24 01, 2020

Scientists Can Make Diamonds Out Of Peanut Butter (Cool Weird Awesome 223)

By |2020-01-19T14:34:13-05:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

On National Peanut Butter Day, a reminder that peanut butter is so versatile it can be turned into diamonds. It actually takes more time to explain why you can turn peanut butter into diamonds than to explain how. Plus: this weekend in McCall, Idaho, the Idaho State Snow Sculpting Championships are taking place.

23 01, 2020

The Story Of How Frisbees Flew Into Millions Of People’s Hands – And Hearts (Cool Weird Awesome 222)

By |2020-01-23T06:24:49-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Today's the birthday of one of the great toys of our time: the Frisbee. Though if the man who put that toy into millions of hands had his way, it would’ve been called the Pluto Platter. Plus: on this National Pie Day, head to Rockland, Maine for the 16th Annual Pies on Parade Gala.

22 01, 2020

Boston’s Mayor Once Wanted To Clear Snow With Flamethrowers (Cool Weird Awesome 221)

By |2020-01-23T06:14:09-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

On this day in 1948 of the mayor of Boston, James Curley, wrote to the president of MIT, asking that the school's top engineers find a way to get rid of the huge amounts of snow, maybe with flamethrowers. Seriously. Plus: in Chico, California, a much more calm event is getting underway, the the Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway.

21 01, 2020

Meet Toksook Bay, Alaska, Where The 2020 Census Begins (Cool Weird Awesome 220)

By |2020-01-21T08:00:56-05:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

April 1st is officially Census Day in 2020, but today is the first day of counting, and the first town to be counted is Toksook Bay, Alaska, near the Bering Sea. Plus: meet Aleia Murawski and Samuel Copeland, who build little environments for snails and then film and photograph the results.

20 01, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Was A Trekkie (Cool Weird Awesome 219)

By |2020-01-21T08:00:11-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The most prominent civil rights leader in US history was a Trekkie, and a big reason why was the character of Lieutenant Uhura, played by NIchelle Nichols. Here's the story of how Dr. King convinced Nichols to stay on the show when she had plans to leave.

17 01, 2020

Ben Franklin vs Counterfeiters (Cool Weird Awesome 218)

By |2020-01-17T08:52:19-05:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Benjamin Franklin was a lot of things, but he always saw himself as a printer - and some of what he printed was currency for American colonies. Turns out he had some pretty creative ways to try to keep counterfeiters from copying his bills. Plus: New Orleans is hosting the Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival this weekend.

16 01, 2020

Meet The Zamboni Who Invented The Zamboni (Cool Weird Awesome 217)

By |2020-01-16T09:03:21-05:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

And now the episode I’ve wanted to make since I started the show: we’re celebrating the Zamboni! And we're meeting its inventor, Frank Zamboni, who was born on this day in 1901. Plus: a company calculates out just how long it would take a Zamboni to resurface the greatest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior.

15 01, 2020

Old-Time Sports Radio Used To Give The Audience Diagrams (Cool Weird Awesome 216)

By |2020-01-15T07:59:20-05:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

On this day in 1927, the BBC tried something new for their broadcast of a rugby match between England and Wales: they partnered with Radio Times magazine to publish a diagram of a rugby pitch to help the audience follow the action. Plus: on National Hat Day, where better to be than the one and only National Hat Museum?

14 01, 2020

A Big-Time Librarian Kept “Goodnight Moon” Off The Shelves For 25 Years (Cool Weird Awesome 215)

By |2020-01-14T06:49:03-05:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The New York Public Library released a list of its top 10 all-time most borrowed books. One book you won’t find on the list is “Goodnight Moon.” Despite being one of the most iconic children’s books of its time, the New York Public Library didn’t have a copy for decades, because an influential librarian didn’t like it. Plus: the amazing origins of Silent Record Week!

13 01, 2020

When Ford Introduced The Soybean Car (Cool Weird Awesome 214)

By |2020-01-13T09:06:52-05:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

On this day in 1942, the patent was issued for a car that was to be (at least partly) made from soybeans. And it was the idea of none other than Henry Ford. Plus: Steven Paul Judd is an Oklahoma-based artist of Kiowa/Choctaw descent, and last month he made a portrait of Sitting Bull using just over 20,000 black and white dice.

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