1 05, 2020

Couple Songs Are A Thing, According To Science (Cool Weird Awesome 289)

By |2020-05-01T09:06:42-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

You know how some couples have their own song? There’s actually psychological research into what are known officially as “couple-defining songs," and there are legitimate benefits to the relationship to choosing a tune to share. Plus: next time you're in Japan, drop by Neko Neko Shokupan and share one of their famous cat-shaped breads with someone special.

30 04, 2020

The Doctor Who Took Out His Own Appendix (Cool Weird Awesome 288)

By |2020-04-30T08:28:53-04:00April 30th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

It would be understandable if you felt a little cut off from the rest of the world these days. Hopefully it won't be as challenging as it was for Dr. Leonid Rogozov, who on this day in 1961 had to remove his own appendix while stationed in Antarctica. Plus: today in 1970, Pink Floyd played a concert for public TV in San Francisco. Silence in the studio!

23 04, 2020

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

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

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.

21 04, 2020

How To Perform Opera In American Sign Language (Cool Weird Awesome 281)

By |2020-04-21T07:11:39-04:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The University of Virginia's Disabilities Studies Symposium has produced a version of a 1950s opera called “Dialogues of the Carmelites" featuring both traditional opera singers and Deaf actors performing together and living up to the name of their workshop, "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Plus: a cat played a Theremin on the internet, because why not.

18 03, 2020

In Which Four Guys With The Same Name Start A Band (Cool Weird Awesome 261)

By |2020-03-18T07:20:57-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

The Atlantic just did an interview with some musicians called the Paul O’Sullivan Band. There are four guys in the group: Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan, Paul O’Sullivan and (wait for it) Paul O’Sullivan. Here's the story of how they got together. Plus: some musical animals come together for a song? Sort of?

2 03, 2020

There’s Music For Cats And It’s Apparently Very Good For Them (Cool Weird Awesome 249)

By |2020-03-02T06:18:39-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Can music help cats relax during their visits to the vet? Apparently so - but would music specifically made for cats be even more helpful than music made for humans? Plus: if you missed Justin Bieber's birthday yesterday, visit a museum in his hometown that features all the stuff from his career that his proud grandparents saved!

21 02, 2020

Do Chocolates Taste Better With The Right Music? (Cool Weird Awesome 243)

By |2020-02-21T09:49:38-05:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Washington State University has a Sensory Science Lab that tests all the ways we encounter what we eat and how that can affect how we think it tastes. Now they’re testing whether different kinds of music can affect how we think about chocolate. Plus: this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, there’s a chance to go out on a bar crawl that’s like none other.

13 06, 2019

That Time Cat Stevens Wrote A Dog Song (Cool Weird Awesome 61)

By |2019-06-13T09:22:46-04:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

The Songwriters Hall of Fame is inducting Yusuf Cat Stevens for his classic, mostly acoustic songs like "Moonshadow," "Peace Train" and "Wild World." But did you also know that he's also a pioneer in electronic music with his 1977 song "Was Dog A Doughnut?"

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