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From the Archives: What Happened to the Hole in the Ozone & The Relic Master

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In the meantime, during the fund drive we'll be airing some favorite segments from our archives.

Here's what's on today's show:

Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone?

Erin Blakemore blogs daily for Smithsonian.com and wrote about what happened to the ozone hole.

"The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It?"

Listen to this segment again: Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone?

The Relic Master

Christopher Buckley is no stranger to the absurd. He's written ten novels satirizing Washington politics and personalities, including Thank You for Smoking, and The White House Mess.

His book The Relic Master, now out in paperback, is set in the Holy Roman Empire circa 1517. 

The relic master of the title is a former mercenary called Dismas who buys religious artifacts for two wealthy patrons. A series of misfortunes forces Dismas, along with the painter Albrecht Durer, on a quest to steal what is thought to be the burial shroud of Christ.

Along the way, they encounter a lascivious count, a beautiful apothecary, a syphilitic duke and a competing plot to steal the most coveted and well-guarded relic in Europe. The book has been called Ocean's 11 meets Monty Python.

Listen to this segment again: The Relic Master

The Boston Accent is Wicked Hard

New Hampshire native Seth Meyers, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, recently tapped into his New England roots with a faux-trailer for a movie called Boston Accent - it parodies films like The Departed, Black Mass, and The Town.

While Seth Meyers has mastered the Boston accent, not every actor has - even great actors get tripped up by it, but why? Eric Molinsky investigates this wicked awesome story.   

Listen to this story again at PRX.org

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