Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick

Omnibus! With Ken Jennings and John Roderick

An encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations.... Show More

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July 11, 2019 56 min

In which one of the key nutrients for all life on Earth washes inexorably into the ocean all day every day, which really stresses Ken out. Certificate #52178 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 9, 2019 56 min

In which Queen Elizabeth's top astrologer dreams up the British Empire, solar power, and possibly even James Bond, and then loses his whole reputation to a charlatan with no earlobes, leading John to create a list of scientists who should have stayed in their lane. Certificate #44269 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 4, 2019 54 min

In which the U.S. military builds hundreds of thousands of weird half-cylindrical shelters out of corrugated steel, and Ken reports on what they would look like with stained-glass windows. Certificate #35704 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 2, 2019 67 min

In which we remember Frank Zappa's favorite 1950s fad, brought to you by the inventor of Mad Libs, and John remembers why people actually thought a Sasquatch lived on top of the Space Needle back in foggier times. Certificate #48261. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 27, 2019 58 min

In which hundreds of thousands of people dress in big plush animal suits as a hobby, identity, or fetish, and Ken explains the secret Family Feud notebooks of his childhood. Certificate #26505 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which a tiny village secedes from the United States to join the Confederacy and forgets to rejoin for almost a century--even though it's in upstate New York just miles from the Canadian border. Certificate #42052. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 20, 2019 64 min

In which two of the world's smartest electrochemists get fooled by a botched experiment and the promise of fame, and John reveals that GPS mysticism is his pseudoscience. Certificate #19668. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which over a hundred of Honolulu's elite private school students are shipped off to some of the world's most remote islands on a top-secret government mission, and Ken wonders if sea turtles can feel dread. Certificate #22194. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which we learn how a historical delicacy of Croatia got bastardized into a staple of American cocktails and sundaes, and John is upset when his third grade teacher pays him in ice cream instead of cash. Certificate #28197. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 11, 2019 59 min

In which we trace script handwriting from ancient Egypt all the way up to the modern culture wars, and John and Ken argue over the ugliest cursive capital letter: is it J or Q? Certificate #32892. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 6, 2019 45 min

In which the messy orange-eating of a runaway heiress creates a colorful new summer look for American women, and Ken goes way too far with his Kennedy assassination theories. Certificate #12306. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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June 4, 2019 50 min

In which America's two greatest dinosaur hunters ruin their lives in an unhinged battle of spite and revenge, which John finds extremely romantic. Certificate #24269. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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May 30, 2019 55 min

In which two of the greatest rock guitarists of all time pine after the same woman, each marry her in turn, and somehow stay friends. Certificate #42401. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which we remember the 1950s charity drive to raise reindeer funds for a tribe of Scandinavian telepaths--a problem they really should have seen coming. Certificate #37239. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which a re-designed school binder becomes a mandatory school accessory and one of the great marketing successes of the 1980s, and Ken spends hours looking at erasers shaped like sushi. Certificate #31310. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which an Esperanto-loving stage mom raises America's first celebrity child prodigy, who writes one of history's most famous poems before vanishing into a cloud of bigamy and scandal. Certificate #35551. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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May 16, 2019 49 min

In which John visits one of the most underwhelming (and breakable) landmarks in American history, and explains why its entire history is almost certainly made up. Certificate #33004. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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May 14, 2019 53 min

In which America discovers Tex-Mex food at Disneyland, leading to the invention of Doritos and "extreme" snack foods, and Ken has clam chowder in his car. Certificate #42729. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which we follow an army of exiled Polish soldiers from Siberia to Iran to Scotland, and learn why they taught a Syrian brown bear to carry ammo and eat cigarettes. Certificate #41871. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which we learn about palming doorknobs, spotting bunco artists and fornicators, and other old tricks of the "hotel dick" trade, and John steals some room service pizza. Certificate #51720. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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