139 – Bootykins!: Caligula

Salevete! Travel back with us to the Roman Empire to discover the Original Bad Boy of the Pax Romana: Caligula. Learn all about his weirdo proclivities, his god status, and his hated nickname. Later, take a quiz on shoes called “Little Boots”!

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[Music: 1) Little Boots, “New in Town,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

137 – A Series of Series: Middle Earth and Beyond

It’s a Series of Series again here on Miss Information! Today, immerse yourself in the high fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe of men, hobbits, elves, and dwarves–and finally learn who is The Lord of the Rings! Later, test yourself with a quiz on rings!  Enjoime! […That’s Elvish for “Enjoy!”]

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[Music: 1) Leonard Nimoy, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” 1968; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

135 – Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo

Yeah yeah, you know about the chicken wings and the snow and the football team…but what’s the real story about that Queen City on the Lake? Today, learn all about the blue collar town with the chip on its shoulder: Buffalo, NY! Later, take a quiz on Rust Belt cities, and bask in the flat “A’s” of Lauren’s Northern Lakes accent!

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[Music: 1) Scott Kemper, “Shout” (Buffalo Bills song); 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

132 – MUSE 102: Terminology and Science Museums

Class is in session again! Continue your entry-level education in museum work with more museum terminology and some worldwide examples of science museums! Later, take a quiz on zoo animals [because zoos– are– museums]!

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[Music: 1) Alvin Silvestri, “Night at the Museum,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

130 – MUSE 101: Intro to Museums

Somehow, we’ve spent 2.5 years on this podcast and haven’t yet covered museums! Shame on us. Today’s ep gives you everything you ever wanted to know about museums and museum work, but were afraid to ask. Later, take a quiz about the things people collect!

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[Music: 1) Jim Dale, “The Museum Song,” 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

128 – Mystery Woman: Agatha Christie

*Whew*! We’re free from the holiday season [and concurrent theme months], so let’s start the new year off with a good old-fashioned episode about Agatha Christie! Learn all about her life, mysterious disappearance, and her famous character with a magnificent mustache. Later, grab some fries and some beard balm and take a quiz on Belgium and facial hair styles!
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[Music: 1) Christopher Gunning, “The Belgian Detective (From Poirot),” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

126 – The Killing Fields: Pol Pot

It’s a Holiday in Cambodia with our penultimate episode in Dictator December! Discover the complexities of the Indochina Wars, the Vietnam War, and the mysteries of Cambodian Dictator Pol Pot. Later, soothe your soul with a quiz on vacation destinations!

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[Music: 1) Dead Kennedys, “Holiday in Cambodia,” 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

124 – El Caudillo: Francisco Franco

Are you ready for more Dictator Data? This week, get into the Spanish spirit with our episode on Francisco Franco. Learn all about the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s role in WWII, and more! Later, cleanse your brain with a quiz on San Francisco and Famous Franks!

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[Music: 1) Judy Garland, “San Francisco,” 1962; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

121 – The Beyhive

All rise…it’s an episode about the Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter! Take a trip down memory lane with great pop-culture info about Destiny’s Child, the career of Beyoncé, and some piping hot celebrity gossip. Later, test your knowledge with a quiz about bees!

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[Music: 1) Beyoncé, “Countdown,” 2011; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]