103 – Just Deserts

Julia dusts off her binoculars and sun hat this week to survey the world’s deserts: how they’re formed, where they’re located, which places you should avoid, and much more. [If you thought that deserts were just a bunch of sand, then you’re in for quite a treat.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Desert Rose”!

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[Music: 1) Little Glass Men, “Desert Castles,” 2015. Courtesy of Ryan Claus/Little Glass Men, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 91 – Aloha from Hawai’i!

In our 91st episode, Julia […who is, in reality, undeniably not in Hawai’i…] covers Hawaiian geography, history, language, and cultural traditions, along with some tangentially-related trivia tidbits. Later, enjoy a quiz called “ALOHA AN’ HELLO”!

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[Music: 1) Malihini Hawaiians, “Aloha Oe,” 1955; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 89 – It’s All Greek to Me: The Peloponnesian War

In our 89th episode, Julia takes us back to the cradle of Western civilization in the 5th century BC to learn all about the Peloponnesian War [quite possibly the hardest conflict to spell correctly on the first try]. Just who were the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League? [And why didn’t they have a championship game after the playoffs, huh?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “My Big Fat Greek Oligarchy!”

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[Music: 1) GreeKurd Channel, “Greek Bouzouki Music – Instrumental,” 2016; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 07 – Ain’t No Mountains High Enough

In our seventh episode, Julia guides you to several of the highest summits in the world so that you don’t have to hike there yourself. Learn some useful mountain facts [and the longest place name in the English language]. Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled “Purple Mountains Majesty”!

 

[Music:  1) Monroe Brothers (Charles and Bill), “On Some Foggy Mountain Top,” 1936.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]