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Any Questions #150

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word DECLARATION. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a three-letter word that each name a member of a particular Major League Baseball team. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the O to an M, you can spell CARDINAL and MET.

On-air questions
: It's show number 150! To commemorate our sesquicentennial episode, let's travel back in time to the year for which 2014 is the sesquicentennial and have a quiz about events that took place in the year 1864.
1. Born on July 13, 1864, American businessman John Jacob Astor IV made headlines when he died on April 15, 1912 along with 1513 other people during what tragic event?
2. The Coinage Act of 1864 was passed by the U.S. Congress on April 22. The act mandated that what four-word phrase be inscribed on all U.S. coins?
3. Massive casualties in the Battle of the Wilderness in May of 1864 led Brigadier General Montgomery C. Meigs to appropriate the grounds of Robert E. Lee's mansion just outside of Washington, D.C. This land became what we know today as what?
4. Nevada was the only state admitted to the union in 1864. After gaining statehood, it expanded its boundaries by acquiring land from territories to its east and south. The territory to its east would eventually become what state?
5. In 1864, to prevent runners from taking shortcuts – sometimes literally – the official rules of baseball were changed to require each base runner to do what as they made their way around the infield?

Extra credit
1. In August of 1864, the First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field is signed by 12 European states. The convention was overseen by a committee that was the predecessor of what humanitarian organization?
2. On September 3, 1864, the younger brother of what famous chemist was killed in an explosion while experimenting with nitroglycerine in his father's factory in Stockholm, Sweden?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase ONE-FIFTY. Change one letter to a J and you can rearrange the result to spell two four-letter men's names. What are they?

On-air questions

1. The sinking of the Titanic
2. "In God We Trust"
3. Arlington National Cemetery
4. Utah
5. Touch each base

Extra credit
1. The International Red Cross
2. Alfred Nobel

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.