158 – A Miss Information Guide to Classical Music (with Heather Hurley)

Have you ever wanted to know more about Classical music, but felt you weren’t ~fancy~ enough to ask? Well, you’re in luck, because today, our guest, musician (and current Mental Samurai!) Heather Hurley has all the information you crave. Later, take a quiz on plays and ears called “Playing by Ear”!

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[Music: 1) Ludwig von Beethoven, “Allegretto” from Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

141 – Dive! Dive! Dive!: A Deep Dive into the Daily Life of a Submariner and History of the Submarine Force (with Nathan and Kerrie Walker)

We’re joined by Nathan Walker, Chief Petty Officer (CPO) in the United States Navy, and his wonderful wife Kerrie for this whale of an episode. Nathan has served in the “Silent Service” aboard submarines for more than 15 years; he patiently answers all of our questions about life underwater while giving us a detailed history of the U.S. Submarine Force. Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Submariner’s Pastime!”

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[Music: 1) Al Stewart, “Life in Dark Water,” 1978; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

119 – Number Munchers: Math 102 (with Bailie H.)

Back by popular demand… we have another math episode! This time, guest host Bailie has us covered on prime numbers, factorials, and whole bunch of important mathematicians […some with more functioning eyeballs than others]. Later, enjoy a quiz about other interesting math tidbits!

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[Music: 1) Mos Def, “Mathematics,” 1999; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

106 – In Vino Veritas (with Garrett Cosenza)

We are joined by Garrett Cosenza, winemaker at Pope Valley Winery in Napa Valley, California, for this magnum-sized episode. Let the history of winemaking wash over your tastebuds [or earbuds?] as you learn how wineries take a boring ol’ grape and turn it into bottled poetry. Impress your friends with all your newfound wine know-how! Later, enjoy a quiz on Fun Facts about Wine!

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[Music: 1) Dean Martin, “Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me,” 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

101 – Open the Floodgates (with Katie Sekelsky)

We’re joined by Katie Sekelsky of The Inkling, who brings us the tragic tale of the Johnstown Flood in 1889. [Thanks a lot, Robber Barons! </end sarcasm>] Learn about a few more historic floods–and why it’s important to have, say, actual trained professionals build your reservoirs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “That Damn Dam!”

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[Music: 1) Bertha Chapin, “Johnstown Flood,” 1955; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 97 – Don’t Let the Pidgin Drive the Bus!: Pidgin and Creole Languages (with Sarah FitzGerald)

For our 97th episode, we are joined by Sarah FitzGerald, a PhD student at Sussex University in Brighton, England, who studies Cameroon Pidgin English. Sarah explains to us the differences between creole–we’re not talking about Louisiana here–and pidgin languages and how they develop. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Language Stuff That I Think is Interesting”!
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[Music: 1) Jovi, “Check Sense ft. Pascal (Produced by Kiloh),” 2015;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 92 – Gettin’ Loosey-Goosey (Intoxicants!) (with Andres Vizcarra)

In our 92nd episode, we’re joined by one of Lauren’s oldest friends, Andres Vizcarra of Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards in Gasport, New York. Andres D.A.R.E.s to cover the four main categories of intoxicants: stimulants, hypnotics, inebriants, and hallucinogens. Later, enjoy a quiz on intoxicants!

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[Music: 1) George Thorogood and the Destroyers, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

April 1 Special: Mister Information II Turbo

Hello, and welcome to Mister Information– an offshoot trivia podcast for gents [and ladies] who kind of enjoy trivia but also sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.  In this very special episode, Josh and Steve discuss noteworthy fighting video games, and learn about the history of playing cards.

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[Music: 1) My Mind, “Street Fighter 5,” 2010. Courtesy of My Mind, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 83 – Fire in the Hole! (with Beth Merkle)

In our 83rd episode, Lauren and Julia are joined by (their first lady!) guest Beth Merkle, a librarian from the 1900s who once read an entire children’s book on a topic and is now officially an expert. This week, learn a brief history of firefighting along with three major historical fires that each had a massive impact on their respective cities. Later, enjoy a quiz called “We Didn’t Start the Fire!”
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[Music: 1) “We Didn’t Start the Fire (Karaoke Instrumental Track) (In the Style of Billy Joel),” ProSound Karaoke Band, 2010; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Episode 81 – Three Stories About Jazz (with Andrew Thomas)

Our 81st episode features a very special guest joining us virtually in the studio! Andrew Thomas, Lead Hockey Researcher for the Minnesota Wild and host of the “10 Things I Wish You Knew” podcast, shares with us three important figures in the world of jazz. (You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll curse the Pennsylvania Turnpike !) Later, enjoy a quiz involving the word “jazz”!

Be sure to check out @missinfopod on Twitter or Facebook for a link to Andrew’s playlist.

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[Music: 1) Nina Simone, “Sinnerman,” 1965 ; 2) The Electric Company, “Put Down the Duckie,” 1988; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]