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  • Pod City: ‘Off Camera,’ ‘Sound Opinions,’ and More of the Week's Best Podcasts

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    Whitney Matheson
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Our weekly roundup of notable podcast episodes.
  • Crispus Attucks: America's First Revolutionary War Casualty

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    Mark Mancini
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who was the Revolutionary War’s first colonial casualty? A black seaman with Native American roots. Crispus Attucks’ dramatic death made him a polarizing figure in 1770. On March 5th of that year, the infamous Boston Massacre claimed his life and left a legacy over which the emerging nation would soon struggle. Attucks’ early days are largely clouded in mystery. It appears that his father, Prince Yonger, was an abducted West African while his mother likely hailed from New England’s native Wampanoag people (in whose language Attucks means “small male deer”). Crispus himself was…
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    "The problem with that bear is it doesn't have a complete wardrobe. It is half naked which is wholly inappropriate for children."8 Strange Things Cities Decided to Banmentalfloss.com
  • Awesome Charts Serious Serial Fans Will Love

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    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Awesome Charts Serious Serial Fans Will Love
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  • Pod City: ‘Off Camera,’ ‘Sound Opinions,’ and More of the Week's Best Podcasts

    Whitney Matheson
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Our weekly roundup of notable podcast episodes.
  • Crispus Attucks: America's First Revolutionary War Casualty

    Mark Mancini
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who was the Revolutionary War’s first colonial casualty? A black seaman with Native American roots. Crispus Attucks’ dramatic death made him a polarizing figure in 1770. On March 5th of that year, the infamous Boston Massacre claimed his life and left a legacy over which the emerging nation would soon struggle. Attucks’ early days are largely clouded in mystery. It appears that his father, Prince Yonger, was an abducted West African while his mother likely hailed from New England’s native Wampanoag people (in whose language Attucks means “small male deer”). Crispus himself was…
  • The Weird Week in Review

    Miss Cellania
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    There Goes the Neighborhood In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a big old hole. The ground began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being…
  • A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the 'Batman' TV Series

    Scott Neumyer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here they all are with a little extra Bam! Pow! Zap! for good measure.
  • Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

    Ethan Trex
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character. They found something even better: Carter’s hard-drinking younger brother, gas station owner Billy.
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  • Crispus Attucks: America's First Revolutionary War Casualty

    Mark Mancini
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who was the Revolutionary War’s first colonial casualty? A black seaman with Native American roots. Crispus Attucks’ dramatic death made him a polarizing figure in 1770. On March 5th of that year, the infamous Boston Massacre claimed his life and left a legacy over which the emerging nation would soon struggle. Attucks’ early days are largely clouded in mystery. It appears that his father, Prince Yonger, was an abducted West African while his mother likely hailed from New England’s native Wampanoag people (in whose language Attucks means “small male deer”). Crispus himself was…
  • The Weird Week in Review

    Miss Cellania
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    There Goes the Neighborhood In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a big old hole. The ground began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being…
  • A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the 'Batman' TV Series

    Scott Neumyer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here they all are with a little extra Bam! Pow! Zap! for good measure.
  • Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

    Ethan Trex
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character. They found something even better: Carter’s hard-drinking younger brother, gas station owner Billy.
  • Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?

    Matt Soniak
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    What's your dog up to anyway?
 
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  • Awesome Charts Serious Serial Fans Will Love

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Awesome Charts Serious Serial Fans Will Love
  • Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at a German Watch Factory

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at a German Watch Factory
  • 11 Places Planes Can’t Fly Over in the U.S. After the...

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    11 Places Planes Can’t Fly Over in the U.S. After the September 11 attacks, Disney successfully had a “temporary” no-fly zone restriction slipped into a nearly $400 billion federal spending bill in 2003, which established the restricted airspace over its Anaheim and Orlando theme parks.
  • 12 Inedible Goodies that Foodies Will Still Love

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    12 Inedible Goodies that Foodies Will Still Love
  • 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About...

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Aladdin’ Williams was available for only a handful of recording sessions. So he’d rapid-fire each line as written, in as many different styles as he could create. “Robin had so much freedom, and [ad-libbing] was always encouraged,” Goldberg told EW. “He always gave us such a huge amount to choose from. He would do a line as written, but he would do it as 20 different characters, and John and Ron and I would take those tracks back to the studio and really put the ones in that made us laugh the most and were the ones that we thought were…
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