182 – Climbing Up on Solsbury Hill

Want to hear Lauren absolutely geek out on an extremely influential, 70-year-old British musician? Today’s the day! Learn all about Peter Gabriel, his time in Genesis and his solo work, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite songs. Later, take a quiz on Prog Rock Acts!

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[Music: 1) Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes (Secret World Live),” 1993; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

179 – Radiant Child: Jean-Michel Basquiat

It’s time for another art history class! Today learn all about the groundbreaking and tragic life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Learn all about his style, love of NYC, and friendship with Andy Warhol. Later, take a quiz on Jeans and Michels!

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[Music: 1) Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat and Michael Holman), “I Wanna Go Back,” c. 1981; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

176 – Lauren’s Brother-in-Law: The Internet

Have you ever wondered who started the Internet? Or what TCP/IP stands for? Or when the Internet’s birthday is? Well, today’s episode is for you, since Lauren has a–shall we say–personal connection to the World Wide Web. Later, stay tuned for a quiz called “Not-So-Famous Brothers in Law”!

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[Music: 1) The Internet, “Hold On,” 2018; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

172 – The Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Sure, we all know about Elvis–but what about the queer black woman whose style and showmanship he basically copied?! Today, learn all about Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her incredible talent that inspired several generations of musicians. Later, take a quiz called “Mothers of Rock ‘n’ Roll”!

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[Music: 1) Sister Rosetta Tharpe, “Rock Me,” 1938; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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166 – Fatale Donna

She may have been thought of as the original femme fatale, but as it turns out, Lucrezia Borgia was a complicated and talented lady: a true Renaissance Woman. Learn all about Lucrezia and her crazy family on today’s episode! Later, take a quiz on some equally famous Italians. Per favore divertiti!

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[Music: 1) Rosemary Clooney, “Mambo Italiano,” 1954; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

164 – Ugly Duckling

Sure, we all loved The Little Mermaid growing up, but did you know how horrific the original story was?! In today’s episode, Lauren takes us through some of the works of Hans Christian Andersen, his lonely life, and strange proclivities. [Hint: You never wanted him as a houseguest!] Later, take a quiz called “Princesses and Peas”!

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[Music: 1) Danny Kaye, “Wonderful Copenhagen/Hans Christian Andersen,” 1952; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

162 – “Vancouver, Vancouver! This is It!”

Get ready, volcanology-fiends: It’s time to get explosive with the most intense volcano blast in modern history on the continental U.S. Settle in for the tale of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, along with stories of the people who tracked it [and some noted skeptics]. Later, take a quiz called “Rock Flow”– a quiz about rock/rap collabs and bands!

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[Music: 1) Notorious B.I.G. “Juicy” vs. The xx “Intro” mashup, YouTube user soccerplaya514, 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

160 – Forever Free: Edmonia Lewis

Since art episodes are becoming our bread and butter… Lauren’s going to teach you all about one of the most famous female artists of the 19th century: Edmonia Lewis [the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame as a sculptor]. Learn all about Lewis’ incredible life, art, and legacy. Later, take a quiz about the Renaissance!

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[Music: 1) Madrigal National Choir & Anna Ungureanu, “Ars Nova and Renaissance” from Guillaume de Machaut’s ballads to Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigals, George Enescu Festival, 2015; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

157 – Transvaal Jammies

Let’s be honest, you don’t know what really happened during the Boer War either– but that’s why we’re here! Learn all about the complicated and astounding history of this conflict between South Africa and the UK. [To be fair, it’s not a light one, folks.] But, later!– take a fun quiz about the Dutch!
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[Music: 1) Johnny Clegg & Savuka, “Cruel Crazy Beautiful World,” 1989; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

155 – Our Place in Space

It’s time to cast an eye around our galactic neighborhood and refresh your elementary-school science class memory with this episode on Our Solar System! [Find out what exactly the Oort Cloud is and which dwarf planet was named by an 11-year-old girl.] Later, slake that passion for fashion with a quiz on supermodels!

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[Music: 1) StoryBots, “We Are the Planets (The Solar System Song),” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

153 – Look, I Made a Hat! (Stephen Sondheim)

Start your vocal warm-ups and stretch those hamstrings–it’s time to PUT ON A SHOWWWWWW! Today, we learn all about the godfather of musical theater: Stephen Sondheim. Hear about his life, his music, and why his songs are so damned hard to sing. Stick around later for “Into the Woods”– a quiz on things you’d find in the forest.

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[Music: 1) Original Broadway Cast of Company, “(Not) Getting Married Today,” 1970; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

150 – This Episode Can Kill You

Try not to touch, breathe in, or otherwise consume this episode–we’re warning you! This week, Lauren covers some deadly poisons and toxins, and generally loses it about radiation sickness. Later, soothe the burn with a quiz on cure-alls!

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[Music: 1) Alice Cooper, “Poison,” 1989; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

148 – The Right to Bear Arms

This week, we learn all about one of the celebrated heroes of the Polish Army during WWII [who just so happened to be a nearly 500-lb bear…]. Lauren tells us the fascinating story of one of history’s greatest mascots, and later gives us a quiz about the wonderful weirdness of MLB mascots!

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[Music: 1) Igor Stravinsky, “Peasant With Bear,” from Petrushka, 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

146 – That Old Man and the Sea

Finally! Today, by popular demand, we tackle the Grandfather of Masculine Literature: Ernest Hemingway! Learn all about Papa’s accident-prone, globe-trotting life, and get a rundown of his famous novels. Later, bulk up your knowledge on Oscar Wilde with a quiz entitled “The Importance of Being Ernest!”

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[Music: 1) Jimmy Buffet, Live at Wrigley Field, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

144 – Degenerate Art

Our lives today are pretty surreal, folks, so what better time than now to educate you all in a little art history, hmmm? Today, we get into the true weirdness [and the rise and fall] of the Dada and Surrealism movements. Later, take a quiz on Dadas and Papas!

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[Music: 1) Daniel Varsano, Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1,” orig. 1888, rec. 1979; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

142 – Strange Creatures II: The Return of Strange Creatures

We’re all about nostalgia lately at Miss Information, so time to throw back all the way to Episode 8, to return to a topic we know and love: Strange Animals! Get your fill of our cute, weird, and gross animal friends that swim, scurry, and fly. Later take a quiz on creatures in film, literature, and folklore!

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[Music: 1) Gowan, “(You’re A) Strange Animal,” 1985; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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.]