Owning property on the moon seems like an absurd scene from a sci-fi movie, but one man claims he can sell you a plot of land there. Some people believe he is a con-man; whereas others find it to be a light-hearted joke.
How Did Alaska and
Hawaii Become States?
Alaska and Hawaii are the only U.S. states that are not connected to the mainland. They each provide an abundance of natural resources, as well as tourism industries that boost the U.S. economy. Mike and Susi discuss their history and how they became the final two states in America.
Mark of the Monk
Some Buddhist monks have rows of small dots along their scalps. They are small round burns made by incense. This is part of an ancient Buddhist tradition, and the burns represent different tenets of Buddhism.
Father’s Day Around the World
Father’s Day is a popular holiday in the US, and it is also celebrated in many other countries. Justin and Megan discuss its history and the various ways it is observed in different cultures.
Seeing the Unseeable
In April, scientists unveiled the first-ever image of a black hole, which quickly spread across the Internet and captivated much of the world. Angie and Mike discuss the picture and the effort of the international team of scientists who worked to create it.
New Zealand’s Wonder Woman
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has received global recognition for her response to the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. Natalie and Victor discuss the country’s leader and why she has become so highly regarded.
A Hairy Tradition
Judges and barristers in courtrooms around England can be seen wearing wigs that look like they have been plucked from the 17th century. Billy and Whitney talk about how this tradition came about and why it still persists today.
As runners of the 2019 London Marathon reached the mile 23 mark, they were not met with the normal plastic water bottle to quench their thirst. Instead, they were given a little blob-shaped sachet made of brown seaweed that was filled with a sports drink.
What Foods Can We Call Spicy?
We use the word “spicy” to describe peppers that make us feel hot. The word is also used in reference to foods like garlic, wasabi, and mint, which elicit a different type of strong sensation in our mouths and noses. Maria and Travis discuss the various types of spiciness, the ways certain foods affect our senses, and words that allude to strong food feelings.
In the past few years, plant-based and lab-grown meat products have gradually become more popular. Several US fast food chains have added meat alternatives to the menu. Brenda and Arnold discuss this growing trend, as well as what has caused the change.
Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight
A small church on the island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts boasts a beauty few have seen—or heard of. The stained glass windows produced by Tiffany of New York at St. Paul’s Church are a strikingly beautiful sight with a story to match.
BPA: Buyer Beware
Academic scientists and government regulators are continually butting heads about the risks involved with BPA consumption.
Who’s Listening to You?
Voice-activated assistants are becoming commonplace in the home, office, and other locations. More than 100 million people own a device that houses Amazon’s Alexa. To improve Alexa’s quality, real people are listening to conversations between you and Alexa.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
With the earliest written records dating back to the 3rd century B.C., and potentially originating over 5,000 years ago, traditional Chinese medicine has endured. Becca and Patrick discuss some of the history and uses of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as its status on a global scale.