196 – Breaking the Chain

The RUMOURS are true. Today, we get into the beautiful, messy, dramatic, complex story of everyone’s mum’s favorite late-1970s band: Fleetwood Mac. Get the dish on Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and magical witchy godmother Stevie Nicks while reminiscing about the band’s incredible chemistry and musical output. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Chain”!

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[Music: 1) Fleetwood Mac, “Never Going Back Again,” 1977; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

195 – E Nervis Unum

Have you ever wanted to learn more about our nervous system, but didn’t know where to begin? You’re in luck, because today’s episode information is provided by a genuine neuroscientist! Get comfortable with your brain meat [and learn about some of the incredible scientists who won Nobel prizes for their research on the nervous system]. Later, take a quiz entitled “My Mom Said Watching TV Would Melt My Brain”!

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[Music: 1) Pinky & The Brain, “The Brainstem,” written by Tom Minton, 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

194 – Reign Supreme

After a long hiatus, we head back to Civics class for a lesson all about the Supreme Court. Learn about the history [and current state] of SCOTUS, how a case reaches their courtroom, and of course, notable landmark cases. Later, enjoy “The Case of the Mysterious Podcast Quiz!”

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[Music: 1) The Supremes, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” 1966; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

193 – You’re a Gem

Everybody loves a diamond–but what about the other gems that may not get as much attention? Today, learn all about semiprecious stones and their incredible history and uses. Later, take a quiz on Things That Used to be Rare!

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[Music: 1) GEM feat. Elaskia, “Rich Girl,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

192 – A Tale of Two Artists: Or, The Color War

It’s an Art World Grudge Match!

In this corner: With more than four decades’ experience, a Turner Prize, and a knighthood– British-Indian artist Sir Anish Kapoor! And in this corner: The much younger, positive pop artist championing mental health and social justice causes– English artist Stuart Semple! Who will prevail? Who will provoke the ire of the masses? Who will come across as our hero? Find out now! [And later, take a quiz called “Home or Away”!]

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[Music: 1) OK Go for Sesame Street, “Three Primary Colors,” 2012; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

April 1 Special: Mister In4mation: 4mats From B4

Hello, and welcome to Mister Information– an offshoot trivia podcast for gents [and ladies] who kind of enjoy trivia but also sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.  In this very special episode, it’s Throwback Thursday as Steve and Josh discuss defunct audio/video formats and TV from before they were born. Also, enjoy another episode of “In the Not-Too-Distant Past-Perfect”, and a quiz on vaccines and TV theme songs.

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[Music: 1) Donny Hathaway, “And Then There’s Maude,” 1972 ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

191 – May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

It’s another “Series on Series” here at Missinfopod Inc. Today, learn all about the hit YA trilogy The Hunger Games, including of course, its plot and influences. [This goes without saying, but: Spoilers ahead.] Later, take a quiz about songbirds [who are way more violent than you’d think]!

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[Music: 1) James Newton Howard for The Hunger Games Original Motion Picture Score, “CS3 – Capitol Ship – Effie,” 2012; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

190 – Fourteen Days Later

Unless you live with a teenager [or possibly a professional football player?], you may be blissfully unaware of the massive multiplayer online cooperative game Fortnite. Alas, it’s time to learn all about battles royal, the three game modes of Fortnite, Loot Llamas, esports, and emotes. Later, take a quiz called “Two Weeks’ Notice”!

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[Music: 1) Fortnite, “Default Vibe Lobby,” from Fortnite Battle Royale, 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

189 – The Three Unifiers of Japan (with Addy Lewis)

Addy Lewis (a.k.a. The Quizzing Ronin) becomes our guide through the history of the Warring States period of Japan. Together, let’s learn about the Three Unifiers (Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu), along with clans, shōgun,  daimyo, samurai (and their weapons!), and so much more. Later, take a quiz about famous servants!

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[Music: 1) RŮDE, “Eternal Youth,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

188½ – Live from New York ( … Library Association’s 2018 Conference)

Miss Information hosted a special themed trivia night for the attendees of the New York Library Association (NYLA) 2018 Conference in Rochester– and we happened to be recording! In this all-quiz episode, pit your knowledge about New York and libraries against some formidable librarians [and pretend you’re back in a crowded bar]. Cheers!

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[Music: 1) Xylo-Ziko, “Unguja,” 2021; Courtesy of Xylo-Ziko, CC BY-NC 4.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

188 – You’ve Got Great Taste

It’s time for a second installment of Lauren’s Series on Senses! Today, learn all about the uncomfortable truths about our tongues, what the five tastes mean for us as mammals, and some cool facts about flavors. Later, take a quiz all about famous restaurants and celebrity chefs!

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[Music: 1) The Cramps, “You Got Good Taste,” 1983; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

187 – Welcome to Shondaland

The former Queen of ABC is now the Queen of Netflix! Shonda Rhimes, the first Black woman to create and executive produce a top network series, is so much more than Grey’s Anatomy [though, that had a little something to do with her success]. Take a trip to shondaland as we chat all about Rhimes, her production company, and of course, those addictive, soapy, sexy, dramatic shows of hers. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Error: Location Not Found”!

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[Music: 1) The Fray, “How to Save a Life,” 2005; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

186 – Let Us Have Peace: The Life of Ulysses S. Grant (with Muffy Marracco)

This week, we’re joined by the majestic Master Mind Muffy Marracco for an emotionally charged trip back to the 19th century and a tale all about that face on the U.S. fifty dollar bill. Get ready to perhaps see Civil War General and the 18th POTUS, Ulysses S. Grant, in a new light. Later, enjoy a quiz called “True Blue”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “I Won’t Back Down,” 1989; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

185 – Hear Hear! All About the Ear

It’s time for a new series: all about the senses! We kick things off with Hearing; learn all about the tiny parts of your ears, how sound gets to your brain, and a little about Deaf culture! Later, take a quiz called “The Sound of Silence”!

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[Music: 1) Liisi La Fontaine and Amber Riley, “Listen,” from Dreamgirls (Original London Cast Recording), 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

184 – Chief Wilma Mankiller

In today’s episode, we honor the legacy of Wilma Mankiller — the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. From her early life in Oklahoma and San Francisco to her return to Cherokee Nation, you’ll learn all about her incredible career and the many obstacles she faced. Later, enjoy a quiz called “This Ain’t It, Chief”!

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[Music: 1) Joy Harjo, “Mankiller Honor Song,” from RED DREAMS, TRAIL BEYOND TEARS, 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

183 – Gotta Catch ‘Em All! (with Michael Helmbrecht)

So how did a nice guy in Japan turn his childhood love of bug collecting into one of the biggest media franchises of all time? This week, we’re joined by the magnificent Michael Helmbrecht for a journey into the Pokémon universe. Start filling in your Pokédex as we discuss generations of the game, how Pokémon have infiltrated pretty much every aspect of pop culture, and of course, Pokémon You Should Know™™™. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Who’s That, Pokémon?”

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[Music: 1) Pokémon, “Pokérap,” from Pokemon – 2.b.a. Master – Music From The Hit Tv Series, 1999; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

182 – Climbing Up on Solsbury Hill

Want to hear Lauren absolutely geek out on an extremely influential, 70-year-old British musician? Today’s the day! Learn all about Peter Gabriel, his time in Genesis and his solo work, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite songs. Later, take a quiz on Prog Rock Acts!

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[Music: 1) Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes (Secret World Live),” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

181 – Un-Mixing: Author, Author!

You know how some people […including us…] confuse which Brontë sister wrote which novel, or always mess up which guy with “Lewis” in his name is famous for what, or can’t keep all those famous pesky Russian authors straight? Then, my friend, this episode is for you. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Hi, My Name Is…”!

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[Music: 1) Luca Stricagnoli – Fingerstyle Guitar, “Eminem on Guitar (The Real Slim Shady),” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

180 – And Then There’s (Lucy) Maud (Montgomery)… (with Christine Whelchel)

This week, we’re joined by the delightful Christine Whelchel who covers an author near and dear to her heart: L.M. Montgomery. While you may know her best for the cheery Anne of Green Gables series, Maud [as she called herself] had a remarkably interesting [and sometimes sad] life. Learn all about her personal life, published works, and lasting impact on Prince Edward Island. Later, take a quiz on Lucys, Mauds, and Montgomerys!

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[Music: 1) Hagood Hardy, “Anne’s Theme,” 1988; 2) Peter Breiner and Don Gillis, “The Awakening,” from Kindred Spirits: The Anne Music Collection, 2005; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

179 – Radiant Child: Jean-Michel Basquiat

It’s time for another art history class! Today learn all about the groundbreaking and tragic life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn all about his style, love of NYC, and friendship with Andy Warhol. Later, take a quiz on Jeans and Michels!

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[Music: 1) Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman), “I Wanna Go Back,” c. 1981; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]