Happy Birthday To Closed Captioned Television (Cool Weird Awesome 497)

Today in 1980, the big U.S. TV networks began regularly using closed caption technology to serve Deaf viewers as well as hearing ones. That alone was a game-changer, but closed captioning has proven useful in some other big ways as well. Plus: in Russia, fans of a certain TV show set in a galaxy far, far away have built a replica of a certain ship that's home to a certain adorable baby puppet.

2021-03-16T09:27:08-04:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Winnipeg, The Slurpee Capital Of Canada (Cool Weird Awesome 197)

As we get ready for the official start of winter, it's worth noting that some of us deal with this time of year in unusual ways. Like the people of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who spend their cold, cold winters drinking Slurpees. Plus: on this Star Wars premiere day, a visit to a German observatory painted to look like R2-D2.

2021-01-12T09:07:43-05:00December 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Without The Washington Post We Wouldn’t Have Teddy Bears (Cool Weird Awesome 187)

Today in 1877 the Washington Post published its first edition. It brought us landmark coverage of Watergate, and John Philip Sousa named a march for it. But the Post's biggest achievement is helping to create the teddy bear. Plus: this weekend in Ashland, Nebraska, Santa Goes To Space!

2021-03-25T09:56:11-04:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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