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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.

 

#1748

Selects: How Mars Works

Sure today Mars would kill you with its thin, toxic atmosphere and cold desert temperature swings of 100 degrees,but early on it and Earth were practically twins. Find out how the two planets diverged and if there might be life on the Red Planet, in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

24 Jul 2021

57 MINS

57:30

24 Jul 2021


#1747

The Origins of Some Everyday Superstitions

Why exactly do we avoid walking under a ladder? Why is stepping on a crack in the sidewalk such a big deal? What kind of monster carries a rabbit’s foot in their pocket? The answers to these questions and more lie in wait ahead in this episode. Look out! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

45 MINS

45:52

22 Jul 2021


#1746

Short Stuff: RICO Act

If you’re even passingly interested in mobsters you’ve heard of the RICO Act, but most people don’t know how it actually works. Make your Goodfellas fandom more well-rounded with this explainer episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

21 Jul 2021

13 MINS

13:29

21 Jul 2021


#1745

Stranger Danger!

If you grew up in the 1980s, you thought you had a 50% chance of getting kidnapped every time you left your house. But like with the Satanic Panic and other 80s hysteria, it was much ado about (almost) nothing. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

20 Jul 2021

52 MINS

52:50

20 Jul 2021


#1744

Selects: How Ketchup Works

Little-known fact: Ketchup, possibly the most all-American of condiments, evolved from fermented fish sauce people in Southeast Asia have been making for more than a thousand years. Learn more in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

17 Jul 2021

57 MINS

57:25

17 Jul 2021


#1743

How Reverse Osmosis Will Save the World

Can we save the future of the human race with some thin membranes riddled with ultra-tiny holes? Science says yes! Thanks to reverse osmosis filtration, we can turn saltwater to fresh and finally say, Water, water everywhere so let’s all have a drink! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

47 MINS

47:37

15 Jul 2021


#1742

Short Stuff: Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

The words "hanged, drawn and quartered" are an accurate description of the grizzly execution process. They're just not in the right order. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:52

14 Jul 2021


#1741

The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls painted watched with glow-in-the-dark radium in the 1920s and '30s. Most got sick, many died. This is their story.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

13 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:01

13 Jul 2021


#1740

Selects: How Historic Districts Work

A fascinating thing about Americans is that we can disagree on anything. Such is the case with historic districts – areas of historic importance protected by local laws. Seems innocuous, but are they also to blame for the affordable housing crisis? Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

10 Jul 2021

46 MINS

46:49

10 Jul 2021


#1739

SYSK Live: Koko, the Gorilla Who Talked

Recorded live before the pandemic in January 2020 at the Castro Theatre for San Francisco Sketchfest, Josh and Chuck explore the 70s movement that attempted to teach apes human language and the Ape Language Wars that erupted from it. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:02

08 Jul 2021


#1738

Short Stuff: Sulfanilamide Disaster

In the 1920s, before the era of consumer protection, a poison entered the medicine supply and killed more than 100 people before the pubic health disaster could be stopped. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

07 Jul 2021

14 MINS

14:51

07 Jul 2021


#1737

The Sad Story of William James Sidis

Are geniuses made or born? Listen in today to the story of child prodigy William James Sidis. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

06 Jul 2021

52 MINS

52:17

06 Jul 2021


#1736

Selects: Are good samaritan laws effective?

Good samaritan laws have been around for many years, helping to provide legal protections for people who try to help other people. But do they work? Listen to this classic episode and decide for yourself today! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

03 Jul 2021

47 MINS

47:57

03 Jul 2021


#1735

The Grand Ole Opry Cast

Josh and Chuck take a virtual walk through country music's legendary music venue.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

48 MINS

48:44

01 Jul 2021


#1734

Short Stuff: Beast of Gevaudan

The first truly international news story covered a beast that terrorized the French countryside, eviscerating dozens of villagers for three years in the 1760s. How about that? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:38

30 Jun 2021


#1733

Poison Control Centers: A Good Thing

Poison control centers are one of those things you don’t think about until you need it. With all the poisons in our homes you very well may someday. When you do there is a cadre of toxicological specialists ready to oversee the process of saving your life. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

29 Jun 2021

56 MINS

56:30

29 Jun 2021


#1732

Selects: How Royalty Works

In some nations royals are so ingrained in the national fabric they are considered part of the country. In this classic episode, Josh and Chuck take a look backward in time at the ancient tradition of despotism and unbridled privilege. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

26 Jun 2021

52 MINS

52:13

26 Jun 2021


#1731

How Faraday Cages Work

Faraday cages are one of those peculiar miracles of nature that we can actually explain – not to mention, they save us from potentially fatal electrocutions and electronic eavesdropping which are bonuses. Learn about this amazing hidden technology here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

24 Jun 2021

48 MINS

48:04

24 Jun 2021


#1730

Short Stuff: Chastity Belts

Were chastity belts real? Sort of. But not in the way you might think. Tune in to hear the real story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

23 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:38

23 Jun 2021


#1729

The Mystery of Damascus Steel

Damascus steel and the recipe behind it remained a mystery for many years. But it turns out the key was a bygone ingredient. Listen in to this medieval mystery to learn all about it.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

22 Jun 2021

42 MINS

42:29

22 Jun 2021


#1728

Selects: Operation Mincemeat: How A Corpse Fooled the Nazis

In World War II, a secret department of British ‘corkscrew thinkers’ hatched a plan to use the cadaver of an unclaimed homeless man to turn the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. It worked. Learn all about it in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

19 Jun 2021

50 MINS

50:22

19 Jun 2021


#1727

How Venus Works

Venus is so hot lead would melt on the planet’s surface. It spins backwards. Its year is shorter than its day. Venus is amazingly awesome.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

46 MINS

46:52

17 Jun 2021


#1726

Short Stuff: Mojave Megaphone

What is the Mojave Megaphone? Well, nobody really knows. Listen in today to learn about this desert mystery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

13 MINS

13:08

16 Jun 2021


#1725

Seven - No, Wait, Five - Mysteries of the Art World

When you get a bunch of artistic types together into a community – aka, the art world – some intrigue and mystery are bound to arise. Listen in as Chuck and Josh cover strangeness around Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Raphael, and Vermeer – plus don’t miss Hilter! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

52 MINS

52:09

15 Jun 2021


#1724

Selects: How Sea Monsters Work

Legends of sea monsters are as old as humanity, and some ancient cultures even credited them with creating the universe. Learn more about humanity's attachment to seeing monsters in the deep in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

12 Jun 2021

43 MINS

43:35

12 Jun 2021


#1723

POGs: The 90s in a Bottle Cap

Today, Chuck and Josh go down a 90s rabbit hole with another in their classic toy series. This time, they tackle the odd sensation that was POGs. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

55 MINS

55:20

10 Jun 2021


#1722

Short Stuff: Chinatowns

If you live in a major city in the USA, you probably have a Chinatown. Listen in and learn all about these unique cultural staples today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

14 MINS

14:43

09 Jun 2021


#1721

Slime Mold: 0% Mold, 100% Amazing

If you’ve ever wandered past what looked like a pile of dog barf on a log during a hike in the woods, you’d just seen slime mold - one of the most perplexing organisms on Earth.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

55 MINS

55:02

08 Jun 2021