Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Episode 252: Prairie Schooners (Entry 975.NU0703)

    April 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 49 secs

    In which the west is won by long fleets of covered wagons "sailing" on to the Oregon Territory, and Ken thinks it was mistake to capitalize the Northwest Passage. Certificate #18089.

  • Episode 251: Ferdinandea (Entry 461.RV1620)

    April 21st, 2020  |  46 mins 37 secs

    In which the European powers scramble to claim an infant pile of basalt in the Mediterranean, and John wonders how steampunk the Libyan submarine fleet might be. Certificate #50204.

  • Episode 250: Green Funerals (Entry 549.1S3113)

    April 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins

    In which John describes environmentally friendly modern alternatives to burial, and refuses to apologize for leaving an urn full of ashes under his piano for a decade. Certificate #37628.

  • Episode 249: Bode's Law (Entry 138.JB2212)

    April 14th, 2020  |  58 mins 54 secs

    In which amateur algebra experts figure out where the planets in the solar system should be, and are (briefly) proven right, and Ken gets his hair cut by a ghost. Certificate #36737.

  • Episode 248: Genoan Insurance (Entry 522.MT0634)

    April 9th, 2020  |  59 mins 30 secs

    In which the modern insurance industry is born when medieval Italian merchants form syndicates to manage risk, and Ken manages risk by making people order pancakes. Certificate #46598.

  • Episode 247: Streaking (Entry 1234.RV1615)

    April 7th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    In which dumb campus fads return to the American spotlight in 1973 thanks to a mild winter and legions of nude undergrads, and John gradually remembers his own complicated streaking history. Certificate #41916.

  • Episode 246: The De Havilland Beaver (Entry 328.DE0203)

    April 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which the Great White North is serviced and explored by the greatest bush plane of all time, and Ken decides that aircraft shouldn't be named after bugs. Certificate #35435.

  • Episode 245: Mesoamerican Ball Game (Entry 778.JB3122)

    March 31st, 2020  |  59 mins 39 secs

    In which pre-Columbian civilizations spend thousands of years banging each other up with heavy rubber balls, and John tries to replace professional sports with stick-fighting. Certificate #28586.

  • Episode 244: Naked Came the Stranger (Entry 823.MT2538)

    March 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In which a droll Long Island reporter and his newsroom buddies accidentally create one of the all-time great dirty books, and Ken is skeptical of the nudist lifestyle. Certificate #50150.

  • Episode 243: Sadie Hawkins Day (Entry 1094.GN3912)

    March 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 20 mins

    In which a hippie-hating cartoonist accidentally creates a (slightly) gender-equalizing campus tradition, and John spends hours poring over newspaper bridge columns. Certificate #44390.

  • Episode 242: Chinook Jargon (Entry 215.1C1413)

    March 19th, 2020  |  57 mins 48 secs

    In which a very old Native American trading pidgin becomes a regional language and 20th-century slang, and Ken goes to a movie theater that basically confessed to genocide. Certificate #5725.

  • Episode 241: Patagonian Giants (Entry 907.MT0627)

    March 17th, 2020  |  54 mins 44 secs

    In which the world's tallest tribe, if they even exist, are enslaved by Ferdinand Magellan and downsized by subsequent visitors, and John reminds us of the importance of good posture. Certificate #33392.