113 – Bad-Ass Russian Women & the Men Who Feared Them: A Vengeance Tale in Three Parts (with Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk)

GUESTEMBER concludes with a pair of brilliant guests. Joining us are Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk, who reveal a trio of stories about Bad-Ass Women throughout Russian history. Sit back and relax [maybe with some vodka?] as we talk about Olga of Kiev [#DownWithTheDrevlians!], Catherine the Great, and the 588th Night Bomber Regiment from WWII. Later, enjoy a quiz on even more bad-ass Russian women!

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[Music: 1) Ivan Larionov, “Kalinka,” orig. 1860. Courtesy of YouTube user Only4Russian; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

112 – In Cold Blood (with Corinne Atkinson)

GUESTEMBER [bwa-da-DAH-daaaaah] continues as we’re joined in-studio by All-Star Canadian listener, Corinne Atkinson, who works as a “vampire” [or if we’re being less hyperbolic: a medical laboratory technician]. Learn about that Super Important Goo Inside You, common blood and other fluid tests, and why you should really listen to your doctor when they tell you to fast. [**Squeamish folks, don’t worry– Julia got through this, and so can you!**] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cats and Matt Damon and Firefighting”!

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[Music: 1) Drake, “Started from the Bottom,” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

111 – Do the Math (with Eric Siy)

It’s our second installment of GUESTEMBER! We’re joined by Eric Siy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who helps to dissolve our math anxiety. Play along at home, and commit to memory some Mathematicians You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “I Was Told There Would Be No Twinks”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “That’s Mathematics,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

110 – Expo 67 (with Holly Ahronheim)

It’s GUESTEMBER, y’all! We’re joined by Holly Ahronheim, who uses her Jeopardy! experience to expose us to World’s Fairs– in particular, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Later, enjoy a quiz on things that debuted at a World’s Fair!
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[Music: 1) Young Canada Singers, “Expo 67 – Canada (The Centennial Song),” written by Bobby Gimby, 1967; 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.]

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.]