Episode Archive

Episode Archive

246 episodes of Omnibus since the first episode, which aired on November 28th, 2017.

  • Episode 232: Cincinnati Chili (Entry 223.2K0440)

    February 13th, 2020  |  49 mins 4 secs

    In which an early fast food boom, Greek immigration, and (of course) the World's Fair conspire to trick Ohioans into redefining "chili," and John gets justifiably upset about bananas on spaghetti. Certificate #24598.

  • Episode 231: Snow Valley, Oklahoma (Entry 1182.JB2419)

    February 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which a Vermonter with an ill-conceived dream brings skiiing very briefly to the Sooner State, and Ken attempts to secure his family some very rare Pokemon cards. Certificate #17398.

  • Episode 230: The Tootsie Pop Indian (Entry 1317.LA0312)

    February 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which an American candy company refuses to honor a longstanding bit of playground lollipop lore, and Ken tries to calculate the homeopathic healing power of Tootsie Rolls. Certificate #33486.

  • Episode 229: Chastity Belts (Entry 209.LV2113)

    February 4th, 2020  |  55 mins 19 secs

    In which Renaissance satirists and modern amateur historians accidentally create a physiologically impossible medieval device, and John has a theory about locksmiths and cocaine. Certificate #49406.

  • Episode 228: Coppicing (Entry 276.PS8015)

    January 30th, 2020  |  49 mins 29 secs

    In which a forgotten medieval art of tree-harvesting is revived by the sustainability movement, and Ken blames the coming environmental catastrophe on "sugar energy." Certificate #22560.

  • Episode 227: Harry Dexter White (Entry 1428.LK0817)

    January 28th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which the American architect of post-World War II global capitalism turns out to have a dark and traitorous secret, and John imagines he would be a huge hassle for his spy handlers. Certificate #25923.

  • Episode 226: The Death of Trolleys (Entry 320.GN4519)

    January 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which we find General Motors and its corporate co-conspirators not guilty on the charge of killing American streetcar lines, and Ken gets very excited about funicular railways. Certificate #14871.

  • Episode 225: George Bush's Crack Dealer (Entry 524.JB1808)

    January 21st, 2020  |  56 mins 9 secs

    In which the president of the United States lies to the nation about how he got three ounces of crack cocaine into the Oval Office, and John is asked to leave a crime scene. Certificate #34620.

  • Episode 224: Backgammon (Entry 090.EX2816)

    January 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins

    In which an ancient Mesopotamian board game briefly becomes a 1970s signifier for glamour and sophistication, and Ken's life is changed by an intense childhood game of Clue. Certificate #31179.

  • Episode 223: Masquerade (Entry 763.PS10424)

    January 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which an outsider artist hides a rabbit by a statue and thereby gets a million people to start digging up the English countryside, and John "man-solves" a Satanic temple. Certificate #14162.

  • Episode 222: The Tech Model Railroad Club (Entry 1282.1C1220)

    January 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which a room full of MIT train nerds becomes ground zero for modern American hacker culture and computer architecture, and Ken blames Star Wars for ruining children's toys. Certificate #33564.

  • Episode 221: Byzantine Rhinokopia (Entry 170.JB4102)

    January 7th, 2020  |  49 mins

    In which the Byzantine throne is contested by various Machiavellian schemes willing to mutilate the noses of their political rivals, and John reveals which Marx brother he is most sexually attracted to. Certificate #34954.