Episode 29 – Moneyball (or, Baseball, Part 2)

Our 29th episode brings a special guest to the MissInfoPod recording studio! Andrew Gibson, Quantitative Analyst for MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, broadcasts important info on statistics in baseball and how teams today use data to build the best possible roster. Later, enjoy a quiz on “Sabre-metrics”!

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[Music: 1) The Intruders, “(Love is Like a) Baseball Game,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 28 – Pandemic!: London’s Great Plague

In our 28th episode, Lauren exposes us to the bubonic plague which ravaged London in 1665-1666. Later, enjoy […okay,  that’s a strong assumption here…] a quiz on communicable diseases!

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[Music:  1) Valéry Sauvage, “Packington’s Pound,” 2008. Courtesy of Valéry Sauvage; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

 

 

Episode 27 – The End of the Romanovs

In our 27th episode, Julia rushes us off to Petrograd and recounts the end of the Romanov dynasty during the Russian Revolution. Later, enjoy a quiz called “From Russia, with Love”!

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[Music: 1) Tchaikovsky, “Trépak,” Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, 1934. Courtesy of Leonard Stokowski, Conductor, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes

In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”!

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[Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 25 – Take to the Sea

In our 25th episode, Julia circumnavigates the globe and fills you in on facts you should know about the ocean and the seas. [Btw, there are WAY more than just seven.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Wet Bandits!”

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[Music:  1) The Irish Rovers, “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” 1996. ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 24 – The Ol’ Leather Apple (or, Baseball, Part 1)

In our 24th episode, Lauren broadcasts the origins of America’s pastime and its basic rules, along with some memorable and important folks who influenced the way the game is played today. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Baby Ruth!”

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[Music:  1) Edward Meeker, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 1908; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 23 – Remember the Alamo

In our 23rd episode, Julia takes charge and gives us the rundown on what transpired at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 [and why General Santa Anna was about as welcome in Texas as a porcupine at a nudist colony ]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything’s Bigger in Texas!”

 

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[Music: 1) Jason Shaw, “South of the Border,” 2011. Courtesy of Jason Shaw, CC BY 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license; 3) The Kingston Trio, “Remember the Alamo,” 1959.]

Episode 22 – He Watches You While You Sleep: Santa Claus

Merry Christmas! Our gift to you, loyal listeners, is a special episode on December 25. In our 22nd episode, Lauren PRESENTS the history of the Jolly Ol’ Fellow himself, Santa Claus. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Merry Men!”

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[Music:  1) Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, “Greensleeves,” 2012. Courtesy of Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, CC-BY-3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 21 – Harry Potter and the Non-Potterheads

In our 21st [and slightly supersized] episode, Julia transforms into a History of Magic professor and attempts to summarize the seven HP books for our listeners […and podcast co-hosts…] who have never read the series. If you have a HP tattoo or a daughter named Hermione, you can probably just skip ahead to the quiz portion at 1:13:15.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s).”

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[Music:  1) Jason Shaw, “Chasin’ It,” 2011. Courtesy of Jason Shaw, CC BY 3.0 license ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 20 – Heart of Glass

In our twentieth episode, Lauren shatters your expectations and polishes up on everyone’s favorite non-crystalline amorphous solid. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Glass Jaw!”

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[Music:  1) The Freeharmonic Orchestra, “Smooth as Glass,” 2017. Courtesy of The Freeharmonic Orchestra, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]