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.]

Episode 16 – I Want My MTV

In our sixteenth episode, Lauren kills the radio star with the history of everyone’s favorite [former?] Music Television channel. Later, enjoy a quiz called “I <3 the ’80s!”

[Music:  1) Captive Portal, “Anti-Exposed Video,” 2017. Courtesy of Captive Portal, CC BY-NC 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 15 – Anyway, Here’s a Wonder-Wall

In our fifteenth episode, Julia chronicles the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World [and shares some breaking (!) archaeological news]. Later, enjoy a fact-packed quiz titled “The EIGHTH Wonder of the World?”.

[Music:  1) Jason Shaw, “Pyramids,” 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 14 – Dads in Space II: Mission to Mars

In our fourteenth episode,  Lauren launches into the history of Mars exploration [and recounts the Curiosity rover mission that made NASA cool again]. Stay tuned for a quiz on Science Fiction in film and literature!

[Music:  1) Kurt Baker, “Send Me to Mars,” 2017. Courtesy of Kurt Baker, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]