Martin Van Buren May Have Had The Cheesiest First Day Of Any U.S. President (Cool Weird Awesome 463)

Some presidential inauguration days are memorable; others are quiet. But the one for Martin Van Buren was probably cheesy, thanks to a giant cheddar sent to Andrew Jackson and a public party to eat it just before Van Buren moved into the White House. (Appropriately enough, today is also National Cheese Lover's Day.)

2021-01-20T08:28:28-05:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Three Minute Audio Tour Of The U.S. Capitol (Cool Weird Awesome 454)

After yesterday's stunning, discouraging events at the U.S. Capitol, we decided to make today's show a chance to get to know our Capitol building a little better. Here's some of what we learned, though we could do a whole week's worth of shows about the Capitol and the people who have made it what it is.

2021-01-07T07:53:43-05:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The US Almost Had A 49th State Called Absaroka (Cool Weird Awesome 369)

In 1939 some ranchers in the West proposed taking parts out of Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana and creating a new state, called Absaroka. It never won approval from Congress but it did have its own license plates and beauty pageant. Plus: how come a spot in Tulsa is known as the center of the universe?

2020-08-28T08:40:02-04:00August 28th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Brookeville, Maryland, America’s Capital For A Day (Cool Weird Awesome 367)

What's In A Name Week continues with the story of Brookeville, Maryland, and how on this day in 1814, this small town gained a prominent visitor - President James Madison - and a new nickname: U.S. Capital For A Day. Plus: the story of Glen Campbell, Pennsylvania, a town that, in case you were wondering, was not named for singing star Glen Campbell.

The Woman Who Got Her Lawmaker Son To Cast The Deciding Vote For Women’s Suffrage (Cool Weird Awesome 361)

One hundred years ago today Tennessee became the 36th and deciding state to approve the 19th amendment to the Constitution. That's due to Febb Ensminger Burn, who lobbied her 24 year old in the Tennessee legislature to "be a good boy" and vote for women's suffrage. Plus: scientists in South Korea have developed a super-fast robotic tongue, just in case we might need one.

Five Statues And Six Pedestals That Tell The Story Of Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 324)

One of the many special places you can mark Juneteenth is at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, with an art installation that has five statues and six pedestals. Plus: the summer solstice is this weekend, and while crowds won't be on hand the usual way at Stonehenge, they can take in the whole event virtually.

2020-06-19T07:46:29-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Now That’s A Deep Cut: Music Scholars Bring Back “Lost” Songs From 1,000 Years Ago (Cool Weird Awesome 283)

Music scholars at Cambridge University studied musical manuscripts without modern notation and after years of detective work, reconstructed what they would have sounded like. Plus: on this day in 1982 Key West, Florida declared independence from - and war on - the United States. For not very long.

2020-04-23T09:07:54-04:00April 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Elizabeth Freeman Makes Herself A Free Woman (Cool Weird Awesome 111)

An enslaved woman in 18th century Massachusetts overheard all the talk about freedom and equality and decided it should be put to the test. On August 22, 1781, a court found the woman known as Mum Bett, later as Elizabeth Freeman, could not be the property of another human being and therefore was free and equal.

2019-08-22T09:32:21-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |
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