An Excited James Brown Fan Almost Swore Through The Recording Of “Live At The Apollo” (Cool Weird Awesome 1115)

Today in 1962, the recording of the landmark James Brown album “Live at the Apollo,” one that came together after the recording team dealt with one pretty big obstacle.  

Billy Mills Pulled Off One Of The Greatest Upsets In Olympic History (Cool Weird Awesome 800)

Today in 1938, the birthday of Billy Mills, a Marine veteran, activist and runner who won an Olympic gold medal in what’s been called the biggest upset in the history of the Games.

Frank Lloyd Wright Designed A Gas Station In Minnesota (Cool Weird Awesome 789)

Today in 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. He would go on to design some of the most striking buildings ever built, from houses, to museums, to office buildings to... gas stations.

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During The Cold War, A Town In New Mexico Built An Underground Grade School (Cool Weird Awesome 759)

Today in 1962, the community of Artesia, New Mexico formally opened an unusual elementary school: it was built entirely underground just in case the Cold War turned hot.

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 20, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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