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Episode 1550

Queen Bee

An artist asks strangers to write haiku about the pandemic and gets back poetic, poignant glimpses of life under lockdown. Plus, the new book Queenspotting features the colorful language of beekeeping! Bees tell each other about a good source of...

Insegrevious Paratereseomaniacs

In this episode, Martha and Grant honor winners of the Ig Nobel Prizes, those wacky awards for weird academic research, and they help a caller decipher a puzzling word from a personals ad: what does paratereseomaniac mean?

hummus queen

hummus queen  n.— «Another demographic was making itself known in the gay Arab-American world: “hummus queens”— gay men attracted to Arabs. Not that all hummus queens were on the make: One attended to seek advice on how to help...

slip queen

slip queen  n.— «At the same time, state officials are about to launch an educational outreach program aimed at marine boat owners. Nonnative tunicates sometimes attach themselves to hulls. Particularly vulnerable are so-called “slip...

taxi queen

taxi queen  n.— «Teenage girls are being used by unscrupulous taxi operators in Chatsworth as “scouts” to identify potential robbery targets. The girls—many of whom are addicted to drugs—are planted in taxis to identify passengers carrying...