118 – Say It With Me…

We’ve heard your requests, and today’s the day. Time for a episode on–say it with us–TSGYOUBNEPHR-CULILLOSSEAS! [Whoops: Tuberculosis. It’s tuberculosis.] This week, Lauren takes us through the symptoms and history of [maybe!] humanity’s first known disease, which also happens to make you soooo good lookin’. Later, enjoy a quiz on poets and poetry. [And cover your mouth when you cough! ]

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[Music: 1) Van Morrison, “T.B. Sheets,” 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

116 – Like a Big Pizza Pie

Are we lunatics? [If by “lunatic” you mean “crazy about the Moon,” then heck yeah!] Learn all about Earth’s natural satellite [and BFF] in the realms of science, culture, and history… And once and for all, we’ll learn the difference between a Blue Moon, a Strawberry Moon, a Harvest Moon, and a SUPERMOON. Later, test your knowledge of holidays with a quiz entitled “Movable Feast”!
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[Music: 1) Joseph Arthur, “Honey and the Moon,” 2007; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

114 – Free Me From This Curse: Alice Cooper

It’s been a long time coming, folks. Hopefully this biographical episode will appease its subject: shock-rocker, golf enthusiast, and our personal demon, Alice Cooper. Learn all about the origins of the Alice Cooper Group, its indefatigable lead singer of the same name, and some surprising friends and events in his life. The man has truly done and seen everything [–please don’t hurt us]. Later, enjoy a quiz entitled “Alices and Coopers”!

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[Music: 1) Alice Cooper, “School’s Out,” 1972;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

107 – For I Compose the Music of the Night: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lauren admits that she loves listening to the music of the night in this episode: a journey through the career of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Commit these famous musicals to memory as we shine a spotlight on both the highs [Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats] and the lows [Aspects of Love, Love Never Dies, Cats] of The Right Honourable Lord Lloyd-Webber. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Andrews, Lloyds, and Webers”!

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[Music: 1) Carl Anderson, “Superstar” from Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Jesus Christ Superstar, Universal Pictures Film Music, 1973; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

104 – The Legionnaire’s Lament

Lauren lets loose a lecture on the 1976 Legionella pneumophila outbreak in the City of Brotherly Love. [Just when you thought it was safe to stay indoors…!] Later, enjoy (?!) a quiz on Philadelphia and Infectious Diseases!

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[Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Legionnaire’s Lament,” 2002; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

102 – Don’t Be So Bourgeois

Lauren returns to her favorite category to spin a yarn all about French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. [You might know her Spider sculptures, but hoo-ee, there is much more of her Surrealist and Feminist art to cover.] Later, enjoy a quiz about the bourgeoisie and arachnids!

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[Music: 1) U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” 1983; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]