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If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
How the Flu Works

52:56 | Nov 14th, 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. Lea...Show More
The Max Headroom Incident

51:33 | Jun 5th, 2018

In 1987, a very strange broadcast intrusion occurred in the city of Chicago. For just a couple of minutes, the odd TV character Max Headroom appeared onscreen in the middle of an episode of Dr. Who. He spoke in garbled tones, brandished a marital aid...Show More
How the Secret Service Works

56:28 | Sep 14th, 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 tha...Show More
How Schoolhouse Rock Rocked: Featuring Bob Nastanovich of Pavement

1:04:35 | May 25th, 2017

Schoolhouse Rock is possibly the best children's program of all time. Join Josh and Chuck as they tell the story of SR, featuring an interview with Pavement's Bob Nastanovich, contributor to the '90s Schoolhouse Rock tribute record. Learn more about ...Show More
SYSK Selects: Duels - A Guide to Throwing Down the Gauntlet

42:02 | Jul 13th

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 clas...Show More
Cleopatra: Ms. Understood

53:42 | Jul 9th

One of the great misunderstood figures in history was the last pharaoh of Egypt. Cleopatra’s story is almost always told along with the men in her life, and from the view of the Romans who were threatened by her. Unsurprisingly, there was lot more to...Show More
The Tylenol Murders, Part I

48:11 | May 28th

On one terrible day in Chicago in 1982, seven people died suddenly and mysteriously. In just a matter of hours, it becomes clear, someone has poisoned bottles of Extra-Strength Tylenol, one of the most trusted and widely-used products in America. Lea...Show More
Short Stuff: James Polk, Disinterred

13:12 | May 22nd

Did you know that former president James Polk had his final resting place moved twice? It's true! And almost a third time even. Let's go listen to some short stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: Interpol: World Police

35:51 | Feb 16th

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. Learn mor...Show More
Ballpoint pens? Heck yes, ballpoint pens!

51:29 | Aug 21st, 2018

Get ready, folks. The ballpoint pen is far more interesting than you could ever imagine. For real. Brilliant in its simplicity. Took the world by storm. We love our ballpoint pens and you should too. Listen in today! Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
Who is The Man of the Hole?

40:05 | Aug 16th, 2018

In 2018, there's a man from a lost tribe still living deep in the jungles of Brazil who has been all alone since the mid 1990s. He's referred to as the Man of the Hole, and has had no face-to-face with modern humans. Who is he? We'll answer that ques...Show More
Emojis: A New Language? Nah.

50:26 | Apr 24th, 2018

Believe it or not, there's a lot more to Emojis than meets the eye. Turns out their history is pretty interesting stuff. Join Josh and Chuck today as they tell the tale of the little faces that we all love to hate.  Learn more about your ad-choices a...Show More
How Hoarding Works

1:04:29 | Jan 23rd, 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...Show More
How Removing Public Monuments Work

49:46 | Jan 16th, 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihe...Show More
What is an invasive species?

53:24 | Jan 11th, 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 t...Show More
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

1:04:15 | Jan 9th, 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 l...Show More
Narcissism: But what about me?

1:02:55 | Dec 19th, 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 wha...Show More
How Flight Attendants Work

43:46 | Dec 7th, 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. L...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Daylight Saving Time Works

37:37 | Nov 18th, 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 th...Show More
What's permaculture all about?

54:26 | Nov 9th, 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 usin...Show More
Movie Crush: Tig Notaro on Mask

1:11:48 | Nov 3rd, 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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart....Show More
SYSK Selects: How SPAM Works

42:46 | Oct 28th, 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 l...Show More
Episode 1,000: The Simpsons Spectacular Part II

1:03:20 | Oct 26th, 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 ...Show More
Episode 999: The Simpsons Spectacular Part I

53:00 | Oct 24th, 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. ...Show More
How Internships Work

41:38 | Oct 19th, 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 f...Show More
How Giraffes Work

56:36 | Oct 5th, 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. Learn more about your ad-choices...Show More
How Nude Beaches Work

47:50 | Sep 28th, 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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast...Show More
How FOIA Works

53:19 | Sep 26th, 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. Learn more a...Show More
How Psychopaths Work

50:28 | Sep 12th, 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.' Learn more about your ad-cho...Show More
How Satanism Works

55:10 | Aug 31st, 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 ...Show More
A Lip-Smacking Look at Barbecue

51:37 | Aug 29th, 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 al...Show More
How Personality Tests Work

59:43 | Aug 24th, 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 ...Show More
What's the deal with accents?

59:05 | Aug 17th, 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 t...Show More
SYSK Selects: How HeLa Cells Work

29:44 | Jul 8th, 2017

In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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 h...Show More
SYSK Selects: Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?

39:09 | Jul 1st, 2017

In this week's SYSK Select episode, 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 th...Show More
How Poetry Works

1:07:26 | May 2nd, 2017

Poetry is a broad and expansive art form. From dramatic verse to haiku, rhyming poetry and spoken word, there are many hats a poet can wear. Join Josh and Chuck today as they break down the history of poetry, a dive into what's so great about it. Lea...Show More
The Black Panther Party

1:06:31 | Feb 16th, 2017

The Black Panther Party was a complex political movement that was unfairly painted as a militant group who hated white people. Far from it, they were actually men and women trying to effect change in their community. Their history is one of the more ...Show More
How Pacifism Works (And Could It?)

1:16:07 | Jan 26th, 2017

There is deep disagreement over whether humans are essentially peaceful or essentially warlike. Depending on your view you may see pacifism as either hopelessly naïve or the unsung response to conflict that’s kept us from wiping ourselves out. Learn ...Show More
How Soylent Works

43:51 | Jan 19th, 2017

Soylent is a meal replacement drink, but not really. So what is it? Total sustenance in a glass? Some say so. Is it made from humans? No, that's just a movie. Learn all about this odd concoction in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at...Show More
What's the Deal with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?

41:29 | Nov 17th, 2016

Concussions are bad enough for football players, but research has found all of those smaller hits can add up to massive brain trauma later in life too, leading to a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition the NFL sought to cove...Show More
How Animal Testing Works

50:58 | Sep 6th, 2016

The use of animals for commercial and scientific testing is a quietly controversial topic. That we humans have advanced as a species because we use animals as literal and figurative guinea pigs is undeniable. But do we have the right to do that? Lear...Show More
How Ventriloquism Works

51:42 | Aug 22nd

Ventriloquism – where a skilled performer “throws” their voice, making it seem like a dummy on their knee is talking – has taken a long, circuitous road from early prophets, to witches, then finally to the stage. Get to the bottom of this uncanny tri...Show More
Short Stuff: Horseshoe Crab Blood

14:16 | Aug 21st

Perhaps the most expensive liquid on the planet is the blue blood that comes from horseshoe crabs. Researchers realized that horseshoe crab blood could indicate the presence of pathogens and the massive, ongoing horseshoe crab harvest began.  Learn m...Show More
Nuclear Semiotics: How to Talk to Future Humans

56:15 | Aug 20th

The nuclear waste we produce will be dangerous for a very long time. We’ve figured out how to safely store it in the earth until it’s no longer a biohazard. Now we just have to figure out how to warn humans 10,000 years in the future to stay away fro...Show More
SYSK Selects: Are We in a Cyberwar?

32:12 | Aug 17th

There's a secret war going on around us, and it's happening on a daily basis. The Air Force has a unit specifically designed to carry out and defend against cyberwar. Go deep into this alarming type of war in this classic episode. Learn more about yo...Show More
How Peyote Works

43:25 | Aug 15th

Josh and Chuck have tackled a lot of drugs on the show, but peyote has loomed like a bad Jim Morrison poem. Learn all about this plant today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Petrichor

13:36 | Aug 14th

You know that amazing smell when it rains? Kind of clean, kind of earthy, one of a kind? It turns out that a miracle of nature produces it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Solar Power: The Future or What?

1:04:11 | Aug 13th

We’ve been promised solar energy for a while now – where is it? Turns out, it’s been quietly and steadily growing across the world. And with a few breakthroughs, we just may be able to say goodbye to fossil fuels. Learn about sun-based energy in this...Show More
SYSK Selects: What Is a Shotgun House?

27:04 | Aug 10th

Shotgun houses are iconic pieces of American architecture: they're long, narrow, and filled with artistic flourishes. But where did they come from? Join Chuck and Josh and explore the mysterious origins of shotgun houses. Learn more about your ad-cho...Show More
Iran-Contra Affair: Shady in the 80s, Part 2

46:47 | Aug 8th

As the operation expands it also begins to unravel. Word starts to leak out of the illegal stuff the Reagan administration was up to, Congress and the press investigate and people start to point fingers. Spoiler alert – they all got off scot free. Le...Show More
Short Stuff: Time Zones

14:54 | Aug 7th

Time zones are a pain. Let's get rid of them! Can we? Sure! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Iran-Contra Affair: Shady in the 80s, Part 1

49:03 | Aug 6th

When Ronald Reagan was president, America got involved in some deeply shady stuff, not the least of which was the Iran-Contra scandal – a convoluted operation that managed to combine an illegal covert war in Nicaragua with secretly selling arms to Ir...Show More
SYSK Selects: How the Black Death Worked

35:10 | Aug 3rd

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? Find out in this ...Show More
What were the BONE WARS?

56:12 | Aug 1st

A pair of old timey fossil hunters had a rootin’ tootin’ rivalry that spilled from academic journals into the American Wild West - where fossils were dynamited and employees turned double agent. Learn about the two-fisted origins of American paleonto...Show More
Short Stuff: The Man Who Didn’t Eat for a Year

13:30 | Jul 31st

In 1965, a 456-pound man walked into a hospital in Scotland and asked for help with a fast. That was the last day he ate for more than a year. Learn about the medical marvel that was Angus Barbieri. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ih...Show More
Will Deepfakes Ruin the World?

46:36 | Jul 30th

Very recently, thanks to a new type of AI, it’s gotten much easier to create convincingly realistic videos of people saying and doing things they’ve never said or done. Will fake videos undermine our shared sense of reality and lead to the death of t...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Human Cannonballs Work

32:34 | Jul 27th

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 cannonba...Show More
How Eyewitness Testimony Works(?)

58:33 | Jul 25th

Few things are more compelling than a witness pointing out a defendant in the courtroom as the perpetrator. But few things are also more unreliable than eyewitness testimony. Our memories can be pretty terrible, which matters when you’re facing death...Show More
Short Stuff: Aristides de Sousa Mendes

13:27 | Jul 24th

This week we highlight another little known historical hero. In this case, a Portuguese diplomat who rescued people from Nazi Germany, at his own peril. Dig in and spread the word of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.  Learn more about your ad-choices at htt...Show More
MOVE: Or When the Philly Police Dropped a Bomb on a Residential Neighborhood

54:15 | Jul 23rd

Believe it or not, in 1985 the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb from a helicopter onto a residential building in an African-American neighborhood. The fact that this story isn't more widely known says it all. Listen and learn about MOVE ...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Crack Works

50:01 | Jul 20th

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 bab...Show More
Sand Dunes: They Are What You Think They Are

44:25 | Jul 18th

Sand dunes are exactly what you think they are. But still pretty interesting. Learn all about them right now! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Yellow Rain

13:18 | Jul 17th

After the Vietnam War, the Hmong people told the world a toxic weapon was being used on them. Thus began a mystery that still remains today, which might have been solved when it was chalked up to bee poop. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://...Show More
How Going to the Moon Works

57:10 | Jul 16th

Fifty years ago, the first humans stepped onto the moon. After going back a few more times, humanity lost its taste for moon travel. But it’s being revived again. NASA is planning to send humans back to the moon by 2024 and build a moon base by 2028....Show More
How Sloths Work

57:28 | Jul 11th

Everyone knows sloths are super slow, but do you know they’re slow because their bodies produce an astoundingly small amount of energy? And did you know that might be an adaptation that protects them from predators? Sloths are awesome and we prove it...Show More
Short Stuff: The Coconut Cult

17:31 | Jul 10th

Why we love short stuff - because we can tell stories like this one. A man goes to an island to start a commune of sorts that subsists entirely on coconuts. It didn't go well.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adver...Show More
SYSK Selects: What Makes us Yawn?

30:38 | Jul 6th

What is it that makes us suddenly draw in a deep breath through a wide-open mouth? The beautiful thing about yawning is that researchers really don't know. Whether the answer is physical, mental or even contagious there is pretty much no chance you w...Show More
How the Fairness Doctrine Worked

56:09 | Jul 4th

Back in the day, broadcasters were bound by law to provide contrasting opinions on political matters. Why? Because of the Fairness Doctrine. What happened to it? Listen in and find out.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...Show More
Short Stuff: Mitsuye Endo

12:58 | Jul 3rd

In today's short stuff, we look at another amazing woman who has all but been ignored by history. The story of Mitsuye Endo.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Is photographic memory a real thing?

48:06 | Jul 2nd

Photogrpahic memory is the stuff of movies and TV, but is it real? Sort of. But not really. But kind of. It's a little bit a matter of semantics. Listen in and this will all make sense.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...Show More
SYSK Selects: What Makes a One-hit Wonder?

30:41 | Jun 29th

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 classic episode is based on. Join him and Josh ...Show More
What is the Civil Air Patrol?

47:18 | Jun 27th

The Civil Air Patrol is a civilian group of pilots and plane enthusiasts who do a lot of things, namely help out in search and rescue missions. But their history is a bit more colorful. Listen in today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://new...Show More
Short Stuff: Prison Food

12:26 | Jun 26th

Prison food is kind of a joke, like airplane food. But there are real consequences involved. Let's get into it in today's short stuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Planned Obsolescence: Engine of the Consumer Economy

59:41 | Jun 25th

If you’ve ever heard an old timer gripe that things aren’t built like they used to be, that old timer was right! Learn about the nefarious, possibly mythical, mechanism that’s responsible for the cruddy products and waste our consumer society is base...Show More
SYSK Selects: How the Donner Party Worked

40:17 | Jun 22nd

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 classic episode of Stuff You S...Show More
What happened to the Neanderthals?

53:13 | Jun 20th

As recently as 40,000 years ago we lived among humans from an entirely different species – Neanderthals. About the same time our species showed up, Neanderthals suddenly vanished. Just what happened to the other guys? Did our ancestors do something …...Show More
Short Stuff: Emperor Norton

15:11 | Jun 19th

After a San Francisco real estate mogul went bankrupt, he reinvented himself as the Emperor of the United States – and became the city’s most celebrated resident.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Hygiene Hypothesis Works

47:02 | Jun 18th

In the early 90s, a new study that found that kids who are exposed to more germs early in life are less likely to develop allergies later. With the West in the grip of a full-blown immunity crisis (still going on today), this was an interesting thoug...Show More
SYSK Selects: What's the Deal with Crop Circles?

41:56 | Jun 15th

For a while in the 1980s, people were fascinated and confused about what exactly crop circles were. Now we know that they aren't signs left from aliens, but art made by humans. Learn all about these stunning, large form art installations in today's e...Show More
How Area 51 Works

53:32 | Jun 13th

The secret military base Area 51 is inextricably linked to every secret, shady project the US government is rumored to be involved in – from reverse-engineering alien technology to coordinating a one-world government. The truth is much more mundane. ...Show More
Short Stuff: Smoke Signals

15:39 | Jun 12th

Were smoke signals real or a Hollywood invention? Turns out, they were indeed a thing and invented by the Chinese, even.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What's the gig economy?

45:45 | Jun 11th

The gig economy is not new, but it's bigger than ever. Is that a good thing? We'll discuss that today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How Capgras Syndrome Works

28:05 | Jun 8th

There is an extremely rare condition where the sufferer is convinced 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. Learn more about y...Show More
Introducing Unpopular

04:04 | Jun 7th

At times when people accepted the status quo without question, some rebels have dared to resist. When a cause is noble, it often pays to be unpopular. Listen to Unpopular every Tuesday.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/pod...Show More
What is perfect pitch?

45:23 | Jun 6th

Perfect pitch, or absolute pitch, is when you can sing a note with no reference from other notes, perfectly on key. Is it an asset? Chuck says yes. Learn all about this musical rarity today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.co...Show More
Short Stuff: Robert Johnson and the Devil

13:45 | Jun 5th

Did the legendary blues singer really sell his soul to the devil in exchange for amazing musical skills? Probably not! But there’s still an interesting story there and it features the Coen Brothers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ih...Show More
How Barcodes Work

56:58 | Jun 4th

Barcodes are everywhere. Those little lines and numbers that make up one of the most recognizable barcodes, the UPC, was designed to make going to the grocery a lot less miserable. It ended up becoming the central symbol of the global economy.  Learn...Show More
SYSK Selects: How TV Ratings Work

44:26 | Jun 1st

Ever wonder why some great shows go off the air after a season or less? Blame it on the Nielsen company, which has for more than 60 years been the almost exclusive decider of what goes and what stays on TV. Learn more about your ad-choices at https:/...Show More
The Tylenol Murders, Part II

48:16 | May 30th

The panic that began in Chicago spreads and begins to change the world. The investigation into the murders turns up leads and suspects, but still no one has ever been charged with the murders. It remains unsolved to this day.  Learn more about your a...Show More
Short Stuff: Look-Alike Old Couples

14:37 | May 29th

You know how some older married couples (sorry, senior adult married couples) start to look alike over time? That’s a really weird phenomenon if you think about it. So science has looked into it and they think they kind of have it figured out. Learn ...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Acne Works

45:27 | May 25th

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. ...Show More
What was Tin Pan Alley?

44:05 | May 23rd

Tin Pan Alley was an area of New York around the beginning of the 20th Century that served as ground zero for the earliest iterations of the music publishing industry. Learn all about this unique place and time right now.  Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
How Crystals Work

51:38 | May 21st

In a new age shop or on display at the Smithsonian, there are varying interpretations of what crystals can be used for. But at their base, they are a thumb in the eye to entropy, a perfectly ordered piece of matter.  Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
Introducing Ephemeral

08:34 | May 20th

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Listen whereve...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Dying Works

1:07:40 | May 18th

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 dea...Show More
10ish Cases of Really Bad Luck

52:32 | May 16th

Some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain. So said Rod Stewart. And if this list is any indication, “guys” is gender neutral. Listen to this episode as Chuck and Josh cover some instances of amazingly bad fortune, most of it true!  Lea...Show More
Short Stuff: Honorary Degrees

14:04 | May 15th

Honorary degrees are not real degrees. They are marketing opportunities for universities. They make us mad, but we want one. Learn all about them in the next 12-15 minutes.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertis...Show More
How Trampolines Work

56:52 | May 14th

The world’s loved trampolines since they were invented by a pair of acrobats in Iowa in the 30s – so much so, trampolining is now an Olympic event. What people don’t love about trampolines is their propensity to cause paralysis, brain injuries and de...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Lie Detectors Work

31:09 | May 11th

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. Lear...Show More
Do Dietary Supplements Work?

57:34 | May 9th

The world takes $40 billion of dietary supplements – from vitamin A to yohimbe bark – every year. Yet, the jury is still out on whether most of them work. In America, the FDA isn’t allowed to approve supplements, and no one can say what is in your pi...Show More
Short Stuff: Nicknames

14:03 | May 8th

What's in a nickname? Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don't. Let's get our shorty on and find out the deal.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Remembering Live Aid

54:43 | May 7th

Live Aid was a revolutionary concert event in two countries in 1985 that spanned the world via satellite. The brainchild of musician Bob Geldof, it really did help change the world in many ways, but its direct impact on Ethiopian famine relief remain...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Does a Diving Bell Work?

33:53 | May 4th

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 ...Show More
What Happens When the Government Thinks You're Dead?

41:29 | May 2nd

It’s bad enough when the government knows you’re alive – there are taxes to pay, laws to be followed, all sorts of boring and unpleasant things. But each year, thousands of Americans find out life is far, far worse when the government thinks you are ...Show More
Short Stuff: The Number 23

14:50 | May 1st

There are people out there who believe that there’s something special about the number 23. Exactly what? Who knows. Exactly why? Because it pops up a lot. But does it? Who knows.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-ad...Show More
Michael Dillon: Trans Pioneer

57:44 | Apr 30th

Michael Dillon was a lot of things - author, doctor, and most importantly, trans pioneer. Learn all about his story in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How Zero Works

32:16 | Apr 27th

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...Show More
What Were Human Zoos?

44:08 | Apr 25th

One of the off-putting byproducts of 19th century European colonialism were human zoos, living dioramas of people from far-away places made to be gawked at. Listen in to what the deeper meaning of humans zoos held people on both sides of the glass. L...Show More
Short Stuff: Fear of Public Speaking

13:13 | Apr 24th

Speaking in public is frequently cited as people’s number one fear, even more fearful than death. Most people go through life avoiding public speaking, but it turns out that only makes things worse. The best medicine? Public speaking. Learn more abou...Show More
Is birth order important?

54:02 | Apr 23rd

There have been a lot of studies over the years regarding birth order. Some conclude that it's a big deal, while others more or less discount its importance. Learn all about it today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcas...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Marijuana Works

1:04:53 | Apr 20th

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 h...Show More
How the Hoover Dam Works, Part II

44:20 | Apr 18th

And now for something completely different. Just kidding – tune in to hear the thrilling conclusion of America’s most amazing public works project in the 20th century. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Emu Wars

13:38 | Apr 17th

Did Australians really wage war on a group of emus? YES. Learn all about it in today's short stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Hoover Dam Works, Part I

48:21 | Apr 16th

It’s one of America’s biggest accomplishments in the 20th century, a slab of concrete holding back one of the country’s most finicky rivers, providing water and electricity to a swath of majors cities that otherwise couldn’t exist. Learn more about y...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Yo-Yos Work

34:42 | Apr 13th

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 ...Show More
How the Electric Chair Works

1:03:00 | Apr 11th

The electric chair is an all-American invention. It spread almost nowhere else in the world as a capital punishment but worked overtime in the States. Despite the terrible sights and sounds an electrocution produces, it was created out of humaneness....Show More
Short Stuff: Lake Peigneur

14:28 | Apr 10th

In 1980 something catastrophic happened to the quiet town of New Iberia, Louisiana. Their wide, shallow lake grew much deeper after it underwent an apocalyptic transformation.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adver...Show More
How Free Range Parenting Works

53:20 | Apr 9th

Free range parenting is all about giving your child the freedom to play and explore life on their own. Are there benefits? Sure. Do some people hate the concept? Yes! Listen and learn right here.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihea...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Pollen Works

31:57 | Apr 6th

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. Learn more ab...Show More
Were Nazis Drug-Fueled Crankheads?

47:28 | Apr 4th

Nazis were bad people. And it turns out a lot of them were high as kites on speed. Was this a recipe for disaster? Yes it was.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Unspent Campaign Money

12:05 | Apr 3rd

Have you ever wondered what happens to all those campaign donations when a political campaign goes belly up? Or, even worse, is in debt! Wonder no more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Rape Kits Work

53:04 | Apr 2nd

Rape kits are simple forensic evidence collection kits used when someone is sexually assaulted. But the story is deeper than this. Learn all about rape kits, the sad backlog problem, and what you can do to help, in today's episode.  Learn more about ...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Immigration Works

52:39 | Mar 30th

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 immigrati...Show More
Introducing It Could Happen Here, An iHeartRadio Original Podcast

03:51 | Mar 29th

Boy, politics really has gotten hideous, hasn’t it? And protests seem a lot more violent than they were a couple of years ago. Are things getting worse? Could the U.S.A. be on the road to a second civil war? Robert Evans says 'Yes!' and by the time y...Show More
Etch A Sketch!

41:51 | Mar 28th

The Etch A Sketch is yet another classic toy that Josh and Chuck love and respect. Learn all about this Hall of Fame entry today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: When Elvis Met Nixon

15:05 | Mar 27th

Elvis really did meet with Richard Nixon. Because Elvis wanted to help fight the drug trade. True story. Hear about it in today's short stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Druids Worked

43:20 | Mar 26th

Anyone who likes Led Zeppelin, plays Dungeons & Dragons, or worships the rising sun at Stonehenge on the vernal equinox can tell you druids are cool. But archaeologists will tell you we can’t even be certain druids existed. Buckle in for a history my...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Sign Language Works

47:48 | Mar 23rd

It wasn't until the 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.  L...Show More
How Disgust Works

56:49 | Mar 21st

Disgust is an odd thing. It makes sense that we would feel a sense of revulsion at the thought of putting rotten meat in our mouths – that’s pure evolution. But why would we feel the same emotion at the thought of weird sex or from hearing a racist r...Show More
Short Stuff: The Sandman

13:09 | Mar 20th

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream! But who is the sandman? We'll tell you in today's edition of short stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Desert Survival: Josh and Chuck Save Your Tookus

47:55 | Mar 19th

The chances are pretty low that you’ll find yourself lost in the desert, but on the off chance you do you’ll thank yourself that you listened to this episode, where we guide you to safety.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/...Show More
SYSK Selects: Was Atlantis A Real Place?

35:49 | Mar 16th

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. Learn more about...Show More
The Great Stink: The Stench So Bad They Gave It A Name

37:49 | Mar 14th

In the summer of 1858, a heatwave dried up the Thames River to a trickle in London. As centuries’ worth of human waste, animal carcasses and other nasty things cooked in the sun, a stench arose that was so horrific it got its own name: The Great Stin...Show More
Short Stuff: Bedbugs

13:41 | Mar 13th

We eradicated bedbugs so thoroughly in the 50s that generations who came later suspected they weren’t anymore real than jackalopes and snipes. But since we banned DDT, the pesticide that kills bedbugs best, they’re back again. And they’re terrible.  ...Show More
The Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

58:02 | Mar 12th

The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, two anarchists accused of murder, was one of the first "crimes of the century." But did they do it? To this day there is speculation that they did not. Learn all about this famous case in today's episode.  Learn more ...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Wildfires Work

35:35 | Mar 9th

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...Show More
How Dyslexia Works

45:41 | Mar 7th

For a learning disability that everyone seems to know about, dyslexia is maybe the most commonly misunderstood and controversial cognitive difficulty there is. Some people think it’s a gift, some people think it doesn’t even exist.  Learn more about ...Show More
Short Stuff: Wigs in English Court

13:27 | Mar 6th

What's the deal with the wigs in the English court system? Learn all about it in today's short stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
What's the deal with ASMR?

48:56 | Mar 5th

ASMR is soothing to some, maddening to others. Learn all about these whisper tones in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How the Panama Canal Works

35:57 | Mar 2nd

It's on more than one list of the Seven Wonders of the World and for good reason - the Panama Canal is one of the great feats of engineering ever undertaken. First conceived of in the 1580s and finally completed in 1914, the canal has a fascinating h...Show More
Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes

50:00 | Feb 28th

The Tuskegee Airmen braved racism and brutally tough training in order to secure their spot in American history as the first African-American military pilots. Listen in today to the story of their determination and heroism. Learn more about your ad-c...Show More
Short Stuff: Black Loyalists

13:57 | Feb 27th

The Black Loyalists were a group of Colonial slaves who fought for their freedom alongside the British. Learn all about this nearly forgotten group in today's Short Stuff.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertise...Show More
The Science of Break-Ups

1:02:32 | Feb 26th

Breaking up is hard to do. Your brain might even think you're getting over a cocaine addiction. Learn all about the science behind break-ups today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How Lewis and Clark Worked

55:35 | Feb 23rd

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 ...Show More
How Galaxies Work

49:12 | Feb 21st

In the universe things tend to cluster. This means there’s a coherent structure to the universe and learning about clusters of stars – galaxies - helps us figure out what that structure is. Join Chuck and Josh on an amazing space voyage! Learn more a...Show More
Short Stuff: Turbulence

12:48 | Feb 20th

If you’ve ever had a bumpy airplane ride, you know it’s nothing fun. But have you ever noticed that the pilots sometimes tell you ahead of time to buckle in? How do they know turbulence is ahead? Are they some kind of fortune teller? How can anyone s...Show More
Yeti: The Asian Bigfoot

48:01 | Feb 19th

We've covered Nessie and Bigfoot, so why not tackle the Yeti? Listen in today and Josh and Chuck cover what used to be known as the Abominable Snowman.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Elephants: The Best Animals?

1:03:28 | Feb 14th

Elephants are pretty much the best. Why? Josh and Chuck will let you know in great detail in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: War of Jenkins' Ear

13:39 | Feb 13th

In the 18th century, Spain and England fought each other in the colonies of Georgia and Florida, a war kicked off by an English sea captain who was mad his ear had been perhaps unfairly lopped off.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ih...Show More
Could There Be A Loch Ness Monster?

1:05:09 | Feb 12th

People have believed something strange lives in Loch Ness for at least 3500 years. Thousands of people have sighted the Loch Ness Monster and dozens of expeditions have been launched. But does the fact that nothing’s been found mean it’s not real?  L...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Coral Reefs Work

38:19 | Feb 9th

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. Learn mo...Show More
The True Story of BlacKkKlansman

48:10 | Feb 7th

In 2018, director Spike Lee brought the story of Ron Stallworth to the big screen to great effect. Today, Josh and Chuck discuss the true story behind the Oscar nominated film.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adve...Show More
Short Stuff: Ellen Richards

12:57 | Feb 6th

Who is Ellen Richards? One of the most unsung scientists of all time, that's who. Her contribution? Bringing real science into the household and forcing the world to take "home-ec" seriously. We celebrate her today on Short Stuff.  Learn more about y...Show More
The Insidious Abuse of Stalking

59:16 | Feb 5th

Stalking has only recently been recognized for what it is – a profound form of psychological abuse where the victim’s life is “infected” by the stalker, as one survivor put it. Stalking can go on for years, and in some cases may be the prelude to mur...Show More
SYSK Selects: Saunas: More Interesting Than You Think!

40:57 | Feb 2nd

Although they 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. Learn more about your ad-...Show More
How Central Park Works

55:56 | Jan 31st

Central Park in Manhattan was America’s first landscaped public park, built at a time when New Yorkers’ only option for getting some fresh air was hanging around cemeteries. Get all the info about this beautiful icon and how it’s served as a landscap...Show More
Short Stuff: Johnny Appleseed

13:22 | Jan 30th

Johnny Appleseed was real! And he was about as amazing as the legend paints him. He really did plant apple trees all over America and if the feds hadn’t chopped them down during Prohibition, they’d still be around. Learn what we mean in this episode....Show More
How Ping Pong Works

59:28 | Jan 29th

While Asia is well-known for being cuckoo for Ping Pong, the game was actually invented by bored British Victorian aristocrats. Go back and forth about Ping Pong’s place in the world with Chuck and Josh. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ne...Show More
Introducing Invention!

01:24 | Jan 28th

Human history is a story of invention, from primitive axes and wheels to saxophones and space shuttles. In their new podcast, the hosts of Stuff to Blow Your Mind explore the origins and legacies of humanity’s inventions, big and small.
SYSK Selects: Bioluminescence: A Bright and Shiny Fish

40:31 | Jan 26th

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...Show More
The Legend of Betsy Ross

45:12 | Jan 24th

Betsy Ross is an American icon to many, the seamstress who sewed the first U.S. flag because of a personal commission from George Washington. But is it true? Sort of. Learn all about this fascinating story today. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...Show More
Short Stuff: Thread Count

13:42 | Jan 23rd

Is thread count all it's cracked up to be? Listen in and find out in today's edition of Short Stuff! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Live: The Kellogg Brothers’ Wacky World of Health

1:14:11 | Jan 22nd

There’s no way you haven’t had one of their breakfast cereals, but we bet you don’t know the story behind the two brothers who brought the world corn flakes. Buckle in for a lot of talk about poop, religion and masturbation, live from Sydney, Austral...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Lobotomies Work

36:04 | Jan 19th

Lobotomies -- brain surgeries to relieve psychiatric problems -- are rarely performed today, but they were once fairly common. Tune in to learn more about the controversial history and practice of lobotomies. Learn more about your ad-choices at https...Show More
The July 20th Plot to Assassinate Hitler

49:18 | Jan 17th

A lot of people in Hitler's inner circle wanted him dead toward the end of the war. But he proved impossible to kill from within. Listen in today as Josh and Chuck dig into the infamous July 20th plot to blow up Der Führer. Learn more about your ad-c...Show More
Short Stuff: Olestra

12:23 | Jan 16th

In the 90s a fat free miracle food came out that promised we could eat all we wanted and not gain weight. But there was a caveat: it could also make your bowels unpleasantly loose. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-a...Show More
How Airbags Work

42:33 | Jan 15th

It turns out that the inflatable bag of air that shoots out of your steering wheel or dashboard is the result of a controlled explosion of solid fuel, just like in a rocket – aimed for your face. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.ihear...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Schizophrenia Works

46:30 | Jan 12th

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 resear...Show More
The Great Finger in the Wendy’s Chili Caper

46:47 | Jan 10th

In 2005 a woman named Anna Alaya discovered a length of human finger – nail and all – in her Wendy’s chili. Her cries of disgust would set off a media firestorm, a criminal investigation and a prison sentence for her and her husband.  Learn more abou...Show More
Short Stuff: How Often Do You Need To Change Your Oil?

15:15 | Jan 9th

First things, first: Take that oil change reminder sticker off your windshield and throw it away forever and never look back!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Spanish Flu Worked

1:00:37 | Jan 8th

The Spanish Flu killed anywhere from 20-100 million or more people over 1918/1919. All of this played out with World War I in the foreground, one big reason why the flu spread so far, so fast. Learn all about this devastating pandemic in today's epis...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Munchausen Syndrome Works

42:32 | Jan 5th

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. Learn more about your ad-...Show More
What was the Tunguska event?

44:44 | Jan 3rd

In 1908, the most powerful meteoroid explosion in recorded history happened over a remote area of Siberia. But the weird thing is there was no impact crater and no asteroid to be found – so was it an asteroid? (Yes.) Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
Short Stuff: Khipu

16:25 | Jan 2nd

Listen in to learn all about the fascinating "language" of the Incan khipu knotted ropes.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Rockettes: Still Kicking After All These Years

47:57 | Jan 1st

Tune in today to learn all about the legendary NYC Rockettes, who actually got their start in Missouri.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Selects: How Fossils Work

39:28 | Dec 29th, 2018

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. Learn more about ...Show More
Dr. Seuss: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

54:11 | Dec 27th, 2018

The Seuss is loose in this episode about legendary children's book author Ted Geisel. The funny thing is, he didn't ever want children of his own, and his past work was a bit problematic. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/po...Show More
Short Stuff: The Brain-Bladder Connection

15:06 | Dec 26th, 2018

How much do you know about the brain-bladder connection? In about 15 minutes, it'll be a lot more.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
SYSK Live Christmas Spectacular!

1:15:45 | Dec 25th, 2018

This year, Josh and Chuck go live for their annual Christmas Spectacular. Recorded from the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, pour up some eggnog, light a fire and enjoy this live show with the whole family.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https:...Show More
SYSK Selects: The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978

57:08 | Dec 22nd, 2018

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...Show More
E.T.: Is It Really the Worst Video Game of All Time?

44:18 | Dec 20th, 2018

If you play video games you probably have an easy answer to worst game of all time: ET. But it turns out there are no easy answers, especially when you’re talking about a game so terrible it’s blamed for bringing the entire video game industry with i...Show More
Short Stuff: Unique Snowflakes

13:35 | Dec 19th, 2018

Amazingly, it turns out that every snowflake truly is unique. Math backs it up.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Geodesic Domes: The Wave of the Future That Wasn't

52:28 | Dec 18th, 2018

Sometimes a good idea doesn’t pan out in real life. Take Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome: It requires less energy to heat and cool, it’s cheap, and it’s durable enough to withstand a hurricane – but it’s also godawful ugly and that was its undoing...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Igloos Work

31:13 | Dec 15th, 2018

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. Lea...Show More
Are good samaritan laws effective?

48:51 | Dec 13th, 2018

Good samaritan laws have been around for many years, helping to provide legal protections for people who try to help other people. But do they work? Decide for yourself today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advert...Show More
Short Stuff: Laughing Buddha

13:37 | Dec 12th, 2018

Did you know that the friendly, smiling Buddha we all know from bars and restaurants isn't really Buddha? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How Ayahuasca Works

47:40 | Dec 11th, 2018

One day in the Amazon Basin, a shaman put together a plant containing DMT with a vine that allows the body to absorb DMT. The combination, a foul-tasting, wildly hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, has changed cultures throughout the Americas.  Lea...Show More
SYSK Selects: That Dang-old Goat Fell Over

32:02 | Dec 8th, 2018

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://n...Show More
Was the PMRC censorship in disguise?

58:03 | Dec 6th, 2018

The Parents Music Resource Center in the 1980s was really just censorship in disguise. But it kind of backfired. Learn all about Tipper Gore's crusade in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertiser...Show More
Short Stuff: Dolphin Detectors

15:51 | Dec 5th, 2018

They don’t actually disarm mines, but navies around the world use dolphins to find and tag sea mines so humans can disarm the mines themselves. But even if it’s safe, is it ethical? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-...Show More
How Search and Rescue Dogs Work

53:39 | Dec 4th, 2018

All dogs are great, but some dogs work harder than others. Or play harder, depending on your view. Learn all about the good boys and girls who find lost people and recover bodies to bring humans peace and closure. Learn more about your ad-choices at ...Show More
Introducing Alchemy This

06:46 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Award-winning comedian Kevin Pollak has gathered five of his favorite, extraordinarily-talented improvisors. In each episode, he presents uniquely bizarre scenarios for he and them to hilariously bring to life.
SYSK Selects: Can Your Grandfather's Diet Shorten Your Life?

33:18 | Dec 1st, 2018

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at ...Show More
Adidas v. Puma: A Sibling Rivalry

44:09 | Nov 29th, 2018

Join Josh and Chuck today as they go down the sport shoe rabbit hole, detailing the strange tail of the brothers who brought Puma and Adidas to the world. Sibling rivalry, Nazis, shoes - there's a lot to unpack here. Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More
Short Stuff: iSmell

14:45 | Nov 28th, 2018

Two men once had a dream - to add smell to the internet. And they almost gave it to us. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
How the Navajo Code Talkers Worked

47:38 | Nov 27th, 2018

In WWII the US Marines devised an unbreakable code-within-a-code made from Navajo, one of the most linguistically difficult languages in the world. A handful of Navajos sent messages on the frontlines in a language they’d been forbidden to speak as s...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Black Friday Works

43:26 | Nov 24th, 2018

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...Show More
Fire twucks! Fire twucks! (sic)

51:53 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Who doesn't love fire engines? We certainly do. So much that we geeked out on this one in a big way. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Safety Pins

13:22 | Nov 21st, 2018

Safety pins are so ubiquitous, we take them for granted. But that’s the genius of their design – they work so intuitively they might as well have come from nature. Instead, they were invented by a man who never went to the trouble of patenting them. ...Show More
Finders Keepers: Real Law

41:15 | Nov 20th, 2018

You know that heartbreak of the schoolyard – finders keepers, losers weepers? That’s actual law in a great many grown up places. Enter the murky legal world of finding something that belongs to someone else, from buried treasure to a misplaced ring. ...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Kleptomania Works

29:26 | Nov 17th, 2018

In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck discuss kleptomania, a disorder in which people have an overwhelming impulse to steal unnecessary items. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Olive Oil: Mother Nature's Gift

1:03:15 | Nov 15th, 2018

Olive oil is one of Mother Nature's greatest gifts to humanity. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the NUMBER ONE OIL, right here, right now.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Short Stuff: Lemonade

14:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

Ever wonder where lemonade came from? Let’s up the stakes a little, what about pink lemonade? Well wonder no more! Join Josh and Chuck as they (briefly) cover the history of putting lemons together with sugar and water and coming up with something gr...Show More
Pando: Earth’s Oldest, Hugest Organism Is Trees!

45:34 | Nov 13th, 2018

In Utah, lives a 106-acre stand of Quaking Aspen trees that are all genetically identical because they are all growing from the same massive root system. It’s Pando, the most massive, and almost certainly oldest (by far) organism on Earth. Learn more...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Pizza Works

54:00 | Nov 10th, 2018

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 b...Show More
Is yogurt a miracle food?

48:16 | Nov 8th, 2018

Yogurt has been touted as a health food, but is it? Maybe. If you eat it every day. We get into the rich and creamy history of this supposed miracle food in today's episode. Take a listen! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/p...Show More
Short Stuff: Vomitoria

14:04 | Nov 7th, 2018

A vomitorium was a place where ancient Romans went to make themselves throw up after gorging themselves at a sumptuous banquet. Everybody knows that. Except that’s not true at all. Learn about what vomitoria were in this episode and impress your frie...Show More
The End Of The World with Josh Clark - EP01: Fermi Paradox

42:28 | Nov 7th, 2018

Ever wondered where all the aliens are? It’s actually very weird that, as big and old as the universe is, we seem to be the only intelligent life. In this episode, Josh examines the Fermi paradox, and what it says about humanity’s place in the univer...Show More
What were war masks?

42:04 | Nov 6th, 2018

War masks were made for soldiers in WWI who had horrible accidents that left their faces sometimes unrecognizable. Though it may seem rudimentary today, they went a long way in restoring their dignity. Learn all about them today.  Learn more about yo...Show More
SYSK Selects: How Grief Works

43:12 | Nov 3rd, 2018

You can probably name the five stages of grief - from denial to acceptance - they've become pretty well known since being proposed in 1969. But later researchers are finding that grief is rarely that cut and dried, and it may not be as widely experie...Show More
How Easy Bake Ovens Work

38:47 | Nov 1st, 2018

Easy Bake Ovens are as iconic as a toy can get, as American as apple pie or baseball. Learn all about these light bulb cooking, working ovens that endanger children to this day.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-adv...Show More
Short Stuff: Labor Day

14:04 | Oct 31st, 2018

Labor Day, the day when most people in America paradoxically take off work, is actually rooted in some deeply radical and anarchistic thinking. Learn all about this most subversive of American holidays in this episode of Short Stuff. Learn more about...Show More
SYSK’s 2018 Super Spooktacular

51:17 | Oct 30th, 2018

It’s Halloween again and Chuck and Josh want to creep you out. Listen to two great classic horror stories, dripping with Jeri’s creeptastic audio stylings. Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news....Show More
SYSK Selects: What's with the Winchester Mystery House?

33:32 | Oct 27th, 2018

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. Learn more about y...Show More
How the Amityville Horror Worked

55:22 | Oct 25th, 2018

In early 1975, the world was introduced to George and Kathy Lutz, a couple who had fled their home in Amityville, NY to escape a powerful, evil supernatural presence living there. And this being the 70s, the world went nuts for their story. Learn mor...Show More
Short Stuff: Exploding Manholes

15:06 | Oct 24th, 2018

If you live in a big city in a cold climate, you should keep an eye out for 100-pound cast-iron manhole covers suddenly launching 50 feet into the air. It’s unnervingly common and we’ll tell you why.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news....Show More
How Epilepsy Works

56:46 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A seizure is like an electrical overload in the brain – when it gets overwhelmed, it just shuts down and resets itself. But imagine being susceptible to these overloads, where one could come at any time with little or no warning. That is epilepsy.  L...Show More
Hell and Gone Trailer

02:44 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Hell And Gone is a new podcast that follows writer and private investigator Catherine Townsend as she moves back to the Arkansas Ozarks to solve the 2004 murder of 22-year-old college student Rebekah Gould. 
SYSK Selects: How Aphrodisiacs Work

24:23 | Oct 20th, 2018

For thousands of years humankind has pursued the enhancement of sexual pleasure and performance through a plethora of medicines and practices -- but how many aphrodisiacs actually work? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podc...Show More
Waterbeds: The Sexiest Bed?

41:40 | Oct 18th, 2018

Waterbeds came and went pretty quickly in the United States, but despite their marketing as sex beds, they were actually invented to deliver a great night's sleep. Learn all about these super 70's beds in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-ch...Show More
Trailer: The End of the World with Josh Clark

02:12 | Oct 17th, 2018

We humans could have a bright future ahead of us that lasts billions of years. But we have to survive the next 200 years first.
Short Stuff: Korean Fan Death

15:15 | Oct 17th, 2018

There’s a commonly-held belief in Korea that if you fall asleep with a fan blowing on your face you may die in your sleep from it. And while this idea is found nowhere else in the world, Korean culture has come up with some interesting explanations. ...Show More
Was There A Real Robin Hood?

51:49 | Oct 16th, 2018

Is it true that Robin Hood hung out in Sherwood Forest and stole from the rich to give to the poor? No. No, it’s not. Find out the real story in this episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers