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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August 22, 2019 77 min

In which an eccentric metallurgist with a theater troupe begins one of the strangest science experiments in history and learns that humankind might not be ready for Mars yet, and Ken watches Jeff Bezos injure a fig tree. Certificate #34308. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 20, 2019 82 min

In which we follow the history of government games of chance from ancient China to today's bankrupt Powerball millionaires, and John grifts his elementary school out of a side of beef. Certificate #32943. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 15, 2019 55 min

In which a bygone errand, developing vacation snapshots, becomes so widespread that it gets its own chain of drive-thru kiosks, and Ken's mom looks great in a red knit jumper and gold polyester turtleneck. Certificate #38597. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 13, 2019 49 min

In which four mysterious cones are unearthed from proto-Celtic Europe, perhaps holding untold secrets of the calendar and cosmos, and John is surrounded by the happy nudists of the Danube. Certificate #23490 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 8, 2019 56 min

In which a periodic "atmospheric river" from the Pacific Ocean threatens to put a quarter of Californians underwater in the very near future, which scares Ken so much that he decides to drill holes in his couch. Certificate #23973. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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August 6, 2019 69 min

In which the legal and creative rights of a crested macaque are debated on the world stage, and we learn Ken wants to look like Popeye. Certificate #2720. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which two savvy farmers try to corner the market on onions by buying up the whole Midwestern supply, and John compares Gerald Ford to a Jesuit. Certificate #25671. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which rock's most cryptic genius shocks the world by being "born again," releasing three uneven gospel albums and annoying a lot of concertgoers. Certificate #39323. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 25, 2019 57 min

In which doomed Arctic explorers and a spiritualist's vacuum sealer help revolutionize the science of food storage, and John reveals that his "dueling scars" are actually from drinking cold canned pasta. Certificate #42072. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which over a century of mathematicians are unable to solve a geometry problem straight out of a coloring book, computers provide their first ever math "proof," and Ken challenges John to map a donut. Certificate #28876. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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In which a fictional pipe-smoking salesman invents a new quasi-religion for ironists, Discordians, and weirdos, and Ken believes he could have prevented the Trojan War. Certificate #31147. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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July 16, 2019 51 min

In which CBS cancels a full slate of country-fried programming, reinventing TV and marginalizing rural America, and John somehow watches an awful lot of Hee Haw. Certificate #36841. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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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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