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Your Brain on Facts

100 EpisodesProduced by Moxie LaBoucheWebsite

Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew.Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada'… read more

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Sisters Doing It For Themselves, with Herstory On The Rocks

July 7th, 2020

27:36

Show us your copy of the YBOF book and tag the podcast! From protecting themselves to protecting endangered animals, women amassed are a formidable …

How Does Your Garden Grow, with Nooks and Crannies (ep. 114)

June 30th, 2020

31:31

00:50 History of the world

03:20 Hanging gardens of Babylon

05:48 Chinampas, by Nooks and Crannies

1:35 Victory gardens

19:03 Gardening while black

Hidden Histories - Rosewood, Tulsa, Chicago, with The Conspirators (ep. 113)

June 23rd, 2020

30:26

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Hundreds dead, thousands homeless, entire communities wiped out, yet most of us have never heard of what …

Bitty Beasty Buddies, with Everything I Learned From Movies (ep. 112)

June 16th, 2020

30:41

The YBOF book is out today!

We're under attack by a virus, but what about all the microorganisms that make our food yummy, keep our bodies healthy, and help us reverse our damage to the planet?

01:35 Microbiome

07:00 …

Greatest Hits: Black Sparrow and Buffalo Soldiers

June 9th, 2020

29:17

Since colonial times, African-Americans have fought in America’s wars.  Black soldiers have put their lives on the line for a country that for …

All By Myself, with Pontifacts podcast (ep. 111)

June 3rd, 2020

33:50

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Sometimes you wanna go where nobody knows your name...because there's nobody there.  But why?

01:00 Motivations

05:26 Christian hermits

Guest: Pontifacts

14:25 Ornamental …

To Plant A Seed, with Better Than Human (ep. 110)

May 26th, 2020

37:17

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Livestream 4 The Cure

We spit them out without a second thought, but seeds are as fascinating as they are important.

01:49 Size matters

07:35 Getting around (squirting …

Greatest Hits: Physician, Test Thyself

May 19th, 2020

31:21

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, even if it means inhaling strange gasses, being stung by wasps, or swallowing patient's bodily fluids.

Promo: 5 Minute Wine podcast

Music by Kevin MacLeod

Best Care Anywhere (ep. 108)

April 28th, 2020

34:39

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Thank you to all of those who are literally risking their lives while people claim the virus isn't a real threat and demand to be allowed to get haircuts and go to the …

Marvelous Miss Miser, with I Have So Many Questions podcast (ep. 107)

April 21st, 2020

31:10

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Frugal is all well and good, but sometimes the people with the most money go to the most drastic extremes to keep every last bit of it.

01:30 John Elwes

04:25 Daniel Dancer

Bored? Games! (ep. 106)

April 14th, 2020

33:51

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Don't Risk getting the facts in your Cranium all Scrabbled up. (Are these puns getting played out? It seems a bit dicey.)

Promo - Deconstruction Workers

02:22 Ancient …

It's The End Of The World! (Again) (ep. 105)

April 7th, 2020

35:06

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01:40 Puritans and Mother Shipton

04:31 Popes

07:31 Planet Clarion

09:50 Community

12:00 Harriet Livermore

13:19 Prophet Hen of Leeds

16:34 Millerites

21:44 Listen, Rinse, …

Making Do (ep. 104)

March 31st, 2020

31:52

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While we're sheltering in place from the pandemic, we look at how people dealt with the intense shortages of the Great Depression and WWII.

02:05 Aunt Sammy

04:00 Eleanor …

Food, Dubious Food (ep. 103)

March 24th, 2020

34:58

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Be a smart cookie and don't fall for these food-based urban legends and conspiracy theories.  (Sorry for all the thumps.  …

Greatest Hits: Well-traveled Bodies

March 17th, 2020

33:08

Follow the stories of five people (an outlaw, a murderess, a nightclub dancer, a natural wonder, and a first lady) who covered a lot of ground... …

Around the World in 80 Birthdays (ep. 102)

March 10th, 2020

36:32

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It's birthday time for both the show and the host here at Your Brain On Facts, so let's go around the world to see how different people celebrate theirs.

01:55 Backstory

04:53 New World

09:46 …

To Your Health (Spa) (ep. 101)

March 3rd, 2020

29:11

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We're having a spa day on Your Brain On Facts.  For us, that means myth-disabusement and obscure facts, rather than facials and a mani-pedi.

1:30 History of the spa

07:50 The San

13:29 a recent …

100 Facts (and 24 special guests)!

February 25th, 2020

41:26

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Your Brain On Facts celebrates 100 episodes with 100+ facts.  

Enthusiastic virtual high-fives of thanks to our guest presenters:

01:15 Bunny Trails 

02:40  Footnoting History

03:56 Andy's …

Earths Unsung-est Heroes - Black Inventors, pt 2 (ep. 99)

February 18th, 2020

24:46

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if you thought the men got swept under the rug, history has been even less kind to these innovative women.

1:15 Alice Parker

4:30 Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner

9:55 Gratitude

11:40 Dr. Shirley …

Earth's Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt. 1 (ep. 98)

February 11th, 2020

28:31

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Sure you know Edison, but do you know Latimer, Drew, West, or the other men of color who made the tech you use every day?

Animal Mother(s) (ep. 97)

February 4th, 2020

30:28

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If you think animal mating habits get weird, wait until you hear about these gestations/incubations and births.

01:18 Gestation periods

03:45 Pregnant pauses

07:28 Got milk?

12:04 Male birth

Do Not Adjust Your Set (ep. 96)

January 28th, 2020

31:26

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The greatest hits of broadcast signal hijacking.

Cold War era

Southern Television (video)

Zombies (video)

Naughty fun

Patent Schmatent (ep. 95)

January 21st, 2020

29:21

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While history is full of stolen ideas and missed opportunities, hear why some inventors *chose* not to profit from their …

My Name Is Mud (ep. 94)

January 14th, 2020

27:11

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As voted on by our Patreon patrons, today we're talking about mud.  This ubiquitous combination of water and dirt is useful …

The Jews Who Wrote Christmas (ep. 92)

December 23rd, 2019

32:01

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You know Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, but did you know this song, and the poem it was based on, were both written by Jews?  You won't believe how many classic Christmas songs were!

Greatest Hits - Christmas Spirits (and monsters)

December 17th, 2019

29:49

You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch?  In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC?  Where do people wish you happy …

hiStory 2 (ep. 91)

December 10th, 2019

28:11

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Just because it's in all the history books, doesn't mean it's true.

00:50 Julius Caesar was namesake of the Caesarian …

Greatest Hits -- Read A Rainbow

December 3rd, 2019

29:47

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From the Yellow Pages and Golden Book, to Mao's little red book, three different green books and more!

Music by Kevin …

You Gonna Eat That?, with Where Does It Go? podcast (ep. 90)

November 26th, 2019

27:31

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One man's holiday feast is another man's traumatic experience.  With special guests Where Does It Go?

Kiviaq

Hakarl

Conspiracy Truthies (ep. 89)

November 20th, 2019

25:34

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2:00 Car-makers and Big Oil killed electric street cars

05:00 The feds are watching me!

13:45 Mind control

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Greatest Hits: The Dogs (and Inventions) of War

November 12th, 2019

42:04

Flashing back to a two-parter on heroic animals, innovations from the field, and noteworthy bad-asses.

Topics include a pigeon who saved hundreds of lives, a crossbow for grenades and Jack Churchill, who went into WWI …

Moral Panic! at the Disco (ep. 88)

November 5th, 2019

31:46

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What could be more wholesome than reading a book or riding your bike?  It depends on who you ask.  Many things that are …

The Devil Made Me Do It (ep. 87) with Ignorance Was Bliss

October 29th, 2019

27:45

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Special guest: Ignorance Was Bliss

When you run out of people to blame, blame the devil. Hear a few of the times people tried to use demonic possession as their 'get out of jail free' card.

Freaks! (ep. 86)

October 22nd, 2019

29:31

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"We told you we had living, breathing monstrosities. You laughed at them, yet but for the accident of birth, you might be …

Twinsies, part 2 (ep. 85)

October 15th, 2019

25:57

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The conclusion of our twin episodes, wherein we look at conjoined and a parasitic twins.

1:15 science overview

3:45 separation surgery

06:03 Masha and Dasha

11:15 parasitic twins

14:15 fetus in …

Twinsies , part 1 (ep. 84)

October 8th, 2019

29:46

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The first of a pair of episodes about twins, synchronicity, science, and dark mysteries.

1:00 science overview

3:00 twin studies

08:30 twin language

19:35 June & Jennifer Gibbons

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Against All Odds - Military edition (ep. 83)

October 1st, 2019

27:11

 Being hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned is no reason to give up the fight. 

00:40 Jan Zizka

07:20 Gate Pa

15:50 Saraghari

21:20 Attack of the …

Greatest Hits - Sigmund Freud was Full of S---

September 17th, 2019

54:16

The following podcast contains frank discussions of human sexuality and anatomy. Listener discretion is advised.

Sigmund Freud may be the father of …

Sold My Soul to the Company Store (ep. 82) with Cutting Class

September 10th, 2019

25:36

Think your boss is all up in your business? Imagine if he was also your landlord and social director.

What if you left work and went home, but you were still on company property?

With special guests, Cutting Class …

Some Pig (ep. 81)

September 5th, 2019

28:51

From Zuckerman's Famous Pig to a sow in the British Royal Navy, from a porker winning acting awards to pigs for president!

 

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Music …

Righteous Among The Nations (ep. 80)

August 27th, 2019

26:07

As voted on by our patrons, we look at three non-Europeans who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust of WWI--a Japanese Christian, an Indian …

Greatest Hits: This Means War?

August 20th, 2019

31:01

Mankind has waged war for many reasons: land, oil, a pretty face, a wooden bucket, you name it.  How did a pig put the US and UK on the brink of war in Canada?  Who declares hostility over watermelon?  And what about …

Not Going Anywhere (ep. 79)

August 13th, 2019

24:41

Remember that time you were stuck in traffic for more than an hour?  Imagine if that lasted a whole day.  Or two.  Or twelve!  Today we look at a …

Greatest Hits: Meeting New Peoples

August 6th, 2019

28:50

In our instantly-connected world, there are entire groups of people you may never have heard of, whether they have never had contact with others or …

Factstravaganza (ep. 78)

July 30th, 2019

29:26

From toothpaste & OJ to a cat mayor, from B batteries to solar sneezes, how many different topics can fit in one episode?  Find out now! 

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Boldly Go (ep. 77)

July 25th, 2019

22:31

Lat week, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we celebrated how we went to space, but how do we go in space?

 

Read the full script and find …

Never Work with Children or Animals, pt 2 (ep. 76)

July 16th, 2019

29:46

The triumphs and tragedies of the tiny tots of Tinseltown.

02:55 Judy Garland

06:35 Shirley Temple

14:17 Coogan's Law

21:12 Twilight Zone

25:25 Babies

Never Work With Children Or Animals, part 1

July 9th, 2019

31:21

We've been filming animals as long as we've been filming ourselves, but what goes into making an animal a star and, more importantly, keeping them safe on the job?

00:45 first animal protagonist

01:57 Rin Tin Tin

06:10 …

Feeling Salty (ep. 74)

July 2nd, 2019

28:14

You want it, you need it, but if you get too much, it could kill you. Salt is so much more than just a seasoning; it has changed the course of human …

For The Last Time... (ep. 73)

June 25th, 2019

27:16

Einstein didn't flunk math, people in Columbus's time didn't think the earth was flat, and lemmings don't fling themselves off cliffs.

Why is it the …

Science Fiction Redux (ep. 72)

June 18th, 2019

34:25

My father was a sci-fi fan of the old school.  The man had the entire original Star Trek series on VHS, commercial free, and an Enterprise technical …

How and Why Do Dogs Bark?

June 16th, 2019

7:54

(Science With Savannah, Age 7 will be on the YBOF feed while we try to work out some technical problems with its feed.)

How do dogs bark?  Do they …

Science With Savannah, Age 7 (ep. 2)

June 8th, 2019

7:03

(Science With Savannah, Age 7 will be on the YBOF feed while we try to work out some technical problems with its feed.)

 

Why is all this air moving?  Are there different kinds of wind?  What is equilibrium?

 Music by …

Throw the First Stone(wall) (ep. 70)

June 4th, 2019

21:26

Why is Pride Month in June? Did Marsha P Johnson really throw the first brick at Stonewall Inn?  Did the Stonewall Riots start the gay rights …

Science With Savannah, Age 7 (ep. 1)

June 1st, 2019

11:26

(Science With Savannah, Age 7 will be on the YBOF feed while we try to work out some technical problems with its feed.) How do fish breathe underwater and worms breath in the dirt? Do insects have lungs? Why are things …

Mishmash Mashup (ep. 69)

May 28th, 2019

27:36

Here's a special trio of topics for your Tuesday (or whenever!):

Great Moments in Forgetting Your Mic Was On

Chuck Cunningham Syndrome

Childish …

Flashbacks and a Sneak Peek

May 21st, 2019

33:01

Post-op's been a bit rough, so to tide you over until the next proper episode, here are some fan-selected favorite clips as well as the first episode of our new show, Science with Savannah Age 7.

 

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Butter in the Bank 2 (ep. 68)

May 14th, 2019

31:12

In the first "Like Butter in the Bank," we talked about strategic reserves -- Canadian maple syrup, Chinese pork, Indian cotton, European butter, and American raisins -- intended to stabilize prices.  Today we look at …

A Girl and Her Camera (ep. 67)

May 7th, 2019

30:31

Some of the most iconic photos of the 20th century, from "Migrant Mother" during the Great Depression to "The Dying Marine" in Vietnam, were taken by women making their way in an industry that was not prepared for them.

We Built This City (ep. 66)

April 30th, 2019

31:10

There is something in modern man that makes him look at society and say “I could do this better, but smaller, and over there.”  What does it take to …

A Thousand Lakes Under the Midnight Sun (ep. 65), with Conspiracy Theoryology

April 23rd, 2019

30:47

This topic came from our monthly Patreon topic poll.  It didn't win, but a patron was curious how I would make this topic interesting.

What do you …

Bird-pocalypse (ep. 64)

April 16th, 2019

27:01

(Thanks to special guests Sophia and Matryoshka for jingling their collars in range of the mic.)

The havoc that human beings (and a cat named …

Well-traveled Bodies (ep. 63)

April 9th, 2019

33:31

Follow the stories of five people (an outlaw, a murderess, a nightclub dancer, a natural wonder, and a first lady) who covered a lot of ground... …

Heard But Not Seen (ep. 62)

April 2nd, 2019

31:11

Voice acting is so much more than just cartoons; it’s documentary narration, GPS voices, smart speakers, and so much more. And if you can get in good, your career will be legendary, even if no one knows your name or …

The Man Who Gave His Birthday Away

April 1st, 2019

44:33

April Fools!  But it's the good kind of prank.  Today I'm participating in Operation Switcheroo, where podcasts hosts share their feed with a similar …

Earth's Unsung-est Heroes: medical edition (ep. 61)

March 26th, 2019

31:46

When you think of world-saving heroes, you think Superman, Captain America, Randy Quaid in Independence Day.

But there are real life people who have saved thousands, even millions of lives within living memory, and …

Objection! (ep. 60)

March 19th, 2019

29:31

From Twinkies and PMS to sleepwalking and The Matrix, we look at brilliantly bizarre legal strategies people have tried and sometimes even succeeded …

Career Critters

March 12th, 2019

26:01

From military dolphins to railroad monkeys, hear about some of the more surprising jobs that our cousins in the animal kingdom can do.

Music by Kevin …

We Can't Have Nice Things: Vandalism edition

March 5th, 2019

31:56

Welcome to the third installment of our infrequent series: We Can’t Have Nice Things.  This time, we’re looking at people who, through ignorance or malice ruins something not theirs -- vandals.  Their motives range from …

Black Sparrow and Buffalo Soldiers

February 26th, 2019

26:46

Since colonial times, African-Americans have fought in America’s wars.  Black soldiers have put their lives on the line for a country that for …

Unkillable

February 19th, 2019

30:47

The human body can be a frail and fragile thing; we can be taken out by a small clump of our own cells. Then there are some bodies that seem to be …

Roses Are Red

February 12th, 2019

27:06

We've all been through bad break-ups, but we should count ourselves lucky we were exiles, imprisoned or beheaded.

Special guest: Fan Theory World

Amazing Races

February 5th, 2019

27:31

From using a train in a car race to marathon doping with deadly poison, there's far more excitement in racing than simply declaring a winner.

Check out our new tiers and limited time special offer on Patreon.

Music by 

We Can't Have Nice Things - Vandalism edition

February 5th, 2019

31:12

In the third installment of our sometimes-series We Can't Have Nice Things, we get back to basics and look at brazen acts of vandalism on natural …

Physician, Test Thyself

January 29th, 2019

34:26

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, even if it means inhaling strange gasses, being stung by wasps, or swallowing patient's bodily fluids.

Check out our new tiers and limited time special offer …

More Cowbell (and Goat Bagpipe), with guest host Archivists Bet On Sexy Witches

January 22nd, 2019

29:24

What is the oldest playable instrument we've found?  How do you make music with lightning?  From clacking rocks together to the magnificent Marble …

This Means War?

January 15th, 2019

29:16

Mankind has waged war for many reasons: land, oil, a pretty face, a wooden bucket, you name it.  How did a pig put the US and UK on the brink of war in Canada?  Who declares hostility over watermelon?  And what about …

Sigmund Freud Was Full Of S***

January 8th, 2019

54:01

Sigmund Freud may be the father of psychoanalysis, but he got a LOT of stuff wrong.

Special guest extravaganza with Bunny Trails, Ignorance Was Bliss, Interesting Sex, and The Story Behind podcasts.

 

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It's A Small Plate After All

January 1st, 2019

29:01

7 billion people spread across 59 million square miles, but we all need to eat and we eat more things that are than same than different.  Learn about …

Christmas Spirit (and Monsters and Other Fun)

December 18th, 2018

30:01

You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch?  In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC?  Where do people wish you happy …

Meeting New Peoples

December 11th, 2018

28:26

In our instantly-connected world, there are entire groups of people you may never have heard of, whether they have never had contact with others or …

Format War Veteran

December 4th, 2018

31:06

As long as we have had media on which to record our art, there have been competing formats.  While more modern examples like Betamax vs VHS or Blu-ray vs HD DVD may leap to mind, format wars go back as far as the days …

Baptism By...

November 27th, 2018

29:06

From naming ceremonies around the world and adult circumcisions, to unexpected disasters and baptising the dead whether they want it or not, we look …

Surprise Polyglot

November 20th, 2018

33:15

Think you don't speak French because you failed it in high school?  Wouldn't know Hindi from Urdu?  You actually speak them every day!

Mentions:

Read A Rainbow

November 13th, 2018

30:10

 From the Yellow Pages and Golden Book, to Mao's little red book, three different green books and more!

 Music by Kevin MacLeod, Audionautix, and …

Panto to Python - a history of British Comedy

November 6th, 2018

34:49

From music hall to Red Dwarf, pantomime to Absolutely Fabulous, we look at the history of British comedy, the names, shows, and historical events …

Cannibal! The Podcast, with Nature Vs Narcissism and Sketch Nerds

October 30th, 2018

29:28

There are many reasons why an individual or group would eat other people - religious rites, shows of strength, signs of respect, and of course …

Words You Can't Say On TV Or Radio, with special guest JoChristie

October 23rd, 2018

28:26

George Carlin wasn't wrong with his list of 7 dirty words you can't say, but he missed a whole lot.  Everyday parts of our media and surprisingly …

Short-lived, Long-remembered, with Based On A True Story podcast

October 16th, 2018

25:31

There are some musicians that leave an enduring legacy through long and storied careers, like the Rolling Stones, who formed in 1962 and swear 2018 …

Hispanic Heritage Week

October 9th, 2018

33:16

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept 15 to Oct 15.  Join us in celebrating cultural touchstones and famous people, as well as learning things like …

Banned Books - Kids, YA, LGBTQ

October 2nd, 2018

24:31

Will Shel Silverstein turn your kids into cannibals? Is a baby penguin spreading the "gay agenda"?  We look at children, young adult, and LGBTQ books …

Banned Books - The Classics, with Oh No! Lit Class podcast

September 25th, 2018

31:06

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the …

Got Your Goat

September 18th, 2018

35:11

Goats are the internet’s second favorite animal, a ruminant quadruped that gives us milk, meat, fiber, and hilarious videos.  Legend has it they also …

What's In A Nickname? City & State edition

September 11th, 2018

31:56

What’s in a name?  That which we call a city by any other name would smell as sweet.  Some nicknames are obvious. Denver, CO is the Mile High City …

You're How Young?!

September 4th, 2018

30:46

If you want to open an actual door to the past, you’ll have to do it without a doorknob. The patent for the a knob that turns to move a latch inside the door wasn't filed until 1878.  Lots of things, from CPR to …

Mixed Bags of History, with Dimly Lit podcast

August 28th, 2018

31:56

Genghis Kahn's empire killed 2/3 of Northern China, but people under his rule knew unrivaled gender equality and religious freedom.  Mother Teresa …

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