116 – Like a Big Pizza Pie

Are we lunatics? [If by “lunatic” you mean “crazy about the Moon,” then heck yeah!] Learn all about Earth’s natural satellite [and BFF] in the realms of science, culture, and history… And once and for all, we’ll learn the difference between a Blue Moon, a Strawberry Moon, a Harvest Moon, and a SUPERMOON. Later, test your knowledge of holidays with a quiz entitled “Movable Feast”!
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[Music: 1) Joseph Arthur, “Honey and the Moon,” 2007; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

115 – Alma, The Bride of the Wind

We hope you’re sitting down for this one, because the story of Alma Mahler, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Vienna,” is a REAL doozy. This episode has everything: art, music, sex, death, Nazis, literature, insanity, more Nazis… Julia paints a portrait of this Austrian lady who bewitched the most famous men of her day. And later, enjoy a quiz called “Gustav and Walter and Franz”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “Alma,” 1965;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

114 – Free Me From This Curse: Alice Cooper

It’s been a long time coming, folks. Hopefully this biographical episode will appease its subject: shock-rocker, golf enthusiast, and our personal demon, Alice Cooper. Learn all about the origins of the Alice Cooper Group, its indefatigable lead singer of the same name, and some surprising friends and events in his life. The man has truly done and seen everything [–please don’t hurt us]. Later, enjoy a quiz entitled “Alices and Coopers”!

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[Music: 1) Alice Cooper, “School’s Out,” 1972;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

113 – Bad-Ass Russian Women & the Men Who Feared Them: A Vengeance Tale in Three Parts (with Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk)

GUESTEMBER concludes with a pair of brilliant guests. Joining us are Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk, who reveal a trio of stories about Bad-Ass Women throughout Russian history. Sit back and relax [maybe with some vodka?] as we talk about Olga of Kiev [#DownWithTheDrevlians!], Catherine the Great, and the 588th Night Bomber Regiment from WWII. Later, enjoy a quiz on even more bad-ass Russian women!

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[Music: 1) Ivan Larionov, “Kalinka,” orig. 1860. Courtesy of YouTube user Only4Russian; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

112 – In Cold Blood (with Corinne Atkinson)

GUESTEMBER [bwa-da-DAH-daaaaah] continues as we’re joined in-studio by All-Star Canadian listener, Corinne Atkinson, who works as a “vampire” [or if we’re being less hyperbolic: a medical laboratory technician]. Learn about that Super Important Goo Inside You, common blood and other fluid tests, and why you should really listen to your doctor when they tell you to fast. [**Squeamish folks, don’t worry– Julia got through this, and so can you!**] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cats and Matt Damon and Firefighting”!

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[Music: 1) Drake, “Started from the Bottom,” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

111 – Do the Math (with Eric Siy)

It’s our second installment of GUESTEMBER! We’re joined by Eric Siy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who helps to dissolve our math anxiety. Play along at home, and commit to memory some Mathematicians You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “I Was Told There Would Be No Twinks”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “That’s Mathematics,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

110 – Expo 67 (with Holly Ahronheim)

It’s GUESTEMBER, y’all! We’re joined by Holly Ahronheim, who uses her Jeopardy! experience to expose us to World’s Fairs– in particular, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Later, enjoy a quiz on things that debuted at a World’s Fair!
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[Music: 1) Young Canada Singers, “Expo 67 – Canada (The Centennial Song),” written by Bobby Gimby, 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

109 – Jusst Desserts, Part 2

Everything in moderation! Julia serves up another helping of treats. [This week, we’re featuring cookies and biscuits, meringues, frozen desserts, and Truly American Desserts.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Bake-Off”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

108 – Jusst Desserts, Part 1

By popular demand– Julia dishes out heaping portions of knowledge about some of the world’s best baked goods. This week, it’s cakes, custards, and pastries. [No soggy bottoms here!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great, British”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

107 – For I Compose the Music of the Night: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lauren admits that she loves listening to the music of the night in this episode: a journey through the career of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Commit these famous musicals to memory as we shine a spotlight on both the highs [Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats] and the lows [Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies, Cats] of The Right Honourable Lord Lloyd-Webber. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Andrews, Lloyds, and Webers”!

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[Music: 1) Carl Anderson, “Superstar” from Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Jesus Christ Superstar, Universal Pictures Film Music, 1973; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]