19 06, 2020

Five Statues And Six Pedestals That Tell The Story Of Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 324)

By |2020-06-19T07:46:29-04:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

One of the many special places you can mark Juneteenth is at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas, with an art installation that has five statues and six pedestals. Plus: the summer solstice is this weekend, and while crowds won't be on hand the usual way at Stonehenge, they can take in the whole event virtually.

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.

20 04, 2020

Jimmy Carter Vs. The Swamp Rabbit (Cool Weird Awesome 280)

By |2020-04-20T08:06:46-04:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's a very odd anniversary in the history of the US presidency. Today in 1979, President Jimmy Carter got into a fight (of sorts) with a swamp rabbit. Plus: today would normally be a big day

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.

19 06, 2019

Riding a Horse Down Fillmore Street For Juneteenth (Cool Weird Awesome 65)

By |2020-06-18T22:22:54-04:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of the institution of slavery. Today we give some props to the African-Americans who have built the holiday over the year, including the Texan-turned-San Franciscan who used to don his ten-gallon hat and ride his horse through town as part of the festivities.