Satchel Paige Was So Good He Could Still Get Batters Out In His Late 50s (Cool Weird Awesome 336)

Today is believed to be the birthday of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, perhaps the most legendary pitcher baseball ever saw. Paige was a star for decades, and once pitched three scoreless innings in the major leagues at age 59. Plus: we'll visit the man who earned the world's first degree in ninja studies.

By |2020-07-07T08:10:02-04:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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.

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

Elizabeth Freeman Makes Herself A Free Woman (Cool Weird Awesome 111)

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.

By |2019-08-22T09:32:21-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

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

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.