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If you've ever wondered whether animals could be ambidextrous, or what happens when you put a gun in a refrigerator, or what Presidents of the United States do after their terms end, this podcast will relieve you of the effort of having to look it up yourself. Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. Establish contact on twitter @liupodcast or by email at thelookituppodcast@gmail.com.
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Jan 6, 2017

On this week's episode: do school district boundaries follow the lines suggested by a Voronoi diagram? What are the origins of the Prairie Home Companion song about rhubarb pie? Are some types of blankets warmer than others?

 

0:42 - Voronoi school districts

3:09 - Rhubarb pie

7:06 - Shorts

7:40 - Blankets

9:33 - Sources

10:05 - Lev Theremin playing the theremin

 

Sources: supplementary images for "Voronoi school districts," bit.ly/liuschools1. School district boundaries, bit.ly/liuschools2. Prairie Home Companion, prairiehome.org. A book about Lawrence Tibbett, bit.ly/liulawrence.

Jan 6, 2017

These images accompany the "Voronoi school districts" segment in Episode 11.

Missoula - all layers

Above: Missoula, MT. Bottom layer Google Maps, middle layer Voronoi, top layer actual school districts.

Missoula - Voronoi only

Above: Missoula, MT. Bottom layer Google Maps, top layer Voronoi.

Santa Rosa - all layers

Above: Santa Rosa, CA. Bottom layer Google Maps, middle layer (colour) actual school district boundaries, top layer Voronoi.

Santa Rosa Voronoi

Above: Santa Rosa, CA. Bottom layer Google Maps, top layer Voronoi.

Sep 13, 2016

Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this week's episode: why do I get so cold in a hammock? Which type of transport is safest per mile traveled? Where did the names for the days of the week come from?

 

Sources: transportation statistics from the NTSB and IIHS, bit.ly/liutransport1, bit.ly/liutransport2, and bit.ly/liutransport3. Weekday etymologies on Wikipedia, bit.ly/liuweekdays.

Aug 31, 2016

Look It Up is a podcast for the indiscriminately curious. On this episode: 

0:43 - What would gymnastics look like in low gravity? 

4:19 - What is data scaping?

5:52 - Shorts: does the third-party doctrine apply to iMessage? What happens if you drive over a road flare?

6:48 - Forfeitures, a segment about the weird stuff the US Government seizes

9:09 - Sources. NASA video about movement in space suits, bit.ly/liugravity. Scientific American article on lunar Olympic gymnastics, bit.ly/liugymnastics. SLU Law Journal article about iMessage and the third-party doctrine, bit.ly/liudoctrine. US Government forfeiture website, www.forfeiture.gov.

Today's episode featured a clip from Philippe Beer Gabel's "Cats in my mind" and "Mystical Picnic" by Nutmeg, all from the Free Music Archive, freemusicarchive.org

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Aug 16, 2016

On this week's episode: what are closed cities? Is there anywhere in the US that's safe from natural disasters? What is rebar for and how is it made?

 

 

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Jul 26, 2016

This week: what tone languages have to do with perfect pitch, how to tell if a number is divisible by 13 (or 17, 19, etc.), and the return of Forfeitures.

Jul 15, 2016

This week: why fumigation tents look like circus tents, how easy it is to break your sternum, and how to apply for a patent in the United States. 

Jun 14, 2016

This week: a history of grain silos, etymologies, and what'll happen when California runs out of license plate combinations. Also on this episode, shorts and a list of cool stuff seized by United States Customs and Border Protection officers. 

 

Sources: grain silos at bit.ly/liugrains and bit.ly/grains2; license plate article at bit.ly/liuplates; forfeiture lists at forfeiture.gov. 

 

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Jan 9, 2016

On this episode of Look It Up: were there marches in the 1500s? How do you type on a Japanese or Chinese keyboard? Is there a correlation between geographic location or political party and whether you say "an -" or "a historic?"

This, and more. Check it out. 

Links:

bit.ly/anhistoricspreadsheet: the data and results for an v. a historic
bit.ly/liu1500march: the YouTube video of the march we listened to 


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Oct 6, 2015

On this week's episode of Look It Up: what kinds of jobs do former Presidents of the United States have? What and where is the heroin highway? Can I leave a house unfinished and not pay property taxes on it? 

This, and more. Check it out. 

Links:

bit.ly/liuhistoric: "an historic" v. "a historic" survey
bit.ly/liupresjobsabc: ABC news article about post-presidential life
bit.ly/liupresjobschart: chart of former US Presidents' occupations
bit.ly/liuillsurvey: Illinois Youth Survey
bit.ly/liutaxesallegheny: Allegheny County tax abatement codes
bit.ly/liuconstructiontx: Texas construction definitions
bit.ly/liuconstructionca: California construction definitions
bit.ly/liuconstructionwa: Washington State construction definitions. 

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