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.]

Episode 88 – Trivia, But Make It FASHION

In our 88th episode, Lauren revisits the world of fashion– this time teaching us the ways of designers from the 1970s. [It was truly the decade of pants, btw.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Studio 54”!

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[Music: 1) Lady Gaga, “Donatella,” 2013; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 87 – Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle

In our 87th episode, Julia waxes poetic about writer Dorothy Parker, who is best known today for her wit, satire, and black humor. …And you can’t talk about Parker without covering the Algonquin Round Table! Later, enjoy a quiz called “You Want A Round Table?”

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[Music: 1) Bing Crosby with Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra, “I Wished on the Moon,” 1935; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 86 – A Series Of Series, Part 1: The Duneverse

In our 86th episode, Lauren partakes in the spice mélange and summarizes all six original Dune books to [a slightly horrified and definitely confused] Julia. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Spice Must Flow”!

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[Music: 1) Fatboy Slim, “Weapon of Choice,” 2000; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 85 – Kids These Days: TV in 2019

In our 85th episode, Julia ventures into the vast world of children’s television in The Year 2019. [So much problem-solving!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “TV-MA”!

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[Music: 1) “DuckTales Theme Song,” 1987; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 84 – London’s Burning

In our 84th episode, Lauren experiences a burning desire to discuss the Great Fire of London. [Let’s all retroactively name “London in 1666” the Official Worst Place To Live ™ .] Later, enjoy “A Quiz on Other Hot Things”!

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[Music: 1) “London’s Burning,” The Clash, 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 83 – Fire in the Hole!

In our 83rd episode, Lauren and Julia are joined by (their first lady!) guest Beth Lathrop, a librarian from the 1900s who once read an entire children’s book on a topic and is now officially an expert. This week, learn a brief history of firefighting along with three major historical fires that each had a massive impact on their respective cities. Later, enjoy a quiz called “We Didn’t Start the Fire!”
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[Music: 1) “We Didn’t Start the Fire (Karaoke Instrumental Track) (In the Style of Billy Joel),” ProSound Karaoke Band, 2010; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]