December 29th, 2020 | 9 mins 25 secs
concessions, history, lgbtqia, movies, popcorn, trivia
We’ll learn about how the humble act of popping corn became the thing that kept movie theaters doors open during the Great Depression, besting even Gary Cooper and Greta Garbo as a profitable draw.
As movie palaces realized they needed to adapt to survive, owners rethought the sanctity of their plush and litter-free spaces by providing the public a treat many could splurge on and afford.
December 15th, 2020 | 12 mins 43 secs
#roc, cosmic rays, history, lgbtqia, podcast, science, trivia, william leonard laurence
Learn how the New York Times’ very first scientific reporter found himself in the middle of one of the greatest scientific feuds of the modern age.
A disagreement between two Nobel Prize–winning scientists centered not only around the nature and origin of cosmic rays, but also whether God was still on the job.
Their clash made newspaper headlines and defined the debate about the nature of cosmic rays, while revealing the very human sides of superstar scientists to the public.
December 7th, 2020 | 10 mins 49 secs
history, lgbtqia, plague, trivia
we’ll learn about how plague doctors, clad from head to toe in oiled leather, wearing goggles with crystal eyepieces, and beaked masks, came to represent a “costume of death” even as they sought to heal.
November 30th, 2020 | 15 mins 44 secs
cereal, history, lgbtqia, trivia
We’ll learn how that humble bowl of morning goodness, breakfast cereal, came to be a staple even though it began with a lawsuit.
How did a food that originated as part of a spa cure knock beefsteak and boiled chicken from the morning menu for Americans in cities, on farms, and in small towns?
November 30th, 2020 | 16 mins 14 secs
haunted, history, lgbtqia, trivia
In this episode we’ll learn about the most haunted house in the United States.
How did the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester turn an unfinished farmhouse into a 160-room labyrinth-style mansion that was under construction for thirty-six years?
This home served as Walt Disney's Inspiration for The Haunted Mansion and was built to confuse evil spirits. But was the owner crazy, haunted, or lonely?
November 29th, 2020 | 12 mins 46 secs
history, lgbtqia, trivia
Today on our show we’ll learn about the man who was supposed to become the first to build a successful flying machine.
How did a trained astrophysicist with financial backing from the US government end up giving up on his quest just nine days before the Wright brothers successfully flew at Kitty Hawk?