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.]

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 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.]

Episode 58 – What’s the Plan, Stan(-ley Kubrick)

In our 58th episode, Julia’s eyes are wide shut while she turns back the clockwork orange to 2001 for a visit to Dr. Strangelove. [GET IT?!] It’s time for those of us who aren’t movie buffs to learn all about the life and films of noted director Stanley Kubrick. Later, enjoy a quiz called “CUT!”

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[Music: 1) Vexed to Nightmare, “A Clockwork Heart,” 2016. Courtesy of Vexed to Nightmare, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 56 – Hoax-sus Poke-sus

In our 56th episode, Julia pulls back the curtain on several of history’s greatest documented hoaxes [and showcases one puzzling object that hasn’t quite yet been proven to be a hoax, though mounting evidence may one day prove otherwise]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Believe It Or Not!”

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[Music: 1) TRG Banks, “Goodbye Circus,” 2018. Public domain;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 54 – Jab, Cross, Hit, Upper: The Boxer Rebellion

In our 54th episode, Julia pulls no punches about the Qing Dynasty in China and introduces you to Dowager Empress Cixi, the Guangxu Emperor, and the Yihetuan Movement– a.k.a. The Boxer Rebellion.  [By the way, this happened in the 20th century.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Boxers are Rebelling”!

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[Music: 1) Lee Rosevere, “Caochangdi (part 2),” 2015. Courtesy of Lee Rosevere, CC BY-NC license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 52 – Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan

In our 52nd episode, Julia pulls rousing orator [and perpetual loser] William Jennings Bryan back into the spotlight. Refresh your brain on the gold standard, the Scopes Monkey Trial, and a whole bunch of presidential elections at the turn of the 20th century. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Time for Speech and Debate”!

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[Music: 1) Jahzzar, “Silver,” 2014. Courtesy of Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]