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My husband & oldest son (11 yrs) really enjoyed listening to "Open Heart" by Steven Westaby. However, it does have some crass language at times, very detailed descriptions of surgeries & not all patients make it past a few days after surgery. That being said, it is a surprisingly captivating book. I am an Adult living with Congenital Heart Defects & I had Open Heart surgery 10 yrs ago so I found some parts REALLY hard to listen. 😳

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On 4/11/2021 at 4:55 PM, domestic_engineer said:

How about podcasts?  We like Planet money. 

Stuff You Missed in History class is one I like.  
Throughline is another good one. 

Both are for adults but I can't think of anything I couldn't share with a middle schooler in those. 

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9 hours ago, goldenecho said:

Stuff You Missed in History class is one I like.  
Throughline is another good one. 

Both are for adults but I can't think of anything I couldn't share with a middle schooler in those. 

My 5th grader and I enjoyed the various Legends of the Old West podcast episodes we’ve listened to. Also geared to adults. 
 

We tried a few other podcasts on similar topics but we both found too much vulgarity (I suppose some of those characters just invite crass language to describe their unsavory activities, but this podcast avoids that and tedious banter). 
 

I’ve enjoyed History Unplugged and History that Doesn’t Suck. I can’t remember anything objectionable, though there are obviously some topics that may be too heavy for younger or sensitive children.

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