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Your Brain on Facts

Things you never knew and a few things you thought you did know.  Imagine a Venn diagram where the podcasts Lore and Good Job, Brain! overlap with the YouTube channel Today I Found Out and the countdown episodes on CineFix - that's Your Brain On Facts!

Dec 18, 2018

You've probably heard about the Austrian Christmas demon Krampus, but what about Befana, the Italian Christmas witch?  In what country do you need reservations for Xmas dinner at KFC?  Where do people wish you happy holidays with a specific request for presents?

Promo: Soulstory podcast

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Dec 11, 2018

In our instantly-connected world, there are entire groups of people you may never have heard of, whether they have never had contact with others or they live alongside the better known population.  Learn about the Sami of Norway, Yali of New Guinea, Ladakhi of India, and more.

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Dec 4, 2018

As long as we have had media on which to record our art, there have been competing formats.  While more modern examples like Betamax vs VHS or Blu-ray vs HD DVD may leap to mind, format wars go back as far as the days of Thomas Edison and the first audio media, wax cylinders.  We'll also look at 8-tracks, 16-2/3 RPM...

Nov 27, 2018

From naming ceremonies around the world and adult circumcisions, to unexpected disasters and baptising the dead whether they want it or not, we look at different ways people are made part of their faith or community.

Music by Kevin MacLeod and Tabletop Audio.

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Nov 20, 2018

Think you don't speak French because you failed it in high school?  Wouldn't know Hindi from Urdu?  You actually speak them every day!

Mentions: NativLang, Marge Bruchac's letter

Music by Kevin MacLeod, and Chris Haugen.

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