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 87 – Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle

In our 87th episode, Julia waxes poetic about writer Dorothy Parker, who is best known today for her wit, satire, and black humor. …And you can’t talk about Parker without covering the Algonquin Round Table! Later, enjoy a quiz called “You Want A Round Table?”

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[Music: 1) Bing Crosby with Dorsey Brothers’ Orchestra, “I Wished on the Moon,” 1935; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 85 – Kids These Days: TV in 2019

In our 85th episode, Julia ventures into the vast world of children’s television in The Year 2019. [So much problem-solving!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “TV-MA”!

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[Music: 1) “DuckTales Theme Song,” 1987; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 82 – The Plant Doctor

In our 82nd episode, Julia digs up some details on the life and mind of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver (who developed more than 300 uses for the humble peanut). Later, enjoy a quiz called “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!”

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[Music: 1) Raffi, “Peanut Butter Sandwich,” 1996; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 80 – No, YOU’RE A Vision: All About Eurovision

In our 80th episode, Julia reminisces about a past trivia failure that sparked her interest in one of the world’s longest-running television programs: The Eurovision Song Contest. Learn about the rules, the scoring system, and some of the most memorable performances from Eurovisions past. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A-B-A-B”!

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[Music: 1) Netta, “Toy,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 78 – Mrs. Roosevelt

In our 78th episode, Julia shines a spotlight on one of the most influential and active figures to have ever occupied the White House: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Yes, it was totally above board when she married her “cousin,” FDR.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “First Ladies”!

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[Music: 1) London Symphony Orchestra, “Eleanor Rigby,” 2009, orig. The Beatles; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 76 – Gotta Go Fast

In our 76th episode, Julia feels the need* to learn the differences between NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, and rallying. But first, a return of the (beloved) segment “Where in the World?” Later, enjoy a quiz called “2 Fast 2 Furious”!

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*(the need for speed, obviously)

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[Music: 1) Blur, “Intermission,” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 74 – Custer’s Last Stand

In our 74th episode, Julia focuses on General George Custer and the U.S. Army’s engagement with the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. (Hint: It didn’t go so well for the 7th Cavalry.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Little (Big) Horns”!

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[Music: 1) The Kingston Trio, “Some Fool Made a Soldier of Me,” 1962;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 72 – Varying Degrees

In our 72nd episode, Julia heats up a discussion about the three old dead white men whose names grace the most commonly known temperature scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Fahrenheit 451”!

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[Music: 1) The Polish Ambassador, “360 Degree View of the Phantasmal Farm,” 2014. Courtesy of The Polish Ambassador, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 70 – Topping the Billboard Charts

In our 70th episode, Julia fulfills her lifelong goal of pretending to be a D.J. on a trivia podcast when she takes us to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, and the RIAA’s best-selling albums and singles. [File these record-breaking facts away for pub quiz or your favorite trivia app!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title or Artist”!

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[Music: 1) Podington Bear, “Radiohem,” 2013. Courtesy of Podington Bear, CC BY-NC 3.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]