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Read A Rainbow

11/13/2018
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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 MacLeod, Audionautix, and Rooster Teeth (I love you, please don't sue). Read the script. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Duration:00:30:08

Panto to Python - a history of British Comedy

11/6/2018
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From music hall to Red Dwarf, pantomime to Absolutely Fabulous, we look at the history of British comedy, the names, shows, and historical events that made it what it is today. Like what you hear? Become a patron of the arts for as little as $2 a month! Music: Kevin MacLeod and John Phillips Sousa. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Links to all the research resources are on the website.

Duration:00:34:54

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

10/30/2018
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There are many reasons why an individual or group would eat other people - religious rites, shows of strength, signs of respect, and of course desperation. Cannibalism can be split into four often overlapping categories: by choice, by necessity, endo-cannibalism (eating people within your group), and exo-cannibalism (eating people outside your group). Special guests: Heather from Nature Vs Narcissism and Seth from Sketch Nerds. Music: Kevin MacLeod and Tabletop Audio Reach out and...

Duration:00:29:35

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

10/23/2018
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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 innocuous things were banned from movies, TV, and radio for the better part of the twentieth century. Lucille Ball was pregnant on "I Love Lucy," but they weren't allowed to say the word 'pregnant.' Movies were forbidden from showing drugs, murder, silhouettes of nudity, "excessive kissing," and a lot more. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook,...

Duration:00:28:33

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

10/16/2018
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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 for be their final year touring, for real this time. There are actors who are iconic because they have been on our TV’s or the silver screen for decades, like Sean Connery, James Earl Jones, and our beloved Betty White. But by the same token, there are musicians, actors, and shows that are like a stone dropped in a pond -- their appearance was...

Duration:00:25:29

Hispanic Heritage Week

10/9/2018
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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 the distinction between Latino and Hispanic. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research resources are on the website.

Duration:00:33:14

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10/9/2018
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Duration:00:00:31

Banned Books - Kids, YA, LGBTQ

10/2/2018
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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 challenged or banned for silly reasons. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research resources are on the website.

Duration:00:24:29

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

9/25/2018
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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 number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Learn why parents objected to such diverse classics as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Ender's Game and which book is banned in the most countries. With special guest Megan Dangerous from Oh No! Lit Class podcast. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or...

Duration:00:31:04

Got Your Goat

9/18/2018
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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 discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls, cataract surgery, and coffee. They can climb seemingly impossible heights and escape every kind of fence mankind has invented. They feature in the zodiac and the mythologies of most of the world. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research...

Duration:00:35:09

What's In A Nickname? City & State edition

9/11/2018
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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 because it’s precisely one mile above sea level. Dallas, Texas is The Big D; everything’s bigger in Texas. But which American city can also be called The Emerald City, which state is the Land of Lincoln and what’s a buckeye or a Sooner? Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the...

Duration:00:31:54

You're How Young?!

9/4/2018
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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 timezones to sliced bread, that seem like they've been around forever are actually quite young. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the research resources are on the website.

Duration:00:30:44

Mixed Bags of History, with Dimly Lit podcast

8/28/2018
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Genghis Kahn's empire killed 2/3 of Northern China, but people under his rule knew unrivaled gender equality and religious freedom. Mother Teresa gave aid to the poor, but also encouraged their suffering. Spiky cacti sometimes contain life-sustaining water, and even the most beautiful roses have thorns. We’re all some mix of good and bad. Thanks to our special guests Dimly Lit podcast. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to all the...

Duration:00:31:54

Good Mourning To You. with Life in Stories podcast

8/21/2018
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There is a literal world of funeral practices to choose from, from an Irish wake to Tibetan sky burial, from New Orleans Jazz funerals to Balinese ngaben cremation, from being buried in a car-shaped coffin in Ghana to burying the head of family with a funnel in their mouth in Nigeria, so you can give them palm wine during the funeral. Thanks to our special guests from Life in Stories podcast. Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Links to...

Duration:00:28:10

This Is Only A Test

8/14/2018
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Tests are all around us. You probably took one the minute you were born. We look at tests named for the people who created them - Bechdel, Myers-Briggs, Apgar, and more. 01:25 Bechdel-Wallace 09:00 DuVernay 13:40 Myer-Briggs 18:10 Apgar Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Music by Kevin MacLeod . Links to all the research resources are on the website.

Duration:00:24:21

Stolen Innocents

8/7/2018
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Without getting into current politics, we can’t ignore the plight of children seized from parents of a particular group. And it’s not the first time either. A century ago, the American government took tens of thousands of children from Native families and placed them in boarding schools with strict assimilation practices. Their philosophy - kill the Indian to save the man.... 01:00 Indian Schools 09:00 Australia's "stolen generations" 16:00 Ceausescu's orphans 20:15 the Dionne...

Duration:00:27:14

Life After Death, with Dumb & Busted podcast

7/31/2018
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Death doesn’t mean everything stop for you. There are lots of ways we can live on after shuffling off the mortal coil. From body parts taken from famous bodies, to cells that won't stop growing, to a taxidermied person on display in a museum, we look at bodies and body parts that don't let death slow them down. Topics: 02:35 Henrietta Lacks 06:40 Operation Mincemeat 10:15 Abraham Lincoln 12:00 JFK 13:45 Albert Einstein 16:30 Joseph Haydn 17:20 Frederic Chopin 18:30 Napoleon 23:45...

Duration:00:31:54

Swiss Army Wife, with Bunny Trails Podcast

7/24/2018
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I’m pretty good at this wife business, but I can’t say that I would take over my husband’s public office after his death, re-edit his film to launch a genre-defining franchise, or kill an enemy general after he was over-run. However, there are a lot of women in history who would, and did, all those things and more. From French pirates to Chilean warrior to American filmmakers, we look at women who earn the title "super wife." http://bit.ly/StarWarsEdit Bunny Trails Podcast Reach out and...

Duration:00:29:46

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" Bickett 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