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Stuff You Should Know podcast

Stuff You Should Know

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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.

 

#1668

SYSK Selects: Mermaids: Not a real thing

Mermaids aren't real. That much we know. But the history and lore of these magical and sometimes menacing creatures of the sea is pretty interesting stuff. Learn all about these half women/half fish in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

06 Mar 2021

46 MINS

46:45

06 Mar 2021


#1667

Why is the Equal Rights Amendment still not ratified?

The United States is one of only 28 countries in the world that doesn’t have equal protection for women under the law enshrined in its constitution. There was a moment in the 70s where it came very close, but then the conservative movement was born. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

04 Mar 2021

54 MINS

54:45

04 Mar 2021


#1666

Short Stuff: Dog Suicide Bridge

A bridge at the town of Dumbarton in Scotland has a terrible reputation as a site where dogs inexplicably leap to their death on the rocks 50 feet below. There is no shortage of theories why, but none fully explain it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

03 Mar 2021

13 MINS

13:41

03 Mar 2021


#1665

Is the Free Radical Theory of Aging Wrong?

In the 1990s we thought we’d identified the root cause of aging: nasty molecules called free radicals that wreaked havoc on our cells. Even better, we’d figured out how to counteract them with loads of antioxidants. Then science started raising questions. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

02 Mar 2021

56 MINS

56:20

02 Mar 2021


#1664

SYSK Selects: Bridges: Nature Abhors Them

From prehistoric logs across streams to the 102-mile Kunshan Grand Bridge, nature works ceaselessly to take down spans. In this classic episode, learn about the fascinating ins and outs of bridge design and building and the mind-boggling challenges structural engineers face. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

27 Feb 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:58

27 Feb 2021


#1663

How Bruce Lee Worked

Bruce Lee may have introduced more Westerners to Asian culture than any person in history. And, because he died young just as he became an international superstar, he’s become a legend. Josh and Chuck try to uncover the man underneath. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

25 Feb 2021

56 MINS

56:30

25 Feb 2021


#1662

Short Stuff: The Body in the Cylinder

In 1945, residents of a Liverpool neighborhood found a desiccated body in a long cylinder they’d been using for years using as a bench. It launched a mystery that’s still alive today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

24 Feb 2021

15 MINS

15:08

24 Feb 2021


#1661

What Will Farming 4.0 Look Like?

The human population is expected to increase by a couple billion people in the next 30 years and those who are paying attention are wondering exactly how we’ll feed all those extra mouths. Will going high tech or getting back to nature save us? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

23 Feb 2021

51 MINS

51:24

23 Feb 2021


#1660

SYSK Selects: How Chili Peppers Work

Born and raised in South America, chilis were the earliest crop domesticated in the continent and among the first items brought back to Europe by Columbus. Today people are really, really into them. Find out all about 'em in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

20 Feb 2021

57 MINS

57:46

20 Feb 2021


#1659

How Blue Holes Work

Geologists and biologists have recently realized that the planet’s oceans and coasts are littered with a unique type of ecosystem called blue holes, submerged sinkholes that were once dry caves. They are turning out to be weird and amazing places. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

18 Feb 2021

42 MINS

42:10

18 Feb 2021


#1658

Short Stuff: Freedom House Ambulance Services

As part of Black History Month, we wanted to share the little known story of the Freedom House Ambulance Service. Listen in to learn all about this seminal group of EMTs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

17 Feb 2021

17 MINS

17:23

17 Feb 2021


#1657

The Disappearance of Lars Mittank

In 2014, a young German man walked into an airport in Bulgaria with a flight booked, then suddenly ran out leaving all his posessions behind, never to be heard from again. This is the story of Lars Mittank. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

16 Feb 2021

48 MINS

48:17

16 Feb 2021


#1656

SYSK Selects: Why Are So Many Disembodied Feet Washing Ashore In British Columbia?

Between 2007 and 2016, 17 disembodied feet - still wearing shoes - have washed ashore between Washington and British Columbia. What's behind the sudden influx of Vancouver's mystery feet? Find out in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

13 Feb 2021

42 MINS

42:36

13 Feb 2021


#1655

How Housing Discrimination Works

Owning a home in the US is a way to pass wealth down from one generation to the next and lift families into a comfortable life down the road. But there have been barriers to buying homes that Black Americans have faced from the time of slavery to today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

11 Feb 2021

59 MINS

59:44

11 Feb 2021


#1654

Short Stuff: How California Got Its Name

California is a pretty cool name. And the story about where it came from is even cooler. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

10 Feb 2021

13 MINS

13:47

10 Feb 2021


#1653

Sacagawea: Impressive Teen

Sacagawea was only 16 when she joined the Corps of Discovery. That is one seriously impressive teenager. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

09 Feb 2021

53 MINS

53:18

09 Feb 2021


#1652

SYSK Selects: Earwax: Live With It

Despite tons of people using cotton swabs each day to clean the earwax from their ears, cerumen (as earwax is clinically known) is actually quite beneficial to the health of your ears - and even kind of ingenious as your body's defense goes. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

06 Feb 2021

42 MINS

42:13

06 Feb 2021


#1651

The NAACP

The NAACP has long been one of the most robust and effective non-profits in the USA. And while it has faded a bit from its glory days, it still remains a vital cog in the battle for equality. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

04 Feb 2021

50 MINS

50:56

04 Feb 2021


#1650

Short Stuff: Balloonfest

In 1986 Cleveland released more than a million helium balloons at once! It didn’t go at all according to plan! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

03 Feb 2021

14 MINS

14:26

03 Feb 2021


#1649

How Groundhog Day Works

You know Groundhog Day – the holiday on February 2 when you wake up and have to go through the same day over and over again. It turns out the holiday has deep roots in a pagan past, and has survived in a surprisingly similar form. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

02 Feb 2021

55 MINS

55:19

02 Feb 2021


#1648

SYSK Selects: Maggots: Good For Healing Wounds, Turns Out

Cultures around the world over the years have been inspired by, then repulsed, then inspired by maggots' ability to heal persistent wounds. We are in an inspired-by phase right now. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

30 Jan 2021

43 MINS

43:50

30 Jan 2021


#1647

How Hydropower Works

Humans have been stealing energy from flowing water for at least two thousand years. It wasn’t until the advent of electricity that things really got cookin’. All we need to do now is to work out the harmful environmental impacts of this green energy. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

28 Jan 2021

56 MINS

56:47

28 Jan 2021


#1646

Short Stuff: Vantablack

How black is vantablack? About as black as you could imagine. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

27 Jan 2021

13 MINS

13:20

27 Jan 2021


#1645

The KKK: Loathsome Cosplay Rednecks

The history of the KKK is rooted in hatred and racism, and it still is today. Learn all about these loathsome rednecks today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

26 Jan 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:11

26 Jan 2021


#1644

SYSK Selects: How Blimps Work

After newsreels captured the Hindenburg erupting in fire in 1937, the promising development of airship aviation was cut short. Today companies and militaries are taking another look at blimps and the unique qualities that may revive them. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

23 Jan 2021

51 MINS

51:55

23 Jan 2021


#1643

Finding the Fenn Treasure

In 2010 an eccentric art dealer hid a treasure chest with $2 million in valuables somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and published a poem with clues on where to find it. Hence began the most famous treasure hunt in modern times. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

21 Jan 2021

54 MINS

54:09

21 Jan 2021


#1642

Short Stuff: Necco

If you think Necco Wafers are the most disgusting candy on the planet, you are not alone. But it turns out there’s a rich history behind those chalky discs that make them fascinating, if horrible. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

20 Jan 2021

13 MINS

13:27

20 Jan 2021


#1641

What does a tire company know about food?

The Michelin Guide is an institution. But why does the famous tire manufacturer even put this restaurant guide out? Listen in to find out. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

19 Jan 2021

51 MINS

51:00

19 Jan 2021