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.]

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 97 – Don’t Let the Pidgin Drive the Bus!: Pidgin and Creole Languages (with Sarah FitzGerald)

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 92 – Gettin’ Loosey-Goosey (Intoxicants!) (with Andres Vizcarra)

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 83 – Fire in the Hole! (with Beth Merkle)

In our 83rd episode, Lauren and Julia are joined by (their first lady!) guest Beth Merkle, 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 81 – Three Stories About Jazz (with Andrew Thomas)

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 51 – History of the Guitar (with Dave Tag)

For our 51st episode, Julia and Lauren are joined by a Very Special Guest–Lauren’s dad, Dave Tag! Hop into our time machine for an abridged history of the guitar, everyone’s favorite six-stringed instrument. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Fenders”!

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[1) Original Dave Tagliaferro composition, 2018;  2) Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln,” 1975; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

April 1 Special: Mister Information

Hello, and welcome to Mister Information– an offshoot trivia podcast for gents [and ladies] who kind of enjoy trivia but also sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.  In this very special episode, Steve and Josh fill in for your regular hostesses and discuss food science and trivia learned from Canada’s favorite actor-turned-rapper. Later, enjoy a quiz on Easter, Eggs, and Easter Eggs!

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[Music: 1) Lonely Punk, “Easter Island,” 2016. Courtesy of Lonely Punk, CC-BY-SA 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 29 – Moneyball (or, Baseball, Part 2) (with Andrew Gibson)

Our 29th episode brings a special guest to the MissInfoPod recording studio! Andrew Gibson, Quantitative Analyst for MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, broadcasts important info on statistics in baseball and how teams today use data to build the best possible roster. Later, enjoy a quiz on “Sabre-metrics”!

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[Music: 1) The Intruders, “(Love is Like a) Baseball Game,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]