186 – Let Us Have Peace: The Life of Ulysses S. Grant (with Muffy Marracco)

This week, we’re joined by the majestic Master Mind Muffy Marracco for an emotionally charged trip back to the 19th century and a tale all about that face on the U.S. fifty dollar bill. Get ready to perhaps see Civil War General and the 18th POTUS, Ulysses S. Grant, in a new light. Later, enjoy a quiz called “True Blue”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “I Won’t Back Down,” 1989; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

183 – Gotta Catch ‘Em All! (with Michael Helmbrecht)

So how did a nice guy in Japan turn his childhood love of bug collecting into one of the biggest media franchises of all time? This week, we’re joined by the magnificent Michael Helmbrecht for a journey into the Pokémon universe. Start filling in your Pokédex as we discuss generations of the game, how Pokémon have infiltrated pretty much every aspect of pop culture, and of course, Pokémon You Should Know™™™. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Who’s That, Pokémon?”

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[Music: 1) Pokémon, “Pokérap,” from Pokemon – 2.b.a. Master – Music From The Hit Tv Series, 1999; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

180 – And Then There’s (Lucy) Maud (Montgomery)… (with Christine Whelchel)

This week, we’re joined by the delightful Christine Whelchel who covers an author near and dear to her heart: L.M. Montgomery. While you may know her best for the cheery Anne of Green Gables series, Maud [as she called herself] had a remarkably interesting [and sometimes sad] life. Learn all about her personal life, published works, and lasting impact on Prince Edward Island. Later, take a quiz on Lucys, Mauds, and Montgomerys!

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[Music: 1) Hagood Hardy, “Anne’s Theme,” 1988; 2) Peter Breiner and Don Gillis, “The Awakening,” from Kindred Spirits: The Anne Music Collection, 2005; 3) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

177 – Home Among the Gum Trees (with Zoë Peate)

If all you know about Australia comes from Outback Steakhouse commercials [and Paul Hogan movies], then you’re in for a right treat! Zoë Peate, an expat Aussie and travel blogger now living in the U.S., joins us to talk all about the Land Down Under. From its history and geography, to pop culture and Animals That Can Kill You, Zoë has Australia covered. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Waltzing Matilda”!

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[Music: 1) Slim Dusty, “Waltzing Matilda,” 1998; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Check out Zoë’s travel blog, Duende, and her ace Aussie Pop Culture Guide!

173 – A Moment-a for the Placenta (with Sonya Kouthouridis)

How many temporary organs can you name…? If the answer isn’t “one,” then you have plenty to learn from our special guest Sonya Kouthouridis, a graduate researcher from McMaster University working on placental stem cell research. We discuss the female reproductive system, placental mammals, stem cells, and of course, the miracle of birth. Later, take a quiz called “Trust Me, I’m *NOT* a Doctor!”

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[Music: 1) Donna Lynne Champlin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, “The Miracle of Birth,” 2018, written by Adam Schlesinger, Jack Dolgen, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

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P.S. Sweet! You can now get official Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast merch on TeePublic! https://www.teepublic.com/stores/miss-information-a-trivia-podcast?ref_id=16559

169 – A Fermentation Celebration (with Sam Pike)

We’re just bubbling with excitement over this week’s special guest, Sam Pike of the Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine. He brews up a batch of fun fermentation facts and pickling particulars [and assures us that kombucha is not as gross as Julia thinks it is]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Green Eggs with Sam”!

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[Music: 1) The Kills, “Sour Cherry,” 2008; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

151 – The Big Easy (with Father Brad Doyle)

We’re joined this week by very special guest Father Brad Doyle of The Quizzical Papist podcast, who regales us with the highlights of his favorite city: New Orleans. Julia and Lauren attempt to keep the swears at a minimum while learning about the geography, history, music, food, culture, and quirks of the Crescent City. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Papal Potables”!

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[Music: 1) Johnny Horton, “Battle of New Orleans,” 1959; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Be sure to check out The Quizzical Papist on iTunes/Apple Podcasts here!

133 – Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Ack! (with Shea Henry)

For this pre-Valentine’s Day episode, we’re joined by special guest Shea Henry, chocolate enthusiast [and curator at the Maple Ridge Museum in British Columbia, Canada]. Shea covers the history of chocolate in detail–so grab yourself some snacking chocolate for the full sensory experience. Later, enjoy (!!!) a quiz called “Is It Chocolate… Or Is It Poop?”

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[Music: 1) Christina Aguilera, “Candyman,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]