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By Secret Loft
A live-streamed history/educational/comedy show with Ariel and Alex, the cofounders of Secret Loft, a performing arts venue in NYC. Ariel is a professional aerialist, Alex is a software engineer with a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Every week we cover a new topic, giving you memorable, funny anecdotes that you can use to charm your friends and family.
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The Ultimate Guide to Shade(s)
This week we're talking about the history, rating, and culture of sunglasses!
48:12
June 26, 2022
All Your Burning Questions About Sunscreen Answered
This week we're talking about the history, science, and myths of sunscreen. You should be wearing it every time you go in the sun, but do you know how it works, how it's tested, and what kinds are the most effective?
46:59
June 20, 2022
A Cold Treat to Beat the Summer Heat: The History of Ice Cream
This week we're talking about the history of ice cream, from the ancient Persians to Nero, from Marco Polo to Ben and Jerry.
01:14:48
June 05, 2022
You Must Be This Tall To Ride: The History of Amusement Parks and Rides, Including Disneyland and Coney Island
This week we're talking about the history of amusement parks, from Renaissance Faires and Pleasure Gardens to American Amusement Parks. We discuss theme parks like Disney Land, Six Flags and Universal Studios, and America's best and worst amusement parks, Cedar Point and Action Park. We've even got a couple asides about carousels and the physics of roller coasters.
01:30:14
May 31, 2022
Renaissance Men: The Story of the original Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo, and their patrons the Medici
This week we're talking about the Italian Renaissance and the lives of some of history's most famous sculptors and painters.
01:13:53
May 24, 2022
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Z's: The Science and History of Sleep
This week we're talking about the science and history of sleep! Ariel will give some tips for falling asleep at night, while Alex will spend part of the episode almost dozing off because he has a cold. Turn this one up and get some rest!
01:02:05
May 17, 2022
Shocking News! The History of Electricity and Electrical Inventors
This week we're talking about the discovery of electricity, how it works, the history of electrical inventors, the current wars between Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla, and more!
01:37:08
May 08, 2022
Floriography: The Language and History of Flowers
It's May and this week we're talking about the history and science of flowers, Tulip Mania and other flower crazes, and the secret meanings of bouquets and flower arrangements.
01:18:22
May 02, 2022
Two Tickets to the Gun Show: The History of Firearms
This week we're talking about guns, from ancient Chinese gunpowder to modern day sniper rifles!
01:23:50
April 25, 2022
Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds: Bicycle Day, MK Ultra, and the History of LSD
This week we're talking about the chemistry and culture of lysergic acid diethylamide. We'll discuss how it works, where to get it, and the moral panic that changed it from a psychiatric tool to a Schedule 1 illegal drug.
01:05:02
April 17, 2022
Easter, The Gospel, and the Last Supper aka Jesus's Dramatic Dinner Party
This week we're talking about The Gospel, the origin of Easter, Passover, and Jesus's campy final days with Judas and the boys.
50:46
April 11, 2022
Rain On Me: The History and Science of Weather
This week we're talking about weather! Types of clouds, what causes lightning, polar vortexes, the jet stream, weather on other planets, and more!
01:14:25
April 04, 2022
Et Two Brute? - The Life and Times of Julius Caesar and Brutus - Pt. 2
This week we're talking about the second part of the biography of Julius Caesar, the fall of the Roman Republic, the rise of the Roman Empire, and Brutus's  betrayal for the sake of his ideals. In the second half of this two part episode we talk about the Roman Civil War, the fall of the Roman Republic and the Rise of the Roman Empire, and finally Cesar's death on the Ides of March.
46:08
March 28, 2022
Et Tu Brute? - The Life and Times of Julius Caesar and Brutus
This week we're talking about the biography of Julius Caesar, the fall of the Roman Republic, the rise of the Roman Empire, and Brutus's betrayal for the sake of his ideals. In the first half of this two part episode we talk about Caesar's rise to power and Brutus's coming of age, right up to the point that Caesar crosses the Rubicon with his army to march on Rome.
40:10
March 21, 2022
Kiss Me I'm Celtic - The History of St. Patrick's Day
This week we're talking about Druids, Celts, St. Patrick and the Emerald Isle!
49:01
March 13, 2022
Trending on Tick Tock: The History of Calendars and Clocks
This week we're talking about how humans measure time, from the prehistoric lunar calendar to the atomic clock.
01:07:50
March 06, 2022
Beads, Burbon Street, and Babies in Cakes: The History of Carnival and Mardis Gras
This week we're talking about the history of Carnival and Mardis Gras, from Ancient Egypt and Rome to the present day Greatest Free Show on Earth in the Big Easy.
59:27
February 28, 2022
African Empires: The World's Greatest General, The Richest Man in History, and the First Rastafarian
This week we're talking about the greatest dynasties and empires in African history. We discuss The Kingdom of Kush, Hannibal leading Carthage to victory over the Romans, Mansa Musa the richest man who ever lived, the Zulu nation, and Haile Selassie, the god of Rastafarianism.
01:29:17
February 21, 2022
Shakes-Queer: The Love Lives of Famous Poets
This week we're talking the love lives of famous poets and writers, including Sappho, Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Edgar Allen Poe, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Sylvia Plath. Hear salacious stories, enjoy engrossing excerpts, and learn about the torrid affairs behind the quivering pens of your favorite wordsmiths!
55:42
February 15, 2022
Marry Me! - The History of Dating and Marriage
This week we're talking about the history of dating, courtship, matchmaking, marriage, and the many ways that couples get together. From the earliest marriages to the first personal ads, to online dating scandals, you'll like this one so much that you might just fall in love and propose to this episode!
01:23:59
February 07, 2022
Xīn Nián Hǎo! or Happy Chinese New Year! - History, Customs, and the Story of the Chinese Zodiac
We're welcoming the year of the Water Tiger! This week we're talking about the history and fun traditions of Chinese New Year. Learn about the symbolism of fireworks, dragon dances and red envelopes, take a tour of the Chinese zodiac, and get psyched for a holiday that feels like a mix of the west's Christmas, Hanukkah and Valentine's Day all rolled into a two-week long party!
53:33
January 30, 2022
Buy Low, Sell High! - The History of Finance, Wall Street, and the Stock Market
This week we're talking about the stock market and the history of financial bubbles, scandals and crashes, from the Dutch East India Company to GameStop and AMC.
01:23:49
January 23, 2022
You Are What You Eat... The History of Nutrition, with Healthy Eating Tips from a Personal Trainer
We talk about eating well, the history of nutritional science, the food pyramid, and how to successfully improve you diet by eating more healthy foods and avoiding "low fat" gimmicks.
01:01:46
January 15, 2022
Pumping Iron: The History of Fitness, with Advice from a Professional Trainer
This week we're tackling our new year's resolutions, discussing the history of exercise and answering listener questions about fitness.
52:38
January 10, 2022
Ho Ho Ho! A Christmas Story Part 2 - Christmas Traditions from Around the World
This week we're talking about Christmas traditions from around the world - from the Yule Cat and Krampus to Japan's love of Christmas fried chicken.
31:08
December 24, 2021
Ho Ho Ho! A Christmas Story Part 1 - The History of Xmas, from Solstice, Yule and Saturnalia to Jolly Old St. Nick
This week we're talking about the history of Christmas. How pagan solstice celebrations and the bacchanalia of Saturnalia became Christ's Mass and the celebration of Jesus's Birthday.
34:23
December 18, 2021
The Best Part of Waking Up? The History and Culture of Coffee in Your Cup
This week we're talking about the history and culture of coffee, from Ethiopian goat herders to Starbucks baristas.
01:12:29
December 13, 2021
Aloha! - The History and Culture of Hawaii
This week we're live from the Big Island, talking about the history and culture of Hawaii. From Captain Cook and Kamehameha to surfing and aloha Fridays, the facts in this episode enough to totally get you lei'd.
48:42
December 09, 2021
Let's Talk Turkey! The History of Thanksgiving
This week we're talking about the history of Thanksgiving. We're digging in on the differences between Pilgrims (or Saints) and Puritans, the voyage of the Mayflower and the sinking of the Speedwell, John Carver, William Bradford, Squanto, and some asides about Jamestown. Finally, we put the 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag into historical context and talk about how that one dinner became a national holiday.
45:44
November 29, 2021
Castles in the Sky - The History of Architecture
This week we're time-traveling through history discussing famous buildings, tombs, architects and movements, from Ancient Greece to Zaha Hadid.
01:24:37
November 21, 2021
Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands - The History of Candy and Chocolate - Part 2
This week we're talking about the history of candy, from ancient Indian Khanda to Olmec chocolate, to Willy Wonka and the dysfunctional Mars family, truth is sweeter than fiction.
32:51
November 14, 2021
Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands - The History of Candy and Chocolate - Part 1
This week we're talking about the history of candy, from ancient Indian Khanda to Olmec chocolate, to Willy Wonka and the dysfunctional Mars family, truth is sweeter than fiction.
40:41
November 08, 2021
The Monster Mash! - The History of Gothic Monsters
This week we're talking about classic horror creatures, like werewolves, vampires, zombies, and Frankenstein's monster.
01:10:03
November 01, 2021
Do You Like Scary Movies? - The History of Horror Films
This week we're talking about the history of horror movies, from silent films to Scream.
01:27:52
October 25, 2021
The Occult - The Haunting Mysteries of Secret Society Histories
This week we're talking about the occult, spiritualism, and secret societies. From the Emerald Tablet and the Hermetic Orders of the Middle Ages to modern Wiccans and Chaos Magicians, we're shining some light on hidden secret societies and spells.
01:27:14
October 18, 2021
So Pumpkin' Good: The History of Harvest Festivals
This week we're talking about autumn harvest festivals, including Oktoberfest, Diwali, Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, Chinese Moon Festival, and Diwali! Ariel also does an exclusive on the history of pumpkin spice #PSL. Across the world, every culture seems to have a day to gather the harvest, commemorate the dead, and reflect on the passing of the year. With @ariel.ist and @wiresofnyc
01:02:06
October 11, 2021
Cretaceous Park - The Incredible Evolution of Dinosaurs
This week we're talking about the fierce reptiles of the Mesozoic Era, fossil hunters, feathers, and the evolution of flowers.
54:30
October 04, 2021
I Think Therefore I Am: The History of Philosophy - Part 2
This week we're talking about the history of post-enlightenment philosophy, from Simone de Beauvoir to Sartre. As the best philosophers know, it's fly to ask "Why?"
36:52
September 26, 2021
I Think Therefore I Am: The History of Philosophy - Part 1
This week we're talking about the history of philosophy, from Aristotle to Zeno, Machiavelli to Siddhartha. As the best philosophers know, it's fly to ask "Why?"
01:03:22
September 20, 2021
Crystal Light: Practical, Magical Gems, Crystals, Minerals and Rocks
This week we're talking about rocks, minerals, crystals and gems, from amethyst to zirconia. Dr. Wires breaks down the science and quantum mechanics behind crystals while Ariel discusses birthstones, the history of the diamond trade, and healing gems.
01:24:49
September 05, 2021
By Zeus! - Greeking Out on Mythology
This week we're talking about Greek Mythology. Jealous gods, sexy nymphs, confused mortals - it's a mess of epic proportions! Recorded February 24, 2021 Produced by @secretloftnyc Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:33:39
September 03, 2021
I'll Drink to That! - The History of Cocktails and Alcoholic Drinks
This week we're talking about the history of bartending and cocktails, from absinthe to zinfandel, from Jerry "The Professor" Thomas to Sailor Jerry.
01:23:45
September 01, 2021
Naked and Afraid: Fetishes and Phobias
This week we're talking about phobias and paraphilias, the irrational fears and irresistible kinks of famous historical figures.
01:24:49
August 22, 2021
The Journey is the Destination: Famous Explorers and Expeditions
This week we're talking about famous explorers, doomed expeditions and amazing discoveries.
01:23:51
August 15, 2021
Compose Yourself! - The History of Music
This week we're talking about the history of music, from biblical guitars to experimental electronica, from medieval tritones to Black Sabbath, and every mellifluous weirdo in between.
01:47:57
August 05, 2021
A Wet and Wild World Under the Sea
This week we're talking about geologic history, weird fish, and conservation efforts to save the world's oceans.
01:55:24
July 29, 2021
The Roaring (19)20's
This week we're talking about the gangsters, flappers, millionaires, speculators, suffragists, and bootleggers of the 1920s.
01:51:09
July 22, 2021
Walk Like an Egyptian
This week we're talking about Ancient Egypt! From the magnificent pyramids, to the scandalous legend of Osiris, to Cleopatra in a rug, to daily beer drinking, you can't de-Nile, it's a great episode. Skip to the halfway mark for silly mythology, start at the beginning for factual history.
01:29:20
July 15, 2021
What's Your Sign? - The History and Science of Astrology, Astrologers, and the Zodiac
This week we're talking about the history of astrology, the science of the positions of the planets and stars, and how the "What's Your Sign?" evolved over time, from the Babylonians to Walter Mercado. You're gonna love this episode: it's written in the stars!
01:40:27
July 08, 2021
Spilling the Tea on the American Revolution
This week we're talking about the American Revolution, the shady Founding Fathers, and early American history.
01:22:53
July 01, 2021
Rainbow Bright: The History of Pride
This week we're talking about the history of Pride and the Gay Rights Movement, from Sappho to Stonewall.
01:41:12
June 24, 2021
Friends of Dorothy - The Wonderful History of the Wizard of Oz
This week we're talking about the Wizard of Oz, from the original novel to the classic technicolor film, the cultural impact, Judy Garland's legacy, and adaptations like The Wiz and Wicked.
01:31:08
June 17, 2021
Now That is One Fantastic Beast! - True Stories of Mythical Creatures
This week we're talking about the history and explanations behind various mythical creatures, from the Anansi to Zombies.
01:32:26
June 10, 2021
Pigment of Your Imagination - The History of Colors and Color Theory
This week we're talking about the history, physics, and biology of colors, from Isaac Newton to Mantis Shrimp. We talk about the color wheel and have a showdown between CMYK and RGB color mixing.
01:22:13
June 03, 2021
Pink Flamingos and Notes on Camp
This week we're discussing Susan Sontag's essay, "Notes on Camp." We talk about the history of the camp aesthetic from dandyism to Dapper Dan and debate which pop culture icons are intentional vs. unintentional camp.
01:07:30
May 27, 2021
A Norse to be Reckoned With - Norse Mythology
This week we're talking about the history of Scandinavia and Norse Mythology - Thor, Odin, Loki, Freyja, and the rest of the pantheon.
01:16:32
May 20, 2021
I Was Rooting for Us! - The History of Houseplants
This week we're talking about houseplants, the history of gardens, succulent husbandry, and shady botanists.   Recorded live at Secret Loft, May 12, 2021 http://secretloftnyc.com/ Alex Neuhausen @wiresofnyc Ariel Iasevoli @ariel.ist
01:35:23
May 13, 2021
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
This week we're talking about the origin of Cinco de Mayo - the victory of Mexican troops over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Second French Intervention in Mexico. We also discuss the commercialization of the holiday by American beer companies and the delusional plight of the hipster emperor Maximilian I of Mexico. Plus, we're tasting/smelling some Mexican cervezas.
01:17:28
May 06, 2021
Science Fiction Addiction
This week we're talking about the history of science fiction! From The Tempest to Tron, we'll talk about our favorite authors, directors, and characters. Recorded April 28, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:40:34
April 29, 2021
Once Upon a Time... The History and Dark Original Versions of Famous Fairy Tales
This week we're talking about the history of fairy tales. From the salons of Europe to your favorite Disney adaptations, we'll talk about the gritty original stories before they were toned down for the kids. Recorded April 21, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:21:16
April 22, 2021
Down the Rabbit Hole! - A Trip Through the History of Drugs
This week we're talking about the history of drugs, from amphetamines to Xanax. From ancient ayahuasca ceremonies to smoking legalized spliffs on the front steps of the NYPD headquarters, humans have always consumed mind-altering chemicals. We talk about the history, the science, and our own personal experiences. Filmed April 14, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:59:04
April 15, 2021
Money, Success, Fame, Glamour! - The History of NYC Nightclubs
This week we're talking about the history of NYC Nightclubs! From Mancuso's Loft to Schrager's Studio 54, from the party monsters of The Limelight to the hipsters of Webster Hall. Filmed April 7, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:45:00
April 08, 2021
Get Sprung for Easter (Ostara)!
This week we're talking about Spring and the origins of Easter, including Ishtar, Ēostre, Passover, Easter, Jesus, Judas, Fabergé and Peeps!
01:41:54
April 01, 2021
Snatch the Gold! - The Olympics
This week we're talking about the history of the Olympics. From racing in the nude to swimming in the Seine, and how to score a perfect 10! Recorded March 24, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
02:06:00
March 25, 2021
Ahoy Matey, A Pirate's Life for Us!
This week we're navigating our ship through the history of pirates! From ancient pirate queens to dark web and Silk Road fiends.
01:45:45
March 18, 2021
On Pointe! - The History of Ballet
This week @dr.wires and @ariel.ist discuss Louis XIV’s love for calves and red shoes, Marie Taglioni’s silhouette inspiring scoliosis, the hottest swan in Matthew Bourne’s lake, and so much more!
01:42:16
March 11, 2021
Space Odyssey 2021
This week we're talking about space! Covering astronomers, astronauts, aliens and other out of this world phenomena.
01:34:27
March 04, 2021
Bomb the System! - Street Art
This week we're talking about the history of street art and graffiti. Recorded February 17, 2021 Produced by @secretloft Ariel: @ariel.ist Alex: @dr.wires http://secretloftnyc.com/
01:39:17
February 18, 2021
Cunning Linguists - A Dating Game with Romantic Poets
A rose by any other name...this week we're talking about the romantic poets that give us heart-ons.
01:39:54
February 11, 2021
Abracadabra! - The History of Magic
Abracadabra! This week we're talking about the history of magic and famous magicians like Harry Houdini, David Blaine, and Adelaide.
01:39:58
February 04, 2021
Work the Runway! - The History of Fashion
Work it! This week we're talking about the history of fashion and famous designers from Worth to Wang.
02:05:53
January 28, 2021
Emergency! - The History of Medicine
On this week's show we talk about the history of medicine, dead whale saunas, and exciting new mRNA vaccines.
02:00:57
January 21, 2021
A New High Score! - The History of Video Games
This week we're talking about video games - the history of Nintendo, the documentary King of Kong, and we check in with video game voice actor Dave Gelles and former Top 10 PUBG Champion Robin French.
01:56:16
January 18, 2021