Episode 68 – Joe McCarthy and the (Second) Red Scare

In our 68th episode, Julia shines a big red spotlight on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the namesake of that whole system of baseless defamation and demagoguery. Refresh your knowledge of 1950s America and the Communist Party USA, the HUAC,  and the Army-McCarthy Hearings [oh, and a few more Speeches You Should Know].  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Communism is Just a Red Herring!”

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[Music: 1) The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom,” 1954; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 67 – The Spruce Recluse

In our 67th episode, Lauren peels back the layers on the onion that was eccentric recluse Howard Hughes. Learn all about his Hollywood lifestyle, obsession with airplanes, and involvement in a few scandals along the way. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Howards and Hues”!

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[Music:  1) Bayside, “Howard,” 2008;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 66 – Graveyard Shift

In our 66th episode, Julia digs deep to bring us a brief history of burials and taphophilia. Learn about some of the most famous cemeteries across the globe. Later, enjoy a quiz called “What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?”

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[Music: 1) The Omega Project, “Lilikoi Graveyard, Track 1,” 2002. Courtesy the Omega Project, CC BY-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 65 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Dos

In our 65th episode, Lauren promotes us all to the next level to discuss more secret organizations along the Continuum of Dangerousness™. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Victoria’s Secret”!

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[Music: 1) Atlantic Starr, “Secret Lovers,”  1985;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 64 – L’eggo My Lego

In our 64th episode, Julia builds upon your existing knowledge of the world’s most popular interlocking brick play system: LEGO. Hopefully, the history of the company and some very fun LEGO facts will click in your brain. [Also, be on the lookout for a (related!) mini-linguistics lesson.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything is Awesome!!!”

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[Music: 1)  Eck d’Ville’s “Skælmskør Schottish,” on Folk Music from Denmark ’98, Courtesy of the Danish Folk Council, 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 63 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Uno

In our 63rd episode [and part one of two in a series], Lauren learns some passwords and delves deep into the world of secret societies. Ready to infiltrate your uncle’s Moose Lodge? [You may also start ranking things on your own Continuum of Dangerousness ™.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Odd Fellows”!

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[Music: 1) The Smiths, “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” 2011; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 62 – Tear Down This Wall

In our 62nd episode, Julia deconstructs the who, what, where, when, and why of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the GDR, the Stasi, and some daring escapes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Check-mate, Charlie!”

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[Music: 1) Monkey Warhol, “The Berlin Jade,” 2018. Courtesy of Monkey Warhol, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 61 – (Here I Am) Rock You Like a Hurricane

In Episode 61, Lauren takes to the airwaves to give us the rundown on several types of natural disasters, including hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fire whirls. [We’re all doomed. Note: this episode is not terribly uplifting.] Later, enjoy a quiz on disaster movies!

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[Music: 1) Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 60 – COLLEGE

In our 60th episode, Julia pulls an all-nighter to cram, oh, about a thousand years of important institutions of higher learning into one measly hour. Learn about the oldest universities in the world, the colonial colleges, the Ivy Leagues, the Seven Sisters, and some key HBCUs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Welcome to Animal House!”

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[Music: 1) The Impossebulls, “HaveNots Mascots (Instrumental),” 2014. Courtesy of the The Impossebulls, CC BY-NC-ND license; 2) 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]