134 – It’s a Major Award!: Literary Medals and Prizes

If you’re a very important person with many leather-bound books [and especially if your apartment smells of rich mahogany], then this episode is for you. Julia presents many of the annual literary medals, prizes, and awards, along with their most recent winners. Later, enjoy a quiz called “And the First Runner Up…”!

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[Music: 1) Les Hayden, “Book on a Shelf,” 2017. Courtesy of Les Hayden, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

131 – Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Ever wonder what actually happened during that infamous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” [which seems to pop up in trivia situations a lot more than you’d expect]? Don’t worry, Pardnuh, Julia’s wobblin’ jaw has you covered. We skedaddle over to Tombstone, Arizona to discuss the events of October 26, 1881 at 3:00pm […and you know what that means…]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Um, Actually…”!

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[Music: 1) Gold Rush Studio Orchestra, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

129 – Enter the Wu-Tang Clan

And now for something completely different… Julia journeys all the way to Shaolin [a.k.a Staten Island] to become better versed in a hip-hop group about which she previously knew nothing: the world-famous Wu-Tang Clan. Learn about the members, their early history, famous albums and songs, and a lot of Wu-Tang trivia along the way. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Leggo My Logo!”

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[Music: 1) Lobo Loco, “Kung Fu Fighters March – Fast (ID 833),” 2019. 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.]

127 – The Butcher of the Balkans: Slobodan Milosevic

We end the remarkably uplifting [/sarcasm] month of *DICTATOR DECEMBER* with a look at the first European head of state to ever be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes: Serbian nationalist Slobodan Milošević. Come with us on a journey to Yugoslavia and the Balkan States as we cover the Bosnian War. Later, have a much grander time with a quiz called “New Year, New YOU-goslavia!”

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[Music: 1) Freddie Mitchell Orchestra, “Auld Lang Syne Boogie,” 1949; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

125 – El Comandante: Fidel Castro

You’ll probably want a daiquiri or mojito after this episode about longtime Cuban “leader”–he wouldn’t call himself a dictator–Fidel Castro. Learn about guerilla warfare in Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro’s dairy obsession, and more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Havana Ooh Na Na (Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye)!”

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[Music: 1) Steam, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” 1969; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

123 – Man of Steel, Heart of Ice: Joseph Stalin

It’s the start of *DICTATOR DECEMBER*! This week, Julia covers Very Bad Person™ Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Learn how this poor boy from Georgia […the country…] became one of the most feared leaders of the 20th century. Later, please enjoy a quiz on a completely different topic: “Universally Adored Humans”!
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[Music: 1) Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Nutcracker Suite,” 1892; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

120 – Dharma, Karma, Samsara: An Intro to Hinduism

Take a deep cleansing breath as you prepare to learn about the world’s third largest religion. Julia covers the aims of human life, major Hindu texts, the caste system, Hindu deities, and [best of all] festivals. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Passage to India”!

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[Music: 1) Veena Kinhal, “Haratanaya Sree,” 2009. Public domain license. 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

117 – Right Out the Window

Take everything you thought you knew about the Defenestrations of Prague–and, well, throw it out the window. Julia dives head first into the religious feuds of Renaissance-era Bohemia and clues us into the multiple times that Bohemians attempted to solve all their problems by defenestrating their enemies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Windows to the Soul”!

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[Music: 1) R. A. Dvorsky Orchestra, “Pod Nasim Oknem,” c. 1930s; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

115 – Alma, The Bride of the Wind

We hope you’re sitting down for this one, because the story of Alma Mahler, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Vienna,” is a REAL doozy. This episode has everything: art, music, sex, death, Nazis, literature, insanity, more Nazis… Julia paints a portrait of this Austrian lady who bewitched the most famous men of her day. And later, enjoy a quiz called “Gustav and Walter and Franz”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “Alma,” 1965;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

109 – Jusst Desserts, Part 2

Everything in moderation! Julia serves up another helping of treats. [This week, we’re featuring cookies and biscuits, meringues, frozen desserts, and Truly American Desserts.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Bake-Off”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]