232 – Urban Hermits

Haven’t you ever just wanted to shut yourself away with all of your books and collectibles and piles of newspapers and old food…? Well, today’s episode is for you! Lauren walks us through the weird and wild world of a few infamous “urban hermits.” Later, take a quiz on some other famous eccentrics!

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[Music: 1) HoliznaCC0, “Recluse,” 2022. Courtesy of HoliznaCC0; 02) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

230 – Supergirl Sleuth

You may have read some (or all!) of her books, but what’s the deal with the famous teenage sleuth, Nancy Drew? Learn all about her on today’s episode — and later, take a quiz about famous fictional teens!

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[Music: 1) The Crypts!, “Teenager,” 2016. Courtesy of The Crypts!, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

228 – The Queen Supreme

[We’re] comin’ out … with a brand new episode about the legendary Ms. Diana Ross and her long and storied career. Later, take a quiz about animal babies!

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[Music: 1) William Ross Chernoff’s Nomads, “Four-Way,” 2017. Courtesy of William Ross Chernoff’s Nomads, CC-BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

226 – The Fabulist Fox Sisters

Nowadays, the Fox Sisters get a bad rap– but that wasn’t always the case! Lauren tells the tale of Maggie and Kate Fox, two Western New Yorkers who sparked the Spiritualism movement in America by “communicating” with the dead. Later, take a quiz on ghosts!

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[Music: 1) 8bit Betty, “Spooky Loop,” 2010. Courtesy of 8bit Betty, CC BY-NC 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

224 – “Extremely Powerful and Very Strange”

This one’s for all the art photographers out there. Today, Lauren dips into 20th century art history with a glimpse into the life and work of the great photographer Diane Arbus ( … no fur involved). Later, however, take a quiz on furry things!

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[Music: 1) Georgii Cherkin, “Für Elise,” 2008, orig. composed by Ludwig van Beethoven; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

222 – La Divina: Maria Callas

She was a powerhouse voice and a temperamental diva, but do you know the truth behind one of the greatest opera singers who ever lived? Today, Lauren takes you on a musical journey featuring La Divina herself: Maria Callas. Later, take a quiz on famous Greeks!

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[Music: 1) Maria Callas, “Casta Diva,” from Bellini’s Norma, 1958; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

217 – Sir Sloshua’s Scourge

If you’ve seen artwork starring a knight and a redhead, you’re probably looking at a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Once all the rage in the Victorian era, the Pre-Raphaelites were a sometimes-weird group of artistic dudes who loved medieval painting and poetry. Today, learn all the juicy details about their lives, loves, and art! Later, take a quiz entitled “The New Romantics.”
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[Music: 1) Loreena McKennitt, “The Lady of Shalott,” 1991; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

213 – The Light of Truth

You may know she was a groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist, but do you know the whole story about Ida B. Wells? Today, discover all about the fearless woman who didn’t let the Jim Crow South get her down. Later, take a quiz about famous woman journalists!

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[Music: 1) John Perrault, “Ida B. Wells: The Lynching At the Curve,” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

210 – “The Crime of the Century”

We’ve all heard about the “Lindbergh Baby,” but do you know what really happened to Charles Lindbergh Jr. and the circus surrounding the “Crime of the Century”? Today, learn all about this tragic kidnapping [and a few choice tidbits about Charles Lindbergh himself]. Later, take a quiz all about famous babies!

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[Music: 1) Woody Guthrie, “Lindbergh,” 1944; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

208 – The Divine Miss M

What’s more “Divine December” than the Divine Miss M? Today, get your fill of Bette Midler’s incredible life, career, and her time in the bath houses. Later, take a quiz called “Divine Women” — all about female saints!
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[Music: 1) Bette Midler, “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road),” on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

206 – “Works of Joy and Beauty”

Who were artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude? Well they certainly engulfed a bunch of big things all over the world in fabric–but do you know about their lives, career, and why the heck they loved large-scale, glorified present-wrapping? Today, Lauren’s got YOU covered! Later, take a quiz on World Monuments and Landmarks!

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[Music: 1) Claude Debussy, “Claire de Lune”; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

204 – Egyptomania!

Are you mad about mummies? Nuts about Nefertiti? Over the moon about Osiris? Well, then this episode is for you! Today, learn all about Egyptomania, how it came to pass, and why we’re still so flipped over Pharaohs. Later, take a quiz about Ancient Egypt in movies!

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[Music: 1) Michael Levy, AncientLyre.com, “Ancient Egyptian Sunrise,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

202 – ARTH 101: Cave Art

Time for another Intro to Art History class with Lauren! Today learn all about the Lascaux Cave, its wild “discovery,” and some of the theories about the incredible art that’s inside. Later, take a quiz about everyone’s favorite nihilist director.

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[Music: 1) Don Edwards, “Coyotes,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

199 – Canadian Music for Non-Canadians

You may consider some of our episodes to be vanity projects, but this one takes the cake, friends. Today, Lauren gently guides you through some of her favorite famous Canadian musicians and songs in a non-comprehensive review of Border Faves. Later, take a quiz on some other things Canada is famous for!

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[Music: 1) Jann Arden, “Good Mother,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

197 – Queen of Polka Dots: Yayoi Kusama

You’ve seen the pumpkins, the infinity nets, even maybe the mirrored rooms, but do you know the real Yayoi Kusama? We’ll examine the Japanese artist’s life, art, and influence on today’s episode. Later, take a quiz called “Queen of ‘Dots,'” a quiz about women named Dorothy!

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[Music: 1) Frank Sinatra, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” 1940; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

195 – E Nervis Unum

Have you ever wanted to learn more about our nervous system, but didn’t know where to begin? You’re in luck, because today’s episode information is provided by a genuine neuroscientist! Get comfortable with your brain meat [and learn about some of the incredible scientists who won Nobel prizes for their research on the nervous system]. Later, take a quiz entitled “My Mom Said Watching TV Would Melt My Brain”!

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[Music: 1) Pinky & The Brain, “The Brainstem,” written by Tom Minton, 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

193 – You’re a Gem

Everybody loves a diamond–but what about the other gems that may not get as much attention? Today, learn all about semiprecious stones and their incredible history and uses. Later, take a quiz on Things That Used to be Rare!

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[Music: 1) GEM feat. Elaskia, “Rich Girl,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

191 – May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

It’s another “Series on Series” here at Missinfopod Inc. Today, learn all about the hit YA trilogy The Hunger Games, including of course, its plot and influences. [This goes without saying, but: Spoilers ahead.] Later, take a quiz about songbirds [who are way more violent than you’d think]!

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[Music: 1) James Newton Howard for The Hunger Games Original Motion Picture Score, “CS3 – Capitol Ship – Effie,” 2012; 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.

188 – You’ve Got Great Taste

It’s time for a second installment of Lauren’s Series on Senses! Today, learn all about the uncomfortable truths about our tongues, what the five tastes mean for us as mammals, and some cool facts about flavors. Later, take a quiz all about famous restaurants and celebrity chefs!

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[Music: 1) The Cramps, “You Got Good Taste,” 1983; 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.

185 – Hear Hear! All About the Ear

It’s time for a new series: all about the senses! We kick things off with Hearing; learn all about the tiny parts of your ears, how sound gets to your brain, and a little about Deaf culture! Later, take a quiz called “The Sound of Silence”!

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[Music: 1) Liisi La Fontaine and Amber Riley, “Listen,” from Dreamgirls (Original London Cast Recording), 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]