7 07, 2020

Satchel Paige Was So Good He Could Still Get Batters Out In His Late 50s (Cool Weird Awesome 336)

By |2020-07-07T08:10:02-04:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Today is believed to be the birthday of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, perhaps the most legendary pitcher baseball ever saw. Paige was a star for decades, and once pitched three scoreless innings in the major leagues at age 59. Plus: we'll visit the man who earned the world's first degree in ninja studies.

19 06, 2020

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

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

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.

22 08, 2019

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

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

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.

18 07, 2019

You Know Mack Robinson’s Brother, Now Get To Know Mack Robinson (Cool Weird Awesome 86)

By |2019-07-18T13:25:25-04:00July 18th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

On this day in 1912, the birth of the greatest athlete you might never have heard of - Olympic silver medalist and community advocate Mack Robinson.

19 06, 2019

Riding a Horse Down Fillmore Street For Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 65)

By |2020-06-18T22:22:54-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of the institution of slavery. Today we give some props to the African-Americans who have built the holiday over the year, including the Texan-turned-San Franciscan who used to don his ten-gallon hat and ride his horse through town as part of the festivities.