Stuff To Blow Your Mind

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Deep in the back of your mind, you’ve always had the feeling that there’s something strange about reality. There is. Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick as they examine neurological quandaries, cosmic mysteries, evolutionary marvels and our transhuman future.

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Listener Mail: Big Black Shape with Eyes of Fire
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Oct 03, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 4
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Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/17/2021)

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Oct 01, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Phantasm
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If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead! Yes, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the cinematic mausoleum to discuss the dreamlike terror of 1979’s “Phantasm.”

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Sep 30, 2022
Elfshot, Part 1
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These lands are old and the elves who lived before us still watch and wait. Cross them, and you may feel the prick of their arrow. You’ll find no wound, though your flesh will swell and ache, and if you happen upon one of their elfstones in the grass then you might have chance at survival. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the superstition, archaeology and science of elfshot.

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Sep 29, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: The Future of Supply Chain: Building Sustainable and Transparent Businesses
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Sustainable supply chains are good for the planet and good for business. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and guest Sheri Hinish, IBM’s Global Sustainability Services Leader and Offering Leader for Sustainable Supply Chain, known as the “supply-chain queen.” They discuss the supply-chain crisis and why transparent, responsible supply chains are imperative for our future.

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Sep 28, 2022
The Invention of the Gimbal
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In this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient origins of the gimbal, its connections to Chinese incense censers and its role in technological innovation.

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Sep 27, 2022
Listener Mail: Loving You is Easy Because You're Crabs
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Sep 26, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 3
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Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/12/2021)

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Sep 24, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Last Starfighter
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The year is 1984 and it’s time to save the galaxy… with arcade games. On this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, join Rob and Joe as they discuss “The Last Starfighter.”

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Sep 23, 2022
Incense, Part 2
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Humans have burned incense since ancient times for reasons that range from the practical to the divine. To aid in these rites, various cultures have created exquisite censers and housings for the burning, smoke-emitting biotics. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some outstanding examples from the history of incense, including the incense clocks of China and swinging thuribles of Catholic tradition.

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Sep 22, 2022
The Monstrefact: Incense for the Damned
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses incense and ghosts in Eastern traditions…

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Sep 21, 2022
Incense, Part 1
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Humans have burned incense since ancient times for reasons that range from the practical to the divine. To aid in these rites, various cultures have created exquisite censers and housings for the burning, smoke-emitting biotics. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider some outstanding examples from the history of incense, including the incense clocks of China and swinging thuribles of Catholic tradition.

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Sep 20, 2022
Listener Mail: A Giallo is Born
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Sep 19, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 2
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Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/10/2021)

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Sep 17, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Extra Terrestrial Visitors
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Once more on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the wild world of Spanish b-movie cinema with Juan Piquer Simón’s “Extra Terrestrial Visitors,” in which a pair of aliens respond to drastically differing human encounters in the woods.

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Sep 16, 2022
The Nature of Fun, Part 3
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What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Sep 15, 2022
The Monstrefact: Ocron
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Ocron, the masked sorceress in Lucio Fulci’s 1983 film “Conquest.”

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Sep 14, 2022
The Nature of Fun, Part 2
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What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Sep 13, 2022
Listener Mail: And The Gunslinger followed
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Sep 12, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Mirror, Part 1
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Smoking pools of dark reflection. Propagator of uncanny doubles. Gateway to inverse kingdom. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe venture into the world of mirrors, discussing their predecessors, their invention and way humans relate to the world on the other side. (originally published 8/5/2021)

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Sep 10, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Devil Girl From Mars
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This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1954 Scottish sci-fi film “Devil Girl From Mars,” featuring a fashionable Martian queen, her robot Chani and interplanetary intrigue on the Scottish moors.

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Sep 09, 2022
The Nature of Fun, Part 1
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What exactly is "fun" and how does it differ from other concepts related to quality and experience? Robert and Joe explore the question in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Sep 08, 2022
The Monstrefact: Locksnakes of Thra
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Locksnakes of “The Dark Crystal.”

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Sep 07, 2022
The Invention of the Odometer
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You might not think your car’s odometer is that exciting, but it’s actually the modern incarnation of an ancient invention with roots in China and the Greco-Roman world. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the invention of the hodómetron and the li-recording drum carriage in this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Sep 06, 2022
Listener Mail: Guaranteed to Work Perfectly for 1,000 Years
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Sep 05, 2022
From the Vault: Regression to the Mean
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss regression to the mean, a phenomenon that occurs when a random sampling point is an outlier -- with applications to everything from economics and sports to health, religion and disappointing sequels. (originally published 8/3/2021)

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Sep 03, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Conquest
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe continue their jaunt through 1980s fantasy with gore master Lucio Fulci’s 1983 film “Conquest.” It’s a strange, hazy dream full of werewolves, warriors, magic, snakes, dolphins, morlocks, bats and stoneage nunchucks.

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Sep 02, 2022
From the Vault: Bill Schutt on the Heart
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Bill Schutt, author of "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart," about the evolution of the heart and the history of humanity’s attempt to understand it -- along with a few questions about monsters. (originally published 09/30/2021)

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Sep 01, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: The Mayflower Autonomous Ship: AI and Automation at Sea
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The world’s first autonomous vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean is signaling a new era in maritime technology. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Lauren Ober, host of The Loudest Girl in the World, and guests Brett Phaneuf and Don Scott, the engineers behind the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project. The two explain how automation and AI allowed them to reimagine the design and use of a ship at sea and their implications beyond maritime navigation.

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Aug 31, 2022
The Invention of Surgical Gloves
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In this invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the origin of surgical gloves, the differing concepts for their composition and the struggle to get surgeons to wear them.

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Aug 30, 2022
Listener Mail: Beware the Wheelers
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Aug 29, 2022
From the Vault: The Dog with the Burning Brand
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From dogs in old paintings that look like dope smokers to Aztec psychopomps, what’s with all these fire dogs? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore… (originally published 8/31/2021)

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Aug 27, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Krull
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This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into another slice of 1980s big screen fantasy with 1983’s “Krull,” which pits a ragtag group of fantasy adventurers against a technologically advanced alien force from another world.

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Aug 26, 2022
The Paragraph, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the standard nugget of textual thought: the paragraph.

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Aug 25, 2022
The Artifact: The Boustrophedon
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient style of writing that involved reading left to right and right to left…

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Aug 24, 2022
The Paragraph, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the standard nugget of textual thought: the paragraph.

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Aug 23, 2022
Listener Mail: And The Lord Did Grin
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Aug 22, 2022
From the Vault: Whispers of the Speaking Sword
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Weapons capable of thought, speech and autonomous action appear throughout multiple myths and legends. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore some stand-out examples and discuss what it all might mean. (originally published 7/29/2021)

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Aug 20, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Return to Oz
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture into the magical world of Oz – not the 1939 version, but the dark fantasy stylings of 1985’s “Return to Oz,” featuring electrotherapy, nightmarish wheelers and other strange delights.

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Aug 19, 2022
The Null Ship
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In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the history and principles of the vacuum airship or null ship. Will futuristic materials ever make this 17th century concept possible?

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Aug 18, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog…

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Aug 17, 2022
The Whistling, Part 4
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.

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Aug 16, 2022
Listener Mail: A Whistle of Worth
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Aug 15, 2022
From the Vault: Musical Frisson
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe is joined by producer and host of the Rusty Needle's Record Club podcast Seth Nicholas Johnson to talk about that moment when a song sends a shiver down your spine. (Originally published 6/10/2021)

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Aug 13, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Thrilling Bloody Sword
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1981 Taiwanese fantasy adventure “Thrilling Bloody Sword.” This relentlessly psychotronic adventure isn’t easy to find, but rewards the seeker with bumbling dwarves, rampaging monsters and face-melting magic.

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Aug 12, 2022
From the Vault: "Fuzz" with Mary Roach
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome acclaimed science writer Mary Roach back to the show to discuss her new book "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law." (originally published 09/14/2021)

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Aug 11, 2022
The Monstrefact: Dreepy, a Pokémon
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the boomerang-headed Pokémon Dreepy, with some help from his son Sebastian.

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Aug 10, 2022
The Whistling, Part 3
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.

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Aug 09, 2022
Listener Mail: Can you prove that it didn't happen?
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Aug 08, 2022
From the Vault: Sea Turtles with Christine Figgener
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss sea turtle mysteries, biology, research and conservation with sea turtle researcher and conservationist Dr. Christine Figgener. (originally published 6/29/2021)

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Aug 06, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Plan 9 from Outer Space
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe finally discuss a film that almost defies description: “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” Yes, it’s Ed Wood’s 1957 cinematic monolith featuring Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira and the Amazing Criswell!

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Aug 05, 2022
The Whistling, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.

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Aug 04, 2022
The Monstrefact: The SPOILER from “NOPE”
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses something that happens in the 2022 Jordan Peele movie “NOPE” and there will be spoilers…

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Aug 03, 2022
The Whistling, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the nature and history of human whistling – including the subject of whistled languages.

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Aug 02, 2022
Listener Mail: Back to the Garden
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Aug 01, 2022
From the Vault: The Plague of Mucus
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the organic substance that has been referred to in the scientific literature as “marine mucilage.” Prepare to be slimed. (originally published 7/1/2021)

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Jul 30, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Tarantula
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Yes, this week on Weirdhouse Cinema, the 1955 film “Tarantula” takes to the hills. Join Rob and Joe as they discuss this atomic-age sci-fi thriller’s titular giant spider, a mutating Leo G. Carrol and Mara Corday’s “lady scientist” character Steve.

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Jul 29, 2022
Fantastic Numbers, with Antonio Padilla
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Antonio Padilla, author of the new book "Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them." Strap in for big numbers, fantastic numbers, black holes and more.

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Jul 28, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: The Good Hacker: Hacking Businesses before Criminals Do
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The headlines tell us cyberattacks are a big, consistent threat to business data – and ours. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Tim Harford, host of Cautionary Tales, and Stephanie “Snow” Carruthers, Chief People Hacker for X-Force, IBM. Snow and her team are finding creative solutions to test their clients’ security, including hacking into their systems before criminal hackers do.

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Jul 27, 2022
From the Vault: Creature of the Gear
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What is a gear and when did humans invent it? Plus, Rob and Joe discuss the only known creature to have gears in its anatomy. Plus hear about a couple of wheel-based mythical creatures in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 9/2/2021)

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Jul 26, 2022
Listener Mail: Warlocks in the Sky
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Jul 25, 2022
From the Vault: Where do numbers come from?
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Join Robert and Joe as they continue their discussion on numeracy and the origins of numerals on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 6/17/2021)

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Jul 23, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Fruit of Paradise
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It's time for a little arthouse Adam and Eve! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1970 experimental Czech film "Fruit of Paradise.”

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Jul 22, 2022
Dethroned Emperor: The Fall of Valerian, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe travel back to the third century CE to discuss the Battle of Edessa, in which the Sasanian Empire not only defeated the Roman army but also took its Emperor as a prisoner of war. How did the emperor’s capture impact the already crisis-ridden Roman Empire, and how was Valerian’s fall possibly mythologized by Christian historians? Find out…

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Jul 21, 2022
The Artifact Revisited: Sharur the Talking Mace
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses Sharur, the talking mace from Sumerian mythology…

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Jul 20, 2022
Dethroned Emperor: The Fall of Valerian, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe travel back to the third century CE to discuss the Battle of Edessa, in which the Sasanian Empire not only defeated the Roman army but also took its Emperor as a prisoner of war. How did the emperor’s capture impact the already crisis-ridden Roman Empire, and how was Valerian’s fall possibly mythologized by Christian historians? Find out…

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Jul 19, 2022
Listener Mail: Beans and Babel
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Jul 18, 2022
From the Vault: The Origins of Numeracy
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What are numbers and where does our number sense come from? Is numeracy an innate part of our biology, or is it a cultural invention? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the origins of numbers. (originally published 6/15/2021)

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Jul 16, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Horror Rises From the Tomb
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There’s no keeping THIS occult power couple down! In today’s episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, watch as Spanish horror icons Paul Naschy and Helga Liné spice things up across the centuries in 1973’s “Horror Rises From the Tomb.”

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Jul 15, 2022
The Skybridge, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the architectural element known as the skyway or skybridge – typically an enclosed bridge connecting the upper stories of two buildings or skyscrapers.

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Jul 14, 2022
The Monstrefact: Cave Mimicry in Dungeons and Dragons
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses cave environment mimicry by monsters in Dungeons and Dragons…

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Jul 14, 2022
The Skybridge, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the architectural element known as the skyway or skybridge – typically an enclosed bridge connecting the upper stories of two buildings or skyscrapers.

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Jul 12, 2022
Listener Mail: AI Tales and Horror Hosts of Yore
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Jul 11, 2022
From the Vault: Reconsider the Bean, Part 2
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What are beans? Do they contain the souls of the dead? Can they be used to drive demons from the household? How important are they in the human diet? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss a variety of magical ideas and scientific facts associated with legumes. (originally published 5/13/2021)

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Jul 09, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Blade
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This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider a weird mainstream movie that basically paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with wall-to-wall exploding vampires. Yes, Wesley Snipes puts all blood drinkers on notice in 1998’s “Blade.”

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Jul 08, 2022
The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 3
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.

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Jul 07, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Owlbear
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Jul 06, 2022
Creative Writing Machines, with Mike Sharples
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Will computers one day write the great American novel? What will the future of human/machine creative collaboration look like – and what came before now? In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, educational technologist Mike Sharples discusses the book “Story Machines - How Computers Have Become Creative Writers.”

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Jul 05, 2022
Listener Mail: Morbius Saves Christmas
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Jul 04, 2022
From the Vault: Reconsider the Bean, Part 1
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What are beans? Do they contain the souls of the dead? Can they be used to drive demons from the household? How important are they in the human diet? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss a variety of magical ideas and scientific facts associated with legumes. (originally published 5/11/2021)

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Jul 02, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Scream and Scream Again
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into a movie billed as "triple distilled horror as powerful as a vat of boiling acid!" Yes, it’s the 1970 Amicus sci-fi conspiracy film “Scream and Scream Again” featuring horror icons Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

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Jul 01, 2022
The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.

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Jun 30, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: Building Trustworthy AI: A Holistic Approach
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Advocating for artificial intelligence to be built and deployed ethically is no longer just a compliance issue but more of a business imperative. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm Gladwell takes on this topic with Dr. Laurie Santos, host of The Happiness Lab, and Phaedra Boinodiris, Trust in AI Practice Leader within IBM Consulting. Phaedra’s team at IBM is creatively tackling the global need to build trustworthy AI by approaching the challenge holistically, implementing design thinking to address problems before they arise.

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Jun 29, 2022
The Lesser of Two Crab Claws, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss biological asymmetry in the natural world – including various examples of organisms in which side A doesn’t quite match up with side B.

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Jun 28, 2022
Listener Mail: Legend of a Mind
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Jun 27, 2022
From the Vault: Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 2
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, venture into a galaxy far, far away while also considering the science and biology of our home world. Join Robert and Joe as they break down six fantastic alien species from the Star Wars universe. (Originally published 5/6/2021)

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Jun 25, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Battle Beyond the Stars
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It’s time to venture into the world of “Star Wars” knock-offs once more, this time with 1980’s “Battle Beyond the Stars!” Join Rob and Joe as they revel in this wonky space opera featuring a number of b-movie mainstays and future stars.

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Jun 24, 2022
Red Leviathan, with Ryan Tucker Jones
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Ryan Tucker Jones, author of the new book “Red Leviathan: The Secret History of Soviet Whaling.” Jones discusses the horrific impact of 20th century whaling, the Soviet Union’s place in whaling history and the efforts of scientists and activists to stop the practice – including scientists within the Soviet Union.

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Jun 23, 2022
The Monsterfact: The Jiang Shi
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Jiang Shi or hopping vampire of Chinese folklore…

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Jun 22, 2022
Of Humans and Squids, with Martin Wallen
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Martin Wallen about his 2021 book “Squid,” which covers the history of humanity’s scientific, folkloric and literary interest in cephalopods – from Aristotle’s understanding of the creatures to their treatment in weird fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Jun 21, 2022
Listener Mail: Turtle Talk
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Once more, it's time for a weekly dose of Stuff to Blow Your Mind and Weirdhouse Cinema listener mail. Plus this time Seth pops in to chat with Robert about TMNT video games...

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Jun 20, 2022
From the Vault: Star Wars Alien Necropsy, Part 1
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, venture into a galaxy far, far away while also considering the science and biology of our home world. Join Robert and Joe as they break down six fantastic alien species from the Star Wars universe. (Originally published 5/4/2021)

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Jun 18, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: A Chinese Ghost Story
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1987 Hong Kong supernatural romance comedy “A Chinese Ghost Story,” featuring screaming skulls, a seductive ghost and an evil tree demon. It’s a cult classic!

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Jun 17, 2022
The Cauldron, Part 4
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On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.

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Jun 16, 2022
The Monstrefact: Mud Monsters Attack
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a couple of different mud monsters from global traditions…

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Jun 15, 2022
The Cauldron, Part 3
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On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.

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Jun 14, 2022
Listener Mail: Fire Burn and Caldron Bubble
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Jun 13, 2022
From the Vault: Pacific Navigation, Part 3
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The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/13/2021)

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Jun 11, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Trancers II
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It’s sequel time once more on Weirdhouse Cinema! Join Rob and Joe as they jump right into Charles Band’s 1991 sequel to Trancers, starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt and the always villainous Richard Lynch. Jack Deth contends with psychic zombies, various wives and the not-so-rigorous rules of time travel. (originally published 5/21/2021)

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Jun 10, 2022
From the Vault: Pacific Navigation, Part 2
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The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/8/2021)

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Jun 09, 2022
The Artifact Redux: Pants of the Necromancer
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In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the so-called necro-pants...

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Jun 08, 2022
From the Vault: Pacific Navigation, Part 1
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The original discoverers of the Polynesian Islands traversed a vast ocean, bringing civilization to islands untouched by human activity. How did they do it? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the sheer scale of the Pacific Ocean and environmental navigation. (originally published 7/7/2021)

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Jun 07, 2022
Listener Mail: Summer Break
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We have some great classics for you to listen to while the show is on summer break!

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Jun 06, 2022
From the Vault: Punish the Machine, Part 2
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What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. (originally published 4/15/21)

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Jun 04, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Zaat
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This time on Weirdhouse Cinema, we consider the Florida Movie par excellence: 1971’s “Zaat,” also known as “The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.” Prepare to stalk and skulk through the sargassum in this suitably swampy creature feature. (originally published 4/30/2021)

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Jun 03, 2022
The Invention of the Telegraph
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The telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication and paved the way for our interconnected information age. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the invention of the telegraph.

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Jun 02, 2022
Smart Talks with IBM: Home Lending Pal: Disrupting the Mortgage Industry with Cloud and AI
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Historically, there have been cultural biases that have complicated the home buying process and made home ownership difficult. In this episode of Smart Talks with IBM, Malcolm takes on this subject with Jacob Goldstein, host of What’s Your Problem, and Bryan Young and Steven Better, the co-founders of Home Lending Pal. These two visionaries are using IBM technology including AI, blockchain and cloud to create a home loan process that’s more transparent, secure, and equitable. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Jun 01, 2022
From the Vault: The Sargasso Sea
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the sargassum seaweed and the many strange and amazing organisms that call it home. (originally published 4/29/2021)

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May 31, 2022
Listener Mail: Cyclopean Stairs
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May 30, 2022
New Smart Talks with IBM Season Coming Soon
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Smart Talks with IBM returns May 31. This season, host Malcolm Gladwell and a team of correspondents from Pushkin Industries meet with New Creators who are creatively applying technology in business to drive change. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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May 29, 2022
From the Vault: Punish the Machine, Part 1
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What will we do when robots and artificial intelligences break the law? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the issue of robot moral and legal agency. (originally published 4/13/21)

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May 28, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Fiend Without a Face
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Brains attack once more on Weirdhouse Cinema as Rob and Joe discuss the 1958 horror film “Fiend Without a Face,” starring the best stop-motion brain monsters the 50s had to offer.

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May 27, 2022
The Cauldron, Part 2
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On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.

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May 26, 2022
The Monstrefact: Lady Dimitrescu
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the vampiric giantess from the Capcom videogame Resident Evil Village…

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May 25, 2022
The Cauldron, Part 1
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On a mundane level, a cauldron is nothing more than a great cooking pot, but it takes on supernatural dimensions in various myths and legends. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of cauldrons and their links to tales of witchcraft, rebirth and the mandate of heaven.

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May 24, 2022
Why Nature?
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Studies have found that spending time in nature creates a host of psychological and physiological benefits for humans. But why? In this episode, Robert and Joe explore several competing explanations for the restorative power of natural environments, covering everything from the shape of our ancestral environments to the internal economy of attention and focus.

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May 23, 2022
From the Vault: Phobos and Deimos, Part 2
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The god of war does not march into battle alone. His sons, embodying panic and terror ride beside him. The same can be said of the planet Mars and its two moons: Phobos and Deimos. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. (originally published 4/22/2021)

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May 21, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Loreley's Grasp
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It’s time for another Spanish monster romp on Weirdhouse Cinema! In this episode, Rob and Joe discuss Amando de Ossorio’s 1973 film “The Loreley's Grasp,” full of Germanic mythology and highly questionable science.

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May 20, 2022
Creature with the Crystal Skin
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It is dark inside the human body, but not every denizen of the animal kingdom is such a closed book. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss various creatures with transparent anatomical features and translucent bodies.

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May 19, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Loreley
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Germanic siren known as the Loreley…

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May 18, 2022
The Hot-Cold Empathy Gap
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You may think you know yourself, but humans have a striking inability to predict their own behavior in differing emotional states. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the hot-cold empathy gap.

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May 17, 2022
Listener Mail: Gates of Heck
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May 16, 2022
From the Vault: Phobos and Deimos, Part 1
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The god of war does not march into battle alone. His sons, embodying panic and terror ride beside him. The same can be said of the planet Mars and its two moons: Phobos and Deimos. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Martian moons as well as a bit of mythology. (originally published 4/20/2021)

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May 14, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Jason Takes Manhattan
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In celebration of Friday the 13, Rob and Joe dive into one of the sillier entries in the Jason Voorhees franchise with 1989's "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" on this week's Weirdhouse Cinema.

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May 13, 2022
The Facsimile, Part 2
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It’s easy to take document duplication for granted in our modern age, but our digital ease follows centuries of mechanical innovation and millennia of human specialization in the form of the scribe. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the facsimile.

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May 12, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Nuppeppo
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a ghoulish blob from the yokai tradition of Japan…

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May 11, 2022
The Facsimile, Part 1
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It’s easy to take document duplication for granted in our modern age, but our digital ease follows centuries of mechanical innovation and millennia of human specialization in the form of the scribe. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the facsimile.

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May 10, 2022
Listener Mail: Turtle of Enormous Girth
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May 09, 2022
From the Vault: The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 2
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Even as humans reach out into the void with robotic probes and turn to artificial intelligence to aid in the search for extraterrestrial life, we face the possibility that the life we find out there might be mechanical and governed by artificial intelligence as well. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. (originally published 4/1/2021)

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May 07, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Planet of the Vampires
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Mario Bava's hypnotic 1965 sci-fi horror movie "Planet of the Vampires." It has all the style you could ask for, plus giant space skeletons.

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May 06, 2022
The Stargazer and the Well
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Can you see the light of the stars from the bottom of a well? Did an astrologer once fall into a well because he was staring up at the stars? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a couple of well-and-cosmos-related tales from antiquity.

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May 05, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Bog Octopus
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses tentacled lurkers in the bog from the worlds of gaming, fantasy literature and industrial music…

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May 04, 2022
Fire From the Rocks, Part 3
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It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.

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May 03, 2022
Listener Mail: Vegetable in Sheep's Clothing
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May 02, 2022
From the Vault: The Machine Lords of Barnard 68, Part 1
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Even as humans reach out into the void with robotic probes and turn to artificial intelligence to aid in the search for extraterrestrial life, we face the possibility that the life we find out there might be mechanical and governed by artificial intelligence as well. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss alien AI and post-organic life. (originally published 3/30/2021)

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Apr 30, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Atragon
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The surface world fights back against undersea aggression! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ishirô Honda’s 1963 Toho film “Atragon,” which features an armored submarine and the debut of the kaiju Manda!

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Apr 29, 2022
Fire From the Rocks, Part 2
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It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.

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Apr 28, 2022
The Monstrefact: Torterra, a Pokemon
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Pokemon known as Torterra with a little help from Sebastian…

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Apr 27, 2022
Fire From the Rocks, Part 1
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It might surprise you to learn that the oldest raging fires on Earth are actually underground. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the world of eternal flames and coal seam fires.

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Apr 26, 2022
Listener Mail: Planta Haereticus
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Apr 25, 2022
From the Vault: Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 2
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Did the planet Jupiter, like a reckless god, wreak havoc on a young solar system? Join Robert and Joe and they consider the red planet’s destructive powers on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 3/25/2021)

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Apr 23, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Guyver
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It’s time for more big meaty monsters slapping meat on Weirdhouse Cinema, as Rob and Joe discuss 1991’s “The Guyver,” a biomechanical slapfest full of wonderfully weird casting and an array of glistening special effects by synthetic flesh wizard and co-director Screaming Mad George.

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Apr 22, 2022
The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Part 2
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In the previous week’s episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discussed contemplations of plant memory and other topics that blur our understanding of the animal/plant divide. In this episode, they continue on some of those themes by considering the legendary vegetable lamb of Tartary, said to be a flesh-and-blood animal that grew from the ground.

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Apr 21, 2022
The Monstrefact: Baphomet, The Goat of Mendes
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses Baphomet, the Goat of Mendes…

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Apr 20, 2022
The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, Part 1
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In the previous week’s episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discussed contemplations of plant memory and other topics that blur our understanding of the animal/plant divide. In this episode, they continue on some of those themes by considering the legendary vegetable lamb of Tartary, said to be a flesh-and-blood animal that grew from the ground.

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Apr 19, 2022
Listener Mail: Smaragdus Eyes
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Apr 18, 2022
From the Vault: Jupiter the Destroyer, Part 1
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Did the planet Jupiter, like a reckless god, wreak havoc on a young solar system? Join Robert and Joe and they consider the red planet’s destructive powers on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 3/23/2021)

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Apr 16, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Devil Rides Out
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1968 Hammer horror film “The Devil Rides Out,” directed by Terence Fisher and adapted by Richard Matheson from the novel by Dennis Wheatley. It stars Christopher Lee and Charles Gray as dueling occultists in a tale of high-stakes Satanism. 

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Apr 15, 2022
Plant Memories, Part 2
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Do plants remember? Do they communicate? What is the extent of their interaction with their environment? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the amazing world of plant intelligence research.

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Apr 14, 2022
The Monstrefact: Blade and the Slime Mite
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a possible link between Blade the Vampire Hunter and a particular slime mite…

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Apr 13, 2022
Plant Memories, Part 1
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Do plants remember? Do they communicate? What is the extent of their interaction with their environment? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the amazing world of plant intelligence research. 

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Apr 12, 2022
Listener Mail: Eyes of the Potato
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Apr 11, 2022
From the Vault: The Dad Joke
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We all know a “dad joke” when we hear one, but what exactly qualifies as a dad joke and what does it reveal about parenthood, childhood learning and comedy itself? Robert and Joe explore in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 3/18/2021)

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Apr 09, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Hands of Steel
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This week’s classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema is 30 percent human, 70 percent robot and 100 percent lethal -- because the subject is the 1986 Italian sci-fi action film “Hands of Steel,” a cyborg arm wrestling movie set in the dystopian future of 1997. (originally published 3/19/2021)

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Apr 08, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Spoon, Part 2
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It’s time for another invention-based classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss a very old invention that we can scarcely imagine life without: the spoon. (originally published 3/11/2021)

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Apr 07, 2022
The Artifact Redux: The Corleck Head
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a fascinating Celtic artifact...

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Apr 06, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Spoon, Part 1
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It’s time for another invention-based classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. In this episode, Robert and Joe discuss a very old invention that we can scarcely imagine life without: the spoon. (originally published 3/9/2021)

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Apr 05, 2022
Spring Break is Here
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Rob and Joe prepare you for a week of Spring Break classics...

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Apr 04, 2022
From the Vault: The Nile Inundation
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The annual inundation of the Nile was vital to the Ancient Egyptians, and therefore factored heavily into their mythology. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss flood waters, the origins of life and the Egyptian pantheon. (originally published 3/16/2021)

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Apr 02, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Abominable Dr. Phibes
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1971 dark comedy horror film “The Abominable Dr. Phibes,” starring horror icon Vincent Price as the titular revenger himself.

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Apr 01, 2022
The Three-Pupiled Eye, Part 2
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From heroes to sages to destructive monsters, various figures in Irish mythology are described as possessing eyes of seven or three pupils (or irises). We also see discussion of such marvelous eyes in Chinese traditions and in the writings of Pliny and Ovid. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the enigma of the triple eye.

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Mar 31, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Nosferatu Vampire
243

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Nosferatu vampire…

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Mar 30, 2022
The Three-Pupiled Eye, Part 1
2514

From heroes to sages to destructive monsters, various figures in Irish mythology are described as possessing eyes of seven or three pupils (or irises). We also see discussion of such marvelous eyes in Chinese traditions and in the writings of Pliny and Ovid. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the enigma of the triple eye.

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Mar 29, 2022
Listener Mail: Week Sauce
1497

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Mar 28, 2022
From the Vault: Fata Morgana
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The horizon is an interesting netherworld of optical phenomena, where -- to the human eye -- ghost ships may sal the sky, phantom islands offer relief to weary sailors, sea monsters tower and alien ships enter the atmosphere. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the Fata Morgana mirage. (originally published 3/4/2021)

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Mar 26, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Next of Kin (1982)
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe venture down under for the 1982 supernatural thriller “Next of Kin,” starring Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt and a superb score by German electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze.

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Mar 25, 2022
The Beast Wore an Apron, Part 2
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Are there any animals other than humans that cook their food? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the world of non-human animal meal preparation. Bon appétit!

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Mar 24, 2022
The Monstrefact: Birdo of Subcon
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the famous egg-spitting lizard creature from “Super Mario Brothers 2.”

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Mar 23, 2022
The Beast Wore an Apron, Part 1
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Are there any animals other than humans that cook their food? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the world of non-human animal meal preparation. Bon appétit!

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Mar 22, 2022
Listener Mail: Green Stamps
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Mar 21, 2022
From the Vault: The Sargasso Sea
3373

In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the sargassum seaweed and the many strange and amazing organisms that call it home. (originally published 4/29/2021)

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Mar 19, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Beastmaster 2
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This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into “Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time,” a 1991 sequel full of loincloths, green magic, animal hijinks and a lethal dose of goofy one-liners.

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Mar 18, 2022
Finn McCool, Part 2: The Thumb of Knowledge
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The Irish mythological hero Finn MacCool is known for many exploits, from the slaying of a great fire monster to the creation of Giant's Causeway. However, he’s also known for his magical thumb, which he could suck on to gain knowledge. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the thumb of knowledge and its relations to other myths and even a little bit of science.

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Mar 17, 2022
The Monstrefact: Abhartach, the Irish Vampire
271

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses what may be the oldest vampire in Western European traditions…

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Mar 16, 2022
Finn McCool, Part 1: Mythic Exploits of the Irish Hero
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The Irish mythological hero Finn MacCool is known for many exploits, from the slaying of a great fire monster to the creation of Giant's Causeway. However, he’s also known for his magical thumb, which he could suck on to gain knowledge. In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe consider the thumb of knowledge and its relations to other myths and even a little bit of science.

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Mar 15, 2022
Listener Mail: Tuesday's Great and Wednesday Too!
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Mar 14, 2022
From the Vault: The Halo, Part 2
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From glowing rings to flaming sun discs, the halo takes many forms in religious iconography. Why do angels, saints, gods and demigods love standing beneath or in front of these things? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. (originally published 3/2/2021)

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Mar 12, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Eliminators
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive head first into the 1986 cyborg time-travel adventure film “Eliminators,” which has robots, cavemen, kung-fu and more boat-related combat than you’re probably ready for.

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Mar 11, 2022
The Seven Day Week, Part 3
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Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week.

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Mar 10, 2022
The Artifact: Death Tripods of Dune
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses the death tripods of Dune…

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Mar 09, 2022
The Seven Day Week, Part 2
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Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week.

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Mar 08, 2022
Listener Mail: Lousy Smarch Weather
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Mar 07, 2022
From the Vault: The Halo, Part 1
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From glowing rings to flaming sun discs, the halo takes many forms in religious iconography. Why do angels, saints, gods and demigods love standing beneath or in front of these things? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of halos in myth, art and optics. (originally published 2/25/2021)

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Mar 05, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Zeiram
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1991 Japanese sci-fi monster film Zeiram, in which a futuristic bounty hunter from space must hunt down a deadly alien renegade with the help of two hapless electricians.

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Mar 04, 2022
The Seven Day Week, Part 1
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Our modern world is bound to the seven day week, but why is this the case? Is there anything in the cosmos or the inner workings of the human body that dictate this arrangement? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the history and invention of the seven day week.

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Mar 03, 2022
The Monstrefact: Ditto, a Pokémon
257

In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the shapeshifting Pokémon known as Ditto.

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Mar 02, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of Ketchup
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You love it. You put it on everything. But where does ketchup come from? In this classic episode of Invention, Robert and Joe explore the mysterious origins of everyone’s favorite sweet red sauce -- and consider the jaw-dropping fact that ketchup isn’t always red and isn’t always made from tomatoes. (originally published 9/29/19)

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Mar 01, 2022
Listener Mail: At Length Did Cross an Albatross
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Feb 28, 2022
From the Vault: The Moses Illusion
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How many animals of each kind did Moses take on the Ark? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss The Moses Illusion, one persistent example from a class of mental phenomena known as “knowledge neglect.” (originally published 2/23/2021)

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Feb 26, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the greatest vampire snooker movie of all time. Yes, it's Alan Clarke's 1985 rock musical "Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire."

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Feb 25, 2022
Sailor on a Sea of Lava
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To sail down a river of lava in a boat is surely a thing of pure fantasy, but in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the actual “lava boats” you might glimpse in volcanic footage as well as what would be required to build a vessel capable of traversing a true lake of fire.

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Feb 24, 2022
The Monstrefact: Akhlut
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Akhlut of Inuit traditions.

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Feb 23, 2022
From the Vault: Dissolver of Worlds
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In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the nature of the Alkahest, the universal solvent of alchemy. (originally published 4/27/2021)

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Feb 22, 2022
Listener Mail: Supernaut
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Feb 21, 2022
From the Vault: Gold, Metal of the Sun
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the nature of gold, humanity’s history extracting it from the Earth and the amazing properties of gold nanoparticles. (Originally published 2/16/2021)

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Feb 19, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Mr. Vampire
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In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 Hong Kong comedy horror film “Mr. Vampire,” in which our heroes use kicks, furniture, rice and Taoist sorcery against the deadly Chinese hopping vampires, the jiāng shī. (originally published 7/9/2021)

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Feb 18, 2022
From the Vault: Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 2
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Shān Hǎi Jīng or “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” an ancient Chinese text that compiles the mythic geography and fantastic creatures of the world. (Originally published 2/11/2021)

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Feb 17, 2022
The Monstrefact Redux: Chiseltooth
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In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the monster Chiseltooth from Chinese mythology… (origianlly published 10/20/2021)

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Feb 16, 2022
From the Vault: Monsters of the Shān Hǎi Jīng, Part 1
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Shān Hǎi Jīng or “Classic of Mountains and Seas,” an ancient Chinese text that compiles the mythic geography and fantastic creatures of the world. (Originally published 2/9/2021)

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Feb 15, 2022
Listener Mail: Hand of Dog
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Feb 14, 2022
From the Vault: Brain and Head Theft, Part 2
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First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. (originally published 2/4/2021)

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Feb 12, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Brain Eaters
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1958 sci-fi movie “The Brain Eaters,” which doesn’t actually feature brain eating but is still a lot of fun.

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Feb 11, 2022
Giants in the Earth: The Paleoburrows
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Enter the paleoburrows of South America, where evidence suggests construction not by human hands or tools but by giant claws – and for purposes we’re still trying to understand.

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Feb 10, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Gruenak of Thra
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the doomed species of the planet Thra in “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance.”

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Feb 09, 2022
Thirst, Part 3
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What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question.

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Feb 08, 2022
Listener Mail: Kuleshov Kul-Aid
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Feb 07, 2022
From the Vault: Brain and Head Theft, Part 1
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First they came for their heads. Then they came for their brains. In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe discuss the weird and fascinating history of head and brain preservation, veneration and theft. (originally published 2/2/2021)

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Feb 05, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Beast With Five Fingers
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What has five fingers and is an absolute beast? A disembodied crawling hand, of course! In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1946 horror film “The Beast With Five Fingers” starring Peter Lorre.

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Feb 04, 2022
Thirst, Part 2
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What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question.

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Feb 03, 2022
The Monstrefact: Baba Yaga
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the most famous Russian fairy tale characters of all time…

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Feb 02, 2022
Thirst, Part 1
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What is thirst? In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind series, Robert and Joe dive into the biological, cultural and mythological answers to this broad question.

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Feb 01, 2022
Listener Mail: Bowling Alleys On The Moon
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Jan 31, 2022
From the Vault: The Tempest Stele
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During the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Ahmose I erected a stele detailing a great storm that destroyed tombs, temples and other structures. Does this artifact describe a real atmospheric disturbance? Or is it propaganda? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the mystery. (originally published 1/28/2021)

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Jan 29, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Phase IV
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What happens when a solar conjunction allows all ant species to unite against their enemies? Find out as Rob and Joe discuss the delightfully weird 1974 film “Phase IV.”

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Jan 28, 2022
The Kuleshov Effect, Part 2
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What is the character in the film looking at? How does the object of their vision color how we interpret their countenance? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Kuleshov effect from film theory and what studies in experimental psychology and neuroscience reveal.

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Jan 27, 2022
The Artifact: Rotten Brooms Bleeding Black Blood
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses connections between rotting wood and the supernatural…

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Jan 26, 2022
The Kuleshov Effect, Part 1
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What is the character in the film looking at? How does the object of their vision color how we interpret their countenance? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the Kuleshov effect from film theory and what studies in experimental psychology and neuroscience reveal.

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Jan 25, 2022
Listener Mail: The Braid of Nastenka
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Jan 24, 2022
From the Vault: The Bonsai Tree
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Spanning centuries of human history, the iconic bonsai tree is a widely recognized example of Japanese mastery. Each miniature tree speaks to the beauty of cultivated nature and the immutability of all things. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the history of bonsai, its cultural meaning and the underlying science. (originally published 1/26/2021)

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Jan 22, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Hercules (1983)
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe contend with the glittering, cosmic glory of Luigi Cozzi’s 1983 film “Hercules,” starring Lou Ferrigno as the mighty hero, William Berger as science-loving King Minos and Sybil Danning as his daughter Adriana.

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Jan 21, 2022
Do ants make traps?
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The trap is insidious. But of course it is. It was designed and executed… by ants? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, the ant wars continue as Robert and Joe explore some of the possibility that a few formidable Formicidae species actually lay traps.

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Jan 20, 2022
The Monstrefact: Donkeys of Dune
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the oft-forgotten Kulons of the planet Arrakis…

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Jan 19, 2022
The Silurian Hypothesis
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If an advanced civilization existed on earth several million years ago, would we actually be able to detect that they were here? It may sound like conspiracy theorist bait, but a serious and balanced look at the question reveals a lot about geology, climate and the search for alien life. In this episode of the Stuff to Blow Your Mind podcast, Robert and Joe discuss the silurian hypothesis.

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Jan 18, 2022
Listener Mail: Goat of a Tumbleweed
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Jan 17, 2022
From the Vault: Funeral for a Bug
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How do insects factor into our traditions of death -- and how do insects handle their own burials? Find out in this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind as Robert and Joe discuss ants, termites, Virgil, ancient civilizations, bees and more. (originally published 1/21/2021)

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Jan 15, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Lift
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe take a ride in Dutch filmmaker Dick Maas’ 1983 killer elevator movie “The Lift.”

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Jan 14, 2022
Tumbleweeds, Part 2: Riddles and Radiation
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In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the world of tumbleweeds. While it’s easy to dismiss these amazing plants as overused symbols of the American west, these detachable diaspores are more than meets the eyes.

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Jan 13, 2022
The Monstrefact: The Manticore
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the legendary Manticore…

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Jan 12, 2022
Tumbleweeds, Part 1: The Wind Witch
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In this Stuff to Blow Your Mind two-parter, Robert and Joe explore the world of tumbleweeds. While it’s easy to dismiss these amazing plants as overused symbols of the American west, these detachable diaspores are more than meets the eyes.

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Jan 11, 2022
Listener Mail: Time Crabs
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Jan 10, 2022
From the Vault: The Invention of the Lock & Key
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The lock and key are such a central part of modern life, both technologically and metaphorically, but when and how did this technological advancement take place? In this Invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the ancient history of security technology. (originally published 1/12/2021)

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Jan 08, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema: Son of the White Mare
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe explore Marcell Jankovics’ hallucinogenic animated masterpiece of Hungarian mythology: Fehérlófia, known to English-speaking audiences as “Son of the White Mare.”

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Jan 07, 2022
From the Vault: Sinkholes, Part 2
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? (originally published 1/19/2021)

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Jan 06, 2022
The Artifact Redux: Edible Currencies
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Jan 05, 2022
From the Vault: Sinkholes, Part 1
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In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the science and history of sinkholes. How have these impressive geographic features impacted our world, and what can they reveal about the past? (originally published 1/14/2021)

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Jan 04, 2022
Happy New Year
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Robert and Joe are still on break, but here's an update on what you'll hear this week.

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Jan 03, 2022
From the Vault: Heavy Water
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Nope, “Heavy Water” isn’t the new bottled beverage for headbangers. It’s actually an alternate form of water called deuterium oxide that plays a key role in nuclear power plants and the creation of nuclear weapons. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe get to know heavy water. Can you drink it? Why did the Nazis want it? Find out… (originally published 12/17/2020)

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Jan 01, 2022
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Robot Jox
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What if the nations of the Earth solved all their problems with giant robot gladiatorial battles? That’s the concept behind 1990’s “Robot Jox,” directed by horror wizard Stuart Gordon and written by military sci-fi author Joe Haldeman. Join Rob and Joe for a discussion of mech politics in this Christmas Day episode of Weirdhouse Cinema. (originally published 12/25/2020)

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Dec 31, 2021
From the Vault: The Toaster Not Taken
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It’s obvious that our preferences guide our choices, but do our choices also determine our preferences? In this classic episode, join Robert and Joe as they explore this question with the help of a half-century of psychological research and reminiscences concerning Sonic the Hedgehog and Metallica. (originally published 12/24/2020)

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Dec 30, 2021
The Artifact Redux: Stone Mushroom Clouds
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In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Joe talks about mind-boggling prehistoric mineral formations. (originally published 2/10/2021)

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Dec 29, 2021
From the Vault: Toy Guns
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For many of us, toy guns were part of our childhood, but how are we to think about them today? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe look at some of the current thinking on the use of toy weapons in childhood play. (originally published 12/22/2020)

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Dec 28, 2021
Holiday Break
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind is off for the week, but Robert and Joe take a few minutes to discuss the classic episodes that will be showcased in the feed.

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Dec 27, 2021
From the Vault: Holiday Inventions
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Once more, Stuff to Blow Your Mind leans into the holidays -- this time for an invention-minded episode about some of the technologies that bring the winter holidays to life. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss electric Christmas tree lights, tinsel and angelic tree toppers. (originally published 12/15/2020)

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Dec 25, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Battle for Endor
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The Star Wars franchise is home to many cinematic entries some consider to be unnatural. In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1985 made-for-TV film “Ewoks: The Battle For Endor,” starring Wilford Brimley and various forest monsters. (originally published 12/4/2020)

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Dec 24, 2021
A Major Award: The Ancient and Occult History of the “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp
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The 1983 holiday film “A Christmas Story” warned us of the dangers associated with BB guns, bar soap and frozen flag poles – but it also introduced us to the Old Man’s prized leg lamp. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe dive into the deep, ancient and occult history of lamps and other objects shaped in the likeness of a human leg or foot.

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Dec 23, 2021
The Monstrefact: Holiday edition
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Dec 22, 2021
Time Traveler Zero, Part 2
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Today, time travel fiction is everywhere – and we understand the cosmos enough to even speculate what is and isn’t possible. But how old is the notion of travel through time? What sorts of attitudes and ideas concerning the nature of time were seemingly necessary before humans first imagined firing up a time machine?

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Dec 21, 2021
Listener Mail: Holidays on Ice-Nine
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Dec 20, 2021
From the Vault: Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 2
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You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 12/10/2020)

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Dec 18, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Morozko (aka Jack Frost)
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This week on Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the classic 1960s Russian fairy tale spectacular “Morozko,” better known to many fans as “Jack Frost.” It’s a tale of love, evil stepmothers, mushroom wizards, animal transformations, Baba Yaga and of course the Russian personification of winter, Morozko or Ded Moroz.

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Dec 17, 2021
Music and Memory
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We all know music can influence our moods, but can it actually boost our memory? How do musical memories emerge at the borders of identity, experience and culture? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore these questions and discuss the curious ways we remember music and sounds.

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Dec 16, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Managing supply chain volatility in the height of the shopping season
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Global supply chains have made headlines this year, with businesses in every industry and consumers all experiencing unprecedented volatility. How can companies stabilize this boundless bullwhip? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Jonathan Wright, Global Managing Partner for Supply Chain Consulting at IBM, about demand forecasting and other technologies that manufacturers and vendors are using to make their supply chains more resilient. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Dec 15, 2021
Time Traveler Zero, Part 1
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Today, time travel fiction is everywhere – and we understand the cosmos enough to even speculate what is and isn’t possible. But how old is the notion of travel through time? What sorts of attitudes and ideas concerning the nature of time were seemingly necessary before humans first imagined firing up a time machine?

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Dec 14, 2021
Listener Mail: Crab Walking Down Human Street
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Dec 13, 2021
From the Vault: Like a Circle in a Spiral, Part 1
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You might consider spinning around in a circle either great fun or a one-way ticket to barf town, but spinning and whirling are also tied to childhood development, artistic expression and the pursuit of meditative states. Join Robert and Joe as they explore the spin on this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind. (originally published 12/8/2020)

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Dec 11, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Bloodbeat
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider their first holiday horror film selection: 1983’s “Bloodbeat.” Filmed in Wisconsin, the film explores the complexity of holiday family time, while also wondering what might happen if mom had to battle a Samurai ghost with her psychic powers. Plus, Rob and Joe will discuss holiday horror films in general.

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Dec 10, 2021
Daniel Whiteson, Time Traveler
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome back Daniel Whiteson, particle physicist and co-host of Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe. Tune in for a discussion of time travel, wormholes and more that will actually transport you roughly an hour into the future. Plus Daniel will discuss the new book "Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe."

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Dec 09, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: What does the future of sustainability look like for your company and your customers?
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Today, consumers, businesses and governments are united in their sense of urgency about the sustainability of the planet. But how do we go about achieving it? In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Marc Rolfe, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Partners Ecosystem Success at SAP, and Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Strategic Partners, about how strategic partnerships between companies can create a larger industry shift toward sustainability. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Dec 08, 2021
2021 Ig Nobel Prize Grab Bag, Part 2
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Once more, Robert and Joe consult the winners of the Ig-Nobel Prizes for a few examples of the hilarious and the weird from the world of legitimate scientific research.

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Dec 07, 2021
Listener Mail: The Funk of 40,000 Years
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Dec 06, 2021
From the Vault: Airships Over Venus
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Planet Earth a bit much for you right now? Well venture back out to Venus on Stuff to Blow Your Mind. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss recent news in the search for possible signs of life in the Venusian clouds, as well as the possibility of probes or even human explorers sailing over Venus in futuristic airships. (originally published 12/01/2020)

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Dec 04, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Super Infra-Man
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It’s time to dive back into the Shaw Brothers cinematic treasure chest, this time for the sci-fi action film “The Super Infra-Man” starring Danny Lee and a whole bunch of monsters and stylish costumes.

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Dec 03, 2021
2021 Ig Nobel Prize Grab Bag, Part 1
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Once more, Robert and Joe consult the winners of the Ig-Nobel Prizes for a few examples of the hilarious and the weird from the world of legitimate scientific research.

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Dec 02, 2021
The Artifact: Malaysian Spirit Boats
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses a most nautical form of exorcism...

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Dec 01, 2021
Crab Content is King
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind is back from Thanksgiving break, so Robert and Joe discuss even more crab science and mythology.

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Nov 30, 2021
Listener Mail: The Chosen Few
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Nov 29, 2021
From the Vault: Turkey, Wishbones and Gravy
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In recognition of Thanksgiving, Robert and Joe devote this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind to the very topics that might float through your head at the dinner table: What is a wishbone, why do we pull it apart and what does it have to do with dinosaurs? Are turkeys messengers of the gods? What is gravy and is it ever considered sacred? Find out... (originally publihsed 11/26/2020)

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Nov 27, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Zaat
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In celebration of MST3K Turkey Day, this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema from earlier this year explores a film from a beloved episode of MST3K. We consider the Florida Movie par excellence: 1971’s “Zaat,” also known as “The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.” Prepare to stalk and skulk through the sargassum in this suitably swampy creature feature. (Originally published 4/30/2021)

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Nov 26, 2021
From the Vault: Melt With Me
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From the horror of “melt movies,” in which the melting human takes on nightmaric qualities, to far more benign and even sublime takes on the concept of the melt, there does seem to be something to our fascination with personal phase transition. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe try to figure out what it all means. (originally published 11/5/2020)

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Nov 25, 2021
The Artifact Redux: The Sword of Gōu Jiàn
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In this classic episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses an ancient Chinese sword noted for its unusual sharpness and resistance to tarnish... (originally published 2/17/2021)

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Nov 24, 2021
From the Vault: Invention of the Bed
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We sure do spend a lot of time in bed, but what exactly IS a bed and what were ancient beds like? In this classic invention-based episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the ancient history of the bed. (originally published 11/17/2020)

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Nov 23, 2021
Turkey Day Break
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We're off this week, but don't let that stop you from having seconds on some classic content from last year.

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Nov 22, 2021
From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 2
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Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/17/2020)

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Nov 20, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Dunwich Horror
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It’s time for a hippie necronomicon extravaganza as Rob and Joe crack open 1970’s “The Dunwich Horror,” starring the late, great Dean Stockwell, Sandra Dee and Ed Begley Sr.

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Nov 19, 2021
Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 2
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out!

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Nov 18, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: How a Human-Centered Approach is Building Trustworthy AI
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Creating trust and transparency in AI isn’t just a business requirement, it’s a social responsibility. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Christina Montgomery, IBM's Chief Privacy Officer and AI Ethics Board Co-Chair, and Dr. Seth Dobrin, Global Chief AI Officer, about IBM’s approach to AI and how it’s helping businesses transform the way they work with AI systems that are fair and address bias so AI can benefit everyone, not just a few. This is a paid advertisement from IBM.

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Nov 17, 2021
Crabs Eat Everything Around Me, Part 1
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about crabs eating things. Do YOU have what it takes to become a delicious entree for crab gourmands? Find out!

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Nov 16, 2021
Listener Mail: Let the Lamp Affix its Beam
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Nov 15, 2021
From the Vault: Mushroom Foraging, Part 1
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Are more people identifying and even foraging wild mushrooms than in previous years? If so, why is this? In these classic episodes of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe talk about mushroom foraging, the importance of human foraging and even some studies that pit forager against forager. (originally published 9/15/2020)

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Nov 13, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Venom (1981)
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe wrestle with their first full-blown snake movie: 1981’s “Venom.” It stars Oliver Reed, Klaus Kinski and a live black mamba snake from the London Zoo. Film historians still debate which was the more difficult actor of the three.

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Nov 12, 2021
Dune: The Bene Gesserit and the Spacing Guild
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In this Dune-inspired episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe pick up where they left off in the last episode discussing the politics, philosophy and pain science of the Bene Gesserit, before diving into the spice-assisted navigation of the Spacing Guild.

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Nov 11, 2021
The Monstrefact: Chairdogs of Dune
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses one of the less known creatures from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” books…

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Nov 10, 2021
Dune: The Bene Gesserit
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The Bene Gesserit of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” use advanced mental and manipulative tactics to further their ends across the galaxy. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss this mysterious order and some scientific and philosophic interpretations of the Gom Jabbar awareness test.

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Nov 09, 2021
Listener Mail: Halloween Final Processing
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Nov 08, 2021
From the Vault: I Want a New Blood
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From fictional tales of vampire thrust to to real-life medical research, the notion of synthetic blood brings with it a lot of possibilities. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe consider the strange history of purported blood substitutes and possible ramifications if scientists ever solve this riddle in the blood. (originally published 10/8/2020)

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Nov 06, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Highway to Hell
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe take a very MTV-fueled jaunt into the underworld via the 1991 film “Highway to Hell,” an enjoyable horror comedy that features a terrifying Hellcop, Patrick Bergin and the entire Stiller family.

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Nov 05, 2021
Barbara Blatchley on Why We Believe in Luck
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Barbara Blatchley about her book “What are the Chances? Why We Believe in Luck.”

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Nov 04, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Quantum Computing is Tomorrow’s Computing, Today
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Over the next decade, quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize the way we work and live. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm talks to Dr. Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, about quantum computing and its potential to accelerate discovery and development.

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Nov 03, 2021
Anthology of Horror, Volume 7
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Yes, the Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. This year, they’ll dive into episodes of The Hammer House of Horror and The Outer Limits.

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Nov 02, 2021
Listener Mail: Out of the Pair Dadeni
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Nov 01, 2021
From the Vault: The Leshii
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According to Russian folklore, ancient, beastial spirits guard the depths of the forest, raging with each other and punishing any human who might break the law of the forest. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss these haunters of the woodland depths. (originally published 10/22/2020)

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Oct 30, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: The House by the Cemetery
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As Weirdhouse Cinema completes its first journey around the sun, Rob and Joe commemorate the moment by discussing Lucio Fulci’s 1981 “The House by the Cemetery” -- a bloody and bonkers tale guaranteed to satisfy your craving for ghosts, haunted houses, mad scientists, slashers and Italian synth.

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Oct 29, 2021
The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 2
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In today’s invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it’s time to discuss the chainsaw.

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Oct 28, 2021
The Monstrefact: Weretigers of China
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Chinese weretiger…

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Oct 27, 2021
The Invention of the Chainsaw, Part 1
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In today’s invention-themed episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss an important piece of cutting technology. Plus, during the Halloween season, masked brutes will chase you around your local haunted attraction with one of these if you buy a ticket. Yes, it’s time to discuss the chainsaw.

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Oct 26, 2021
Listener Mail: The Night’s Plutonian Shore
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Oct 25, 2021
From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 5
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The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Hammer House of Horror, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/29/2020)

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Oct 23, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Black Sabbath
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Mario Bava’s colorful anthology of gothic horror, starring the legendary Boris Karloff.

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Oct 22, 2021
The Holy Undead, Part 2
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We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead.

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Oct 21, 2021
The Monstrefact: Chiseltooth
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the monster Chiseltooth from Chinese mythology…

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Oct 20, 2021
The Holy Undead, Part 1
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We tend to relegate zombies and the walking dead to the infernal realm of demons, necromancers and the emptied charnel houses of Hell. So it might surprise you to know that, in some traditions, reanimated human corpses are pious church-goers. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the holy undead.

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Oct 19, 2021
Listener Mail: Through the Pale Door
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Oct 18, 2021
From the Vault: Anthology of Horror, Volume 4
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The Halloween tradition continues as, once more, Robert and Joe dive into the rich history of TV horror and sci-fi anthology series to focus on the STBYM topics they might not otherwise get to discuss on the show. In 2020, they examined episodes of the 1990s Outer Limits revival, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Creepshow and Are You Afraid of the Dark. (originally published 10/27/2020)

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Oct 16, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Halloween III
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If the many-worlds interpretation holds true, then there’s an alternate timeline in which the tyranny of Michael Myers ended in 1981 and 1982’s “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” ushered in a new age. In this alternative world, John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise became a long-running horror anthology series. Each subsequent October, anything was possible in a Halloween film, including pagan conspiracies and killer androids. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe ride the chariot of pumpkins and attempt to cross over into this alternate reality.

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Oct 15, 2021
Ghosts of the Wind and Rain
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Strange presences walk the shore before the coming of the storm. Terrible forms move in its wake. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss a wide selection of ghosts and monsters connected to destructive weather patterns.

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Oct 14, 2021
The Monstrefact: The Boxenwolf
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the horror of the Boxenwolf…

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Oct 13, 2021
The Science of Scary Music
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Why do certain works of music make our skin crawl? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Joe chats with producer Seth about the science of scary music and Seth tells everyone about his new music podcast Rusty Needle's Record Club.

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Oct 12, 2021
Listener Mail: Seraphs Sob at Vermin Fangs
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Oct 11, 2021
From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 3
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Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/15/2020)

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Oct 09, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Demon Knight
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Yes, kiddies, in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss Ernest Dickerson’s 1995 siege movie “Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight.” Strap in for grotesque monsters, a whole host of character actors and some Crypt Keeper puns. (originally published 2/19/2021)

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Oct 08, 2021
From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 2
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To fully understand the minotaur myth, we also have to consider the Minoan civilization of Crete. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe chat with Professor Nicoletta Momigliano, author of “In Search of the Labyrinth: The Cultural Legacy of Minoan Crete.” Learn all about ancient Creteomania as well as modern artistic treatments of the minotaur. (originally published 10/13/2020)

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Oct 07, 2021
Smart Talks with IBM and Malcolm Gladwell: Accelerating Innovation with Hybrid Cloud ​at the Edge
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The world is hitting a data tipping point where vast connectivity requires massive network capacity. In this episode of Smart Talks, Malcolm Gladwell talks to David Shacochis, Vice President for Enterprise Technology and Field CTO at Lumen, and Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform, about how hybrid cloud is serving as a catalyst for innovation in a world where computing can and must happen everywhere: private clouds, public clouds, the edge of the network.

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Oct 06, 2021
From the Vault: The Minotaur, Part 1
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Take the Minotaur out of its maze and you have but another beast man -- but within his manufactured environment, he is a singular terror in myth and popular consciousness. But where does this monster come from? What does his existence mean? What does the stalker of these bloody halls reveal about the human mind and human history? In this trio of Stuff to Blow Your Mind episodes, Robert and Joe discuss the minotaur. (originally published 10/6/2020)

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Oct 05, 2021
Listener Mail: Fall Break!
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Stuff to Blow Your Mind is off for the week, but Robert and Joe take a few minutes to discuss the classic episodes that will be showcased in the feed.

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Oct 04, 2021
From the Vault: Science in the House of Wax
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Wax Museums are frequent haunts in horror cinema, but where do they really tie into our sense of revulsion and anatomical unease? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe kick off a month of Halloween-themed episodes with a science-filled night in the house of wax. (originally published 10/1/2020)

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Oct 02, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema Rewind: Santo in the Treasure of Dracula
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In this classic episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe dive into one of Mexican luchador El Santo's various horror cinema adventures -- and not just any Santo film but the legendary "Santo In The Treasure of Dracula," which features time travel, dracula and more.

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Oct 01, 2021
Bill Schutt talks "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart"
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with Bill Schutt, author of "Pump: A Natural History of the Heart," about the evolution of the heart and the history of humanity’s attempt to understand it -- along with a few questions about monsters.

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Sep 30, 2021
The Monstrefact: The Lindworm
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the legend of the lindworm and the 19th century Swedish ethnologist who searched for it …

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Sep 29, 2021
God and the Black Death, Part 3
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The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact.

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Sep 28, 2021
Listener Mail: Time Passages
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Sep 27, 2021
From the Vault: The Atomic Scar
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The creation of atomic weaponry changed human civilization forever, but it also left its mark on the Earth itself -- in both obvious and subtle ways. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss some of the ways in which the world would not be the same. (originally published 9/24/2020)

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Sep 25, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Thing from Another World
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Before John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” there was Howard Hawks’ “The Thing From Another World,” the first adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story “Who goes there?” In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe bust out the thermite and discuss this 1951 sci-fi classic.

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Sep 24, 2021
God and the Black Death, Part 2
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The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact.

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Sep 23, 2021
The Monstrefact: Fell Beasts of the Nazgûl
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the winged beasts of the Nazgûl in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

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Sep 22, 2021
God and the Black Death, Part 1
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The Black Death was the most fatal pandemic in recorded human history, decimating a late Medieval world unaided by the germ theory of disease. In this episode of Stuff to Blow your Mind, Robert and Joe discuss the ways that religion responded to the plague and the effects these efforts had on its spread and impact.

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Sep 21, 2021
Listener Mail: Songs from the Big Chair
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Sep 20, 2021
From the Vault: Night of the Lichen-thropes
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Lichen are incredibly widespread and easy to take for granted, but these composite organisms are some of the most fascinating lifeforms on the planet. In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore their remarkable qualities. (originally published 9/10/2020)

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Sep 18, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Time After Time
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss 1979’s “Time After Time,” in which Jack the Ripper steals H.G. Wells’ time machine and travels to modern San Francisco.

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Sep 17, 2021
The Nature of Tears, Part 3
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What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint.

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Sep 16, 2021
The Monstrefact: El Coco
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses the Spanish nursery bogeyman known as El Coco…

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Sep 15, 2021
Mary Roach Discusses "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law"
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In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe welcome acclaimed science writer Mary Roach back to the show to discuss her new book "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law."

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Sep 14, 2021
Listener Mail: Songs from the Wood
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Sep 13, 2021
From the Vault: The Livewired Brain with David Eagleman
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What does our growing understanding of neuroplasticity reveal about our brains and the future of technology? In this classic episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert chats with neuroscientist David Eagleman about his new book “Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain.” (originally published 9/29/2020)

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Sep 11, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Spookies
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Yep, 1986 was a great year for genre movies — and also “Spookies” came out. In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe consider this overstuffed and underdone turkey of a horror movie.

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Sep 10, 2021
The Nature of Tears, Part 2
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What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint.

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Sep 09, 2021
The Monstrefact: Katcheet Ohuskw
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses a murderous monster from Naskapi legend. Plus Benjamin Franklin shows up...

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Sep 08, 2021
The Nature of Tears, Part 1
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What are tears? Are humans indeed the only animal that wraps and what purpose do they serve? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the topic of tears from a scientific and even religious standpoint.

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Sep 07, 2021
Listener Mail: The Constant Flow of Invention
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Sep 06, 2021
From the Vault: Fingernails, Part 2
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How fast do human fingernails and toenails grow? Are they claws and, if not, what are they? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the anatomy, evolution culture and mythology of the “nail as old as time.” (originally published 9/3/2020)

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Sep 04, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: The Ship of Monsters
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Are you ready for a 1960 Mexican sci-fi comedy involving multiple alien monsters, space vampires, interplanetary politics and several música norteña songs? Also a robot falls in love with a jukebox. Rob and Joe discuss it all in this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema.

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Sep 03, 2021
Creature of the Gear
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What is a gear and when did humans invent it? Plus, Rob and Joe discuss the only known creature to have gears in its anatomy. Plus hear about a couple of wheel-based mythical creatures in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

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Sep 02, 2021
The Monstrefact: The Satanic Rites of Drugula
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Monstrefact, Robert discusses possible science of the vampire Drugula…

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Sep 01, 2021
The Dog with the Burning Brand
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From dogs in old paintings that look like dope smokers to Aztec psychopomps, what’s with all these fire dogs? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore…

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Aug 31, 2021
Listener Mail: Sky Raisins
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Aug 30, 2021
From the Vault: Fingernails, Part 1
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How fast do human fingernails and toenails grow? Are they claws and, if not, what are they? In this classic Stuff to Blow Your Mind exploration, Robert and Joe dive into the anatomy, evolution culture and mythology of the “nail as old as time.” (originally published 9/1/2020)

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Aug 28, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Psychomania
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How can the British public possibly survive the ravages of youth biker gangs, unholy rites and frog-based necromancy? In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the 1973 British supernatural biker film “Psychomania.”

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Aug 27, 2021
The Fish Had Fur, Part 2
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Fish covered in thick coats of fur, fish with strange spines, fish with the beard or chin whiskers of a wise old sage… The water offers up many mysteries, and in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore accounts of furry trout, ancient marvels, otters and fish that kind of look like they have hair.

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Aug 26, 2021
The Artifact: The Meister “Footprint”
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In this episode of STBYM’s The Artifact, Robert discusses so-called Meister footprint (which is in no way an actual footprint)...

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Aug 25, 2021
The Fish Had Fur, Part 1
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Fish covered in thick coats of fur, fish with strange spines, fish with the beard or chin whiskers of a wise old sage… The water offers up many mysteries, and in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore accounts of furry trout, ancient marvels, otters and fish that kind of look like they have hair.

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Aug 24, 2021
Listener Mail: The Face That is Gazed on as it Gazes
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Aug 23, 2021
From the Vault: Orcs in the Deep
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In this classic episode of STBYM, Robert and Joe discuss the orcs of Middle Earth and their origins both in the dark corners of the human imagination and the loathsome pits of Utumno. (originally published 9/22/2020)

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Aug 21, 2021
Weirdhouse Cinema: Return of the Blind Dead
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In this episode of Weirdhouse Cinema, Rob and Joe discuss the stand-alone, second installment of Spanish director Amando de Ossorio’s “Blind Dead'' series from 1973. The sightless revenants of the Knights Templars return 500 years after their grisly deaths to enact vengeance on a sleepy and corrupt Portuguese town.

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Aug 20, 2021