108 – Jusst Desserts, Part 1

By popular demand– Julia dishes out heaping portions of knowledge about some of the world’s best baked goods. This week, it’s cakes, custards, and pastries. [No soggy bottoms here!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great, British”!

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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.]

105 – Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer

Julia dances circles around the competition as she discusses the most elegant and graceful of all topics. Learn about types and methods of ballet, famous dancers and choreographers, Ballets You Should Know, vocabulary terms, and everything in between. [Don’t get tutu stressed out, okay?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!”
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[Music: 1) Philadelphia Orchestra performing “Danses des petits cygnes,” from Swan Lake, Peter Tchaikovsky, 1963; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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 99 – It’s Element-ary

For our 99th episode, you can count on Julia to describe the origins of every single element name on the periodic table. We’ve got you covered from Actinium to Zirconium! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title Elements”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “The Elements,” Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1959; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 96 – Men are from Ares, Women are from Aphrodite: Greek and Roman Mythology

In our 96th episode, Julia covers what you’ve all been waiting for during *MYTHOLOGY MAY* — the Greeks and the Romans. We have everything: Titans, Olympians, Furies, Fates, Muses, monsters, heroes, comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Night With Venus…”!

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[Music: 1) “Toccata” from Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Emmanuelle Haïm, Warner Classics, 2004; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 94 – Animal Heads and Gods of the Dead: Egyptian Mythology

In our 94th episode, Julia unveils the second installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with a trip down the Nile. [After this, you will definitely be able to remember which Egyptian god was murdered by his brother.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Walk Like an Egyptian!”

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[Music: 1) The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” 1986; 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 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.]