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Encyclopedia Brunch

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Tim Dobbs and Kathryn Cogert like Big Ideas, Extreme Specifics, and Wild Connections.

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Tim Dobbs and Kathryn Cogert like Big Ideas, Extreme Specifics, and Wild Connections.

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Not informative

By jdgjjohnson - Jun 06 2019
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Extremely annoying! They danced around from one thing to the next, not really discussing Neurofeedback/Biofeedback. These two needed to listen to themselves before they made it public. Terrible!!!!

Great chemistry

By jeremyfrankly - Sep 23 2016
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It's always a great chat!

iTunes Ratings

56 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
1
1
1
7

Not informative

By jdgjjohnson - Jun 06 2019
Read more
Extremely annoying! They danced around from one thing to the next, not really discussing Neurofeedback/Biofeedback. These two needed to listen to themselves before they made it public. Terrible!!!!

Great chemistry

By jeremyfrankly - Sep 23 2016
Read more
It's always a great chat!

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Encyclopedia Brunch

Latest release on Mar 22, 2020

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 4 days ago

Rank #1: Glassblowing

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You break it, you buy it. This week's episode that is. It's glass blowing!

Music by: | Kaz Mirblouk | BLAMMOS |

Mar 26 2017

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Rank #2: Pinball

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Bounce around a random selection of lights and sounds in a vaguely game-like fashion with us this week as we talk about pinball! Respond to us in each of our social media lanes to activate a multiball!*

*Multiball is just where we tell you to listen to three episodes at once

Music by: | Elvis Herod | BLAMMOS |

Feb 05 2017

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Rank #3: Pancakes

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Hey there lumberjack listeners, it's time to load up on another hearty podcast to get you ready for your big day of work! This week we talk about pancakes!

Music by: | The Underscore Orkestra | BLAMMOS |

Oct 24 2017

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Rank #4: U.S. Cities: San Francisco (pt. 1)

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This week, we kick off our U.S. Cities series with a look at San Francisco. The bay! The pride! the bridges! The epic struggle of man versus nature! It's all here!


We got pretty in depth, so this is Part 1, with Part 2 coming up later this week.


In the meantime, look at all these great pictures, graphs, and supplemental sources!

Really great map of the city. Source:mapsof.net

San Francisco Bay Area. Source:SFGate.com

Some population graphs:


This graph starts after the gold rush, but you can see that population increase is already in full swing. There's also a big jump right around World War II because of the military and the support economy that followed it. Why does the population more or less level off from there? My guess is that the city just ran out of space.


It's easy to forget that Los Angeles didn't become a major city until less than 100 years ago. Here we see that San Francisco was the major city in California until right around 1920, at which point Los Angeles pretty much exploded.


By the way, I love Wolfram Alpha. Easy data gathering? Automatic graph generation? Indefinite integral solving? Yes, please.

Here are a few nice historical pictures:

The 1906 earthquake and fire. This was no good for anyone. Except maybe the water company.

San Francisco in 1851, shortly after the gold rush began. Source: learnnc.org

Here are some more modern pictures:

We didn't have a chance to talk about this in the podcast, but Sutro Tower is a giant, three-pronged broadcast antenna situated at one of the highest points in the city. Before the tower went in, the city's hills made television reception spotty at best. Because it was designed to broadcast clearly with no blind spots, it can be seen from almost anywhere within city. It's awesome. Picture from bayareapilot.com

The Sunset neighborhood, with the Richmond neighborhood in the distance and Golden Gate Park in between them. Yup, it sure is a lot of houses.


Yes, these are the houses from Full House.Yes, the Full House theme plays in my head every time I see them. Yes, I should be over that show by now.


The Bay Bridge, from the Ferry Building Here are some other pretty cool topics:

  • Emperor Norton, the self-styled "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico". He may have been crazy, but everyone in San Francisco circa 1860 loved him!
  • Census Data! Note the correlation between the altitude (near the center of the city) and income.

Here are some other pretty cool sources:

  • FoundSF - community-driven personal histories related to San Francisco
  • Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin - Author Gary A. Brechin paints the city as far more exploitative than it usually is. It comes off pretty negative, but it's nice to read a perspective besides "Wow! What a city!"
  • Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas - A really cool book full of maps viewing the city in all different ways. There's one showing the density of coffee houses in the city, and another juxtaposing the numbers of murders in different areas in the city with number of trees planted. Oh how I love interesting maps!


Music for this episode by: Gosprom, Kathryn's bad impression of the Doctor Who theme song

Music by: | Gosprom | Doctor Who theme song |

Jan 15 2012

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Rank #5: Tennis

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Get on your sport skort, because this week we're talking about tennis!

Music by: | Soft Serve | BLAMMOS |

Nov 19 2017

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Rank #6: Oil Drilling

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Join us this week for a journey... TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!
Well, ok, a journey to at best a few miles towards the center of the Earth, representing a miniscule percentage of the entire trip. But hey that's still pretty far!

Music by: | BLAMMOS | The Fucked Up Beat |

Feb 01 2016

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Rank #7: WiFi

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Go get the wifi password, because this episode sounds even better when you don't blow up your data plan to listen to it! This week we talk about everyone's favorite brand-name communications protocol, WiFi.

Music by: | Nick Bean | BLAMMOS |

Oct 17 2018

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Rank #8: Glitter - Short

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You'll be finding snippets of this week's episode everywhere around your house for months after listening - we're talking about glitter!

Music by: | BLAMMOS |

Feb 19 2017

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Rank #9: Jokes Revisited

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This week we take a stroll down memory lane to review all the dad jokes, playground jokes and knock-knock jokes from our childhoods. Can we punch them up, or will the jokes beat us, driving us mad and forcing us to question the very existence of humor?

Listen to find out!

Music by: | Friends or Whatever | BLAMMOS |

Oct 21 2018

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Rank #10: Ancient Robots: Ancient Asian Robots

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Jan 29 2012

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Rank #11: Ambergris

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This week we reaffirm humanity's commitment to valuing arbitrary things very highly - especially when they're kinda gross! We talk about ambergris.

Music by: | BLAMMOS | Yellow Ostrich |

Mar 12 2017

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Rank #12: US Cities: Minneapolis & St. Paul

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This week, it's back to the city.  Minneapolis Specifically.  Sorry St. Paul.  We still love you anyway. This is another longer one!  Stay with us.

Feb 12 2012

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Rank #13: Unique Instruments: Digital Sounds

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Leon Theremin and his Theremin.


Music By: IBM 7094, Leon Theremin, Randy George, Jean Michele Jarre, Tetris Theme via the Laser Harp

Music by: | Tetris Theme via the Laser Harp | Leon Theremin | IBM 7094 | Randy George | Jean Michele Jarre |

Jan 22 2012

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Rank #14: Sunglasses

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Hey cool cats, pop on your sunglasses and listen to our cooooool episode on sunglasses!

Music by: | Scott Holmes | BLAMMOS |

Nov 14 2017

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Rank #15: Ancient Robots: Heron of Alexandria

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Heron of Alexandria... Alexandria of Heron... Poe-tay-toe, Poe-tah-toe. What really matters is that he made some very impressive robots.

Music by: | Pierlo |

Feb 26 2012

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Rank #16: Haunted Houses

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Hey everybody, it's autumn! You know what that means - time to process our fear of death via old creaky shacks and teens with prop chainsaws! This week we discuss haunted house attractions.

Music by: | Derek and Brandon Fiechter | BLAMMOS |

Oct 07 2018

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Rank #17: Hairbrushes

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This week we spend a few minutes making our hair look nice so we can have a nice family photo for once. How better to do that than with some hairbrush talk?

  • The lady with the hairbrush phobia at the beginning of the show is this lady. Her video was pretty fun!

Music by: | Eyeliner | BLAMMOS |

Nov 26 2017

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Rank #18: Short - Blue Raspberry

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On this week's short episode we decode the mystery of blue raspberry flavor. Is it a real thing? If so, why? All this and more, this week!

Music by: | BLAMMOS |

Oct 29 2017

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Rank #19: Neckties

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Is it time for you to finally get up off that couch, get a job, and start dressing like an adult? Then listen to this episode all about neckties to get yourself started!
Is it not time for all that? Then relax on the couch, enjoy the cool breeze on your naked neck, and listen to this episode about neckties!

Music by: | Jazzy Elevator Tunes | BLAMMOS |

Nov 07 2017

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Rank #20: Peppermint

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So fresh, this podcast! This week we talk about peppermint.

Music by: | Future Sauce | BLAMMOS |

Dec 10 2017

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