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 294: Article the First (Entry 070.JE0705)

    September 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In which the very first amendment to the Bill of Rights, outlining the future of U.S. government, gets forgotten on its path to ratification, and Ken insults Delaware. Certificate #21125.

  • Episode 293: Generic Food (Entry 521.JB1817)

    September 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    In which a hilariously minimalistic grocery ghetto blooms in no-frills Carter-era America, and John chases a memory of uniformed women plying him with cheese cubes. Certificate #34402.

  • Episode 292: Joe Meek (Entry 771.PS2509)

    September 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins

    In which the art of music recording is revolutionized by a troubled British record producer who doesn't read or play music, and Ken can't really think of any guitar pedals. Certificate #37241.

  • Episode 291: The Garbage Barge (Entry 515.LA0345)

    September 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins

    In which our modern recycling fervor is shaped by a mob boss who can't find a port for three thousand tons of Long Island garbage, and John has a dining room full of tin. Certificate #26561.

  • Episode 290: Change of Gauge (Entry 206.LV2733)

    September 3rd, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins

    In which the nightmarish complexity of the world's non-standardized rail systems is marveled at, and Ken hatches a zeppelin-related plan to resurrect Dame Agatha Christie. Certificate #48966.

  • Episode 289: Dragnet (Entry 378.TI0301)

    September 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    In which a single TV series builds the modern image of American police as righteous and efficient, despite much evidence to the contrary, and John uses its theme song in the bedroom. Certificate #35498.

  • Episode 288: The Duke of Anjou (Entry 386.EC0804)

    August 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 23 mins

    In which we trace the convoluted, "kooky-wawa" genealogy that identifies the Spanish playboy banker who should be sitting the French throne, and John wants to be a ski-town sheriff. Certificate #24409.

  • Episode 287: Billboards (Entry 121.DA0403)

    August 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins

    In which we study the history of oversized roadside advertising all the way from ancient Egypt to Blade Runner, and Ken is skeptical about yellow-and-green election posters. Certificate #50861.

  • Episode 286: German Telegrams (Entry 525.PR2606)

    August 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 22 mins

    In which a century of German diplomacy is repeatedly hamstrung by their inept telegraphy-related decisions, and Ken has some notes about the poster for Jaws 2. Certificate #51969.

  • Episode 285: Marilyn vos Savant (Entry 1403.PR1401)

    August 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 30 mins

    In which the dark days of the 1980s are brightened by the sudden appearance in Sunday newspaper supplements of the world's smartest person, and John tries to buy a mean t-shirt about Ken. Certificate #51993.

  • Episode 284: George Washington's Teeth (Entry 524.JB4114)

    August 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 39 secs

    In which the we learn that that story of America's most famous false teeth is upsetting for reasons that go way beyond dental pain, and Ken calls George Washington the ultimate NIMBY. Certificate #35120.

  • Episode 283: Lilith (Entry 721.LK1420)

    August 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins

    In which puzzled medieval rabbis decide that it's not Adam and Eve—it's Adam and Lilith and Eve and Eve, and John wonders if anyone ate beets in the Garden of Eden. Certificate #14309.