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    • How to Make Friends and Influence Gators

    • By: Cara Giaimo, Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Every day across the southeastern United States, people cross paths with alligators. This is especially true in the spring—when the weather warms up, the reptiles warm up, too, and wander around in search of food and mates. Just in spring 2017, alligators have been found on porches from Florida to South Carolina, sauntering across front lawns, and creating highway traffic jams. One showed up on a tennis court, and another visited a furniture store.

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    • In 1914, Feminists Fought for the Right to Forget Childbirth

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 9 mins
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    They had associations and rallies advocating for "twilight sleep."

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    • Scientists Are Growing New Hearts in the Shells of Old Ones

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 3 mins
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    How to regenerate an organ with new cells.

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    • In 1972, Two Women Ran For President. It Didn't Go Well

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Even feminists hesitated to support a female candidate.

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    • Everything You’ve Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    What was the chastity belt? You can picture it; you’ve seen it in many movies and heard references to it across countless cultural forms. There’s even a Seattle band called Chastity Belt. In his 1969 book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), David R. Reuben describes it as an “armored bikini” with a “screen in front to allow urination and an inch of iron between the vagina and temptation.”

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    • What Happens If Someone Dies on Mars?

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The out-of-this-world future of human death.

    "What Happens If Someone Dies on Mars?" is from atlasobscura.com, published on October 5, 2016.

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    • The Enduring Mystery of James A. Garfield’s Immigration Scandal

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Instead of emails, there was the Morey letter.

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    • How a Soviet Circus Clown Tried to Prove That Dogs Can Be Psychic

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Three years after he started to study telepathy, on August 20, 1922, Bernard Bernardovich Kazhinskiy arrived as part of a four-man delegation at the labs of Vladimir L. Durov, Russia’s most famous animal trainer. Durov was almost 60, and he’d spent most of his life in the circus. At first, he had been a trapeze artist and clown, but as the years passed, his act began to focus on animals—dogs, monkeys, ducks, geese, goats, guinea pigs, bears, lions.

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    • Most American Cities Once Had Red-Light Districts

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    But they didn't last long.

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    • How Racism Kept the World's Fastest Swim Stroke out of the Pool

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 6 mins
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    On April 20, 1844, two men from North America jumped into the Bath in High Holborn, a 130-foot pool in London. They were there to show how fast they could go. The British Swimming Society had invited the two men, Wenishkaweabee and Sahma, Ojibwe people from Canada, to compete against each other for a silver medal. Both times that the two swimmers raced the length of the pool, Wenishkaweabee won; in the first race, he was seven feet ahead.

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    • The Scandalous Life of Nurse and Adventurer Kate Marsden

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Russian village of Sosnovka, in the Sakha Republic, is not the sort of place that a person travels to on a whim. The republic is part of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, which, at 2,382,000 square miles, is nearly the size of India. Across that gigantic area live about 6.3 million people, fewer than in the city of Changsha, China.

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    • Medieval Scholars Believed in the Possibility of Parallel Universes

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Etienne Tempier had a problem. In 1277, he was bishop of Paris, and there was talk that, at the Sorbonne, members of the arts faculty—the professors on the non-theological side of the school—were teaching heretical ideas, mostly derived from Aristotle’s writings. The pope himself, a former Sorbonne theology professor, had written to ask Tempier to look into these rumors.

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    • The Hidden Signs of Kobe's Post-Earthquake Resurrection

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake, this Japanese city was given tools to survive the next one.

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    • Investigation: What Happens When Limbs Turn Up Without a Body Attached?

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Not to be gross about it, but limbs that are no longer attached to a body turn up with surprising frequency.

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    • A Psychic Healer Tried to Hypnotize Soviets to Distract From the Fall of Communism

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    On October 9, 1989, broadcasts around the world were buzzing with news heralding the end of the Soviet Union. Protests had broken out in East Germany, and over the following weeks they crescendoed with the fall of the Berlin Wall. After the evening news on Soviet television ended that night, however, the screen showed a close-up of a man’s face. He spoke in soothing tones as he gazed through the camera into the eyes of the mass audience on the other side of the screen.

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    • I Heart New York

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 17 mins
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    My quest to buy (and eat) as many different hearts as I could in a single day in the city.

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    • The Tale of the Toad and the Bearded Female Saint

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Of all the regions where little toad sculptures were placed as offerings at Christian holy sites, southern Germany was the most enduring—extending from the medieval period through to the 19th century. But at one time, women in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy all brought small toad votives, made of wax, wood, or metal, to the shrines of certain saints to request holy intercession in matters of childbirth.

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    • Britain’s Futile Attempt to Keep American Colonists From Taking Tribal Land

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Picture this: In the 1760s, a team of colonial surveyors meets a group of leaders representing major Native American tribes in what will one day become the southeastern region of the United States of America. Together, they head out into the woods. Their task is to mark a negotiated border, by planting posts and notching trees, that will show where colonial settlers’ territory ends and tribal territory begins.

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    • The Camera That Will Transform Our Understanding of the Universe

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Paul O’Connor explains the mind-boggling promise of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

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    • Even in the 1700s, Book Clubs Were Really About Drinking and Socializing

    • By: Sarah Laskow
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 5 mins
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    In theory, book clubs are supposed to be about reading and discussing books. In practice, they are often more about hanging out with a group of people, drinking, gossiping, and generally having a nice evening. Depending on the percentage of the group that has actually read the book, it may be discussed, or it may not. The book is the excuse, not necessarily the point.

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