134 – It’s a Major Award!: Literary Medals and Prizes

If you’re a very important person with many leather-bound books [and especially if your apartment smells of rich mahogany], then this episode is for you. Julia presents many of the annual literary medals, prizes, and awards, along with their most recent winners. Later, enjoy a quiz called “And the First Runner Up…”!

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[Music: 1) Les Hayden, “Book on a Shelf,” 2017. Courtesy of Les Hayden, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

133 – Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Ack! (with Shea Henry)

For this pre-Valentine’s Day episode, we’re joined by special guest Shea Henry, chocolate enthusiast [and curator at the Maple Ridge Museum in British Columbia, Canada]. Shea covers the history of chocolate in detail–so grab yourself some snacking chocolate for the full sensory experience. Later, enjoy (!!!) a quiz called “Is It Chocolate… Or Is It Poop?”

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[Music: 1) Christina Aguilera, “Candyman,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

132 – MUSE 102: Terminology and Science Museums

Class is in session again! Continue your entry-level education in museum work with more museum terminology and some worldwide examples of science museums! Later, take a quiz on zoo animals [because zoos– are– museums]!

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[Music: 1) Alvin Silvestri, “Night at the Museum,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

131 – Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Ever wonder what actually happened during that infamous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” [which seems to pop up in trivia situations a lot more than you’d expect]? Don’t worry, Pardnuh, Julia’s wobblin’ jaw has you covered. We skedaddle over to Tombstone, Arizona to discuss the events of October 26, 1881 at 3:00pm […and you know what that means…]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Um, Actually…”!

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[Music: 1) Gold Rush Studio Orchestra, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

130 – MUSE 101: Intro to Museums

Somehow, we’ve spent 2.5 years on this podcast and haven’t yet covered museums! Shame on us. Today’s ep gives you everything you ever wanted to know about museums and museum work, but were afraid to ask. Later, take a quiz about the things people collect!

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[Music: 1) Jim Dale, “The Museum Song,” 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

129 – Enter the Wu-Tang Clan

And now for something completely different… Julia journeys all the way to Shaolin [a.k.a Staten Island] to become better versed in a hip-hop group about which she previously knew nothing: the world-famous Wu-Tang Clan. Learn about the members, their early history, famous albums and songs, and a lot of Wu-Tang trivia along the way. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Leggo My Logo!”

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[Music: 1) Lobo Loco, “Kung Fu Fighters March – Fast (ID 833),” 2019. Courtesy of Lobo Loco, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

128 – Mystery Woman: Agatha Christie

*Whew*! We’re free from the holiday season [and concurrent theme months], so let’s start the new year off with a good old-fashioned episode about Agatha Christie! Learn all about her life, mysterious disappearance, and her famous character with a magnificent mustache. Later, grab some fries and some beard balm and take a quiz on Belgium and facial hair styles!
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[Music: 1) Christopher Gunning, “The Belgian Detective (From Poirot),” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

127 – The Butcher of the Balkans: Slobodan Milosevic

We end the remarkably uplifting [/sarcasm] month of *DICTATOR DECEMBER* with a look at the first European head of state to ever be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes: Serbian nationalist Slobodan Milošević. Come with us on a journey to Yugoslavia and the Balkan States as we cover the Bosnian War. Later, have a much grander time with a quiz called “New Year, New YOU-goslavia!”

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[Music: 1) Freddie Mitchell Orchestra, “Auld Lang Syne Boogie,” 1949; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

126 – The Killing Fields: Pol Pot

It’s a Holiday in Cambodia with our penultimate episode in Dictator December! Discover the complexities of the Indochina Wars, the Vietnam War, and the mysteries of Cambodian Dictator Pol Pot. Later, soothe your soul with a quiz on vacation destinations!

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[Music: 1) Dead Kennedys, “Holiday in Cambodia,” 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

125 – El Comandante: Fidel Castro

You’ll probably want a daiquiri or mojito after this episode about longtime Cuban “leader”–he wouldn’t call himself a dictator–Fidel Castro. Learn about guerilla warfare in Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro’s dairy obsession, and more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Havana Ooh Na Na (Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye)!”

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[Music: 1) Steam, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” 1969; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]