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#21 Postal Addresses

40:58 | Sep 21st, 2016

4 billion people in the world don't have standard addresses - so how do they get mail?The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings.They were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser. Peter C...Show More

#4 Tubthumping

29:00 | Dec 2nd, 2015

A 1990s pop hit reveals how the Adams feel about capitalism. The Facts Our theme music is “How We Do,” written, performed, and produced by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Sponsors Audible.com PC Does Whaaaat?!

#2 Free Throws

31:25 | Nov 6th, 2015

Adam McKay helps Adam "Who Cares about Sports" Davidson conquer the free throw. The Facts The Reverend John DeLore mixed this episode, and wrote and performed music for it, along with his bandmates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. O...Show More

The Lo Life

24:08 | Oct 6th, 2017

Gimlet Media has a new podcast all about the beautiful and complicated dimensions of Black life. It's called The Nod, and it's hosted by best friends (and Blackness' biggest fans) Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse. In this episode, Eric tells Brittany a...Show More

The Hide Rug of the Plant World

11:49 | Apr 25th, 2017

Every Little Thing, hosted by Flora Lichtman, is a show about the joy of finding things out. In this episode, learn about where office plants come from and what they're secretly communicating. 

A Message from Gimlet CEO Alex Blumberg

03:22 | Apr 12th, 2017

A goodbye from Surprisingly Awesome. And hello to Every Little Thing.

Update

22:56 | Jan 19th, 2017

Our theme music is by Nicholas Britell. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, produced by Christine Driscoll, and mixed by Zac Schmidt. If you want to subscribe to Twice Removed (you do!) you can use this link, or search for it wherever yo...Show More

Your Holiday Binge Listen

20:10 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love Homecoming, a fiction thriller from Gimlet Media. It was written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Blumberg, and stars some talented people you may have heard of, like Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, D...Show More

Surprise Surprise!

23:52 | Nov 21st, 2016

Hey Surprisingly Awesome listeners - we think you'll love Undone, a new show from Gimlet Media. It's about how the big stories we thought were over, were actually the beginning of something else. Hosted by Pat Walters and developed with help from the...Show More

#23 The Wedding

35:48 | Oct 19th, 2016

Something borrowed, something blue, something that explains why weddings look the way they do.The FactsOur theme music is by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Chr...Show More

#22 Wedding Planning

32:19 | Oct 5th, 2016

This week: It's awesome in the sacred sense - but stressful in the practical sense.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings.Additional music came from Kyle Morton, Sex Life, and XoloWe wer...Show More

#20 Crying

40:26 | Sep 7th, 2016

THE FACTS:Surprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, Alex Blumberg, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizab...Show More

#19 Cardboard

39:32 | Aug 24th, 2016

The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll and Elizabeth Kulas. Andre...Show More

Surprise Surprise!

15:31 | Aug 16th, 2016

Don't fret - we'll have a regularly scheduled Surprisingly Awesome for you next week, but this week, we wanted to share something special with you, since Surprisingly Awesome listeners love learning new things.It's a new Gimlet Media show called Scie...Show More

#18 Yoga

40:07 | Aug 10th, 2016

This week, we found many surprising twists, turns, and holds in the story of modern yoga. The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s Theme Music is “This is How We Do” by Nicholas Britell and our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie...Show More

#17.5 Untangling Flossgate 2016

09:28 | Aug 5th, 2016

Is it really true that you never need to floss again?The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dunn and Austin Thompson mixed this episode. This episode was edited by A...Show More

#17 Flossing

33:42 | Jul 27th, 2016

The FactsThis week, we're joined by comedian Maeve Higgins.Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dun mixed this episode.This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, and Pe...Show More

#16 Follow-ups

36:38 | Jun 28th, 2016

Journey with us back in time - but also forward in time because this is a new episode, revisiting old topics.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme song is by Nicholas Britell.  Our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Ros...Show More

#15 Extinct Hockey

43:52 | Jun 15th, 2016

John Hodgman learns that the advantage of extinct hockey is that it can't break your heart.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme song is by Nicholas Britell.  Our ad music is by Build Buildings. We were edited this week by Annie-Rose Strasser. We wer...Show More

#14 I Told You Sos

50:37 | Jun 1st, 2016

To all the haters, and all the doubters, we told you we could make anything awesome.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dunn mixed the episode.This episode was edi...Show More

#13 Insults

41:13 | May 18th, 2016

Yo mama so fat we did a whole podcast about her.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, and produced by Rachel Ward and Kalila...Show More

#12 Mattresses

34:17 | May 4th, 2016

Adam and Adam get chased out of a mattress store.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings.  Original music in this episode was composed by Trouble Books, and Nick DePrey and Lo...Show More

#11 Boredom

36:15 | Apr 19th, 2016

The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell.  Our ad music is by Build Buildings.  Nick DePrey and Louis Weeks composed original music for this week's episode.This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and Annie-Rose ...Show More

#10 Circle of Fifths

35:15 | Apr 5th, 2016

What one idea from music theory can tell us about culture, biology, math, physics and The Simpsons.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell.Our ad music is by Build Buildings.This episode was edited by Alex Blumb...Show More

#9 Pigeons

34:26 | Mar 22nd, 2016

The greatest love story ever told: humans and rats with wings.The FactsSurprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Our credits theme was composed by Cobey Bienert and Jacob Boll, featurin...Show More

#8 Frequent Flyer Miles

36:04 | Mar 9th, 2016

The world in a cup of pudding - or rather, 12,000 cups of pudding. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg, Caitlin Kenney, and Ann...Show More

#7 Adhesives

38:17 | Jan 27th, 2016

If you want perfect stickiness, look to gecko feet - not a crayfish straightjacket. The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and Cai...Show More

#6 Broccoli

40:52 | Jan 12th, 2016

The epic struggle of parents versus kids. Yummy versus gross. Humans versus broccoli! The Facts Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and p...Show More

#5 Interest Rates

32:11 | Dec 15th, 2015

Just because it has the word "interest" in it doesn't mean it's interesting to a teenage girl. The Facts: Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is "How We Do" by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. This episode was edited by Alex Blum...Show More

#3 Concrete

24:37 | Nov 18th, 2015

From the dawn of human civilization, to the end of days: Concrete will outlast us all. The Facts The Reverend John DeLore and Michael Garafalo mixed this episode. John performed music for this episode, along with his bandmates, Jordan Scanella, Sam...Show More

#1 Mold

30:43 | Nov 3rd, 2015

Mold giveth, and mold taketh away. The same not-quite plant, not-quite animal that causes cancer can also cure infections and unite long-lost family members. The Facts Original music for this episode by Mark Phillips and Elori Kramer Our theme music...Show More

Surprisingly Awesome Trailer

03:20 | Oct 29th, 2015

A new show hosted by Adams Davidson and McKay that reveals the hidden awesomeness in everyday things. From Gimlet Media.