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In most coffee shops, you can choose a cup of joe brewed with beans from countries like Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Yemen. Now, a new crop of coffee growers is working to get coffee brewed from California-grown beans included on those menus.

When Mark Gaskell moved to California after working in coffee-growing regions in Central America, he noticed coffee plants growing in gardens and wondered if large-scale production was an option.

We are living through an amazing moment — a cultural shift spurred by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement that is bringing with it a rising awareness among men (some, at least) of the abuse of, or blindness to, the power imbalance at the bedrock of our culture, and of the abuse and misconduct that imbalance breeds toward the women in our lives, at work or otherwise.

Lola Kirke: Mozart In The Puzzle

Feb 16, 2018

When Lola Kirke was cast as Hailey Rutledge in Amazon's Golden-Globe winning series Mozart in the Jungle, she knew almost nothing about classical music. "I have this dentist who likes to listen to it really loud while he's drilling and then talk to me ... while he has tools in my mouth," she recalled to host Ophira Eisenberg. "That was my association."

Other Pet Sounds

Feb 16, 2018

Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a chipmunk? In this audio quiz, contestants must guess what animal is responsible for the sound in each clip.

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Late Starts

Feb 16, 2018

Sometimes if you miss the beginning of a TV show, the plot can be hard to follow. In this game we take that one step further. We lopped off the first letter from a TV show's title, and imagined what the new plot would be. Based on that hypothetical summary, can you guess the title?

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It's Element-ary

Feb 16, 2018

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?

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It's Party Time

Feb 16, 2018

We took songs with the word "party" in the title and rewrote them to be about celebrations. Identify the occasion that Jonathan Coulton is singing about and, for a bonus point, name the original song or artist he's parodying.

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The Mandela Effect

Feb 16, 2018

The Mandela Effect is an Internet phenomenon where a group of people share a common misconception. Some people say it's evidence for alternate universes; we say it's a fun topic for a silly trivia game. We ask questions about popular instances of the Mandela Effect, and contestants dive into their memories in order to sort fact from fiction.

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Wisdom Of The Crowd

Feb 16, 2018

What percentage of our waking hours do we spend sleeping? How many words per minute are there in the Hamilton soundtrack? We polled audiences at The Bell House on a variety of questions and averaged their responses. That collective wisdom goes up against one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. Whose estimate is closer?

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During a fellowship to Harvard, writer Tayari Jones spent months and months studying the intersection of race and criminal justice. She learned a lot about the American criminal justice system. She knew all the grim statistics. But she was still searching for the inspiration for a novel she'd hope to write: one that involved an individual's encounter with the system, and the subsequent ripples that touch that person's community.

Then, while she was in Atlanta visiting her mother, she found what she needed during a routine trip to the shopping mall.

This week, from ThistleRadio's award-winning 24-hour music channel, we span the decades with classic, bedrock tracks of our playlist along with some of the newer artists helping to redefine the sound of today's Celtic-rooted music. Artists include Kris Drever, Dervish, and the Bothy Band. Enjoy.

Who in the pop world but Janelle Monae could pack dystopian Afro-Futurism, sleek runway style, action sequences, club hotness and tender love into thirty seconds?

Next month, several chain supermarkets in the U.K. will stop selling energy drinks to customers under 16. Anyone looking to buy a soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per liter — a limit targeting drinks like Monster and Red Bull — will need to present an ID.

Image courtesy of Matt Zumbo

Pikosso, Chicken a la Koss, Rebel with a Koss. If you’re familiar with the iconic billboard for Koss Corporation along I-43 in Milwaukee, you may have seen one of these ads -- or even have a favorite design or catchphrase of your own.

For this week’s Bubbler Talk, listener Michael Croatt wanted to know more.

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