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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.

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.

 

#1966

What's the deal with energy drinks?

Chuck hates them, Josh has flirted with them. Energy drinks. Listen in to learn all about this canned speed.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 hrs Ago

47 MINS

47:43

16 hrs Ago


#1965

Selects: How Droughts Work

Droughts can be an inevitable feature of a local climate or a catastrophic result of human meddling. In this classic episode, learn the ins and outs of droughts including the American mother of them all, the Dust Bowl. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Aug 2022

51 MINS

51:39

06 Aug 2022


#1964

Thrill to the Stunning Bicameral Mind Hypothesis

Psychologist Julian Jaynes came up with a stunning hypothesis in 1976, that human consciousness only developed in the last 3000 years. And he seemed to have proof in ancient texts. Scholars have been picking it apart ever since and today we join the club. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

04 Aug 2022

49 MINS

49:46

04 Aug 2022


#1963

Short Stuff: Divorcing Your Parents

It really happens! But most people call it emancipation of a minor. Either way, there's some interesting legal stuff in here. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Aug 2022

12 MINS

12:12

03 Aug 2022


#1962

Silly String: Disaster in a Can

It's been a while since we tackled a classic toy, so here we go with all you ever wanted to know about Silly String. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

02 Aug 2022

39 MINS

39:23

02 Aug 2022


#1961

Selects: Some Movies That Changed Filmmaking

An estimated 50,000 films were made worldwide in 2009 alone. Many are surely clunkers, but in this episode Chuck and Josh talk about the ones that emerged throughout cinema history to change the course of all movies that followed. Get your popcorn and lean back while you enjoy this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

30 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:08

30 Jul 2022


#1960

How Menstruation Works

Two dudes talking about menstruation? You bet! And there’s no way you could be any more nervous to listen than we were to record it. But give it a listen, we think you’ll find it enlightening – whether you menstruate or not. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:38

28 Jul 2022


#1959

Short Stuff: The Mars Rock with Signs of Life?

In 1996, real-deal NASA scientists announced they had discovered signs of ancient microbial life in a rock that had broken off Mars and landed on Antarctica. The news set off a controversy still going today. Do we already have proof of alien life? See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

27 Jul 2022

15 MINS

15:08

27 Jul 2022


#1958

Where Did Human Intelligence Come From?

We humans are smart, to be sure, but if we’re so smart then how come we can’t figure how we got so smart in the first place? Think about that! We sure did and we go over some theories in this super interesting episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

26 Jul 2022

46 MINS

46:08

26 Jul 2022


#1957

Selects: What's the misery index?

Economists love their data because somewhere in the numbers lies the answer to the ills of the country. They also love to frame data in a way people can relate to. Such is the case with the famous "misery index." Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Jul 2022

44 MINS

44:50

23 Jul 2022


#1956

Googie: The Architecture of the Space Age

You may not have heard of it, but you’ve definitely seen it before – 50s buildings with bright, loud colors, roofs at crazy angles, and space-age shapes like starbursts. It turns out that Googie architecture is as fun to look at as it is to say. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

21 Jul 2022

55 MINS

55:57

21 Jul 2022


#1955

Short Stuff: Death from Astral Projection

In 1975, yoga enthusiast Robert Antoszczyk retired to his room in a group house in Ann Arbor, MI to try a meditation technique that would allow him to astrally project his spirit. He died, never coming out of his meditative state. What happened? See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

20 Jul 2022

15 MINS

15:33

20 Jul 2022


#1954

Supernovae: Best Around, Case Closed

Face it, supernovae are the most interesting phenomena in the universe. Black holes are cool, but did you know they sprout from a supernova? What could be cooler than a star exploding so powerfully, the flash it creates shines for months after? See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Jul 2022

41 MINS

41:45

19 Jul 2022


#1953

Selects: What Happens When the Government Thinks You're Dead?

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 dead. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 Jul 2022

39 MINS

39:02

16 Jul 2022


#1952

Why Bowling is Awesome

Bowling is awesome. It just is. And if you don't think so, maybe take a listen to today's episode.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

14 Jul 2022

59 MINS

59:40

14 Jul 2022


#1951

Short Stuff: Catatumbo Lightning

Catatumbo lightning is one of nature's most amazing displays of showiness, with strikes occurring 28 times per minute for nine hours a day, 300 days a year. So take cover and take a listen. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 Jul 2022

11 MINS

11:24

13 Jul 2022


#1950

Mangroves: Nature's Best Tree?

Mangroves are incredible survivors and adapters. They're also amazing at lessening the impact of tropical storms and climate change. And heck, they're cool looking. So jump into the brackish waters and have a listen. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

12 Jul 2022

44 MINS

44:06

12 Jul 2022


#1949

Selects: How Ayahuasca Works

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. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

09 Jul 2022

45 MINS

45:23

09 Jul 2022


#1948

The Maya Civilization

After inspiration from Chuck's recent trip to the Yucatan, the fellas dive into the Maya Civilization.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

07 Jul 2022

53 MINS

53:46

07 Jul 2022


#1947

Short Stuff: Alligator Gar

The alligator gar is one scary looking fish. Learn all about these monsters in today's episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

06 Jul 2022

11 MINS

11:02

06 Jul 2022


#1946

How Ultraprocessed Foods Work

Ultraprocessed is a new term for junk food, but it means much more than that – it’s also a cautionary tale for the way we’re supposed to cook and eat, using real food and sitting down with friends and family. But who has the time and money to do that? See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

05 Jul 2022

57 MINS

57:20

05 Jul 2022


#1945

Selects: How Freak Shows Worked

Not too long ago, people would pay money to gawk and stare at a performer with a physical disformity. They were called freak shows and they began in large part thanks to P.T. Barnum, whose circus we still enjoy today. Sounds awful, but some of these performers became rich folks as a result. Exploitive? You decide, after taking in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

02 Jul 2022

48 MINS

48:40

02 Jul 2022


#1944

A Dispassionate Review of Roe v Wade

Given the landmark undoing of Roe v Wade, Chuck and Josh lay out all the relevant facts of the 1973 case. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

30 Jun 2022

59 MINS

59:31

30 Jun 2022


#1943

Short Stuff: What did we use before infant formula?

There's an infant formula shortage. But infant formula is relatively new. So what did we do before it was perfected? Listen in and learn already! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Jun 2022

12 MINS

12:41

29 Jun 2022


#1942

How Alien Contact Might Work

If we ever found evidence of intelligent alien life (or they found us) what would we say? Who would say it for us? These seemingly silly questions are vitally important depending on your view. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

28 Jun 2022

50 MINS

50:09

28 Jun 2022


#1941

Selects: Chiggers: The Phantom Menace

Chiggers are tiny little mites capable of making your life miserable. Worse than mosquitoes? Maybe. But they aren't insects - mites are actually part of the arachnid family and behave a little like ticks. Learn all about these nearly invisible pests in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

25 Jun 2022

32 MINS

32:32

25 Jun 2022