On February 27, 1980, thirty-eight years ago today, the Grammy for Best Disco Recording was awarded for the very first time—and was never, ever awarded again. In this episode, we explore the downfall of the 1970s' defining sound, from the riotous "night disco died" to the night a disco superstar took home music's biggest prize.

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B020 - Is There a Letter in Your Bag For Me? - February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

On this date in 1792, President Washington signed the Postal Service Act into law, establishing the USPS as a government entity and securing it as a staple in American communication.

Music for this episode is by Borrtex and Podington Bear.

B019 - The Coso Artifact - February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018

On February 13, 1961—fifty-seven years ago today—three amateur geologists discovered a bizarre and mysterious rock 4000 feet above sea level in southern California. The "Coso Artifact" captivated creationists and paranormalists for decades, but what was it, really? Eitan explores the backstory.

B018 - Autherine Lucy - February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

On February 6, 1956, sixty-two years ago today, a 26-year-old graduate student was forced to leave the University of Alabama when its board of trustees voted unanimously that it couldn't protect her from an angry, violent, racist mob.