When Johnny Cash Came To Folsom Prison (Cool Weird Awesome 694)

Today in 1968 Johnny Cash recorded “At Folsom Prison." Today it's arguably his most acclaimed album ever, but it only came about as a last resort.

By |2022-01-13T06:31:43-05:00January 13, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Washington Phillips, A Legendary Gospel Musician Surrounded By Musical Mysteries (Cool Weird Awesome 692)

Today in 1880 was the birthday of Washington Phillips, a musician who made some astonishing music in the 1920s, but we know very little about his life and his music - we aren't even completely sure what instrument he played.

By |2022-01-11T06:42:14-05:00January 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Glass Armonica, A Musical Instrument Invented By Benjamin Franklin (Cool Weird Awesome 689)

Today in 1706 was, at least by the old calendar, Benjamin Franklin's birthday. Here's the story of how he once invented his own musical instrument, one for which great composers wrote music.

By |2022-01-06T06:50:00-05:00January 6, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

How The Beatles Stitched Two Takes Of “Strawberry Fields Forever” Into A Rock Classic (Cool Weird Awesome 677)

Today in 1966, the Beatles were trying to make one great take of their new song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” and with help from producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, they ended up making that one great take out of two half takes.

By |2021-12-22T07:44:36-05:00December 22, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Scott Joplin, The King Of Ragtime, Also Wrote Operas (Cool Weird Awesome 663)

Today in 1868, at least on paper, Scott Joplin was born, though his actual birth date is probably a different day. He's best known for his groundbreaking ragtime works like "Maple Leaf Rag" and "The Entertainer," but Joplin also wrote two operas. Plus: today in 2013, musician Dave Mustaine of Megadeth composed an unforgettable tweet about a "cool building" in Wisconsin. 

By |2021-11-24T06:53:57-05:00November 24, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Mountain Goat Airlift Of 2018 (Cool Weird Awesome 621)

Around this time in 2018 humans started removing mountain goats from Olympic National Park in Washington state. But for a range of reasons, they had to do it by putting the goats in harnesses and flying them out with a helicopter. Plus: around this time in 1997, Elton John improvised a song on a TV show using words from some guy's oven manual. 

By |2021-09-27T07:50:45-04:00September 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Fruit Flies Make Up Customized Songs To Impress Potential Mates (Cool Weird Awesome 603)

Research from 2018 at Princeton University found that male fruit flies use their wings to improvise musical sounds to win the attention of females. I just wish they didn't try to do all of it in my house. Plus: a teen in the UK makes friends with a bee! 

By |2021-09-01T07:17:20-04:00September 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Two Olympians Turned A Silver And A Bronze Into “Medals Of Friendship” (Cool Weird Awesome 582)

Whenever the Olympic Games take place we see athletes giving their all to win gold and glory - but we also see great examples of competitors who show character and kindness toward each other. Here’s the story of two of those athletes, who ended up winning the only half-silver, half-bronze medals in Olympic history. Plus, a musical group finds out that the International Olympic Committee does enforce its trademark rights. 

By |2021-07-27T08:36:38-04:00July 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Keith Richards Started Writing “Satisfaction” In His Sleep (Cool Weird Awesome 531)

It was this week in 1965 that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards got up in his sleep, started up a portable tape recorder, and recorded a guitar riff and an opening line that would soon be iconic: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Here's more of how the song came together. Plus: if this year has left you stressed out, there's a new game that might help you find some calm. It's Literally Just Mowing is both the title and the premise. 

A “Mammoth Loaf” Once Turned The U.S. Senate Chamber Into A Big Bread Box

Today in 1804, the US Senate held a party featuring something called the “Mammoth Loaf.” To explain, we have to first tell you about Thomas Jefferson, an enormous block of cheese and an archeology project. Plus: a very cold town in Siberia has some very cool music, thanks to spring ice drums.

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