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.]

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.]