JULY 2014
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July 31, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Teddy Roosevelt makes Americans believe the poor, peace-loving, misunderstood piranha is a vicious, dangerous animal.

July 30, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears on this day in 1975 — neither the first nor last historical personage to pull a vanishing act — on this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Type I, the Beetle, rolls off the assembly line in Mexico, Ambrose Bierce on the classifications of homicide.
July 30, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Seals have figured out fish they like to eat gather in schools around turbines in offshore wind farms. But the environment is not without hazards, maintenance vessels and noise pollution.

July 29, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Archaeologists find a leather shoe in a cave in Armenia that predates the Pyramids by more than a thousand years.
July 28, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1932, President Herbert Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats, mayhem ensues; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one’s own heart.
July 28, 2014
Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Earth barely avoids being blasted by immense solar flare in 2012, astrophysicists say next time might not be so lucky.

July 25, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanack AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1898, Nelson Miles leads American troops into Puerto Rico during Spanish-American War, Bob Dylan electrifies Newport Folk Festival in 1965, author and longshoreman Eric Hoffer born this day in 1902.
July 25, 2014
Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Mysterious enormous hole in the Siberian tundra baffles scientists.

July 24, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
Ever wonder why the otherwise straight-lined Appalachian chain’s got a big crimp in it in Pennsylvania and and New York?
July 23, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1984, Vanessa Williams resigns from Miss America pageant after Bob Guccione publishes nude photos of her in Penthouse magazine and Hefner takes the high road; on this day in 1995, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp independently discover a bright new comet hurtling toward Earth; the Hale-Bopp comet sets off interplanetary conspiracy theories, mass suicide; born this day in 1918, Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese; Maya Angelou on what people remember about you.
July 23, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
America's feet getting bigger than ever, and Americans keep jamming their feet into small sized shoes. Wake up, America! Buy bigger shoes!

July 21, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 365 CE, eastern Mediterranean rocked by high magnitude earthquake and tsunami, in 1865, Davis ‘Little Dave’ Tutt meets Wild Bill Hickock in Springfield, Mo., to settle differences, in 1959, Pumpsie Green becomes first African American to play with Boston Red Sox, 12 years after Jackie Robinson breaks through MLB color barrier, John Fitzgerald Kennedy on peaceful revolution.
July 22, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
When all the big mammals are rubbed out and a faint geologic memory, rats the size of human beings will stalk the Earth. Come to think of it, don't we already got some of them?

July 18, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 18, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
On this day, Gauls defeat Roman Army, 390 BC, sack Rome; Mary Jo Kopechne drowns when by Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts drives the Oldsmobile in which she is riding off a bridge on Chappaquidick Island; Machine Gun Kelly is born in 1900; Screamin' Jay Hawkins is born in 1929; Rachel Carson on the slow death of modern suburban life.

July 17, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 17, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Baroque master George Friderick Handel writes 'Water Music' for his friend and patron George One; for the premiere, the king, his pals, Handel and the band ride barges up the Thames on this day in 1717. 200 years later, amid World War I, George Five changes his family name because the old name is just too German for an English king; in 1938, Douglas ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan thinks he’s flying from New York to California. Boy, is he surprised when he lands and discovers he’s in Ireland! True story!

George Friderick Handel: Water Music YOUTUBE VIDEO

July 16, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 16, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Atomic Age begins on this day in Alamogordo, N.M., with Trinity test, first nuclear weapon, detonated; Apollo 11 launches on this day in 1969 — destination: the moon, but not everyone buys it; John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law are killed on this day when his single engine aircraft falls into Atlantic off Martha's Vineyard; and Hollawood actor Sonny Tufts born in 1911.

Buzz Aldrin punches Bart Sibrel YOUTUBE VIDEO

July 15, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 15, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Alexander Nevsky makes his name in 1240 on this day turning back the Swedes at the Battle of the Neva River, the French army troops under Napoleon find the Rosetta Stone, can't read it, which is OK because no one can; Marshall McLuhan on the precedence of experience over understanding.

July 15, 2014 Alexander Nevsky FULL EDIT 1:33
June 15, 2014 Rosetta Stone FULL EDIT 4:00

July 14, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 14, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Founding father and 2nd president John Adams signs Sedition Act on this day in 1798 providing jail time for criticizing the government; Benjamin Franklin’s grandson and namesake dies in jail, awaiting trial, accused of sedition for satirizing the president; Jerry Rubin, co-creator of the Yippies, American activist, political theorist, businessman, born on this day in 1938; George Washington on freedom of speech.
July 11, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 9, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Conquerors You Should Know: Tamerlane, in 1401 on this day, lays waste to Baghdad; ‘Rock Around The Clock’ hits No. 1 on Billboard chart in 1955, stays there for eight weeks; preceded at No. 1 on R&B chart in 1951 by Ike Turner’s ‘Rocket 88’ which didn't have a movie on the coattails of which to ride; Andy Warhol’s 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opens in Los Angeles, 1962.
July 8, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 8, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Roswell: Weather balloon, invasion from outer space or primitive spy op? You decide. Francis Gary Powers faces the music on this day and it's Russian pop hits, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross born this day and the Mahatma don't go for no violence.
July 7, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 7, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Lincoln assassination conspirators hanged on this day except for the one that got away, sliced bread sold on this day in 1928 for the first time in history, model and actress Virginia Rappe born this day in 1891, Roscoe ‘Fatty’Arbuckle experiences instant career chill, Vladimir Nabokov on human life as footnotes.
July 4, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 4, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Construction begins on Erie Canal at Rome, New York, in 1817, canal opens in 1825, its technology changes destiny, massive heat wave strikes Northeast for 11 days in 1911, kills hundreds, Meyer Lansky born this day in 1902, Lansky and Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano provide security to protect New York waterfront from saboteurs and infiltrators during World War II, Luciano sprung from Sing Sing, deported almost immediately, Theodore Roosevelt on preserving America’s natural heritage.
July 3, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 3, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
On this day in 1979, Jimmy Carter sends aid to our pals, the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan; in 1988, the Fatih Sultan Mehmed bridge opens in Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia; George M. Cohan, Franz Kafka, Dorothy Kilgallen born on this day; Emma Goldman, not a fan of nationalism.
July 2, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 2, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Bogdan the One-Eyed becomes Voivode of Moldavia on this day in 1504, has his way with Poland; disgruntled office seeker assassinates President James A. Garfield; ‘Roxanne, Company Nurse,’ Episode Two, Ernest Hemingway on patriotism.

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July 1, 2014 How to Talk Baseball AUDIO PODCAST 1:51
June 27, 2014 Vampires AUDIO PODCAST 3:39

July 1, 2014 Today’s Weather Minute AUDIO PODCAST
July 1, 2014 Richard’s Poor Almanac AUDIO PODCAST
Battle of Gettysburg begins on this day in 1863, first international telephone call in 1881, 40,000 die on first day of Battle of the Somme in 1916, born this day: James M. Cain (1892) and Willie Dixon (1915), 'Roxanne, Company Nurse' Episode One, Francois Fenelon declares all men brothers.

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