Your Brain on Facts

Your Brain on Facts

Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew. Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve. This is your brain on facts. yourbrainonfacts.com

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May 17, 2022 32 min

Finally, I get to the subtopic that launched not one but two episodes, the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet, as well as the most interesting boring thing I could find and why science didn't get a handle on scurvy until nearly WWII.

(Apologies in advance because I was red-lining my mic throughout and I have no idea why -- I'd been doing VO jobs all day with no such issue.)

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What started as a need to tell the real story of "Gentleman Pirate" Stede Bonnet has turned into a myth vs history two-parter! I love when that happens. Hear about pirate pensions, the makeup of the mariners, and civil unions on the seven seas. Special thanks to Charlie and Jesse over the in Brainiac Breakroom for help with the title.

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May 3, 2022 59 sec
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It's the return of our occasional series, We Can't Have Nice Things. This week, we look at radio contest and promotions that went badly wrong, often at the draft stage. Free nude wedding anyone?

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 02:45 Radio Luxembourg's Ice Block Challenge

06:02 Bait & switch

10:12 Rules are rules

17:36 Review and news

20:40 No accounting for...

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April 19, 2022 37 min

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear leather jackets with chains, long hair, and lots of eyeliner! Today we look at three times heavy metal musicians said "We're not gonna take it" and defended the freedom of speech, but were they "Breaking the Law" and just "Howl(ing) at the Moon"?

0:42 Twisted Sister vs Congress

17:07 Reviews and news

19:58 Ozzy Osbourne's Suicide Solution

26:20 Judas Priest, Better Th...

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April 5, 2022 18 min

People used to say "If you believe that, I have some swampland in Florida to sell you," but they really should have said, "I have some lovely acres in the Republic of Poyais you can buy, but you have to act now!" Presenting one of my favorite con artists ever, the man who declared himself prince of a South American country that didn't exist, Gregor MacGregor (yes, that's really his name).

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March 29, 2022 35 min

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There are four Sundays a month, but more than a dozen days we call "Black Sunday." Here are three -- two forces of nature and one parade of schadenfreude.

02:42 Black Blizzard

12:45 Bondi Beach

24:42 Disneyland

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March 22, 2022 35 min

Who you gonna believe -- me or your lying eyes? Today we look at court cases where people try to avoid taxes by arguing that things aren't the things that they clearly are.

00:50 Tomato

08:18 Jaffa Cakes

17:48 Hydrox vs Oreo

37:40 X-Men

Links to all the research resources are on the website.

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Our Patrons have a nose for good topics, so today we 

07:04 Smells and space 

14:40 Ham-sniffer

21:17 It's the pits

30:48 Aromatherapy

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Music: Kevin MacLeod, and The Mini Vandals.


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March 8, 2022 41 min

Why did no one tell me about Moms Mabley?!! Hear about her and other 'living loud and proud' ladies (Dorothy Parker, Mae West, Tallulah Bankhead) on this International Women's Day.

01:00 Tallulah Bankhead

13:00 Mae West

23:00 Moms Mabley

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March 1, 2022 30 min

Voted on by our Patreon, we dive into the deadly side of sculpture, painting, ballet and more!

01:36 Blucifer

04:00 Get the lead out

10:00 Ballet blazes

20:45 Death by a thousand face

26:43 The Conqueror and the conquered

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Necessity is the mother of invention and these inventions had real mothers! Hear about Black female inventors, the tribulations of research, and a story I didn't expect to find and couldn't pass up.

01:00 L'histoire 

06:36 Martha Jones's corn husker

07:55 Mary Jones de Leon's cooking apparatus

08:56 Judy Reed's dough kneader-roller

10:30 Sarah Goode's folding bed-desk

11:40 Sarah Boon's ironing board

17:15 ...

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Congrats to Hearts & Wheels, who won week 2 of #moxiemillion, by sharing the show to help it reach 1 million downloads this month!

Necessity is the mother of invention and who was in a more necessitous position than victims of the Atlantic slave trade? You may revolutionize industries, but good luck getting a patent.

00:47 Patents and law 

06:40 Benjamin Bradley

09:10 Benjamin Montgomery

16:30 Thomas Jennings

23:15 Henry Boyd

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February 8, 2022 35 min

Congrats to Richard Enriquez, who won week 1 of #moxiemillion, by sharing the show to help it reach 1 million downloads this month!

Cleopatra-schmeopatra! Hear the stories of three queens of Africa who should also be household names. Starring the clever queen Moremi, the fierce queen Amanirenas, and the terrifying queen Ranavalona.

Links to all the research resources are on the website.

3:06 Moremi of Ife

10:54 Amanirena of Kush

23:00 R...

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February 1, 2022 34 min

With half the world's continents being home to a panoply of monkey species, it's no wonder the people of Center & South America, Asia, and Africa hold monkeys in high esteems as mythological and religious figures. Hear about Hanuman, howlers, Hapi, and a helluva lot more (and yes, Sun Wukong, obviously).

Links to all the research resources are on the website.

04:45 Japan: Sarugami

09:57 Central/South America: howler monkey...

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Javier Leiva from Pretend did a podcast with me!!!! 

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We teach each other about:

03:10 a pig in a poke

06:30 salting a mine

10:00 melon drop

14:50 vanity awards

21:55 Baltimore stock-broker

25:00 fake casting agents

Plus learn the three most interesting things about me!

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January 18, 2022 34 min

How'd it go for the first BBC announcer with an accent? How much work can you get if you "make it" in voiceover? How much did the woman behind Siri make? And what's a pencil got to do with any of this? All this and more in part 2!

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January 11, 2022 29 min

From a rogue radio operator, to Bugs Bunny, to the lady who recorded all the time and temperature message for the phone company, we look at some history and notable names in voicework (which is what I do for a living, hire me!) 

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January 4, 2022 18 min

Happy new year! Or is it? It depends on which calendar you're using.

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Music: Kevin MacLeodDavid Fesliyan.  

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December 24, 2021 13 min

Happy holidays to all my beautiful Brainiacs!  Enjoy this bonus mini episode on a bit of history that, while not obscure, should be better-known (and taken to heart) by more people -- the WWI Christmas Truce.

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