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 35 – Moms in Space: The Voyager Program

In our 35th episode, Lauren takes us into the great beyond with the Voyager Program and highlights the women who helped to interpret the incredible photos and data received from these two probes. […Go ahead and get your giggles out now in anticipation of all the times we say “Uranus.”] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Gold Records”!

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[Music:  1) Daft Punk, “Voyager,” 2001; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 34 – The Original Muppet Man

In our 34th episode, Julia narrates the career and creations of the incredible Jim Henson. Reminisce about Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and those [scary] mid-80s movies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Frog and Pig are Friends”!

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[Music:  1) The Muppets, “Mahna Mahna,” The Muppet Show, 1977; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 33 – Long Live the Queen

In our 33rd episode, Lauren regales us with the histories of the British queens regnant [a.k.a. “real-ass” queens], including deets about Victoria’s suuuuper hard crush on Albert. Later, enjoy a quiz called “YAS, Queens!!!”

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[Music: 1) RuPaul, “Sexy Drag Queen,” 2017. Courtesy of RuPaul, Standard YouTube license.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 32 – Welcome to Health Class (Anatomy 101)

In our 32nd episode, Julia lets some skeletons out of the closet and lectures us about the basics of the human body! Flash back to eighth grade health class [but without that awkward week where they separated the boys from the girls]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Don’t Know Nothing About No Skellingtons”!

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[Music:  1) Gene Rayburn, Dee Finch, and the Ray Charles Singers, “Dry Bones,” 1951; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 31 – Diamonds are Forever

In our 31st episode, Lauren brings to light some fascinating facts about precious and semi-precious gemstones [including, of course, DYE-AH-MUNDs]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!”

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[Music:  1) Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds are Forever,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 30 – Good Quiet Aunt Jane

In our 30th episode, Julia confabulates about the life and works of celebrated Regency author Jane Austen. [Even if you secretly haven’t read the books either, you certainly are familiar with some modern adaptations.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Scents and Spend-Abilities”!

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[Music:  1) Wanda Landowska, “Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith,” 1948. Courtesy of Wanda Landowska, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 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.]

Episode 28 – Pandemic!: London’s Great Plague

In our 28th episode, Lauren exposes us to the bubonic plague which ravaged London in 1665-1666. Later, enjoy […okay,  that’s a strong assumption here…] a quiz on communicable diseases!

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[Music:  1) Valéry Sauvage, “Packington’s Pound,” 2008. Courtesy of Valéry Sauvage; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

 

 

Episode 27 – The End of the Romanovs

In our 27th episode, Julia rushes us off to Petrograd and recounts the end of the Romanov dynasty during the Russian Revolution. Later, enjoy a quiz called “From Russia, with Love”!

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[Music: 1) Tchaikovsky, “Trépak,” Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, 1934. Courtesy of Leonard Stokowski, Conductor, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes

In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”!

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[Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 25 – Take to the Sea

In our 25th episode, Julia circumnavigates the globe and fills you in on facts you should know about the ocean and the seas. [Btw, there are WAY more than just seven.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Wet Bandits!”

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[Music:  1) The Irish Rovers, “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” 1996. ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 24 – The Ol’ Leather Apple (or, Baseball, Part 1)

In our 24th episode, Lauren broadcasts the origins of America’s pastime and its basic rules, along with some memorable and important folks who influenced the way the game is played today. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Baby Ruth!”

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[Music:  1) Edward Meeker, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 1908; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 23 – Remember the Alamo

In our 23rd episode, Julia takes charge and gives us the rundown on what transpired at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 [and why General Santa Anna was about as welcome in Texas as a porcupine at a nudist colony ]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything’s Bigger in Texas!”

 

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[Music: 1) Jason Shaw, “South of the Border,” 2011. Courtesy of Jason Shaw, CC BY 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license; 3) The Kingston Trio, “Remember the Alamo,” 1959.]

Episode 22 – He Watches You While You Sleep: Santa Claus

Merry Christmas! Our gift to you, loyal listeners, is a special episode on December 25. In our 22nd episode, Lauren PRESENTS the history of the Jolly Ol’ Fellow himself, Santa Claus. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Merry Men!”

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[Music:  1) Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, “Greensleeves,” 2012. Courtesy of Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, CC-BY-3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 21 – Harry Potter and the Non-Potterheads

In our 21st [and slightly supersized] episode, Julia transforms into a History of Magic professor and attempts to summarize the seven HP books for our listeners […and podcast co-hosts…] who have never read the series. If you have a HP tattoo or a daughter named Hermione, you can probably just skip ahead to the quiz portion at 1:13:15.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s).”

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[Music:  1) Jason Shaw, “Chasin’ It,” 2011. Courtesy of Jason Shaw, CC BY 3.0 license ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 20 – Heart of Glass

In our twentieth episode, Lauren shatters your expectations and polishes up on everyone’s favorite non-crystalline amorphous solid. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Glass Jaw!”

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[Music:  1) The Freeharmonic Orchestra, “Smooth as Glass,” 2017. Courtesy of The Freeharmonic Orchestra, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 18 – Aah, Real Monsters!

In our eighteenth episode, Lauren  discloses details on cryptozoology and the most popular global cryptids. [Do we want to believe?]  Later, enjoy a quiz called “…Oh, REAL Monsters.”

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[Music:  1) Lobo Loco, “Baby Don’t Let the Monster Out (ID 728),” 2017. Courtesy of Lobo Loco, CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 17 – Queen Josephine

In our seventeenth episode, Julia uncovers amazing details about Josephine Baker, dancer/actress/spy/civil rights activist/all-around superstar. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Jazz Cleopatra”!

[Music: 1) Josephine Baker, “Chiquita Madame,” c. 1952; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]