102 – Don’t Be So Bourgeois

Lauren returns to her favorite category to spin a yarn all about French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. [You might know her Spider sculptures, but hoo-ee, there is much more of her Surrealist and Feminist art to cover.] Later, enjoy a quiz about the bourgeoisie and arachnids!

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[Music: 1) U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” 1983; 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.]

100½ – Millionaire Mini-sode

In this mini-sode [mostly] recorded last August, Julia and Lauren recount their experience with the much-beloved [though now currently cancelled] Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. [Julia’s episodes of WWTBAM aired in December 2018, and Lauren’s game show contestant debut aired in April 2019.] Later, enjoy a quiz on Las Vegas!

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[Music: 1) Andrew WK, “Las Vegas, Nevada,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

100 – Wattle & Daub: On the Case!

Miss Information presents… Wattle & Daub: On the Case! To celebrate our podcast’s 100th episode, head back to 1867 to follow intrepid English detectives Charles Wattle and Silas Daub as they investigate a Very English Mystery brought to them by The Queen. Will Wattle and Daub catch their man? Find out…now!*
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Wattle & Daub: On the Case! is produced by Tall Boy Productions, written by and starring the hosts of Miss Information, with additional voice talents from the Misters Information. Sounds by Soundsnap. [Other music included in this episode and faux-mercials: 1) Enya, “Only Time,” 2000; 2) Tragically Hip, “Ahead by a Century,” 1996.]

(c) 2019

*Have no fear, we’ll be back to regular episodes next week. 🙂

Episode 99 – It’s Element-ary

For our 99th episode, you can count on Julia to describe the origins of every single element name on the periodic table. We’ve got you covered from Actinium to Zirconium! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title Elements”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “The Elements,” Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1959; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 98 – When Pushkin Comes to Shove

In our 98th episode, Lauren pulls together details about the life and works of famous Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin. [Feel free to refer to this episode by its alternate title, if needed.] Later, enjoy a quiz on romance novels!

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[Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2,” 2006; 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 96 – Men are from Ares, Women are from Aphrodite: Greek and Roman Mythology

In our 96th episode, Julia covers what you’ve all been waiting for during *MYTHOLOGY MAY* — the Greeks and the Romans. We have everything: Titans, Olympians, Furies, Fates, Muses, monsters, heroes, comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Night With Venus…”!

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[Music: 1) “Toccata” from Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Emmanuelle Haïm, Warner Classics, 2004; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 95 – In the Realm of the Takamagahara: Japanese Mythology

In our 95th episode, Lauren steers our third installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* toward the Land of the Rising Sun. [It’s time to refresh your knowledge–or in some people’s cases, learn about for the very first time–Japanese deities from Izanagi and Izanami to the Seven Lucky Gods.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “They’re After ‘Em!”

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[Music: 1) Anne Akiko Meyers, “Birds in Warped Time I,” orig. Somei Satoh, 2006;
2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 94 – Animal Heads and Gods of the Dead: Egyptian Mythology

In our 94th episode, Julia unveils the second installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with a trip down the Nile. [After this, you will definitely be able to remember which Egyptian god was murdered by his brother.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Walk Like an Egyptian!”

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[Music: 1) The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” 1986; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]