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.]

143 – Playing with Monopoly Money

Wow–you’ve won second prize in a beauty contest! Collect $10! [ <– If this triggers memories of five-hour-long Monopoly games resulting in a flipped table, scattered pieces, and tears–well, you’re not alone.] We cover the history of the famous board game Monopoly, game-play basics, and the actual rules of the game [which have you in and out in under an hour, Julia swears]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Advance to Go, Collect $200”!

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[Music: 1) YouTube user GBelair, “Monopoly (NES) Music – Title Theme,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

140 – Don’t You Forget About John Hughes

Our recent sojourn to the Windy City reminded Julia about the brilliant writer/producer/director John Hughes– so allow yourself to be transported to the suburbs of Chicago to recall some of the greatest coming-of-age comedy films from the 1980s-1990s. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Pretty in Pink”!

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[Music: 1) Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

138 – The Atari Age

PRESS START! This week, Julia visits one of the most heavily-trafficked collections in the archives at The Strong to give you the rundown on pioneering video game company Atari. We’ll talk video arcades, famous games, the shift to home consoles, and of course, the Video Game Crash of 1983. Dig out those spare tokens you have in your junk drawer– we’re going to the arcade! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Go, Dog, Go!”

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[Music: 1) David Crane’s Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Activision for Atari 2600, “Main Theme,” 1984; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

136 – THE CELL

This week’s topic goes under the microscope as Julia presents the basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known organisms. [Get ready to be hyper-aware of what’s going on inside your body.] We discuss organelles, cell division, types of cells in humans, and much more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cell Block Tango”!

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[Music: 1) John C. Reilly, “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago, 2001; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]