Episode 47 – Burn, Baby, Burn: Dante’s Inferno

In our 47th episode, Lauren drags you to hell and back via Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Learn all about the nine circles in the Inferno and those condemned to punishments til the end of time. Later, enjoy [?] a quiz called “Disco Inferno”!

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[Music: 1) Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff,” 1979; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 46 – Supermarket Sweep

In our 46th episode, Julia stocks up on the history of grocery stores and supermarkets. Get a price check on the backgrounds of various national and regional supermarket chains [including, yes, Rochester’s own revered Wegmans], as well as a long receipt-sized list of all the ways that grocery stores use psychology to manipulate your shopping habits. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Clean-Up on (A)isle 5”!

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[Music: 1) The Uninvited, “Too High for the Supermarket,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 45 – The Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived

In our 45th episode, Lauren profiles the GREATEST ATHLETE WHO EVER LIVED — an amazingly talented woman named Babe Didrikson Zaharias. [Remember her name!] Learn all about Babe’s feats and records in basketball, track and field, baseball, and golf. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Babe and Babes”!

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[Music: 1) Babe soundtrack, “If I Had Words,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 44 – M.I.A. Civilizations

In our 44th episode, Julia summons up the historical information you should know about the Mayans, the Incas, and the Aztecs. […Turns out some of the Mesoamerican cultures are not as ancient as you might think!] Acquaint yourself with their innovations, important sites,  and more about human sacrifices than you probably learned in your seventh grade world history class. Later, enjoy a quiz called “These Answers are M.I.A.,” followed up with a delightful inaugural listener-submitted voice message!

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[Music: 1) The Grand Astoria, “Visit Sri Lanka,” 2010. Courtesy of The Grand Astoria, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 43 – The Skin You’re In

In this episode, Lauren peels back the layers of your body’s largest organ. Get ready to talk connective tissues, injuries, bacteria, anthropodermic bibliopegy, and more! [Some parts not for the super-squeamish–but Julia sat through the whole recording session, so you are probably okay.] Later, enjoy* a quiz called “By the Skin of Your Teeth (Bible Trivia)”!

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[* alternately, by “enjoy,” we mean “feel bad about forgetting everything you ever learned in CCD or bible study”]

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[Music: 1) Hole, “Celebrity Skin,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 42 – Rosalind F—in Franklin (and the Structure of DNA)

In our 42nd episode, Julia puts SCIENCE under a microscope to tell the story of chemist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose research was essential to the understanding of the structure of DNA. [Also, DNA– what is it???] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Gee, Gnome Project”!

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[Music: 1) Backing track: Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Decemberists, “Ben Franklin’s Song,” 2017 – Lyrics added by Julia N., 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 41 – A Talented and Crotchety Old Man

In our 41st episode, Lauren introduces the timid, little-known, mild-mannered American author [and inventor!] Samuel Langhorne Clemens […although you may already be familiar with his nom de plume]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Barkeeper Entering the Kingdom of Heaven”!

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[Music:  1) Tina Turner, “Proud Mary,” 1988; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 40 – Cry Me a River

In our 40th episode, Julia bends our ears and conveys the Global Rivers You Should Know [along with related sidebars] in this super-sized water-themed ep. [And Canadian Tourism Board, if you’re listening, we’re available.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Rolling on a River”!

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[Music:  1) Johann Strauss II, “The Blue Danube Waltz,” 1867; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 39 – The Dirty Thirties

In our 39th episode, Lauren blows us all away with details about the Dust Bowl [the droughts, erosion, and swirling soil storms of the prairie states in the 1930s] and how one of Cardi B’s favorite people helped to stabilize the region. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dust to Dust”!

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[Music: 1) Nanci Griffith, “This Old Town,” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 38 – Holiday in Mongolia

In our 38th episode, Julia conquers the topic of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. [Hold onto your yaks!] We debut a new segment dedicated to Real Funny Ladies– first up: the late, great Madeline Kahn. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cons or KHAAAAAAAAAANs”!

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[Music:  1) TALES, “The Doors of Khanbaliq,” 1999. Courtesy of TALES, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]