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36 minutes | Jul 1, 2017
Actually Happening 84: Pants of the Ancients
This is the last episode taped way back in the halcyon days of 2015. Yes, we’re slow to get these things out. What. Nobody’s paying for this. This ‘week’ we bring you Julia Child, voting machines, the earliest evidence of pants, and congressional women’s restrooms.
33 minutes | Nov 20, 2016
Actually Happening 83: It’s OK, I’m just tidying your papers
I don’t even know what schedule we’re using for these things anymore, but if you need stories of civil war badasses as much as we do, you might like this episode. We’ve also got the biggest single rock ever made and a sex-changing yew tree that is, for some reason, kept in a cage.
31 minutes | Nov 5, 2016
Actually Happening 82: All Podcasts are Gray in the Dark
The passage of the Habeas Corpus Act via a fat joke, A Benjamin Franklin story complete with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles restructuring, the oldest ever message in a bottle, and a German town that may, or may not, actually exist.
33 minutes | Oct 8, 2016
Actually Happening 81: Too Many Camels
A new soon-to-be-broken record for the best-aged episode of Actually Happening ever! In this deeply non-topical installment we discuss the invention of the toilet showroom, biblical anachronisms, gerrymandering, and criticism of Henry VIII.
28 minutes | Sep 25, 2015
Actually Happening 80: The Right of Conquest
The shortest presidency of anything, DNA in the War of the Roses, a helicopter theft, and fictional bridges. Also the most well aged episode of Actually Happening ever released.
27 minutes | Aug 16, 2015
Actually Happening 79: A Conspiracy Theory Conspiracy, Theoretically
In which we reveal the secret Masonic origins of Actually Happening.
33 minutes | Mar 9, 2015
Actually Happening 78: 95 Theses But a B—– Ain’t One
We never ask questions about Rome because we always end up talking about it anyway. This week: the invention of Y-fronts, things Martin Luther never said, and bans on porn and puns.
31 minutes | Jan 6, 2015
Actually Happening 77: That Was When Dinosaur Jesus Carried You In His Jaws
There was only one set of footprints then, but boy were they big ones. This week: sending out a CQD, a terrible energy conservation slogan, and two cats with very important jobs.
29 minutes | Nov 30, 2014
Actually Happening 76: The Great Pyramids of the Hudson Valley
It’s… been a while. Our lives have gotten in the way of goofy history for far too long. But worry not! We’re all back in town and will be back on a more regular schedule soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime: the least effective grave robbers, dropping dead mice out of planes, protesting in drag and silly Chinese poetry.
31 minutes | Sep 28, 2014
Actually Happening 75: Confused Elderly Grandchildren
Now with actual microphones! This week, we go Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture hunting, discover the pitfalls of bad database queries, and don’t look in the back of the fridge. And we find out two guys on an island were doing, well, exactly what you’d expect…
34 minutes | Aug 18, 2014
Actually Happening 74: Uphill Downhill
This week’s episode involves a lot of fighting (and avoiding fighting at all costs) over really weird stuff, some Norman Rockwell appreciation… and another molasses flood.
28 minutes | Jul 23, 2014
Actually Happening 73: Half Safe
In which the British actually stay out of a war for once, and Ben Carlin drives an amphibious vehicle around the world. Oh yeah, and more Liechtenstein!
26 minutes | Jun 21, 2014
Actually Happening 72: Mildly Interesting
In which we discuss some of life’s smaller mysteries, do some literal navel gazing, and find more excuses to answer questions with the word “Space!”.
27 minutes | May 22, 2014
Actually Happening 71: Why Are We So Itchy?
This week it’s trolleys (not from Mr. Rogers), space patrol (the tv show), archaeologists vs. physicists, and the darkest secrets of itching. Boy are they dark.
21 minutes | Apr 27, 2014
Not Actually Happening 29: Numerology Doesn’t Work
Dancemaster Skybetter returns this week to help us uncover the bizarre origin of ballet.
35 minutes | Apr 19, 2014
Actually Happening 69: The Most Ancient Rite of the Chicken Dance
This week we welcome another guest, choreographer Sydney Skybetter, who explains to us what a choreographer actually does (and what that has to do with failed utopian communities). And, as a bonus, he’ll be back next week with even more amazing info about what exactly Nostradamus was doing teaching the French court ballet.
21 minutes | Apr 4, 2014
Not Actually Happening 28: The Praedestinatio of St. Mark
How to steal a saint in five unsurprisingly convoluted steps, as recorded in golden mosaics in Venice, and explained by art historian Letha Ch’ien.
41 minutes | Mar 27, 2014
Actually Happening 68: Fresh Ground Pepper?
We’re finally back from a too-long break, and joined by a special guest, art historian Letha Ch’ien! This time we’re talking Venetian art history, really old companies, and why you should be careful selling metheglin.
16 minutes | Feb 27, 2014
Actually Happening 67: All Out of Leftovers
We’ll be back next week with regular episodes, but until then enjoy the story behind the story of War of the Worlds, and an extremely baffling discovery beneath London.
9 minutes | Feb 11, 2014
Actually Happening 66: Ye Olde Faxe Machinee
The fax machine is older than you think! Unless you already know how old it is.
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