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Geography History

No Man’s Land

There’s a territory between Egypt and Sudan that no one wants. Can I have it?

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Geography History

Death from Below

What killed 1,746 people at a Cameroonian lake in 1986?

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History Sports

Fear and Loathing in Saint Louis

Under the aura of the coronavirus, athletic events hang in the balance. Could sports be in a worse position?

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Business History

The Devil’s Chemist and the Legacy of Evil

Why did a Nazi chemical conglomerate indicted for forced labor, murder, and genocide stay open until 2011?

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History Language Technology

What Day Is It? (Part II)

We don’t have anything better to do; let’s get deep into “Wednesday”.

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History

What Day Is It? (Part I)

But first: What year is it?

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History United States

Norton I, Emperor of the United States

In a time of peril and civil war, the people of the United States turned to the leadership of one man.

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Culture Language Technology

The War on the Frowning Poop Emoji

How the history of our newest linguistic asset led to a serious discussion of fecal emotionality.

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The Grapevine Uncategorized

Here Comes Santa Claus

If you’re good, he’ll break into your house and leave presents under a tree. If you’re not, he’ll supply you with valuable fossil fuels. But where did the man with the bag come from? Featuring St. Nicholas, Krampus, Jesus, and more. The gang’s all here.

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The Grapevine

Florida Man

You’ve probably heard of Florida Man. He’s yesterday’s big-time meme. In this episode, we set the man (and his could-be cinematic universe) aside to talk about the state that created a legendary figure. Is Florida really that weird?