165 – A Third-Rate Burglary Attempt

Do you already know everything about Watergate? Think again! Julia takes a deep dive into the 1972 scandal that ultimately brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon [and introduced us to several infamous people in the aftermath]. Later, enjoy a quiz on other famous gates!

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[Music: 1) Devo, “Gates of Steel (2009 Remaster),” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

163 – “The Problem That Has No Name”: Feminist Literature

Feminism is for everybody! Julia provides a primer on ten works of feminist literature that You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Some Problems That DO Have Names”!

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[Music: 1) Chaka Khan, “I’m Every Woman,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

161 – 15 (Plus 105) Miles on the Suez Canal

A mule named Sal won’t help you here… Julia digs up some dirt on the major international waterway about which we all keep missing trivia questions. Learn all about the history of the Suez Canal, along with some major global events centering around this manmade border between Africa and Asia. Later, enjoy a quiz called “From C to Shining C!”

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[Music: 1) Giuseppe Verdi, “The Grand March” from Aida, performed by the United States Marine Corps Band, 2002; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

159 – Once Upon a Time…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a delightfully rich recurring trivia topic just so happens to be famous opening lines of novels. With that in mind, Julia endeavored to compile a podcast episode that would cover that very theme. And later, enjoy a quiz called “Take It From the Top!”

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[Music: 1) Stefano Vita, “Once Upon a Time,” 2015. Courtesy of Stefano Vita, CC BY-NC-SA license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

156 – The Vorpal Blade Went Snicker-Snack!

T’was brillig, and Julia supposed
that she would give a lengthy talk
About some very famous prose
(You should beware the Jabberwock!)

Get ready for a closer look at Lewis Carroll’s well-known nonsense poem Jabberwocky. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Through the Looking Glass”!

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[Music: 1) Donovan, “Jabberwocky,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

154 – He… Could… Go… All.. the… Way!

During this temporary sports hiatus, Julia brings you a list of famous plays from American football games [both professional and college-level] throughout history. By the end, you’ll finally “get” what situation sports commentators are referring to when they mention “The Catch” or “The Drive.” [Oh, and a preemptive apology to New York football fans– there are a few plays described here that might cause you some angst.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Flag on the Play!”

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[Music: 1) Styx, “Renegade,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

152 – The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: Mansa Musa

We’re transported back to 14th century Africa to take a closer look at the Mali Empire and the emperor who was so rich he accidentally created a ten-year-long gold recession: Mansa Musa. Learn about his famous pilgrimage to Mecca [and the Five Pillars of Islam], the learning center at Timbuktu, and how the Mali Empire became so darn great. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Going for the Gold!”

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[Music: 1) Griot B & Schoolyard Rap, “Mansa Musa,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

149 – Play Your Cards Right

Quick– how many face cards in a standard deck of playing cards have only one eye showing? If the answer didn’t come to you immediately, you’re not alone. This week’s episode is all about playing card trivia: how cards are made, frequent questions, incredible factoids, and the rules to a card game that has mystified Julia for years. Later, enjoy a quiz called “House of Cards!”

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[Music: 1) Motörhead, “Ace of Spades, 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

147 – Come with Me and Es-CAPE!

Welcome back to geography class! Today, we’re covering everyone’s favorite coastline formations: CAPES. [Where are they? What are they known for? And which ones are truly GREAT?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “If You Like Piña Coladas and Getting Caught in the Rain”!

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[Music: 1) Rupert Holmes, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” 1979; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

145 – Sacagawea (and the One Time Men Asked for Directions)

Think back to when you were 17– would you have been able to join a government-sanctioned journey to explore a couple thousand miles of wilderness? [No?] That’s exactly what Shoshone woman Sacagawea did in 1805 when she provided assistance to the Corps of Discovery. Refresh your recollection of the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the legacy of one of the most well-known and respected Native American women in American history. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Shoulda Made a Left at Albuquerque”!

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[Music: 1) Tommy Emmanuel, “Lewis & Clark,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]