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Where Did it Come From? Where Did it Go?
15 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
After having spent a week looking at tobacco pipes at work, Ana delivers their whole history. The age-old pastime of smoking includes pipes made of stone, clay, wood, plastic, and corn cobs, and here we cover them all!
8 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Hey, 2021! We're back! Ana kicks off the new year and re-starts the podcast with a Where Did it Come From mini-sode covering the history of chopsticks.
7 minutes | Sep 18, 2020
This week Ana explores the vestiges of one of the tech world's earliest failures: Microsoft Bob. Nothing could be worse than Clippy, you say? Just buckle up and definitely be sure to check out our social media for some old screenshots for this PC atrocity.
8 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
The Plastics wear pink on Wednesdays, but the earth will be wearing plastic bags for thousands of years. This week Ana covers the very quick history of one of the most commonly used items in the world: plastic bags. Invented less than 75 years ago, but now found worldwide, plastic bags are here to stay, despite all the issues associated with them. Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes... and remember to bring your reusable grocery bags!
10 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
The Amber Room
A priceless room covered in amber and gemstones. Nazi bad guys. A mysterious disappearance. A potential curse. Need we say more? This week Ana covers the disappearance of the 8th Wonder of the World: The Amber Room. Spend 10 minutes with us to learn about one of history' greatest lost treasures. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
12 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
Have you ever wondered how a military boot became a symbol of subculture? Well, first it was a shoe popular with housewives... This week, Ivana covers the sometimes surprising history of Dr. Marten's boots. Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes and check us out at wdicfpod.com.
60 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Electric Guitars & The Jukebox
This week we present to you the first long episode since the format revamp & the theme is music! We explore how the sounds of rock and roll really changed the 20th century through the inventions of the electric guitar and the Jukebox. Ana covers how guitars became electric, louder, and rock icons while Ivana explains the rise and fall of Jukebox popularity, which peaked in the 1950s. We also discuss collectors items, mix tapes, and the 27 Club. Join us to delve into our recent history and please rate, review, and subscribe.
12 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Thomas Edison's Phonograph Dolls
Do you think dolls are creepy? How about talking dolls? How about 130 year old talking dolls? Then this episode may not be for you! Ana explores one of Thomas Edison's lesser known creations: the Phonograph Doll. Talking toys are nothing new to those of us in the 21st century, but the phonograph doll was one of the first attempts at making a talking children's toy. Needless to say, it's creepy. it's heavy, and it's expensive, so it's no wonder that this was a flopped invention. If this hasn't scared you away, give us a listen if you want to be even more creeped out! And while you're at it, please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
13 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Ladies, Gents & All People, we aren't talking about the rapper, oh no, this week Ivana gives you the history of those little delicious candies: M&M's. They're famous for being in the palm of your hand because they aren't supposed to melt, but I'm sure we've all had them at movie theaters, in Halloween candy, in trail mix, and maybe even Saturday-morning pancakes, but did you know these little guys also went to space? (oh, there goes gravity!). Grab a handful of your favorite variety and listen to the history of these chocolatey treats! Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts!
15 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
We're back! After a month-long hiatus, we have re-vamped our podcast format. Ana will tell you all about it here on this episode as well as the history of one of the world's oldest games: Chess! She doesn't play, so cut her some slack if she doesn't know what an "en passant" is, but hopefully she will teach you some things you may not have known about this black-and-white game. Please rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes and check us out at wdicfpod.com
33 minutes | May 30, 2020
The Evil Eye & Curse Tablets
Alakazam! Or should we say, "Berbescu?" This week we delve into the origins of some magic ideas and amulets. Ivana discusses the history of the Evil Eye, or at least those blue things we thought were the evil eye. Ana goes into Greco-Roman Curse tablets, which were in fact quite petty, and is regaled with a story of a modern day Twitter curse. Please, rate, review, and subscribe!
66 minutes | May 16, 2020
Keys & Theranos
Have you ever wanted to become a billionaire so badly you made a fraudulent machine, despite everyone telling you it wouldn't work? We didn't think so, but today Ivana has the story of the failed invention created by someone who DID do that. Oh, and if you did manage to become a billionaire, Ana can tell you all about the different ways to lock your fortune up from wooden keys, clapping, and finger rings that might be suspiciously like brass knuckles. Please read, rate, and subscribe on our new platform: Anchor!
12 minutes | May 1, 2020
Salt & Pepper Minisode
It's the first of the month - have you ever paid your peppercorn rent? This week we present to you a minisode about Salt and Pepper, not to be confused with Salt-N-Pepa. Ana always wanted to know why and how salt and pepper became the go-to spices of American cooking, so she dives deep into history to give you a ten miunte condensed version of this match made in heaven.
40 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Mascara & Greek Fire
Quarantine is still going strong, but we aren't letting it get us down - not with this episode about "things that make you hot." Although Ivana did almost shave off her eyebrows, so maybe it IS getting to us a little... This week Ivana takes you back in time to when people painted their eyelids with minerals. honey, and crocodile dung and Ana takes you slightly less back in time when people shot sticky fire at their enemies boats. On the way we reminisce about old makeup fashions and wonder how some people know about things like getting their nails done. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
64 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Athleisure & Hoop Skirts
If you're like Ana during quarantine, you've been wearing athleisure nonstop for the past couple of weeks - so why not let her tell you the history of all those spandex-y things you've been sporting? Ivana covers the history of a more cumbersome fashion: hoop skirts. If you've been wearing leggings for as long as you've been stuck at home and can't remember what these are, think Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Other topics include quarantine, quarantine, and quarantine. Just Kidding! Let us take your mind off being stuck in your houses for the foreseeable future with this dive into fashion history. Please rate, review, and subscribe!
55 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
The Speculum & Bloodletting
This episode has been brought to you by unbroken eye contact...you'll see what we mean. We decided to cover some medical history to go along with the current Coronavirus outbreak and maybe take your mind off things for a while, and remind you, at the very least, that we should be thankful we have Germ Theory. Ivana covers the history of the Speculum and Ana tells you why we don't do bloodletting anymore, and some other topics include Harry Potter curses, red juice cleanses, and not wanting to know any more than we already do.
63 minutes | Mar 7, 2020
Calendars & Sundials
It's our 1 year podcast-aversary! And in honor of this episode that's all about our time together, here's an uncut episode that's all about...you guessed it, inventions and objects that have to do with time.
34 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
The Kazoo & Lituus
A man named Alabama, a clock maker, and a traveling salesman walk into a bar and a kazoo comes out...or something like that. This week it's musical instruments: the kazoo (which should be forgotten) and the Etruscan lituus, which was forgotten by time. Join us as we laugh about the sounds of the past this week, and don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes!
35 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Zippers & The Kissing Shield
This week we're zipping it AND wrapping it...? But actually, this episode does contain mature content, and shockingly it's not in Ana's zipper history. The history of the sipper is actually pretty "zippy." Get It? After this, Ivana covers the history of the Kissing Shield, an oddly recent invention, that sort of resembles a bubble wand and comes in different colors. And if you were already confused, don't worry, there's an even more confusing game that goes along with it. Visit out new website at wdicfpodcast.com!
25 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
A Very Delayed Christmas Episode
Is St Nick a savior, a demon, or satan...or a butcher? It doesn't matter as long as you get your coffee & go! This week we belatedly explore some Victorian Christmas items: the Christmas Pickle and Christmas Cards...and come to the conclusion that these people had a boon of Christmas and didn't know what to do with it. Join us for a quick and dirty explanation of some strange holiday traditions, as well as topics including Impossible Whoppers. FloJo, and Charles Dickens' dropping hot albums.
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