The Origin of Moby Dick, Part One: Mocha Dick
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5h ago
Today, Herman Melville's magnum opus Moby Dick is lauded as a classic of American literature -- but it turns out Melville didn't invent the whole thing on his own. In the first part of this special two-part series, Ben, Noel and Max dive into the story of a real-life white whale named Mocha Dick, and how his tragic story inspired Melville to create a fictional white whale all his own. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The (Weirdly Crooked) History of the Food Pyramid
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by iHeartPodcasts
5d ago
Nutrition is a big deal -- across the United States, tons of kids learned the basics of nutrition through a handy infographic called the 'Food Pyramid,' which laid out how much of a given food group the average person should consume. But there's much, much more to the story than what you'd see in the average textbook. Join Ben, Noel and Max as they dive into the story of the food pyramid -- and how big business successfully, time and time again, went up against science to make sure consumers kept, well, consuming. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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That Time Europeans Went Nuts For Dancing
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6d ago
If you've ever been to a great concert or a banging dance party, then you know sometimes the spirit can overwhelm you -- you might feel compelled to dance. For most people this is a delightful experience... however, this wasn't the case for several unfortunate communities in Medieval Europe. In today's episode, Ben, Noel and Max explore the strange store of Europe's Dancing Plagues, also called St. Vitus' Dance. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Star Trek Almost Never Happened, Part Two: In Which We Boldly Go
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by iHeartPodcasts
1w ago
After just three seasons, the original run of Star Trek reached syndication -- which would become key to everything that happened afterward. In the second part of this series, Ben, Noel and Max explore the fundamental cultural shifts triggered by Star Trek, and how the depiction of a more equal society (however fictional that depiction might be) genuinely changed the world. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Star Trek Almost Never Happened, Part One: Pilots and Peril
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by iHeartPodcasts
2w ago
Nowadays Star Trek is more than just a show -- it's a global pop culture phenomenon, with measurable impacts on the real world. In part one of this special two-part series, Ben, Noel and resident Trexpert Max explore just how close Star Trek came, multiple times, to extinction.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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“It’s Edible!” The Origin of Breakfast Cereal, Part Two
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by iHeartPodcasts
2w ago
Cereal is everywhere these days. While diet trends come and go, those ubiquitous boxes and mascots seem here to stay -- and, in some cases, it seems people are buying an idea as much as buying a foodstuff. In part two of this two-part series, Ben, Noel and Max trace the brilliant, at-times Machiavellian marketing moves that led cereal to glory... and ask how long those days may last. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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“It’s Edible!” The Origin of Breakfast Cereal, Part One
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by iHeartPodcasts
3w ago
Cereal is everywhere nowadays, but how did it become a thing? For most of us, this stuff is the ultimate convenient breakfast, and even the most sugary varieties claim to offer nutritional benefits and a balanced start to your day -- even if those claims may be a bit... misleading. In the first part of this two-part series, Ben, Noel and Max dive deep into the (at times bizarre) origin story of modern breakfast cereal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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Would-be Presidents, Part One: If At First You Don't Succeed...
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3w ago
It takes a lot of skill -- and luck -- to become the President of the United States. We always hear about the folks who won elections... but what about the folks who lost, not once, but multiple times? In part one of this continuing series, Ben, Noel and Max dive into the strange stories of presidential candidates who ran and lost. Then ran again, and lost again. (And then sometimes ran, and lost, again.) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The Leaf Blower Episode
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1M ago
Out of all the weirdly specific inventions for your yard, the leaf blower remains the most controversial (by far). In today's long-overdue episode, Ben, Noel and Max cut past the noise to figure out just where these things came from, how they work -- and why critics argue "the devil's hairbrush" isn't just annoying... but also potentially dangerous. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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The US Navy Teamed Up With Mobsters, Part Two: The Mob Goes to War
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1M ago
As the Mob clamps down on possible terrorists in the New York docks, the organization looks for new ways to expand their partnership with Uncle Sam -- as it turns out, they have a lot of connections in Sicily, and their assistance just may help the Allies win some decisive battles. Learn more in part two of this special two-part series. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information ..read more
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