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Stuff You Should Know

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.

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SYSK Selects: How the Deep Web Works

Perhaps you didn?t realize that when you search the web you?re only skimming the surface. In fact, the types of web pages that turn up in your search engine results represent only a mere fraction of the total web. Immerse yourself in the Deep web and its dark corners in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-04-04
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Student Loans: UGH!

Student loans can be pretty complicated. Luckily Chuck and Josh are here to wade through the financial muck for you. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-04-02
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Short Stuff: 666

Today, Chuck and Josh dive into that scary number...666. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-04-01
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How Dog Training Works

Chuck and Josh explore the age-old question: Should you train your dog by treating it like a living, feeling being or should you beat them up and break their spirit? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-31
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SYSK Selects: Can Nuclear Fusion Reactors Save The World?

The world?s energy consumption is ruining the planet but for decades physicists have been working on what could solve the world?s energy and climate change woes for centuries to come ? nuclear fusion. Learn about building stars on Earth in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-28
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How COVID-19 Works

We?re in the middle of an odd, tense time and Josh and Chuck are here to explain what?s going on and how to stay safe.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-26
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Short Stuff: Dagen H

One day in 1967, Sweden changed what side of the road its citizens drive on. It went surprisingly well, considering. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-25
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Could A Robot Tax Win the War on Poverty?

An old idea ? giving every resident of a country a set amount of money every month with no strings attached ? became a hot item in Silicon Valley and on the 2020 campaign trail. Could it alleviate the impending job loss coming from automation? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-24
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SYSK Selects: Virus Talk with Josh and Chuck

Viruses are big jerks that invade regular cells and hold them hostage, making you sick while they're doing it. Learn everything you ever needed to know about viruses, including how the common cold works, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-21
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Jim Henson Worked

We?ve already recorded an episode on The Muppets, but Jim Henson was such a neat guy we delved into him even further. Learn all about the man behind the Muppets who was so much more than just a master puppeteer in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: SYSK Live: How Bars Work

Join Josh and Chuck live from Vancouver as they dive in to the ins and outs of one of the oldest businesses in the world ? the bar! Learn about the history of bars, cocktails and the good people who put them together in new and amazing ways. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Grass Works? Yes, How Grass Works

There?s nothing more boring than watching grass grow, which is why Josh and Chuck aren?t asking you to do that. Instead, you can learn about all sorts of neat things about grass - like how American became obsessed with perfect lawns - in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Terraforming Will Work

A lot of great thinkers are warning that if humans are to survive as a species we are going to have to find another planet to live on. Terraforming, or engineering a planet to maintain all of the ingredients to sustain life, seems to be the answer. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rogue Waves Work

Rogue waves come out of nowhere and tower as much as 100 feet over hapless ships they encounter, breaking across the boat and frequently breaking the boat and its inhabitants. Investigate the mystery of rouge waves in this episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: Was there a real King Arthur?

The legend of King Arthur is very old and very established. By the time the king who saved Britain and united it was first written about, his story was already hundreds of years old. And while many of the details of his life and adventures, from the Lady of the Lake to Merlin the Magician, seem fictional some archaeologists believe that Arthur -- and much of his life -- was real. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: The Amazing History of Soda

The soda we get instantly mixed at a fast-food joint owes a lot to a rich history going back to the Roman baths, that features drugs, diseases and explosions. Learn all about soda and soda fountains in this surprisingly interesting episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Rodney Dangerfield Worked, Live From LA

Other comedians cry on the inside, but Rodney Dangerfield built his entire act around his sad life. Get to know this legendary comic who was nearing 50 when he got his break. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: How Pinball Works

Pinball was actually illegal until the 1970s in NY and other cities, hidden in the backs of pornography shops. The game was finally legalized, thanks to a Babe Ruth-style shot by the best player in the world. Learn all about it with Josh and Chuck. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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SYSK Distraction Playlist: Sugar: It Powers the Earth

Since sugar spread from Polynesia a few thousand years ago, the world has been crazy for it. Insanely high prices, wars and even slavery couldn't undo world's need for a sugar fix. Today that fix is responsible for the obesity epidemic facing the West. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-20
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What was the Falkland Islands War all about anyway?

The battle between Britain and Argentina over the rocky, cold Falkland Islands is one of the weirder wars in history. Learn all about it today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-19
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Short Stuff: The Pledge of Allegiance

The American Pledge of Allegiance is much more interesting than you might think. Give us 12 minutes and we'll fill you in. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-18
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Chopsticks > Forks

Today Chuck and Josh sit and converse on the simple, elegant chopstick.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-17
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SYSK Selects: How Monopoly Works

Since more than 1 billion people have played it, you?re probably familiar with the board game Monopoly, but we bet you don?t know its secret origins as a left-wing socialist teaching tool. Join Josh and Chuck as they chase it down in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-14
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How Ice Climbing Works

A few decades ago, some people who liked to climb mountains decided they wanted to make it even harder and ice climbing was born. If you think rock climbing is difficult, put on your base layer and join Josh and Chuck on the glacier. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-12
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Short Stuff: Teresita Basa

In the annals of American justice there is a 1977 case where the police were tipped off to the identity of a murderer by a woman who said she was possessed by the victim. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-11
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How Coyotes Work

The coyote truly is wily. Even after a century-long attempt to drive them to extinction, this close relative of domesticated dogs not only hung onto survival, but actually doubled its range and expanded its population. Coyotes are here to stay. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-10
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SYSK Selects: How Gold Works

As of early 2013, only 161,00 metric tons of gold had been mined in the entire history of the world. Considering about 85 percent of it is recycled, there's a decent chance your jewelry may once have been part of an Incan headdress or Mycenaean face mask. Dive in to gold in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-07
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Mardi Gras! One month late

In true SYSK fashion, Josh and Chuck are late to the game. But never fear, they will still detail Mardi Gras in all its colorful glory.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-05
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Short Stuff: Exclamation Points!

We all use them! But did we always? NO!! Learn all about everyone's favorite punctuation mark today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-04
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How Morphic Fields Work?

Biologist and science historian Rupert Sheldrake is known as a heretic of science, mostly for his deeply strange ideas about what connects all living things. But his pokes at science help keep the field from growing dogmatic and for that we salute him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-03-03
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SYSK Selects: Your limb is torn off - now what?

Were you to be the unfortunate victim of a limb removal of any sort, you could take hope. Here in the 21st century, doctors have gotten pretty handy at reattaching arms and legs, replacing thumbs with toes, rebuilding breasts, all to great success thanks to microsurgery techniques. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-29
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Sammy Davis Jr: National Treasure

Today Josh and Chuck sit down and detail the complicated life of the late, great Sammy Davis Jr. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-27
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Short Stuff: Hawaiian Night Marchers

Get ready for some Hawaiian folklore, people. Today we discuss the Night Marchers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-26
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What's the deal with indigo?

Indigo is a color with a rich past. Learn all about it today.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-25
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SYSK Selects: How Cult Deprogramming Works

The fear of cults in the 1970s drove Americans to look the other way on kidnappings, abuse and torture of cult members by deprogrammers ? but did it even work? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-22
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Birthmarks: Probably Not the Mark of the Devil

It?s a pretty safe assumption that people have been born with birthmarks since humanity began, and between then and now we?ve come up with some wacky, even dangerous, explanations for them ? even a few that survive still today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-20
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Short Stuff: Mexican Jumping Beans

Mexican jumping beans are a real thing and they really do move around. It?s not magic, it?s nature! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-19
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The Unsolved Indiana Dunes Disappearances

In July 1966, three women out for a day at the beach waded into the water of Lake Michigan, got onto a boat and were never heard from again. To this day, not a trace of them has ever turned up and theories of what became of them abound. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-18
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SYSK Selects: A Podcast on Zoot Suits? Yes

Few riots can be attributed to passing fashions, but zoot suits are top among them. After originating among the Harlem Renaissance crowd, the zoot suit came to symbolize political defiance. Find out why it's still illegal to wear a zoot suit in L.A. in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-15
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911 Is Not a Joke

Josh and Chuck delve into the world of 911 in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-13
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Short Stuff: Body Under The Bed

A couple unknowingly spending the night above a dead body stuffed under their bed is a longstanding urban legend. And a true one. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-12
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Optogenetics: Controlling Your Genes with Light

What if a genetic brain disease could be turned off simply by flashing a light in your eyes? What if your depression could be cured that way? Sounds amazingly wonderful, true, but what if your behavior could be controlled that way too? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-11
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SYSK Selects: How Bonsai Works

For thousands of years people have been taking normal trees and forcing them into miniature. Learn all about the history and art of this strangely engrossing pastime in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-08
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Why are Pentecostals growing so rapidly?

Pentecostals are seemingly taking over the world. Or at least they're making up a larger section of Christianity than every before. Why? We'll dig in on that in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-06
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Short Stuff: The Iowa Caucus

The Iowa Caucus is super important. But not really. Find out why.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-05
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How AI Facial Recognition Works

With the development of increasingly smart artificial intelligence and lots more cameras spread around than ever before, we have reached a critical point in the US and other countries where governments can easily track everyone, everywhere, all the time. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-04
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SYSK Selects: How Maglev Trains Work

Thanks to the amazing properties of magnets, clever engineers have figured out how to make entire trains levitate above their tracks, letting them move frictionlessly and allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Learn about how maglev trains work and what's taking so long for us to get aboard in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-02-01
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Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?

Josh and Chuck dive into history today to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-01-30
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Short Stuff: The O.K. Corral

Listen in as we detail, in short, the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-01-29
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Amazing Animal Stories!

Regular animal stories are wonderful enough, but when animals lead amazing lives the stories become almost unbearably wonderful. You?ve been warned! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-01-28
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