24 04, 2020

The Friendship Oak Is Over 500 Years Old And Still Going Strong (Cool Weird Awesome 284)

By |2020-04-24T07:56:12-04:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Today is Arbor Day, and so we’re going to talk about the Friendship Oak, a remarkable tree in Mississippi that just keeps on keeping on. Plus: we'll visit Joe Bagley, who has 1,400 house plants in his apartment and for whom it might be said that every day is Arbor Day.

9 10, 2019

How The Tree That Owns Itself Came To Own Itself (Cool Weird Awesome 145)

By |2019-10-09T08:22:39-04:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Today we pay a visit to Athens, Georgia - specifically, the intersection of South Finley and Dearing Street. That’s where you’ll find something unusual: The Tree That Owns Itself. Plus: a Japanese design company has created a 3D-printed bonsai, which you can prune once and looks the way you want forever... as long as you don't mind that it's not an actual tree.

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.