221 – With a Rebel Yell: Revolts in Early American History

History class is back in session! This week, Julia recaps five notable rebellious events from the 18th and 19th century America. [Look, the colonists didn’t fight for independence from the British just to have all their alcohol taxed, okay?] Later, take a quiz called “… WITH a Cause.”

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[Music: 1) David Bowie, “Rebel Rebel,” 1974; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

215 – Whither Wilt, William Wallace

If the name “William Wallace” brings to mind the contorted, blue-painted face of Mel Gibson, then Julia is ready to clear up that misconception. Learn about one of Scotland’s national heroes, the First War of Scottish Independence, and the modern-day inaccuracies that just keep spreading. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great Scotts!”

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[Music: 1) The Real McKenzies, “Scots Wha’ Ha’e,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

211 – A Premier League Primer

Does everything you already know about the Premier League come from the first season of Ted Lasso? Julia takes you out to the pitch for an episode all about the top level of the English football league system. Later, try your luck at a quiz called “A League of Their Own!”

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[Music: 1) Johnny Flynn, “Wayne Rooney,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

209 – An Exercise in Poor Taste: The Abject Art of John Waters

[Heads up: This episode will discuss some taboo topics that may not be suitable for all ears — listener discretion is advised!]

Part two of DIVINE DECEMBER continues with an exploration into the filmography of John Waters, the filmmaker, artist, author, and actor. The self-described “People’s Pervert” has had a very long [and filthy] career, and Julia attempts to discuss it through the lens of abject art. Have no fear– later, take a quiz called “Good, Clean Fun!”

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[Music: 1) Hairspray, “The Nicest Kids in Town,” 2007; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

207 – Fly (United Arab) Emirates

As a child, did you ever wonder why Garfield wanted to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi [and actually, where the heck is that place anyway]?! On this episode, Julia flies you to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the history, culture, geography, and [of course] the tourist attractions of the U.A.E. Later, take a quiz called “A Brainteaser Tedium”!

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[Music: 1) PeriTune, “Folk Arabian,” 2016; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

205 – American Gothic: Shirley Jackson

Keep the spooky times rolling as we visit the life and works of Gothic horror writer Shirley Jackson. [And if you’ve never read “The Lottery,” well, some spoilers ahead.] Later, take a quiz called “Surely You Can’t Be Serious”!

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[Music: 1) Angus & Julia Stone, “Big Jet Plane,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

203 – Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy

This message will self-destruct! If you’ve ever daydreamed about being a secret agent, then you’re gonna love today’s episode– Julia reveals the stories of three real-life, famous female spies from modern history. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Decoder Ring”!
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[Music: 1) Coldplay, “Spies,” 2000; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

201 – M. Knight, Mastermind

We’re baaaaaack! And to kick off Season 2 of Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast, Julia brings you a truly riveting topic: the invention of the brown paper bag. Get to know its truly awesome inventor, Margaret “Mattie” Knight, who developed a whole lot of creations during her lifetime. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Mothers of Inventions!”

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[Music: 1) Ash Koley, “Mary the Inventor,” 2010. 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

198 – L’ultima Dogaressa: Peggy Guggenheim

Gore Vidal called her “the last of Henry James’s transatlantic heroines–Daisy Miller with rather more balls.” This week, learn all about the American heiress and celebrated art collector Peggy Guggenheim [along with a lot of terrific 20th century art-world gossip]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Start of This Century”!

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

196 – Breaking the Chain

The RUMOURS are true. Today, we get into the beautiful, messy, dramatic, complex story of everyone’s mum’s favorite late-1970s band: Fleetwood Mac. Get the dish on Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and magical witchy godmother Stevie Nicks while reminiscing about the band’s incredible chemistry and musical output. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Chain”!

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[Music: 1) Fleetwood Mac, “Never Going Back Again,” 1977; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

194 – Reign Supreme

After a long hiatus, we head back to Civics class for a lesson all about the Supreme Court. Learn about the history [and current state] of SCOTUS, how a case reaches their courtroom, and of course, notable landmark cases. Later, enjoy “The Case of the Mysterious Podcast Quiz!”

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[Music: 1) The Supremes, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” 1966; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

192 – A Tale of Two Artists: Or, The Color War

It’s an Art World Grudge Match!

In this corner: With more than four decades’ experience, a Turner Prize, and a knighthood– British-Indian artist Sir Anish Kapoor! And in this corner: The much younger, positive pop artist championing mental health and social justice causes– English artist Stuart Semple! Who will prevail? Who will provoke the ire of the masses? Who will come across as our hero? Find out now! [And later, take a quiz called “Home or Away”!]

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[Music: 1) OK Go for Sesame Street, “Three Primary Colors,” 2012; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

190 – Fourteen Days Later

Unless you live with a teenager [or possibly a professional football player?], you may be blissfully unaware of the massive multiplayer online cooperative game Fortnite. Alas, it’s time to learn all about battles royal, the three game modes of Fortnite, Loot Llamas, esports, and emotes. Later, take a quiz called “Two Weeks’ Notice”!

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[Music: 1) Fortnite, “Default Vibe Lobby,” from Fortnite Battle Royale, 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

187 – Welcome to Shondaland

The former Queen of ABC is now the Queen of Netflix! Shonda Rhimes, the first Black woman to create and executive produce a top network series, is so much more than Grey’s Anatomy [though, that had a little something to do with her success]. Take a trip to shondaland as we chat all about Rhimes, her production company, and of course, those addictive, soapy, sexy, dramatic shows of hers. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Error: Location Not Found”!

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[Music: 1) The Fray, “How to Save a Life,” 2005; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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In March, all tips to our PayPal and purchases from our TeePublic shop will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center.

184 – Chief Wilma Mankiller

In today’s episode, we honor the legacy of Wilma Mankiller — the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. From her early life in Oklahoma and San Francisco to her return to Cherokee Nation, you’ll learn all about her incredible career and the many obstacles she faced. Later, enjoy a quiz called “This Ain’t It, Chief”!

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[Music: 1) Joy Harjo, “Mankiller Honor Song,” from RED DREAMS, TRAIL BEYOND TEARS, 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

181 – Un-Mixing: Author, Author!

You know how some people […including us…] confuse which Brontë sister wrote which novel, or always mess up which guy with “Lewis” in his name is famous for what, or can’t keep all those famous pesky Russian authors straight? Then, my friend, this episode is for you. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Hi, My Name Is…”!

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[Music: 1) Luca Stricagnoli – Fingerstyle Guitar, “Eminem on Guitar (The Real Slim Shady),” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

178 – Un-Mixing: Doubting Thomases

It’s about time for a new series within our podcast series, eh? Today, Julia teaches us the difference between five historic dudes named Thomas and how to keep them all straight. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Origin of the Tom-Tom Club”!

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[Music: 1) Komiku, “I’m in the Not-A-Club,” 2019; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

175 – The Brave New Worlds of Octavia Butler

You are about to enter another dimension– of science fiction literature by the groundbreaking author Octavia E. Butler! Learn all about her path to success, fantastical works, and common literary themes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Butler Did It!”

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[Music: 1) lo-fi is sci-fi, “Phase IV,” 2013. Courtesy of lo-fi is sci-fi, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

171 – National Toy Hall of Fame

Let’s take a quick breather from current events and head down memory lane instead. Julia spins her day job as Archivist at The Strong National Museum of Play into an entire episode on the National Toy Hall of Fame! It’s a real sensory experience as we talk about toys inducted into the Hall of Fame based on their icon status and innovation. Oh, and the 2020 class will be announced on Thursday, November 5! [To learn more, check out https://www.toyhalloffame.org/.] Later, enjoy a quiz on other famous halls of fame.

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[Music: 1) The Script ft. will.i.a.m, “Hall of Fame,” 2012; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

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.]