140 – Don’t You Forget About John Hughes

Our recent sojourn to the Windy City reminded Julia about the brilliant writer/producer/director John Hughes– so allow yourself to be transported to the suburbs of Chicago to recall some of the greatest coming-of-age comedy films from the 1980s-1990s. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Pretty in Pink”!

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[Music: 1) Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

139 – Bootykins!: Caligula

Salevete! Travel back with us to the Roman Empire to discover the Original Bad Boy of the Pax Romana: Caligula. Learn all about his weirdo proclivities, his god status, and his hated nickname. Later, take a quiz on shoes called “Little Boots”!

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[Music: 1) Little Boots, “New in Town,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

138 – The Atari Age

PRESS START! This week, Julia visits one of the most heavily-trafficked collections in the archives at The Strong to give you the rundown on pioneering video game company Atari. We’ll talk video arcades, famous games, the shift to home consoles, and of course, the Video Game Crash of 1983. Dig out those spare tokens you have in your junk drawer– we’re going to the arcade! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Go, Dog, Go!”

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[Music: 1) David Crane’s Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Activision for Atari 2600, “Main Theme,” 1984; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

137 – A Series of Series: Middle Earth and Beyond

It’s a Series of Series again here on Miss Information! Today, immerse yourself in the high fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe of men, hobbits, elves, and dwarves–and finally learn who is The Lord of the Rings! Later, test yourself with a quiz on rings!  Enjoime! […That’s Elvish for “Enjoy!”]

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[Music: 1) Leonard Nimoy, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

136 – THE CELL

This week’s topic goes under the microscope as Julia presents the basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known organisms. [Get ready to be hyper-aware of what’s going on inside your body.] We discuss organelles, cell division, types of cells in humans, and much more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cell Block Tango”!

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[Music: 1) John C. Reilly, “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago, 2001; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]