182 – Climbing Up on Solsbury Hill

Want to hear Lauren absolutely geek out on an extremely influential, 70-year-old British musician? Today’s the day! Learn all about Peter Gabriel, his time in Genesis and his solo work, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite songs. Later, take a quiz on Prog Rock Acts!

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[Music: 1) Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes (Secret World Live),” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

181 – Un-Mixing: Author, Author!

You know how some people […including us…] confuse which Brontë sister wrote which novel, or always mess up which guy with “Lewis” in his name is famous for what, or can’t keep all those famous pesky Russian authors straight? Then, my friend, this episode is for you. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Hi, My Name Is…”!

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[Music: 1) Luca Stricagnoli – Fingerstyle Guitar, “Eminem on Guitar (The Real Slim Shady),” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

180 – And Then There’s (Lucy) Maud (Montgomery)… (with Christine Whelchel)

This week, we’re joined by the delightful Christine Whelchel who covers an author near and dear to her heart: L.M. Montgomery. While you may know her best for the cheery Anne of Green Gables series, Maud [as she called herself] had a remarkably interesting [and sometimes sad] life. Learn all about her personal life, published works, and lasting impact on Prince Edward Island. Later, take a quiz on Lucys, Mauds, and Montgomerys!

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[Music: 1) Hagood Hardy, “Anne’s Theme,” 1988; 2) Peter Breiner and Don Gillis, “The Awakening,” from Kindred Spirits: The Anne Music Collection, 2005; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

179 – Radiant Child: Jean-Michel Basquiat

It’s time for another art history class! Today learn all about the groundbreaking and tragic life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn all about his style, love of NYC, and friendship with Andy Warhol. Later, take a quiz on Jeans and Michels!

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[Music: 1) Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman), “I Wanna Go Back,” c. 1981; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

178 – Un-Mixing: Doubting Thomases

It’s about time for a new series within our podcast series, eh? Today, Julia teaches us the difference between five historic dudes named Thomas and how to keep them all straight. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Origin of the Tom-Tom Club”!

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[Music: 1) Komiku, “I’m in the Not-A-Club,” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

177 – Home Among the Gum Trees (with Zoë Peate)

If all you know about Australia comes from Outback Steakhouse commercials [and Paul Hogan movies], then you’re in for a right treat! Zoë Peate, an expat Aussie and travel blogger now living in the U.S., joins us to talk all about the Land Down Under. From its history and geography, to pop culture and Animals That Can Kill You, Zoë has Australia covered. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Waltzing Matilda”!

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[Music: 1) Slim Dusty, “Waltzing Matilda,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Check out Zoë’s travel blog, Duende, and her ace Aussie Pop Culture Guide!

176 – Lauren’s Brother-in-Law: The Internet

Have you ever wondered who started the Internet? Or what TCP/IP stands for? Or when the Internet’s birthday is? Well, today’s episode is for you, since Lauren has a–shall we say–personal connection to the World Wide Web. Later, stay tuned for a quiz called “Not-So-Famous Brothers in Law”!

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[Music: 1) The Internet, “Hold On,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

175 – The Brave New Worlds of Octavia Butler

You are about to enter another dimension– of science fiction literature by the groundbreaking author Octavia E. Butler! Learn all about her path to success, fantastical works, and common literary themes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Butler Did It!”

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[Music: 1) lo-fi is sci-fi, “Phase IV,” 2013. Courtesy of lo-fi is sci-fi, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

174 – CHEESEALONG!

By popular demand! Enjoy a full sensory experience with this episode that’s all about everyone’s favorite dairy product: CHEESE. To eat along with us while you learn, make sure you have: gouda, asiago, cheddar, brie, and of course, some accompaniments. Later, take a quiz called “Workin’ on My Night Cheese!”

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[Music: 1) Bob Seger, “Night Moves,” 1976; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

173 – A Moment-a for the Placenta (with Sonya Kouthouridis)

How many temporary organs can you name…? If the answer isn’t “one,” then you have plenty to learn from our special guest Sonya Kouthouridis, a graduate researcher from McMaster University working on placental stem cell research. We discuss the female reproductive system, placental mammals, stem cells, and of course, the miracle of birth. Later, take a quiz called “Trust Me, I’m *NOT* a Doctor!”

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[Music: 1) Donna Lynne Champlin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “The Miracle of Birth,” 2018, written by Adam Schlesinger, Jack Dolgen, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

172 – The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sure, we all know about Elvis–but what about the queer black woman whose style and showmanship he basically copied?! Today, learn all about Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her incredible talent that inspired several generations of musicians. Later, take a quiz called “Mothers of Rock ‘n’ Roll”!

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[Music: 1) Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “Rock Me,” 1938; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

171 – National Toy Hall of Fame

Let’s take a quick breather from current events and head down memory lane instead. Julia spins her day job as Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play into an entire episode on the National Toy Hall of Fame! It’s a real sensory experience as we talk about toys inducted into the Hall of Fame based on their icon status and innovation. Oh, and the 2020 class will be announced on Thursday, November 5! [To learn more, check out https://www.toyhalloffame.org/.] Later, enjoy a quiz on other famous halls of fame.

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[Music: 1) The Script ft. will.i.a.m, “Hall of Fame,” 2012; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

170 – All Roads Lead to Rome: The Roman Empire (with Hannah McIntyre)

You know what they say– the bigger they are, the harder they fall. GUESTOBER concludes with the radiant Hannah McIntyre, who recaps four centuries of Roman history and highlights the people, places, and things we should remember about the once-powerful Roman Empire. Later, enjoy an incredible quiz called “Vini, V.D., Vichy!”

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[Music: 1)  Coldplay, “Viva La Vida,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

169 – A Fermentation Celebration (with Sam Pike)

We’re just bubbling with excitement over this week’s special guest, Sam Pike of the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine. He brews up a batch of fun fermentation facts and pickling particulars [and assures us that kombucha is not as gross as Julia thinks it is]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Green Eggs with Sam”!

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[Music: 1) The Kills, “Sour Cherry,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

168 – The Only Subject that Counts (with Eric Siy)

To continue GUESTOBER, Eric Siy returns with a second installment of math trivia as he teaches us about algebra, philosophy, and another Mathematician You Should Know. [By the way, René Descartes may begin to haunt your dreams…] Later, enjoy a delightful quiz called “Eric Always Forgets About the Lesbians”!

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[Music: 1)  Tom Lehrer, “New Math,” 1965; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

167 – Go Figure (with Ryan Meyers)

To kick off GUESTOBER, we are joined by the delightful Ryan Meyers, whose knowledge of figure skating deserves a perfect 10. Learn about the history of ice skating, its evolution through modern times, and of course, the most famous of figure skaters. Later, take a “Figure 8” quiz!

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[Music: 1) Vanilla Ice, “Ice Ice Baby,” 1990;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

166 – Fatale Donna

She may have been thought of as the original femme fatale, but as it turns out, Lucrezia Borgia was a complicated and talented lady: a true Renaissance Woman. Learn all about Lucrezia and her crazy family on today’s episode! Later, take a quiz on some equally famous Italians. Per favore divertiti!

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[Music: 1) Rosemary Clooney, “Mambo Italiano,” 1954; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

165 – A Third-Rate Burglary Attempt

Do you already know everything about Watergate? Think again! Julia takes a deep dive into the 1972 scandal that ultimately brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon [and introduced us to several infamous people in the aftermath]. Later, enjoy a quiz on other famous gates!

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[Music: 1) Devo, “Gates of Steel (2009 Remaster),” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

164 – Ugly Duckling

Sure, we all loved The Little Mermaid growing up, but did you know how horrific the original story was?! In today’s episode, Lauren takes us through some of the works of Hans Christian Andersen, his lonely life, and strange proclivities. [Hint: You never wanted him as a houseguest!] Later, take a quiz called “Princesses and Peas”!

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[Music: 1) Danny Kaye, “Wonderful Copenhagen/Hans Christian Andersen,” 1952; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

163 – “The Problem That Has No Name”: Feminist Literature

Feminism is for everybody! Julia provides a primer on ten works of feminist literature that You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Some Problems That DO Have Names”!

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[Music: 1) Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]