Episode 98 – When Pushkin Comes to Shove

In our 98th episode, Lauren pulls together details about the life and works of famous Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin. [Feel free to refer to this episode by its alternate title, if needed.] Later, enjoy a quiz on romance novels!

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[Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 95 – In the Realm of the Takamagahara: Japanese Mythology

In our 95th episode, Lauren steers our third installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* toward the Land of the Rising Sun. [It’s time to refresh your knowledge–or in some people’s cases, learn about for the very first time–Japanese deities from Izanagi and Izanami to the Seven Lucky Gods.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “They’re After ‘Em!”

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[Music: 1) Anne Akiko Meyers, “Birds in Warped Time I,” orig. Somei Satoh, 2006;
2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 93 – By the Hammer of Thor: Norse Mythology

In our 93rd episode, Lauren kicks off *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with the folklore of Scandinavia and the North Germanic peoples. Brush up on your Edda [and learn the difference between your Mjölnir and your Jötnar]. Later, enjoy a quiz on Scandinavia!

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[Music: 1) Robyn with Kleerup, “With Every Heartbeat,” 2005; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 90 – It’s Not Easy Being Green: Frogs

In our 90th episode, Lauren grabs the bull(frog) by the horns and gives us the lowdown on those tailless amphibians affectionately known as “frogs.” [Yinz still like weird creature stuff, right?] Later, enjoy a quiz about other jumping animals!

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[Music: 1) Three Dog Night, “Joy to the World,” 1970; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 88 – Trivia, But Make It FASHION

In our 88th episode, Lauren revisits the world of fashion– this time teaching us the ways of designers from the 1970s. [It was truly the decade of pants, btw.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Studio 54”!

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[Music: 1) Lady Gaga, “Donatella,” 2013; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 86 – A Series Of Series, Part 1: The Duneverse

In our 86th episode, Lauren partakes in the spice mélange and summarizes all six original Dune books to [a slightly horrified and definitely confused] Julia. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Spice Must Flow”!

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[Music: 1) Fatboy Slim, “Weapon of Choice,” 2000; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 84 – London’s Burning

In our 84th episode, Lauren experiences a burning desire to discuss the Great Fire of London. [Let’s all retroactively name “London in 1666” the Official Worst Place To Live ™ .] Later, enjoy “A Quiz on Other Hot Things”!

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[Music: 1) “London’s Burning,” The Clash, 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 79 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 4: Picasso’s Hot Flames of Knowledge)

In our 79th episode, Lauren finishes sketching out this P-ART series with a chapter on everyone’s favorite modern artist, Pablo Picasso. (Btw, not all of his works are portraits with the facial parts all jumbled… Also, he was kind of a jerk!) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Un cuestionario sobre españa (A Quiz About Spain)”!

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[Music: 1) The Modern Lovers, “Pablo Picasso,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 77 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 3: The Frenchmen)

In our 77th episode (and third installment in her “P-ART” series), Lauren impresses tout le monde with her French pronunciations and covers the lives and times of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse (two more Artists You Should Know). Later, enjoy a quiz on French movies!

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[Music: 1) Edith Piaf, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” 1960; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 75 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 2: The Van Gogh-ing)

In our 75th episode, Lauren paints us a portrait of another Artist You Should Know– it’s time to lend an ear and learn all about Vincent Van Gogh. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Sunflowers and Starry Nights”!

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[Music: 1) Sir Georg Solti , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , 1980, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Modest Mussorgsky; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]