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    • How a Fake British Accent Took Old Hollywood by Storm

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 11 mins
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    The story behind the strange way Katharine Hepburn (and others) spoke.

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    • Why South Florida Isn't Really 'The South,' Linguistically

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 12 mins
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    Miami English is its own fascinating thing.

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    • Y’all, You’uns, Yinz, Youse: How Regional Dialects Are Fixing Standard English

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 11 mins
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    The real enemy? "You guys."

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    • The Strange World of Japanese Hangover Cures

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Here’s something weird: scientists basically have no idea why hangovers happen. “The alcohol hangover is an intriguing issue since it is unknown why these symptoms are present after alcohol and its metabolites are eliminated from the body,” opined a survey published in 2008. This is part of the reason we don’t know how to fix them. A review of eight different potential hangover remedies found that precisely none of them had any noticeable effect on mitigating the effects of a hangover.

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    • The Mystery and Occasional Poetry of, Uh, Filled Pauses

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Nearly every language and every culture has what are called “filled pauses,” a notoriously difficult-to-define concept that generally refers to sounds or words that a speaker uses when, well, not exactly speaking. In American English, the most common are “uh” and “um.”

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    • Why 40% of Vietnamese People Have the Same Last Name

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Everyone knows a Nguyen, but how did that come to be?

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    • How the Owner of the Greatest Mystery Bookstore Pulled the Genre out of the Muck

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 12 mins
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    The mystery genre is in a boom. Eight of the top 10 fiction books on the New York Times bestseller list are either straight-ahead mysteries—detective stories, murder mysteries, propulsive crime novels—or thrillers heavily indebted to or intertwined with the mystery genre. Prestige TV shows are heavily tilted in favor of mysteries; there are two currently-running Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

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    • Are 'Semester Abroad Accents' Real or Fake?

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 12 mins
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    That suspicious new London lilt may not be as put-on as it seems.

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    • The Unsolvable Mystery of the Word ‘Hoosier’

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    No one seems to know how we got this nickname for people from Indiana.

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    • Germans Are the World's Most Discerning Seltzer Connoisseurs

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The seltzer market in North America is blossoming; the old standards (Polar, Canada Dry, Schweppes, Perrier) are more successful, and smaller regional brands (LaCroix, Hal’s New York Seltzer Water) are popping up outside their respective home territories. Seltzer is cool now! But to figure out where the love of carbonated water came from, we have to take a trip to Germany, where the fondness for bottled water is as pure as the Bavarian springs.

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    • Let Them Eat Corn! The New Rules of Passover

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The eons-old fight over whether eating bread should be punishable by death.

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    • Private Eyes Tell Us About Digging Through People's Trash

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    It’s a staple of the detective montage on TV and in movies: an investigator takes a suspect’s trash, dumps it on a table and starts going to town.

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    • Cracking the Secret Code of Car Names

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    How a jumble of numbers and letters came to convey fanciness, while cute names came to mean value.

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    • Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Is From the Bronx—so What’s With the Name?

    • By: Dan Nosowitz
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Examining the phenomenon of the faux-foreign product.

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