For this first episode of InfoBlast, Nick teaches Rob all about Christmas–religious origins, the tree, Santa… even Krampus shows up. Come with us for a trip that starts well before you think it does, pushes up to the Protestant Reformation of Europe, and even has critical changes to its mythology throughout the 18-1900s in itsContinue reading “InfoBlast #1 | Christmas”
Did you know January 1st hasn’t always been (and still isn’t, in many places) the beginning of the new year? Nick and Rob dive in to the history of New Year’s celebrations and, because the topics are pretty closely intertwined, a quick history on calendars. It’s a story that spans thousands of years and involvesContinue reading “InfoBlast #2: New Year’s & Calendars”
Prepare for the potty humor, because today we’re sharing a quick history on toilets and sanitation. Toilets have a long history filled with explosions, disease, assassination, and even dudes named John & Crapper. Join Nick and Rob as the $#!t hits the fan and even some personal stories are shared of Nick’s adventures with variousContinue reading “InfoBlast #3: Toilets and Sanitation”
Nick and Rob take a serious turn this episode discussing Black Lives Matter and a quick history of systemic racism and the police in the United States. This is an important episode. It might even be an upsetting episode. But whichever side you might fall on, please listen to the whole thing. Special Thanks toContinue reading “InfoBlast #4: Systemic Racism in the US”
Today, in honor of his birthday, we dive into the life of one Theodor “Ted” Geisel, the man who would become Dr. Seuss. It also includes a Nick speed read of “Fox in Socks.” Oh, and Rob didn’t know who he was learning about at first.
While Nick is away, Jason Soto takes over as substitute teacher to join Rob on the Satellite of Love, where Jason divulges the full history of MST3K. And it’s a bit long. So brace yourselves… it’s movie time. (And please, stay through the end and even after the closing song for some bonus audio.)
Today, just in time, we dive into the origin and consequences of April Fools’ Day and stories of its worldwide celebrations before delving into a more moral discussion of celebrating the holiday itself.
This is a special episode, as Nick is joined by Margaret Mary O’Connor, author of “Scandal in the Shadows: The Original Priest, Mother Mary.” Margaret Mary teaches Nick all about the history of female priests in the Catholic Church, including its origins all the way back to Mary, Mother of Jesus, followed by a discussionContinue reading “InfoBlast #8: Female Priests In The Catholic Church”
Nick is joined by Larry Jorgensen, author of “The Coca-Cola Trail: People and Places in the History of Coca-Cola,” as well as “Return to the Coca-Cola Trail,” all of which and more can be found at thecocacolatrail.com. Larry talks all about the history of Coca-Cola, its bottling history, and the brand’s extensive connections to ourContinue reading “InfoBlast #9: Coca-Cola”
Rob returns just in time for the 10th episode to listen to Nick talk all about the history of domesticated cats, which started millions of years ago, ties into witches, religion, the plague, and the Internet! What else in the world can do all that?
After the recent shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, Nick and Rob take a little diversion to speak about the (unbiased) history of guns and the second amendment in the United States. It’s a longer episode, but there’s a lot to discuss, even looking at an abridged version. Note on Sources: A bulkContinue reading “InfoBlast #11: Guns and the Second Amendment”
After a brief hiatus, Nick and Rob are back and introducing a bunch of new guests for the remainder of the year! Today’s guest is Dylan James Quarles who is on to talk about Roman History, specifically the early rulers of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty that go from Caesar to Nero. We had a (Rome)blast talkingContinue reading “InfoBlast #12: The Julio-Claudian Dynasty (Roman History)”
The guys hope you had a great 4th of July, as Nick and Rob are graciously joined by constitutional lawyer (!) and podcaster, Joel Oster, to discuss the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and attempt to set some common, modern misunderstandings straight. Joel and the guys primarily focus on the freedom of religion beforeContinue reading “InfoBlast #13: The First Amendment”
A man who never knew his father stumbles upon a YouTube video of an old game show that sets into motion a wild ride of discoveries about the man–and family–he never knew, including a true crime political killing of a journalist linked to future President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Box 13 Scandal of SoutheastContinue reading “InfoBlast #14: The Mason Family”
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