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The Garden of Allah, 1951.

The Garden of Oblivion

the Golden Age of Hollywood's own no-tell motel

From millionaire's mansion to sleazy hotel to Frank Gehry architectural abomination, the sordid history of the Sunset Strip's own Garden of Allah.

Soviet propaganda poster promoting collectivization

Moron or Madman? Addenda

duped by Mendelist-Morganists

We thought our episode on Trofim Lysenko was too focused on the what and when rather than the how and why. This bonus episode should clear things up.

The Great Stalin Plan for the Transformation of Nature

Moron or Madman?

in which science is subordinated to politics

Trofim D. Lysenko (1898-1976) set back the study of biology in the Soviet Union for two generations -- but the lessons you should learn from his story are not the one scientists and philosophers have pushed.

John Singer Sargent, "Sir Hugh Lane" (1906)

More Lovely and More Temperate

poor estate planning, a daring art theft, and a brief history of Anglo-Irish relations

In which two Irish art students commit a daring daylight museum heist with virtually no planning, and somehow get away consequence-free.

Odds & Ends

Grandiose But Straightforward

give me all the gold and experience points you have

From the world of Dungeons & Dragons, A silly story that only gets sillier as people keep adding to it.

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House of Eight Things We Like

There's no new episode this week, so if you need your podcast fix why not try one of these eight things we like?

Miriam A. Ferguson (left) and Nellie Tayloe Ross (right)

Run the World

who really deserves the title of "America's first woman governor?"

Both Texas and Wyoming lay claim to America's first woman governor. But who really deserves the honor?

a portrait of James Buchanan Brady

He Could Eat It All

the glitter, glamor, and gluttony of Diamond Jim Brady (1856-1917)

In an age of excess, he was the most excessive one of all. This week, we look back at the life of legendary salesman and gourmand Diamond Jim Brady.

political cartoon showing John Alexander Dowie being run out of Chicago

Marching to Shibboleth

a sordid story of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism, and figs

Forty miles north of Chicago lies Zion, IL, a sleepy city with a sordid history of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism... and figs?