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Stuff You Should Know
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
September 18, 2021
Selects: How Free Speech Works
Freedom of speech and the press are values vital to American democracy. But the First Amendment doesn't really define free speech, and plenty of expressions are restricted. Learn all about the ins and outs of this cherished right in this classic episode.
September 16, 2021
What's the deal with crash testing?
Crash testing has been around since the 1930s, but only got serious in the 1970s. Today we dive in and learn all about why companies and the U.S. government purposefully wreck cars.
September 15, 2021
Short Stuff: The Javelina
Pigs, hogs, boars and javelinas. What's the difference? Tune in to find out.
September 14, 2021
How Embalming Works
The Death Suite continues! In this installment, Josh and Chuck go over what it takes to preserve a human body using chemicals and whether that’s such a good thing to do as far as the environment is concerned.
September 11, 2021
Selects: Southerners Aren't Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm
There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms, it turns out, were sapping Southerners’ life force. Find out all about it in this classic episode.
September 9, 2021
How the Magna Carta Worked
In 1215 at Runnymede (doo dah, doo dah) the nobles and the king agreed to end a rebellion against the power of the English throne. While the treaty that emerged contained all sorts of arcane Medieval details, it also contained the seeds of Western liberty and civil rights.
September 8, 2021
Short Stuff: Chameleons
In today's short stuff, we bust a few myths about cute little chameleons.
September 7, 2021
The Creepy Legacy of the Hotel Cecil
The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles has had no less than 16 unnatural deaths, from suicides to murders and everything in between. Listen in to the history of this decidedly creepy hotel.
September 4, 2021
Selects: How Temper Tantrums Work
When your kid boils over in the grocery store, it can be tough to stay calm and ignore it, but that's precisely what experts prescribe parents do to deal with temper tantrums. Learn about the anatomy of a tantrum and the best way to deal in this classic episode.
September 2, 2021
Criminal Records: No Thanks!
And you thought our crime and punishment suite was finished. Not yet it isn't! Not before we cover criminal records.
September 1, 2021
Short Stuff: Handwashing vs Dishwashers
Josh and Chuck finally put to rest the age old debate over which is better – and learn a little about themselves along the way.
August 31, 2021
How Trepanation Worked
One of the oldest medical procedures in human history is also one of the riskiest. For thousands of years humans carried a type of proto brain surgery where a hole would be cut into the skull. And they were pretty good at it too.
August 28, 2021
Selects: Composting: Nature's Most Interesting Process
You may think composting is just a bunch of old banana peels rotting away into dirt but, friend, you're not looking closely enough. Inside that compost pile is a microcosmic universe doing some magical stuff. Learn all about it in this classic episode.
August 26, 2021
Les Paul & Leo Fender Part II
Today we continue the story of Les Paul and Leo Fender, inventors, innovators and rivals.
August 25, 2021
Short Stuff: Jackalope
Jackalopes aren’t real, right? Wouldn’t you like to know, city slicker.
August 24, 2021
Les Paul & Leo Fender Part I
The story of Les Paul and Leo Fender defines rock and roll music. Listen in to part one of the tale of these two musical rivals.
August 21, 2021
Selects: How Pet Psychics Work
In the early 21st century a trend of people who claim to be able to telepathically and clairvoyantly communicate with animals has grown. Today, the concept of visiting a pet psychic to find a lost pet, find out why a pet is behaving badly or even to learn if a pet is ready to be put to sleep is becoming more commonplace, but is there any basis to pet psychics' abilities? Join Josh and Chuck as they investigate the pet psychic phenomenon, in this classic episode.
August 19, 2021
Y2K: Much Ado About Something
Y2K was a special time when we all thought nothing bad would really happen at the stroke of midnight, but secretly worried the world would end. Turns out the mitigation efforts worked and we hardly noticed.
August 18, 2021
Short Stuff: 5 Lazarus Species
Lazarus species were thought to be gone, but had something else in mind. Today we talk about 5 of them.
August 17, 2021
How MRI Works
At long last Chuck and Josh dive into the nuts and bolts of what makes the Wonder Machine so wondrous and find it actually lives up to the years-long hype they’ve given it.