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.]

Episode 49 – Sometimes A Flower Is Just A Flower: Georgia O’Keeffe

In our 49th episode, Lauren sketches for us the life of artist Georgia Totto O’Keeffe [best-known for those close-ups of flowers that definitely are just flowers, no interpretation needed]. Learn about the “Mother of American Modernism” and her tumultuous relationship with husband/photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Later, enjoy a quiz on Flowers!

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[Music: 1) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, 1892 ; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 48 – I Plead the Fifth

In our 48th episode, Julia reads you your rights– the Bill of Rights, that is. Time to head back to Civics class and study up on the amendments of the U.S. Constitution! Later, enjoy a [totally straightforward and not mathematically-related] quiz called “27”!

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[Music: 1) The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, “Water Music from the Handel Show,” 2011. Public domain; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 47 – Burn, Baby, Burn: Dante’s Inferno

In our 47th episode, Lauren drags you to hell and back via Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Learn all about the nine circles in the Inferno and those condemned to punishments til the end of time. Later, enjoy [?] a quiz called “Disco Inferno”!

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[Music: 1) Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff,” 1979; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 46 – Supermarket Sweep

In our 46th episode, Julia stocks up on the history of grocery stores and supermarkets. Get a price check on the backgrounds of various national and regional supermarket chains [including, yes, Rochester’s own revered Wegmans], as well as a long receipt-sized list of all the ways that grocery stores use psychology to manipulate your shopping habits. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Clean-Up on (A)isle 5”!

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[Music: 1) The Uninvited, “Too High for the Supermarket,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 45 – The Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived

In our 45th episode, Lauren profiles the GREATEST ATHLETE WHO EVER LIVED — an amazingly talented woman named Babe Didrikson Zaharias. [Remember her name!] Learn all about Babe’s feats and records in basketball, track and field, baseball, and golf. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Babe and Babes”!

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[Music: 1) Babe soundtrack, “If I Had Words,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 44 – M.I.A. Civilizations

In our 44th episode, Julia summons up the historical information you should know about the Mayans, the Incas, and the Aztecs. […Turns out some of the Mesoamerican cultures are not as ancient as you might think!] Acquaint yourself with their innovations, important sites,  and more about human sacrifices than you probably learned in your seventh grade world history class. Later, enjoy a quiz called “These Answers are M.I.A.,” followed up with a delightful inaugural listener-submitted voice message!

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[Music: 1) The Grand Astoria, “Visit Sri Lanka,” 2010. Courtesy of The Grand Astoria, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]