144 – Degenerate Art

Our lives today are pretty surreal, folks, so what better time than now to educate you all in a little art history, hmmm? Today, we get into the true weirdness [and the rise and fall] of the Dada and Surrealism movements. Later, take a quiz on Dadas and Papas!

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[Music: 1) Daniel Varsano, Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1,” orig. 1888, rec. 1979; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

143 – Playing with Monopoly Money

Wow–you’ve won second prize in a beauty contest! Collect $10! [ <– If this triggers memories of five-hour-long Monopoly games resulting in a flipped table, scattered pieces, and tears–well, you’re not alone.] We cover the history of the famous board game Monopoly, game-play basics, and the actual rules of the game [which have you in and out in under an hour, Julia swears]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Advance to Go, Collect $200”!

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[Music: 1) YouTube user GBelair, “Monopoly (NES) Music – Title Theme,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

142 – Strange Creatures II: The Return of Strange Creatures

We’re all about nostalgia lately at Miss Information, so time to throw back all the way to Episode 8, to return to a topic we know and love: Strange Animals! Get your fill of our cute, weird, and gross animal friends that swim, scurry, and fly. Later take a quiz on creatures in film, literature, and folklore!

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[Music: 1) Gowan, “(You’re A) Strange Animal,” 1985; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

141 – Dive! Dive! Dive!: A Deep Dive into the Daily Life of a Submariner and History of the Submarine Force (with Nathan and Kerrie Walker)

We’re joined by Nathan Walker, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in the United States Navy, and his wonderful wife Kerrie for this whale of an episode. Nathan has served in the “Silent Service” aboard submarines for more than 15 years; he patiently answers all of our questions about life underwater while giving us a detailed history of the U.S. Submarine Force. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Submariner’s Pastime!”

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[Music: 1) Al Stewart, “Life in Dark Water,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

April 1 Special: Mister Information III: Beans & Rice

Hello, and welcome to Mister Information– an offshoot trivia podcast for gents [and ladies] who kind of enjoy trivia but also sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.  In this very special episode, Steve and Josh examine two in-demand pantry staples: beans and rice. Actually, it’s not so much “rice” as it is “the films of Wes Anderson”. There’s a connection there, really! Then, a new segment entitled “In the Not-Too-Distant Past-Perfect”, and a quiz on rice, Weses, and Andersons.

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[Music: 1) The Creation, “Making Time,” 1966 ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]