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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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A History of Nursing Homes

In America, we've treated our senior citizens in very different ways over the years. Tune in to hear about how we've tackled compassionate care. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-27
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Chuck Bryant On The Why I?m Voting Podcast

Hey, SYSK listeners! We wanted to make sure you heard Chuck on iHeartRadio?s Why I?m Voting podcast. Check it out and don?t forget to vote on November 3rd!  If you want to change, preserve, or build a better America, there?s one easy way to make your voice heard: Vote. This year, iHeartRadio is teaming up with over 20 incredible celebrities (plus a handful of our most popular podcasters) to get the country excited to go vote, broadcasting the personal, emotional and heartfelt stories behind why showing up to the ballot box means so much-- not just as individuals, but for our entire nation. Thank you to our partners AXE, Knorr® & Seventh Generation Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-25
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SYSK Selects: How Book Banning Works

If you want to control the masses, control what they read. After all, books are seeds that germinate new points of view. As a result, the struggle against banning books is contentious and continual. Learn more about banning books in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-24
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Beavers: Tail Slapping Fun

Beavers are in fact, very busy. They're builders and solid family members, husbands and wives. Learn all about N America's largest rodent today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-22
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Short Stuff: Haunted Real Estate

Do you have to disclose the notion that your house may be haunted upon sale? Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-21
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10 Voter Suppression Methods

Voter suppression in the USA is as old as voting itself. Listen in to hear about 10 ways we stifle the vote. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-20
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SYSK Selects: How Sushi Works

Sushi grew out of a way to ferment fish a couple thousand years ago and in the late 20th century began to take the world by storm. What began as traditional, rigid food has come to evolve with new delicious innovations being added to the original canon. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-17
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Porcupines: Little Stabby Cutie Pies

We love animals. A lot. Especially underrated ones like the darling porcupine. Listen in today to learn all about these stabby little boogers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-15
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Short Stuff: What is Latinx anyway?

We love to keep up with the current terminology for groups of people. Learn about the origin of Latinx today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-14
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Wind Tunnels: More Important Than You Realize

Without wind tunnels we may not have airplanes right now. Early aviationists built them to puzzle out how to get and stay airborne. But wind tunnels are used for so much more than flight ? from microchips to wind turbines. Enjoy this breezy episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-13
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SYSK Selects: How Bigfoot Works

For centuries North American tribes have told stories of a hairy wild giant in the wilderness, and once Europeans arrived they claimed to see it, too. Chuck and Josh examine the claims of believers and the rebuttals of skeptics in this evenhanded episode from the SYSK archives. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-10
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Printing press? Big deal!

Was the printing press a big deal? You bet it was. One of the biggest. Learn all about the early history of printing today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-08
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Short Stuff: Lying in State

After RBG passed away she had the honor of lying in state. Who decides this? Listen and you'll know. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-07
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What's the deal with swing states?

Swing states are all the rage once again this election season, but the makeup has changed a bit. Learn all about what makes a swing state a swing state right now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-06
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SYSK Selects: How the Electoral College Works

When you vote in an American presidential election, you're not voting for your candidate - you're voting for a group of people you hope will in turn vote for your candidate. Listen in to learn more about the strange process for electing the president, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-03
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Fallout Shelters: Probably Useless (Let?s Never Find Out)

The advent of nuclear weapons and the Cold War kicked off a craze in the US for building rec rooms with foot-thick reinforced walls and outfitted with survival rations and board games. Would they work? Probably not. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-10-01
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Short Stuff: That's A Head Scratcher

It?s actually really strange that scratching your head is a widely understood sign that you?re puzzling over something. No one?s exactly sure why we do that, so interesting theories abound! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-30
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Conjugal Visits: Not exactly what you think

After reaching their peak, conjugal prison visits are all but gone in the U.S. Learn all about these frisky visits in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-29
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SYSK Selects: How Rabies Works

Rabies may have gotten a lot of attention in the U.S. in the 70s and 80s, but it's still an issue in developing countries. Learn all about this nasty virus in this classic episode. And stay away from raccoons and bats.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-26
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At Long Last: Hawaiian Overthrow Episode

By longstanding listener request, we look at how Hawaii was basically stolen by the United States in the 19th century. Rather than reverse this bit of geopolitical fraud, the US ended up making Hawaii a state instead. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-24
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Short Stuff: Petticoat Rulers

Petticoat rulers were women who ran the show long before anyone thought they could. We?re talking mayors and entire city councils comprised of women in the Old West. What happened since then? Listen to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-23
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How Sweepstakes Work

Sweepstakes were invented as marketing tools to drum up interest for a product or sales. But winning them can be fun and as they?ve proliferated an entire subculture of people who enter hundreds of them a day. Enter the fascinating world of sweepstakes today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-22
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SYSK Selects: How White-collar Crime Works

White-collar crime often involves fraud and other nonviolent acts. For most people, the term "white-collar crime" conjures up images of CEOs conniving their way to fortune. But what is it, really? Listen in as Josh and Chuck break down the facts in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-19
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How Election Polling Works and Doesn't Work

Election polling had a pretty good rep until 2016. But it turns out they weren't far off even then. It's really the media driving the narrative. Learn all about how election polling works today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-17
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Short Stuff: Black Cowboys

Most people don't realize that around a quarter of the cowboys found in the Old West during the golden age cattle driving were African American. Let's meet some of them, shall we? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-16
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Origami: Folding Goodness

Origami is an amazing art that consists of making folds in paper to create something beautiful. Learn all about it today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-15
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SYSK Selects: How Porta-Potties Work

Despite our lengthy history of evacuating our bowels and bladders, it wasn?t until the relatively recent 1940s that we began to construct portable, self-contained toilets to accept our waste. Dive into the world of porta-potties in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-12
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Wetlands! Wetlands! Wetlands!

It?s time to get jazzed up for some Earth science of the waterlogged variety. Join Chuck and Josh as they tour some of the most interesting ecosystems on the planet and learn why we need to stop destroying them post haste. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-10
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Short Stuff: Streisand Effect

What does Barbra Streisand have to do with the internet? Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-09
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Frances Perkins: Influential and Unknown

Frances Perkins was an incredibly influential American yet is virtually unknown. What did she do? A lot! For instance, Social Security was her brainchild. And that's just the tip of the old iceberg. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-08
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SYSK Selects: How Police Chases Work

Entire TV shows are dedicated to them and Americans love to watch a live one, but police chases aren't as routine as they seem. While police assert chases are important tools, critics say cops engage in chases too often and too easily. Learn all about the what, how, and why in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-05
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The Disturbing Disappearance of Tara Calico

When Tara Calico mysteriously vanished in 1988, suspected to be the victim of foul play, her case may have gotten lost with the countless other missing person cases in the US, were it not for the discovery of an alarming Polaroid photo in a parking lot 1500 miles away. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-03
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Short Stuff: More Phrase Origins

We're back with another handful of phrase origins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-02
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How the Escape from Alcatraz Worked

In 1962, three ordinary criminals transcended into folk heroes when they crawled out of their cells in Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary took to the water in a homemade raft and were never heard from again. Could they have possibly survived? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-09-01
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SYSK Selects: Polyamory: When two just won't do

In this classic episode of Stuff You Should Know, Josh and Chuck dive into the world of polyamory. Turns out polyamorists aren't aren't weirdos and deviants, they're just regular folks looking for love from more than one person. Learn all you ever needed to know about this unique, but not so modern arrangement. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-29
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Blacksmiths? You got that right!

Blacksmiths? You got that right. Learn all about this age old occupation in today's episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-27
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Short Stuff: Carrots and Your Eyes

Join Chuck and Josh as they learn that one of the great childhood truths ? that carrots help you see better in the dark was totally made up! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-26
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How Sneezing Works

Unless you have an arcane disorder from a lesion on a very specific spot on our medulla, the chances are you sneeze. Turns out most animals do it, even lizards! Learn the whys and hows of this most interesting involuntary reflex. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-25
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SYSK Selects: How Panic Attacks Work

Almost three percent of Americans suffer from a debilitating disorder that causes them to suffer intense fear seemingly without reason and science hasn?t yet figured out what causes it. Join Josh and Chuck in this classic episode as they get to the bottom of panic attacks. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-22
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1-800-PODCAST

Chuck and Josh dive into the wacky world of 800 and 900 phone numbers. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-20
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Short Stuff: The Great American Coin Shortage of 2020

In addition to all the lousy things that?s come out of the Coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. is also experiencing a coin shortage thanks to a stalled-out economic system that normally circulates coins. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-19
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How Anti-Dieting Works

There?s a movement afoot that says we should all stop thinking about our weight and just enjoy food. No, it doesn?t help you lose weight?No, it?s not a diet?No, - just listen to the episode, okay? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-18
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SYSK Selects: How The Human Microbiome Project Works

If it was possible to take a full scan of all of the DNA of every cell in and on your body the results would be startling: Only 1 percent would be human. The other 99 percent comprises all of the bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes you literally cannot live without. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-15
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Olympic Torches: Remember Those?

Back in the pre-pandemic days we had a sporting event called The Olympic Games. And at those games there was an opening ceremony that featured the lighting of a cauldron from a torch. Let's chat about that, eh? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-13
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Short Stuff: The Return of Bill Gates!

Our old pal Bill Gates is back for a very special short stuff where we talk all about Covid vaccines and therapeutics. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-12
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Pirate Radio: Mavericks on the High Seas

Pirate radio started out in England as a way to sidestep the regulations of Big Radio. While outlawed, it still exists today in the UK and America. Learn all about it today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-11
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SYSK Selects: How The Moonwalk Works

When Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk in 1983 the world was enrapt. The dance goes back farther, to the 1930s, and pops up again in the 50s, before reappearing via mimes and West Coast poppers in the 70s. Follow the circuitous route of an iconic move in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-08
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How Miniature Golf Works

Playing miniature golf is a very fun thing to do and, you?re about to find, learning about its origin and history is very fun as well. Join Josh and Chuck as they tee off on the mini golf story! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-06
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Short Stuff: Jigsaw Puzzles

Who doesn't love a good puzzle? Tune in to learn a few facts and figures about jigsaw puzzles right now. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-05
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Wasps: Not as cute as bees

Wasps have a bad rap. Because their sting really hurts and they don't make honey like their cousins. But they are super cool and you shouldn't kill them. Listen and learn! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
2020-08-04
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