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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.

Episode Date
Short Stuff: Bird Migration
679

Where are all those birds flying anyway? How do they decide? When do they do it? All of these questions, and more, are answered in this week's ep.

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Feb 01, 2023
Must We Suffer Emotional Pain?
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It’s part of the human condition, to feel the pain of sorrow, loss, embarrassment. But isn’t it kind of weird that an overwhelming emotion can cause you physical discomfort or even pain? Turns out that depends on how you think about the mind and the body.

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Jan 31, 2023
Selects: 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 this classic episode.

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Jan 28, 2023
How Attachment Theory Works
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A theory in the field of psychology has become so pervasive, it’s generally taken on faith that it’s true. It says that how your parents respond to you during a short window in your infancy has lifelong effects on your personality. Could this be correct?

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Jan 26, 2023
Short Stuff: Adam's Apples and Throat Lumps
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This week's short stuff is all about throat lumps and Adam's apples.

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Jan 25, 2023
Let's Talk About John DeLorean
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John DeLorean: visionary, car maker extraordinaire, buyer of large amounts of cocaine, provider of time machine chassis. There is a lot to understand about John DeLorean so let’s get busy.

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Jan 24, 2023
Selects: How Game Shows Work
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Join Josh and Chuck and a whole bunch of great people at the Gothic Theatre in Denver for this live show on game shows and their place in cultures around the world, recorded on June 28, 2018. You just come right on down, why don’t you?

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Jan 21, 2023
Toast: As in browned bread
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Toast is bread that has been browned by heat. It's delicious. This is our ode to toast.

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Jan 19, 2023
Short Stuff: Women Pirates
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The Golden Age of Pirates didn’t have just men floating on the high seas. Some women became very successful pirates and today you’ll learn about two of them.

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Jan 18, 2023
The Louisiana Purchase: Not a Purchase
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Turns out the Louisiana Purchase was not so much a purchase, but the right to (steal) purchase it from indigenous peoples. But it did transform the United States as we know it. Listen and learn!

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Jan 17, 2023
Selects: How Therapeutic Hypothermia Works
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Physicians noticed centuries ago that people exposed to cold temperatures often have amazing recoveries from serious medical emergencies. Now medicine is learning how to purposefully induce hypothermia in order to buy time to fix otherwise fatal trauma. Find out all about it in this classic episode.

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Jan 14, 2023
How Tarot Works?
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This is not a hit piece! Tarot helps plenty of people navigate their lives and reflect on their feelings – plus the art is unbelievable. We cover the backstory, real and imagined, and lure the innocent into tarot’s grip, er, offer basic tips for beginners.

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Jan 12, 2023
Short Stuff: Forest Lawn Memorial Park
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Forest Lawn is no ordinary cemetery. Why? Listen in and find out.

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Jan 11, 2023
How Enron Fooled the World
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Until the 2007, the largest single corporate bankruptcy was Enron, a $67 billion energy trading company. Its decline was breathtaking, and while it’s a fascinating story of corporate malfeasance and greed, it’s also about the lives of ruined workers.

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Jan 10, 2023
Selects: How Perfume Works
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Women consistently rate scent as the most important factor in a man's attractiveness and men have been manipulating that for centuries with scents of all sorts. Learn about the fascinating history -- and, well, art -- of making perfumes in this classic episode.

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Jan 07, 2023
When Mount St. Helens Blew Its Top
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Mount St. Helen's is a lovely sight to behold, but was a pretty scary thing to be around in the Spring of 1980. Listen in to the harrowing story today!

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Jan 05, 2023
Short Stuff: Dangers of Nose Picking
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You don’t have to lie - everybody picks their nose. But did you know it can be life-threatening? It’s true and you can learn how in this episode.

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Jan 04, 2023
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (not the song)
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Today Josh and Chuck delve into the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Not the song, but the maritime accident. Though the song makes an appearance.

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Jan 03, 2023
Selects: 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? Find out in this classic episode.

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Dec 31, 2022
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Podcast Episode
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This one goes out to the SYSK Army as a special request. Let's do the time warp again!

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Dec 29, 2022
Short Stuff: Mesas: Flat
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Mesas, buttes and plateaus are all very similar. We'll break down the differences in each one just to be sure.

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Dec 28, 2022
Juicy: The Fried Chicken Story
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Fried chicken is Chuck’s favorite food, and Josh sure doesn’t dislike it. It is with this appreciation that SYSK plunges into the hot grease of fried chicken history – and there’s a lot to it!

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Dec 27, 2022
Selects: Star Wars Holiday Spectacular
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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 our annual special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all.

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Dec 24, 2022
2022 Holiday Spectacular!
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Another year comes to a close here at SYSK, which means our annual Holiday Spectacular is at hand. So light a fire, pour up a comforting beverage and gather the family for some good cheer!

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Dec 22, 2022
Short Stuff: Snow Globes
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Dec 21, 2022
Who was Dorothy Parker, really?
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She was known for her quick wit and sharp tongue. But she was also a poet, screenwriter and activist. Tune in today to learn what outside her "vicious circle."

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Dec 20, 2022
Selects: Nostradamus: Predictor of the future? Not so much.
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Nostradamus delighted us all in grade school, but it turns out the real guy wasn't quite as prescient as we were led to believe. In truth, he wrote a lot of purposefully confusing riddles that people have twisted into meaning exactly what they want them to mean. Learn all about Nostradamus in this classic episode.

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Dec 17, 2022
Interesting Origins of Everyday Phrases
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We don’t think about the words and phrases we use all the time - until Josh and Chuck look into them and tell everyone what they found. That’s the gist of this episode! 

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Dec 15, 2022
Short Stuff: The Atlanta Washer Woman Strike
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One of the very first union strikes in US history was mounted by a group of African American women in the deep South. Listen in and learn all about this little known slice of history.

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Dec 14, 2022
How the Nintendo Entertainment System Changed Gaming Forever
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For the holidays in 1986 (and ’87) (and ’88) the most stupendous, most wanted, most amazing thing any kid could possibly get – outside of a pony, *maybe* – was the NES. That year, video games came back from the dead and changed forever.

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Dec 13, 2022
Selects: How Polar Bears Work
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Polar bears are more than just lovable creatures that roam the ice in search of food. They're one of the most fascinating animals on planet Earth. Sadly, as ice shrinks, so does their habitat. Learn all about these huggable beasts in this classic episode.

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Dec 10, 2022
True Crime: The Phantom of Heilbronn
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After the murder of a cop in southwest Germany in 2007 a massive hunt was launched across Europe. The suspect was a female serial killer who had left DNA behind during a number of crimes. She was so slippery, she was known as The Phantom of Heilbronn.

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Dec 08, 2022
Short Stuff: Birthday Paradox
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The Birthday Paradox involves math, so you know this one will go perfectly.

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Dec 07, 2022
How Face Blindness Works
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It’s not that the person who can never remember meeting you is snobby or even absent-minded; they may have a fascinating – and often difficult – neurological condition called prosopagnosia, known more commonly as face blindness.

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Dec 06, 2022
Selects: 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 this classic episode, aka the 80s train.

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Dec 03, 2022
How Down Syndrome Works
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People with Down syndrome lead rich, complex lives like any other human, but it’s only been in the last few decades that everyone else stopped persecuting them long enough to notice this. As a result, both their IQ and their life expectancy skyrocketed.

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Dec 01, 2022
Short Stuff: Goosebumps
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Goosebumps are a pretty cool evolutionary holdover from our earlier days as furry beasts. Don't believe us? Listen in. 

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Nov 30, 2022
Peripersonal Space: Humans’ Got Talent
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The space around you that you can reach with your arms is a very special place. It’s where we interact with reality. And although we are so good at using it we don’t give it a second thought, our ability to use it is one our most amazing abilities.

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Nov 29, 2022
Selects: How Umami Works!
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For millennia humans have recognized four tastes, but in the 1980s a fifth taste first isolated in Japan gained worldwide acceptance - and took off like a rocket! Learn about meaty, musty, savory umami in this classic episode.

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Nov 26, 2022
Roller Skating: Fun and Cool
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The Victorians were the first to go bonkers for roller skating and since then the pastime has had bursts of popularity every few decades. Over the years skaters have come up with some amazing things to do on skates that go way beyond just going in circles.

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Nov 24, 2022
Short Stuff: Liquid Paper
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Correction fluid goes by many names, but the OG was Liquid Paper. And it has a pretty cool origin story. 

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Nov 23, 2022
Typewriters: Mechanical Brilliance
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Chuck loves typewriters because he loves mechanical brilliance. Dive into the cool history of these amazing machines today. 

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Nov 22, 2022
Selects: How Dark Money Works
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Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 in the Citizens United case that political contributions are speech and should be protected, the floodgates of anonymous political contributions have opened. But does absolute funding corrupt absolutely? Find out in this classic episode.

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Nov 19, 2022
Did Shakespeare really write all that stuff?
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The question of Shakespeare's authorship has been around since at least the mid-1800s. Is there anything to it? We'll dig in to this dense topic to find out.

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Nov 17, 2022
Short Stuff: Incomplete Yawns
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Is there anything – anything – worse than a yawn you can’t finish? It’s hard to think of anything else and as your obsession with yawning like a normal human being grows it only becomes more difficult. Why? Why?!

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Nov 16, 2022
The Sordid History of Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
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When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, bachelor and bachelorette parties take the penis-shaped cake. Learn all about these sordid affairs today.  

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Nov 15, 2022
Selects: 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. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Nov 12, 2022
How Owls Work
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It’s time for another great animal episode and in this one we swoop into the world of owls – nature’s greatest silent predator who (hooo) also look very cute and intelligent. Not to mention they can turn their heads 270 degrees.

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Nov 10, 2022
Short Stuff: Dodleston Messages
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It’s not everyday that a message from the 16th century appears on a computer from the 1980s, so when that happened it caught an English couple’s attention and launched a still-unresolved mystery  - across tiiiiiiime!

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Nov 09, 2022
What's so important about legal precedent?
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Legal precedent is an odd thing. It matters, but it isn't codified. There are advantages and disadvantages. Let's all dive in and take at STARE DECISIS today. 

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Nov 08, 2022
Selects: What is an invasive species?
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Invasive species can mean a lot of things, from fungus to feral pigs and European starlings to kudzu vines. Basically, it's anything brought to a place, either by humans or nature, that didn't originate there. They aren't always a problem, but many times they can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. Learn all about these invaders in this classic episode.

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Nov 05, 2022
Vaudeville: Step Right Up!
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In today's episode, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about vaudeville, whether you like it or not. 

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Nov 03, 2022
Short Stuff: Birth Certificate Access
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It’s unjust but true – if you are an adoptee in the US you may not have the same right to access your birth certificate that someone who wasn’t adopted does. The quest to access a birth certificate can be a legal rigamarole that may or may not work.

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Nov 02, 2022
The Harvey's Casino Bombing of 1980
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In August of 1980 a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of dynamite was quietly delivered to Harvey’s, a casino and resort at Lake Tahoe. This kicked off a whirlwind caper that lasted 30 hours and ended up nearly demolishing the 11-story resort.

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Nov 01, 2022
Selects: How Vampires Work
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Out of obligation, Chuck and Josh mention Twilight, but it is the longstanding vampire lore that gets the most attention in this examination of how the bloodsucking undead evolved from baby-stealing demonesses to suave counts in our collective psyche. Explore the wild world of vampires in this spooky classic episode.

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Oct 29, 2022
The 13th Annual Halloween Spooktacular!
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It's hard to believe, but this is our 13th edition of the Halloween Spooktacular! So pour up a creepy brew and gather the kids for a dramatic reading of two horror shorts. 

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Oct 27, 2022
Short Stuff: Robert the Doll
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Robert the Doll is decidedly creepy. So is his story. Listen in to this spooky tale right now!

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Oct 26, 2022
The Tale of the Bloody Benders
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Long before we knew what serial killers were, a family in remote Kansas was disposing of victims at their family farm. Listen in to the Tale of the Bloody Benders if you dare!

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Oct 25, 2022
Selects: 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 classic episode as Chuck and Josh cover some instances of amazingly bad fortune, most of it true!

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Oct 22, 2022
Fundamentalism: Menace II Society
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Fundamentalism is usually thought of as a problem religions have to deal with, but not all fundamentalists are religious. And no matter what their belief system, fundamentalism is inherently antisocial and a problem for everyone.

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Oct 20, 2022
Short Stuff: Water Towers
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Water towers are so ubiquitous you can look right past them, despite them being giant balls of water thrust triumphantly skyward. Learn about these surprisingly ingenious but simple inventions designed to keep you alive.

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Oct 19, 2022
The History of Fake Towns.
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There have been a lot of fake towns built throughout history for a lot of different reasons. Tune in to learn about some of these bogus burgs. 

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Oct 18, 2022
Selects: How Pompeii Worked
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What must be one of the most famous natural disasters in history took place when Mt Vesuvius buried Pompeii in 79 CE. But when the town was resurrected 1700 years later, a new chapter in its history was written. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Oct 15, 2022
10 Cases of Mistaken Identity
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There’s a lot that can go wrong when your identity is at question. Charged with abandoning a baby? Check. Years in prison? That too. Accused of assassinating the head of Hamas? Why not. Learn about the travails of some unlucky saps in this episode.

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Oct 13, 2022
Short Stuff: Blaschko's Lines
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Did you know you have stripes? It’s true, you just can’t see them. Learn all about these little-known lines today!

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Oct 12, 2022
Doppelgängers: Hey you, you're me!
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Seeing your near twin is probably pretty weird. But could there be a genetic commonality as well? You bet  there could!  

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Oct 11, 2022
Selects: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre
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Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever. Hear about these pivotal works in this classic episode.

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Oct 08, 2022
How License Plates Work
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The first tags were required just a few years after the firs cars debuted, as a way to catch jerks scaring horses and running down pedestrians. A century on, they continue to protect both. Plus they’ve accrued some interesting history along the way.

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Oct 06, 2022
Short Stuff: Scratching
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Listen in today as we salute turntablism, aka, record scratching.

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Oct 05, 2022
Vinyl Records: Black Magic at Work
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Despite reading all about how vinyl records are recorded and made, it's still a bit like black magic to us. Dive in and learn all about the coolest music medium.

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Oct 04, 2022
Selects: How Clowns Work
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Jesters of some sort have been around since ancient Egypt and China. Our modern clown was invented around 1800 and ever since they have been getting steadily creepier. Learn all about clowns in this classic episode.

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Oct 01, 2022
How The Rosenhan Experiment Worked
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In 1973 a study was published in Science where psychologist David Rosenhan revealed he had duped hundreds of psychiatric workers by planting perfectly sane pseudopatients within their hospitals and every last one went unnoticed.

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Sep 29, 2022
Short Stuff: Curse Tablets
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Curse tablets are exactly what you think - tablets with curses inscribed on them. But what were they used for, and when did people do this? Hit play and those answers shall be revealed!

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Sep 28, 2022
Vasectomies: Stop Being A Wimp
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You can uncross your legs you big babies. Getting a vasectomy isn’t bad at all – recovery time is a breeze, pain is minimal, and you can consider it a gift to your partner. Learn the real deal on vasectomies (and get 20% off with our code: STUFF).

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Sep 27, 2022
Selects: How LSD Works
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In 1943 Swiss chemist Albert Hofman discovered he'd created what may be the most potent hallucinogen known to humankind. Then he took a bike ride. Learn about the chemistry, neurology, history and cultural impact of LSD-25 in this classic episode.

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Sep 24, 2022
Sitcoms Part II
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Listen in now for part II of our homage to sitcoms. 

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Sep 22, 2022
Short Stuff: Laugh Tracks
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Laugh tracks have been around since the early 1950s and it’s all thanks to one (reviled) sound engineer who invented them. But as much as people like to hate laugh tracks most shows wouldn’t be at all funny without them.

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Sep 21, 2022
Sitcoms Part I
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Traditional multi-camera sitcoms have fallen out of style in recent years, but the golden age of the genre lives on with streaming services. Sitcom will never go away completely. Join us for part I.

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Sep 20, 2022
Selects: Frida Kahlo: Painter, Icon, Genius
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Frida Kahlo was a painter who transcended her own work to became an icon. Learn all about her fascinating and inspiring life and work in this classic episode.

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Sep 17, 2022
Pearls: Second Best Thing About Oysters
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Pearls are super cool. And humans figuring out how to make them is even cooler. Learn all about the most interesting gemstone today!

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Sep 15, 2022
Short Stuff: Hangry?
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When you’re hungry, you’re not yourself. So say the good people at Snickers and it turns out science backs it up. Being hangry is a verifiable thing, we’re just not quite sure yet what’s going on.

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Sep 14, 2022
The Georgia Guidestones: The Elite Have a Laugh
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In 1980 the “rural as rural can be” town of Elberton, Georgia erected a granite monument with a bizarre set of instructions (commandments?) that touched on eugenics, population control, and living in harmony with nature. Conspiracy theorists went wild.

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Sep 13, 2022
Selects: 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? Find out in this classic episode.

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Sep 10, 2022
Everything We Know About Squids
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Squids are very closely related to our old friend the octopus, but there are some key differences. You can learn all of this and more by simply clicking the play button right now. 

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Sep 08, 2022
Short Stuff: RIP Man of the Hole
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The Man of the Hole has died and we're pretty sad to hear it. Listen in to our tribute to this solitary hero today.

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Sep 07, 2022
Did Mallory Make it to the Top of Everest First?
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George Mallory was a member of the first three European expeditions to Everest, world’s tallest mountain. He wanted to summit it so badly, he gave his life trying. Since that fateful day in 1924, climbers have wondered – was Mallory the first to summit?

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Sep 06, 2022
Selects: How the Pony Express Worked
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For as long a shadow as it casts across the history of the Old West, the Pony Express was a failed business venture, doomed from the start, that only lasted 18 months. But since the last rider headed out with his bag of mail, its legend has only grown. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Sep 03, 2022
Rolling Stone Magazine
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Part celebration and part take down, this episode on Rolling Stone magazine dives into the highs and lows of one of America's iconic rags.

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Sep 01, 2022
Short Stuff: Mason-Dixon Line
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The dividing line between the North and South is purely political. But the story of its creation is pretty interesting.

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Aug 31, 2022
We Need More Sustainable Packaging, Like, Yesterday
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Since the advent of single-use plastics, we’ve become awash in waste. Barrels of petroleum are extracted, turned into plastics that contain products, which are then opened and the containers thrown away. It’s a bonehead process start to finish.

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Aug 30, 2022
Selects: Knife Throwing: Super Cool
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Sure knives can cut through a steak or slash through jungle vines, but probably the coolest thing you can do with a knife is throw it. At a person mounted to a wooden wheel. Spinning around. While you’re blindfolded. Learn all about the impalement arts in this classic episode.

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Aug 27, 2022
Kissing Cousins: A History of Marrying Family
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Despite the overall creepiness of it, marrying family members is way more common than you might think, both historically and today. Ewwww!

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Aug 25, 2022
Short Stuff: Marrying Up
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The idea of "marrying up" is as old as the hills, but things are, and have been, changing for quite a while. And this episode explains it all.

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Aug 24, 2022
Introvert or Extravert: Which are you? (Probably both)
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The world isn’t divided into cat people and dog people, or Beatles fans and Rolling Stones fans (or neither). What really divides us is introversion or extraversion, right? Turns out people just aren’t that binary and all of us are a little of both.

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Aug 23, 2022
Selects: How Gossip Works
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You know what I heard? That Josh and Chuck hate each other and they're just faking being friends for the show. That's called gossip, folks and it can do serious damage. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Aug 20, 2022
How Enemas Work
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If you think about it, enemas are kind of gross. And if you don’t now you definitely will by the end of this wild ride of an episode. All who make it through the whole way earn SYSK bragging rights. We now wonder why we ever chose to record it.

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Aug 18, 2022
Short Stuff: Selling the Brooklyn Bridge
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You've heard the phrase "If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you." But did you know it's based in truth?

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Aug 17, 2022
Mariachi: The Rodney Dangerfield of Music
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Mariachi bands have a bad rap as nothing more than "restaurant music." But there is a rich and long cultural tradition many people are missing and the music deserves our respect. Listen in today!

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Aug 16, 2022
Selects: 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 classic episode, where we guide you to safety. 

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Aug 13, 2022
The Origins of Breakfast Foods
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Who doesn't love breakfast? But do you know where most of the typical breakfast foods come from? Well listen in to find out.

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Aug 11, 2022
Short Stuff: The Berners Street Hoax
657

A full 200 years on, we're still talking about one of the most sweeping hoaxes of all time. 

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Aug 10, 2022
What's the deal with energy drinks?
2859

Chuck hates them, Josh has flirted with them. Energy drinks. Listen in to learn all about this canned speed. 

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Aug 09, 2022
Selects: How Droughts Work
3099

Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. In this classic episode, learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl.

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Aug 06, 2022
Thrill to the Stunning Bicameral Mind Hypothesis
2986

Psychologist Julian Jaynes came up with a stunning hypothesis in 1976, that human consciousness only developed in the last 3000 years. And he seemed to have proof in ancient texts. Scholars have been picking it apart ever since and today we join the club.

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Aug 04, 2022
Short Stuff: Divorcing Your Parents
732

It really happens! But most people call it emancipation of a minor. Either way, there's some interesting legal stuff in here.

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Aug 03, 2022
Silly String: Disaster in a Can
2363

It's been a while since we tackled a classic toy, so here we go with all you ever wanted to know about Silly String.

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Aug 02, 2022
Selects: Some Movies That Changed Filmmaking
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An estimated 50,000 films were made worldwide in 2009 alone. Many are surely clunkers, but in this episode Chuck and Josh talk about the ones that emerged throughout cinema history to change the course of all movies that followed. Get your popcorn and lean back while you enjoy this classic episode.

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Jul 30, 2022
How Menstruation Works
3458

Two dudes talking about menstruation? You bet! And there’s no way you could be any more nervous to listen than we were to record it. But give it a listen, we think you’ll find it enlightening – whether you menstruate or not.

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Jul 28, 2022
Short Stuff: The Mars Rock with Signs of Life?
908

In 1996, real-deal NASA scientists announced they had discovered signs of ancient microbial life in a rock that had broken off Mars and landed on Antarctica. The news set off a controversy still going today. Do we already have proof of alien life?

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Jul 27, 2022
Where Did Human Intelligence Come From?
2768

We humans are smart, to be sure, but if we’re so smart then how come we can’t figure how we got so smart in the first place? Think about that! We sure did and we go over some theories in this super interesting episode.

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Jul 26, 2022
Selects: What's the misery index?
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Economists love their data because somewhere in the numbers lies the answer to the ills of the country. They also love to frame data in a way people can relate to. Such is the case with the famous "misery index." Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jul 23, 2022
Googie: The Architecture of the Space Age
3357

You may not have heard of it, but you’ve definitely seen it before – 50s buildings with bright, loud colors, roofs at crazy angles, and space-age shapes like starbursts. It turns out that Googie architecture is as fun to look at as it is to say.

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Jul 21, 2022
Short Stuff: Death from Astral Projection
933

In 1975, yoga enthusiast Robert Antoszczyk retired to his room in a group house in Ann Arbor, MI to try a meditation technique that would allow him to astrally project his spirit. He died, never coming out of his meditative state. What happened?

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Jul 20, 2022
Supernovae: Best Around, Case Closed
2505

Face it, supernovae are the most interesting phenomena in the universe. Black holes are cool, but did you know they sprout from a supernova? What could be cooler than a star exploding so powerfully, the flash it creates shines for months after?

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Jul 19, 2022
Selects: 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. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jul 16, 2022
Why Bowling is Awesome
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Bowling is awesome. It just is. And if you don't think so, maybe take a listen to today's episode. 

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Jul 14, 2022
Short Stuff: Catatumbo Lightning
684

Catatumbo lightning is one of nature's most amazing displays of showiness, with strikes occurring 28 times per minute for nine hours a day, 300 days a year. So take cover and take a listen.

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Jul 13, 2022
Mangroves: Nature's Best Tree?
2646

Mangroves are incredible survivors and adapters. They're also amazing at lessening the impact of tropical storms and climate change. And heck, they're cool looking. So jump into the brackish waters and have a listen.

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Jul 12, 2022
Selects: How Ayahuasca Works
2723

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. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jul 09, 2022
The Maya Civilization
3226

After inspiration from Chuck's recent trip to the Yucatan, the fellas dive into the Maya Civilization. 

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Jul 07, 2022
Short Stuff: Alligator Gar
662

The alligator gar is one scary looking fish. Learn all about these monsters in today's episode.

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Jul 06, 2022
How Ultraprocessed Foods Work
3440

Ultraprocessed is a new term for junk food, but it means much more than that – it’s also a cautionary tale for the way we’re supposed to cook and eat, using real food and sitting down with friends and family. But who has the time and money to do that?

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Jul 05, 2022
Selects: How Freak Shows Worked
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Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freak shows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide, after taking in this classic episode.

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Jul 02, 2022
A Dispassionate Review of Roe v Wade
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Given the landmark undoing of Roe v Wade, Chuck and Josh lay out all the relevant facts of the 1973 case.

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Jun 30, 2022
Short Stuff: What did we use before infant formula?
761

There's an infant formula shortage. But infant formula is relatively new. So what did we do before it was perfected? Listen in and learn already!

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Jun 29, 2022
How Alien Contact Might Work
3009

If we ever found evidence of intelligent alien life (or they found us) what would we say? Who would say it for us? These seemingly silly questions are vitally important depending on your view.

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Jun 28, 2022
Selects: Chiggers: The Phantom Menace
1952

Chiggers are tiny little mites capable of making your life miserable. Worse than mosquitoes? Maybe. But they aren't insects - mites are actually part of the arachnid family and behave a little like ticks. Learn all about these nearly invisible pests in this classic episode.

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Jun 25, 2022
What's up with bariatric surgery?
2893

Bariatric surgery can also be called weight loss surgery. Some people think it's a highly underused tool to fight obesity. Others think it's a shortcut. We discuss all the ins and outs in this week's episode.

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Jun 23, 2022
Short Stuff: Do Fish Get Thirsty?
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One of the greatest questions we’ve ever heard, answered (in a roundabout way).

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Jun 22, 2022
The Appalachian Trail: A Heckuva Hike
3068

A few short years after the hiking trails from Maine to Georgia were connected into the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, a WWII vet walked the whole thing in one go. He kicked off a challenge that’s still taken on by thousands of people each year.

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Jun 21, 2022
Selects: How Steadicams Work
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There have been many inventions that have advanced filmmaking, but maybe none as important as the steadicam. Invented in the mid-70s, it literally changed the way movie making happened, and made the impossible possible. Learn about the fascinating history behind this amazing technology, in this classic episode.

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Jun 18, 2022
What were the IRA hunger strikes?
3011

In the early 1980s, imprisoned IRA members went on a prolonged hunger strike, leading to the death of ten men. This is their story.

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Jun 16, 2022
Short Stuff: HR8 Gun Legislation
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Today we dive into HR8, a gun bill supported by 90% of Americans that will likely never get through the Senate.

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Jun 15, 2022
How Wind Works
2552

Beloved egghead Buckminster Fuller said the wind doesn’t blow, it sucks. And he was pretty much right, depending on your perspective. Find out how everything from the hurricane to summer breeze makes life on Earth possible.

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Jun 14, 2022
Selects: How Drowning Works
3107

Hundreds of thousands of people drown around the world every year, and yet it can be easily prevented and is widely misunderstood – like how you can officially drown but live to tell the tale, or how you can drown but die days later. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jun 11, 2022
The 4-minute Mile: Greatest Sports Story?
2987

Nobody thought the 4-minute mile was humanly possible, until it was. The story of how it happened is remarkable. So sit back and take a listen.

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Jun 09, 2022
Short Stuff: Cleveland’s Infamous 10-Cent Beer Night
811

In 1974, the Cleveland (then Indians) baseball club held an unlimited 10 cent beer promotion to attract fans to the game. An actual riot broke out.

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Jun 08, 2022
How Freedom of the Press Works
2928

Countries around the world – capitalist democracies to communist unitary states – guarantee a free press in their constitutions. It turns out, though, that there is a galaxy of methods for subverting a free press. Find out why that matters in this episode.

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Jun 07, 2022
Selects: How Satanism Works
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Satanism may be the most misunderstood "religion" in the world. Part of that is because there are, and have been, many offshoots of Satanism, from The Church of Satan to The Satanic Temple. One thing is sure though, none of them are filled with evil humans who perform ritual blood sacrifice and worship a cloven-hoofed devil. Learn all about Satanism in this classic episode.

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Jun 04, 2022
Kidney Donation: You Could Be A Saint!
2844

Kidneys are one of the few organs that you can donate while you’re alive. And the vast majority of donors experience no complications and their remaining kidney functions just fine. Yet thousands of people die each year waiting for a donated kidney. Why?

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Jun 02, 2022
Short Stuff: Happy Foods!
836

Some foods make you happy. But they aren't necessarily comfort foods. You know what they call that? SCIENCE!

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Jun 01, 2022
The Scintillating World of Interest Rates
2689

When the Fed raises interest rates a half point, the world market reacts. But why does this tiny percentage make such a difference? Listen and learn!

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May 31, 2022
Selects: Waterbeds: The Sexiest Bed?
2364

Waterbeds came and went pretty quickly in the United States, but despite their marketing as sex beds, they were actually invented to deliver a great night's sleep. Learn all about these super 70's beds in this classic episode.

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May 28, 2022
The Myth of Absinthe
3024

Absinthe makes you hallucinate and possibly even have a seizure, right? Nope. It's all a part of the myth of absinthe, which is really just a bitter tasting liquor with a bad reputation. 

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May 26, 2022
Short Stuff: Do people move in predictable directions?
778

Depending on where you are in the world, you either have an instinct to go left or right when entering a place. Learn all about this today.

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May 25, 2022
Cats: Invasive Species?
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Josh and Chuck wade into dangerous waters with the debate over just how destructive cats are for local ecosystems (turns out it’s pretty bad) and some ideas on what to do about that (you may not want to know). Tune in and tense up!

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May 24, 2022
Selects: The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five
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In 1978, five friends set out for home from a basketball game. The next day, their car was discovered in a lonely mountain road. The next spring, their bodies began to turn up. What happened that night remains a mystery to this day. Explore what we know with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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May 21, 2022
What's in a surname?
2599

Surnames are way more interesting that you think, trust us. Just hit play and prepare to be wowed.

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May 19, 2022
Short Stuff: Artificial Banana Flavor
769

In the Watermelon episode, Chuck and Josh stumbled into a bit of little-known history about why artificial banana flavor doesn’t taste like bananas. Turns out it does; it just tastes like a banana you’ve probably never eaten.

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May 18, 2022
Squirrels, Ahoy!
3120

Squirrels are rodents, sure, but they’re rodents with personalities the size of Las Vegas and Detroit put together. Get to know your bushy-tailed (and sometimes not so bushy) neighbors who live interesting hidden lives right out in the open.

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May 17, 2022
Selects: How Lizzie Borden Worked
2554

Everybody knows how many whacks Lizzie Borden gave her mother and father with that axe, but there is plenty about the infamous double homicide that remains unresolved, like who actually did it. Travel into the mystery of Lizzie Borden in this classic episode.

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May 14, 2022
Rhinoplasty, aka Nose Jobs
3476

Nose jobs have been around a lot longer than you think. And the process is pretty interesting. Tune in for all things rhinoplasty. 

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May 12, 2022
Short Stuff: Fainting At The Sight Of Blood
763

As many as 15% of people faint when they see blood! And it’s not just blood that gets them. It can be an injury or even a needle. Learn about this fascinating phobia in this episode.

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May 11, 2022
What are land acknowledgments?
2673

Land acknowledgements are all the rage in some parts of the world. But they also open a can of worms if not done properly. Learn all about this increasingly common practice today. 

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May 10, 2022
Selects: How Champagne Works
3584

Sure we can all agree that champagne is probably the greatest thing humans have or ever will invent, but how much do we understand how it's made? Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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May 07, 2022
Marcus Garvey: Black Moses
3289

One of the more controversial black leaders, Marcus Garvey divided black and white Americans with his assertion of black pride, and sowed division in the black community as well. Yet, possibly no one has had more global impact on black lives than him.

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May 05, 2022
Short Stuff: Shar Pei
648

Today we dive into the lovable folds of the Shar Pei.

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May 04, 2022
The Mystery of Coal
2413

There’s a mystery afoot! Almost all of the coal we use around the world was created in the same 60 million year period. Before or after that relatively short window of time, not so much. Just what exactly explains this geological mystery?

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May 03, 2022
Selects: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked, Live From LA
3413

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, in this classic episode recorded live in LA.

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Apr 30, 2022
Understudies: Hardest Workers on Broadway?
2806

Being an understudy is far more challenging than simply learning the lines of a lead actor in case of emergency. Learn all about these unsung stage heroes today. 

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Apr 28, 2022
Short Stuff: Smelly Homes
907

Does your house smell? No? What if we told you it’s impossible for you to know whether  it does or not?

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Apr 27, 2022
“Postmodernism:”
3422

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Apr 26, 2022
Selects: The Baffling Case of the Body On Somerton Beach
3889

Since his corpse was found in 1948, wearing a nice suit in summer on an Australian beach, an unidentified man has refused to fade into obscurity, gripping the imagination of sleuths around the world. Learn all about the mystery in this classic episode.

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Apr 23, 2022
Just Say No to... Bottled Water
3177

Bottled water is huge business, and terrible for the environment. But where did this all start? Listen in and learn.

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Apr 21, 2022
Short Stuff: Salute the Grilled Cheese
953

Today we pay tribute to the comfiest of comfort food, the grilled cheese sandwich.

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Apr 20, 2022
The Christine Collins Story
2904

When Christine Collins' son disappeared in 1928, she thought that was the worst that could happen.  What followed was more upsetting than any parent could imagine. 

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Apr 19, 2022
Selects: What happens to abandoned mines?
1673

Did you know there are as many as 500,000 abandoned mines in the US, but the federal government knows where only 30,000 of them are? Learn about how these places go from money pit to death trap when mine companies simply walk away, in this classic episode.

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Apr 16, 2022
How Mensa Works
2958

Most of us know Mensa’s a smart people club. And that Geena Davis is a member. But did you know it was originally intended as a rolodex when the government needed the UK’s most intelligent minds? And that the Kansas City chapter staged a revolt in the 60s?

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Apr 14, 2022
Short Stuff: Animal Politicians
875

Small towns around the world have a longstanding tradition of nominating – and voting for – animals in elected positions like mayor and some animals have made it to being nominated for president.

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Apr 13, 2022
The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
2618

If you've ever been to Philadelphia then you've probably walked right by a Toynbee Tile embedded in the street. But what's the meaning on these mysterious installations, and who is doing it? Listen in to find out.

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Apr 12, 2022
Selects: A Partial History of Action Figures
4399

Action figures have a long and glorious history. From GI Joes to Star Wars figures, these offshoots of dolls came along at just the right time to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Learn all about the partial history of action figures in this classic episode.

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Apr 09, 2022
The Delightful History of Pubs
2939

In today's episode, Chuck and Josh dive into the wonderful history of the public house. So pull up a stool, grab a pint and have a listen.

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Apr 07, 2022
Short Stuff: The Church Choir That Didn't Explode
748

Perhaps the most amazing coincidence ever documented took place when a church in a tiny town in Nebraska exploded in 1950.

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Apr 06, 2022
Watermelons: Nature's Gift to the World
2570

Turns out most people love watermelons. Why? Because they're delicious. And they also have a pretty interesting history. Check it out.

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Apr 05, 2022
Selects: How No-fly Zones Work
1643

They have become such a ubiquitous tool used by the UN and NATO to intervene in international crises, that it seems like no-fly zones have been around forever. But it was only the 1990s that the first one was enacted and they've only be used twice more since then. Learn about this peculiar military tool with Chuck and Josh in this classic episode.

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Apr 02, 2022
What’s NATO All About?
2989

NATO formed at a time when Russia threatened Europe as a potential invader. Then the Soviet Union broke up and NATO lost its way for a bit. Now Russia’s back to business as usual and NATO has found its purpose again, protecting peace in Europe.

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Mar 31, 2022
Short Stuff: Greenbrier Bunker
732

The Greenbrier Bunker was a secret nuclear hideout for Congress, until it wasn't. Once it was exposed as a thing, it ceased to be a thing. Listen in to a fascinating short stuff today!

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Mar 30, 2022
How Light Pollution Works
2897

Artificial light at night, aka light pollution, affects almost everyone on Earth. And not just people – trees, plants, animals, insects, and marine life are affected by our propensity to light up everything we can. Learn what you – YOU! – can do to help.

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Mar 29, 2022
Selects: The Tylenol Murders, Part II
2757

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. Find out the extent of what we know in this classic episode.

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Mar 26, 2022
Selects: The Tylenol Murders, Part I
2661

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. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Mar 26, 2022
The Truth Behind Cage-Free and Free-Range
3245

You’d think terms like cage-free and free-range means the chickens we eat are frolicking happily in the fresh air under the shining sun, but you’d be so, so wrong. Cage-free is a huge improvement but free-range is lacking and both have a long way to go.

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Mar 25, 2022
Short Stuff: Magnet Fishing
823

Magnet fishing has nothing to do with fish. It's more like metal detecting in waterways. Please enjoy our take!

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Mar 23, 2022
Why was Titicut Follies banned?
2973

Titicut Follies is a documentary made famous by its banning. But why was it banned? And what was it even about? Listen in to learn all you need to know about this infamous doc. 

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Mar 22, 2022
Selects: How Hate Works
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Hate is generally defined as an extreme hostility to something or someone, usually stemming from fear, anger or a sense of injury. But how does it work? Join Josh and Chuck in this classic episode as they dig into the nature of hate.

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Mar 19, 2022
How Rewilding Works
2760

A big new push toward nature conservation (and saving the planet) is based on a simple premise: remove humans from the equation and let nature take its own course.

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Mar 17, 2022
Short Stuff: Nose Breathing
753

Nose breathing > mouth breathing for many reasons. Listen and learn!

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Mar 16, 2022
Operation Northwoods: The False Flag Op That Never Was
2806

There is presumably some very dark, very depressing stuff in the annals of America’s secret history. But perhaps the darkest classified document to see the light of day was the memo that called for faked attacks on the US to justify invading Cuba.

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Mar 15, 2022
Selects: A Brief Overview of Punk Rock
3134

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 in this classic episode.

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Mar 12, 2022
Aleister Crowley: Blowhard Narcissist?
3124

Aleister Crowley was known as the "wickedest man in the world." But was he really just a blowhard narcissist? You decide!

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Mar 10, 2022
Short Stuff: Great Smog of London
727

In 1952 London was gripped by a acrid smog that settled throughout the city so thickly residents couldn’t see their own feet on the sidewalk.

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Mar 09, 2022
Behold, National Parks!
3259

The National Park system is one of America's great achievements. We'll take you on a journey, from sea to shining sea, in today's episode. 

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Mar 08, 2022
Selects: How Tabloids Work
3036

Having started as an egalitarian answer to 19th-century newspapers, tabloids came to peddle shock and sleaze. They've cleaned up a bit, but they remain the world's guilty pleasure. Learn more about the fascinating history of tabloids with Chuck and Josh in this classic episode.

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Mar 05, 2022
How Effective Altruism Works
2861

A branch of philanthropy led by philosophers is dedicated to finding the most impactful ways to help humans survive and thrive. Anyone can find that agreeable, but it can be tough to hear it also means your donations to local charities are kind of a waste.

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Mar 03, 2022
Short Stuff: Friends of Dorothy
826

The gay community had to use code not too many years ago and one way they identified was as “Friends of Dorothy.” So who was Dorothy?

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Mar 02, 2022
What's the deal with phantom pain?
2773

Phantom pain is when you sense pain from a lost limb. We don't entirely know how why, but we have some ideas. Listen in to find out. 

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Mar 01, 2022
Selects: Is the Pied Piper About a Real Historic Tragedy?
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In the German town of Hameln a tragedy that took place on a specific date in 1284 and befell specifically 130 children is commemorated every year. Aside from those two details, the event is cloaked in mystery. What about the Pied Piper fairy tale is real? Find out in this classic episode.

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Feb 26, 2022
How Mindfulness Works
3154

What has become a buzz word for corporate retreats and a way to get a discount on your health insurance is, at its core, a powerful, centuries-old Buddhist method of moving through life and dealing with the suffering that inevitably comes along with it.

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Feb 24, 2022
Short Stuff: Commensalism
781

What's commensalism? Sort of nature's way of sponging off something, but that something doesn't mind. If that doesn't make sense, take 12 minutes to listen and find out for yourself.

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Feb 23, 2022
The Improbable Story of Martin Guerre
2887

Like most 16th-century French peasants, Martin Guerre’s life seemed likely to be lost to history. But a strange series of events took place that would so cement the legend surrounding him that we’re talking about him still today, 450 years later.

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Feb 22, 2022
Selects: How Moss Works
2009

Think you have moss figured out? You probably don't. Join Josh and Chuck in this classic episode as they explore some of the surprising aspects of these most ancient and important plants on the planet.

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Feb 19, 2022
The Ins and Outs of Albinism
2272

Today we dive into the science behind the genetic condition albinism, which is not pronounced how you think it is. 

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Feb 17, 2022
Short Stuff: Cassowary
722

Australia is home to a kind of bird that is the second largest in the world and can kill a human being, making it the closest living version of a velociraptor? Of course it is!

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Feb 16, 2022
Leeches: Oh Hell No!
3028

Leeches are pretty creepy. They feed on blood, they stick to you body. We get it. But they're also pretty fascinating and worthy of discussion. 

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Feb 15, 2022
Selects: The Ins and Outs of Beekeeping
3869

Who wants fresh honey? We do! Learn all about the ancient art of beekeeping today in this classic episode.

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Feb 12, 2022
Littering: Not Cool
3195

The history of litter is in lock step with the history of disposable packaging. Learn all about this nasty habit today.

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Feb 10, 2022
Short Stuff: Schmidt Stinging Pain Index
771

If you want to know how the pain from that yellowjacket sting on your arm compares to stings from other insects, you need look no further than the body of work of entomologist Justin O. Schmidt.

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Feb 09, 2022
The Chowchilla Bus Kidnapping
3334

The largest ever kidnapping case in the United States went down in the small town of Chowchilla, CA. Learn all about it today. 

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Feb 08, 2022
Selects: What's the Deal With Staring?
2148

Gazing too long upon another person is almost universally viewed as anywhere from impolite to hostile, which is odd considering science isn't fully certain why we stare - and why we're so good at knowing when we're being stared at. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Feb 05, 2022
How the Nobel Peace Prize Works
3029

The Nobel Peace Prize is perhaps the most prestigious award in the world, yet there are plenty of other similar awards. What is it about this one that makes it so honored? And how did the guy who invented dynamite end up creating a peace award?

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Feb 03, 2022
Short Stuff: Firewalking
772

It’s pretty amazing to see a human walk over a bed of hot coals – until you learn the physics beneath it. Then it’s just fairly impressive.

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Feb 02, 2022
How Tacos Work
3375

It’s Taco Tuesday! If you like eating tacos, you’re going to love learning all about them in this delectable episode. You’ll realize how much you’ve taken tacos for granted and just what a debt we owe our friends in Mexico for inventing them.

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Feb 01, 2022
Selects: How Sloths Work
3269

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 in this classic episode.

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Jan 29, 2022
How Forgiveness Works
3522

For most of history, forgiveness fell under the domain of religion. But in the 1980s science started investigating it and found that forgiving someone is really, really good for you. Learn how anybody can be the better person in this really great episode.

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Jan 27, 2022
Short Stuff: Arctic Fox
840

The Arctic Fox is one of the cutest critters on the planet. It also has an amazing ability to survive the coldest temps on Earth. Dive into the snow and listen today!

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Jan 26, 2022
Tug of War
3055

Tug of War is a simple display of strength, but is there more to it than that? Listen in to find out. 

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Jan 25, 2022
Selects: How SETI Works
2133

SETI stands for 'search for extraterrestrial intelligence,' and the term is used to describe both the SETI institute and the search for alien life in general. In this classic spaced-out episode, Josh and Chuck explore the origin, aims and challenges facing SETI.

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Jan 22, 2022
How Classified Information Works
2949

The government loves to mark just about any information as secret, which wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t so contrary to running a healthy democracy.

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Jan 20, 2022
Short Stuff: Jaywalking
899

Jaywalking is a crime. Sort of. But why? Learn all about this weird law today.

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Jan 19, 2022
Rock Paper Scissors: Decider of Things
2922

Rock Paper Scissors is a child's game. But it's more than that if you can believe it, and it has a pretty cool history as well. 

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Jan 18, 2022
Selects: Project Azorian: The CIA's Super 70s Mission To Steal A Sunken Soviet Sub
3062

In 1974 the CIA undertook one of its most brazen operations – secretly raising a sunken Soviet submarine lost in the middle of the Pacific Ocean right under the noses of the Russian Navy. With the help of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes, obviously. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jan 15, 2022
What were the black codes?
2869

The black codes were proposed laws that basically tried to keep a form of slavery alive and well after the end of the Civil War. It didn't last long but the shadow of those codes still exist today.

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Jan 13, 2022
Short Stuff: Fortune Cookies
889

Everything you thought you knew about fortune cookies is wrong. Learn all the right stuff in this episode.

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Jan 12, 2022
The Circleville Poison Pen Letters Mystery
3075

For 20 years, a tiny town in Ohio was held enrapt by the prolific author of a series of unhinged letters. By the time they abruptly stopped, the letters – which revealed terrible secrets – had claimed a life and sent a possibly innocent man to prison.

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Jan 11, 2022
Selects: Carl Sagan: American Hero
2332

Carl Sagan was the world's first mainstream media super scientist, capapble of breaking down complex ideas for the common folk. But what made him tick? Billions and billions of great ideas. Explore his life and legacy with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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Jan 08, 2022
Ants! Part 2!
2550

The exciting conclusion of Ants Part 2!

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Jan 06, 2022
Short Stuff: The Casket Racket
694

And you thought we were done with talking about funeral homes. Well guess again!

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Jan 05, 2022
Ants! Part 1!
2641

Ants are pretty much amazing. So we're gonna spend two episodes talking all about them. Please enjoy!

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Jan 04, 2022
Selects: Horoscopes: Written in the Stars?
2947

A lot of people read their daily horoscopes, but does anyone really take stock in them? Turns out the answer is yes, even though there is no evidence of their accuracy. Learn all about horoscopes today in this classic episode.

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Jan 01, 2022
Cookies! Cookies! Cookies!
2998

No, we didn’t find another international distress signal we forgot to mention in our Mayday! Short Stuff, we’re just that jazzed about our episode on cookies. Are they even better than cakes? It’s up to you to listen and decide!

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Dec 30, 2021
Short Stuff: Traffic Signals
775

The history of traffic signals is way more interesting than you might think. Trust us. 

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Dec 29, 2021
Unsung Heroes of the Court
2796

Attorneys and judges get all the press. What about bailiffs, court reporters and sketch artists? Yeah, let's give them their due. 

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Dec 28, 2021
Selects: How Tipping Works
3089

Tipping is commonly expected in some places, such as U.S. restaurants. Yet this practice varies across cultures. Join trivia gurus (and former waiters) Josh and Chuck in this classic episode as they take a closer look at the history, practice and controversy surrounding tipping.

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Dec 25, 2021
SYSK’s 2021 Glad Tidings Bonanza Holiday Special
3111

Josh and Chuck’s holiday mojo has returned and they’re back in the saddle to rustle up some holiday cheer. So put on your comfiest sweater, ugly or otherwise, grab a mug of whatever makes you happy, gather round with your favorite people, and listen in.

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Dec 23, 2021
Short Stuff: Christmas Cards
752

You ever thought about where those cards you send out during the holidays came from? Prepare to do just that!

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Dec 22, 2021
How Snowmen (And Snowwomen) Work
2551

The details may vary but building snowmen is pretty much universal where there’s snow. Humans have probably been making them for tens of thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the last century or two that they have become the winter icon they are today.

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Dec 21, 2021
Selects: Star Wars Holiday Spectacular
3260

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 our annual special edition of SYSK. May the force be with us all.

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Dec 18, 2021
Kidney Stones: No! Please, NO!
2852

Kidney stones are widely considered the most painful affliction a person can endure, even worse than labor. And in rare cases they can even kill. Learn all about how these things you really, really don’t want form and pass in this faint-inducing episode.

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Dec 16, 2021
Short Stuff: Charity Tips
816

It's the end of the year so we thought we might give you some advice on how to better pick out a charity, Short Stuff style.

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Dec 15, 2021
Palm Trees: Technically, Giant Plants
3139

Palm trees. You see them all over the world and for good reason. There are more than 2,500 varieties. Learn all about these giant plants today. 

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Dec 14, 2021
Selects: How the Terracotta Army Works
1940

In 1974, Chinese farmers discovered the first of what would number 7,000 terracotta soldiers meant to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife. Learn all about them in this classic episode.

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Dec 11, 2021
What's the deal with blue people?
2782

The famous blue people of Kentucky are no longer blue. But why were they like that in the first place? 

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Dec 09, 2021
Short Stuff: Funny Bone
714

Hitting your funny bone doesn’t just hurt, it feels really weird too. That’s because you’re not hitting a bone at all, but instead the most vulnerable nerve in your body.

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Dec 08, 2021
Why Do Great Flood Myths Seem To Be Universal?
2681

If look into the mythology of just about any culture in the world, you will find a myth about a great flood that destroyed humanity and submerged the Earth in the distant past. Does this mean that a great flood actually happened?

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Dec 07, 2021
Selects: What Is Collective Hysteria?
2557

Throughout the history of the world, there have been many cases of what is known as collective hysteria - groups of people, usually young women, who all exhibit the same physical symptoms of non-existent conditions. Is it psychosomatic? Is it group think? Find out in this classic episode.

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Dec 04, 2021
Your Gut Is Also A Brain
2806

Your gut – not your spare tire, but your digestive tract – is deceptively smart. Not only does it handle processing food and nutrients, but the hundreds of trillions of bacteria that live in your gut may actually be telling your brain what to do too.

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Dec 02, 2021
Short Stuff: SINA
751

In the 1950s a group dedicated to clothing animals out of a sense or morality gained momentum. “A nude horse is a rude horse!” was their battle cry.

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Dec 01, 2021
The Twisted History of Dentistry
3175

If you think going to the dentist now is not fun, just wait until you hear about what they did in the Middle Ages. 

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Nov 30, 2021
Selects: Why Do Lefties Exist?
2447

For at least the last 200,000 years, between 10-15% of the human population are left-handed and this fact has utterly left science baffled. In searching to explain handedness, all sorts of contradictory evidence has emerged, creating a fascinating mystery. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Nov 27, 2021
Python-a-palooza!
2584

Pythons are big snakes. Really big. But there's more to them than their size. Learn all about these big daddies in today's episode. 

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Nov 25, 2021
Short Stuff: Mayday!
857

Say it three times and help may arrive. But where did "Mayday!" come from? Listen in to find out. 

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Nov 24, 2021
The Apache Wars
3022

America’s longest-running war was between the US government and the loosely-confederated groups we know as the Apache. As their lands were encroached upon, the Apache pushed back with disastrous consequences, nearly becoming exterminated.

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Nov 23, 2021
Selects: How Hoarding Works
3691

You may be familiar with compulsive hoarding from TV, but something that’s often missing from those shows and the news is the deep and overwhelming shame that this disorder creates in its victims who are neurologically incapable of parting with their stuff. Find out all about it in this classic episode.

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Nov 20, 2021
Why Is DC Not A State?
2579

The residents of Washington, D.C., the capital of the oldest democracy in the world, are not allowed to pass their own laws without the federal government agreeing with them first. That’s because DC is not a state, something DC residents want to change.

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Nov 18, 2021
Short Stuff: The Paper Dress Fad
722

There was a brief period when it was highly on trend to wear a super short dress made out of paper. Learn why right now!

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Nov 17, 2021
Hot Dog!(s)
3198

No, there aren’t snouts and anuses in your hot dogs, so go ahead and chow down. There are, however, plenty of other things that may give you pause so listen to this episode where we dissect the beloved hot dog and poke around inside.

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Nov 16, 2021
Selects: How Feng Shui Works
2450

Feng Shui is an Asian concept that strives to unlock your chi by how your home or office is arranged. Or at least that's the simplified "Western" version. It's a little more complicated than that in reality. We'll unlock your chi by explaining how feng shui works in this classic episode.

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Nov 13, 2021
The Flannan Isles Mystery
2970

In December 1900 three lighthouse keepers vanished without a trace from a deserted island in Scotland. To this day no one knows exactly what happened to them.

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Nov 11, 2021
Short Stuff: Your Dirty Bed
714

Is your bed dirty? You bet it is. Are chimpanzee beds dirty? Not as dirty as yours!

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Nov 10, 2021
What are blue laws?
2998

Blue laws are laws that restrict certain activities on certain days. Are they antiquated? Yes! Are they still around? In some places, yes!

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Nov 09, 2021
Selects: The Stories Behind A Few Food Fads
2887

America loves to go nuts over new food trends and it turns out that the 20th century was a boon time for them. Revisit them with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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Nov 06, 2021
The Rock Ampersand Roll Hall of Fame
2955

Cleveland rocks! So said the city of Cleveland when they lobbied for the "Rock Hall" way back in 1985. Since then the museum has grown and evolved amidst great support and controversy. 

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Nov 04, 2021
Short Stuff: Friendly Floatees
643

In 1992 more than 28,000 rubber ducks got loose in the ocean and began a decades-long experiment in oceanography.

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Nov 03, 2021
How mRNA Vaccines Work
3105

The two mRNA Covid vaccines are the first vaccines to come out of a new field of immunology and represent such an amazing leap forward that they are taking us into a new era of medicine. Learn all about them so you can set your uncle straight.

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Nov 02, 2021
Selects: What is folklore?
2537

What is folklore? Turns out it's just about anything you can think of that's shared by more than two people. Art, literature, stories, dance, music, traditions, even those family heirlooms qualify. Turns out folklore is pretty neat. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Oct 30, 2021
2021 Halloween Spooktacular!
3401

Dim the lights and join Josh and Chuck for their annual spooky Halloween story reading. 

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Oct 28, 2021
Short Stuff: Most Haunted House in England
772

In the 1930s paranormal investigator declared Borley Rectory the “most haunted house in England” – and with good cause!

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Oct 27, 2021
Salem Witchcraft Trials: More Bonkers Than You Know
2949

Looking back 300 years on, it’s easy to overgeneralize why the Salem Villagers decided to persecute (and execute) their neighbors. But as much as this story has become an American history chestnut, we still don’t understand why Salem lost its mind.

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Oct 26, 2021
Selects: Will We Find Evidence of Aliens by Their Engineering Projects?
2702

In 1960 physicist Freeman Dyson suggested that in the hunt for alien life, we should search for evidence of massive engineering projects that encapsulate stars with solar arrays to harness their energy. Could we humans ever make one ourselves? Find out in this classic episode.

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Oct 23, 2021
Harry Houdini: More than Magic
2793

Harry Houdini was a master magician. He was also a movie star. And an inventor. And an aviator. Listen and learn all about the late great illusionist.

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Oct 21, 2021
Short Stuff: Bloody Mary
781

In this edition of Short Stuff we may accidentally conjure a deadly spirt, so look out!

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Oct 20, 2021
Heat Waves!
3177

Heat waves are one of the easiest natural disasters to overlook yet they kill more people in the US than any other natural disaster (and maybe all others combined). And if climate predictions prove correct, they’re going to get longer and hotter.

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Oct 19, 2021
Selects: Why is Venice so wet?
2077

Venice, Italy has a problem. It's sinking, and the water around it is rising. Thankfully, some engineers are working hard on the MOSE project - huge gates that keep high tide from happening. Learn all about Venice in this classic episode.

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Oct 16, 2021
Noise Pollution: Arrrgh!
3114

If you’ve ever found your blood pressure rising because some guy down the street doesn’t know how to keep the trigger on a leaf blower pulled all the way, then you’ve experienced noise pollution. Not only is it annoying, it turns out it’s deadly too!

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Oct 14, 2021
Short Stuff: Jack O'Lanterns and Sleepy Hollow
762

We launch our spooky October episodes with a little bit on Jack O' Lanterns and Sleepy Hollow.

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Oct 13, 2021
Venus Flytraps: Plant or Monster?
2454

After looking into the Venus Flytrap, we quickly moved it to the top of our favorite plant list. Part plant, part monster? What's not to love?

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Oct 12, 2021
Selects: How X-Rays Work
2355

Like many huge discoveries, X-rays were accidentally stumbled upon. That serendipity led to a medical breakthrough still in use today. Learn about how X-rays are created and why they make such delightful images of our bones, in this classic episode.

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Oct 09, 2021
The Tale of the Church of the SubGenius
3125

The Church of the SubGenius is a religion, but really a parody of religion. Learn all about this group of weirdo outsiders in today's episode.

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Oct 07, 2021
Short Stuff: Dingoes!
764

Are dingoes dogs? Not really? Then what are they? Listen in to find out.

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Oct 06, 2021
Research Bias: Sort It Out, Science
3182

There’s a sticky issue scientists have to deal with – science is carried out by humans. We humans have flaws (and how) and they can end up in our work. Fortunately, science is waking up to research bias. In the meantime, here’s what to look out for.

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Oct 05, 2021
Selects: How Empathy Works
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Empathy can often be confused with sympathy and regular old compassion. But it's not exactly either one of those. Some say a lack of empathy can indicate sociopathic tendencies, but that's not always true either. So what is empathy and what makes someone prone to empathize? Listen in to this classic episode to find out.

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Oct 02, 2021
All About Alligators
3082

Here at SYSK, we love alligators? Why? Because they're basically living dinosaurs. Dive in (metaphorically) and swim with these beasts today!

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Sep 30, 2021
Short Stuff: Exploring Irish Monk
814

There’s a long-standing legend that an Irish monk was the first European to sail to America - in 500 CE! Is there any evidence?

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Sep 29, 2021
How Numerology Works
2632

The premise of numerology - that numbers are responsible for our destinies and personalities - is plainly nuts, but the history and thinking behind it is too interesting to skip. 

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Sep 28, 2021
Selects: 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! In this classic episode, 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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Sep 25, 2021
The Statue of Liberty
2888

You've seen her there in NY Harbor, standing tall. But do you know the story of how she came to be? Learn all about the Statue of Liberty today.

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Sep 23, 2021
Short Stuff: Lake Erie's Rights
726

The good people of Toledo, OH are leading the environmental pack by giving legal rights to Lake Erie to fight off polluters.

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Sep 22, 2021
How Mail Order Marriages Work
3000

Everybody knows mail order marriages are at best a last resort for jerks looking to boss a foreign spouse around or, at worst, a front for human trafficking. Or are they? Yes and no. Mail order marriage comes with nuance and a surprisingly long history.

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Sep 21, 2021
Selects: How Free Speech Works
3906

Freedom of speech and the press are values vital to American democracy. But the First Amendment doesn't really define free speech, and plenty of expressions are restricted. Learn all about the ins and outs of this cherished right in this classic episode.

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Sep 18, 2021
What's the deal with crash testing?
2813

Crash testing has been around since the 1930s, but only got serious in the 1970s. Today we dive in and learn all about why companies and the U.S. government purposefully wreck cars. 

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Sep 16, 2021
Short Stuff: The Javelina
685

Pigs, hogs, boars and javelinas. What's the difference? Tune in to find out.

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Sep 15, 2021
How Embalming Works
3123

The Death Suite continues! In this installment, Josh and Chuck go over what it takes to preserve a human body using chemicals and whether that’s such a good thing to do as far as the environment is concerned.

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Sep 14, 2021
Selects: Southerners Aren't Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm
2873

There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms, it turns out, were sapping Southerners’ life force. Find out all about it in this classic episode.

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Sep 11, 2021
How the Magna Carta Worked
2881

In 1215 at Runnymede (doo dah, doo dah) the nobles and the king agreed to end a rebellion against the power of the English throne. While the treaty that emerged contained all sorts of arcane Medieval details, it also contained the seeds of Western liberty and civil rights.

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Sep 09, 2021
Short Stuff: Chameleons
786

In today's short stuff, we bust a few myths about cute little chameleons.

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Sep 08, 2021
The Creepy Legacy of the Hotel Cecil
2933

The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles has had no less than 16 unnatural deaths, from suicides to murders and everything in between. Listen in to the history of this decidedly creepy hotel. 

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Sep 07, 2021
Selects: How Temper Tantrums Work
2289

When your kid boils over in the grocery store, it can be tough to stay calm and ignore it, but that's precisely what experts prescribe parents do to deal with temper tantrums. Learn about the anatomy of a tantrum and the best way to deal in this classic episode.

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Sep 04, 2021
Criminal Records: No Thanks!
2911

And you thought our crime and punishment suite was finished. Not yet it isn't! Not before we cover criminal records.

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Sep 02, 2021
Short Stuff: Handwashing vs Dishwashers
939

Josh and Chuck finally put to rest the age old debate over which is better – and learn a little about themselves along the way.

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Sep 01, 2021
How Trepanation Worked
3041

One of the oldest medical procedures in human history is also one of the riskiest. For thousands of years humans carried a type of proto brain surgery where a hole would be cut into the skull. And they were pretty good at it too.

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Aug 31, 2021
Selects: Composting: Nature's Most Interesting Process
3079

You may think composting is just a bunch of old banana peels rotting away into dirt but, friend, you're not looking closely enough. Inside that compost pile is a microcosmic universe doing some magical stuff. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Aug 28, 2021
Les Paul & Leo Fender Part II
2869

Today we continue the story of Les Paul and Leo Fender, inventors, innovators and rivals.

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Aug 26, 2021
Short Stuff: Jackalope
825

Jackalopes aren’t real, right? Wouldn’t you like to know, city slicker.

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Aug 25, 2021
Les Paul & Leo Fender Part I
2626

The story of Les Paul and Leo Fender defines rock and roll music. Listen in to part one of the tale of these two musical rivals. 

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Aug 24, 2021
Selects: How Pet Psychics Work
2214

In the early 21st century a trend of people who claim to be able to telepathically and clairvoyantly communicate with animals has grown. Today, the concept of visiting a pet psychic to find a lost pet, find out why a pet is behaving badly or even to learn if a pet is ready to be put to sleep is becoming more commonplace, but is there any basis to pet psychics' abilities? Join Josh and Chuck as they investigate the pet psychic phenomenon, in this classic episode.

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Aug 21, 2021
Y2K: Much Ado About Something
2606

Y2K was a special time when we all thought nothing bad would really happen at the stroke of midnight, but secretly worried the world would end. Turns out the mitigation efforts worked and we hardly noticed. 

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Aug 19, 2021
Short Stuff: 5 Lazarus Species
804

Lazarus species were thought to be gone, but had something else in mind. Today we talk about 5 of them.

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Aug 18, 2021
How MRI Works
2512

At long last Chuck and Josh dive into the nuts and bolts of what makes the Wonder Machine so wondrous and find it actually lives up to the years-long hype they’ve given it.

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Aug 17, 2021
Selects: How Animal Domestication Works
2978

It's strange to hear, but the transition from hunting-gathering to agriculture, including the domestication of wild animals, is the single biggest thing to ever happen to humanity. You can thank it for everything from kingdoms to Ebola. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Aug 14, 2021
How Fireflies and Lightning Bugs Work
2918

Whether called fireflies, lightning bugs, or glow worms, the tiny, bioluminescent bugs that light up the evening are universally beloved. Which makes their sudden and swift decline very distressing. Listen to find out how you – YOU – can save the firefly.

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Aug 12, 2021
Short Stuff: Humpty Dumpty
701

Humpty Dumpty is not a good nursery rhyme. And what was Humpty anyway? Listen in to find out.

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Aug 11, 2021
Child Labor: Not Funny
3132

Child labor is no laughing matter. Even though we've taken care of it in the USA (mostly), it's still an issue around the globe. Listen and learn!

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Aug 10, 2021
Selects: How Landslides Work
1990

Landslides are a form of mass movement of the Earth, and with the amount of death and destruction they wreak on the people and towns they cover, their toll can be massive. Learn all about landslides with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode.

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Aug 07, 2021
How Transcendentalism Works
2170

Every teenager in America knows the transcendentalists were a handful of goofy 19th century philosophers who were into walking in the woods, but they were also so much more. Anyone who focuses on the beauty and the good in the world can’t be too wrong.

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Aug 05, 2021
Short Stuff: Calamity Jane
784

Calamity Jane is group with the legends of the Wild West. Who was she really? A tough woman who made her way in a tough world from the age of 12.

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Aug 04, 2021
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti Experiment
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In the early 1960s, one of the most unethical experiments in psychology’s history was quietly conducted in a state hospital in Michigan. It sought to upend the delusions of the three patients involved, but ultimately disabused the experimenter of his own.

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Aug 03, 2021
Selects: How Police Interrogation Works
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Every year, police across the U.S. get thousands of criminals to confess to their crimes. The trouble is, the procedure that almost all departments use is grounded in bad science and can produce false confessions. Learn about ways of making you talk in this classic episode.

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Jul 31, 2021
How Sarcasm Works
2602

In this episode, we get to the bottom of why people sometimes talk like jerks some and how sarcasm isn’t all bad. Stand back everybody, this one is just soooo great. 

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Jul 29, 2021
Short Stuff: Space Hurricanes
714

Space hurricanes are officially a thing. What does that mean for us here on Earth? Probably not much.

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Jul 28, 2021
Conservatorships: #freebritney
2858

Britney Spears has made a lot of noise lately in her bid to nullify her conservatorship. But what are they even? Listen in to find out!

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Jul 27, 2021
Selects: How Mars Works
3121

Sure today Mars would kill you with its thin, toxic atmosphere and cold desert temperature swings of 100 degrees,but early on it and Earth were practically twins. Find out how the two planets diverged and if there might be life on the Red Planet, in this classic episode.

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Jul 24, 2021
The Origins of Some Everyday Superstitions
2422

Why exactly do we avoid walking under a ladder? Why is stepping on a crack in the sidewalk such a big deal? What kind of monster carries a rabbit’s foot in their pocket? The answers to these questions and more lie in wait ahead in this episode. Look out!

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Jul 22, 2021
Short Stuff: RICO Act
750

If you’re even passingly interested in mobsters you’ve heard of the RICO Act, but most people don’t know how it actually works. Make your Goodfellas fandom more well-rounded with this explainer episode.

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Jul 21, 2021
Stranger Danger!
2900

If you grew up in the 1980s, you thought you had a 50% chance of getting kidnapped every time you left your house. But like with the Satanic Panic and other 80s hysteria, it was much ado about (almost) nothing.

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Jul 20, 2021
Selects: How Ketchup Works
3176

Little-known fact: Ketchup, possibly the most all-American of condiments, evolved from fermented fish sauce people in Southeast Asia have been making for more than a thousand years. Learn more in this classic episode.

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Jul 17, 2021
How Reverse Osmosis Will Save the World
2587

Can we save the future of the human race with some thin membranes riddled with ultra-tiny holes? Science says yes! Thanks to reverse osmosis filtration, we can turn saltwater to fresh and finally say, Water, water everywhere so let’s all have a drink!

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Jul 15, 2021
Short Stuff: Hanged, Drawn and Quartered
832

The words "hanged, drawn and quartered" are an accurate description of the grizzly execution process. They're just not in the right order.

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Jul 14, 2021
The Radium Girls
2732

The Radium Girls painted watched with glow-in-the-dark radium in the 1920s and '30s. Most got sick, many died. This is their story. 

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Jul 13, 2021
Selects: 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 all about it in this classic episode.

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Jul 10, 2021
SYSK Live: Koko, the Gorilla Who Talked
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Recorded live before the pandemic in January 2020 at the Castro Theatre for San Francisco Sketchfest, Josh and Chuck explore the 70s movement that attempted to teach apes human language and the Ape Language Wars that erupted from it.

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Jul 08, 2021
Short Stuff: Sulfanilamide Disaster
831

In the 1920s, before the era of consumer protection, a poison entered the medicine supply and killed more than 100 people before the pubic health disaster could be stopped.

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Jul 07, 2021
The Sad Story of William James Sidis
2807

Are geniuses made or born? Listen in today to the story of child prodigy William James Sidis.

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Jul 06, 2021
Selects: Are good samaritan laws effective?
2772

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? Listen to this classic episode and decide for yourself today!

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Jul 03, 2021
The Grand Ole Opry Cast
2595

Josh and Chuck take a virtual walk through country music's legendary music venue. 

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Jul 01, 2021
Short Stuff: Beast of Gevaudan
759

The first truly international news story covered a beast that terrorized the French countryside, eviscerating dozens of villagers for three years in the 1760s. How about that?

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Jun 30, 2021
Poison Control Centers: A Good Thing
3062

Poison control centers are one of those things you don’t think about until you need it. With all the poisons in our homes you very well may someday. When you do there is a cadre of toxicological specialists ready to oversee the process of saving your life.

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Jun 29, 2021
Selects: How Royalty Works
2804

In some nations royals are so ingrained in the national fabric they are considered part of the country. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look backward in time at the ancient tradition of despotism and unbridled privilege.

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Jun 26, 2021
How Faraday Cages Work
2554

Faraday cages are one of those peculiar miracles of nature that we can actually explain – not to mention, they save us from potentially fatal electrocutions and electronic eavesdropping which are bonuses. Learn about this amazing hidden technology here.

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Jun 24, 2021
Short Stuff: Chastity Belts
758

Were chastity belts real? Sort of. But not in the way you might think. Tune in to hear the real story.

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Jun 23, 2021
The Mystery of Damascus Steel
2219

Damascus steel and the recipe behind it remained a mystery for many years. But it turns out the key was a bygone ingredient. Listen in to this medieval mystery to learn all about it. 

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Jun 22, 2021
Selects: Operation Mincemeat: How A Corpse Fooled the Nazis
2693

In World War II, a secret department of British ‘corkscrew thinkers’ hatched a plan to use the cadaver of an unclaimed homeless man to turn the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. It worked. Learn all about it in this classic episode.

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Jun 19, 2021
How Venus Works
2483

Venus is so hot lead would melt on the planet’s surface. It spins backwards. Its year is shorter than its day. Venus is amazingly awesome. 

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Jun 17, 2021
Short Stuff: Mojave Megaphone
728

What is the Mojave Megaphone? Well, nobody really knows. Listen in today to learn about this desert mystery.

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Jun 16, 2021
Seven - No, Wait, Five - Mysteries of the Art World
2800

When you get a bunch of artistic types together into a community – aka, the art world – some intrigue and mystery are bound to arise. Listen in as Chuck and Josh cover strangeness around Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Vermeer – plus don’t miss Hilter!

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Jun 15, 2021
Selects: How Sea Monsters Work
2225

Legends of sea monsters are as old as humanity, and some ancient cultures even credited them with creating the universe. Learn more about humanity's attachment to seeing monsters in the deep in this classic episode.

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Jun 12, 2021
POGs: The 90s in a Bottle Cap
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Today, Chuck and Josh go down a 90s rabbit hole with another in their classic toy series. This time, they tackle the odd sensation that was POGs.

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Jun 10, 2021
Short Stuff: Chinatowns
824

If you live in a major city in the USA, you probably have a Chinatown. Listen in and learn all about these unique cultural staples today.

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Jun 09, 2021
Slime Mold: 0% Mold, 100% Amazing
2913

If you’ve ever wandered past what looked like a pile of dog barf on a log during a hike in the woods, you’d just seen slime mold - one of the most perplexing organisms on Earth. 

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Jun 08, 2021
Selects: Who was America's first murderer?
1785

John Billington didn't just sign the Mayflower Compact -- he was also the colony's first criminal, and had the dubious honor of being the first European to be convicted of murder in this new place. But how did it happen? Tune in to this classic episode to find out.

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Jun 05, 2021
John Muir: Outdoor Enthusiast
2547

John Muir loved being outside. So much so that he dedicated his life to helping preserve it, but not without some controversy. Listen in to this decidedly nature-centric episode today!

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Jun 03, 2021
Short Stuff: Runner's High
773

Listen in to today's short stuff to learn if a runner's high is really a thing.

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Jun 02, 2021
What Causes Inflation?
2831

Inflation seems super boring, but if you know how it works (important point: no one really does) you can exist as a functioning human being in a modern economy. 

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Jun 01, 2021
Selects: How Nitrous Oxide Works
3221

For about 175 years people have been huffing nitrous oxide for everything from vision quests to anesthetic to get plain old high. And after all that time we are only now beginning to understand how it works on our brains. Get the scoop in this classic episode.

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May 29, 2021
Night Trap: The Video Game Failure that Changed the Industry
2459

In the early 90s a video game was released that changed the industry, despite poor sales and bad game play. That game was Night Trap. This is that story.

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May 27, 2021
Short Stuff: Parachute Emergency!
768

Your parachute won’t open – now what?! Listen up to Josh and Chuck and you may make it out of this in one piece.

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May 26, 2021
How Cleft Lips and Palates Work
2424

Cleft lips and palates are common birth defects, but for the kids who have them (and their parents), its no small matter: Years of surgeries, therapy, and possibly lifelong health issues, not to mention the teasing that comes along with looking different.

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May 25, 2021
Selects: How Hot Wheels Work
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If you're an American who had a childhood, you probably have some nostalgia for Hot Wheels. Get your engines revved for this trip down memory lane as we discuss these fun and iconic toys in this classic episode.

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May 22, 2021
Girl Scouts: More than cookie sellers
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We put our research to the test and it turns out the Girl Scouts is a great organization.

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May 20, 2021
Short Stuff: Speed Reading
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Back in the 60s and 70s, a speed reading craze broke out. Tough luck that speed reading is bunk.

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May 19, 2021
The Cleveland Torso Murders
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