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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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2021 Halloween Spooktacular!

Dim the lights and join Josh and Chuck for their annual spooky Halloween story reading.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-28
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Short Stuff: Most Haunted House in England

In the 1930s paranormal investigator declared Borley Rectory the ?most haunted house in England? ? and with good cause! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-27
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Salem Witchcraft Trials: More Bonkers Than You Know

Looking back 300 years on, it?s easy to overgeneralize why the Salem Villagers decided to persecute (and execute) their neighbors. But as much as this story has become an American history chestnut, we still don?t understand why Salem lost its mind. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-26
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Selects: Will We Find Evidence of Aliens by Their Engineering Projects?

In 1960 physicist Freeman Dyson suggested that in the hunt for alien life, we should search for evidence of massive engineering projects that encapsulate stars with solar arrays to harness their energy. Could we humans ever make one ourselves? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-23
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Harry Houdini: More than Magic

Harry Houdini was a master magician. He was also a movie star. And an inventor. And an aviator. Listen and learn all about the late great illusionist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-21
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Short Stuff: Bloody Mary

In this edition of Short Stuff we may accidentally conjure a deadly spirt, so look out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-20
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Heat Waves!

Heat waves are one of the easiest natural disasters to overlook yet they kill more people in the US than any other natural disaster (and maybe all others combined). And if climate predictions prove correct, they?re going to get longer and hotter. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-19
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Selects: Why is Venice so wet?

Venice, Italy has a problem. It's sinking, and the water around it is rising. Thankfully, some engineers are working hard on the MOSE project - huge gates that keep high tide from happening. Learn all about Venice in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-16
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Noise Pollution: Arrrgh!

If you?ve ever found your blood pressure rising because some guy down the street doesn?t know how to keep the trigger on a leaf blower pulled all the way, then you?ve experienced noise pollution. Not only is it annoying, it turns out it?s deadly too! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-14
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Short Stuff: Jack O'Lanterns and Sleepy Hollow

We launch our spooky October episodes with a little bit on Jack O' Lanterns and Sleepy Hollow. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-13
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Venus Flytraps: Plant or Monster?

After looking into the Venus Flytrap, we quickly moved it to the top of our favorite plant list. Part plant, part monster? What's not to love? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-12
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Selects: How X-Rays Work

Like many huge discoveries, X-rays were accidentally stumbled upon. That serendipity led to a medical breakthrough still in use today. Learn about how X-rays are created and why they make such delightful images of our bones, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-09
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The Tale of the Church of the SubGenius

The Church of the SubGenius is a religion, but really a parody of religion. Learn all about this group of weirdo outsiders in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-07
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Short Stuff: Dingoes!

Are dingoes dogs? Not really? Then what are they? Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-06
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Research Bias: Sort It Out, Science

There?s a sticky issue scientists have to deal with ? science is carried out by humans. We humans have flaws (and how) and they can end up in our work. Fortunately, science is waking up to research bias. In the meantime, here?s what to look out for. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-05
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Selects: How Empathy Works

Empathy can often be confused with sympathy and regular old compassion. But it's not exactly either one of those. Some say a lack of empathy can indicate sociopathic tendencies, but that's not always true either. So what is empathy and what makes someone prone to empathize? Listen in to this classic episode to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-10-02
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All About Alligators

Here at SYSK, we love alligators? Why? Because they're basically living dinosaurs. Dive in (metaphorically) and swim with these beasts today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-30
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Short Stuff: Exploring Irish Monk

There?s a long-standing legend that an Irish monk was the first European to sail to America - in 500 CE! Is there any evidence? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-29
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How Numerology Works

The premise of numerology - that numbers are responsible for our destinies and personalities - is plainly nuts, but the history and thinking behind it is too interesting to skip.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-28
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Selects: Planned Obsolescence: Engine of the Consumer Economy

If you?ve ever heard an old timer gripe that things aren?t built like they used to be, that old timer was right! In this classic episode, learn about the nefarious, possibly mythical, mechanism that?s responsible for the cruddy products and waste our consumer society is based on. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-25
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The Statue of Liberty

You've seen her there in NY Harbor, standing tall. But do you know the story of how she came to be? Learn all about the Statue of Liberty today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-23
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Short Stuff: Lake Erie's Rights

The good people of Toledo, OH are leading the environmental pack by giving legal rights to Lake Erie to fight off polluters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-22
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How Mail Order Marriages Work

Everybody knows mail order marriages are at best a last resort for jerks looking to boss a foreign spouse around or, at worst, a front for human trafficking. Or are they? Yes and no. Mail order marriage comes with nuance and a surprisingly long history. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-21
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Selects: How Free Speech Works

Freedom of speech and the press are values vital to American democracy. But the First Amendment doesn't really define free speech, and plenty of expressions are restricted. Learn all about the ins and outs of this cherished right in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-18
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What's the deal with crash testing?

Crash testing has been around since the 1930s, but only got serious in the 1970s. Today we dive in and learn all about why companies and the U.S. government purposefully wreck cars.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-16
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Short Stuff: The Javelina

Pigs, hogs, boars and javelinas. What's the difference? Tune in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-15
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How Embalming Works

The Death Suite continues! In this installment, Josh and Chuck go over what it takes to preserve a human body using chemicals and whether that?s such a good thing to do as far as the environment is concerned. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-14
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Selects: Southerners Aren't Lazy and Dumb, They Just Had Hookworm

There was a time when the lower classes of the American South were considered lazy and dimwitted, a stereotype that still somewhat survives today. But this stereotype was rooted in fact. Hookworms, it turns out, were sapping Southerners? life force. Find out all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-11
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How the Magna Carta Worked

In 1215 at Runnymede (doo dah, doo dah) the nobles and the king agreed to end a rebellion against the power of the English throne. While the treaty that emerged contained all sorts of arcane Medieval details, it also contained the seeds of Western liberty and civil rights. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-09
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Short Stuff: Chameleons

In today's short stuff, we bust a few myths about cute little chameleons. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-08
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The Creepy Legacy of the Hotel Cecil

The Hotel Cecil in downtown Los Angeles has had no less than 16 unnatural deaths, from suicides to murders and everything in between. Listen in to the history of this decidedly creepy hotel.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-07
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Selects: How Temper Tantrums Work

When your kid boils over in the grocery store, it can be tough to stay calm and ignore it, but that's precisely what experts prescribe parents do to deal with temper tantrums. Learn about the anatomy of a tantrum and the best way to deal in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-04
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Criminal Records: No Thanks!

And you thought our crime and punishment suite was finished. Not yet it isn't! Not before we cover criminal records. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-02
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Short Stuff: Handwashing vs Dishwashers

Josh and Chuck finally put to rest the age old debate over which is better ? and learn a little about themselves along the way. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-09-01
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How Trepanation Worked

One of the oldest medical procedures in human history is also one of the riskiest. For thousands of years humans carried a type of proto brain surgery where a hole would be cut into the skull. And they were pretty good at it too. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-31
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Selects: Composting: Nature's Most Interesting Process

You may think composting is just a bunch of old banana peels rotting away into dirt but, friend, you're not looking closely enough. Inside that compost pile is a microcosmic universe doing some magical stuff. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-28
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Les Paul & Leo Fender Part II

Today we continue the story of Les Paul and Leo Fender, inventors, innovators and rivals. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-26
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Short Stuff: Jackalope

Jackalopes aren?t real, right? Wouldn?t you like to know, city slicker. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-25
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Les Paul & Leo Fender Part I

The story of Les Paul and Leo Fender defines rock and roll music. Listen in to part one of the tale of these two musical rivals.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-24
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Selects: How Pet Psychics Work

In the early 21st century a trend of people who claim to be able to telepathically and clairvoyantly communicate with animals has grown. Today, the concept of visiting a pet psychic to find a lost pet, find out why a pet is behaving badly or even to learn if a pet is ready to be put to sleep is becoming more commonplace, but is there any basis to pet psychics' abilities? Join Josh and Chuck as they investigate the pet psychic phenomenon, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-21
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Y2K: Much Ado About Something

Y2K was a special time when we all thought nothing bad would really happen at the stroke of midnight, but secretly worried the world would end. Turns out the mitigation efforts worked and we hardly noticed.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-19
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Short Stuff: 5 Lazarus Species

Lazarus species were thought to be gone, but had something else in mind. Today we talk about 5 of them. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-18
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How MRI Works

At long last Chuck and Josh dive into the nuts and bolts of what makes the Wonder Machine so wondrous and find it actually lives up to the years-long hype they?ve given it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-17
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Selects: How Animal Domestication Works

It's strange to hear, but the transition from hunting-gathering to agriculture, including the domestication of wild animals, is the single biggest thing to ever happen to humanity. You can thank it for everything from kingdoms to Ebola. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-14
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How Fireflies and Lightning Bugs Work

Whether called fireflies, lightning bugs, or glow worms, the tiny, bioluminescent bugs that light up the evening are universally beloved. Which makes their sudden and swift decline very distressing. Listen to find out how you ? YOU ? can save the firefly. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-12
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Short Stuff: Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty is not a good nursery rhyme. And what was Humpty anyway? Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-11
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Child Labor: Not Funny

Child labor is no laughing matter. Even though we've taken care of it in the USA (mostly), it's still an issue around the globe. Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-10
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Selects: How Landslides Work

Landslides are a form of mass movement of the Earth, and with the amount of death and destruction they wreak on the people and towns they cover, their toll can be massive. Learn all about landslides with Josh and Chuck in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-07
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How Transcendentalism Works

Every teenager in America knows the transcendentalists were a handful of goofy 19th century philosophers who were into walking in the woods, but they were also so much more. Anyone who focuses on the beauty and the good in the world can?t be too wrong. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-05
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Short Stuff: Calamity Jane

Calamity Jane is group with the legends of the Wild West. Who was she really? A tough woman who made her way in a tough world from the age of 12. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
2021-08-04
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