Episode 63 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Uno

In our 63rd episode [and part one of two in a series], Lauren learns some passwords and delves deep into the world of secret societies. Ready to infiltrate your uncle’s Moose Lodge? [You may also start ranking things on your own Continuum of Dangerousness ™.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Odd Fellows”!

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[Music: 1) The Smiths, “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” 2011; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 61 – (Here I Am) Rock You Like a Hurricane

In Episode 61, Lauren takes to the airwaves to give us the rundown on several types of natural disasters, including hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fire whirls. [We’re all doomed. Note: this episode is not terribly uplifting.] Later, enjoy a quiz on disaster movies!

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[Music: 1) Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 59 – Make It Up As You Go Along

In our 59th episode, Lauren reveals the history of cosmetics throughout the world [and why we should be so thankful for technological advances in the makeup industry]. Oh, and we pass along some great beauty hacks to you, free of charge.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Painted Faces”!

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[Music: 1) Luciano Pavarotti, “Recitar! …Vesti la giubba (Pagliacci / Act 1),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 57 – Bang Your Head

In our 57th episode, Lauren gets down to brass tacks and shares some information about precious metals, contemporary and ancient. [Have you heard of the hot new trend in gold?] Later, enjoy a quiz on hair metal bands!

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[Music:  1) Warrant, “Cherry Pie,” 1990.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 55 – Brick House

In our 55th episode, Lauren fabricates the blueprints and lays out several important Architects You Should Know. [In case you’ve always wanted to pretend to be one, now’s your chance!] Later, enjoy a quiz on New York City!

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[Music: 1) The Commodores, “Brick House,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 53 – Heading to the Big House

In our 53rd episode, Lauren sends us up the river and details some of America’s most famous prisons [in what will surely be part one of a multi-episode series], as well as the actions of some infamous inmates. Later, enjoy a quiz about birds!

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[Music: 1) The Pretenders, “Back on the Chain Gang,” 1982; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 49 – Sometimes A Flower Is Just A Flower: Georgia O’Keeffe

In our 49th episode, Lauren sketches for us the life of artist Georgia Totto O’Keeffe [best-known for those close-ups of flowers that definitely are just flowers, no interpretation needed]. Learn about the “Mother of American Modernism” and her tumultuous relationship with husband/photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Later, enjoy a quiz on Flowers!

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[Music: 1) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, 1892 ; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 47 – Burn, Baby, Burn: Dante’s Inferno

In our 47th episode, Lauren drags you to hell and back via Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Learn all about the nine circles in the Inferno and those condemned to punishments til the end of time. Later, enjoy [?] a quiz called “Disco Inferno”!

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[Music: 1) Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff,” 1979; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 45 – The Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived

In our 45th episode, Lauren profiles the GREATEST ATHLETE WHO EVER LIVED — an amazingly talented woman named Babe Didrikson Zaharias. [Remember her name!] Learn all about Babe’s feats and records in basketball, track and field, baseball, and golf. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Babe and Babes”!

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[Music: 1) Babe soundtrack, “If I Had Words,” 1995; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 43 – The Skin You’re In

In this episode, Lauren peels back the layers of your body’s largest organ. Get ready to talk connective tissues, injuries, bacteria, anthropodermic bibliopegy, and more! [Some parts not for the super-squeamish–but Julia sat through the whole recording session, so you are probably okay.] Later, enjoy* a quiz called “By the Skin of Your Teeth (Bible Trivia)”!

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[* alternately, by “enjoy,” we mean “feel bad about forgetting everything you ever learned in CCD or bible study”]

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[Music: 1) Hole, “Celebrity Skin,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]