Episode 55 – Brick House

In our 55th episode, Lauren fabricates the blueprints and lays out several important Architects You Should Know. [In case you’ve always wanted to pretend to be one, now’s your chance!] Later, enjoy a quiz on New York City!

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[Music: 1) The Commodores, “Brick House,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 53 – Heading to the Big House

In our 53rd episode, Lauren sends us up the river and details some of America’s most famous prisons [in what will surely be part one of a multi-episode series], as well as the actions of some infamous inmates. Later, enjoy a quiz about birds!

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[Music: 1) The Pretenders, “Back on the Chain Gang,” 1982; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 49 – Sometimes A Flower Is Just A Flower: Georgia O’Keeffe

In our 49th episode, Lauren sketches for us the life of artist Georgia Totto O’Keeffe [best-known for those close-ups of flowers that definitely are just flowers, no interpretation needed]. Learn about the “Mother of American Modernism” and her tumultuous relationship with husband/photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Later, enjoy a quiz on Flowers!

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[Music: 1) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, 1892 ; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 47 – Burn, Baby, Burn: Dante’s Inferno

In our 47th episode, Lauren drags you to hell and back via Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Learn all about the nine circles in the Inferno and those condemned to punishments til the end of time. Later, enjoy [?] a quiz called “Disco Inferno”!

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[Music: 1) Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff,” 1979; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 45 – The Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived

In our 45th episode, Lauren profiles the GREATEST ATHLETE WHO EVER LIVED — an amazingly talented woman named Babe Didrikson Zaharias. [Remember her name!] Learn all about Babe’s feats and records in basketball, track and field, baseball, and golf. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Babe and Babes”!

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[Music: 1) Babe soundtrack, “If I Had Words,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 43 – The Skin You’re In

In this episode, Lauren peels back the layers of your body’s largest organ. Get ready to talk connective tissues, injuries, bacteria, anthropodermic bibliopegy, and more! [Some parts not for the super-squeamish–but Julia sat through the whole recording session, so you are probably okay.] Later, enjoy* a quiz called “By the Skin of Your Teeth (Bible Trivia)”!

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[* alternately, by “enjoy,” we mean “feel bad about forgetting everything you ever learned in CCD or bible study”]

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[Music: 1) Hole, “Celebrity Skin,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 41 – A Talented and Crotchety Old Man

In our 41st episode, Lauren introduces the timid, little-known, mild-mannered American author [and inventor!] Samuel Langhorne Clemens […although you may already be familiar with his nom de plume]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Barkeeper Entering the Kingdom of Heaven”!

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[Music:  1) Tina Turner, “Proud Mary,” 1988; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 39 – The Dirty Thirties

In our 39th episode, Lauren blows us all away with details about the Dust Bowl [the droughts, erosion, and swirling soil storms of the prairie states in the 1930s] and how one of Cardi B’s favorite people helped to stabilize the region. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dust to Dust”!

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[Music: 1) Nanci Griffith, “This Old Town,” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 37 – These Plants Can Kill You

In our 37th episode, Lauren digs up some dirt on a variety of plants that will do some serious damage to the human body. [BTW, don’t eat a whole bag full of dried apricot kernels… and DEFINITELY don’t pick your own wild mushrooms.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Poison Pen”!

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[Music:  1) Bell Biv Devoe, “Poison,” 1990; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 35 – Moms in Space: The Voyager Program

In our 35th episode, Lauren takes us into the great beyond with the Voyager Program and highlights the women who helped to interpret the incredible photos and data received from these two probes. […Go ahead and get your giggles out now in anticipation of all the times we say “Uranus.”] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Gold Records”!

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[Music:  1) Daft Punk, “Voyager,” 2001; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]