120 – Dharma, Karma, Samsara: An Intro to Hinduism

Take a deep cleansing breath as you prepare to learn about the world’s third largest religion. Julia covers the aims of human life, major Hindu texts, the caste system, Hindu deities, and [best of all] festivals. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Passage to India”!

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[Music: 1) Veena Kinhal, “Haratanaya Sree,” 2009. Public domain license. 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

119 – Number Munchers: Math 102 (with Bailie H.)

Back by popular demand… we have another math episode! This time, guest host Bailie has us covered on prime numbers, factorials, and whole bunch of important mathematicians […some with more functioning eyeballs than others]. Later, enjoy a quiz about other interesting math tidbits!

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[Music: 1) Mos Def, “Mathematics,” 1999; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

118 – Say It With Me…

We’ve heard your requests, and today’s the day. Time for a episode on–say it with us–TSGYOUBNEPHR-CULILLOSSEAS! [Whoops: Tuberculosis. It’s tuberculosis.] This week, Lauren takes us through the symptoms and history of [maybe!] humanity’s first known disease, which also happens to make you soooo good lookin’. Later, enjoy a quiz on poets and poetry. [And cover your mouth when you cough! ]

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[Music: 1) Van Morrison, “T.B. Sheets,” 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

117 – Right Out the Window

Take everything you thought you knew about the Defenestrations of Prague–and, well, throw it out the window. Julia dives head first into the religious feuds of Renaissance-era Bohemia and clues us into the multiple times that Bohemians attempted to solve all their problems by defenestrating their enemies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Windows to the Soul”!

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[Music: 1) R. A. Dvorsky Orchestra, “Pod Nasim Oknem,” c. 1930s; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]