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Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew.

Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve.

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Your Brain on Facts Moxie LaBouche

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    • 4.7 • 133 Ratings

Host Moxie LaBouche brings you a weekly half-hour of things you didn't know, things you thought you knew, and things you never knew you never knew.

Topics range from the history of nursing to the Balinese funeral rite David Bowie requested, from the origin of the Vulcan salute to the theft of Canada's strategic maple syrup reserve.

This is your brain on facts. yourbrainonfacts.com

    This Land is Our Land

    This Land is Our Land

    In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and it's been downhill for New World peoples ever since.  Today we look at residential schools, the occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Tribes, the Oka crisis (aka the Mohawk resistance), and Sacheen Littlefeather's Oscar speech.

    • 40 min
    Best Served Loud (do-over)

    Best Served Loud (do-over)

    A microphone is a good enough platform for getting back at people, but an entire recording studio is even better. Popular music is littered with songs getting back at an ex lover, from Waylon Jennings to Taylor Swift, but a fair number of the tracks you know by heart are actually clap-backs to the people in the mixing booth or the record label offices.

    • 35 min
    Amazing Races (do-over)

    Amazing Races (do-over)

    From using a train in a car race to marathon doping with deadly poison, there's far more excitement in racing than simply declaring a winner.

    • 33 min
    Secret Cities (do-over)

    Secret Cities (do-over)

    We all lose things -- keys, wallets, patience -- but how do you lose an entire city?  Hear about three American towns kept off the maps, Soviet enclaves known by their post codes, and ancient cities found by modern technology.

    (Los Alamos, Manhattan Project, Russia, atomic, lidar, Ankor Wat, Cambodia, Oakridge, Australia)

    • 33 min
    Jack of the Lantern (bonus audio story)

    Jack of the Lantern (bonus audio story)

    As a special treat and thank-you to all my gracious and kind supporters, I present my take on the origin of the jack-o-lantern from its Irish folklore roots.  

    If you've been a long-time follower of my buddy Shawn at Ink and Ash (formerly Stories of Yore and Yours), you may have heard this version, and you'll recognize Shawn's voice.  Shawn was nice enough to let me re-use some of his audio.  The Irish voice is courtesy of voice actor Mark Manning.

    • 12 min
    This Is (still) Halloween

    This Is (still) Halloween

    ♪♫This is Halloween!  This is Halloween!♫♪  Supporters on our Patreon and fans in our FB group chose the topics for today's episode: sorting Dracula fact from fiction; how horror stars got their stars; when did clowns become scary; the history behind zombies; and movie monster fast facts! 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Dr.Trixie ,

Love Moxie

We love the podcast and can’t wait till each one comes out. Happy to support her on Patreon as well. So few podcasts are really good, this one is always outstanding

DamienDunn ,

Phenomenal

I absolutely love this podcast! It’s always interesting and covers a wide variety of topics. I can’t recommend it enough. Thank you Moxie!

Mopooooy ,

Hooked

I love this podcast and am so happy Moxie is so prolific!
A very compelling mix of the obscure to the commonplace, and a riveting listen no matter what.

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