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.]

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.]