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Penguin Workshop, iHeartMedia, And Radio Point Announce New Kids’ Comedy Quiz Show, The Who Was? Podcast

Penguin Workshop, iHeartMedia, And Radio Point Announce New Kids’ Comedy Quiz Show, The Who Was? Podcast

Press Release · New York, NY, USA ·

Penguin Workshop, iHeartMedia, and Radio Point will release The Who Was? Podcast, a new kids’ comedy quiz show, from the team that produced the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series, The Who Was? Show and based on the #1 New York Times-bestselling Who Was? children’s history and biography series from Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. The first series, consisting of 45 weekly 30-minute episodes, premiers on March 16, 2022. Listeners can hear the official show trailer on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.

Co-hosted by Elliot Kalan and Meghan O’Neill, each episode of the comedy quiz show podcast features games, fun facts, and sketches about trailblazing historical figures that will keep listeners laughing and learning. Each episode revolves around two historical figures that have been paired together for obvious, and sometimes not so obvious, reasons. Contestants between the ages of 8-12 years old will join in a friendly competition for a chance to be rewarded with a selection of Who Was? books and a set for their school library.

“The success of The Who Was? Show on Netflix helped us realize all the different ways Who HQ could spark a curiosity for history outside of a traditional biography format,” said Francesco Sedita, President and Publisher of Penguin Workshop. “As we continue to expand our title list to include Board Books, Graphic Novels, and more, we are beyond thrilled to partner with iHeart, Radio Point, and the fantastic team behind The Who Was? Show to bring engaging history to young podcast listeners and their families.”

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“Who Was?” has been an amazing kids’ franchise for years now, and we’re excited to team up with Penguin Workshop and Radio Point to bring this series into podcasting,” said Will Pearson, COO of iHeartPodcasts. “The podcast world needs a laugh-out-loud kids quiz show and we’re thrilled to give our listeners something they can enjoy with their families.”

About the premier episode, “Marie Curie and Milton Hershey”

Two fierce kid competitors test their knowledge of science rockstar Marie Curie and delish chocolate maker Milton Hershey! But the real winner today is our host Elliott who walks away with a brand new middle name!

Other historical figure pairings covered in The Who Was? Podcast include:

  • Frida Kahlo and Walt Disney
  • Harriet Tubman and Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Aretha Franklin and Stan Lee
  • Michael Jordan and Amelia Earhart
  • And more!

The Who Was? book series began in 2002 with the publication of just four books. Since then, it has evolved into a brand encompassing over 300 titles across seven series lines (including Who HQ Now, Who Was? Graphic Novels, Who Was?, What Was?, Where Is?, What Is the Story Of?, and Who Was? Board Books, known collectively as Who HQ), a Podcast, and a Netflix original series. With more than 50 million books in print worldwide, it’s now the #1 nonfiction series for middle-grade readers; every 13 seconds, a Who HQ book is sold. Here is more information about the series.

Co-host Elliott Kalan is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer and comedian who has done most of the following things: been Head Writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Mystery Science Theater 3000; written the picture books Horse Meets Dog and Sharko and Hippo; contributed to the bestselling Earth: The Book; co-hosted the popular podcasts The Flop House and Presidents Are People, Too!.

Co-host and Executive Producer Meghan O’Neill is a writer, actor and director whose credits include The 40-Year-Old Version, HBO’s Animals, Billy On The Street, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The New Yorker, Odd Mom Out, SuperDeluxe, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Happy, 50 Central, Black&White, Vulture, The Hairpin, Blind Date, The Cut, Refinery 29, and Above Average. Festivals include The Sundance Film Festival, Nitehawk Shorts Fest, LES Film Festival, Ars Nova Ant Fest, Chicago Comedy Film Festival, NY Sketch Fest, Toronto Sketchfest, Charleston Comedy Festival, and The Women in Comedy Festival. Meghan is a 2020 a Sundance Institute Fellow. You can catch her weekly co-hosting the Story Pirate Podcast on Gimlet (Winner of the 2020 Webby and iHeart Radio award for Best Kids&Family Podcast.

Radio Point, iHeartMedia, Penguin Workshop, and Meghan O’Neill will serve as Executive Producers on the show. The Who Was Podcast? Is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.


Children ages 8-12 have a chance to win a selection of Who Was? Books and a set for their school library on the Who Was? Podcast! Parents can email for casting information.


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