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Ink and Pain: Tattoos, with Hobbit from GUI Podcasts

7/17/2018
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“The body is a temple and it’s our job to decorate it." From tatau in Polynesia to Sailor Jerry to the oppressed class that gave rise to the Yakuza, we touch on some highlights from the history of tattoos. Huge thanks to my guest presenter Mike "Hobbit" Bickwell from Geeks Under the Influence Podcast network. Check out the episode of Smack My Pitch Up he let me do with him. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod and archive.org. Links to all...

Duration:00:33:52

Secret Cities

7/10/2018
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We all lose things -- keys, wallets, patience -- but how do you lose an entire city? Hear the stories of three American towns built in a hurry but kept off the map, secure Soviet enclaves known by their post codes, ancient cities found by modern technology, and the ingenious engineering of underground dwellings. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research resources are on our website.

Duration:00:33:12

Foxtrot Alpha Charlie Tango Sierra, pt 2

7/6/2018
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For Independence Day, we're doing 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 with a claymore and bagpipes, despite not being Scottish. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research resources are on our website.

Duration:00:20:44

Foxtrot Alpha Charlie Tango Sierra pt 1

7/3/2018
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For Independence Day, we're doing 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 with a claymore and bagpipes, despite not being Scottish. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Duration:00:20:59

We Can't Have Nice Things: Art & Antiquities Edition

6/26/2018
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Ecce Homo was a fresco of Jesus Christ that had degraded significantly over time. No one asked the little old lady next door to help. She had no training, but how hard could it really be? Pretty damn hard, as it turns out. In place of the Renaissance-style face was now a smeary circle, wreathed in what looks like a marabou balaclava, with a nose like a folk-art sock doll, the crooked, misplaced eyes of a failed anime sketch, and a mouth like a lipstick smear left by a bass. In the height of...

Duration:00:33:09

Science Fiction Double Feature, featuring Shaun Ennis of Stories of Yore and Yours

6/19/2018
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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 manual. So in his honor, a little late for Father's Day, we go back in time to look to the future as we dive into the wormhole of classic sci-fi.

Duration:00:35:24

Like Butter in the Bank

6/12/2018
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A strategic reserve is a commodity held back by governments to stabilize prices or protect against shortage. Your mind may go immediately to the 35 million barrels or so of crude oil that the US has in storage, but there are all kinds of strategic reserves around the world. From cotton in China, to butter and wine in the EU, to the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, we talk about strange stockpiles (mostly food) and their effect on producers and consumers.

Duration:00:27:34

The Last Word(s)

6/5/2018
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We assign a great deal of significant to last words. We expect them to be deep and profound, the sort of thing you immortalize on a $3,000 headstone. We hope we’ll say something really clever when it’s our turn, and not “what’s this button do?” or “hold my beer.” But you may end up with last words like American author Henry David Thoreau, who simply said “moose...Indian.” From the profound to the prophetic, from the ironic to the ignominious, from founding fathers to TV stars, we look...

Duration:00:30:44

The Role of a Lifetime

5/29/2018
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Some actors fall victim to typecasting, but others have a single character they can't disassociate themselves from. Sometimes that means always being cast as a character similar to the one they made famous or that made them famous, or not really being cast at all.

Duration:00:27:44

Copy-wrong

5/22/2018
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If a monkey takes a picture in the woods, can the monkey claim the copyright? Trademark and copyright laws can get pretty sticky. For the layperson, trademark, copyright and patent sound interchangeable. Find our who called dibs on phrases like "you're fired," "one more thing," and "let's play." Learn about cases where people tried to claim things they couldn't, only to get smacked down in court. If you work in advertising, stay tuned for a list of words and phrases that will cost you a...

Duration:00:26:56

Mummy's Day

5/15/2018
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In this episode, we cover the way people in Victorian Europe used (and abused) Egyptian mummies, whether or not mummies were burned for fuel, Catholic saints who do not decay, natural mummies preserved in ice, moss, and salt, child mummies of the Andes, and Buddhist monk mummifying themselves.

Duration:00:36:29

Lunules and Tittles and Barms, Oh My!

5/8/2018
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From the skin between your thumb and forefinger to the stringy things you have to pick off bananas, today's episode will teach you dozens of names for everyday items, even if you can't tell your natiform from your weenus. Here are your new vocab words, in order of appearance: acnestis niddick feat glabella caruncula philtrum weenus rasceta pericule lunules Morton's toe minimus Brannock...

Duration:00:27:09

Steal (pretty) Big

5/1/2018
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When you think of big heists, your mind probably goes to banks, jewelry, and fine art, or maybe a casino vault; carefully organized plans by people dressed in black turtlenecks with plenty of cool gadgets and close calls. What we remember as the daring heist of one of the world’s most famous paintings was really neither of those. The theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa wasn’t even noticed when it happened. That story, plus a stolen art technique that made a man world famous, credit...

Duration:00:25:07

A Dish Best Served Loud

4/24/2018
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A microphone is a good enough platform for getting back at people, but an entire recording studio is even better. Popular music is littered with songs getting back at an ex lover, from Waylon Jennings to Taylor Swift, but a fair number of the tracks you know by heart are actually clap-backs to the people in the mixing booth or the record label offices.

Duration:00:26:44

We Can't Have Nice Things: Gamer edition

4/17/2018
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From trolls and griefers, to crashing virtual funerals and spreading digital plagues, we look at online gamers ruining everyone else's fun in the first of our series We Can't Have Nice Things.

Duration:00:25:20

For Want of a Nail

4/10/2018
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Small things can have reverberating effects on history, both good and bad. In 1453, the great walled city of Constantinople, which had withstood sieges for 1,100 years, fell to the Ottomans...because someone left the door open.

Duration:00:27:50

It's Good To Be The King

4/3/2018
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Mel Brooks said it best, “It’s good to be the king.” There’s the seemingly limitless power and unspendable amounts of wealth. On the flip-side, though, there’s the back-stabbing, political intrigue, and of course, the inbreeding to deal with.

Duration:00:29:53

Obligatory Holiday Episode: Easter & Passover

3/27/2018
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Hop on down the bunny trail as we examine the origins of some beloved Easter traditions and teach the goyim a little about Pesach.

Duration:00:25:02

You're How Old?!

3/20/2018
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In the age of bigger, better, faster, more, it’s easy to default to thinking that we invented everything, that the complex things that make up our lives couldn’t have existed in the times we view as primitive. Oh, how wrong we are.

Duration:00:24:29

First Ladies

3/13/2018
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We dip our toes into the deep water of "the first woman to..." with pilots, daredevils, doctors, and athletes.

Duration:00:24:29