Young Ben Franklin

Ages: 8 - 12Producer: Gen-Z Media

This podcast takes its audience back to the days when this nation’s most brilliant and endearing of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was still more than 50 years from creating his famous inventions and witty sayings —and guiding the beginnings of the United States of America. Meaning, at least fictionally, he was just a super-smart, adventurous, ever-curious kid who frequently got into trouble.

“You know me as Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, founding father, but back in 1720 when I was 14 years of age, I was just plain Ben,” begins the first season’s 10 episodes. Throughout, our young hero and his childhood rascally pals find a mysterious letter leading to a legendary, centuries-old treasure; and they have to outsmart the villainous British Governor Templeton of Massachusetts to avoid arrest and possible death. Theirs is a conspiracy among these kids … and, fortunately, they’re really smart kids.

Filled with top-notch voice acting, the warmth of an older-and-wiser Ben’s narrative, lots of dialogue, and symphonic musical background that drives the drama and intrigue, the first season features characters such as Eliza Boyd, a young runaway indentured servant, the elusive (for good reason) puzzle solver Veracity Quince, and young Ben’s buddies-all of whom play important roles in the story.

Each of the 12-20-minute Young Ben Franklin episodes is creative, convincing audio programming that place young listeners directly into the streets of colonial Boston, alongside Ben and his friends, creating a fantastic doorway into experiencing what colonial America might have been like for a youngster.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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