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July 23, 2014

A running bibliography of documents, books, websites, films, and more used to gather the information presented in the Daily Brainwave podcast. Go beyond "trivia" by investigating some of these sources for yourself!

If you feel a source has been omitted or not given proper due, or you have a suggestion for a new source or podcast topic, contact us at [email protected].

Dark Disney Tale Week

Swain, V. E. (2005). Beauty's chambers: Mixed styles and mixed messages in villeneuve's beauty and the beast. Marvels & Tales, 19(2), 197-223,357.

Kwa, Shiamin; Idema, Wilt L. (2010), Mulan: Five Versions of a Classic Chinese Legend with Related Texts, Hackett Publishing, ISBN 1603848711

Twistory Week II: Electric Boogaloo

Ventresca, R. A. (2006). Mussolini's ghost: Italy's duce in history and memory. History and Memory, 18(1), 86-119,198-199. Retrieved from

Healy, C. (2011). Pinky extension as a phonestheme in mongolian sign language. Sign Language Studies, 11(4), 575-593,659-660. Retrieved from

MacPhail, E. (2012). A fool in verse. French Forum, 37(3), 1-14. Retrieved from

Mereness, Newton D. (1932). "Hanson, John". Dictionary of American Biography VIII. New York: Scribner. pp. 231–32.

Sagon, C. (2006, Mar 29). Hail caesar; the salad that conquered the country. The Washington Post Retrieved from

Brown, Alton. (1999, July 28). Salad Days. Brown, Alton, Director. Brown, DeAnna, Producer. Good Eats, Atlanta.

Songhai Week

Reader, J. (1998) Africa: a biography of the continent. New York: Aldred A. Knopf, Inc.

Hirtle, S & de Villiers, M., (1997). Into Africa: a journey through the ancient empires. Ontario: Key Porter Books Limited.

Quigley, Mary. (2002) Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, & Songhai, ISBN: 1588104257

Mail Week


Fisher, J. (1965). Airlift 1870: The Balloon and Pigeon Post in the Siege of Paris. London: Max Parrish and Co.

Freeman, J. (2009). The Tyranny of E-Mail: The Four-Thousand-Year Journey to Your Inbox. New York: Scribner.

Freeman, L. (1976). "Wish You Were Here": A Centennial Guide to Postcard Collecting. Watkins Glen: Century House, Inc.

Fuller, W. E. (1972). The American Mail: Enlarger of the Common Life. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

John, R. R. (1995). Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse. Camridge: Harvard University Press.

Leary, W. M. (1985). Aerial Pioneers: The U.S. Air Mail Service, 1918 - 1927. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Panama Canal Authority. (n.d.). A History of the Panama Canal: French and American Construction Efforts. Retrieved December 20, 2011, from Canal de Panama Website:

Staff, F. (1966). The Picture Postcard & Its Origins. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, Inc.

Summerfield, A. E. (1960). U.S. Mail: The Story of the United States Postal Service. (C. Hurd, Ed.) New York: Hilt, Rinehart and Winston.

Technology Assessment Board. (1982). Implications of Electronic Mail and Message Systems for the U.S. Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: Office of Congressional and Public Communications.

U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (2013). The Untold Story of the ZIP Code. Washington, DC. Report Number: RARC-WP-13-006

Pope, N. A. (2011, April). The post office’s best friend: Owney the mail dog. Postmaster’s Advocate. Alexandria: National League of Postmasters of the United States.

Dinosaur Week

Paul, G. G. (2010). The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Joan of Arc Week

Gordon, M. (2000). Joan of Arc. New Yor:. Viking Press.

Wheeler, B. (2008). Medieval heroines in history and legend. (Audio Recording). Virginia: The Teaching Company. 

Pinto, M. (2012). Nationalist symbol of a nation divided: The paradox of France’s Joan of Arc, 1940-1944. Pennsylvania: Haverford College.