Episode 33 – Long Live the Queen

In our 33rd episode, Lauren regales us with the histories of the British queens regnant [a.k.a. “real-ass” queens], including deets about Victoria’s suuuuper hard crush on Albert. Later, enjoy a quiz called “YAS, Queens!!!”

.

.

.

[Music: 1) RuPaul, “Sexy Drag Queen,” 2017. Courtesy of RuPaul, Standard YouTube license.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 32 – Welcome to Health Class (Anatomy 101)

In our 32nd episode, Julia lets some skeletons out of the closet and lectures us about the basics of the human body! Flash back to eighth grade health class [but without that awkward week where they separated the boys from the girls]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Don’t Know Nothing About No Skellingtons”!

.

.

.

 

[Music:  1) Gene Rayburn, Dee Finch, and the Ray Charles Singers, “Dry Bones,” 1951; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 31 – Diamonds are Forever

In our 31st episode, Lauren brings to light some fascinating facts about precious and semi-precious gemstones [including, of course, DYE-AH-MUNDs]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!”

.

.

.

[Music:  1) Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds are Forever,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 30 – Good Quiet Aunt Jane

In our 30th episode, Julia confabulates about the life and works of celebrated Regency author Jane Austen. [Even if you secretly haven’t read the books either, you certainly are familiar with some modern adaptations.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Scents and Spend-Abilities”!

.

.

.

[Music:  1) Wanda Landowska, “Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith,” 1948. Courtesy of Wanda Landowska, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 29 – Moneyball (or, Baseball, Part 2)

Our 29th episode brings a special guest to the MissInfoPod recording studio! Andrew Gibson, Quantitative Analyst for MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, broadcasts important info on statistics in baseball and how teams today use data to build the best possible roster. Later, enjoy a quiz on “Sabre-metrics”!

.

.

.

[Music: 1) The Intruders, “(Love is Like a) Baseball Game,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 28 – Pandemic!: London’s Great Plague

In our 28th episode, Lauren exposes us to the bubonic plague which ravaged London in 1665-1666. Later, enjoy […okay,  that’s a strong assumption here…] a quiz on communicable diseases!

.

.

.

[Music:  1) Valéry Sauvage, “Packington’s Pound,” 2008. Courtesy of Valéry Sauvage; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

 

 

Episode 27 – The End of the Romanovs

In our 27th episode, Julia rushes us off to Petrograd and recounts the end of the Romanov dynasty during the Russian Revolution. Later, enjoy a quiz called “From Russia, with Love”!

.

.

.

[Music: 1) Tchaikovsky, “Trépak,” Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, 1934. Courtesy of Leonard Stokowski, Conductor, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes

In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”!

.

.

.

[Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 25 – Take to the Sea

In our 25th episode, Julia circumnavigates the globe and fills you in on facts you should know about the ocean and the seas. [Btw, there are WAY more than just seven.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Wet Bandits!”

.

.

.

[Music:  1) The Irish Rovers, “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” 1996. ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 24 – The Ol’ Leather Apple (or, Baseball, Part 1)

In our 24th episode, Lauren broadcasts the origins of America’s pastime and its basic rules, along with some memorable and important folks who influenced the way the game is played today. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Baby Ruth!”

.

.

.

[Music:  1) Edward Meeker, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 1908; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]