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Decoder Ring

Slate Podcasts

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Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
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First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin. From there, we will cover all aspects of Russian and Soviet history as well as the histories of all of the countries that were part of the USSR and the Russian Empire. Hopefully, the podcast can help you understand the policies of Vladimir Putin, and Russia. If you'd like to support the podcast with a small monthly donation, click this link - https://www.buzzsprout.com/385372/support
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Sidedoor

Smithsonian Institution

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More than 154 million treasures fill the Smithsonian’s vaults. But where the public’s view ends, Sidedoor begins. With the help of biologists, artists, historians, archaeologists, zookeepers and astrophysicists, host Lizzie Peabody sneaks listeners through the Smithsonian’s side door, telling stories that can’t be heard anywhere else. Check out si.edu/sidedoor and follow @SidedoorPod for more info.
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The Spill

Mamamia Podcasts

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A daily entertainment podcast that covers the top pop culture stories of the day, hosted by Laura Brodnik and Kee Reece. It’s a smart look at celebrity news. You know you want to listen.
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Exploring Music History with Professor Robert Greenberg one Monday at a time. Every Monday Robert Greenberg explores some timely, perhaps intriguing and even, if we are lucky, salacious chunk of musical information relevant to that date, or to … whatever. If on (rare) occasion these features appear a tad irreverent, well, that’s okay: we would do well to remember that cultural icons do not create and make music but rather, people do, and people can do and say the darndest things.
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Jason Horton revisits a different year along with the strange history and the cultural happenings during that year. Get your weird history fix with Strange Year. Instagram For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4 Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy
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StarTalk Radio

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Science, pop culture, and comedy collide on StarTalk Radio! Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, and his comic co-hosts, guest celebrities, and scientific experts explore astronomy, physics, and everything else there is to know about life in the universe. New episodes premiere Tuesdays. Keep Looking Up!
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Guerrilla History is the podcast that acts as a reconnaissance report of global history for the activist left, and aims to use the lessons of history to analyze the present. Your hosts are educators Henry Hakamaki and Professor Adnan Husain, historian and Director of the School of Religion at Queens University. Follow us on social media! Our podcast can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/guerrilla_pod, and can be supported on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory. Your ...
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Deep Cuts

Boy Genius

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Hosts Dave Baker and Andrew Price walk you through the ins, outs, and the nitty gritty of an astonishing story from pop culture or history that you won't believe you've never heard before.
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Crimelines walks you through true crime events, pairing captivating tales with clear storytelling. Host Charlie brings in appropriate historic and cultural context to look beyond what happened and consider why it happened.
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I'm all about ancient history and this podcast covers ancient Greece, Rome and other cultures from antiquity. From mainstay topics through to the more niche and aimed at all levels of knowledge I think you'll find something good to listen to. Why not have a browse? It would be great to have you join me. More content, including episode notes, on my ancient history website www.ancientblogger.com
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Stuck in the '80s explores that MTV-generation nostalgia that still stirs up emotion no matter what the age. Whether it's '80s movies, pop culture, music or old-school memories, this engaging podcast will help you reminisce and chuckle about a defining era of history. Rad!
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Learning your history makes you - and your people - stronger. As Black people, we know we’re left out of the history books. That the media images are skewed. That we need access to experts, information and ideas so we can advance our people. Black History Year connects you to the history, thinkers, and activists that are left out of the mainstream conversations. You may not agree with everything you hear, but we’re always working toward one goal: uniting for the best interest of Black people ...
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Past Present

Niki, Neil, and Natalia

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Past Present brings together three historians to discuss what's happening in American politics and culture today. Natalia, Neil, and Niki bring historical insights to the news of the day, offering listeners an alternative to the reflexive and polarized world of punditry. Interested in the world around you but exhausted by rote reactions and partisan talking points? You've come to the right place.
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History Defeats Itself

Kevin Rosenquist, John Banks, and Greg Mitchell

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The crew at History Defeats Itself has been providing laughs and even a (very) little bit of education since 2019. With topics ranging from the fascinating to the seemingly mundane, Kevin, John, and Greg discuss events and people that exemplify how humans never really learn from their history. The show is part history podcast, part society and culture podcast, and all comedy podcast. Sometimes clever, sometimes sophomoric, but always entertaining, the boys are here every other Wednesday to p ...
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This unique and lively history show delves into some of the world's most important political, social and cultural events and the intriguing personalities behind them. Presented by Dr Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College Dublin, Talking History unravels the gritty, sometimes uncomfortable, side of our past, and what we can learn from it.
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The past is never past. Every headline has a history. Join us every week as we go back in time to understand the present. These are stories you can feel and sounds you can see from the moments that shaped our world. Subscribe to Throughline+. You'll be supporting the history-reframing, perspective-shifting, time-warping stories you can't get enough of - and you'll unlock access bonus episodes and sponsor-free listening. Learn more at plus.npr.org/throughline
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The Explaining History Podcast has been exploring the 20th Century in weekly chapters for the past 10 years, helping students and enthusiasts engage with the past. With the help of expert guests, your host Nick Shepley navigates competing debates around the key events and processes of the past century. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/explaininghistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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American English Podcast

Sonoro | Shana Thompson

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The American English Podcast teaches the language and culture of the United States. Through common expressions, pronunciation tips and interesting cultural snippets or stories, I hope to keep this fun, useful and interesting! All bonus material can be accessed at http://americanenglishpodcast.com/
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The Enigma Machine. The B2 stealth bomber. The poisoned-tipped umbrella. Napoleon’s Briefcase of Secrets. As long as there has been conflict, there have been spies, and as long as there have been spies, there have been incredible gadgets and iconic objects. These are the stories of the tools that power the world of espionage, hosted by Alice Loxton. Hit FOLLOW to get episodes every week. Get episodes early and ad-free with Spyscape+.
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Into America

MSNBC, Trymaine Lee

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Into America is a show about being Black in America. These stories explore what it means to hold truth to power and this country to its promises. Told by people who have the most at stake.
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Legendary Comedian Godfrey is LIVE from New York, and joins some of his best friends in comedy, Hip-Hop and Hollywood to talk current events, pop culture, race issues, movies, music, TV and Kung Fu. We got endless impressions, a white producer, random videos Godfrey found on the internet and so much more! We're not reinventing the wheel, we're just talking 'ish twice a week... with GODFREY on In Godfrey We Trust. Watch LIVE on YouTube every Tuesday at 10pm ET or on GaSDigital.com/LIVE Latest ...
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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved ...
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The Gray Area with Sean Illing takes a philosophy-minded look at culture, technology, politics, and the world of ideas. Each week, we invite a guest to explore a question or topic that matters. From the the state of democracy, to the struggle with depression and anxiety, to the nature of identity in the digital age, each episode looks for nuance and honesty in the most important conversations of our time. New episodes drop every Monday.
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We've visited all 77 of Chicago's historic community areas and taught you the history and tasted amazing food along the way! Join us, Sara Faddah and Dario Durham, as we continue to tell Chicago's tasteful history. New episodes every Monday. Support this podcast: https://77flavorschi.buzzsprout.com
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In this episode, we're taking in depth look into latest album by Beyoncé "COWBOY CARTER". We're looking into the cultural impact and significance behind the album, especially the exposure being brought to black country artists of the past and present as well as some hidden gems about the African-American roots of country music. Song Credits: "TEXAS…
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Free time, one of life’s most precious things, often feels unfulfilling. But why? And how did leisure activities transition from strolling in the park for hours to “doomscrolling” on social media for thirty minutes? Today, despite the promise of modern industrialization, many people experience both a scarcity of free time and a disappointment in it…
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It's earth day week and we have got the wildest Chicago connection to share with you! How does Morton Salt and The Morton Arboretum connect to Arbor Day?! Also, we kicked it old school and had four this episode. Hannah's Bretzel is on deck with founder, Florian. This place is very earth friendly! Tune in and learn with us! Support the show Check ou…
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Matt and Kevin kick off Season 8 with a trip to the 1964 World's Fair and showcase their season series. SUPPORT THE SHOW! Thank you so much for listening to the 3028 as we kick off Season EIGHT! Whaaat?! To support the show, you can leave us a 5-star review on the Apple Podcast App. We also accept monetary support (if you can) via Venmo and Paypal.…
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In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 3 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with an amazing discussion of The Great Leap Forward and The Cultural Revolution! If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxe…
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When we adorn our heads with headwraps, scarves, and bonnets, we embrace an age-old Black custom worthy of celebration. _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists to amplify the stories of Black history you didn't learn in school. You make PushBlack happen wit…
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Throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, 6 brothers were locked inside of their New York City apartment, not allowed to leave or see anybody from the outside world. All they could do was watch 1000s of movies. Eventually, they started shooting meticulous shot-for-shot remakes of their favorite films. -- Episode edited by Lewis Poggie -- Join our Di…
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Some of the words and phrases that we use everyday have sinister origins. These terms are linguistic remnants of a deeply racist past. They may seem harmless on the surface, but their continued usage subconsciously reinforces harmful attitudes and discriminatory beliefs. Here are a few examples. _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by P…
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Pet Revolution: Animals and the Making of Modern British Life (Reaktion Books, 2023) tracks the British love affair with pets over the last two centuries, showing how the kinds of pets we keep, as well as how we relate to and care for them, has changed radically. The book describes the growth of pet foods and medicines, the rise of pet shops, and t…
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Will Neil take back what he said about Pluto? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comedian Chuck Nice explore planets, dwarf planets, and the Kuiper belt with planetary scientist and principal investigator for the New Horizons Mission, Alan Stern. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/deb…
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Coachella is done and dusted for another year and TBH we're kind sad about it. It's the one time of the year we get to see how celebrities act with their lovers and friends with any kind of normalcy. So it's Spillchella today and we're talking relationship debuts at the festival and giving you a rundown of every big moment this year. Plus, we're di…
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This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka The Charles Oakley of The Jews, The Monster of Mucous aka Captain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Smiling Sultan of Sniff aka The Flat Footed Phenom aka Mitzvah Mike is …
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Last time we spoke about Feng Yuxiang and Zhang Zongchang. Both men were born into poverty, rose through the ranks of the military, earning popularity. Feng became known for his integrity and generosity. He played a pivotal role during the Xinhai Revolution and the subsequent warlord era, often switching allegiances opportunistically. Feng embraced…
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Of the prince (never king) who, with his iron will and fierce determination, singlehandedly began the Age of Exploration, in which Europe conquered the globe, and thereby created the modern world. And of what his life says for the renewal of our own time. The written version of this review can be found here (https://theworthyhouse.com/2024/04/22/pr…
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In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 2 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with this absolutely terrific discussion on the Chinese Revolution & Civil War! If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxer …
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The internet has fractured our world into a million little subcultures catering to the specific identities and habits of everyone online. Writer Derek Thompson believes this has led to a widespread cult-like mentality that has crept into all facets of modern life — pop culture, media, politics, and religion itself. He joins Sean to explain this the…
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In the darkness of the night they bathed their naked bodies before drenching the land with their bath water. This was a very specific form of spiritual warfare – one only a chosen few women could perform. _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists to amplify t…
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ICYMI Taylor Swift dropped not one but two albums last Friday. (Not sure how you would miss it though because The Tortured Poet's Department has been EVERYWHERE for the last few days.) Now that we've slightly recovered, we need to discuss. So we've brought in Ash London, who's met Tay-Tay three times, to debrief about some crucial details everyone'…
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Marking the international touring exhibition 'Imagine: 100 Years of International Surrealism', Patrick Geoghegan finds out what this movement meant to the art world and its global significance still today. Joining him is Dr Felicity Gee, Senior Lecturer in Modernism and World Cinema at the University of Exeter, and Vice President of the Internation…
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GoFundMe for GODFREY’s NEW Special: https://gofund.me/8266f920 CASHAPP GODFREY https://cash.app/$godfreycomedian 🎙️Upcoming Tour Dates TICKETS AT https://godfreylive.com ------------------------------ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS https://kingpalm.com and use promo code GODFREY for 20% OFF https://yokratom.com and get a $60 KILO ----------------------------…
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We've already explored the Ru School of Philosophy and the thought of Confucius, Mengzi and Xunzi. This time we look at Legalism and the most important philosophers of this school of thought. We'll look at the lives of Shang Yang, Shen Buhai, Han Fei, and Li Si and how they embraced this controversial political philosophy. Learn more about your ad …
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This is The Zone of Disruption! This is the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST! His name is Michael Rapaport aka The Gringo Mandingo aka The Charles Oakley of The Jews, The Monster of Mucous aka Captain Colitis aka The Disruptive Warrior aka Mr. NY aka The Inflamed Ashkenazi aka The Smiling Sultan of Sniff aka The Flat Footed Phenom aka Mitzvah Mike is …
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Daryl Hall and John Oates are no more. So says John anyway. We discuss the shocking news, share our deep-cut favorites and relive our 2009 interview with John Oates in this special podcast. The 2025 lineup of The 80s Cruise is now available and includes Adam Ant, Squeeze, Christopher Cross, Men at Work and Andy Bell of Erasure. Listen to this week'…
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Elizabeth is often known in history books as the "Virgin Queen". As we will see in this episode, to remain unwed was a conscious choice she cultivated from the very beginning of her reign. It gave her independence. And it allowed her to chart England's religious course, very much a compromise, without foreign interference. Website Patreon Support…
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Don’t split a pole. Throw salt over your shoulder for good luck.. There are countless idioms that Black folks share across the globe. Why are we like this? _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists to amplify the stories of Black history you didn't learn in s…
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In the summer of 2016, Disney introduced its first Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Elena, Princess of the Periphery: Disney’s Flexible Latina Girl (Rutgers University Press, 2023) by Dr. Diana Leon-Boys explores this Disney property using multiple case studies to understand its approach to girlhood and Latinidad. Following the circuit of culture …
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You know the old saying 'everything old is new again'. Well, our beloved 90s and 00s TV shows are apparently getting that treatment thanks to Gen Z, and we have some unpopular opinions about it. Plus, a musical version of the beloved romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians is in the works, but now we have some bad news about the movie sequel. And it’s We…
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Whether it's pesticides in your cereal or the door plug flying off your airplane, consumers today have plenty of reasons to feel like corporations might not have their best interests at heart. At a moment where we're seeing unprecedented product recalls, and when trust in the government is near historic lows, we're going to revisit a time when a ge…
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Getting a peek inside a celebrity's house is beyond exciting. Particularly when it's weird AF. Emma Roberts just showed us every single room in her wacky house and we need to talk about what we saw, including her kooky doll collection and the drink she gives her guests. We also unpack why a Hollywood producer's opinion about Sydney Sweeney complete…
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In 1995, 15-year-old Nicole van den Hurk disappeared on her way to work. Her family fought for years to get justice for her–sometimes going to extremes. In the end, they got justice and changed how the Dutch court system recognized families. This case is solved. Case timeline Sponsors help make the show possible. A huge thank you to them! Get 15% o…
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Comedian Akeem Woods joins the show! GoFundMe for GODFREY’s NEW Special: https://gofund.me/8266f920 CASHAPP GODFREY https://cash.app/$godfreycomedian 🎙️Upcoming Tour Dates TICKETS AT https://godfreylive.com ------------------------------ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS https://capsulyte.com and use promo code GAS for 30% OFF https://YoDelta.com and use promo …
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During the post war decades, migration from Britain's colonies in the Caribbean to the UK grew considerably. There are well documented 'pull' factors that led to this, including a deep sense of identification that many Jamaicans, Barbadians and others felt for the 'mother country'. However, long term structural economic hardships, the effects of a …
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In the dead of winter, they danced. Jazz played. They dressed up, spoke up, and got down. This is the story of how this exiled Black communist started one of the biggest parties in the world. _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists to amplify the stories of…
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Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez―one of the first Latin-American stars to sweep past the xenophobia of old Hollywood and pave the way for future icons from around the world. Her career began in the silent era, when her beauty was enough to make it onto the silver screen, but with the rise of talkies, Velez c…
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Welcome to the sixth episode of Rapaort's Reality! Starring Kebe & Michael Rapaport. This is the reality television podcast that the whole reality world has been waiting for. Live From Los Angeles! The Rapaport's are here to discuss: People Magazine Power Couple Article, letting their hands go, breaking down their astrology, doing Sandoval's podcas…
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In this episode of The More You Know we discuss how we feel about Travis and Taylor after Coachella, Bachelor Nation’s newest split, and the width and breadth of Channing Tatum’s project pipeline. Plus we tell you which new podcast causes us to be disappointed. Our full show notes are at knoxandjamie.com/552 CTA: Get our digital delights, including…
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FYI: Zendaya has a new movie out... and strong core muscles. We got the inside scoop on all things Challengers, the spicy new tennis movie starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor & Mike Faist. And spoiler, it’s not just about tennis. THE END BITS Subscribe to Mamamia Listen to more episodes of The Spill here. And find us on Instagram here. Click here to ta…
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He turned a bright spark into a flame. (Part 1 of 2!) You can buy Marcus McCann's book, Park Cruising: What Happens When We Wander Off the Path, here. Content warning: this episode briefly discusses suicide around minute 13. An extended cut of this episode is available for Patreon and Apple Podcast subscribers. Support You're Wrong About: Bonus Epi…
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As Turkish power is entrenched across Anatolia and Kılıç Arslan consolidates the power of the Sultanate of Rum, in Constantinople Emperor Alexios Komnenos calls for aid from the West. The Emperor envisions a relatively large, but still manageable, army of experienced Latin knights of the type that have fought for Byzantium in the past in order to r…
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Shoeless in South Dakota: In this third edition of our All Too Human interview series, Breht and Dave welcome Niko into the Shoeless Shed to have an honest conversation about his struggles with alcoholism. With these All Too Human interviews, we aim to highlight and destigmatize the mental health and addiction struggles of regular working class peo…
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Are "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" any good? How do the two new "Ghostbusters" movies compare with the original 1984 film? We talk all things "Ghostbusters" and take the ultimate "Ghostbusters" trivia quiz with special guest co-host and quiz book author Tamara Dever. The 2025 lineup of The 80s Cruise is now available an…
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With the word “slave” written on his right cheek, Prince put on a legendary performance. Many people viewed his music as an escape to feel free, but what happens when the artist doesn’t feel free himself? _____________ 2-Minute Black History is produced by PushBlack, the nation's largest non-profit Black media company. PushBlack exists to amplify t…
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