Episode 82 – The Plant Doctor

In our 82nd episode, Julia digs up some details on the life and mind of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver (who developed more than 300 uses for the humble peanut). Later, enjoy a quiz called “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!”

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[Music: 1) Raffi, “Peanut Butter Sandwich,” 1996; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 81 – Three Stories About Jazz

Our 81st episode features a very special guest joining us virtually in the studio! Andrew Thomas, Lead Hockey Researcher for the Minnesota Wild and host of the “10 Things I Wish You Knew” podcast, shares with us three important figures in the world of jazz. (You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll curse the Pennsylvania Turnpike !) Later, enjoy a quiz involving the word “jazz”!

Be sure to check out @missinfopod on Twitter or Facebook for a link to Andrew’s playlist.

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[Music: 1) Nina Simone, “Sinnerman,” 1965 ; 2) The Electric Company, “Put Down the Duckie,” 1988; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 80 – No, YOU’RE A Vision: All About Eurovision

In our 80th episode, Julia reminisces about a past trivia failure that sparked her interest in one of the world’s longest-running television programs: The Eurovision Song Contest. Learn about the rules, the scoring system, and some of the most memorable performances from Eurovisions past. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A-B-A-B”!

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[Music: 1) Netta, “Toy,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 79 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 4: Picasso’s Hot Flames of Knowledge)

In our 79th episode, Lauren finishes sketching out this P-ART series with a chapter on everyone’s favorite modern artist, Pablo Picasso. (Btw, not all of his works are portraits with the facial parts all jumbled… Also, he was kind of a jerk!) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Un cuestionario sobre españa (A Quiz About Spain)”!

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[Music: 1) The Modern Lovers, “Pablo Picasso,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 78 – Mrs. Roosevelt

In our 78th episode, Julia shines a spotlight on one of the most influential and active figures to have ever occupied the White House: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Yes, it was totally above board when she married her “cousin,” FDR.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “First Ladies”!

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[Music: 1) London Symphony Orchestra, “Eleanor Rigby,” 2009, orig. The Beatles; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 77 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 3: The Frenchmen)

In our 77th episode (and third installment in her “P-ART” series), Lauren impresses tout le monde with her French pronunciations and covers the lives and times of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse (two more Artists You Should Know). Later, enjoy a quiz on French movies!

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[Music: 1) Edith Piaf, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” 1960; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 76 – Gotta Go Fast

In our 76th episode, Julia feels the need* to learn the differences between NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, and rallying. But first, a return of the (beloved) segment “Where in the World?” Later, enjoy a quiz called “2 Fast 2 Furious”!

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*(the need for speed, obviously)

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[Music: 1) Blur, “Intermission,” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 75 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 2: The Van Gogh-ing)

In our 75th episode, Lauren paints us a portrait of another Artist You Should Know– it’s time to lend an ear and learn all about Vincent Van Gogh. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Sunflowers and Starry Nights”!

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[Music: 1) Sir Georg Solti , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , 1980, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Modest Mussorgsky; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 74 – Custer’s Last Stand

In our 74th episode, Julia focuses on General George Custer and the U.S. Army’s engagement with the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. (Hint: It didn’t go so well for the 7th Cavalry.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Little (Big) Horns”!

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[Music: 1) The Kingston Trio, “Some Fool Made a Soldier of Me,” 1962;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 73 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 1)

In our 73rd episode, Lauren draws upon her vast art history knowledge to sketch out the lives (and well-known works) of three Artists You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “There’s No Right Way to Write a Quiz”!

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[Music: 1) Max Richter, Vivaldi’s “Spring 1,” 2012;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]