Episode 63 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Uno

In our 63rd episode [and part one of two in a series], Lauren learns some passwords and delves deep into the world of secret societies. Ready to infiltrate your uncle’s Moose Lodge? [You may also start ranking things on your own Continuum of Dangerousness ™.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Odd Fellows”!

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[Music: 1) The Smiths, “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” 2011; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 62 – Tear Down This Wall

In our 62nd episode, Julia deconstructs the who, what, where, when, and why of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the GDR, the Stasi, and some daring escapes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Check-mate, Charlie!”

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[Music: 1) Monkey Warhol, “The Berlin Jade,” 2018. Courtesy of Monkey Warhol, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 61 – (Here I Am) Rock You Like a Hurricane

In Episode 61, Lauren takes to the airwaves to give us the rundown on several types of natural disasters, including hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fire whirls. [We’re all doomed. Note: this episode is not terribly uplifting.] Later, enjoy a quiz on disaster movies!

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[Music: 1) Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 60 – COLLEGE

In our 60th episode, Julia pulls an all-nighter to cram, oh, about a thousand years of important institutions of higher learning into one measly hour. Learn about the oldest universities in the world, the colonial colleges, the Ivy Leagues, the Seven Sisters, and some key HBCUs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Welcome to Animal House!”

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[Music: 1) The Impossebulls, “HaveNots Mascots (Instrumental),” 2014. Courtesy of the The Impossebulls, CC BY-NC-ND license; 2) 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 59 – Make It Up As You Go Along

In our 59th episode, Lauren reveals the history of cosmetics throughout the world [and why we should be so thankful for technological advances in the makeup industry]. Oh, and we pass along some great beauty hacks to you, free of charge.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Painted Faces”!

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[Music: 1) Luciano Pavarotti, “Recitar! …Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci / Act 1),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 58 – What’s the Plan, Stan(-ley Kubrick)

In our 58th episode, Julia’s eyes are wide shut while she turns back the clockwork orange to 2001 for a visit to Dr. Strangelove. [GET IT?!] It’s time for those of us who aren’t movie buffs to learn all about the life and films of noted director Stanley Kubrick. Later, enjoy a quiz called “CUT!”

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[Music: 1) Vexed to Nightmare, “A Clockwork Heart,” 2016. Courtesy of Vexed to Nightmare, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 57 – Bang Your Head

In our 57th episode, Lauren gets down to brass tacks and shares some information about precious metals, contemporary and ancient. [Have you heard of the hot new trend in gold?] Later, enjoy a quiz on hair metal bands!

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[Music:  1) Warrant, “Cherry Pie,” 1990.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 56 – Hoax-sus Poke-sus

In our 56th episode, Julia pulls back the curtain on several of history’s greatest documented hoaxes [and showcases one puzzling object that hasn’t quite yet been proven to be a hoax, though mounting evidence may one day prove otherwise]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Believe It Or Not!”

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[Music: 1) TRG Banks, “Goodbye Circus,” 2018. Public domain;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 55 – Brick House

In our 55th episode, Lauren fabricates the blueprints and lays out several important Architects You Should Know. [In case you’ve always wanted to pretend to be one, now’s your chance!] Later, enjoy a quiz on New York City!

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[Music: 1) The Commodores, “Brick House,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 54 – Jab, Cross, Hit, Upper: The Boxer Rebellion

In our 54th episode, Julia pulls no punches about the Qing Dynasty in China and introduces you to Dowager Empress Cixi, the Guangxu Emperor, and the Yihetuan Movement– a.k.a. The Boxer Rebellion.  [By the way, this happened in the 20th century.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Boxers are Rebelling”!

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[Music: 1) Lee Rosevere, “Caochangdi (part 2),” 2015. Courtesy of Lee Rosevere, CC BY-NC license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]