Decoder Ring :: Clown Panic
A history of clowns and how they’ve gone from funny to terrifying.
Hidden Brain :: Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present
There are times when a song, book, or tv show I loved leaves me with a feeling of crippling nostalgia, so I was interested in this examination on how our brains reflect on the past.
To The Best of Our Knowledge :: Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?
Speaking of reflecting on the past, how about an unhealthy dose of regret and guilt.
The Sounds in My Head :: “Hey, the 80’s called…”
A podcast full of current music that sounds like it was made in the 1980s. But the good New Wave sounds of the 80s, not the crumby songs that actually made the top 40 in the 80s.
HUB History :: Immigration in Boston
Present day anti-immigrant prejudice and hysteria has long historical roots as seen in these three stories from Boston history: the Sacco and Vanzetti case, Chinese tongs in Chinatown, and the destruction of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown.
RadioLab :: Poison Control
Ever wonder why there’s a number to call with questions about poisoning, who answers those calls, and what the experience is like on their end? Here’s that story.
99% Invisible :: 77 Steps
99pi breaks down the history and design of the Emeco 10-06 Navy chair and its many impostors.
Decoder Ring :: The Johnlock Conspiracy
Investigating the role of shipping in the consumption of popular culture through the story of the controversy among fans regarding a possible romantic relationship between the lead characters on BBC’s Sherlock.
HUB History :: Wicked Proud
LGBTQ history in Boston and the local origins of pride.
More Or Less: Behind the Stats :: How Many Wizards & Witches are Britain and Ireland?
Statistical analysis determines the number of witches & wizards in Britain & Ireland based on the Harry Potter books. Spoiler: J.K Rowling greatly lowballs the actual number!
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Amen Break
A history of the most famous drum solo and it’s many sampled appearances across music.
Sound Opinions :: Give the Drummer Some
Speaking of drummers, here’s an entire episode of appreciation of great rock and roll drummers with some great analysis from Joe Wong.
Disney History Institute :: An Unusual History of Disney Audio-animatronics
How a 1934 World’s Fair exhibit inspired Walt Disney and what Gene Kelly thought of seeing his audio-animatronic double.