Episode 98 – When Pushkin Comes to Shove

In our 98th episode, Lauren pulls together details about the life and works of famous Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin. [Feel free to refer to this episode by its alternate title, if needed.] Later, enjoy a quiz on romance novels!

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[Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 97 – Don’t Let the Pidgin Drive the Bus!: Pidgin and Creole Languages

For our 97th episode, we are joined by Sarah FitzGerald, a PhD student at Sussex University in Brighton, England, who studies Cameroon Pidgin English. Sarah explains to us the differences between creole–we’re not talking about Louisiana here–and pidgin languages and how they develop. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Language Stuff That I Think is Interesting”!
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[Music: 1) Jovi, “Check Sense ft. Pascal (Produced by Kiloh),” 2015;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 96 – Men are from Ares, Women are from Aphrodite: Greek and Roman Mythology

In our 96th episode, Julia covers what you’ve all been waiting for during *MYTHOLOGY MAY* — the Greeks and the Romans. We have everything: Titans, Olympians, Furies, Fates, Muses, monsters, heroes, comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Night With Venus…”!

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[Music: 1) “Toccata” from Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Emmanuelle Haïm, Warner Classics, 2004; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 95 – In the Realm of the Takamagahara: Japanese Mythology

In our 95th episode, Lauren steers our third installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* toward the Land of the Rising Sun. [It’s time to refresh your knowledge–or in some people’s cases, learn about for the very first time–Japanese deities from Izanagi and Izanami to the Seven Lucky Gods.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “They’re After ‘Em!”

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[Music: 1) Anne Akiko Meyers, “Birds in Warped Time I,” orig. Somei Satoh, 2006;
2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 94 – Animal Heads and Gods of the Dead: Egyptian Mythology

In our 94th episode, Julia unveils the second installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with a trip down the Nile. [After this, you will definitely be able to remember which Egyptian god was murdered by his brother.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Walk Like an Egyptian!”

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[Music: 1) The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” 1986; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 93 – By the Hammer of Thor: Norse Mythology

In our 93rd episode, Lauren kicks off *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with the folklore of Scandinavia and the North Germanic peoples. Brush up on your Edda [and learn the difference between your Mjölnir and your Jötnar]. Later, enjoy a quiz on Scandinavia!

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[Music: 1) Robyn with Kleerup, “With Every Heartbeat,” 2005; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 92 – Gettin’ Loosey-Goosey (Intoxicants!)

In our 92nd episode, we’re joined by one of Lauren’s oldest friends, Andres Vizcarra of Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards in Gasport, New York. Andres D.A.R.E.s to cover the four main categories of intoxicants: stimulants, hypnotics, inebriants, and hallucinogens. Later, enjoy a quiz on intoxicants!

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[Music: 1) George Thorogood and the Destroyers, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 91 – Aloha from Hawai’i!

In our 91st episode, Julia […who is, in reality, undeniably not in Hawai’i…] covers Hawaiian geography, history, language, and cultural traditions, along with some tangentially-related trivia tidbits. Later, enjoy a quiz called “ALOHA AN’ HELLO”!

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[Music: 1) Malihini Hawaiians, “Aloha Oe,” 1955; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 90 – It’s Not Easy Being Green: Frogs

In our 90th episode, Lauren grabs the bull(frog) by the horns and gives us the lowdown on those tailless amphibians affectionately known as “frogs.” [Yinz still like weird creature stuff, right?] Later, enjoy a quiz about other jumping animals!

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[Music: 1) Three Dog Night, “Joy to the World,” 1970; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 89 – It’s All Greek to Me: The Peloponnesian War

In our 89th episode, Julia takes us back to the cradle of Western civilization in the 5th century BC to learn all about the Peloponnesian War [quite possibly the hardest conflict to spell correctly on the first try]. Just who were the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League? [And why didn’t they have a championship game after the playoffs, huh?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “My Big Fat Greek Oligarchy!”

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[Music: 1) GreeKurd Channel, “Greek Bouzouki Music – Instrumental,” 2016; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]