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?

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

When Steel Wire Was The Hip New Way To Record Sound (Cool Weird Awesome 363)

Before there was digital recording, we had cassettes, reel to reels, phonographs, and even wire recordings! That's a little-known system that was invented at the very end of the 19th century. Plus: meet a building in Italy that's been designed to replicate the shape of an orchestra.

By |2020-08-20T07:57:05-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Record Your Own Song Into A Paper Cup (Cool Weird Awesome 309)

Most audio these days (including this show) is recorded digitally, but there are lots of ways to document sounds, including one that's built around a paper cup-turned-microphone. Plus: a programmer has designed a face mask with a lit up, virtual mouth!

By |2020-05-29T08:17:11-04:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

If You Miss Eating At Restaurants, Maybe These Ambient Sound Playlists Will Help (Cool Weird Awesome 291)

Missing the sounds of a full restaurant on a Saturday night? Several well-known ambient sound apps and platforms feature a wide range of soundscapes, including restaurants, that might bring those familiar sounds back to you. Plus: the story of a dude in Wisconsin who woke up the neighborhood with his guitar shredding.

By |2020-05-05T08:15:32-04:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Can This Device “Hear” Disease? (Cool Weird Awesome 266)

A team Purdue University developed a device that uses sound waves that can help determine if and when a disease has started to invade our body cells. That SOUNDS like a good idea (see what we did there?) Plus: a sports commentator in the UK is keeping his skills in shape during the sports hiatus by doing play-by-play on non-sports activities.

By |2020-03-24T09:44:11-04:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

The Loudest Thing Anybody Ever Heard (Cool Weird Awesome 237)

Some sounds are pleasing, others not so much. And a few can actually be destructive, like the sound ZME Science identified is probably the loudest sound humans have ever heard. Plus: how about some loud applause for an octopus who managed to escape four octopus escape rooms?

By |2020-02-14T09:26:09-05:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |