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Episodes

*BONUS* – Slime in Pop Culture

1/23/2023
What do Ghostbusters, The Fly, The Blob, and Xenomorphs have in common? They are all covered in slime! In this bonus episode, Susanne and I discuss how slime is portrayed in movies and how this came to be. Here is a teaser: It has a lot to do with the human disgust response why we […]

Duration:00:10:50

Ep. 221: Sexy Slime, Gorgeous Goo, and Outrageous Ooze (Video)

1/23/2023
Biological slime, the goo that is produced purposefully by a creature, is both the most disgusting AND the most versatile substance known to man. For example, a snail produces a slime that is slippery so that it can gracefully glide across the sidewalk, but that same substance also acts as a glue that keeps the […]

Duration:01:00:11

Ep. 221: Sexy Slime, Gorgeous Goo, and Outrageous Ooze

1/23/2023
Biological slime, the goo that is produced purposefully by a creature, is both the most disgusting AND the most versatile substance known to man. For example, a snail produces a slime that is slippery so that it can gracefully glide across the sidewalk, but that same substance also acts as a glue that keeps the […]

Duration:01:01:31

*BONUS* – Hey Thanksgiving, where do pies come from?

12/19/2022
Thanksgiving has become the forgotten holiday, that thing that is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas. Even though it is a little late, we are going to give Turkey Day it’s due by discussing it’s most defining characteristic (after turkey of course): PIES! Michael Krondl tells us the origins of three distinct favorites: Apple, Pecan, […]

Duration:00:10:27

Ep. 220: The History of Holiday Deserts (Video)

12/19/2022
Dessert is a funny thing: It is typically the last course of a meal, is usually a delicious sweet treat, usually made of sugar, and always completely devoid of nutrients. It is also a very modern invention, having been invented in the past few hundred years or so. Today food historian Michael Krondl is going […]

Duration:01:02:43

Ep. 220: The History of Holiday Deserts

12/19/2022
Dessert is a funny thing: It is typically the last course of a meal, is usually a delicious sweet treat, usually made of sugar, and always completely devoid of nutrients. It is also a very modern invention, having been invented in the past few hundred years or so. Today food historian Michael Krondl is going […]

Duration:01:03:37

Ep. 219: How Small Talk Can Lead To Big Things (Video)

12/5/2022
When I think of small talk, my mind immediately goes to thoughts of my grandma, who loves to discuss the weather. This line of questioning seems at best unnecessary, at worst it is a complete waste of time. This is not so! Debra Fine is the master of small talk, and she insists that proper […]

Duration:01:07:53

Ep. 219: How Small Talk Can Lead To Big Things

12/5/2022
When I think of small talk, my mind immediately goes to thoughts of my grandma, who loves to discuss the weather. This line of questioning seems at best unnecessary, at worst it is a complete waste of time. This is not so! Debra Fine is the master of small talk, and she insists that proper […]

Duration:01:08:56

Ep. 218: kranky Records & The Chicago Indie Rock Scene (Video)

11/21/2022
Like all uncool grown-ups, I believe that the music of my generation was the best. I happened to have lived my formative years in the 90’s, so it is all Gangsta Rap and Grunge Rock. I also only listen to popular music. I never had interest in any independent rock scene, it just wasn’t my […]

Duration:01:10:46

Ep. 218: kranky Records & The Chicago Indie Rock Scene

11/21/2022
Like all uncool grown-ups, I believe that the music of my generation was the best. I happened to have lived my formative years in the 90’s, so it is all Gangsta Rap and Grunge Rock. I also only listen to popular music. I never had interest in any independent rock scene, it just wasn’t my […]

Duration:01:09:00

Ep. 217: The Medieval Art of Sword Fighting (Video)

11/7/2022
Fantasy has never been more popular. Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, and even the Harry Potter series has made sword and sorcery commonplace. For the sci-fi fans out there, the Star Wars movies are filled with Jedi lightsaber battles, complete with the same parries, thrusts, and disarms found on the medieval battlefield. […]

Duration:01:09:09

Ep. 217: The Medieval Art of Sword Fighting

11/7/2022
Fantasy has never been more popular. Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, and even the Harry Potter series has made sword and sorcery commonplace. For the sci-fi fans out there, the Star Wars movies are filled with Jedi lightsaber battles, complete with the same parries, thrusts, and disarms found on the medieval battlefield. […]

Duration:01:09:56

Ep. 216: Tales of the Weird West (video)

10/24/2022
In the intro for the show, we talk about having the “Weird, Wild, and Wacky” on the program, and this week we literally have two of the three. This week, we celebrate Halloween but discussing The Weird West, which is a genre of storytelling that is basically The Wild West crosses with either supernatural and/or […]

Duration:01:02:48

Ep. 216: Tales of the Weird West

10/24/2022
In the intro for the show, we talk about having the “Weird, Wild, and Wacky” on the program, and this week we literally have two of the three. This week, we celebrate Halloween but discussing The Weird West, which is a genre of storytelling that is basically The Wild West crosses with either supernatural and/or […]

Duration:01:04:11

Ep. 215: Carl Kolchak – Your Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Hunter (Video)

10/10/2022
If you like paranormal television programs, then Carl Kolchak is a name you should know. Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a made-for-TV movie in the 70’s that introduced the world to a investigative reporter who would stumble across crimes with a supernatural cause. It was later turned into a series, and while only lasting one […]

Duration:01:07:54

Ep. 215: Carl Kolchak – Your Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Hunter

10/10/2022
If you like paranormal television programs, then Carl Kolchak is a name you should know. Kolchak: The Night Stalker was a made-for-TV movie in the 70’s that introduced the world to a investigative reporter who would stumble across crimes with a supernatural cause. It was later turned into a series, and while only lasting one […]

Duration:01:09:02

Ep. 214: From Barrels to Beakers – The Evolution of American Whiskey (Video)

9/26/2022
What do you get when you take rye and ferment it with yeast, concentrate that yeast urine into a liquid, take that liquid and stick it in a burned barrel for two years? If you said ‘whiskey’ you would be correct! Yes that golden brown drink of the wild west is basically old barrel juice, […]

Ep. 214: From Barrels to Beakers – The Evolution of American Whiskey

9/26/2022
What do you get when you take rye and ferment it with yeast, concentrate that yeast urine into a liquid, take that liquid and stick it in a burned barrel for two years? If you said ‘whiskey’ you would be correct! Yes that golden brown drink of the wild west is basically old barrel juice, […]

Ep. 213: The Milgram Obedience Experiments (Video)

9/12/2022
The 1950’s and 60’s were a strange time in American culture as it related to human behavior. Behind the scenes, you had the MK Ultra experiments trying to unlock the secrets to mind control. More publicly, you had Dr. Phillip Zimbardo and Stanley Milgram conducting social science experiments designed to show the extremes in human […]

Ep. 213: The Milgram Obedience Experiments

9/12/2022
The 1950’s and 60’s were a strange time in American culture as it related to human behavior. Behind the scenes, you had the MK Ultra experiments trying to unlock the secrets to mind control. More publicly, you had Dr. Phillip Zimbardo and Stanley Milgram conducting social science experiments designed to show the extremes in human […]