108 – Jusst Desserts, Part 1

By popular demand– Julia dishes out heaping portions of knowledge about some of the world’s best baked goods. This week, it’s cakes, custards, and pastries. [No soggy bottoms here!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great, British”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

107 – For I Compose the Music of the Night: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lauren admits that she loves listening to the music of the night in this episode: a journey through the career of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Commit these famous musicals to memory as we shine a spotlight on both the highs [Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats] and the lows [Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies, Cats] of The Right Honourable Lord Lloyd-Webber. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Andrews, Lloyds, and Webers”!

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[Music: 1) Carl Anderson, “Superstar” from Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Jesus Christ Superstar, Universal Pictures Film Music, 1973; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

106 – In Vino Veritas (with Garrett Cosenza)

We are joined by Garrett Cosenza, winemaker at Pope Valley Winery in Napa Valley, California, for this magnum-sized episode. Let the history of winemaking wash over your tastebuds [or earbuds?] as you learn how wineries take a boring ol’ grape and turn it into bottled poetry. Impress your friends with all your newfound wine know-how! Later, enjoy a quiz on Fun Facts about Wine!

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[Music: 1) Dean Martin, “Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me,” 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

105 – Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer

Julia dances circles around the competition as she discusses the most elegant and graceful of all topics. Learn about types and methods of ballet, famous dancers and choreographers, Ballets You Should Know, vocabulary terms, and everything in between. [Don’t get tutu stressed out, okay?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!”
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[Music: 1) Philadelphia Orchestra performing “Danses des petits cygnes,” from Swan Lake, Peter Tchaikovsky, 1963; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

104 – The Legionnaire’s Lament

Lauren lets loose a lecture on the 1976 Legionella pneumophila outbreak in the City of Brotherly Love. [Just when you thought it was safe to stay indoors…!] Later, enjoy (?!) a quiz on Philadelphia and Infectious Diseases!

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[Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Legionnaire’s Lament,” 2002; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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 (with Katie Sekelsky)

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.]

Episode 99 – It’s Element-ary

For our 99th episode, you can count on Julia to describe the origins of every single element name on the periodic table. We’ve got you covered from Actinium to Zirconium! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title Elements”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “The Elements,” Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1959; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]