282 episodes

Twice a week, Ken Jennings and John Roderick add a new entry to the OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations.

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    • 4.7, 1.6K Ratings

Twice a week, Ken Jennings and John Roderick add a new entry to the OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations.

    Episode 280: Dutch Elm Disease (Entry 388.JL0112)

    Episode 280: Dutch Elm Disease (Entry 388.JL0112)

    In which America's forests and suburbs are ravaged by a strange invader brought by bark beetles, and Ken insists on comparing tree sap to mucus even though no one wants that. Certificate #27612.

    • 57 min
    Episode 279: Sister Cities (Entry 1165.AM0408)

    Episode 279: Sister Cities (Entry 1165.AM0408)

    In which post-war trauma and idealism inspire world cities to try a new kind of diplomacy, and John has big plans for Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Certificate #39656.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 278: Project MK-Ultra (Entry 993.HB0111)

    Episode 278: Project MK-Ultra (Entry 993.HB0111)

    In which the CIA becomes convinced that acid-laced cocktails are the solution to all our Cold War intelligence problems, and Ken suggests a new variant of foosball. Certificate #28598.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 277: The Tibetan Memory Trick (Entry 1306.NU0774)

    Episode 277: The Tibetan Memory Trick (Entry 1306.NU0774)

    In which a Victorian parlor game about poultry and tweezers blossoms into a tongue twister, a comedy act, and a broadcasting test, and John tunes a guitar because Frank Zappa isn't available. Certificate #34596.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 276: The Phoebus Cartel (Entry 931.JN0905)

    Episode 276: The Phoebus Cartel (Entry 931.JN0905)

    In which an evil cabal of lightbulb manufacturers realizes they can sell more product if bulbs burn out faster, and Ken decides he invented Teddy Ruxpin. Certificate #24473..

    • 1 hr
    Episode 275: The Guru Letters (Entry 557.PR0513)

    Episode 275: The Guru Letters (Entry 557.PR0513)

    In which a Siberia-obsessed Russian mystic counts a future U.S. vice president among his acolytes, and John offers up our softest poets to the mosquitoes of Alaska. Certificate #43738.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

LadylovesOly ,

Omnibus

Hands down my favorite podcast. It’s consistently funny and engaging, and leaves me smiling happy not snarky.

Ghobberisch ,

Consistently entertaining

Ken’s brain is wired quite differently, and it’s fun when he spontaneously goes off on tangents and spouts terrible puns. John seems like a nice man, if a little too Pacific Northwest Elite™️. The only downside is getting used to his wet-mouth tongue-thlock he does. “Yeah, uh, *PLOQ* ...” “Hm that’s, *ttHHLOP* very interesting”

denminn ,

Good But Could Be Better

This is an informative show and John and Ken have great chemistry. The only downside is when they get partisan. I get that a show based in Seattle is going to be somewhat progressive, but the smugness is a little much. On the whole though, if you like podcasts about odd facts of history, you will enjoy it.

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