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.]

Episode 68 – Joe McCarthy and the (Second) Red Scare

In our 68th episode, Julia shines a big red spotlight on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the namesake of that whole system of baseless defamation and demagoguery. Refresh your knowledge of 1950s America and the Communist Party USA, the HUAC,  and the Army-McCarthy Hearings [oh, and a few more Speeches You Should Know].  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Communism is Just a Red Herring!”

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[Music: 1) The Crew Cuts, “Sh-Boom,” 1954; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 66 – Graveyard Shift

In our 66th episode, Julia digs deep to bring us a brief history of burials and taphophilia. Learn about some of the most famous cemeteries across the globe. Later, enjoy a quiz called “What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?”

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[Music: 1) The Omega Project, “Lilikoi Graveyard, Track 1,” 2002. Courtesy the Omega Project, CC BY-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 64 – L’eggo My Lego

In our 64th episode, Julia builds upon your existing knowledge of the world’s most popular interlocking brick play system: LEGO. Hopefully, the history of the company and some very fun LEGO facts will click in your brain. [Also, be on the lookout for a (related!) mini-linguistics lesson.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything is Awesome!!!”

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[Music: 1)  Eck d’Ville’s “Skælmskør Schottish,” on Folk Music from Denmark ’98, Courtesy of the Danish Folk Council, 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 62 – Tear Down This Wall

In our 62nd episode, Julia deconstructs the who, what, where, when, and why of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the GDR, the Stasi, and some daring escapes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Check-mate, Charlie!”

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[Music: 1) Monkey Warhol, “The Berlin Jade,” 2018. Courtesy of Monkey Warhol, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 60 – COLLEGE

In our 60th episode, Julia pulls an all-nighter to cram, oh, about a thousand years of important institutions of higher learning into one measly hour. Learn about the oldest universities in the world, the colonial colleges, the Ivy Leagues, the Seven Sisters, and some key HBCUs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Welcome to Animal House!”

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[Music: 1) The Impossebulls, “HaveNots Mascots (Instrumental),” 2014. Courtesy of the The Impossebulls, CC BY-NC-ND license; 2) 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 58 – What’s the Plan, Stan(-ley Kubrick)

In our 58th episode, Julia’s eyes are wide shut while she turns back the clockwork orange to 2001 for a visit to Dr. Strangelove. [GET IT?!] It’s time for those of us who aren’t movie buffs to learn all about the life and films of noted director Stanley Kubrick. Later, enjoy a quiz called “CUT!”

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[Music: 1) Vexed to Nightmare, “A Clockwork Heart,” 2016. Courtesy of Vexed to Nightmare, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 56 – Hoax-sus Poke-sus

In our 56th episode, Julia pulls back the curtain on several of history’s greatest documented hoaxes [and showcases one puzzling object that hasn’t quite yet been proven to be a hoax, though mounting evidence may one day prove otherwise]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Believe It Or Not!”

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[Music: 1) TRG Banks, “Goodbye Circus,” 2018. Public domain;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 54 – Jab, Cross, Hit, Upper: The Boxer Rebellion

In our 54th episode, Julia pulls no punches about the Qing Dynasty in China and introduces you to Dowager Empress Cixi, the Guangxu Emperor, and the Yihetuan Movement– a.k.a. The Boxer Rebellion.  [By the way, this happened in the 20th century.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Boxers are Rebelling”!

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[Music: 1) Lee Rosevere, “Caochangdi (part 2),” 2015. Courtesy of Lee Rosevere, CC BY-NC license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]