225 – Everyday I’m Trufflin’

Um, what exactly ARE those super expensive lumps hailed as “the diamond of the kitchen”? Julia hunts down all the information on truffles that you’ll ever need [and maybe make you a little bit hungry in the process]. Later, take a quiz called “Truffle Shuffle”!

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[Music: 1) Rod Hamilton, “Mushroom,” 2013. Courtesy of Rod Hamilton, CC BY-NC 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

224 – “Extremely Powerful and Very Strange”

This one’s for all the art photographers out there. Today, Lauren dips into 20th century art history with a glimpse into the life and work of the great photographer Diane Arbus ( … no fur involved). Later, however, take a quiz on furry things!

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[Music: 1) Georgii Cherkin, “Für Elise,” 2008, orig. composed by Ludwig van Beethoven; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

223 – A Star is Born!

Barbra Streisand is so much more than a singer– in fact, she’s the youngest person ever to have EGOTed, and she completed the feat in the shortest amount of time. [… But we’re getting ahead of ourselves!] Join us as Julia recaps Babs’ life, loves, career, and undeniable talent. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Don’t Rain on My Parade!”

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[Music: 1) Duck Sauce, “Barbra Streisand,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

222 – La Divina: Maria Callas

She was a powerhouse voice and a temperamental diva, but do you know the truth behind one of the greatest opera singers who ever lived? Today, Lauren takes you on a musical journey featuring La Divina herself: Maria Callas. Later, take a quiz on famous Greeks!

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[Music: 1) Maria Callas, “Casta Diva,” from Bellini’s Norma, 1958; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

221 – With a Rebel Yell: Revolts in Early American History

History class is back in session! This week, Julia recaps five notable rebellious events from the 18th and 19th century America. [Look, the colonists didn’t fight for independence from the British just to have all their alcohol taxed, okay?] Later, take a quiz called “… WITH a Cause.”

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[Music: 1) David Bowie, “Rebel Rebel,” 1974; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

220 – Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Dearest listeners, you didn’t think we would let the EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022 happen without an entire episode of Miss Information devoted to the competition, did you? Julia and Lauren do their best Johnny Weir [and Graham Norton] impressions on this year’s entries, give you the highlights, and once again remind you why it’s worth your attention every year. Let us know which country would have gotten your twelve points in 2022!

219 – YouTube-sday (with Ben Kirk)

We’ve all been there– one minute, you’re searching for a video on how to change a light fixture, and the next thing you know, you’ve been watching makeup tutorials and music videos for five hours straight. Though YouTube may have started with a mere trip to the zoo, it has been entertaining people (and launching talent) since 2005. Let Ben Kirk take you on a journey through the most popular YouTube videos of all time– and take a trip down memory lane! Later on, take a delightful quiz called “YouTubers That You Goobers Should Know.”

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[Music: 1) Gabe Bondoc, “(I’ve Got a Crush on a) YouTube Star,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

218 – Weird and Wonderful Coral Reefs (with Jordan S.)

Say, are you among those constantly struck with the creeping dread that the ocean is a vast, cold, dark mystery? (Or perhaps that dread is tied to the death of our coral reefs?) Today, let our extremely knowledgeable guest, Jordan, soothe your mind and heart with an episode dedicated to our weird and wonderful underwater ecosystem.

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[Music: 1) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker for Wii U, “Main Theme,” 2014; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

217 – Sir Sloshua’s Scourge

If you’ve seen artwork starring a knight and a redhead, you’re probably looking at a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Once all the rage in the Victorian era, the Pre-Raphaelites were a sometimes-weird group of artistic dudes who loved medieval painting and poetry. Today, learn all the juicy details about their lives, loves, and art! Later, take a quiz entitled “The New Romantics.”
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[Music: 1) Loreena McKennitt, “The Lady of Shalott,” 1991; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

216 – Being Patrick Swayze (with Neal Fischer)

Our podcast brother and author Neal E. Fischer joins us for an episode that ties in with his latest book: Being Patrick Swayze: Essential Teachings from the Master of The Mullet! [If all you know about People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” of 1991 is that he didn’t want to put Baby in a corner, then you have a lot to learn.] Neal instructs us on The Ways of The Swayz through five elements: Tender Strength, Pure Adrenaline, Hungry Eyes, Peaceful Warrior, and The Mullet.

Listeners of the podcast can get a 30% discount on preorders of Being Patrick Swayze with coupon code SWAYZE through Chronicle Books until April 26th. [Otherwise, grab a copy from your favorite bookseller!]

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[Music: 1) Patrick Swayze, “She’s Like the Wind,” 1987; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

April 1 Special: Mister Information V: Fools on the Hill

Hello, and welcome to Mister Information– an offshoot trivia podcast for anyone who kind of enjoy trivia but also sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.  In this very special episode, Josh talks about trivia he learned watching King of the Hill, and Steve talks about three things that are not what they seem to be . Also, enjoy another episode of “In the Not-Too-Distant Past-Perfect”, and a quiz on kings, hills, propane, and propane accessories.

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[Music: 1) Pheasant, “Fools Gold,” 2013 ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

215 – Whither Wilt, William Wallace

If the name “William Wallace” brings to mind the contorted, blue-painted face of Mel Gibson, then Julia is ready to clear up that misconception. Learn about one of Scotland’s national heroes, the First War of Scottish Independence, and the modern-day inaccuracies that just keep spreading. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great Scotts!”

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[Music: 1) The Real McKenzies, “Scots Wha’ Ha’e,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

214 – The ABCs of Hobby Gaming (with JP Adams)

This week, we’re joined by the marvelous Judge JP to discuss a veritable A through Z of important terms and names to know regarding hobby gaming. [He even made us an illustrated slide deck to accompany the episode– be sure to check it out here!] Whether you’re a seasoned gaming fanatic or you just want to learn more about the topic for trivia purposes, JP has you covered. Later, enjoy a wonderful quiz called “Play the Game”!

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[Music: 1) Queen, “Play the Game,” 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

213 – The Light of Truth

You may know she was a groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist, but do you know the whole story about Ida B. Wells? Today, discover all about the fearless woman who didn’t let the Jim Crow South get her down. Later, take a quiz about famous woman journalists!

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[Music: 1) John Perrault, “Ida B. Wells: The Lynching At the Curve,” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

212 – Insectapalooza! (with Nina Devine)

What’s the buzz? We’re joined this week by our favorite entomology student Nina Devine, who gives us the downlow on some of the bugs that inhabit the Earth. (Get ready to learn a lot of insect superlatives!) Later, enjoy a quiz on computer bugs!

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[Music: 1) Nikolia Rimskij-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumble-bee,” performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi, 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

211 – A Premier League Primer

Does everything you already know about the Premier League come from the first season of Ted Lasso? Julia takes you out to the pitch for an episode all about the top level of the English football league system. Later, try your luck at a quiz called “A League of Their Own!”

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[Music: 1) Johnny Flynn, “Wayne Rooney,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

210 – “The Crime of the Century”

We’ve all heard about the “Lindbergh Baby,” but do you know what really happened to Charles Lindbergh Jr. and the circus surrounding the “Crime of the Century”? Today, learn all about this tragic kidnapping [and a few choice tidbits about Charles Lindbergh himself]. Later, take a quiz all about famous babies!

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[Music: 1) Woody Guthrie, “Lindbergh,” 1944; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

209 – An Exercise in Poor Taste: The Abject Art of John Waters

[Heads up: This episode will discuss some taboo topics that may not be suitable for all ears — listener discretion is advised!]

Part two of DIVINE DECEMBER continues with an exploration into the filmography of John Waters, the filmmaker, artist, author, and actor. The self-described “People’s Pervert” has had a very long [and filthy] career, and Julia attempts to discuss it through the lens of abject art. Have no fear– later, take a quiz called “Good, Clean Fun!”

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[Music: 1) Hairspray, “The Nicest Kids in Town,” 2007; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

208 – The Divine Miss M

What’s more “Divine December” than the Divine Miss M? Today, get your fill of Bette Midler’s incredible life, career, and her time in the bath houses. Later, take a quiz called “Divine Women” — all about female saints!
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[Music: 1) Bette Midler, “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road),” on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

207 – Fly (United Arab) Emirates

As a child, did you ever wonder why Garfield wanted to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi [and actually, where the heck is that place anyway]?! On this episode, Julia flies you to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the history, culture, geography, and [of course] the tourist attractions of the U.A.E. Later, take a quiz called “A Brainteaser Tedium”!

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[Music: 1) PeriTune, “Folk Arabian,” 2016; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]