This Week I Learned

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Your audio guide to the most fascinating and fun revelations, reports, and studies on the internet. Quick, concise, and infectiously entertaining, This Week I Learned promises to make learning fun again.

Episode Date
Ep. 79: This week I learned that crows make up after fights, and more
00:11:39
Considerate crows | The Vatican's milky walls | When Iceland's women went on strike | Mountain-climbing madness
Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 78: The week I learned your ice is teeming with bacteria, and more
00:12:38
Your gross ice | Play Super Mario with Grandma | The Eiffel Tower at night | Our forcefield atmosphere
Dec 15, 2017
Ep. 77: This week I learned dogs really are smarter than cats, and more
00:15:03
Dogs are nerds | The trick to learning new skills | The great Halifax explosion | Pumice stones for whales
Dec 08, 2017
Ep. 76: This week I learned that prehistoric women were ridiculously strong, and more
00:13:13
Prehistoric girl power | Turtles' butt-breathing power | How cuddling changes genetics | The negative power of perception
Dec 01, 2017
Ep. 75: This week I learned America really struggled to pin down a date for Thanksgiving, and more
00:16:54
America's Thanksgiving indecision | The long history of the wishbone | Your gluten-less gluten sensitivity | A primer on naming countries
Nov 24, 2017
Ep. 74: This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more
00:11:39
How the dinosaurs could have survived | The healing powers of daytime | The room in your house that bugs prefer | The incredible efficiency of the penguin waddle
Nov 17, 2017
Ep. 73: This week I learned that dogs can smell happiness, and more
00:12:16
How you're hijacking your dog's emotions | Right-handed bees | Chopin's pickled heart | England's sin-eaters
Nov 10, 2017
Ep. 72: This week I learned plants can smell predators coming, and more
00:13:23
Plants can smell | Bacteria can feel | It snows sunscreen on a planet far, far away | The purpose of those silly little T. Rex arms
Nov 03, 2017
Ep. 71: This week I learned that salmon sex literally moves mountains, and more
00:11:26
Earth-shattering salmon love | The secret genius of daydreaming | Our innate arachnophobia | Diagnosed with a broken heart
Oct 27, 2017
Ep. 70: This week I learned worms can smell danger, and more
00:16:08
The olfactory defenses of the roundworm | Stress is ruining your diet | A fish's lament | The murderer behind the OED
Oct 20, 2017
Ep. 69: This week I learned how female dolphins are weaponizing their vaginas to fight the underwater patriarchy, and more
00:13:16
How dolphins fight 'the man' | Beware the nocebo effect | The mystery of the Amber Room | Europe's radioactive pigs problem
Oct 13, 2017
Ep. 68: This week I learned spoilers can actually make a story better, and more
00:14:42
Embrace the spoiler | Your parents' gender bias | Why clowns creep us out | How stress impairs
Oct 06, 2017
Ep. 67: This week I learned a good mood can make the flu vaccine more effective, and more
00:12:36
Happiness, the flu, and you | Which personality are you, cat? | The dinosaur-devouring frog | The bizarre aero-cure of the 1920s
Sep 29, 2017
Ep. 66: This week I learned you should absolutely beat yourself up a little the next time you fail, and more
00:11:55
The emotional trick to dealing with failure | Lightning-inducing cargo ships | The evolution of the giraffe's long neck | The Alaskan town overrun by bald eagles
Sep 22, 2017
Ep. 65: This week I learned the science behind out-of-body experiences, and more
00:15:28
The science of OBEs | The plastic inside us | All hail Viking warrior princesses! | Chocolate's dark medicinal history
Sep 15, 2017
Ep. 64: This week I learned your unfulfilled coffee craving is wreaking havoc with your memory, and more
00:12:35
The power of a coffee craving | Swordfish heat their eyeballs | Wild dogs' democratic sneezing fit | Haagen-Dazs’ New York origins
Sep 08, 2017
Ep. 63: This week I learned the beloved starfish is a surprisingly brutal killer, and more
00:14:18
The murderous starfish | The color of breakfast | Our drug-addicted fish | A musical medical miracle
Sep 01, 2017
Ep. 62: This week I learned our brains can predict the future, and more
00:14:05
Your clairvoyant brain | Live in the moment: take photos! | The quest for space bread | The venom that broke the mold
Aug 25, 2017
Ep. 61: This week I learned late-night snacking might make you more prone to sunburns, and more
00:15:11
Midnight snacking and sunburns | Why we hold babies on the left | Disney’s propaganda machine | The science of sound underwater
Aug 18, 2017
Ep. 60: This week I learned it might be possible to learn while you sleep, and more
00:16:07
Finally, sleep-learning! | Your impeccably organized taste system | Brilliant bees | When athletes used cocaine to train
Aug 11, 2017
Ep. 59: This week I learned the only way to use your phone at night without messing with your sleep, and more
00:16:38
Blue-blockers for smartphone addicts | Jimmy wants to lower Jimmy's stress | Who's the boss? Baby knows. | The great Mona Lisa heist of 1911
Aug 04, 2017
Ep. 58: This week I learned why so many people order tomato juice on airplanes, and more
00:09:21
The science of bad airplane food | Why you're such a mosquito magnet | Ban soap! | The shy shark
Jul 28, 2017
Ep. 57: This week I learned what it would take to obliterate all life on Earth, and more
00:15:13
The surprising resilience of life | Jane Austen, home brewer | You're junk, DNA | The mind-cleansing effect of showering
Jul 21, 2017
Ep. 56: This week I learned praying mantises are killing your hummingbirds and eating their brains, and more
00:12:12
Praying mantises go for the brain | Frogs have ridiculously soft tongues | The 'poorly sleeping grandparent hypothesis' | Coral's magnificent protective glow
Jul 14, 2017
Ep. 55: This week I learned even smelling your food can make you fat, and more
00:12:10
How smell affects your weight | The memory boost of forgetfulness | Frogs, evolutionary opportunists | The inspiring fiction of Betty Crocker
Jul 07, 2017
Ep. 54: This week I learned just having your phone nearby is making you dumber, and more
00:12:07
The smartphone brain drain | The funky thing blinking does to your brain | The sisterhood of traveling vampire bats | How a California mailman gave us avocados
Jun 30, 2017
Ep. 53: This week I learned that looking at puppies can save your marriage, and more
00:12:24
An excuse to look at puppies! | Heat-related airplane delays | The sea’s paragon of parenting | The most spectacular migration on Earth
Jun 23, 2017
Ep. 52: This week I learned that a low-carb diet may be changing your personality, and more
00:13:17
New diet, new you | Spain's time-zone woes | The mysteriously flexible pine trees | The dark origin of the word 'gypped'
Jun 16, 2017
Ep. 51: This week I learned the dark origin story of the seat belt, and more
00:10:08
Hugh DeHaven was obsessed with accidents | A raven's revenge | The better, simpler way to wash your hands
Jun 09, 2017
Ep. 50: This week I learned flight times are longer now than they were 50 years ago, and more
00:12:04
Airline regress | Rainmaking fungi | Semantic satiation | The spider web that gets stronger the more it kills
Jun 02, 2017
Ep. 49: This week I learned how the world's hottest chili would kill you, and more
00:11:05
Don't eat the Dragon's Breath | Your cannibalistic brain | Oral Allergy Syndrome! | How flamingos balance
May 26, 2017
Ep. 48: This week I learned about a 'zombie madness' that consumed medieval English villagers, and more
00:09:45
Medieval 'zombie madness' | The powers of happy memory | The bizarre breastfeeding habits of orangutans | The twisted origins of dentistry
May 19, 2017
Ep. 47: This week I learned smiling actually makes you look older, and more
00:11:33
The fairest expression of them all | Language is a time warp | The lady pirates of the 18th century | The brain-breaking regularity of stripes
May 12, 2017
Ep. 46: This week I learned squirrels were once America's most beloved pet, and more
00:11:47
The beloved pet squirrel | Ban workplace complaining | Astronauts with nothing to wear | Why we prune in the bath
May 05, 2017
Ep. 45: This week I learned female dragonflies will fake death to avoid male suitors, and more
00:11:52
How female dragonflies escape male suitors | Believing your broken heart better | Your dog feels you | Meet the space phenomenon called 'Steve'
Apr 28, 2017
Ep. 44: This week I learned United once offered men-only flights complete with 'manly' services, and more
00:08:38
Flying the 'club in the sky' | The evolution of expression | The Synalpheus pinkfloydi | The mystery of the 'Tsavo Two'
Apr 21, 2017
Ep. 43: This week I learned you're tying your shoes wrong, and more
00:11:46
How to tie your shoes | SCOTUS hazing | The 1993 pantsuit revolution | Get your baby a dog
Apr 14, 2017
Ep. 42: This week I learned how Las Vegas once cashed in on 'atomic tourism,' and more
00:13:07
Las Vegas' 'atomic tourism' | Why we lose sleep as we age | The cost of intelligence in the wild | One is the loneliest cold
Apr 07, 2017
Ep. 41: This week I learned that sleep walking is an evolutionary trait gone terribly wrong, and more
00:12:32
The ancient origins of sleep walking | The spinach heart | A woman's right to go by her own name | The two faces of the smiley emoji
Mar 31, 2017
Ep. 40: This week I learned the word pink used to mean yellow, and more
00:09:01
Pink’s murky origins | Our wide-eyed transition from water to land | The super blind mind | The ever mischievous Jane Austen
Mar 24, 2017
Ep. 39: This week I learned some metals have memory, and more
00:10:01
Metal memory | Living the slow life history strategy | Your dog, the liar | Why we itch
Mar 17, 2017
38: This week I learned you could probably outrun a T. Rex, and more
00:07:42
Rex, speed walker | Forever-young ants | Tattoos for health? | The sad truth about seltzer
Mar 10, 2017
37: This week I learned the unexpected ways an asteroid could kill us all, and more
00:11:37
How an asteroid takes us down | The revolting necessity of vultures | That "grima" feeling | Sleepless in the Serengeti
Mar 03, 2017
Ep. 36: This week I learned why we're all suckers for the good cop/bad cop routine, and more
00:09:36
The emotional seesaw phenomenon | Fatherhood hormones | How fish "talk" | Introducing: Zealandia!
Feb 24, 2017
Ep. 35: This week I learned honeybees say 'oops' when they're startled, and more
00:12:20
Decoding clumsy bees | Your morning cup of memory boost | Goat BFFs | Panda diplomacy
Feb 17, 2017
Ep. 34: This week I learned that Brazil and France almost went to war over lobster, and more
00:10:42
The Lobster War | The efficiency of right-hand loops | How whales yell | Lunar hay fever
Feb 10, 2017
Ep. 33: This week I learned dogs dig reggae, and more
00:09:05
Music fit for a dog | A plant's smelly defense | Our terrifying ancestors | The mystery of synched pendulums
Feb 03, 2017
Ep. 32: This week I learned ancient otters were terrifyingly huge, and more
00:09:35
Wolf-sized otters | How nicotine calms a schizophrenic brain | The real power of ritual | Where the Declaration of Independence safely sleeps
Jan 27, 2017
Ep. 31: This week I learned the CIA once hired psychics for intelligence gathering, and more
00:11:01
Program Star Gate | Human-hunting vampire bats | Leonie, the asexual zebra shark mom | The dinosaurs' cold, dark death
Jan 20, 2017
Ep. 30: This week I learned your appendix might be useful after all, and more
00:08:57
Your hard-working appendix | Cramming for exercise | The end of the Megalodon shark | Baby talk and your dog
Jan 13, 2017
Ep. 29: This week I learned how fake news can be good for your brain, and more
00:10:40
A benefit to fake news | Dinosaur eggs and doom | The perils of cotton swabs | Your filthy money
Jan 06, 2017
Ep. 28: This week I learned 1 in 8 people is carrying around remnants of a twin consumed in the womb, and more
00:08:17
The vanishing twins phenomenon | Garlic-enhanced BO | Who sells seashells by the seashore? | The scientific curiosity of reindeer eyes
Dec 30, 2016
Ep. 27: This week I learned cavemen brushed their teeth, and more
00:09:20
The dental hygiene of cavemen | The bagpiper and the penguin | Your breath, your health | The brain-boosting benefits of the sauna
Dec 23, 2016
Ep. 26: This week I learned how to tell if a rat is smiling, and more
00:08:01
How rat smile | Is man-flu real? | How sleep hard-wires negative thoughts | Movie set snow of the 1940s
Dec 16, 2016
Ep. 25: This week I learned plants can be conditioned just like Pavlov's dog, and more
00:09:07
Pavlov's plant | The sad evolution of tuskless elephants | Sleep deprivation can lift depression | Your joyless MP3s
Dec 09, 2016
Ep. 24: This week I learned your brain doesn't know the difference between feeling high and feeling spiritual, and more
00:10:39
Your brain on God | The complex memory of dogs | Spider daddy issues | The rule of re-freezing food
Dec 02, 2016
Ep. 23: This week I learned 'ahoy' was nearly the universal telephone greeting, and more
00:09:42
The origins of the telephone greeting | The hijacking effects of eye contact | The other Gettysburg Address | The only government agency with a catchy theme song
Nov 25, 2016
Ep. 22: This week I learned Australia wiggles back and forth, pigs can be optimists, and more
00:10:48
Australia's seasonal dance | A pigpen, half full | George Washington's herculean immune system | A brief history of "baby shows"
Nov 18, 2016
Ep. 21: This week I learned there's a bright side to the gripping fear of death, and more
00:07:15
A fear of death is good for you | Stop washing your office coffee mug | The science behind a lump in your throat | The envious work-life balance of medieval peasants
Nov 11, 2016
Ep. 20: This week I learned elevator close-door buttons don’t do anything, and more
00:07:25
The uselessness of the elevator close-button | The most effective workout motivator | The confidence-boosting effects of disgust | Marijuana's influence on night vision
Nov 04, 2016
Ep. 19: This week I learned stressful jobs can actually prolong your life, and more
00:09:51
What makes a stressful job healthy | Patient Zero's mistaken identity | A lost language's mark on the brain | Drought disrupts fall foliage
Oct 28, 2016
Ep. 18: This week I learned fish have accents, and more
00:07:45
The particular sadness of fish dialects | Relieve an itch with trickery | Don't refrigerate tomatoes | The Donald Trump of the 1800s
Oct 21, 2016
Ep. 17: This week I learned your avocado is radioactive, and more
00:09:39
Everyday radiation | Embracing your middle name | The dark origins of the Nobel Prizes | The jiu jitsu-fighting suffragettes
Oct 14, 2016
Ep. 16: This week I learned dogs can tell time with their noses, and more
00:10:12
Dogs sense time through smell | The life-extending effects of humor | Easing regret through temperature | The pineapple's luxe history
Oct 07, 2016
Ep. 15: This week I learned your dog may be smarter than your kid, and more
00:08:06
Dogs are practical learners | Good news for acne sufferers | The health boosts of a happy spouse | Pureed pumpkin is a lie
Sep 30, 2016
Ep. 14: This week I learned why turbulence isn’t as scary as it feels, and more
00:09:36
The science of turbulence | Pigeons can read! | The health benefits of fidgeting | Do big ears hear better?
Sep 23, 2016
Ep. 13: This week I learned binge watching TV is good for your relationship, and more
00:07:53
Binge watching as couples therapy | You're imagining your nicotine addiction | Why paper cuts hurt so much | The sartorial defense against snakebites
Sep 16, 2016
Ep. 12: This week I learned why you should celebrate airline baggage fees, and more
00:08:59
Your bag shouldn't fly free | The sixth taste | Your cat wants to work | The love songs of coral fish
Sep 09, 2016
Ep. 11: This week I learned there’s a mathematically correct way to sort your socks, and more
00:08:56
Math helps with your laundry | The etymology of the slang word "lit" | The post office has a floating zip code | A low-carb diet will make you smell better
Sep 02, 2016
Ep. 10: This week I learned how screen addicts can get a good night's sleep, and more
00:11:43
Good news for screen addicts | Why humans are so hairless | The whistle of the Caribbean sea | John F. Kennedy's goat
Aug 26, 2016
Ep. 9: This week I learned just thinking about exercising improves your fitness, and more
00:10:31
The power of motor imagery | Taxing Olympic medals | Your brain's feel-good response to rejection | The dark history of the American flag salute
Aug 19, 2016
Ep. 8: This week I learned a massive solar storm nearly sparked a nuclear war, and more
00:12:40
A close call during the Cold War | The terrifying world of insect zombies | The life-extending benefits of reading | The first American woman to win gold
Aug 12, 2016
Ep. 7: This week I learned why sleeping with the lights on is a terrible idea, and more
00:10:43
Artificial light at night | Cinnamon's brain-boosting powers | Humpback whales' altruism | The complicated history of doves at the Olympics
Aug 05, 2016
Ep. 6: This week I learned you're charging your phone wrong, and more
00:10:59
Your phone battery is stressed | The most electrified place on Earth | The evolution of human speech | How a whale mourns
Jul 29, 2016
Ep. 5: This week I learned why people in old movies talk weird, and more
00:07:05
Fun and interesting facts from around the web
Jul 22, 2016
Ep. 4: This week I learned eating more fruits and veggies makes you happier immediately, and more
00:08:44
Fun and interesting facts from around the web
Jul 15, 2016
Ep. 3: This week I learned that we think with our hands, and more
00:10:10
Fun and interesting facts from around the web
Jul 08, 2016
Ep. 2: This week I learned why dogs are so freaked out by fireworks, and more
00:10:54
Fun and interesting facts from the web
Jul 01, 2016
Ep. 1: This week I learned that parts of our body come back to life after we die, and more
00:09:12
Fun and interesting facts from around the web
Jun 23, 2016
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Jun 22, 2016