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.]

Episode 33 – Long Live the Queen

In our 33rd episode, Lauren regales us with the histories of the British queens regnant [a.k.a. “real-ass” queens], including deets about Victoria’s suuuuper hard crush on Albert. Later, enjoy a quiz called “YAS, Queens!!!”

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[Music: 1) RuPaul, “Sexy Drag Queen,” 2017. Courtesy of RuPaul, Standard YouTube license.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 31 – Diamonds are Forever

In our 31st episode, Lauren brings to light some fascinating facts about precious and semi-precious gemstones [including, of course, DYE-AH-MUNDs]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!”

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[Music:  1) Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds are Forever,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 28 – Pandemic!: London’s Great Plague

In our 28th episode, Lauren exposes us to the bubonic plague which ravaged London in 1665-1666. Later, enjoy […okay,  that’s a strong assumption here…] a quiz on communicable diseases!

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[Music:  1) Valéry Sauvage, “Packington’s Pound,” 2008. Courtesy of Valéry Sauvage; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

 

 

Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes

In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”!

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[Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 24 – The Ol’ Leather Apple (or, Baseball, Part 1)

In our 24th episode, Lauren broadcasts the origins of America’s pastime and its basic rules, along with some memorable and important folks who influenced the way the game is played today. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Baby Ruth!”

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[Music:  1) Edward Meeker, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 1908; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 22 – He Watches You While You Sleep: Santa Claus

Merry Christmas! Our gift to you, loyal listeners, is a special episode on December 25. In our 22nd episode, Lauren PRESENTS the history of the Jolly Ol’ Fellow himself, Santa Claus. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Merry Men!”

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[Music:  1) Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, “Greensleeves,” 2012. Courtesy of Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, CC-BY-3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]