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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

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SYSK Selects: How The Moonwalk Works
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When Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk in 1983 the world was enrapt. The dance goes back farther, to the 1930s, and pops up again in the 50s, before reappearing via mimes and West Coast poppers in the 70s. Follow the circuitous route of an iconic move in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 08, 2020
How Miniature Golf Works
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Playing miniature golf is a very fun thing to do and, you’re about to find, learning about its origin and history is very fun as well. Join Josh and Chuck as they tee off on the mini golf story! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 06, 2020
Short Stuff: Jigsaw Puzzles
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Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Tune in to learn a few facts and figures about jigsaw puzzles right now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 05, 2020
Wasps: Not as cute as bees
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Wasps have a bad rap. Because their sting really hurts and they don't make honey like their cousins. But they are super cool and you shouldn't kill them. Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 04, 2020
SYSK Selects: How the Rosetta Stone Works
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Sometimes providence smiles on historians. Thus is the case with the Rosetta stone, an ancient Egyptian tablet that served as the key for unlocking hieroglyphics, lost to time for a millennia. In this classic episode, learn about the international intrigue, rivalry to translate it and the luck that led to the founding of Egyptology. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Aug 01, 2020
How Soap Works
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Soap is a miraculous substance – and mysterious too: we have no idea how humans first figured out to make it. We lived with soap for millennia before we thought to use it to wash ourselves with it, but once we did a love affair with cleanliness was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 30, 2020
Short Stuff: Habsburg Jaw
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The Habsburg Jaw is the result of inbreeding. But what is it? Click play and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 29, 2020
How Hurricanes Work
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Hurricanes are perhaps the most destructive force of nature we have to deal with here on Earth. When a mind-boggling number of factors all fall into place just right, the outcome can be an enormous system of storms that is as awesome as it is powerful. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 28, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Lobbying Works
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Lobbying is an entrenched part of American politics and one that many people think is breaking government. But petitioning the government is protected in the Constitution. How can this system be fixed? join Josh and Chuck as they explore the topic in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 25, 2020
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mobile Phones
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Today we deep dive on mobile phones, wonders of the modern world! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 23, 2020
Short Stuff: The Death of Billy the Kid
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Sure, together Young Guns and Young Guns II form an exhaustive biography of Billy the Kid’s life. But did you know they also contain misleading information? Billy the Kid may not have lived to 100 under an alias after all! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 22, 2020
How We Almost Got Rid of Polio
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For more than half of the 20th century parents in the industrialized world were freaked out by an unseen waster of youth, the poliovirus. It spread easily and could paralyze children for life or even kill them. Its effects were so horrible that humanity set about ridding if from the Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 21, 2020
SYSK Selects: How a Flea Circus Works
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If you've ever seen a flea circus, then count yourself among the few. It's a dying art, but back in the day they thrilled and delighted young and old alike. Learn all about the tiny big tops in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 18, 2020
Robber Barons!
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The robber barons were not a group of evil super villains. OR WERE THEY? Learn all about these titans of industry from the Gilded Age in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 16, 2020
Short Stuff: Centralia Coal Fire
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An old coal mine in Pennsylvania caught fire one day in the 60s and it’s been burning ever since. What’s crazy is this happens all the time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 15, 2020
Flagpole Sitting: A Real Fad
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The 1920s were just absolutely nuts. People got into weird fads really intensely and one of the strangest of all was flagpole sitting. It’s just what it sounds like – sitting on top of a flagpole for as long as you can. One man sat above them all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 14, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Landfills Work
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Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 11, 2020
Essential Oils: Nature's Cure?
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Essential oils are from plants and they can help the human body in a lot of ways. There are also many false medical claims. Learn all the ins and outs today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 09, 2020
Short Stuff: The @ Symbol
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You know the at symbol? This thing: @? There’s a name for it, just not in English. We just call it the at symbol. But other countries – stand back! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 08, 2020
What was the KGB?
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The KGB was the notorious strong arm of the Kremlin. Run afoul and you died. Learn all about them today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 07, 2020
SYSK Selects: All We Know About Guessing
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Guessing is a weird thing. For millennia, it could have meant the difference between life and death. Now it's not as vital, but we still do it every day, whether behind the wheel of a car, or judging what another person might be feeling. In this classic episode, learn everything we know about the brain and how it manages this odd, very human act. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 04, 2020
Oh Yes, How Soil Works
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There is maybe nothing that sounds more boring than hearing two people talk about soil, but friend, prepare to be amazed at the details of what makes this amazing substance the life blood of Earth itself! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 02, 2020
Short Stuff: The Science of Funny Words
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Why are some words funnier than others? Well, one man has sought to figure that out. We'll tell you all about him and his project in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jul 01, 2020
Bruxism: Grinding Your Teeth Is the Pits
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Researchers have noticed that as incidence of anger increases so too has teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism. That’s a problem because when people grind their teeth, especially when they’re sleeping, they can wear them down to nubs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 30, 2020
SYSK Selects: Juggling: What the Heck
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There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it in this classic episode. Delve into the deep history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 27, 2020
Matcha: That Ain't Just Tea
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Matcha is something else, healthy and delicious and all the rage. Learn all about this trendy beverage today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 25, 2020
Short Stuff: Nouns of assemblage... assemble!
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A gaggle of geese. A murder of crows. Nouns of assemblage are awesome and we talk about them for about 12 minutes in today's Short Stuff installment. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 24, 2020
How Ultrasound Works
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Sure you know all about ultrasound. You can see pictures of little babies right there cozy in the womb just by waving a magic plastic stick over the mom’s tummy. And magic is basically right. Believe us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 23, 2020
SYSK Selects: Research tips from SYSK
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People often ask us how we do our research. We're not going to disclose all of our secrets, but we'll give you some tips on how to root out the bad studies from the good ones. Learn all about shady studies and reporting in this classic episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 20, 2020
The Manhattan Grid
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Jun 18, 2020
Short Stuff: Haint Blue
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Haint Blue is a kind of robin's egg color that you might commonly find on porches of the low country of the Southeastern United States. But what does it have to do with ghouls and ghosts? Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 17, 2020
The War on Fat: The Seven Countries Study
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The Seven Countries Study was a fairly impressive, long-term study on the effects of fat in our diet, among other things. But it was very flawed and launched the misguided "War on fat." Learn all about today, then make up your own mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 16, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Flamethrowers Work
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Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early origins, history and technology of the flamethrower in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 13, 2020
Can You Eat A Tapeworm To Lose Weight?
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There’s a persistent insistence that you can ingest a tapeworm and as the parasite hijacks a lot of the calories you eat, the pounds will fall right off. In theory this could be true, but it’s also extremely dangerous. And has anyone ever really done it? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 11, 2020
Short Stuff: Foie Gras
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Foie gras means “fatty liver” in French, which makes sense because it’s made from the overripe livers of force-fed ducks and geese.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 10, 2020
How Project Star Gate Worked
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In yet another testament to how amazingly great the 70s were, in 1975 the US started a program that tried to harness the powers of clairvoyance to remotely spy on the Soviet Union. Since clairvoyance doesn’t seem to exist, it wasn’t super successful. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 09, 2020
SYSK Selects: How The Black Panther Party Worked
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The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it, they were actually men and women trying to affect change in their community. Their history is one of the more interesting American stories, from the early stages of policing the police to their community service efforts to their inevitable fall. Learn all about the Black Panther Party in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 06, 2020
The Massacre at Tiananmen Square
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Tank Man. An indelible image burned in our brains. But what led to this extraordinary event? Chuck and Josh walk you through the days and weeks leading up to the massacre at Tiananmen Square, which is more of a cautionary tale than we realized. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 04, 2020
Short Stuff: Disappearing Dirty Dancing Lake
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The lake from one of the all-time great movies (search your feelings, you’ll find that it’s true) is turning into a dried up mudhole. Turns out it has some unusual features. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 03, 2020
Heroin: The Drug
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We've covered a lot of drugs in our history, and today we tackle heroin, one of the most dangerous of all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jun 02, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Jackhammers Work
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It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so smoothly. Certainly a lot more trains would go around mountains than through them. Learn about this essential tool in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 30, 2020
How Narcolepsy Works
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Narcolepsy is one of those amazing rare disorders that everyone thinks they understand – people just fall asleep at random times, even in the middle of doing something. But there’s a lot more to it and – even better – we actually may be able to explain it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 28, 2020
Short Stuff: Lawn Darts
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There was a time when kids had to look out for flying darts that could pierce their skulls when they played in the backyard. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 27, 2020
Hummingbirds: Ornery Helicopters of the Animal Kingdom
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If you didn’t already know how amazing hummingbirds are, prepare to learn. Not only do they count among their numbers the smallest bird species, they are also lightning fast and have the endurance of a marathoner and a telethoner put together. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 26, 2020
SYSK Selects: How The Enlightenment Works
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The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? In this classic episode, learn about this massive shift in thinking which we are still sorting through and coming to understand today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 23, 2020
Josh Clark's Speech from Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020
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Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Josh Clark, co-host of the Stuff You Should Know podcast, divulges secrets to graduates that their parents and teachers may have neglected to tell them. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 22, 2020
How Bras Work
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Bras are loved and hated, sometimes at the same time. But as difficult and restrictive as they can be, they rescued women from a much cruel contraption: corsets. The question remains, though, do women need bras at all? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 21, 2020
Short Stuff: Mary Had A Little Lamb
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Did you know the little nursery rhyme is controversial? It’s true: Two towns in New England can barely stand to see one another on the map (kind of). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 20, 2020
How Spiritualism Works
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Something spooky was born on the American frontier in the mid-19th century: the idea that people’s personalities survive death and that some gifted individuals can communicate with them. It developed into a religion that some still practice today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 19, 2020
Chuck Bryant's Speech from Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020
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Hi listeners, in case you haven't heard already, iHeartRadio just released a brand new podcast called Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, where we collected speeches from notable folks all over and asked them to give their best advice, thoughts and words of wisdom to graduating seniors. In this episode, our very own Chuck Bryant reminds graduates to not let this season define them, reminding them the world believes in their ability to craft a better future for themselves. If you'd like to hear the other speeches, including ones from John Legend, Bill & Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Abby Wambach, and more, just search "Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020" in your podcasting app of choice! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 18, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Fire Works
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Creating fire was possibly the most important human discovery, but it's easy to take for granted. But. Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of the chemistry of fire in their quest to explain everything in the universe, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 16, 2020
How Peanut Butter Works
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No food is more all-American than peanut butter – 80 percent of homes in the country have a jar of it in the pantry right now. And while the rest of the world might find peanut butter peculiar, maybe even gross, the rest of the world is wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 14, 2020
Short Stuff: Charley Horse
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You know those terrible leg cramps that come out of nowhere? They may be named after a drunken baseball pitcher. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 13, 2020
How Herd Immunity Works
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Herd immunity is an epidemiological concept that if enough people are inoculated against a disease the rest of us won’t get it. It’s been useful in holding back diseases like polio and measles, but we have vaccines for them. We don’t have one for Covid-19. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 12, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Caving Works
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Entrances to the underworld have been places of wonder for eons, and humans have ventured into caves to sleep, hunt, create art and explore. Thanks to the hobby of caving, that tradition continues today. Get all this plus Chuck discussing his caving experience, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 09, 2020
Zippers: Humans’ Greatest Invention? No, But Still Good
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The zipper may be the most unsung invention we humans have ever come up with. Prior to zippers, everyone walked around like idiots with nothing but buttons to hold their clothes together. The zipper changed all that. The zipper changed everything. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 07, 2020
Short Stuff: Gibtown: Sideshow Central
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There was a glorious time in American history when circus sideshow performers lived together in a small town in Florida. Learn about the fascinating history of Gibtown today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 06, 2020
I'm Spartacus!
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Spartacus was a real dude. He led a slave revolt, and was pretty successful to boot. I'm Spartacus. You're Spartacus. We are all Spartacus. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 05, 2020
SYSK Selects: How do dogs perceive time?
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A dog that knows exactly when its owners will arrive home every day seems to have a human perception of time, but in fact, they perceive time very differently than we do. Find out more about how dogs view time in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
May 02, 2020
Agatha Christie: Queen of the Murder Mystery
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Agatha Christie was a great writer of murder mystery novels and is probably the best selling author of all time. Listen in today to learn her story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 30, 2020
Short Stuff: Mullets: 'Nuff Said
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Business in the front, you know the rest. Listen in as we discuss the lifestyle choice that is the mullet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 29, 2020
How Existential Risks Work
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An existential risk is a special kind of threat that are different from other types of risks in that if one of them ever befalls us, it would spell the permanent end of humanity. It just so happens we seem to be headed for just such a kind of catastrophe. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 28, 2020
SYSK Selects: How the U.S. Postal Service Works
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Back when this episode aired, the USPS was teetering on the edge of going under and there were a lot of plans on the table to save it. With the USPS again at risk now for different reasons, join Chuck and Josh as they explore the history and future of the postal service in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 25, 2020
How the Voyager Golden Records Work
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As part of a super 70s push to get Earth to a seat at the table of the Galactic Federation (in case there is, in fact, such a thing), astronomer Carl Sagan oversaw an ambitious project to launch a compilation of Earth’s greatest hits into deep space. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 23, 2020
Short Stuff: The NY Times Crossword
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Today Chuck and Josh take a shallow dive in the warm pool that is the NY Times Crossword Puzzle. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 22, 2020
The Soul Train Episode
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Today, Chuck and Josh dive into the funky, cool world of the classic TV show, Sooooooooul Train. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 21, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Labor Unions Work
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Yes, it's true: Unions have a shady mob-related past and were originally championed by anarchists. Born from medieval trade guilds, these organizations also helped grow the American economy, and not only protected but established workers' rights. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 18, 2020
How Wastewater Treatment Works
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All that gross stuff we humans put in the water that gets flushed down the sewers has to be taken back out before that water is reintroduced to the environment. That’s the ideal, and it’s essential to staving off the imbalance people bring to the planet. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 16, 2020
Short Stuff: Turning Down the Radio When You're Lost
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It’s a typical human reaction: When you’re driving and you realize that you’re lost, you turn down the radio. On its face it makes no sense – or does it? (It does.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 15, 2020
Bidets: Now More Than Ever
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We all know the benefits of bidets. But with toilet paper in short supply, they're more important than ever before. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 14, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Dissociative Identity Disorder Works
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Dissociative Identity Disorder was known as multiple personality disorder until a case of mass hysteria brought on by the movie-mad public and unscrupulous psychiatrists led to a stigma over the term. Now psychiatry has gotten serious about the condition. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 11, 2020
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Feminist Physician
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Becoming the first licensed woman physician in America was tough, convincing male surgeons to wash their hands between patients was even tougher. Today Josh and Chuck pay tribute to a genuine pioneer in medicine and society. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 09, 2020
Short Stuff: AAirpass
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In the go-go 80s and 90s, American Airlines offered the AAirpass, a lifetime pass for unlimited first class travel. It was an amazing deal, but AA didn’t predict just how much some travelers would use it. They played with fire, they got burned. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 08, 2020
The Legends of Lost Nazi Gold
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As if being murdering SOBs weren’t enough, the Nazis were also thieving rats. During WWII, they stole billons in gold from countries they overran and moved it to Germany. But at the end of the war, only part of it was recovered. Where’s the rest? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 07, 2020
SYSK Selects: How the Deep Web Works
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Perhaps you didn’t realize that when you search the web you’re only skimming the surface. In fact, the types of web pages that turn up in your search engine results represent only a mere fraction of the total web. Immerse yourself in the Deep web and its dark corners in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 04, 2020
Student Loans: UGH!
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Student loans can be pretty complicated. Luckily Chuck and Josh are here to wade through the financial muck for you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 02, 2020
Short Stuff: 666
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Today, Chuck and Josh dive into that scary number...666. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Apr 01, 2020
How Dog Training Works
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Chuck and Josh explore the age-old question: Should you train your dog by treating it like a living, feeling being or should you beat them up and break their spirit? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 31, 2020
SYSK Selects: Can Nuclear Fusion Reactors Save The World?
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The world’s energy consumption is ruining the planet but for decades physicists have been working on what could solve the world’s energy and climate change woes for centuries to come – nuclear fusion. Learn about building stars on Earth in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 28, 2020
How COVID-19 Works
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We’re in the middle of an odd, tense time and Josh and Chuck are here to explain what’s going on and how to stay safe.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 26, 2020
Short Stuff: Dagen H
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One day in 1967, Sweden changed what side of the road its citizens drive on. It went surprisingly well, considering. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 25, 2020
Could A Robot Tax Win the War on Poverty?
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An old idea – giving every resident of a country a set amount of money every month with no strings attached – became a hot item in Silicon Valley and on the 2020 campaign trail. Could it alleviate the impending job loss coming from automation? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 24, 2020
SYSK Selects: Virus Talk with Josh and Chuck
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Viruses are big jerks that invade regular cells and hold them hostage, making you sick while they're doing it. Learn everything you ever needed to know about viruses, including how the common cold works, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 21, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Jim Henson Worked
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We’ve already recorded an episode on The Muppets, but Jim Henson was such a neat guy we delved into him even further. Learn all about the man behind the Muppets who was so much more than just a master puppeteer in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: SYSK Live: How Bars Work
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Join Josh and Chuck live from Vancouver as they dive in to the ins and outs of one of the oldest businesses in the world – the bar! Learn about the history of bars, cocktails and the good people who put them together in new and amazing ways. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Grass Works? Yes, How Grass Works
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There’s nothing more boring than watching grass grow, which is why Josh and Chuck aren’t asking you to do that. Instead, you can learn about all sorts of neat things about grass - like how American became obsessed with perfect lawns - in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Terraforming Will Work
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A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to have to find another planet to live on. Terraforming, or engineering a planet to maintain all of the ingredients to sustain life, seems to be the answer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rogue Waves Work
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Rogue waves come out of nowhere and tower as much as 100 feet over hapless ships they encounter, breaking across the boat and frequently breaking the boat and its inhabitants. Investigate the mystery of rouge waves in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: Was there a real King Arthur?
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The legend of King Arthur is very old and very established. By the time the king who saved Britain and united it was first written about, his story was already hundreds of years old. And while many of the details of his life and adventures, from the Lady of the Lake to Merlin the Magician, seem fictional some archaeologists believe that Arthur -- and much of his life -- was real. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: The Amazing History of Soda
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The soda we get instantly mixed at a fast-food joint owes a lot to a rich history going back to the Roman baths, that features drugs, diseases and explosions. Learn all about soda and soda fountains in this surprisingly interesting episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked, Live From LA
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Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad life. Get to know this legendary comic who was nearing 50 when he got his break. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Pinball Works
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Pinball was actually illegal until the 1970s in NY and other cities, hidden in the backs of pornography shops. The game was finally legalized, thanks to a Babe Ruth-style shot by the best player in the world. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
SYSK Distraction Playlist: Sugar: It Powers the Earth
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Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it. Insanely high prices, wars and even slavery couldn't undo world's need for a sugar fix. Today that fix is responsible for the obesity epidemic facing the West. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 20, 2020
What was the Falkland Islands War all about anyway?
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The battle between Britain and Argentina over the rocky, cold Falkland Islands is one of the weirder wars in history. Learn all about it today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 19, 2020
Short Stuff: The Pledge of Allegiance
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The American Pledge of Allegiance is much more interesting than you might think. Give us 12 minutes and we'll fill you in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 18, 2020
Chopsticks > Forks
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Today Chuck and Josh sit and converse on the simple, elegant chopstick.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 17, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Monopoly Works
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Since more than 1 billion people have played it, you’re probably familiar with the board game Monopoly, but we bet you don’t know its secret origins as a left-wing socialist teaching tool. Join Josh and Chuck as they chase it down in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 14, 2020
How Ice Climbing Works
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A few decades ago, some people who liked to climb mountains decided they wanted to make it even harder and ice climbing was born. If you think rock climbing is difficult, put on your base layer and join Josh and Chuck on the glacier. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 12, 2020
Short Stuff: Teresita Basa
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In the annals of American justice there is a 1977 case where the police were tipped off to the identity of a murderer by a woman who said she was possessed by the victim. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 11, 2020
How Coyotes Work
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The coyote truly is wily. Even after a century-long attempt to drive them to extinction, this close relative of domesticated dogs not only hung onto survival, but actually doubled its range and expanded its population. Coyotes are here to stay. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 10, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Gold Works
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As of early 2013, only 161,00 metric tons of gold had been mined in the entire history of the world. Considering about 85 percent of it is recycled, there's a decent chance your jewelry may once have been part of an Incan headdress or Mycenaean face mask. Dive in to gold in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 07, 2020
Mardi Gras! One month late
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In true SYSK fashion, Josh and Chuck are late to the game. But never fear, they will still detail Mardi Gras in all its colorful glory.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 05, 2020
Short Stuff: Exclamation Points!
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We all use them! But did we always? NO!! Learn all about everyone's favorite punctuation mark today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 04, 2020
How Morphic Fields Work?
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Biologist and science historian Rupert Sheldrake is known as a heretic of science, mostly for his deeply strange ideas about what connects all living things. But his pokes at science help keep the field from growing dogmatic and for that we salute him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Mar 03, 2020
SYSK Selects: Your limb is torn off - now what?
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Were you to be the unfortunate victim of a limb removal of any sort, you could take hope. Here in the 21st century, doctors have gotten pretty handy at reattaching arms and legs, replacing thumbs with toes, rebuilding breasts, all to great success thanks to microsurgery techniques. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 29, 2020
Sammy Davis Jr: National Treasure
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Today Josh and Chuck sit down and detail the complicated life of the late, great Sammy Davis Jr. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 27, 2020
Short Stuff: Hawaiian Night Marchers
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Get ready for some Hawaiian folklore, people. Today we discuss the Night Marchers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 26, 2020
What's the deal with indigo?
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Indigo is a color with a rich past. Learn all about it today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 25, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Cult Deprogramming Works
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The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers – but did it even work? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 22, 2020
Birthmarks: Probably Not the Mark of the Devil
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It’s a pretty safe assumption that people have been born with birthmarks since humanity began, and between then and now we’ve come up with some wacky, even dangerous, explanations for them – even a few that survive still today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 20, 2020
Short Stuff: Mexican Jumping Beans
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Mexican jumping beans are a real thing and they really do move around. It’s not magic, it’s nature! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 19, 2020
The Unsolved Indiana Dunes Disappearances
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In July 1966, three women out for a day at the beach waded into the water of Lake Michigan, got onto a boat and were never heard from again. To this day, not a trace of them has ever turned up and theories of what became of them abound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 18, 2020
SYSK Selects: A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes
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Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After originating among the Harlem Renaissance crowd, the zoot suit came to symbolize political defiance. Find out why it's still illegal to wear a zoot suit in L.A. in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 15, 2020
911 Is Not a Joke
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Josh and Chuck delve into the world of 911 in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 13, 2020
Short Stuff: Body Under The Bed
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A couple unknowingly spending the night above a dead body stuffed under their bed is a longstanding urban legend. And a true one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 12, 2020
Optogenetics: Controlling Your Genes with Light
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What if a genetic brain disease could be turned off simply by flashing a light in your eyes? What if your depression could be cured that way? Sounds amazingly wonderful, true, but what if your behavior could be controlled that way too? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 11, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Bonsai Works
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For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature. Learn all about the history and art of this strangely engrossing pastime in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 08, 2020
Why are Pentecostals growing so rapidly?
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Pentecostals are seemingly taking over the world. Or at least they're making up a larger section of Christianity than every before. Why? We'll dig in on that in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 06, 2020
Short Stuff: The Iowa Caucus
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The Iowa Caucus is super important. But not really. Find out why.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 05, 2020
How AI Facial Recognition Works
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With the development of increasingly smart artificial intelligence and lots more cameras spread around than ever before, we have reached a critical point in the US and other countries where governments can easily track everyone, everywhere, all the time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 04, 2020
SYSK Selects: How Maglev Trains Work
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Thanks to the amazing properties of magnets, clever engineers have figured out how to make entire trains levitate above their tracks, letting them move frictionlessly and allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Learn about how maglev trains work and what's taking so long for us to get aboard in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Feb 01, 2020
Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?
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Josh and Chuck dive into history today to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 30, 2020
Short Stuff: The O.K. Corral
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Listen in as we detail, in short, the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 29, 2020
Amazing Animal Stories!
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Regular animal stories are wonderful enough, but when animals lead amazing lives the stories become almost unbearably wonderful. You’ve been warned! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 28, 2020
SYSK Selects: How the Scientific Method Works
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It evolved over centuries to become the gold standard for conducting scientific inquiry. Yet many people - including some scientists - don't fully understand it. Learn about the basis of how we explore our world in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 25, 2020
Barefoot Running: The Best Podcast Episode in History
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What is barefoot running? I think you know. But we'll detail all of the ins and outs. Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 23, 2020
Short Stuff: Byford Dolphin Incident
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In 1983, what may be the worst diving catastrophe in the history of deep sea oil exploration took place when a pressurized chamber was opened, instantly killing four divers inside. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 22, 2020
Why Postal Employees Go Postal
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1993 was known as the peak of a disturbing trend in America: post office shootings, carried out by postal workers. A stunned country looked for answers and turned up a toxic workplace that seemed to be driving some workers past their breaking point. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 21, 2020
SYSK Selects: How the Placebo Effect Works
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For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real – but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect was studied. Learn all about how an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 18, 2020
The Tulsa 'Race Riots'
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In reality, the Tulsa "race riots" of 1921 was more like a massacre. Yet it was almost lost to history until 1997, and still not widely known outside of Oklahoma until HBO's The Watchmen put it on the cultural map. Learn all about this dark chapter in American history today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 16, 2020
Short Stuff: The Mona Lisa
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The Mona Lisa is a captivating work of art. But why? We'll try and figure it out in today's short stuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 15, 2020
Transdermal Implants: Body Art or Nightmare Fuel?
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Transdermal implants are just one in a number of procedures under the banner of extreme body modification. We don't like to yuk yums, so we'll offer a fairly straightforward look at this niche art form.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 14, 2020
SYSK Selects: Jellyfish - Even Cooler Than Octopi?
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Jellyfish are among the most adaptable, competitive organisms on the planet. They can grow back into their juvenile stage when resources are scarce, reproduce in massive groups and kill an adult human, among lots of other neat stuff. Learn all about em in this classic episode! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 11, 2020
The Disappearance of Flight MH370, Part II
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In the absence of an official explanation of why flight MH 370 disappeared in 2014, conjecture and conspiracy theories have filled the vacuum. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 09, 2020
Short Stuff: Corduroy
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Learn 12 minutes worth of stuff about corduroy today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 08, 2020
The Disappearance of Flight MH370, Part I
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In 2014, a Boeing 777 airliner disappeared. Despite two full years of searching an area of ocean covering more than 120,000 square kilometers, it has never been found. It is the only unexplained missing vessel in modern aviation history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 07, 2020
SYSK Selects: Will Computers Replace Doctors?
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With savvy and health-conscious people taking control of their wellbeing through apps and sites, technology is meeting the desire for individuals' responsibility for their health. But is the day coming soon when doctors will be obsolete, replaced by computers that read our health-related data to treat us? We explore these questions and more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 04, 2020
How Safecracking Works
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Burglars have come up with a whole range of ways to get into a safe. There’s lock manipulation – methodically testing the dial to coax the combination from it – and if that fails you can always blow it open with nitroglycerin. Both count as safecracking. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 02, 2020
Short Stuff: Why Does Time Speed Up As You Age?
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It’s not just you – time really does seem to pass faster for people as we age. But exactly why remains a mystery, though some of the theories for why life passes by so quickly are make a lot of sense. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Jan 01, 2020
Are broken arrows a problem?
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Are broken arrows are a problem? After all, they are incidents and accidents involving nuclear warheads. Like, sometimes they go missing. But it hasn't happened much since the 50s and 60s. OR HAS IT? Learn all about them today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 31, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Wine Fraud Works
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Wine fraud may be a case of rich con artists tricking wealthy people into parting with money, but it's still a crime. Learn all about this weird, widespread practice in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 28, 2019
SYSK Live: Andre the Giant
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Andre the Giant was a giant both figuratively and literally. Sure he was a wrestler, but more than that he was a human being who left a great legacy behind. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, you can appreciate his story. Join us for this very special live edition of the story of Andre the Giant.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 26, 2019
Short Stuff: The Santa Claus Association
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If a con man manages to make needy Christmas wishes come true is he still a con man? (Also, Merry Christmas!) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 25, 2019
The SYSK Holiday Spectacular
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It's an annual treat, folks. Our holiday special is back and better than ever, and as always, brought to you ad-free. It's the least we can do.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 24, 2019
SYSK Selects: The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978
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Long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas allowed the Star Wars Holiday Special to be made. What happened on the night of November 17, 1978 can never be fully explained, but we make our best effort in a very special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 21, 2019
Cave Diving: Totally Nuts
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There are extreme sports and then there is cave diving, the most extreme activity a person can engage in without leaving Earth. Cave divers stay underwater swimming miles into – that’s right – caves, where no human has ever been before. It’s pretty cool. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 19, 2019
Short Stuff: Obituaries
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Learn everything we know about obituaries in 12 minutes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 18, 2019
MC Escher and His Trippy Art
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We love us some MC Escher. Turns out his story is pretty fascinating too. Tune in today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 17, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Currency Works
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Even if you entirely eschew the concept of money, we'll bet you'd be hard pressed not to trade in some form of currency. Learn how everything from cows to cacao beans to tiny shells from Maldives have served as currency at some time or another. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 14, 2019
How Anorexia and Bulimia Work
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Anorexia and bulimia - those twin eating disorders that seem so common and maybe even just a phase for a teenage girl – are actually the deadliest mental illnesses in America. Cultivating an eating disorder can create issues that can last a lifetime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 12, 2019
Short Stuff: Whisky or Bourbon?
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What's the difference between whisky and bourbon? We'll tell you if you care to listen. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 11, 2019
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gin
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If there's one thing we've learned about Chuck over the years it's that he loves his gin. And he loves it even more now that understands it. Pour yourself a martini and cozy up to the gin-cast.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 10, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Amnesia Works
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Those movies where someone gets hit on the head and can't remember who they are anymore? They're actually not too far off from the reality of amnesia. Learn everything about this bizarre and life-robbing condition with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 07, 2019
What's a gap year anyway?
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Chuck thought a gap year was post college. Turns out, it's a post high school year off from academics, where you travel the world, help others, and find yourself. Should you do it? We say "yes!" If you can afford it that is.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 05, 2019
Short Stuff: Macadamia Nuts
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Macadamia nuts aren't nuts! They're seeds! And they are delicious. And good for you in the right amount. Learn all about them today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 04, 2019
Did Climate Cause the Collapse of the Maya?
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After millennia of development, the Maya culture suddenly collapsed at its peak. Why is one of the biggest mysteries of history. One theory says catastrophic climate change was the cause. And it may have happened to other cultures too. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Dec 03, 2019
SYSK Selects: Fractals - Whoa
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In the 1980s, IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot gazed for the first time upon his famous fractal. What resulted was a revolution in math and geometry and our understanding of the infinite, not to mention how we see Star Trek II. Get blown away by fractals in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 30, 2019
Introducing: Finding Fred
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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was not a simple show. And Fred Rogers was not a simple man. He was radical. Spiritual. Revolutionary. Maybe even subversive. Bestselling author and cultural critic Carvell Wallace hosts this 10-part series about the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children's show can tell us about how to get by in today's chaotic world. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media. Listen to Finding Fred everywhere podcasts are found: https://megaphone.link/findingfred Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 29, 2019
How Conversion Therapy Doesn't Work
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Conversion therapy is a misguided attempt by religious zealots to convert people from gay to straight. News flash - it doesn't work. Learn all about this abhorrent practice today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 28, 2019
Short Stuff: Niagara Falls Dewatered
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In 1969, the Army Corps of Engineers turned off one of the main waterfalls at Niagara Falls to see what could be done to preserve it. They found two corpses, one carcass and lots of pennies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 27, 2019
How Carbon-14 Dating Works
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Some of the carbon dioxide in your body is radioactive! Don’t worry, it won’t harm you (not sure why we used an exclamation point there). Instead, it might someday be detected by future archaeologists to determine how long ago you walked the Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 26, 2019
SYSK Selects: Have all the good ideas already been discovered?
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It's no secret that human beings have an obsession with innovation -- but has our species already found every good idea? As Josh and Chuck break down the continuing search for the next great idea, they touch on everything from hand tools to cancer cures. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 23, 2019
What Makes a Must-Have Christmas Toy?
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Ever since Cabbage Patch Kids came along in 1983, there’s been an annual holiday frenzy around one particular toy – the must-have Christmas toy of the year. But what makes a toy a must-have toy? Josh and Chuck investigate (and kick off the holidays). Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 21, 2019
Short Stuff: Backyard Burials
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Time was that you’d bury a deceased relative in your yard; now it’s just weird. But it’s still legal – and if you want to do it, here’s how! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 20, 2019
The Murder Mystery of Ötzi the Iceman
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About 5,300 years ago a Copper Age shepherd was murdered. He just happened to die in a place where his body was so well preserved that gave researchers an actual shot at determining the course of his final day on Earth. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 19, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Salt Works
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A Roman senator once said, "Mankind can live without gold, but not without salt." Right he was. The human body needs salt so much we have developed a taste for it specifically. But too much salt can be toxic. Learn about salt's role in human history and how we get it from the Earth in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 16, 2019
Listen to BrainStuff
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Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on BrainStuff to explore -- and explain -- the everyday science in the world around us. Listen here: https://megaphone.link/brainstuff Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 15, 2019
NYC Water: An Engineering Marvel
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Getting the rain and melted snow from upstate NY into the taps of every NYC resident and business is one of the great feats of engineering. Does it taste great and make perfect bagels and pizza crust? Sources say yes! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 14, 2019
Short Stuff: The Conch Republic
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Back in 1982, Key West seceded from the United States. Don’t believe us? It’s true! Just listen to the episode, will you? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 13, 2019
Augmented Reality: Coming Soon?
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Augmented reality adds a digital layer over the real world and soon it will revolutionize how we live. Ultra-tailored information will be everywhere we look, creating a richer, more personalized experience in everything from surgery to walking down the street. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 12, 2019
SYSK Selects: Can you Treat Mental Illness with Psychedelics?
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Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological treatment. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the rise and fall of psychedelics in treating mood disorders -- and why they're starting to gain favor again. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 09, 2019
Cockney Rhyming Slang: Beautiful Gibberish
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What is Cockney Rhyming Slang? It's complicated and its origins are unclear. Learn everything we know about it today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 07, 2019
How Ironman Triathlons Work
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Sure, you could train for months to finish a marathon, but why not make things interesting? Ironman triathlons add a 2-mile swim and a 118-mile bike race before the marathon leg. It’s as grueling as it sounds.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2019
Short Stuff: The History of Paternity Testing
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Paternity testing. It wasn't science for many years, yet they still tried to do it. Learn all about it in 12 minutes. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 06, 2019
SYSK Selects: Halitosis - Worst Smell Ever?
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Occasional bad breath is one thing, halitosis is another. Or is it? From its odd origins as a marketing ploy to modern weight loss diets that can induce this embarrassing condition, you can learn all about bad breath in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 02, 2019
Introducing The Second Oil Age
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When an oil executive goes missing aboard the deep-sea Atlas Station, the company sends agent Synøve Pan down for answers — and she’s just the woman to get them. Welcome to the Second Oil Age: a sci-fi podcast that transports listeners to a post–energy-crisis world in which humanity’s thirst for oil is satisfied through a bargain with a mysterious deep-sea species. Listen now everywhere podcasts are found: megaphone.link/secondoilage Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Nov 01, 2019
SYSK’s Scare Your Socks Off Halloween Spooktacular 2019
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Josh and Chuck chose a truly unsettling story by one of the greatest science fiction authors of all time – Philip K Dick. Join the boys as they read “The Hanging Stranger,” complete with scary sound effects by the Extraordinary Jeri! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 31, 2019
Short Stuff: Our Shortie Halloween Spooktacular
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Join us today as we read three short horror selections from Ambrose Bierce.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 30, 2019
Where Did Trick-Or-Treating Come From?
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We aren’t exactly sure who invented trick-or-treating – kids who realized they could extort adults for candy, or adults who bought off kids in exchange for laying off pranks? The bigger question is: Will trick-or-treating survive the 21st century? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 29, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Haunted House Attractions Work
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Ever since the Egyptians, humans have been evolving toward haunted house attractions. The level of sophistication in the scares and gore effects continues to rise over time, but the purpose remains the same: to scare the pants off you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 26, 2019
How Historic Districts Work
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A fascinating thing about Americans is that we can disagree on anything. Such is the case with historic districts – areas of historic importance protected by local laws. Seems innocuous, but are they also to blame for the affordable housing crisis? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 24, 2019
Short Stuff: The Toxic Death of Gloria Ramirez
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In 1994 the body of a woman who died in a California ER somehow became toxic and sickened 24 people. To this day, no one is sure what happened. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 23, 2019
What's the deal with subpoenas?
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Subpoenas are all the rage. But what do they even mean if someone can just ignore it? Learn this and a lot more in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 22, 2019
SYSK Selects: The 'Satanic Panic' of the 1980s
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In the late 1980s, the United States experienced a "Satanic Panic," leading parents to fear for the safety of their children. But were there any real examples of Satanic ritual abuse? Find out this and more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 19, 2019
How Project Blue Book Worked, Pt II
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A rash of UFO sightings kicks off a new spike in America’s UFO fever and new headaches for the Air Force, which continues to reluctantly investigate. After becoming a laughingstock for its limp explanations, the Air Force looks for an exit from the UFO biz. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 17, 2019
Short Stuff: The Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce
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Ambrose Bierce was a journalist and writer of short stories. He also disappeared rather mysteriously. Listen in and learn of the various theories on what happened to him.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Oct 16, 2019
How Project Blue Book Worked, Pt I
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Oct 15, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Black Boxes Work
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Black boxes are designed to be the only survivor of plane crashes so they can live to tell the tale of what went wrong to prevent future accidents. Sit in with Josh and Chuck and learn about how these grim devices are made, how they're tested and the tales they've told, in this classic episode.

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Oct 12, 2019
The Ins and Outs of Beekeeping
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Who wants fresh honey? We do! Learn all about the ancient art of beekeeping today.

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Oct 10, 2019
Short Stuff: The Devil's Den
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The Devil's Den is the sight of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Is it haunted? Nope. But still creepy. 

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Oct 09, 2019
How Environmental Psychology Works
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In the 60s, psychology expanded from exploring inside the mind to exploring the inside of buildings. Environmental psychology looks at how our spaces affect us – from how a busy mall can create a panic attack to how looking at nature can speed recovery from surgery.

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Oct 08, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Pez Works
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PEZ began in Vienna as a mint meant to help people quit smoking. But once American kids got ahold of it, the candy took off and a symbol of childhood - and healthy secondary market among collectors - was born. Explore Pez history and culture with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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Oct 05, 2019
Introducing Bear and a Banjo
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Bear and a Banjo is a new musical podcast that tells the incredibly tall tale of a band that time forgot. Although history may have left them behind, Bear and Banjo rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest musical icons in history — from Leadbelly and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Little Richard and Bob Dylan — unwittingly influencing the course of 20th century Americana. Featuring Dennis Quaid, T-Bone Burnett, and Jason "Poo Bear" Boyd. Written and performed by series creator Jingle Jared, with original lyrics by Bob Dylan.

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Oct 04, 2019
What were the Freedom Schools?
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Freedom Schools were set up in Mississippi in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, with the aim of giving young black school children agency and a future. They remain one of the more inspiring and progressive programs in American History, yet so few know about them. We're hoping to change that. 

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Oct 03, 2019
Short Stuff: Fish n' Chips
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How did these two wonderful strangers meet up and become best friends? The answers lie within today's short stuff. 

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Oct 02, 2019
Guardian Angels: Behind the Red Beret
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If you grew up in the 1980s, then you know who the Guardian Angels are. If you don't then you're in for quite a story. Listen in! 

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Oct 01, 2019
SYSK Selects: What Happened at Kent State?
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On May 4, 1970, four days of anti-war protests at Kent State University in Ohio culminated in the unthinkable when Ohio guardsmen opened fire on protesters, killing four students. How could this tragedy take place? Learn more in this classic episode.

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Sep 28, 2019
What are paraphilias?
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Josh and Chuck dive into the world of paraphilias so you can get the skinny in 45 minutes or less. 

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Sep 26, 2019
Short Stuff: Dare Stones
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What happened to the Lost Colonists who disappeared from Roanoke Island in the 1580s remains a mystery to this day. But it’s possible a carved stone a man vacationing in North Carolina found in the 1930s may have solved it – if the stone isn’t a hoax.

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Sep 25, 2019
We Are Running Out of Sand and That Actually Matters
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Sand, we’re beginning to realize, is a non-renewable resource - and we are consuming it at a voracious pace. We use it in every construction project around the world and to create new land. And we’re wrecking the ecosystems we mine sand from.

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Sep 24, 2019
SYSK Selects: Could You Live Without a Refrigerator?
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Do you know that hulking refrigerator in your kitchen emits CO2 thanks to the electricity it uses each year? It's a comparatively small amount, in truth, but enough that some people have foresworn their fridge and adopted a life without one. See how they do it in this classic episode.

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Sep 21, 2019
How the US Interstate System Works
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Wait! This is actually a good episode! It turns out that America’s 48,000 miles of superhighways – possibly the largest civil works project in the history of humanity – may have also ruined what made America a cool place.

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Sep 19, 2019
Short Stuff: Scurvy
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Scurvy seems like a terrible way to go: Your gums swell so you can’t eat, your teeth fall out and your brain and/or heart hemorrhages. Fortunately, all you need is an orange to cure you. Or some – blech – broccoli. 

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Sep 18, 2019
The Skinny on Lyme Disease
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If you live in the Northeastern U.S. then you may know someone who has had Lyme disease. But it's spreading all over the country and parts of the world. Learn all about this tick-borne disease today. 

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Sep 17, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Wills Work
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Whether it's oral, scrawled in blood or signed on a deathbed everyone should have a will. But how do they actually work? Join Chuck and Josh as they explain that "of sound mind" thing in this classic episode.

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Sep 14, 2019
Special Effects: A Short History
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Special effects have been around since the first movies. In fact, the techniques the earliest filmmakers created are still around today, we just use computers to do them faster and cheaper. Put on your beret and get ready for SYSK film class.

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Sep 12, 2019
Short Stuff: Papasan Chairs
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Oh, the papasan. What a chair! But where did it come from? And what does the name mean? The answers lie within.

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Sep 11, 2019
How Government Shutdowns Work
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Every year Congress decides how the federal government will spend money. Simple enough, but in practice politics tend to mess it up. Sometimes it gets so messy the budget doesn’t get passed and parts of the government shut down. Then the hurting begins.

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Sep 10, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Ouija Boards Work
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Although most people who've used Ouija boards don't think they're communicating with the beyond, there is something mysterious about how it works. Learn the ins and outs of the popular parlor game that sprang directly from the 19th-century spiritualism movement in this classic episode.

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Sep 07, 2019
What's the deal with MSG?
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MSG got a bad rap in the 70s and 80s. But what is it exactly and how bad is it for you? The answers to those questions lie within. 

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Sep 05, 2019
Short Stuff: Barbed Wire
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Barbed wire changed the Western US as much as the railroad and the six-shooter. Before barbed wire arrived, the West was free and open; after, the West became concentrated in the hands of a few big ranchers. No wonder it was called “devil’s rope.”

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Sep 04, 2019
Ed Gein: The Serial Killer's Serial Killer
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Any movie featuring a deranged killer who’s perversely devoted to his mother and makes things out of human skin has a real-life person named Ed Gein to thank for inspiration. He was Buffalo Bill, Norman Bates, and Leatherface all rolled into one.

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Sep 03, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Icebergs Work
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Icebergs: floating chunks of ice. True, but whoa there. Scientists are learning that there's a lot more to icebergs. Appropriately enough, we've only come to understand the tip of the iceberg and recent research shows there's plenty more to uncover.

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Aug 31, 2019
The Rubik's Cube Episode
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Rubik's Cubes. Ronald Reagan. Jerry Falwell. Just Say No. One of these things was awesome. Take a guess and hop on board the 80s train. 

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Aug 29, 2019
Short Stuff: Dead Bodies and Airline Codes
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Did you know there are airline codes for pilots and flight attendants? And some of them have to do with dead bodies on board? Learn all about it today!

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Aug 28, 2019
A Brief Overview of Punk Rock
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Punk rock really needs about 10 episodes to do it justice, but we'll try and tackle anyway. Learn all about this movement right now. 

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Aug 27, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Sleepwalking Works
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Sleep behaviors are pretty fascinating. Some people snore, some grind their teeth -- and some take a little stroll, or perhaps a drive. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck investigate how sleepwalking, or somnambulism, works.

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Aug 24, 2019
How Ventriloquism Works
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Ventriloquism – where a skilled performer “throws” their voice, making it seem like a dummy on their knee is talking – has taken a long, circuitous road from early prophets, to witches, then finally to the stage. Get to the bottom of this uncanny trick.

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Aug 22, 2019
Short Stuff: Horseshoe Crab Blood
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Perhaps the most expensive liquid on the planet is the blue blood that comes from horseshoe crabs. Researchers realized that horseshoe crab blood could indicate the presence of pathogens and the massive, ongoing horseshoe crab harvest began. 

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Aug 21, 2019
Nuclear Semiotics: How to Talk to Future Humans
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The nuclear waste we produce will be dangerous for a very long time. We’ve figured out how to safely store it in the earth until it’s no longer a biohazard. Now we just have to figure out how to warn humans 10,000 years in the future to stay away from it.

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Aug 20, 2019
SYSK Selects: Are We in a Cyberwar?
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There's a secret war going on around us, and it's happening on a daily basis. The Air Force has a unit specifically designed to carry out and defend against cyberwar. Go deep into this alarming type of war in this classic episode.

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Aug 17, 2019
How Peyote Works
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Josh and Chuck have tackled a lot of drugs on the show, but peyote has loomed like a bad Jim Morrison poem. Learn all about this plant today. 

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Aug 15, 2019
Short Stuff: Petrichor
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You know that amazing smell when it rains? Kind of clean, kind of earthy, one of a kind? It turns out that a miracle of nature produces it.

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Aug 14, 2019
Solar Power: The Future or What?
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We’ve been promised solar energy for a while now – where is it? Turns out, it’s been quietly and steadily growing across the world. And with a few breakthroughs, we just may be able to say goodbye to fossil fuels. Learn about sun-based energy in this episode.

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Aug 13, 2019
SYSK Selects: What Is a Shotgun House?
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Shotgun houses are iconic pieces of American architecture: they're long, narrow, and filled with artistic flourishes. But where did they come from? Join Chuck and Josh and explore the mysterious origins of shotgun houses.

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Aug 10, 2019
Iran-Contra Affair: Shady in the 80s, Part 2
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As the operation expands it also begins to unravel. Word starts to leak out of the illegal stuff the Reagan administration was up to, Congress and the press investigate and people start to point fingers. Spoiler alert – they all got off scot free.

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Aug 08, 2019
Short Stuff: Time Zones
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Time zones are a pain. Let's get rid of them! Can we? Sure!

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Aug 07, 2019
Iran-Contra Affair: Shady in the 80s, Part 1
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When Ronald Reagan was president, America got involved in some deeply shady stuff, not the least of which was the Iran-Contra scandal – a convoluted operation that managed to combine an illegal covert war in Nicaragua with secretly selling arms to Iran.

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Aug 06, 2019
SYSK Selects: How the Black Death Worked
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The Black Death was gruesome: Symptoms included tumors, purple splotches, fevers and vomiting. But how did this disease manage to spread from the Gobi desert and kill approximately one-third of the population of 14th-century Europe? Find out in this classic episode.

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Aug 03, 2019
What Were the BONE WARS?
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A pair of old timey fossil hunters had a rootin’ tootin’ rivalry that spilled from academic journals into the American Wild West - where fossils were dynamited and employees turned double agent. Learn about the two-fisted origins of American paleontology.

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Aug 01, 2019
Short Stuff: The Man Who Didn’t Eat for a Year
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In 1965, a 456-pound man walked into a hospital in Scotland and asked for help with a fast. That was the last day he ate for more than a year. Learn about the medical marvel that was Angus Barbieri.

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Jul 31, 2019
Will Deepfakes Ruin the World?
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Very recently, thanks to a new type of AI, it’s gotten much easier to create convincingly realistic videos of people saying and doing things they’ve never said or done. Will fake videos undermine our shared sense of reality and lead to the death of truth?

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Jul 30, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Human Cannonballs Work
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There's no question that human cannonballs are daredevils. They pack themselves into the confines of huge cannons, which shoot them into the air. But how does it work? Join Josh and Chuck to learn more about the bizarre performances of human cannonballs.

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Jul 27, 2019
How Eyewitness Testimony Works(?)
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Few things are more compelling than a witness pointing out a defendant in the courtroom as the perpetrator. But few things are also more unreliable than eyewitness testimony. Our memories can be pretty terrible, which matters when you’re facing death row.

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Jul 25, 2019
Short Stuff: Aristides de Sousa Mendes
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This week we highlight another little known historical hero. In this case, a Portuguese diplomat who rescued people from Nazi Germany, at his own peril. Dig in and spread the word of Aristides de Sousa Mendes. 

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Jul 24, 2019
MOVE: Or When the Philly Police Dropped a Bomb on a Residential Neighborhood
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Believe it or not, in 1985 the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb from a helicopter onto a residential building in an African-American neighborhood. The fact that this story isn't more widely known says it all. Listen and learn about MOVE today.

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Jul 23, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Crack Works
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Back in the mid-1980s a new and extremely potent drug hit the scene: crack cocaine. In short order, America was in the grip of both a sweeping addiction and a state of hysteria over use of the drug and the social consequences of crack, like crack babies. Let's take a look back at the receding wave of the crack epidemic and its lasting legacy on America in this classic episode.

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Jul 20, 2019
Sand Dunes: They Are What You Think They Are
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Sand dunes are exactly what you think they are. But still pretty interesting. Learn all about them right now!

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Jul 18, 2019
Short Stuff: Yellow Rain
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After the Vietnam War, the Hmong people told the world a toxic weapon was being used on them. Thus began a mystery that still remains today, which might have been solved when it was chalked up to bee poop.

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Jul 17, 2019
How Going to the Moon Works
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Fifty years ago, the first humans stepped onto the moon. After going back a few more times, humanity lost its taste for moon travel. But it’s being revived again. NASA is planning to send humans back to the moon by 2024 and build a moon base by 2028. 

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Jul 16, 2019
SYSK Selects: Duels - A Guide to Throwing Down the Gauntlet
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Pretty much everything you know about duels is true - it's a challenge to violence to defend honor. But did you know the U.S. Navy used to publish detailed guidelines in its midshipmen's handbook? Learn all there is to know about dueling in this classic episode.

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Jul 13, 2019
How Sloths Work
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Everyone knows sloths are super slow, but do you know they’re slow because their bodies produce an astoundingly small amount of energy? And did you know that might be an adaptation that protects them from predators? Sloths are awesome and we prove it.

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Jul 11, 2019
Short Stuff: The Coconut Cult
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Why we love short stuff - because we can tell stories like this one. A man goes to an island to start a commune of sorts that subsists entirely on coconuts. It didn't go well. 

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Jul 10, 2019
Cleopatra: Ms. Understood
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One of the great misunderstood figures in history was the last pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra’s story is almost always told along with the men in her life, and from the view of the Romans who were threatened by her. Unsurprisingly, there was lot more to her.

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Jul 09, 2019
SYSK Selects: What Makes us Yawn?
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What is it that makes us suddenly draw in a deep breath through a wide-open mouth? The beautiful thing about yawning is that researchers really don't know. Whether the answer is physical, mental or even contagious there is pretty much no chance you won't yawn during this classic episode.

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Jul 06, 2019
How the Fairness Doctrine Worked
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Back in the day, broadcasters were bound by law to provide contrasting opinions on political matters. Why? Because of the Fairness Doctrine. What happened to it? Listen in and find out. 

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Jul 04, 2019
Short Stuff: Mitsuye Endo
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In today's short stuff, we look at another amazing woman who has all but been ignored by history. The story of Mitsuye Endo. 

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Jul 03, 2019
Is photographic memory a real thing?
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Photographic memory is the stuff of movies and TV, but is it real? Sort of. But not really. But kind of. It's a little bit a matter of semantics. Listen in and this will all make sense. 

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Jul 02, 2019
SYSK Selects: What Makes a One-hit Wonder?
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The term "one-hit wonder" gets thrown around a lot, and - yes - you probably are using it correctly, but Chuck Bryant went to the trouble to really define what makes a one-hit wonder in the article this classic episode is based on. Join him and Josh as they get to the bottom of this disparaging term.

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Jun 29, 2019
What is the Civil Air Patrol?
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The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian group of pilots and plane enthusiasts who do a lot of things, namely help out in search and rescue missions. But their history is a bit more colorful. Listen in today!

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Jun 27, 2019
Short Stuff: Prison Food
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Prison food is kind of a joke, like airplane food. But there are real consequences involved. Let's get into it in today's short stuff.

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Jun 26, 2019
Planned Obsolescence: Engine of the Consumer Economy
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If you’ve ever heard an old timer gripe that things aren’t built like they used to be, that old timer was right! Learn about the nefarious, possibly mythical, mechanism that’s responsible for the cruddy products and waste our consumer society is based on.

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Jun 25, 2019
SYSK Selects: How the Donner Party Worked
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Did they or didn't they? There is plenty of written evidence that the ill-fated Donner Party resorted to cannibalism - except there are no bones. Learn the details of one of the worst disasters of the early West in this classic episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Jun 22, 2019
What happened to the Neanderthals?
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As recently as 40,000 years ago we lived among humans from an entirely different species – Neanderthals. About the same time our species showed up, Neanderthals suddenly vanished. Just what happened to the other guys? Did our ancestors do something … bad?

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Jun 20, 2019
Short Stuff: Emperor Norton
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After a San Francisco real estate mogul went bankrupt, he reinvented himself as the Emperor of the United States – and became the city’s most celebrated resident. 

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Jun 19, 2019
How the Hygiene Hypothesis Works
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In the early 90s, a new study that found that kids who are exposed to more germs early in life are less likely to develop allergies later. With the West in the grip of a full-blown immunity crisis (still going on today), this was an interesting thought.

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Jun 18, 2019
SYSK Selects: What's the Deal with Crop Circles?
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For a while in the 1980s, people were fascinated and confused about what exactly crop circles were. Now we know that they aren't signs left from aliens, but art made by humans. Learn all about these stunning, large form art installations in today's episode.

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Jun 15, 2019
How Area 51 Works
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The secret military base Area 51 is inextricably linked to every secret, shady project the US government is rumored to be involved in – from reverse-engineering alien technology to coordinating a one-world government. The truth is much more mundane.

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Jun 13, 2019
Short Stuff: Smoke Signals
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Were smoke signals real or a Hollywood invention? Turns out, they were indeed a thing and invented by the Chinese, even. 

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Jun 12, 2019
What's the gig economy?
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The gig economy is not new, but it's bigger than ever. Is that a good thing? We'll discuss that today!

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Jun 11, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Capgras Syndrome Works
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There is an extremely rare condition where the sufferer is convinced that everyone around him is an impostor posing as their friends and family. Learn about the neurology behind this strange and sad mental disorder in this episode.

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Jun 08, 2019
Introducing Unpopular
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At times when people accepted the status quo without question, some rebels have dared to resist. When a cause is noble, it often pays to be unpopular. Listen to Unpopular every Tuesday. 

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Jun 07, 2019
What is perfect pitch?
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Perfect pitch, or absolute pitch, is when you can sing a note with no reference from other notes, perfectly on key. Is it an asset? Chuck says yes. Learn all about this musical rarity today. 

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Jun 06, 2019
Short Stuff: Robert Johnson and the Devil
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Did the legendary blues singer really sell his soul to the devil in exchange for amazing musical skills? Probably not! But there’s still an interesting story there and it features the Coen Brothers.

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Jun 05, 2019
How Barcodes Work
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Barcodes are everywhere. Those little lines and numbers that make up one of the most recognizable barcodes, the UPC, was designed to make going to the grocery a lot less miserable. It ended up becoming the central symbol of the global economy. 

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Jun 04, 2019
SYSK Selects: How TV Ratings Work
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Ever wonder why some great shows go off the air after a season or less? Blame it on the Nielsen company, which has for more than 60 years been the almost exclusive decider of what goes and what stays on TV.

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Jun 01, 2019
The Tylenol Murders, Part II
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The panic that began in Chicago spreads and begins to change the world. The investigation into the murders turns up leads and suspects, but still no one has ever been charged with the murders. It remains unsolved to this day. 

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May 30, 2019
Short Stuff: Look-Alike Old Couples
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You know how some older married couples (sorry, senior adult married couples) start to look alike over time? That’s a really weird phenomenon if you think about it. So science has looked into it and they think they kind of have it figured out.

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May 29, 2019
The Tylenol Murders, Part I
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On one terrible day in Chicago in 1982, seven people died suddenly and mysteriously. In just a matter of hours, it becomes clear, someone has poisoned bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol, one of the most trusted and widely-used products in America.

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May 28, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Acne Works
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Over the course of our lives, 80 percent of us will experience acne. Ultimately, acne comes down to one thing, a blockage in the sebaceous gland. Learn what makes a blackhead black, and everything else about zits, in this pus-filled episode of SYSK.

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May 25, 2019
What was Tin Pan Alley?
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Tin Pan Alley was an area of New York around the beginning of the 20th Century that served as ground zero for the earliest iterations of the music publishing industry. Learn all about this unique place and time right now. 

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May 23, 2019
Short Stuff: James Polk, Disinterred
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Did you know that former president James Polk had his final resting place moved twice? It's true! And almost a third time even. Let's go listen to some short stuff. 

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May 22, 2019
How Crystals Work
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In a new age shop or on display at the Smithsonian, there are varying interpretations of what crystals can be used for. But at their base, they are a thumb in the eye to entropy, a perfectly ordered piece of matter. 

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May 21, 2019
Introducing Ephemeral
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Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Listen wherever podcasts are found and learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 20, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Dying Works
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Chuck and Josh have covered just about every aspect of death except dying itself. Here, they fulfill the death suite of podcasts with an in-depth look at just how people die, what happens to the body during the dying process and how people accept death -- and what they regret not having done while they lived.




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May 18, 2019
10ish Cases of Really Bad Luck
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Some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain. So said Rod Stewart. And if this list is any indication, “guys” is gender neutral. Listen to this episode as Chuck and Josh cover some instances of amazingly bad fortune, most of it true! 

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May 16, 2019
Short Stuff: Honorary Degrees
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Honorary degrees are not real degrees. They are marketing opportunities for universities. They make us mad, but we want one. Learn all about them in the next 12-15 minutes. 

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May 15, 2019
How Trampolines Work
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The world’s loved trampolines since they were invented by a pair of acrobats in Iowa in the 30s – so much so, trampolining is now an Olympic event. What people don’t love about trampolines is their propensity to cause paralysis, brain injuries and death.

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May 14, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Lie Detectors Work
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Instead of actually detecting lies, polygraph machines sense physiological variations, ostensibly brought on by guilt. The results are subject to interpretation, and therefore controversial. Join Josh and Chuck as they investigate the polygraph.





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May 11, 2019
Do Dietary Supplements Work?
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The world takes $40 billion of dietary supplements – from vitamin A to yohimbe bark – every year. Yet, the jury is still out on whether most of them work. In America, the FDA isn’t allowed to approve supplements, and no one can say what is in your pills.

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May 09, 2019
Short Stuff: Nicknames
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What's in a nickname? Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don't. Let's get our shorty on and find out the deal. 

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May 08, 2019
Remembering Live Aid
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Live Aid was a revolutionary concert event in two countries in 1985 that spanned the world via satellite. The brainchild of musician Bob Geldof, it really did help change the world in many ways, but its direct impact on Ethiopian famine relief remains in question. Listen and learn today! 

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May 07, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Does a Diving Bell Work?
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About 2,400 years ago Aristotle mentions the use of diving bells, apparatuses that convey divers to the bottom of the sea -- or at least below the surface of the water -- and allows them to breathe -- at least until the air runs out. Learn about the physics of this clever and ancient invention and how it's been used to sabotage enemy boats and build the Brooklyn Bridge.

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May 04, 2019
What Happens When the Government Thinks You're Dead?
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It’s bad enough when the government knows you’re alive – there are taxes to pay, laws to be followed, all sorts of boring and unpleasant things. But each year, thousands of Americans find out life is far, far worse when the government thinks you are dead.

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May 02, 2019
Short Stuff: The Number 23
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There are people out there who believe that there’s something special about the number 23. Exactly what? Who knows. Exactly why? Because it pops up a lot. But does it? Who knows. 

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May 01, 2019
Michael Dillon: Trans Pioneer
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Michael Dillon was a lot of things - author, doctor, and most importantly, trans pioneer. Learn all about his story in today's episode. 

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Apr 30, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Zero Works
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Few numbers have as storied a past as zero. Even fewer have had as great an impact on our ability to understand our universe. Yet zero is a relatively recent arrival in math. Find out all about this surprisingly fascinating number with Chuck and Josh. 

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Apr 27, 2019
What Were Human Zoos?
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One of the off-putting byproducts of 19th century European colonialism were human zoos, living dioramas of people from far-away places made to be gawked at. Listen in to what the deeper meaning of humans zoos held people on both sides of the glass.

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Apr 25, 2019
Short Stuff: Fear of Public Speaking
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Speaking in public is frequently cited as people’s number one fear, even more fearful than death. Most people go through life avoiding public speaking, but it turns out that only makes things worse. The best medicine? Public speaking.

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Apr 24, 2019
Is birth order important?
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There have been a lot of studies over the years regarding birth order. Some conclude that it's a big deal, while others more or less discount its importance. Learn all about it today.

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Apr 23, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Marijuana Works
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For millennia people used marijuana for fun and medicine. Not until the 20th century that was it vilified, unfairly say many. Weed has done lots of good things, from alleviating cancer symptoms to unlocking secrets of the brain. Learn all about pot here.

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Apr 20, 2019
How the Hoover Dam Works, Part II
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And now for something completely different. Just kidding – tune in to hear the thrilling conclusion of America’s most amazing public works project in the 20th century.

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Apr 18, 2019
Short Stuff: Emu Wars
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Did Australians really wage war on a group of emus? YES. Learn all about it in today's short stuff. 

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Apr 17, 2019
How the Hoover Dam Works, Part I
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It’s one of America’s biggest accomplishments in the 20th century, a slab of concrete holding back one of the country’s most finicky rivers, providing water and electricity to a swath of majors cities that otherwise couldn’t exist.

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Apr 16, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Yo-Yos Work
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You may have played with a yo-yo before -- perhaps you've even walked the dog -- but do you know about the physics behind what makes a yo-yo sleep and wake up? Learn all about inertia, angular momentum and the history of the yo-yo in this episode of SYSK.

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Apr 13, 2019
How the Electric Chair Works
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The electric chair is an all-American invention. It spread almost nowhere else in the world as a capital punishment but worked overtime in the States. Despite the terrible sights and sounds an electrocution produces, it was created out of humaneness. 

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Apr 11, 2019
Short Stuff: Lake Peigneur
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In 1980 something catastrophic happened to the quiet town of New Iberia, Louisiana. Their wide, shallow lake grew much deeper after it underwent an apocalyptic transformation. 

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Apr 10, 2019
How Free Range Parenting Works
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Free range parenting is all about giving your child the freedom to play and explore life on their own. Are there benefits? Sure. Do some people hate the concept? Yes! Listen and learn right here. 

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Apr 09, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Pollen Works
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For about 375 million years, plants have been using pollen (aka plant sperm) to propagate their species. And the technique has stuck around because it works. Join Chuck and Josh for a cozy look at the ins and outs of plant reproduction.

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Apr 06, 2019
Were Nazis Drug-Fueled Crankheads?
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Nazis were bad people. And it turns out a lot of them were high as kites on speed. Was this a recipe for disaster? Yes it was. 

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Apr 04, 2019
Short Stuff: Unspent Campaign Money
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Have you ever wondered what happens to all those campaign donations when a political campaign goes belly up? Or, even worse, is in debt! Wonder no more!

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Apr 03, 2019
How Rape Kits Work
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Rape kits are simple forensic evidence collection kits used when someone is sexually assaulted. But the story is deeper than this. Learn all about rape kits, the sad backlog problem, and what you can do to help, in today's episode. 

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Apr 02, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Immigration Works
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Immigration systems regulate the flow of foreign immigrants into any given country. But why is immigration such a controversial topic, especially in the United States? In this episode, Josh and Chuck delve into the details and debate behind immigration.

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Mar 30, 2019
Etch A Sketch!
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The Etch A Sketch is yet another classic toy that Josh and Chuck love and respect. Learn all about this Hall of Fame entry today. 

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Mar 28, 2019
Short Stuff: When Elvis Met Nixon
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Elvis really did meet with Richard Nixon. Because Elvis wanted to help fight the drug trade. True story. Hear about it in today's short stuff. 

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Mar 27, 2019
How Druids Worked
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Anyone who likes Led Zeppelin, plays Dungeons & Dragons, or worships the rising sun at Stonehenge on the vernal equinox can tell you druids are cool. But archaeologists will tell you we can’t even be certain druids existed. Buckle in for a history mystery!

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Mar 26, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Sign Language Works
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It wasn't until the was developed and despite its co-existence alongside English, a user would be hard-pressed to sign with a British person. Find out about the independent evolution of sign language in the U.S. and how intuitively sensible it is. 

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Mar 23, 2019
How Disgust Works
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Disgust is an odd thing. It makes sense that we would feel a sense of revulsion at the thought of putting rotten meat in our mouths – that’s pure evolution. But why would we feel the same emotion at the thought of weird sex or from hearing a racist rant?

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Mar 21, 2019
Short Stuff: The Sandman
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Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream! But who is the sandman? We'll tell you in today's edition of short stuff. 

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Mar 20, 2019
Desert Survival: Josh and Chuck Save Your Tookus
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The chances are pretty low that you’ll find yourself lost in the desert, but on the off chance you do you’ll thank yourself that you listened to this episode, where we guide you to safety. 

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Mar 19, 2019
SYSK Selects: Was Atlantis A Real Place?
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While the search for Atlantis has been pushed to the fringes since the 19th century, archaeologists have quietly pursued cities that may have inspired Plato to fabricate the mythical city. It looks like a team in Greece has found it.

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Mar 16, 2019
The Great Stink: The Stench So Bad They Gave It A Name
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In the summer of 1858, a heatwave dried up the Thames River to a trickle in London. As centuries’ worth of human waste, animal carcasses and other nasty things cooked in the sun, a stench arose that was so horrific it got its own name: The Great Stink.

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Mar 14, 2019
Short Stuff: Bedbugs
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We eradicated bedbugs so thoroughly in the 50s that generations who came later suspected they weren’t anymore real than jackalopes and snipes. But since we banned DDT, the pesticide that kills bedbugs best, they’re back again. And they’re terrible. 

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Mar 13, 2019
The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti
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The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists accused of murder, was one of the first "crimes of the century." But did they do it? To this day there is speculation that they did not. Learn all about this famous case in today's episode. 

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Mar 12, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Wildfires Work
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Wildfires consume an annual average of 5 million acres in the US. But what causes wildfires? How do they become so powerful? More importantly, how do we fight them? Join Josh and Chuck as they take you to the frontlines of the fight against wildfires.

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Mar 09, 2019
How Dyslexia Works
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For a learning disability that everyone seems to know about, dyslexia is maybe the most commonly misunderstood and controversial cognitive difficulty there is. Some people think it’s a gift, some people think it doesn’t even exist. 

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Mar 07, 2019
Short Stuff: Wigs in English Court
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What's the deal with the wigs in the English court system? Learn all about it in today's short stuff. 

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Mar 06, 2019
What's the deal with ASMR?
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ASMR is soothing to some, maddening to others. Learn all about these whisper tones in today's episode. 

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Mar 05, 2019
SYSK Selects: How the Panama Canal Works
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It's on more than one list of the Seven Wonders of the World and for good reason - the Panama Canal is one of the great feats of engineering ever undertaken. First conceived of in the 1580s and finally completed in 1914, the canal has a fascinating history (including a stint where it was considered U.S. soil). Learn all about it on this episode.

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Mar 02, 2019
Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes
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The Tuskegee Airmen braved racism and brutally tough training in order to secure their spot in American history as the first African-American military pilots. Listen in today to the story of their determination and heroism.

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Feb 28, 2019
Short Stuff: Black Loyalists
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The Black Loyalists were a group of Colonial slaves who fought for their freedom alongside the British. Learn all about this nearly forgotten group in today's Short Stuff. 

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Feb 27, 2019
The Science of Break-Ups
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Breaking up is hard to do. Your brain might even think you're getting over a cocaine addiction. Learn all about the science behind break-ups today!

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Feb 26, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Lewis and Clark Worked
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They may be the most famous explorers in U.S. history, but there are plenty of interesting details to the Lewis and Clark expedition that history has allowed to fade. Learn about the origin and the aftermath of America's first early push Westward in this episode.

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Feb 23, 2019
How Galaxies Work
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In the universe things tend to cluster. This means there’s a coherent structure to the universe and learning about clusters of stars – galaxies - helps us figure out what that structure is. Join Chuck and Josh on an amazing space voyage!

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Feb 21, 2019
Short Stuff: Turbulence
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If you’ve ever had a bumpy airplane ride, you know it’s nothing fun. But have you ever noticed that the pilots sometimes tell you ahead of time to buckle in? How do they know turbulence is ahead? Are they some kind of fortune teller? How can anyone see wind?

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Feb 20, 2019
Yeti: The Asian Bigfoot
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We've covered Nessie and Bigfoot, so why not tackle the Yeti? Listen in today and Josh and Chuck cover what used to be known as the Abominable Snowman. 

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Feb 19, 2019
SYSK Selects: Interpol: World Police
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Interpol is an international police agency that helps other law-enforcement agencies track criminals who operate across national borders -- but how does it work, exactly? Join the guys as they delve into the world of global law enforcement.






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Feb 16, 2019
Elephants: The Best Animals?
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Elephants are pretty much the best. Why? Josh and Chuck will let you know in great detail in today's episode. 

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Feb 14, 2019
Short Stuff: War of Jenkins' Ear
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In the 18th century, Spain and England fought each other in the colonies of Georgia and Florida, a war kicked off by an English sea captain who was mad his ear had been perhaps unfairly lopped off. 

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Feb 13, 2019
Could There Be A Loch Ness Monster?
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People have believed something strange lives in Loch Ness for at least 3500 years. Thousands of people have sighted the Loch Ness Monster and dozens of expeditions have been launched. But does the fact that nothing’s been found mean it’s not real? 

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Feb 12, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Coral Reefs Work
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Coral reefs are the largest organic structures on Earth, yet they're created through a symbiotic relationship between creatures about 3 millimeters long. Learn more about the the world's coral reefs (and how to protect them) in this episode.

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Feb 09, 2019
The True Story of BlacKkKlansman
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In 2018, director Spike Lee brought the story of Ron Stallworth to the big screen to great effect. Today, Josh and Chuck discuss the true story behind the Oscar nominated film. 

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Feb 07, 2019
Short Stuff: Ellen Richards
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Who is Ellen Richards? One of the most unsung scientists of all time, that's who. Her contribution? Bringing real science into the household and forcing the world to take "home-ec" seriously. We celebrate her today on Short Stuff. 

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Feb 06, 2019
The Insidious Abuse of Stalking
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Stalking has only recently been recognized for what it is – a profound form of psychological abuse where the victim’s life is “infected” by the stalker, as one survivor put it. Stalking can go on for years, and in some cases may be the prelude to murder. 

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Feb 05, 2019
SYSK Selects: Saunas: More Interesting Than You Think!
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Although they seem pretty mundane, saunas are surprisingly fascinating inventions. Josh and Chuck break out all sorts of sweaty, sauna-related trivia, from the Finnish affinity for saunas to sauna etiquette, in this episode.

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Feb 02, 2019
How Central Park Works
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Central Park in Manhattan was America’s first landscaped public park, built at a time when New Yorkers’ only option for getting some fresh air was hanging around cemeteries. Get all the info about this beautiful icon and how it’s served as a landscape for class struggles over three centuries.

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Jan 31, 2019
Short Stuff: Johnny Appleseed
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Johnny Appleseed was real! And he was about as amazing as the legend paints him. He really did plant apple trees all over America and if the feds hadn’t chopped them down during Prohibition, they’d still be around. Learn what we mean in this episode.

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Jan 30, 2019
How Ping Pong Works
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While Asia is well-known for being cuckoo for Ping Pong, the game was actually invented by bored British Victorian aristocrats. Go back and forth about Ping Pong’s place in the world with Chuck and Josh.

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Jan 29, 2019
SYSK Selects: Bioluminescence: A Bright and Shiny Fish
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Science has a handle on fireflies and glowworms, but most bioluminescent animals live in the ocean and are tough to study. Today, researchers are still figuring out why some animals produce light. Dive with Josh and Chuck into this illuminating topic.

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Jan 26, 2019
The Legend of Betsy Ross
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Betsy Ross is an American icon to many, the seamstress who sewed the first U.S. flag because of a personal commission from George Washington. But is it true? Sort of. Learn all about this fascinating story today.

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Jan 24, 2019
Short Stuff: Thread Count
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Is thread count all it's cracked up to be? Listen in and find out in today's edition of Short Stuff!

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Jan 23, 2019
SYSK Live: The Kellogg Brothers’ Wacky World of Health
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There’s no way you haven’t had one of their breakfast cereals, but we bet you don’t know the story behind the two brothers who brought the world corn flakes. Buckle in for a lot of talk about poop, religion and masturbation, live from Sydney, Australia.

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Jan 22, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Lobotomies Work
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Lobotomies -- brain surgeries to relieve psychiatric problems -- are rarely performed today, but they were once fairly common. Tune in to learn more about the controversial history and practice of lobotomies.

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Jan 19, 2019
The July 20th Plot to Assassinate Hitler
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A lot of people in Hitler's inner circle wanted him dead toward the end of the war. But he proved impossible to kill from within. Listen in today as Josh and Chuck dig into the infamous July 20th plot to blow up Der Führer.

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Jan 17, 2019
Short Stuff: Olestra
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In the 90s a fat free miracle food came out that promised we could eat all we wanted and not gain weight. But there was a caveat: it could also make your bowels unpleasantly loose.

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Jan 16, 2019
How Airbags Work
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It turns out that the inflatable bag of air that shoots out of your steering wheel or dashboard is the result of a controlled explosion of solid fuel, just like in a rocket – aimed for your face.

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Jan 15, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Schizophrenia Works
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Up to 24 million people worldwide have schizophrenia. Despite the vast amounts of research, the disorder remains mysterious. In this episode, Josh and Chuck delve into the nature of schizophrenia, from the history of the disorder to the latest research.

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Jan 12, 2019
The Great Finger in the Wendy’s Chili Caper
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In 2005 a woman named Anna Alaya discovered a length of human finger – nail and all – in her Wendy’s chili. Her cries of disgust would set off a media firestorm, a criminal investigation and a prison sentence for her and her husband. 

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Jan 10, 2019
Short Stuff: How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil?
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First things, first: Take that oil change reminder sticker off your windshield and throw it away forever and never look back! 

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Jan 09, 2019
How the Spanish Flu Worked
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The Spanish Flu killed anywhere from 20-100 million or more people over 1918/1919. All of this played out with World War I in the foreground, one big reason why the flu spread so far, so fast. Learn all about this devastating pandemic in today's episode. 

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Jan 08, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Munchausen Syndrome Works
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Why would someone fake an illness? Here's an even better question: Why would someone repeatedly make themselves sick? Join Josh and Chuck as they separate the facts from fiction and give you the scoop on Munchausen syndrome.

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Jan 05, 2019
What was the Tunguska event?
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In 1908, the most powerful meteoroid explosion in recorded history happened over a remote area of Siberia. But the weird thing is there was no impact crater and no asteroid to be found – so was it an asteroid? (Yes.)

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Jan 03, 2019
Short Stuff: Khipu
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Listen in to learn all about the fascinating "language" of the Incan khipu knotted ropes. 

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Jan 02, 2019
Rockettes: Still Kicking After All These Years
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Tune in today to learn all about the legendary NYC Rockettes, who actually got their start in Missouri. 

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Jan 01, 2019
SYSK Selects: How Fossils Work
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A fossil is a piece of once-living organic material that has undergone a transition from an organic state to an inorganic state. But what exactly is fossilization? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the process of fossilization.

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Dec 29, 2018
Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
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The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic.

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Dec 27, 2018
Short Stuff: The Brain-Bladder Connection
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How much do you know about the brain-bladder connection? In about 15 minutes, it'll be a lot more. 

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Dec 26, 2018
SYSK Live Christmas Spectacular!
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This year, Josh and Chuck go live for their annual Christmas Spectacular. Recorded from the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, pour up some eggnog, light a fire and enjoy this live show with the whole family. 

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Dec 25, 2018
SYSK Selects: The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978
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Long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, George Lucas allowed the Star Wars Holiday Special to be made. What happened on the night of November 17, 1978 can never be fully explained, but we make our best effort in a very special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all.

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Dec 22, 2018
E.T.: Is It Really the Worst Video Game of All Time?
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If you play video games you probably have an easy answer to worst game of all time: ET. But it turns out there are no easy answers, especially when you’re talking about a game so terrible it’s blamed for bringing the entire video game industry with it.

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Dec 20, 2018
Short Stuff: Unique Snowflakes
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Amazingly, it turns out that every snowflake truly is unique. Math backs it up. 

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Dec 19, 2018
Geodesic Domes: The Wave of the Future That Wasn't
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Sometimes a good idea doesn’t pan out in real life. Take Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome: It requires less energy to heat and cool, it’s cheap, and it’s durable enough to withstand a hurricane – but it’s also godawful ugly and that was its undoing.

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Dec 18, 2018
SYSK Selects: How Igloos Work
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Igloos were traditionally used by Inuit Indians as temporary shelter while on hunting and fishing trips. In this episode, Josh and Chuck look at the design of igloos, from their impressive heat-catching properties to their ingenious construction.

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Dec 15, 2018
Are good samaritan laws effective?
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Good samaritan laws have been around for many years, helping to provide legal protections for people who try to help other people. But do they work? Decide for yourself today!

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Dec 13, 2018
Short Stuff: Laughing Buddha
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Did you know that the friendly, smiling Buddha we all know from bars and restaurants isn't really Buddha?

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Dec 12, 2018
How Ayahuasca Works
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One day in the Amazon Basin, a shaman put together a plant containing DMT with a vine that allows the body to absorb DMT. The combination, a foul-tasting, wildly hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, has changed cultures throughout the Americas. 

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Dec 11, 2018
SYSK Selects: That Dang-old Goat Fell Over
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Due to a condition known as Thomsen's disease, the muscles of fainting goats tense up whenever the animal is startled. In this episode, Josh and Chuck break down the science behind this bizarre condition.

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Dec 08, 2018
Was the PMRC censorship in disguise?
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The Parents Music Resource Center in the 1980s was really just censorship in disguise. But it kind of backfired. Learn all about Tipper Gore's crusade in today's episode. 

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Dec 06, 2018
Short Stuff: Dolphin Detectors
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They don’t actually disarm mines, but navies around the world use dolphins to find and tag sea mines so humans can disarm the mines themselves. But even if it’s safe, is it ethical?

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Dec 05, 2018
How Search and Rescue Dogs Work
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All dogs are great, but some dogs work harder than others. Or play harder, depending on your view. Learn all about the good boys and girls who find lost people and recover bodies to bring humans peace and closure.

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Dec 04, 2018
SYSK Selects: Can Your Grandfather's Diet Shorten Your Life?
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Epigenetics is a fascinating field of genetics that studies how the epigenome and environmental, nutritional and social factors affect gene expression. Josh and Chuck explain how epigenetics works in this episode.

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Dec 01, 2018
Adidas v. Puma: A Sibling Rivalry
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Join Josh and Chuck today as they go down the sport shoe rabbit hole, detailing the strange tail of the brothers who brought Puma and Adidas to the world. Sibling rivalry, Nazis, shoes - there's a lot to unpack here.

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Nov 29, 2018
Short Stuff: iSmell
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Two men once had a dream - to add smell to the internet. And they almost gave it to us.

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Nov 28, 2018
How the Navajo Code Talkers Worked
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In WWII the US Marines devised an unbreakable code-within-a-code made from Navajo, one of the most linguistically difficult languages in the world. A handful of Navajos sent messages on the frontlines in a language they’d been forbidden to speak as school kids.

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Nov 27, 2018
SYSK Selects: How Black Friday Works
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On the day after Thanksgiving, Americans go kind of crazy for the deep discount sales that kick off the holiday shopping season in stores. So crazy, in fact, at least four people have lost their lives and as many as 63 others have been injured during Black Friday sales. But as profitable as Black Friday is, some retailers are thinking about discontinuing the tradition to find ways to make even more money. Learn all about this bizarre, uniquely American holiday custom in this episode.

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Nov 24, 2018
Fire twucks! Fire twucks! (sic)
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Who doesn't love fire engines? We certainly do. So much that we geeked out on this one in a big way. Enjoy!

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Nov 22, 2018
Short Stuff: Safety Pins
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Safety pins are so ubiquitous, we take them for granted. But that’s the genius of their design – they work so intuitively they might as well have come from nature. Instead, they were invented by a man who never went to the trouble of patenting them. 

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Nov 21, 2018
Finders Keepers: Real Law
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You know that heartbreak of the schoolyard – finders keepers, losers weepers? That’s actual law in a great many grown up places. Enter the murky legal world of finding something that belongs to someone else, from buried treasure to a misplaced ring.

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Nov 20, 2018
SYSK Selects: How Kleptomania Works
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In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss kleptomania, a disorder in which people have an overwhelming impulse to steal unnecessary items.

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Nov 17, 2018
Olive Oil: Mother Nature's Gift
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Olive oil is one of Mother Nature's greatest gifts to humanity. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the NUMBER ONE OIL, right here, right now. 

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Nov 15, 2018
Short Stuff: Lemonade
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Ever wonder where lemonade came from? Let’s up the stakes a little, what about pink lemonade? Well wonder no more! Join Josh and Chuck as they (briefly) cover the history of putting lemons together with sugar and water and coming up with something great. 

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Nov 14, 2018
Pando: Earth’s Oldest, Hugest Organism Is Trees!
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In Utah, lives a 106-acre stand of Quaking Aspen trees that are all genetically identical because they are all growing from the same massive root system. It’s Pando, the most massive, and almost certainly oldest (by far) organism on Earth.

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