Episode 82 – The Plant Doctor

In our 82nd episode, Julia digs up some details on the life and mind of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver (who developed more than 300 uses for the humble peanut). Later, enjoy a quiz called “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!”

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[Music: 1) Raffi, “Peanut Butter Sandwich,” 1996; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 80 – No, YOU’RE A Vision: All About Eurovision

In our 80th episode, Julia reminisces about a past trivia failure that sparked her interest in one of the world’s longest-running television programs: The Eurovision Song Contest. Learn about the rules, the scoring system, and some of the most memorable performances from Eurovisions past. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A-B-A-B”!

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[Music: 1) Netta, “Toy,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 78 – Mrs. Roosevelt

In our 78th episode, Julia shines a spotlight on one of the most influential and active figures to have ever occupied the White House: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Yes, it was totally above board when she married her “cousin,” FDR.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “First Ladies”!

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[Music: 1) London Symphony Orchestra, “Eleanor Rigby,” 2009, orig. The Beatles; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 76 – Gotta Go Fast

In our 76th episode, Julia feels the need* to learn the differences between NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, and rallying. But first, a return of the (beloved) segment “Where in the World?” Later, enjoy a quiz called “2 Fast 2 Furious”!

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*(the need for speed, obviously)

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[Music: 1) Blur, “Intermission,” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 74 – Custer’s Last Stand

In our 74th episode, Julia focuses on General George Custer and the U.S. Army’s engagement with the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. (Hint: It didn’t go so well for the 7th Cavalry.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Little (Big) Horns”!

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[Music: 1) The Kingston Trio, “Some Fool Made a Soldier of Me,” 1962;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 72 – Varying Degrees

In our 72nd episode, Julia heats up a discussion about the three old dead white men whose names grace the most commonly known temperature scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Fahrenheit 451”!

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[Music: 1) The Polish Ambassador, “360 Degree View of the Phantasmal Farm,” 2014. Courtesy of The Polish Ambassador, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 70 – Topping the Billboard Charts

In our 70th episode, Julia fulfills her lifelong goal of pretending to be a D.J. on a trivia podcast when she takes us to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, and the RIAA’s best-selling albums and singles. [File these record-breaking facts away for pub quiz or your favorite trivia app!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title or Artist”!

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[Music: 1) Podington Bear, “Radiohem,” 2013. Courtesy of Podington Bear, CC BY-NC 3.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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 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 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.]