Miss Information: A Trivia Podcast

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A trivia podcast for ladies [and gents] who love cool trivia and sticking it to annoying teams at pub quiz.

Episode Date
149 – Play Your Cards Right
1:06:53

Quick– how many face cards in a standard deck of playing cards have only one eye showing? If the answer didn’t come to you immediately, you’re not alone. This week’s episode is all about playing card trivia: how cards are made, frequent questions, incredible factoids, and the rules to a card game that has mystified Julia for years. Later, enjoy a quiz called “House of Cards!”

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[Music: 1) Motörhead, “Ace of Spades, 1980; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jun 02, 2020
148 – The Right to Bear Arms
41:27

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.]

May 26, 2020
147 – Come with Me and Es-CAPE!
47:32

Welcome back to geography class! Today, we’re covering everyone’s favorite coastline formations: CAPES. [Where are they? What are they known for? And which ones are truly GREAT?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “If You Like Piña Coladas and Getting Caught in the Rain”!

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[Music: 1) Rupert Holmes, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” 1979; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

May 19, 2020
146 – That Old Man and the Sea
1:22:19

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.]

May 12, 2020
145 – Sacagawea (and the One Time Men Asked for Directions)
1:03:22

Think back to when you were 17– would you have been able to join a government-sanctioned journey to explore a couple thousand miles of wilderness? [No?] That’s exactly what Shoshone woman Sacagawea did in 1805 when she provided assistance to the Corps of Discovery. Refresh your recollection of the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the legacy of one of the most well-known and respected Native American women in American history. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Shoulda Made a Left at Albuquerque”!

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[Music: 1) Tommy Emmanuel, “Lewis & Clark,” 2006; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

May 05, 2020
144 – Degenerate Art
1:03:13

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.]

Apr 28, 2020
143 – Playing with Monopoly Money
1:04:20

Wow–you’ve won second prize in a beauty contest! Collect $10! [ <– If this triggers memories of five-hour-long Monopoly games resulting in a flipped table, scattered pieces, and tears–well, you’re not alone.] We cover the history of the famous board game Monopoly, game-play basics, and the actual rules of the game [which have you in and out in under an hour, Julia swears]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Advance to Go, Collect $200”!

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[Music: 1) YouTube user GBelair, “Monopoly (NES) Music – Title Theme,” 2009; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Apr 21, 2020
142 – Strange Creatures II: The Return of Strange Creatures
48:34

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.]

Apr 14, 2020
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)
2:21:20

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.]

Apr 07, 2020
April 1 Special: Mister Information III: Beans & Rice
1:08:15

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, Steve and Josh examine two in-demand pantry staples: beans and rice. Actually, it’s not so much “rice” as it is “the films of Wes Anderson”. There’s a connection there, really! Then, a new segment entitled “In the Not-Too-Distant Past-Perfect”, and a quiz on rice, Weses, and Andersons.

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[Music: 1) The Creation, “Making Time,” 1966 ; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Apr 01, 2020
140 – Don’t You Forget About John Hughes
53:03

Our recent sojourn to the Windy City reminded Julia about the brilliant writer/producer/director John Hughes– so allow yourself to be transported to the suburbs of Chicago to recall some of the greatest coming-of-age comedy films from the 1980s-1990s. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Pretty in Pink”!

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[Music: 1) Simple Minds, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Mar 31, 2020
139 – Bootykins!: Caligula
1:04:05

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.]

Mar 24, 2020
138 – The Atari Age
1:28:04

PRESS START! This week, Julia visits one of the most heavily-trafficked collections in the archives at The Strong to give you the rundown on pioneering video game company Atari. We’ll talk video arcades, famous games, the shift to home consoles, and of course, the Video Game Crash of 1983. Dig out those spare tokens you have in your junk drawer– we’re going to the arcade! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Go, Dog, Go!”

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[Music: 1) David Crane’s Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Activision for Atari 2600, “Main Theme,” 1984; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Mar 17, 2020
137 – A Series of Series: Middle Earth and Beyond
1:19:03

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.]

Mar 10, 2020
136 – THE CELL
1:11:23

This week’s topic goes under the microscope as Julia presents the basic structural, functional, and biological unit of all known organisms. [Get ready to be hyper-aware of what’s going on inside your body.] We discuss organelles, cell division, types of cells in humans, and much more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cell Block Tango”!

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[Music: 1) John C. Reilly, “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago, 2001; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Mar 03, 2020
135 – Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo
1:15:51

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.]

Feb 25, 2020
134 – It’s a Major Award!: Literary Medals and Prizes
1:12:46

If you’re a very important person with many leather-bound books [and especially if your apartment smells of rich mahogany], then this episode is for you. Julia presents many of the annual literary medals, prizes, and awards, along with their most recent winners. Later, enjoy a quiz called “And the First Runner Up…”!

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[Music: 1) Les Hayden, “Book on a Shelf,” 2017. Courtesy of Les Hayden, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Feb 18, 2020
133 – Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, Ack! (with Shea Henry)
1:04:40

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.]

Feb 11, 2020
132 – MUSE 102: Terminology and Science Museums
52:31

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.]

Feb 04, 2020
131 – Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
55:19

Ever wonder what actually happened during that infamous “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” [which seems to pop up in trivia situations a lot more than you’d expect]? Don’t worry, Pardnuh, Julia’s wobblin’ jaw has you covered. We skedaddle over to Tombstone, Arizona to discuss the events of October 26, 1881 at 3:00pm […and you know what that means…]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Um, Actually…”!

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[Music: 1) Gold Rush Studio Orchestra, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” 2017; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jan 28, 2020
130 – MUSE 101: Intro to Museums
1:13:01

Somehow, we’ve spent 2.5 years on this podcast and haven’t yet covered museums! Shame on us. Today’s ep gives you everything you ever wanted to know about museums and museum work, but were afraid to ask. Later, take a quiz about the things people collect!

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[Music: 1) Jim Dale, “The Museum Song,” 1992; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jan 21, 2020
129 – Enter the Wu-Tang Clan
1:12:07

And now for something completely different… Julia journeys all the way to Shaolin [a.k.a Staten Island] to become better versed in a hip-hop group about which she previously knew nothing: the world-famous Wu-Tang Clan. Learn about the members, their early history, famous albums and songs, and a lot of Wu-Tang trivia along the way. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Leggo My Logo!”

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[Music: 1) Lobo Loco, “Kung Fu Fighters March – Fast (ID 833),” 2019. Courtesy of Lobo Loco, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jan 14, 2020
128 – Mystery Woman: Agatha Christie
58:44

*Whew*! We’re free from the holiday season [and concurrent theme months], so let’s start the new year off with a good old-fashioned episode about Agatha Christie! Learn all about her life, mysterious disappearance, and her famous character with a magnificent mustache. Later, grab some fries and some beard balm and take a quiz on Belgium and facial hair styles!
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[Music: 1) Christopher Gunning, “The Belgian Detective (From Poirot),” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jan 07, 2020
127 – The Butcher of the Balkans: Slobodan Milosevic
49:41
We end the remarkably uplifting [/sarcasm] month of *DICTATOR DECEMBER* with a look at the first European head of state to ever be prosecuted for genocide and war crimes: Serbian nationalist Slobodan Milošević. Come with us on a journey to Yugoslavia and the Balkan States as we cover the Bosnian War. Later, have a much …
Dec 31, 2019
126 – The Killing Fields: Pol Pot
56:20
It’s a Holiday in Cambodia with our penultimate episode in Dictator December! Discover the complexities of the Indochina Wars, the Vietnam War, and the mysteries of Cambodian Dictator Pol Pot. Later, soothe your soul with a quiz on vacation destinations! . . . [Music: 1) Dead Kennedys, “Holiday in Cambodia,” 1980
Dec 24, 2019
125 – El Comandante: Fidel Castro
1:01:20
You’ll probably want a daiquiri or mojito after this episode about longtime Cuban “leader”–he wouldn’t call himself a dictator–Fidel Castro. Learn about guerilla warfare in Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro’s dairy obsession, and more. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Havana Ooh Na Na (Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye)!” . . …
Dec 17, 2019
124 – El Caudillo: Francisco Franco
57:12
Are you ready for more Dictator Data? This week, get into the Spanish spirit with our episode on Francisco Franco. Learn all about the Spanish Civil War, Franco’s role in WWII, and more! Later, cleanse your brain with a quiz on San Francisco and Famous Franks! . . . [Music: 1) Judy Garland, “San Francisco,” …
Dec 10, 2019
123 – Man of Steel, Heart of Ice: Joseph Stalin
1:17:44
It’s the start of *DICTATOR DECEMBER*! This week, Julia covers Very Bad Person™ Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Learn how this poor boy from Georgia […the country…] became one of the most feared leaders of the 20th century. Later, please enjoy a quiz on a completely different …
Dec 03, 2019
122½ – Black Friday Special: Maneater
1:18:09
*Content warning: Cannibalism* Oh, did you enjoy Gorge Day in the U.S.? For this Black Friday special, we’re joined in-studio by three of the coolest librarians covering a topic by which we’re all truly fascinated: cannibalism. Cassie Guthrie, Beth Merkle, and Laura Osterhout are here to tease their December 13th fundraiser event in the Rochester …
Nov 29, 2019
122 – Dungeons & Dragons (with Jamie Kusack)
1:25:47
For total RPG newbies like Julia and Lauren, this episode with listener (and Dungeon Master!) Jamie Kusack totally opened our eyes. Learn all about how to create your character and go on an adventure in America’s most popular role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. Later, enjoy a quiz about… well, dungeons and dragons! . . . …
Nov 26, 2019
121 – The Beyhive
1:19:12
All rise…it’s an episode about the Queen Bey herself, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter! Take a trip down memory lane with great pop-culture info about Destiny’s Child, the career of Beyoncé, and some piping hot celebrity gossip. Later, test your knowledge with a quiz about bees! . . . [Music: 1) Beyoncé, “Countdown,” 2011; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending …
Nov 19, 2019
120 – Dharma, Karma, Samsara: An Intro to Hinduism
54:54
Take a deep cleansing breath as you prepare to learn about the world’s third largest religion. Julia covers the aims of human life, major Hindu texts, the caste system, Hindu deities, and [best of all] festivals. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Passage to India”! . . . [Music: 1) Veena Kinhal, “Haratanaya Sree,” 2009. …
Nov 12, 2019
119 – Number Munchers: Math 102 (with Bailie H.)
1:03:06
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! . . . [Music: 1) Mos Def, “Mathematics,” 1999; 2) Frau Holle, …
Nov 05, 2019
118 – Say It With Me…
51:18
We’ve heard your requests, and today’s the day. Time for a episode on–say it with us–TSGYOUBNEPHR-CULILLOSSEAS! [Whoops: Tuberculosis. It’s tuberculosis.] This week, Lauren takes us through the symptoms and history of [maybe!] humanity’s first known disease, which also happens to make you soooo good lookin’. Later, enjoy a quiz on poets and poetry. [And cover …
Oct 29, 2019
117 – Right Out the Window
44:59
Take everything you thought you knew about the Defenestrations of Prague–and, well, throw it out the window. Julia dives head first into the religious feuds of Renaissance-era Bohemia and clues us into the multiple times that Bohemians attempted to solve all their problems by defenestrating their enemies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Windows to the …
Oct 22, 2019
116 – Like a Big Pizza Pie
1:18:03
Are we lunatics? [If by “lunatic” you mean “crazy about the Moon,” then heck yeah!] Learn all about Earth’s natural satellite [and BFF] in the realms of science, culture, and history… And once and for all, we’ll learn the difference between a Blue Moon, a Strawberry Moon, a Harvest Moon, and a SUPERMOON. Later, test your knowledge …
Oct 15, 2019
115 – Alma, The Bride of the Wind
1:07:23
We hope you’re sitting down for this one, because the story of Alma Mahler, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Vienna,” is a REAL doozy. This episode has everything: art, music, sex, death, Nazis, literature, insanity, more Nazis… Julia paints a portrait of this Austrian lady who bewitched the most famous men of her day. And …
Oct 08, 2019
114 – Free Me From This Curse: Alice Cooper
1:04:55

It’s been a long time coming, folks. Hopefully this biographical episode will appease its subject: shock-rocker, golf enthusiast, and our personal demon, Alice Cooper. Learn all about the origins of the Alice Cooper Group, its indefatigable lead singer of the same name, and some surprising friends and events in his life. The man has truly done and seen everything [–please don’t hurt us]. Later, enjoy a quiz entitled “Alices and Coopers”!

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[Music: 1) Alice Cooper, “School’s Out,” 1972;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Oct 01, 2019
113 – Bad-Ass Russian Women & the Men Who Feared Them: A Vengeance Tale in Three Parts (with Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk)
1:51:00

GUESTEMBER concludes with a pair of brilliant guests. Joining us are Kat Thompson and Jill Martiniuk, who reveal a trio of stories about Bad-Ass Women throughout Russian history. Sit back and relax [maybe with some vodka?] as we talk about Olga of Kiev [#DownWithTheDrevlians!], Catherine the Great, and the 588th Night Bomber Regiment from WWII. Later, enjoy a quiz on even more bad-ass Russian women!

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[Music: 1) Ivan Larionov, “Kalinka,” orig. 1860. Courtesy of YouTube user Only4Russian; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Sep 24, 2019
112 – In Cold Blood (with Corinne Atkinson)
1:34:35

GUESTEMBER [bwa-da-DAH-daaaaah] continues as we’re joined in-studio by All-Star Canadian listener, Corinne Atkinson, who works as a “vampire” [or if we’re being less hyperbolic: a medical laboratory technician]. Learn about that Super Important Goo Inside You, common blood and other fluid tests, and why you should really listen to your doctor when they tell you to fast. [**Squeamish folks, don’t worry– Julia got through this, and so can you!**] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cats and Matt Damon and Firefighting”!

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[Music: 1) Drake, “Started from the Bottom,” 2013; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Sep 17, 2019
111 – Do the Math (with Eric Siy)
1:17:53

It’s our second installment of GUESTEMBER! We’re joined by Eric Siy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who helps to dissolve our math anxiety. Play along at home, and commit to memory some Mathematicians You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “I Was Told There Would Be No Twinks”!

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[Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “That’s Mathematics,” 2010; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Sep 10, 2019
110 – Expo 67 (with Holly Ahronheim)
1:13:30

It’s GUESTEMBER, y’all! We’re joined by Holly Ahronheim, who uses her Jeopardy! experience to expose us to World’s Fairs– in particular, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Later, enjoy a quiz on things that debuted at a World’s Fair!
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[Music: 1) Young Canada Singers, “Expo 67 – Canada (The Centennial Song),” written by Bobby Gimby, 1967; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Sep 03, 2019
109 – Jusst Desserts, Part 2
59:28

Everything in moderation! Julia serves up another helping of treats. [This week, we’re featuring cookies and biscuits, meringues, frozen desserts, and Truly American Desserts.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Bake-Off”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Aug 27, 2019
108 – Jusst Desserts, Part 1
1:28:27

By popular demand– Julia dishes out heaping portions of knowledge about some of the world’s best baked goods. This week, it’s cakes, custards, and pastries. [No soggy bottoms here!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Great, British”!

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[Music: 1) The London Film Score Orchestra, Tom Howe, Music Featured in the TV Program The Great British Bake-Off, “Signature Cakes / Sparkle / Happy Pizza / Organic Mix,” 2014;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Aug 20, 2019
107 – For I Compose the Music of the Night: Andrew Lloyd Webber
1:16:30

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.]

Aug 13, 2019
106 – In Vino Veritas (with Garrett Cosenza)
2:01:27

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.]

Aug 06, 2019
105 – Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer
1:11:23

Julia dances circles around the competition as she discusses the most elegant and graceful of all topics. Learn about types and methods of ballet, famous dancers and choreographers, Ballets You Should Know, vocabulary terms, and everything in between. [Don’t get tutu stressed out, okay?] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!”
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[Music: 1) Philadelphia Orchestra performing “Danses des petits cygnes,” from Swan Lake, Peter Tchaikovsky, 1963; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]

Jul 30, 2019
104 – The Legionnaire’s Lament
50:26

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.]

Jul 23, 2019
103 – Just Deserts
1:13:27
Julia dusts off her binoculars and sun hat this week to survey the world’s deserts: how they’re formed, where they’re located, which places you should avoid, and much more. [If you thought that deserts were just a bunch of sand, then you’re in for quite a treat.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Desert Rose”! . …
Jul 16, 2019
102 – Don’t Be So Bourgeois
53:16
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! . . . [Music: 1) U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” 1983; …
Jul 09, 2019
101 – Open the Floodgates (with Katie Sekelsky)
1:12:34
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!” . …
Jul 02, 2019
100½ – Millionaire Mini-sode
1:02:31
In this mini-sode [mostly] recorded last August, Julia and Lauren recount their experience with the much-beloved [though now currently cancelled] Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. [Julia’s episodes of WWTBAM aired in December 2018, and Lauren’s game show contestant debut aired in April 2019.] Later, enjoy a quiz on Las Vegas! . . . [Music: …
Jun 28, 2019
100 – Wattle & Daub: On the Case!
30:03
Miss Information presents… Wattle & Daub: On the Case! To celebrate our podcast’s 100th episode, head back to 1867 to follow intrepid English detectives Charles Wattle and Silas Daub as they investigate a Very English Mystery brought to them by The Queen. Will Wattle and Daub catch their man? Find out…now!*. . . Wattle & …
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 99 – It’s Element-ary
54:06
For our 99th episode, you can count on Julia to describe the origins of every single element name on the periodic table. We’ve got you covered from Actinium to Zirconium! Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title Elements”! . . . [Music: 1) Tom Lehrer, “The Elements,” Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan, 1959; 2) Frau Holle, …
Jun 18, 2019
Episode 98 – When Pushkin Comes to Shove
52:11
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! . . . [Music: 1) The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife 1 & 2,” …
Jun 11, 2019
Episode 97 – Don’t Let the Pidgin Drive the Bus!: Pidgin and Creole Languages (with Sarah FitzGerald)
1:21:37
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”!. …
Jun 04, 2019
Episode 96 – Men are from Ares, Women are from Aphrodite: Greek and Roman Mythology
1:23:48
In our 96th episode, Julia covers what you’ve all been waiting for during *MYTHOLOGY MAY* — the Greeks and the Romans. We have everything: Titans, Olympians, Furies, Fates, Muses, monsters, heroes, comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Night With Venus…”! . . . [Music: 1) “Toccata” from Claudio Monteverdi’s …
May 28, 2019
Episode 95 – In the Realm of the Takamagahara: Japanese Mythology
54:03
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!” . …
May 21, 2019
Episode 94 – Animal Heads and Gods of the Dead: Egyptian Mythology
55:44
In our 94th episode, Julia unveils the second installment of *MYTHOLOGY MAY* with a trip down the Nile. [After this, you will definitely be able to remember which Egyptian god was murdered by his brother.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Walk Like an Egyptian!” . . . [Music: 1) The Bangles, “Walk Like an Egyptian,” …
May 14, 2019
Episode 93 – By the Hammer of Thor: Norse Mythology
49:08
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! . . . [Music: 1) Robyn with Kleerup, “With Every Heartbeat,” 2005; 2) Frau Holle, …
May 07, 2019
Episode 92 – Gettin’ Loosey-Goosey (Intoxicants!) (with Andres Vizcarra)
1:28:46
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! . . . [Music: 1) George Thorogood and the Destroyers, …
Apr 30, 2019
Episode 91 – Aloha from Hawai’i!
1:09:20
In our 91st episode, Julia […who is, in reality, undeniably not in Hawai’i…] covers Hawaiian geography, history, language, and cultural traditions, along with some tangentially-related trivia tidbits. Later, enjoy a quiz called “ALOHA AN’ HELLO”! . . . [Music: 1) Malihini Hawaiians, “Aloha Oe,” 1955; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, …
Apr 23, 2019
Episode 90 – It’s Not Easy Being Green: Frogs
1:10:18
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! . . . [Music: 1) Three Dog Night, “Joy to the World,” 1970; 2)  Frau Holle, …
Apr 16, 2019
Episode 89 – It’s All Greek to Me: The Peloponnesian War
45:46
In our 89th episode, Julia takes us back to the cradle of Western civilization in the 5th century BC to learn all about the Peloponnesian War [quite possibly the hardest conflict to spell correctly on the first try]. Just who were the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League? [And why didn’t they have a championship …
Apr 09, 2019
Episode 88 – Trivia, But Make It FASHION
1:07:38
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”! . . . [Music: 1) Lady Gaga, “Donatella,” 2013; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, …
Apr 02, 2019
April 1 Special: Mister Information II Turbo
54:19
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. . . . [Music: 1) …
Apr 01, 2019
Episode 87 – Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle
53:10
In our 87th episode, Julia waxes poetic about writer Dorothy Parker, who is best known today for her wit, satire, and black humor. …And you can’t talk about Parker without covering the Algonquin Round Table! Later, enjoy a quiz called “You Want A Round Table?” . . . [Music: 1) Bing Crosby with Dorsey Brothers’ …
Mar 26, 2019
Episode 86 – A Series Of Series, Part 1: The Duneverse
1:23:04
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”! . . . [Music: 1) Fatboy Slim, “Weapon of Choice,” 2000; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, …
Mar 19, 2019
Episode 85 – Kids These Days: TV in 2019
1:15:29
In our 85th episode, Julia ventures into the vast world of children’s television in The Year 2019. [So much problem-solving!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “TV-MA”! . . . [Music: 1) “DuckTales Theme Song,” 1987; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]
Mar 12, 2019
Episode 84 – London’s Burning
47:31
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”! . . . [Music: 1) “London’s Burning,” The Clash, 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. …
Mar 05, 2019
Episode 83 – Fire in the Hole! (with Beth Merkle)
1:25:09
In our 83rd episode, Lauren and Julia are joined by (their first lady!) guest Beth Lathrop, 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 …
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 82 – The Plant Doctor
51:29
In our 82nd episode, Julia digs up some details on the life and mind of famous agricultural scientist George Washington Carver (who developed more than 300 uses for the humble peanut). Later, enjoy a quiz called “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!” . . . [Music: 1) Raffi, “Peanut Butter Sandwich,” 1996; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” …
Feb 19, 2019
Episode 81 – Three Stories About Jazz (with Andrew Thomas)
1:22:14
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 !) …
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 80 – No, YOU’RE A Vision: All About Eurovision
1:03:23
In our 80th episode, Julia reminisces about a past trivia failure that sparked her interest in one of the world’s longest-running television programs: The Eurovision Song Contest. Learn about the rules, the scoring system, and some of the most memorable performances from Eurovisions past. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A-B-A-B”! . . . [Music: 1) …
Feb 05, 2019
Episode 79 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 4: Picasso’s Hot Flames of Knowledge)
1:08:26
In our 79th episode, Lauren finishes sketching out this P-ART series with a chapter on everyone’s favorite modern artist, Pablo Picasso. (Btw, not all of his works are portraits with the facial parts all jumbled… Also, he was kind of a jerk!) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Un cuestionario sobre españa (A Quiz About Spain)”! …
Jan 29, 2019
Episode 78 – Mrs. Roosevelt
1:14:00
In our 78th episode, Julia shines a spotlight on one of the most influential and active figures to have ever occupied the White House: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (Yes, it was totally above board when she married her “cousin,” FDR.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “First Ladies”! . . . [Music: 1) London Symphony Orchestra, …
Jan 22, 2019
Episode 77 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 3: The Frenchmen)
1:08:05
In our 77th episode (and third installment in her “P-ART” series), Lauren impresses tout le monde with her French pronunciations and covers the lives and times of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse (two more Artists You Should Know). Later, enjoy a quiz on French movies! . . . [Music: 1) Edith Piaf, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” …
Jan 15, 2019
Episode 76 – Gotta Go Fast
1:14:31
In our 76th episode, Julia feels the need* to learn the differences between NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, and rallying. But first, a return of the (beloved) segment “Where in the World?” Later, enjoy a quiz called “2 Fast 2 Furious”! . *(the need for speed, obviously) . . . [Music: 1) Blur, “Intermission,” 1993; 2) Frau …
Jan 08, 2019
Episode 75 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 2: The Van Gogh-ing)
1:00:50
In our 75th episode, Lauren paints us a portrait of another Artist You Should Know– it’s time to lend an ear and learn all about Vincent Van Gogh. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Sunflowers and Starry Nights”! . . . [Music: 1) Sir Georg Solti , Chicago Symphony Orchestra , 1980, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” …
Jan 01, 2019
Episode 74 – Custer’s Last Stand
52:35
In our 74th episode, Julia focuses on General George Custer and the U.S. Army’s engagement with the Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. (Hint: It didn’t go so well for the 7th Cavalry.) Later, enjoy a quiz called “Little (Big) Horns”! . . . [Music: 1) The …
Dec 25, 2018
Episode 73 – What Are You, Some Kind of Rembrandt? (P-ART 1)
58:03
In our 73rd episode, Lauren draws upon her vast art history knowledge to sketch out the lives (and well-known works) of three Artists You Should Know. Later, enjoy a quiz called “There’s No Right Way to Write a Quiz”! . . . [Music: 1) Max Richter, Vivaldi’s “Spring 1,” 2012;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. …
Dec 18, 2018
Episode 72 – Varying Degrees
52:57
In our 72nd episode, Julia heats up a discussion about the three old dead white men whose names grace the most commonly known temperature scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Later, enjoy a quiz called “Fahrenheit 451”! . . . [Music: 1) The Polish Ambassador, “360 Degree View of the Phantasmal Farm,” 2014. Courtesy of The …
Dec 11, 2018
Episode 71 – The Craft So Long to Learn
53:30
In our 71st episode, Lauren fabricates a lesson all about the international movement for a return to craftsmanship in decorative and fine arts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [Get ready to feel inspired by wood and natural shapes.] Later, enjoy a quiz also called “Arts and Crafts”! . . . [Music: 1) Sussex Folk …
Dec 04, 2018
Episode 70 – Topping the Billboard Charts
1:16:02
In our 70th episode, Julia fulfills her lifelong goal of pretending to be a D.J. on a trivia podcast when she takes us to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, and the RIAA’s best-selling albums and singles. [File these record-breaking facts away for pub quiz or your favorite trivia app!] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Title …
Nov 27, 2018
Episode 69 – Kardashian Konfidential: For Trivia Purposes Only
1:25:35
In our sixty-ninth episode, Lauren bravely goes where no trivia podcast before us has dared: to keep up with the Kardashians. [You know, for TRIVIA PURPOSES ONLY.] Later, enjoy a quiz with such a punny title we don’t want to spoil it in the ep notes. And stick around for a fun segment from our …
Nov 20, 2018
Episode 68 – Joe McCarthy and the (Second) Red Scare
55:17
In our 68th episode, Julia shines a big red spotlight on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the namesake of that whole system of baseless defamation and demagoguery. Refresh your knowledge of 1950s America and the Communist Party USA, the HUAC,  and the Army-McCarthy Hearings [oh, and a few more Speeches You Should Know].  Later, enjoy a …
Nov 13, 2018
Episode 67 – The Spruce Recluse
1:00:00
In our 67th episode, Lauren peels back the layers on the onion that was eccentric recluse Howard Hughes. Learn all about his Hollywood lifestyle, obsession with airplanes, and involvement in a few scandals along the way. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Howards and Hues”! . . . [Music:  1) Bayside, “Howard,” 2008;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” …
Nov 06, 2018
Ep. 66½ – A Very Spooky Mini-sode
45:50
TRICK OR TREAT! In this spookiest of mini-sodes, Irish listener Meadhbh (rhymes with “Dave”) shares the origins of Samhain (rhymes with “Rose McGowan”) and some Irish Halloween traditions. Then, Julia hopes to clear up any confusion you may have with old-timey Hollywood horror actors. Later, enjoy a double dose of quizzes: “The Nightmare before Halloween” …
Oct 31, 2018
Episode 66 – Graveyard Shift
1:07:24
In our 66th episode, Julia digs deep to bring us a brief history of burials and taphophilia. Learn about some of the most famous cemeteries across the globe. Later, enjoy a quiz called “What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?” . . . [Music: 1) The Omega Project, “Lilikoi Graveyard, Track 1,” 2002. Courtesy the …
Oct 30, 2018
Episode 65 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Dos
43:55
In our 65th episode, Lauren promotes us all to the next level to discuss more secret organizations along the Continuum of Dangerousness™. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Victoria’s Secret”! . . . [Music: 1) Atlantic Starr, “Secret Lovers,”  1985;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]
Oct 23, 2018
Episode 64 – L’eggo My Lego
51:28
In our 64th episode, Julia builds upon your existing knowledge of the world’s most popular interlocking brick play system: LEGO. Hopefully, the history of the company and some very fun LEGO facts will click in your brain. [Also, be on the lookout for a (related!) mini-linguistics lesson.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything is Awesome!!!” …
Oct 16, 2018
Episode 63 – Tiny Cars and the New World Order: Part Uno
59:49
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”! . . . …
Oct 09, 2018
Episode 62 – Tear Down This Wall
39:28
In our 62nd episode, Julia deconstructs the who, what, where, when, and why of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the GDR, the Stasi, and some daring escapes. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Check-mate, Charlie!” . . . [Music: 1) Monkey Warhol, “The Berlin Jade,” 2018. Courtesy of Monkey Warhol, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending …
Oct 02, 2018
Episode 61 – (Here I Am) Rock You Like a Hurricane
1:02:22
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! . . . [Music: 1) Carole King, “I Feel the Earth Move,” …
Sep 25, 2018
Episode 60 – COLLEGE
1:08:20
In our 60th episode, Julia pulls an all-nighter to cram, oh, about a thousand years of important institutions of higher learning into one measly hour. Learn about the oldest universities in the world, the colonial colleges, the Ivy Leagues, the Seven Sisters, and some key HBCUs. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Welcome to Animal House!” …
Sep 18, 2018
Episode 59 – Make It Up As You Go Along
1:04:07
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”! . . . [Music: 1) Luciano Pavarotti, …
Sep 11, 2018
Episode 58 – What’s the Plan, Stan(-ley Kubrick)
1:11:34
In our 58th episode, Julia’s eyes are wide shut while she turns back the clockwork orange to 2001 for a visit to Dr. Strangelove. [GET IT?!] It’s time for those of us who aren’t movie buffs to learn all about the life and films of noted director Stanley Kubrick. Later, enjoy a quiz called “CUT!” . . . [Music: 1) Vexed to Nightmare, “A …
Sep 04, 2018
Episode 57 – Bang Your Head (Heavy Metals!)
1:03:43
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! . . . [Music:  1) Warrant, “Cherry Pie,” 1990.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau …
Aug 28, 2018
Episode 56 – Hoax-sus Poke-sus
1:05:11
In our 56th episode, Julia pulls back the curtain on several of history’s greatest documented hoaxes [and showcases one puzzling object that hasn’t quite yet been proven to be a hoax, though mounting evidence may one day prove otherwise]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Believe It Or Not!” . . . [Music: 1) TRG Banks, …
Aug 21, 2018
Episode 55 – Brick House
55:01
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! . . . [Music: 1) The Commodores, “Brick House,” 1977; 2)  Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of …
Aug 14, 2018
Episode 54 – Jab, Cross, Hit, Upper: The Boxer Rebellion
45:09
In our 54th episode, Julia pulls no punches about the Qing Dynasty in China and introduces you to Dowager Empress Cixi, the Guangxu Emperor, and the Yihetuan Movement– a.k.a. The Boxer Rebellion.  [By the way, this happened in the 20th century.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Boxers are Rebelling”! . . . [Music: 1) …
Aug 07, 2018
Episode 53 – Heading to the Big House
57:47
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! . . . [Music: 1) The Pretenders, “Back on the Chain …
Jul 31, 2018
Episode 52 – Bryan, Bryan, Bryan, Bryan
58:57
In our 52nd episode, Julia pulls rousing orator [and perpetual loser] William Jennings Bryan back into the spotlight. Refresh your brain on the gold standard, the Scopes Monkey Trial, and a whole bunch of presidential elections at the turn of the 20th century. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Time for Speech and Debate”! . . …
Jul 24, 2018
Episode 51 – History of the Guitar (with Dave Tag)
1:02:26
For our 51st episode, Julia and Lauren are joined by a Very Special Guest–Lauren’s dad, Dave Tag! Hop into our time machine for an abridged history of the guitar, everyone’s favorite six-stringed instrument. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Fenders”! . . . [1) Original Dave Tagliaferro composition, 2018;  2) Commander Cody And His Lost Planet …
Jul 17, 2018
Episode 50 – An Episode About Nothing
1:19:59
Yada yada yada… For our 50th episode, Julia and Lauren finally put their brains-ful of sitcom trivia to good use in this ALL-SEINFELD EXTRAVAGANZA! In a departure from our usual format, this ep gives you thirty deep-cut Seinfeld questions with some interesting interstitials. Play along with the episode-long quiz and tweet your final score to @missinfopod ! …
Jul 10, 2018
Episode 49 – Sometimes A Flower Is Just A Flower: Georgia O’Keeffe
57:09
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! . . . [Music: 1) Pyotr …
Jul 03, 2018
Episode 48 – I Plead the Fifth
1:07:57
In our 48th episode, Julia reads you your rights– the Bill of Rights, that is. Time to head back to Civics class and study up on the amendments of the U.S. Constitution! Later, enjoy a [totally straightforward and not mathematically-related] quiz called “27”! . . . [Music: 1) The United States Army Old Guard Fife …
Jun 26, 2018
Episode 47 – Burn, Baby, Burn: Dante’s Inferno
1:12:13
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”! . . . [Music: 1) Donna Summer, “Hot Stuff,” 1979; 2)  Frau …
Jun 19, 2018
Episode 46 – Supermarket Sweep
1:10:30
In our 46th episode, Julia stocks up on the history of grocery stores and supermarkets. Get a price check on the backgrounds of various national and regional supermarket chains [including, yes, Rochester’s own revered Wegmans], as well as a long receipt-sized list of all the ways that grocery stores use psychology to manipulate your shopping …
Jun 12, 2018
Episode 45 – The Greatest Athlete Who Ever Lived
39:20
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”! . . . [Music: 1) Babe soundtrack, “If …
Jun 05, 2018
Episode 44 – M.I.A. Civilizations
1:10:46
In our 44th episode, Julia summons up the historical information you should know about the Mayans, the Incas, and the Aztecs. […Turns out some of the Mesoamerican cultures are not as ancient as you might think!] Acquaint yourself with their innovations, important sites,  and more about human sacrifices than you probably learned in your seventh …
May 29, 2018
Episode 43 – The Skin You’re In
1:05:03
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 …
May 22, 2018
Episode 42 – Rosalind F—in Franklin (and the Structure of DNA)
1:02:48
In our 42nd episode, Julia puts SCIENCE under a microscope to tell the story of chemist and x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, whose research was essential to the understanding of the structure of DNA. [Also, DNA– what is it???] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Gee, Gnome Project”! . . . [Music: 1) Backing track: Lin-Manuel …
May 15, 2018
Episode 41 – A Talented and Crotchety Old Man
57:38
In our 41st episode, Lauren introduces the timid, little-known, mild-mannered American author [and inventor!] Samuel Langhorne Clemens […although you may already be familiar with his nom de plume]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “A Barkeeper Entering the Kingdom of Heaven”! . . . [Music:  1) Tina Turner, “Proud Mary,” 1988; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” …
May 08, 2018
Episode 40 – Cry Me a River
1:24:14
In our 40th episode, Julia bends our ears and conveys the Global Rivers You Should Know [along with related sidebars] in this super-sized water-themed ep. [And Canadian Tourism Board, if you’re listening, we’re available.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Rolling on a River”! . . . [Music:  1) Johann Strauss II, “The Blue Danube Waltz,” …
May 01, 2018
Episode 39 – The Dirty Thirties
54:50
In our 39th episode, Lauren blows us all away with details about the Dust Bowl [the droughts, erosion, and swirling soil storms of the prairie states in the 1930s] and how one of Cardi B’s favorite people helped to stabilize the region. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Dust to Dust”! . . . [Music: 1) Nanci …
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 38 – Holiday in Mongolia
58:21
In our 38th episode, Julia conquers the topic of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. [Hold onto your yaks!] We debut a new segment dedicated to Real Funny Ladies– first up: the late, great Madeline Kahn. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Cons or KHAAAAAAAAAANs”! . . . [Music:  1) …
Apr 17, 2018
Episode 37 – These Plants Can Kill You
52:04
In our 37th episode, Lauren digs up some dirt on a variety of plants that will do some serious damage to the human body. [BTW, don’t eat a whole bag full of dried apricot kernels… and DEFINITELY don’t pick your own wild mushrooms.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Poison Pen”! . . . [Music:  1) …
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 36 – General-ly Speaking
1:12:43
In our 36th episode, Julia gives the marching orders and commands our attention as we learn about some Very Important Generals of the U.S. Army and the major battles, campaigns, and operations they led. Later, enjoy a quiz called “‘General’ Knowledge”! . . . [Music: 1) The United States Army Band – Pershing’s Own, “The …
Apr 03, 2018
April 1 Special: Mister Information
53:07
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, Steve and Josh fill in for your regular hostesses and discuss food science and trivia learned from Canada’s favorite actor-turned-rapper. Later, …
Apr 01, 2018
Episode 35 – Moms in Space: The Voyager Program
1:05:45
In our 35th episode, Lauren takes us into the great beyond with the Voyager Program and highlights the women who helped to interpret the incredible photos and data received from these two probes. […Go ahead and get your giggles out now in anticipation of all the times we say “Uranus.”] Later, enjoy a quiz called …
Mar 27, 2018
Episode 34 – The Original Muppet Man
1:06:46
In our 34th episode, Julia narrates the career and creations of the incredible Jim Henson. Reminisce about Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and those [scary] mid-80s movies. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Frog and Pig are Friends”! . . . [Music:  1) The Muppets, “Mahna Mahna,” The Muppet Show, 1977; 2) Frau Holle, …
Mar 20, 2018
Episode 33 – Long Live the Queen
48:37
In our 33rd episode, Lauren regales us with the histories of the British queens regnant [a.k.a. “real-ass” queens], including deets about Victoria’s suuuuper hard crush on Albert. Later, enjoy a quiz called “YAS, Queens!!!” . . . [Music: 1) RuPaul, “Sexy Drag Queen,” 2017. Courtesy of RuPaul, Standard YouTube license.  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” …
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 32 – Welcome to Health Class (Anatomy 101)
1:00:54
In our 32nd episode, Julia lets some skeletons out of the closet and lectures us about the basics of the human body! Flash back to eighth grade health class [but without that awkward week where they separated the boys from the girls]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Don’t Know Nothing About No Skellingtons”! . . …
Mar 06, 2018
Episode 31 – Diamonds are Forever
1:00:46
In our 31st episode, Lauren brings to light some fascinating facts about precious and semi-precious gemstones [including, of course, DYE-AH-MUNDs]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend!” . . . [Music:  1) Shirley Bassey, “Diamonds are Forever,” 1971; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 30 – Good Quiet Aunt Jane
50:00
In our 30th episode, Julia confabulates about the life and works of celebrated Regency author Jane Austen. [Even if you secretly haven’t read the books either, you certainly are familiar with some modern adaptations.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “Scents and Spend-Abilities”! . . . [Music:  1) Wanda Landowska, “Handel: The Harmonious Blacksmith,” 1948. Courtesy …
Feb 20, 2018
Episode 29 – Moneyball (or, Baseball, Part 2) (with Andrew Gibson)
59:29
Our 29th episode brings a special guest to the MissInfoPod recording studio! Andrew Gibson, Quantitative Analyst for MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates, broadcasts important info on statistics in baseball and how teams today use data to build the best possible roster. Later, enjoy a quiz on “Sabre-metrics”! . . . [Music: 1) The Intruders, “(Love is Like a) …
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 28 – Pandemic!: London’s Great Plague
50:30
In our 28th episode, Lauren exposes us to the bubonic plague which ravaged London in 1665-1666. Later, enjoy […okay,  that’s a strong assumption here…] a quiz on communicable diseases! . . . [Music:  1) Valéry Sauvage, “Packington’s Pound,” 2008. Courtesy of Valéry Sauvage; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC …
Feb 06, 2018
Episode 27 – The End of the Romanovs
57:12
In our 27th episode, Julia rushes us off to Petrograd and recounts the end of the Romanov dynasty during the Russian Revolution. Later, enjoy a quiz called “From Russia, with Love”! . . . [Music: 1) Tchaikovsky, “Trépak,” Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, 1934. Courtesy of Leonard Stokowski, Conductor, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, …
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 26 – Artemisia Slaying Holofernes
50:42
In our 26th episode, Lauren paints a vivid picture of Artemisia Gentileschi, the groundbreaking 17th century Italian painter whose past traumas impacted her striking works. [Check out our Twitter @missinfopod for accompanying images.] Later, enjoy “Great Women Artists: A Quiz”! . . . [Music:  1) Bacalao, “Music Offrande,” 2010. Courtesy of Bacalao, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 …
Jan 23, 2018
Episode 25 – Take to the Sea
1:14:43
In our 25th episode, Julia circumnavigates the globe and fills you in on facts you should know about the ocean and the seas. [Btw, there are WAY more than just seven.] Later, enjoy a quiz called “The Wet Bandits!” . . . [Music:  1) The Irish Rovers, “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor,” …
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 24 – The Ol’ Leather Apple (or, Baseball, Part 1)
47:38
In our 24th episode, Lauren broadcasts the origins of America’s pastime and its basic rules, along with some memorable and important folks who influenced the way the game is played today. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Baby Ruth!” . . . [Music:  1) Edward Meeker, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” 1908; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending …
Jan 09, 2018
Episode 23 – Remember the Alamo
39:29
In our 23rd episode, Julia takes charge and gives us the rundown on what transpired at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 [and why General Santa Anna was about as welcome in Texas as a porcupine at a nudist colony ]. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Everything’s Bigger in Texas!”   . . . …
Jan 02, 2018
Episode 22 – He Watches You While You Sleep: Santa Claus
48:09
Merry Christmas! Our gift to you, loyal listeners, is a special episode on December 25. In our 22nd episode, Lauren PRESENTS the history of the Jolly Ol’ Fellow himself, Santa Claus. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Merry Men!” . . . [Music:  1) Howie Mitchell & Charlotte Williams, “Greensleeves,” 2012. Courtesy of Howie Mitchell & …
Dec 25, 2017
Episode 21 – Harry Potter and the Non-Potterheads
1:24:59
In our 21st [and slightly supersized] episode, Julia transforms into a History of Magic professor and attempts to summarize the seven HP books for our listeners […and podcast co-hosts…] who have never read the series. If you have a HP tattoo or a daughter named Hermione, you can probably just skip ahead to the quiz …
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 20 – Heart of Glass
54:09
In our twentieth episode, Lauren shatters your expectations and polishes up on everyone’s favorite non-crystalline amorphous solid. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Glass Jaw!” . . . [Music:  1) The Freeharmonic Orchestra, “Smooth as Glass,” 2017. Courtesy of The Freeharmonic Orchestra, CC BY 4.0 license; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC …
Dec 12, 2017
Episode 19 – It’s About Time
1:01:14
In our nineteenth episode, Julia updates us on everyone’s favorite construct: TIME. Learn about the International Date Line, time zones, GMT, UTC, TLC [okay, maybe not that last one], and leap years. Later, enjoy a quiz called “T.V. Timeout”! . . . [Music: 1) Scott Gratton, “The Hours,” 2017. Courtesy of Scott Gratton, CC BY-NC …
Dec 05, 2017
Episode 18 – Aah, Real Monsters!
51:42
In our eighteenth episode, Lauren  discloses details on cryptozoology and the most popular global cryptids. [Do we want to believe?]  Later, enjoy a quiz called “…Oh, REAL Monsters.” . . . [Music:  1) Lobo Loco, “Baby Don’t Let the Monster Out (ID 728),” 2017. Courtesy of Lobo Loco, CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” …
Nov 28, 2017
Episode 17 – Queen Josephine
52:20
In our seventeenth episode, Julia uncovers amazing details about Josephine Baker, dancer/actress/spy/civil rights activist/all-around superstar. Later, enjoy a quiz called “Jazz Cleopatra”! [Music: 1) Josephine Baker, “Chiquita Madame,” c. 1952; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 license.]
Nov 21, 2017
Episode 16 – I Want My MTV
51:40
In our sixteenth episode, Lauren kills the radio star with the history of everyone’s favorite [former?] Music Television channel. Later, enjoy a quiz called “I <3 the ’80s!” [Music:  1) Captive Portal, “Anti-Exposed Video,” 2017. Courtesy of Captive Portal, CC BY-NC 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC …
Nov 14, 2017
Episode 15 – Anyway, Here’s a Wonder-Wall
58:31
In our fifteenth episode, Julia chronicles the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World [and shares some breaking (!) archaeological news]. Later, enjoy a fact-packed quiz titled “The EIGHTH Wonder of the World?”. [Music:  1) Jason Shaw, “Pyramids,” 2011. Courtesy of Jason Shaw, CC BY 3.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau …
Nov 07, 2017
Episode 14 – Dads in Space II: Mission to Mars
50:07
In our fourteenth episode,  Lauren launches into the history of Mars exploration [and recounts the Curiosity rover mission that made NASA cool again]. Stay tuned for a quiz on Science Fiction in film and literature! [Music:  1) Kurt Baker, “Send Me to Mars,” 2017. Courtesy of Kurt Baker, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license;  2) Frau Holle, …
Oct 31, 2017
Episode 13 – The Merry Wives of Tudor
54:50
In our thirteenth episode, Julia enumerates all six of Henry VIII’s wives [and then teaches you some mnemonics for remembering their order and eventual fates]. Later, enjoy a quiz titled “Historically Messy Breakups”! [Music:  1) Harry Champion, “I’m Henery the Eighth,” 1911; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, CC BY-NC 3.0 …
Oct 24, 2017
Episode 12 – Mr. Madison’s War
49:22
In our twelfth episode, Lauren bombards us with facts about that OTHER 19th century war on American soil […the War of 1812…] and some of the iconic figures remembered by both Americans and Canadians. Later, enjoy a quiz on 1812, Sailing, and Maritime Law [the most exciting of the laws]! [Music:  1) Johnny Horton, “Battle of …
Oct 17, 2017
Episode 11 – Open Up Your Mystery Baskets
1:03:21
In our eleventh episode, Julia tantalizes your tastebuds with a variety of uncommon foodstuffs that have shown up on everyone’s favorite Food Network competition show. Later, try your hand [or neck?] at a quiz called “You Have Been Chopped!”   [Music:  1) Nic Bommarito, “Plant Food,” 2015. Courtesy of Nic Bommarito, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license; …
Oct 10, 2017
Episode 10 – You’re in a Cult (Call Your Dad)
1:01:28
In our tenth episode, Lauren indoctrinates us with details about a whole mess o’ cults, including one that made its way to Western New York. [Don’t worry, no Scientology here, folks!] Later, try your hand at the hardest quiz you’ve ever heard on world religions. [Music: 1) The Cult of Dom Keller, “Broken Arm of …
Oct 03, 2017
Episode 09 – Absolutely Radiant
52:03
In our ninth episode, Julia illuminates us about the life and times of Marie Skłodowska Curie, the brilliant Nobel Prize-winning scientist who discovered radium and polonium [and blasted through some glass ceilings along the way]. Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled “That’s Radioactive, Man!”   [Music:  1) The Crypts!, “Marie Curie,” 2015. Courtesy of The …
Sep 26, 2017
Episode 08 – Strange Creatures
46:05
In our eighth episode, Lauren acquaints us with some bizarre fauna [and one exotic creature’s body part that still mystifies scientists]. Later, enjoy a ten-question quiz on “Animals–Weird or Not.” [Music: 1) Montplaisir, “This tuning is so dramatic,” 2017. Courtesy of Montplaisir, CC0 1.0 Universal License; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending Souls,” 2017. Courtesy of Frau Holle, …
Sep 19, 2017
Episode 07 – Ain’t No Mountains High Enough
52:41
In our seventh episode, Julia guides you to several of the highest summits in the world so that you don’t have to hike there yourself. Learn some useful mountain facts [and the longest place name in the English language]. Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled “Purple Mountains Majesty”!   [Music:  1) Monroe Brothers (Charles and …
Sep 12, 2017
Episode 06 – Fashion Kills
1:07:40
In our sixth episode, Lauren takes us on a fabulous journey to the early haute couture ateliers of Europe [and divulges to us how Coco Chanel was “a piece of work”]. Later, enjoy a ten-question quiz titled “Fashion Kills”!   [Music: 1) Keith Jars, “Aquatic Kiss,” 2017. Courtesy of Keith Jars, CC0 1.0 Universal License; …
Sep 05, 2017
Episode 05 – What the Dickens
1:17:41
In our fifth episode, Julia regales us with details about famous author Charles Dickens and summarizes all of his most important books. [Spoiler alert: There are lots of orphans and debtors’ prisons.] Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled “Dicks ‘N’ Charleses”!   [Music: 1) Lee Maddeford, “Embellir (with Les Gauchers Quintet),” 2010. Courtesy of Lee …
Aug 29, 2017
Episode 04 – Project Apollo, or, Dads in Spaaaace!
46:43
Houston, we’ve had a problem here… In our fourth episode, Lauren enlightens us on the numerous Apollo missions planned and executed by NASA.  Find out how astronauts are like dads [and which ones are responsible for some lunar graffiti]. Then, enjoy a ten-question quiz on SPAAAACE! [Music: 1) Anonymous420, “I n t e r s …
Aug 22, 2017
Episode 03 – Intoxicating Liquors
41:40
In our third episode, Julia shares highlights of the temperance movement in the U.S. [honestly, more thrilling than it sounds!], followed by the Constitutional amendments which bookended Prohibition. Later, enjoy our ten-question quiz on Potent Potables! [Music: 1) Paul Biese Novelty Orchestra, “Mystery!,” 1919; 2) Golden Gate Orchestra, “Charleston (Fox Trot),” 1925; 3) Frau Holle, …
Aug 15, 2017
Episode 02 – Faces in Places
37:24
In our second episode, Lauren talks about how her new favorite Netflix show sent her down a wiki-hole on pareidolia. Then, enjoy our ten-question quiz on General Trivia You Should Know! [Music: 1) Anonymous420, “W o r k   M u s i c,” 2017. Courtesy of Anonymous420, CC0 1.0 Universal License; 2) Frau Holle, “Ascending …
Aug 08, 2017
Episode 01 – Dead Presidents
58:40
In our inaugural episode of “Miss Information,” Julia recounts the lives [and deaths] of the POTUSes [PsOTUS?] who didn’t make it out of the White House in one piece. Then, enjoy our ten-question quiz titled Presidents and Residents! [Music: 1) Antonin Dvorak, “Carnival Overture, Op. 92, B. 169,” performed by U.S. Air Force Band, 2006; …
Aug 01, 2017