Episode 48 – I Plead the Fifth

In our 48th episode, Julia reads you your rights– the Bill of Rights, that is. Time to head back to Civics class and study up on the amendments of the U.S. Constitution! Later, enjoy a [totally straightforward and not mathematically-related] quiz called “27”!

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[Music: 1) The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, “Water Music from the Handel Show,” 2011. Public domain; 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 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 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 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 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.]

Episode 36 – General-ly Speaking

In our 36th episode, Julia gives the marching orders and commands our attention as we learn about some Very Important Generals of the U.S. Army and the major battles, campaigns, and operations they led. Later, enjoy a quiz called “‘General’ Knowledge”!

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[Music: 1) The United States Army Band – Pershing’s Own, “The Army Song (Band Only).” Courtesy of the United States Army Band; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 34 – The Original Muppet Man

In our 34th episode, Julia narrates the career and creations of the incredible Jim Henson. Reminisce about Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and those [scary] mid-80s movies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Frog and Pig are Friends”!

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[Music:  1) The Muppets, “Mahna Mahna,” The Muppet Show, 1977; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 32 – Welcome to Health Class (Anatomy 101)

In our 32nd episode, Julia lets some skeletons out of the closet and lectures us about the basics of the human body! Flash back to eighth grade health class [but without that awkward week where they separated the boys from the girls]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Don’t Know Nothing About No Skellingtons”!

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[Music:  1) Gene Rayburn, Dee Finch, and the Ray Charles Singers, “Dry Bones,” 1951; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 30 – Good Quiet Aunt Jane

In our 30th episode, Julia confabulates about the life and works of celebrated Regency author Jane Austen. [Even if you secretly haven’t read the books either, you certainly are familiar with some modern adaptations.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Scents and Spend-Abilities”!

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[Music:  1) Wanda Landowska, “Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith,” 1948. Courtesy of Wanda Landowska, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]