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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.

 

#2029

Selects: How Umami Works!

For millennia humans have recognized four tastes, but in the 1980s a fifth taste first isolated in Japan gained worldwide acceptance - and took off like a rocket! Learn about meaty, musty, savory umami in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

5 hrs Ago

36 MINS

36:14

5 hrs Ago


#2028

Roller Skating: Fun and Cool

The Victorians were the first to go bonkers for roller skating and since then the pastime has had bursts of popularity every few decades. Over the years skaters have come up with some amazing things to do on skates that go way beyond just going in circles. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

24 Nov 2022

47 MINS

47:47

24 Nov 2022


#2027

Short Stuff: Liquid Paper

Correction fluid goes by many names, but the OG was Liquid Paper. And it has a pretty cool origin story.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

23 Nov 2022

12 MINS

12:48

23 Nov 2022


#2026

Typewriters: Mechanical Brilliance

Chuck loves typewriters because he loves mechanical brilliance. Dive into the cool history of these amazing machines today.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

22 Nov 2022

55 MINS

55:49

22 Nov 2022


#2025

Selects: How Dark Money Works

Since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 in the Citizens United case that political contributions are speech and should be protected, the floodgates of anonymous political contributions have opened. But does absolute funding corrupt absolutely? Find out in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Nov 2022

48 MINS

48:17

19 Nov 2022


#2024

Did Shakespeare really write all that stuff?

The question of Shakespeare's authorship has been around since at least the mid-1800s. Is there anything to it? We'll dig in to this dense topic to find out. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

17 Nov 2022

55 MINS

55:04

17 Nov 2022


#2023

Short Stuff: Incomplete Yawns

Is there anything – anything – worse than a yawn you can’t finish? It’s hard to think of anything else and as your obsession with yawning like a normal human being grows it only becomes more difficult. Why? Why?! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

16 Nov 2022

10 MINS

10:10

16 Nov 2022


#2022

The Sordid History of Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

When it comes to pre-wedding festivities, bachelor and bachelorette parties take the penis-shaped cake. Learn all about these sordid affairs today.   See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

15 Nov 2022

56 MINS

56:36

15 Nov 2022


#2021

Selects: Finders Keepers: Real Law

You know that heartbreak of the schoolyard – finders keepers, losers weepers? That’s actual law in a great many grown up places. Enter the murky legal world of finding something that belongs to someone else, from buried treasure to a misplaced ring. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

12 Nov 2022

38 MINS

38:50

12 Nov 2022


#2020

How Owls Work

It’s time for another great animal episode and in this one we swoop into the world of owls – nature’s greatest silent predator who (hooo) also look very cute and intelligent. Not to mention they can turn their heads 270 degrees. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

10 Nov 2022

51 MINS

51:55

10 Nov 2022


#2019

Short Stuff: Dodleston Messages

It’s not everyday that a message from the 16th century appears on a computer from the 1980s, so when that happened it caught an English couple’s attention and launched a still-unresolved mystery  - across tiiiiiiime! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

09 Nov 2022

14 MINS

14:13

09 Nov 2022


#2018

What's so important about legal precedent?

Legal precedent is an odd thing. It matters, but it isn't codified. There are advantages and disadvantages. Let's all dive in and take at STARE DECISIS today.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

08 Nov 2022

51 MINS

51:17

08 Nov 2022


#2017

Selects: What is an invasive species?

Invasive species can mean a lot of things, from fungus to feral pigs and European starlings to kudzu vines. Basically, it's anything brought to a place, either by humans or nature, that didn't originate there. They aren't always a problem, but many times they can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. Learn all about these invaders in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

05 Nov 2022

50 MINS

50:51

05 Nov 2022


#2016

Vaudeville: Step Right Up!

In today's episode, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about vaudeville, whether you like it or not.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

03 Nov 2022

51 MINS

51:09

03 Nov 2022


#2015

Short Stuff: Birth Certificate Access

It’s unjust but true – if you are an adoptee in the US you may not have the same right to access your birth certificate that someone who wasn’t adopted does. The quest to access a birth certificate can be a legal rigamarole that may or may not work. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

02 Nov 2022

11 MINS

11:02

02 Nov 2022


#2014

The Harvey's Casino Bombing of 1980

In August of 1980 a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of dynamite was quietly delivered to Harvey’s, a casino and resort at Lake Tahoe. This kicked off a whirlwind caper that lasted 30 hours and ended up nearly demolishing the 11-story resort. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

01 Nov 2022

40 MINS

40:24

01 Nov 2022


#2013

Selects: How Vampires Work

Out of obligation, Chuck and Josh mention Twilight, but it is the longstanding vampire lore that gets the most attention in this examination of how the bloodsucking undead evolved from baby-stealing demonesses to suave counts in our collective psyche. Explore the wild world of vampires in this spooky classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

29 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:39

29 Oct 2022


#2012

The 13th Annual Halloween Spooktacular!

It's hard to believe, but this is our 13th edition of the Halloween Spooktacular! So pour up a creepy brew and gather the kids for a dramatic reading of two horror shorts.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

27 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:31

27 Oct 2022


#2011

Short Stuff: Robert the Doll

Robert the Doll is decidedly creepy. So is his story. Listen in to this spooky tale right now! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

26 Oct 2022

14 MINS

14:21

26 Oct 2022


#2010

The Tale of the Bloody Benders

Long before we knew what serial killers were, a family in remote Kansas was disposing of victims at their family farm. Listen in to the Tale of the Bloody Benders if you dare! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

25 Oct 2022

48 MINS

48:24

25 Oct 2022


#2009

Selects: 10ish Cases of Really Bad Luck

Some guys have all the luck, some guys have all the pain. So said Rod Stewart. And if this list is any indication, “guys” is gender neutral. Listen to this classic episode as Chuck and Josh cover some instances of amazingly bad fortune, most of it true! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

22 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:11

22 Oct 2022


#2008

Fundamentalism: Menace II Society

Fundamentalism is usually thought of as a problem religions have to deal with, but not all fundamentalists are religious. And no matter what their belief system, fundamentalism is inherently antisocial and a problem for everyone. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

20 Oct 2022

57 MINS

57:54

20 Oct 2022


#2007

Short Stuff: Water Towers

Water towers are so ubiquitous you can look right past them, despite them being giant balls of water thrust triumphantly skyward. Learn about these surprisingly ingenious but simple inventions designed to keep you alive. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

19 Oct 2022

11 MINS

11:26

19 Oct 2022


#2006

The History of Fake Towns.

There have been a lot of fake towns built throughout history for a lot of different reasons. Tune in to learn about some of these bogus burgs.  See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

18 Oct 2022

51 MINS

51:03

18 Oct 2022


#2005

Selects: How Pompeii Worked

What must be one of the most famous natural disasters in history took place when Mt Vesuvius buried Pompeii in 79 CE. But when the town was resurrected 1700 years later, a new chapter in its history was written. Learn all about it in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

15 Oct 2022

50 MINS

50:27

15 Oct 2022


#2004

10 Cases of Mistaken Identity

There’s a lot that can go wrong when your identity is at question. Charged with abandoning a baby? Check. Years in prison? That too. Accused of assassinating the head of Hamas? Why not. Learn about the travails of some unlucky saps in this episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

13 Oct 2022

42 MINS

42:34

13 Oct 2022


#2003

Short Stuff: Blaschko's Lines

Did you know you have stripes? It’s true, you just can’t see them. Learn all about these little-known lines today! See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

12 Oct 2022

12 MINS

12:31

12 Oct 2022


#2002

Doppelgängers: Hey you, you're me!

Seeing your near twin is probably pretty weird. But could there be a genetic commonality as well? You bet  there could!   See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

11 Oct 2022

47 MINS

47:37

11 Oct 2022


#2001

Selects: Josh and Chuck's List of Horror Movies that Changed the Genre

Once in a while a movie comes along that's so forward-thinking it changes the way that horror is done. A new subgenre is spawned, new tropes are established, and audiences are more terrified than ever. Hear about these pivotal works in this classic episode. See [omnystudio.com/listener] (https://omnystudio.com/listener) for privacy information. ... Read more

08 Oct 2022

59 MINS

59:26

08 Oct 2022