103 – Just Deserts

Julia dusts off her binoculars and sun hat this week to survey the world’s deserts: how they’re formed, where they’re located, which places you should avoid, and much more. [If you thought that deserts were just a bunch of sand, then you’re in for quite a treat.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Desert Rose”!

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[Music: 1) Little Glass Men, “Desert Castles,” 2015. Courtesy of Ryan Claus/Little Glass Men, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

102 – Don’t Be So Bourgeois

Lauren returns to her favorite category to spin a yarn all about French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. [You might know her Spider sculptures, but hoo-ee, there is much more of her Surrealist and Feminist art to cover.] Later, enjoy a quiz about the bourgeoisie and arachnids!

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[Music: 1) U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” 1983; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

101 – Open the Floodgates

We’re joined by Katie Sekelsky of The Inkling, who brings us the tragic tale of the Johnstown Flood in 1889. [Thanks a lot, Robber Barons! </end sarcasm>] Learn about a few more historic floods–and why it’s important to have, say, actual trained professionals build your reservoirs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “That Damn Dam!”

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[Music: 1) Bertha Chapin, “Johnstown Flood,” 1955; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]