Omnibus

An encyclopedic reference of strange-but-true stories compiled as a time capsule for future generations.

About the show

Twice a week, Ken Jennings and John Roderick add a new entry to the OMNIBUS, an encyclopedic reference work of strange-but-true stories that they are compiling as a time capsule for future generations.

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Episodes

  • Episode 204: No-Fault Divorce (Entry 840.MK1009)

    November 7th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which Ronald Reagan, of all people, introduces a new legal philosophy of marriage and divorce to America in 1970, though it takes New York forty years to catch up. Certificate #27256.

  • Episode 203: Earth-Two (Entry 391.RV2101)

    November 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 19 mins

    In which a single 1961 comic book births a multiverse and reshapes our modern understanding of parallel dimensions in art as well as life, and John wistfully fantasizes about an honest Hitler. Certificate #46819.

  • Episode 202: Faces of Death (Entry 447.JB1616)

    October 31st, 2019  |  1 hr 17 secs

    In which the "mondo" shock movie craze of the 1960s inspires a morbid megahit that turns out to be more hoax than documentary, and monkey brains make their big-screen debut. Certificate #41907.

  • Episode 201: Haitian Zombies (Entry 561.ZC1412)

    October 29th, 2019  |  57 mins 43 secs

    In which the origins of America's favorite 21st-century horror trope are traced back to the miseries of Caribbean plantation slavery, which is a huge bummer, and John ponders the role of squash in the afterlife. Certificate #49964.

  • Episode 200: Government Cheese (Entry 541.1S1718)

    October 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which an American dairy surplus and some dubious policy decisions creates a processed welfare staple of the Reagan era, and Ken reveals his favorite lunchmeat. Certificate #24553.

  • Episode 199: Johnny Appleseed (Entry 060.SS0203)

    October 22nd, 2019  |  50 mins 50 secs

    In which one of America's great folk heroes is revealed as a Swedenborgian mystic, a land baron, and⁠—to John's mind⁠—a 19th-century weed dealer. Certificate #36692.

  • Episode 198: The Gossamer Albatross (Entry 540.PS5506)

    October 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    In which humankind's dream of flying with the birds leads through all manner of weird ornithopters and flying bikes to a very low-altitude crossing of the English Channel, and John aces the Pepsi Challenge on a boat. Certificate #20913.

  • Episode 197: The Texas Zombies (Entry 1292.MT2424)

    October 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which an unscrupulous Michigan music promoter dispatches fake versions of one of the great bands of rock's British Invasion, and John wages his own copyright battle against a legendary pioneer woman. Certificate #51274.

  • Episode 196: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Entry 1000.ES0905)

    October 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 18 mins

    In which the chaos of Europe around 1900 produces a literary hoax that powers a century of anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories, and Ken shares his distrust of sports stadiums. Certificate #42869.

  • Episode 195: How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin? (Entry 603.RV0511)

    October 8th, 2019  |  56 mins 34 secs

    In which scholasticism gets roasted for its obsession with thorny, possibly pointless theological questions, and John explains the difference between escalator angels and hobo angels. Certificate #39095.

  • Episode 194: Oblique Strategies (Entry 856.RO1202)

    October 3rd, 2019  |  55 mins 52 secs

    In which music legend Brian Eno and an artist friend develop a tarot deck for beating writer's block, and Ken uses lateral thinking to determine that John and Mary were goldfish. Certificate #26638.

  • Episode 193: Fritz Stammberger (Entry 1215.NU1317)

    October 1st, 2019  |  59 mins 13 secs

    In which a mountaineering legend disappears in Pakistan, his game show icon widow becomes convinced he's secretly a spy, and John dresses like the worst kind of CIA agent. Certificate #31997.