the discovery of King Tut's tomb. So all of the shows pop up when you scroll the map over this area of Egypt. ๐Ÿ“ Now onto the shows!

It all started with Greeking Out and Akhenaten The Heretic King. This episode dives into King Akhenaten; the religion he introduced, the new city he built, and the art he commissioned, all before dying and passing the throne to his son, Tutenaten (who later changed his name to Tutankhamun). If you've been living in a tomb and haven't listened to any of the Greeking Out episodes, you've got some catching up to do. With seven seasons of shows (more than 50 episodes), there's plenty of content to keep little Grecophiles busy for a while. Each episode retells classic Greek myths and provides listeners with a rich, and often funny oral history lesson.

Tumble Science Podcast for Kids, one of the OG podcasts for kids, is co-hosted by former science journalist, Lindsay Patterson, and educator, Marshall Escamilla. In addition to launching the podcast, Lindsay co-founded Kids Listen, the non-profit advocacy group predominately run by independent kids' podcasters that advocates for high-quality audio content for children. This podcast has been on our playlist for a while. Marshall and Lindsay interview scientists weekly and ask all the questions we had no idea we wanted to know the answers to. In their Podcast Party episode, The Tomb of the Animal Mummies, they interview Egyptologist Salima Ikram and help listeners learn about millions of animals who were mummified in Ancient Egypt. ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿช Some other popular Tumble episodes around here are:

  • Do Trees Fart

  • The Poop Collector

  • The Science of Butts

Hmm, I smell a theme. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Flip and Moziโ€™s Guide to How to be an Earthling Just like it sounds, this Tinkercast show is all about how two little aliens (Flip and Mozi) take journeys to earth to learn about earth things, all while teaching little earthlings. The best part of this show is the delivery of educational content by way of catchy original songs from The Pop Ups. I learned so much about camels from this song ๐Ÿ”ˆ in their Podcast Party Camel episode. Flip and Mozi's Guide to How to be an Earthling is turning ONE next week and has about 50 episodes that help kids and their grown-ups discover really incredible things about the animals here on earth.

Girl Tales, the brainchild of award-winning kids' podcast producer Rebecca Cunningham, launched in 2017 with the goal of creating fairytales for a new generation of ears. With an incredibly diverse group of writers and contributors, Rebecca weaves together a team of voices that haven't been heard in historical tales for kids. In the Podcast Party episode, Rebecca meets Mitzy the Mummy at the Freshwater Museum of History's Ancient Egyptian exhibit. Mitzy admires Rebecca's colorful style and admits that wearing old mummy wraps feels so bland. Mitzy tells Rebecca that it would feel so special to dress in something more colorful. Something that would make her feel more like herself.

National Geographic Kids How We Explore is hosted by Gabby Salazar and Munazza Alam, National Geographic explorers who share incredible stories with young listeners who are curious about becoming explorers themselves. Their Podcast Party episode highlights the work of archaeologist Nora Shawki who was inspired as a young child by the discovery of King Tutโ€™s tomb. Nora talks about the obstacles she overcame to be able to dig and discover ancient treasures.

The Ten News , created by Tracy Leeds Kaplan, is a kids' news show that airs 10-minute episodes of headlines from around-the-world.

The Podcast Party episode has a quick news round-up, then takes listeners on a King Tut history lesson and time-traveling journey. Kid-correspondent Aruna travel to Ancient Egypt and shares some of the discoveries inside King Tut's tomb.

Forever Ago is a history podcast by American Public Media, the creators of Brains On. In The Podcast Party episode, Tomb raiders: How Egyptโ€™s treasures ended up all over the world, host Joy Dolo dives into a mystery that includes theft and mummy unwrapping parties (ew!). The episode goes deep into Egyptian history, and listeners learn about the people and their inventions, including the amazing engineering that helped Egyptians build pyramids by hand. If you haven't listened to this podcast before, this episode is a great introduction. Little listeners can contact the show and ask about a topic they really want to know the history of.

The Nat Geo podcast Overheard got invited to the Podcast Party!! ๐ŸŽ‰ This kid-friendly episode of Overheard made its way to the Greeking Out podcast feed. Listeners learn about what's MISSING in the tomb of King Tutankhamun and what 100 years of research have uncovered about it. Little ears also get behind the scenes of the National Geographic Museum's Exhibit of King Tut and a tour with an archeologist and mummy expert.

Pharaoh Expert or Phony? The "experts" answer questions and you decide! You'll never guess which Egyptologist is not the Pharaoh expert in this episode of The Big Fib. Well, maybe you will, but I thought it was super hard! I love that this show, created by Gen Z Media, puts a different kid in the hot seat each week allowing them to judge each of the Big Fibbers. Can you take a listen and tell me who the real expert is?

This might be the wildest story of all of the Ancient Egyptian artifacts uncovered in the Podcast Party. If you're a mystery fan or a bread fan, this might be your jam! โฌ…๏ธ get what I did there?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ This incredible episode of Mystery Recipe involves a HEIST and 4500-year-old yeast.

Mystery Recipe, created by America's Test Kitchen Kids, shares a love of food and cooking with its listeners.


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