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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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  • SYSK Selects: How Trickle-Down Economics WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Mar 17, 2018

    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?

  • Is Vaping Really Bad For You?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    E-cigs, vapes, whatever you call them they have been touted as a safer alternative to tobacco and even a way for people to quit smoking. But recent studies have found that perhaps they’re not so harmless after all. So who’s right?

  • The Huggable, Lovable WalrusAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Mar 13, 2018

    When it comes to the animal kingdom, SYSK has covered a wide range. This week, the guys dive into the frigid waters of the Arctic to delight in everything that is the huggable, lovable walrus. From their tendency to sticking together in tough times, to the strange noises they make to attract a mating partner, the walrus is now in the running as one of Josh and Chuck's favorites.

  • SYSK Selects: How Cockroaches WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Mar 10, 2018

    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.

  • Why Do People Believe In Faith Healing?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Mar 08, 2018

    Since a 1906 revival in Los Angeles, people around the world say they’ve been cured by the Holy Spirit after preachers with the Gift of Healing laid their hands on them. Skeptics scoff, but science’s explanations are kind of vague. So what’s going on here?

  • The Strange Story of Sea MonkeysAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Mar 06, 2018

    Anyone who ever picked up a comic book as a kid probably marveled at the ads for the mysterious Sea Monkeys. In reality, they are just brine shrimp, not fantastical beings with magical powers. But the story behind the invention of the Sea Monkey is tale all its own. Listen in today.

  • SYSK Selects: Is there treasure on Oak Island?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Mar 03, 2018

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

  • SYSK Live: Back When Ford Pintos Were Flaming DeathtrapsAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Mar 01, 2018

    For this special live benefit episode recorded in Atlanta, Josh and Chuck go back to the 70s and look at the decidedly ungroovy course of events that led to Ford recalling its Pinto after people started burning up in them.

  • Knife Throwing: Super CoolAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018

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

  • SYSK Selects: How the MPAA WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Feb 24, 2018

    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.

  • Rosa Parks: Agent of ChangeAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    Rosa Parks finishes out our Black History Month episodes in grand fashion. While most know her from that fateful day on the Montgomery city bus, she actually had a long life as an advocate, protestor and agent of change. Join us today as we celebrate one of America's great history makers.

  • Are Feral Children Real?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Feb 20, 2018

    For millennia people have been amazed by legends of wild children found in the forest or jungle, sometimes raised by animals like wolves or apes. But it turns out these stories may actually be true in some cases and may actually have been children with cognitive impairments who were abandoned by their parents.

  • SYSK Selects: How the Underground Railroad WorkedAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Feb 17, 2018

    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.

  • The Harriet Tubman StoryAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018

    Harriet Tubman is a legendary figure in history, but the details of her life are even more remarkable than what you may have learned in school. Listen in today as Josh and Chuck pay tribute to a true icon of African-American history.

  • How Pompeii WorkedAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018

    What must be one of the most famous natural disasters in history took place when Mt Vesuvius buried Pompeii in 79 CE. But when the town was resurrected 1700 years later, a new chapter in its history was written.

  • SYSK Selects: How Narco States WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Feb 10, 2018

    In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss Narco States, places where illegal drugs are traded openly with government support -- or without government interference.

  • The Mystery of The Grand Canyon NewlywedsAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Feb 08, 2018

    In 1928 Bessie and Glen Hyde attempted to navigate their way through the belly of the Grand Canyon in a homemade boat. They disappeared without a trace and their mystery endures all these years later. Listen in today to hear all about the tragic and mysterious disappearance of the Grand Canyon Newlyweds.

  • What is a Mold-A-Rama?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018

    In the 1960s, a very cool machine debuted at the Seattle World's Fair - the Mold-A-Rama. It made real plastic toys on-demand from melted plastic pellets, to the delight of children and adults alike. They didn't last too long, but can still be found at various locations all over the United States and their retro-cool stylings are still a hit. Learn all about these cool machines today.

  • SYSK Selects: How Lion Taming WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Feb 03, 2018

    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.

  • Marijuana Vs. Alcohol: Which Is Worse For You?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Feb 01, 2018

    It's been the subject of teenage conversation for decades already, but now you can join Josh and Chuck as they dive into the science of how pot and booze affect your body, mind and behavior and learn which one comes out on top.

  • The Manson Family Murders Part IIAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Jan 30, 2018

    Listen in today for the conclusion of the story of the Manson Family Murders.

  • SYSK Selects: Prisons - Not as Fun as You'd ThinkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Jan 27, 2018

    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.

  • The Manson Family Murders Part IAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Jan 25, 2018

    The '60s ended with a lot of turbulence, not the least of which was the Manson Family Murders. What made Charles Manson so alluring to his family? What makes one person kill for another? And what did The Beatles have to do with it all? Learn all this and more in this two part episode.

  • How Hoarding WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Jan 23, 2018

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

  • SYSK Selects: Lab-grown meat: Order up!Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Jan 20, 2018

    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?

  • How Hang Gliding WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Jan 18, 2018

    It’s a super 70s thing, sure, but hang gliding is a thrill ride for the ages. So strap in with Josh and Chuck and learn all about the earliest method of human flight, originally created by a German man who flew over 2000 times before dying in a crash!

  • How Removing Public Monuments WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018

    Public monuments can be removed for a variety of reasons, from public sentiment changing, to governments being overthrown, to just being downright ugly. Learn all about this hot button topic today.

  • SYSK Selects: The Wind Cries Typhoid MaryAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Jan 13, 2018

    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.

  • What is an invasive species?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Jan 11, 2018

    Invasive species can mean a lot of things, from fungus to feral pigs and European starlings to kudzu vines. Basically, it's anything brought to a place, either by humans or nature, that didn't originate there. They aren't always a problem, but many times they can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. Learn all about these invaders today.

  • The Mystery of the Mary CelesteAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018

    When the Mary Celeste was discovered floating and abandoned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean one day in 1872, the legend of the ghost ship was born. Why did the Mary Celeste’s crew disappear? Was it pirates? Mutiny? UFOs? Well, probably not that last one.

  • SYSK Selects: What Makes a One-hit Wonder?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Jan 06, 2018

    The term one-hit wonder gets thrown around a lot, and - yes - you probably are using it correctly, 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.

  • How Impeachment WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Jan 04, 2018

    Impeachment is does not necessarily mean a president is removed from office. But it could. It's a fascinating procedure that has been crafted and shaped over the years because of a lack of detail in its initial definition. Listen in today to learn all about the weird and wacky process of impeachment.

  • How Orchids WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Jan 02, 2018

    Ever since Victorian orchid hunters ravaged the tropics in search of unique specimens to sell for ludicrous amounts of money, the West has been gripped by orchidelirium. Small wonder since orchids are not only beautiful, they’re among the most interesting plants on Earth.

  • SYSK Selects: How Willpower WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Dec 30, 2017

    You use it every day 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 not develop Type-II diabetes). Yet it was only in the 1990s that researchers began to understand what makes our willpower and how it behaves.

  • How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Works, Part IIAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Dec 28, 2017

    We finish our tour of the best sights of the ancient world when we get deep into the history of a lighthouse that stood for 1200 years, an unsettling statue of Zeus, the world’s first mausoleum, and Chuck’s favorite, the Colossus of Rhodes!

  • How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Works, Part IAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Dec 26, 2017

    Long before slide rulers and pocket protectors, civilizations across the world used their noggins to build some impressive structures. Almost all have crumbled to ruins over the millennium, but thanks to the earliest tourists, we admire them still today.

  • SYSK Selects: The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Dec 23, 2017

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

  • The 2017 SYSK Christmas Extravaganza!Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017

    It's the most wonderful episode of the year! Join Josh and Chuck as they ride their sleigh through the debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie, the Rockefeller Center tree, a boozy holiday recipe and plenty more great holiday tidings!

  • Narcissism: But what about me?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    This week Josh and Chuck dive into the world of narcissism, one of the most perplexing and disturbing disorders humans can have. Learn all you ever cared to know about people who largely are centered on the self, lack empathy and don't understand what the problem is with that behavior.

  • SYSK Selects: How Population WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Dec 16, 2017

    Population may not seem like the most scintillating topic in the world, but Josh and Chuck beg to differ. Join them as they explore how population works, from demographics to population control, in this episode.

  • How the Globe of Death WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    The Globe of Death – el Globo de la Muerte to our Spanish-speaking friends – is perhaps the greatest of all the circus arts. It requires no smoke, no mirrors, only motorcycles, a giant sphere and fearless riders with the will to bend physics.

  • The Deal With DoulasAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017

    Doulas aren't midwives or nurses, but they can provide an invaluable service as advocates. Learn about the deal with doulas right now!

  • SYSK Selects: How much money is there in the world??Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Dec 09, 2017

    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.

  • How Flight Attendants WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017

    Flight attendants have come a long way. From having to put up with rampant sexism, to the current incarnation as your first line of defense in case of an incident, they are valued airline employees. Learn all about this cool job in today’s episode.

  • How Vomit Phobia WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Dec 05, 2017

    No one - no one - likes to vomit, but there are some people who would prefer to die rather than vomit, people who spend their days worrying they will vomit at any moment and become so obsessed they curtail their lives to prevent it from happening.

  • SYSK Selects: How Crime Scene Cleanup WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Dec 02, 2017

    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.

  • Cake: So Great. So, So GreatAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Cake has been around for a long time, but mostly less than great forms. It took the Industrial Revolution, the advent of plentiful sugar, and some good old American know-how to come together to make the cake we know and love today.

  • How Toy Testing WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Nov 28, 2017

    It's every kid's dream - a job playing with toys that pays in toys. It's a real thing and has been around for a long time. Then there's the other side of the testing process, companies who ensure that toys are safe. It takes both of these testing techniques to successfully bring a toy to market these days. Dive into the ball pit with us today and learn all about toy testing.

  • SYSK Selects: How Organ Donation WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Nov 25, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, tune in as Josh and Chuck take a detailed look at organ donation -- from the earliest organ transplants to the organ black market.

  • What is nuclear forensics?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Nov 23, 2017

    Nuclear forensics is a lot of things - from UN sponsored inspections to tasks more on the down low. But either way, the job of these men and women is to root out possible nuclear weapon threats. It's a fairly unknown and thankless task, so allow us to shed a little light on this very cool and very necessary line of work.

  • Bath Salts: Steer ClearAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    Although much of the media-fueled hysteria over the designer drug called bath salts has been utterly unfounded, especially when it comes to driving users to eating people's faces, you'll still want to pass on them. Learn why.

  • SYSK Selects: How Daylight Saving Time WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Nov 18, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • Can movies be cursed?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Nov 16, 2017

    First of all, movies can't be cursed because curses aren't real. However, that can't stop Josh and Chuck from taking a look at some movies throughout history that have had a disturbing number of bad things surrounding their production and release. Dive into the world of cursed movies in this very fun episode.

  • How the Flu WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Nov 14, 2017

    Every year the flu virus makes the rounds, laying up young and old alike for days before moving on to another hapless victim. But flu viruses can mutate and once in awhile they turn into something much deadlier, a pandemic that can kill millions.

  • SYSK Selects: How Silly Putty WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Nov 11, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • What's permaculture all about?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Nov 09, 2017

    Permaculture is a growing trend in the world of farming and home landscaping. It's basically a design principle that emphasizes sustainability and the would-be, natural ecosystem of an area. Simple concepts like planting downhill from a pond and using gravity to feed plants to planting native plants and vegetation that work well together are hallmarks of permaculture. Learn all about this eco-friendly trend today.

  • How Restaurant Health Inspections WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Nov 07, 2017

    If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know the feeling that occurs when the health inspector pays a visit. While nerve wracking, it's the best insurance patrons have that their food will be prepared and served in a proper environment. Learn all about how these inspections work, from their past history to current incarnation.

  • SYSK Selects: How Exorcism WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Nov 04, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, is the idea of possession a misunderstanding of physiological and psychological conditions, or has science failed to account for unknown, legitimate factors? Learn whether exorcism and psychology are mutually exclusive in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

  • Movie Crush: Tig Notaro on MaskAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Fri, Nov 03, 2017

    Episode two of Movie Crush is a very special one. Comedian Tig Notaro dropped in minutes after a very important, life changing phone call to chat with Chuck about the movie Mask. Have a listen!

  • Movie Crush: Janet Varney on TronAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Fri, Nov 03, 2017

    This week Movie Crush launches with two great episodes. Up first, actress Janet Varney talks with Chuck about the movie Tron and how much it means to her.

  • How Global Warming WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Nov 02, 2017

    It's a confusing part of climate change when it seems winter is as cold as ever, but as global temperatures creep ever so slightly higher, a cascade of catastrophic events will almost surely follow. The ball is in humanity's court.

  • SYSK's 2017 Super Spooktacular!Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Oct 31, 2017

    In this year's super scary Halloween episode, Chuck and Josh read two great works of horror fiction: Gifts, by our very own Ed Grabianowski, and the classic The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

  • SYSK Selects: How SPAM WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Oct 28, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • Episode 1,000: The Simpsons Spectacular Part IIAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Oct 26, 2017

    Today concludes our two part celebration of one of the greatest TV shows of all time - The Simpsons! It also officially marks our 1,000th episode. Can you believe it? We sure can't. So join us today as we wrap up our tribute to America's favorite TV family and hit the 1,000 mark.

  • Episode 999: The Simpsons Spectacular Part IAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Oct 24, 2017

    For our 999th and 1,000th episodes, we go down the rabbit hole on a TV show that quite literally altered popular culture as we know it. The Simpsons has been around since Josh and Chuck were in grade school, and is still cranking out episodes today. Join us for two very special episodes as we pay tribute to The Simpsons, and celebrate a milestone of our own - numbers 999 and 1,000!

  • SYSK Selects: The Cheesiest SYSK Episode EverAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Oct 21, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How Internships WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Oct 19, 2017

    The term intern comes from the medical community, but virtually every industry now uses them. From real world training to coffee fetchers, interns can be used and misused in many different ways. Dive into the world of internships with us today. And for heaven's sake - pay them!

  • SYSK Live: The DB Cooper HeistAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    Join Josh and Chuck live from Seattle as they (sky)dive into one of the most brazen robberies in the annals of crime and the only unsolved airline hijacking in American history.

  • SYSK Selects: Is there such a thing as a truth serum?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How Buildering WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    Up until recently we had no idea buildering was a word. Or that people scaling buildings has been a thing since the turn of the 20th Century. Learn along with us, and don't try it at home.

  • How the Rolling Jubilee WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Oct 10, 2017

    Everyone thought it was the pits that banks were bailed out by taxpayers in 2008 while those same people weren't given any relief by the banks. So some Occupy Wall Street members did something about it.

  • SYSK Selects: Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Oct 07, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, Josh and Chuck find who's probably to blame for the Great Chicago Fire. 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.

  • How Giraffes WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Oct 05, 2017

    Even though giraffes are one of the most recognizable animals on the planet, it wasn't until the 21st century that biology really set about studying them. They've found giraffes are even more amazing than they appear.

  • How Police Body Cameras WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Oct 03, 2017

    Cops wearing cameras is a new thing. So new that we aren't entirely sure of all the ramifications that go along with them just yet. In theory they should protect both police and citizens, but as we learned, they are no magic pill against police brutality or the death of cops on patrol. Join us as we dive into this complicated issue today.

  • SYSK Selects: What was the most peaceful time in history?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Sep 30, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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?

  • How Nude Beaches WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Sep 28, 2017

    Probably all beaches were nude early on, but as society developed and body shame became all the rage, people started wearing bathing suits. Some, though, liked the way it was before.

  • How FOIA WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Sep 26, 2017

    In the 60s, Congress worried the White House was operating too much in secret and passed the Freedom Of Information Act, opening the government to public questioning. It has been an ongoing struggle to pry those secrets loose ever since.

  • SYSK Selects: Fecal Transplants: You Gonna Drink That Poop?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Sep 23, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • A Nostalgic Look at CrayonsAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Sep 21, 2017

    Mixing wax with pigment is something artists have been doing since DaVinci. These little implements would later go on to be called crayons and gained popularity among the elementary school set. Learn all about crayons in today's episode.

  • How Frogs WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Sep 19, 2017

    They survived the extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, but unfortunately frogs seem to be no match for humans and are losing species in droves. This is not good for anyone.

  • SYSK Selects: How Handwriting Analysis WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Sep 16, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How the Secret Service WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Sep 14, 2017

    The U.S. Secret Service began after a mandate from President Lincoln called for a service to combat counterfeiters. Since then, they have become more well known as the agency that guards and protects the president and the first family, along with that of former presidents. Learn all about the ins and outs of the this not so secret service in today's episode.

  • How Psychopaths WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Sep 12, 2017

    There are people who walk among us who seem normal, maybe even more charming or intelligent than average, yet they hide disturbing and at times dangerous personalities behind what one researcher called a 'mask of sanity.'

  • SYSK Selects: How Hip-hop WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Sep 09, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select, 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.

  • Are crickets the future of food?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Sep 07, 2017

    Crickets are part of a larger insect-based diet enjoyed in most parts of the world. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein, and green to boot, crickets could help solve some of the world's food problems if Europe and America get on board. Learn all about cricket farming in today's episode.

  • The Baffling Case of the Body On Somerton BeachAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Sep 05, 2017

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

  • SYSK Selects: How Shrunken Heads WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Sep 02, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How Satanism WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Aug 31, 2017

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

  • A Lip-Smacking Look at BarbecueAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Aug 29, 2017

    Barbecue, or for the lazy, BBQ, is a Southern cooking tradition, but also much more than that. It's a cultural touchstone of the South where people of all classes and races can sit and break bread with one another. In today's episode, you'll learn all about BBQ's interesting origins, along with the various regional varieties that make its meat-loving fans so devoted.

  • SYSK Selects: Is Stockholm Syndrome real?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Aug 26, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How Personality Tests WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Aug 24, 2017

    For millennia, we have tried to put human personalities into neat types, an effort psychology took up early in its history in an effort to legitimize itself. But is the idea of types – which all personality inventories are based on - flawed to begin with?

  • Is the Uncanny Valley Real?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Aug 22, 2017

    In 1970, roboticist Masahiro Mori wrote an essay that said the closer robots come to lifelike, the more they unsettle humans. His theory became the Uncanny Valley, and science has been evaluating it – and what makes something creepy - in recent years.

  • SYSK Selects: How Exploitation Films WorkAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Aug 19, 2017

    In today's SYSK Select episode, we learn about exploitation films. 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.

  • What's the deal with accents?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    Accents are truly fascinating. Put simply, they are how a person sounds when they talk. From England to America and all over the world, the way people speak in their native tongue can vary drastically. What are the influences? When do accents begin to take hold? Can you lose or gain an accent? Learn about all this and more in today's decidedly interesting episode.

  • How Stuttering WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    Despite as much as one percent of the adult population having the condition, science doesn't actually know how stuttering works. The best it's come up with so far: there seems to be an issue between the physical process of speaking and the thought process that underlies it.

  • SYSK Selects: How McCarthyism WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Aug 12, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • How Bioarchaeology WorksAuthor: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017

    Thanks to advancements in fields like genetics, and molecular chemistry, archaeology is undergoing a renaissance and opening up new understanding of the past.

  • Do motivational speakers motivate people?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Tue, Aug 08, 2017

    There are all kinds of motivational speakers, from people who have overcome incredible hardships to those who hold pep-rally style events in stadiums. But do these speakers actually help anyone? Science can't prove it out, but people who take part swear by it. Learn all about the strange world of motivational speakers in today's episode.

  • SYSK Selects: Why do men have nipples?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Sat, Aug 05, 2017

    In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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.

  • Who Committed the 1912 Villisca Ax Murders?Author: applepodcast@howstuffworks.com (HowStuffWorks)
    Thu, Aug 03, 2017

    In a small town in Iowa in 1912 eight people were murdered in the grisliest of ways while they slept. Local reputations were ruined when accusations flew, but could a drifting serial killer working across the Midwest have been behind it?

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