2 08, 2023

The US Almost Had Coins Worth A Tenth Of A Cent (Cool Weird Awesome 1061)

By |2023-08-02T09:52:02-04:00August 2, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Around this time in 1935, the US government was making a big decision about some small amounts of money: there was a push to create a kind of currency worth a tenth of a cent. 

3 04, 2023

There’s A Lunchbox Museum In Columbus, Georgia (Cool Weird Awesome 979)

By |2023-04-03T07:48:19-04:00April 3, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

Last week was school spring break where I live, so today all the families are back to packing backpacks, putting homework in folders and packing lunches.  Maybe next spring break we should head to Columbus, Georgia to visit the Lunchbox Museum.

11 11, 2022

A Comanche Code Talker Sent The First Message From Utah Beach On D-Day (Cool Weird Awesome 886)

By |2022-11-11T08:50:33-05:00November 11, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

For Veterans Day, the story of the Comanche Code Talkers, 17 veterans of the second World War who created an unbroken code in their native language that saved lives and helped the US military effort. 

30 06, 2022

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

By |2022-06-30T09:58:21-04:00June 30, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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.

14 03, 2022

A Chef Got Irritated With A Wealthy Diner And That’s Why We Have Potato Chips (Cool Weird Awesome 731)

By |2022-03-14T06:30:53-04:00March 14, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

It's National Potato Chip Day, so of course we’re going to take you through the history of potato chips and the story of chef George Crum, the man sometimes called “the Edison of grease.”

27 01, 2022

String Figures Help Tell Indigenous Stories Across The World (Cool Weird Awesome 704)

By |2022-01-27T06:58:04-05:00January 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

For many Native people in the U.S. and beyond, this is a time of year to tell stories with string. Here's a little about how they work, and why in some cultures they're only told in winter.

11 10, 2021

Edmonia Lewis, A Sculptor Who Brought Her Subjects To Life (Cool Weird Awesome 631)

By |2021-10-11T06:44:23-04:00October 11, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

On Indigenous Peoples Day, here's the story of sculptor Edmonia Lewis. She was born in the 1840s to a Black father and a Chippewa mother, and became the first Native American and Black woman to become an acclaimed sculptor. Plus: Happy Thanksgiving to our listeners in Canada. It’s a big country, except for the exhibit known as Little Canada, which features miniature versions of some of the country’s most famous cities, landmarks and attractions.

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