Episode 12 – A Song of Fire and Ice Cream Trucks

This week, Rissa gets all meta on us by talking about how you can totally misrepresent a religion you don’t practice, even if you mean well, George.

Science gives a public service announcement. Rissa still believes her. Clio is just…so tired.

New York Times article on giving: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/us/hurricane-irma-help-donate.html
Charity Watch: https://www.charitywatch.org/home
United Way of Missoula County: http://www.missoulaunitedway.org/2017-fire-funds
406 Family Aid Foundation: http://www.406familyaidfoundation.org/
Dept. of Agriculture/Montana Stockgrowers Foundation Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline: (406) 442-3420

Episode 11 – All Songs Are Breakup Songs

This week, Science takes a stand: podcasts that touch liquor shall never touch…hers. Mine. Ours. And then she talks about liquor for forty minutes. It’s a tourist’s guide to Prohibition!

Rissa begs for a job. Science has weird music taste, but at least she doesn’t blindly make playlists based on keywords, Clio.

Recommended Listening

Hey, everyone, Science here. Bad news. The eclipse was an omen of destruction, except it was specific to our personal schedules, so we’re not going to get an episode out this week. If you’d like something to listen to while you wait for us to get our acts together, may we recommend some of our favorites?

Stuff You Missed In History Class is from HowStuffWorks.com, and continually enriches my life with the wild, weird, or just overlooked elements of history. They have an episode on just about everything, so feel free to explore, but if you’d like a place to start, I recommend their episode on Ibn Battuta, the OG Marco Polo of the Islamic world, or their episodes on the flight to and the evacuation from Dunkirk.

Sawbones is a podcast starring a real live doctor and scientist and her husband, who knows nothing and does the jokes. It’s educational! And gross! Please enjoy their episode on Norovirus, or for the squeamish, their episode on the famous Dr. James Barry.

Shmanners is one of Rissa’s faves, an extremely polite podcast about the history and application of etiquette by a delightful married couple. I found their episode on coffee houses to be particularly informative and helpful.

And if YouTube is more your speed, please check out Extra History, a video series by people who love history almost as much as Clio. Start from the beginning of the series, in the Punic Wars, and see if you can stop yourself from watching. I can’t. Send help.

With any luck, we’ll see you next week, but until then, learn something worth knowing!

There Goes The Sun

Hello friends, Clio here. I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.  As most of you probably know, the U.S. is going to be experiencing a solar eclipse tomorrow! And I’m only a little bit excited. Living in the path of totality and having the day off from work means I’ll get a fun chance to experience this with friends. We have our glasses, breakfast menus and viewing locations are planned, we’re following all recommendations about not getting stuck in the absurd amounts of traffic we’re expecting. Locals are being told to stock up on things like gas and groceries and avoid the interstate because everyone is apparently coming to Nashville to watch the sun disappear. Fortunately, I’m taking all this excitement in stride and definitely have not spent the last several weeks reading everything I can related to the eclipse, researching the history of mankind’s interactions with eclipses, finding out what happens to animals during an eclipse, telling Science and Rissa everything I learn, planning an entire colloquium about this eclipse……Because that would be a bit excessive.

If you’re going to be inside during this event, you’ll be happy to know that NASA is planning to live stream the whole thing.  For some last minute information on what’s happening, what to expect, and how to stay safe (Hint: don’t look at the sun.), check out this article.  

Happy Eclipse Day!


How To Count To Seven

Dear Listeners, while listening to our latest episode I realized that I mis-numbered the Church councils. So in an attempt to clear up any confusion here is a quick list of them.

  1. Council of Nicaea- 325 CE. Is Christ divine? Is he equal to the Father? Was he created or uncreated?
  2. Council of Constantinople- 381 CE. Did Jesus have a human mind? Is the Holy Spirit equal to the Father and the Son?
  3. Council of Ephesus- 431 CE. How many persons are present in Christ? What should we call the Virgin Mary?
  4. Council of Chalcedon- 451 CE. How do the natures of Christ relate each other?
  5. Second Council of Constantinople- 553 CE. Tied up loose ends from Chalcedon. reaffirmed condemnation of Monophysites.
  6. Third Council of Constantinople- 678 CE. Does Christ have one will or two? Dealt with reemergence of Monophysite controversy.
  7. Second Council Of Nicaea- 787 CE. Settled the role of icons in Christian worship.


Now enjoy this collection of memes about St. Nicholas. -Clio