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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.

 

#1781

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 ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

57 MINS

57:45

21 Sep 2021


#1780

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 ... Read more

18 Sep 2021

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:50

18 Sep 2021


#1779

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 ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

54 MINS

54:38

16 Sep 2021


#1778

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 ... Read more

15 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:54

15 Sep 2021


#1777

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 ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

58 MINS

58:48

14 Sep 2021


#1776

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 ... Read more

11 Sep 2021

55 MINS

55:37

11 Sep 2021


#1775

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 ... Read more

09 Sep 2021

55 MINS

55:46

09 Sep 2021


#1774

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 ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

15 MINS

15:35

08 Sep 2021


#1773

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 ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

56 MINS

56:37

07 Sep 2021


#1772

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 ... Read more

04 Sep 2021

44 MINS

44:53

04 Sep 2021


#1771

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 ... Read more

02 Sep 2021

56 MINS

56:16

02 Sep 2021


#1770

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 ... Read more

01 Sep 2021

18 MINS

18:08

01 Sep 2021


#1769

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 ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

57 MINS

57:25

31 Aug 2021


#1768

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 ... Read more

28 Aug 2021

59 MINS

59:03

28 Aug 2021


#1767

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 ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

55 MINS

55:34

26 Aug 2021


#1766

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 ... Read more

25 Aug 2021

16 MINS

16:15

25 Aug 2021


#1765

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 ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

50 MINS

50:31

24 Aug 2021


#1764

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 ... Read more

21 Aug 2021

44 MINS

44:39

21 Aug 2021


#1763

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 ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

51 MINS

51:11

19 Aug 2021


#1762

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 ... Read more

18 Aug 2021

15 MINS

15:53

18 Aug 2021


#1761

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 ... Read more

17 Aug 2021

46 MINS

46:22

17 Aug 2021