Episode 59 – Make It Up As You Go Along

In our 59th episode, Lauren reveals the history of cosmetics throughout the world [and why we should be so thankful for technological advances in the makeup industry]. Oh, and we pass along some great beauty hacks to you, free of charge.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Painted Faces”!

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[Music: 1) Luciano Pavarotti, “Recitar! …Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci / Act 1),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 58 – What’s the Plan, Stan(-ley Kubrick)

In our 58th episode, Julia’s eyes are wide shut while she turns back the clockwork orange to 2001 for a visit to Dr. Strangelove. [GET IT?!] It’s time for those of us who aren’t movie buffs to learn all about the life and films of noted director Stanley Kubrick. Later, enjoy a quiz called “CUT!”

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[Music: 1) Vexed to Nightmare, “A Clockwork Heart,” 2016. Courtesy of Vexed to Nightmare, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 57 – Bang Your Head

In our 57th episode, Lauren gets down to brass tacks and shares some information about precious metals, contemporary and ancient. [Have you heard of the hot new trend in gold?] Later, enjoy a quiz on hair metal bands!

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[Music:  1) Warrant, “Cherry Pie,” 1990.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 56 – Hoax-sus Poke-sus

In our 56th episode, Julia pulls back the curtain on several of history’s greatest documented hoaxes [and showcases one puzzling object that hasn’t quite yet been proven to be a hoax, though mounting evidence may one day prove otherwise]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Believe It Or Not!”

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[Music: 1) TRG Banks, “Goodbye Circus,” 2018. Public domain;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 55 – Brick House

In our 55th episode, Lauren fabricates the blueprints and lays out several important Architects You Should Know. [In case you’ve always wanted to pretend to be one, now’s your chance!] Later, enjoy a quiz on New York City!

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[Music: 1) The Commodores, “Brick House,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 54 – Jab, Cross, Hit, Upper: The Boxer Rebellion

In our 54th episode, Julia pulls no punches about the Qing Dynasty in China and introduces you to Dowager Empress Cixi, the Guangxu Emperor, and the Yihetuan Movement– a.k.a. The Boxer Rebellion.  [By the way, this happened in the 20th century.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Boxers are Rebelling”!

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[Music: 1) Lee Rosevere, “Caochangdi (part 2),” 2015. Courtesy of Lee Rosevere, CC BY-NC license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 53 – Heading to the Big House

In our 53rd episode, Lauren sends us up the river and details some of America’s most famous prisons [in what will surely be part one of a multi-episode series], as well as the actions of some infamous inmates. Later, enjoy a quiz about birds!

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[Music: 1) The Pretenders, “Back on the Chain Gang,” 1982; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 52 – Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan

In our 52nd episode, Julia pulls rousing orator [and perpetual loser] William Jennings Bryan back into the spotlight. Refresh your brain on the gold standard, the Scopes Monkey Trial, and a whole bunch of presidential elections at the turn of the 20th century. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Time for Speech and Debate”!

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[Music: 1) Jahzzar, “Silver,” 2014. Courtesy of Jahzzar, CC BY-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 51 – History of the Guitar

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.]

Episode 50 – An Episode About Nothing

Yada yada yada… For our 50th episode, Julia and Lauren finally put their brains-ful of sitcom trivia to good use in this ALL-SEINFELD EXTRAVAGANZA! In a departure from our usual format, this ep gives you thirty deep-cut Seinfeld questions with some interesting interstitials. Play along with the episode-long quiz and tweet your final score to @missinfopod !

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[Music: 1) Davie504, “Funkiest Slap Bass,” 2012.]