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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 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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

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


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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, 19,
2013 Jan, 13:01:54


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

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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

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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

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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?

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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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!

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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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

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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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
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 this practice varies across cultures. Join trivia gurus (and former waiters) Josh and Chuck as they take a closer look at the history, practice and controversy surrounding tipping.

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How Comic Books: Live from SXSW 2012

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Tue, Mar 20, 2012


Although you might not be a fan of comic books, there's no denying that they have a fascinating place in American history. And -- as if that wasn't interesting enough -- Josh and Chuck decided to break down the story of comic books live at SXSW.

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How the Donner Party Worked

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Thu, Mar 15, 2012


Did they or didn’t they? There is plenty of written evidence that the ill-fated Donner Party resorted to cannibalism – except there are no bones. Learn the details of one of the worst disasters of the early West in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Should chimps be used for medical testing?

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


If you’ve got half a heart it’s an easy question to answer. But if you’re happy living without polio and hepatitis B you may want to question further. Learn about what makes chimps special and the history of medical testing in this episode.

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How Noah's Ark Worked

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Thu, Mar 08, 2012


Stories of a great flood and a man who managed to stay afloat while the world drowned abound in ancient traditions. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the possible evidence of the Great Flood and whether Noah really existed.

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Duels: A guide to throwing down the gauntlet

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Tue, Mar 06, 2012


Pretty much everything you know about duels is true – it’s a challenge to violence to defend honor. But did you know the U.S. Navy used to publish detailed guidelines in its midshipmen’s handbook? Learn all there is to know about dueling in this episode.

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How SETI Works

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Thu, Mar 01, 2012


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

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How Crying Works

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Tue, Feb 28, 2012


You probably did it around 70 times last year, yet you probably don’t understand the psychological and physiological processes at work when you cried. Don’t feel bad – no one does. Join Chuck and Josh as they poke around your tear ducts in this episode.

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Fasting: deadly or what?

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Thu, Feb 23, 2012


Avoiding food for religious or health reasons has been around for millennia. But while God may appreciate the sacrifice, how does it affect the body? Join Josh and Chuck to find if fasting actually can be healthy or if it’s as bad an idea as it sounds.

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How Spies Work

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Tue, Feb 21, 2012


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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How Autopsies Work

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Thu, Feb 16, 2012


In the 400th episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck 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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How Zero Works

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Tue, Feb 14, 2012


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

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How Coral Reefs Work

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Thu, Feb 09, 2012


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

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Pickpockets: Artists or Crooks?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Feb 07, 2012


There aren’t many criminal pursuits that are as storied as pickpocketing, and some people fondly reminisce over its heyday. Learn why some consider pickpocketing an art form, how to protect yourself from this art and more in this episode.

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What’s the 10,000 Year Clock?

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Thu, Feb 02, 2012


In a desert in Texas a 200-feet-tall clock is being constructed deep inside a mountain. Once completed, it will keep time for the next 10,000 years, even if there are no humans around to use it. Tune in as Chuck and Josh get to the bottom of the Long Now.

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How Magic Mushrooms Work

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Tue, Jan 31, 2012


For thousands of years, humans have used hallucinogenic mushrooms for spiritual reasons. Today, however, having them can get you thrown in prison. How do magic mushrooms do what they do? Can they help the mentally ill? Find out in this far out episode.

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How Floods Work

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Thu, Jan 26, 2012


Floods happen when more water is introduced to an area than can be quickly removed. That’s about it, but there's more to floods, what causes them and the havoc they can wreak. Join Josh and Chuck in this super-saturated episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Human Trafficking Works

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Tue, Jan 24, 2012


Despite worldwide prohibitions, slavery still exists. Slaves are forced or coerced into prostitution or made to work in deplorable factory conditions. Yet there’s still debate over how widespread the problem is. Learn about modern slavery in this episode.

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How Mexican Wrestling Works

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Thu, Jan 19, 2012


Perhaps it’s the colorful masks or the high-flying, rapid-fire acrobatic moves. Whatever it is, there’s something uniquely and particularly entrancing about Mexican wrestling, called lucha libre. Learn more about lucha libre in this episode of SYSK.

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Are contrails actually chemtrails?

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


You know those trails that jets leave in the sky? While science has explained why they happen, plenty of conspiracy theorists believe there’s more to it. Join Josh and Chuck as they channel the guys from Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know in this episode.

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What’s the deal with the Bermuda Triangle?

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Thu, Jan 12, 2012


There’s roughly 500,000 squares miles encompassed in a triangle with points in Miami, Bermuda and San Juan. There shouldn’t be anything different about this area, but some people believe it’s a hotbed of supernatural activity. Tune in to learn why.

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Can you vacation in Antarctica?

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


The answer is yes, but there’s a lot more to traveling to the southernmost continent. Learn why emperor penguins don’t make eye contact with humans, which country has the best research station and why the chances of your ship sinking are alarmingly high.

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Was there a curse on King Tut’s tomb?

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Thu, Jan 05, 2012


When Howard Carter opened Tutankhamen's tomb, some believe he unleashed a curse on everyone associated with his expedition. But there’s no such thing as a curse, right? Learn the scientific basis beneath King Tut's curse as Chuck and Josh Meet the Mummy!

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How Yo-Yos Work

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Tue, Jan 03, 2012


You may have played with a yo-yo before -- perhaps you’ve even walked the dog -- but do you know about the physics behind what makes a yo-yo sleep and wake up? Learn all about inertia, angular momentum and the history of the yo-yo in this episode of SYSK.

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Coffee: The World’s Drug of Choice

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Thu, Dec 29, 2011


There’s a 98 percent chance you’re drinking coffee right now. Maybe not, sure, but coffee is ubiquitous – about 80 percent of Americans consume coffee and Brazil alone has 3 billion coffee plants. Learn all about the great black brew in this episode.

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What happens in the brain during an orgasm?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Dec 27, 2011


Chuck and Josh test the limits of their decorum as they explore the physiology of an orgasm. Learn all about this inexplicably taboo subject (including how even women who are paralyzed can experience orgasms) in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Josh and Chuck’s Christmas Extravaganza

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Thu, Dec 22, 2011


Have you ever wondered why the poinsettia is the official plant of Christmas or why we hang stockings by the chimney with care? Join Chuck and Josh for this very special Christmas episode. Who knows, maybe even St. Nick will make an appearance (he doesn’t).

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How Pepper Spray Works

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Dec 20, 2011


Lt. John Pike of the Davis, Calif., police department brought the wrath of the Internet on himself when he casually doused peaceful protestors with pepper spray. Find out what was in the can in this eye-watering episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Earthworms Work

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Thu, Dec 15, 2011


Earthworms come in a wide range of sizes: The average U.S. earthworm is 6 to 11 inches long, and the giant worms of Australia and South America can grow to a length of 11 feet. Join Josh and Chuck as they burrow into the weird world of earthworms.

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How McCarthyism Works

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Tue, Dec 13, 2011


If you're accusing someone of disloyalty or subversion without decent evidence, then you may be guilty of McCarthyism. In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore the origin of the term, starting with the infamous Communist-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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How the Digestive System Works

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Thu, Dec 08, 2011


The digestive system uses mechanical and chemical processes to absorb and transport all the nutrients your body needs to survive -- but how does it work? In this episode, Josh and Chuck take you through all 30 feet of the average digestive system.

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How Daylight Saving Time Works

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Tue, Dec 06, 2011


Benjamin Franklin first came up with daylight saving time in 1748, and people still practice it today. But how does it work? What are the pros and cons? Join Josh and Chuck as they turn back the clock to explore the origins of daylight saving time.

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What made the donkey and the elephant political?

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Thu, Dec 01, 2011


Sure we take it for granted the elephant represents the Republican party and the donkey Democrats, but have you ever wondered why? Josh and Chuck explore the foundation of these bizarre political symbols in this old-timey episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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Cash Debit or Credit: Which is best?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 29, 2011


Chuck and Josh take a stab at answering the age old question of whether cash or plastic is the best choice for paying your way through life. Join them as they look at shopping, theft, security and the heartbreak of overdraft fees in this episode.

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How Thoroughbred Horses Work

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Thu, Nov 24, 2011


It’s been just 300 years since the Thoroughbred breed has been around, but it has produced some of the most storied animals humans have ever loved. Chuck and Josh dive into what makes these horses special and the controversy around racing them.

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Crossbows: They Look Cool

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Nov 22, 2011


Sure, they look cool. It’s as if someone put a bow and a rifle together, but in fact crossbows predate firearms by a few thousand years. Learn all about the advantages crossbows bestow, the physics behind them and how to use one with Josh and Chuck.

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How Air Force One Works

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Thu, Nov 17, 2011


As you might imagine, the President of the United States doesn't fly coach. But what exactly does he use when traveling from point A to point B, and how does it actually work? join Josh and Chuck as they demystify Air Force One.

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How Alcatraz Works

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Tue, Nov 15, 2011


Sure, you've heard stories about Alcatraz. From high-profile escape attempts to tales of notorious inmates, the Rock is unique in American history. But how did it actually work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explain the Stuff You Should Know about Alcatraz.

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How Presidential Debates Work

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Thu, Nov 10, 2011


The first televised Presidential debate had some odd results: The radio audience tended to believe Nixon won, while television viewers supported Kennedy. Today, debates continue weld an enormous influence on public opinion. But how do they work?

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How Gene Patents Work

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Tue, Nov 08, 2011


Should a company be able to own the rights to something found inside your own body? In this episode, Chuck and Josh delve into the complicated, controversial world of gene patents. Tune in to learn more about the history -- and future -- of gene patents.

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What Saved the American Bison

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Thu, Nov 03, 2011


The pre-colonial range of the American bison stretched from Canada to Mexico. From 1820 to 1880, the population dwindled from 30 million to just over 1,000. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore how bison were brought back from the verge of extinction.

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How the Autobahn Works

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Tue, Nov 01, 2011


The autobahn has an international reputation, and people around the world love the notion of driving on a road with no speed limits -- but how true is this reputation? Join Josh and Chuck as they tell you everything you need to know about the autobahn.

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Berenice

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Thu, Oct 27, 2011


It's Halloween again, and this year Chuck and Josh are ringing in the holiday with a special reading of the short story "Berenice," by Edgar Allan Poe. Tune in to catch Stuff You Should Know's Poe-rific Halloween episode.

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How Anti-matter Spacecraft Will Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 25, 2011


There may be a Bizarro World in our universe. Every particle has a mirror image with a reverse electrical charge, and when these opposites meet an energy transfer 300 times stronger than nuclear fusion occurs. Could this reaction power spacecraft?

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Do you lose the right to privacy when you die?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Oct 20, 2011


If you live in a place where privacy is protected, the legal system keeps prying eyes from your personal information. But does that privacy extend beyond death?  That depends. Tune in to learn more.

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The Nile IS Just a River in Egypt

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Tue, Oct 18, 2011


The Nile River has been flowing south to north for about 30 million years, and the human race’s cradle may have been along the Blue Nile stemming from Ethiopia. Find out some amazing facts about what may be the world’s most important river.

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The Wind Cries Typhoid Mary

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Thu, Oct 13, 2011


In the 19th century, typhoid was considered a disease of the lower classes. When an outbreak occurred in wealthy Oyster Bay, New York, a mystery was afoot. Tune in to learn how this event began an ongoing debate over public safety versus civil rights.

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A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Oct 11, 2011


Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After originating among the Harlem Renaissance crowd, the zoot suit came to symbolize political defiance. Find out why it’s still illegal to wear a zoot suit in L.A.

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How the Peace Corps Works

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Thu, Oct 06, 2011


Since its inception, the Peace Corps has sent 200,000 members to 193 countries to deliver aid and good will through know-how rather than direct funding. Learn about the successes, criticisms and dangers of the Peace Corps in this gung-ho episode of SYSK.

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How Silly Putty Works

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Tue, Oct 04, 2011


When the Japanese invaded Southeast Asia in World War II, they cut off America's rubber supply. Luckily, American can-do created a synthetic rubber and saved the War. Learn about the inventor, fluid chemistry and more in this episode of SYSK.

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How U.S. Marshals Work

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Thu, Sep 29, 2011


Thought Chuck and Josh had already covered every law enforcement agency? Think again. The Marshals Service is the oldest law enforcement branch in the land, dating back to 1789. Listen up for how to get a free ride courtesy the Marshals in this episode.

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How Sword Swallowing Works

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Tue, Sep 27, 2011


Houdini suggested that sword swallowing was merely a trick. But there’s no sleight of hand or throat to this ancient practice. Practitioners really do swallow swords, car axles and more. Learn more about sword swallowers in this gag-reflexive episode.

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How Family Crests Work

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Thu, Sep 22, 2011


After 800 years of creating coats and crests, some meaning has been lost to history, but much has been retained and is still in use. Find out what a mullet on field argent with stags rampant means in this Olde English episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Acne Works

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Tue, Sep 20, 2011


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

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How the Moon Works

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Thu, Sep 15, 2011


Did you know that science still doesn’t know the exact origin of the moon? Do you know how the moon creates high and low tides? Do you know the difference between a waxing crescent and a waning gibbous? You will after listening to this riveting episode.

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How Casinos Work

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Tue, Sep 13, 2011


Gambling predates the written word; dice made of bones have been discovered at prehistoric sites. Today, the concept of amassing a fortune in moments remains attractive. Join Josh and Chuck as they take a look at the games and the glitz of casinos.

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How the World Trade Center Memorial Works

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Thu, Sep 08, 2011


The World Trade Center was once a global symbol of progress. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, the area has undergone a massive rebuilding process. Chuck and Josh take a look at the World Trade Center, its memorial and its symbolism in this special episode.

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10  Scientists Who Were Their Own Guinea Pigs

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Tue, Sep 06, 2011


Over the centuries, some scientists have concluded that the best test subject is looking at them in the mirror. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore 10 researchers, unsung or otherwise, who put their own health second to the advancement of science.

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How Lie Detectors Work

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Thu, Sep 01, 2011


Instead of actually detecting lies, polygraph machines sense physiological variations, ostensibly brought on by guilt. The results are subject to interpretation, and therefore controversial. Join Josh and Chuck as they investigate the polygraph.

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Cryonics: Hi, Frozen Body!

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Tue, Aug 30, 2011


In 1964 The Prospect of Immortality laid out a plan for placing humans in suspended animation. The first person was placed in cryonic suspension three years later. But how does it actually work? Learn more about cryonics in this chilly episode of SYSK.

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The Cheesiest SYSK Episode Ever

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Thu, Aug 25, 2011


Cheese is often overlooked as a one of humanity's great achievements. Making cheese is surprisingly easy: It's been accidentally created by more than one culture at different times. Tune in to learn more about cheese -- and enjoying it -- in this episode.

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How Schizophrenia Works

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Tue, Aug 23, 2011


Up to 24 million people worldwide have schizophrenia. Despite the vast amounts of research, the disorder remains mysterious. In this episode, Josh and Chuck delve into the nature of schizophrenia, from the history of the disorder to the latest research.

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How to Land on a Government Watch List

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Thu, Aug 18, 2011


The U.S. Government's Consolidated Terrorist Watch List keeps track of people who are known or suspected terrorists. But what how do people end up on it, and what happens if your name is similar to a suspected terrorist? Tune in to find out.

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How Murphy’s Law Works, the Redux

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Tue, Aug 16, 2011


Years back, Josh recorded this show without Chuck, and the old version's omitted facts bugged him. In this new version, the pair delve into the people, science and rocket tests behind Murphy’s Law. Join Josh and Chuck for this properly-executed episode.

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What's so funny about that?

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Thu, Aug 11, 2011


The response to humor starts with electrical activity, potentially translating to physical responses that make up laughter. Science still can’t pin down what makes one thing amusing and another not (which is pretty funny). Tune in to learn more.

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What's the future of the internet?

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Tue, Aug 09, 2011


It's tough to predict the future. Instead, the future looks a lot like it does now: Faster data transfer rates, more social networking, ubiquitous mobile devices -- and possibly dumber people from using all this stuff.

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Ethnobotany: How to Get Drugs from Plants

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Thu, Aug 04, 2011


In 1820, most of the drugs listed in the American Pharmacopoeia were plant-based; by 1960, it was a mere 5 percent. Yet in the late 20th century this trend reversed. Why? Join Josh and Chuck as they get to the root of ethnobotany and plant-based medicine.

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Can you sweat colors?

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Tue, Aug 02, 2011


A condition known as chromhidrosis can be jarring: The sufferer excretes colored sweat from the eccrine or the apocrine sweat glands. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore this somewhat understood, but still bafflingly mysterious medical condition.

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How SPAM Works

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Thu, Jul 28, 2011


SPAM is a canned meat product made from pork shoulder and ham. First introduced in 1937, this iconic food has spread to stores across the world. But what exactly is it, how did it get here -- and why is its shelf life "indefinite?" Tune in to find out.

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How Wildfires Work

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Tue, Jul 26, 2011


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

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How Karma Works

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Thu ,
, Jul 21, 2011


While it’s kind of perverted in the West, the concept of karma is a central tenet of several Eastern religions. Karma isn't just good or bad -- it’s a natural law. Join Josh and Chuck to learn more about karma in this religiously respectful episode.

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Does smiling make you happy?

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Tue, Jul 19, 2011


You smile because you’re happy, yet happiness research suggests the opposite can also hold true. Smiling may actually improve your mood. Open interpretation make for the best SYSKs, so prepare for an old-fashioned academia studyfest with Chuck and Josh.

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 2

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Thu, Jul 14, 2011


What makes America unique? In the second segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck join up with guests from The Daily Show and The Onion to take a closer look at the Stuff You Should Know About America.

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Stuff You Should Know July 4th Extravaganza, Part 1: Mom

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Tue, Jul 12, 2011


What makes America unique? In the first segment of this special two-part episode, Josh and Chuck join up with guests from The Daily Show and The Onion to take a closer look at the Stuff You Should Know About America.

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Human Cannonballs

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Thu, Jul 07, 2011


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

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How Hate Works

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Tue, Jul 05, 2011


Hate is generally defined as an extreme hostility to something or someone, usually stemming from fear, anger or a sense of injury. But how does it work? Join Josh and Chuck as they dig into the nature of hate.

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Who was America's first murderer?

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Thu, Jun 30, 2011


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

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How Asteroid Mining Could Work

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Tue, Jun 28, 2011


There may be trillions of dollars' worth of resources in asteroids, and some scientists believe we could mine nearby asteroids. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore how asteroid mining might work (and why we haven't done it yet).

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How Shrunken Heads Work

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Thu, Jun 23, 2011


Although U.S. museum collections are rife with counterfeits, shrunken heads are far from fiction. The Shuar tribe of Ecuador has shrunken heads for centuries.  Learn the methodical process of shrinking a head and how they’re used in this episode.

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How Suicide Bombers Work

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Tue, Jun 21, 2011


It 1981 the first modern suicide bomber blew himself up. But this was by no means the first suicide bombing. Israeli psychologists evaluated the motivations of suicide bombers and found a number of commonalities. Join Josh and Chuck to learn more.

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How Curiosity Works

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Thu, Jun 16, 2011


Alternately hailed a crucial part of the human condition or accused of killing cats, curiosity remains a subject of debate among researchers. Where does it come from? How does it work? Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the mysterious roots of curiosity.

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How Military Snipers Work

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Tue, Jun 14, 2011


Military snipers always work in pairs, and they're called force multipliers because of the profound effect a two-man team can have on a rival military. But how do they work? Join Josh and Chuck to learn more about snipers.

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Was Malthus right about carrying capacity?

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Thu, Jun 09, 2011


Thomas Malthus concluded that humanity is bound to outgrow Earth's carrying capacity. The prediction was based on humanity's exponential growth and the linear growth of the food supply -- but was he correct? Tune in to find out.

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How the Underground Railroad Worked

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Tue, Jun 07, 2011


As early as 1786, groups assembled to help slaves escape lives of bondage. And, as the 19th century progressed, the emergent Underground Railroad grew more sophisticated in aiding escaped slaves. But how did it work? Join Josh and Chuck to learn more.

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How Fear Works

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Thu, Jun 02, 2011


Fear results from your brain's reaction to a stressful stimulus, and -- though it may be unpleasant -- it plays a crucial role in the life of every human being. But how does it work (and why)? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the sensation of fear.

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How Nicotine Works

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Tue, May 31, 2011


Sure, nicotine doesn’t cause cancer, but it does rearrange the brain's reward system. Humans have been ingesting this plant for more than 6,000 years, but we generally understood little of it. Join Chuck and Josh as they explain how nicotine works.

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How do I start my own country?

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Thu, May 26, 2011


Whether through revolution, colonization or other means, every country has its start somewhere. But how does the process work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explain how countries get created -- and why some countries aren't always recognized by others.

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What is terror management theory?

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Tue, May 24, 2011


Terror management theory isn't about mid-level bureaucrats in Al-Qaeda -- so what exactly is it, and what does it say about human culture and our perception of mortality? Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the implications of terror management theory.

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What is parallel evolution?

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Thu, May 19, 2011


In the process of parallel evolution, two seemingly unrelated species living in isolation can evolve surprisingly similar traits -- but how does it work, and why does it happen? Join Chuck and Josh as they break down the process of parallel evolution.

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Can the sun kill you?

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Tue, May 17, 2011


Could the sun, typically known for providing light and warmth, kill us? The Apollo 17 mission almost resulted in tragedy due to a mega-flare -- and astronauts aren't the only ones at risk. Join Josh and Chuck to learn more about the sun.

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How Con Artists Work

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Thu, May 12, 2011


They say you can’t con an honest man, and that’s key to thwarting cons; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Learn how to avoid everything from small-time scams to the Nigerian money transfer in this captivating episode with Chuck and Josh.

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What is mountaintop removal mining?

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Tue, May 10, 2011


Mountaintop removal mining is (to say the least) a controversial practice. But what exactly is it, how does it work and -- most importantly -- why should you care? Listen in to learn more about the effects of mountaintop removal mining.

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A Podcast to Remember

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Thu, May 05, 2011


How does memory work? How is internet access changing the function of the human brain? In this podcast, Josh and Chuck take a closer look at the science behind memory -- and how modern technology may be changing it.

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How Parkour Works

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Tue, May 03, 2011


The art of parkour is an astonishing combination of agility and physical strength pursued across the world -- but how does it work? Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the philosophy, history and pursuit of this unique form of artistic expression.

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How Rollercoasters Work, Minus the Fun

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Thu, Apr 28, 2011


Whether you're a rollercoaster fan or avoid them like the plague, there's no denying that these contraptions are striking examples of physics at work. So how do they actually work? Join Josh and Chuck as they break down the mechanics of rollercoasters.

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Do you stay conscious after being decapitated?

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Tue, Apr 26, 2011


Historically speaking, decapitation was a popular means of execution -- it's been used by everyone from ancient Romans to French revolutionaries. But is there any truth to claim that victims retain their consciousness? Tune in to learn more.

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How Wills Work

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Thu, Apr 21, 2011


Whether it's oral, scrawled in blood or signed on a deathbed everyone should have a will. But how do they actually work? Join Chuck and Josh as they explain that "of sound mind" thing in this episode on wills.

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Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me

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Tue, Apr 19, 2011


Flies: They’re disgusting, disease-spreading flying machines. They’re also really fascinating. Flies taste with their feet, smell with their antennae and use a pair of eyes as a compass oriented to sunlight. Listen in to learn more.

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How Exploitation Films Work

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Thu, Apr 14, 2011


During the 1930s-80s, the work of directors operating in the shadows of Hollywood led to explorations in sexuality and violence that mainstream cinema wouldn’t touch. Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the seedy underbelly of grindhouse flicks.

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How Molecular Gastronomy Works

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Tue, Apr 12, 2011


After botching a particularly tricky dish, molecular chemist Herve This decided to figure out why his recipe didn't work. He ended up creating a new field of cuisine: Molecular gastronomy. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore this new frontier of cooking.

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Does oil speculation increase gas prices?

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Thu, Apr 07, 2011


In an uncertain economy, investors often flock to commodities like oil, trading oil futures in a derivative market. Some believe this creates an artificially high price. Join Josh and Chuck and learn if this market is responsible for inflating gas prices.

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Sherpas: Warm, Friendly Living

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Tue, Apr 05, 2011


Pop quiz: What word denotes a nation of people, a last name and an occupation? If you guessed 'Sherpa,' then congratulations: You're correct. But what exactly is a Sherpa? Tune in and learn more as Chuck and Josh explore the culture of the Sherpa people.

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SYSK Live from SXSW: How UFOs Work

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Thu, Mar 31, 2011


In this episode, Josh and Chuck ditch the studio and head west -- south by southwest, in fact -- to record a live podcast in Austin, Texas. Tune in and learn more Stuff You Should Know about SXSW and UFOs.

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How Igloos Work

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Tue, Mar 29, 2011


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

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That Dang-old Goat Fell Over

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Thu, Mar 24, 2011


Due to a condition known as Thomsen's disease, the muscles of fainting goats tense up whenever the animal is startled. In this episode, Josh and Chuck break down the science behind this bizarre condition. Tune in and learn more.

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How a Nuclear Meltdown Works

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Tue, Mar 22, 2011


The recent disaster in Japan has caused massive damage and killed thousands -- but that's not all: The Fukushima nuclear plant may possibly be on the verge of a meltdown. Tune in to learn how meltdowns work, and what a meltdown would mean for Japan.

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Why's that dude in that dumpster?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 17, 2011


Freegans prefer scavenging, volunteering and squatting to the more mainstream consumer practices of buying, working and renting a home. But how does this actually work, and why are these people sometimes called 'Dumpster divers?' Tune in to find out.

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How Mummies Work

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 15, 2011


A mummy is a human being whose soft tissue has been preserved after death, and there are mummies around the world -- including natural mummies, as well as corpses that have been intentionally embalmed. Join Chuck and Josh to learn more..

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Is it legal to sterilize addicts?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Mar 10, 2011


It's a controversial idea, to say the least: If evidence shows that addicts tend to be irresponsible, abusive parents, then why should they have children at all? In this podcast, Josh and Chuck explore the practice (and legality) of sterilizing addicts.

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Who is "The Leader?"

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Tue, Mar 08, 2011


Cults are conventionally understood to be unestablished, non-mainstream religious groups that follow a single leader. So what does it take to be the leader? Tune in as Josh and Chuck take a closer look at cults.

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How Fossils Work

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Thu, Mar 03, 2011


A fossil is a piece of once-living organic material that has undergone a transition from an organic state to an inorganic state. But what exactly is fossilization? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the process of fossilization.

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Were U.S. citizens in Japanese internment camps?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Tue, Mar 01, 2011


During World War II, the U.S. interned more than 100,000 Japanese and Japanese-American citizens. In this episode, Chuck and Josh recount the events that led to these internments, along with the long-term consequences of these events.

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What is stagflation?

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Feb 24, 2011


When high inflation, slow growth and high employment combine, they result in an unfortunate economic situation known as stagflation. But what exactly is stagflation, and how does it work? Most importantly, how can we prevent it in the future?

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How Tickling Works

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Tue, Feb 22, 2011


What's the deal with tickling? Why does it make people laugh, and what's the science behind the reaction? Join Chuck and Josh and listen in as they demystify the curious practice known as tickling.

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How Crime Scene Photography Works

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Thu, Feb 17, 2011


Crime scene photography is a crucial aspect of forensic investigation, but it's by no means a new part of detective work. In this episode, Chuck and Josh explore the history and modern use of crime scene photography.

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How Blood Pattern Analysis Works

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Tue, Feb 15, 2011


Numerous television shows feature blood pattern analysis -- but how do these fictional portrayals measure up to the real thing? Tune in as Chuck and Josh break down the science behind blood pattern analysis.

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How the Black Death Worked

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Thu, Feb 10, 2011


The Black Death was gruesome: Symptoms included tumors, purple splotches, fevers and vomiting. But how did this disease manage to spread from the Gobi desert and kill approximately one-third of the population of 14th-century Europe? Tune in and find out.

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How Bartering Works

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Tue, Feb 08, 2011


Bartering is an ancient practice. With the emergence of money-based transactions, it's no wonder that people might think bartering is a thing of the past. Tune in to learn more about the bartering process -- and where it's still used today.

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Scooby Dooby Doo, Where Are You?

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Thu, Feb 03, 2011


For decades, Scooby Doo has captivated children across the world. It's been translated to multiple languages and remains as popular as newer programs. But why? Join Chuck and Josh as they shed light on the seemingly endless allure of Scooby Doo.

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How Munchausen Syndrome Works

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Tue, Feb 01, 2011


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

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How to Control a Riot

stuffpodcast@howstuffworks.com (Stuff You Should Know) Author: HowStuffWorks.com
Thu, Jan 27, 2011


It's no secret that people in crowds will behave differently than they would if they were alone. In a riot, individuals may exhibit a drastic change in their behavior -- but why? How? More importantly, how can riots be controlled? Tune in to find out.

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What has the world's deadliest venom?

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Tue, Jan 25, 2011


Venom isn't unique to snakes -- animals like scorpions, spiders, jellyfish and even platypuses can all use venom. Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the world's most venomous creatures (and break down the difference between poison and venom).

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Can oceans power the world?

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Thu, Jan 20, 2011


Oceans cover more than 70 percent of Earth's surface. But could the kinetic power of the tides or the oceans' thermal energy become the world's future power source? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break it down.

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How the Mafia Works

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Tue, Jan 18, 2011


Many people are familiar with depictions of the Mafia in film, but what's the real story? Join Chuck and Josh as they break the infamous code of silence and shed light on some of the most dangerous and mysterious organizations in the western world.

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Does acupuncture work?

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Thu, Jan 13, 2011


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice rooted in the precepts of Taoism, and for thousands of years it has been used to treat a range of ailments. The western world has historically dismissed this treatment -- but why? Tune in and learn more.

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Little, Fluffy Clouds

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Tue, Jan 11, 2011


Today every schoolkid learns a fair share of facts about clouds and the water cycle, but this wasn't always the case. Join Chuck and Josh as they break down the history behind the classification of clouds and the way they form, all in one handy podcast.

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How Antiques Work

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Thu, Jan 06, 2011


At what point does something become an antique? Could that old piece of furniture in the attic be worth millions of dollars? Join Josh and Chuck as they break down all the Stuff You Should Know about antiques.

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Should you not eat gluten?

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Tue, Jan 04, 2011


Since gluten is found in rye, wheat and barley grains, it's a near-ubiquitous part of many diets. So why do some people avoid this common protein? Tune in as Josh and Chuck break down the concerns surrounding gluten.

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How Volcanoes Work

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Thu, Dec 30, 2010


Volcanic eruptions are destructive and often newsworthy events, but why do they occur? What are volcanoes? In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a look (but not too close) at the forces at work behind Earth's geological "hotheads."

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How Immigration Works

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Tue, Dec 28, 2010


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

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How Homelessness Works

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Thu, Dec 23, 2010


Today, millions of people around the world are homeless. In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at homelessness in the United States, discussing everything from the factors that lead to homelessness to what you can do to help alleviate the situation.

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Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

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Tue, Dec 21, 2010


Famed aviator Amelia Earheart's disappearance in 1937 is a mystery that endures to this day. Why don't we know what happened to her? In this episode, Josh and Chuck examine the facts and evidence behind the famous case.

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How Migraines Work

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Thu, Dec 16, 2010


Most people know what a migraine headache is -- some from painful experience -- but there's a lot more to this "neurobiological condition" than an achy noggin. Josh and Chuck explore the symptoms, triggers and mysteries of migraines in this episode.

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How Agritourism Works

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Tue, Dec 14, 2010


Agritourism marries farming and tourism, but why do people pay to pick apples or work on a farm? And who does agritourism benefit? Josh and Chuck explore the history and various incarnations of agritourism, as well as the rationale behind it.

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How Hanukkah Works

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Thu, Dec 09, 2010


Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday, but what's it all about? And why do some people think of it as "Jewish Christmas"? In this episode, Josh and Chuck share Stuff You Should Know about Hanukkah.

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Green Renovation and Construction

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Tue, Dec 07, 2010


Demolition and construction creates a lot of waste, so renovating your house is generally a "greener" option. In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore some green renovation and construction options.

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How the Rules of War Work

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Thu, Dec 02, 2010


The rules of war are agreed-upon rules that are intended to govern international wars and conflicts. Who developed these rules? And do countries really abide by them? Josh and Chuck take a detailed look at how the rules of war work in this episode.

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How Circumcision Works

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Tue, Nov 30, 2010


Circumcision is a common practice in which the foreskin of a male's penis is removed, typically as a baby. Josh and Chuck take a look at the origins, practices, and arguments for and against circumcision in this episode.

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How Dreadlocks Work

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Thu, Nov 25, 2010


Dreadlocks are matted coils of hair that form a very distinctive (and often misunderstood) hairstyle. So what's the deal with dreads? In this episode, Josh and Chuck examine the long history of dreadlocks and walk you through the process of dreading hair.

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A Rigid, Sterile Look at Kissing

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Tue, Nov 23, 2010


A majority of human cultures practice kissing in one form or another. But why do we kiss? Is the behavior instinctive or learned? In this episode, amateur philematologists Josh and Chuck take a look at the biology, sociology and pyschology of kissing.

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Can Lifestraw save the world?

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Thu, Nov 18, 2010


Over a billion people do not have access to clean water, and many die from water-born diseases. With 6,000 people dying each day, this situation is increasingly urgent. Could Lifestraw filters resolve this crisis? Tune in and find out.

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Have all the good ideas already been discovered?

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Tue, Nov 16, 2010


It's no secret that human beings have an obsession with innovation -- but has our species already found every good idea? As Josh and Chuck break down the continuing search for the next great idea, they touch on everything from hand tools to cancer cures.

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How Rehab Works

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Thu, Nov 11, 2010


These days, alcoholics and other people suffering from addictions are often sent to rehabilitation centers to kick their habit. But how long has rehab been around, and how does it work? Listen in as Chuck and Josh present the fascinating process of rehab.

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Prohibition: Turns Out That America Loves to Drink

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Tue, Nov 09, 2010


Prohibition was a 13-year period in American history when selling or producing alcohol was illegal. What led to this astonishing development? Why did it end? Josh and Chuck take a look at Prohibition's fascinating history in this episode.

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Why you can't kick SYSK

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Thu, Nov 04, 2010


Modern scientists have extensively researched addicts and the things they abuse, but we still don't understand everything about the nature of addiction. So how does it work? Tune in to learn more about addiction (and why you can't kick your SYSK habit).

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Animal Migration: Where's that gnu gnoing?

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Tue, Nov 02, 2010


When you think of animal migrations, you probably picture thousands of animals thundering across the savannah. But where are they going, and why? Josh and Chuck explain why and how animals migrate in this episode.

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The Tomb

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Thu, Oct 28, 2010


In this spooky episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck get you ready for Halloween as they narrate H.P. Lovecraft's creepy tale "The Tomb." Tune in to learn more...if you dare!

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Jealous much?

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Tue, Oct 26, 2010


All of us have experienced the feeling of jealousy at some point or another. But why do we get jealous? Are women really more jealous than men? Josh and Chuck get to the bottom of jealousy in this episode.

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Can you treat mental illness with psychedelics?

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Thu, Oct 21, 2010


Hallucinogenic drugs are currently illegal, but they were once commonly used in psychological treatment. In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the rise and fall of psychedelics in treating mood disorders -- and why they're starting to gain favor again.

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How Gender Reassignment Works

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Tue, Oct 19, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a comprehensive look at gender identity "disorders" and the gender reassignment process.

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How House Swapping Works

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Thu, Oct 14, 2010


Traditionally, house swapping involves temporarily exchanging homes with a stranger for vacation purposes. Tune in to learn more about house swapping, from the traditional version to hospitality exchanges and couchsurfing, in this episode.

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Is science phasing out sleep?

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Tue, Oct 12, 2010


Sleep is a restorative state that's vital to human functioning -- or is it? In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore different ways in which science is trying to minimize or phase out sleep, from pills to genetic research.

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How Knights Work

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Thu, Oct 07, 2010


In medieval times, knights were warriors with specialized skills, extensive training and their own code. In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the rise and fall of medieval knights and finish up with a look at the modern institution of knighthood.

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Why would anyone want multiple spouses?

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Tue, Oct 05, 2010


Polygamy, the practice of having multiple spouses, is mostly illegal in the United States but very common in other parts of the world. In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss polygamy and touch on a host of related topics, from Mormonism to monogamy.

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Is tone deafness hereditary?

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Thu, Sep 30, 2010


If you're tone deaf, you can't hear the difference between musical pitches and notes. And it's probably a hereditary trait, as Josh and Chuck explain in this pitch-perfect episode on tone deafness.

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How Roller Derby Works

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Tue, Sep 28, 2010


Nowadays roller derby is increasingly popular across the US -- but how did it get its start, and how does it work? As Josh and Chuck delve into the world of roller derby, they touch on skateboarding, women's rights and more. Tune in and learn more.

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Hypnosis: You're Getting Sleepy

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Thu, Sep 23, 2010


The modern conception of hypnosis came into vogue in the late 18th century, and it's been the subject of much debate ever since. Does hypnosis really work? How? Josh and Chuck discuss the history, practices and feasibility of hypnotism in this episode.

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Octopus, Octopi, Octopod, Octopuses

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Tue, Sep 21, 2010


Whatever you call them, octopuses are amazing creatures. In this episode, octopus enthusiasts Josh and Chuck take a closer look at the unusual anatomy, unique abilities and fascinating habits of octopi.

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What is biospeleology?

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Thu, Sep 16, 2010


Biospeleology is the scientific study of cave organisms and ecosystems. In this episode, amateur biospeleologists Josh and Chuck explore the dark, dank world of caves and the weird and wonderful creatures that live in them.

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How Mirrors Work

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Tue, Sep 14, 2010


Whether using polished metal surfaces or clear glass, human beings have enjoyed admiring their reflections for centuries. In this episode, Josh and Chuck reflect on the types, mind-melting physics, superstitions and rather interesting history of mirrors.

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How Customs Works

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Thu, Sep 09, 2010


Customs agencies regulate the flow of goods in and out of countries, impose duties and enforce laws. In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at how customs works.

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How Crime-Scene Clean-up Works

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Tue, Sep 07, 2010


Cleaning up crime scenes is a niche industry that's both lucrative and messy. In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a look at how crime-scene clean-up works.

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How are college football rankings determined?

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Thu, Sep 02, 2010


Established in 1998 as a way to determine college football rankings, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a complex statistical system. In this episode, Josh and Chuck tackle the complex variables -- and math! -- behind the BCS rankings.

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How Cremation Works

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Tue, Aug 31, 2010


Cremation of dead bodies is practiced in many parts of the world, but how exactly does it work? Josh and Chuckers take you inside the crematorium as they ponder the cultural history, process and controversies of cremation in this episode.

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How Freemasons Work

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Thu, Aug 26, 2010


There are lots of conspiracy theories about Freemasons, but how much do you really know about this secretive order? In this episode, Josh and Chuck take a comprehensive look at the origins, history, practices, beliefs and famous figures of Freemasonry.

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How Sleepwalking Works

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Tue, Aug 24, 2010


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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How the MARS Turbine Works

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Thu, Aug 19, 2010


MARS stands for Magenn Air Rotor System, but a MARS turbine isn't your typical windmill. It's a blimp floating hundreds of feet in the air. Tune in as Josh and Chuck explain how this turbine works -- and whether it will become the future of wind power.

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Breathalyzers: Really, Really Complicated

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Tue, Aug 17, 2010


Breathalyzers work on a simple principle: Alcohol is absorbed into the lungs and present in breath. But the machines that actually measure this alcohol level are really, really complicated. Tune in and learn more in this podcast.

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Prisons: Not as Fun as You'd Think

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Thu, Aug 12, 2010


Most people have a basic understanding of how prisons work, but it's often heavily influenced by fiction. What's it really like behind those bars? In this episode, Josh and Chuck reveal the practices, controversies and harsh realities of prison life.

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How Grow Houses Work

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Tue, Aug 10, 2010


As many as one in five houses in Vancouver, British Columbia are used to grow marijuana. Join Josh and Chuck as they step inside indoor grow houses to see what's going on.

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What's so special about Route 66?

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Thu, Aug 05, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck hit the open road as they explore the history, allure and decline of America's most iconic highway: Route 66.

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How Quantum Suicide Works

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Tue, Aug 03, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck tackle a mind-melting topic: quantum physics! They ponder subatomic particles and quantum mechanics, focusing specifically on a thought experiment called quantum suicide.

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How Presidential Pardons Work

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Thu, Jul 29, 2010


A presidential pardon is a unique, unchallengable power granted to the president of the United States by the Constitution. In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the origins, history and controversial use of the presidential pardon.

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Why Ticks Suck

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Tue, Jul 27, 2010


It's no surprise that ticks are one of mankind's least favorite animals. After all, they subsist on blood and spread disease. But how much do we really know about ticks? Tune in to learn more about ticks -- and how to get rid of them -- in this podcast.

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Saunas: More Interesting Than You Think!

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Thu, Jul 22, 2010


Although they might seem pretty mundane, saunas are surprisingly fascinating inventions. Josh and Chuck break out all sorts of sweaty, sauna-related trivia, from the Finnish affinity for saunas to sauna etiquette, in this episode.

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Taste and How it Works

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Tue, Jul 20, 2010


Taste seems like a pretty simple sense, but scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how it works. Josh and Chuck explore the complexities of taste, from definitions and physiology to tongue maps and supertasters, in this episode.

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What's the deal with Bond, James Bond?

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Thu, Jul 15, 2010


James Bond, the most infamous secret agent ever to grace the silver screen, originated in the pages of British author Ian Fleming's novels. Amateur agents Josh and Chuck uncover all sorts of Bond trivia in this action-packed episode.

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How Reincarnation Works

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Tue, Jul 13, 2010


A large percentage of the world's population believes that you will be reborn after you die. So why does the concept of reincarnation seem so paranormal to Westerners? Join Chuck and Josh as they explore the ins and outs of birth, death and birth again.

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How do butterfly wings get their color?

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Thu, Jul 08, 2010


Butterflies' wings are colored as a result of iridescence; this fascinating optical phenomenon is the result of light refracting off transparent surfaces. Josh and Chuck reveal how pigmentation, iridescence, light and butterfly wings work in this episode.

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What's the deal with Voodoo?

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Tue, Jul 06, 2010
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Voodoo is a religion found in parts of Africa and Haiti that's often misunderstood. In this episode, Josh and Chuck separate the faction from the fiction as they explore how Voodoo really works.

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Did Thomas Jefferson rewrite the Bible?

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Thu, Jul 01, 2010


Thomas Jefferson is famous for his role in shaping the United States of America -- and for creating his own, revised version of the Bible. Learn more about the Jefferson Bible in this episode.

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How Traffic Works

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Tue, Jun 29, 2010


Whether you've been stuck in a traffic jam or forced to merge and avoid road construction, everyone's had a few bad experiences with traffic. But how does traffic actually work? In this episode, Chuck and Josh take a look at traffic waves (and bubbles).

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Can quicksand kill you?

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Thu, Jun 24, 2010


In many films, hapless characters meet their untimely demise in a lethal pit of quicksand. It's a gruesome, undignified end -- but is it realistic? Josh and Chuck tackle the properties of quicksand -- and how to escape it -- in this episode.

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How Ghost Prisons Work

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Tue, Jun 22, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the controversial "ghost prisons," covert prisons created by the CIA after September 11th, 2001 to secretly detain and interrogate terrorist suspects in various locations around the world, including the U.S.

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How Samurai Work

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Thu, Jun 17, 2010


The Samurai were legendary Japanese swordsmen and warriors, known for their loyalty and adherence to a strict code of honor. Josh and Chuck tackle the Samurai in this episode.

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How the Innocence Project Works

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Tue, Jun 15, 2010


The Innocence Project is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to exonerate wrongly convicted individuals and reform the legal system. Josh, Chuck and a special "guest" explain how the organization works -- and why it's necessary.

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Can your grandfather's diet shorten your life?

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Thu, Jun 10, 2010


Epigenetics is a fascinating field of genetics that studies how the epigenome and environmental, nutritional and social factors affect gene expression. Josh and Chuck explain how epigenetics works in this episode.

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What's the deal with sinkholes?

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Tue, Jun 08, 2010


Recently, a massive sinkhole opened up in Guatemala City, swallowing a three-story building in the process. In this episode, Josh and Chuck explore sinkholes and the forces that cause them, natural and otherwise.

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How Flamethrowers Work

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Thu, Jun 03, 2010


Who first decided that it would be a great idea to shoot flame at other people from a distance? Josh and Chuck talk about the (very) early origins, history and technology of the flamethrower in this episode.

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How do you clean up an oil spill?

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Tue, Jun 01, 2010


The modern world runs on fossil fuel, and offshore oil drilling powers a large part of the global economy. But what do we do when disaster strikes? Join Josh and Chuck as they take a look at the techniques used to clean up oil spills in this podcast.

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Can humans cause earthquakes?

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Thu, May 27, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss reservoir-induced seismicity and the conditions under which human activities and projects like dams can trigger earthquakes.

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What makes a serial killer?

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Tue, May 25, 2010


Serial killers are notorious for their grisly crimes and disturbing behavior, but what makes a serial killer a serial killer? Josh and Chuck ponder the history, psychology and methodology of serial killing and serial killers in this episode.

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SYSK's Guatemalan Adventure, Part Two

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Thu, May 20, 2010


Josh and Chuck talk more about their experiences in Guatemala and the amazing work that the non-profit group Cooperative for Education is doing there -- and how you can help! -- in part two of their Guatemala series.

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SYSK's Guatemalan Adventure, Part One

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Tue, May 18, 2010


Josh and Chuck share the story of their recent eye-opening trip to Guatemala, which was sponsored by a nonprofit organization called Cooperative for Education, in this very special episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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5 Successful Counterfeiters

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Thu, May 13, 2010


Counterfeiting currency successfully takes serious skills, and some consider counterfeiting an art. Josh and Chuck recount the stories of five artful counterfeiters and their successful careers in this episode.

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How Twins Work How Twins Work

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Tue, May 11, 2010


Twin siblings are common enough that most people know a pair or two, but why does twinning occur? Josh and Chuckers explain where twins (and babies) come from, discuss different types of twins and debunk some "twin myths" in this episode.

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How hard is it to steal a work of art?

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Thu, May 06, 2010


In general, stealing valuable items tends to be difficult and dangerous, but stealing works of art can be surprisingly easy. In this episode, Josh and Chuck cite recent art heists as they discuss why stealing art is relatively easy.

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How LEGOS Work

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Tue, May 04, 2010


Most people are familiar with the plastic, interconnecting bricks called LEGO bricks, but what's their story? In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the history, popularity and trajectory of LEGOS -- and throw out some serious stats along the way.

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How Cliff Diving Works

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Thu, Apr 29, 2010


As far as sports go, cliff diving doesn't require much equipment. It does, however, require a certain amount of chutzpah, a dash of derring-do, and a deep body of water. Tune in and learn more about cliff diving in this podcast.

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What makes a genius?

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Tue, Apr 27, 2010


When you hear the word 'genius,' names like Einstein and Hawking probably spring to mind. Defining exactly what makes them geniuses, however, is much more complicated. Josh and Chuck discuss the many theories about genius in this episode.

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Are there people who feel others' pain?

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Thu, Apr 22, 2010


People with a condition known as mirror-touch synesthesia literally feel the pain of others -- but why? Josh and Chuck trace the cause of this condition to one culprit: the mirror neuron. Tune in to learn more about mirror neurons and neuroscience.

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Are there people who can't feel pain?

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Tue, Apr 20, 2010


There are less than a hundred documented cases of people who cannot feel pain and suffer from a condition called congenital insensitivity to pain. Josh and Chuck discuss the dangers and symptoms of CIP and related disorders in this episode.

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How Castles Work

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Fri, Apr 16, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the most famous fortified structure in the world -- the castle. Tune in to learn all about castles, from murder holes to modern fortresses.

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How Tourette Syndrome Works

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Tue, Apr 13, 2010


Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, commonly referred to as Tourette's, is a neurological disorder characterized by a combination of verbal and physical tics.

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Are zoos good or bad for animals?

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Thu, Apr 08, 2010


Zoos are popular because they allow visitors to see wild animals from all around the world, but how does living in captivity affect the animals? In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the pros and cons of zoos.

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How Desertification Works

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Tue, Apr 06, 2010


Josh and Chuck discuss the problem of desertification, from what causes serious degradation of dryland ecosystems to possible ways to repair the damage, in this episode.

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How McDonald's Works

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Thu, Apr 01, 2010


McDonald's is arguably the most famous fast food restaurant on the planet. Join Josh and Chuck as they discuss the humble beginnings, menu items, practices and controversies of the fast food giant in this episode.

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What the heck is a hiccup?

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Tue, Mar 30, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the many theories behind the mysterious phenomenon of hiccups, how long hiccuping bouts can last, and various "remedies" for hiccups.

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How Taxidermy Works

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Thu, Mar 25, 2010


Josh and Chuck tackle taxidermy, the practice of preserving and mounting dead animal skins for display, in this episode.

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How Urban Planning Works

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Tue, Mar 23, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the origins, philosophies and practices of urban planning.

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Who were the Vikings?

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Thu, Mar 18, 2010


Vikings were fierce, plundering Scandinavian warriors; and even today, their reputation precedes them. Josh and Chuck investigate what the Vikings were really like in this episode.

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How Lotteries Work

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Tue, Mar 16, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss the history, practices and controversies of lotteries.

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What exactly is Fascism?

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Thu, Mar 11, 2010


Fascism is a specific political philosophy that's often mistakenly used to describe any authoritarian, supressive movement or regime. Josh and Chuck discuss the origins, history and markers of Fascism in this episode.

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What's the deal with carbon trading?

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Tue, Mar 09, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck demystify carbon trading, discussing everything from cap-and-trade schemes to carbon credits.

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How Scabies Works

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Thu, Mar 04, 2010


Scabies is a contagious skin disease with a bad reputation. Tune in as Josh and Chuck discuss this itchy condition -- from the mite that causes it to common cures -- in this episode.

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Was Mesopotamia the Cradle of Civilization?

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Tue, Mar 02, 2010


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss the reasons why Mesopotamia is often considered the first civilization.

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How Bounty Hunters Work

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Thu, Feb 25, 2010


In part two of their series on bail, Josh and Chuck talk about bail enforcement agents, a.k.a. bounty hunters.

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How Bail Works

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Tue, Feb 23, 2010


Bail is a centuries-old practice that allows defendants in criminal cases to be released from jail until their trial convenes. Learn more about the origins of bail and modern bail practices in this episode.

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Five Crazy Government Experiments

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Thu, Feb 18, 2010


Chuck and Josh discuss five of the most bizarre government experiments, from transplanted puppy heads to Cold War psychics, in this episode.

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Who are the Amish?

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Tue, Feb 16, 2010


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuckers discuss the origins and practices of the Amish.

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How Braille Works

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Thu, Feb 11, 2010


Josh and Chuck discuss the Braille alphabet -- from its origins in Charles Barbier's "night writing" system to the many Braille codes that exist today -- in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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How Witchcraft Works

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Tue, Feb 09, 2010


Witches are perhaps one of the most reviled and misunderstood groups in history -- but why? Join Josh and Chuck as they break down the Stuff You Should Know about witchcraft in this episode.

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Why do we believe in urban legends?

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Thu, Feb 04, 2010


In this episode, amateur anthropologists Josh and Chuck discuss urban legends, from how they're defined to some classic examples you've probably heard yourself.

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How SWAT Teams Work

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Tue, Feb 02, 2010


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss SWAT teams, elite police units that are specially trained for extreme situations.

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Are there undiscovered people?

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Thu, Jan 28, 2010


In this episode, Josh and Chuck discuss whether there are any truly "undiscovered" groups of people left on the planet, the definition of undiscovered -- and why groups might want to avoid modern civilization.

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What are ninja?

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Tue, Jan 26, 2010


Ninja, Japanese warriors famous for stealth, deception and sabotage, were inspired by Chinese military philosophy. Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the origins, history, gear and popularity of the ninja in this episode.

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Will the moon save humanity?

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Thu, Jan 21, 2010


In this disaster-themed episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck ponder ways the world could end -- and how projects like the lunar Doomsday Ark propose to save humanity.

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Why are honeybees disappearing?

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Tue, Jan 19, 2010


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck examine the various factors that have caused honeybee populations to decline -- and what you can do to help the honeybees.

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How the Sun Works

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Thu, Jan 14, 2010


In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, amateur astrophysicists Josh and Chuck break out the stats and attempt to explain the complex, boiling ball of gas that we call the sun.

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How Organ Donation Works

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Tue, Jan 12, 2010


Tune in as Josh and Chuck take a detailed look at organ donation -- from the earliest organ transplants to the organ black market -- in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

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