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Whether discussing redheads or exorcism, you can count on Josh and Chuck to deliver a fascinating dose of Stuff You Should Know in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.


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How Underground Mining Works

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016


People used to use deer antlers to beat the minerals out of rock hidden in the earth. Luckily, they got better at it, and now modern mining is a mind-boggling process for efficiently removing stuff we want from inside the planet.

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What's the misery index?

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Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Economists love their data because somewhere in the numbers lies the answer to the ills of the country. They also love to frame data in a way people can relate to. Such is the case with the famous "misery index."

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How Space Stations Work

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Tue, Jun 21, 2016


It seems like we largely take it for granted these days, but the fact that we have humans living in space is the realization of a scientific dream a century old. Visit the space stations orbiting Earth past, present and future in this episode.

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How Steadicams Work

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Thu, Jun 16, 2016


There have been many inventions that have advanced filmmaking, but maybe none as important as the steadicam. Invented in the mid-70s, it literally changed the way movie making happened, and made the impossible possible. Learn about the fascinating history behind this amazing technology today.

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Why Are So Many Disembodied Feet Washing Ashore In British Columbia?

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Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Between 2007 and 2016, 17 disembodied feet - still wearing shoes - have washed ashore between Washington and British Columbia. What’s behind the sudden influx of Vancouver’s mystery feet?

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What's the deal with controlled burns?

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Thu, Jun 09, 2016


Starting a fire to prevent fire seems counterintuitive, but it makes a lot of sense once you understand it. But controlled burns aren't just to help prevent forest fires. They're also a vital part of keeping the local ecosystem healthy and thriving. Learn all about how controlled burns work right here, right now.

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How Motion Sickness Works

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Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Motion sickness is the worst and hits about 25 to 40 percent of humans when they ride in cars, boats, or simply watch the wrong 3-D movie. Join us as we break down the science behind this nausea-inducing affliction.

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How Gene Editing Works

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Thu, Jun 02, 2016


With the discovery of a surprising immune response in E coli bacteria, we are facing a new era of freedom from genetic mutations that lead to disease by simply and precisely editing our genes. But there is also a potential dark side to gene editing.

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How SuperBalls Work

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Tue, May 31, 2016


You can thank Wham-O’s SuperBall for inspiring the name of the NFL’s Big Game (buh) and you can thank the fear and the Soviet launch of Sputnik aroused in America for the invention of SuperBall! Learn the history and physics of this bouncy legend.

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How Crumple Zones Work

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Wed, May 25, 2016


If you've ever been in a bad accident in a newer car, you probably have crumple zones to thank for your life. Much more interesting than you think, these zones are designed to break apart and absorb impact, so you don't have to.

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Chiggers: The Phantom Menace

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Mon, May 23, 2016


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

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The Unsolved Mystery Disappearance of the Sodder Children

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Wed, May 18, 2016


In 1945 a house fire took the lives of five children - except that their bodies were never found. Dive into the longstanding mystery of the odd circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Sodder children.

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How Bonsai Works

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Mon, May 16, 2016


For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature tableaux of nature, creating living works of art. Learn all about the history and art of this strangely engrossing pastime.

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True stories of survival cannibalism!

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Wed, May 11, 2016


Cannibalism is the macabre practice of eating other humans. But sometimes, people have no choice if they want to survive. It's called survival cannibalism and it tastes like chicken.

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How Snake Handlers Work

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Mon, May 09, 2016


Snake handling ranges from professional snake milkers for antivenin to religious handlers who tend to get bitten and sometimes die from it. Either way, it can be a dangerous business. Learn all about snake handling right here, right now.

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How LSD Works

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Thu, May 05, 2016


In 1943 Swiss chemist Albert Hofman discovered he’d created what may be the most potent hallucinogen known to humankind. Then he took a bike ride. Learn about the chemistry, neurology, history and cultural impact of LSD-25.

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How Megalodon Worked

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Tue, May 03, 2016


Between 2 to 20 million years ago, the biggest shark with perhaps the most devastating bite of any animal ever ruled the oceans with an iron jaw. Despite its fierceness, megalodon went extinct while other species that swam with it survive today. Why?

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What was Operation Plowshare?

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Thu, Apr 28, 2016


America had already used two nuclear bombs to devastating effect when researchers thought "maybe we can used these bombs to dig big holes instead." That's right, atom bombs to replace bulldozers. And it worked great.

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Tornado Myths and Truths

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Mon, Apr 25, 2016


Tornadoes can make mincemeat out of houses, people, cars, you name it. So do you know what to do - and what not to do – when there’s one headed your way?

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Does Kin Selection Explain Altruism?

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Thu, Apr 21, 2016


There’s a curious puzzle unanswered by the theory of evolution: why do some animals give up their chance to reproduce to help others reproduce instead? For decades biologists have suggested family was the reason, but that has recently been challenged.

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What Makes Lead So Poisonous?

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Tue, Apr 19, 2016


The people of Flint, MI were horrified to find their drinking water was poisoned with lead. As we learn more about lead’s effects and realize how persistent it is, the more worrying it becomes. What makes lead so toxic?

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How the Big Bang Worked

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Thu, Apr 14, 2
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There are a number of theories for how the universe evolved but none are more widely accepted than the Big Bang theory. Learn about the mind-boggling details of the early universe and hear Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about what it will take for us to know its origins.

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How the Gender Pay Gap Works

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Tue, Apr 12, 2016


The gender pay gap is the amount of time into the next year a woman must work to earn as much as a man did the previous year. And it's narrowing at a snail's pace.

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How Labor Strikes Work

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Thu, Apr 07, 2016


Labor strikes are the last resort of a workforce frustrated with low pay or dangerous working conditions. A big part of winning a wage war is having the public in your side. Learn all about strikes in today's episode.

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Our cats episode - right here, right meow

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Tue, Apr 05, 2016


Cats are the most popular pet in the United States, despite the fact that we've only been keeping them indoors for 50-60 years. Learn about more cat facts in today's episode.

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Nostalgia is not the most toxic impulse

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Thu, Mar 31, 2016


Nostalgia is a funny thing. It's not home sickness, it's more connected to emotions and a time in your life. But is nostalgia worthwhile? Nascent science says it just might be.

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What Was the Deal With the Hatfields and McCoys?

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Tue, Mar 29, 2016


It was America's most famous family feud, but the history of the Hatfields vs the McCoys is fraught with bias and inaccuracies. Dig into a disagreement in 19th-century Appalachia that became a very big deal around the world.

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TED Talks Featuring Roman Mars

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Thu, Mar 24, 2016


TED is not a person, it's an annual conference hosting some of the brightest minds in the world giving talks meant to enlighten and inspire. This episode features TED talker and fellow podcaster Roman Mars of 99% Invisible.

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Who Gets to Name Continents?

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Tue, Mar 22, 2016
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America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, right? Maybe not. And who named Australia? Find out the unusually uncertain origins of the continents and other interesting stuff in this episode.

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How Makeup Works

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Thu, Mar 17, 2016


Humans have been wearing makeup for a few thousand years now and yet, here in the US the chemicals used in them are still not understood and not really regulated. Delve into the history of makeup and the psychology and feminist theory around it.

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Some Really Interesting Cases of Mass Hysteria

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Tue, Mar 15, 2016


Around the world and across time, people have fallen victim to one of the strongest contagions of all – the power of suggestion. Here are just a few examples of these bizarre cases.

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How Dark Money Works

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Thu, Mar 10, 2016


Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 in the Citizens United case that political contributions are speech and should be protected, the floodgates of anonymous political contributions have opened. But does absolute funding corrupt absolutely?

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How The Iditarod Works

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Tue, Mar 08, 2016


Each year hundreds of dogs haul humans in sleds as part of the 1,100 plus mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It's grueling and not without controversy but one thing is for sure, these are some amazing dogs.

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How Freak Shows Worked

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Thu, Mar 03, 2016


Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical deformity. They were called freakshows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide.

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How El Nino Works

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Tue, Mar 01, 2016


El Nino may mean "the little boy" or "Christ Child" in Spanish, but this weather phenomenon really means crazy things for Planet Earth. We're talking rain where it's typically dry and drought where it's usually wet. Learn why today.

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(Approximately) 10 Things That Vanished Mysteriously

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Thu, Feb 25, 2016


Sometimes things - like dentures, airplanes or even people - go missing. And when they never turn up again they become enduring, and engrossing, mysteries.

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The Future of Renewable Energy, Featuring Bill Gates

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Tue, Feb 23, 2016


Renewable energy could be the key to ensuring the future prosperity and health of Planet Earth and humankind. In this very special episode, we sit down and discuss the possibilities with Bill Gates.

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How Nitrous Oxide Works

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Thu, Feb 18, 2016


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

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How Jackhammers Work

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Tue, Feb 16, 2016


It’s likely that without the invention of the pneumatic jackhammer, the Industrial Revolution wouldn’t have hummed along quite so smoothly. Certainly a lot more trains would go around mountains than through them. Learn about this essential tool here.

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What's the Deal With Poop?

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Thu, Feb 11, 2016


We are going to get down and dirty with all things poop in this episode: What a healthy poop looks like, how to poop your best, the history of using poop to survive in the Canadian wild and lots more interesting stuff.

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How Rabies Works

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Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Rabies may have gotten a lot of attention in the U.S. in the 70s and 80s, but it's still an issue in developing countries. Learn all about this nasty virus in today's episode. And stay away from raccoons and bats.

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How Land Diving Works

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Thu, Feb 04, 2016


On Pentacost Island the ritual that preceeded bungee jumping is alive and well. Just why do these tribesmen risk life and limb? To ensure a hearty yam harvest. Great reason.

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Operation Mincemeat: How A Corpse Fooled the Nazis

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Tue, Feb 02, 2016


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

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Does Whole Body Cryotherapy Work?

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Thu, Jan 28, 2016


Forty years after a Japanese doctor began using whole body cryotherapy to treat patients with arthritis; the technique has made its ways to med-spas and locker rooms throughout the West. But does it actually do anything?

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How Personalized Medicine Works

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Tue, Jan 26, 2016


Hippocrates realized that it is even more important to understand the patient than to understand the disease and now, 2000 years later, we are coming back to that way of thinking with personalized medicine.

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Timber! How Timber Works

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Thu, Jan 21, 2016


Throughout much of the world, the forests are being managed through sustainable timber harvesting practices. This has come at the cost of much legal battling and a century of practice.

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Sir Isaac Newton: Greatest Scientist of All Time?

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Tue, Jan 19, 2016


There have been a lot of great scientist throughout history, but Sir Isaac Newton might just take the cake. But while he was a certified genius, he was also a little screwy. Dive into the life of this fascinating chap in today's episode.

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The Duality of Caffeine

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Thu, Jan 14, 2016


Caffeine is a heck of a drug - at the same time it's both good and bad for you. Learn the good, bad and ugly about this everyday stimulant in today's episode.

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How Futurology Works

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Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Science fiction writers have made some amazingly accurate predictions over the years, but in 1945 the pace of technological change created a field that spun off of sci-fi forecasting, futurology.

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Body Language

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Thu, Jan 07, 2016


Body language is how you communicate without words. Some say it bears more impact in communication than speaking words. Learn about how you say what you say could mean more than you think.

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The Satanic Panic of the 1980s

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Tue, Jan 05, 2016


In the late 1980s, the United States experienced a "Satanic Panic," leading parents to fear for the safety of their children. But were there any real examples of Satanic ritual abuse? Find out this and more in today's episode.

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How Lizzie Borden Worked

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Thu, Dec 31, 2015


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

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Great Wall of China

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Tue, Dec 29, 2015


The Great Wall of China is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. How'd it get built? How old is it? What's the current condition? Learn this and more in today's episode.

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The Stuff You Should Know 2015 Jolly Christmas Special

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Thu, Dec 24, 2015


It’s the most wonderful time of year again! Join Chuck and Josh as they explore Christmas traditions around the world, tidbits about Elf, holiday foods and lots more joyous stuff in this glad tidings-packed episode.

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How Gossip Works

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Tue, Dec 22, 2015


You know what I heard? That Josh and Chuck hate each other and they're just faking being friends for the show. That's called gossip, folks and it can do serious damage. Learn all about it in today's episode.

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The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978

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Thu, Dec 17, 2015


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

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How the Antikythera Mechanism Works

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Tue, Dec 15, 2015


In 1900 sponge divers found the wreck of a 2000 year-old treasure ship that contained within it a machine that should not exist. Learn of the device that reveals an understanding of the cosmos far more sophisticated than anyone knew the Greeks possessed.

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How Reverse Psychology Works

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Thu, Dec 10, 2015


You have very likely used reverse psychology before, trying to persuade someone to do something you want by suggesting they do the opposite. What’s behind the bizarre reaction this elicits?

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Carl Sagan: American Hero

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Tue, Dec 08, 2015


Carl Sagan was the world's first mainstream media super scientist, capapble of breaking down complex ideas for the common folk. But what made him tick? Billions and billions of great ideas.

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How HIV/AIDS Works, Part II

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Thu, Dec 03, 2015


In part two of the series on HIV/AIDS, Chuck and Josh explore how the battle against the disease is being fought and won thanks to new treatments and possible cures.

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How HIV/AIDS Works, Part I

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Tue, Dec 01, 2015


AIDS is one of the most well-known and most misunderstood diseases humans are susceptible to. In part one of this two-part series, Josh and Chuck explain how the disease is contracted and how it works.

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Live in Chicago: How Public Relations Works

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Thu, Nov 26, 2015


After a year of taking it on the road, Josh and Chuck are releasing their show on public relations. Learn all about the ways you’re manipulated on a daily basis and the man who invented it in this fascinating live episode.

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How Anonymous Works

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Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Anonymous is an amorphous group of hacktivists with no single leader or power structure. Some call them heroes, others call them criminals. Can they be both?

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How Dementia Works

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Thu, Nov 19, 2015


The number of people suffering from dementia is expected to explode in the coming decades and, in a pleasant surprise, countries around the world are taking steps to plan for the increase in friendly, caring ways.

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Live in LA: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked

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Wed, Nov 18, 2015


Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad life. Get to know this legendary comic who was nearing 50 when he got his break.

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What's the Deal With Staring?

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Tue, Nov 17, 2015


Gazing too long upon another person is almost universally viewed as anywhere from impolite to hostile, which is odd considering science isn’t fully certain why we stare – and why we’re so good at knowing when we’re being stared at.

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How the Voynich Manuscript Works

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Thu, Nov 12, 2015


Since its re-discovery in the early 20th century, the Medieval codex the Voynich Manuscript has thoroughly puzzled anyone who has tried to unlock its secret language and bizarre drawings. Will it ever give up its secrets?

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Maggots: Good For Healing Wounds, Turns Out

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 10, 2015


Cultures around the world over the years have been inspired by, then repulsed, then inspired by maggots’ ability to heal persistent wounds. We are in an inspired-by phase right now.

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How Grimm's Fairy Tales Work

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Thu, Nov 05, 2015


Unless you were raised alone in a basement (in which case you may be the subject of one), you probably grew up on fairy tales. That’s appropriate because they may be humanity’s greatest psychic projection screen.

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The Dark Origins of Fairy Tales

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Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Fairy tales are for kids right? Well not at first they weren't. They were dark tales of murder, rape, incest, cannibalism and mayhem geared toward adults. What changed? Chuck and Josh will drop that knowledge and more in today's episode.

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`Josh N Chuck's Hallowe'en Spooky Scarefest

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Thu, Oct 29, 2015


Each year, Chuck and Josh read a couple of scary stories and this year they have a pair of truly frightful tales about a haunted bog and a terrifying spider exhibit.

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How Passports Work

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Tue, Oct 27, 2015


The concept of passports – that people should enjoy protected freedom of movement - is an ancient one. It wasn’t until WWI that they became universal. Learn all about this overlooked, important document.

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Vocal Fry and Other Speech Trends

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Thu, Oct 22, 2015


You've heard lots of complaints about vocal fry, mostly from older white men. But it's not exclusive to the Kardashians. Learn all about vocal fry, upspeak and other quirky speech trends in today's episode.

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Please Listen to How Plasma Waste Converters Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


There is a way to not only sustainably get rid our household waste, but also produce enough energy from it to power the process and even create electricity for the grid. The future is here.

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How Wine Fraud Works

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Thu, Oct 15, 2015


Wine fraud may be a case of rich con artists tricking wealthy people into parting with money, but it's still a crime. Learn all about this weird, widespread practice in today's episode.

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How Vestigial Organs Work

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Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Darwin asserted that seemingly useless organs and behaviors are left over from our evolutionary history. But as more are found to have a function, the idea has become a flashpoint for the battle between science and religion.

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What was the Philadelphia Experiment?

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Thu, Oct 08, 2015


The Philadelphia Experiment is a bad movie from the 1980s, and also the conspiracy theory that refuses to die, despite virtually zero evidence of its occurrence. Learn all about this strange non-event in today's show.

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How Lobbying Works

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Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Lobbying is an entrenched part of American politics and one that many people think is breaking government. But petitioning the government is protected in the Constitution. How can this system be fixed?

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How PEZ Works

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Thu, Oct 01, 2015


PEZ began in Vienna as a mint meant to help people quit smoking. But once American kids got ahold of it, the candy took off and a symbol of childhood – and healthy secondary market among collectors – was born.

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Chuck and Josh Make It Through Female Puberty

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Tue, Sep 29, 2015


In part two of the SYSK puberty saga, Josh and Chuck venture into new territory as they explore all of the amazing changes girls face when they come of age.

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Geothermal Energy: Earth's Gift to Mankind

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Thu, Sep 24, 2015


Green energy is good for all, and it doesn't get much greener than using the Earth's own heat to warm your home or office. Learn all about geothermal energy in today's new episode.

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How Cult Deprogramming Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers – but did it even work?

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The Great Nuclear Winter Debate of 1983

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Thu, Sep 17, 2015


At the height of the Cold War, a group of concerned scientists promoted their findings on the horrific aftereffects of nuclear war and were accused of fear-mongering. But were they right after all?

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How Publicists Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 15, 2015


Some people call them flacks. Other people call them liars. But if you’re in the public eye and suddenly have an image problem, you’ll call them your best friend.

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How Chili Peppers Work

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Thu, Sep 10, 2015


Born and raised in South America, chilis were the earliest crop domesticated in the continent and among the first items brought back to Europe by Columbus. Today people are really, really into them.

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How Police Dogs Work

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Tue, Sep 08, 2015


Police dogs have been used since the 19th century - one WWI German defector became a major movie star. But in the US the post-9/11 era has seen a K9 unit boom and questions and concerns have increased as well.

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How Alcoholism Works

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Thu, Sep 03, 2015


In the US, 17 million people are alcoholics. Not merely abusing alcohol, these sufferers become physically dependent on it, forming a chronic disease. Learn about the effects on the body, the brain, and the life of an alcoholic and ways to get help.

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How to Donate Your Body to Science

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Donating your whole body to further science and medicine is probably the best thing you could do with your corpse. Which is why the industry that handles those gifts need regulating.

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Nirvana: Not the Band

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Thu, Aug 27, 2015


Hinduism and Buddhism are closely related in a number of ways, including their vision of what comes after we exit this mortal coil. Learn about the religions’ interesting interpretation of the state of existence outside space-time.   

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How Hot Air Balloons Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


Arguably the most beautiful objects in the entire world, hot air balloons take advantage of some interesting physics and have a long history of killing their occupants. Find out more.

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How Umami Works!

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Thu, Aug 20, 2015


For millennia humans have recognized four tastes, but in the 1980s a fifth taste first isolated in Japan gained worldwide acceptance – and took off like a rocket! Learn about meaty, musty, savory umami in this episode.

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Pigeons: Homing, Passenger, Carrier and Otherwise

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Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Pigeons can get a little confusing. Passengers, messengers, carriers, homing - the list goes on. But when it comes down to it, they're all variations of the same smart bird with a knack for getting home to roost. Learn about these clever creatures in today's episode.

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Hula-Hoops: The toy that's a shape

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Thu, Aug 13, 2015


We've covered our fair share of pop-culture icons and here is another - Hula-Hoops. They've been around since ancient time in some form or another, but made their name in during the Hoop Boom of the 1950s. Learn all about this popular fad and more.

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How Auto-Tune Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 11, 2015


What began as a challenge to an oil engineer to make a terrible singer into a pitch-perfect one, Auto-Tune has become a ubiquitous (and, to many, obnoxious) part of the musical soundscape.

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How Droughts Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Aug 06, 2015


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

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How Earth-Like Planets Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Since the Kepler telescope went online, astronomers have found there may be an estimate 40 billion planets like Earth in the Milky Way galaxy alone. What does it take for a planet to be considered Earth-like?

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How Bats Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


They are creepy, sure, but they are also useful, cute and in great danger of extinction. Get a new lease on life with a new view of bats in this episode.

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How Racial Profiling Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 28, 2015


At its base, criminal profiling is a legitimate investigatory tool. The Supreme Court has drawn a clear line that bans profiling when it includes race. So why do we still do it?

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Road Rage: GRRRR!!!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 23, 2015


About half of all people experience rage on a daily basis when they get behind the wheel. What is it about driving that ticks us off so badly?

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How Citizen's Arrests Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 21, 2015


In some states, it is not only your right but your duty to arrest someone you see committing a crime. Learn all about why you should basically never do that in this episode.

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That Time Nazis Invaded Florida

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 16, 2015


During World War II, Nazis invaded the United States with saboteurs bent on fomenting chaos. Three times.

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How the Terracotta Army Works

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Tue, Jul 14, 2015


In 1974, Chinese farmers discovered the first of what would number 7,000 terracotta soldiers meant to protect China's first emperor in the afterlife.

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How Brickfilm Works

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Thu, Jul 09, 2015


What began as a pair of teens who made a film for their grandparents has exploded into its own art form. Learn all about how stop-motion Lego films are made.

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How Egypt's Pyramids Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 07, 2015


Pyramids can be found in ruins around the world, but no civilization perfected the feat of engineering like Pharaonic Egypt. Learn about the mysteries that still surround these giants.

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How Circus Families Work

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Thu, Jul 02, 2015


Don't be confused - this one is about actual circus acts made of family members, not the controversial comic strip.

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How Audience Testing Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 30, 2015


Did you know some of our most beloved movies originally had different, sometimes better, endings? That is until they were tested in front of focus groups.

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Mosquitoes: The Worst

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 25, 2015


Sun Tzu said know your enemy, and so it is in that spirit that we present this episode on one of the worst airborne pests in the world.

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How Landfills Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 23, 2015


Well-planned landfills have only recently come into widespread use. Recently, waste managers have found that they work a little too well and now the landfill is being reinvented.

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Are You My Mother?: How Animal Imprinting Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 18, 2015


What do little baby ducklings have to do with Nazis? A lot actually. Find out about animal imprinting experiments and the debate over their ethics.

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How BASE Jumping Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 16, 2015


You should never BASE Jump. It is one of the most genuinely dangerous sports on the planet. But with that out of the way, you should definitely learn all about this pastime where people jump from tall structures and outcroppings for fun and thrills.

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Bridges: Nature Abhors Them

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 11, 2015


From prehistoric logs across streams to the 102-mile Kunshan Grand Bridge, nature works ceaselessly to take down spans. Learn about the fascinating ins and outs of bridge design and building and the mind-boggling challenges structural engineers face.

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How the Wow! Signal Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


In 1977, Ohio State astronomers discovered a radio transmission from space that was 30 times louder than the cosmic background noise. Since then every explanation of what it was has fallen short and the Wow! Signal remains possible evidence of alien life.

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How Ocean Currents Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 04, 2015


It’s easy to overlook the importance of ocean currents – they move along out at sea, while we stay mostly on land. But we are globally affected by them every day. Currents form the base of the food chain, drive weather and keep life as we know it going.

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How Street Gangs Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 02, 2015


The street gang problem in America peaked in the 1990s, but recent FBI reports find that gang membership doubled from 2006-2011. What’s driving this increase, and gangs in general? Wander into gang territory with Josh and Chuck in this episode.

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How Tupperware Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 28, 2015


Tupperware won immediate design acclaim when it was released in 1947, but it took a pioneering female executive to make a line of plastic food storage into an icon of the American postwar boom. Learn about the surprisingly intriguing history of Tupperware.

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How Junk Food Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 26, 2015


Junk food is literally that, empty calories of energy that provide little nutritional value and usually are stored as fat. Yet junk food is irresistible and for good reason – companies spend tens of millions engineering it to be that way.

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How Color Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 21, 2015


Science doesn’t have a good explanation for why we sense color, yet it is everywhere and affecting us all the time. But why should minutely different wavelengths of light have such an impact on our moods and motivations?

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How Internet Censorship Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 19, 2015


Some of it seems innocuous enough: protecting kids from unseemly sites or intellectual property from piracy. But the tools to protect these things are the same that governments can also use to censor ideas and quell dissent.

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How Pinewood Derbies Work

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Thu, May 14, 2015


Tens of millions of Scouts, and their parents, have taken standard blocks of wood and turned them into cars that zip along at up to 20 mph. Learn about the origin, physics and more of Pinewood Derbies in this episode.

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Does the FDA Protect Americans?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 12, 2015


The FDA was the first consumer protection agency in the US. Since 1906, it’s been issuing regulations meant to protect Americans from tainted food, ineffective drugs and pacemakers that don’t work. But is the FDA too cozy with industries it regulates?

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Josh and Chuck Make It Through Male Puberty

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Thu, May 07, 2015


Around ages 9 or 10 a boy will begin to undergo a magical, surprising, weird, amazing, totally bonkers transformation from childhood to adulthood. To separate fact from myth, Chuck and Josh take on the role of gym teachers and wade into male puberty.

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How Therapeutic Hypothermia Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 05, 2015


Physicians noticed centuries ago that people exposed to cold temperatures often have amazing recoveries from serious medical emergencies. Now medicine is learning how to purposefully induce hypothermia in order to buy time to fix otherwise fatal trauma.

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How Spiders Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 30, 2015


Spiders are second only to snakes in the dread department, but they're actually very helpful arachnids who are only deadly to humans under the worst case scenario. Of the more than 40,000 species, very few spiders are even venomous to humans. Learn everything you ever needed to know about these 8-legged wonders in today's episode.

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How Water Slides Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Water slides have been around in one form or another since the Romans. But back then they didn't know that they had on their hands. With the birth of the waterpark in the 1970s, these rides have only gotten more extreme, leading up to the birth of today's water coaster. All this and more in today's episode.

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How Water Slides Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 28, 2015


Water slides have been around in one form or another since the Romans. But back then they didn't know that they had on their hands. With the birth of the waterpark in the 1970s, these rides have only gotten more extreme, leading up to the birth of today's water coaster. All this and more in today's episode.

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Oh No, Snakes!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 23, 2015


If you think snakes are legless reptile carnivores, then you are exactly right. If you think snakes are here to kill you then you are exactly wrong. Learn more about these fascinating and undeservedly condemned animals in today's podcast episode.

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How Clowns Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Jesters of some sort have been around since ancient Egypt and China. Our modern clown was invented around 1800 and ever since they have been getting steadily creepier.

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How Zero Population Growth Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 16, 2015


In 1968, Paul Erlich published The Population Bomb, predicting coming famine and mass death. Erlich's predictions didn't pan out but his ideas launched a debate still raging today.

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How Slinky Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 14, 2015


It has been called a "glorified spring", but Slinky is one of the best selling toys of all time. From accidental origins to an unlikely resurrection, Slinky has a pretty great back story.

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What's the deal with blood types?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 09, 2015
-0400 11:14:45,


Blood types have one of the more interesting backstories in medical history. But as much as we've figured out about them and how they work, we still don't know much about why we even have different blood types. Listen in for a truly fascinating look at your most essential bodily fluid.

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Polyamory: When two just won't do

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Tue, Apr 07, 2015


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of polyamory. Turns out polyamorists aren't aren't weirdos and deviants, they're just regular folks looking for love from more than one person. Learn all you ever needed to know about this unique, but not so modern arrangement.

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Thanks, Easter Bunny! Bock Bock!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 02, 2015


Happy Easter from Stuff You Should Know! Learn all about Easter, from its humble beginnings as a pagan holiday to the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. We'll cover the Biblical and religious aspects, along with the origins of some of Easter's greatest traditions.

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Does the body replace itself?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 31, 2015


Does the human body really replace itself every few years? The answer is yes, but different parts of the body do so at different rates. Learn all about which parts of your body are the speediest, and which take the longest to regenerate.

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How Desalination Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 26, 2015


Why would people want to remove salt from water? To solve the world's water problem, that's why. Learn all about the efforts to desalinate H2O in cheaper and more efficient ways.

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10 Bizarre Medical Treatments

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 24, 2015


Medical science has a long and storied history of trying out cures and procedures that later strike us as wacky. And they’re still at it today! Learn about bizarre treatments, from opium for children to tobacco smoke enemas in this episode.

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Earwax: Live With It

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Thu, Mar 19, 2015


Despite tons of people using cotton swabs each day to clean the earwax from their ears, cerumen (as earwax is clinically known) is actually quite beneficial to the health of your ears – and even kind of ingenious as your body’s defense goes.

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How Anesthesia Works

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Tue, Mar 17, 2015


The use of general anesthesia is less than 200 years old. Before doctors were able to cause unconsciousness in patients, surgery was brutal for all involved. But despite this advancement in medicine, science still has no idea how it works.

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How Tea Works

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Thu, Mar 12, 2015


Legend has it that tea was discovered by a curious Chinese emperor after leaves blew into his boiled water. Now tea is the second only to water in popularity worldwide. And despite the varieties of tea, they all come from a single species of plant.

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How Fleas Work

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Tue, Mar 10, 2015


Fleas are the bane of the existence of pet owners. From their eggs to their lifespan to their feeding habits, fleas are practically designed to be a nuisance. They are parasites, after all. Get down on flea level with Josh and Chuck in this episode.

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How Stonehenge Works

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015


Even as far back as the Roman invaders, people have had absolutely no idea just what the massive monument complex in England known as Stonehenge was built for. Join Josh and Chuck as they try to get to the bottom of this Neolithic mystery.

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How ESP Works

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Tue, Mar 03, 2015


Even though almost half of Americans believe in it, ESP usually is treated as a load of bull by skeptics. But some respected researchers have dared to apply the scientific method to investigate ESP and a few have found some surprising results.

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Some Movies That Changed Filmmaking

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Thu, Feb 26, 2015


An estimated 50,000 films were made worldwide in 2009 alone. Many are surely clunkers, but in this episode Chuck and Josh talk about the ones that emerged throughout cinema history to change the course of all movies that followed. Get your popcorn.

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Why Do Lefties Exist?

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Tue, Feb 24, 2015


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

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How Perfume Works

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Thu, Feb 19, 2015


Women consistently rate scent as the most important factor in a man’s attractiveness and men have been manipulating that for centuries with scents of all sorts. Learn about the fascinating history -- and, well, art -- of making perfumes in this episode.

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Is there treasure on Oak Island?

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Tue, Feb 17, 2015


Off Nova Scotia, the tiny spit of land called Oak Island has been host to waves of treasure hunters for more than 200 years. Some of them lost their lives in the search for a treasure reputedly buried in a deep pit. But is anything really there?

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What is folklore?

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Thu, Feb 12, 2015


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

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How Feng Shui Works

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Tue, Feb 10, 2015


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

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How Ice Cream Works

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Thu, Feb 05, 2015


We all scream for ice cream, sure, but did you know we’re all technically screaming about a colloidal foam? Prepare for deep cravings that will surely emerge as you learn the history of ice cream, how to make it yourself and lots more.

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Rainbows: Delighting humanity since forever

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Tue, Feb 03, 2015


Rainbows seem to defy nature, but they're really pretty simple when it comes down to it. Turns out it's just light reacting to water droplets in the air. But they sure do look cool. Learn all about how rainbows are formed in today's episode.

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How Hot Wheels Work

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Thu, Jan 29, 2015


If you're an American who had a childhood, you probably have some nostalgia for Hot Wheels. Get your engines revved for this trip down memory lane as we discuss these fun and iconic toys.

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How Poison Ivy Works

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Tue, Jan 27, 2015


Poison ivy, oak and sumac are all variations of the same plant and they all can make you itch... if you're susceptible that is. In this episode, you'll learn just about all there is to know about this itch-causing plant, including how to best avoid it.

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Nostradamus: Predictor of the future? Not so much.

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Thu, Jan 22, 2015


Nostradamus delighted us all in grade school, but it turns out the real guy wasn't quite as prescient as we were led to believe. In truth, he wrote a lot of purposefully confusing riddles that people have twisted into meaning exactly what they want them to mean. Learn all about Nostradamus in today's episode.

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How the March on Washington Worked

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Tue, Jan 20, 2015


1963 was a huge year of conflict and progress for the American Civil Rights Movement and the March On Washington was the high water mark of that eventful year. Join Josh and Chuck as they get into the story behind the story we learned in school.

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Juggling: What the Heck

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Thu, Jan 15, 2015


There is a lot – A LOT – to juggling and Chuck and Josh go over the lion’s share of it. Delve into the deep history, physics, how-tos and different types of juggling in this surprisingly sweeping look at a putatively innocuous pastime.

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How the Scientific Method Works

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Tue, Jan 13, 2015


It evolved over centuries to become the gold standard for conducting scientific inquiry. Yet many people - including some scientists – don’t fully understand it. Learn about the basis of how we explore our world in this episode.

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How Online Gambling Works

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Thu, Jan 08, 2015


Pretty much immediately after the Internet was opened to the world online gambling sites sprang up. Over the last couple decades, U.S. law and online gambling have had an unusual and complicated relationship. Learn the ins and outs of this grey area.

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How Jim Henson Worked

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Tue, Jan 06, 2015


We’ve already recorded an episode on The Muppets, but Jim Henson was such a neat guy we delved into him even further. Learn all about the man behind the Muppets who was so much more than just a master puppeteer in this episode.

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SYSK Live: How Bars Work

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Thu, Jan 01, 2015


Join Josh and Chuck live from Vancouver as they dive in to the ins and outs of one of the oldest businesses in the world – the bar! Learn about the history of bars, cocktails and the good people who put them together in new and amazing ways.

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How Sea Monsters Work

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Tue, Dec 30, 2014


Legends of sea monsters are as old as humanity, and some ancient cultures even credited with with creating the universe. Even today when the sea washes something odd ashore we see monsters – we understand there’s much more than appears above the surface.

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Josh and Chuck’s 2014 Christmas Extravaganza!

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Thu, Dec 25, 2014


It’s that time of year again! Time to get cozy and tuck in with Josh and Chuck as they spread glad tidings and warm Christmas cheer. Tune in to hear about Letters to Santa, A Christmas Story, mulled wine and more neat stuff.

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How the GED Test Works

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Tue, Dec 23, 2014


The GED test was once part of a non-profit organization. That all changed in 2014, when it was privatized, made more expensive and more difficult to pass. But that also brought about a couple of more testing options. Learn all about how high school dropouts can earn their equivalent degree in today's episode.

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How Cinnamon Works

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014


In another commodities edition of SYSK, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of cinnamon, once the world's most prized and pricey spice. But did you know it was really just dried up tree bark?

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Boomerangs: Magic Sticks of Physics

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Tue, Dec 16, 2014


The physics behind returning boomerangs literally may be the most difficult concept to understand in the entire body of science. Join Josh and Chuck as they try their absolute best to describe how boomerangs work - and maybe even pull it off!

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Homeschooling: Not Just For Hippies and Religious People Anymore

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Thu, Dec 11, 2014


Back in the 1970s, homeschooling was illegal in the U.S., but after activists of all stripes lobbied lawmakers, schooling kids at home has become a viable option for parents. And as more and more have chosen it, it’s become more mainstream.

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How The Hum Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Dec 09, 2014


There is a mysterious droning sound often described as like a diesel engine idling that is severely impacting the quality of life of 2 percent of people in places around the world. The thing is, no one knows what’s causing it – or if it actually exists.

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How X-Rays Work

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Thu, Dec 04, 2014


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

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How Leper Colonies Worked

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Tue, Dec 02, 2014


Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, used to mean a one-way ticket to banishment. But once medicine trained its sights on wiping out what might be the most ancient disease to afflict humans, it has become treatable and even accepted.

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How Terraforming Will Work

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Thu, Nov 27, 2014


A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to have to find another planet to live on. Terraforming, or engineering a planet to maintain all of the ingredients to sustain life, seems to be the answer.

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How Kickstarter Works

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014


With billions of dollars raised, Kickstarter has singled itself out as the go-to site for creative crowdfunding. But not without some controversy along the way. Learn all about how this artistic business model operates in today's episode.

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What is Collective Hysteria?

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Thu, Nov 20, 2014


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

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How the Enlightenment Works

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Tue, Nov 18, 2014


The Enlightenment stands as the moment the West withdrew from superstition and found its faith in reason. Did it shift too far? Learn about this massive shift in thinking which we are still sorting through and coming to understand today.

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What's the deal with crop circles?

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Thu, Nov 13, 2014


For a while in the 1980s, people were fascinated and confused about what exactly crop circles were. Now we know that they aren't signs left from aliens, but art made by humans. Learn all about these stunning, large form art installations in today's episode.

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How Patents Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 11, 2014


What was originally designed to encourage innovation by rewarding the people who create technological advances, the U.S. patent system has become a big mess. Wade into this surprisingly interesting mire to learn how to save this important institution.

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How Limousines Work

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Thu, Nov 06, 2014


The first limousines weren’t even cars! Learn all about the history of limousines, how they’re made and some of the most creative and expensive amenities you can find inside them in this episode with Josh and Chuck.

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Can Nuclear Fusion Reactors Save The World?

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Tue, Nov 04, 2014


The world’s energy consumption is ruining the planet but for decades physicists have been working on what could solve the world’s energy and climate change woes for centuries to come – nuclear fusion. Learn about building stars on Earth in this episode.

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SYSK's Halloween Scare Fest

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Fri, Oct 31, 2014


Get ready to be creeped out and join Chuck and Josh as they read you with two spooky classic horror stories, The Striding Place and The Pale Man in this special bonus Halloween episode.

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How Haunted House Attractions Work

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Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Ever since the Egyptians, humans have been evolving toward haunted house attractions. The level of sophistication in the scares and gore effects continues to rise over time, but the purpose remains the same: to scare the pants off you.

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Is there a disease that kills by preventing sleep?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 28, 2014


The strange disease of fatal familial insomnia was first recorded in the 18th century. Its victims lose their ability to sleep, slip into coma and die.  The more we understand about FFI, the more mysterious it becomes.

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How Animal Camouflage Works

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Thu, Oct 23, 2014


The wild kingdom is filled with examples of animals that can camouflage themselves into their environment, but the means and the methods are also wildly varied. Learn about the ins and outs of blending in through this episode.

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How Extinction Works

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014


Scientists believe that 99% of the estimated 50 billion species that have ever lived on Earth have disappeared through extinction. This is a natural process typically, but it can also be cataclysmic and it’s becoming clear we are amid a massive one.

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How The Great Train Robbery Worked

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Thu, Oct 16, 2014


In 1963, 15 men got together in England to pull off one of the most daring heists in history. The Great Train Robbery was the crime of the century, capturing the public's attention and leaving them torn on who to root for - the cops or the robbers. Learn all about England's greatest heist in today's episode.

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Virus Talk with Josh and Chuck

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Tue, Oct 14, 2014


Viruses are big jerks that invade regular cells and hold them hostage, making you sick while they're doing it. Learn everything you ever needed to know about viruses, including how the common cold works.

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How Skywriting Works

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Thu, Oct 09, 2014


"Back in the 1920s, skywriting was invented to communicate with troops, but it quickly found its footing as a popular way for companies to advertise. Learn all about the aerial acrobatics and mental skill it takes to write mile-high letters backwards."

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How Karate Works

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Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Karate, meaning "open" and "hand", was developed in Okinawa before being exported to Japan and then the rest of the world. It is one of the most widely practiced martial arts and one of the most difficult to master. Learn about it in this episode.

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How Panic Attacks Work

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Almost three percent of Americans suffer from a debilitating disorder that causes them to suffer intense fear seemingly without reason and science hasn’t yet figured out what causes it. Join Josh and Chuck as they get to the bottom of panic attacks.

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How Rogue Waves Work

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014


Rogue waves come out of nowhere and tower as much as 100 feet over hapless ships they encounter, breaking across the boat and frequently breaking the boat and its inhabitants. Investigate the mystery of rouge waves in this episode.

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How Animal Domestication Works

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Thu, Sep 25, 2014


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

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How Police Interrogation Works

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Tue, Sep 23, 2014


Every year, police across the U.S. get thousands of criminals to confess to their crimes. The trouble is, the procedure that almost all departments use is grounded in bad science and can produce false confessions. Learn about ways of making you talk.

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How Currency Works

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Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Even if you entirely eschew the concept of money, we’ll bet you’d be hard pressed not to trade in some form of currency. Learn how everything from cows to cacao beans to tiny shells from Maldives have served as currency at some time or another.

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How Socialism Works

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014


In America it's virtually a dirty word, but after being dragged through the mud for a century, socialism is still a part of the U.S.’s national character. Learn about this foil and complement to capitalism and why it might not be so bad.

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How Royalty Works

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Thu, Sep 11, 2014


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

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How Stem Cells Work

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Tue, Sep 09, 2014


Since scientists realized there is a type of cell that can grow into any other type, they have worked to use them to heal human conditions like Parkinson's and immune disorders. But because stem cells often come from embryos they remain controversial.

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How TV Ratings Work

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Thu, Sep 04, 2014


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

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How Pinball Works

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Tue, Sep 02, 2014


Pinball was actually illegal until the 1970s in NY and other cities, hidden in the backs of pornography shops. The game was finally legalized, thanks to a Babe Ruth-style shot by the best player in the world. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck.

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How Blimps Work

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014


After newsreels captured the Hindenburg erupting in fire in 1937, the promising development of airship aviation was cut short. Today companies and militaries are taking another look at blimps and the unique qualities that may revive them.

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What's the deal with headstones?

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Tue, Aug 26, 2014


Headstones have quite an interesting history. From the beginnings of marking graves with simple wood carvings to the elaborate tombstones that would come in the Victorian era, Chuck and Josh break down the deal with all things headstone in this episode.

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How the Berlin Wall Worked

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014


It's hard to believe now, but just over 25 years ago there was a giant concrete wall separating East and West Germany. In this episode, Chuck and Josh get into the fascinating story of the Berlin Wall.

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Going Up: Elevators

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Tue, Aug 19, 2014


Elevators are way more interesting than you might think. In this week's episode, Chuck and Josh board the lift to elighten everyone as to the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of these handy people movers.

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How Ebola Works

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Thu, Aug 14, 2014


A disease that was discovered and contained to Central Africa in the 1970s has revived and spread in 2014. Now there is an Ebola outbreak that has moved across borders and science still has no cure for it.

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How The NSA Works

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Tue, Aug 12, 2014


Chuck and Josh dive into the secret world of the National Security Agency, from the origins of the snooping outfit, to the recent revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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What is a Numbers Station?

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Thu, Aug 07, 2014


If you think secretly coded messages sent via short wave radio is Cold War relic, think again. Chuck and Josh are here to dispel that myth, along with many others relating to numbers stations, including why they might still be operational.

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How Play-Doh Works

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Tue, Aug 05, 2014


Do you love Play-Doh? Chuck and Josh certainly love to talk about it, from its interesting history as a wall cleaner, to its more scientific chemical properties. It's everything you ever wanted to know about the pliable children's toy.

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How Morgellons Disease Works

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Thu, Jul 31, 2014


There is a condition that can cause people to feel bugs crawling beneath their skin so acutely that they will use tweezers to pluck them from their eyeballs. It’s a terrible disorder made worse by medicine’s insistence it is all in sufferers’ heads.

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Is there a dark side of the moon?

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Tue, Jul 29, 2014


Josh and Chuck explore the old notion that there’s a dark side of the moon. There is, but it turns out it’s not always the same side. And yes, there’s a side we never see, but it’s not always dark. Make sense? It will in this episode.

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The Skinny on Probiotics

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Thu, Jul 24, 2014


You can find probiotics - bacteria thought to have healthful benefits for humans - in everything from pills to yogurt. But does any of it work? Listen as Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of the science (and need for it) of probiotics and health.

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How Trickle-Down Economics Works

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014


The concept of trickle-down economics is tied to Ronald Reagan, but the idea’s been around and in use since the 20s. It’s simple: Give more money to the wealthy and they can use it to rev up an economy. But is the whole thing just a scam?

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How In Vitro Fertlization Works

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Thu, Jul 17, 2014


In the U.S. alone, more than 6 million people are affected by infertility and science has taken up the mantle of helping them to conceive. Learn about the clever, though intuitive, methods of assisting infertile couples to have a child.

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How Sushi Works

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Tue, Jul 15, 2014


Sushi grew out of a way to ferment fish a couple thousand years ago and in the late 20th century began to take the world by storm. What began as traditional, rigid food has come to evolve with new delicious innovations being added to the original cannon.

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How Grass Works? Yes, How Grass Works

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Thu, Jul 10, 2014


There’s nothing more boring than watching grass grow, which is why Josh and Chuck aren’t asking you to do that. Instead, you can learn about all sorts of neat things about grass  - like how Americans became obsessed with perfect lawns - in this episode.

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Is brain size related to intelligence?

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Tue, Jul 08, 2014


The idea that the larger the brain, the higher the intelligence is an old one, but it’s pretty much utterly false. Modern investigation into how the brain works suggests there’s a lot more to take into account when comparing brain biology to intellect.

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How Monopoly Works

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Thu, Jul 03, 2014


Since more than 1 billion people have played it, you’re probably familiar with the board game Monopoly, but we bet you don’t know its secret origins as a left-wing socialist teaching tool. Learn about the history, rules and cultural impact of Monopoly.

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How The Louvre Works

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Tue, Jul 01, 2014


The most famous museum in the world, France’s Louvre, has been the seat of high art and culture for several centuries. Its history goes back farther than that, beginning in the 1200s as a fort and prison. Tour the Louvre and its collections in this episode.

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How the MPAA Works

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014


" You may be surprised to learn those ubiquitous ratings, from G to NC-17, put on movies in America are actually handed down by anonymous employees of a secretive organization that serves as a lobbying firm for Hollywood’s six biggest studios.

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How the La Brea Tar Pits Work

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Tue, Jun 24, 2014


" It’s surprising that a few 12-feet-deep pools of asphalt have proven to be one of the most significant troves of Pleistocene fossils, but the La Brea Tar Pits, located in the heart of Los Angeles, are giving science a clear picture of a puzzling time.

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How Soccer Works

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Thu, Jun 19, 2014


Maybe you hail from a soccer crazed country – or from the U.S. Either way, there’s lots to discuss about “the beautiful game”, from its prehistory, rules and strategy to, of course, the World Cup. Join Josh and Chuck as they wade into football, aka soccer.

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Is your employer spying on you?

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Tue, Jun 17, 2014


Your employer may be secretly reading your emails, watching what websites you visit and tracking your whereabouts through your phone. And because of how the courts have ruled, there’s nothing you can do about it. Learn all about employer spying here.

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Sugar: It Powers the Earth

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Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it. Insanely high prices, wars and even slavery couldn't undo world's need for a sugar fix. Today that fix is responsible for the obesity epidemic facing the West.

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How the Placebo Effect Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 10, 2014


For centuries, doctors have prescribed drugs they knew weren't real – but that still somehow worked. It wasn't until the 1980s that the placebo effect, the phenomenon where an inert substance can have a genuine impact on a patient's recovery, was studied.

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How the Space Race Worked

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Thu, Jun 05, 2014


In the 1950s and 60s, the United States and the Soviet Union battled it out to see who would dominate the race for outer space. The Soviets got out to an early lead, but the U.S. would ultimately win. Learn all about the Space Race in this week's episode.

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Why Is Venice So Wet?

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Tue, Jun 03, 2014


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

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Archaeology in a Nutshell

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Thu, May 29, 2014


If you thought Indiana Jones was the model archaeologist, you're pretty much right. Archaeologists are one part scientist, one part scholar, and one part adventurer. In this episode, learn all you need to know this fascinating field.

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How Temper Tantrums Work

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Tue, May 27, 2014


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 episode.

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How Avalanches Work

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Thu, May 22, 2014


Each year, as snow builds on peaks across the world’s mountain ranges, the potential for avalanches builds. Learn about the science of how these natural disasters develop and are triggered – and how to survive one if you ever find yourself trapped.

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8 Reasons Why Your Body Is So Gross

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Tue, May 20, 2014


Your body right now is home to a liter of mucous, countless fat-loving mites, acid that can dissolve metal and plenty of other gross and interesting stuff. Learn all about your body and its functions here.

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How the Paleo Diet Works

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Thu, May 15, 2014


You may have heard of the Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, but do you know the science it’s based on? And did you know that the saturated fat it and other diets avoid may be healthier than you were taught in school?

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How the Human Microbiome Project Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 13, 2014


If it was possible to take a full scan of all of the DNA of every cell in and on your body the results would be startling: Only 1 percent would be human. The other 99 percent comprises all of the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes you literally cannot live without.

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How Bipolar Disorder Works

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Thu, May 08, 2014


Suffering from bipolar disorder means a lot more than your garden variety mood swings. Bouts of mania and depression are just the headlines. There are also theories that there's a link between bipolarism and creativity. Learn all about this disruptive, yet manageable disorder.

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How Gypsies Work

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Tue, May 06, 2014


Gypsies were called that because they were long ago mistaken as Egyptians. Even their more appropriate name, Roma, is a misnomer since they're not from Romania. Find out about the mysterious history of this nomadic and genuinely misunderstood ethnic group.

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How Marijuana Works

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Thu, May 01, 2014


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

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How the ACLU Works

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Tue, Apr 29, 2014


Being a card-carrying member of the ACLU is tantamount to being a super liberal to some, but the ACLU ultimately displays no allegiance to any political philosophy, only to whomever's Constitutional rights are being infringed upon, from Nazis to the NAACP."

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Halitosis: Worst Smell Ever?

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Thu, Apr 24, 2014


Occasional bad breath is one thing, halitosis is another. Or is it? From its odd origins as a marketing ploy to modern weight loss diets that can induce this embarrassing condition, you can learn all about bad breath here.

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How Mars Works

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Tue, Apr 22, 2014


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

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How Burlesque Works

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014


What’s old is new again as far as burlesque is concerned. Come explore what was an old-timey outlet for empowering women that later gave rise to the striptease once men started running the show. Now, women have reclaimed the art and it is benefiting.

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How Dissociative Identity Disorder Works

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Tue, Apr 15, 2014


Dissociative Identity Disorder was known as multiple personality disorder until a case of mass hysteria brought on by the movie-mad public and unscrupulous psychiatrists led to a stigma over the term. Now psychiatry has gotten serious about the condition.

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How Natural Selection Works

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014


While evolution gets all the spotlight for moving species into better versions of themselves, but really it’s natural selection that is the engine driving the process. Learn all about this elegant scientific observation that forms the basis of life.

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How Charles Darwin Worked

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Tue, Apr 08, 2014


Charles Darwin wasn't the first or only scientist to grasp the theory of evolution through natural selection, but he became its father and icon. Learn about the man who reluctantly but bravely became the source of the divide between religion and science.

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How Income Taxes Work

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Thu, Apr 03, 2014


They are among the more reviled concepts of modern life, and yet they are as inevitable as death. Join Josh and Chuck as they look into the history and the basis of income taxes in the U.S. in this episode.

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How 3D Printing Works

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Tue, Apr 01, 2014


With 3D printing you can print not just pictures and words, but actual objects from files. And as costs come down, the list of things you can print expand: from food, to organs, to guns.

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How Landslides Work

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Thu, Mar 27, 2014


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

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How Amnesia Works

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Tue, Mar 25, 2014


Those movies where someone gets hit on the head and can’t remember who they are anymore? They’re actually not too far off from the reality of amnesia. Learn everything about this bizarre and life-robbing condition with Josh and Chuck.

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How Electricity Works

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Thu, Mar 20, 2014


It is literally all around you (and even inside you) – electricity makes up the basis of modern life. But what exactly is electricity and how does it work? Josh and Chuck chase away the darkness and explain electricity in their usual electrifying way.

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Tattoos: Not Just For Dirtbags Anymore

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Tue, Mar 18, 2014


Most Europeans first encountered tattoos after sailors visiting the South Pacific returned covered in them. From then on, with a few notable exceptions, tattoos have been associated with fringe dwellers in the West. Learn all about tats in this episode.

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How Black Boxes Work

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Thu, Mar 13, 2014


Black boxes are designed to be the only survivor of plane crashes so they can live to tell the tale of what went wrong to prevent future accidents. Learn about how these grim devices are made, how they’re tested and the tales they’ve told.

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How Skateboarding Works

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Tue, Mar 11, 2014


Skateboarding started out as something bored surfers did when the waves weren’t breaking, but after a few improvements to the design, it took off like a rocket to become its own cultural phenomenon. Come gleam the cube with Josh and Chuck.

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How Online Dating Works

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Thu, Mar 06, 2014


No longer weird, possibly still desperate and approaching normal, online dating’s been around almost as long as the Internet itself. So what exactly is the best way to find love online if one were so inclined to do so? Josh and Chuck hook you up.

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How the Spanish Inquisition Worked

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Tue, Mar 04, 2014


The idea of pious monks imbued with unbridled power and with a penchant for dealing torture and death is a scary one indeed, and one both Spain and the Catholic Church have tried to reconcile since the Spanish Inquisition ended in the 19th century.

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What happened at Kent State?

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Thu, Feb 27, 2014


On May 4, 1970, four days of anti-war protests at Kent State University in Ohio culminated in the unthinkable when Ohio guardsmen opened fire on protesters, killing four students. How could this tragedy take place?

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Termites: They Bore But They Aren't Boring

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Tue, Feb 25, 2014


Their soft white bodies look creepy and, to be sure, they are, but termites are pretty amazing bugs. They build ventilation systems into their mounds, poop on their enemies and grow mushrooms. Learn all the neat stuff you didn’t know about termites here.

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How Amputation Works

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Thu, Feb 20, 2014


Amputation is one of the oldest surgeries and an even older punishment for crime, but it wasn’t until the American Civil War and its 50,000 amputations that the procedure began to hit its stride. Learn about amputation and who it attracts in this episode.

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How Salt Works

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Tue, Feb 18, 2014


A Roman senator once said, Mankind can live without gold, but not without salt. Right he was. The human body needs salt so much we have developed a taste for it specifically. But too much salt can be toxic. Learn about salt’s role in human history and how we get it from the Earth in this episode.

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How Cave Dwellers Work

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Thu, Feb 13, 2014


You know the cavemen, a race of human cousins who lived exclusively in caves? They didn’t exist. Sure prehistoric hominids used caves sometimes but they lived in other places too. Luckily the time they spent in caves has given us a glance at their culture thanks to the protective environments of caves.

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Do objects or experiences make us happier?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 11, 2014


Since Sartre classified things that make us happy into the categories of having and doing, science took up the investigation into materialism and experientialism. The results have been in for a while: experiences win by a wide margin, but why exactly?

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How Sign Language Works

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Thu, Feb 06, 2014


It wasn’t until the 19th century that America’s dominant sign language was developed and despite its co-existence alongside English, a user would be hard-pressed to sign with a British person. Find out about the independent evolution of sign language in the U.S. and how intuitively sensible it is.

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Will computers replace doctors?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 04, 2014


With savvy and health-conscious people taking control of their wellbeing through apps and sites, technology is meeting the desire for individuals’ responsibility for their health. But is the day coming soon when doctors will be obsolete, replaced by computers that read our health-related data to treat us?

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What are crystal skulls?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 30, 2014


Back in the early 20th-century mysterious skulls made from polished crystals began to enter the collections of private enthusiasts of the occult. Discovered by adventurers raiding sacred areas of the ancient world, these skulls were said to possess unusual supernatural powers and their owners, who could use them to "will death" to others. Learn about the strange history of these curious and suspect archaeological finds in this lost episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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What's the deal with the debt ceiling?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 28, 2014


Lately it’s been common news fodder that Congress uses its ability to raise the debt ceiling to hold the executive branch hostage to its demands, but exactly how does that work, and what does the debt ceiling do? Learn about it in this fascinating episode.

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How the Deep Web Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 23, 2014


Perhaps you didn’t realize that when you search the web you’re only skimming the surface. In fact, the types of web pages that turn up in your search engine results represent only a mere fraction of the total web. Immerse yourself in the Deep web and its dark corners in this episode.

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Chuck and Josh Bust a Few Everyday Myths

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Tue, Jan 21, 2014


There are lots of common "facts" that everyone knows, but it turns out a lot of them are actually false. Join Josh and Chuck as they put on their berets and suspenders and take the hot air out of some common everyday myths to make this a slightly smarter world.

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How Pet Psychics Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 16, 2014


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.

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Was there a real King Arthur?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 14, 2014


The legend of King Arthur is very old and very established. By the time the king who saved Britain and united it was first written about, his story was already hundreds of years old. And while many of the details of his life and adventures, from the Lady of the Lake to Merlin the Magician, seem fictional some archaeologists believe that Arthur -- and much of his life -- was real.

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How Filibusters Work

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Thu, Jan 09, 2014


Although lots of people incorrectly believe the filibuster was an intentional rule created by the founders of the U.S., this ancient method of stalling legislation was actually brought about in America by accident. Learn the ins and outs of this contentious quirk of parliamentary rules that allows a single senator to hijack the proceedings of the entire legislative body in this episode.

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Your limb is torn off - now what?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 07, 2014


Were you to be the unfortunate victim of a limb removal of any sort, you could take hope. Here in the 21st century, doctors have gotten pretty handy at reattaching arms and legs, replacing thumbs with toes, rebuilding breasts, all to great success thanks to microsurgery techniques.

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Could you live without a refrigerator?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 02, 2014


Do you know that hulking refrigerator in your kitchen emits CO2 thanks to the electricity it uses each year? It’s a comparatively small amount, in truth, but enough that some people have foresworn their fridge and adopted a life without one. Included are bonus food storage tips.

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Will solar sails take us to the stars?

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Tue, Dec 31, 2013


We have within our grasp here on Earth the technology that could make interstellar travel a reality within as little as a few decades and it doesn’t require any exotic fuel. In fact, it only requires sunlight and an initial blast into orbit to begin a steadily increasing sail to the stars.

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How Fire Breathing Works

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Thu, Dec 26, 2013


As part of their strange, ongoing suite on circus arts, Chuck and Josh discuss one of the more dangerous crowd favorites, aspirating extremely flammable chemicals from one’s mouth onto a flame, creating a ball of fire. It’s straightforward, yes, and stunningly hazardous.

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Josh and Chuck's Warm and Cozy Christmas Extravaganza 2013

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Tue, Dec 24, 2013


It’s finally here, the best episode of the year! It’s time to settle in by a nice fire, wrap up in a blanket, heat up a toddy and gather your loved ones around the mp3 player to hear Chuck and Josh talk about all of the things that make Christmas so merry and bright.

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Is lethal injection humane?

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Thu, Dec 19, 2013


Since the Supreme Court’s ban on capital punishment was reversed, states have sought a humane method of killing sentenced criminals. They settled on lethal injection, but is this quasi-medical means of killing as quick and painless as we think?

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How Manhunts Work

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Tue, Dec 17, 2013


When a suspect or prisoner goes on the lam there are plenty of ways to hide: in plain sight, in the mountains, in another country. There are as many types of ways law enforcement uses to track wanted people as their are ways to go on the lam, but there are some founding principles to carrying out a successful manhunt and they actually include you. Learn about how the fuzz tracks down fugitives and how it's evolving in the age of social media in this episode.

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How Underwater Tunnels Work

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Thu, Dec 12, 2013


It's a pretty amazing feat to dig a tunnel beneath a body of water that's big enough (and safe enough) to drive a train through. While humans have been digging underwater tunnels for thousands of years, it wasn't until the late 19th century that it became viable on a large scale. In this episode, Chuck and Josh explore the ins and outs of the engineering triumph that is digging below water.

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How HeLa Cells Work

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Tue, Dec 10, 2013


After she was diagnosed with the cervical cancer that shortly killed her, a tissue sample was taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge. Those cells would go on to become the first immortal line of human cells, something of enormous benefit to science and humanity as a whole. But while the line, called HeLa cells, became a multi-billion-dollar industry, her family languished without health care insurance. Learn about this complex case of private rights and scientific advancement in this episode.

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How Maglev Trains Work

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Thu, Dec 05, 2013


Thanks to the amazing properties of magnets, clever engineers have figured out how to make entire trains levitate above their tracks, letting them move frictionlessly and allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Learn about how maglev trains work and what's taking so long for us to get aboard in this episode.

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How Castration Works

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Tue, Dec 03, 2013


In this episode, Josh and Chuck teach you everything you ever wanted to know but were too freaked out to ask about castration. Learn about the history of removing male genitalia, why some parents had it done to their sons, how the state has become the main agent of castration in the last several decades, and why some people who are not crazy decide to become castrated themselves.

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How Black Friday Works

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Thu, Nov 28, 2013


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

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Is there a scientific formula for funny?

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Tue, Nov 26, 2013


Recorded live at the Los Angeles PodFest, this episode of SYSK delves into the longstanding attempt to break down what humans find funny into a scientifically reproducible formula. Join Josh and Chuck as they examine just why this extremely unfunny quest will (thankfully) never be realized.

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Who killed JFK?

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Thu, Nov 21, 2013


For the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Josh and Chuck delve into the killing, the investigations and the conspiracy theories to get to the bottom of an enduring national question.

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How Chocolate Works

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Tue, Nov 19, 2013


People have been consuming chocolate for at least a couple thousand years, but it's only been in the last hundred that humanity has arrived at its crowning achievement: the smooth, creamy milk chocolate bar. Find out about the history of chocolate, how it's made and how it affects your mood in this episode.

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How Werewolves Work

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Thu, Nov 14, 2013


If you've ever been bitten by a wolf, you're probably familiar with the anxiety of waiting for the next full moon to see if you become a werewolf. Learn all about the lore, mental illness and rules behind lycanthropy, one of civilization's oldest metaphors.

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Some Interesting Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

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Tue, Nov 12, 2013


Everybody knows that cosmologist Stephen Hawking has an enormous brain, but did you also know he has an equal wit? Learn about some of the lesser-known details about the celebrated physicist in this episode.

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How Lewis and Clark Worked

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Thu, Nov 07, 2013


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

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How Chess Works

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Tue, Nov 05, 2013


Despite its knights, bishops and castles, the game of chess has been around a lot longer since the Medieval Age. And it wasn't even invented in Europe - chess comes from 2nd-century India, when some unknown inventor created what has come to be considered the perfect game. Learn all about the history of chess and how to play it in this engrossing episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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What's with the Winchester Mystery House?

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Thu, Oct 31, 2013


After her daughter and husband died, heiress Sarah Winchester became obsessed with the idea that spirits haunted her and to appease them she had to have a house continuously built for them. So she did - 24 hours a day for 38 years.

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The Empty House

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Wed, Oct 30, 2013


It's Halloween, and Josh and Chuck are ready to creep you out with this year's spooky story, Algernon Blackwood's scary short story, The Empty House. Tune in, turn down the lights and prepare for chills to run down your spine as they read this classic bit of horror fiction.

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How Ouija Boards Work

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Tue, Oct 29, 2013


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

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How Revisionist History Works

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Thu, Oct 24, 2013


Perhaps you equate the term to conspiracy theories and Holocaust denials, but revisionism is a genuine discipline in the field of historical study. And thanks to revisionists, we now include a lot more reality – and previously unsung people – in the history of our nations. Learn about historians determined that history is far from set in stone in this episode.

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How Guide Dogs Work

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Tue, Oct 22, 2013


You know how when you see a guide dog leading a blind person to their destination and you think, "There goes a truly great dog?" It turns out you are absolutely correct. Guide dogs are about as special as dogs can get and it's through years of hard work. Learn about the ins and outs of guide dogs in this episode.

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10 Easy Ways To Save Money

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Thu, Oct 17, 2013


Times are still kind of tough, but there are some time-tested and easy ways to get ahead and in this episode Josh and Chuck explore them. Learn about not only how to save, but also how to make your new-found dough grow.

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How the Maori Work

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Tue, Oct 15, 2013


It's a familiar theme, an indigenous group's culture falls apart when exposed to European ideals, weapons and disease. For the Maori of New Zealand, however, a determined effort to preserve and revive its ancient identity has started to pay off. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the complexities of Maori culture.

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How Handwriting Analysis Works

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013


One of the fields of forensic investigation, handwriting analysis is based on the principle of uniqueness - that each person writes in their own peculiar way. Learn about this interesting area of crime fighting and how it's worked to advance itself as a real science.

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Did Archimedes build a death ray?

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Tue, Oct 08, 2013


During the siege of Syracuse in 214 BCE, the city-state's resident genius, Archimedes, built a number of clever war machines to thwart the invading Roman fleet. One invention, the death ray, has been considered the stuff of legend. But could it have been real?

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Can NASA predict natural disasters?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Oct 03, 2013


The US has developed some great equipment for peering into deep space that can also be used to great effect when trained on Earth. Now NASA is using satellites to track natural processes around the globe in an effort to better predict natural disasters like hurricanes and volcanoes.

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What's the deal with diplomatic immunity?

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Tue, Oct 01, 2013


You've heard all about diplomatic immunity, but we'll bet you don't really know how it works. Take some time to get into the nuts and bolts of this ancient and bizarre international custom and just how an embassy can be considered sovereign soil in this episode of SYSK.

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Does owning a gun change your behavior?

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Thu, Sep 26, 2013


Back in the 1990s, Congress effectively banned the scientific study of gun violence. Still, a handful of researchers plugged on and produced a small body of work about the effect of the presence of guns on the human psyche. Chuck and Josh look at the evidence.

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How Crack Works

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Tue, Sep 24, 2013


Back in the mid-1980s a new and extremely potent drug hit the scene: crack cocaine. In short order, America was in the grip of both a sweeping addiction and a state of hysteria over use of the drug and the social consequences of crack, like crack babies. Now, 30 years on SYSK takes a look back at the receding wave of the crack epidemic and its lasting legacy on America.

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How Dying Works

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Thu, Sep 19, 2013


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

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How IEDs Work

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Tue, Sep 17, 2013


Improvised explosive devices were the primary killer of American troops in Iraq and continue to top the list in Afghanistan. Their use is so prevalent among guerrillas and insurgents because they are so effective. They are easy to put together with parts that are easy to obtain and they are easy to hide. Learn about these terrible weapons in this episode.

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Can you die of a broken heart?

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Thu, Sep 12, 2013


In the early 1990s, Japanese researchers found a strange anomaly in their study subjects, five people who had inexplicable heart attacks. From this first investigation has come a scientific mystery: Is it possible that the sudden loss of a loved one can be so difficult to bear that it can actually cause a heart attack and maybe kill you? Could the romantics be right?

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How Breast Implants Work

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Tue, Sep 10, 2013


The first attempt at breast augmentation surgery was on a dog. The second on a woman who went in for tattoo removal. From those weird origins hundreds of thousands of breast implant procedures are now carried out each year. Find out all about the advancements and techniques in increasing your bust.

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How much money is in the world?

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Thu, Sep 05, 2013


There are few things more futile than trying to count all of the money in the world. Even many governments have no idea how much currency they have issued. But that won't stop Chuck and Josh from trying and explaining why we can't be sure how much money exists and the problems with flooding the world markets with bread.

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How the Rosetta Stone Works

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Tue, Sep 03, 2013


Sometimes providence smiles on historians. Thus is the case with the Rosetta stone, an ancient Egyptian tablet that served as the key for unlocking hieroglyphics, lost to time for a millennia. Learn about the international intrigue, rivalry to translate it and the luck that led to the founding of Egyptology.

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How did 168 conquistadors take down the Inca empire?

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Thu, Aug 29, 2013


Just before Francisco Pizarro arrived in South American in 1532, the Inca empire covered 350,000 square miles and boasted a million inhabitants. Yet Pizarro managed to take down this vast, powerful and advanced bureaucracy with only 168 men. Find out how and learn about the Inca on this episode.

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How Broken Bones Work

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Tue, Aug 27, 2013


It’s a pretty miserable thing to break a bone. There’s the initial blinding pain, all of the medical procedures during a trip to the hospital and then, in the best case example, you have to wear a cast for four months. Beneath all of this misery, though, your body is carrying out some pretty amazing processes.

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History's Greatest Traitors

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Thu, Aug 22, 2013


The annals of history hold a special place for people who have carried out treachery and betrayed their own. Thousands of years later, their names are still synonymous with being a scoundrel around the world. From Marcus Brutus to Vidkun Quisling and more, Josh and Chuck examine some of the bigger turncoats to live -- and exonerate others.

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How Ejection Seats Work

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Tue, Aug 20, 2013


When the Jet Age came about, pilots found they had a brand new problem with their brand new planes: how to bale out when they found themselves in a pinch at 700 mph. In the mid-1940s, aerospace engineers got to work coming up with a fascinating and complex lifesaving device, the ejection seat.

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How Cockroaches Work

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Thu, Aug 15, 2013


You've seen them in your home and probably squealed in terror, but now it's time to learn all about cockroaches. From their ability to run incredibly fast to the appendage that alerts them when you're about to whack them with your shoe, cockroaches are fascinating creatures that deserve your respect.

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Why was Davy Crockett king of the wild frontier?

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Tue, Aug 13, 2013


If there is an American legend who is both real-life and larger-than-life it is Davy Crockett. While he may not have ""kilt him a b’ar"" when he was three, he definitely did personify both the best and the worst of American individualism during the age of Manifest Destiny. Learn all about the man behind the coonskin cap in this episode.

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How does a diving bell work?

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Thu, Aug 08, 2013


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

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The Shark Diaries

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Wed, Aug 07, 2013


In this special episode of Stuff You Should Know, Chuck and Josh tip their hats to Shark Week with an old-fashioned radio play. Join the guys (and a few guests) as they present a dramatization of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks.

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How Horseshoes Work

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Tue, Aug 06, 2013


That laziest of backyard games, horseshoes, is also a very ancient one, developed by people following Greek armies more than 2,000 years ago. Since then, the game of horseshoes hasn't evolved too much, which would indicate that it has reached perfection. Learn about the rules of this game, one of the few things in life where close counts.

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How Fingerprinting Works

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Thu, Aug 01, 2013


The Babylonians, one of the earliest civilizations, were the first to use fingerprints to differentiate people, but it wasn't until the 19th century that prints were used for crime fighting. Ever since, analyzing, classifying and collecting fingerprints to catch criminals and positively identify people has advanced, but is it valid?

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How LARP Works

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Tue, Jul 30, 2013


Dressing up in duct tape-covered cardboard suit of armor and pretending you're an elf warrior for a weekend at a state park might sound like a pretty embarrassing thing to do, but that probably just means you've never done it. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the imaginative world of LARP - live action role playing games.

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How Maps Work

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Thu, Jul 25, 2013
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Yes, your brain may have just flash-dried from boredom at the thought of learning about maps, but it turns out they are a lot more than just tools for navigation. Maps are two-dimensional representations of how we imagine our world, with imagine being the operative world since every map in existence is riddled with errors.

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Why should you never scare a vulture?

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Tue, Jul 23, 2013


Being ravenous eaters of decaying flesh, vultures have long been shunned by humans. But because of their disgusting habits, vultures provide a much-needed service to the rest of the organisms on Earth, making them the unsung heroes of their ecosystems.

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Who owns an abandoned house?

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Thu, Jul 18, 2013


Ever since the real estate bubble in the U.S. burst in 2008, American cities have had to deal with a substantial uptick in abandoned houses. Faced with hundreds of thousands more than usual, new questions have arisen pertaining to who owns a house the owner has walked away from and just what to do with it.

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How Building Implosions Work

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Tue, Jul 16, 2013


When you need to take down a 20-story building, a wrecking ball won't do. Instead, you'll need to turn to the handful of companies in the world that are capable of safely and successfully bringing down a building by blowing it up.

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How Hip-Hop Works

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Thu, Jul 11, 2013


Now what you hear is not a test, instead it's Chuck and Josh discussing the cultural history of the Hip-Hop movement. Born out of the South Bronx, by way of Jamaica, Hip-Hop culture grew up suddenly as DJs learned to use two turntables at once. Check out this episode of Stuff You Should Know to learn about the origins and evolution of Hip-Hop.

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10 Medieval Torture Devices

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Tue, Jul 09, 2013


Warning: This episode on instruments designed solely to produce extreme human suffering during the Middle Ages in Europe is very graphic in nature. Seriously, if you're squeamish, maybe pass on this one.

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How Miranda Rights Work

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Thu, Jul 04, 2013


Back in 1966, the Supreme Court decided that suspects in criminal cases had the right to be reminded that they didn't have to talk to the fuzz if they didn't want to, as stated in the 5th amendment. Since that ruling, scores of other cases have shaped and defined the ruling that created a staple of police procedural dramas.

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How Pollen Works

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Tue, Jul 02, 2013


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

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How Burning Man Works

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Thu, Jun 27, 2013


You've probably heard about Burning Man, it's a week-long party in the middle of a desert made of 50 thousand people living pretty much without rules, pretty much without any exchange of money and often nude and on drugs. Get the background on this social experiment that began in 1986 and has grown in size and scope ever since.

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What's the deal with Rasputin's death?

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Tue, Jun 25, 2013


Grigori Rasputin, the Russian charismatic cleric and political advisor to the ruling Romanovs, is said to have been poisoned, shot, shot again, bludgeoned and drowned. Exactly how did he die and how would such a legend grow around a modern figure?

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How Ghosts Work

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Thu, Jun 20, 2013


According to a 2009 poll, more Americans believe in ghosts than don't. But what are ghosts exactly? If they do exist, what are they made of and why are they hanging around? Josh and Chuck explore both sides of the divide between belief and skepticism on the topic of ghosts and look at some pretty cool explanations for hauntings.

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How Bitcoin Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Mon, Jun 17, 2013


In 2008 Bitcoin, the world's first decentralized, anarchistic all-digital currency, was introduced to the world. Its value has risen, fallen and risen again and speculators, techies, libertarians and economists alike are taking it seriously.

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Capgras Syndrome: You Are Not Who You Think You Are

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 11, 2013


There is an extremely rare condition where the sufferer is convinvced that everyone around him is an impostor posing as their friends and family. Learn about the neurology behind this strange and sad mental disorder in this episode.

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How Drag Queens Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 11, 2013


You can trace the origin of men dressing as women in public back to classic Greek theater, but modern drag queens own their real inception to vaudville. Dip your toe into the politics and culture of this unique phenomenon with Josh and Chuck.

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How do trees affect the weather?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 06, 2013


Sure, you know that trees have an impact on climate change: to wit, fewer trees mean more atmospheric CO2. But did you know that trees can actually impact local and immediate weather? Learn about why you should love trees even more than you do.

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What happened to the lost colony at Roanoke?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 04, 2013


Before Jamestown became the first successful English colony in the New World, an entire group of settlers vanished. For the last 430 years, Roanoke has been an American mystery. Learn the theories of what became of the lost colonists in this episode.

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How Coffins Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 28, 2013


Sure, you've probably laid in one at the store or a funeral home, but how much do you know about receptacles used to bury the dead? We'll bet you'll learn plenty - like the difference between a coffin and a casket - in this episode.

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How Police Chases Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 28, 2013


Entire TV shows are dedicated to them and Americans love to watch a live one, but police chases aren’t as routine as they seem. While police assert chases are important tools, critics say cops engage in chases too often and too easily.

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How PTSD Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 23, 2013


With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder the sufferer relives, over and over again, the worst moment of his life. What’s worse is medicine still doesn’t know how to treat it. Learn about this condition and how it’s leading to a n understanding of memory.

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How Cicadas Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 21, 2013


Cicadas are crawling out from underground, where they have been hiding in the darkness for almost two decades. As of May 2013, they're invading the East Coast From North Carolina to New York. But why? Learn more about cicadas with Josh and Chuck.

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How Aerosol Cans Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 16, 2013


In the 87 years since they were invented aerosol cans have protected soldiers, temporarily fixed flat tires, killed a boy who used too much deodorant and had their contents banned by most countries for wrecking the ozone layer. Tune in to learn more.

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How Electroconvulsive Therapy Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 14, 2013


With the exception of lobotomies, no other psychological treatment has a worse reputation. But thanks to some thoughtful tweaks, ECT has lately emerged from the dark ages and toward the respectable forefront of treatment for major depression.

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How Foot Binding Worked

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 09, 2013


Once in a while, all the necessary factors converge to produce a peculiar nationalized sexual fetish. In China, that fetish was foot binding and over a millennia three billion Chinese women’s feet were brutally disfigured for men’s pleasure.

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How Fair Trade Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 07, 2013


The West has gotten rich off the backs of underpaid labor living elsewhere; people who are dedicated to Fair Trade feel it’s time people at a disadvantage should stop being exploited. The concept is simple – just pay workers fairly for their labor.

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How Dungeons and Dragons Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 02, 2013


Despite what you’ve heard, Dungeons and Dragons isn’t just for geeks, it isn’t satanic and it’s actually a great way to exercise your imagination. Learn about the basics of D&D, its place in pop culture and the controversy the game has stirred.

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Is there such a thing as a truth serum?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 30, 2013


Ever since people have had secrets, other people have been looking for ways to get it out of them. Law enforcement and chemistry alike have searched for a drug that can remove the ability to lie. Join Josh and Chuck as they check in to see how it’s going.

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What makes us yawn?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 25, 2013


What is it that makes us suddenly draw in a deep breath through a wide-open mouth? researchers really don’t know. Whether the answer is physical, mental or even contagious there is pretty much no chance you won’t yawn during this episode.

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How Magnets Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 23, 2013


Whether you're sticking them to the fridge or using them to transpose sound to tape, magnets are surprisingly interesting. And knowing just how and why magnets work will make you more interesting, which is why you should listen to this episode of SYSK.

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Uses of the Insanity Defense

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 18, 2013


The idea that a person who can’t understand the crime they’ve committed should be inculpable is a longstanding pillar of Western criminal law. Learn about some of the prominent and overlooked cases where the accused has plead insanity in this episode.

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How Marriage Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 16, 2013


You can tell a lot about a culture through marriage statistics: what age people get married, how many divorce, who is excluded from legal marriage. It forms a picture of how a society interacts with itself. Learn more about marriage in this episode.

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Do men and women have different brains?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 11, 2013


It’s a touchy subject – if you find gender-based differences between brains, does that mean there are differences in intellect? Surprisingly, though there are demonstrable differences, men and women use their brains differently to achieve the same ends.

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What’s the deal with duckbill platypuses?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 09, 2013


It's pretty much impossible to describe duckbill platypuses without using the word “hodgepodge”. These mammals share features with birds, reptiles and even sharks. Learn about these peculiar little creatures in this episode.

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How Grief Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Apr 04, 2013


Since 1969, the five stages of grief have become pretty well known. But later researchers are finding that grief is rarely cut and dried, and may not be as widely experienced as we thought. Join Josh and Chuck as they look at the sad science of grief.

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How the Panama Canal Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Apr 02, 2013


The Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken. First conceived of in the 1580s and completed in 1914, the canal's fascinating history includes a stint where it was considered U.S. soil. Learn all about it on this episode.

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How No-fly Zones Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 28, 2013


They have become such a ubiquitous tool for international interventions that it seems like no-fly zones have been around forever. But it was only the 1990s that the first one was enacted. Learn about this peculiar military tool with Chuck and Josh.

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What was the most peaceful time in history?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 26, 2013


There's a lot of debate about whether pre-agricultural humans existed in a more harmonious state than we do today. Did we slip out of Eden when we began building large scale societies? Or is it possible that the most peaceful time in history is right now?

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Gesundheit! How Allergies Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 21, 2013


About 30-40 percent of humans suffer from some sort of allergy. The big joke, though, is that every sufferer is the victim of mistaken identity. Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system mistaking a harmless protein for a foreign invader.

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How Apartheid Worked

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 19, 2013


After WWII, the government of South Africa turned inward to focus its attention on domination of the white minority over the non-white majority. It took an internal struggle and the voice of the world to finally end the terrible practice of “apartness.”

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How the U.S. Postal Service Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 14, 2013


The USPS is currently teetering on the edge of going under and there are a lot of plans to save it, from cutting service to creating federally-protected email addresses. Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the history and future of the postal service.

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How Police Sketches Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 12, 2013


Creating composite drawings of suspected criminals from eyewitness accounts has been around since a Frenchman introduced it in the 19th century. Despite the introduction of new techniques and software it hasn’t changed all that much.

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TV Bonus: What will happen when we reach the singularity?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Mar 09, 2013


Futurists have unnervingly predicted an impending moment in human history: the Singularity, when a superhuman artificial intelligence is created. What will become of humans? Enslavement? Extermination? Utopia? Find out with Josh and Chuck.

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TV Bonus: Do zombies really exist?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Mar 09, 2013


In movies and stories, zombies are undead menaces that lurch around mindlessly, in search of flesh -- and braaaaaains! Where did the idea for zombies originate? Do they exist outside of fiction? Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to find out.

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TV Bonus: Can we build an elevator to space?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Mar 09, 2013


With the end of the shuttle program and an International Space Station still in need of supplies, the aerospace industry is working the kinks of out of a century-old idea to build a service elevator from Earth to outer space.

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TV Bonus: How Sleepwalking Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Mar 09, 2013


Sleep behaviors are pretty fascinating. Some people snore, some grind their teeth -- and some take a little stroll, or perhaps a drive. In this episode, Josh and Chuck investigate how sleepwalking, or somnambulism, works.

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Do people really run off to join the French Foreign Legion?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 07, 2013


Anyone who knows anything about Jean-Claude Van Damme knows he played a French legionnaire in the movies. He was just one of many actors to star in films that romanticized this mercenary force. Check out the details in this episode with Josh and Chuck.

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What makes a one-hit wonder?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 05, 2013


The term “one-hit wonder” gets thrown around a lot, but Chuck Bryant went to the trouble to really define what makes a one-hit wonder in the article this episode is based on. Join him and Josh as they get to the bottom of this disparaging term.

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How the Papacy Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Feb 28, 2013


In February 2013, Pope Benedict said he would become the first pope to retire in 600 years. Check out this episode of Stuff You Should Know to find out just what the pope does and the process of choosing a new one.

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How CPR Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 26, 2013


You have a golden opportunity to make yourself into a worthwhile human being by learning how to perform CPR. The chances are you’ll never need to use it, but knowing how never hurts. Listen in and get primed to take a course on real-life life-savin’.

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TV Bonus: Stuff You Should Know, Live at Comic-Con

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Feb 23, 2013


How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact? Join Josh and Chuck -- along with a live audience at the 2012 Comic-Con -- as they explore the ins and outs of time travel.

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TV Bonus: How Spies Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Feb 23, 2013


Psst. You want to know how governments and corporations get the drop on one another? The frontline of intelligence is populated by spies. Learn about how spies get and transfer information (and why they do it) in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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What would happen if the world stopped spinning?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013


Over 400 million years, the day has grown two hours longer thanks to Earth's slowing axial rotation. While it will be a long time before it stops spinning, it never hurts to plan. Listen to Chuck and Josh discuss what a still Earth would look like.

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How Surfing Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 19, 2013


You know the Beach Boys and you’ve seen Hang Ten shirts, but there’s a lot more to surfing. Join Josh and Chuck to learn more about surfing, from how to pop up on the board to the physics of waves and the Sport of Kings’ Hawai’ian origin.

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Myths About the Brain

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Feb 14, 2013


As is usual for SYSK, Josh and Chuck go over some, but not all, of the entries in this list of ten myths about the brain. While it lives in your noggin you don’t really have much of a grasp on your brain and how it works. You think you do, but you don’t.

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How Jet Lag Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 12, 2013


Jet lag has only been a real condition since 1958. Also known as desynchronosis, jet lag can lead to sleeplessness, irritability, diabetes and cancer. Learn about how the body’s natural clock runs and what happens when we cross time zones quickly.

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TV Bonus: How Weather Modification Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Feb 09, 2013


It began with old-timey guys dropping dry ice on clouds. Since then weather modification was used to keep the 2008 opening ceremonies dry and flood the Ho Chi Minh Trail, but does it work? Learn about weather control plans, diabolical or otherwise.

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TV Bonus: How Flesh-eating Bacteria Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Feb 09, 2013


Possibly the most horrifically-named disease anyone could contract, flesh-eating bacteria can lead quickly lead to amputations and death. Learn about how this disease works and how to prevent it in this episode with Chuck and Josh.

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How Willpower Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Feb 07, 2013


You use it to overcome your lower self (which wants you to eat cake until your vision blurs) in pursuit of the goals of your higher self (which wants you to avoid diabetes). Yet it was only the 1990s that researchers have begun to understand willpower.

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How Garbage-powered Cars Could Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 05, 2013


We’re not so far off from being able to power cars using beer and banana peels, like Doc in Back to the Future. Rather than solving the energy crisis with Mr. Fusion, though, we’ll use the centuries-old technique of creating syngas through pyrolysis.

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How Gold Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 31, 2013


Over the course of history, humanity has only mined 161,00 metric tons of gold. Considering about 85 percent of gold is recycled, there’s a chance your jewelry may once have been part of an Incan headdress or Mycenaean face mask. Listen in to learn more.

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How Stuntmen (and -women) Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 29, 2013


They get blown up, shot, drowned and thrown out of windows on the silver screen – and we don’t even know their names. Stuntpeople are the unsung heroes of the movie industry. Learn the ins and outs of the stunt world and how one becomes a stunt person.

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TV Bonus: How Bees Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Jan 26, 2013


With less than a million neurons in their heads, bees shouldn’t be able to do much. Yet bees are capable of high functions like population economics and navigating by the sun on overcast days. Learn about these fascinating insects in this episode.

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Fecal Transplants: You Gonna Drink That Poop?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 24, 2013


Medical ecology is concerned with understanding how microbes living inside us keep us healthy. The field’s first breakthrough is the fecal transplant, moving poop from a healthy person and into the gut of a sick person. It’s a real thing, and it works.

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How the Frick Fracking Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 22, 2013


Fracking, the process of breaking trapped resources like natural gas and oil from shale, has led to a revolution in energy production in the U.S. It’s also given rise to increasing worries that the process can have sweeping environmental impacts.

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TV Bonus: How Autopsies Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Jan 19, 2013


How can experts determine a person’s cause of death? Join Josh and Chuck as they take a trip through the morgue and look over the shoulders of the often controversial coroners and medical examiners that open cadavers to determine how someone died.

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TV Bonus: How Alien Hand Syndrome Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Sat, Jan 19, 2013


When a person has alien hand syndrome, his or her hand can move involuntarily, and seemingly of its own volition. Tune in and learn Stuff You Should Know about this misunderstood syndrome.

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Does the five-second rule work?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 17, 2013


If you drop a piece of food and pick it up within five seconds, is it still good to eat? Researchers have studied this and have also inadvertently shone a light on how utterly covered our world is with bacteria and germs. Prepare to shudder.

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How Death Masks Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 15, 2013


The Myceneans kicked off the habit of creating a mask of a deceased person’s face in deathly repose, and what began as an ancient rite has only recently fallen out of practice. Learn about this dignified but ghoulish custom with Josh and Chuck.

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Why do men have nipples?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 10, 2013


They’re always right there, taunting you: why do you have me, they ask? Why do men have nipples? It turns out there’s a good answer why and nipples on men aren’t entirely useless after all.Join Chuck and Josh for this heady investigation.

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Can you outrun an alligator in a zig-zag?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 08, 2013


You’ve heard the warning before: If you’re being chased on land by an alligator, run in a zig-zag. Of course, the average person should be capable of outrunning an alligator. Josh and Chuck take the opportunity to explore alligator safety anyway.

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What was America’s first terrorist threat?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 03, 2013


From the moment it was established, the United States had headaches with terrorism of the pirate variety. For decades, the federal budget even include bribe money to pay them off. Learn all about this early threat on this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Bigfoot Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jan 01, 2013


For centuries North American tribes have told stories of a hairy wild giant in the wilderness, and once Europeans arrived they claimed to see it, too. Chuck and Josh examine the claims of believers and the rebuttals of skeptics in this evenhanded episode.

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How Dog Shows Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Dec 27, 2012


You know those shows where people wearing sensible shoes jog dogs around in circles? They actually represent the pinnacle of a long and complex path to glory for dogs and their owners. Join Chuck and Josh as they peek inside the American dog show.

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Josh and Chuck’s Christmas Extravaganza 2012

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Fri, Dec 21, 2012


Kick back and raise a glass of eggnog to Josh and Chuck as they carry on a new holiday tradition of exploring the ins and outs of all things Christmas – and maybe even warm your heart along the way. Happy holidays, everybody!

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How Barbie® Doll Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Dec 20, 2012


In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore the history, cultural impact and feminist ire raised by the Barbie doll. The boys are joined by Gordon Javna, the founder of the Bathroom Readers’ Institute and publisher of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader.

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Lab-grown meat: Order up!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Dec 18, 2012


Since Winston Churchill predicted we’d grow meat in a lab by 1981, researchers have considered doing just that. And thanks to the current work of about 30 groups, we may be only years away from mass-produced artificial meat. But will anyone eat it?

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How Condoms Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Dec 13, 2012


The earliest depiction of a condom is found in a 15,000-year-old cave painting. Ever since humans realized sex led to children, we’ve been using condoms to prevent pregnancy. Join Josh and Chuck for this comprehensive tour of all things condom.

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Why isn’t the U.S. on the metric system?

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Tue, Dec 11, 2012


The U.S. stands proudly defiant and the world looks at Americans as dopes for the U.S.’s stubborn refusal to go metric. However, the States have been going metric for about 150 years. Find out what’s the haps in this weighty and measured episode of SYSK.

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Will we reach peak oil?

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Thu, Dec 06, 2012


A 2012 report showed that the U.S. may be energy-independent in just a few years, but not too long ago the specter of peak oil loomed large on the political and economic landscape. Join Chuck and Josh as they visit the consequences of running out of oil.

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How Vampires Work

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Tue, Dec 04, 2012


Out of obligation, Chuck and Josh mention Twilight, but it is the longstanding vampire lore that gets the most attention in this examination of how the bloodsucking undead evolved from baby-stealing demonesses to suave counts in our collective psyche.

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How Caving Works

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Thu, Nov 29, 2012


Entrances to the underworld have been places of wonder for eons, and humans have ventured into caves to sleep, hunt, create art and explore. Thanks to the hobby of caving, that tradition continues today. Bonus: Chuck discusses his caving experience.

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Why do leaves change colors in the fall?

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012


Ah, autumn – arguably the most beautiful time of the year, thanks to the vibrant colors trees put on display as they close up for the winter. Ever wonder why and how trees change color in the fall? Chuck and Josh have it down pat and explain it here.

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Philanthropy: Humankind and Loving It

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Thu, Nov 22, 2012


Sure the fatcats get all the credit for donating millions, but did you know US households making $20,000 or less contribute the highest percentage of their income to charity? Learn more (not to mention a sexy look at the U.S. tax code) in this episode.

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Should we be designing our children?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 20, 2012


In 2009, a fertility clinic controversially offered parents the ability to customize their children. How will society take the idea of designing children? Do we have a moral obligation to design better people? Join Josh and Chuck for this heavy episode.

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How Meth Works

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Thu, Nov 15, 2012


You know how when you do a lot of crystal methamphetamine you get meth mouth, where your teeth decay? Of course you don’t! So check out this in-depth look on the most widely-abused hard drug in the world. Even tweakers will learn something new.

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How close are we to holographic environments?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 13, 2012


Star Trek was famous for its holodeck, a completely immersive holographic environment that could be any space a user wanted. Thanks to telemersion technology built for business conferencing, we’re starting to get close to that holodeck after all.

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What will happen when we reach the Singularity?

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Thu, Nov 08, 2012


Futurists have unnervingly predicted an impending moment in human history: the Singularity, when a superhuman artificial intelligence is created. What will become of humans? Enslavement? Extermination? Utopia? Find out with Josh and Chuck.

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Yakuza: From Samurai to Slot Machines

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 06, 2012


The Yakuza trace their lineage back to the 18th century samurai, left masterless following political upheaval, who turned to lives of crime. After centuries, the Yakuza is still going strong, following both tradition and new avenues of illicit revenue.

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Is Stockholm Syndrome real?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Nov 01, 2012


Since a hostage standoff in Sweden took place in 1972 a peculiar and mysterious psychological phenomenon has had a name. But is Stockholm Syndrome real? And what conditions have to be present? Join Chuck and Josh as they look into this unusual condition.

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SYSK’s Halloween Horror Fiction Winner!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 30, 2012


Josh and Chuck have been planning this thing since spring and it’s finally here! Tune in to hear which listener’s scary story won the SYSK Halloween Horror Fiction Contest -- and prepare to have your socks scared off just in time for All Hallow’s Eve.

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Exoskeletons: How’s it coming?

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012


Since the 1960s, the Pentagon has called for a suit that can make a soldier jump higher, run faster longer and generally be a badder dude. It’s only now that the materials needed are coming of age. Listen in to learn the state of exoskeleton technology.

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How Commercial Jingles Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 23, 2012


You probably can recite five right now. Commercial jingles are designed to hijack your working memory and implant a product or service and they really work. Learn about the history of these insidious and catchy advertising vehicles with Chuck and Josh.

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How Lion Taming Works

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Thu, Oct 18, 2012


Bossing a lion around in front of a crowd at a circus has been an attraction for 200 years, but exactly how lion tamers get their captive wild animals to comply has evolved over time. Take a peek in the jaws of this odd profession with Josh and Chuck.

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How Black Holes Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 16, 2012


It wasn’t too long ago when black holes were strictly predictions in theoretical math. Over decades, astronomy has gotten better at uncovering these cosmic phenomena. Learn about how black holes form and their ability to spaghettify you in this episode.

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How Pizza Works!

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Oct 11, 2012


Sure it’s everywhere and there’s a more-than-90-percent chance you eat it once a month. But we’ll bet you don’t know the full history of that pizza (or tomato pie) you’re about to chow down on. Join Chuck and Josh as they explain it to you, bite by bite.

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How Rainforests Work

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Tue, Oct 09, 2012


It’s been called the world’s lungs, the world’s pharmacy and the world’s air conditioner. It takes up only 6 percent of Earth’s land, yet houses 50% of the world’s species. Find out the math behind why they may be gone in 40 years in this episode.

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How Fire Works

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Thu, Oct 04, 2012


Creating fire was possibly the most important human discovery, but it’s easy to take for granted. But. Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of the chemistry of fire in their quest to explain everything in the universe.

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How Whiskey Runners Worked

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Tue, Oct 02, 2012


Sure, Chuck and Josh have discussed it before, but it’s worth revisiting: Running moonshine led to the creation of NASCAR. Chuck and Josh aren’t even NASCAR fans and they think that’s cool. Join them as the investigate moonshine runnin’.

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Subways: HUH! What are they good for?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Sep 27, 2012


As ubiquitous as they’ve become, it’s easy to overlook the marvels of engineering that are subways. Chuck and Josh go boring as they explore these systems of tubes that must circumnavigate rock, rivers, cables and more to get you where you’re going.

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Q: Are we in the midst of cyberwar? A: Yes

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 25, 2012


There’s a secret war going on around us, and it's happening on a daily basis. The Air Force recently launched a new unit specifically designed to carry out and defend against cyberwar. Go deep into this new and alarming type of war with Josh and Chuck.

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Why does music provoke emotion?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Sep 20, 2012


A well-crafted piece of music can bring us to incredible highs and crushing lows, sometimes within the same song. Why does music affect humans this way? Join Chuck, Josh and special guest cellist Ben Sollee as they get to the bottom of music and emotion.

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Are we all Martians?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 18, 2012


There’s a very good question that no one has yet satisfactorily answered: Where did life on Earth come from? Some look to the Red Planet as the source of life here, which, if correct, would make us all Martians. Is there anything to this out there claim?

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How Book Banning Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Sep 13, 2012


If you want to control the masses, control what they read. After all, books are seeds that germinate new points of view. As a result, the struggle against banning books is contentious and continual. Learn more about banning books in this episode.

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How Asexuality Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 11, 2012


When Alfred Kinsey conducted his sex surveys he turned up, but ignored, a fourth sexual orientation: people who don’t experience sexual attraction. It took 60 years for Group X to gain a name and recognition, but with that has come increased scrutiny.

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Bioluminescence: A Bright and Shiny Fish

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Sep 06, 2012


Science has a handle on fireflies and glowworms, but most bioluminescent animals live in the ocean and are tough to study. Today, researchers are still figuring out why some animals produce light. Dive with Josh and Chuck into this illuminating topic.

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Can you test a nuclear weapon without a fallout?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Sep 04, 2012


Over the course of human existence, thousands of nuclear weapons have been exploded on Earth and in space. With all of those tests, one can't help but wonder how much fallout has been produced. Learn the tricks of the nuke-testing trade in this episode.

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How Flesh-eating Bacteria Work

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Thu, Aug 30, 2012


Possibly the most horrifically-named disease anyone could contract, flesh-eating bacteria can lead quickly lead to amputations and death. Learn about how this disease works and how to prevent it in this episode with Chuck and Josh.

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How the Electoral College Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 28, 2012


When you vote in an American presidential election, you’re not voting for your candidate – you’re voting for a group of people you hope will in turn vote for your candidate. Listen in to learn more about the strange process for electing the president.

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What happens to abandoned mines?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Aug 23, 2012


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

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Why You Probably Have a Criminal Record

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 21, 2012


If you're an American adult, there's a 1 in 4 chance you have a criminal record. While it's less likely you've committed any serious crime, there are still repercussions to having a rap sheet as more employers use them to decide between candidates.

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Did Reagan's Star Wars program win the Cold War?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Aug 16, 2012


Putting lasers in space to blast Soviet missiles out of the air was a very real part of Ronald Reagan's defense policy. While his "Star Wars" program was derided at home and abroad, historians are beginning to wonder if it didn't help win the Cold War after all.

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The Shark Diaries

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Aug 14, 2012


In this special episode of Stuff You Should Know, Chuck and Josh tip their hats to Shark Week with an old-fashioned radio play. Join the guys (and a few guests) as they present a dramatization of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks.

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How Shark Attacks Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Aug 09, 2012


A shark attack is a terrifying experience for the victim -- but are sharks really man-eating monsters with a taste for human flesh? Join Josh and Chuck as they ask why sharks attack, how attacks occur and which sharks are most likely to attack someone.

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How Ramadan Works

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Tue, Aug 07, 2012


It's the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, and for good reason. It was during the month of Ramadan that Mohammed began to issue the Koran. Learn about the customs and traditions behind observing Ramadan in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Can we build an elevator to space?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Aug 02, 2012


With the end of the shuttle program and an International Space Station still in need of supplies, the aerospace industry is working the kinks of out of a century-old idea to build a service elevator from Earth to outer space.

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How the Musketeers Worked

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 31, 2012


You know and love them as a fluffy chocolate nougat and maybe as a book and a movie, but musketeers were quite real and quite deadly. Visit with Josh and Chuck as they examine the elite special forces of 17th-century France.

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Stuff You Should Know, Live at Comic-Con

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 26, 2012


How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact? Join Josh and Chuck -- along with a live audience at the 2012 Comic-Con -- as they explore the ins and outs of time travel.

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How White-collar Crime Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 24, 2012


White-collar crime often involves fraud and other nonviolent acts. For most people, the term "white-collar crime" conjures up images of CEOs conniving their way to fortune. But what is it, really? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the facts.

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Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 19, 2012


It's true: The newspapers of the day reported that a cow (or perhaps its owner) was responsible for a fire that burned half of Chicago in 1871. Yet in 1997 Mrs. O’Leary and her cow were exonerated. Join Josh and Chuck to find out who’s probably to blame.

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How Disco Works

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Tue, Jul 17, 2012


Fly, robin, fly indeed. No musical genre has risen and burned out as quickly as disco, and historians are still trying to unravel the animosity aimed at it. Join Chuck and Josh as they dig into disco’s underground roots and its sashay into the mainstream.

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How Lightning Works

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Thu, Jul 12, 2012


You’ve seen lightning before, and maybe you’re even afraid of it. You should be. The air is ripped apart and a sudden electrical discharge burning six times brighter than the sun connects with Earth. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck.

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Geysers: Nature’s Innuendo

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 10, 2012


The spectacular eruptions of steam and water we call geysers are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the result of thousands of years of specific natural conditions and physical processes. Learn the Stuff You Should Know about geysers in this episode.

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How Tabloids Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jul 05, 2012


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

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Is the Dead Sea dead?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jul 03, 2012


An anomaly of geography, the shores of Dead Sea form the lowest dry spot on Earth. It’s been visited by millions, including King Herod and Cleopatra, all seeking the health benefits of this saline lake. Learn about this unusual spot with Josh and Chuck.

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What’s the deal with Executive Orders?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jun 28, 2012


Depending on who’s in office, they’re either a presidential tradition or the acts of a despot. Executive orders are not spelled out in the Constitution, yet every president has issued them. Learn about these controversial edicts with Josh and Chuck.  

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Lying Liars: How Lying Works, Liar

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 26, 2012


Studies find that absolutely everyone lies – some have found as much as a quarter of our daily interactions involve lies. What gives with everyone fudging? Chuck and Josh explore the philosophy, psychology and reality of lying and what constitutes liar.

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10 Accidental Inventions: By the Numbers

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Thu, Jun 21, 2012


Every once in a while Chuck and Josh do things by the numbers and here’s a good example. Turns out a surprising amount of ubiquitous items in our everyday lives were stumbled upon by accident. This episode explores a few of the more noteworthy ones.

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How Icebergs Work (Very Cool)

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 19, 2012


" Icebergs: floating chunks of ice. True, but whoa there. Scientists are learning that there’s a lot more to icebergs. Appropriately enough, we’ve only come to understand the tip of the iceberg and recent research shows there’s plenty more to uncover.

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Whatever happened to acid rain?

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Thu, Jun 14, 2012


Along with the hole in the ozone layer, acid rain was one of the first international environmental threats. It’s fallen to the wayside in the face of climate change, but we have yet to lick it. Join Chuck and Josh as they revive the 80s drumbeat.

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Should we have a fat tax?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Jun 12, 2012


The concept of fighting unhealthy behavior like overeating by taxing unhealthy food has been around since 1994. But as the debate over a fat tax rages on in the U.S., Europe has begun to institute them and there’s talk of taxing overweight people as well.

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Fractals: Whoa

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Thu, Jun 07, 2012


In the 1980s, IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot gazed for the first time upon his famous fractal. What resulted was a revolution in math and geometry and our understanding of the infinite, not to mention how we see Star Trek II.

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How Moss Works

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Tue, Jun 05, 2012


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

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Can it rain frogs?

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Thu, May 31, 2012


If you’ve seen the movie Magnolia, you’ve seen what it looks like to rain frogs. While there are reports of frogs, fish and even squid raining down that are questionable, science has figured out how it can – and does – rain frogs sometimes.

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Do video games produce real-life violence?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 29, 2012


The disturbing trend of school shootings around the world has dragged violence in video games into the hot seat. But are violent video games actually more capable of producing real violence in gamers or is it just the latest victim of societal hysteria?

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Are we obsessed with goals?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 24, 2012


We’ve all been brought up to keep our eyes on the prize and our pedal to the medal when we go for that brass ring, but does the Western interest in goals verge on an insane obsession? Learn how goals work (and if they’re healthy) with Chuck and Josh.

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How Labor Unions Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 22, 2012


Yes, it’s true: Unions have a shady mob-related past and were originally championed by anarchists. Born from medieval trade guilds, these organizations also helped grow the American economy, and not only protected but established workers’ rights.

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What is the future of Earth?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, May 17, 2012


What will the Earth be like in 5,000 or 50,000 years? In this far-sighted episode, Josh and Chuck explore how Earth may change over time. Listen in to learn more about humanity's odds of survival -- and how technology just might save us.

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Interpol: World Police

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 15, 2012


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

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What is a shotgun house?

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Thu, May 10, 2012


Shotgun houses are iconic pieces of American architecture: they're long, narrow, and filled with artistic flourishes. But where did they come from? In this episode, Chuck and Josh explore the mysterious origins of shotgun houses.

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Did the Dutch trade Manhattan for nutmeg?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, May 08, 2012


Today nutmeg is commonplace, but this wasn't always the case. In the 17th century, the Dutch and the British fought a trade war over nutmeg. Join Chuck and Josh as they travel across continents and centuries to trace the story of nutmeg and Manhattan.

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How Bullfighting Works

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Thu, May 03, 2012


When the Visigoths ruled Spain, they introduced the idea of battling bulls at festivals. Today matadors get paid $100,000 and perform in front of 50,000 fans. But is bullfighting an antiquated, abusive relic or a cultural tradition above reproach?

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How did language evolve?

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Tue, May 01, 2012


" Sure animals talk in their own way, with chirps and grunts and the like, but only humans can form words. It is this, some evolutionary psychologists contend, that is what truly separates us from the rest of the species on the planet. But why us?"

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How Medical Marijuana Works

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Thu, Apr 26, 2012


Some quarters of the medical establishment endorse it, others abhor it. The DEA is cracking down on it, but the Veterans’ Administration supports it as a treatment for soldiers. Medical marijuana is indeed a contentious issue. Learn all about it here.

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How Air Traffic Control Works

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Tue, Apr 24, 2012


You know how when you fly in an airline you usually don’t die? You can thank the battalion of air traffic control professionals who studiously track every moment of your flight to ensure its safety. Learn all about this unsung field with Chuck and Josh.

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Social Security Numbers: Less Boring Than You’d Think

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Thu, Apr 19, 2012


Do you know that up until July 2011 an ambitious hacker with a good software program could deduce your social security number based on your date and place of birth? In this episode, the boys examine some of the lesser-known details of the Social Security system in the U.S.

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How Whaling Works

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Tue, Apr 17, 2012


Despite its embattled status as brutal and illegal, commercial whaling is a tradition that dates back 1,000 years and served as the economic engine of the Industrial Revolution. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the whaling life then and now.

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Body Odor: You Stink

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Wed, Apr 11, 2012


Chuck and Josh end up making reduxes of past episodes on things like sweating and deodorant in this all-new episode on the science beneath what makes people smell. Learn all about your odor in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Was Atlantis a real place?

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Tue, Apr 10, 2012


While the search for Atlantis has been pushed to the fringes since the 19th century, archaeologists have quietly pursued cities that may have inspired Plato to fabricate the mythical city. It looks like a team in Greece has found it.

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How Beer Works

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Thu, Apr 05, 2012


At long last, Josh and Chuck take on perhaps their most important topic ever. Learn about the history of beer, how it’s made -- the whole shebang, basically -- in this watershed episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Diamonds Work

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Tue, Apr 03, 2012


There's no denying that diamonds are pretty -- but where do they come from, and why are they so expensive? Join Chuck and Josh as they explore everything about diamonds, from their formation to the mining process and the history of the DeBeers cartel.

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How Music Sampling Works

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Thu, Mar 29, 2012


Today music sampling is a common practice, especially in electronic or hip-hop music. But how does it work? After all, other artists made the original music, and most of them would presumably like to be paid. Tune in to learn more about music sampling.

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10 Big Cases of Revenge

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Tue, Mar 27, 2012


Who doesn't love a good story about comeuppance? Whether served cold or piping hot, revenge is an ancient idea -- and history is filled with acts of vengeance. Join Josh and Chuck as they trace the concept of revenge from the bygone days of Hammurabi to the modern era.

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How Tipping Works

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Thu, Mar 22, 2012


Tipping is commonly expected in some places, such as U.S. restaurants. Yet th